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The Believer's Authority

The Believer's Authority

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A few of us have barely gotten to the edge of that authoriity, but before Jesus comes again, there's going to be a whole company of believers who will rise up and with the authority that is theirs, ...and they will do the work that God intended they should do.

The Church is our Mother

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The Inner Chapel

The Inner Chapel

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2021 Illumination Book Awards, Gold Medal: Spirituality

What is the "inner chapel"? The place within where God meets us. We can trust God--and we can trust in God's promises to us, including:

  • We are never alone.
  • We are loved--unconditionally.
  • We have a companion in our suffering.
  • Each of us has a unique call.

  • But how do we experience all that God has given us? By going to the inner chapel, that sacred place within each person where God waits to love us unconditionally. There, God gives us all we need to find our way to a life of hope instead of despair, peace instead of continued restlessness, and joy instead of anxiety.

    Becky Eldredge offers readers down-to-earth stories, prayer experiences to try, and enthusiastic encouragement for spiritual growth and a deeper friendship with God. The Inner Chapel will inspire individuals but also provide excellent material for small groups and people going on retreat.​

    The Little Book of the Work of Infinite Love

    The Little Book of the Work of Infinite Love

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    THE LITTLE BOOK OF THE WORK OF INFINITE LOVE is a brief summary of the life and mission of Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche (1868-1915), a Visitation sister to whom Our Lord gave many intimate details concerning the love of His Sacred Heart for men.

    Of special importance are her revelations about the Sacred Heart and the priesthood, showing how Our Lord desires to transform the world by love in particular, by the superabundant supernatural love He desires His priests to show mankind.

    This Little Book also contains a description of the Priests Universal Union of the Friends of the Sacred Heart, which Mother Louise founded, an outline of their duties, and selections from her writings. This last will be found suffused with simplicity, directness, and holy penetration common to all the Saints.
    The Mystery of Suffering

    The Mystery of Suffering

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    Originally published under title: Suffering in other words: a presentation for beginners: Springfield, Ill.: Templegate, 1964.
    The Purpose of Life

    The Purpose of Life

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    As a youth, my parents, pastor and teacher taught me that our purpose in life was to know, love and serve God. I was also taught that by fulfilling our purpose in life we would be taking the right path to Heaven. It is my unwavering belief that these are the most important lessons of life. Our acceptance of these teachings and our faith in God are enshrouded in mystery. Why and how each of us accepts our faith in God varies. Therefore, there are numerous personal experiences and beliefs included in this book. If we properly fulfill our purpose in life, we will love our neighbor as ourself. If we love God and love our neighbor as we are directed to do by our Creator, life on earth would more closely parallel life in Heaven. Our purpose in life includes the never-ending attempts to do His will on earth as it is done in Heaven. In the world today, religions are faulted for many things, often unjustly. But there can be no faulting our faith in God. Faith is a gift that every individual is free to accept or reject.

    The Risen Jesus

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    The way of a Pilgrim

    The way of a Pilgrim

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    By the grace of God I am a Christian man, by my actions a great sinner, and by calling a homeless wanderer of the humblest birth who roams from place to place. My worldly goods are a knapsack and some dried bread in it, and a Bible in my breast pocket. And that is all.
    With this modest and simple statement, one of the world's great classics of spirituality begins. An anonymous Russian peasant of the nineteenth century sets out to seek the truth, attempting to follow St. Paul's command to pray without ceasing. By chanting the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me), he attains a greater intimacy with God. Generations of readers, including Christians of all persuasions, have benefited by reading of the pilgrim's attempts to discipline his mind toward a constant awareness of God's presence as manifested through Christ's mercy.
    In addition to its profound theological and philosophical observations, The Way of a Pilgrim offers an authentic portrait of Russia's social conditions during the final years of serfdom. Readers who appreciate the works of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy will delight in the author's encounters with a vast range of humanity, from monks, intellectuals, and hermits to peasants, convicts, and exiles.
    Things Worth Dying For Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

    Things Worth Dying For Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

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    With a balance of wisdom, candor, and scholarly rigor the beloved archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia takes on life's central questions: why are we here, and how can we live and die meaningfully?

