Book Review: The Journey of the Mind to God

The Journey of the Mind to God by Bonaventure Saint Bonaventure was a medieval Franciscan theologian. He wrote this brief but dense work inspired by Francis of Assisi, who often focused on seeking peace as a way to God. Bonaventure meditated on this peace and found a way to the mystical contemplation of God. He [Read More…]

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Book Review – When You Suffer

Jeff Cavins latest book When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding is aptly titled. Added to the well known “Death and Taxes” should be added “suffering” as something guaranteed for us. Jesus did not say “If you happen to have a cross, pick it up.” It is how we handle suffering that is [Read More…]

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Book Reviews: Handed Down, Saints Who Battled Satan, Messy & Foolish

Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians by Jim Papandrea. Published by Catholic Answers Press. There are plenty of Catholic apologetic books showing the falseness of the idea of Sola Scriptura. As a part of this the subject of Apostolic Tradition is often covered in part. This book goes more in-depth regarding Apostolic [Read More…]

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Review: Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer

Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer This birth-to-death biography of Saint Thomas More has an interesting twist. As it goes through the personal history of More, it stops to review his various writings when he wrote them. Thomas More was the first great Christian humanist to write in English. He was close [Read More…]

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Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. In this post-nuclear-war future (centuries from now), education is something despised. Along with wiping out the government officials (all of whom were blamed for the war), the mobs killed as many intelligent people as they could (who were blamed for giving the government officials the power to [Read More…]

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Review: English Catholic Heroines ed. by Joanna Bogle

English Catholic Heroines edited by Joanna Bogle English Catholic Heroines covers the history of Catholicism from the 600s up to the present day (the last woman, Helen Asquith, died in 2000). Readers get a clear historical picture, seeing the original evangelization, many key figures during Reformation, the intellectual rebirth of Catholicism in the 1800s, and [Read More…]

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Review: The Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen

The Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen compiled and introduced by Fiona Bowie This book is a collection of thirty short passages from the writing of Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth century nun, abbess, theologian, musician, and writer. The passages are organized into sections like “The Trinity,” “Human Responsibility,” “The Harmony of the Celestial Spheres,” etc. [Read More…]

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Heloise and Abelard by Etienne Gilson

One of the most famous romantic tragedies of the Middle Ages was also a historical event–the relationship of Heloise and Abelard. Abelard was a philosopher and theologian teaching in Paris during the early 1100s. He had a towering intellect with an ego to match. His career was highly successful and occasionally controversial. He was hired [Read More…]

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Review – The Lost Mandate of Heaven

Usually reading history I feel rather detached from it. The skill of the writer can bring it more to life to me or at least make me interested in the people and events. The usual detachment is not what I felt at all reading The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh [Read More…]

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The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

The Wood is a magical place full of Fae creatures, some of whom wish to harm and others who wish to help visitors. The Wood is taken care of (he doesn’t really rule) by the Woodcutter, who whispers to the plants and has never felled an unwilling tree. His other duty is to maintain the [Read More…]

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