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Announcement on the Occasion of Cluny’s 100th Published Book
This publishing house was founded in September 2015. Two months later, we published our first book. The ensuing months have seen the catalog go from strength to strength, featuring titles by some of the brightest minds of the twentieth century (or any, for that matter). This achievement would not have been possible without you, our readers and subscribers. We are deeply grateful to you for supporting our work, purchasing the books, reviewing them, and recommending them to friends and family. Thank you for reading; thank you for caring.
Now, three years and three months since that first book, our catalog holds one hundred. In light of our mission to help strengthen the faith and understanding of anyone interested in the Church and the intellectual and cultural riches it has fostered, the character of our 100th publication is particularly fitting. In Florentine Art under Fire, Frederick Hartt writes:
The destruction of Florence seemed the end of all civilization. How long would this situation last? Would Florence become another Cassino? Already that comparison was on the thoughtless lips of young staff officers unaware of its significance. How could they know if they had never seen Florence glitter in the valley through the cypresses of Bellosguardo; or looked from San Miniato at sunset to see the Arno under its bridges turn to copper, the cathedral standing ankle deep in rooftops, flanked in majesty by Giotto’s campanile and defended by the towers of the Bargello and Palazzo Vecchio; or if they had never walked in solemn amazement through the incomparable spatial harmonies of Santa Maria Novella and Santo Spirito?
The end of civilization. Does such an event seem to bear down upon us today? How can we know if we are ignorant of the sources and the courses of that civilization? The encounter with the past is an essential element of constructing a culture. A proper examination of the past leads to good memories being treasured; bad memories being purified; and the lessons of good and bad alike learned and then put into prudential action. The mission of Cluny is to help bring about that encounter and examination, and turn it to the work of evangelization—speaking of and pointing to He Who is the Truth.