Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Belloc after the fall

Patum Peperium's Father M today reviews the book I gave him last fall:

Not so very long ago, when the very first Virginia leaves were turning yellow but it was still very warm outside, I had the opportunity to meet Dawn Eden for a cup of coffee at the little sidewalk cafe next door to the church. Fresh from her lecture tour in England and Ireland, she had the opportunity to rootle around through some Dublin bookstalls and found a great treasure: The Life of Hilaire Belloc by Robert Speaight.
As he notes, the book is in some ways more timely now than it was when I gave it to him:
The solutions offered by the wise Mr. Belloc to problems personal or international are still as relevant today as they were when he was a student at John Henry Newman's Oratory School: Faith and prayer. The Faith, for instance, of Catholics that will band us together so that we may not be intimidated by such events as the kidnapping and murder of the Bishop of Mosul and the fervent prayer that the infidel may also come to believe in the One True Church.
Read the whole review.