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Road to Spiritual Fitness

Road to Spiritual Fitness

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Danny Abramowicz, the celebrated former New Orleans Saints wide-receiver and now host of his own Catholic television show, Crossing the Goal, has penned a no-nonsense self-help book for men to encourage them to get into spiritual shape. The NFL star lays out the steps guys must take on their own "road to spiritual fitness" (prayer, sacrifice, self-control), equips them with many biblical quotes to spur them on during their spiritual workouts, and supplies them with the prayers they need finally to cross the spiritual goal.
Romance of Religion Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

Romance of Religion Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

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C. S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true, and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king.

In The Romance of Religion Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero--the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armor, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder, and joy.

Is religion no more than a fairy tale? No, it is more than a fairy tale--much more: it is all the fairy tales and fantastic stories come true here and now.

"This book is witty, whimsical, and deadly serious. With panache and aplomb, Dwight Longenecker sets out to prove that Christianity is, in every sense of the word, fabulous. And does he succeed in his quest? I encourage you to read it to find out."

--Michael Ward, senior research fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics, Houston Baptist University

"If you've never thought about the Christian faith as romance and story, then this book will introduce you to a whole new way of thinking."

--Frank Viola, author of God's Favorite Place on Earth
Running for a Higher Purpose

Running for a Higher Purpose

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What if you could improve your physical health while deepening your spiritual life? In Running for a Higher Purpose, Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic bishop of Springfield--a marathon runner and hockey player--shares how the simple discipline of running can help you unlock profound spiritual benefits.

Paprocki took up running as a teenager for his health; he ran his first marathon in his forties. Along the way he discovered that improving your physical health through running is a way to honor God and grow deeper in your spiritual life.

Perfect for those who want to try running for the first time as well as for more experienced runners who want to set goals for a new challenge, Running for a Higher Purpose offers eight steps to reach spiritual and physical fitness.

  1. Review - Review where you are.
  2. Reform - Identify how to improve.
  3. Resolve - Resolve to put change into effect.
  4. Repeat - Don't quit.
  5. Renew - Renew your physical and spiritual wellness.
  6. Relax - Balance physical and spiritual exercise with the need to rest.
  7. Reward - Feel personal satisfaction and reward by achieving your goals.
  8. Rejoice - Integrating a sound mind in a sound body leads to eternal happiness.

Each chapter includes an inspirational quotation, a personal promise statement, and a prayer.

Running For My Life Capitive of the RUF Rebels of Sierra Leone

Running For My Life Capitive of the RUF Rebels of Sierra Leone

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Experience the life of Fr. Victory F. M. Mosele, SX, as you are energized by his courage and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of fear and evil in his account of his time as a Catholic missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The true story of his capture, how he survived two harrowing kidnappings and the risks ordinary people took to save him are testaments to belief in human compassion and love.
Running with Expanding Heart: Meeting God in Everyday Life

Running with Expanding Heart: Meeting God in Everyday Life

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Mary Reuter recalls how as a child taking piano lessons she often skipped practicing scales and thought her teacher would not notice. Reuter admits she never did advance to the level of a skilled pianist. But in Running with Expanding Heart readers will discover that she is well practiced, and thus skilled, in paying attention to the extraordinary in the ordinary, in discovering the presence of God in the events of daily life. Through Reuter's poignant and humorous stories, and through her careful listening to Scripture and the Rule of Benedict, readers will also take up the practice of looking for God in unexpected places--and in doing so they will find their hearts expanding with the unconditional and all-embracing love of God.

Mary Reuter, OSB, is a member of Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she served as prioress from 1989-1995. She currently teaches in the department of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

Sacred Dwelling

Sacred Dwelling

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Theologian Wendy Wright's insightful commentary and witty, poignant personal family stories illumine the presence of God in the full spectrum of family life in this contemplative "walk" through a home. Reflects on the unique ways your family members can respond to the call to become transfigured people. A wonderful gift book for any family.
Sacred Fire, A Vision for A Deeper Humand Christian Maturity

Sacred Fire, A Vision for A Deeper Humand Christian Maturity

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When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful?--TERESA OF ÁVILA

Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. In this new book, Rolheiser takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom. But, as Rolheiser explains, when we embrace the struggle and yearning to know God we can experience too a profound re-understanding to our daily lives.

