Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering

Feast of St Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople
Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering edited by James F. Keating and Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Divine_Impassibility_and_Mystery_of_Human_Suffering_Square.jpegDOES GOD suffer along with his creation, or is He impassible—beyond the reach of all suffering and evil? Modern theologians, in the wake of epic tragedies such as the Holocaust or the Indonesian Tsunami, have increasingly challenged classical Christian doctrines of impassibility: “Since we... Continue Reading

Landscape with Two Saints: Brigit & Genovefa

Feast of St Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai
Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe by Lisa M. Bitel

Landscapes_with_Two_Saints_Square.jpegLISA BITEL calls Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit of Kildare (ca. 450-524) builder saints. Because they could not preach, teach, or otherwise conduct the rituals of Christianity, they “revised their landscapes . . . using purposeful travel and... Continue Reading

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