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Alter Christus Priestly Holiness on Earth and in Eternity

Alter Christus Priestly Holiness on Earth and in Eternity

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Apostolic Athletes: 11 Priests and Bishops Reveal How Sports Helped Them Follow Christ's Call

Apostolic Athletes: 11 Priests and Bishops Reveal How Sports Helped Them Follow Christ's Call

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Gathering the testimonies of 11 athletes turned priests and bishops, Catholic journalist Trent Beattie's latest book bears witness to the surprising ways the mercy of God can call us into His service. The perfect gift for the sports-obsessed in your family.
Be Thou My Vision Meditations on the Priesthood

Be Thou My Vision Meditations on the Priesthood

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Bishop David Ricken leads priests on a contemplative journey to the core of priesthood in his new book. Be Thou My Vision: Meditations on the Priesthood will deepen and renew a priest's love of his own vocation. In a series of short meditations, Bishop Ricken invites the reader not only into a clearer image of priesthood but into a deeper perception of how these images open the mind to healing and prayer. All priests will benefit from prayerfully spending time with Bishop Ricken's spiritual and practical insights on priestly commitment, prayer, and parish life. At a time when Pope Benedict XVI has called upon all priests to become "contemplative pastors," Be Thou My Vision shows how this call can be fulfilled.
Born of the Eucharist

Born of the Eucharist

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Moving personal narratives combine with timely & accessible spiritual reflections to offer this meditation on the importance of the Eucharist in the life of a priest & that of the Church.
Called by Name

Called by Name

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Catholic priests communicate the glory of heaven through the ministry of the Word and the sacraments, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the source and summit of our Faith. By fulfilling this mission, these men truly become an alter Christus another Christ.

In this intriguing look at the awesome call to the priesthood, you will experience firsthand the joys, the struggles, and the extraordinary grace needed, and given by, these men we call Father.

In Called by Name you will meet:

  • Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., a poor kid from Jersey City who would grow up to become the face of contemporary religious life.
  • John Cardinal Foley, a priest from Philadelphia who would become the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication.
  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., who as a child was struck by stories of Jesuit missionaries, and answered the call to priesthood despite his father's initial opposition.
  • Fr. Frank A. Pavone, M.E.V., whose pondering of mathematical concepts led him to an awe-inspiring trip through the Scriptures that continues to this day.
  • Changing Face of the Priesthood

    Changing Face of the Priesthood

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    Few today would contest that the priesthood is in a state of crisis. The nature and implications of that crisis, however, remain the subject of considerable discussion and debate. In The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Fr. Donald Cozzens offers insight into the crisis by reflecting on the issues, challenges, concerns, and realities of the priesthood today.

    The same year that Pope John XXIII surprised the Catholic world with his call for an ecumenical council, Cozzens began his formal study of theology. As a seminarian he felt the shaking of the priesthood's foundations. The very face of the priesthood was evolving even as he arrived at his first parish assignment. A generation later, the face of the priesthood continues to reveal new contours, fascinating features, and sadly, some tragic blemishes.

    In The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Cozzens takes a long, honest look at the present state of the priesthood. He provides this examination not merely from an empirical, scientific perspective but also from a personal, pastoral perspective. Drawing on clinical data, church documents, and his nearly forty years of pastoral experience, Cozzens gives shape and form to the changing face of the priesthood. Through his reflections he leads readers to both concern and hope for the priesthood of the twenty-first century.

    Chapters are Discovering an Identity," *Guarding One's Integrity, - *Loving as a Celibate, - *Facing the Unconscious, - *Becoming a Man, - *Tending the Word, - *Considering Orientation, - *Betraying Our Young, - and *The Changing Face of the Priesthood. -

    Donald Cozzens, PhD, a priest and writer, is author of two award-winning titles, Sacred Silence and The Changing Face of the Priesthood, and editor of The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest, all published by Liturgical Press. He is writer in residence at John Carroll University where he teaches in the religious studies department.

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    Charism of Priestly Celibacy

    Charism of Priestly Celibacy

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    This rich collection of reflections offers both priests and lay Catholics a deeper, theologically based appreciation of celibacy as a charism or gift of the Holy Spirit. With contributions from leading authorities in scripture, Church history, theology, pastoral leadership and psychology, this collection offers a reframing of the issue for today.
    Confessions of a Convert

    Confessions of a Convert

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    Mentioned by Pope Francis as a writer whom everyone should read, Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World, shares his spiritual journey from being an Anglican and son of the archbishop of Canterbury to becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Through his humble, honest, and memorable story, Benson invites us--in this republished classic--to think about what it means to wrestle with the deep questions of our Catholic faith while rejoicing in the power of their universal truths.

