First published in 1939, Georges Bernanos’s Saint Dominic is the foundation for this small volume on the saint whose Order of Preachers recently celebrated its 800th Jubilee. Bernanos brings the touch of the novelist to the much-neglected art of Christian hagiography, with St. Dominic as his subject. Under the deft touch of Giambrone’s translation, the bold, brash grammar of Bernanos’s sketch of the Preacher of Grace is brought to life for the first time in English. To accompany Bernanos’s work, Giambrone has also translated and introduced True Devotion to Saint Dominic, by Marie-Étienne Vayssière, O.P., as well as compiled a postlude of prayers and hymns to Saint Dominic and his Order.
“For Bernanos, the life of a saint is a prodigy of God’s grace, which escapes the deterministic science of cause and effect.” ~from the Introduction
Paperback: 128 pp.
The Pilgrim of the Absolute
The Pilgrim of the Absolute is a collection of Léon Bloy’s writings, selected and edited by Raissa Maritain. The volume shows Bloy at the heights of his implacable fury toward the rich and haughty and at the depths of his seemingly inescapable poverty. Bloy spared no one with the excoriations that poured from his pen—a fact from which the selections of Maritain do not shy away, allowing the reader to experience firsthand the frustrating paradox of the Pilgrim of the Absolute.
Paperback: 336 pp.
The Economic Role of the State
By William Aylott Orton
Introduction by J. Daniel Hammond, Ph.D.
The Economic Role of the State explores and explicates the fundamental principles of a government in liberal society that are deeper than demand and supply or any other theories of economics. These principles are philosophical and anthropological in nature, concerning what humans are and what human lives are about, both individually and socially. As J. Daniel Hammond, Ph.D., succinctly states in his Introduction to this new edition: “What is needed today for all of us, economists, students of economics, and educated adults, is a return to a former understanding of man and the role of the state. It is this return that William Aylott Orton provides in The Economic Role of the State.”
Paperback: 240 pp.
The Nature of the Human Soul
By Sr. Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P.
Foreword by Wojciech Giertych, O.P.
The Nature of the Human Soul: Philosophical Anthropology & Moral Theology analyzes the nature of the faculties of the soul, with special emphasis on the intellect, will, and emotions as the primary faculties for human action. Using Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas’s classical teachings, Sr. Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P., describes the faculties according to their natures and operations, with a view toward discussing the complications of human choices and actions.The Nature of the Human Soul is intended to prepare the student for further study into the nature of morality itself and the necessary connection with the teaching of the Gospel and the action of grace in the soul.
Paperback: 126 pp.
Happiness is the ultimate goal of each human person.
What is happiness, truly, and how can we attain it?
By Georges Bernanos
Joy is the story of Chantal de Clergerie, a young woman and visionary who lives a life defined by innocence and purity in the midst of a tangle of insanity, and Abbé Cénabre, a priest grappling with apostasy. In keeping with the other great works of award-winning author Georges Bernanos, Joy is a captivating, insightful, and profound look into the depths of the interior life. In 1929, Joy was awarded the Prix Femina, a literary prize given to what is deemed the best French novel of the year.
“Andrew Kaethler’s introduction and notes provide a friendly, informed, welcoming guide to this still-too-little-known work.” ~Michael Ward, University of Oxford
Paperback: 340 pp.
Come Rack, Come Rope
By Robert Hugh Benson
Come Rack, Come Rope is one of Robert Hugh Benson’s best-known novels. Based on true events and individuals in the time of the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics in England, it centers on Robin and Margaret, who give up their love for another and hope of marriage in order to minister to their persecuted neighbors. Masterfully weaving the historical source material with his own creative additions, Benson presents an unflinchingly truthful portrayal of the terror of those times along with an achingly beautiful depiction of true faith.
“Benson was one of the brightest lights in the Catholic literary firmament…”
~Joseph Pearce, in his article “Robert Hugh Benson:
Remembering a Forgotten Giant” in The Imaginative Conservative
The Theology of Prayer
By Joseph Clifford Fenton
The Theology of Prayer, written by one of the twentieth century’s foremost theologians, distills the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, Thomas a Vallgornera, and Joseph a Spiritu Sancto, among other great scholastic theologians, on the nature of Christian prayer, whose writings hold such treasures on praying effectively that their loss would be a tragedy for the people of God. In these pages, Monsignor Fenton clearly and concisely presents to the contemporary reader the scholastics’ works and their insights on Sacred Scripture and Tradition. With The Theology of Prayer, Fenton revitalizes the work of those theologians, preserving their insights and presenting plainly what God has revealed about prayer and how the Church has preserved and expounded that revelation for the good and the salvation of all who believe.
