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A bestselling author and leading expert on the Catholic priesthood, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti forges a renewed theology of priestly blessing, encouraging his brother priests to embrace the habit of blessing people, objects, and events. He shows how the blessing is integral to the identity of priests and crucial to the spiritual wellbeing of the faithful. Rossetti fears that many priests shy away from blessing people and objects because of a lack of awareness of the rich tradition of Church blessings and a deficit in training for this important pastoral practice. In The Priestly Blessing, Rossetti urges priests to boldly and frequently embrace this ancient practice because of their unique calling. Rossetti traces the history of blessing in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. He also explores the various types of blessing, such as praise of God, the invocation of special benefit from God, and being consecrated to God. The Priestly Blessing also helps priests reflect on what saints and mystics have taught about blessing as a vital activity of the Church, and outlines connections between Catholic sacramental theology, the practice of priestly blessing, and the Catholic understanding of creation that helps make sense of priests blessing objects and animals.
This volume examines the cultural contribution of religious institutes, men and women religious, and their role in the constitution of Catholic communities of communication in England, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Low Countries, the Nordic countries, and Switzerland. The authors focus on social and cultural history by comparing both discourses and cultural and social practices, as well as examining international networks and cultural transference.
Among the questions addressed are: How did religious institutes function as cultural elites in the production and mediation of knowledge, ideologies, cultural codes, and practices? What kind of discursive and operational strategies did they use to help construct and propagate social Catholicism, ultramontanism, and confessionalism, and to establish and promote the Catholic communication system? What were the central mechanisms in the production of knowledge and how were they incorporated within identity politics?
The volume also takes a broad perspective on the role of religious institutes in the production and propagation of religious, cultural, and social practices, and in the socialization of the Catholic population. The focus is on cultural practices, the transmission and transformation of attitudes, and the rites and customs in everyday religious and social practices.
Contributors: Urs Altermatt (University of Fribourg), Patrick Bircher (Trier University), Jan De Maeyer (KADOC-KU Leuven), Katherine Harper (University of York), Franziska Metzger (University of Fribourg), Marit Monteiro (Radboud University Nijmegen), Joachim Schmiedl (Vallendar Theological Faculty), Martina Sochin D'Elia (Liechtenstein-Institute Bendern), Kristien Suenens (KADOC-KU Leuven), Esther Vorburger-Bossart (University of Lucerne), Yvonne Maria Werner (University of Lund)"
'Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith' is a collection of past writings of the newly-elected Pope on topics such as the ministry of priests, eucharistic theology, non-Christian religions, and the role of the Catholic Church in a secular world.
The only Catholic Study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the New Testament and the penetrating study tools developed by renowned Bible teachers Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch.
This volume presents the written Word of God in a highly readable, accurate translation, excellent for personal and group study. Extensive study notes, topical essays and word studies provide fresh and faithful insights informed by time-tested, authentically Catholic interpretations from the Fathers of the Church and other scholars. Commentaries include the best insights of ancient, medieval and modern scholarship, and follow the Church's guidelines for biblical interpretation. Plus, each New Testament book is outlined and introduced with an essay covering questions of authorship, date of composition, intended audience and general themes. The Ignatius Study Bible also includes handy reference materials such as a doctrinal index, a concise concordance, a helpful cross-reference system, and various maps and charts.
Pope Francis's document, Amoris Laetitia, is first and foremost a pastoral message aimed at transforming parish culture. Given this consideration, this book examines the pastoral dimension of the document-examining practical aspects of implementation, singling out issues each parish may need to flesh out-and provides end-of-chapter pastoral questions to guide parish communities in responding to this call.
A translation of Luther's Small Catechism written in contemporary language with Bible references from the New International Version.
The Catholic funeral ritual is one of the Church's greatest gifts, celebrating belief in forgiveness and resurrection. The Church lovingly opens its doors to the departed and their family and friends.
This booklet is intended to help readers plan the funeral rites of someone they love, and also help those who would like to plan their own funeral as a final gift to their loved ones.
