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Thursday, 21 May 2020

The Early Church From Christ to Constantine - Fr Anthony Meredith SJ - CTS Concise Histories

The Early Church From Christ to Constantine
CTS Concise Histories
Fr Anthony Meredith SJ
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860824203
CTS Booklet H506


This is the third volume I have read in the CTS Concise Histories series. I have enjoyed the few books I have read in this series. This volume could almost serve as an introduction for the first book in the new series Reclaiming Catholic History Series, The Early Church by James L. Papandrea. This book was a great little read. 

The chapters in this small volume are:

Introduction
The Pre Constantinian Church
Apologists for the Church
The Church in North Africa
The Church and Culture
Schism and Heresy
Conclusion

The description of the volume is:

“The growth of the Church in her first three hundred years was faster and stronger than can easily be accounted for on purely historical grounds. While Christianity offered a brighter hope to a weary world than rival religions, it demanded a drastic change of life: the courage of Christians under persecution and their care for the poor and widows were remarkable, but in the end Fr. Meredith attributes her remarkable vigour to her message about Jesus and the continuous guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

This book is a great resource. It is truly a concise volume. Coming in at 48 pages of text. The book does a great job of showing the mixed blessing of Constantine’s conversion and the change in the church from a persecuted minority to much bigger role. Fr Meredith has written a clear history. He presents both the growth of the church. The apostolic age, and the early heresies. 

This is a volume you can read on an afternoon over a large mug of tea. It is a great starting point or jumping off place. It is a wonderful read in an excellent series. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books in the CTS Concise Histories Series:
A Brief History of English Catholicism - Nicholas Schofield
Heresy through the Ages - Jerome Bertram
The Crusades What Really Happened - Jonathan Riley-Smith 
The Reformation in England – Raymond Edwards
The Inquisition – Fernando Cervantes
The Early Church From Christ to Constantine – Fr. Anthony Meredith SJ
The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage









Friday, 1 May 2020

The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage - CTS Concise Histories

The Dowry of Mary
CTS Concise Histories
Dr Raymond Edwards
Mgr John Armitage
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781784696320
CTS Booklet H515


Over the last few years I have read and reviewed over 100 books from the Catholic Truth Society. As soon as I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued. And the book did not disappoint. It is the latest title in the CTS Concise Histories series. The description of this volume is:

“On 29th March 2020, the Bishops of England will formally rededicate our country as the Dowry of Mary. This booklet explores this beautiful tradition and its importance for a rekindling of the historically famous Marian piety of England centred on the shrine at Walsingham.”

The sections in this volume are:

Part I
England as Mary’s Dowry: its Meaning and History 
by Raymond Edwards

Part II
Devotion to Our Lady in England 
by Mgr John Armitage
     1. Mary’s Yes at the Annunciation – Our Response
     2. Share My Joy
     3. The Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry 2020
     The Act of Dedication

On March 29th 2020 the Bishops of England rededicated the country as the Dowry of Mary. This rededication took place in cathedrals, parishes, schools and religious houses. People could also make their own dedication at home. We are told in the preface:

“To many, Catholics, and probably to most non-Catholics, this may seem a curious thing for our bishops to do, and to invite us to take part in. But it is worth taking a moment to understand the history and theology of this event before passing it over with only a raised eyebrow. This pamphlet tries to answer some obvious and reasonable questions we may have about the Dowry of Mary. It also says something about its place in English history, and in the devotional life of the people of England for centuries.”

The book is a fascinating read. It is interesting to follow the history and development of England being devoted as The Dowry of Mary. The way the authors traced back through the legends and appearances through history of the imagery and name. It is wonderful to read about the history and this historic rededication.

Another excellent resource from the Catholic Truth Society!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books in the CTS Concise Histories Series:
A Brief History of English Catholicism - Nicholas Schofield
Heresy through the Ages - Jerome Bertram
The Crusades What Really Happened - Jonathan Riley-Smith 
The Reformation in England – Raymond Edwards
The Inquisition – Fernando Cervantes
The Early Church From Christ to Constantine – Fr. Anthony Meredith SJ
The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage


Books by Dr Raymond Edwards:
Catholic Traditionalism
The Dowry of Mary 
Handbook of Novena to the Saints
Handbook of Novenas for Feasts and Seasons
Handbook of Scriptural Novenas for Various Needs and Intentions
J.R.R. Tolkien - His Life, Work & Faith
Prayer on the Go
Simple Glossary of Catholic Terms
Stories of World War I
The Miraculous Medal
The Reformation in England
Tolkien
...

