A large map of France hangs on his wall. It is rumored that he translates a bit of French into English every morning. And he often speaks admirably of those numerous Frenchmen who have defended the Church throughout the ages.
Few at Thomas More College were surprised when our Dean, Dr. Christopher O. Blum, began the task of translating the scriptural meditations of 17th century French Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet.
This was no small undertaking, of course. Bishop Bossuet (1627-1704) is widely recognized as one of the Church’s greatest orators. A devoted follower of Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Vincent de Paul, he knew the Scriptures by heart, read and re-read the Fathers, and made the doctrines of the Church the measure of his own thinking.
Bishop Bossuet’s works have been treasured through the centuries, most notably by Pope Leo XIII, who kept a copy of them on his bedside table.
But never before have his scriptural meditations been read in English—until now. Dr. Blum carefully translated and wisely chose forty meditations that have been compiled into one new volume entitled Meditations for Advent.
During Advent, the readings at daily Mass invite us to marvel at the Annunciation, the hidden life of Jesus in Our Lady’s womb, and the crucial role of Saint John the Baptist in preparing the way of the Lord.
“My intention in choosing the meditations,” said Blum, “was to help readers profit from the Church’s annual remembrance of the Incarnation and Birth of the Savior.”
The volume closes with another of Bossuet’s masterpieces, his sermon for the Feast of Saint Joseph, one of the earliest sustained reflections upon the virtues of the foster-father of the Lord.
Published by Sophia Institute Press, Meditations for Advent will surely lift your soul to God during those hectic days that stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It will keep you mindful of the real meaning of Christmas while affording you an admirable distillation of the doctrines and piety of our Holy Catholic Church.
It’s not too late for you to begin Advent well. You may purchase a copy of Meditations for Advent by clicking here.