“Prayer is something, then, which is instituted, and which is commanded, for our benefit. It tends to make us love God more fully, hope in Him with greater confidence, and serve Him with greater devotion.” ~Msgr. Joseph C. Fenton
Paperback: 290 pp.
Like a Roaring Lion
By Orestes Brownson
Introduction and Notes by Gerald J. Russello
Like a Roaring Lion (first published in 1854 as The Spirit-Rapper: An Autobiography) is an intellectual tour de force and a spiritual odyssey through the religious kaleidoscope of nineteenth-century America. Orestes Brownson witnessed firsthand the obsession of his age with spiritualism and the occult, and in Like a Roaring Lion he undertakes the daunting task of illustrating its temptations and dangers. Today, no less than in the 1850s, does the spirit of the age and the lord of this world still whisper that we humans can be as gods.
“Congratulations for bringing this quirky, deep, and uncannily relevant novel of Brownson back into print. The novel is, most of all, a defense of the realism of true or Catholic religion.” ~Peter Augustine Lawler, Berry College
Paperback: 374 pp.
Dan England and the Noonday Devil
By Myles Connolly
Introduction and Notes by Stephen Mirarchi
Dan England and the Noonday Devil was Myles Connolly’s favorite of his five books. Indeed, with the profound philosophic sensibility and keen artistic vision that marked Connolly’s craft in the outstanding Mr. Blue shining out even brighter here, one can easily why. Dan England is a merry and magnanimous man, whose occupation in life is the forging of friendships and the spreading of joy. Believing totally in the capacity of his friends to reach the heroic heights of sainthood, Dan himself is beset by doubts as he battles against that most insidious of foes: acedia, or the “noonday devil.”
Take and read. Dan England and the Noonday Devil might just become your favorite Myles Connolly book as well.
“With its focus on fatherhood and servant leadership, Connolly’s Dan England and the Noonday Devil raises themes both universal and of immediate import.” ~Paul Almonte, St. Peter’s College
Paperback: 316 pp.
The Princess and the Goblin
By George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin is a captivating tale of courage, enchantment, and friendship. Princess Irene is “a sweet little creature…with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue,” who lives a lonely life in mountainous kingdom, with only her nurse for company. One day, the Princess follows a secret stairway in her castle and discovers the presence of her great-great-grandmother in a high tower. With the help of her great-great-grandmother, a magical thread, and the healing powers of fire-roses, Irene will join her friend Curdie, the son of a miner, to save the kingdom from evil goblins.
“I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence…. It is called The Princess and the Goblin.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Paperback: 266 pp.
The Princess and Curdie
By George MacDonald
The Princess and Curdie continues the adventures of Princess Irene and Curdie the miner’s son. Curdie is given a quest. He must travel to Gwyntystorm and there join with Princess Irene in saving the King from a sinister and deadly plot spun by the King’s own ministers. With the help of a magical gift from the great-great-grandmother’s fire-roses, Curdie has a secret power to discern who is a friend and who is an enemy. But the real power is in his heart and in the heart of the Princess: to do better, grow better, and be better, for only by the power of goodness will the King be saved. The Princess and Curdie is a timeless classic from George MacDonald, worth reading again and again and again.
“There is only one way I care for. Do better, and grow better, and be better.….” ~The Princess and Curdie
Paperback: 232 pp.
By George MacDonald
Credited with influencing the fantasy writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Phantastes is a magnificent tale of spiritual questing and sacrifice. It tells the tale of Anodos, who inherits a key from his father and finds in the drawer to which it goes an ancient fairy who gives him a glimpse of Fairy Land. The next morning, Anados awakes to find his bedroom taking form of a glorious wood and thus begins his adventures in Fairy Land. In this remarkable, quixotic fairytale, George MacDonald weaves intricate narratives as his protagonist combats tree-spirits and his shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth.