Books by Fr Antonio Ritaccio:
Finding God in Times of Stress
Finding God in Anxiety and Depression
Finding God in Loneliness
The Dowry of Mary
...







Friday, 14 June 2019

A Brief History of English Catholicism - Father Nicholas Schofield - CTS Concise Histories

A Brief History of English Catholicism
CTS Concise Histories
Nicholas Schofield
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781784690052
eISBN 9781784693367
ASIN B072XQ3G6C
CTS Booklet H513


Father Nicholas Schofield is currently a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Westminister. He has also been a Diocesan Archivist. He is a scholar, and his passion for his subjects comes through in his writings. Over the last 16 months I have read over 80 books and booklets from the Catholic Truth Society. I have found them an invaluable source of knowledge, history, church teachings, and inspiration. There are so many wonderful books and many excellent series! 

I must admit before reading books form CTS I had little knowledge about Catholicism in England. My family background is a mix of Irish and Scottish, and neither side liked the English. There for growing up I learned a lot about saints from Ireland, and even Europe but next to nothing about England. This book along with many I have read in the CTS Saints of the Isles series have been eye opening. It has been inspiring and also challenging to learn about Catholicism in England, and about the many saints and martyrs. 

The chapters in this small volume are:

Introduction
Conversion: how England first received the Gospel
Consolidation: the medieval centuries
Crisis: the splintering of Christendom
The “Second Spring” and its aftermath
Epilogue
Some Key Players in the History of English Catholicism
Further Reading
Endnotes

The introduction to this book begins with these words:

“The history of Catholicism in England is largely hidden. Visit any Catholic church and you will find that (with a few exceptions) they were only built in the last two hundred years. Look at a list of diocesan bishops and it will go back no further than 1850. Get to know a local parish and most parishioners will trace their Catholicism either to a conversion (perhaps a few generations back) or a Catholic country overseas, whether it be Ireland, Poland, Nigeria or elsewhere. This gives the misleading impression that English Catholicism is only a recent phenomenon.

Look a little harder, however, and it is possible to uncover England’s Catholic past, stretching back to at least the second century. On the back of any British coin, for example, you will see the letters ‘F.D.’ after the name of the monarch. This stands for ‘Defender of the Faith’, a title originally given by Pope Leo X in 1521 to the young Henry VIII when he wrote a treatise attacking Martin Luther. All over England the names of places, streets, even pubs provide evidence of long-forgotten Catholic connections - perhaps the existence of a nearby monastery or the cult of a saint.

This booklet attempts to present an overview of this hidden history. By its very nature, it will lack detail and overlook many important figures and events. Although Scotland, Wales and Ireland will come into the story, they will not be treated at any length since their ecclesiastical histories are significantly distinct and deserve a pamphlet of their own.”

And it does an incredible job of doing just that. The book is broken into four main sections, or epochs of history of English Catholicism. They are:

England’s Conversion
Middle Ages – English Catholic Consolidation
Protestant Reformation
New Spring – modern times.

The book is an accessible read. It is by no means an academic treaty. And yet it does convey a lot of important information. I have read much about Pope Benedict XVI’s visits and talks in England and Wales. This book has a similar feel. It tells a history but uses that history to motivate us to living out our faith well. The book would be an excellent resource for a school paper. But even better for a Catholic wishing to grow in knowledge of the faith and faithfulness of those who have gone before us. It is an excellent read and I look forward to more in the series. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books by Nicholas Schofield:
The English Cardinals
Saints of the Roman Calendar
A Brief History of English Catholicism
The English Vicars Apostolic (1688-1850)
Roman Miscellany
History of the Papacy
William Lockhart
...

Books in the CTS Concise Histories Series:
A Brief History of English Catholicism - Nicholas Schofield
Heresy through the Ages - Jerome Bertram
The Crusades What Really Happened - Jonathan Riley-Smith 
The Reformation in England – Raymond Edwards
The Inquisition – Fernando Cervantes
The Early Church From Christ to Constantine – Fr. Anthony Meredith SJ
The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage