Those churchmen err who imagine that it is by brilliant preaching, rather than by holiness and all-embracing love, they fulfil their office.
Saint Peter Canisius
Each year during Lent, I attempt to do some special Lenten reading. This year I am reading a scholarly, lively and well written biography of Saint Peter Canisius, one of the first members of the Jesuit order and acclaimed as the Second Apostle of Germany, a tribute to his decades of hard labor in Germany and Austria in the Sixteenth Century, fighting an uphill battle to reverse the tide of the Reformation. The book was written by Father James Brodrick, SJ, and published in 1935. Father Brodrick lived from 1891-1973 and during his lifetime wrote numerous histories, most of them concerning the Jesuits. His works shine with wit, intelligence and a very deep faith.