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Faith under fire

Faith under fire

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Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage celebrates the lives of eighteen Christian men, women, and children who chose to do what they knew to be right, even if the rest of the world hated them for it. Read the fascinating behind-the-scenes true stories of Christians who made the headlines, including: Mother Antonia Brenner, Heather Mercer, Fr. Mychal Judge, Jill Stanek, Sister Laura Mainetti, Jack Phillips, Joe Kennedy, and George Isajiw.

These behind-the-scenes stories of Christians who made courageous decisions in a moment of crisis, reveal the courage and inner strength of these individuals who chose life in Christ, even when it meant public ridicule, rejection, or death.

This book is about decisions and consequences and the emotional journey in between, and delivers a beautiful and much-needed message of hope. Each story concludes with questions that may be used for group discussion or personal reflection.

Faith Understood An Ordinary Man's Journey to the Presence of God

Faith Understood An Ordinary Man's Journey to the Presence of God

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God takes our greatest trials and difficulties and uses them to draw us closer to Him.

-- BISHOP THOMAS J. OLMSTED

Here is one man's extraordinary near-death experience and how it transformed his life. But it's more than merely an incredible account of a successful businessman's brush with death and his miraculous recovery. This is also a story of hope--a credible testimony of God's presence and grace-filled activity in our lives. No matter how great the difficulty or daunting the challenge, God is with us and uses our suffering to draw us more closely into relationship with Him. This book will inspire you; it will also change your life if you let it.

Field of Stars A Story of the road to Santiago

Field of Stars A Story of the road to Santiago

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Join Susie on her own pilgrimage as she explores the wonders and pitfalls of medieval French and Spanish towns, enjoys good food and generous hospitality.
Find a Real Friend in Jesus Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

Find a Real Friend in Jesus Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

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"For years the Lord was right beside me, asking me to be his friend. Unfortunately, I was too busy to respond. The only time I ever spoke with him was when I needed something. In an emergency, I always seemed to remember Jesus. I knew where to find him when I was in trouble, but I would forget about him as soon as he answered my prayer." Sound familiar?

Maybe you turn to Jesus whenever you're in need, but find yourself ignoring Him when your life is smooth sailing. Maybe you already feel close to the Lord, but recognize that--like a marriage or any other significant relationship--complacency can lead to a rut. Maybe you've never even spoken with Him and aren't quite sure where to begin. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, it's absolutely possible to forge a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus. And in Gary Zimak's newest book, you'll discover ten amazingly easy steps that will help draw you closer to the Lord.

You'll explore lives in the Bible that were changed forever because of encounters with Jesus. Then you'll learn concrete steps that you can take to grow your friendship with Him. After all, Jesus wants to be your BFF--your Best Friend Forever--even more than you do! So while these steps require some effort on your part, you can rest assured that Jesus is ready and willing to hold up His end of the deal. You face an important decision that only you can make. Are you ready to invite Jesus more deeply into your life? If your answer is "Yes," Find a Real Friend in Jesus will direct you on the greatest adventure of your life.

Finding Light in the Darkness

Finding Light in the Darkness

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Fr. Dan Farley experienced the first symptoms of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in a war zone in Afghanistan. As a Catholic priest and a chaplain in the Army, Fr. Dan went wherever he needed to go to bring the message of Jesus Christ to those most in need. Whether it was his parishioners in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, youth gangs in the neighborhoods of East Lost Angeles or soldiers in combat zones around the world, Fr. Dan served others with compassion and love. He lived with epilepsy and eventually ALS. Through it all, he persevered in his call to the priesthood. In this story of suffering and perseverance, Fr. Dan helps us carry our own cross to the Mount of Calvary. In this intimate and very personal account of his life, Fr. Dan Farley offers all of us inspiration, healing and hope.
Finding Time for the Timeless Spirituality in the Workweek

Finding Time for the Timeless Spirituality in the Workweek

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These real-life examples and refreshing stories of everyday spiritual practices people use to free themselves from the work and worry mindset of our culture will empower you to see how even your busiest workweek can include spiritual habits and routines.
Fire & Light Learning to Receive the Gift of God

Fire & Light Learning to Receive the Gift of God

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How do I find fulfillment in life? How do I obtain happiness? Despite a multitude of self-help books in recent years, these eternal questions have become increasingly urgent in today’s directionless world.

Author Jacques Philippe provides some answers. In his new Christian self-help book, Called to Life, he explains that a complete and fulfilled life is much more assured when we stop trying to chart our own course, when we realize that we are essentially creatures called by God.He goes on to describe where and how these calls take place: the events of life, the Word of God in Scripture, and interior motions of the Holy Spirit. Learning to recognize and follow these calls is what leads to a happy and full life.

Called to Life by Fr. Jacques Philippe includes a special section on how to read Sacred Scripture prayerfully (Lectio Divina), making this a timely source of inspiration and guidance following up on the recommendations of Pope Benedict XVI and the 2008 Synod of Bishops on the Word of God.

