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Summarizes the Fatima messages as a return to a life of prayer, to the traditional prayer life of the Catholic Church, especially to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Great on the value of Holy Hours a forgotten secret spiritual weapon.
Parishes are the missing middle in studies of American Catholicism. Between individual Catholics and a global institution, the thousands of local parishes are where Catholicism gets remade. American Parishes showcases what social forces shape parishes, what parishes do, how they do it, and what this says about the future of Catholicism in the United States. Expounding an embedded field approach, this book displays the numerous forces currently reshaping American parishes. It draws from sociology of religion, culture, organizations, and race to illuminate basic parish processes, like leadership and education, and ongoing parish struggles like conflict and multiculturalism. American Parishes brings together contemporary data, methods, and questions to establish a sociological re-engagement with Catholic parishes and a Catholic re-engagement with sociological analysis. Contributions by leading social scientists highlight how community, geography, and authority intersect within parishes. It illuminates and analyzes how growing racial diversity, an aging religious population, and neighborhood change affect the inner workings of parishes. Contributors: Gary J. Adler Jr., Nancy Ammerman, Mary Jo Bane, Tricia C. Bruce, John A. Coleman, S.J., Kathleen Garces-Foley, Mary Gray, Brett Hoover, Courtney Ann Irby, Tia Noelle Pratt, and Brian Starks
In an age of tourism, the great challenge is to see ourselves at a deeper level: the dimension of pilgrimage. Being a pilgrim might involve a journey to distant places associated with God-revealing events, but it has more to do with simply living day by day in a God-attentive way. Jim Forest's book assists the reader to see one's life as an opportunity for pilgrimage, whether in places as familiar as your living room or walking the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. Drawing on the wisdom of the saints and his own wide-ranging travels, Forest leads us to a range of "thin places," including Iona, Jerusalem, the secret annex of Anne Frank, the experience of illness, the practice of hospitality, and other places and occasions where we may find ourselves surprised by grace.
Here is the latest in author Mary Kathleen Glavich's award-winning "Catholic Companion" series. The Catholic Companion to the Psalms is a complete, accessible and fascinating exploration of the Psalms and why are (and should be) precious to Catholics today. It offers a treasury of methods and information for understanding and praying the Psalms. Chapters include: God the Lyricist, The Psalms as Poetry, Lectio Divina with the Psalms.
This collection of short stories by John Shea compiles some of his best short writing. With an Introduction written by John Shea specifically for this collection, and Scripture passages preceding each story, it will quickly become another John Shea classic. Stories include: The Boy Turned Man, Evangelizers on the Beach, Higher Math of St. Imelda, The Antique Watch, Father of Ice Cream, Adam & Eve on Christmas Morning.
A pocket-sized guide for daily prayer and victorious living, this book includes both original and traditional prayers to help you focus on God throughout the day and in times of special need. Prayers that get to the point, combined with brief encouraging reflections, provide a framework in which you can open your heart and mind to the will of God. Whatever your situation from praying for the grace to cope with an annoying person to praying for the strength to overcome despair, Prayers for Catholic Men will help you stay the course, confident that no matter what life throws at you, God is in charge.
Published in book form for the first time, Thomas Merton's
No matter where you are on your journey of faith, God wants you to be freer. There is always more freedom, more grace, more forgiveness, more mercy, more God, Father Dave Pivonka says.
The second in a series of Bible studies based on Proverbs 31, Graced and Gifted offers tools to help you create a home that will be a place of beauty and peace where the needs of your loved ones are met. Applying Sacred Scripture, Church teaching and pastoral wisdom, Kimberly Hahn helps you explore: Time management; The art of homemaking, from creating a pleasant environment to clutter management; Food preparation; making meals a time of communion; Cultivating a garden; The importance of housework. Graced and Gifted also includes chapters on each of the sacraments as they relate to the tasks of homemaking. Discussion questions help you apply the material to your own life and make the book a valuable resource for small group discussion. Also available on DVDs featuring a lively presentation of the material by the author.
Everyone is paying attention to Pope Francis, and that includes the most unlikely of admirers: a female Baptist pastor. Veteran minister and social justice advocate Donna Schaper has become a fan of the pope, covering-him for Religion Dispatches, traveling to see him speak, and taking up many of his issues. Schaper says that Francis is a pope for all of us, and she has written him a series of letters-love letters, of a sort. She agrees with him on the environment, climate change, love of animals, and concern for the poor. But she has a lovers' quarrel with him on the issues of women's ordination and GLBT rights. Schaper's letters to Pope Francis are intimate and ornery, affirming and challenging. She has high hopes that he can heal the church and the globe, and she prods him to be even more inclusive than he already is. In the end, in spite of their disagreements, Pastor Donna loves Pope Francis, and she calls us all to join him in, loving the world.
