Recall that for October we chose books by our about our favourite Reformers in honour of Reformation Day, October 31.
Connor’s Pick: The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
Erasmus didn’t seem to care about making friends through his writings. His work shows a desire to reform from within the Church, and to recognize the value of tradition. This spirit is wrapped in witty and sharp writing, which I find interesting to read for its form and its content.
Sheila’s Pick: Windows of Faith: Prayers of the Holy Hildegard
St. Hildegard of Bingen was a wonderous reformer. The Benedictine abbess founded two monastaries. A writer, composer, polymath, and mystic, St. Hildegard came up against a clash between obedience and conscience when she disagreed with the clergy of Mainz. She decided to pray with her sisters for six months to seek God’s guidance as to how to proceed. The issue was finally resolved to the thanksgiving of all the sisters.Hence, looking at the prayers of St. Hildegard strikes me as a profound way of thinking through reformation for oneself, for the church, and for the world. Windows of Faith: Prayers of Holy Hildegard allows the reader to pray alongside St. Hildegard.
Ryan’s Pick: Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, Third Edition ed. Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell