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Thursday, 16 June 2022

Advent & Christmastide with the Saints - J.B. Midgley - CTS Books

Advent & Christmastide with the Saints
CTS Books
J.B. Midgley
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860824104
CTS Booklet D680


A few of years ago I encountered the works of J.B. Midgley and was very impressed with his writing. I have worked at tracking all his books down. And it took me a few years. I now have all of his books, or at least the ones I am aware of. After reading this one I only have 2 volumes to go to have read all of his books. I have read his works a total of 31 times so far; with a few having been read more than once. It has been well worth tracking down all 28 books by J.B. Midgley. Twenty-six of those books were for the Catholic Truth Society.  And 6 of those were from the CTS Great Saints Series. And 7 are from the CTS Companions Series. I have also read many in the CTS Biographies and also Saints of the Isles Series. And have loved most of them. I first read a book by Midgley almost nearly 4 years ago. This volume is a good book, by an excellent author. 

The description on the back of the book is:

“For many today the richness and warmth of these two seasons are almost unknown or long-forgotten. In our secular age Christmas has been sadly reduced to the shopping frenzy culminating on Christmas Eve. For those searching for more, this collection of sayings drawn from biblical sources, the fathers of the Church, saints and inspiring Christians, leads us into a new perspective, helping us to receive and savour the graces of this precious time and to live it as we are surely meant to.”

And the chapters in this little volume are:

Introduction 
Advent - A waiting the Second Coming 
Advent - Joyfully awaiting the Saviour
The Nativity of the Lord 
The Holy Family 
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 
The Circumcision and Holy Name of Jesus 
The Epiphany 
The Baptism of the Lord 
The Presentation of the Lord - Candlemas 
Index of Saints

The quotes come from these sources:

Aaron
Alphonsus Ligouri
Ambrose
Anselm
Athanasius
Augustine
Aurelius Prudentius
Basil Hume
Bede the Venerable
Bernard
Bernardine of Siena
Blessed Virgin Mary
Charles Borromeo
Clement of Alexandria
Cyril of Alexandria
David
Elizabeth
Ephrem of Syria
Eusebius of Caesarea
Ezekiel
Ezra and Nehemiah
Fathers of the Second Vatican Council
Francis of Assisi
Gabriel
Gertrude the Great
Gregory Nazianzen
Gregory the Great
Gregory X
Hilary of Poi tiers
Hippolytus
Hugh of Lincoln
Hugo of Saint-Victoire
Ignatius of Loyola
Irenaeus
Isaac of Stella
Isaiah
James
Jean-Baptiste de Santeuil
John Baptist De La Salle
John Chrysostom
John Eudes
John Henry Newman
John the Baptist
John Paul II
John XXIII
Karl Rabner
Leo the Great
Leonard of Port Maurice
Leo XIII
Luke
Malachi
Mark
Matthew
Maximilian Kolbe
Maximus of Turin
Maximus the Confessor
Moses
Odilo of Cluny
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Paul
Paul VI
Peter Abelard
Peter Chrysologus
Peter Julian Eymard
Peter
Philoxemus of Mabbug
Pius XI
Robert Bellarmine
Ronald A. Knox
Simeon
Sirac
Sophronius of Jerusalem
Tertullian
Theresa of Avila
Therese of Lisieux
Thomas Aquinas
Thomas More
Thomas a Kempis

I highlighted a few passages my first time through this volume, they were:

“For a great many people the richness and warmth of these two seasons are almost unknown or, at best, long forgotten. 'Christmas' has sadly been reduced in our secular age to the December shopping frenzy culminating on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day and Boxing Day offer a brief respite, but the rush resumes with equal ferocity once the New Year Sales descend on cities and towns. This need not be the end of the story.”

“As winter draws on each year, Christians begin their liturgical new year in early December, and set out on their Advent journey that will take them to Christmas, Christmastide, and to the beginning of February. They prepare Advent candles, wreaths, Nativity cribs of various kinds and sizes, songs and carols, and look forward to the visit of the Three Kings. Above all they wait in great expectation for the coming of Christ into their hearts and minds, into all their thoughts and activities.”

“On your bedside table, in your pocket, on the train or bus, in a few moments before the Blessed Sacrament, this little book is designed to help us receive and savour the graces of this precious time and to live it as we are surely intended.”

This is a great little volume. The quotes span the from the Old Testament through to contemporary authors. Some sources have a single quote, and a few have many. This book was a great read. My only complaint is that none of the quotes are attributed. We know the author but not book, document, or article. There are several quotes I would have liked to read the volume it came from.

I have been blessed by all of the books from Midgley’s pen that I have been able to read. I recommend this book, especially for reading over advent. Another good resource from the Catholic Truth Society.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 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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