Fr. Harrison's Recommendations
The Spirit of the Liturgy
Considered by Ratzinger devotees as his greatest work on the liturgy, this profound and beautifully written treatment of the “great prayer of the church” will help readers rediscover the liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life.
Theology of History in Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure’s love of wisdom was intimately related to his love of God—so much so that he is called the “Seraphic Doctor” for the ardor that accompanied his great mind. What does this sort of mind have to say about the history of man, a topic long dear to Christian thinkers, especially owing to the Incarnation and the expectation of the Second Coming? In this academic treatise, then-Father Ratzinger, a young university professor, delves into the work of the Seraphic Doctor to come to a critical and yet appreciative understanding of the theological meaning of history in his work. Particularly interested in Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron, the study sets the saint’s thought against his remote and immediate predecessors, as well as his medieval contemporaries.
Mary: The Church at the Source
Two great theologians endeavor to recover the centrality of Marian doctrine and devotion for the contemporary Church, offering a spiritually rich approach to Mariology that brings into new relief the Marian contours of ecclesial faith. Ratzinger and von Balthasar show that Mary is both the embodiment of the Church, and the mother who cooperates in giving birth to the Church in the souls of believers. At once profound and yet readily accessible, Mary: The Church at the Source offers a theologically balanced and biblically grounded presentation of traditional and contemporary thought on Marian doctrine and spirituality.
Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology
Principles of Catholic Theology is a collection of articles and talks written around a central theme: the fundamental structure of Christianity. This volume discusses Catholicism, the inter-relationship of other forms of Christianity, and the features that distinguish Catholicism from other Christian theologies.
Introduction to Christianity (Rev. ed.)
One of Cardinal Ratzinger’s most important and widely read books, this volume is a revised second edition with an improved translation and an in-depth 20-page preface by the Cardinal. As he states in the preface, since this book was first published over 30 years ago, many changes and significant events have occurred in the world, and in the church.
Want More Ratzinger?
Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection (14 vols.)
Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, is one of the most revered Catholic scholars, theologians, teachers, and authors of our time. His profound treatment of Christianity's basic truths combines a spiritual outlook with a deep knowledge of scripture, history, and theology. The Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection contains fifteen volumes that provide the basic tenets of Catholic theology, dogma, and practice. Though some of the volumes were written prior to his papacy, they are still equally as significant and relevant to the Christian faith today.