Most myths were made in prehistoric times…. But every now and then there occurs in the modern world a genius…who can make such a story. MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know. ~C.S. Lewis
Paperback: 266 pp.
By George MacDonald
Lilith is the story of Mr. Vane, an orphan and heir to his family estate and fortune. The mysterious librarian at his family’s home—“Mr. Raven”—appears and claims to have known not only Mr. Vane’s father but all his ancestors before him. Mr. Vane is led by the librarian through an old mirror and into a “region of the seven dimensions” where he explores various hallucinatory manifestations of good and evil.
Journeying through this strange land, Mr. Vane is caught up in a cosmic conflict and must reconcile his perceptions of reality with his new understandings. In chronicling the five trips Mr. Vane makes to this other world, MacDonald, in his strikingly visual prose, hauntingly explores the ultimate mystery of evil.
Most myths were made in prehistoric times…. But every now and then there occurs in the modern world a genius…who can make such a story. MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know. ~C.S. Lewis
Paperback: 366 pp.
Reconvene with Psmith as he takes on the Big Apple as no one else can, managing a newspaper, battling with gangs, and confronting slum lords. While his friend Mike Jackson tours the U.S.A. playing cricket for Cambridge, Psmith befriends Billy Windsor, the sub-editor of the homely paper, Cosy Moments. Appalled by the political corruption and poverty of New York, Psmith and Billy turn Cosy Moments into a voice as “the guardians of the People’s rights.” The gangs and various beneficiaries of the crooked system are not thrilled about this journalistic development. But Psmith is not daunted. The cry goes round, “Cosy Moments cannot be muzzled!”
Paperback: 260 pages
“The thought that a girl could be as pretty as this one and yet dislike him so much was one of the saddest things Jimmy had ever come across. It was like one of those Things Which Make Me Weep in This Great City so dear to the hearts of the sob-writers of his late newspaper.”
Jimmy Crocker’s life, after his father marries into money, is a succession of late nights and painful mornings. However, his past as a writer for the New York Chronicle comes back to haunt him when he falls in love with the very girl whose poetry collection he lambasted in his column: Ann Chester. Hoping to save his bacon and put himself in a place where he can win the heart of this wonderful girl, he adopts a fake name in order to circumvent her loathing for “Piccadilly Jim.” Before you know it, Jimmy is— in classic Wodehouse fashion—entangled in a web of paternal butlers, scaly aunts, identity crises, an attempted kidnapping, and a prototype explosive.
Paperback: 344 pp.
Psmith in the City
“Psmith’s work—well, it stood alone. You couldn’t compare it with anything. There are no degrees in perfection. Psmith’s work was perfect, and there was an end to it.”
Jaunt with Psmith (the preliminary “P” is not sounded, “as in pshrimp”), one of P.G. Wodehouse’s most delightful creations, as he navigates Mike Jackson and himself through the hustle and bustle of the City and the world of high finance. When Mike’s father suffers a significant pecuniary loss, Mike, a sportsman to the last, forgoes his Cambridge education and seeks gainful employment in London at the New Asiatic Bank. There Psmith joins him and, determined to see their futures settled, sets about charting a bright and beneficial course toward a happy state of affairs for one and all. Along the way, Psmith and Jackson push the Bank’s manager, J. Bickersdyke, to the brink of madness, mingle with Socialists at Clapham Common, and find time for plenty of cricket, with Psmith dispensing pearls of his witty wisdom to one and all along the way.
Paperback: 234 pp.
A Damsel in Distress
“The realization came over George that, though he might be in love, the fairway of love was dotted with more bunkers than any golf course he had ever played on in his life.”
When Lady Patricia Maud Marsh leaps into his taxicab and begs him to hide her, American musical composer George Bevan is swept off his feet and into an intricate web of romantic intrigue strung around Belpher Castle. Mistaken identities, scheming aunts, and crafty servants come together in this classic Wodehouse comedic caper. Maud’s family believes George to be another American with whom she had a romance a year ago; Maud’s aunt wants her to marry Reggie Byng, who is in love with Alice Faraday, Maud’s father’s secretary; Maud’s father, meanwhile, has fallen in love with an actress. George, with the help of Reggie, must win Maud’s heart or love’s labor will be lost!
