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perfection. It admirably combines evangelic austerity with the sweetness of spirit of our Blessed Redeemer. It seems particularly suited to those Orders of Religious Women who, while laboring for their own sanctification, devote themselves to the instruction of youth. For these and other like reasons the Rule of St. Augustine has been adopted, in preference to other rules, by many communities belonging to different religious orders.

Owing, however, to its brevity, the need of explanations and comments having regard to existing times and circumstances has long been felt. This want the author undertakes to supply in the little volume before us.

He has taken the Constitution of Ursuline Communities as the ground-work of his commentary, but has aimed also at making it suitable to the Religious in kindred orders.

From the examination we have been able to give the work we think it is not only well adapted to subserve the purposes for which the author immediately intends it, but also that it will be very useful to the laity as a book for devout reading and meditation.

ENGLISH HISTORY BY CONTEMPORARY WRITERS. Vol. I. Edward III. and his

Wars, 1327-1360. Extracts from the Chronicles of Froissart, Jéhan Le Bel,
Knighton, Adam of Murimuth, Robert of Aresburg, the Chronicle of Sauercost,
the State Papers and other Contemporary Records. Arranged and Edited by W.
7. Ashley, N.A., Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. Vol. II. The Misrule of
Henry 11., 1236–1251. Extracts from the writings of Matthew Paris, Robert
Grosseteste, Adam of Marsh, etc. Selected and arranged by the Rev. W. H.
Hutton, M.A., Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. New York and London :
G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1887.

These two works are the first that have been published of a series of small volumes, each one independent of the others, and which are intended to furnish life-like pictures of the periods they respectively embrace in the history of England. They aim at telling the story of their times in the words of wriiers who lived in those times, and were not simply spectators of their events, but took an active part in them.

The plan is unquestionably a very judicious one, but it is one also which requires very great care and a high degree of impartiality on the part of the person selecting the extracts from contemporaneous writers from which each volume is made up. In the two volumes before us the spirit of the times of which they treat, and the habits and prevailing ideas and modes of thought of the people of England during those times, are clearly brought to view.

THE HOUSEHOLD LIBRARY OF IRELAND'S POETS; with full and choice selections

from the Irish-American Poets, and a complete department of authentic biographical notes. Collected and edited by Daniel Connolly. Published by the editor at 28 Union Square, New York. This large and handsome volume must have been the result of several years of industrious research and toil on the part of the editor, whose pre-eminent fitness for the task he set himself is shown in the result of his labors. His plan is not entirely original, being simply an expansion of that adopted forty years ago by the late Edward Hayes, whose “Ballad Poetry of Ireland was long the household book on the subject for lovers of Irish literature. But Mr. Connolly covers a much wider field, taking in, besides more than the last generation in Ireland itself, the Anglo-Irish and Irish-American writers, while Hayes confined himself to those of Irish birth and using Irish themes. The result is simply astonishing in regard to the number of versifiers whose poems he places before us -nearly two hundred and sixty named authors, besides twenty poems by anonymous writers; and others are coming into prominence now, both in Ireland and abroad, who, of course, do not appear in his anthology. The book is also embellished with a dozen fine portraits. Similar in plan to Hayes' work is particularly the arrangement according to subjects ; but here, under each of the thirteen headings, we have almost enough poems to fill a small duodecimo volume. So thoroughly has Mr. Connolly done his work that future compilers need only supplement it by selections from the effusions of new writers.

ABANDONMENT; Or, Absolute Surrender to Divine Providence. Posthumous work

of Rev. 3. P. de Caussade, s.). Revised and Corrected by Rev. H. Ramière, S.J. Translated from the French Edition by Miss Ella McMahon, New York, Cincinnati and St. Louis: Benziger Brothers. London: R. Washburne, Dublin:

M. H. Gill & Son. This is an ascetical work, which is specially intended for those who are striving to attain evangelical perfection, though a thoughtful and discriminating perusal of it will not be without profit to other devout souls. It is published with the imprimatur of the Most Rev. Archbishop of New York.

