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When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and UnderstandingJeff Cavins, Scott HahnServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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When You Suffer is a refreshing look at the mystery of pain and suffering and how to find meaning and even joy in the midst of it. Jeff Cavins discusses why we suffer and how our suffering can draw us closer to God. He explains that suffering is the greatest opportunity to love as Christ loves and how, by "offering up" our suffering, we join in the Christ’s mission to redeem the world.
More Than You Could Ever Imagine: On Our Becoming DivineBernie Owens S.J.Liturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$18.99 Retail:
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What we are destined for in Christ and in the communion of saints is beyond what most can even begin to imagine. With the help of St. Paul, St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Teilhard de Chardin, Fr. Bernie Owens provides an engaging sketch of our spiritual journey. In More Than You Could Ever Imagine, Owens offers a glimpse of what we shall become, both individually and as a human race, transformed in Christ.
A Listening Community: A Commentary on the Prologue and Chapters 1-3 of Benedict's RuleAquinata Buckmann, Matilda Handl, Marianne BurkhardLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$20.49 Retail:
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This new book by Sister Aquinata Böckmann discusses the Prologue and chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Rule of St. Benedict. In a lectio regulae she plumbs the depths of Benedict’s vision. Listen, the first word of the Prologue, is a keyword that describes the main stance of the individual monastic, the superior, and the entire community. Listening to the Scriptures and in them to Christ guides individuals and the community on how to "run on the way of God’s commandments" toward the goal of communal life in and with Christ.
The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the WordGregory HeilleLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has encouraged, inspired, and delighted those who have heard him preach. Especially fascinating have been his plain-spoken and insightful weekday morning Mass homilies. He has also offered the church a substantial contribution on the theory and practice of homiletics in a large section of his first major teaching document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In The Preaching of Pope Francis, Gregory Heille, OP, introduces readers to the Pope’s preaching, his insights about the preaching vocation of the ordained, and his call to all the baptized to go to the margins as missionary disciples and evangelists of the Word.
In this brilliant reflection on the poor friar of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton unfolds the life and times of St. Francis, from his conversion as a young man to his receiving of the stigmata at the end of his life. In Chesterton’s colorful prose, St. Francis shines with the splendor of sanctity.
In Created to Relate, author Kelly Wahlquist celebrates the innate, natural gift women have for relating with others and shows how those relationships can provide you with fulfilling opportunities to share your faith in a way that comes naturally to you. Each chapter contains a Scripture reading, reflection, discussion questions, and a practical application exercise.
The Trinity is Christianity's most basic description of who God actually is and who he needs to be in order to save us and is at the very heart of what Christians believe. The central idea of this book is that, contrary to popular assumption, the Trinity is a very simple doctrine. It consists of just three short, deeply scriptural convictions: i) There is only one God; ii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all God; and iii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not the same. The Trinity: How Not to Be a Heretic explains how the earliest Christians came to be convinced by each statement, why they matter, and how slowly, over a period of several centuries it found a way of saying all three at once.
Unlike many works on spirituality, this engaging and user-friendly book is specifically aimed at the busy lay person. It underlines the idea that spirituality is not exotic, something for the few, but that it is in ordinary things and daily life that we can find intimacy with God.
Each chapter offers simple questions to stimulate the thought process in developing or integrating the different components of a vital or transformative spirituality. Specific prayer forms and spiritual practices from a variety of spiritual traditions are suggested to assist in creating a framework for attending to a personal interior life.
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Scapulars, candles, holy water, rosaries, relics, medals—these sacramentals are a profound grace to many, but still a mystery to some. In Amazing Graces, author Julie Dortch Cragon takes a look at the most popular sacramentals, explaining what a sacramental is, their history in the Church, the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental, and why sacramentals are still important channels of grace for you today. Using personal stories, Cragon shows you how sacramentals can increase your faith and provide tangible help and special blessings in times of difficulty.
Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice-seekers, Leather-like burgundyAlison M. BendersLiturgical Press / 2015 / Imitation Leather$16.99 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.
Tales of Grace: Reflections on the Joyful MysteriesLuigi Santucci, Demetrio S. YocumParaclete Press / 2015 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:
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Jesus said, "Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 18.3). Luigi Santucci’s compelling book takes Jesus’ precept to heart, and with delicate lyrical touches accompanies us into the "land of milk and honey" where readers can become children again and experience in a fresh new light the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. Translated for the first time into English, this profoundly poetic and original book will help readers rediscover the tenderness and beauty inherent in the miracle of Jesus’ birth and childhood, beginning with his conception and concluding with his adolescence.
In Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has been referred to as "the pope's theologian," has "brought fresh air into the church, the wind, the confidence, joy and freedom." This fresh air is not simply the result of a charismatic figure, but rests in the deep rooted theological and pastoral experience of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. This book outlines the significant influences that have led Kasper to call Francis a pope leading a radical revolution of tenderness and love-radical because it is rooted in the Gospel.
