My winter break is officially coming to an end and will end on Monday when I start school. When you’re unemployed because of an evil work-situation screwed you over, you get a lot of time to read…
Here’s the fun stuff I’ve read this winter break.
- Crime and Punishment–a classic work by the Russian philospher Fyodor Dostoevsky. Reminds me a bit of my life right now. Except without the murder of the witch and the unintentional murder in there, my life is a series of mishaps, one after another, it seems. Living in this poor economic conditions as well much like Raskolnikov found himself in. But there is hope at the end of it all. It’s not seen right now, but a resurrection awaits. Maybe going to further my education, maybe living on my own, I don’t know.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall–This book was difficult to read especially after my own failure with my ex-girlfriend. But is a story of genuine Christian marital values. Even in the abusive relationship, we must maintain faithful and acknowledge our oneness with the other. The Christian themes were quite explicit but the romance was also impressive. As well as the many mistakes made by such a young lover who has never had any such experience in the given category in his entire life.
- The Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ–St. Maximus the Confessor’s writings aren’t the easiest to grasp for the average joe but they are quite beneficient for understanding some of the more philosophical aspects of the Christian tradition. He was persecuted by the Roman Emperor over the dyothelite-monothelite controversy and had his tongue removed. He defended the orthodox, dyothelite position, and is now forever renowned in Eastern Christian philosophy and has also become a significant contributor to the West.
- Rome and the Eastern Churches–I generally read Thomists in my free time. Aidan Nichols is a Thomist. He’s also one of few remaining orthodox Roman Catholics in today’s world, sadly. Most of them have gone down the liberal path. But this is a great introduction into the Eastern Churches from the Roman Catholic perspective. Specifically, with the theological difficulties of reconciling with each Church over the given different circumstances of the schisms of each Church.
- Here, we begin the ones that I’ve only been able to start thus far. The Mystical City of God, vol. 1–This particular work of Bl. Mary of Agreda’s introduces her own concept of what the “city of God” in Psalm 87 is. It also introduces a significant theological position on the scriptures. Mainly, that there is not just “one” given reading of scriptures but in particular a many-layered sense. St. Augustine’s “city of God” is identified as the Church and we see the founding of the city and how the city contrasts to the rest of the world as a challenging Empire. Bl. Mary of Agreda’s “city of God” identifies the Ever-Virgin Mary as the “city of God” and explains her development and how the challenging Empire is the Satanic kingdom that attempts to wage war against her.
- Mary Magdelen in the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich–This is actually a collection of the individual visions that the Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich revealed to her scribe of St. Mary Magdelen. It is a superb set of writings to read though in this day and age with so much Gnostic heresies written about St. Mary Magdelen as well as reveals her entire life. Even though it is contained all in her major work The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations, it is a solid introduction to both and for those more interested in St. Mary Magdelen, this book has collected all the excerpts about her in one.