BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Kreeft and 2018 Ignatius Pew Missal

I receive a lot of books. Some are immediately recognizable as worthwhile.

I have stacks of books awaiting attention. Here are a couple.

First, there’s the “Congregational Edition” of the 2018 Ignatius [Press] Pew Missal made in collaboration with the Augustine Institute (formed in 2005 in response to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization).

It was published with ecclesiastical approval and contains pretty much everything you need for daily participation at Novus Ordo Masses.

Here’s the back.  Note the Latin.

There’s not much more Latin than that in the whole book, except for a few hymns in the hymn section.

Opening up, here is the TOC and some helpful points.

What a Sunday entry looks like.

Entries for weekdays, by date which is handy.

The hymns are in alphabetical order.  Alas, I opened to this page.  However, in the “E”s you find Ecce Panis Angelorum.

There’s a mix of the well-known and traditional and the new-fangled.

You can’t find it on Amazon, but there is a page about it, with much more information. HERE

Next, we have Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic by the inimitable Peter Kreeft (US HERE  – UK HERE)


This is from the intro:

My title explains itself.  But it is misleading: there are more than forty reasons.  In fact, there are at least ten to the eighty-second power, which (I am told) is the number of atoms in the universe.

The first page of the TOC

Each entry of this short book is short, since Kreeft says in his introduction, “I have ADD and get bored very easily.”

Going on, some of the title of the entries are alluring, such as

11. Because of the nouns
24. Because I’m greedy
26. Because Catholics, like their saints, are a little crazy
34. Because I don’t want to live in a one-parent supernatural family

Reading around is a delight.  Kreeft is a master of linear reason and is a consummate wordsmith.

This is, in essence, a great resource for apologetics.


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  1. West of the Potomac says:

    Re: the amount of Latin in the Ignatius Pew Missal — one beautiful thing about this handy missal for pew sitters is that it has the ordinary of the OF Mass in Latin so that the people can follow along and make the responses proper to them for the OF.

    No more excuses for not using Latin in the OF with this pew missal!

    And once the people are used to that, perhaps it is an easier transition to the EF for the ridiculously large number of Latin-phobic Catholics.

    Now if only the Church would publish an OF altar missal that included some Latin along with the English….

  2. msc says:

    “New-fangled” is hardly among the first adjectives I’d think of to describe “On eagle’s wings”. Ugh. It’s down there with the worst of Haugen and Schutte. None of their music comes close to being worthy of the Lord.

  3. acardnal says:

    Thanks again for your book reviews. I always appreciate them!

  4. Michael says:

    Regarding the Ignatius Pew Missal, Fr. Samuel Weber OSB is a dedicated and hard working priest of the Church. These chants are some of his settings. Also, it is my understanding that he is currently working on a [soon-to-come] Spanish edition of the Pew Missal.

    No more “Flor y Cantos”!

  5. Il Ratzingeriano says:

    I love Ignatius Press but I think I’ll stick with my 1962 Missal.

    [You aren’t the target market. Sooo…. why the comment?]

  6. Il Ratzingeriano says:

    This particular Ignatius Press product, what with its juxtaposition of a smattering of Latin with “On Eagles Wings” — brings to mind what drove me crazy about the New Mass and how I could never go back to it unless I absolutely had no other option. Not a knock on the product, which I’m sure is very good within the confines of what the New Mass allows (as I said, I love Ignatius Press).

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