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Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

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To conspiracy theorists, Opus Dei is a highly secretive and powerful international organization. To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of incorporating the teachings of Jesus into everyday life. In Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization's founding, its mission, and its profound influence on his life.

Hahn recounts the invaluable part Opus Dei played in his conversion from Evangelical Christianity to Catholicism and explains why its teachings remain at the center of his life. Through stories about his job, his marriage, his role as a parent, and his community activities, Hahn shows how Opus Dei's spirituality enriches the meaning of daily tasks and transforms ordinary relationships. He offers inspiring insights for reconciling spiritual and material goals, discussing topics ranging from ambition, workaholism, friendship, and sex, to the place of prayer and sacrifice in Christianity today.

Engaging and enlightening, Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace is at once a moving personal story and an inspiring work of contemporary spirituality.

Orphan Doors

Orphan Doors

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When Bea Seidl was a young girl growing up in the Fox River Valley in northeastern Wisconsin, she was abruptly chaperoned in a fancy new dress to a new life. Before she could hardly make sense of what was happening, she was the newest resident of St. Joseph's Orphanage in Green Bay, where stern nuns, rigid regimens, and scant tenderness defined her days. She emerged from eight years there hard of heart and spirit but soon embarked on a life journey to rediscover the meaning of family in ways she did not imagine possible. Orphan Doors is Seidl's inspiring, poignant memoir of survival and personal strength that is certain to resonate with anyone who believes in the resiliency of the human heart. Both deeply felt and delightfully humorous, her firsthand account of an abusive home and abandonment charts her beginnings in a dysfunctional family to her own attempts as an adult to forge a family of her own, a desire at times met with tragedy and ultimately with profound joy. In 1942, Seidl was given over to St. Joseph's Orphanage, with no explanation as to why her mother Glenda lost custody of her and her siblings. Most traumatic for the author was the loss of her older sister, who had long served as her protector in their chaotic household. At the punitive hands of Sister Edythe and other sisters at the orphanage, young Beatrice was given little comfort, immersing herself in schoolwork. However, she eventually found a rewarding life for herself in her beautiful and tender husband, Ken. It was not too long before fate intervened and a young, widowed Beatrice had to find a new path to a fulfilling, family life- and even a way back to the Catholic Church as a gratifying vocation. As Seidl rises above dark days and emotional isolation, Orphan Doors offers an uplifting story of hope, happiness, and a good dose of plain silliness. It's a heartfelt testament to love, reconnection, and the healing power of laughter.
Our Father Who Art On Earth The Lord's Prayer for Believers and Unbelievers

Our Father Who Art On Earth The Lord's Prayer for Believers and Unbelievers

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Cultural, poetic, and biblical reflections on every line of the Lord's Prayer by a popular priest-poet-professor. +
Our Journey to God; An African Priest Explores the Power of God from Abraham to You

Our Journey to God; An African Priest Explores the Power of God from Abraham to You

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There is one commonality among every saint: they all have deep faith in God that was lived out in their daily lives. Fr. Maurice Emelu explains here how the faith of Abraham, Moses, Mary, and other biblical figures evolved, and how their journey serves as a roadmap for how our faith-life can be built, nourished, and grown.

Drawing on his West African roots as well as his many years of pastoral ministry, Fr. Emelu combines the story-telling culture of Africa with a Western worldview to offer a unique perspective on the nature of faith and what it means to grow closer to the Lord.

Theological yet practical, these pages show you what the journey of faith looks like, and explains the essential elements to a life of faith which can transform not only lives, but society itself.

Our Restless Heart The Augustian Tradition

Our Restless Heart The Augustian Tradition

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Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series. Traces the spiritual legacy of Saint Augustine and of his wide-ranging legacy in the Augustinian order.
Out of Solitude Three Meditations on the Christian Life

Out of Solitude Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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Invites readers to reflect on the tension between the desire for solitude, and the demands of contemporary life. This work reminds, that it was in solitude that Jesus found the courage to follow God's will, and shows that fruitful love and service must spring from a living relationship with God.
Overcoming Lukewarmness Healing your soul's sadness

Overcoming Lukewarmness Healing your soul's sadness

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"This translation is based on the book Donde duerme la ilusion (la tibieza), by Francisco Fernandez-Carvajal, Ediciones Palabra, S.A., madrid, c2007..."--t.p. verso

We are all prone to a sleepiness of the soul. That raging fire of love that was once within dwindles slowly, often extinguishing without notice. Like an unknown cancer, this spreading toxin clouds your reasoning and enfeebles your will. Your spirit feels somehow empty and your joy becomes fleeting if not faded.

