One Hundred Great Catholic Books: From the Early Centuries by Don Brophy

By Don Brophy

Succinct and considerate, this choice of a hundred classics of earlier and current Catholic literature covers topics2ranging from biography, spirituality, theology, and poetry to background, mystical writings, and fiction.

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Klar, E. Sweetser and C. , A Celtic Florilegium. ) 1996, 187–209. 9 J. F. Kenney, The Sources for the Early History of Ireland. An Introduction and Guide. I: Ecclesiastical, New York 1929, 2nd ed. rev. by L. Bieler, New York 1966, repr. Dublin 1979, 418; Oskamp, ‘Mochen, mochen’, 94–95. , 95. 11 Meyer, ‘Gedicht’, 437–38; Oskamp, ‘Mochen, mochen’, 92–93. It can in any case be no later than mid-twelfth century, but the language seems not so late as this. 12 I have listed a collection of these in Appendix 2.

These were probably eastern Scottish noblemen, although they may have been churchmen. 16 Significantly, the annals seem to note secular figures making pilgrimages. Churchmen making the journey to Rome may thus not have been terribly unusual, and the annals rarely remark on them (though cf. 7, which is, nonetheless, not in itself a notice of a journey). 5), who ‘went everywhere Christ went 12 A. Gwynn, ‘Ireland and the Continent in the Eleventh Century’, Irish Historical Studies, 8 (1953), 193–216; reprinted in: The Irish Church in the 11th and 12th Centuries, ed.

380) and four of the verb merveiller (vss 472, 501, 1528, 1710). Brendan himself marvels when he sees the birds (‘prent a merveiller’, vs. 501). 35 There is an earlier example in the text of the term miracle (Latin miraculum ‘marvel’, from the verb mirari ‘be amazed’): ‘Par miracles que unt voüt’ (vs. 374). The sight of God’s miracles allows the monks to see that God is their protector (vss 371–75). the use of animals in benedeit’s version 31 Again there is an important educational element here, for as soon as the dragon wins its victory Benedeit states that, through the spirit of God, the monks now possess great knowledge (‘Par l’espirit Deu mult sunt savant’, vs.

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