This Advent, prepare to celebrate Jesus' arrival as an infant in the small town of Bethlehem. Born into poverty, he brings us the good news that God loves us - and calls us to give of ourselves to others. Let the example of Pope Francis, as he models the humility and generosity of our Savior, inspire you. Reflect on the pope's teachings, accompanied by Scripture, prayer, and action. Then go out and share the message: Jesus Christ is born!
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa has the unique distinction of being the preacher to three different papal households. Respected Italian journalist Aldo Valli interviews Fr. Cantalamessa in commemoration of his eightieth birthday. From hearing God’s call to be "the bearer of living water" at a young age to playing an integral role in the Second Vatican Council and becoming papal preacher to three popes, Cantalamessa’s entire life has been lived in service to the Word of God. This fascinating look into the life of one of the greatest spiritual teachers alive today will quench your own spiritual thirst.
God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Reader's Edition)Greg PennoyerParaclete Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:
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God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Reader's Edition) provides us with the perfect way to slow down and reconnect with the liturgical and sacramental traditions that illuminate the meaning of the incarnation. These daily meditations for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany offer reflections, Scriptures, prayers, and historical background information.
Catholic Women Speak is a thought-provoking anthology of essays on women and family life that asks questions and explores issues that are not openly discussed in the Church. The writers are women who represent a broad international perspective and come from a variety of personal backgrounds who believe that the Church cannot come to a wise and informed understanding of family life without listening to women. This book expresses the messy realities of women's lives, realities that the Church must acknowledge in order to communicate the Gospel to future generations.
Using simple illustrations and a clear, conversational style, John Bergsma introduces four of the most important writers in the New Testament: Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John. Intended as an introductory work for those who are new to scripture study, New Testament Basics for Catholics does not aspire to be a comprehensive guide to all twenty-seven books of the New Testament, but is intended to lay the foundation for a lifetime of scripture reading.
Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context, and Prophetic DialogOrbis Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$29.99 Retail:
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In this new collection of essays on mission, two prominent figures in missiology worldwide bring together a number of the biggest names in the field. Each contributor considers mission through the lens of "prophetic dialogue," in the tradition of Stephan Bevans' and Roger Schroeder's book of the same name. This volume, which includes contributions from Jonny Baker, Kirsteen Kim, Gavin D'Costa, Emma Wild-Wood, Robert Schreiter, Mark Heim, Maria Cimperman, and Tom Wright, is perfect for classroom use and ideally suited for courses on missiology in the 21st century.
Marriage and Family: Relics of the Past or Promise of the Future?Paulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:
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With the announcement of the extraordinary synod of bishops, 2014-2015, Pope Francis placed "marriage and family" at the center of ecclesial attention and a somewhat turbulent discussion was ignited. This volume examines the most important issues of this discussion. Edited by George Augustin, there are original contributions from Walter Kasper, Christoph Schönborn, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Cathleen Kaveny, Terrence Keeley, Thomas Krafft, Thomas Söding, Reinhard Marx, and Kurt Koch.
When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the AgesJon M. SweeneyAve Maria Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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Francis of Assisi was a rebellious, reveling young man. After a profound conversion experience, he became the most popular saint in history. Jon Sweeney sheds new light on this familiar tale. Moreover, he demonstrates that Francis himself became a conversion experience for all of Christian history, reviving the Church and revolutionizing how we think about the poor and the marginalized, our relationship to the created world, and even our own mortality. The fascinating story of this unruly young man who saved the Church will inspire you to change your corner of the world.
Transformational Leadership: Conversations with the Leadership of Conference of Women ReligiousOrbis Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:
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In this volume of interviews, eighteen theologians, psychologists, educators, and religious leaders from various fields and disciplines share their wisdom about a way of leadership able to meet the deep challenges of today's world. Transformational Leadership offers the opportunity to learn from notables such as Walter Brueggemann, Judy Cannato, Joan Chittister, OSB, Constance FitzGerald, OCD, Donald Goergen, OP, Marty Linsky, and Margaret Wheatley.
Transformational Leadership, although originally addressed to American Catholic sisters, provides thoughtful and practical suggestions for living a Gospel-centered life and its unique collection of personalities and insight makes it of interest to all men and women seeking to live and lead with purpose and depth.
Sacred Reading introduces Catholics and other Christians to the spiritual devotion known as the lectio divina, or "sacred reading," in a new way. Using a simple six-step practice, it provides an imaginative, prayerful way to explore the daily Gospel readings and apply it to your personal life. It begins with Advent and continues through the year, including solemnities and select feast days.
Beyond Empowerment: A Pilgrimage with the Catholic Campaign for Human DevelopmentJeffry Odell KorgenOrbis Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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Moving throughout the country, this pilgrimage to various worksites of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) offers stories of the triumphs and joys experienced when people come together to strive to reach beyond their circumstances. Each chapter focuses on a different dimension of organizing and economic development, in varied regions of the United States - from a jobs program for youth in post-Katrina New Orleans to working women organizing for fairness and education in Seattle; from advocates for people with disabilities in Chicago, to ex-prisoners giving back to their communities in Massachusetts, to health initiatives in a Native American Indian nation outside of Tucson, Arizona. Through the voices of CCHD employees, organizers, and friends, Beyond Empowerment articulates their struggles, moments of insight, and inspirations through interviews and profiles that touch both heart and soul.
