The Five Stones. A Tale for Young Catholics.

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The church has many laborers, of many ages and backgrounds, in the vineyard, who are willing to take on the necessary risks of evangelization. Lamas told me, but she said she refuses to despair over the situation. For Mr. Lewis, the story of Jesus walking with the disciples on the road to Emmaus serves as a good foundation for the conversation to come.

But it was away from Jerusalem, so he walked the wrong direction for seven miles But two things interfered with that plan, whether it was divine or human: 1. In the end, I realized I could no longer say, "Credo en unum deum" and, with that, my own faith journey and religious vocation were forever at an end. As long as young people find readings that reach them as Camus and Kafka did me, they will continue to leave Holy Mother Church. That is beyond The Church's control.

But the Church hierarchy does have control over its vocation directors and priest. It might work harder at keeping them from driving young people away based on their prejudices and fears. Would I have been a good priest? Maybe not. But neither I nor that vocation director got the chance to find out. And if he exists, God didn't either. What was it about Kafka and Camus that made you take them more seriously than Jesus' words?

I knew Camus and he would be appalled that you left the faith because of what he wrote was all about a search for faith. Once the baby boomers are gone the church will be fine. Yes I am saying baby boomers are at fault for the churches current problems. This too shall pass.

The statistics speak for themselves. Something urgent needs to be done, but nearly every example has to do with exposing people to the rule book or getting together for a social event, neither of which has much to do with real life. Saint Josemaria Escriva, the Founder of Opus Dei was a visionary who was able to promulgate the message that sainthood can be achieved through our everyday work. When young Catholics leave school or college their religion has to be part of their everyday life.

They have to belong to the Catholic community, which means that there has to be a Catholic community, which is more than a church. In the first few hundred years after Christ, Christian communities were more like enlarged families, with people looking after the interests of one another. Our clergy is overworked and more young Catholics should become involved in ministries that assist the clergy.

This will free up some Clergy time to communicate with the movers and shakers in their parish so that there is a top down transference of work and skills for the younger members of the community. One example: Every Catholic parish should have a Catholic Community Bank so that the capital of mature parish members is available to create the housing, and financial needs for the young families in the parish. Think about what the young need. If we adults act like Christians our children will remain christians.

I was a youngster during the baby boom years, so current trends for young people are not my area of expertise, but it was entirely clear to me before I started first grade that the Catholic Church gave the message that God had little or no regard for girls and women. When I see cassock and surplice attire on male-only servers, I am painfully reminded of that early lesson on church misogyny. When the Church begins to value women and give women an opportunity to speak and to participate in decision-making, it will have a much better chance of retaining its young people.

As a recipient of that privilege and having had virtually no contact with nuns or laywomen who were active in the Church until my college years, it's far too easy to gloss over that important - even critical - issue. My son and daughter are in their early 40's, rarely go to church and are raising beautiful families. The also have advanced degrees.

They became disgusted with the abuse COVERUP news, asking how church leadership all the way up to popes could think saving church reputation was more important than safety of children. Also, in their careers, diversity is the norm. The have many gay friends and accept them openly. Muslims, Jews, any and all, my children respect those who are different than their norm. My daughter speaks passionately against the no-female clergy factor. They laugh that they were taught it was a sin.

Some readers may post negatively on my explanation and that's fine. They article asked for input and that's mine. I still consider my children as wonderful gifts from God and I don't fear for their salvation without the church. Actually if they arrived at their birth control position thru the " fear and trembling" of Phillipians But if they arrived at that position with light research, no prayer, and largely self will, then they face a tough punishment after death or prior.

But the other issues of gay acts and female clergy connote that they give little time to the book Jesus sent them. There is no Amish family that would socialize laughingly with active gays due to Romans chapter one but the Amish should be interceding continually throughout the year for them and for all groups doing those things listed as grave matter in the NT. Christ told satan during the desert temptation But that's not what Christ said Sex is important in scripture because its intensity makes it competitive with seeking God Hugh Hefner is learning all about that on the other side as Solomon learned on the other side Solomon went from being the wisest to surrendering to that which is most competitive to seeking God.