"What lies beyond the essentials, the basics?" Rolheiser writes. "Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, or at least brought to enough peace that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others? Where do we go once the basic questions in our lives are no longer the restless questions of youthful insecurity and loneliness? Who am I? Who loves me? How will my life turn out? Where do we go once the basic question in life becomes: How can I give my life away more purely, and more meaningfully? How do I live beyond my own heartaches, headaches, and obsessions so as to help make other peoples' lives more meaningful? The intent of this book is to try to address exactly those questions: How can we live less self- centered, more mature lives? What constitutes deep maturity and how do we reach that place? And, not unimportantly, what constitutes a more adult, Christian discipleship? What constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus?"

As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke suggests, "Live the questions now." In Sacred Fire, Rolheiser's deeply affecting prose urges us on in pursuit of the most holy of all passions--a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

Sacred Rhythms Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

Sacred Rhythms Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

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Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?

Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices--individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation.

The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life.

Sacred Time embracing an intentional way of life

Sacred Time embracing an intentional way of life

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We live in a world where there never seems to be enough time for all we want and need to do. In Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life, Christine Valters Paintner guides us as we move beyond our own lives and embrace a world that urges us toward rest, reflection, and growth.

In Sacred Time, Paintner, abbess of the online Abbey of the Arts, shows us how by becoming in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, we can live more intentionally and experience a conversion toward a more expansive way of being. Paintner introduces us to the eight cycles of sacred time that exist in our everyday lives. These cycles that can ground us through our busy lives are

  • breath,
  • rhythms of the day,
  • weekly rhythms and Sabbath rest,
  • waxing and waning lunar cycles,
  • seasons of the year,
  • seasons of a lifetime,
  • ancestral time, and
  • cosmic time.
  • Each cycle encourages us to mindfully consider the time that passes as quickly as each breath and as slowly as the passing of generations. Within each cycle, we find wisdom from sacred tradition and the saints, including St. Benedict, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Hildegard of Bingen; room for growth; and the presence of the Divine. Along the way, we are also given scriptural guidance, and we are invited to spiritual practices and creative explorations that will help deepen our understanding of each cycle, allow that understanding to take root in our lives, and expand our lives beyond the pressures of each da

    Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico Forward by Archbishop Jose H Gomez

    Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico Forward by Archbishop Jose H Gomez

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    This provocative account of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s tells the stories of eight pivotal players. The saints are now honored as martyrs by the Catholic Church, and the sinners were political and military leaders who were accomplices in the persecution.

    The saintly standouts are Anacleto González Flores, whose non-violent demonstrations ended with his death after a day of brutal torture; Archbishop Francisco Orozco y Jiménez, who ran his vast archdiocese from hiding while on the run from the Mexican government; Fr. Toribio Romo González, who was shot in his bed one morning simply for being a Catholic priest; and Fr. Miguel Pro, the famous Jesuit who kept slipping through the hands of the military police in Mexico City despite being on the most wanted list for sixteen months.

    The four sinners are Melchor Ocampo, the powerful politician who believed that Catholicism was the cause of Mexico's problems; President Plutarco Elías Calles, the fanatical atheist who brutally persecuted the Church; José Reyes Vega, the priest who ignored the orders of his archbishop and became a general in the Cristero army; and Tomás Garrido Canabal, a farmer-turned-politician who became known as the Scourge of Tabasco.

    This cast of characters is presented in a compelling narrative of the Cristero War that engages the reader like a gripping novel while it unfolds a largely unknown chapter in the history of America.

    Sanctify Your Daily Life - How to Transform Work into a Source of Strength, Holiness, & Joy

    Sanctify Your Daily Life - How to Transform Work into a Source of Strength, Holiness, & Joy

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    Previously published under title: Working your way into heaven: how to make work, stress, and drudgery a means to your sanctity. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 1998.
    Sanctify Your Soul meditations for your journey to holiness

    Sanctify Your Soul meditations for your journey to holiness

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    To guide you through the common challenges to sanctity, renowned author Fr. Leo Trese offers here twenty-four inspiring reflections to help you conquer temptations and remain on the steep and narrow road to Heaven.

    Principally, you will learn how to overcome a divided heart so you can go "all in" in the spiritual life. From there, you'll discover how to order your affections properly and how to find the right balance for recreation. You'll also learn how to assess your talents and limitations so you can achieve the preeminent goal of becoming precisely who God created and called you to be.

