Mandylion Books

Mandylion is committed to publishing texts of the highest literary quality, significant scholarly works, and inspiring catechetical resources.


When the Flower Opens

This book offers a brief look at the improbable but very real friendship between Monsignor Luigi Giussani and Professor Shodo Habukawa, and presents it as the model of true ecumenism between believers in Jesus Christ and people of other cultures and faiths, people whose hearts beat with the same original needs as ours: for truth, beauty, and love. The book offers brief overviews of Christianity and Buddhism, and explores the development of friendships between members of Communion and Liberation and Buddhists of other countries and traditions. This examination of an interfaith, multi-party friendship is, in itself, a journey in which we will seek and find much beauty.


Convivium: A Journal of Arts, Culture, and Testimony

Convivium, a journal of arts, culture, and testimony, is dedicated to exploring our common grounds and lonely places, our epiphanies and dark nights - through poetry, fiction, essays, and the visual arts. We are interested in work in which the person’s encounter with the world, whether in joy or sorrow or conflict, is made radiant. We like both tradition and experimentation, as both are aspects of the same creative action that can push us to our own edges, where we can look out at the infinite. Visit the Convivium Journal website for more information:


Edward Hopper: The Eternal Instant

This is Edward Hopper’s newness: the possibility of the infinite entering a still, everyday, reality. Hopper himself said he loved the idea of the “delicious hour” expressed by Verlaine. In other words, the moment in which life seems to stop and suddenly the infinite is revealed in it. It is on the threshold of this newness, seen through the reality of a window or shop-front, that his figures seem to stop, astonished, as if frozen in the instant of the sigh preceding the recognition of this infinite. By focusing attention on the artist’s main works, this book illustrates Hopper’s poetic theory by pointing out its connections with philosophy (Emerson) and poetry (Verlaine, Goethe, Frost). In addition, there will be references to the America of the Great Depression, with parallels and examples drawn from the areas of photography and cinema of that period.