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Another Sort of Learning
James V. Schall, S.J.
"James V. Schall has written a delightfully odd book about books, because he believes that (1) to be educated is to confront the great questions about what is; that (2) many modern students, in or out of school, never learn to raise, much less answer, the great questions, thus are uneducated in the deepest sense; and that (3) great books, past and present, which wrestle deeply yet non-technically with these questions rather than passively mirroring popular culture with its myopia and prejudices, can fill this vacuum for anyone, in or out of school. It contains unusually sane reflections on education, unusually reflective reviews of books, and unusually discriminating booklists. Just the book I have wanted to give my students for years." -- Peter Kreeft, Boston College
"For years I have meant to write such a book as Another Sort of Learning, suggesting how the rising generation might acquire some measure of wisdom despite the intellectual vices or indifferences of the Academy; but I am happy that Schall has forestalled me. It is full of much valuable wisdom." -- Russell Kirk, Author, The Conservative Mind
"Few teachers can match Fr. Schall at conveying a sense of the life of the mind, few would have the audacity to write about 'what a student owes his teacher', or the charm to carry it off, or the wisdom to make it memorable. He never forgets that 'to learn' is a transitive verb, and that its object is truth." -- Joseph Sobran, Editor, National Review
"This is a book for those who like to read and to think--about ultimate questions of existence and essence, 'about time and learning, about humor and wonder'. It is chock-full of ideas about reason, faith, doubt, truth, evil and good." -- John H. Bunzel, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"Fr. Schall's observations about the American scene in general and education in particular are, as usual, wise and perceptive. He cuts against the grain in exactly the places where this needs to be done." -- Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University
Fr. James Schall, S.J., is a professor of Political Philosophy at Georgetown University, and the author of some 15 books in the areas of social issues, spirituality and literature.
pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95, ASL-P (ISBN 0-89870-183X)
A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith throughout the Christian Year
Evelyn Birge Vitz
A cookbook full of wonderful recipes and ideas drawn from throughout the Christian tradition, with suggestions about when, and why, these dishes might be served. It contains more than 275 recipes with which to celebrate all the holidays throughout the Christian year, as well as the many shared rituals that strengthen family bonds and enrich the significance of the day to day events of our lives. How these rituals, rites and feasts came about, how they are celebrated around the world, and how you can bring them into your home are described every step of the way. Includes wonderful illustrations.
A Continual Feast brings new meaning to "breaking bread together." A book to cook from and learn from, it includes: menus for holidays and every day recipes for all occasions from church picnics and Sunday suppers to birthdays, namedays, confirmations, and baptisms; wonderful cooking projects for children; recipes for Christmas giving; thoughtful suggestions on taking food to others; customs associated with many great Christian holidays from Advent through Pentecost as well as various saints days around the world; traditional meanings associated with particular foods; tips on fasting and abstinence; recipes that incorporate leftovers; quotations from the Bible and various theological and gastronomic sources; many recipes of varied ethnic origins; a wealth of Christian history and thought.
"Vitz celebrates the convergence of many ideas in the Christian tradition, from stories of the saints and the foods associated with their feast days, to lore on how Judeo-Christian traditions came about, to anecdotes on food names. The text provides fascinating reading, thanks to the author's light, conversational style and and excellent selection of recipes...." -- Booklist
"Food from many countries to celebrate all the important days of the Christian year. Vitz is an excellent discriminating cook who writes with intelligence, good humor, and a loving heart." -- Library Journal
"A cookbook that is quite unlike anything I've ever seen before. It is a celebration of food in the Christian tradition, especially as it relates to the family. With its nearly 300 recipes, wonderful drawings and thoughtful text, A Continual Feast will make a splendid Christmas gift for family people on your list." -- The National Catholic Register
"A Continual Feast has something for everyone. She provides recipes for the adventurous cook, for a baptism, foods of the Bible, and even tips on how to involve children in baking. An unpretentious, accessible Christian cookbook that will reward anyone eager to put the family back where it belongs." -- Charisma Magazine
Evelyn Birge Vitz is an Associate Professor in the French Department of New York University and co-director of the University's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. Her love of good food stems from the years she spent in Paris. Mrs. Vitz lives in New York City with her husband Paul and their six children.
