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Explore the deeper meaning of Eucharistic celebration with a highly regarded expert on liturgy. In Mystagogy of the Eucharist Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, draws on ritual actions, liturgical symbols, prayer texts, and reflective commentary to help participants in the liturgy name and reflect on the meaning that Eucharist has for daily life. This book is offered as a practical, pastoral resource for those engaged in the ongoing formation of worshipers and their liturgical ministers.
Pope John XXIII prayed that the Second Vatican Council would prove to be a new Pentecost. The articles gathered here appeared originally in a series solicited by and published in Theological Studies (September 2012 to March 2014).
Make Peace Before the Sun Goes Down: The Long Encounter of Thomas Merton and His Abbot, James FoxRoger LipseyShambhala Publications / 2015 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:
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In the '50s and '60s, Thomas Merton published a string of books that turned him into a rock star among cloistered monks. From his cell, he carried on lively correspondence with personalities in religion, literature, and politics. But his abbot, a more traditional Catholic, had deep reservations. Out of this conflicted relationship, however, mutual respect was born.
Tapestry in Time: The Story of the Dominican Sisters - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1966-2012Mary NavarreWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2015 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:
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Much has been written about women religious - known as nuns or sisters - since Vatican II, which brought about major changes to the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. In this book several Dominican Sisters tell with candor what it was really like to live the religious life in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during those years.
Organized around the four basic principles of Dominican life - prayer, study, common life, and service - Tapestry in Time weaves together written and oral histories from the Sisters themselves to describe how the introduction of then-radical changes such as worship in the vernacular provided the thrill of something new and meaningful - but also how the move toward inclusivity was met with challenges and opposition.
Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith tells the remarkable story of the gifted young woman who set out from her native Georgia to develop her talents as a writer and eventually succeeded in becoming one of the most accomplished fiction writers of the twentieth century. Struck with a fatal disease just as her career was blooming, O’Connor was forced to return to her rural home and to live an isolated life, far from the literary world she longed to be a part of.
In this insightful new biography, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell depicts O’Connor’s passionate devotion to her vocation, despite her crippling illness, the rich interior life she lived through her reading and correspondence, and the development of her deep and abiding faith in the face of her own impending mortality. She also explores some of O’Connor’s most beloved stories, detailing the ways in which her fiction served as a means for her to express her own doubts and limitations, along with the challenges and consolations of living a faithful life. O’Donnell’s biography recounts the poignant story of America’s preeminent Catholic writer and offers the reader a guide to her novels and stories so deeply informed by her Catholic faith.
Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice-seekers, Leather-like burgundyAlison M. BendersLiturgical Press / 2015 / Imitation Leather$17.99 Retail:
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Just Prayer is a four-week prayer cycle for morning and evening readings to support people who "hunger and thirst for justice." Patterned on the ancient monastic Hours, it offers psalms, intercessions, and reflections fashioned to strengthen a personal commitment to justice. The weekly themes are: recognizing God’s command that we act justly; lamenting suffering and injustice in our world; repenting our failures and renewing our commitment to justice; and, finally, celebrating God’s promise of justice lived as a new heaven and new earth. Weekly reflections encourage personal transformation by emphasizing the connection between justice action and peaceful communities.
Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, and the Global EconomyChristine Firer HinzePaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Drawing on Catholic social thought, social science, and gender studies, the lecture builds on data concerning women's market and household work to argue that twenty-first-century economies must pursue, as their overriding aim, sustainable sufficiency for every household and for the "world house."
Issued to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, this collection brings to fruition at long last Merton’s own original plan of publishing these essays as a group and so makes available a previously little recognized and underutilized resource for understanding and appreciating a crucial transitional phase in his life as both monk and writer.
Coming in June
This in-depth look at Sr. Megan Rice, the octogenarian religious sister and anti-nuclear weapons activist, highlights the life and work of a bold modern-day advocate for peace. She was convicted for her role in carrying out what the New York Times called "the biggest security breach in the history of the nation's atomic complex." After breaking into a nuclear weapons facility, Rice's only comment at trial was "I regret I didn't do this 70 years ago."