Everything Jesus said and did with regard to sexuality indicates that he considered sexuality private. He kept the crowd from killing the woman caught in adultery. He ended ritual impurity with regard to menstruation and childbirth. He said absolutely nothing about homosexuality. You can say that Scripture talks about sexuality, but the Gospels do not. When the Catholic Church begins to understand what Jesus taught about sexuality, it will be a much friendlier place for women. Women often choose the family place of worship, so making the Church friendly to women will help greatly in evangelizing the Catholics who have left.

Christ as one within the Trinity inspired the entire Bible He therefore told you that gay acts are forbidden in se Vatican II in Dei Verbum Christ gave the death penalty for adultery as God and He was ending it in the incident of the woman caught in adultery. She had been " taken in the act" which means they caught the male also but???

According to Deuteronomy, the witnesses in that non complex, non court case were to stone her and him right there on the spot as was done to Stephen in a non complex blashemy and as was tried against Christ in the temple but He passed thru their hands. Non complex cases called for instant stoning by law Christ then wrote in the dirt How do we know? By the manner in which they left He had given them the Sinai death penalties for sin but was ending them since they were to be replaced with access to grace and since He was decreasing the power of Satan whom He says He could see "falling like lightning from the sky.

You have added a lot of speculation to a fairly simple story. The story may be simple but it has significant ramifications that better the lives of women.

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Men who claim that what they write has God as the author are outside the realm of credibility. Lise, That is quite a claim about Jesus. What is your take on the Samaritan Women at the Well who Jesus reminds has only one true husband? The church will be a no go for young people until there is full inclusion of LGBTQ people including all sacraments--yes, that means marriage! The young people do not want to live in The Handmaid's Tale, and unfortunately, the church is complicit in backing laws that disempower women.

These are the big reasons, the "elephants in the room. These are the reasons, people! Here's my tale of two daughters, one coming back to the church after years away, and another who attended a diocesan high school and is converting to Judaism. My husband and I are interfaith. He is a secular Jew, and I am a practicing Catholic. His family loved me, and I love to cook, so we celebrated Jewish and Christian holidays together. My Catholic birth family was hundreds of miles away, and rarely visited us, so our girls did not know them well.

Both girls early on attended excellent public schools in the DC suburbs, went to CCD I served often as a catechist , and were raised in the faith. Older girl was interested in Judaism, went to Hillel in college, did a Birthright trip to Israel, and expected to go through full conversion to my husband's faith after law school in Louisiana.

Didn't happen. I had told her I supported her in whatever she decided, but she had to go fully into it instructions, temple membership, Hebrew school for the kids, etc. Older one joined a Baton Rouge law firm with lots of philanthropic activities after work hours in.

One day she called me out of the blue to tell me she was coming back to the church. When I asked her why, she said one reason was "good" and the other "pragmatic and selfish. The second was that in her work alongside of the firm's Catholic partners, she found that the church was the greatest force for good and serving the poor and disenfranchised in the community. She has since joined a parish, and our twin grandsons will attend the excellent school there.

My husband and I have since retired, and are also settled in Baton Rouge to help her and her husband. The parishes here are so different than most of the ones I have known elsewhere. They are much more welcoming and have loads of things going on for people of all ages and backgrounds. My other girl was severely ADD, and influenced by some negative peers in middle school. After a few incidents which showed "the handwriting on the wall," we sent her to the local diocesan high school, which had an excellent academic reputation.

I wish I could say it strengthened her faith, but it did not. The religion teachers seemed to be pre-occupied with abortion. It started to really turn her off even though she was pro-life. She also saw a lot of hypocrisy on the part of a couple of priests there. Second girl took required theology courses at the small Methodist college where she was on the dean's list. She did delve into Judaism, and after consultation with a priest, some ministers, and a rabbi, decided to become a Jew. She now walks to synagogue a few blocks from her apartment in VA, takes religious instructions there, and comes into work early on Fridays to leave an hour early to observe the Sabbath.

I think second daughter also made an informed decision, and I support her. Both of my girls work regularly with Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Evangelical Christians, and all kinds of people. The leadership in our faith needs to recognize this. I also read several years ago that according to a study by Georgetown University, the more formally educated a woman is, the more likely she is to leave the faith, like three times more likely if she holds advanced degrees. The church has a "woman problem.

