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Hiking the Camino 500 Miles With Jesus

Hiking the Camino 500 Miles With Jesus

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You might reasonably wonder why anyone would shoulder a heavy backpack, grab a walking stick and hike across Spain. Whatever happened to planes, trains and automobiles? But Father Dave Pivonka knew that the Camino--the ancient pilgrim path to the tomb of Saint James the Apostle in Santiago--offered an opportunity to focus on God in the stripped-down environment typical of the religious journey known as a pilgrimage. Father Dave takes you along with him, eager to show that God wants to take care of you whether or not you can see down the road or, if tired and sore, you're tempted to quit. His Camino hike holds real lessons for your own life's journey.
Hints of Heaven

Hints of Heaven

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In our age, Christ's Parables are often reduced to exercises in moralism. In these pages, Fr. George Rutler acclaimed author and EWTN television host unveils these deceptively simple stories, showing you their hidden meanings and how they apply to our own age and way of life.

Holy Confidence: The Forgotten Path for Growing Closer to God

Holy Confidence: The Forgotten Path for Growing Closer to God

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Too many Christians believe that they please God better by a trembling submission to Him rather than a sweet and confiding liberty. In these pages, Fr. Rogacci shows us that time and time again, Our Lord insisted that we be at ease with Him. Where there is too much fear, there is no room for love.

In persuasive and surprising ways, Fr. Rogacci shows us how to gain full confidence in God and how our familiarity with Him is the most efficacious way to promote His glory and our own happiness.

Confidence in the love of God is the surest way to grow daily closer to Him. Deeply rooted in Scripture and the writings of the saints, these wise pages will not only convince you of this, but will provide solid, reasoned, Scriptural ways that you can develop greater confidence in Our Lord and attain final union with Him in Heaven.

Holy Thirst: Essentials of Carmelite Spirituality

Holy Thirst: Essentials of Carmelite Spirituality

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These saints have spoken to the hearts of millions. They've helped many on the way to understanding the role of God in their lives. In this collection, may their words again help all who long for a life of meaning, touched and transfigured by God.

Holy Thirst presents all the essential themes of Carmelite spirituality, excerpted from classics such as The Way of Perfection of St. Teresa of Avila, The Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross, The Story of a Soul of St. Therese of Lisieux, and The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Also included are shorter portions by lesser known, more recent Carmelites: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), and Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers).

"As you hold this collection, it is important to recall the beginnings of Carmelite spirituality, a beginning that takes us back to the twelfth century and the time of the Crusades. A band of brothers-conscientious objectors, of sorts-witnessed firsthand the clash of civilizations and all that it entailed. They knew death, they knew loss, and their very souls were bruised. The only next step that they could envision was to leave the world as they knew it and settle on the sacred mountain known for centuries to Jews, Christians and Muslims as the holy home of the Prophet Elijah..." -Adam Bucko, from the Foreword

Holy Veil of Monoppello - The Human Face of God

Holy Veil of Monoppello - The Human Face of God

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The horrific 1915 earthquake that levelled tiny Manoppello, Italy, brought forth from the local church's rubble one of Christendom's long-lost, but most precious relics: the small cloth that lay on Jesus's face in the tomb.This small veil "€" now known as the Holy Face of Manoppello "€" absorbed the very first new breath of the Risen Christ . . . and at that same instant had imprinted on itself, miraculously, a vivid image of the now-resurrected Jesus.

Home Again A Prayerful Rediscovery of Your Catholic Faith

Home Again A Prayerful Rediscovery of Your Catholic Faith

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It does us all good to refresh, renew, and rediscover what it means to be human, to be a child of God. In Home Again by Fr. John Henry Hanson, he desires to lead you “home” through a prayerful revitalization of your faith in God’s plan for you—your story—by recalling its incredible beauty and depth. He reminds you that your identity as a Christian is strengthened through the sacraments—gifts of the Church that accompany and enrich you through life.

“Change without grace, renovation without interior renewal, is spiritually worthless. The thing remodeled, so to speak, remains what it always was. The most important kind of regeneration isn’t outward or skin-deep but takes places in the hidden depths of the soul.”

Allow yourself to be reminded that God is a lover whose very desires for you will lead you directly to fulfillment and everlasting joy. The author hopes for you to live the resounding cry:

“My story must flow from him,and return to him.”

