Category Archives: Dialogue: The Divine and Human Dynamic of Modern Life

Gregory the Great: Moral Reflections on the Book of Job: Volume 3 (Books 11-16)

Cistercian Press continues their unearthing of a spiritual classic with the publication in 2016 of Volume 3 of Gregory the Great’s “Moral Reflections on the Book of Job.” The translator is Brother Brian Kerns, who has lived primarily at the … Continue reading

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New Popular Commentary on the Gospel of John

Our Sunday Visitor has recently published a massive (672 pages) but manageable popular commentary on the Gospel of John by eminent biblical spirituality writer George Martin. This work complements his commentaries on the other Gospels and is written in a … Continue reading

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The Moralia, A Classic Newly Available

One of the great classics of Western Literature, “Moral Reflections on the Book of Job”, otherwise known as the Moralia, has not been fully translated into English since 1848, and that translation is outdated. Further, it is very difficult to … Continue reading

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Monastic Practices by Charles Cummings, OSCO

Cistercian Publications, an imprint of The Liturgical Press, has recently released a revised edition of Trappist monk Charles Cumming’s Monastic Practices.  The first point to make clear is that this is almost as appropriate for laypersons as for monks. The … Continue reading

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New titles by Cardinal Martini – Highly recommended!

In 2015, Paulist Press posthumously published two titles by the eminent biblical scholar and church leader, Cardinal Carlo Martini, SJ. “Toward the Light” are Cardinal Martini’s meditations on Advent and Christmas, “Disciples of the Risen Christ” are his reflections on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reflections on Old Age: A Study in Christian Humanism

The book is not an easy read, but an essential one. Aging is not an issue amenable to superficiality and trivialization, and thus Dr. Murphy does the reader a service by not capitulating to contemporary desires for over-simplification and politicization. The book is readable, stimulating, interesting, affordable, and dialogical. The author brings his own experiences in prudently, without becoming autobiographical or testimonial. The book makes for an excellent companion to old age. Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s University Press

I am particularly interested in this press because their works are not only for academics, but also for informed laypersons. They are not overly abstract or remote from real life, as academic publications can be. One of the positive traits of most Catholic academic presses is that they still focus on quality rather than marketability. Many mainstream Catholic and Christian presses are so marketing driven that it is obvious that their commitment to topical excellence is compromised. Author platform is becoming as important to Catholic presses as it is to secular ones, which is unfortunate —- hence a decline in the substance of publications. Continue reading

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