This is wrong. The old excuse of the apostles being all male does not hold up either, for a couple of reasons. Some of these male apostles were married, but priests have to be celibate, even though this was not the case in the early church. The Acts cite many women who preached and assumed leadership roles as well, not to mention Our Lord treating them as equals and with respect. This is already too long! Very interesting article and comments. After an already longer than average life and marriage, and with a larger than average family, we have experienced a variety of life stories reflective of at least some of the stories told in both the article and comments.

But we have been able to draw few broad conclusions from our observations and experiences. We try to give advice, suggestions, encouragement and tangible assistance as well of course as prayers. This is, I think like many of the responses, a very considered and thoughtful comment. I appreciate that very much! What an astonishing article. It is very long, yet not once does the author even allude to the reasons thirty million are "former Catholics" nor to the reasons that the young adult generation of which he is a part is leaving in even greater proportions than did their older siblings, parents and even grandparents.

He notes: There were , weddings in the church in In , Gabriel Amorth was Chief Exorcist of Rome. In his last book, An Exorcist Explains the Demonic , published shortly before his death, he gives eye-opening accounts of the deadly antics of Satan and the fallen angels but also spiritual remedies for foiling their tactics.

He goes into details of the cult of Satan and its manifestation. He describes such actives as the Black Mass ,and agents such as wizards, fortune tellers and witches and common cultural activities as horror films. He also explains what an exorcism is. In the final chapters he explains the aids the Church provides to dispel Satan and his enticements and the hope for mercy we have from the life and death of Christ. The library has two new graphic novels, they were called comic books in my day. They are written by a contemplative priest who lives a life of prayer, adoration, work and study in central Massachusetts.

These are written for the older teenager and adult. They present a novel way of learning the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these books will help support the Maronite Monks of Adoration. Rosalind was a very successful business woman and pious Jew. In California, she encountered evangelical Christians who showed her how Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament. She became not only a good Protestant, but one who felt the Catholic Church was wrong in all its teachings. Five years ago, she founded a religious order for older women.

In this very large page volume, Royal presents a comprehensive and very balanced assessment of notable Catholic persons of the last century. He evaluates the works of leading figures, in the humanities such as G. One very valuable section of the book covers the theories and philosophies the major figures who shaped Vatican Council II. The thoroughness with which Dr. Royal presents his material is well worth the time spent reading it.

This book will no doubt be referred to by persons for many years to come. He then demonstrates the true meaning of God sending His only Son as told in the New Testament account. Here he explains the significant role of Mary in this and how the Advent liturgies prepare us for this marvelous event. The message in this CD is the perfect way to show us why and how the Christ Child is the real center and reason for this holy season. Good listening for all ages. She knew Christ was always there watching over her even when His voice seemed silent.

Our parish encourages adoration before the Blessed Sacrament either in the tabernacle or when it is exposed in the monstrance. But why should this practice be encouraged? This centuries old Catholic pious custom is one of the strongest ways we show our belief in Christ and attest to the truths of the Catholic church. He describes how prayer can help transform us into the life of Christ. He suggests how we can make life a continuous prayer and a means to meeting God in all we do each day.

These suggestions can aid us in avoiding and falling into a non thinking routine in the spiritual life. This is a good companion to take to adoration at church or to use during private meditation home. Based on a true situation, it is a story of hope and love. A good family movie to be enjoyed more than once.

The pictures are beautiful, the narration clear and add much to the charm of the volume. But more importantly if we realize that it is the work and care of these places by Catholic priests and some religious women, that make it possible to visit and enjoy the Holy Land, we can appreciate why God chose some persons to this religious vocation. We have much to be thankful to these religious orders and their many years of service in preserving these treasures of the Church. Theirs is a special vocation that deserves our admiration, prayers and support. The last weeks of reviews have been about money.

Making peace with money entails something other than money. What is needed is the realization of the relationship between our spiritual and financial lives. He asks us to consider some both profound and practical questions. For example, how do we address the temptations against generosity? Have we ever considered there is a battle between mercy and envy and envy is the single biggest factor that stops people from making peace with money? What is needed to convert our anxiety to trust? At the end of each chapter is one question for reflection and a suggestion for implementing changes in our life to help us make true peace with money.