First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr

First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr

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This second edition of Hans Urs von Balthasar's book on Adrienne von Speyr is his personal introduction to the Swiss medical doctor, convert, and mystic, whose message and mission he believed to be vitally important for the Church. Von Balthasar was the spiritual director of von Speyr for almost thirty years as she progressed in the life of grace. She helped him to found the Community of Saint John, an international secular institute, and she wrote more than sixty books on various topics, including prayer, Scripture, sacraments, and saints, which continue to bear fruit for those seeking to deepen their understanding of Catholic spirituality and theology.

This book contains three main sections. The first includes a short account of Adrienne's life, which describes her childhood, conversion, and mission; an analysis of her most important theological concerns; and an overview of her published and unpublished works. The second is a collection of enlightening statements that Adrienne made about herself, which illuminate both her exterior and interior life. The third section contains prayers that she herself wrote, which best reveal her spirit.

Fit For Eternal Life Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, & Building

Fit For Eternal Life Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, & Building

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Train for strength in body and soul! Catholic psychologist and veteran bodybuilder Kevin Vost shows that God's command to "be perfect" applies not only to our moral life, but also to our bodies. Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength and endurance training and then helps you assemble an effective, personalized workout program that can be performed in as little as twenty minutes per week, leaving you plenty of time (and energy) to be an active Christian parent, spouse, and disciple.
Flunking Sainthood A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

Flunking Sainthood A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

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This wry memoir tackles twelve different spiritual practices in a quest to become more saintly, including fasting, fixed-hour prayer, the Jesus Prayer, gratitude, Sabbath-keeping, and generosity. Although Riess begins with great plans for success ("Really, how hard could that be?" she asks blithely at the start of her saint-making year), she finds to her growing humiliation that she is failing--not just at some of the practices, but at every single one. What emerges is a funny yet vulnerable story of the quest for spiritual perfection and the reality of spiritual failure, which turns out to be a valuable practice in and of itself.

Praise for Flunking Sainthood:

" Flunking Sainthood is surprising and freeing; it is fun and funny; and it is full of wisdom. It is, in fact, the best book on the practices of the spiritual life that I have read in a long, long time." - Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath

Jana Riess reminds us that saints are different from most of us: They are special, we are barely normal. They get it right, we rarely get it. They see God, we strain to see much of anything. And, Jana is no saint. Rather than climbing to the pinnacle and sitting on a pedestal to tell us how it could be, Jana slides right next to us and reminds us that sainthood is overrated. With humor and insight she whispers to is that our lives matter just as they are. She prods us to never let our failures hold us back. She calls us to something greater than spiritual success - ordinary faithfulness.

Flunking Sainthood is the book I'm giving to my friends who are seeking to make sense of their emerging faith. - Doug Pagitt, author of A Christianity Worth Believing

"Jana Riess may have flunked at sainthood, but she's written a wonderful book. It's both reverent and irreverent, and it will make you want to become a better Christian -- or Jew, or Muslim, or Zoroastrian, or Jedi, or whatever you happen to be." - AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"Warm, light-hearted, and laugh-out-loud funny, Jana Riess may indeed have flunked sainthood, but this memoir assures us that she is utterly and deeply human, and that is something even more wonderful. Honest and sincere, she will endear you from page one." -- Donna Freitas, author of The Possibilities of Sainthood

"With a helpfully hilarious account of her own grappling with godliness, Jana Riess proves to be a standup historian well-practiced in the art of oddly revivifying self-deprecation. She loves her guides, historical and contemporary, even as she finds them alternately impractical, harsh, or "infuriatingly jolly." The book is freaking wonderful--a candid and committed tale of prayers that resists supersizing and spirituality that has no home save the glory and the muck of the everyday."--David Dark, author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything

"Jana Riess's new book is a delight--fun, funny, engaging and a powerful reminder that the greatest work in our lives is not what we'll do for God but what God is doing in us." --Margaret Feinberg, www.margaretfeinberg.com, author of Scouting the Divine and Hungry for God

"Flunking Sainthood allows those of us who have attempted new spiritual practices-- and failed-- to breathe a great sigh of relief and to laugh out loud. Jana Reiss's exposé of her year-long and less-than-successful attempts at eleven classic spiritual practices entertains and educates us with its honesty and down-to-earthiness. In spite of Jana's paltry attempts at piety and her botched prayer makeovers, God showed up in the surprising, sneaky ways that only God does.

Jana is the kind of girlfriend I like to have--hilarious, smart, stubborn, irreverent, and totally gaga over God. She writes in the unfiltered, uncensored way I'd write if I had the skill and the guts (Oh sorry, Mom, I meant gumption, not guts.)" --Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color

Follow Him and reclaim the world

Follow Him and reclaim the world

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Crib. Cross. Sacrament. Mary.