What can you do?

Like any relationship of love, the soul's friendship with God must always be reinvented, refreshed, and renewed. When the honeymoon is over, the real work begins.

This brilliant volume—fully revised and remastered by the author—will help you to squelch that silent poison within: lukewarmness. From the creator of the internationally best-selling In Conversation with God series, this indispensable guide on overcoming lukewarmness can truly change your life. Learn how to defeat the “noonday devil”—that sluggish tepidity within—by rekindling the incomparable joy of following Christ.

You will find that an unwavering cheerfulness will begin to pervade every area of your being and that what once was dying will be filled with life: the life of true love.

Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigation Science

Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigation Science

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What is the origin of life? Hasn't the Catholic Church always been hostile to science? Can a Christian accept the scientific theory of evolution?

How can you, as a Catholic, explain what the Church teaches about the relationship between science and faith? Scientist, writer, and scholar Stacy Trasancos gives us ways we can talk about how science and our Catholic faith work together to reveal the truth of Christ through the beauty of his creation.

As a scientist who was led to Catholicism through her work, Stacy Trasancos has confronted some of the basic questions we all face. In Particles of Faith, she teaches us how to explain the symbiotic beauty between our curiosity expressed through science and our love of Christ and his Church.

Trasancos uses her own story, as well as encyclicals such as Pope Francis's Lumen Fidei, the deep reflections of theologians such as St. Thomas Aquinas, and the exacting work of Catholic scientists like Rev. Georges Lemaître (who proposed the game-changing Big Bang theory), to show how science and faith are interwoven and meant to guide us on the path to truth.

By the time you finish reading Particles of Faith, you'll be able to answer questions about, generate discussion on, and explain why science helps deepen your faith.

Passage Through Mid-Life A Spiritual Journey to Wholeness

Passage Through Mid-Life A Spiritual Journey to Wholeness

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The passage through mid-life is often marked by hardships and challenges as well as breakthroughs that bring new life. This book encourages readers to look inward at their emotions and affective experiences during this passage. It reminds readers that mid-life is an invitation to change and to grow.
Pathways To Community Four Weeks on Prudence, Justice, Fortitude & Temperance

Pathways To Community Four Weeks on Prudence, Justice, Fortitude & Temperance

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Helps readers to focus on their relationships to others and to the larger society by offering a month worth of daily reflections on prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. This work provides reflections on a range of authors, including William Blake, Jessica Powers, C S Lewis, Evelyn Underhill, John Milton, Francis de Sales and others.
Pathways To God Four Weeks on Faith Hope and Charity

Pathways To God Four Weeks on Faith Hope and Charity

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Baptism summons each Christian to a virtuous life. In this book, well-known author Robert F. Morneau helps readers to answer that call more completely by reflecting on the three great theological virtues. He has collected a month's worth of daily reflections on faith, hope, and charity. Each week opens with a song or hymn that invites readers to proclaim their faith, followed by passages for meditation from a variety of poets, novelists, philosophers, and theologians. Each day's entry concludes with a question and short prayer.

Pause in Wonder Learning to Delight in God and His World

Pause in Wonder Learning to Delight in God and His World

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Do you want more joy in life? Make room for a daily encounter with the Lord.

In Pause in Wonder, Eddie Ensley recounts stories from his own spiritual journey as a Native American and a Catholic deacon to show how you can experience joy even in the most difficult circumstances. Simple, spiritually sound prayer practices--based on scripture and tradition--heighten your sense of wonder and bring you greater joy in everyday life.