Paperback: 332 pp.
“Wanted — Young Man of Good Appearance, who is rough and reckless, to undertake delicate and dangerous enterprise.”
When the absentminded Earl of Emsworth pockets the prize piece of Mr. J. Preston Peters’ collection of scarabs, he sets in motion an adventure that only the wonderful world of Blandings Castle could house. Mr. Peters offers a lucrative reward to Mr. Ashe Marson to retrieve the scarab. Unbeknownst to him, his daughter Aline has hired Joan Valentine to do the same. Also at Blandings is George Emerson, who wants to marry Aline. But Aline is engaged to Lord Emsworth’s son, the Honorable Freddie Threepwood, who fears that Joan is going to sue him for breach of promise. In all of this, of course, no one can take a step without tripping over Lord Emsworth’s secretary, the Efficient Baxter.
Paperback: 306 pp.
By François Mauriac
Introduction and Notes by Timothy P. O’Malley; Preface by Stephen Mirarchi
Paperback: 352 pp.
A man’s letter to his estranged wife, explaining his hatred for her and their children, is transformed under Mauriac’s masterful pen into a diary of spiritual and psychological battles against God, family, and self. With remarkable subtlety and sensitivity, Mauriac relates the transformation of Monsieur Louis by the sublime workings of grace. Vipers’ Tangle’s superb arc and unflinching examination of the human heart makes it easily one of the greatest novels—Catholic or otherwise—of all time.
“Mauriac remains unequalled in conciseness and expressive force of language.” ~Anders Österling, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy
Available January 9, 2017
Grace comprises a series of conferences given by Raphael Moss, O.P., to students at Oxford University at the end of the nineteenth century. Theologically rich and doctrinally sound, Fr. Moss’s conferences are rooted in the fertile soil of Thomistic thought, and aim at aiding the reader “to contemplate the workings of this supernatural life, to understand the sources of its power and energy, the means to which it has recourse in time of weakness and failure and the consequences of final triumph or defeat.”
Paperback: 264 pages
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Dominican Saints
By Ambroise Gardeil, O.P.
Introduction by Romanus Cessario, O.P.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Dominican Saints introduces us to a series of Dominican saints and illustrates how each saint embodies a particular beatitude and Gift of the Holy Spirit. We learn of the spirited fortitude of St. Catherine de Ricci, the exceptional prudence of St. Antoninus, and the extraordinary wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. As Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., states in the Introduction: “Dominican saints characteristically labor without toil. They demonstrate the connaturality of holiness, that is, they exhibit the way that the elevated life of grace attaches itself to our human nature and capacities.”
Paperback: 154 pages
By Henry Gilbert
“He robs the rich and the proud who themselves have robbed to glut their greed and their pride; but he giveth aid and comfort to the poor, and that seemeth to be no man’s desire to do. I will gladly see this man, and by the favor of heaven I will make him my friend.”
Meet Robin Hood in the midst of all the beauty and tragedy of twelfth-century England, where faith grapples with greed and justice wars against oppression. Gilbert’s tactile and touching tale of one man’s fight for justice shows why the tale of Robin Hood lives on and is worth hearing again and again—because Robin Hood’s love for justice and right is one worth making our own.
Paperback: 314 pp.
By Robert Edward Brennan, O.P.
Edited and with an Introduction by Cajetan Cuddy, O.P.
When one lists the influential figures who gave shape to the modern psychological disciplines, a thirteenth-century philosopher and theologian does not immediately come to mind. In Thomistic Psychology, Robert Edward Brennan, O.P., explains how philosophical principles influence psychological practice and inquiry. Although Thomistic Psychology first appeared over seventy-five years ago, its methodology and analysis remain relevant. Any student of psychology and philosophy will find the argument Father Brennan advances in these pages enlightening and thought-provoking. In an age characterized by disputes about human life, personhood, and identity, clear thinking about human nature could not be more important. This book deserves careful attention because its subject—the truth about what it means to be human—remains an essential part of the human experience.
Paperback: 372 pages
NOTE: This item will ship on December 14, 2016.
The Idea of a University
By John Henry Newman
Introduction by Don J. Briel and Afterword by Christopher O. Blum
We need this compelling statement of the classical and Christian educational ideal even more than when it was written in 1852.