This is the core of the Gospel spirituality that inspired St. Alphonsus Liguori. It inflamed the hearts of countless others and continues to burn in the hearts of Catholics today. Our entire salvation rests upon these four simple words, which tell the Gospel narrative: God entered our broken world (crib), gave of himself completely to the point of death (cross), became our nourishment (sacrament), and became our source of hope (Mary). By loving as God the Son loved us, we can in turn become hope for others.

Following Christ means walking in his footsteps. Using Scripture, theology, stories, and questions for reflection, Fr. Dennis J. Billy helps you uncover the rich meaning behind these four words and guides you toward new ways of walking with Jesus.

Forgive Why Should I and How Can I?

Forgive Why Should I and How Can I?

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Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller outlines the reasons why forgiveness has to be a central part of everyone's lives.

Forgiving anyone in a meaningful way is one of the hardest things a person has to do. If you do not, resentment and vengeance begin to consume you. It is nearly impossible to move past transgression without forgiveness, but few people have the resources and the tools to forgive others fully and move on with their lives. Forgiveness is an essential skill, a moral imperative, and a religious belief that cuts right to the core of what it means to be human. In Forgive, Timothy Keller shows readers why it is so important and how to do it, explaining in detail the steps you need to take in order to move on without sacrificing justice or your humanity.

Forgiveness A Catholic Approach

Forgiveness A Catholic Approach

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This revised and expanded edition of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach will equip and inspire you to move toward forgiving those who have hurt you. With the power of God's grace, you can work through the process of forgiveness and find freedom in Christ.

This book teaches all about forgiveness: what forgiveness is and what it isn't; how to forgive and why. It addresses questions that Catholics grapple with today more than ever before: forgiving the Church; working with anger; forgiving when we can't reconcile; forgiving and not condoning behavior; and how forgiveness doesn't mean we forget, but helps us remember differently.

Filled with many vignettes of contemporary transgressions that have been transformed through acts of forgiveness-including situations of domestic violence, the Rwandan genocide, and the attacks of September 11, 2001-author Scott Hurd insightfully includes a chapter on Forgiving the Church, which many believers will find helpful as we continue to struggle with the revelations of sexual abuse by clergy and its cover-up.

Hurd's Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach faithfully reveals the many misunderstood dimensions of forgiveness: it's not something to be earned, forced, or deadline-driven. Forgiving is a decision, a process, and often a lifelong journey.

Forgiving Mother A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace

Forgiving Mother A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace

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Forgiving Mother offers you practical guidance and spiritual wisdom to begin your journey to wholeness of spirit. Highly recommended! -- Lisa M. Hendey, author, The Grace of Yes

Marge Steinhage Fenelon knows the pain, fear, hopelessness, insecurity, resentment and anger of being raised by a troubled mother. She also knows the way out: Mary.

In Forgiving Mother, Fenelon deftly explores the ways the Blessed Virgin can provide comfort and healing if you truly desire it. Drawing from personal experience as well as wisdom from Church documents, Scripture, and the saints, Fenelon sketches a path from despair to peace. She offers concrete steps and prayers to help you deal with the painful memories, emotions and fears that are rooted in your past.

Part memoir, part spiritual guide, Forgiving Mother is a workbook for healing even the most deeply rooted pain. It also includes a novena, which you can pray alongside each chapter or as a final step in the healing process. You will likely find solace from going through the novena again and again, as you'll find healing is a cyclical process--not a linear one.

You are a child of Mary and she loves you tenderly. She really, truly is your mother--given to you by our Lord as he hung dying on the cross. Jesus wants you to accept his mother as your own and to develop a deepening relationship with her so that she can fill the void that the past has left inside of you. And in her kind, motherly way, she will. What's more, she will lead you to her son who, as God, is the ultimate source of all healing and peace.

Pray through it, meditate on it, and let Mary's love sink into your heart and soul. Above all, be gentle with yourself. This is your healing process, and no one else's. With the Blessed Mother's help, you can become the whole, healed and truly cherished person you were meant to be.

The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

Four Loves

Four Loves

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A repackaged edition of the revered author's classic work that examines the four types of human love: affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God--part of the C. S. Lewis Signature Classics series.

C.S. Lewis--the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics--contemplates the essence of love and how it works in our daily lives in one of his most famous works of nonfiction. Lewis examines four varieties of human love: affection, the most basic form; friendship, the rarest and perhaps most insightful; Eros, passionate love; charity, the greatest and least selfish. Throughout this compassionate and reasoned study, he encourages readers to open themselves to all forms of love--the key to understanding that brings us closer to God.

Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

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Matthew Kelly has a once-in-a-generation ability to bring the genius of Catholicism to life for the average person. The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic is brilliantly simple and practical. Every Catholic in America should read this book!
Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross

Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross

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From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper comes an illuminating work on the Catholic Eucharist and its link to the Jewish Passover meal.

