The Problem of Pain

Feast of Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinoiple
The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Lewis__Problem_of_Pain_Square_2.jpgFor centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?

The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to... Continue Reading


The Holy Way

Feast of St Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki
The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life by Paula Huston

Holy_Way_Square.jpegAS A UNIVERSITY professor, writer, wife, and mother of four, Paula Huston makes an interesting, if painful, discovery: “the path to simplicity runs right through the middle of me.” Rather than managing to shore up and better manage the complexities of her environment, she discovers her clutter to be more internal... Continue Reading


The Weight of Glory

Feast of the Seven Holy Martyred Youths of Ephesus and St Cecelia the Martyr
The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis with introduction by Walter Hooper

Weight_of_Glory_Square.jpegCOLLECTED FROM various addresses and sermons Lewis gave during the years of World War II and later in his life, this book contains many of Lewis’s most famous essays. In pride of place is the essay from which the book draws its name,... Continue Reading


Western Monasticism

Feast of St Lucian the Martyr of Antioch
Western Monasticism: A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church by Peter King

King__Western_Monasticism_Square.jpegPETER KING, emeritus lecturer in medieval history at St. Andrew’s University, takes an incredibly complex and diverse body of material and places it into brisk narrative. Passing immediately from the origins in Egypt, King traces the beginnings of Western monasticism with St. Benedict, then its simultaneously flourishing... Continue Reading


The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry

Feast of St James the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry edited by Mark T. Mitchell

Berry_Human_Vision_Square.jpgA STRIKING contribution to the conversation that is conservatism. Wendell Berry—poet, novelist, essayist, critic, farmer—has won the admiration of Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. His writings treat an extraordinary range of subjects, including politics, economics, ecology, farming, work, marriage, religion, and education. But... Continue Reading


Orality and Literacy

Feast of St Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia
Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by Walter Ong, S.J.

Orality_and_Literacy_Square.jpegOne can scarcely exaggerate how profoundly the introduction of writing changed all facets of human existence. Ong lucidly documents those changes and then projects his conclusions into the age of mass electronic communications. This thirtieth anniversary edition offers two new essays by cultural critic John Hartley, which contextualize Ong... Continue Reading


The Mystery of the Church

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Mystery of the Church: A Course in Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Boris Bobrinskoy

Bobrinskoy__Mystery_of_Church_square.jpegFATHER BORIS, in his introduction, identifies a growing tension between the “original and ultimate Truth” of the Church, on the one hand, and its incarnation, on the other. Theologically speaking, the Church is a mystery, the “locus and mode of mankind’s communion in... Continue Reading


The Love of Learning and the Desire for God

Feast of St Ariadne the Martyr
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture by Jean Leclercq

Leclerq_Love_learning_square.jpgORIGINALLY presented as lectures to Benedictine novices over fifty years ago, this book conveys an immediacy and relevance that draws the reader into the neighborhood of ideas and culture that has so often rejuvenated ad renewed the wider Christian community. Leclercq offers countless insights into fundamental... Continue Reading


Happiness and Contemplation

Feast of St Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia
Happiness and Contemplation by Josef Pieper; introduction by Ralph McInerny

Happiness___Contemplation_Square.jpegIN THE "EIGHTH day,” says St. Augustine, we shall rest and see, see and love, love and praise. In this world of shadows, that trajectory still holds; leisure (rest) makes possible contemplation (seeing) in which is found a foretaste of our only lasting happiness (love and praise). Ten years after the publication... Continue Reading


Idiot Psalms

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Adrian & Natalie
Idiot Psalms: New Poems by Scott Cairns

Idiot_Psalms_Square.jpgFOURTEEN “Idiot Psalms” are surrounded by dozens of other poems by one of our favorite poets. This collection by Cairns follows several other works of poetry, essays, and memoir, and will prove his most challenging work yet. Acclaimed fellow poet B. H. Fairchild says of Cairns: “Among American poets of religious belief at the... Continue Reading