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 […]


The Second Mountain

The Second Mountain: The Quest for Moral Life. By David Brooks. New York: Random House, 2019. 346p. David Brooks is very well known for those who tune in to Shields and Brooks on the PBS News Hour each Friday evening, his editorials in the New York Times and his book “The Road to Character” published […]



John Henry Newman and His Age

Owen F. Cummings.   John Henry Newman and His Age. Eugene, OR: 2019, p. xvi, 180. Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, NM, describes Cardinal Newman in the Forward of Cummings’ book as “a man for all seasons”. Cummings speaks of Newman as a complex person who not only influenced the last quarter of the […]