Pastors, families and individuals will value this comprehensive full-color booklet designed to make funerals an uplifting and faith-affirming experience.
Praying people have long relied on meditative or extemporaneous prayer to express their feelings and yearnings to God. Traditional prayer, often considered rote, tends to be neglected. In The Words We Pray, author Amy Welborn offers an insightful exploration into eighteen traditional prayers and the vital role they play in the spiritual life. This enchanting prayer book includes the history and traditional use of each prayer as well as personal anecdotes to show why the body of Catholic traditional prayers is "a treasure worth rediscovering." "When we explore the history of how these prayers were composed and used," Welborn explains, "we hook into those original impulses that gave birth to the words and shaped them, impulses we still share." From the psalms to traditional Marian prayers to the Lord's Prayer to Amen, the prayers explored in The Words We Pray ae gifts from the past that can be used to great benefit today.
Prophets and Apostles combines the ?old? and the ?new??covering eleven prophets of the Old Testament and five apostles of the New Testament. Richly supplemented by passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, various prayers of the saints, helpful memorization tools, and questions for reflection, this book takes a refreshingly direct and engaging approach to the study of Scripture. Ideal for group or individual study.208 pagesISBN 1-931018-19-7paperback, trim size 8.5 x 11
In twentieth-century Canada, mainline Protestants, fundamentalists, liberal nationalists, monarchists, conservative Anglophiles, and left-wing intellectuals had one thing in common: they all subscribed to a centuries-old world view that Catholicism was an authoritarian, regressive, untrustworthy, and foreign force that did not fit into a democratic, British nation like Canada. Analyzing the connections between anti-Catholicism and national identity in English Canada, Not Quite Us examines the consistency of anti-Catholic tropes in the public and private discourses of intellectuals, politicians, and clergymen, such as Arthur Lower, Eugene Forsey, Harold Innis, C.E. Silcox, F.R. Scott, George Drew, and Emily Murphy, along with those of private Canadians. Challenging the misconception that an allegedly secular, civic, and more tolerant nationalism that emerged excised its Protestant and British cast, Kevin Anderson determines that this nationalist narrative was itself steeped in an exclusionary Anglo-Protestant understanding of history and values. He shows that over time, as these ideas were dispersed through editorials, cartoons, correspondence, literature, and lectures, they influenced Canadians' intimate perceptions of themselves and their connection to Britain, the ethno-religious composition of the nation, the place of religion in public life, and national unity. Anti-Catholicism helped shape what it means to be "Canadian" in the twentieth century. Not Quite Us documents how equating Protestantism with democracy and individualism permeated ideas of national identity and continues to define Canada into the twenty-first century.
Faithful Catholics are beginning to realize it's not their imagination. Pope Francis has led them on a journey from joy to unease to alarm and even a sense of betrayal. They can no longer pretend that he represents merely a change of emphasis in papal teaching. Assessing the confusion sown by this pontificate, Lost Shepherd explains what's at stake, what's not at stake, and how loyal believers should respond.
An essential resource for liturgical formation of the People of God, this book offers a detailed guide to the celebration of Mass, from introductory to concluding rites.
When some folks have questions about Catholicism, they're more than merely curious. They want to take a jab at your beliefs as they try to persuade you to accept theirs. Door-to-door proselytizers know what to ask. They know what a lot of Catholics can't answer. Now Patrick Madrid has compiled fifty tough questions Catholics face. They're questions he's been confronted with time and again. And he presents fifty solid, Bible-based, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-explain answers. Here is how to calmly, charitably, and effectively respond. Here are the answers to some questions you may have wondered about yourself!
Large, bold print makes it easy to read these beloved, traditional Catholic prayers that have offered consolation, comfort, and encouragement for generations. This is a thoughtful gift for a family member, friend, or fellow parishioner who has difficulty seeing. It's the perfect choice for Eucharistic adoration chapels (which can have low lighting) as well as nursing homes and hospitals. In addition to Catholicism's most familiar prayers, there are dozens of others you may have learned at a parent's knee or in a classroom under Sister's tutoring. Here are prayers that, at one time, you may have known by heart. Prayers that still can stir your heart.