Softcover, $19.75, CFE-P (ISBN 0-89870-3840)
Moment of Grace
Meditations on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Cardinal John O'Connor
Cardinal John O'Connor of New York presents profound and in-depth meditations on all aspects of the Catholic faith based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In a style that is personal and informal, Cardinal O'Connor draws from the Scriptures, Vatican II, and real life examples and experiences to help the reader have a better appreciation of the Catechism and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.
``Cardinal O'Connor's meditations provide a very readable, brilliant, engaging and entertaining guide through the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.'' -- Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
pp, Sewn Softcover, $19.75, MG-P (ISBN 0-89870-5541)
the Lover Sings
Art and Contemplation
The popular and highly regarded Pieper speaks of the necessity for human persons to be able to contemplate and appreciate beauty to develop their full humanity. Pieper expresses succinctly that the foundation of the human person in society is leisure, free time in which one can contemplate, be receptive to being and its beauty.
"Joy is more profound than sadness, and our capacity to delight in what is mostly determines what we are. Josef Pieper's welcome guidance on leisure, festivity, and contemplation is the most secure and most exciting way to arrive at, and to delight in, the truth in things. Pieper teaches us through music, sculpture, and poetry to see the luminous beauty that reflects an origin deeper than themselves." -- James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University
pp, Sewn Softcover, $9.95, OLS-P (ISBN 0-89870-3026)
Reinhold Schneider on the Experience of the West
Hans Urs von Balthasar
In Tragedy Under Grace, Hans Urs von Balthasar presents a magisterial portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the European Catholic renaissance, the historian and man of letters, Reinhold Schneider, whose response to the spiritual collapse of the West led him to Christ and to an interpretation of history in the light of the cross. Balthasar's painstaking reconstruction of Schneider's spiritual and intellectual itinerary, which traces the author's discovery of the presence of grace in the tragic conflicts of history, will be valuable for those desiring to understand the historical experience of the West, the relationship between faith and culture, or the role of the Catholic layman in the world. Anyone looking for a profound -- and costly -- response to the cultural crisis of our own day will also find in this book a source of understanding and inspiration.
295 pp, Sewn Softcover, $22.95, TUG-P, ISBN 0-89870-555-X
The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom
by Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
This book is a Catholic library in miniature, a one-volume microcosm of what the Church's great minds have thought and said since the apostolic age. Noted theologian Fr. John A. Hardon has compiled the works of thirty-three of the greatest Catholic thinkers and writers, representing every period of the Church's passage through time, from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day.
pp, Sewn Softcover, $26.95, TCW-P (ISBN 0-89870-5398)
on a Mission from God
The Generation X Guide to John Paul II and the Real Meaning of Life
Mary Beth Bonacci
The generation of Catholics who have come of age since Vatican II were raised in a society which encouraged them to question what their parents accepted on faith. They were formed by a system of religious education which was in many ways struggling to keep up with rapid social change.
John Paul II is a pope for these times. He recognizes that today's young people have many questions. He sees emerging in them a deep and sincere faith struggling for support. In response, he has designated World Youth Day, where he comes to youth to bring the truth and the love of the Roman Catholic Church.
In this book, Mary Beth Bonacci, a popular youth speaker and writer, joins with John Paul II in bringing young Catholics a clearer understanding of the Church and their role in it. She takes his quotes from the five World Youth Day events and "unpacks" them, explaining the truths of the faith clearly and concisely. This book is perfect for the Catholics of "Generation X"--and for Catholic "youth" of any age who wish to understand and to deepen their faith.
"Bonacci conveys the pope's message with excitement and verve. I wish I had this book as a teenager. Mary Beth speaks to teens with a rare openess and understanding." --Karl Keating, Author, Catholicism and Fundamentalism
pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95, WMG-P (ISBN 0-89870-5673)
The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood
By S.T.D. Mark I. Miraville
Published in 1991, Riehle Foundation (Milford, OH)
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