In The Idea of a University, Blessed John Henry Newman champions a “discipline of mind” that enables its possessor to distinguish essence from accident, means from end, and good from evil. These habits are now all too rare. The reader of The Idea of a University will delight in the melody of Newman’s prose, the sharpness of his insights, and the force of his arguments, but will also rejoice to find something incomparably more valuable, a vast vista of an orderly life of learning with a glimpse of the mind’s last end—God. This new edition contains a Introduction by Don J. Briel and an Afterword by Christopher O. Blum as well as a Newman reading list and questions on the text to invite discussion and reflection.
“A close reading of Newman, in this marvelous new edition, may help spark the reform that American high education desperately needs.” ~George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC
Paperback: 470 pages
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
By John of St. Thomas
Introduction by Cajetan Cuddy, O.P.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit remains a classic text of Thomistic theology and spirituality. Its author, John of St. Thomas, provides a marvelous example of how sound philosophy and theology bear significant implications for happy living. This book, like its topic, may intimidate the casual reader. However, any investment of time and energy given to its pages does not go unrewarded. Father Walter Farrell, O.P., said it well: “Here in this book, even the most unscholarly will get a glimpse, again and again, of the glory of God in the soul of man.”
“Priests and seminarians will find in this book a rich source for pastoral counseling. Students and teachers will learn about aspects of the moral life that oftentimes go unnoticed in the standard literature. Everyone will rejoice to discover gifts from on high that energize the everyday Christian life here below.” ~Romanus Cessario, O.P.
“This classic will provide guidance to the perplexed and encouragement to the weary.” ~Scott Hahn
Paperback: 430 pages
The Seven Last Words from the Cross
By St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J.
Introduction by Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D.
The Seven Last Words from the Cross, first published in 1618 amidst the Catholic Counter-Reformation, is a powerful reflection on the final words of Jesus Christ. In its pages, St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., provides a profound guide for meditation on the way of the cross and the mystery of our redemption. These seven words, the “last sermon” of the world’s Redeemer, comprise everything that the prophets foretold about Christ: his preaching, prayers, sufferings, and miracles. The Seven Last Words from the Cross holds a wealth of insight for the whole of the Christian life, pointing always to Christ, who was lifted up on the cross so “that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
“True to his spiritual father St. Ignatius, Bellarmine invites us to enter into relationship with Christ and his passion so we can be changed by it. Christian Washburn has done a great service to the Church in making this spiritual treatise available to a modern audience.”
~Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop,
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Paperback: 320 pages
The Church of Christ
A Collection of Essays by Monsignor Joseph C. Fenton
Edited and with an Introduction by Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D.
The Church of Christ is a collection of writings by Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton, a distinguished American theologian of the twentieth century. From these essays, readers will gain insight into Christ’s living presence in the Church, the controversies surrounding the marks of the Church, the foundational principles of the Church’s relationship to the state, and more.
“Absolutely essential reading for any serious student of ecclesiology.”
~~Christopher Malloy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology,
University of Dallas
Paperback: 362 pages
From the Eucharist to the Trinity
By Marie Vincent Bernadot, O.P.
From the Eucharist to the Trinity is a wonderful book for those hoping to deepen their desire for the Eucharist and let the Trinity take root in their hearts. This new English edition of Fr. Bernadot’s French classic features an insightful Introduction from Sr. Maria of the Angels, O.P., celebrating the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order.
“…a modern classic of the spiritual life, more pertinent today than when it first appeared almost a hundred years ago. It is a great gift for this book once again to be available in English.” ~Bruce D. Marshall, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Paperback: 142 pages
The State in Catholic Thought
By Heinrich A. Rommen, LL.D
Introduction by Bruce P. Frohnen, Ph.D.
Poverty. The environment. The family. Education. Freedom of religion.
What is the role of the State in promoting human flourishing in light of unprecedented challenges to the very fabric of society?
The State in Catholic Thought is a masterful survey of the development of the Church’s teaching on the relationships between the nation-state and individuals, families, and local and international communities. Professor Bruce Frohnen’s Introduction sets Rommen and his work in political and intellectual context, brilliantly encapsulating Rommen’s analysis and the importance of his magnum opus in assisting readers to find the means of renewing a more just political and social order.
