Lots of patristibloggers have already told you the news that Peter Brown has been named co-winner of the 2008 Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Since everyone’s weighing in with favorite Brown titles, I can’t resist. Mine are Augustine of Hippo (second edition) and The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity (The Haskell Lectures on History of Religions). What are yours?
I just got back from a trip with Junior to Chicago. Despite the wind chill, we had a delightful time. By chance (?), I managed to attend a Mass celebrated by my spiritual director from many years ago, Father Ed Maristany, author of Loving the Holy Mass and Call Him Father: How to Experience the Fatherhood of God. I hadn’t seen him in years. Junior and I stayed at the apartment of my friend Gary Bilinovich, who manages the sprawling campus of St. Mary of the Angels Parish, and we ate, drank, and were merry with my oft-quoted buddy Andy. We also made pilgrimage to meet Nancy Brown and her family. Nancy is the author of The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide and many excellent resources on G.K. Chesterton.
Too much fun. Now I have to catch up on posts for you, because the postal mail and email brought many great tidings of patristic joy.