Sr. Megan's faith in a world that can transform its resources into sustainable, alternative methods doesn't end with her own future behind prison walls. Her cause is great and her hope is even greater.
Shortly after seven in the morning, Pope Francis gives a brief homily in the little Vatican chapel of Saint Martha, in front of an audience that is always different: gardeners, office workers, nuns and priests, as well as a growing group of journalists. It is a set appointment, and in some ways a revolutionary innovation, where a pope speaks to everyone, off the cuff, without any written text, as he would have done as a parish priest.
Encountering Truth is a collection of highlights from these homilies from March 2013 to May 2014. Along with summaries by Radio Vaticana (who recorded and transcribed the homilies) and commentary by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, these reflections provide moments of inspiration, simplicity, and a glimpse into the papal world very few ever get to experience.
Broken Gods: Satisfying the 7 Longings of the Human HeartGregory PopcakImage / 2015 / Hardcover$15.49 Retail:
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Bold questions are in need of bold answers. And in Broken Gods, a work that is both practical and inspirational, Dr. Greg explores what our deepest desires - and even our darkest desires - tell us about our ultimate destiny and reveals a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life.
American and Catholic: Stories of the People Who Built the ChurchC. Walker Gollar, Clyde F. CrewsServant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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American and Catholic tells the stories of those, both well-known and unknown, who built the Catholic Church in America. As you learn more about the challenges faced by people who built both the Church and the United States, you'll gain appreciation of those who have gone before and a sense of where you personally fit into American Catholic history.
Coming in July
Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year C (2016)Joyce Ann Zimmerman, Kathleen Harmon, John W. TonkinLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:
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Living Liturgy™ is the indispensable resource that supports parish ministers of all types in preparing well for the celebration of Mass for Sundays, solemnities, and select other days, so that celebrating the liturgy and living a liturgical spirituality go hand-in-hand. Written by an experienced team with expertise in Scripture, spiritual direction, liturgy, and liturgical music, Living Liturgy™ integrates daily living, prayer, and study.
Living Liturgy™ Sunday Missal combines essential liturgical content with the finest presentation on the market today. This annual, one-issue Sunday Mass pew missal is compatible with any hymnal program and affordably priced for parishes.
Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Year C (2016)Joyce Ann Zimmerman, Kathleen Harmon, John W. TonkinLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$9.19 Retail:
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Nourish your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion so they can help nourish others. Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is rich fare that will feed the spirits of those who minister at the Lord's table. By focusing on the Sunday gospels and the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion's own personal reflection, this powerful preparation process provides everything your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion need to serve reverently and prayerfully in their crucial role.
Living Liturgy for Cantors: Year C (2016)Joyce Ann Zimmerman, Kathleen Harmon, John W. TonkinLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$9.19 Retail:
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Living Liturgy™ for Cantors is a spiritual resource designed to help cantors perform their ministry with more meaning and beauty. Offering thoughtful exploration of the meaning of the text and suggestions for spiritual preparation, it helps cantors gain insight into how the responsorial psalm is connected to the readings of the day and their daily lives. In making these connections, cantors are able to sing the psalm with greater understanding and lead the assembly more effectively in the Liturgy of the Word.
In Jesus' Twin, a scholar shares his personal reflections into the Gospel of Thomas offering a learned, accessible introduction as well as inspiring insights into these ancient texts that have long stirred curiosity and inquiry. James Heisig, who has read and studied the texts throughout his distinguished career as a scholar and teacher of religions, shows that the reasons for excluding the Gospel of Thomas from the Christian tradition are largely meaningless for us today.
Seven Pillars of Leadership: Practicing the Wisdome of Leading by Serving - revised and expanded editionJames W. Sipe, Don M. FrickPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$22.99 Retail:
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Offers a skills-oriented approach to acquiring the most critical competencies of effective servant leadership, all without overlooking matters of the heart and soul that make it all worthwhile.