Paperback: 770 pages
The English Way
By G.K. Chesterton, Bede Jarret, et al (edited by Maisie Ward)
The English Way, edited by one of the most important Christian humanists and publishers of the twentieth century, Maisie Ward, looks at the lives, ideas, and deaths of the great Roman Catholic Anglo-Saxons. All the men and women in this book served the Church faithfully and with great zeal. Contributors to The English Way include Bede Jarrett and Christopher Dawson, Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton, as well as E. I. Watkin and Maisie Ward herself.
“Books don’t come any better than this!” ~Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College, Nashville, TN
Paperback: 365 pages
Enemies of the Permanent Things
In the 1960s, Russell Kirk lectured and debated on many college campuses, ably defending traditional ideas against various liberal and radical adversaries. Enemies of the Permanent Things, first published in 1969, is the most significant extended meditation on culture and politics to come out of the rough and tumble of those years. It is an invaluable document, articulating the response of a critical witness to the radically anti-authoritarian turn taken by the intellectual elite in that destructive decade.
“‘Reading of great lives does something to make decent lives,’ writes Russell Kirk in Enemies of the Permanent Things, an unjustly neglected gem among his works. His invaluable distinction between norms and the too-often-misused word values is but one of the treasures to be found within this eminently quotable volume.” ~James E. Person Jr., author of Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind (1999)
Prayer and Intelligence & Selected Essays
Jointly authored by Jacques and Raissa Maritain, Prayer and Intelligence is a practical book about mental prayer and how to pray. It is also a book about the intellectual life. Accompanying Prayer and Intelligence are two essays, Liturgy and Contemplation, also written by Jacques and Raïssa together, and Notes on the Lord’s Prayer, written by Raïssa. All three of the works contained in this volume are written by friends, for friends, seeking to know and love God. If we wish to grow in our spiritual life, this book serves as a great guide.
Paperback: 194 pages
By Nicanor Austriaco, OP, James Brent, OP, Thomas Davenport, OP, and John Baptist Ku, OP
Evolutionary theory has raised numerous disputed questions among Catholics and other Christians concerning the relationship between faith and reason and between religion and science. Thomistic Evolution shows that the Thomistic intellectual tradition, grounded in the philosophical and theological synthesis of St. Thomas Aquinas, provides insightful and compelling responses to these questions.
“These essays present a remarkably lucid synthesis of Thomistic philosophy and theology in service of a timely Christian engagement with evolutionary science…. Indispensable for anyone who wants to think clearly about these issues.” ~Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City
Paperback: 272 pages
Art and Scholasticism
By Jacques Maritain
Introduction by Brian Barbour
Art and Scholasticism is Jacques Maritain’s classic argument for an objective view of both art and the artist. Like T. S. Eliot, Maritain sees the artist as essentially a maker or craftsman and not the vatic orifice of romanticism’s myth. Maritain provides a strong dissenting perspective on the lazy, self-flattering artistic assumptions of the past two centuries. Brian Barbour’s Introduction gives a fascinating summary of Maritain’s philosophical background, his conversion to Catholicism and work in Thomistic thought, and the importance of Art and Scholasticism in understanding aesthetics—be it in poetry, painting, music, or literature. Art and Scholasticism is a must-read for lovers of art and wisdom alike.
Art and Scholasticism influenced some of the greatest Christian artists of the twentieth century, including T.S. Eliot, Igor Stravinsky, David Jones, and Flannery O’Connor—artists whose work was daring, experimental, radical in the deepest sense. May it have such a generative impact in our own time. ~Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image, and the author of Beauty Will Save the World and other books
Paperback: 296 pages
By Myles Connolly
J. Blue is a mysterious man. Charming and carefree, he goes from rags to riches after the inheritance of an unexpected fortune, only to forgo money and power for the love of Lady Poverty. This life of service leads him to embrace fully his Christian faith—loving the unlovable, instructing the ignorant, and remembering that it is by grace that we are saved. In this new edition of Myles Connolly’s 1928 novel, which features a special Preface by Connolly’s own daughter, readers can again encounter the mystery of “Mr. Blue.” Stephen Mirarchi’s Introduction places the book in historical context and explains its literary structure, and his exhaustive Notes reveal Connolly’s sharp command of his craft. Readers will see more clearly than ever before how “Blue made one believe almost anything is possible,” especially a life of joyful self-giving.