    In 1907, The Ave Maria magazine invited well-known English novelist Robert Hugh Benson to share his conversion story. He began the first of eight installments with a statement that captures the perils and joys faced by converts as they attempt to "cross the Tiber." "When one stands at last upon high ground, it is extraordinarily difficult to trace the road by which one has approached: it winds, rises, falls, broadens and narrows until the mind is bewildered."

    Benson weaves those challenges into Confessions of a Convert as he examines his own life for the signs and wonders that illuminated his way. He was astonished at how the remote God of his Anglican upbringing drew close to him, igniting a fire in his to heart and a desire to know God on a deeper level. This transformation led him to the doorstep of the Catholic Church. Reluctant to venture further because he was known as an important figure in the Anglican world, Benson grappled with the sacrifices he would make, including the loss of his vocation, family, and friends. After the death of his father, Benson finally embraced the nearness of God found in the Eucharist.

    He shows us that coming closer to Christ and his Church is not always neat and tidy. Benson's humor and humility help bridge the century-long gap between his time and ours and he teaches us to embrace the questions, struggles, and falterings of our faith in a way that's full of God's love.

    Embrace of God's Mercy: Mother Elvira and the Story of Community Cenacolo

    Embrace of God's Mercy: Mother Elvira and the Story of Community Cenacolo

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    On July 16, 1983, in an abandoned house on an Italian hillside, Sister Rita Petrozzi, known today as Mother Elvira, opened Comunità Cenacolo. That dilapidated building quickly became God's hope-filled answer to the desperate cries of the many lost, lonely, drug-addicted young people who soon began knocking on its door, seeking to be reborn. A potent apostolate was born.

    Today - barely thirty-six years later - Comunità Cenacolo consists of seventy houses stretched across the globe that welcome thousands of young people struggling with drug or alcohol addictions as they search for meaning in life. Mission houses in Africa, Central America, and South America shelter abandoned and orphaned street children, inviting them, too, on a journey of rebirth in love. Each house is imbued with God's mercy and forgiveness. There young people live in a simple Christian family environment, transformed by the healing powers of prayer, work, friendship, sacrifice, and l

    Evolving Visions of the Priesthood Changes from Vatican II to Turn of New Ce

    Evolving Visions of the Priesthood Changes from Vatican II to Turn of New Ce

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    Evolving Visions of the Priesthood traces the movement of the Church in the United States during the first forty years of the implementation of Vatican II. This research gives the U.S. Church a good picture of itself and its struggles during the post-conciliar period. These studies are important for what they tell us of priests who were already ministering the theology of the Council, at the time of the Council, and also consider those priests ordained more recently and their perspectives on Vatican II. How the different groups of priests perceive each other in their respective desires to be faithful to God offers the reader insight into today's presbyterate. By following what has been happening we get a glimpse of what the future holds. Given the struggles of the scandals recently confronting the Church, the studies also offer indications of why the particular problems arose so suddenly and why they were so related to a given time frame.

    Chapters are The American Priesthood After the 1960s, *Characteristics of Priests in 2001, - *The Shifting Emphasis in Ecclesiology, - *The New Priests, - *Issues and Needs Felt by Priests, - *The Question of Homosexual Subcultures, - *Understanding the Changes, - and *Recommendations Made by the Priests. - Includes an epilogue, *Effects of the 2002 Sexual Misconduct Crisis. -

    Dean R. Hoge is a professor in the department of sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has done sociological research serving American churches for 32 years and has authored several books and articles on American religion including The First Five Years of the Priesthood, published by Liturgical Press.

    Jacqueline E. Wenger is a graduate student in sociology at The Catholic University of America and a licensed clinical social worker.

    Friends of the Bridegroom - For a Renewed Vision of Priestly Celibacy

    Friends of the Bridegroom - For a Renewed Vision of Priestly Celibacy

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    With the mind of a theologian and the heart of a pastor, Marc Cardinal Ouellet releases this timely book to help Catholics arrive at a deeper understanding of the Church's traditional teaching on the priesthood and the discipline of celibacy. As the Church rises to the duty of evangelization amid the challenges of secularism, Cardinal Ouellet sounds a clarion call to discover enduring solutions rooted in the basics of holiness.

