In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
By Bernard Evans, Director of the Collegeville Institute’s Rural Fellows program
Bernie Evans’s latest book provides an approach for understanding the important connection between the liturgy and the seven key themes of Catholic social teaching. Every weekend, parishes across our global church welcome millions on their faith journeys. Finding a way to guide congregations through economic, cultural, and political problems is critical. We can look to Jesus’ actions, words, and spirit to give us guidance for challenging situations. This resource will inspire you to deepen your relationship with God and with others, to become more aware of the needs of the world, and recommit yourself to live as Christ’s disciples in the world.
Veliz Books, 2020
Translated by Jeannine Marie Pitas, writing workshop participant
This book is a bilingual edition of the sixth book of Uruguayan poet Selva Casal, with translations by Jeannine Pitas. Drawing upon her academic training in sociology and her experiences as a penal lawyer, Casal lays bare the stark realities of the human condition: our capacity for violence and cruelty as well as our profound ability to love and care for one another. With keen observation, deep pathos, and imaginative playfulness, these poems ultimately affirm human life and dignity even in the face of humanity’s worst tendencies. Originally published in 1975 during Uruguay’s military dictatorship, We Do Not Live in Vain solidified Casal’s reputation as a political dissident and led to her losing her job as a sociology professor at Uruguay’s most well-known university.
Dos Madres Press, 2020
By Anne Whitehouse, contributor to Bearings Online
The poems in Outside from the Inside were suggested by Whitehouse’s studies of anatomy and ancient Jewish texts, the legacies of loved ones, the lives of animals and the cycle of the seasons, family life past and present, and testimonies of others, named and nameless, that have entered her heart. The title of the collection comes from a letter written by Isamu Noguchi to Man Ray from the Poston War Relocation Center, where he was interned during WWII. The title also suggests the body as witness and the world as conceived by the self. Between this idealism and the pressures of historical moments, our lives encompass myriad variations of experience, thought, and feeling which the poems seek to express.