Housing Heaven's Fire The Challenge of Holiness

Housing Heaven's Fire The Challenge of Holiness

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A professor of Christian ethics examines holiness from the perspective of the Hebrew Scripture of the Old Testament, the Israelites and their call, Jesus and his humanity, and St. Paul, explaining that while holiness is a gift that we have already been given, it is also a goal that we are striving t
How God hauled me kicking and screaming into the Catholic Church

How God hauled me kicking and screaming into the Catholic Church

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Kevin Lowry's journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God's unfailing, patient love for all of us.
How To Be A Monastic And Not Leave Your Day Job

How To Be A Monastic And Not Leave Your Day Job

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Discussion around the bestseller The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher has led many people to want to know more about Benedictine principles.

Originally written for monks, the principles in the Rule of St. Benedict may be applied by anyone -- and in today's hectic, changing world, following its principles offers a rich spiritual connection to the stability and wisdom of monastic life. This essential guide explains how people who live and work in "the world" are still invited to balance work with prayer, cultivate interdependence with others, practice hospitality, and otherwise practice their spirituality like monks.

How to Handle Worry: A Catholic Approach

How to Handle Worry: A Catholic Approach

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Today's world is busy and non-stop--one filled with eighty hour work weeks and too little time left over. With humor and insight, author Marshall Cook offers a practical approach to deal with worries and banish anxieties that creep into our chaotic lives. He explores strategies for creating and maintaining harmony by drawing upon our faith and releasing our burdens to God in prayer. This revised edition addresses coping with new stressors, such as post 9/11 terrorism and today's economic crisis.
I Am With You Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis

I Am With You Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offers a powerful, universal message on God's grace and the healing power of Jesus to get us through tough and turbulent times.

Drawn from sermons and writings offered during the early days of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, I Am with You provides solace, hope, and healing for anyone suffering through illness, grief, job loss, isolation, or anxiety.

A Message from Cardinal Dolan:

Dear Readers,
I offer the words in this book to you for many reasons, but here are three. One, to capture a moment in time--in history--when all of us, including our holy Church, were challenged in ways we never expected. Two, to help us look back on this time and sense where God was present during the pandemic. And three, to help us to look forward by reminding all of us that whatever we are facing in life, Jesus is always with us. Always.
- CARDINAL TIMOTHY M. DOLAN

I Cry To You O LORD! Scriptural Reflections on the Mystery & Meaning of Sufferin

I Cry To You O LORD! Scriptural Reflections on the Mystery & Meaning of Sufferin

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In this book, retreat master and author Jude Winkler reflects on the mysterious reasons for our suffering. Is it the consequence of sin? Does God use it to discipline us? Do we choose it by our free will? Does it just happen? What does Jesus teaching and life reveal about the nature of our suffering? To answer these and other intriguing questions, the author leads us on a journey through Scripture to discover the sources of our suffering. He concludes with a summary of Christian practical advice that will help us trust God when bad things happen, join our suffering to Christs suffering, show compassion to others, and grow strong in perseverance.
I Like Being Catholic

I Like Being Catholic

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A celebration of the treasured traditions, rituals, and stories that run through the bloodstream of American Catholics

For Andrew Greeley, it is the reverence of Christmas night and the exultation of Easter morn. Martin Scorsese, like many others, remains grateful for the nuns who rapped his knuckles but built his self-esteem. Mary Gordon recalls the sense of lightness that follows confession; Vince Lombardi, the strength he derived from Mass; and Christopher Buckley, the role St. Thomas More plays in his writing.

I Like Being Catholic brings together the memories, thought, and hopes of famous Catholics and ordinary parishioners, lapsed and "good-enough" Catholics, and those who have devoted their lives to the faith. It captures their abiding ties to and deep affection for the Church and offers the wide-ranging, sometimes surprising views on the good things that come with being Catholic.

This is not a book of theology. It is about the beauty at the heart of Catholicism. It is about what Teilhard de Chardin called "the chosen part of things." It is about family and community, the value of Catholic education, the significance of sacraments and milestones, and the cultural impact of Catholicism--there are lists of the ten best Catholic novels, the ten best Catholic movies, ten Catholic heroes of the twentieth century, ten good reasons to raise your kids Catholic, fifty things Catholics like best about being Catholic, and much more ...

I Like Being Catholic is a book for all those who have ever called themselves Catholic. It is a book of warmth, affection, humor, and love.