“This little book is a gem.” ~Joseph Pearce, Aquinas College
“This new edition includes superlative notes that will illuminate Blue’s contemporary Catholic world for any reader.” ~Paul J. Contino, Pepperdine University
“At last! A popular classic is given its due with the full scholarly treatment. A refreshing ride with Mr. Blue and his Chestertonian wisdom and innocence.” ~Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society
Paperback: 246 pages
The Timeless Dominic: A Commentary on the O Lumen
By Richard T. A. Murphy, O.P.
The Timeless Dominic sets forth the holiness of Dominic de Guzman, showing how in his dedication to the Truth, his example of patience, his devotion to chastity, and his love of wisdom, this 12th-century mendicant preacher so reflected the radiance of God’s goodness that he merited the title “Light of the Church.” The life of Dominic, as expressed in the O Lumen, is more than a source of platitudes. It is, in the words of the new Foreword by Sr. Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P., “a pattern of life formed by the gospel for all of us to live our calling faithfully, no matter the state of life.”
Paperback: 104 pages (illustrated, B&W)
The Living Water
By Pierre-Thomas Dehau, O.P.
Introduction by Sr. Maria of the Angels, O.P.
The Living Water, one of Fr. Pierre-Thomas Dehau’s many books, is a treatment of the contemplative life as the life of wisdom concerned with a mysterious reality, hidden and inaccessible to human powers alone. In these pages, the fruit of sixteen of his retreat conferences, Fr. Dehau guides the reader into an understanding of how to grow in union with God through charity and contemplation. The Living Water is essential reading for those who are living out a religious vocation, for those who are discerning the call to a religious vocation, and for parents who are educating their children in the school of virtue.
“This retrieval of a French spiritual classic is a welcome source of substantive spiritual refreshment in a sometimes arid contemporary landscape.” ~Daria Spezzano, Assistant Professor of Theology, Providence College
“The directness of the Dehau’s words and the depth of his message provide a treasure trove for the serious Christian longing to go forth into the heart of God.” ~Gabriel B. O’Donnell, OP, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Paperback: 170 pages
The Mystery of the Church
By Humbert Clerissac, O.P.
Preface by Jacques Maritain
The Mystery of the Church represents the final writings of Fr. Humbert Clerissac, O.P. In it, readers will find much-needed spiritual nourishment, gaining insights into the beauty and glory of the Church’s manifold mysteries. As Jacques Maritain writes in the Preface, Fr. Clerissac “asked of those who came to him to adhere fully to the mystery of the Church.”
“In this stunning book by Humbert Clerrisac, we discover a richly biblical, dogmatic, and mystical treatise…about Christ and the Church.” ~Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
Paperback: 148 pages
Complete Writings on America
By Edmund Burke
Complete Writings on America includes the most important speeches and writings on America by the eighteenth century philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke. Burke was a well-known orator who enjoyed a decades-long public career, whose speeches were republished many times in America during the 19th century, and whose works on political and philosophical issues continue to be highly influential today. This new edition provides a full account of Burke’s thoughts and actions in regard to the colonial crisis in American history and, more generally, the development of constitutionalism. It features a new Introduction by Bruce P. Frohnen, Ph.D., a widely acclaimed scholar on constitutionalism and jurisprudence.
Paperback: 388 pages
The Spirit of St. Dominic
By Humbert Clerissac, O.P.
Introduction by Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
The Spirit of St. Dominic is the fruit of retreat conferences preached by Fr. Clerissac to his Dominican brethren in England in 1908. In these pages, Fr. Clerissac presents the spirit of St. Dominic and his Order of Preachers, illuminating how this spirit is a living treasure for the Church today as it was at its genesis. As Thomistic Institute Director Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. writes in his Introduction, “a great work of theology has a perennial relevance.” Such indeed is the case with this collection of retreats given by Fr. Clerissac: perennially relevant, theologically beautiful.
“This beautiful book is a “must-read” for all Dominicans, for those who discern a vocation to the Order of Preachers, and for all who wish to encounter the unique apostolic character of the Dominican Order.” ~Dr. Reinhard Hütter, Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University
Paperback: 196 pages