Encountering Truth is a collection of highlights from homilies given by Pope Francis in the little Vatican chapel of Saint Martha 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.
Abandoned by her husband and in danger because of her faith, Empress Helena embarks on a perilous pilgrimage from Caesarea to Judea. Although she encounters friends and foes alike in her travels, miracles follow her. Join her as she wins hearts for God and discovers the true cross of Christ! Hardcover
When Faith Causes Family Friction: Dr. Ray Tackles the Tough QuestionsDr. Ray GuarendiServant / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Do you ever feel like raising kids in the faith is a losing battle? Or maybe your spouse wishes you weren’t quite so religious. Concerns surrounding Christianity and faith can become touchy topics for today’s families. With equal doses of sound spiritual wisdom and good psychological perspective, Dr. Ray addresses the most common issues in today's families.
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.
A valuable new companion journal to the bestselling Breathing Under Water! We are all addicted to something, according to Franciscan Father Richard Rohr. This Companion Journal can help you work your way through the wisdom of the twelve-step program as outlined in Breathing Under Water to help you determine the source and solution for your own addictions. The journal contains reflections, discussion questions, and room for your own notes to help you explore the process in a way that’s relevant and meaningful in your own life.
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.
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.
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.
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. After more than half a century of concerted dialogue with other traditions, we are in a better position to recognize that not every alter Jesus is a Jesus alias. At the same time, attention to the spiritual demands being made on Christianity by our present age helps draw us more deeply into the text itself and control the tendency to immunize ourselves against its discomforts, whether through the distractions of scholarly disputation or the preoccupation with preserving orthodoxy.
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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Seven Pillars of Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving 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. Revised & Expanded Edition.
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 feel. She shows how we can create real transformation in our communities through the contemplative life of prayer. These powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone's own life offer a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today's progressive Christian movements working for change.
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$19.49 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.
Tales of Grace: Reflections on the Joyful MysteriesLuigi Santucci, Demetrio S. YocumParaclete Press / 2015 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:
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Elizabeth was one of those women who come into the world to undertake the profession of the compassionate old maid, the loquacious neighbor from across the street, ever-present at every birth, wedding, or funeral, wholeheartedly industrious and pious....
Story, whimsy, and lyricism combine in these tales of grace, making it possible to experience the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in a new way. Translated now for the first time into English, the great Italian writer's original, poetic vision will help you rediscover the tenderness and beauty in the miracle of Jesus's birth and childhood.
The perfect gift for a young girl receiving her First Holy Communion, this Mass Book contains the entire Mass with all of its prayers and responsorials accompanied by artwork from Kathy Fincher. Following the Mass pages are the most popular Catholic prayers, scriptures, and creeds. The book cover features a portrait of a girl in her First Communion dress and veil with folded hands. The gift book has gold gilded edges, a ribbon marker, and a presentation page to commemorate the occasion. 4" x 5.5" padded hardcover.
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. Its sole purpose is to help Christians of all kinds better understand the Trinity so that they can then help others better understand it too.
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. 240 pages, softcover.
This volume gathers together twelve essays that Thomas Merton wrote for various journals between 1947 and 1952, the years that saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, his ordination to the priesthood, and his initial appointment as spiritual and intellectual guide of the young monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. The essays, most of which have never been reprinted, focus above all on aspects of the contemplative life but also consider the spiritual dimensions of literature and the social implications of Christian life.
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."
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.
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.
This is not a biography of Pope Francis, nor a complete chronicle of the early months of his pontificate. It is, rather, an attempt to capture some special moments and some key issues at the heart of the transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Francis, with the intuition that this unexpected transition and how it is carried out, and what it has given rise to reveals something which is not only a special Catholic event, but also a particular historical moment in a tradition in flux: a tradition that touches the contemporary world far beyond the borders of Rome and Roman Catholicism.