I'm Not Being Fed! Discovering the Food that Satisfies the Soul

I'm Not Being Fed! Discovering the Food that Satisfies the Soul

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In I'm Not Being Fed: Discovering the Food that Satisfies the Soul, Jeff Cavins explores the reasons why many Catholics don't seem to fully appreciate the great gift they have in the Holy Eucharist, and why some have even left the church for evagelical Christianity. He responds to the common complaint that they simply were not being fed and longed for a more personal, spiritually nourishing relationship.
Image of The unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God

Image of The unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God

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The Image of the Unseen God develops a novel understanding of God and God's action compatible with the teachings of Jesus, the Christian tradition, and contemporary science.
Immortal Combat

Immortal Combat

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Today, far too many leading Christians water down the robust teachings of our Faith. Ignoring Christ's clear example and constant demand that we boldly confront evils, they preach an amicable, nonconfrontational, feel-good gospel. Instead of teaching the faithful to edify and enjoin the wayward, they urge them to pacify and submit . . . with catastrophic results personally, for the Church, and for society at large.

Now comes Fr. Dwight Longenecker with this potent book that shows how, by engaging in the lost art of spiritual warfare, good Christians can cure this trend and repair the extensive damage it has caused.

Here, without fear or favor, Longenecker maps out the myriad places where evil lurks in our world, shines a light on its many faces, and details the countless clever tricks it uses to hide. He delineates ten sturdy principles that must motivate all Christian warriors who hope to expunge evil and stop it from returning. And finally, he explains in fascinating detail the art

In a Dark Wood - Journeys of Faith and Doubt

In a Dark Wood - Journeys of Faith and Doubt

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Doubt is as natural an experience as faith and what theologian Paul Tillich called an indispensable component of authentic faith. In this book an extraordinary range of writers talks about the moment-often devastating-when they turned to God only to find neither God's presence nor consolation. Where once silence was filled with peace, now that silence signals only emptiness. In a Dark Wood features a diverse group of voices describing unlikely and often moving journeys toward or away from faith-Protestants, Catholics, and Jews; laypeople and religious professionals; activists, poets, politicians, and ordinary people. In addition, dozens of readings, poems, and prayers reflect on belief and doubt, on the loss of faith and its rediscovery, from the Psalmists, medieval saints, and such luminaries as W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot, James Baldwin and Joseph Heller, Maya Angelou and Isabel Allende, Henri Nouwen and Walter Brueggemann, Nelson Mandela and Daniel Berrigan.
In a World where You can Be anything

In a World where You can Be anything

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In this fun little book, Kelly demonstrates how just a few words can change the way we think about ourselves and the way we live our lives. It's a quick read. At times light-hearted, at times serious, but always reaching deep with you and your own experience of self and life, hoping to encourage a bolder, braver, better you to emerge.
in Full Bloom

in Full Bloom

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What do you do when you feel stuck and your life takes a detour from your grand plan?

Claire Swinarski, founder of The Catholic Feminist podcast, says that even if your life is not where you wanted it to be or you are in a time of transition or discomfort, God has planted you right where you are for a reason. In Full Bloom inspires you to see God's grace at work and discover for yourself the grit and practical strategies to thrive no matter what life has thrown your way.

When your dreams don't match reality, you have several choices:

You can wait for your situation to change.

You can leap blindly from change to change until something sticks.

Or you can do as Claire Swinarski suggests--thrive.

In Full Bloom explores strategies for thriving and experiencing God's grace even when you're not exactly living the dream. Searching for a career post-college? Longing for excitement while feeling trapped someplace miserable? Single and dreaming of a family? Enjoying a fantastic job in a great city but grappling with feelings of loneliness? No matter where you are, Swinarski offers a game plan for pinpointing what's not working in your life, making strategic changes, and developing habits that will sustain you no matter what challenges the future holds.

Swinarski blends vulnerability, hard-hitting wake-up calls, and practical wisdom as she shares her own struggles, inspires with stories from TheCatholic Feminist podcast community, and offers "soul-care" exercises to help you discover the faith and grit to grow into the life you've always hoped for.

In His Sandals

In His Sandals

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Sometimes it is difficult to understand God's will for our lives, especially when times are tough or when something happens that disturbs us. Mother Angelica counsels us in these pages to stop simply existing and start living. "You are called to be holy!"

Beloved by many, the practical wisdom of Mother Mary Angelica radiates from this book as she guides you through Scripture and the writings of St. John, St. James, and St. Paul. Replete with stirring real-life examples, Mother Angelica both comforts and challenges readers on the path toward holiness. "You're either a whole Christian everywhere, or I don't think you're Christian at all."

In her no-nonsense yet fun-loving style, Mother Angelica offers advice on:

  • Exercising faith, hope, and love
  • Developing an attitude of gratitude and joyful living
  • Being "all in" and avoiding hypocrisy
  • Showing mercy and asking for forgiveness
  • Helping others find God through our example
  • Accepting trials as a blessing
  • Growing in humility, truth, and freedom
  • Cultivating the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives
  • Witnessing to the Kingdom in old age
  • Valuable for meditation, this book encourages you to surrender yourself to God's Providence in all things, however insignificant they may seem. Enter the merciful presence of the Heavenly Father and know your dignity as His child. Entrust yourself to Jesus, Who loves you infinitely, and experience His immeasurable mercy. Be still and "sit ready" with the Lord. Let the Divine Physician heal your wounds with His saving balm. Give Him all the pieces of your life and let Him gather you and multiply your blessings.