    Cardinal Ouellet deftly draws the tradition into the present, adding fresh insights that challenge us to think anew about the beauty and power of the priesthood. He shows the deep connection between the ministerial priesthood of the clergy and the royal priesthood of all believers--how they are united in Christ's priesthood, and how they work together to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

    Friends of the Bridegroom is a book not just about the priesthood but for priests, and should therefore find a welcome home in rectories and sem

    From "Inter Insigniores" to "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis"

    From "Inter Insigniores" to "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis"

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    Gold Tested in Fire A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood

    Gold Tested in Fire A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood

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    The recent Year for Priests focused considerable attention on the priesthood, resulting in many books, articles, retreats, conferences, and symposia. In Gold Tested in Fire, Ronald D. Witherup, SS, makes an important new contribution. Intersecting scriptural and theological context with lived pastoral insight, Witherup explores both classic and contemporary understandings of the priesthood, offers insights into the four pillars" suggested for priestly formation, and looks at the charism of priests, and the need for ongoing formation across a life-span.

    Having engaged in priestly formation in seminaries for a number of years, Witherup moves beyond overly idealized or pietistic approaches to the presbyteral life to offer key insights on the challenges and rewards inherent in contemporary priestly ministry. Underlying his approach is the firm conviction that the present testing in the priesthood is a profound summons to a new Pentecost, inopportunity for the priesthood to be cleansed and remade, and ultimately stronger.

    Grunt Padre

    Grunt Padre

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    This is the story of a Catholic Priest and a Naval Chaplain who served his Marines but it is also their stories that make it so real. Do you know of a Vietnam veteran struggling with his Faith after witnessing the horrors of war? Do you have a son or nephew serving in the military and facing an uncertain future in a troubled world? Here is a book to help them see how a Christian man lives and dies in service to God and country.
    Habits of a Priestly Heart

    Habits of a Priestly Heart

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    From one of today's most remarkable priests, who has devoted a great deal of his life to research and writings concerning the life of priests, comes this intuitive new book. Habits of a Priestly Heart is designed to help today's priests better understand, accept, and live with the new and sometimes overwhelming challenges of the third millennium. Insights are given through Hemrick's experiences with priests he has encountered throughout his own spiritual journey. These priests display a "priestly heart" that is alive and well while demonstrating habits that have brought them to a healthy and joy-filled life centered in Christ.
    Healer of Souls: Father Peter Mary Rookey and the International Compassion Ministry

    Healer of Souls: Father Peter Mary Rookey and the International Compassion Ministry

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    Holy Hands 8 Stories of Lives Transformed by the Priesthood's Mysterious Power

    Holy Hands 8 Stories of Lives Transformed by the Priesthood's Mysterious Power

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    The power of God that transforms the hands of a priest to fulfill

    His work on earth, is captured so profoundly by Father Machado. The stories of the wonders accomplished through the hands of this priest in this book clears any doubt why they carry so much love for souls around the world.

    In Praise of the Useless Life; A Monk's Memoir

    In Praise of the Useless Life; A Monk's Memoir

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    Winner of two 2019 Catholic Press Association Awards: Memoir (First Place) and Cover Design (Second Place).


    Monastic life and its counter-cultural wisdom come alive in the stories and lessons of Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O., during his more than five decades as a Trappist at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He served as a novice under Thomas Merton and he also welcomed some of the monastery's more well-known visitors, including Sr. Helen Prejean and Seamus Heaney, to Merton's hermitage. In Praise of the Useless Life includes Quenon's quiet reflections on what it means to live each day with careful attentiveness.

    The humble peace and simplicity of the monastery and of Quenon's daily life are beautifully portrayed in this memoir. Whether it be through the daily routine of the monastery, his love of the outdoors no matter the season, or his lively and interesting conversations with visitors (reciting Emily Dickinson with Pico Iyer, discussing Merton and poetry with Czeslaw Milosz), Quenon's gentle musings display his love for the beauty in his vocation and the people he's encountered along the way.

    Inspired by his novice master Merton, the poet and photographer's stories remind us that the beauty of life can best be seen in the "uselessness" of daily life--having a quiet chat with a friend, spending time in contemplation--in our vocations, and in the memories we make along the way.