"Read this book. And don't just read it. Pray about it. Reflect on it. And share it with others."--Brant Pitre, author of The Case for Jesus

In this brilliant book--part memoir, part detective story, and part biblical study--Scott Hahn opens up new vistas on ancient landscapes while shedding light on his own enduring faith journey. The Fourth Cup not only tracks the author's gradual conversion along the path of Evangelicalism to the doorsteps of the Catholic faith, but also explores the often obscure and misunderstood rituals of Passover and their importance in foreshadowing salvation in Jesus Christ.

Revealing the story of his formative years as an often hot-headed student and earnest seeker in search of answers to great biblical mysteries, Hahn shows how his ardent exploration of the Bible's Old Testament turned up intriguing clues connecting the Last Supper and Christ's death on Calvary. As Hahn tells the story of his discovery of the supreme importance of the Passover in God's plan of salvation, we too experience often-overlooked relationships between Abel, Abraham, and the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt. Along the way, Hahn reveals how the traditional fourth cup of wine used in the concluding celebration of Passover explains in astonishing ways Christ's paschal sacrifice.

Rooted in Scripture and ingrained with lively history, The Fourth Cup delivers a fascinating view of the bridges that span old and new covenants, and celebrates the importance of the Jewish faith in understanding more fully Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

Friend of the Bridegroom

Friend of the Bridegroom

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Focusing on the directee's spiritual needs, this book inspires as well as informs. The Friend of the Bridegroom is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God-the beginner on the spiritual journey and the seasoned spiritual director alike.
From Islam to Christ

From Islam to Christ

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Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead.

Her winding path through the riddles of God was not over, however. While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church. Ultimately, she ended up in the United States, where she has become a citizen and has settled down to raise a family.

Derya's story provides a window into both Islam and modernity. It shows that the grace and the mercy of God know no bounds. Rather, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ reaches souls in the most unlikely places.

Gaze of Mercy A Commentary on Divine and Human Mercy

Gaze of Mercy A Commentary on Divine and Human Mercy

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Just in time for the Holy Year of Mercy, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, delves into the mystery of mercy, both human and divine. Jesus is the mercy of God who became flesh, and it is his gaze of mercy that transforms us. Among the Gospel passages he explores are Jesus encounters with Zacchaeus and the woman caught in adultery as well as Christs passion, the height of Gods mercy, and his resurrection, the triumph of Gods mercy. And just as we are recipients of Gods mercy, we are called to be merciful to others. Insightful and inspiring!
Geek Priest Confessions of a New Media Pioneer

Geek Priest Confessions of a New Media Pioneer

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In this engrossing collection of stories and anecdotes, Fr. Roderick shares how he became a "new media missionary." Focusing on the importance of personal connection (an essential ingredient of new media), he uncovers the exciting possibilities of using all forms of media to successfully accomplish the mission Jesus gave us: to evangelize the world. Each chapter contains illustrations of using new media as a way to reach out to others. Some examples:
  • How the pope got his iPod
  • Reaching 50,000 Harry Potter fans without waving a magic wand
  • Why gaming can be good for the soul
  • How to deal with online atheists
  • The Mass and mass media
  • How you, too, can become a new media missionary
  • Fr. Roderick's stories introduce a young, secularized generation to an experience of God at work in his Church and in individual lives. Instead of presenting dry theories and principles, this book reveals those principles through experiences of one of today's leading Catholic new media entrepreneurs.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

    Generous Faith: Stories to Inspire Abundant Living

    Generous Faith: Stories to Inspire Abundant Living

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    Experience the generosity of God in this very moment. Learn how to live in the now, to trust, and to experience God's presence in your life.

    "I have seen the love and compassion of Sr. Bridget firsthand, in a ministry we have shared for years. She is a woman that not only talks about generous faith, but lives it daily. Enjoy this book - it will open your eyes to see God everywhere and in everything." - Rev. Gloria White-Hammon, MD, Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston; and Executive Director, My Sister's Keeper

    "In addition to sharing powerful stories of seemingly ordinary experiences, Sister wisely directs us to take the time to ponder, reflect, and be attentive to the ways the Lord is working on our lives. We all need to make time and space for God if we want to understand our calling and our mission. With the help of the very accessible guided meditations Sister has provided, we can all grow in faith and confidence that we can witness Christ's love to the people in our lives." - Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston

    This simple and joy-filled book opens our hearts to what is in the air we breathe, under our feet, and in this very moment: the abundant life, a gift from God. As Sr. Bridget says with her infectious enthusiasm, all we need to do is cultivate this awareness through three basic practices:

    - Living in the moment
    - Trusting in Divine care
    - Experiencing God's presence.

    This is not a how-to book of methods and techniques. Rather, it is a collection of stories that give shape and face to these three practices. The people in these stories ask us to re-examine our own journey and change our perspective. In so doing, we take a second look at our life, and realize that what we have is more than enough for it is, quite simply, most abundant.

    Give Up Worry for Good

    Give Up Worry for Good

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    Winner of a second-place award in the healing and self-help category from the Catholic Media Association.