    In Search of Julian of Norwich

    In Search of Julian of Norwich

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    This is a spiritual detective story. Who was Julian? Why has she become so famous? Why did her writings disappear for centuries? Why is everyone reading them today? This fascinating illustrated exploration of Julian's world - her city, her century, and her remarkable book, the first written by a woman in English - provides clues to the exciting mystery that is Julian.
    In Silence with God

    In Silence with God

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    These affecting meditations in this book touch on the full panorama of the Christian life and how to live it in today’s world: Our Lord’s call to everyone to a life of perfection, purification of the heart, sin, the Christian virtues, temptations, imperfections, humility, prayer, the Mass, brotherly love, unity with Christ, the holy will of God, and much more. In each of the brief and profound chapters of this book, In Silence with God, Benedict Baur calls you not to wait to strive to love more perfectly, but to begin right now.  

    In the School of the Holy Spirit

    In the School of the Holy Spirit

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    By Fr. Jacques Philippe 

    In the prayer lives of many Christians there is one person of the Trinity that often goes overlooked - The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is no less involved in our lives than the Father and the Son, yet many are unaware of this. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, "If I go, I will send you another Comforter." But are we aware of the Holy Spirit in our lives? 

    In the School of the Holy Spirit, by retreat master Jacques Philippe, will lead you to be more attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life as you learn to value the third person of the Trinity as the Sanctifier of your soul. Philippe explains the rewards of being attentive to the Holy Spirit, and provides simple and concrete ways to grow in this inner sensitivity.

    In his clear and simple style, he illustrates his points with many examples from modern life. The book can be a valuable aid in your own spiritual journey.

    Inhabiting the Cruciform God Kenosis, Justification, & Theosis in Paul's Narrati

    Inhabiting the Cruciform God Kenosis, Justification, & Theosis in Paul's Narrati

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    In this groundbreaking study of Paul's soteriology, Michael Gorman builds on his influentialCruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross to argue that cruciformity is, at its heart, theoformity -- what the Christian tradition has called theosis or participation in the life of God.
    "A richly synthetic reading of Paul. . . . Gorman deftly integrates the results of recent debates about Pauline theology into a powerful constructive account that overcomes unfruitful dichotomies and transcends recent controversies between the 'New Perspective on Paul' and its traditionalist critics. Gorman's important book points the way forward for understanding the nonviolent, world-transforming character of Paul's gospel."
    -- Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School
    Interior Freedom

    Interior Freedom

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    It's not always possible to control external events. There are so many things that are outside our control: the past, what others think of us, chronic health issues, other peoples' actions, the weather, unforeseen events. This list goes on and on.

    It is possible, though, to gain more control over our interior life.

    In his book Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Phillipe shows us that we possess, each of us, inside of us a space of freedom that no-one can take away. Despite the most unfavorable outward circumstances, we can claim our freedom because God is its source and its guarantee. Without this, we will always be in search for something else to fulfill us, and we will never understand true happiness.

    Fr. Philippe lays out a simple but important theme in Interior Freedom: "We gain possession of our interior freedom in proportion to our growth in faith, hope, and love." He explains that the dynamism between these three theological virtues is the heart of our spiritual life, and he underscores the key role of the virtue of hope in our spiritual growth.

    Into His Likeness

    Into His Likeness

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    In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow the rabbi so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up from his rabbi's feet. Thousands of years later, though we walk on roads of pavement and not dust, we are still called to be disciples--to follow our Rabbi, Jesus Christ, so closely that we are covered with his life, changed, and made new.

    Into His Likeness provides an approachable but in-depth exploration of how to live as a disciple and experience the transformation Jesus wants to work in our lives. We might desire to live more like Christ, but we know we fall short. This book simply helps us follow those initial promptings of the Holy Spirit, so that we may more intentionally encounter Jesus anew each day and be more disposed to his grace changing us ever more into his likeness.

    Into Your Hands, Father Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us

    Into Your Hands, Father Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us

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    In the spiritual life, we need a central idea: something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else. According to Carmelite Father Wilfrid Stinissen, surrender to God, abandonment to the One who loves us completely, is that central reality. The life of Jesus shows us the centrality of abandonment, for it is truly the beginning and the end of his mission on earth.