    In Things Worth Dying For, Chaput delves richly into our yearning for God, love, honor, beauty, truth, and immortality. He reflects on our modern appetite for consumption and individualism and offers a penetrating analysis of how we got here, and how we can look to our roots and our faith to find purpose each day amid the noise of competing desires.

    Chaput examines the chronic questions of the human heart; the idols and false flags we create; and the nature of a life of authentic faith. He points to our longing to live and die with meaning as the key to our search for God, our loyalty to nation and kin, our conduct in war, and our service to others.

    Ultimately, with compelling grace, he shows us that the things worth dying for reveal most powerfully the things worth living for.

    Thinking Like Jesus; The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple

    Thinking Like Jesus; The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple

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    How do I handle difficult family members?

    What do I do if I can't control my emotions?

    When do I correct others, and when do I hold my tongue?

    Too often we are late in realizing that we mishandled a situation, causing both resentment and frustration. But what if you could approach every situation with the mind of Christ?

    Distilled from his decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and a practicing Catholic, Dr. Ray Guarendi, popular radio and TV host, offers here dozens of bite-sized reflections that combine sound spiritual advice with the best of modern psychology.

    Dr. Ray will help you address countless daily problems and create a plan of action for your most common troubles. With his trademark frankness and humor, Dr. Ray tackles all the topics that too often bring confusion and heartache, including:

  • What to do when you're easily offended
  • Common excuses parents make for bad behav
  • Thirsting for Prayer

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    This Flowing Toward Me A Story of God Arriving in Strangers

    This Flowing Toward Me A Story of God Arriving in Strangers

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    What began in 1979 as a response to a random bulletin board posting would ultimately change Sister Marilyn Lacey's life--and the lives of countless refugees. In vivid prose, Sister Lacey narrates her twenty-five year spiritual journey of work with those displaced by conflict and disaster. In the spirit of Dead Man Walking, she invites us to solidarity with some of the world's most vulnerable. Timely and engaging, This Flowing Toward Me offers fresh, personal insights into the world of refugees and international immigrants. More importantly, it stirs our hearts to remember the gospel mandate to welcome the stranger.
    Thomas Merton Master of Attention

    Thomas Merton Master of Attention

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    When The Seven Story Mountain was first published, Merton was hailed as a new, contemporary spiritual voice and became one of the most popular and successful writers and commentators on modern religion and spirituality. But although Merton wrote over forty books on the importance of reflection and prayer in our inner lives, until now we have known very little about Merton's own 'way of prayer'. The distinguished Merton scholar Robert Waldron's new book is the first to fully explore the inner life of perhaps the best-known writer on prayer of the twentieth century. +
    To Hunger for God: Christian Understanding of Human Nature

    To Hunger for God: Christian Understanding of Human Nature

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    This is a fascinating study of Christian Anthropology, grace, and sin and is intended for the educated lay person. This is a challenging and engaging study for all who want to explore these themes more deeply.

    To Live in Christ: What it Means to be Christian

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    Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist

    Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist

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    The Holy Eucharist has nourished the Faith of Catholics for centuries -- but it's all too easy to let routine dull your sense of the transforming power of this sacrament. This book will stir the embers of your love for the Eucharist into a bright glowing flame.

    In it, Fr. John A. Kane explores the selfless humility shown by Christ in His presence in the Eucharist, opening the way for you to receive greater spiritual fruit from worthier receptions of Communion and from adoration of Christ in the Eucharist.

    You'll learn how the Eucharist is truly a sacrament of love -- a sacrament that not only demonstrates Christ's love for you, but gives you the grace you need to love God and your neighbor with a fervor unquenched by passing changes in fortune or feelings.

    As Fr. Kane opens your eyes to how much God longs to be with you in the Eucharist -- and how much He delights in you -- you'll come to experience the Eucharist as that inexhaustible source of

    True Radiance

    True Radiance

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    The promise of True Radiance is simple: Prayerful, faith-filled women become more beautiful as they age, not less. As a woman matures spiritually, as she grows in wisdom and holiness, she increasingly reflects a radiant inner beauty that touches others in countless ways. If you've ever felt negative about the onset of middle age with its array of physical and psychological challenges, this book can help you redefine your perception of aging. Along the way, you'll gain a greater understanding of the possibilities for relevance, value, and contribution waiting to be discovered. Positive, personal, and practical advice from fellow traveler Lisa Mladinich will inspire and motivate you to thrive in the second half of life.
    Twelve Odinary Men How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, & what He Wants to Do with You

    Twelve Odinary Men How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, & what He Wants to Do with You

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    You don't have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples, whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Join bestselling author John MacArthur in Twelve Ordinary Men as he draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original disciples for today's modern disciple, you!