    Gary Zimak's bestselling book Give Up Worry for Lent! has helped countless people tackle their worry habit. Now, Zimak returns with an eight-week resource you can use anytime of year with more insights and habits that will help you win the battle against worry and experience the peace that only Jesus can provide.

    Give Up Worry for Good! will help you learn that it is possible to stop worrying. And Zimak will give you the tools you need to do it.

    Drawing deeply from scripture, Zimak challenges you to walk in confidence with the Holy Spirit and to share what you've discovered with others--even as you continue to work on your own to break that worry habit once and for all. Get rid of the stressful, energy-sapping behaviors that keep you on edge and rob you of joy by cultivating habits of contented, peaceful living every day with promises from the Word of God:

  • Turn to God for help.
  • Do what you can.
  • Expect difficulties.
  • Surrender.
  • Look back with thanks and trust.
  • Interactive questions and daily reflections reinforce each lesson every week.

    Whether you are already a Zimak fan or are just discovering his principles of worry-free living for the first time, Give Up Worry for Good! will keep you focused and motivated as you seek victory over anxiety.

    This book is perfect for individual or group study.

    Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

    Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

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    Embark on a journey of faith, exploration, and intimate encounters with the divine in A Glimpse of Heaven on Earth. Through heartfelt stories and personal reflections, Deacon David Scheuer invites readers to peer beyond the veil of everyday life into the mysteries of the Catholic faith, offering glimpses of the profound spiritual experiences that lie within. Each chapter unfolds like a divine revelation, guiding readers deeper into the sanctity of the Mass and the transformative power of the Eucharist.

    Readers will be inspired by poignant moments where the mundane becomes miraculous: from the boredom of routine Mass to the awe-inspiring realization of God's tangible presence. This isn't just a recounting of spiritual experiences; it's a call to rediscover our relationship with the divine in our daily lives.

    For both life-long Catholics and those new to the faith, this memoir serves as a testament to God's ever-present love and the miracles that unfold when we make space for Him in our hearts. Engage with this narrative and you'll be reminded of the grace, love, and blessings that are accessible to all, awaiting those who seek with an earnest heart.

    God as Father

    God as Father

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    St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, did not write theological treatises. His was a pastoral activity that led him largely to preach and to pen letters and instructions, mostly for members of the Work that he founded. But his thoughts are knit together by a careful, loving meditation and contemplation of the word of God which caused them to yield new lights to readers in the most varied situations. Without doubt many of these are linked to a heightened awareness of divine filiation—our relationship with God as his sons and daughters.

    “Divine filiation is a joyful truth, a consoling mystery. It fills our spiritual life, showing us how to speak to God, how to know and love our heavenly Father. It makes our interior struggle overflow with hope and gives us the trusting simplicity of little children.” These lines are taken from a meditation given by Saint Josemaría in March of 1952. In this short God as Father book, Fr. Ocariz offers “a preliminary attempt” at analyzing and collating the truly impressive theological richness of Saint Escriva’s teaching on divine filiation.

    God Between Us - a Spirituality of Relationships

    God Between Us - a Spirituality of Relationships

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    Human relationships are complicated. We love/hate, hurt/heal, fight/forgive. And we look for help on fixing our relationships in many places: TV talk shows, therapists, friends' advice, books on relationships.Rev. Lyn Brakeman, a therapist herself, suggests an often overlooked source for clues to healing relationships: the stories of ancient Scripture. What if, she proposes, the major message we're supposed to get out of Scripture is not so much the story of God but of God's relationship with humanity -- and how this primary relationship affects our relationships with each other.From this premise, Brakeman uses the Jewish interpretive storytelling known as midrash to take a deeper look at the universal cycle of intimacy, separation, and reunion. Through the age-old stories, The God Between Us explores the relationships of some well-known -- and others, less familiar -- players:
    -- Adam and Eve (the marriage relationship)
    -- Esther and the eunuch (a man/woman platonic relationship)
    -- Mary and Jesus (mother/son relationship)
    -- Herodias and Salome (mother/daugther relationship)
    -- David and Jonathan (men's relationships)
    -- the women at the tomb (women's relationships)In our current culture of deepening social isolation, Brakeman's fresh insight into the patterns of biblical interpersonal relationships offers fundamental keys to healing our own relationships.The God Between Us speaks to all Judeo-Christian traditions. The inclusion of meditations, prayers, and questions for self-reflection at the end of each chapter adds a rich dimension for individual or group use. Eminently useable for seminary and women's study programs.
    God for Grownups

    God for Grownups

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    God for Grownups is aimed at developing God-centered people who know how to think. Virginia Smith artfully opens the minds of adults who perhaps feel that they stopped learning about God shortly after leaving school. God for Grownups provides answers to questions about God by taking the reader through the Bible in easy-to-understand language.
    God Hunger

    God Hunger

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    Bestselling author John Kirvan understands the spiritual hunger of people forced to survive on scraps of childhood religion and greeting-card wisdom. He understands because he was hungry. His friends were hungry. Instead of starving to death, however, Kirvan created a spiritual feast in God Hunger, sharing what the great mystics sought and found-- a direct, love-driven way of knowing God.