"Joy has its tendrils in God," writes Deacon Eddie Ensley. "It draws on the infinity of his love. Having joy is a matter of being in relationship with the wellspring of joy, not due to our circumstances. God is always available, always ready to touch us. The question becomes: Are we willing to touch him? Do we want to seek deep joy in our lives?"

With compassion and wisdom, Ensley draws from his Native American heritage and spiritual journey to the Church to explore joy's true meaning and how to find it and experience it in both happy and discouraging seasons of life. Combining prayer exercises with his personal testimony, Ensley and his ministry collaborator Deacon Robert Herrmann will help you appreciate in a new way the life-changing power of the sacraments and other riches of the Church, and to be more mindful of the invisible realities all around you.

Ensley and Hermann offer step-by-step pointers to help you cultivate practical spiritual habits such as engaging in contemplative prayer and journaling to enrich your prayer life. You will also learn how to:

  • Choose joy, centering your whole being on God
  • Become the custodian, rather than the prisoner, of your thoughts and emotions
  • Experience release from stresses and worries by learning to "sing with the angels"
  • Pour out your joy upon others through the intentional practice of compassion.
  • You will discover how to encounter God in deeply personal yet practical ways. Fresh approaches to prayer combined with scripture and the wisdom of the saints will help you rejoice always and appreciate life in all its messy excellence.

    Peace Be With You

    Peace Be With You

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    Penny Prayers True Stories of Change

    Penny Prayers True Stories of Change

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    Engraved on every penny is a prayer - one that can lift burdens and instill a deep peace, even in the worst of times. Penny Prayers is a collection of special moments that give testimony to God's abundance and faithfulness. By saying the penny prayer, "God, I trust in you," we can find hope in both the big and small things...one penny at a time.

    Marion Amberg collects stories that relate to our everyday lives and provide us a framework to appreciate the presence of God. God is always present, even in the tiniest moments of life. It is in these moments that we often find the most meaning if we are attentive. Imagine how a little penny might unveil these stories and tell us the countless ways in which God can touch our lives. That is precisely what Amberg, a master storyteller, does in her book.

    Perfectly Yourself Nine Lessons for Enduring Happiness

    Perfectly Yourself Nine Lessons for Enduring Happiness

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    Just be yourself!" People say it all the time, but how do we actually live it? For more than a decade Matthew Kelly has been helping people discover the best-version-of-themselves. Now, in Perfectly Yourself, he addresses the opportunities and obstacles that we encounter once we decide to ask life's big questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Focusing on nine powerful and practical lessons, Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. We all have an insatiable need to grow and improve: Every year millions of us buy books and attend workshops in the hope that we will lose weight, improve our relationships, conquer debt, accomplish more in our careers, achieve financial independence, reach spiritual enlightenment, become better parents or loversthe list goes on. We yearn for progress. And yet, many of us fail to achieve the transformations we desire.
    Persecuted

    Persecuted

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    Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God

    Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God

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    This book is meant for teens to older adults of all educational levels who aspire to spiritual growth; it's also a great aid for parents and grandparents who need help in teaching children and young people how to grow in God. There are many Catholics who are not familiar with having a plan of life that includes these basic elements. Many Catholics would like to grow spiritually, but don't know where to start and welcome this kind of practical, doable approach.
    Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

    Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

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    Now with a new afterword by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI!

    In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before.

    Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?

    After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. Silence is more important than any other human work, he says, for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service.

    Power to Heal

    Power to Heal

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    This follow-up book to Francis MacNutt's earlier book, Healing, documents the growth of his thinking on divine healing and focuses largely on example and experience as opposed to theological inquiry. The emphasis is on physical healing, as opposed to healing of the memories..
    Practice for Heaven True Stories from a Modern Missionary

    Practice for Heaven True Stories from a Modern Missionary

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    Remembered as a devoted and passionate defender of the Faith, Cardinal Edward Egan played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Catholic Church in New York. From strengthening parishes and schools to expanding religious education programs and inviting new religious orders to the City, he left an indelible mark on the faithful in New York and beyond.

    In the year prior to his death in March 2015, Cardinal Egan collected and edited fifty articles he had written over several decades to be published in this single volume.