    Fr. Trese shares simple yet powerful ways for you to grow in love for God amid the bustle of life and despite the pull of myriad responsibilities. He shows you how to find peaceful tranquility in prayer and reveals the two most powerful ways you can be imbued with God's mercy and see Christ in others.

    With kindness and humor, Fr. Trese will help you come to know yourself better, grow in wisdom and faith, and better discern God's will for your life. You'll also learn:

  • Seven ways to rekindle your faith and grow in love of God
  • How to surrender to God's embrace and enjoy peace of mind and better health
  • How to avoid spiritual anemia and a decline in holiness
  • The "fail-safe" rule for attaining the level of sanctity that God has prepared for you
  • Techniques for imitating the Sacred Heart of Jesus: always searching for souls and working for their welfare
  • How to cultivate a deep and abiding devotion to Our Lady
  • Sanctuary - Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life

    Sanctuary - Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life

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    Have you ever come back from a vacation only to feel more wiped out than before? Does the phrase "a little R&R" sound like an unattainable dream, something you'll "get around to" one of these days? What do you do when you need to "just be" for a while? The rigmarole of our daily lives takes a toll in energy, time, and effort. And the space and rest we need to recuperate--physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually--is usually pushed to the back burner. What we need is sanctuary, a place and space that allows us to reflect, rejuvenate, and restore. Terry Hershey's new book, Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life, not only defines what sanctuary is but why we need it, where we can find it, and how we can create it as space and habit. For almost 30 years, Terry Hershey has been designing and creating personal sanctuaries, as well as helping others practice sanctuary within themselves. With practical ideas and his signature conversational tone, Hershey illustrates that sanctuary is not a new-age fad or lifestyle upheaval; rather it's a way to approach and embrace your daily life through a lens of grace, freedom, and contentedness.

    Saying Yes! A Guide for Catholic Women

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    Saying Yes-Discovering & responding to God's will in your life

    Saying Yes-Discovering & responding to God's will in your life

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    The process of discerning God's will is one of the most important Christian practices for any contemporary disciple, and it is ongoing and ever-changing. In Saying Yes, Albert Haase, OFM, scholar of Christian spirituality and spiritual mentor to hundreds of people, emphasizes the importance of listening to your life in discerning God's will--your ordinary life is a megaphone through which God talks to you and the world. This book offers:
  • ten attitudes for discernment
  • techniques for living a discerning and reflective lifestyle
  • ways you might be sabotaging the grace of God in your life
  • the designs of the devil, something no other book on discernment addresses
  • how to know if a person is wrestling with God
  • Saying Yes is a timeless, practical handbook for knowing God's will. It's filled with real life examples, reflection questions, and prayers for discernment from historic spiritual figures. A DVD with six 30-minute presentations (sold separately) completes the package for an excellent 6-week adult faith formation study group.

    Albert Haase, OFM, offers clear, practical spiritual advice in every book. Saying Yes is concise and written without jargon or technical language; it offers real life examples and reflection questions, making the process of discernment accessible.

    Scatter My Darkness

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    Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart

    Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart

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    We live in an age characterized by agitation and lack of peace. This tendency manifests itself in our spiritual as well as our secular life. In our search for God and holiness, in our service to our neighbor, a kind of restlessness and anxiety take the place of the confidence and peace which ought to be ours. What must we do to overcome the moments of fear and distress which assail us? How can we learn to place all our confidence in God and abandon ourselves into his loving care? This is what is taught in this simple, yet profound little treatise on peace of head. Taking concrete examples from our everyday life, the author invites us to respond in a Gospel fashion to the upsetting situations we must all confront. Since peace of heart is a pure gift of God, it is something we should seek, pursue and ask him for without cease. This book is here to help us in that pursuit.
    Seeing with the Heart A Guide to Navigating Life's Adventures

    Seeing with the Heart A Guide to Navigating Life's Adventures

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    "Here is my secret. It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
    -The Little Prince

    Respected Jesuit educator and spiritual director Kevin O'Brien invites you to recognize the opportunities to uncover your meaning and purpose as you navigate the turbulent river of life. Seeing with the Heart is a tour de force that weaves together the author's personal experiences, the 16th-century wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the insights of sages, poets, artists, and storytellers through the ages. O'Brien reveals how we can realize our potential by embracing our struggles with courage, our questions with curiosity, and our destiny with boldness as we tap into our deepest desires and live lives of authenticity.
    Journeying through this book, with its inspiring prose and practical spiritual exercises, will cause a dramatic shift in your perspective. Your day-to-day life will be transformed by a better understanding of who you are and what you are called to be, as well as by a closer relationship with God and others. As O'Brien writes, "If we persist on the journey, with its signposts in the form of questions, we might discover something remarkable: this God whom we seek and question is actually seeking us more."