It is on a subject which requires to be handled with great care, for if misunderstood it may lead to pernicious errors. And, indeed, this danger is not a mere possibility. For the heresy of quietism which arose in the seventeenth century, and by its specious sophisms misled many well-meaning souls, and even, for a time, the pious Fenelon, claimed to be based on perfect abandonment to God.

For these reasons Father Ramière has prefaced Father Caussade's treatise with a long introduction, in which he explains Father Caussade's doctrine, and shows that, properly understood, the rules he lays down do not involve the dangers to which we have referred.

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THE CHAIR OF PETER; Or, the Papacy Considered in its Institutions, Development

and Organization, and in the Benefits which, for over Eighteen Centuries, it has Conferred on Mankind. By John Nicholas Murphy, Roman Count. Third Edition, with events and statistics brought down to the present time. London:

Burns & Oates. New York: Catholic Publication Society Co. 1888. It was a happy inspiration that led the author to compile this work, which is a review of Church History as embodied in the Papacy, a setting forth in bold relief of the principal events in the development of Christian civilization. The fact that the work has reached a third edi. tion, the second of the popular form, is proof of the fact that it has satisfied a widespread demand on the part of the reading Catholic public. As the contents of the volume have already been dwelt upon in detail, at the times when the former editions appeared, we need not repeat them here; suffice it now to say that the narrative has been continued to date—the history of the Culturkampf has been completed, and the other recent events of Leo XIII's pontificate are treated of in the clear and strong style of which the author is a master.

EMANUEL, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD. By Rev. John Gmeiner, Professor in St.

Thomas' Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Milwaukee : Hoffman Bros. 1888. This is the third instalment of a popular defence of Christian doctrines which the author began some years ago, the first volume being entitled “ Modern Scientific Views and Christian Doctrines Compared," and the second “ The Spirits of Darkness and their Manifestations on Earth; or, Ancient and Modern Spiritualism." The work now before

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us is fully deserving of the great popularity won by its predecessors. In it the author answers the questions, “What think you of Christ? Whose Son is He?" And in doing so meets the various attempts made in our day to undermine the Christian Faith. As far as was possible for him he has consulted the very latest literature of his subject. A vast amount of learning is here condensed within the compass of a little over one hundred pages. The Life of St. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN By the late F. 7. M. Partridge, London:

Burns & Oates, New York: The Catholic Publication Society Co. This Life of St. Bridget of Sweden is a condensation from the German work published a few years ago at Mayence. It is based upon careful research, and its perusal will afford both instruction and pleasure to the reader. It describes the life and labors of one who from infancy was marked out by God for the reception of spiritual favors, who was an example of piety and devotion as a Christian wife and mother, and who, during her widowhood, endured many sufferings with exemplary patience and unshaken confidence in God, and abounded in charitable works. She lived in one of the stormiest periods of the Church's history; made pilgrimages to Rome and to the Holy Land, and traversed almost all Italy. Incidentally, much interesting information is given in the narrative of her life respecting the condition of Christianity at that time in Sweden and different parts of Italy, and respecting the Popes and secular princes of that period.

CONQUESTS OF OUR HOLY FAITH; or, TESTIMONIES OF DISTINGUISHED CONVERTS.

By James J. Treaty. New York and Cincinnati: Fr. Pustet & Co. The compiler of this work is already favorably known to the public as editor of two similar volumes, one of poetry, “ Catholic Flowers from Protestant Gardens,” and the other of prose selections, “ Tributes of Protestant Writers.

The present effort is even more successful than these. With great care and prudent judgment the selections have been made ; so that not only are nearly all the writers chosen of the first rank, but besides no two of the extracts from their writings treat of the same subject. There are over seventy articles in the book, and as many authors as there are articles. It is an excellent little work to place in the hands of those seeking religious truth.

THE CRIME AGAINST IRELAND. By 7. Ellen Foster. With a Preface, by John

Boyle O'Reilly. Boston: D. Lathrop & Company, This book is not a rehash of documents, arguments, etc., about Ireland already published and with which the public are already familiar. On the contrary, though it goes over an old subject, it has all the freshness of originality. It is a republication in book form of recent letters to the Boston Journal, and within a brief compass states the case of Ireland and shows that the only true remedy is legislative independence, with a clearness and force we have rarely seen equalled.