    With an approachable yet elegant style, you'll read about his interaction with a music store clerk who reluctantly sold him heavy-metal music he was buying as research for an upcoming talk to students. You'll read how the books he gave to two pagans led them to pray together for the first time, and how he convinced a hotel manager to read a chapter from St. Francis de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life.

    Practice of Spiritual Direction

    Practice of Spiritual Direction

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    The authors see spiritual direction as helping people develop their personal prayer life with God.
    Praying Life

    Praying Life

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    An invitation to a more participatory relationship with God through the power of prayer.

    Nothing is more remarkable--or more beautiful--than an ordinary life, quietly transformed by prayer. This is the life that Deborah Smith Douglas chronicles--and invites readers into--in her lovely collection of essays and poems. Drawing from events as simple as breakfast with her five-year-old daughter or waiting in line at the post office, Douglas shows how a loving relationship with God can be nurtured in small ways every day. "Without my ever really intending it," she writes, "my own life--as a wife and mother, daughter and friend--has taught me to see God hidden in the ordinary, to watch for God under the surface of things as a fisherman watches for fish."

    Woven into each of these pieces, along with reflections on the author's experiences, are guidelines for readers watching for God in their own unique--and ordinary--lives. Divided into four sections--Ways of Praying, Healing, Spiritual Companionship, and Fruitfulness--The Praying Life will help Christians move from awareness of God's presence in their lives to a deep participation in God's love.

    Precious as Silver - Imagining Your Life With God

    Precious as Silver - Imagining Your Life With God

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    Reminds us that we are the cherished children of God, who never tires of polishing and refining us.
    Precious Gift of Old Age

    Precious Gift of Old Age

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    Preparing for the coming Persecution

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    Presence of God

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    Priesthood of the Faithful Key to a Living Church

    Priesthood of the Faithful Key to a Living Church

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    The New Testament describes the baptized as a holy priesthood and a priestly people. Vatican II clearly taught that the baptized become a holy priesthood. Their personal fidelity and lives led in loving obedience to the Gospel become spiritual sacrifices offered along with the body of the Lord in the Eucharist. The Priesthood of the Faithful explores this key doctrine of Christian faith and examines its significance for the spiritual growth and revitalization of the church. It focuses on the prophetic, pastoral, and priestly roles of the faithful with the aim of helping people experience their own lives as the fruitful blossoming of Christ's grace in the world.

    Chapters are A Timely Discussion, Chosen To Live, Living, Holy Signs, A Priesthood Embracing Christ's Body, People Who Speak for the Spirit, Hearts Set on the Kingdom of God, Lives Lifted in Praise, An Intentional Symbolic Life. Includes two appendices: Graced Sign and Realized Mystery, and An Open Letter to Religious.

    Pal Philibert, OP, STD, is professor of pastoral theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and is distinguished visiting professor of church and society at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Stewards of God's Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church, published by Liturgical Press.

    Prison Journal Volume 1

    Prison Journal Volume 1

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    Innocent! That final verdict came after George Cardinal Pell endured a grueling four years of accusations, investigations, trials, public humiliations, and more than a year of imprisonment after being convicted by an Australian court of a crime he did not commit.

    Led off to jail in handcuffs, following his sentencing on March 13, 2019, the 78-year-old Australian prelate began what was meant to be six years in jail for "historical sexual assault offenses." Cardinal Pell endured more than thirteen months in solitary confinement before the Australian High Court voted 7-0 to overturn his original convictions. His victory over injustice was not just personal, but one for the entire Catholic Church.

    Bearing no ill will toward his accusers, judges, prison workers, journalists, and those harboring and expressing hatred for him, the cardinal used his time in prison as a kind of "extended retreat." He eloquently filled notebook pages with his spiritual insights, prison experiences, and personal reflections on current events both inside and outside the Church, as well as moving prayers.

    Prison Journal Volume 2

    Prison Journal Volume 2

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    Innocent! That final verdict came after George Cardinal Pell endured a grueling four years of accusations, investigations, trials, public humiliations, and more than a year of imprisonment after being convicted by an Australian court of a crime he did not commit.

