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Witness of the Saints : patristic readings in the Liturgy of the Hours (2012)

by Milton Walsh

Other authors: Aelred of Rievaulx (Contributor), Albert the Great (Contributor), Aloysius Gonzaga (Contributor), Alphonsus Liguori (Contributor), Amadeus of Lausanne (Contributor)150 more, Ambrose of Milan (Contributor), Anastasius I of Antioch (Contributor), Anastasius of Sinai (Contributor), Andrew of Crete (Contributor), Angela Merici (Contributor), Anselm of Canterbury (Contributor), Anthony Mary Claret (Contributor), Anthony Mary Zaccaria (Contributor), Anthony of Padua (Contributor), Aphraates the Persian Sage (Contributor), Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury (Contributor), Asterius of Amasea (Contributor), Athanasius of Alexandria (Contributor), Augustine of Hippo (Contributor), Basil the Great (Contributor), Bede the Venerable (Contributor), Benedict of Nursia (Contributor), Pope Benedict XIV (Contributor), Bernadette Soubirous (Contributor), Bernard of Clairvaux (Contributor), Bernardine of Siena (Contributor), Braulio of Saragossa (Contributor), Bridget of Sweden (Contributor), Bruno of Cologne (Contributor), Caesarius of Arles (Contributor), Cajetan of Thiene (Contributor), Camillus de Lellis (Contributor), Casimir Jagiellon (Contributor), Catherine of Siena (Contributor), Charles Borromeo (Contributor), Chromatius of Aquileia (Contributor), Clare of Assisi (Contributor), Clement of Rome (Contributor), Pope Clement XIII (Contributor), Conrad of Marburg (Contributor), Cyprian of Carthage (Contributor), Cyril of Alexandria (Contributor), Cyril of Jerusalem (Contributor), Diadochus of Photice (Contributor), Didymus the Blind (Contributor), Dominic of Osma (Contributor), Dorotheus of Gaza (Contributor), Ephrem of Syria (Contributor), Eusebius of Caesarea (Contributor), Eusebius of Vercelli (Contributor), Faustinus Luciferanus (Contributor), Faustus of Riez (Contributor), Frances of Rome (Contributor), Francis de Sales (Contributor), Francis of Assisi (Contributor), Francis of Paola (Contributor), Francis Xavier (Contributor), Fulgentius of Ruspe (Contributor), Gaudentius of Brescia (Contributor), Gertrude the Great (Contributor), Gregory Nazianzen (Contributor), Gregory of Agrigentum (Contributor), Gregory of Nyssa (Contributor), Gregory the Great (Contributor), Pope Gregory VII (Contributor), Guerric of Igny (Contributor), Hedwig of Silesia (Contributor), Hilary of Poitiers (Contributor), Hippolytus of Rome (Contributor), Ignatius Loyola (Contributor), Ignatius of Antioch (Contributor), Irenaeus of Lyons (Contributor), Isaac of Stella (Contributor), Isidore of Seville (Contributor), Jane Frances de Chantal (Contributor), Jerome Emiliani (Contributor), John Baptist de la Salle (Contributor), John Bosco (Contributor), John Chrysostom (Contributor), John Damascene (Contributor), John de Brebeuf (Contributor), John Eudes (Contributor), John Leonardi (Contributor), John of Avila (Contributor), John of Capistrano (Contributor), John of God (Contributor), John of the Cross (Contributor), John the Serene of Naples (Contributor), John Vianney (Contributor), Pope John XXIII (Contributor), Joseph Calasanz (Contributor), Justin Martyr (Contributor), Lawrence Justinian (Contributor), Lawrence of Brindisi (Contributor), Leo the Great (Contributor), Louis IX (Contributor), Macarius of Jerusalem (Contributor), Margaret Mary Alacoque (Contributor), Pope Martin I (Contributor), Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (Contributor), Maximus of Turin (Contributor), Maximus the Confessor (Contributor), Melito of Sardis (Contributor), Methodius of Sicily (Contributor), Norbert of Xanten (Contributor), Origen (Contributor), Pacian of Barcelona (Contributor), Paul Miki (Contributor), Paul of the Cross (Contributor), Pope Paul VI (Contributor), Paulinus of Nola (Contributor), Peter Canisius (Contributor), Peter Chanel (Contributor), Peter Chrysologus (Contributor), Pope Pius X (Contributor), Pope Pius XI (Contributor), Pope Pius XII (Contributor), Polycarp of Smyrna (Contributor), Proclus of Constantinople (Contributor), Procopius of Gaza (Contributor), Quodvultdeus (Contributor), Raymond of Penyafort (Contributor), Robert Bellarmine (Contributor), Rose of Lima (Contributor), Saint Bonaventure (Contributor), Saint Boniface (Contributor), Saint Columbanus (Contributor), Saint Cuthbert (Contributor), Saint Cyril the Philosopher (Contributor), Saint Henry II (Contributor), Saint Jerome (Contributor), Saint John Fisher (Contributor), Saint Methodius of Thessaloniki (Contributor), Saint Patrick (Contributor), Saint Peter Damian (Contributor), Saint Thomas More (Contributor), Saint Vincent Ferrer (Contributor), Seven Servite Founders (Contributor), Sophronius of Jerusalem (Contributor), Stephen of Hungary (Contributor), Sulpicius Severus (Contributor), Teresa of Avila (Contributor), Tertullian (Contributor), Thérèse of Lisieux (Contributor), Theodore the Studite (Contributor), Theodoret of Cyr (Contributor), Theophilus of Antioch (Contributor), Thomas Aquinas (Contributor), Thomas à Becket (Contributor), Thomas à Kempis (Contributor), Vincent de Paul (Contributor), Vincent of Lerins (Contributor), Wenceslaus I (Contributor), Willian of Saint-Thierry (Contributor), Zeno of Verona (Contributor)

