The Holy Father on the Fathers

It doesn’t take a detective to discern, based on the books I’ve published and the material found on this blog, that I’m particularly interested in both the saints and in the ministry and teaching of the popes.  Given those two interests, I followed along attentively a year or two ago through the series of Wednesday audience talks offered by Pope Benedict, first on the apostles, then on the early Fathers of the Church.

So I was happy, but not surprised, to see that both Our Sunday Visitor and Ignatius Press have published compilations of these talks.  (I should also point out that OSV has more recently produced an illustrated edition of the collection of talks on the apostles, as well as a study guide to accompany it.)

The Fathers serves as an excellent resource that I’ll hang on to and no doubt refer to many times.  Benedict’s teaching is clear and succinct.  The most important thing about these talks, to me, is that they both put these great saints and teachers in the context of their times and help us apply their teaching and example to our own lives and times as well.

This book would also make a great resource for lectio divina – some reading to be incorporated into one’s quiet prayer time

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Fathers.

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