    Led off to jail in handcuffs, following his sentencing on March 13, 2019, the 78-year-old Australian prelate began what was meant to be six years in jail for historical sexual assault offenses". Cardinal Pell endured more than thirteen months in solitary confinement, before the Australian High Court voted 7-0 to overturn his original convictions. His victory over injustice was not just personal, but one for the entire Catholic Church.

    Bearing no ill will toward his accusers, judges, prison workers, journalists, and those harboring and expressing hatred for him, the cardinal used his time in prison as a kind of extended retreat. He eloquently filled notebook pages with is spiritual insights, prison experiences, and personal reflections on current events both inside and outside the Church, as well as moving prayers.

    In this second of three volumes, Cardinal Pell receives the terrible news that his first appeal is rejected. With the same grace, wisdom, and calm perseverance we see on display in Volume 1, he continues his quest for justice by appealing to the Australian High Court. Glimmers of hope emerge as more legal experts, including non-Catholics, join the chorus of those demanding that this miscarriage of justice be reversed.

    Prison Journal Volume 3

    Prison Journal Volume 3

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    Innocent! That final verdict came after George Cardinal Pell endured a gruelling four years of accusations, investigations, trials, public humiliations, and more than a year of imprisonment after being convicted by an Australian court of a crime he did not commit.

    Led off to jail in handcuffs, following his sentencing on March 13, 2019, the 78-year-old Australian prelate began what was meant to be six years in jail for historical sexual assault offenses. Cardinal Pell endured more than thirteen months in solitary confinement, before the Australian High Court voted 7-0 to overturn his original convictions. His victory over injustice was not just personal, but one for the entire Catholic Church.

    Bearing no ill will toward his accusers, judges, prison workers, journalists, and those harbouring and expressing hatred for him, the cardinal used his time in prison as a kind of extended retreat. He eloquently filled notebook pages with his spiritual insights, prison experiences, and personal reflections on current events both inside and outside the Church, as well as moving prayers.

    In this third and final volume, Cardinal Pell''s conviction is overturned by Australia''s High Court, and he is released from prison. As his appeal draws near, he grows in confidence that his case is strong and that his vindication is important not only for his own sake and the Church''s sake, but also for the sake of Australia''s legal system. While continuing his daily readings and devotions, and receiving hundreds of letters with offers of prayers and sacrifices on his behalf, the cardinal ponders the meaning of suffering in the life of the Christian, and he determines to accept with equanimity whatever outcome lies ahead.

    In this third and final volume, Cardinal Pell''s conviction is overturned by Australia''s High Court, and he is released from prison. As his appeal draws near, he grows in confidence that his case is strong and that his vindication is important not only for his own sake and the Church''s sake, but also for the sake of Australia''s legal system. While continuing his daily readings and devotions, and receiving hundreds of letters with offers of prayers and sacrifices on his behalf, the cardinal ponders the meaning of suffering in the life of the Christian, and he determines to accept with equanimity whatever outcome lies ahead.

    Prodigal Church Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception

    Prodigal Church Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception

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    Over the past few generations, the Catholic Church has diluted its distinctive traditions in order to please contemporary culture. In the process, we lost not only our patrimony, but our moral authority in a confused and declining culture. Rather than serving as a beacon of truth and grace, the Church has become comfortably hitched to the sinking ship of secular liberalism.

    In this sobering and eye-opening, yet hope-filled book, Brandon McGinley argues that the Church is making a grave error in acquiescing to secularism just as it is falling into disrepute. Indeed, now is the Church's moment to reclaim not just our roots, but the very reality of Christ's grace and peace and kingship in the world.