    What do you seek? Seeing with the Heart will help you discover the answer.

    Seeking God Together

    Seeking God Together

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    The Spirit is speaking. Can you hear him? If you're longing to become more attentive to God--to listen to him, know his voice and experience his love, spiritual direction can point the way. In Seeking God Together, experienced spiritual director Alice Fryling offers a unique introduction specifically for group spiritual direction: a place where individuals can experience what it means to be listened to and loved by others, so that they can learn to listen more attentively to God in their daily lives and be used by God. Out of her years of being both director and directee, Fryling offers practical, step-by-step guidance for those who would like to start, lead or participate in group spiritual direction. Her book will help you know what to expect and fully equip you for the different aspects of the group experience, including learning to listen to God, using Scripture in a group, navigating different personalities, setting group expectations and asking life-giving questions. She also provides an appendix with opening exercises for use in your meetings together. "The intentional goal of group spiritual direction," Alice writes, "is to help each participant become more aware of God in their lives, for the sake of others. Spiritual direction leads you to an awakening of the soul." The Spirit is speaking to you and to others. Here is a book to help you and a group of soul friends listen for and with each other as you seek God together.

    Seeking Surrender

    Seeking Surrender

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    An unlikely friendship between Colette Lafia and a silent monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Thomas Merton lived, comes to life through seven years of shared letters. Lafia's palpable openness and warm storytelling lead readers through the same compassionate process that led the author to accept herself, find peace with life, and strive for an ever-deepening relationship with God.
    Seriously. God?

    Seriously. God?

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    Winner of a third-place award in the grief and bereavement category from the Catholic Media Association.

    A friend's child dies; a parent gets a cancer diagnosis; your spouse loses their job. Sometimes life and God's plan don't make sense and we end up feeling hurt and angry.

    In Seriously, God?, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran explore the denial, doubt, and betrayal we experience when we face hardship, pain, and grief, and they encourage us to lean into our feelings and to take each circumstance as a chance to learn more about God.

    Drawing on personal anecdotes and stories from their parish, White and Corcoran--authors of the bestselling and award-winning book, Rebuilt--share important lessons, including:

  • Even the heroes of the Bible--such as Abraham, Moses, David, and the apostles--experienced situations that caused them to misunderstand God.
  • There is joy in knowing we will forever be getting to know God.
  • Even though life often doesn't make sense, we shouldn't assume God doesn't make sense.
  • For anyone who has battled suffering, walked away from faith under the pressure of crushing doubt, never felt safe giving faith a chance, or cared about someone who struggles with these realities, this book treats the problems of suffering and evil not as an argument to be overcome but as an invitation to a deeper faith.

    Each chapter relies on biblical stories that provide a wonderful introduction to scripture to those who are not familiar with the Bible and a fresh perspective to those who are. Each chapter also includes questions for self-reflection and discussion. A free parish small-group guide and videos from the authors are available online.

    This is a perfect book to give as a gift to friends or family members who are grieving, those struggling with doubts about their faith, or those who are new to faith.

    Serving the Word My Life

    Serving the Word My Life

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    Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa has the unique distinction of being the preacher to three different papal households. Respected Italian journalist Aldo Valli interviews Fr. Cantalamessa in commemoration of his eightieth birthday. From hearing God's call to be "the bearer of living water" at a young age to playing an integral role in the Second Vatican Council and becoming papal preacher to three popes, Cantalamessa's entire life has been lived in service to the Word of God. This fascinating look into the life of one of the greatest spiritual teachers alive today will quench your own spiritual thirst.
    Seven Levels of Intimacy, The

    Seven Levels of Intimacy, The

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    In The Seven Levels of Intimacy, Matthew Kelly teaches us in practical and unforgettable ways how to know these things about ourselves and how to share ourselves more deeply with the people we love. This book will change the way you approach your relationships forever!
    Seven Sacred Pauses Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day