    Jesus chose ordinary men--fishermen, tax collectors, political zealots--and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from people who were otherwise unremarkable. The twelve disciples weren't the stained-glass saints we imagine. On the contrary, they were truly human, all too prone to mistakes, misstatements, wrong attitudes, lapses of faith, and bitter failure. Simply put, they were flawed people, just like us. But under Jesus' teaching and touch, they became a force that forever changed the world.

    MacArthur takes you into the inner circle of the disciples--their selection, their training, their personalities, and their incredible impact. As MacArthur took a closer look at the lives of the twelve disciples, he found himself asking difficult questions along the way, including:

  • Why did Jesus pick each of the twelve disciples?
  • How did Jesus teach them everything he could in just eighteen short months?
  • Can the lessons that Jesus taught the disciples can still influence our faith today?
  • In Twelve Ordinary Men, you'll learn that disciples are living proof that God's strength is made perfect in weakness. As you get to know the men who walked with Jesus, you'll see that if he can accomplish his purposes through them, he can do the same through you.

    Twelve Steps Meet the Gospels - Reflections on Scripture and Stories of Hope for Those in Recovery

    Twelve Steps Meet the Gospels - Reflections on Scripture and Stories of Hope for Those in Recovery

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    Uncommon Virtue

    Uncommon Virtue

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    Under the Influence of Jesus

    Under the Influence of Jesus

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    Many Catholics feel catechized but not "evangelized", meaning they know about Jesus but do not feel they know him personally. The bridge between where we are and where we want to be in our faith journey can be confusing without the right guidance. In Under the Influence of Jesus, best-selling author Joe Paprocki explains complex spiritual concepts with engaging discussion so that "everyday" Catholics can integrate and articulate their faith and live the Gospel in a way that is simple, compelling, contemporary, liberating, and life-changing.

    Also available in Spanish! La experiencia transformadora de encontrarse con Cristo

    Unexpected Occasions of Grace

    Unexpected Occasions of Grace

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    Here are occasions of grace experienced with a baseball coach, a hotel shuttle driver, during a retreat, at a winery, in a rectory kitchen, at a high school reunion, and many more everyday settings. Reading them will bring your own occasions of grace to the surface.
    Union with God According to St. John of the Cross

    Union with God According to St. John of the Cross

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    Originally published: Eugene, Or.: Carmel of Maria Regina, 1990.
    Unworried A Life Without Anxiety

    Unworried A Life Without Anxiety

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    Anxiety. It's practically an epidemic. Twenty percent of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and millions more wrestle with worry and stress on a daily basis. For us as Christians, all that worry gets mixed up with a lot of guilt. After all, Scripture tells us, "Have no anxiety at all" (Phil 4:6).

    How can we stop worrying and start living an anxiety-free life? As you'll learn in Unworried: A Life Without Anxiety, the answer isn't "just pray more" or "just read more Scripture" or, worst of all, "just stop worrying." If we learn to respect how God made us, we can build new habits of thinking, communicating, and acting that will help set us free from worry.

    Vacation with the Lord

    Vacation with the Lord

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    Fr. Thomas Green, S.J., draws on his vast background as a retreat master and spiritual writer to make available to a much wider audience the retreat experience based on the classic Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola. While many scholarly and professional treatments have been done on the Spiritual Exercises, for the"grassroots Catholic", St. Ignatius' classic is often too mechanical and hard to grasp.

    This book can be used in many ways. It can be used by retreat directors for one-to-one direction of retreatants; by retreatants making a retreat with a director; or by more experienced retreatants who wish to be "alone with the Lord". In addition, this work can be used for a closed retreat of eight days as broken down in the chapters. Or it could be used for a "retreat in daily life" where a person could devote 30 to 60 minutes a day to the themes of this book and prolong the retreat over several weeks or months.