    Prodigal son-Insights into divine Compassion & human behavior

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    Promise Restored - Rediscovering the 10 Commandments

    Promise Restored - Rediscovering the 10 Commandments

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    A pastor and scholar discusses the ethical and moral dilemmas of the twenty-first century, exploring the relevance of the Ten Commandments in today's uncertain world and suggesting that their fundamental principles can help to bring people closer to each other and to God. Original.
    Radiating Christ Appeal to Roman Catholics (An Appeal to Militant Catholics)

    Radiating Christ Appeal to Roman Catholics (An Appeal to Militant Catholics)

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    Everybody knows that the Christian is bound, as far as possible, to be a living Christ, another Jesus Christ. But to be a Christ for one's own personal benefit is not enough; we have to Christianize those around us ... in a word, we have to radiate Christ. Radiating Christ by Raoul Plus is an appeal to militant Catholics to effectively evangelize society by imitating Our Lord's way of evangelizing: through His descent from Heaven, through His Incarnation, through His Cross, and through His Resurrection.
    Radical Gratitude

    Radical Gratitude

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    Mary Jo Leddy's latest book is a meditation on the miracle of the everyday and a guide to discovering what is most real in oneself. That process leads to "radical gratitude" that allows the spirit to soar and experience a great paradox. The freer one becomes, the more one appreciates the earthy things that give true joy and become the path to greater authenticity. For Leddy, ever the wise spiritual director, the path to that authenticity and gratitude also becomes the path to a deeper relationship with the God of ordinary grace. Ever aware of the way zealots morale about changing the world, while themselves being slaves of anger and the need for external order to compensate for an inner void, Leddy unfolds the Christian life as a Way of responding to ordinary grace that in time will make an extraordinary difference. "In radical gratitude, " she notes, "the vicious dissatisfaction with life is broken. We begin to recognize what we have rather than what we don't ... we awaken to another way of being, another kind of economy, the great economy of grace in which each person is of infinite value and worth."
    Reaching for Heaven 14 Spiritual Goals as You Grow Older

    Reaching for Heaven 14 Spiritual Goals as You Grow Older

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    As you grow older, you'll find that life takes on a new rhythm, one where you can shed the responsibilities that once consumed your days. The hours at work and the bustling activities of parenthood or other vocations have now transformed into something different--a fresh chapter of life, filled with new opportunities for reflection and growth. It's your time to pivot and focus on how God will judge your life and how to make a final push for getting to heaven.

    Through personal stories, humor, and practical advice, Michael Amodei--a lifelong Catholic with a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary and the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish--shares fourteen practices to help enrich your spirituality as you strive for heaven.

    In Reaching for Heaven, seasoned book editor Michael Amodei shares what older Catholics need to hear to make the most of their time. "This book is a kind of wake-up call," he writes, "a chance to become a better Catholic so that when we face that one-on-one with Jesus, we don't have to fear what is coming."

    He contends that even a small investment in time and energy thinking about your golden years can have a rich payoff as you remember the past, act in the present, and plan for the future. He builds on his own spiritually rich memories--including his view from the fifty-yard line at Notre Dame Stadium--to show how you can invent your own life plan by selecting from spiritual habits and practices that have formed and strengthened Catholics for centuries. By creating both short- and long-term goals, you can

  • cultivate a deeper prayer life by praying the Liturgy of the Hours;
  • get more out of scripture by taking a class or participating in a group Bible study;
  • make a pilgrimage to a holy site or shrine (Amodei recommends the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto either in France or at the University of Notre Dame);
  • correct past wrongs and heal past injuries not only by apologizing to someone you've hurt but also by making amends;
  • strengthen family bonds by writing notes to tell family members what you appreciate about them; and
  • draw closer to Mary by consecrating yourself to her.
  • He guides you to use the power of memory to shape your understanding of who God is and who you truly are by putting what you learn into practice incrementally over time to achieve the optimal plan for meeting Jesus face to face. This plan can lead you towards Judgment Day with confidence, knowing that you've lived a life dedicated to love, service, and spiritual growth.

    The book includes questions for reflection. It is an excellent resource for personal or small-group study. Additional resources are also available online.

    Real Mercy-Mary forgiveness and trust

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    Redeemer: Understanding the Meaning of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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    Rediscover Jesus An Invitation

    Rediscover Jesus An Invitation

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    At a time when so many people are spiritually disillusioned and searching for ways to live, love, work, and play that nurture the soul rather than destroy it, Matthew Kelly once again delivers a powerful book that encourages us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort, and invites us to rediscover the beautiful possibilities God places before us daily.
    Rekindled

    Rekindled

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    Winner of a second-place award for popular presentation of the faith by the Catholic Media Association.

