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101 Places to Pray Before You Die; a Roamin' Catholic's Guide

101 Places to Pray Before You Die; a Roamin' Catholic's Guide

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Five million visitors crowd into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York each year. Hundreds of thousands annually pay homage to the Blessed Virgin at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. But Catholic travelers don't always realize that every state in the Union contains unique shrines, retreat houses, missions and other significant holy places. In 101 Places to Pray Before You Die, you'll discover the unexpected, the somber, the whimsical and the inspiring spots that, at times, are hidden in plain sight.
  • Every American has heard of the Battle of the Alamo, the heroic-but-hopeless defense put up by a few dozen Texans against an army from Mexico that numbered in the thousands. But most visitors overlook the fact that the Alamo was actually founded by a Franciscan priest as a mission, to bring the local Native American tribe into the Catholic faith.
  • A drive through Cullman, Alabama, will lead you to four acres of quirky miniature reproductions depicting some of the world's most famous religious structures.
  • Nuns who nursed the wounded on both sides of the Civil War are honored at Washington, D.C.'s Nuns of the Battlefield monument.
  • Dorothy Day, the social activist and champion of the poor, left her mark across New York City--and you can follow in her footsteps.
  • The book also bears witness to the legacy of European, Latin, African and Asian immigrants and Native Americans, tracing their distinctive influence on the history and practice of Catholicism in America.
  • Conveniently organized by state, 101 Places to Pray Before You Die will enhance your travel experiences--whether it's a day trip to explore a spot you've breezed past a hundred times, a quick detour on a business trip or a family vacation dedicated to more intensive spiritual searching. Each entry contains details about the location's significance to American Catholics, along with the address, contact information and hours of operation (if applicable).

    A 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Award winner.

    Catholic Pilgrimage through American History

    Catholic Pilgrimage through American History

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    Awarded third place in pilgrimages/Catholic travel by the Catholic Media Association.

    Historian Kevin Schmiesing takes you to more than two-dozen sites and events that symbolize and embody America's rich and sometimes tumultuous Catholic past, including the Santa Fe Trail, Gettysburg, and the Bourbon Trail. You'll also meet both famous and infamous Catholics--including Augustus Tolton, Dr. Samuel Mudd, and Frances Cabrini--who impacted our nation's history.

    The idea for A Catholic Pilgrimage through American History came from Schmiesing's mother, he says. She turned every childhood vacation into a pilgrimage, purposely inserting religious sites into the family's journey to places such as Niagara Falls, Washington, DC, or Myrtle Beach.

    Catholics have been part of the American experiment since the beginning--in founding the colonies and expanding the west, building education and health care systems, abolishing slavery, fighting on the front lines, and advancing science, technology, and space exploration. Each of the twenty-seven sites on Schmiesing's virtual itinerary--including, the Washington Monument, Wounded Knee Creek, the University of Notre Dame, and Mission San Diego de Alcalá--transports you to a significant time in US history and connects the dots to our Catholic heritage. You will meet notable Catholics such as John F. Kennedy, Black Elk, and Katharine Drexel, and learn more about their contributions to history.

    You will explore the various and sometimes conflicting roles Catholics have played in key periods and events through the stories of shrines, memorials, and other historic places including:

  • the Catholic Plymouth Rock--St. Mary's City, Maryland;
  • the Bourbon Trail--Church of St. Thomas, Bardstown, Kentucky;
  • the Pope's Stone--the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia;
  • a Catholic mission and a Native American tragedy: Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota; and
  • the home of the first Black priest--the churches of Quincy, Illinois.
  • Magnificat - Holy Land Companion

    Magnificat - Holy Land Companion

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    A practical, spiritual guide designed to accompany you in personal and liturgical prayer on a pilgrimage through the most visited places in the land of the Bible.

    Whether you are experiencing the Holy Land in person or simply making a spiritual pilgrimage at home, this pocket-size guide will forever change your walk on our journey toward the heavenly Jerusalem. For more than 30 holy sites you will find:

    • A text detailing the significance of each site
    • A prayer for the day, modeled after the Liturgy of the Hours
    • Mass with prayers and readings specific to the site, drawn from the missal of the Custody of the Holy Land
    • A meditation selected from among the writings of the Fathers of the Church, spiritual masters, and great modern Christian thinkers

    Includes the Ordinary of the Mass, well-known hymns, favorite psalms, and beautiful prayers.

    Piazza, Popes, and Pasta: Notes From a Rome Sojourn

    Piazza, Popes, and Pasta: Notes From a Rome Sojourn

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    Acting on inspiration from the Holy Spirit, Luanne Zurlo spent 4 months living in Rome and studying theology at the Angelicum Pontifical University. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part religious reflection, Piazzas, Popes, and Pasta: Notes from a Rome Sojourn will encourage you to open your heart to God's will, even when it seems risky, for the rewards of saying "yes" are unfathomable.
    Spiritual and Walking Guide The Wisconsin Way

    Spiritual and Walking Guide The Wisconsin Way

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    Today’s most complete guide for walking the Wisconsin Way from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay to Holy Hill Basilica outside Milwaukee. 

    The Wisconsin Way is a pilgrimage route loosely based on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The American Camino, which highlights shrines, monasteries and European-style churches situated in dramatic glacial landscapes of farmland, forests and lakes, is an unforgettable alternative to walking European pilgrimage routes.

    This handy three-in-one book incorporates daily devotions for spiritual direction, the historical context of the spiritual hotspots encountered along the route and way guides for the physical journey. This guide, designed to fit in your pocket, is suitable for any walker or cyclist.

    Included in this book:

    • Color maps and photos
    • Elevation profiles
    • Turn-by-turn directions
    • Meditations for the inner journey
    • List of spiritual hotspots
    • Terminology of glacial topography
    • Essential information needed to plan your outer journey
    World of Marian Apparitions

    World of Marian Apparitions

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    The world-changing appearance of Our Lady at Fatima ushered in a continuing series of remarkable apparitions worldwide that the Church has either officially approved or marked as likely-authentic. Author and Mariologist Wincenty Laszewski summarizes the powerful and urgent messages of these apparitions in this unparalleled, encyclopedic work-instantly the new standard on the subject. Most of these riveting chapters include portentous warnings - some are ominous, others more hopeful. This stunning book serves as a wake-up call to the faithful and is a worldwide clarion call to deeper prayer and conversion. It includes:

  • Over 400 pages describing the fully documented miracles and visions
  • Fascinating accounts by eyewitnesses, including non-believers
  • 50+ maps of locations and pilgrimage sites
  • Photos and illustrations: documents, events, and faces of the visionari