    In this simple but profound book, Father Stinissen distinguishes three degrees or stages in abandonment. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God's will as it manifests itself in all circumstances of life. The second is actively doing God's will at every moment of one's life. In the third stage, abandonment to God is so complete that one has become a tool in God's hands. At this stage it is no longer I who do God's will, but God who accomplishes his will through me.

    Is God In My Top Ten?

    Is God In My Top Ten?

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    Is your life running out of control? Work, sports, picking up the kids, getting to Mass, doing the shopping. . . every day you are barraged with responsibilities. With such a busy schedule, you may struggle to put God first in your life, while distractions of various kinds can take you off track.


    Pray like a monk! In this book, Fr. Jerome Kodell, a Benedictine monk, shares the fruit of a long life of prayer as he helps you sort through your priorities. His short reflections touch on a variety of topics-the keys to prayer, how to pray in suffering, the tremendous gift of the word of God, meditations on the reality of Lord's great love and mercy for you, and practical tips to keep God first in your life. These reflections will help you change from a person overcome by the busyness of life to a person of peace in the midst of all that surrounds you. You'll grow in humility and other virtues, and experience the Lord's compassion for you.

    Is This All There Is? On Resurrection and Eternal Life

    Is This All There Is? On Resurrection and Eternal Life

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    2020 Catholic Press Association second place award for English translation edition

    Is the Christian hope for resurrection still alive or has it become tired? How can we talk about the Resurrection today? Gerhard Lohfink takes up the question of death and resurrection in this new book. He argues against the dazzling array of today's ideas and expectations and seeks his answers in Scripture, the Christian tradition, and human reason. With his characteristically gentle but clear language, he reveals the power of Christian resurrection, showing it is not about events that lie in the distant future but rather occurrences incomprehensively close to us. They were long since begun and they will embrace us fully in our own death..

    It's Good to Be Here: A Disabled Woman's Relections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

    It's Good to Be Here: A Disabled Woman's Relections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

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    â oeI can't walk; I can't sit up straight; I can't feed myself. If you and I meet, the first thing you notice will be my body crumpled in a wheelchair. Once I could at least sit up, but now my weak neck is bent over and my spine bent so much that my head falls heavily upon my left shoulder and my hunched back.⠝

    So writes Christina Chase, the twenty-first century ThÃ(c)rèse of Lisieux whose â oelittleness⠝ is as humble as that of the Little Flower, and whose spiritual power is, by every discernible measure, of comparable intensity. Crippled though she is, Christina's fearful disabilities have led her not into anger, bitterness, or despair, but rather into a profound and exceptional encounter with God's love itselfâ "an encounter that you, too, can experience through the gentle allure of Christina's witness.

    Locked now for decades within her own fragile, helpless body, Christina has been graced with extraordinary insights into the similar helplessness of Jesus, the majestic King of the Universe, who, when born of the Virgin Mary, became just like Christina todayâ "unable to feed Himself or even lift His head. From that littleness â " hers and His â " Christina here draws forth a marvelous wisdom that shows that as creatures, we are all, in one sense or another, paralyzed.

    None of us can exist apart from limitations and boundaries.

    None of us can walk through this life unaided.

    In the presence of God, not a single one of us can even stand.

    But no matter! For out of infinite love for us and to save us, Jesus chose to join us in our littleness, exposing Himself to the limitations of time and space and circumstance, even unto His death on the Cross. The sweet sufferer Christina has assimilated this saving truth, which shines forth from these consoling pages for all of humanity to feel.

    Read these pages by wheelchair-bound Christina to discover how much Jesus loves you, no matter how little and crippled you are, spiritually or otherwise.

    Yes, He loves you!

    Meditating on this stunning fact yields a joy that transcends the greatest physical or mental suffering â " a joy that is Christina's, despite her abject physical state, and a joy that can, with the help of these pages, be yours as well.

    It's OK to Start with You

    It's OK to Start with You

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    Self-care is often misunderstood in our society. Far too many of us dismiss it as selfish pampering, and the results can be devastating for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Real self-care is anything but self-indulgent. It's an essential discipline, rooted in the reality of who we are as God's beloved children.

    In It's OK to Start with You, therapist Julia Marie Hogan, LCPC, makes the case for making self-care a priority -- beginning with reclaiming your own worth. Based on her practice as a therapist, she offers deep insights into the reasons why we neglect to take care of ourselves and provides needed tools to change our habits of thinking and acting so we can show up fully in our lives and relationships. With step-by-step instructions for building a tailored self-care plan, reflection questions, and note-taking space, this book is the ultimate guide to becoming the most authentic version of yourself.

