Father Tavard's new book is not so much a collection of ""meditations,"" in the conventional sense of the term, as it is a unified treatment of Biblical ascetics. Its purpose is to implement the urgings of Vatican II that Catholics make the Bible the liturgical and spiritual center of their lives. An introductory chapter consists, somewhat irrelevantly, of a dissertation on college theology. The other nine chapters are more to the point, treating of the theological principles of the Word, the concept of a ""Christian intellect,"" the relevance of the liturgy to the Word, the People of God, the Presence of God, the eschatological Presence of Christ, the spiritual experience of God, the self-renewing coming of Christ, and the coming of the Spirit by means of the liturgico-sacramental life. Meditations is on a par with Tavard's previous works; that is, it is lucid, concise, sound, authoritative and, mirabile dict free of that esoteric gobbley-gook which so frequently characterizes even the best-intentioned modern works on the Word. The prestige of the author and the intrinsic worth of the book will insure a comparatively large and steady interest in it. Unlike some of Tavard's other books, however, the appeal of this one will be almost exclusively to Catholic readers.