of Christian enthusiasm: from Montanism
and Donatism to Jansenism and
Quietism. Much more captivating and
rewarding than it sounds!
LIVES OF THE SAINTS:
‘The Quiet Light’
Louis de Wohl
This historical novel was written at the
Pope’s personal request. In 1948, Wohl,
an internationally acclaimed author, was
granted an audience with Pope Pius XII.
He asked the Holy Father what he should
write about next. ‘St Thomas Aquinas,’
the Pope replied, without hesitation. The
Quiet Light is the result.
‘Secrets of the Saints’
Gheon was an accomplished playwright
and dramatist, who applied his craft to
reinventing the traditional hagiography.
Secrets of the Saints artfully depicts the
human pathos and grace-filled triumphs
of four great saints: St Margaret Mary
Alacoque; St Thérèse of Lisieux; St John
Bosco; and St Jean-Marie Vianney.
‘Something Beautiful for God’
This is the book that introduced Mother
Teresa to the world, and changed the
world in the process. It is the fruit of a
1969 TV documentary by Muggeridge, a
writer and journalist who was at various
times an independent socialist, a British
spy, and, ultimately, through Mother
Teresa’s influence, a Catholic convert.
Theology and Sanity’
Sheed (who admittedly lived in London
but hailed from Sydney) is Australia’s
answer to G.K. Chesterton and C.S.
Lewis. He may not be as famous, but he
is every bit their equal as an apologist,
catechist, and popular theologian.
Theology and Sanity is Sheed’s
masterpiece: a profound but accessible
synthesis of Catholic theology.
HISTORY AND CULTURE:
Christianity and European Culture’
Dawson, acclaimed as ‘the greatest
English-speaking Catholic historian of
the twentieth century,’ is undeservedly
obscure. This collection of Dawson’s
work ably demonstrates why he is so
celebrated in history and cultural studies,
and why he should be more widely
known and read.
‘The Catholic Revival in
Published in 2003, Ker’s survey of six
great writers and Catholic converts –
Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton,
Greene and Waugh – is surely destined
to join the literary pantheon of modern
classics. It is rightly described as ‘a
masterpiece of literary criticism as well as
a kind of theological primer.’
‘Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the
History of Religion’
The eminently readable Knox called
Enthusiasm ‘the whole of [my] literary
life; the unique child of [my] thought.’ It
documents the history and development