Beginning with the life of Christ, the key events in the Christian story are retold and introduced within their historical context in this beautiful book. The second section discusses the Catholic doctrine, including the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist, the role of Mary, and heaven, hell, and purgatory. The final section of the book looks at the contemporary practice of Catholicism, while also discussing important days in the Catholic year. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 paintings, statues, maps and photographs, this book offers fresh insight into a religion which remains a potent force in millions of people's lives around the world.
In his previous book, Problems with Atonement, Stephen Finlan compellingly argues that the doctrine of atonement has been more a stumbling block to a true understanding of the relationship between God and humanity than a genuine explanation of how we relate to God and God to us. Options on Atonement reprises these arguments briefly, then looks more closely at the solutions to the problem offered by a variety of modern interpreters. Finlan's focus in this volume is on revelation, on the gradual human absorption of and interpretation of revelation received from God, the maturing of human cultures, and especially the light shed by modern family systems psychology.
At a time when public debates rage over the notion of evolution in the natural world, this book asserts that our understanding of divine revelation is likewise subject to evolution. If religion itself does not evolve, the author asserts, we are left only with an unsatisfactory choice: to remain mired in the past, or to repudiate al that is past, including our Scriptures. Will that be our choice? Or can we resolve to examine our traditions, including that of the atonement, in the light of new knowledge? Stephen Finlan chooses to do just that.
"Stephen Finlan, PhD, teaches biblical studies at Fordham University and Seton Hal University. He is also the author of "The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors" (SBL and Brill, 2004), "Problems with Atonement" (Liturgical Press, 2005) and co-editor of" Theosis: Deification in Christian Theology" (Wipf and Stock, 2006)."
This book looks at the outcome of the Second Vatican Council 50 years after its conclusion. The main question that the book answers is, "what can we learn from this epochal assembly today and for the rest of the 21st century?"
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) has always inspired devotion. Newman has made disciples as leader of the Catholic revival in the Church of England, an inspiration to fellow converts to Roman Catholicism, a nationally admired preacher and prose-writer, and an internationally recognized saint of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, he has also provoked criticism. The church authorities, both Anglican and Catholic, were often troubled by his words and deeds, and scholars have disputed his arguments and his honesty. Written by a range of international experts, The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman shows how Newman remains important to the fields of education, history, literature, philosophy, and theology. Divided into four parts, part one grounds Newman's works in the places, cultures, and networks of relationships in which he lived. Part two looks at the thinkers who shaped his own thought, while the third part engages critically and appreciatively with themes in his writings. Part four examines how those themes have shaped conversations in the churches and the academy. This Handbook will serve as an important resource to critical and appreciative exploration of the person, writings, controversies, and legacy of Newman.
The best-selling collection of the beloved pope's most personal
thoughts and writings--revised and expanded This definitive
compilation brings together the words that Pope John Paul II most
urgently wanted the world to hear and embrace. Arranged by the
themes he emphasized in his quarter century as pope--including
prayer, forgiveness, family, suffering, the church, and Christ--"Go
in P"eace gives the reader an up-close and personal look at this
great churchman's pastoral heart and passes along his vision for a
vital life of Christian faith."Make time for study, meditation, and
reflection. Use your intelligence well; make an effort to reach
correct convictions; do not waste time; deepen the motives and
foundations of faith in Christ and in the Church, so as to be firm
now and in your future. We remain firm in our faith by means of
prayer; remember St. Paul wrote: 'Pray without ceasing.'"
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A Pocket Guide to the Mass walks you through the biblical basis of prayers, the meaning behind gestures, and a brief overview of the spirituality that brings Catholics together for Eucharist each week.
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Only thirty-three days after his election, Pope John Paul I,Albino Luciani, died in strange circumstances. Almost immediately rumours of a cover-up began to circulate around the Vatican. In his researches David Yallop uncovered an extraordinary story: behind the Pope's death lay a dark and complex web of corruption within the Church that involved the Freemasons, Opus Dei and the Mafia and the murder of the 'Pope's Banker' Roberto Calvi. When first published in 1984 In God's Name was denounced by the Vatican yet became an award-winning international bestseller. In this new edition, Yallop brings the story up to date and reveals new evidence that has been long buried concerning the truth behind the Vatican cover-up. This is a classic work of investigative writing whose revelations will continue to reverberate around the world.
John Paul II: The Encyclicals in Everyday Language, an Orbis bestseller, now includes the Pope's most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio ("Faith and Reason"). Father Donders gives us the gist of this complex encyclical and the twelve that preceded it in easy-to-read sense lines. In a penetrating epilogue entitled "The Man and the Message", Father Donders offers a profound interpretation of John Paul II's legacy and the unity of his thirteen encyclicals. Here Donders shows that the pope's teaching is best understood as an expression of his fundamental intuition into the meaning of Christianity.
Presuming a passionate desire on God's part for an intimate relationship with each one of us, Father Barry presents a collection of 17 meditations to serve as steps toward that encounter. Enlivened by a rich array of stories, poetry, and quotations, the meditations feature the works of John Donne, C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Conner, J.D. Salinger, and others.
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