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Welcome to the Five Books for Catholics podcast, where experts explain their pick of five outstanding books on an aspect of Catholic life, doctrine, or culture. Visit the website at ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com

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Episodes

Episode 46: Twentieth-Century Classical Music for Lent

3/1/2024
The recordings recommended in this episode are of: Quatre Motets pour un temps de pénitence Miserere Triodion MiserereVidens Dominus Symphony of Psalms Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. At Christmas, Five Books for Catholics recommended some classical music for the season. Moreover, it did not recommend a hodgepodge of works from different periods. It stuck instead to twentieth-century classical composers. As a follow-up, here is a selection of five works of classical music for Lent by twentieth-century composers. Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/twentieth-century-classical-music-for-lent/⁠ For more interviews like this, visit

Duration:00:23:47

Episode 45 - Spiritual Discernment: Interview with Fr. Timothy Gallagher OMV

2/23/2024
The books recommended in this episode are: Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for Greater Discernment of Spirits Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives Teaching Discernment: A Pedagogy for Presenting Ignatian Discernment of Spirits ...and a bonus recommendation...The Screwtape Letters Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. One of the charisms that St. Paul lists is “the discernment of spirits” (1Cor 12:10) (diakrisis pneumatikōn, discretio spirituum), whereas St. John warns us, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits” (1Jn 4:1). Indeed, Scripture continually describes how we are under the influence of both good and bad spirits. On the one hand, God influences us through his grace and angels. On the other...

Duration:00:35:50

Episode 44: Five Books for Lent, 2024

2/15/2024
Here are this year's list of recommended readings for Lent. You can also check out last year’s list and the Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2024. On Repentance and Almsgiving Encyclical Letter Dives in misericordia (Rich in Mercy) The Lord A Father Who Keeps His Promises The Screwtape Letters Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Read the interview at ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/lent2024/ For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠ ⁠Sign up ⁠to receive updates on the latest interview. ⁠Become a premium subscriber⁠ to listen to the full interview and have access to complete archive on the website. If you have enjoyed this episode, please give the podcast a top rating. You can also support this podcast by making a one-off tip or donations. Just click here.

Duration:00:15:17

Episode 43: Catholic Social Teaching - Interview with Russell Hittinger

2/9/2024
The books recommended in this episode are: ArcanumCasti connubiiThe Social Teachings of Wilhelm Emmanuel Von Ketteler: Bishop of Mainz (1811-1877)Catholic Social Teaching: A Volume of Scholarly EssaysThe Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism on Law, Politics, and Human NatureSelected articles (1) ( 2) ( 3) (

Duration:00:35:50

Episode 42: Mozart - Interview with Simon P. Keefe

2/2/2024
Simon P. Keefe recommends some books that can help us learn about Mozart’s music and penetrate it more deeply as we listen to it. The Letters of Mozart and his Family Mozart: A Documentary Biography Mozart's Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade (Kindle) The Mozart Family: Four Lifes in a Social Context Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) ranks with J.S. Bach and Beethoven as one of the greatest Western composers. His father, Leopold, was a musical pedagogue and a musician at the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. When Leopold began to give clavier-lessons to his seven-year-old daughter, Nannerl, her younger brother listened attentively, started playing it himself at the age of four, and was composing his first pieces at the age of five. Between 1762-1773, Leopold brought the two child prodigies on tours around the main European cities and courts, from Rome to London, hoping to promote his son’s future career. Young Wolfgang worked as a court composer for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, but, desirous of a better salary and opportunities to compose operas, he resigned in 1773. After several years of visiting different cities in search of a suitable position, he settled in Vienna, where he spent the final decade of his life. At Vienna, he composed most of his greatest compositions, and his greatness was recognised by both established composers, such as Haydn, and up-and-coming ones, such as Beethoven. Despite his premature death at the age of thirty-five, he left a huge body of work, with masterpieces in sacred, orchestral, and chamber music, concertos, and opera. Simon P. Keefe is James Rossiter Hoyle Chair of Music at the University of Sheffield, a life member of the Academy for Mozart Research at the International Mozart Foundation in Salzburg and President Elect of the Royal Musical Association. He is the author of five monographs on Mozart, including Mozart's Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Marjorie Weston Emerson award from the Mozart Society of America, and editor of a further seven volumes for Cambridge University Press, including Mozart Studies, Mozart Studies 2 and Mozart in Context. Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/mozart/ For more...