    "Julia Hogan offers a meaningful, faithful, and well-balanced approach to self-care that we all need as beloved children of God. For years, I've longed for a book to recommend to women that discusses self-care within the Catholic worldview. This is that book." -- Leah Darrow, author of The Other Side of Beauty

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Julia Marie Hogan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, she leads workshops and writes on topics related to self-care, relationships, and mental health. She is passionate about empowering individuals to be their most authentic selves. You can find more of her writing online at Verily. She completed her Master's in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.

    Jane Austen's Genius Guide to Life. On Love, Friendship and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be

    Jane Austen's Genius Guide to Life. On Love, Friendship and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be

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    Popular Catholic podcaster Haley Stewart insists that there's no better life coach than nineteenth-century British novelist Jane Austen.

    In this uniquely Catholic take, Stewart reveals Austen's thoughtful, deeply personal exploration of human relationships--including with God--through her six novels. Stewart's insights take you on a journey that is both literary and spiritual, revealing how Austen's characters and themes can lead to you to discover and become the person God has called you to be.

    Stewart draws fascinating connections between Austen's novels and real life and introduces Austen as a capable life coach by how she guides her readers to understand virtue and vice through friendship, love, community, and God's grace. Austen's characters reveal how virtuous habits transform us and help us become who we were meant to be. Each chapter focuses on characters and virtues from a single novel:

  • Do you find yourself swayed by superficial charm and yearn to see others more clearly? Let Elizabeth Bennet teach you how to recognize substance in others and address the pride in your own heart through the cultivation of humility (Pride and Prejudice).
  • Are you stuck in selfishness that wounds others (and yourself)? Let Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley help you develop the compassion to see the world more clearly with the eyes of Christ (Emma).
  • Do you get swept away into poor choices due to a lack of self-control? Let the Dashwood sisters show you the virtue of temperance and guide you to embrace your God-given personality and temperament (Sense and Sensibility.
  • Do you have treasured ideals but struggle to live them out? Follow along with Edmund Bertram's journey toward constancy through the example of Fanny Price (Mansfield Park).
  • Have the disappointments of life grown resentment or bitterness in your heart? Be inspired by Anne Elliot's vulnerable fortitude in the storms of life (Persuasion).
  • Do you struggle to know what to do or who to believe in tricky situations? Join Catherine Morland in learning prudence to know and act on the truth (Northanger Abbey).
  • Whether you are already an Austen fan or are discovering her works for the first time, Stewart's infectious enthusiasm and captivating spiritual insights will have you digging in to experience firsthand the characters and stories that have captured imaginations in book and film for more than two centuries.

    Discussion questions and recommended film adaptations make this book suitable for individual or group use or as a high school classroom or homeschool resource. A free, downloadable leader's guide is available at avemariapress.com.

    Jesus A Pilgrimage

    Jesus A Pilgrimage

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2015 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD.

    "James Martin's riveting new meditation on Jesus is one of the best books I've read in years--on any subject." -- Mary Karr, author of Lit

    James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, brings the Gospels to life and invites believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer, and travel.

    Father Martin ushers you into Jesus' life and times and shows us how Jesus speaks to us today through combining fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, recreating the world of first-century Galilee and Judea.

    Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Stories about Jesus' astonishing life and ministry--clever parables that upended everyone's expectations, incredible healings that convinced even skeptics, nature miracles that dazzled the dumbstruck disciples--can seem far removed from our own daily lives but in Jesus you will come to know him as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.

    Jesus Mercy from God's Heart

    Jesus Mercy from God's Heart

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    Throughout our lives, we reach out to God for his compassion and mercy. Our days are inundated with expectations, schedules, and parameters when we desperately need help. Stories from Scripture, true life experiences, and prayers from our Catholic tradition draw the reader to look at life from a renewed perspective. In these pages you will be challenged to make changes in your life, your way of thinking and your choices. Allow the Lord's unconditional love and limitless mercy to transform your life.
    Jesus The Master Psychologist

    Jesus The Master Psychologist

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    "Rightly regarded as America's leading Catholic psychologist and family counselor, EWTN's Dr. Ray Guarendi details here the fundamentals of Christian psychology in his incomparable down-to-earth style, directing us first to the root of all healthy counseling: the words of the Redeemer"--back cover
    Jesus Today a Spirituality of Radical Freedom

    Jesus Today a Spirituality of Radical Freedom

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    Jesus: What He Really Said And Did

    Jesus: What He Really Said And Did

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    "The book you are about to read is a portrait of one of the most beautiful men who ever lived. He himself would probably not have considered himself beautiful or even special. He would have said that we are all beautiful, we are all special, because -- and he did say this -- we are all children of God. . . .

