You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough, to suit me. I prefer coffee over tea, I am in full agreement with the basic sentiment. Gospel of Luke, which is under gradual drawing the portrait of the Pope for kids,000 words. And while reading today, in many ways, is a solitary activity, there is a deeply communal reality to reading: first in the conversation that takes place between author and reader, and then in the conversations that take place between the reader and other readers.
There is also a theological dimension. Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. Catholic World Report and the other Ignatius Press sites, as well as the dozens of Ignatius Press books published each year. I did not read many books right through this year. I did read in dozens of them, though, which I had read and often annotated in the marginalia—brief visits with old friends made over the course of 20 or 30 years. I did reread That Hideous Strength at the start of the year, and came to believe that Wither and Frost have been mistaken for models of virtue and good management by too many men too powerful for their mistake. That great and deeply learned man, eminent for his depth and breadth of culture and vision, liberated me from a terrible slavery two decades ago—that of believing one must read cover-to-cover—and I was happy to renew my gratitude to him.
Gnosticism, and here and there in his monumental Order and History, from all of which I learn at every reading once again that philosophy is discipleship, and that to be a philosopher is to be a disciple in a way of life, for which study in the discipline is only a necessary and not a sufficient condition. In reading in Voegelin this time, I understood for the first time what Voegelin means when he says that the essence of philosophy is the mystical problem, and the work of philosophy in the present day its recovery. I read the book on theosis that Carl E. Olson co-edited, Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification. Almost as soon as I’d picked it up, I knew it was too late for me: it was with enormous difficulty that I’d worked my way through the issues it addresses, some 15 or 20 years ago, when I had my first and only real intellectual crisis of faith. Christ is not a human person, but we call Him the New Adam. I could not understand how Christ’s lack of human personhood could not disqualify either him or us.
The answer is in the eschatological key of His whole mission: to draw humanity into the inner life of the Blessed Trinity, and make us to live directly of that life. 2018 is going to be a good year for reading, I can already tell. Let me get to it: I’ve abused your patience, gentle reader, quite enough. Altieri, PhD, is assistant professor of philosophy at the Collegium Augustinianum Research Institute and Graduate School of Philosophy, Theology and Classics. Ah, if only I could be original here. However, I suspect the very best book I read this last year is the same book which tops the list of many faithful Catholics this year—Robert Cardinal Sarah’s The Power of Silence. Problem is, I’m still reading it.
Having obtained a relatively early copy of the book upon its release, I might have expected to have finished the work by, say, at least mid-June. While working on a piece about Jonah I had occasion to read in depth St. Jerome’s short treatise on the Reluctant Prophet. Given what we know of the good saint’s own struggles with, well, a certain tendency toward irascibility, it is readily apparent in the gentle compassion he brings to his analysis of this well-known biblical figure that he sees in Jonah a kindred spirit.
I reread—as I do every Lent now—the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s The Cross and the Beatitudes. Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love. Martha famously burned all but three of the letters between herself and George. Finally, and certainly the most touching and enjoyable book I read all year, Tomie de Paola’s The Legend of the Poinsettia—though this may have been as much due to the precious granddaughter perched on my lap and at whose insistence I read the book six or seven times over the course of a half-hour as to the obvious beauty of the tale itself. Anderson is a regional director of religious education for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria and director of religious education for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora, Illinois. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and teacher challenges how we think about what is read-worthy, particularly for Americans.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and columnist, Dirda’s extensive range doesn’t disappoint. In a world of vulgarity—from song lyrics to political ranting—we ought to know that manners, erudition, beauty, and personal discipline inspire a vision of humanity that’s nearly lost to modern plundering of the human spirit. In September the statue of St. Junipero Serra in Santa Barbara was beheaded.