A DEVOTION THAT IS NEGLECTED
THE GIFT OF GOD, by Mgr. John T. McMahon, M.A., PhD. (Burns & Oates, 15s.).
EVOTION to God the Holy Spirit the specially neglected devotion, it has been truly said. Mgr. McMahon of South Perth, Western Australia (who has already 19 books to his name), gives us a book which will help immensely towards fostering this devotion, in this our age which is in a special way the age of the Holy Spirit, Who (to quote the words of Pope Leo XIII from the introduction) "is Himself the Supreme Gift, Who, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is justly believed to he and is called 'Gift of God Most High'."
To this great purpose Mgr. McMahon divides his treatise into two parts: the mission of the Holy Spirit and devotion to the Holy Spirit. In the first he includes doctrine and history, the Mass, our Blessed Lady and the saints; in the second, prayers and the liturgy of Pentecost. He concludes with "The Holy Spirit and His Priests".
The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation should be specially noted. "St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us that we receive a spiritual life through baptism. which is a spiritual rebirth; but in Confirmation we pass from spiritual childhood to adult life. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical on
the Holy Ghost says that the same spirit . . . 'gives Himself more
abundantly in Confirmation, strengthening and confirming Christian life' " (page 26).
At the beginning of the book is printed an admirable translation (by Dr. Edward John Doody, Bishop of Armidale, Australia) of the immortal poem-prayer-hymn " Come, Holy Spirit"; the frontispiece reproduces the alabaster window of the Holy Spirit behind the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter's, Rome Le Corbusier THE CHAPEL AT RONCHAMP. by Le Corbusier, translated by Jacqueline Cullen (Architectural Press, London, 25s.).
ARCHITECTURE, most ancient " of the structural arts, has been the subject of much recent discussion, and especially in regard to churches, and has received directives from the Holy See. The " modern movement ' which has largely gripped the Continent under the influence of the pioneer-genius Le Corbusier is exemplified in this " most beautiful and significant book " (as the publishers rightly call it). written and designed by I.e Corbusier himself.
It will be viewed and studied with varying attitudes. The style of architecture and the theory behind it (see " The Modulor "" the measuring system which Le Corbusier has developed from the proportions of the human body" -pages 26, 118-22) will doubtless receive paeans of praise from one side and howls of denunciation from the other.
But, be it noted, the chapel at Ronchamp was consecrated by the Bishop of Besancon. Professional architects, therefore, as well as priests and the architecturally interested laity. will find this book worth studying. The technical excellence of the photographs (including Le Corbusier's drawings-there are some 115 pages of them) will delight all photographers; though some of the photographs (you may think) cobvey a dreamlike and even a nightmare effect.
Christian Feasts GREAT CATHOLIC! FESTIVALS, by James L Monks, S.J.
(Ahelard Schuman, London.
THE FOUR greatest Christian feasts Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and Pentecost; also Corpus Christi, the Assumption, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday-are here explained in regard to their origin and local customs. Interesting and informative reading, with much out-of-the-way detail; though perhaps a rather too expensive book for the purpose. Ten illustrations.