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.
Illuminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John's BibleChristopher CalderheadLiturgical Press / 2012 / Hardcover$33.49 Retail:
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This second edition of Illuminating the Word: The Making of The Saint John's Bible explores a modern version of an age-old relationship between patron and sponsor, and the artistic director, scribes and artists producing this monumental artwork. It describes lectio divina, the unique method the Benedictine monks use to read the Bible, in which the Holy Scriptures come alive through the power of imagination. It explores the challenge of creating new images for ancient stories. It chronicles the artistic techniques, the tools and materials and the workshop practices Donald Jackson used to create his lifetime masterpiece.
Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic TraditionJane FoulcherCistercian / 2015 / Trade Paperback$27.99 Retail:
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From fourth-century Egypt to twentieth-century Algeria, via Saint Benedict and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Dr. Foulcher’s compelling analysis of theology and practice challenges the church to reclaim Christian humility as essential to its life and witness today.
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.
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.
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.
Read about the fascinating live of celebrities from the Golden Age of Hollywood and how their lives were transformed by their Catholic faith. The book provides you with captivating information about big-screen stars and includes details from interviews with the families and friends of these Hollywood legends.
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.
The Story That Chooses Us: A Tapestry of Missional VisionGeorge 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.
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.
Would I Like Jesus?: A Casual Walk through the Life of JesusPeter FlemingPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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This book is not an exercise in either theology or historiography. It's more an exploration of simple affection and/or repulsion. The book seeks to find out, by looking at one account of Jesus - the Gospel of Matthew - whether we can like him. If Jesus is actually God, then our emotional reaction to him, as opposed to our intellectual response, becomes tremendously important: would we like God if we met him, heard him speak, and saw him in action? Would Jesus' teachings and his personality move me to affection for him, so much so that I would change the priorities of my life? Would I like what he has to say? Would I like him?
Let Yourself Be Loved: Transforming Fear into Hope, Revised EditionPhillip BennettPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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Let Yourself Be Loved is a book of hope for all who desire love but also fear it. In its pages, readers are likely to recognize feelings within themselves: the part that is longing to be loved; and also fears within themselves: fearing vulnerability, judgment, and loss of control the part that holds back.
In this updated volume, with an additional chapter and prayers, readers will discover a joyful and liberating invitation simply to be loved: to recognize the loving presence of God that is always there unconditionally, ready to embrace and enfold them - despite their fears and resistance.
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$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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Word and Worship Desk Calendar 2016 Engagement PlannerPaulist Press / 2015 / Spiral Bound$11.99 Retail:
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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.
Fingertip guide to the designated Bible reading for the day, plus feast and saints' days. Calendar format shows one full week at a glance.3.5" x 6".
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.
Led by the writing of beloved, bestselling author Henri Nouwen, the authors of Spiritual Direction, return with the second work in this popular spirituality series on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development. Featuring a unique visio divina, a visual meditation, to help guide and focus prayer, this volume reveals Nouwen's profound wisdom on how to move from sorrow to joy, resentment to gratitude, fear to love, and how to live there in the center - the place where God dwells.
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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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. Heille, a highly regarded professor of homiletics and preacher himself, offers an inspiring and practical resource for priests, deacons, and anyone involved in the ministry of preaching.
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.
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.
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.
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.