    Waiting for a Miracle; One Mother's Journey to Unshakable Faith

    Waiting for a Miracle; One Mother's Journey to Unshakable Faith

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    One doctor's journey of faith to save her two terminally ill baby girls.

    Cyndi Peterson was a successful physician, wife and mother who had everything she ever dreamed of--yet true peace continued to elude her. Her quest leads her to Medjugorje, where Mary the Mother of God is reported to appear daily. After returning home newly committed to her faith, she faces every mother's deepest fear. Her newborn baby Kelly is terminally ill.

    Upon learning her next baby, Sarah, has the same diagnosis, Cyndi struggles to understand why God has asked this of her. How God moves in her life and answers her prayers will both surprise you and deepen your faith.

    Wake Up, Lazarus!

    Wake Up, Lazarus!

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    Today's Catholic Church faces a major decline, and a dramatic renewal is needed to facilitate positive change. In "Wake Up, Lazarus!" author Pierre Hegy documents the most important issues facing modern Catholicism and presents a convincingargument for renewal in the Catholic Church.

    "Wake Up, Lazarus!" examines three general factors that contribute to the spiritual decline of all mainline churches and three factors that are special to the Catholic Church. Hegy describes the inner workings of two successful parishes-oneevangelical and the other Catholic-to illustrate the strategies used that contribute to vibrant and growing church communities. He also reviews various renewal plans and then presents his personal, long-term plan for renewal in the CatholicChurch, with practical implementation suggestions included in each step.

    Hegy communicates that the strategy and principles of Catholic renewal must lead passive Sunday church-goers to become active participants; it must help active participants to become involved in parish life; and it must inspire all involved to become committed disciples.

    Way of Beatitude

    Way of Beatitude

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    What if we looked at the things we see wrong in the world with empathy, dug below the surface of people's disappointing actions to experience their pain, and understood hurtful words as a cry for consolation? What if we responded with sorrow instead of outrage, and love instead of hate?

    If we could do all that, we'd be living as Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes. Fr. Casey Cole, OFM--host of YouTube's Breaking the Habit--wants you to embrace the pain caused by anger and division in the world and then look to Jesus for hope through the Beatitudes.

    "The only thing that evangelizes is love," Cole writes. "The only thing that will ever change someone's mind, cause them to turn from their evil ways, accept Jesus into their lives, and become a peacemaker themselves is love. If we want to make peace in our world, we must put down our weapons and take up the cross."

    In The Way of Beatitude, Cole explores the meaning of the words Jesus preached at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 3-12) and shows you how to get beyond apathy and despair and help Christ bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now. The Beatitudes, he says, offer a path toward radical change.

    You will learn how to:

  • surrender to the mercy of God;
  • face with courage the heartache caused by division and animosity;
  • be patient and lean into God's providence;
  • hunger always for justice;
  • commit to solidarity with the powerless and the broken;
  • be liberators of the oppressed; and
  • lay down your life for the sake of God's Kingdom.

  • By sharing his own stories of striving toward supreme blessedness, Cole shows you how to surrender power and move beyond the harmful divisiveness of our world.

    Chapters include reflection questions and practical ideas for living the Beatitudes.

    Way of Serenity

    Way of Serenity

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    FOX News religion analyst, program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio, and bestselling author Father Jonathan Morris reveals how the Serenity Prayer offers a sure path to peace and fulfillment for everyone, not just those in recovery programs. The Serenity Prayer states:

    Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can,
    And the wisdom to know the difference.

    Exploring the prayer phrase by phrase, Morris shows the hope that can be found by gaining a deeper spiritual understanding of its words and by practicing its message. Enlightening and profound, The Way of Serenity includes moving narratives, illuminating historical anecdotes, and pertinent biblical passages that demonstrate the power of the Serenity Prayer to help us grow closer to God and find greater peace and happiness.

    Way of the Disciple

    Way of the Disciple

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    Experience the events of the Apostles and Paul as they journey to the 'ends of the earth' to witness to the saving grace of our Savior. They endure many trials and tribulations as they deal with the Jewish establishment, the Roman Empire and a fallen world that believes in many different gods. Experience the disciple's joys and fears as they risk their lives to proclaim the Good News, trusting in the Spirit and one another.