Duration:00:36:04

Episode 41: Early Christian Art - Interview with Robin M. Jensen

1/26/2024
The books recommended in this interview are: Understanding Early Christian Art The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art The Invisible God: The Earliest Christians on Art Likeness and Presence: A History of Art before the Era of Art he Dawn of Christian Art: In Panel Paintings and Icons Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450 Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/early-christian-art/ For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠

Duration:00:30:12

Episode 40: Imaginative Apologetics, Part Two - Interview with Holly Ordway

1/19/2024
The books recommended in this interview are: Tales of Faith: A Guide to Sharing the Gospel through Literature Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy, and the Catholic Tradition Spiritual Direction from Dante:vol. 1, Avoiding the Infernovol. 2, Ascending Mount Purgatoryvol. 3 Yearning for Paradise Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Apologetics consists in defending the faith by explaining the reasons for belief in Revelation. It is summed up in Saint Peter's exhortation to “always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1Peter 3:15). Recently, however, several apologists have been stressing the need to engage not just the mind but also the imagination. This strand of apologetics has been called imaginative apologetics. In a previous post, Holly Ordway recommended and explained her top five books on imaginative apologetics. Here is the rest of the interview, where she explains some more recommended readings and her own books on imaginative apologetics. Holly Ordway is the Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute, and Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Christian University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is the author of Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (Word on Fire Academic, 2021). Her other books include Tales of Faith: A Guide to Sharing the Gospel through Literature (Word on Fire Institute, 2021) and

Duration:00:15:49

Episode 39: Origen of Alexandria - Interview with Dr. Thomas Scheck

1/12/2024
Dr. Thomas Scheck discusses Origen of Alexandria (185-253) and recommends the following books: Contra Celsum Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (vol. 1) (vol. 2) Homilies on Joshua Homilies on Numbers Apology for Origen ....and some bonus recommendations...Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine

Duration:00:27:10

Episode 38: Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) - Interview with Tracey Rowland

1/5/2024
The books recommended in this episode are: Faith and Politics: Selected Writings A New Song for the Lord: Faith in Christ and Liturgy Today What is Christianity?: The Last Writings Fundamental Speeches from Five Decades The Nature and Mission of Theology: Approaches to Understanding Its Role in the Light of Present Controversy Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. It is difficult to underestimate Joseph Ratzinger’s influence within the Church over the last sixty years. During the Second Vatican Council he made an important contribution as a theological expert (peritus) to the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum). He emerged from the Council as a leading Catholic theologian and, in 1972, helped found the journal Communio. In 1977, he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and a cardinal. Five years later, St. John Paul II appointed him as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. For over twenty years, Card. Ratzinger assisted the pontiff in issuing important doctrinal documents, drafting encyclicals, and overseeing the preparation of the magnificent Catechism of the Catholic Church. Finally, he was elected Bishop of Rome and exercised the Petrine ministry until his resignation in 2013. On this first anniversary of Benedict XVI’s death, Prof. Tracey Rowland selects and discusses five of his books that we should read. Professor Tracey Rowland holds the St John Paul...

Duration:00:29:54

Episode 37: Charles Dickens - Interview with Dwight Lindley

12/29/2023
Prof. Dwight Lindley, the Barbara Longway Briggs Chair in English Literature at Hillsdale College, discusses some of the best of Dickens’s novels and of the studies on them. He recommends: David Copperfield Bleak House A Tale of Two Cities Little Dorrit Chesterton on Dickens Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton...and some extra recommendations...Hard Times The Genius of Dickens

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 36: Twentieth-Century Classical Music for Christmas

12/22/2023
The works recommended are: Fantasia on Christmas Carols Lauda per la Natività del Signore Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël Retablo de Navidad Having beheld a strange Nativity (Canticles and Prayers II) Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Music is an essential part of Christmas. Christ’s birth inspired the angels to praise God with the Gloria (Luke 2:14). Presumably, the angels sung it, like other hymns of praise of praise in the heavenly liturgy (Revelation 5:9). Since, then the celebration of Christ’s birth has continued to inspire song throughout the world. It has also been a major source of inspiration for classical composers. Here are five recommended recordings of twentieth-century classical music for Christmas. Read the interview at ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/twentieth-century-classical-music-for-christmas/ For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠ ⁠Sign up ⁠to receive updates on the latest interview. ⁠

