This weekend, I went on a shopping spree at the Notre Dame bookstore and our amazing local giftshop, Divine Mercy Gifts. I gave my dad an early birthday present: Eusebius's History of the Church. My choice was partially one of desperation: the collection of Patristic scholars in the college bookstore was pretty picked over. I could choose from Origen, Augustine or Eusebius, so, for novelty's sake, I gave Eusebius a try.
The gift was a big hit. I hope to read it soon. I'm on a quest to rediscover the canon of Catholic "great books," and was very pleased with this accidental find. For more information on Eusebius, see this link: http://www.earlychurch.org.uk/eusebius.php
The best and most rigorous guide to salient Catholic literature is found here:
The International Theological Institute, located in Gaming, Austria, is headed up by Michael Waldstein, editor of a new and important work on what is popularly known as John Paul II's Theology of the Body [actually, the catechesis on men and women was not originally entitled "theology of the body," and this phrase can cause immanentist misunderstandings, and this must be guarded against in this materialistic, Marxist-influenced culture]. The Chancellor of the ITI is Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, who is the editor of the great Catechism of the Catholic Church. The reading list is amazing. I am pondering St. John Chrysostom's books on Marriage and Family and the Priesthood-- they are great for meditation.
The point of this post is that, in order to pursue fun, expressive writing that is rooted in the legacy of the Church founded by Jesus Christ, it is helpful to know the tradition and the canon. I have a lot to learn. I am just now finding out who Eusebius is. Eusebius scholars, chime in! How can his history of the early Church inform our understanding of reality, of our own times, of culture and humanism?
Good Tuesday to you all! Ellen