Each of the chapters, though brief, is insightful about the distinctive contribution of these works has made to western Catholic spirituality. I am particularly impressed by the Conclusion, which lists the seven common characteristics of Catholic Spirituality and goes into some detail about what each one means. Here they are
- Belief in God's Love
- God's mercy, sin, and the mode of the Soul [The is about the role that knowledge of our own sinfulness and knowledge of the mercy of God plays in the transformation and purification of our souls].
- The instrumentality of the the Church and the Communion of Saints
- The Importance of prayer and the struggle with aridity
- The dynamic of detachment and holy indifference
- The redemptive role of suffering
- Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fr. Cameron emphasizes among other things the role of submission of the intellect to the guidance of the Church, and the value of what many "sophisticated" Catholics condescendingly dismiss as "piety."
I wonder if a similar book were written about eastern authors, what the list would consist of?