    Kirvan explores the lives and writings of ten great spiritual teachers from the 4th century to today, going far beyond the ephemeral religious fashions that flit in and out of modern popular culture, explaining the techniques they used to hear the movements of God within. With 50 meditations and prayers, God Hunger builds on the words and wisdom of the mystics-- from Gregory of Nyssa to Thomas Merton, and Kabbalah to C.S. Lewis-- sending us on our own personal quest toward God.

    Prepare to be shocked. Prepare for spiritual risks. Even the most seasoned spiritual traveler will be surprised when and where they discover God. Kirvan emphasizes, however, that the journey has no bargain rates or shortcuts. Faith is a lifelong commitment, not a passing fad, an emotional pilgrimage that requires inspired devotion in an era when we have been offered so much and often settle for so little.

    Combining the best of Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions, God Hunger keeps us honest, humble, focused on the search and joyful in the discovery of a nourishing spiritual life.

    God In the Dark Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life

    God In the Dark Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life

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    Contemporary Christianity is afflicted with two problems: First, our spiritual life is often bland and lukewarm. Distracted and fragmented by our lives, and malnourished on conventional piety, we feel out of touch with the God described in the Bible as a consuming fire." Second, we don't know how to make sense of suffering, especially the pain of spiritual darkness and aridity. The answer to both of these problems is passion.

    In God in the Dark, Susan Pitchford explores the two faces of passion: desire, the mutual attraction between the soul and God; and suffering, especially our confusion and grief when we find ourselves in dark places. We often misinterpret times of darkness, assuming we've fabled and God has abandoned us. Pitchford suggests that darkness is not a place of abandonment but a place of intimacy and a special call to a deeper relationship with the God who desires us. Once we understand this, we will not have to fear the dark, and when the night closes in around us, we can experience it as an embrace.

    God Instinct

    God Instinct

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    Stella shows what can happen when we move from certitude to doubt, from stability to searching. When life experiences seem to tell us that the "right" answers no longer seem so "right: " such a time is an enriching time, a time when life is no longer a matter of going from "question to answer, but from question to question." Stella concludes that "life in all its messiness is a sacred affair."
    God Listens - Personal Stories of Answered Prayers

    God Listens - Personal Stories of Answered Prayers

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    "Can you hear me, God?"

    Sometimes we feel close to God in prayer. Sometimes we feel like he's very distant. But one promise we have from the Lord is that he always listens.

    In God Listens, you'll find real-life stories of answered prayer. Author Lorene Hanley Duquin shares stories she has collected from real people -- people praying for physical healing, people praying for wisdom in making an important life decision, people in need of spiritual healing, and many more. Each chapter focuses on different forms of prayer and includes practical ideas for using them in your own life.

    God Listens and responds -- sometimes just the way we want, and sometimes in unexpected ways, but always with deep and abiding love for us.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lorene Hanley Duquin is a Catholic author and lecturer. She lives in Williamsville, New York, with her husband, Richard. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.

    God of Our Deepest Longings Seven Biblicial Meditations

    God of Our Deepest Longings Seven Biblicial Meditations

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    Internationally acclaimed author Peter van Breemen, S.J., draws on the spirituality of John's gospel and Ignatius of Loyola to stress that our deepest desires and God's will for us coincide when we let go of selfishness; and that God's deepest longing is to dwell in us, to make a home in our souls. In this masterful exploration of spiritual journeying, van Breemen suggests that life is not a series of problems to be solved, but rather a wonderful mystery to be appreciated and lived fully. Drawing on the work of Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, Blaise Pascal, and Antoine de Saint Exupery, van Breemen weaves a picture of what it means to be Jesus' light in the world, and to live in personal peace, without fear.
    God Plays a Purple Banjo: And 41 Other Stories of Inspiration, Hope and Humor

    God Plays a Purple Banjo: And 41 Other Stories of Inspiration, Hope and Humor

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    God's Healing Mercy Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy

    God's Healing Mercy Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy

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    Here retreat master, Ignatian trained spiritual director and author Kathleen Beckman offers a guide for a personal or group healing retreat based on Divine Mercy in Scripture and in the lives of the Saints. Beckman skillfully helps us to see how the "rays of divine mercy" heal families, marriages, the sick, poor, suffering, friends, enemies, laity, clergy, our vocations, doubters, believers, those with diabolical suffering, sinners, saints, the unborn, the elderly, children, the Church and the whole world.

    God: What Every Catholic Should Know

    God: What Every Catholic Should Know

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    Series Summary

    The new What Every Catholic Should Know series is intended for the average faithful Catholic who wants to know more about Catholic faith and culture. The authors in this series take a panoramic approach to the topic of each book aimed at a non-specialist but enthusiastic readership.

