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Friday, 3 July 2020

St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book - Joanna Bogle - CTS Devotions

St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book
CTS Devotions
Joanna Bogle
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 
9781860829161
eISBN 9781784694494
ASIN B073H1XBDJ
CTS Booklet D774


Over the last few years I have read over 150 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. A few authors so captured my attention I tried to track down all the books by them. This was the third book I have read by Joanna Bogle. And I very much enjoyed this volume. It was not what I expected, hoverer it is an excellent volume. The print edition of this book was published in 2014 and the eBook edition released in 2017. 

The description of this volume is:

“Praying with these two new saints who were canonised on 27th April 2014. We have new friends in heaven. John XXIII and John Paul II were men of deep prayer, with a message about prayer and the spiritual life which can be learned and shared. This new prayer book helps and encourages the faithful to seek the intercession of these two new saints and to thus grow in their own prayer, holiness and virtue. – Insight into their spirituality and how they prayed – Two Novenas – one to John XXIII and one to John Paul II – Prayers they themselves used and prayers written by them on themes close to their heart – Their meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross.”

And the contents are:

Introduction
Spiritual Biographies
The Saints they loved
How they prayed
The Holy Rosary - Meditations
The Stations of the Cross - Meditations
The Divine Mercy
Prayers on themes close to their hearts
A Novena to St John XXIII
A Novena to St John Paul II

I was expecting just a prayer book, but this is much more than that. The first part of the book is concise spiritual biographies of the two saints. Followed by a section on saints that they had devotion to. Then a chapter on their prayer lives. And then 6 chapters focused on specific prayers and devotions. 

The saints examined in that chapter are:
Saint Joseph
Saint Charles Borromeo
Saint Martin de Porres
Saint Edith Stein, patroness of Europe
Saint Josephine Bakhita
Saint ianna Beretta Molla
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Saint Teresa of Calcutta

And a few of these sections have prayers as well. Then when we get to the chapter Prayers On Themes Close To Their Hearts, we have 14 prayers from these 2 saints on a wide variety of topics. The book concludes with a novena to each of the saints. The novena to Saint John XXIII is based on the nine virtues and good qualities: hope, humility, obedience, charity, peace, kindness, good humour, faith, and openness to God’s will. The novena to Saint John Paul II is based on nine virtues and good qualities of Saint John Paul II: courage, love, faithfulness, justice, loyalty, respect for others, truthfulness, patience, and steadfastness in prayer.

This is an excellent little volume. I have set calendar reminders over the next few weeks to pray the two novenas. And have added a few of the other prayers to my One Note prayer collection. But it is a volume I could easily return to again and again. Another great offering in the CTS Devotions and Prayers series. A fantastic book to add to your personal library or prayers.

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 by Joanna Bogle:
A Heart for Europe: the lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary
Book of Feasts and Seasons
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations
Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions
John Paul II, Man of Prayer. the Spiritual Life of a Saint
English Catholic Heroines
Advent & Christmas: Catholic Customs and Traditions
Newman's London: A pilgrim handbook
Courage and Conviction. Pius XII, the Bridgettine Nuns, and the Rescue of Jews
St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book
Saints & Patrons: Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation.
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations





Thursday, 11 June 2020

Saints & Patrons - Joanna Bogle - Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation

Saints & Patrons: 
Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation
Joanna Bogle
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 
9781860827891
eISBN 9781784693916
ASIN B073H1979F
CTS Booklet B747


Over the last few years I have read over 150 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. A few authors so captured my attention I tried to track down all the books by them. This however was the second book I have read by Joanna. The print edition was published in 2012 and the eBook in 2017.

The description of this volume is:

“At Baptism and Confirmation we take a new name. In this eBook, the well-known Catholic author and journalist, Joanna Bogle, provides an extensive list of names to choose from. She briefly introduces each saint, and reminds us that, by taking a saint's name, we are not just selecting a name we like, or a person who inspires us, but adopting a patron who is already in heaven and who can intercede for us and help us.”

There are only three chapters in this volume, and they are:

The Tradition of Naming
Saints’ Names for Girls
Saints’ Names for Boys

And the sections in the first chapter are:

The Tradition of Naming
Considerations When Choosing Names
Several Saints with the Same Name
Adapt A Saint’s Name
A Patron Saint

Bogle writes about choosing a saint’s name for confirmation, the end of the first section of the first chapter states:

“This booklet offers some suggestions for names for Baptism and Confirmation. In modern Britain, Catholics are usually confirmed at about the age of ten or eleven, but of course the sacrament may be conferred earlier – and there are every year also many adult Confirmations. Whether a child, a teenager or an adult, the candidate can take time – and pleasure – in choosing a name that will hold real meaning and significance.”