What does it mean to be Catholic? Many people, both non-Catholics and even Catholics themselves, really don't know. Writing in a conversational style, Jack Mulder presents a truly fresh perspective on the distinctive features of the Catholic faith. Mulder was raised in the Protestant tradition and converted to Catholicism later in life. He speaks from the perspective of having wrestled with his own beliefs over the years, making this an ideal book for anyone curious to know more about Catholicism.
Augustine's sermons in general are an important source for the study of his theology and spirituality, and are a necessary compliment to his more doctrinal writings. This book shows how Augustine presented complex theological
thoughts to the faithful, how he acted as bishop and pastor, and how he tried to be a promoter of the unity of the Church. It attempts to bring two elements together by going to the heart of Augustine's spirituality and to the heart of the Christian way of life.
Through these movements, common links can be discovered such as prayer, humility, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Pilgrim-Church, and charity. Augustine can enlighten us as we seek and yearn for peace and harmony. The author explains why Augustine, who experienced God's love in the humble Christ and was a witness of Christian unity, can be considered to be a spiritual guide for a Christian today.
Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to DiscipleshipThomas D. Stegman SJPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:
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When Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith, he explicitly called for a study of Vatican II documents and the Catechism. This book strives to bring forth another source for study and reflection on the issue of faith, the five major voices of the New Testament Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul. The recent encyclical on faith, Lumen Fidei, speaks of the relational aspect of faith. That is, faith is primarily a response to God s love revealed through Jesus. It thus entails relationship with Christ and with the Church that is his body. This book lays out four dimensions of the life of faith from each of the five major voices. It includes study and reflection questions at the end of each chapter.
Written for professors and advanced graduate students in New Testament studies, The Letter to the Hebrews: A New Commentary exegetes the entire letter verse by verse, paying attention to relevant issues for theology and spiritual life. Most remarkably, it explains why this letter is really a homily written by a preacher who must have delivered it several times in different places, and it offers an eloquent interpretation of the Letter to the Hebrews as a Christological hymn celebrating the priesthood of Christ.
In this brief and insightful blueprint for reading and appreciating the Gospel of Luke, noted scripture scholar Wilfrid J. Harrington, OP, guides the reader through the major themes of the gospel, including the infancy narratives, the ministry of Jesus, and the death and resurrection appearances. The book highlights Luke's focus on Jesus as the prophet, healer, and teacher whose good news is for the poor, the sinner, and a predominantly Gentile audience. Written for a general audience, Reading Luke for the First Time is a valuable and indispensable guide to understanding the gospel.
Catholicism is quickly expanding beyond its 1.2 billion followers, with growing numbers of priests and new baptisms every year. Attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million since Pope Francis' election in 2013, and Catholicism has become the largest religious denomination on the planet by a wide margin. This book explains what makes Catholicism so alluring, giving you insight into the religion and everything it entails.
In Mercy: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics, Fr. Pacwa leads us to a deeper understanding of mercy through the study of Israel's long, slow struggle to experience mercy. By looking carefully at their experience of turning away and returning to God, we begin to understand that God's love, shown through His mercy, is more powerful than sin. Perfect for a parish small group study, or for personal reflection, each of the six sessions will lead us to an understanding of the importance of extending God's love and mercy to the world around us.
Coming in August
Listen Here: Seven Steps to an Enduring Relationship with GodMegan McKennaPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$16.49 Retail:
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"God is listening. What are we saying?" With these words Megan McKenna begins this inspiring, accessible, and practical guide to finding and building the spiritual connection that brings God's love into our life and our world. She is not primarily focused on praying to God but on creating a long enduring, deepening relationship with God that we are listened to, as a people, as one voice.
Ave Maria: See, Learn, and Meditate on the Mysteries of the RosaryMaria Rosa PoggioPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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Ave Maria, through meditating on The Mysteries of the Rosary the joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and luminous tells the story of salvation through words and images.
