Tuesday 18 February 2020

Antonio Rosmini - J.B. Midgley - CTS Biographies

Antonio Rosmini
Priest, Founder of the Institute of Charity
CTS Biographies
J.B. Midgley
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781784690588
CTS Booklet B763

This was the twelfth book by J.B. Midgley I have read in as many weeks. This one is a CTS Biography. From my research Midgley published 28 books and 26 of them were for the Catholic Truth Society. He has also written a several books in both the ‘Saints of the Isles’ and ‘CTS Companions’ series’. The description on the back of the book is:

“Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855) is a truly remarkable and controversial figure in 19th century Europe, in the aftermath of revolutions and Enlightenment. Beatified in 2007, he had founded a religious institute, was a great writer and priest, and yet in a short lifetime had attracted many enemies, with whom reconciliation and recognition was only posthumously achieved. This appreciation of his life, work and spirituality, including extracts from his writings, is remarkably relevant in today’s ideologically unsettled Europe.”

This volume was published in 2015 and was dedicated to Midgley’s late wife Hazel. Is it shorter than some of his other works. And if we take out the extracts from Antonio Rosmini’s writings it is the shortest work by Midgley I have come across. But sometimes great things come in small packages. And that was the case with this volume. In fact one of the great features of this volume of the extensive extracts from Rosmini’s own works. And that each of those excerpts are in Blue Boxes. There a number of his works I am going to track down based on the excerpts encountered in this volume.

The chapters in this volume are:

The World Awaiting Antonio
Antonio’s Arrival
Early Works and Papal Commission
The Institute of Charity
The Apostolate Flourishes
Antonio in Rome and Geata
Tribulations and Triumph
A Philosopher for all Seasons

It is not surprising after having read book about the Jesuits to read of their opposition to this man and his works, especially while they were banned from several countries. It was also refreshing to read of the olive branch recently extended between the two organizations. It is something Rosmini would have appreciated. 

It was intriguing to read of his works resurgence at Vatican Council II. And the favor which Joseph Ratzinger gave to the works both before and during his pontificate. 

I can state I do not recall encountering the name Antonio Rosmini in any of my earlier readings or academic work. But I will be intentional about digging deeper into this man’s life, and his works, both literary and of his founding of the Founder of the Institute of Charity.

Another excellent read from the pen of J.B. Midgley, and from the Catholic Truth Society. I highly recommend this little volume to anyone unfamiliar with this man, his life, his works, and his ministry.

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Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books by J.B. Midgley:

Advent & Christmastide with the Saints
Antonio Rosmini
Benedict - Patron of Europe
Bernard of Clairvaux – CTS Great Saints
Charles Borromeo  - CTS Great Saints
Companion to St. Joseph
Companion to the Feasts of Mary
Companion to Saint Peter
Companion to Saint Paul
Companion to the Angels
Companion to the Feasts of Our Lord
Companion to the Passion of Our Lord
Dominic - CTS Great Saints
George: Patron of England - CTS Great Saints
Dewi Sant: St David Patron of Wales
Francis de Sales – CTS Great Saints
John Baptist de La Salle – CTS Great Saints
John Vianney – CTS Great Saints
Lent with the Saints
Nurturing the Young
Robert Bellarmine
Saint John the Baptist 
Stations of the Cross and Resurrection with the Saints
The Eucharist with the Saints
The Four Evangelists
Thomas Becket – CTS Saints of the Isles
Vincent de Paul – CTS Great Saints
Witchcraft, Sorcery and Magic

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