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."
"To the hard of hearing you shout," exclaimed O'Connor, "and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures." By depicting society's outcasts---the deformed, freaks, misfits---she held up a critical mirror to contemporary attitudes. O'Donnell offers this penetrating biography of perhaps America's pre-eminent Catholic novelist. 120 pages, softcover.
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.
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.
Broken Gods: Satisfying the 7 Longings of the Human HeartGregory PopcakImage / 2015 / Hardcover$15.49 Retail:
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Bold questions are in need of bold answers. And in*Broken Gods*, a work that is both practical and inspirational, Dr. Greg explores what our deepest desires - and even our darkest desires - tell us about our ultimate destiny and reveals a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life.
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.
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".
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.