I like the Optionals too. We're very fortunate, very blessed to have such richness and depth as the basis of Catholic theology and spirituality. Those who assume that our doctrines and teachings are based solely or predominately on the thoughts of one Father/Saint/Doctor are seriously mistaken. Our theology is not one-dimensional, although I suppose it suits their agenda to erroneously spread that it is.
As these ancient sermons, homilies, and meditations prove one could take any one of these truths and meditate on it for a lifetime never fully exhausting it or penetrating it's many layers. I'm tempted to get the book but space is becoming a consideration as I have so many books already. I'll probably cave sometime this week and order it.:)
I'm very happy to hear that you're feeling better, Robert, and hope you continue to do so. I know you were seriously struggling for a while, quietly and humbly. Take care.
One can only scratch the surface concerning the broad writings of the saints....And that may be the most difficult aspect, in narrowing down the choices of reading material.
I have gotten into the habit of trying to read from different ages, times, to give a more dynamic view of things.
I think the age we live in offers such a narrow view of things, that it carries over into beliefs, such as you mention, the view of the RCC as being "one-dimensional". Little do people know....