OUR FATHER. by His Eminence Georges Cardinal Grente, Archbishop of Le Mans, France (Scepter Ltd., 15s.).
FR. VINCENT McNABli said that the Catholic child, learning the "Our Father" and the meaning of its seven petitions. became in a way a mystical theologian; and certainly anyone who reads and appreciates this remarkable book will be a good way of becoming one. It is a great book by a great man who died recently. who besides being a Cardinal Archbishop was a member of the French Academy. You would never have believed that so much could be derived from the "Our Father" until you had read Cardinal Grcnte's vast range of thought upon it. His commentaries upon the seven petitions fill 209 pages, if we include a short introduction on invocation.
THERE are numerous references 1 to Scripture and other sources, and many valuable quotationsfrom the liturgy and secular authors. Even on the "Amen" he manages to give us six pages! But every page could be quoted for memorablesentences. It would be difficult to imagine any better volume of spiritual reading than this, with its deep and wide reflection, its wealth of learning, its practical advice, arising from and surrounding the greatest of all prayers, the divinely-given pattern for all prayer. "It is not possible," wrote Pius XII to Cardinal Grentc, "to praise sou sufficiently for your commentary." Admirable in printing and format, this book will be a lifelong treasury, and an inexhaustible mine for preachers and teachers as well as for private meditation.
THE urnix BOOK OF SER THESE sermonettes reprinted from the "Sunday Times" are by a Congregationalist, Church of England. and Methodist minister espectively, and-of special interest to Catholics-by Fr. M. C. I)'Arcy, S.J., who followed Mgr. Knox in this feature. All these short sermons contain wisdom and information; they are all elevating and heartening; although from the Catholic criterion distinctions must be made here and there-the main underlying criticism being the ignoring of the founding of one teaching Church by Christ our Lord. 'Phis-as also several specific Catholic doctrines Fr. D'Arcy could not under the circumstances bring in. This booklet is an excellent production at a very moderate price, well printed in a handy format; it will be welcome. consoling and inspiring to a very wide circle of readers.
Eight pages aren't enough LIVING BIOGRAPHIES OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS, by Henry & Dana Lee Thomas (W. H. Allen, 15s.). MATURALLY one turns to the 1 11 few pages on Our Blessed Lord. He gets eight pages. It is obvious that the authors had not made a very deep study of his life. There is nowhere the idea in the few pages that he is anything more' than another founder of a religion. The notion that he might be God because he did the things that only God could do is not there. There is no mention of the Resurrection. It might as well never have taken place. It is all very well to say that he possessed divine powers. I do too every time I celebrate Mass or give absolution.
CHILDREN are mentioned in the New Testament as having been slain by Herod and again blessed by Our Lord, but one cannot read from these mentions that he was the Pied Piper of Nazareth. Of the visit to the Temple when Christ was twelve it is written that he heard the doctors of the Law and asked them questions: so the New Testament. In this book it becomes an argument with reactionary rabbis in the Jewish temple. Of St. Paul we are told that there is no evidence for his martyrdom. The miracle of his conversion is given with the quotation of Renan that it was an attack of ophthalmia. A very useful book for relevant dates about the 20 religious leaders mentioned, but that is about all.