Volume #7: Special Feasts: July - December
By: Francis Fernandez Carvajal
7 Volume Set ISBN 0906138191
I am now on my second year of reading this series. I cannot recommend it enough. This year as I finish each volume, I will write a review of each of them. This seventh volume focuses on the Feast days between July and December. For those who don't know, Feast days are attached to specific days, and do not move about the church calendar as the rest of the church year shifts. Examples are Christmas, which is always December 25th each year, or Lent and Easter that shift each year.
It has a great set on the Novena to the Immaculate Conception right near the end of the collection. Feast days are divided into a few categories: Saints and Angels, Jesus and Marian.
In this volume you will encounter meditations on: St. Thomas, St. Benedict, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Ignatius Layola, St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Transfiguration, St. Francis of Assisi and many more.
This series was originally published in Spanish and was completed in January 1991; the English translation was completed in 1993. It has been immensely popular since they first started coming out in1988. They are published around the world, and have helped thousands of readers in enriching their spiritual lives.
Scepter Press in North America has just reprinted them again this fall.
About the Complete Series:
The complete series is worth the money, time and effort. This is an amazing Catholic meditation and daily reflection series. The seven volumes have daily readings for each day of the church year, as well as volumes 6 & 7 being special Feast Days. The readings draw heavily upon the writings of Josemaria Escriva the founder of Opus Dei, Pope John Paul II, and the daily readings from the common liturgy for that day. The Sundays have three sets of readings, depending on whether we are in year A, B, or C in the church readings. These devotions are all about 6 pages long and divided into 3 sections. They can all be read as a complete section, or part in the morning, midday and evening as they each have three sections. I find that with every day there is so
much meat in these devotions that I am already planning on reading them again next year.
There is a complete subject, and biblical reference index in volume 7; unfortunately the earlier volumes' indexes only go as far as that volume #. The indexes are subject and reference quoted by church Fathers, Popes and Saints. These books will draw anyone deeper into a faith and a life of action based upon that faith.
Books edited by Francis Fernandez Carvajal:
Year of Faith Treasury: The Sacrament of Confession
Year of Faith Treasury: The Virtue of Faith
Year of Faith Treasury: The Virtue of Fortitude
In Conversation with God:
Volume 1 Part 1 Advent
Volume 1 Part 2 Christmas and Epiphany
Volume 2 Part 1 Lent and Holy Week
Volume 2 Part 2 Eastertide
Volume 3 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 1-6
Volume 3 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 7-12
Volume 4 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 13-18
Volume 4 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 19-23
Volume 5 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 24-28
Volume 5 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 29-34
Volume 6 Part 1 Special Feasts January-March
Volume 6 Part 2 Special Feasts April-June
Volume 7 Part 1 Special Feats July -September
Volume 7 Part 2 Special Feats October -December
Books by Francis Fernandez Carvajal:
Through The Winds and Waves