    Way of the Wilderness Warrior

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    Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and embark on a hero's adventure? You will encounter thrilling mountain climbs, explore caves in frigid winter, and dance around the fire in the wild pursuit of God.

    Riveting and accessible, this novelized account of the spiritual life is a hero's journey for our times. It tells the story of the conversion of a young man named Austin through the ministrations of a tough inner-city priest, Father Lawrence, who challenges nine college students to take a leap of faith on the path to holiness.

    As his friends set out for England, Ireland, and New York City, Austin heads for a remote monastery where he meets Fr. Aelred, a Benedictine hermit who guides him on the spiritual quest. Through a fictional dialogue, author Fr. Dwight Longenecker unveils a twelve-part plan for union with God that parallels the classic purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the spiritual life.

    You will discover with Austin:

  • How our wounds and weaknesses can lead to growth
  • Different forms of Catholic spirituality
  • How to stay the course and win the great prize of becoming a saint
  • How to surrender to God and answer His call to perfection
  • Why Confession and the cultivation of virtue are at the very heart of spiritual growth
  • This book is profitable for young adults, casual Catholics, and those more advanced in the spiritual life. Drawing from the wisdom of the Carmelite saints, St. Benedict, St. John Cassian, and other spiritual masters, The Way of the Wilderness Warrior opens the treasure house of Catholic spirituality in a creative, positive, and engaging way.

    Best of all, this book will show you how to discern God's will for your life and how to pray without ceasing. In our challenging times, you will be inspired to become a vagabond warrior on your own wilderness journey to the Promised Land.

    What am I Supposed to do with My Life? Asking the Right Questions

    What am I Supposed to do with My Life? Asking the Right Questions

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    Aimed at a diverse reading audience, this book describes Brouwer's own struggle to comes to grips with the concept of vocation, incorporates inspirational stories of people and vocation from throughout his ministry, and includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

    What Christ Suffered A Doctor's Journey through the Passion

    What Christ Suffered A Doctor's Journey through the Passion

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    This medical investigation of the Passion allows readers to enter more fully than ever into the reality of what Jesus suffered for our redemption. Drawing on the teachings of Pope Saint John Paul II in Salvifici Doloris, this book invites the reader to a deeper understanding of the meaning and value of human suffering — and how to practically apply it in their lives.

    When Bad Things Happen to Good People

    When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER - The inspirational classic from a renowned spiritual leader that offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life's windstorms" (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross).

    When Harold Kushner's three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life's most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. In these pages, Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

    When God is Silent - Finding Spiritual Peace Amid the Stroms of Life

    When God is Silent - Finding Spiritual Peace Amid the Stroms of Life

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    These pages show you how to trust God even when He seems unresponsive and remote even when, as in the famous incident in the Gospels, He seems to sleep while you are buffeted by the storms of life.
    When the Well Runs Dry Prayer Beyond the Beginnings

    When the Well Runs Dry Prayer Beyond the Beginnings

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    Builds on Green's classic and bestselling primer on prayer Opening to God. This work encourages readers to re-examine their perspectives on prayer and argues that prayer has less to do with what readers do or know and more to do with what God does in them.
    When Your Days are Dark, God is Still Good biblical advice to help you trust in difficult times

    When Your Days are Dark, God is Still Good biblical advice to help you trust in difficult times

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    "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

    It's easy to see the work of God's hands when things are going right--a promotion, a new baby, or a financial windfall. But what about when things go wrong? How could God possibly make good out of illness, death, or betrayal?

    In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul boldly asserts that God uses all the circumstances of our lives--good and bad--to express his love for us. In When Your Days Are Dark, God Is Still Good, Gary Zimak--author of the bestselling and award-winning Give Up Worry for Lent!--shares personal stories and scripture narratives to show you that God is not only present in your pain but also uses your pain to transform you into a holier, more compassionate person.