    Joy of Priesthood

    Joy of Priesthood

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    Invites priests to recognize the dignity of their calling through honest and psychologically based self-assessment because happiness in the priesthood flows from both wholeness and holiness. The author stresses that psychology can be effective in improving the lives of priests, and the priesthood itself, if it works with a basis of spirituality.
    Life of Daring Simplicity Daily Meditations on the Priesthood

    Life of Daring Simplicity Daily Meditations on the Priesthood

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    If priests want the people entrusted to their care to develop a meaningful spiritual life, they must provide a living example of what that is.
    In A Life of Daring Simplicity: Daily Meditations on the Priesthood Michael Becker helps priests provide that example. Monsignor Becker has gathered a powerful collection of reflections drawn from an impressively wide array of great spiritual guides. Pope Saint John Paul II is well-represented here and so is Karl Rahner. We also hear from Catherine de Hueck Doherty and Adrian Von Speyr, Pedro Arrupe and Columba Marmion, and many more. Each passage challenges priests to reflect on their own vocation. Every page is filled with holy wisdom that will nourish priestly ministry and invite readers to embrace "a life of daring simplicity"--words used by Pope Saint John XXIII to describe his own life.
    Each day includes a Scripture verse, an inspiring insight on the priestly life, and a closing prayer or question to prompt deeper reflection. Spend a few minutes every day with these meditations and you will deepen your own commitment to your ministry and find ever more zeal to serve those entrusted to your care.
    Many Are Called Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood

    Many Are Called Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood

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    In Many Are Called, Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most celebrated scholars and influential Catholic writers living today, enthusiastically encourages Catholics around the world to renew their focus on the sacred role of the Catholic priest. Using his unique ability to present deep spiritual and theological ideas in the language of everyday life, Dr. Hahn examines the biblical and historical roots of the priesthood to explain the centrality of the priest in the life of the Church. He brings reinvigorated attention to the many roles of the priest--provider, mediator, protector, teacher, judge, and more--all of which are united in the priest's place as spiritual father to God's people, and ultimately he shows that it is through the priest, empowered by God, that the continuing presence of Jesus Christ makes itself known to our world.
    Lively, insightful, and engaging, Many Are Called will serve as an inspiration to students and seminarians considering a vocation, to clergy renewing their call, to Catholic readers looking to deepen their faith, and to seekers curious about one of Catholicism's defining but least understood elements. With a foreword by the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, this is a truly special book, one that speaks to the restless heart of humanity and reveals that our pleas for a spiritual father have already been answered.
    Memories of Grace

    Memories of Grace

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    What could be better than another collection of spiritual stories and reflections from Father James Stephen Behrens? Faithful followers and first-time readers alike will welcome this collection of vivid, colorful portraits of people, places and events that have touched his life. Behrens paints these memories of grace with the clarity, precision and warmth that brings each character and situation to life. He weaves the everyday and the unusual into the fabric of his portraits, always seeing and sharing the presence of God and the lingering memory of grace in each story.
    My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His meditations of Brideship for Women Religious

    My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His meditations of Brideship for Women Religious

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    Brideship, writes Mother Mary Francis, p.c.c., is “not a popular word” in the context of the consecrated life—thanks to the saccharine, pseudo-mystical treatment it has often received in the past. Yet this treatment and the adverse reactions to it flow from a lamentable misunderstanding of Divine Revelation. In the Church, as Pope St. John Paul II describes in Vita consecrata, vowed women religious are “a special eschatological image of the Heavenly Bride and of the life to come.” Identifying the four elements of brideship as presence, focus, service, and surrender, and their roots in Scripture and manifestation in religious life, Mother Mary Francis echoes these profound words: “We are the spouses of Christ. We are covenanted people called to do this for Christ and his Church.”

    Describing with poignant and heartfelt conviction the beauty of brideship in the covenant of religious profession, My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His is a beautiful treatment of the wondrous height, depth, and breadth of God’s love for the soul he chooses as his own.

    Once in Love, Always in Love

    Once in Love, Always in Love

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    Rich with anecdotes, irreverence, and wisdom, Once In Love, Always in Love is a vulnerable story of a spiritual leader who sought to right the wrongs in the world through the power of inclusivity and love. Driven by a deep sense of rejection and a personal, insatiable thirst for love, Fr. Mauthe transformed what was broken within himself by bettering the lives of others. He does not hold back in expressing his fears, his failings, and his doubts as a way of demonstrating what is possible with an unshakable vision, unequivocal faith, and unrelenting hard work.