    Book Summary

    Who is God? If we want to love God and make him the center of our lives, we would do well to settle this question at least in some small way. This book serves as a starting point for understanding what Christians mean when they say God, and to whom they are referring when they use this name. Part of the What Every Catholic Should Know series, God: What Every Catholic Should Know is born out of the recognition that God is central to the Faith, but we encounter misconceptions about God all the time. In an effort to clear up these misconceptions, this book addresses three major concepts--the nature of God, the Trinity, and the Incarnation--so that we may strengthen our faith and our ability to communicate it to other people.

    Some of us might protest that we are not smart enough to do theology and that less is more when it comes to contemplating the divine. But if God is perfect, wonderful, all goodness, love itself--as the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8--it would be strange indeed if we did not want to give our whole selves to God, including our minds. After all, the Lord himself tells us: you shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30).

    Grace and Trut: Twenty Steps to Embracing Virtue and Saving Civilization

    Grace and Trut: Twenty Steps to Embracing Virtue and Saving Civilization

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    Grace Explained how th recieve and retain God's most potent gift

    Grace Explained how th recieve and retain God's most potent gift

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    Grateful Living

    Grateful Living

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    Full of inspiring stories and thought-provoking ideas and observations, here is a collection of the best articles from Seattle Times columnist and minister Dale Turner. These articles celebrate the glory and mystery of life while concentrating on the things we have to be thankful for. Drawing from his own experience and the voices of other luminaries, Dale's columns examine such timeless issues as faith, diversity, wealth, aging, tolerance, self-expression, valuing the moment, and love. The more than 60 columns included in this collection will provide affirmation and inspiration to everyone who reads them.
    Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life

    Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life

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    In a consumer-driven world where we're told we need and deserve more, Susan Muto, executive director of the Epiphany Association, reminds us that gratefulness is a gift from God. In Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life, she reveals that grateful living is not another new fad but has been the way of saints and Christian mystics for centuries.

    Many popular secular books today explore how embracing gratitude can lead to a happier, healthier life. In contrast, Muto, a renowned author, speaker, and teacher, approaches gratitude from a uniquely Catholic perspective.

    In this insightful, inspiring book, she explores how life-changing a spirit of gratefulness can be by using both personal and well-known examples of the struggles and rewards of grateful living. Muto and companions such as Julian of Norwich, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Henri J. M. Nouwen, and Dorothy Day highlight the power of gratitude as a grace from God and walk with us as we learn to practice thankfulness.

    We start the journey toward gratefulness by embracing gratitude in all circumstances and end it by thankfully accepting the missions God entrusts to each of us. Along the way, we begin to accept God's grace by understanding

  • the benefits of positivity and dangers of negativity,
  • the redemptive power of prayer, and
  • the lasting fruits of thankfulness.
  • A spirituality of gratitude reminds us that, even without the possessions, luxuries, or leisure time society claims are the most important things in life, God still loves, cares, and knows what's best for us. Muto also provides practical tools that help us embrace this grace in our lives.

    Greatest Commandment a Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love

    Greatest Commandment a Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love

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    Green Desert

    Green Desert

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    The story of one burned-out advertising executive's silent retreat in the Sonoran desert, this heartfelt diary of 15 days in the desert chronicles her inner journey from a comfortable life to starting over in midlife.
    Grief Observed, A

    Grief Observed, A

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    A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

    Habits of Freedom 5 Ignatian Tools for Clearing Your Mind

    Habits of Freedom 5 Ignatian Tools for Clearing Your Mind

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    Do you feel exhausted, anxious, or distracted? Do you want to free your mind from mental clutter?

    Popular retreat leader and spiritual director Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ, says that if you turn your heart to God you will find clarity and spiritual peace. In Habits of Freedom, Collins offers you five practical tools to help you develop a habit of daily discernment that will lead to inner calm.

    Drawing on the wisdom of St. Ignatius Loyola and his renowned Spiritual Exercises, Collins offers practical spiritual exercises for incorporating five tools into your daily life to help you de-stress, organize your thoughts, and experience the calming presence of Jesus. These are:

  • allowing God to show you the signs of oncoming anxiety and mental breakdown;
  • developing the ancient practice of spiritual discernment to help analyze your moods and perceptions;
  • interpreting life events with an eye toward personal growth and resiliency;
  • practicing detachment from negative influences; and
  • engaging in interior sensitivity to how God works to bring you peace.
  • Habits of Freedom is an excellent resource for spiritual directors and individuals, as well as for use in prayer and parish groups seeking practical material that can speak broadly to members from a variety of backgrounds and seasons of life. The book can be easily adapted for small groups and retreat use. A free small-group guide is available at AveMariaPress.com.

    Handbook of Spiritual Perfection

    Handbook of Spiritual Perfection

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    Here's help for everyone who makes good resolutions, but who has trouble keeping them. According to the author, Fr. Philip E. Dion, your problem is probably not that you're too weak to be good - God gives everyone the help he needs to conquer sin. Rather, you may be struggling because you aren't taking full advantage of the many spiritual means that God has made available to help you live a truly holy life. That's why Fr. Dion wrote The Handbook of Spiritual Perfection - to show you simple ways that you can, by God's grace, start keeping your resolutions once and for all.

