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

God in Patristic Thought

Feast of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus
God in Patristic Thought by G. L. Prestige

God_in_Patristic_thought_Square.jpgThis is a recent reprint of a book first published in 1936, well worth revisiting because of its careful and organized look at themes in patristic Trinitarian theology. After meticulously combing through the works of the Greek Fathers to grasp the meanings of words as the Fathers actually used them, Prestige had assembled a lexicon... Continue Reading

Soil and Sacrament

Feast of the Holy Prophet Micah
Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

Soil___Sacrament_book_square.jpegSOIL AND SACRAMENT is the memoir of a pilgrimage about staying put. Author Fred Bahnson, though driven by a calling to grow food for people, had become burnt-out in his role as a community garden director. Realizing his current role was not a sustainable way to cultivate his spiritual and... Continue Reading

In Dominico Eloquio—In Lordly Eloquence

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration and Feast of the Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius
In Dominico Eloquio – In Lordly Eloquene: Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Louis Wilken edited by Paul M. Blowers, Angela Russell Christman, David G. Hunter, and Robin Darling Young

In_Dominico_Square.jpgWE OFFER TWO reasons you’ll want this book: the vision represented by its honoree, Robert Louis Wilken, and the bright excellence of the essays themselves.... Continue Reading

The Bible and the Liturgy

Feast of Sts Silvas, Crescens, Epenetus & Andronicus the Apostles of the 70
The Bible and the Liturgy by Jean Daniélou

Bible_and_Liturgy_square.jpgDANIELOU'S Bible and the Liturgy has been a perennial favorite since Eighth Day’s humble beginning as a four-room bookshop. A quick skim of chapter sixteen even fleshes out the significance of our name, but it’s the premise on which Jean Daniélou builds his “justly famous study” that places... Continue Reading

Truth Is Symphonic

Feast of the Prophet Ezekiel
Truth is Symphonic: Aspects of Pluralism by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Truth_is_Symphonic_Square.jpgON THE KNOTTY issue of pluralism, we offer the profound erudition and musicality of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Herein, he reflects on the theme of pluralism and its relation to the truths of Christianity. With his utility of metaphor, von Balthasar is able to speak appropriately concerning many mysteries of God. He presents God... Continue Reading

Christ, Our Way and Our Life

Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Procopius
Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony by Archimandrite Zacharias

Christ_True_Vine_Square.jpgArchimandrite Zacharias, a member of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England is the spiritual son of Archimandrite Sophrony, and therefore spiritual grandson of St. Silouan the Athonite. From all reports this humble, unassuming monk is as remarkable as his spiritual forebears.... Continue Reading

Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex

Feast of the Righteous Fathers Sergius & Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery
Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex by Philip LeMasters

Christ_Serving_Square.jpgTHE AUTHOR describes this work as “an ‘apologetic’ essay that aims to ground sex and marriage in the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist.'” Sex and Eucharist in one essay?! Certainly, no other topics could seem more divergent, even opposed, yet LeMasters claims to see... Continue Reading

Old Testament Homilies - 3 Volume Set

Feast of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist and of St Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner
Old Testament Homilies – 3 Volume Set by St John Chrysostom; translated by Robert Charles Hill

John_Chrysostom_square_3.jpgALTHOUGH ST John may best be known for his commentaries on the New Testament (for which St. Thomas Aquinas declared he would give ''the whole town of Paris''), he was well-versed in Old Testament interpretation... Continue Reading