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Overview The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom is a Catholic library in miniature, a one-volume microcosm of what the Church's great minds have thought and said since the apostolic age. Indeed, in The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, noted theologian Fr. John A. Hardon has compiled the works of thirty-three of the greatest Catholic thinkers and writers, representing every period of the Church's passage through time, from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day. Here are men and women, bishops and priests, religious and the laity "whose native talents were elevated by the supernatural light that God reserves for those who are most submissive to His will." Included in this extraordinary and fascinating anthology are the works of the early saints, such as Gregory, Basil, Augustine, John Chrysostom, Patrick, Bernard Francis, and Thomas Aquinas. Here, too, are the writings of the great reformers Ignatius, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa of Avila; the mystic John of the Cross; the practical wisdom of Francis de Sales, Louis de Montfort, and Peter Julian Eymard; and the modern-day reflections of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Francis Thompson, Therese of Lisieux, G.K. Chesterton, and Fulton J. Sheen. The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom is a comprehensive anthology of the outstanding Catholic literature from the first century to modern times. Mystics and martyrs, philosophers and theologians, poets and prose writers are quoted at length and in depth. They are truly representatvie of the spirit and substance of Catholicism in its paradox of phenomenal stability and versatility over the centuries. Fr. Hardon has selected those writings which are representative of the thought and philosophy of each contributor, and has carefully chosen excerpts which are not always the most familiar. Thus, his volume provides not only a fresh collection of the best of Catholic wisdom, but also a uniquely comprehensive work which offers enlightenment and faith for generations of readers. John A. Hardon, S.J., holds a master's degree in philosophy from Loyola University and a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He is the author of The Catholic Catechism and many other books. Fr. Hardon is also a founder of the Catholic Home Study Institute, a correspondence school which operates under pontifical approval.
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More About John A. Hardon
Fr. John Hardon (19142000) received his master s degree from Loyola University in 1941 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1947. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Gregorian University in 1951, and became a Jesuit in 1953. A college professor, confessor, and spiritual director, he was the author of many books."
John A. Hardon currently resides in Detroit, in the state of Michigan.
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The gift that keeps on giving . . . May 14, 2007
This is a great book for anyone high school age or older. I have used it with my own teenagers as a "religion" text, letting them choose a selection each week to read aloud and discuss. We have given it as a gift to high school graduates and people received into the Church at Easter. My teenagers and I often note in the inscription our favorite selections as places for recipients to start, since the size of the book may seem overwhelming at first. We've received the most enthusiastic thank you notes ever! I've often called this book "the gift that keeps on giving," because when one finds a selection that speaks to him/her strongly, he or she is motivated to buy the book from which it comes, and thus continue the process of deepening one's faith. It's great!
Indispensible Sep 27, 2005
This is an indispensible resource which should be in the home of every Catholic, particularly Catholic parents seeking to orient young adults to the scope of Catholic culture. Father Hardon, a lucid writer and shrewd editor, has compiled in one volume an essential compendium and introduction to 2,000 years of Catholic writers. Some selections are doctrinal, some historical; selections of poetry are also included. The excerpts are in chronological order with short introductions by Father Hardon to each. The excerpts are also the core of the core of each writer chosen, excellently chiselled out without losing anything, complete in themselves.
The book easily lends itself as a teaching resource; it could constitute an entire course for lecture followed by discussion. This book is likely the most value for the dollar of anything in Ignatius Press' quality catalog.
This book is WONDERFUL! Jan 4, 2001
This book is a treasure! Fr. Hardon introduces the work of more than 100 great spiritual writers from as early as the first centuries A.D. The works of the writers included in the book are currently in print so this is an excellent resource for those who have read the classics and are looking for more good spiritual reading ideas. He gives a brief synopsis of each writer's life, spirituality etc. and discusses their works. Each profile ends with a reading recommendation from the writer's collection.
I came across this book by 'accident' after searching for something of it's kind to guide me on my spiritual reading selections. It is worth it's weight in gold. I have been wishing for something like this for a long time.