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CollectionsYour library (909), Reference (16), Bible (112), Liturgy (60), Patristics (158), Spirituality (305), Theology (135), Philosophy (39), Thomas Aquinas (79), Bio/Hagiography (89), History (54), Vatican II (9), Religious Art (44), Literature (38), eBooks (1), DVD (3), Currently reading (2), All collections (910)


TagsSpirituality > Catholic (146), Eastern Church > Orthodox (103), Spirituality > Orthodox (97), Theology (91), Thomas Aquinas Saint (79), Thomism (76), Summa Theologica (75), Monasticism (74), Orthodoxy (67), Patrology > Greek > Texts (60) — see all tags

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About meRoman Catholic priest. Due to two different academic formations, in Late Roman History and in Theology, for almost 30 years I have taught Ethics, Classical History and Literature, and Church History to future priests.

About my libraryAs I advance into old age and my teaching duties diminish, I have started to shift all my academic books to my institution's library, with the intention of keeping on my shelves only those which relate directly to my priestly vocation (biblical studies, spirituality, hagiography, patristics, liturgy, etc.) and to a renewed interest in the Eastern Church (iconography, spirituality, liturgy), plus a few course manuals and a smattering of "recreational" reading (history, biography, literature).

The work is ongoing but, when finished, the present page will be an accurate catalog of what is now on my shelves. But in my other LT page - - I will maintain a "snapshot" of my library as it was in April 2013, when I decided to create this separate and reduced "priestly collection," to which, most certainly (because I know myself), I will keep adding more books.


"Let books be your dining table, and you shall be full of delights. Let them be your mattress, and you shall sleep restful nights." [ St. Ephraim the Syrian ]

"Study as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow..." [ St. Edmund of Abingdon ]

"Disce omnia, videbis postea nihil esse superfluum" [ Hugh of St. Victor ]

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. Some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation; and His hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that library where every book shall lie open to one another..." [ John Donne ]




Favorite authorsAnthony Bloom, Gabriel Bunge, A Carthusian, Saint John Chrystostom, Paul Delatte, John Donne, Maurice Druon, Gerald Durrell, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Charles de Foucauld, Archimandrite Lev Gillet, Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Guillerand Augustin, Helene Hanff, Irénée Hausherr, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, John Julius Norwich, Josef Pieper, Servais Pinckaers, Jean-Baptiste Porion, Jean Raspail, Roger Scruton, Ceslas Spicq, Thomas Aquinas, J. R. R. Tolkien, Simone Weil (Shared favorites)

LocationVirginia, US

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Member sinceJan 27, 2007

Currently readingA History of Christian-Latin Poetry by F.J.E. Raby
Hymnes by Saint Ambrose

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