    Mallory Smyth has been where many young Catholics are today. But the difference between her and other fallen-away Catholics is that she figured out that when she overlooked the shortcomings of the Church as an institution, she fell in love with Jesus and rediscovered the beauty and truth of her faith.

    In Rekindled, Smyth's raw, relatable account of her own disillusionment and departure is sure to resonate with anyone who has struggled to feel at home in the Church. For anyone who has left the faith or has one foot out the door, this powerful book just might illuminate a path back home--to a Church that is both holy and in need of perfection.

    Shallow homilies. Hypocritical authority figures. Trite answers to pressing questions. These and other shortcomings of the Church have led plenty of Catholics to question their faith--or to abandon it entirely.

    Rekindled is for those who have left the Church and those with one foot out the door. Smyth's account of her own disillusionment and departure is relatable and honest. She understands and validates the pain and doubt that many Catholics and former Catholics feel. Smyth also provides you with practical guidance for keeping your faith even when what you encounter in the Church falls short:

  • How to recognize Christ's presence even in the most mediocre Mass experiences.
  • Strategies for finding faithful role models when authority figures let you down.
  • Where to turn when the answers and pastoral guidance you receive don't reach the heart of the issue.
  • How to find fulfillment in Christ and in the community of the saints even when joy seems to be in short supply in the Church.
  • Remember Jesus Christ

    Remember Jesus Christ

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    What place does Christ have in our modern society? Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household, posed that question in a series of Advent and Lent meditations presented to Pope Benedict XVI. In Remember Jesus Christ, which is based on these meditations, he explains that in order to bring people to Christ today, the Church needs to proclaim, as simply and succintly as the apostles did, that "Jesus Christ is Lord!" And the essential core of that proclamation is the passion and death of Jesus, because the cross of Christ is the supreme proof of God's love for us. Scripture, personal testimonies, and allusions to works of art reinforce Cantalamessa's powerful and prophetic message, leaving readers with hope and expectant faith in the future of Christianity in the modern world. About the author: Fr. Ranierio Cantalamessa was born in Italy in 1934 and was ordained a Capuchin Franciscan priest in 1958. He taught at the Catholic University of Milan until 1979. In 1980 he was appointed as preacher to the papal household by Pope John Paul II. He still serves in that capacity, preaching a weekly sermon during both Lent and Advent in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. He is a frequent and popular speaker at international conferences and ecumenical conferences and rallies.
    Remembering God Resting in the Midst of Life

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    As baptized Christians, we believe that God accompanies us on our pilgrimage through life, but how often do we feel stuck, overwhelmed, or lost along the way? In Remembering God, Mary Katharine Deeley helps the contemporary Christian to pray with Scripture by reminding us to stop and rest as weary travelers on a long journey might have done in ancient days. However, in this case, we are resting our souls by remembering that God is as near as our next breath; we need only to stop and be.

    Our lives in God are not a puzzle to be solved, but rather a mystery to be lived. Sometimes God gives us a path, says Mary Katharine Deeley, instead of an answer. Though it is true that decisions, commitments, and struggles will most definitely arise, in this book the author reminds the reader that at every moment God is with us, inviting us to come, rest, and be. In the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, especially as our global connections continue to grow, and our borders continue to shrink; it can be difficult to stop and find our resting point in order to renew our spirits. May you find rest as you turn the pages of this book, and Remember God.

    Remembering God's Mercy Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories

    Remembering God's Mercy Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories

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    Rendezvous with God

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    Rerouting Finding Our Way Back to God and His Church

    Rerouting Finding Our Way Back to God and His Church

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    When we lack a basic understanding of what the Church teaches, we can feel as if we're on a road without a map, or have the wrong map, or only pieces of the map. So how can we journey to the Father and the eternal life Christ won for us?

    Rerouting addresses this problem head on, putting the map once again into our hands or, in today's language, providing us with the voice of a GPS device telling us where we must go in order to come safely home. Fr. Riccardo, in his distinctive, incisive way, brings us face-to-face with Christ as the Church has proclaimed him from its earliest days. Guiding us around obstacles we often face as we try to understand our faith, this book answers questions Catholics commonly ask: What is the goal of human life? What really happens at Mass? Why is sexuality holy, and why must it be treated as such?

