Illuminations by Franklin Freeman

Illuminations

In the Light of Christ: Writings in the Western Tradition
by Lucy Beckett
Ignatius Press, 2006
(648 pages, $21.95, paperback)

reviewed by Franklin Freeman

“We do not decide, but are given to discover and love, what is true,” writes Lucy Beckett, teacher of English, Latin, and history at Ampleforth Abbey and College for twenty years. In her survey of the major works of Western literature, beginning with the Greek playwrights Aeschylus and Sophocles and ending with the Polish writers Czeslaw Milosz and John Paul II, she does just that.

In the Light of Christ, she writes in her introduction (titled “The Order of Love”), addresses

the value to us now . . . . .