New Dominican Books

December 1, 2012

For the Year of Faith, the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, NJ, (their monastery is pictured above) have launched a new book publisher, DNS Publications. The first of these books is: The Spirit of Saint Dominic by Fabio Giardini, O.P. The sisters provide the following description of the book:

The Spirit of Saint Dominic by Fabio Giardini, OP explores the charism of the Order of Preachers by delving into the personality, character and spirituality of the Order’s founder: Saint Dominic. Using the early documents of the Order as well as material from the Process of Canonization, Giardini skillfully paints a portrait of this remarkable Saint and the rich inheritance he bequeathed to his spiritual sons and daughters in the Dominican Family.

The second new book from the nuns is The Life of Saint Agnes of Montepulciano by Bl. Raymond of Capua. The book is the first (and only) English translation of Bl. Raymond’s life of St. Agnes.

Saint Agnes of Montepulciano is one of the few canonized nuns of the Order of Preachers. Never before has her Life by Blessed Raymond of Capua been translated into the English language. An historically important prototype of the penitential mysticism practiced by Dominican women in the Middle Ages, Agnes is referred to by Saint Catherine of Siena in her letters as “our glorious mother Agnes.” It is the task of today’s reader to discover what the Life of Agnes has to reveal to us about our journey to holiness, to conformity to Christ. Agnes’ administrative feats as Abbess at only fifteen, her admirable compassion and heroic perseverance, the impact of her life on those around her, and the progeny of the mystics who followed in her footsteps reveal to us a sanctity that can still be aspired to today.

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