    Fr. Richard Mauthe (1929-2017) was a Catholic priest who spent his life fighting for the underdog, building bridges, and serving those in need. He is credited with establishing the Ecumenical Center (now Mauthe Center) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and helping find a home for more than 6,500 orphans in over twenty countries. In life, he was recognized by the first John Cardinal Newman Award for Campus Ministry and was selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of the Twentieth Century in Wisconsin. Dick Mauthe was a lion of a man, who spoke truth to power to defend those most vulnerable in our society. This book is his last sermon.

    Adi Redzic is a writer, entrepreneur, business and life strategist, and a professional speaker whose experiences during the civil wars in the former Yugoslavia imbued him with a zeal to help others, through word and example. His friendship with Fr. Mauthe culminated in this book, which is meant to educate, inspire, and enthrall.

    All proceeds from the sales of this book benefit the Richard Mauthe Center for Faith, Spirituality, and Social Justice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    Presences A Bishop's Life in the City

    Presences A Bishop's Life in the City

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    On the face of it, Paul Moore was unlikely to become a Christian bishop and human rights leader. The scion of a wealthy industrialist, Moore was raised in luxury and was expected to attend St. Paul's School and Yale. At St. Paul's, though, Moore made his first confession to an Anglican priest, and the presence of God he felt then gave an unexpected direction to a life that has inspired social activists and progressive Christians worldwide.

    After heroic service in World War II, Moore entered the ministry, and his subsequent life shows the ways deep faith and strong social commitment can influence each other. In a ghetto parish in Jersey City, Moore pioneered a new form of urban ministry; as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C., he had the ear of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. And as Bishop of New York, Moore led protests against the Vietnam War and opened the Episcopal clergy to women and gay people -- acts that are still controversial today -- while campaigning for human rights in Africa, the Soviet Union, East Timor, and American inner cities. Moore writes movingly of the presence of God in his life and stresses the importance of the Church's witness against poverty and injustice. A bishop and a father of nine, a war hero and a peace activist, Moore is a singular American character; his colorful, personable, affecting memoirs tell of a notable twentieth-century life.

    Priest Forever Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope

    Priest Forever Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope

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    In this very personal and moving reflection on the meaning of the priesthood, Father Alfred McBride explores a priests commitment to feed our people and witness the churchs social teachings, to spend time in daily prayer, to find solutions to the crisis of priestly identity plaguing todays priests, and to become a man of personal mercy in all ones dealings as a priest.
    Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift

    Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift

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    A bestselling author and leading expert on the Catholic priesthood, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti forges a renewed theology of priestly blessing, encouraging his brother priests to embrace the habit of blessing people, objects, and events. In this provocative and inspirational book he shows how the blessing is integral to the identity of priests and crucial to the spiritual wellbeing of all the faithful.

    Msgr. Stephen Rossetti fears that many priests shy away from blessing people and objects because of a lack of awareness of the rich tradition of Church blessings and a deficit in training for this important pastoral practice. In The Priestly Blessing, Rossetti urges priests to boldly and frequently embrace this ancient practice because of their unique calling.

    Rossetti traces the history of blessing in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. He also explores the various types of blessing, such as praise of God, the invocation of special benefit from God, and being consecrated to God.

    The Priestly Blessing also helps priests reflect on what saints and mystics have taught about blessing as a vital activity of the Church, and outlines connections between Catholic sacramental theology, the practice of priestly blessing, and the Catholic understanding of creation that helps make sense of priests blessing objects and animals.

    Priests We Need to Save The Church

    Priests We Need to Save The Church

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    From scores of insightful interviews with modern priests, exorcists, seminary formators, and even disillusioned laity, Kevin Wells draws forth a blueprint for priestly holiness that can once again fill our Church with priests abounding with sincere, supernatural faith, on fire with God's love, and moved by the irresistible impulse to save souls, no matter the cost to themselves.
    Quickening the Fire In Our Midst

    Quickening the Fire In Our Midst

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    Quickening the Fire in Our Midst addresses the issues of declining enrollment and increased expectations of diocesan priests. George Aschenbrenner, SJ, emphasizes their unique roles and provides hope, encouragement, and a path to spiritual renewal. In Stretched for Greater Glory, Aschenbrenner describes with great passion what happens when one engages in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
    Rekindle the Gift of God

    Rekindle the Gift of God

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    "Rekindle the gift of God that is within you", Saint Paul urges Timothy years after his ordination (2 Tim 1:6).