    In a word, this wise book explains how God has provided you with everything you need to overcome your faults and, indeed, to be perfect!

    Happiness God & Man

    Happiness God & Man

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    All human beings want to be happy. The longing for happiness does not have to be learned, it is innate. And it can hardly be unlearned. For we never simply acquiesce in unhappiness. Christian faith, the Christian way of life, and the imitation of Christ are understood to be signposts pointing the way to happiness. Upon this depends their credibility and their attractiveness.

    The highly regarded teacher, writer and pastoral churchman, Cardinal Schonborn, talks about man's happiness, small and great, about happiness as it is supposed to be and as it is discovered. He explains what it means to say that all human beings are created for happiness. His insightful writings are centered on meditations about happiness and also about the deeper meaning of love and friendship.

    Yet the Archbishop of Vienna also discusses the essential questions of faith, including reflections on the Name of God as seen in Scripture, on dealing with the tragedies of modern times, consolation for the sorrowful and on the spiritual roots of western civilization.

    In addition he discusses the importance of literature, and how it addresses the deeper questions about life, as demonstrated in his literary discussions of the works by C. S. Lewis, Gertrud von Le Fort and William Shakespeare. He shows how their works give witness to a happiness that overcomes all darkness through suffering, trials and especially forgiveness.

    Happy Catholic Glimpes of God in Everyday Life

    Happy Catholic Glimpes of God in Everyday Life

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    As she does in her blog Happy Catholic, Julie Davis taps into quotes not only from Scripture and John Paul II but from The Simpsons and The Princess Bride, and doing so she discovers that all around her are glimpses of God.

    Her reflections on pithy quotes such as the one by famed rocker, Alice Cooper ("Trashing your hotel room is easy, but being a Christian--that's rebellion") draw back the veil, letting you connect with God in unexpected ways. With unique and inventive perspective, Davis's reflections will help you: reflect on the strange economy of suffering live with gusto see the big picture explore the value of quirkiness learn the truth about happy and unhappy families

    Healing Power of Peace

    Healing Power of Peace

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    When we accept the peace of Jesusm we are able to trust God regardless of our circumstances. Peace is an interior gift that sustains us and gives deep meaning to our lives.
    Heart to Heart with God Keys to the Bible Series Six Ways to Empower Your Prayer

    Heart to Heart with God Keys to the Bible Series Six Ways to Empower Your Prayer

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    Heartfelt prayer is effective! In Heart to Heart with God, readers explore six attitudes or actions that will bring passion and life to their prayer and give them confidence that God still acts powerfully in the world today. Deacon Ralph Torrelli shows us how to pray the deepest desires of our hearts and how to arm ourselves to fight the spiritual battles of the Christian life. He also encourages prayer that is persistent, bold, expectant, and specific, and includes real-life testimonies of God's amazing responses to such prayers.
    Heaven Starts Now: Becoming a Saint Day By Day

    Heaven Starts Now: Becoming a Saint Day By Day

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    Once we have encountered the Lord Jesus, how do we keep growing in Christ? How do we let the Lord mold us and make us into missionary disciples capable of spreading the gospel? Instead of just trying to get into heaven, how do we live the life of heaven now so that we can become saints?


    In this book, Michigan pastor Fr. John Riccardo helps us dive into the Scriptures so that we can apply them to our daily lives. In his inspiring and incisive way, Fr. Riccardo addresses the obstacles we all face in becoming mature disciples. How do we learn to forgive? How do we combat fear and understand suffering? How do we worship the Lord, love others as Christ loves us, and fully surrender our lives to God? If you've enjoyed Fr. Riccardo's gifts of teaching and preaching through his broadcasts and podcasts, this book is for you!

    Hermits of Big Sur

    Hermits of Big Sur

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    Between World War II and Vatican II, as Italy struggled to rebuild after decades of Mussolini's fascism, an eleventh-century order of contemplative monks in the Apennines were urged by Thomas Merton to found a daughter house on the rugged coast of California. A brilliant but world-weary ex-Jesuit, who had recently withdrawn from a high-intensity public life to go into reclusion at the ancient Sacro Eremo of Camaldoli, was tapped for the job.

    Based on notes kept for over sixty years by an early American novice at New Camaldoli Hermitage, The Hermits of Big Sur tellsthe compelling story of what unfolds within this small and idealistic community when medievalism must finally come to terms with modernism. It traces the call toward fuga mundi in the young seekers who arrive to try their vocations, only to discover that the monastic life requires much more of them than a bare desire for solitude. And it describes the miraculous transformation that sometimes occurs in individual monks after decades of lectio divina, silent meditation, liturgical faithfulness, and the communal bonds they have formed through the practice of the "privilege of love."