    Seven Sacred Pauses Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day

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    Author and retreat leader Macrina Wiederkehr opens the monastery door and invites readers to come in and learn how the practice of consciously pausing for prayer at the seven sacred moments of each day can make their daily passage through time a more sacred pilgrimage. Using scripture, poetry, reflections. personal stories, and quotes from a rich array of spiritual teachers, Wiederkehr helps readers become more attuned to living in the present moment and develop a kindred spirit with the rich tradition of the sacred hours. Seven Sacred Pauses is a wonderful gift to those who seek to find balance in their busy days and to bring the practice of the Divine Hours home to their own hearts.
    Seven Steps to Sanctification

    Seven Steps to Sanctification

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    "This book discusses each Gift of the Holy Spirit and goes into detail about what they consist of and how they apply to our daily lives. By observing these Gifts of the Holy Spirit, we easily become closer to God and communicate with him and others more perfectly"--
    Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann

    Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann

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    We had to do it. We had to reprint this book. Rarely has a book had such an impact on so many of us here at Ignatius Press. It is one of the most powerful and moving books we have come across. If you can only buy one book this season, this must be the one.

    Here is the astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler's dreaded SS at the onset of World War II. Without betraying his Christian ideals, against all odds, and in the face of Evil, Gereon Goldmann was able to complete his priestly training, be ordained, and secretly minister to German Catholic soldiers and innocent civilian victims caught up in the horrors of war. How it all came to pass will astound you.

    Father Goldmann tells of his own incredible experiences of the trials of war, his many escapes from almost certain death, and the diabolical persecution that he and his fellow Catholic soldiers encountered on account of their faith. What emerges is an extraordinary witness to the workings of Divine Providence and the undying power of love, prayer, faith, and sacrifice. Illustrated

    Signs of the Times Understanding the Church Since Vatican II

    Signs of the Times Understanding the Church Since Vatican II

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    Simpler Living Compassionate Life

    Simpler Living Compassionate Life

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    A diverse compilation of essays that explore the complex idea of simplicity in our lives, community, and environment, and how buying less and decluttering creates an enriching and sustainable life.

    In a rare collection of voices, the authors of Simpler Living, Compassionate Life explore voluntary simplicity as a path to wholeness and abundance. Henri Nouwen, Cecile Andrews, Richard Foster, and 19 other writers encourage you to listen to your own story, and to respond to dialogue about the fundamental issues of life: time, money, food, spirituality, heritage, and community. A diversity of voices and a helpful study guide make this an effective tool for individuals and groups ready to consider alternatives to high-price, high-stress "good life" the riches of simplicity and compassion.

    "Simpler Living, Compassionate Life is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to have a comprehensive overview of the myriad ways living more simply has positively affected our culture. It is a delightful and practical guide for creating simplicity in our own lives, our communities, and for the benefit of our culture."--Elaine James, author of Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity

    Simply Living the Beatitudes

    Simply Living the Beatitudes

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    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12

    From the peaceful setting of his Benedictine monastery in upper New York state, Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette shares the secrets of a simple monastic spirituality and life through the tradition of the Beatitudes. Complete with prayers, reflections, and practical advice, this book will become your companion for simply living these words from Jesus in Matthew's Gospel.

    The Beatitudes have always challenged Christians through the centuries. In today's fast paced world we long to slow down and learn what it means to:

  • be poor in spirit,
  • take time for our faith to rise from our mourning,
  • become the meek servant of God,
  • choose righteousness,
  • act with mercy,
  • find purity within our own hearts,
  • love one another in peace as the children of God,
  • persevere in justice and love despite the world's opinion,
  • risk living as Jesus lived in the face of false accusations.
  • Brother Victor offers thoughtful guidance to help us appreciate the gift of the Beatitudes as a simple guide for life. Explore with Brother Victor how to BE as Christ called us to

    Sky is Not a Ceiling An Astronomer's Faith

    Sky is Not a Ceiling An Astronomer's Faith

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    Presents a story of personal revelation of astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue who discovered the joy of being alive and well in the kingdom of God.
    Soul of the Apostolate