    Drawing on sixty years of experience as a Catholic priest, Cistercian Fr. Roch Kereszty provides realistic spiritual, psychological, and pastoral guidance to priests and seminarians--from preaching and sacramental ministry, to parish life and spiritual direction, to chastity and poverty.

    Countless priests struggle to understand their role and identity in the post-conciliar Church, where laypeople have taken on many responsibilities once considered priestly. With the sexual abuse crisis kicking up a cloud of confusion and discouragement, many young men are wondering, "Why join a system in which everyone is suspect?" Meanwhile, without the right guidance, those already ordained can find themselves slipping into boredom--or even cynicism.

    But Fr. Kereszty knows the fire of a true vocation. With insights and examples from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and many others, Rekindle the Gift of God helps priests and seminarians discover or rediscover their mission as shepherds, prophets, and teachers. A happy priest is one who lays down his life not only for his flock, but for his Lord. Father Kereszty gives patient, down-to-earth counsel on putting this ideal into practice, and he offers a glimpse of his own immense joy and gratitude for the gift of serving Jesus Christ.

    Sacred Heart and the Priesthood, The

    Sacred Heart and the Priesthood, The

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    Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche, a Visitation sister, was commissioned first by Our Lord, then by her religious superiors to write this book based on her lifetime conversations with the Divine Master. Its purpose is to strengthen the souls of priests in the love of their sublime vocation and unite them more than ever to Jesus Christ, the eternal Priest and to give the faithful a greater confidence in and more religious and filial respect for the orders of the sacred hierarchy. The Holy See has declared her writings to be in conformity with the teachings of the Church and has sanctioned the organization of priests, which she had drawn up under the name of "The Priests Universal Union of the Friends of the Sacred Heart.
    Selling All

    Selling All

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    Does religious life still make sense today? Author of New Wineskins, Sandra Schneiders began a brilliant yet controversial examination of modern religious life in her acclaimed book Finding the Treasure. That first title located religious life within the multiple realities of today's postmodern world and post-Vatican II Church. This new volume examines today's post-conciliar, post-modern religious life from the inside, looking at the make-up of religious life's specific identity and how it functions today. She does this through the three lenses of commitment, consecrated celibacy, and community. Through the lens of commitment, Schneiders surveys the process of entering the religious life, from the first experience of a call to a final promise of perpetual profession. She also explores the theological concept of divine call, as well as the psychological and spiritual process of human discernment. And she shows how realistic commitment is possible even in today's world of kaleidoscopic change and instability. Schneiders then examines consecrated celibacy from theological, biblical, and feminist standpoints. Last, she explores the theological and prophetic nature of community life as a Gospel imperative both shared by Christians and unique to religious. And she raises sociological and spiritual questions about the forms and lifestyles of community life. Perhaps even more than the first volume, Selling All extends beyond its primary audience of women religious to include male religious, religious of other denominations, spiritual directors, retreat directors, and all lay Christians on a serious spiritual quest. The book is also invaluable for use by general chapters, in formation programs, and by study groups. +
    Shepherd Who Didn't Run Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma

    Shepherd Who Didn't Run Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma

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    2016 CPA Book Awards Winner! 3rd Place, Biography category

    The moving story of a simple parish priest from Oklahoma who would not abandon his Guatamalan parish and was martyred during the Guatamalan Civil War at the age of 46.

    Still Called By Name Why I Love Being a Priest

    Still Called By Name Why I Love Being a Priest

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    A priest restores faith and trust in his vocation at a critical time for the Catholic Church.

    In Still Called by Name, Father Dominic Grassi, an urban priest, natural storyteller, and author of the popular Bumping into God books, reflects on his vocation and recalls the reasons he became a priest. Through poignanat and often humorous recollections from his thirty years as a priest, Grassi celecbrates the special moments of grace he has witnessed and the special people who have touch his life.

    Grassi pulls aside the veil of mystery shrouding the priesthood and breaks down barriers between priests and lay people. Grassi shares simple stories that reveal the incredible joy, profound awe, and overwheming peace he finds in his life as a priest. Still Called by Name restores faith and trust in priests at a critical time for the Catholic Church.

    "The openness to God's presence according to God's terms motivates this terrific priest and so many people find him to be an amazing pastor and spiritual guide. This book ought to be a "must read" for those of us who are priests and may have forgotten what might have led to that decision." -- The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop of Belleville.

