TIME FOR TRUTH, by Jeremiah Newman (Browne and Nolan, l8s.).
" TIME for Truth " is a col
lection of six essays on current philosophical problems which have in the main already
appeared separately in various Irish reviews, notably The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Studies, and the Christi's Rex Journal of Sociology.
The book is not merely a collection. however. for, with the extensive preface by Professor Albert Dondeyne of Louvain University on " Existential Phenomenology." it gives as complete a revies4-and refutation where necessary--of present philosophical trends in Britain and on the continent as if it had been specially written with that object.
ime for Truth is specially valuable for the man of intelligence in the street rather than in the lecture room. for the brief account of the modern trends is followed by a convincing criticism of them in their own terms and on their own ground.
In this conneetion perhaps one of the most interesting and valu able essays is that " The Psychology of Philosophical Literature." for no philosophical thought or aberration just happens. just drops out of the blue; it has a background, an atmosphere, a climate of thought to which it belongs.
ST. BERNARD, MASTER SPIRIT OF HIS AGE, by Fr. James Cassidy (Gill and Son. 5s. 6c1.1.
THIS little paper-covered life of St. Bernard, which runs to just under one hundred pages, is a marvel of compression and neat story telling.
Even those who have not taken the trouble to read any life of this great Father of the Church know that he %vita a great reformer of monastic life. of Church music, that he preached a great crusade, and spent himself in trying to heal a great Schism.
All this is common knowledge among educated Christians, so the task of anyone who attempts a brief life is difficult indeed, so.great is the matter to hand.
Fr. Cassidy succeeds admirably not only in telling the story of St. Bernard's great achievements; but in conveying something of his lovable character: and perhaps even more important. in so writing about St. Bernard's works as to leave the reader determined to try for himself some of the masterpieces of the " Hones-tongued Doctor."
The book is attractively got up and deserves on its own account. as well as on account of its subject. to prove a best-seller in lives of saints.
ST. NORBERT OF XANTEN, by Fr. L. T. Anderson, C.R.P. (Gill and Son, Is. 6d.).
THIS pamphlet comes at an appropriate time. for the Norbertine foundation in Ireland is being entirely rebuilt and will be raised to the dignity of an abbey this sear (a photograph of the model of this imposing abbey is given in the text).
The Norbertines are the most flourishing of the four existing orders of Canons Regular, their true name is Canons Regular of Premontre, hence their popular name Premonstratensians. Their founder is the subject of this short life. Norbert the third son of Count Heribert and Countess Hedwig of Xanten.
St. Norbert was born in 1080 and died in 1134. He lived a full, exciting. and nobly holy life. refusing the rich Bishopric of Cambray as a gift from the sacrilegious Emperor Henry as a young man. and being forced by a Papal Legate and the Canons and laity of Magdeburg to accept the Archbishopric of that city in 1126. at the age of 46, when his sole ambition was to tend his foundation of Canons Regular.
THE FATHER OF THE LITTLE FLOWER. by Sister Genevieve, translated by Fr. Michael Collins, S.M.A. (Gill and Son. 5s. 6d.).
" THE Father of the I ittle Flower," translated from the French by Fr. Michael Collins, S.M.A., is a purely personal account by the last surviving sister of St. Therese of Lisieux. Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, of their father; M, Martin.
It is a small parsor-backed hook running to about 150 pages of personal reminiscences. and is largely the outcome of the urgings of the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux that the surviving sisters of St. Therese should gather together their Memories of their parents. whom. as the Bishop pointed out. were called by Benedict XV a " true model of Christian parents."
SPARE ME NOT IN THE MAKING. by Sister Catherine Frederic (Clonmore and Reynolds. 8s. 6d.) T1115 little book is made up of the diary of a novice in a convent in America. and, lest any think that there are any " revelations." it should he noted that it is dedicated " lovingly " by the authoress to her " dear Novice Mistress."
The authoress, who is principally occupied in teaching in an American High School. has. according to the dust-cover blurb, been " writing steadily since 1937." One is tempted to say " You have been warned "; hut there is still a need for simple explanations of what being a novice involves.