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.
Known fondly as "The Good Pope," John XXIII was recently canonized as a saint, and his daily Decalogue continues to be a source of inspiration and comfort for people the world over. In this lovely picture book, graceful illustrations connect the text to everyday life, showing how the statements apply to school, family, and friendships.
The pairing of Saint John XXIII's cherished words and Bimba Landmann's symbolic artwork instills readers of all ages with a sense of peace while they savor each page. This charming book provides the perfect reminder of how to make the most of every day.
Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic TraditionJane FoulcherCistercian / 2015 / Trade Paperback$27.99 Retail:
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Does humility have a place in contemporary life? Were Enlightenment thinkers wrong to reject humility as a "monkish virtue" (Hume) arising from a "slave morality" (Nietzsche)? Australian theologian Jane Foulcher recovers the counter-cultural reading of humility that marked early Christianity and examines its trajectory at key junctures in the development of Western monasticism. Humility emerges not as a moral virtue achieved by human effort but as a way opened by grace—as a divine "climate" (Christian de Chergé) that we are invited to inhabit.
In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class. Prayer groups turned into rallies, and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support faith, family, and fairness.
Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer. Powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone's own life offer readers a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today's progressive Christian movements working for change.
Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion -- intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood. Some had deathbed conversions, others underwent a gradual process of conversion; each found solace in embracing the Catholic faith.
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.
Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go DevotionsTeresa TomeoServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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In Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag, Teresa Tomeo offers conversational devotions to help busy women keep in touch with God in the midst of their busy days. She examines news and media events in the light of faith, and encourages readers to let God be in charge and run their lives.
This spiral-bound desk calendar contains lectionary readings and a calendar for celebrating the Eucharist. Features included are a guide for praying the Liturgy of the Hours, a Bible Enrichment suggestion, and a mention of well-known people on the anniversary of their deaths.
Coming in May
The election of Pope Francis represents not only a great historical event, but also a key moment for understanding the direction of the Catholic Church. In this illuminating work, Massimo Faggioli offers his unique insight into the pontificate of Pope Francis.
Faith, Hope & Clarity addresses the question everyone asks, "What is God's will for my life and how do I act on it?". Gary Zimak, known for his talks on overcoming anxiety, offers help for daily decision as well as life-changing choices by helping you to develop a personal connection to God through prayer. Assuring readers that the prayer "Thy will be done" is being answered every day, he offers peace of mind and heart as you learn to surrender to God's will. Foreword by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.
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.
The Story That Chooses Us: Essays on the Missinal-Ecclesial JourneyGeorge R. HunsbergerWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2015 / Trade Paperback$17.99 Retail:
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Over the course of several decades, missiologist George Hunsberger has written numerous essays on crucial themes for the church's recovery of its missional identity and practice. The Story That Chooses Us brings these essays together for the first time.
The book as a whole presents a composite sense of the missional identity and faithful witness to which the church is called in contemporary Western society. Hunsberger engages with well-known missiologist Lesslie Newbigin throughout his work as he carefully discerns biblical and theological roots for a contemporary vision of missional theology. The recurring themes in Hunsberger's essays provide both theological mooring and practical guidance for churches following Christ on the missional path.
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.
Ask the Bible Geek: Fascinating Answers to Intriguing Questions / RevisedMark HartServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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In Ask the Bible Geek, youth leader Mark Hart answers common questions about God, faith, and life, using solid, biblically based answers. As you learn how to think biblically about vexing issues, you'll be able to rise above the confusion in modern culture and gain a godly view of fast-changing issues. Revised Edition.
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 book is divided into fourteen chapters, correlating with a typical length of a semester. Course instructors can shape their syllabi around this structure, perhaps dividing the week between lecture, discussion, and exercises, the latter of which will be outlined at the end of each chapter. This exploration of theological anthropology invites students from all levels, including undergraduate, seminary students, and engaged believers, into the conversation.
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.
Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by ServingJames W. Sipe, Don M. FrickPaulist Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback$19.76 Retail:
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Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership integrates noted management consultant Robert Greenleaf's core ideas with the latest thinking of top researchers, thought-leaders, and accomplished leadership practitioners to offer a skills-oriented approach to acquiring the most critical competencies of effective Servant Leadership.
Rather than merely listing these competencies as so many others have done, this book coaches readers in how to evolve them, using pointed questions, stories, exercises, case studies, and research-based activities the authors have field-tested with numerous leaders in the public and private sectors.
The authors go beyond developing individual skills. Each chapter includes stories of how servant-led companies have integrated Servant Leadership principles and skills into corporate cultures and policies. The final chapter offers a concrete strategy for readers to begin implementing Servant Leadership in their own organizations through questions that readers can "ask each other" in small groups.
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.