The Good News, a gospel of revelation and salvation, which for centuries the Christian tradition has undertaken, represents visually the invisible mystery of God who becomes incarnate in history, is revealed, and saves.
The images of the Mysteries of the Rosary begin a path of study and prayer, as the essential contents of the faith are presented in words and embellished with beautiful full-color art. Ave Maria offers a guide to praying and meditating the rosary.
This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social JusticeAndrea Tornielli, Giacomo GaleazziLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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In This Economy Kills, two of the most respected journalists covering the Vatican today explore the pope's teaching and witness on the topic: the ways it relates to other topics like war, the environment, and family life; its connections to the teaching of his predecessors; and the criticism it has generated, especially from the direction of the United States. This fascinating book includes the full text of an extended interview the authors conducted with Francis on the topic of capitalism and social justice, appearing here in English for the first time.
Spiritual master and Benedictine monk Fr. Anselm Gruen presents a persuasive way to incorporate the ancient wisdom of angels with our modern world as people strive for a happy, fulfilled life. This inspirational guide explores angel qualities and their meanings, rooting each in Western tradition and revealing how to apply them to everyday life. A resource of comfort and strength, this valuable exploration addresses a wide array of concepts - rom universal themes of love, community, and harmony to the encouraging qualities of confidence, enthusiasm, and endurance. To meet the challenges of a changing world, Fr. Gruen brings alive these qualities that make life both full and fulfilled.
The twelfth-century Ecclesiastica Officia of the Cistercian Order required abbots to speak formally to their communities in chapter on seventeen fixed days, mostly liturgical feasts. This volume witnesses to Bernard's fulfillment of this requirement and includes sermons for the Assumption and Nativity of the Virgin and the Feast of All Saints, sermons devoted to the feasts of particular saints celebrated during the autumn months, sermons for the time of harvest, and funeral sermons that look forward to the eternal joy in the communion of saints.
In twenty-seven short chapters, written at various points in her life, the author shares her search for meaning and strength. Much to her own surprise, she found both in the stillness of contemplation, in the richness of silence. The practice of Benedictine spirituality and Zen meditation became, as she says, the two lungs through which she breathes.
Rutilio Grande, SJ, was the first Jesuit to be assassinated in El Salvador. He was killed on March 12, 1977, for having done the works which Jesus commands with regard to one's neighbor as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. This volume of his writings and homilies illustrates how he applied the social and ecclesial teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) in his ministry with the poor and marginalized of El Salvador. His use of the social sciences to understand the problems in his context, his prophetic denunciation of power and wealth, and his ministry to empower laypeople to lead their faith communities all speak to the Holy Spirit working through the courage of a true servant leader.
Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for LeadersDan R. Ebener, Frederick L. SmithPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Strategic planning here is an interactive process in which leaders, managers, and followers create a common goal together. Ebener and Smith, using their years of experience as consultants and teachers, have distilled their knowledge into a simple step-by-step process that can be used in the three types of organizations: business, not-for-profit, and public. The importance of planning and preparation, prioritizing needs, communication, and accountability in implementation are highlighted.
In this book, Fr. George Augustin offers encouragement to priests, based on his own theological reflection, personal experience in parish ministry, and work giving retreats and conferences to fellow priests. Years of uncertainty and scandal have caused some priests to question their own vocations. In Called to Joy he invites priests to look at their vocation from a new perspective. In these challenging times, there is much more cause for joy and encouragement than is commonly thought.
Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our DayRev. Frank PavoneThomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover$16.99 Retail:
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The struggle against abortion in our nation has been going on a long time. Sometimes it seems like an evil that will never go away. People want to get involved in the fight, but it feels futile, and increasingly the culture tells Christians to stay out of politics.
Longtime activist Rev. Frank Pavone counters this frustrated mindset with challenge, encouragement, plain facts, and a healthy dose of strategy. He explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in the public square and challenges both churches and individual Christians to full engagement.