    Soul of the Apostolate

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    In this age of relentless activity it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist. But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful apostolate. Dom Chautard demonstrates that the very foundation of all apostolic work must be the Interior Life. The apostle of Christ will grow to become an instrument and true channel of God's graces to the world only through prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the Interior Life. When one is involved in works of spiritual or corporal charity, his work can only be truly efficacious when he anchors his Interior Life in Christ. Without Christ we can do nothing. Inside you'll learn about the: - Pre-eminence of the Interior Life over the Active Life - Dangers of the Active Life: for you and your apostolate - The Devil's special temptations for those working for Our Lord - Steps necessary in order to develop and grow in the Interior Life - Necessity of the Interior Life to a successful and spiritually fruitful apostolate. For anyone who would work for Our Lord and His Church there is simply no book more important to read and to follow than The Soul of the Apostolate.
    Spark of FAITH

    Spark of FAITH

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    Faith is essential to our spiritual growth yet, too often, good Catholics hold misconceptions about faith's meaning or role "€" misconceptions that can lead to spiritual stagnation.

    In these pages, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, Theologian of the Papal Household, corrects prominent errors and clearly articulates what faith is, how it works, and how it may expand, or wither, within our soul.

    He explains that the initial moment "€" the spark "€" of faith which ignites our entire spiritual life comes first from God. Because faith is a divine gift that is alive, we can explore the laws of its development and learn the principles of its nourishment in order to fully live a life of faith that influences our intellectual and moral life.

    Spirit of Simplicity

    Spirit of Simplicity

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    Few people have ever seen or heard of The Spirit of Simplicity: it has been hidden for almost seventy years after quietly being published by the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1948. Anonymously translated and annotated by a young monk named Thomas Merton, the book's author--who also is not mentioned by name in the original edition--is Jean-Baptiste Chautard, the famous French Cistercian whose only other book, The Soul of the Apostolate, has been a favorite of modern saints and popes, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

    Every generation struggles with the question of simplicity. In the history of our faith, there have been no more eloquent voices calling us back to simplicity than the monks of the Cistercian Order, from Bernard of Clairvaux to Chautard to Merton--all of whom contribute to this powerful book.

    Merton surrounds Chautard's text with his own remarks on simplicity, translations of classic texts by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and commentary that allows readers to pursue the themes of simplicity in their own lives.

    "Only a very inadequate idea of exterior simplicity can be arrived at if we do not trace it back to its true source: interior simplicity. Without this, our resolution to practice exterior simplicity would be without light, without love ...," Chautard wrote at the beginning of the book. He is writing to his fellow Cistercians, but he might as well be speaking to twenty-first century Christians. He goes on to lay out the best disciplines that a monk--or anyone--might practice to find the elusive simplicity, with quotations from St. Benedict, St. Bernard, and other pillars of monastic life and spirituality. A dozen photographs of Cistercian architecture illustrate how principles of simplicity are incorporated into Cistercian daily life.

    In Part 2, Merton opens up the teachings of St. Bernard, a great mystic and doctor of the Church, offering excerpts from St. Bernard's writings on the original simplicity in the Garden of Eden, the difficulty of intellectual simplicity, the simplicity of the will (obedience), and other kindred topics. Merton also offers personal reflections from the perspective of one who had recently exchanged an active life in pursuit of worldly things for the solitude of a monk.

    Spiritual Blueprint How We Live, Work, Play, and Pray

    Spiritual Blueprint How We Live, Work, Play, and Pray

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    Do you feel your life is fragmented, disorganized, chaotic? That your mind is always racing, that the pace of life is overtaking you? Author and lecturer James L. Papandrea helps you simplify your life, reduce stress, and understand your higher purpose by taking inventory and rebuilding the five "homes" of your life:

    Body--a peaceful haven for your soul
    Hands--meaningful work that fosters dignity and doesn't create anxiety
    Heart--a welcoming place that nurtures loved ones and a community of friends
    Mind--a reflective outlet for creativity
    Spirit--a tranquil place of Christian grace

    If even one of the homes is unbalanced, harmony and peace can elude you. Contentment and meaning come only with order and structure in all five homes. An integrated workbook walks you through the steps to identifying your strengths and weaknesses. If you're seriously interested in spiritual growth, changing negatives to positives, and reclaiming your higher purpose, Spiritual Blueprint is for you.

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    Spiritual Excellence

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    Spiritual Guidelines for Soul Seeking God

    Spiritual Guidelines for Soul Seeking God

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    Here is a brief, lucid, readable work that will help you finally not merely draw closer to Christ but abide in his presence today, tomorrow, and ever after.