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Witness of the Saints would almost seem to be a book not worth "writing" -- essentially, it takes the liturgical readings from the early church fathers and saints directly from the Liturgy of the Hours. Then those readings are chopped up and arranged topically, using the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an organizing structure. This helps provide a bit more context for some of the snippets, although it's not perfect. (There's some repetition, and due to the constant provision of the readings in alphabetical order based on the author, sometimes readings that would flow much better placed together wind up being separated. For example, if a Vatican II document writes on a theme from Augustine, there could be a dozen other writings between them.)

After a fifty page history of these patristic readings, there's almost 100 pages of historical biographical information about the authors. It takes a while to get used to the alphabetization, though: people are arranged by their first names, which works with people like Augustine and Anselm, but it's a bit surprising to keep finding Robert Bellarmine in the "R"s. There are, sadly, a few typographical errors, including the repeated mistake of calling Augustine's lengthy sermon on pastors "Psalm 46" instead of "Sermon 46."

As an aside, I had hoped that this would be a reasonable replacement for the long out-of-print "Office of Readings," a separate volume published by ICEL years ago providing just these readings (which was a nice complement to the one-volume Christian Prayer, rather than needing the four-volume full set). There is an index of writers, but unfortunately, there is no day-by-day conversion chart, so one can't see what the reading is for any particular day. Also, while some snippets of these writings do appear in multiple places, there's no way to piece them back together. This is difficult to explain, but here's an example: one part of Basil's Rules, which would be read on the third Tuesday of Ordinary Time, can be found under the section on "Man's Capacity for God," and a different part appears under the section on "God Comes to Meet Man." If you wanted to read both pieces in context -- without going to the four-volume Liturgy of the Hours -- which one would you read first? Likewise, it's not at all easy to read something in the LotH and attempt to use this book to find related concepts. This book, of course, made no promises that it could do any of this.

Although this book tries to do a lot of things, it does most of them very well, and is a worthwhile introduction to the early church fathers.

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The writings of the Fathers of the Church have never been more widely available, yet obtaining an exhaustive and userfriendly volume of patristics can still be a daunting task. Without realizing it, many priests, seminarians, members of religious communities, and even laity already own a patristic library-- their Liturgy of the Hours. In the four volumes of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official daily prayer of the Catholic Church, there are nearly 600 selections from the writings of Fathers and saints. Seeing the potential of this vast collection as a theological resource, Milton Walsh has organized these selections by topics according to the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topical concordance allows the reader to compare what the various authors have written on the same themes, while a chronological timeline of the readings shows their relationship to each other in time. Walsh has also provided background on the liturgical celebrations of the Church, as well as historical information on each author. In addition, there is a chapter on how patristic readings can assist in understanding the Bible. This fresh and original presentation of material that is literally at the fingertips of anyone praying the Liturgy of the Hours can be a tremendous aid to both religious devotion and theological study.… (more)

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