The Education of a Historian

John W. O’Malley SJ The Education of a Historian: A Strange and Wonderful Story. Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2021, 192p. O’Malley says that The Education of a Historian is not an autobiography. Yet it is definitely a biography. It is more a sharing of growth as a historian. He taught history as a young […]

Mass Exodus

Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II. By Stephen Bullivant. Oxford University Press, 2019. (Kindle edition) This is a book asking the question: “Why have Catholic people in the UK and America left the Catholic Church, especially those who have not returned?” Do any of them still say they are still […]

Discernment:Theology and Practice

Discernment: Theology and Practice, Communal and Personal. By Ladislas Orsy, SJ. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. This work is a slightly amended version of his 1976 volume, “Probing the Spirit: A Theological Evaluation of Communal Discernment. This earlier monograph was written for Jesuits who followed their founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, SJ. How does one discern […]

Midsummer Letter

My last letter, I believe, was for Easter April 4th. I also sent some letters when I first arrived in Cleveland. The summer letters and the Easter letter let you know how and why I am recuperating with the Bethany group needing assisted living care. Having just celebrated the Fourth of July and looking forward […]

Learned, Experienced and Discerning

Learned, Experienced and Discerning: St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross on Spiritual Direction by Mark O’Keefe OSB. The author gives us a historical and cultural view of the sixteenth century and the insights of two outstanding mystics and doctors of the Church who have learning, experience and ability to discern for themselves and […]

Christology of Religions

Christology of Religions by Gerald O’Collins, SJ. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2018.  xiv, 177 p. O’Collins in his Introduction tells us that Heinz Robert Schlette launched the term “theology of religions” ((p. vii). He continues “But so far as I know no one has proposed a “Christology of religions.” This is his contribution to theology of […]

Ministry in the Church

Ministry in the Church: A historical and Pastoral Approach.  2nd edition.  By Paul Bernier. Maryknoll, NY.  Orbis Books, 2015. xxv, 382 p. Paul Bernier, former editor of Emmanuel Magazine, published his first edition of Ministry in the Church with Twenty Third Publications in 1992. Orbis Books makes his second edition available in 2020. It is […]

When Bishops Meet

When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II.  By John W. O’Malley.  Cambridge, MA and London England: Harvard University Press, 2019.   O’Malley is an author who is an outstanding church historian, whose doctorate studies sermons delivered in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican during the sixteenth century. He […]

A Time for Hope

A Time for Hope: COVID 19 and the Eucharist Ernest Falardeau, SSS What have we learned from COVID19 and the Eucharist? In the midst of crisis, we have learned that the virus brings death and despair, but the Eucharist brings hope and trust in God and in ourselves. The Eucharist is the sacrament of faith, […]

The Common Good

The Common Good By Robert B. Reich. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. At fourteen years of age, Robert Reich heard John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech…” What can you do for America?” Seven years later he took a job as summer intern of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, and he felt he was doing something […]