    Resisting Happiness - Hard cover

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    A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves... and how to start choosing happiness again!
    Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy

    Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy

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    For more than twenty years, life coach and Steubenville speaker Paul George has helped fellow Catholics discover their purpose by searching themselves, reorganizing their priorities, and establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In his debut book, George invites you to pursue authentic happiness by surrendering your life to God and focusing on simple joys: daily prayer, a minimalist lifestyle, meaningful relationships, and an ongoing pursuit of God's will.

    Rethink Happiness is an essential self-help guide for all of us seeking to define our purpose in life. Chock-full of relatable stories about George and his life-long work in ministry, this book will help you discover that true happiness is found when we are totally oriented to God. With the same high energy he brings to his talks to youth and adult audiences, George will help you identify what you're truly looking for in life.

    The book opens with the idea that we are all searching for happiness but looking in the wrong places. We're hungry for God's love, but we're stuffing ourselves with shallow relationships and unchecked materialism. George invites you to rethink this formula, by first recognizing that it's God you want and then surrendering everything to him.

    Embedded in Catholic wisdom, truth, and the basic tenants of living a meaningful life, this book will teach you to

  • reconsider your priorities in light of God's love;
  • rethink how you spend your time and money;
  • focus on building meaningful and healthy relationships;
  • reject the dizzying pursuit of fame and prestige;
  • seek self-worth in relationship with God; and
  • serve God in the simplest way: by loving others.
  • Rethink Happiness dares you to live differently. Satisfy your appetite for happiness once and for all by rooting yourself in God and opening to the joy only he can offer.

    Return to the Root

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    Winner of a third-place award for contemporary spirituality from the Catholic Media Association. One of the Spirituality & Practice 50 best spiritual books of 2021.

    For more than a decade, bestselling author and international retreat leader Joyce Rupp has written a monthly newsletter offering personal reflections and inspiration from her heart to ours. In Return to the Root, Rupp expands on the best of those reflections to invite all of us who feel overwhelmed by busyness, cut off from the Divine, or adrift in the world to reach solid ground.

    Through her reflections, as well as new poems and prayers, she guides us to see the essential--what is at the root of our lives and what keeps us rooted--so that we can feel at peace no matter the events of the world around us.

    Rupp offers meditative, uplifting reflections--grown out of the seasons, the Church's liturgical life, and the small moments that adorn our days--that escort us through the year. With each reflection, we shift beyond the immediate moment to see the timeless truths within, including choosing to hold on to hope, trusting how God speaks to us and how we experience the Divine, and recognizing that there is always something for which to be grateful.

    Whether we need to be reminded of important truths or to experience moments of tranquility in a life of nonstop distractions, Rupp's Return to the Root offers us space to explore the beauty of the world and hold onto those things that sustain our beings and, as the apostle Paul wrote, keep us "rooted and grounded in love."

    Riding the Dragon

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    "Riding the Dragon gives the reader the chance to look for the lessons that are often hidden in our sorrows."--Goodreads reviewer

    Twenty years and 70,000 copies after it was first released, Riding the Dragon--by popular author, speaker, and psychologist Robert J. Wicks--continues to help thousands each year to confront the "dragons" of stress, discouragement, burnout, and unexpected change that everyone struggles with in their daily lives.

    Instead of pretending these difficulties don't exist or trying to remove them entirely, Wicks offers ten lessons to help us face them, overcome them, and grow from them. These simple yet profound lessons draw on the wisdom of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions as well as Wicks's experience as a psychologist, and include

  • pairing clarity with kindness,
  • seeking perspective daily, and
  • building a barrier of simplicity.

  • Riding the Dragon is a concise, compassionate, and knowledgeable guide for anyone experiencing or supporting someone facing personal or professional challenges. This twentieth anniversary edition features a new preface from the author, highlighting how Riding the Dragon is, perhaps now more than ever, an indispensable spiritual and psychological companion for all of us who are yearning for our lives to be transformed.

    River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times

    River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times

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