Just getting back into the groove after some days away. With my better-looking colleagues Rob Corzine and Matt Leonard, I made a trip to my beloved publisher, Our Sunday Visitor. I returned home with a freshly printed copy of OSV’s collection of Pope Benedict’s Wednesday audience talks on the Fathers (up to and including Augustine). It’s called, cleverly, The Fathers, and it’s a very sturdy and attractive volume, with a very lowly price tag.
Also out from OSV is John Salza’s The Biblical Basis for the Eucharist, which also includes (like all of John’s book) a handy chapter of patristic bases for the Catholic doctrine.
Timely for this jubilee year, from OSV, is Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s St. Paul: A Bible Study for Catholics.
OSV was pleased to report that my most recent title, Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols, is also doing well. While I was there, editor Sarah Hayes interviewed me for a multimedia presentation on that book. Stay tuned. I’ll let you know when it’s posted.
Meantime, look into Signs and Mysteries. After my children and my wife, it’s the most beautiful thing to bear my name, thanks to plentiful illustrations by my favorite contemporary artist, Lea Marie Ravotti. Like The Fathers, it’s hardcover, beautifully made, and priced very low. You can buy them in bulk to hand out for birthdays and at Christmas.
The folks at OSV are lovely, and it would make them happy.
Adrian Murdoch, Fellow of the British Royal Historical Society and author of The Last Pagan (inter alia), said: “Mike Aquilina’s Signs and Mysteries provides a popular yet academically rigorous guide to symbols in the early church. The immediately accessible prose — which quotes thoughtfully from the church fathers, classical and Jewish sources — is complemented by generous illustrations. He has not only drawn on the obvious archaeological and epigraphic record, he has also delved into the fascinating world of Christian graffiti. An essential book to keep to hand when visiting early Christian sites.”