Duration:00:20:55

Episode 35: Catechesis - Interview with Dr. Petroc Willey

12/15/2023
The books recommended in this episode are: Christ the Educator Catechism of the Catholic Church Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis Theology and Sanity Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifyng purchases made using the affliate links in this post. No Catholic, therefore, can afford to be indifferent to catechesis. Every Catholic needs it, and many are called to impart it. In this interview, Dr. Petroc Willey recommends and discuss five books on catechetics. Petroc Willey is married to Katherine and has four children and six grandchildren, one in heaven. Originally from England, he has lived in Steubenville, Ohio, since 2015 where he is a Professor of Theology at Franciscan University. Before his move to the United States, Petroc worked in Catholic education, in Oxford and in Birmingham, for more than twenty-five years, in seminary and lay institutions, and in both traditional and distance education. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization and by Pope Francis as a Consultor to the Dicastery for Evangelization. He is the author of Reading the...

Duration:00:46:18

Episode 34: Five Books for Advent and Christmas

12/8/2023
The books recommended in this episode are: Jesus of Nazareth, Volume 3: The Infancy Narratives The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales: For Advent and Christmas The True Meaning of Christmas: The Birth of Jesus and the Origins of the Season The Nativity Scene Illuminating Luke: The Infancy Narrative in Italian Renaissance Painting Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Take advantage of the Christmas Offer Read the interview at ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/advent-and-christmas/ For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠ ⁠Sign up ⁠to receive updates on the latest interview. ⁠Become a premium subscriber⁠ to listen to the full interview and have access to complete archive on the website. If you have enjoyed this episode, please give the podcast a top rating. You can also support this podcast by making a one-off tip or donations. Just click

Duration:00:17:32

Episode 33: The Quadrivium - Interview with Peter Ulrickson

12/1/2023
The books recommended in this episode are: The Elements Books I-VI with coloured diagramsAlmagest Timaeus On order (De ordine) (alternative edition) To Save the Phenomena: An Essay on the Idea of Physical Theory from Plato to Galileo Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. In their search for the ideal education (paideia), the Ancient Greeks were sometimes split over whether to attribute primacy to mathematical thought or language skills. Pythagoras and Plato defended the primacy of mathematics; the Sophists and Aristotle, in different ways, the importance of language. Similarly, the Ancient Greeks began to distinguish and systematise fundamental disciplines within each of the two fields. These disciplines became known as the liberal arts because they equipped the free for their civic duties and the life of the mind. Medieval scholars, such as John of Salisbury and Hugh of St. Victor, called the language-centred disciplines (grammar, logic, rhetoric) the threefold way (trivium), and the mathematical ones (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) the fourfold way (quadrivium). However, the classical liberal arts education was displaced by Renaissance humanism, the rise of modern science, and educational programs of a pragmatist orientation. Over the last few decades, there has been a movement to retrieve classical liberal arts education. Early proponents of this movement often took inspiration from Dorothy L. Sayers’s advocacy of the trivium in The Lost Tools of Learning. In recent years, however, others have insisted that the quadrivium is equally important for a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. In this episode, Prof. Peter Ulrickson will discuss five books that can help us learn and appreciate the quadrivium. Peter Ulrickson, a mathematician, teaches at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of A Brief Quadrivium and

Duration:00:24:42

Episode 32: Christ the King

11/24/2023
The Church closes the liturgical year with the Solemnity of Christ the King. Pius XI instituted this feast in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas. In that document, he unpacked the mystery of Christ’s kingship while acknowledging that only the liturgy, not his encyclical, could impress that mystery upon the minds and hearts of the faithful. Here is a selection of five books that can help us unpack the mystery of Christ’s kingship and live the solemnity more deeply. Quas Primas: Encyclical on the Institution of the Feast of Christ the KingThe Church Speaks to the Modern World: The Social Encyclicals of Leo XIIIThe Metamorphoses of the City of GodPro Rege (vol. 1) (vol. 2) (vol. 3)

Duration:00:23:17

Episode 31: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Interview with Daniel J. Mahoney