    Fr. Dominic Grassi is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago, Fr. Grassi has served as an educator, counselor, athletic coach, retreat and vocation director, inspirational speaker, editor, and writer. He is the author of the best-selling Bumping into God books.

    Strangers to the City Reflections on the Beliefs and Virtures of the Rule of Sa

    Strangers to the City Reflections on the Beliefs and Virtures of the Rule of Sa

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    Michael Casey, a monk and scholar who has been publishing his wise teachings on the Rule of St. Benedict for decades, turns to the particular Benedictine values that he considers most urgent for Christians to incorporate into their lives today.

    Eloquent and incisive, Casey invites readers to accept that gospel living - seen in the light of the Rule - involves accepting the challenge of being different from the secular culture around us. He encourages readers to set clear goals and objectives, to be honest about the practical ways in which priorities may have to change to meet these goals, and to have the courage to implement these changes both daily and for the future.

    Casey presents thoughtful reflections on the beliefs and values of asceticism, silence, leisure, reading, chastity, and poverty - putting these traditional Benedictine values into the context of modern life and the spiritual aspirations of people today. Strangers to the City is a book for all who are interested in learning more about the dynamics of spiritual growth from the monastic experience.

    Time To Die: Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Life

    Time To Die: Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Life

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    Behind monastery walls, men of God spend their lives preparing for the passage of death. Best-selling French author Nicolas Diat set out to find what their deaths can reveal about the greatest mystery faced by everyone--the end of life.

    How to die? How to respond to our fear of death? To answer these and other questions, Diat travelled to eight European monasteries including Solesmes Abbey and the Grande Chartreuse. Through extraordinary interviews with monks, he learned that their death experiences are varied and unique, with elements of peace, pain, humility, sorrow, and joy.

    These monks have the same fears, torments, and sorrows as everyone else, Diat discovered. What is exemplary about them is their humility and simplicity. When death approaches, and its hand reveals its strength, they are like happy and naïve children who wait with impatience to open a gift. They have complete confidence in the mercy of God.

    To Save A Thousand Souls

    To Save A Thousand Souls

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    You Shall Be a Blessing: Twelve Letters on the Priesthood

    You Shall Be a Blessing: Twelve Letters on the Priesthood

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    German Cardinal Gerhard Müller is a voice contemporary Catholic priests need to hear. You Shall Be a Blessing is an affirmation of priestly life and ministry presented in twelve letters. Müller offers personal encouragement through finely honed theological and spiritual insight on the meaning, history, and importance of the priesthood to today's Catholic Church.

    Vocational identity is an enduring concern among Catholic priests, bishops, teachers, and many lay Catholics around the world, particularly because of the challenges wrought by a changing Church and rapidly shifting culture. The struggle to navigate the personal and sacramental meanings of a priest's place in the Church is made more difficult by the disheartening loss of the Church's credibility in recent years and by seismic shifts away from the practice of religion by believers across the western world. Yet most priests continue to serve and lead the people in their care with great compassion, conviction, and desire to serve.

    In You Shall Be a Blessing, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes as a spiritual father and careful teacher in twelve letters to priests, offering clear picture of their role in the life and work of the Church. He also addresses the theological tasks and spiritual disciplines needed by priests as they give witness to the Word, serve, and sanctify the Church.

    German Cardinal Gerhard Müller is a voice contemporary Catholic priests need to hear. You Shall Be a Blessing is an affirmation of priestly life and ministry presented in twelve letters. Müller offers personal encouragement through finely honed theological and spiritual insight on the meaning, history, and importance of the priesthood to today’s Catholic Church.

    Vocational identity is an enduring concern among Catholic priests, bishops, teachers, and many lay Catholics around the world, particularly because of the challenges wrought by a changing Church and rapidly shifting culture. The struggle to navigate the personal and sacramental meanings of a priest’s place in the Church is made more difficult by the disheartening loss of the Church’s credibility in recent years and by seismic shifts away from the practice of religion by believers across the western world. Yet most priests continue to serve and lead the people in their care with great compassion, conviction, and desire to serve.

    In You Shall Be a Blessing, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes as a spiritual father and careful teacher in twelve letters to priests, offering clear picture of their role in the life and work of the Church. He also addresses the theological tasks and spiritual disciplines needed by priests as they give witness to the Word, serve, and sanctify the Church.