Schools of Solidarity: Families and Catholic Social TeachingMary M. Doyle RocheLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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In Schools of Solidarity, Mary Doyle Roche explains how families can resist dehumanizing elements of our culture (competitive consumption, wastefulness, violence, etc.) and transform the many arenas of daily life (homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, and parishes) so that they honor the dignity of all people, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Doyle Roche offers questions and activities for discussion and reflection in conjunction with each of the major themes. The practical activities she suggests encourage families to explore social justice issues and ways they might transform unjust conditions in local and even global contexts.
Coming in September
Between the Ambo and the Altar: Biblical Preaching and the Roman Missal, Year CGuerric DeBonaLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$23.49 Retail:
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The publication of The Roman Missal, Third Edition offers an opportunity for homilists to explore the relationship between the Sunday readings and the new Roman Missal. Between the Ambo and the Altar is the final book (Year C) in a three-volume series that presents scriptural, liturgical, and preaching commentary for Sundays, solemnities, and feasts throughout the year.
Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of PraxisAnthony J. GittinsMichael Glazier / 2015 / Trade Paperback$19.49 Retail:
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Living Mission Interculturally integrates sociology/anthropology with practical theology, reminding us that good will alone is not enough to affect change, and points to a way of intercultural living underpinned by faith, virtue, and new skills.
Mystery and Sacrament of Love: A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New EvangelizationMarc Cardinal OuelletWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2015 / Trade Paperback$24.99 Retail:
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In Mystery and Sacrament of Love Ouellet clearly expounds a theology of marriage and the Catholic Church's understanding of the sacrament celebrated between spouses and God. Developed with influences from Pope Francis, the theological intuitions of Vatican II, the contributions of Saint John Paul II (the "pope of the family"), and the innovative thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Ouellet's study lays the foundations for a faithful resurgence of well-being for families in our contemporary day and age.
Coming in October
When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and UnderstandingJeff Cavins, Scott HahnServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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In When You Suffer, Jeff Cavins helps you experience the presence of God in the midst of your own personal suffering. By explaining the biblical perspective of suffering, he shows how we can join Christ in his mission to redeem the world and receive comfort from Christ's suffering when in pain. Foreword by Scott Hahn.
Zeal for the Lord's House: A Reference and Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy CommunionLaura Garcia WestonIgnatius Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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Here in one place you'll find all of the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on ministering communion---from nine encyclicals, the code of canon law, the general instructions for the Roman missal, and more---arranged in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer style. Includes instructions for visiting the sick, the homebound, and the institutionalized. 175 pages, softcover.
Coming in November
Stations of the Cross: Community Prayer Edition offers parishes and other communities a unique and contemporary way to pray the Stations. It includes new prayers composed by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, along with excerpts from his full-length meditations and the remarkable images that accompanied them in the original edition of Stations of the Cross.
Catholic Cultures: How Parishes Respond to the Changing Faces of Catholicism TodayPatricia WittbergLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:
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From its earliest days, Christianity has been lived and proclaimed in the language and symbols of each receiving culture. Today, these cultures include the new ethnic groups moving into our parishes. They also include new generations of Catholic young adults, whose childhood experiences of their faith are very different from those of their elders. In Catholic Cultures, Sister Patricia Wittberg offers a view of Catholicism through the eyes of Catholics from these different cultures, so that we may all be challenged to grow in our reception of the Good News.
Coming in December
Washing Feet: Imitating the Example of Jesus in the Liturgy TodayThomas O'LoughlinLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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More than half a century after its introduction into the Easter liturgy, the rite of the washing of feet on Holy Thursday goes to the heart of what it means to take part in Christian liturgy - as well as to live a Christian life. In Washing Feet: Imitating the Example of Jesus in the Liturgy Today, Thomas O'Loughlin explores the significance of mutual foot washing in early Christian communities and in the rituals of churches today.