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This dedication gives a pointer to the underlying theme of the book, the indwelling presence of Christ in all things before all time and in eternity, what Rohr terms ‘The Universal Christ’. This however is no new teaching and Rohr uses sound scriptural resources to remind us of a forgotten reality and that Christ was and is not Jesus’ second name. I defy anyone to read this and not to be either infuriated or changed by it.
Stephen Neill
Stephen is Rector of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons
Dirt, Mess and Danger, Liturgies and Worship Resources by Glendon Macaulay
I have long been a fan of Wildgoose Publishing of the Iona Community. I love the earthiness of the language but it also has a flow and beauty to it. Since Covid-19 reached our shores and our lives are so uncertain, I have found myself using this book for my personal prayer and for online services and reflections, time and time again. Whilst there are excellent resources for the whole Christian year, the sections for Lent, Holy
Week and Easter were particularly apt this year, as is the Life section, which includes the piece International Disaster: A Reflection. There is a very realistic articulation of the sense of anxiety and uncertainty at this time and it offers gentle, earthy ways of reflecting upon it... “No pious prayers, no theoretical religiosity, no weak tea and simpering sympathy. Love in action is God’s business.
Love that’s real and true is his first and only concern.”
I highly recommend this book.
Gillian Wharton
Gillian is Rector of Booterstown with Mount Merrion
Tombland by C.J. Sansom; Pan Books, 2019.
I came across this book by happenstance just before the lockdown. It looked like it could fill what few spare hours I expected to have quite well - it didn’t disappoint. Set in Norwich in 1549 (two years after King Henry the 8th’s demise), Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer working in the service of Lady Elizabeth (daughter of the King) who is sent to Norwich on a quest to determine the integrity of a distant relative of hers who is accused of a brutal and savage murder. While there the physically
crippled Shardlake (he has a debilitating hunched back) is caught up in the Peasant Rebellion that has been brewing for some time. Shardlake finds himself service as legal advisor to Robert Ketts, the energetic and charismatic leader of the peasants. Shardlake must balance perilously between the political savagery, the pending battle, and keeping Lady Elizabeth’s distant relation, John Boleyn alive long enough to establish if he is actually guilty of the crimes for which he is condemned to hang. It is a thrilling read, actually the seventh in the Matthew Sheldrake series, characters are really well developed, the plot full of twists and turns, and although sometimes quite graphic in its depictions of battle violence, a great read. So much so that I’ve gone back to the start of the series to Book 1, ‘Dissolution’, set in the chaotic days of Henry’s separation from the Roman Catholic Church!
Baden Stanley
Baden is Rector of Bray
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 Journeys of Faith, by Louise Nugent, Columba
Every aspect of pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland is covered in this large format, 350 page book. The author is an archaeologist from Co Tipperary and this book is the fruit of her PhD thesis. It is scholarly, detailed and comprehensive.
There were huge numbers of sites in Ireland which people visited on pilgrimage, from local holy wells to the relics of famous saints in churches and cathedrals. Pilgrimage was a significant source of income to any church or cathedral which could claim to
have a relic of a venerated saint. Christ Church Cathedral had several miraculous relics in its collection, including a speaking crucifix.
Most Irish pilgrims went on short journeys to local sites. Pilgrimage was particularly popular among women who were otherwise tied to the family home by domestic obligations.
But Irish travelers also went abroad to Jerusalem, Rome, holy sites in Britain and many parts of Europe.
This is a fine book, of interest to those wanting to know more about their own local places of pilgrimage in Ireland or the practice of pilgrimage in medieval times.
Nigel Waugh
 Raphael’s World by Michael Collins, Messenger Publications, €19.95
I once had the pleasure of visiting the house where the painter Raphael grew up in Urbino. On the wall of his bedroom one can still see a drawing which is believed to have been done by Raphael in the 15th century while still a child. It is the only example I know of a child’s graffiti on his bedroom wall still being admired five centuries later!
It was another pleasure to read this new book by Fr Michael Collins, an Irish priest and author, on Raphael’s world. It is a concise book of 128 pages, beautifully laid out and illustrated and it describes not just the life and genius of Raphael but the society and milieu in which he lived. And what an exciting time it was! He was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who were both working in Rome and Florence. St Peter’s Basilica was being rebuilt. A series of corrupt and decadent Popes were installing their illegitimate children and their relatives into positions of power and wealth. Church offices and Cardinals’ appointments were sold. Popes waged war and led armies, schemed and, upon occasion, sanctioned assignations and murders. They spent lavishly. One papal coronation banquet had 65 courses. But Popes also became patrons of the arts and their lavish spending sponsored some of the most sublime monuments, paintings and sculptures we have ever seen. Fr Collins describes this world well and his book is worth reading by anyone interested in history, Italy or art.
Nigel Waugh
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