11/17/2023
This episode's recommended books are: The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005The Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Criticism (Abridged) (Vintage Edition) (Complete 3 Volume Edition) In the First Circle Apricot Jam and Other Stories Between Two Millstones, Book 1: Sketches of Exile, 1974–1978 and Between Two Millstones, Book 2: Exile in America, 1978-1994 Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. The Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) is the author of modern classics such as The Gulag Archipelago, In The First Circle, and Cancer Ward. Born and raised in wake of the Bolshevik Revoution, he served as an artillery officer in the Red Army during World War II. In 1945, he was arrested by Russian counterintelligence while on active duty in East Prussia. He had committed the crime of criticising Stalin in private letters to a childhood friend. He served eight years in various prisons, two in exile, and almost died from an undiagnosed cancer. During those ten years, he came to understand Communism’s inherently dehumanizing nature, found much of the materials around which he would build his future novels, and regained his faith as a Russian Orthodox Christian. In 1962, he was allowed to publish his first novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. However, after Khrushchev’s deposition in 1964, the Soviet authorities put a stop to the publication of his other writings and, in February 1974, expelled him after The Gulag Archipelago was published in Russian in Paris on December 28, 1973. Once in the West, he could finally receive the Nobel Prize for Literature he had been awarded four years earlier. Initially, lionised in the West, he soon fell out of favour in some quarters. It became apparent that his opposition to communism and the Soviet Regime did not make him, as many had wrongly supposed, a secular liberal and progressive. While he appreciated the valid aspects of Western political culture, such as the rule of law and local self-government, he criticised the rise of secular humanism. In 1994, he returned to Russia, where he died in 2008. In this interview, Daniel J. Mahoney will explain the significance of Solzhenitsyn by taking us through his pick of five of the author’s books. Daniel J. Mahoney is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, professor emeritus of Assumption University. His recent books include

Duration:00:50:54

Episode 30: Principles of Biblical Interpretation - Interview with Jeffrey L. Morrow, Part Two

11/10/2023
This episode's recommended books are: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible KindleKingship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to God's Saving PromisesThe Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles KindleJesus of Nazareth Kindle...also recommended....Holy Bible, English Standard Version Catholic Edition Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/principles-of-biblical-interpretation-part-two/ ⁠ Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow is Professor of Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. A Jewish convert to Catholicism, he specializes in the history of modern biblical interpretation. Among his publications are Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence, A Catholic Guide to the Old Testament (co-authored with Jeff Cavins and others), Murmuring Against Moses: The Contentious History and Contested Future of Pentateuchal Studies (co-authored with John Bergsma), and Modern Biblical Criticism as a Tool of Statecraft (co-authored with Scott Hahn). For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠ ⁠Sign up ⁠to receive updates on the latest interview. ⁠Become a premium subscriber⁠ to listen to the full interview and have access to complete archive on the website. If you have enjoyed this episode, please give the podcast a top rating. You can also support this podcast by making a one-off tip or donations. Just click here.

Duration:00:20:47

Episode 29: Principles of Biblical Interpretation - Interview with Jeffrey L. Morrow, Part One

11/3/2023
This episode's recommended books are: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei VerbumVerbum Domini:Post-Synodal Exhortation on The Word of God in the Life and Ministry of the Church Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy KindleBible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation HistoryKindleA Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old TestamentKindle Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Sacred Scripture is the Word of God but “there are some things in them that are hard to understand” (2Peter 3:16). Consequently, the interpretation of Sacred Scripture has always involved difficulties and debates. These have become more intricate in modernity. The Protestant Reformation disputed the normativity of Tradition and the Church’s magisterium for the interpretation of Scripture. The development of historical research provided an array of new techniques and insights. Unfortunately, these have often been divorced from the rule of faith and wedded to rationalist premises. What then are the proper principles that allow us to hear what God is really saying to us in Sacred Scripture? On the one hand, the Church teaches us to give priority to the literal or historical sense of Scripture, by taking into account the hagiographer’s intention and modes of writing. “On the other hand, since Scripture must be interpreted in the same Spirit in which it was written, the [the Second Vatican Council’s] Dogmatic Constitution [on Divine Revelation] indicates three fundamental criteria for an appreciation of the divine dimension of the Bible: 1) the text must be interpreted with attention to the unity of the whole of Scripture; nowadays this is called canonical exegesis; 2) account is be taken of the living Tradition of the whole Church; and, finally, 3) respect must be shown for the analogy of faith.” (Benedict XVI, Post-synodal exhortation Verbum Dei). In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow will explain the Church’s principles of biblical interpretation and take us through some of the best books on them. Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow is Professor of Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. A Jewish convert to Catholicism, he specializes in the history of modern biblical interpretation. Among his publications are Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence, A Catholic Guide to the Old Testament (co-authored with Jeff Cavins and others), Murmuring Against Moses: The Contentious History and Contested Future of Pentateuchal...