    In it, Fr. Basil Maturin, a holy priest wise in the ways of the soul, explains what you must do and what you must allow Christ to do in order to come to know Him as you should.

    In chapters written for souls hungry to improve their spiritual lives, Fr. Maturin shows you how to move beyond the conquest of particular vices and develop true friendship with Christ. You'll learn not merely how to pray but also how to combine prayer with the other spiritual virtues that are essential to sure progress in the spiritual life. With Fr. Maturin's help, you'll soon develop a strong and vigorous character that shines with the bright virtues and that lead you finally to an encounter face-to-face with Christ Himself.

    Spiritual Handbook for Catholic Evangelists

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    Praised by Pope St. Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, and by many cardinals and bishops, "A Spiritual Handbook for Catholic Evangelists" shows you how to achieve each of the three essential goals that you must accomplish in your apostolic efforts: you must win souls to Christ; you must promote your own spiritual welfare; and you must give glory to God.
    St. Benedict's Guide to Improving Your Work Life - Workplace as Worthplace

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    Includes bibliographical references (pages 110-118) and index.
    Still Point Loss, Longing, and our Search for God

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    Franciscan University professor, popular speaker, and prolific author Regis Martin tells how the deaths of his mother and brother pushed him to revisit all he knew and felt about God and his own deepest desireshow he came to reconcile the theology he teaches with the lived experience of faith.
    Strangegods Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

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    * Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic portal editor of the highly trafficked Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. Scalia offers a powerful critique of the gods +- we worship today, reminding readers that life AZs deepest desires can only be satisfied in Christ.
    Strength in Simplicity The Busy Catholic's Guide to Growing Closer to God

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    This classic book shows you how to grow closer to God in the things you already do every day, without burdening you with numerous devotions or complicated methods.
    Stumbling into Grace How we Meet God in Tiny Works of Mercy

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    Winner of a second-place award in the Catholic social teaching category from the Catholic Media Association.

    Mary Pezzulo intended to learn all about God through graduate studies in philosophy and Christian ethics, but serious illness ruined those plans and landed her young family in desperate straits. Despite chronic illness, deep poverty, blatant discrimination, and the cruelty she encountered, Pezzulo began tripping over God in the tiny works of mercy she offered to others and received herself. With striking candor and gritty faith she shows us how we also can meet God in the smallest acts of love.

    When Pezzulo began her blog Steel Magnificat in 2016, she never imagined she would be writing so much about poverty, discrimination, abuse, or the loneliness of chronic illness. Nor did she realize that the corporal and spiritual works of mercy would bring stark clarity and unflinching hope to her life. She had moved to Steubenville, Ohio, to study philosophy and ethics so that she could teach people about Jesus and make the world a better place. She expected to find God in beautiful churches, inspiring books, and the spoken words of brilliant scholars. But when her life and professional ambitions crumbled around her, she entered a terrible darkness and floundered in desperate poverty, illness, and the lingering trauma of abuse.

    In that dark time, Pezzulo began to know mercy, finding God in countless tiny acts. In Stumbling into Grace she shows how the works of mercy have become her anchor in turbulence and calm, piercing sorrow and ridiculous joy, overcoming despair and bringing enduring hope. Now she shares with you how to live the works of mercy in your own life.

  • When Feeding the Hungry, keep in mind that the more needy the person you're feeding is the more care you should take--these are the people who are most in need of hope and visible acts of love.
  • Instructing the Ignorant begins with helping people and forming good relationships because people are worth it.
  • Giving Drink to the Thirsty can mean advocacy and charitable giving that support access to clean water for those throughout the world just as much as it means offering drinks to anyone who enters your home.
  • Counseling the Doubtful starts with acknowledging that faith is bigger than all of us and that it's not wrong to have questions, doubts, or to look at another faith to see if its beliefs and practices are closer to your spiritual longings.
  • Clothing the Naked means restoring a sense of dignity to every part of a person by providing appropriate, comfortable, and good-looking clothing, and by protecting people from gossip and prejudice.
  • Suffering with a Purpose how to turn failures into victories and pain into joy

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    The greatest test of your faith won't come from routine encounters in your work, family or social life. Nor will it come from extraordinary challenges or temptations. No, your greatest test will be whether you will trust God when you suffer, or whether you will, in the words of Job's wife, "curse God and die."