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.
In this timeless classic first written in 1963, celebrated Benedictine monk, author, and sculptor Hubert van Zeller (1905-1984) offers an eloquent response to the question of human suffering: Those who endure suffering with hope and trust in Divine Providence will embark on an ever-deeper path to holiness that leads to eternal glory.
This new prayer book for Advent and Christmas from the Apostleship of Prayer, the "pope's prayer group," engages and inspires readers, introducing a simple, six-step process known as the lectio divina. Sacred Reading for Advent and Christmas 2015-2016 provides a prayerful and imaginative exploration of the daily Gospel readings and helps readers look for application in their own lives. The prayer book includes brief, seasonally inspired quotes from Popes Francis, Benedict XVI, and St. John Paul II.
A vibrant prayer life is essential to every Christian, but how can we keep our prayers meaningful and our spirituality growing? Gloria Hutchinson takes you on a tour of the prayer styles of some of our greatest saints - Francis and Clare of Assisi, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Ignatius of Loyola. These different prayer styles from the Catholic tradition offer you new ways to energize your prayer life and show you how to pray every day and in every circumstance.
Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of FaithMichael DenninFranciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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People of faith and people of science often view one another with suspicion, even disdain. But what if science and faith were complementary ideas? Physicist Michael Dennin explains that science doesn’t deny the existence of God and that faith and science can actually enhance one another when approached the right away. He explains that science and faith do not have to live in conflict and inspires you to accept that you can be a person of faith and of science.
How Not to Say Mass, Third Edition: A Guidebook on Liturgical Principles and the Roman MissalDennis C. Smolarski SJPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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A guidebook of principles and norms to help all involved in worship avoid the common pitfalls that occur in the celebration of the Eucharist, updated based on the new Roman Missal.
Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, ConsciousnessIlia DelioOrbis Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:
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Catholicity, destined to become as familiar in this century as the word Catholic was in the 2nd century. Catholicity is a conscious awareness of how everything - the sun, moon, stars, Kepler, Saturn, maple trees, muddy rivers, amoeba, bacteria and all peoples of the earth - form a whole. It is a dynamic quality of being which burst forth in the life of Jesus with the power to make all things new. Making All Things New is at once an important stand-alone work and the first volume in a new series unveiling the reality of catholicity and wholeness under the guidance of Sr. Ilia Delio.
Inequality, unemployment, degradation of our environment: these and other practical economic problems reflect faulty economic theories. We have been led astray by ideas that made some sense in the past but are unsuited to our times and by ideas that are fundamentally mistaken.
The Catholic Church has an extensive body of teachings on economic and social matters, too little known even among Catholics, which offer practical alternatives to the economics of the jungle. This book offers clear explanations of major errors in conventional economic thinking and shows how the Church's teachings can guide us into better ways.
You will be fascinated and inspired by stories of more than 200 women saints. From mothers like Elizabeth of Hungary and prophetic saints like Hildegard of Bingen to mystics like Julian of Norwich, this treasury chronicles Catholicism’s most beloved women saints from the early Church to modern times. Ideal for use in daily devotions, each entry provides a biographical sketch of one or more saints, a life application for you, and a prayer or dedication for the day.
This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social JusticeAndrea Tornielli, Giacomo GaleazziLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$15.49 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.
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.
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.
The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. With a selection for every week of the year, this popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.
After losing everything in a tragic accident, district attorney Mitchell Sanderson is running for re-election. Refugee Magdalena Serida found freedom from the terrors of a government-quelled revolution in Chechnya, but doesn't know who is safe to trust. Is Mitch ready to open his heart again? And can Lena love a man of law and order without fearing his work?
Rebuilding Your Message: Practical Tools to Strengthen Your Preaching and TeachingMichael White, Tom CorcoranAve Maria Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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A parish doesn't just communicate its mission from the pulpit. Teaching and preaching also happen in classes and small groups, in bulletins, on the church website and social media, and through volunteers who welcome visitors through its doors. In Rebuilding Your Message, Michael White and Tom Corcoran - authors of the bestselling books Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding - share dozens of strategies to help Catholic parishes establish and sustain excellent communications.
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.
Your [Imperfect] Holy Family: See the Good, Make It BetterRobert J. HaterFranciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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What does it mean to be a Catholic family in today’s world? Just in time for the visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families, Father Robert Hater explains that families come in all configurations and that we all have a family to celebrate. He offers practical tips for enhancing your family’s Catholic identity and helps you to recognize that, while every family has its imperfection, each is a community of people who can help one another on the road to holiness.
Founder of missions, preacher of the faith, and center of controversy, Franciscan Junipero Serra was a man of complexity and contradictions. Kerry Walters offers a brief portrait of this fascinating man—our newest saint—and the times he lived in. He explores the multifaceted history of Christian missionary work in the Americas and the way our history has its roots deep in the virtue and vice of this movement.
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.