When I was confirmed, almost 40 years ago, we could only pick one of our given names. When my oldest was confirmed a year ago she had to pick a name that was not one of her given names. With her it helped her pick a patron saints and grow a devotion to a non-namesake saint. We skimmed this book to look at names, as part of her selection process. And as my son needs to pick a saint for his confirmation next year, I have read through the whole book now. 

This book is great for Catholics looks for names for their children, for baptism, or confirmation. But it is also a great little read for anyone looking to have a broad overview of many saints in alphabetical order. It was fun to discover several saints I had not encountered before. It was fun to look up my children’s given names, and even my own. It is also very intriguing to read about some of the variations on the names in different cultures.

A fun little book. I enjoyed reading it, and know I will be flipping through it again in a few years for the next family confirmation.

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 by Joanna Bogle:
A Heart for Europe: the lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary
Book of Feasts and Seasons
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations
Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions
John Paul II, Man of Prayer. the Spiritual Life of a Saint
English Catholic Heroines
Advent & Christmas: Catholic Customs and Traditions
Newman's London: A pilgrim handbook
Courage and Conviction. Pius XII, the Bridgettine Nuns, and the Rescue of Jews
St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book
Saints & Patrons: Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation.
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations





Thursday, 2 April 2020

Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions - Joanna Bogle - CTS Seasonal

Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions
CTS Seasonal
Joanna Bogle
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860826306
eISBN 9781784692148
ASIN B075P2TB49
CTS Booklet D720



Over the last few years I have read over 100 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. A few authors so captured my attention I tried to track down all the books by them. This however was the first book I have read by Joanna Bogle and also the first in the CTS Seasonal. Unfortunately in the eBook edition there is not a list of other volumes in the series and I have only been able to find one other title, by this same author. The print edition was published in 2010 and the eBook in 2017.

The description of this volume is:

“Spanning the seasons of Lent, Easter and to Pentecost, this Ebook describes the rich heritage of customs and traditions long practiced by Catholics down the ages, up to today. Shrovetide, ashes, pancakes, mardi gras, fasting, almsgiving, pilgrimage, special saints days, simnel cake, palms, Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, Holy week, hot cross buns, processions - these are just some of the many fascinating traditional practices associated with the religious festivals. The liturgy in turn enriches their meaning, as we rediscover how faith and everyday life are mutually supportive and instructive.”

And the contents are:

A rich heritage
Shrovetide
Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday
The Stations of the Cross
Saints’ days in Lent
Mothering Sunday: mid Lent
Palm Sunday
Maunday Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday
Eastertide

This is an interesting little read. I admit I did not love it, but did find it very informative. Many of the traditions I was area of. Some I was unaware of the traditions. The book is really written for a UK market, and some of the traditions and practices that I was unaware of are from the British Isles.  In the introduction we are told:

“The great events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection are the fulfilment of God’s plan. Each year, the Church calls us to a fresh commemoration and understanding of these things. It is not just a sort of annual remembrance, but something far deeper: Christ died for our sins and rose again, and this “Easter Mystery” is at the heart of our faith.”

And in this short section:

Lost symbols and signs

Over the centuries, many traditions and customs have become associated with Lent and Easter, surrounding the Church’s own rich liturgy for the season. Today, however, Christians will often find themselves living side by side with people for whom Lent and Easter may mean very little. Easter eggs will often be on sale in the shops from late January onwards, and there are also specially-boxed chocolates, and cards showing rabbits and daffodils. The Easter weekend is a holiday for everyone. But what is it all about? It is so often the case that a good number of Catholics can remain confused and muddled among all this activity - and they will probably learn very little about the true meaning of Lent and Easter from the television or the consumer culture that surrounding them.

Which customs and traditions have real meaning, and which are merely recent commercially-backed innovations? How can we grasp the real meaning of Lent and Easter, without seeming to be priggish and over-pious? Is it true that some of the traditions - like Pancake Day and rolling Easter eggs downhill - have Christian origins? How can we find out more?”


The book covers a wide range of topics from history, current societal practices. And Does examine those with Christian meanings and those of secular or even pagan. I do not agree with all of her conclusions. But the book was a good way to start my Lenten reading this year.

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.


Link to other Lent Resources.

Books by Joanna Bogle:
A Heart for Europe: the lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary
Book of Feasts and Seasons
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations
Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions
John Paul II, Man of Prayer. the Spiritual Life of a Saint
English Catholic Heroines
Advent & Christmas: Catholic Customs and Traditions
Newman's London: A pilgrim handbook
Courage and Conviction. Pius XII, the Bridgettine Nuns, and the Rescue of Jews
St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book
Saints & Patrons: Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation.
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations