In this, the second in a series on the Fathers of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI provides an introduction into such influential figures as St. Leo the Great, St. Isidore of Seville, St. Bede the Venerable, St. John Damascene and many more. Collected from his weekly talks, each chapter gives the reader an insight into a different Church Father. Picking up where the first volume left off, this book covers the period from the 5th to the 12th century. In addition to the better known figures, the Holy Father also sheds some light on lesser known individuals, such as St. Theodore the Studite, Ambrose Aurpert and St. Odo of Cluny.
Many people have entered the Catholic Church after reading the writings of the Church Fathers, as they make it apparent just how Catholic the early Church was! As with any of Pope Benedict’s writings, you can’t go wrong and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to come to a better understanding of the Catholic faith.
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