    St. Paul's confidence was born of conviction as one who had endured great suffering for the Gospel--and had found God faithful. Zimak looks at the story of Paul and other biblical figures in both the Old and New Testaments to show how God used their painful circumstances to bring about good, including:

  • Adam and Eve eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil--God didn't abandon them, but sent his Son to undo their disobedience;
  • The death of Lazarus--Jesus's miracle of raising Lazarus brought many to believe in him;
  • The disciples on the road to Emmaus were lamenting the death of Jesus--they met the risen Lord, whom they did not know until he broke bread and gave it to them;
  • Hagar, the maid of Abraham's wife Sarah, is used to give Abraham a son--though she was cast out by Sarah, God made her son the founder of a great nation;
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who suffered religious persecution at the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon--God kept them unharmed when they were thrown into a fire for not bowing to a golden image. Their safety caused the conversion of the king; and
  • The apostles in the upper room in fear after Jesus's death and Resurrection--Jesus visited them in the locked room and brought the gift of peace through the Holy Spirit.
  • Each chapter includes questions for reflection and a prayer.

    When's God Gonna Call Me Back? Reconnecting with Your Creator

    When's God Gonna Call Me Back? Reconnecting with Your Creator

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    Too many people who claim to be Catholic are simply "going through the motions." They brush up against the Church in what might be described as episodic ways, best symbolized by attendance that is limited to Christmas, Easter, weddings, or funerals.

    What can be done to encourage such "part-timers" to reestablish the lines of communication with their parish, thereby becoming more fully alive in the faith without adding to the guilt they may already be feeling?

    This inspirational book features over 30 real life stories, reflections, Scripture passages, and discussion questions. They combine to establish a channel that will enable lapsed Catholics return to rich, active religious participation.

    Now those who let their Catholicism cool can realize that they are not alone, and that reigniting the embers of their faith and their love for the Church is possible.

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    Where Only Love Can Go The Cloud of Unknowing

    Where Only Love Can Go The Cloud of Unknowing

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    "Where Only Love Can Go" explores the central mystery of who God is and offers readers an introduction to the tradition of contemplative prayer. With daily morning and evening devotions, this distillation of the 600-year-old classic unpacks "The Cloud of Unknowing" for the modern spiritual seeker.
    Why All People Suffer

    Why All People Suffer

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    Why God Hides - And Where to Find Him

    Why God Hides - And Where to Find Him

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    Why does God hide "€" day-in and day-out "€" from those of us who yearn to hear His voice? When we do good, there's no heavenly applause. When we do evil, no divine rebuke. And when great horrors visit us, He rarely intervenes. In good times and bad, there's just silence . . . the awful silence of God.

    Now comes Why God Hides, this magnum opus of Fr. John Portavella, written after many decades of listening to God's silence "€" in his own life and in that of thousands of his parishioners. Those years of listening, reading, thinking, and praying have made ever more clear to him "€" and with the help of this book, will make clear to you "€" that, in fact . . .

    God is not silent nor is He hidden,
    if only you know how to listen
    and learn where to look.

    "€"

    Time and again in the events of salvation history and in the trials and joys of our daily lives, Fr. Portavella here unveils the Face of God and lets us hear His voice.

    Why We Think What We Think The Rise and Fall of Western Thought

    Why We Think What We Think The Rise and Fall of Western Thought

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    We're all starting to hear people ask how the world has gotten to be the way it is. Grafted onto the usual complaints about why people are so greedy, self-absorbed, and callous toward one another are new expressions of frustration about even more fundamental concerns. Why can't we agree on concepts that used to be basic common sense? Why does our very language now seem to be a minefield that only the most wily and tactical (or cynical) among us can navigate?

    The only way to understand fully how we have arrived at this state -- and what, if anything, we might be able to do about it -- is to embark on a journey back in time to see where we went off the rails. With candor and occasional humor, Dan LeRoy tells the sweeping story of Western thought from its beginnings to the present, revealing the souls and idiosyncrasies of its greatest thinkers. Through stirring vignettes, he tells the real story of how our customs and thought patterns developed and then relates it to our current moment of rupture.