Duration:00:22:52

Episode 28: Five Contemporary American Poets That Every Catholic Should Read - Interview with James Matthew Wilson

10/27/2023
The books recommended in this episode are: Collected Poems: 1943-2004 A Journey of the Mind: Collected Poems of Helen Pinkerton, 1945-2016 And after All: Poems Deaths And Transfigurations: Poems The Gods of Winter ...and as a supplementary recommendation... All The Fun’s In How You Say A Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. If we read literature seriously it is because “we seek an enlargement of our being” (C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism). You have probably experienced such an enlargement of your being in reading the great poets of the past. However, poets do not figure prominently, if at all, in the media or public square. Those that do may not strike you as particularly inspiring. Perhaps you assume, therefore, that recent poetry is not worth reading. Even if you do not make that assumption, maybe you have no idea about which poets are worth reading. In this episode, therefore, James Matthew Wilson recommends five contemporary poets every Catholic with an interest in literature should read. James Matthew Wilson is Cullen Foundation Chair in English Literature and the Founding Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston. He also serves as the Poet-in-Residence for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Liturgy, as Poetry Editor of Modern Age magazine, and series editor of Colosseum Books, of the Franciscan University at Steubenville Press. He is an award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature. As a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, his work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, The Wall Street Journal​, The Hudson Review, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, National Review, and The American Conservative. His books include The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition (CUA, 2017); The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking (Wiseblood, 2015); The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (Wiseblood Books, 2014); The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2020), the poetic sequence, The River of the Immaculate Conception (Wiseblood, 2019), and I Believe in One God: Praying the Nicene Creed ​(CTS, 2022). Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/contemporary-american-poetry/ For more interviews like...

Duration:00:38:37

Episode 27 - Icons (Part Two) - Interview with Aidan Hart

10/20/2023
The books recommended in this episode are: Festal Icons History and Meaning The Icon, Image of the Invisible: Elements of Theology, Aesthetics and Tecnique The Meaning of Icons Five Books for Catholics may receive a commission from qualifying purchases made using the affiliate links to the books listed. Liturgical icons have been a part of the Church’s tradition from early on and in 787 the Second Council of Nicaea defined dogmatically that the making and veneration of icons, along with the pictorial representation of what the Gospels narrate, is a holy practice. This practice is founded upon the mystery of the Incarnation. Consequently, “all the signs in the liturgical celebrations are related to Christ: as are sacred images of the holy Mother of God and of the saints as well. They truly signify Christ, who is glorified in them.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1161. The Second Council of Nicaea encouraged the making and veneration of icons. As St. Basil taught, “the honour rendered to the image passes on to the original”. Furthermore, contemplating icons of Christ, Mary, the angels, and the saints, moves us to contemplate and honour them. In part one of this this interview, Aidan Hart discussed his top five books on icons. In this second part, he considers some further recommended readings. Aidan Hart has been a professional icon painter and carver for forty years, with works in over twenty-five countries of the world, including with the Pope and other Patriarchs. An ordained Reader of the Orthodox Church, he is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches and has been on numerous TV and radio programmes. He teaches a three-year part-time course in icon painting for The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Art. He has published Festal Icons (2022), Beauty Spirit Matter (2014), and Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting (2011), all published by Gracewing. Read the interview at www.fivebooksforcatholics.com/icons-part-two/ For more interviews like this, visit ⁠www.fivebooksforcatholics.com⁠ ⁠Sign up ⁠to receive updates on the latest interview. ⁠Become a premium subscriber⁠ to listen to the full interview and have access to complete archive on the website. If you have enjoyed this episode, please give the podcast a top rating. You can also support this podcast by making a one-off tip or donations. Just click

Duration:00:15:49