Category: Books

Newman’s challenge to believers: re-reading Newman’s sermons

As an occasional continuation of our series ‘Lockdown Reading’. This week we are publishing an appreciation of an important book once very well known, but now neglected… Realizations: Newman’s own selections of his sermons edited by Vincent Ferrer Blehl, with a preface by Muriel Spark (Liturgical Press, 2009 [originally published 1964]) Teresa
 Whitington These 13 sermons…

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The false view of the world that shapes our lives today

We Built Reality: How social sciences infiltrated culture, politics and power by Jason Blakely (Oxford University Press, £64.00pb/$99.00hb/ €23.00pb) Frank
 Litton In a world of uncertainty one thing is certain: Ireland has changed significantly over the last 50 years. The way to describe, or evaluate, that change is less certain. Jason Blakely’s well-informed and accessible account…

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Recent Books in Brief

Sacred Space: The Prayerbook 2021  (Messenger Publications, €12.95/£15.49) The cover of the new edition of this always popular book shows a lighthouse at dusk, and out at sea a barely visible sailing ship in the distance. There came into my mind at once those lines from Newman, “lead, kindly light, amidst th’encircling gloom…”, which is…

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An outstanding Dominican preacher recalled by friends

Herbert McCabe. Recollecting a fragmented legacy by Franco Manni, foreward by David B. Burrell (Cascade Books, £50.00/$26.98) Frank
 Litton One man in his time can touch many minds and souls. Anthony Kenny, Alasdair MacIntyre, Stanley Hauerwas, David B. Burrell, Brian Davies, Rowan Williams, Denys Turner, are among today’s most eminent philosophers and theologians. All have produced…

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Dom Boylan’s Irish classic of spiritual literature

As an occasional continuation of our series ‘Lockdown Reading’, this week we are publishing an appreciation of a book once very well known, but now neglected… Seán 
Ryan Literature can generally be broken down to two forms – the easy-reading form encompassing the popular chic-lit, page-turner form, which high brows mightn’t even concede to be…

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