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Long ago in the busy town of Assisi, a wealthy merchant and his wife had a baby boy: Francis. They gave their son all the good things that money could buy. But when Francis was a young man, he had a dream telling him to work for God---to follow the example of Jesus in love those who were unloved and giving everything to serve others. Francis's life touched the hearts of many in his own lifetime. Even the wild birds and animals seemed to listen to what he had to say about God their Maker.
For hundreds of years, the story of this good man of Assisi has brought hope and encouragement to all who long to know gentleness and love in the world. This clear narrative is ideal for classroom use with children over 5. The clean and fresh illustrations are inspired by the frescoes in the basilica at Assisi. Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
This elegantly illustrated hardcover picture book collects the stories of 10 men and women who led remarkable and inspirational lives in the Christian faith. A specialist in historical writing, Margaret McAllister tells the stories in her own inimitable style---lively, touching, and vivid. Some stories are told in the first person, others as if by onlookers, giving variety to the tales, and each concludes with extra information about the life of the saint. Recommended for ages 7 to 9.
Coming in May
The Legacy of Vatican II celebrates and studies the legacy of the Second Vatican Council by offering the contributions of twelve international outstanding scholars. Divided into three sections, the volume studies contributions in the areas of ecumenical dialogue, contraception, worldly engagement, liturgical reform, and an appraisal of the council.
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.
In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, two well-respected New Testament scholars interpret the Gospel of John in its historical and literary setting as well as in light of the Church's doctrinal, liturgical, and spiritual tradition. They unpack the wisdom of the Fourth Gospel for the intellectual and spiritual transformation of its readers and connect the Gospel with a range of witnesses throughout the whole history of Catholicism. This volume, like each in the series, is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.
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.
Christian Anthropology: An Introduction to the Human PersonMichele SaracinoPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$22.99 Retail:
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Vatican II ushered in a new outlook on living as Catholic Christians in a global world. This book is a student-friendly textbook on what it means to be human in light of our changing world and church. Each chapter will emphasize one particular aspect of human existence, exegeting the relevant biblical texts, classical and contemporary doctrines, and challenges to living these teachings in the twenty-first century.
The two works in The Gospel of Jesus Christ include "An Introduction to the Christian Faith" and "What Exceeds All Knowledge," followed by an original essay on evangelization.
Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, and the Global EconomyChristine Firer HinzePaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 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 July
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.
n 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.
Coming in August
Ave Maria: See, Learn, and Meditate on the Mysteries of the RosaryMaria Rosa PoggioPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$14.99 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.
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.
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.