Aidan Nichols presents the Catholic faith as a unique source of illumination for the good, the true, and the beautiful. To his mind, that faith is destined to be, and humbly offered as, light for all... More > peoples. For it was as “light” that that the babe Jesus Christ was hailed by the aged prophet Symeon when he was presented in the Jerusalem Temple. The Church has applied the term “epiphany”—shining forth—to his first, pre-verbal contact with the Gentiles, as his mother held him out to the “magi,” the representatives of the non-Jewish nations. Thus the title of this book.
This is, as Nichols writes, “a consciously non-liberal theology, but not, I think, an illiberal one, for its subject is the generosity of God in his revealing Word and sanctifying Spirit. . . It is not a neutral work, since it aims to arouse a 'Christian maximalism' and the boldness to seek in Catholicism’s theological tradition inspiration for present and future.”
This second edition corrects some errors in the original.< Less
Origen’s great apologetical work was undertaken in answer to the attack on Christianity by the pagan philosopher Celsus. The text, which Origen composed to refute Celsus’s self-styled... More > "True Discourse," consists of eight books, and belongs to the latest years of his life. It has always been regarded as the great apologetic work of antiquity; and no one can peruse it without being struck by the multifarious reading, wonderful acuteness, and rare subtlety of mind that it displays. It well deserves the notice of the students of Apologetics and of Early Christianity in general.< Less
By this commentary, Garrigou-Lagrange wishes to elucidate Thomas Aquinas's teaching on the Theological Virtues--those powers of soul that, infused by the Holy Spirit, enable the soul to respond by... More > knowledge and love to the loving embrace of God Himself. This volume treats especially of the virtue of Faith, whereby God's self-revelation is not simply believed as true, but grasped in its living reality such that one can journey on into the life of God by the power of faith working through love. As a commentary on the Summa, this volume is methodical and clear. As a spiritual treatise, it aims to illuminate and to inspire.< Less
[Hardcover] John Chapman, fourth abbot of Downside, takes up the question of the papacy in the first centuries of Christianity. Eschewing selective apologetics, he favors a reasoned study of the... More > textual evidence of historical events. By these, he illustrates the early authoritative role expected of or taken by Rome’s bishop at pivotal moments in early Church history. This volume offers much substance to those interested in the question of papal prerogatives. Chapman argues in favor of Catholic claims, but does so with such care as a historian that his work has received high approval even from such an eminence as the famed Anglican historian Henry Chadwick who, in his own book on the history of the early Church, saw fit to recommend Chapman’s work to readers interested in the question. There have been many successors to Chapman but few, if any, have engaged with precisely the matters that he discusses in such detail. His book remains an important voice in the modern conversation.< Less
[Hardcover] Unabridged. Gregorian chant has long transmitted the mystery and majesty of the Catholic liturgical tradition. Newly republished, the Kyriale Romanum of 1961, preserves between its covers... More > an invaluable patrimony of ancient and medieval chants for the Ordinary of the Mass that can be used with both the classical (1962) and modern (1970) Roman Missal. It collects from the Graduale the most frequently-used chant settings throughout the liturgical year, with eighteen mass settings, six credos, and numerous settings for feasts and holy days, including the solemn procession on the feast of Corpus Christi. As Catholics are becoming increasingly aware of and interested in their liturgical heritage, this beautiful and affordably-priced volume is of great value to choir directors, choristers, and laypeople who wish to participate fully in the venerable liturgical tradition of the Roman Rite. (Note: This hardbound edition is excellent for long-term use in choirs and scholas).< Less
[Hardcover] Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange interprets St. Thomas on the Incarnation of God the Son, by which humankind is saved. He treats the Incarnation's motive, the hypostatic union, and its effects. He... More > discusses such difficult problems as Christ's freedom and impeccability, the intrinsically infinite value of His merits and satisfaction, His predestination and ours, and the reconciliation of His Passion's extreme sorrow with the supreme happiness He experienced in the summit of His soul. All is referred to the plenitude of His grace. This plenitude caused the beatific vision in the summit of His soul while also prompting His ardent love as priest and victim, so that He willed to be overwhelmed with grief and to die a perfect holocaust. In all, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange upholds Christ's unity inasmuch as He is one personal Being, although He has two really distinct and infinitely different natures. Christ's Person is the sole principle of all His theandric operations. At the book's end is a compendium on Mariology.< Less
"Morality," writes Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, "is the science of imitating God." In this exploration of St. Thomas's account of the moral life, he begins from the angelic doctor's... More > teaching on the human person as the image of God, and proceeds from there to describe how, by growth in virtue, one is conformed more and more to God's likeness. One becomes an imitator of God -- and in this, one finds one's "happiness" (beatitudo). Happiness, for the Christian tradition as expounded by St. Thomas, can be found here on earth by imitating God and so living now the life of heaven -- even amidst great pain and suffering. This is no easy happiness; but it is a happiness for which the human person was created, a happiness ultimately to be consummated in the beatific vision of the Lord, for which one shall have been prepared by imitating God in earthly life.< Less
The only complete English edition of the treatises of Anselm of Canterbury, the monastic "father of Scholasticism." In Hopkins’ and Richardson’s philosophically sensitive... More > translations, we offer the Monologion; Proslogion; Debate with Gaunilo; De Grammatico; On Truth (De Veritate); On Freedom of Choice (De Libertate Arbitrii); The Fall of the Devil (De Casu Diaboli); Two Letters concerning Roscelin; The Incarnation of the Word (De Incarnatione Verbi); Why God Became Man (Cur Deus Homo); Philosophical Fragments; A Meditation on Human Redemption (Meditatio); The Virgin Conception and Original Sin (De Conceptu); The Procession of the Holy Spirit (De Processione); Letters on the Sacraments (De Sacramentis); Foreknowledge, Predestination, Grace, and Free Choice (De Concordia).
An appendix provides a scholarly bibliography on Anselm.< Less
[Hardcover] Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange turns to God the Trinity, who created the heavens and the earth, and who is the object of that contemplative vision of God to which all human beings are called and... More > which is their ultimate sanctification. In his characteristically-ordered style, Garrigou-Lagrange offers his interpretation of St. Thomas by expounding, explaining, and comparing the teaching of the angelic doctor to that of preceding and subsequent theologians. In particular, Garrigou-Lagrange depicts St. Thomas as fulfilling the foundation laid by St. Augustine: the persons must be treated in distinction but not in separation, for it is in their mutual relations that they are known as persons. He lays special emphasis also on the call of all humans to contemplative holiness. The exposition of the Trinity is a beginning of the journey of contemplation by which a man or woman enters the life of God to be reformed according to the likeness of the Trinity in whose image he or she was first created, body and soul.< Less
[Hardcover] Expounding St. Thomas's teaching on God in the first part of the Summa, Father Garrigou-Lagrange not only discusses the attributes of the one God who revealed Himself to Moses, but treats... More > also of the very basis for this discussion in the first place—the nature of sacra doctrina (“holy teaching” or “sacred doctrine”) and the pursuit of theology as a “science” (a body of knowledge) that has God Himself for its object and ultimate goal. To comment, therefore, on the first part of the Summa is to comment not only on God but also on the theological pursuit to which St. Thomas gave himself—a pursuit that has as its goal the beatific vision of God. In discussing the place of St. Thomas amidst patristic, medieval, and modern theologians, Garrigou-Lagrange argues in behalf both of the sanctifying end of theology and the synthetic genius of St. Thomas who, he says, summed up the preceding tradition and left a deposit of reflection on God that can scarcely be surpassed.< Less