    In pages that sometimes read like an Indiana Jones adventure, LeRoy explains the detour that philosophy took nearly a thousand years ago that has led Western society to its current, dire situation. With sharp pen and clear eye, he reveals:

  • The roots of classical philosophy, including empiricism (Ready to wade into the water?)
  • How views on ethics and morality began to take shape even before Christ
  • The three ways to attain happiness, according to the Big Three philosophers
  • Four splinter groups and how their philosophies impact us today
  • The enduring teachings of Sts. Augustine and Aquinas, among many others
  • You will find out about amazing discoveries during the early days of rationalism, from mathematical equations to intervals between music notes, and how this universal ratio applied to another scientific revelation. Along the way, you will see the relevance of famous (and infamous) beliefs, including the Realm of Forms, the Four Causes, and Pascal's Wager as well as dualism, humanism, materialism, and pantheism. Additionally, you will learn about how these ideologies provided the basis for modern-day politics, education, and belief in the transcendent, and the bridge between ancient philosophy and Christianity.

    LeRoy unveils the ways in which the beliefs our society has largely abandoned still affect our everyday lives. Knowing why we think what we think is the only way to recover the ideas -- many of them Christian in origin -- that can help turn things around and restore belief in the Unmoved Mover. This is a philosophy book not just for philosophers but for all of us.

    Wisdom of the Desert

    Wisdom of the Desert

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    The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.

    The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.
    Wisdom The Good Life

    Wisdom The Good Life

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    We all want to live well, but how can we put that desire into action? With thoughtful reflection on the biblical wisdom writers and the Rule of Benedict, Irene Nowell shows us how we too can live the good life. Each chapter includes reflection questions and meditative prayers, guiding us on a renewed journey toward wisdom and encouraging us to embody this wisdom more in our daily lives.

    With Jesus Every Day How Believing Transforms Living

    With Jesus Every Day How Believing Transforms Living

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    From his popular public addresses to his New York Times articles on evolution and faith, Cardinal Schonborn has emerged as a worldwide figure in Catholic life. In With Jesus Every Day, Cardinal Schonborn invites the reader to a deeper understanding of Jesus as Christ. He traces the life of Jesus and looks at how the faith was passed on and developed through the ages into our present time. With topics such as the voice of conscience, freedom in Christ, and acting responsibly, this book offers a clear and accessible presentation of the tradition of faith and the responses it gives for the basic questions of life.
    Work of Mercy Being the Hands and Heart of Christ

    Work of Mercy Being the Hands and Heart of Christ

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    A fresh look at the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. If you've wondered what the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are--or you want to incorporate them more authentically into your interactions with others--this book is for you. Shea's unique wit and wisdom permeate these pages, bringing the works of mercy alive in practical ways and dealing with the difficulties that arise when trying to apply them now. How, for instance, do we "ransom the captive" in our present day, much less think of it as a virtue and not as a capitulation to terrorists? In a civilization where the poor suffer from obesity, what do we do about the command to feed the hungry? What does it mean to forgive? This book tackles the works of mercy in a reverent way, with attention to the many puzzles and complications that arise for the faithful Catholic who tries to live out the works of mercy.

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

    World as It Should Be Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God

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    In The World as It Should Be, social-justice worker and citizen organizer Greg Pierce sets out to help people reimagine the kingdom of God as Jesus originally intended-it is both heavenly and earthly, and because it is earthly, each of us is called to get to work right now on creating the world as it should be.
    World as Sacrament, The: An Ecumenical Path toward a Worldly Spirituality

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    Not a few figures--writers, poets, activists, teachers--have focused on the presence of the Holy One in the ordinary, on the many possibilities of worldly spirituality. In this book, pastor, teacher, and theologian Michael Plekon introduces us to several persons of faith from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions to illumine God's presence in everyday living: the world as sacrament. In this discovery of liturgy and life entwined, Plekon shows how these lives, and our own lives, are texts about looking for and following God in everyday existence.

    Worshipping a Hidden God

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    Bishop Martinez doesn't offer new rules of prayer or demand that you abandon the forms of meditation that suit you. He simply reminds you that our God is a hidden God.

    Martinez shows you how to live in the obscurity of faith, detached both from consolations and desolations, and why this is best for your soul. The Christian who learns to do this leaves behind the perturbations of the world that shake the faith of those who don't.

    Wounded Healer Ministry in Comtemporary Society [In our own woundedness, we can become a source of life for others]

    Wounded Healer Ministry in Comtemporary Society [In our own woundedness, we can become a source of life for others]

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    "The Wounded Healer" is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, "The Wounded Healer" is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.