Our Sunday Visitor has once again put together a book containing Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday Audience catechesis. This time around we have the period of audiences that dealt with the Apostolic Fathers up to St. Augustine. Via the media we get bits and pieces of his catechesis and it is so nice to hava a volume containing the full text with a good translation. The Pope covers the Fathers in his wonderful style that is not just biography but a look at their lives and their importance and contributions they made to the Church. He writes about all of them as if he personally knew them and really gets to the heart of who they were along with examining their writings. It really is amazing how much information he is able to pass along in a Wednesday Audience. Of course some of the Fathers were covered in multiple Audiences. It is no surprise that the last chapter on St. Augustine is the longest considering that Pope Benedict is a scholar of this saint. Considering this saints contributions it is not just scholars bias and I so enjoyed the insights the Pope had into St. Augustine. But really the same goes for all of the Fathers he covered including some of the lesser known ones. His coverage of Tertullian and Origen were especially interesting and he addressed their major contributions while also going into where they went wrong.
But really when it comes to any book or compilation of writing from Pope Benedict you really don’t need a review, just a pointer that it is available so that you can get it.