Wise Words in Soft Brown Leather: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living

A Year with the Church Fathers

I love a beautiful book.  And A Year With the Church Fathers is certainly beautiful, with its gilded pages, its ribbon marker, its beautiful art, its presentation page!  I could smell the soft leather when I tore the wrapper off the package.I found the meditations easy to read and understand.  Author Mike Aquilina explains how he arrived at the very clear, easily accessible translations: "The meditations are taken from classic translations of the Fathers.  I've modernized the language to mak … [Read more...]

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Joseph Bottum’s “AN ANXIOUS AGE”: He Had Me at ‘Hello’

Bottum - An Anxious Age

Joseph Bottum's important new book An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, has been sitting on my bedside table for a few months, just begging to be opened and sampled. I read a lot of books; I enjoy them, I often report on them. I just hadn't gotten around to this one. Yet.In fact, I'm not too proud to admit that it took a Comcast line breaking in our front yard (and the resultant loss of internet and cable service) that made me sit down this evening and crack … [Read more...]

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R.I.P. Stratford Caldecott, “Marvel” of Catholicism

I just heard the sad news:  Catholic writer Stratford Caldecott has died today of prostate cancer."Strat" Caldecott, the G.K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford, was a giant in the Catholic world.  Among his many credits, he served on the editorial board of the International Theological Journal Communio, as well as the Catholic Truth Society.  He was co-editor for Magnificat UK, and he published his own literary journal Second Spring.  Caldecott was involved with T&T C … [Read more...]

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