This title examines the institutions of the Church and explores the significance of the sacraments, with over 180 photographs. It offers an introduction to the traditions of Catholic ritual. It describes the administrative structure of the Church, and also examines the duties performed by different sorts of nuns and priests and the vows they take. It explains the seven sacraments. It features a guide to the festivals and holy days in the Catholic calendar and the customs associated with them. The Catholic religion has a spiritual, cultural and historical heritage that spans more than 2000 years. The first part of the book explains the hierarchy and structure of the Church, from the Pope who provides guidance to the bishops in their dioceses, to the priests in their parishes. The seven sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, penance and reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, holy orders and Holy Matrimony are all described. Finally, important days and festivals in the Catholic calendar are discussed, such as Lent, The Resurrection and Easter. This title is lavishly illustrated with more than 180 photographs and fine-art paintings.
Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) became the driving force of reform within the Catholic Church in the wake of the Council of Trent following the Protestant Reformation and the primary reason Trent's dramatic reforms were successful. His remarkable accomplishments in Milan as Archbishop became the model of reform for the rest of Western Europe. Change is never easy, but St. Charles' approach - deeply biblical, personal, practical and centered on Christ - offers a road map of reform, even for today. Now for the first time in over 400 years a significant selection of his works appears in the English language. Chapter 1 offers three orations that St Charles gave as Archbishop of Milan to the other Bishops. These texts were among those that Pope Paul VI sent out to the Bishops of the world in 1963 during Vatican II. Chapter 2 contains a selection of homilies on the Eucharist and is followed by a collection of texts that treat the reform of the clergy. The final chapter presents Borromeo's efforts at mobilizing the laity in their own reform. This translation is intended to be faithful to Borromeo's Latin or Italian texts rendered into contemporary English.
In Faith Finding a Voice Cardinal Vincent Nichols invites us to join him in an exploration of the presence of God in our lives. How might we attune our ears to listen with greater attention to the voice of God, through Scripture, the teachings of the Church, divine worship and the exercise of Caritas? How might the gift of faith be realised in our lives in order that an authentic voice might be heard through our words and actions? The reader is encouraged to reflect upon the mystery of the Triune God revealed to humanity and seen uniquely in Jesus Christ. Drawing primarily upon the altarpiece The Nativity with Saints by Pietro Orioli, Cardinal Vincent shows how, by following the way and ministry of Jesus, we are drawn into union with the divine, now and for all eternity. Through this vision the Cardinal advocates the necessity of theological and religious literacy for the common good of society. This engagement encourages us to nourish the seeds of hope and to strive to build a more peaceful world through inter-faith dialogue. Such dialogue is enhanced, the Cardinal believes, through the baptised faithful understanding their role as `missionary disciples' (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 120). The ministries of the Church are portrayed as an interlocking framework in which the unity of the faithful may glorify God and serve humanity through the voice of evangelization.
African American Catholics, though small in number and historically the targets of racial intolerance, are now the backbone of the church. The vast majority of African American Catholics do not perceive racial marginalization and intolerance in the church. African American Catholics are among the strongest religious identifiers in the church, while whites show a more fragile Catholic identity. The Catholic church may have finally overcome its racist past for the vast majority of African American Catholics, but serious concerns remain for white Catholics. Based on data from a national religion survey, this book explores religious attitudes from an African American Catholic perspective.
Explains the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and how to obtain them, how He works in our souls, and what the soul is like with the Holy Spirit and also without Him. Contains many prayers. (5-2.00 ea.; 10-1.75 ea.; 25-1.25 ea.; 50-1.00 ea.; 100-.75 ea.).
This newly available edition includes
complete Biblical readings taken
from the Revised Lectionary for
Mass as well as emendations in
accord with the 1983 Code of Canon
Law. It also features a new, largersize
format and large, bold, easy-toread
type. The volume is smyth
sewn, printed and illustrated in two
colors, and comes with two ribbon
markers. 224 pages. Size 71/4 x
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