MONTH OF ST. JOSEPH; or, Practical Meditations for Each Day of the Month of

March. By the Abbé Berlioux. Translated from the French by Eleanor Cholmeley. Dublin: M, H. Gill & Son. 1888. This is an excellent little manual of devotions in honor of St. Joseph, specially arranged for every day in March. The meditations are brief and concise, the points they comprise are clearly set forth. Each meditation is followed by a short prayer and a brief example, illustrating the special subject proposed for consideration.

MEMOIRS OF A SERAPH. From the French of M. l'Abbé G. Chardon, Vicar-General

of Clermont, author of Memoirs of a Guardian Angel. Baltimore : John Murphy

& Co. 1888. This book is a collection of all that is known, or conjectured on good grounds, on the subject which it treats of, by the wisest and holiest of the great teachers of the Church; among them, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Suarez. It is full of Catholic theology and phi. losophy, presented in a form that is simple and natural and easy of comprehension.

MODERN NOVELS AND Novelists. A Book of Criticism. By Maurice Francis

Egan, A.M. New York: William H. Sadlier. This neat little volume, which is made up mainly of selections from articles contributed from month to month to the Catholic IVorld, is a useful guide for readers of light literature. They are told here, in a pleasant way, what books to avoid as well as what ones out of the myriads that are constantly put in the market they may peruse with profit.

BOOKS RECEIVED. ELEMENTS OF ECCLESIATICAL LAW. Compiled with Reference to the “Const. Apos.

tolicæ Sedis” of Pope Pius IX., the Council of the Vatican, and the Latest De. cisions of the Roman Congregations. Adapted especially to the Discipline of the Church in the United States, according to the recent Instruction “ Cum Magno. pere," and the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. By Rev. S. B. Smith, D.D., Vol. III. Ecclesiastical Punishments. New York, Cincinnati and Chicago: Benziger Brothers.

1888. The BIRTHDAY PARTY AND OTHER STORIES. A Book for Girls. Boston: Thomas

B. Noonan & Co. A THOUGHT FROM THE BENEDICTINE SAINTS FOR EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR.

Translated from the French by Helen O'Donnell, author of "Hand book for Altar

Societies,” etc. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: Beuziger Brothers. THE STUDENT OF BLENHEIM FOREST. By Anna Hanson Dorsey. Baltimore: John

Murphy & Co. 1888. Zoe's DAUGHTER. By Anna Hanson Dorsey. Baltimore: John Murphy & Co. 1888. THE FATE OF THE DANE AND OTHER STORIES. By Anna Hanson Dorsey. Balti

more: John Murphy & Co. 1888. Six SERMONS ON DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART. By Rev. Ewald Bierbaum,

DD. Translated from the German by Miss Ella McMahon. New York, Cincin.

nati and Chicago: Benziger Brothers. 1888. STORIES FOR FIRST COMMUNICANTS; for the Time Before and After Holy Commu.

nion. Drawn from the Best Authorities. Ly Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Keller. Translated, with Permission of the Author, by Frances M. Kemp. New York,

Cincinnati and Chicago: Benziger Brothers. JUBILEE-TIDE IN ROME. By John George Cox. London: Burns & Oates. New

York: Catholic Publication Society Co. THE LIFE AND GLORIES OF ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY, FOSTER FATHER OF JESUS, AND PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH. By Edward Healy Thomp

London and New York: Burns & Oates, Dublin: M, H, Gill & Son. 1888. HENRY VIII. AND THE ENGLISH MONASTERIES. An Attempt to Illustrate the

History of their Suppression. By Francis Aidon Gosquet, Monk of the Order of St. Benedict, sometime Prior of St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside, Bath, Vol. I. John Hodges : London. Received for notice from the Catholic Publi.

cation Society Company, New York. PALESTINE IN THE TIME OF CHRIST. By Edmont Stapfer, D.D., Professor in the

Protestant Theological Faculty of Paris. Translated by Annie Harwood Holm

den. Third edition, with Map and Plans. New York: A. C. Armstrong & Son. MARIA MAGNIFICATA. Short Meditations for a Month on Our Lady's Life. By

Richard F. Clarke, S.J. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: Benziger Brothers,

son, M.A.

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