    "When you're able to look inside yourself deeply, you'll find that the teacher who taught Jesus will teach you."

    Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes

    Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes

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    This original work of theological anthropology looks at original sin in the light of the Resurrection, and shows how forgiveness has become the way of transformation.
    Just Mercy-Story of Justice and redemption

    Just Mercy-Story of Justice and redemption

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

    "[Bryan Stevenson's] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country."--John Legend

    NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Boston Globe - The Seattle Times - Esquire - Time



    Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

    Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

    Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction - Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award - Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize - An American Library Association Notable Book

    "Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields."--David Cole, The New York Review of Books

    "Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America's Mandela."--Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

    "You don't have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful."--Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

    "Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller."--The Washington Post

    "As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty."--The Financial Times

    "Brilliant."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Keeping Company with Saint Ignatius

    Keeping Company with Saint Ignatius

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    When Luke Larson and his wife Evie embarked on a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain, their purpose was to experience walking as a way of keeping company with Jesus and his companions, of both earth and heaven, such as Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Keeping Company is filled with personal, luminously candid, and often amusing stories of the couple's experiences along the Way of Saint James. More than anything, this book invites you to step off the treadmill of self-effort in your quest to experience God more intimately through the spiritual practice of walking, literally, with God.

    Kiss of Jesus; How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross

    Kiss of Jesus; How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross

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    Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is a Catholic author, a radio and television host, and an inspirational speaker known and admired from coast to coast. Yet with all of her public exposure, she has revealed very little about her personal history, that is, until now. When she discovered that sharing her struggles gives encouragement to others, she was persuaded to write this story of her life.

    Growing up in a Polish-American Catholic family, Donna-Marie was blessed with hard-working parents who provided a stable home for their eight children. At times her childhood was golden and carefree, but other times it was tarnished by pain that she felt was best left unspoken as she sought God for help and strength.

    After she left home after high school, her path took some harrowing turns. A Vietnam veteran fiancé snapped and held her against her will. She suffered pregnancy loss, serious illness, divorce, and single motherhood. Perhaps her greatest trial was an epic custody battle in which she needed to defend both her reputation as a mother and the safety of her five children.

    Yet through all the dark valleys, Donna-Marie kept the fire of her faith burning. Helping her to see the beauty of the crosses in her life, and to rely on the presence and the providence of God, were saintly souls who became her friends and mentors. One of these was Blessed Mother Teresa, who was her confidant and spiritual mother for ten years.

    Knight of the Holy Ghost: A Short History of G.K. Chesterton

    Knight of the Holy Ghost: A Short History of G.K. Chesterton

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    Who was Gilbert Keith Chesterton? A rotund man in a cape brandishing a walking stick? Certainly. A twentieth-century writer? Prolifically. A great champion and defender of the Christian Faith? Gallantly. He is known too as the prince of paradox and an apostle of common sense. Chesterton has lately been enjoying a resurgence in popularity. His name appears on blog posts and news articles alike. His name is spoken more often on college campuses, and schools around the United States are being named after him.

    Who was this engaging, witty, prophetic man? Allow Dale Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society, to introduce you to him. In a rollicking adventure quite Chestertonian in flavor, Ahlquist captains an expedition of discovery into who this GKC fellow is. He deftly and cleverly explores Chesterton as a man, as a writer, and as a potential saint.

    Those curious about Chesterton will have their initial questions answered. Those who might be dubious about Chesterton's reputation will be challenged to reconsider. Those who consider Chesterton an old friend will be delighted. All will be engaged by amusing anecdotes, plentiful quotations, and a thoughtful study of the life of G. K. Chesterton.

    Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist's Guide to Sorting Your Stuff

    Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist's Guide to Sorting Your Stuff

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    Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles. This book will help you own your style and guide you toward an organization method you can really stick with.
    Knowing God's Love 8 Essential Truths Every Catholic Should Know

    Knowing God's Love 8 Essential Truths Every Catholic Should Know

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    If you are confused by the array of conflicting teachings that claim to be Catholic, or have found the Catechism too difficult to read, then this book will give you clear, concise, and readable explanations of the foundational truths for living the Catholic faith.

    Organized by topic, Dr. LaBarbara has pulled from countless Church documents to present a timely and compelling synthesis of not only what the Church teaches, but how those teachings fit together perfectly in a true unity of faith and truth.

    Read these pages, and you'll learn so much more about who God is and who you are, and how fully embracing the Church's teachings will lead you to truly live the glorious freedom of the children of God.