    In Suffering with a Purpose, Dom Hubert van Zeller helps you prepare now for all your sufferings in life by enabling you to see them with the eyes of the Spirit.

    Van Zeller, the wise author of Holiness for Housewives, maintains that you can understand the mystery of suffering only by means of the Passion of Christ. In this book, he explores the fourteen stages of the Passion narrative, plumbing the inner meanings of each in order to reveal why there has to be pain, and what you should do (and should not do) about it.

    Sunday Will Never Be the Same

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    Surfers Guide to the Soul

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    Surrender The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will

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    Have you given everything to God? If not, why not?

    Experience the one-of-a-kind spiritual shock therapy of Fr. Larry Richards for effective Christian living.

    A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, author, and retreat master, Fr. Richards will challenge you to let go of attachments, assumptions, and excuses that hold you back and give yourself more fully to God.

    What is it in your life that you hold on to so tightly that you can't surrender it in order to receive everything God wants to give you?

    Take a plunge with the tough-love life coach we all wish we had. Surrender yourself.

    Take a free fall of faith and allow Jesus to to catch you.

    Sustaining the Spirit Callings, Commitments, & Vocational Challenges

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    Sustaining the Spirit offers us fresh insights into the meaning and reality of vocation. Real-life anedotes, original study, and down-to-earth points for reflection shed light on the three important elements in finding our true direction in life: vocational callings, commitments, and challenges. Each of these elements is thoughtlyfully examined, with a view to pratical applications to our lives and greater sensitivity to the guidelines of the Spirit.
    Talking With God

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    François Fénelon was a seventeenth-century French Catholic archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. He became a wise mentor to members of the king's court, his writings preserved by the many people whom he counseled. These words have inspired Christians of all backgrounds for centuries with their frank honesty, spiritual wisdom, and unflinching response to truth. This beautiful, accessible, contemporary English translation, introduces you to the essential Fenelon. "All who seek fellowship with God amid the rush and racket of modern life will find that Fenelon's searching gentleness is a wonderful pick-me-up for the heart. This selection from his letters is pure gold." -Dr. J. I. Packer, author of Growing in Christ "Here is a book of spiritual reading that will guide you into an encounter with God through heart-felt prayer and meditation, solidly rooted in scripture and the Catholic tradition. It represents the best of the ancient future evangelical and ecumenical spiritual literature, with insights that have the power to transform our lives." -Dr. Robert Webber, author of Ancient-Future Worship Hal M. Helms was a popular author and editor at Paraclete Press. Robert J. Edmonson, C.J., who also writes the Foreword for this volume, holds a certificate in French from the University of Montpellier (France) and a degree in French from Middlebury College. His translations of spiritual classics have sold nearly 100,000 copies. Edmonson is also the editor of The Complete Fenelon (available from Paraclete Press).
    Temptations: Where They Come From, What They Mean, and How to Defeat Them

    Temptations: Where They Come From, What They Mean, and How to Defeat Them

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    Then reach for this modest book by Fr. P.J. Michel, S.J., a savvy professor of theology whose wisdom and common sense have been forged not only in the classroom, but by decades of ardent prayer and service to penitent souls in the confessional.

    Here Fr. Michel explains where your temptations come from and helps rid you of them (and of your fear of them). He teaches you how to best respond to the different kinds of temptations that assail you, and he even shows you how to profit spiritually from your temptations, no matter how strong or frequent they may be! From these clear, succinct pages you'll learn:

  • Why you, in particular, are still tempted (and why God allows it)
  • Whether your temptations show that you've turned away from God
  • Whether the evil thoughts and impulses that afflict you regularly are merely temptations . . . or sins to which you have somehow consented
  • Testimony of Hope: Spiritual Exercises of John Paul II

    Testimony of Hope: Spiritual Exercises of John Paul II

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    Is the complete text of those Spiritual Exercises. In this moving work, the Archbishop addresses our need for hope at he beginning of the Third Christian Millennium. As a prisoner in a communist concentration camp for 13 years, 9 of them in solitary confinement, Archbishop Nguyen van Thuan faced what he describes as the "agonizing pain of isolation and abandonment." Recounting the details of those long years, he reveals the secret which allowed him to cling to hope in the midst of despair.