    Learned, Experienced, and Discerning :St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on spirtual direction

    Learned, Experienced, and Discerning :St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on spirtual direction

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    The Christian life is a grand journey. And like any pilgrimage along unfamiliar roads, we can benefit from having experienced guides and trustworthy companions along the way.

    Through their classic spiritual texts, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross offer valuable maps of tried paths along the way. At the same time, they were both experienced and sought-after spiritual companions for many others. Their timeless insights into the qualities that should mark a good spiritual director--earned, experienced, and discerning--are the fruit of their own prayer, reflection, and rich personal experience as guides and as people guided by others.

    Left to Tell Discoving God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

    Left to Tell Discoving God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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    Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

    Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.

    It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love--a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family's killers.
    The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

    Let Go of Your Fear

    Let Go of Your Fear

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    Worry begins with fear.

    And events in our time--pandemic, war, political division, hate--are making us both worried and fearful. Gary Zimak, author of the bestselling Give Up Worry for Lent!, wants to help you find hope in God no matter what life sends your way.

    Zimak explores two Gospel stories of Jesus calming storms--and his disciples--to show you how to manage the big feelings of fear in your life. His practical retelling of the familiar stories, when Jesus is asleep in the boat and when he walks across the water toward his disciples, is an invitation to encounter the Lord in the midst of your own storms and move from discouragement to courage and away from anxiety and toward hope.

    Fear is like a smoke alarm, Zimak says. It's designed to warn you of impending danger so you can take appropriate action--and maybe even save your life. But often your internal alarm system is too sensitive. As a result, you're afraid when you shouldn't be.

    "We're afraid because we don't believe that God loves us, is with us, and is bigger than our problems," Zimak writes.

    In Let Go of Your Fear, you'll discover:

  • No matter how bad things look, there is always hope.
  • God allows storms in your life to remind you to rely on him.
  • God is sometimes silent but he is never absent.
  • Jesus understands our feelings. He experienced them, too.
  • Fear is a natural emotion that signals an opportunity for trust.
  • When you start to sink, let go of self-sufficiency and reach for Jesus.
  • Jesus's peace is most powerful mid-storm.
  • Perfect for individual or group use, each chapter of Let Go of Your Fear includes reflection questions to help you identify the times and places you are most likely to wrestle with fear and to guide you to establish new habits that move you away from discouragement and anxiety toward greater faith, hope, and trust.

    Letters From Jesus - Expeiencing the Depth of His Love

    Letters From Jesus - Expeiencing the Depth of His Love

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    Letters to a Young Catholic

    Letters to a Young Catholic

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    In this remarkable tour of the Catholic world, George Weigel helps us understand how Catholicism fosters what Flannery O'Connor called "the habit of being." Taking the reader by the hand, Weigel embarks on a journey to Catholic landmarks as diverse as Chartres Cathedral and St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub; the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw, and the Sistine Chapel. Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel uses these touchstones to illuminate the beliefs that have shaped Catholicism for two thousand years.With clarity and conviction, Weigel examines the foundations of Catholic faith and explores the topics of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and-most importantly-love. Putting a dramatic face on this invitation to Catholicism, Weigel introduces some of the figures who have shaped his faith and thought-Michelangelo and Fra Angelico; Evelyn Waugh and Cardinal John Henry Newman; Father Jerzy Popieuszko and Pope John Paul II; Edith Stein and Mother Teresa-as he also shares anecdotes from his own Catholic life. To a world that sometimes seems closed and claustrophobic, he suggests, Christian humanism offers a world with windows and doors-and a skylight.In these letters, George Weigel conveys the power of a faith that is at once personal and universal, timely and eternal. His book will inspire not only the young generation of Catholics whose World Youth Day celebrations have launched an era of renewal for the Church, but also the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age.
    Letters to Myself from the End of the World

    Letters to Myself from the End of the World

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    If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell her? If you could equip her for the challenges she would face today, with the Church plagued by scandal and the culture on the verge of collapse, what would you say?

    In Letters to Myself from the End of the World, Emily Stimpson Chapman answers those questions, weaving Catholic theology, biblical wisdom, and her own life experience into forty-five “letters” to her twenty-five-year-old self.

    Both personal and practical, Chapman’s letters reflect upon sin and grace, the Church’s sacraments and saints, scandals and injustice, social media and prayer, suffering, adoption, motherhood, and much more. Written in real time, during the summer and fall of 2020, while pandemics and riots filled the news and as Chapman and her husband prepared to adopt a second child, Letters to Myself from the End of the World is a faithful guide for pursuing holiness and spiritual maturity in a world broken by sin. It’s also a testimony to the power of grace to heal our hearts, renew our minds, and transform our lives.