It is a great book to share as a couple. It would make a wonderful first anniversary present for yourself or a family members. In this small book, Lowry explains how practicing Christian principles can help us practice sanctify in our everyday work place. Understood correctly, ambition and success are positive virtues. This is not a book of platitudes but of concrete suggestions on handling the challenges we encounter in the workplace. Then he asks an in depth question for personal reflection in our path to holiness. A job is more than just making money. This would be a great book for a discussion group.

No task was too humble for her. There are many photos in this volume, but I particularly like the one on page that shows St. Faustina in her habit with her hands crossed. It is the hands that capture my attention. They are ones of a hard working person. They are sturdy but rough. No doubt they spent many times folded in prayer. These hands can be a good example for us. God uses both the contemplative and the hardy laborer in his vineyard….

Just about everyone needs it. Many persons seem to need or want more of it than others. Everyone struggles with it at times. Most persons hesitate talking about it in polite conversation. Popes have written encyclicals concerning the implications of it. Pastors usually dislike preaching on it. Of course it is money. Given these facts, the library has accessed several books on the topic. This is a practical guide to becoming and staying debt free.

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The author went from having just the basics of living to extreme wealth to bankruptcy to final recognition of the true value and use of money. His personal habits almost cost him his family. With much prayer and perseverance he overcame bad spending habits and decisions and now shares how he accomplishes this. He tells why and how to avoid his mistakes. This is a good reference tool for learning how to manage, enjoy, spend and share the money with which God has blessed us.

In each of the six chapters in her book, Walk In Her Sandals , she begins by setting the stage for what we are to ponder in the events of these special religious days. Next she offers comments on their meanings as gleaned from both the Old and New Testaments and Church Fathers. From this the reader explores the specific gifts, such as receptivity or self giving of woman.

Next there is a prayerful reading of the Scripture passage of these days. Anyone interested in discussing this book is welcome to join the Ave Maria Book Club,Thursday, March 1, at in the library. But, she asks what about those habits in our lives that cause us unhappiness or hurt other? How are they occasions of sin? She lists thirteen, such as, gloominess, griping, deliberate spite or passive aggression and excessive self-interest. With humor, self confession and empathy she describes how we easily fall into to these behavioral patterns and how they effects us and others.

Then she offers practical ways to change. Instead, it provides a very in-depth search for reforming our lives and conforming us to the life Christ wants us to enjoy.

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Anyone interested in discussing this book is welcome to join the Ave Maria Book Club, Thursday, November 2, at in the library. Many persons all around the world witnessed Mother Angelia on the Eternal Word Television station which she founded. She was admired for her wit, her no nonsense defense of the Catholic church, her love for the Eucharist, care for suffering persons and her perseverance in physical pain and suffering. He also relates the struggles and conflicts within her religious community.. Arroyo believes her common sense approach to these problems and her suffering show that life as a religious is not always easy.

These trials show us both her humanness and also her deep trust in the mercy of Jesus. Clergy, religious and laity can all learn from her example. The conversational style, also, makes this very enjoyable reading.


This is an exceptional collection of the lives of both long- canonized and contemporary saints. Some may be better known than others. Augustine, St. Bernadette, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Maximilian Kolbe surely sound familiar. Maybe not. In all, there are thirty single- page biographies.

The last paragraph of each biography focuses on what the reader can emulate from that saint, and an accompanying prayer- on a separate page- asks the saint for their help in doing so. On the day she is born, the princess receives her first kiss from God, and her parents save it for her in the castle tower until she is grown. When that time comes, suitors appear seeking her hand, but none of them is Prince Charming. And the symbolism so skillfully embedded within the story takes it to a whole new level, opening a path for discussion with girls and boys.

Holy Crocodile , by Caroline Cory, is a book for animal lovers. Otters rescue a man numbed in cold waters. Spiders hide a Christian boy from Roman soldiers by weaving thick webs. Sound far- fetched? Well, this is a book based on legends- not necessarily the true lives- of saints from Roman Catholic, Coptic, and Orthodox traditions. A few saints offer help first, and are helped in return, but in most of these stories the saints are aided in answer to prayer. In most cases, the creatures act outside their instincts, or above and beyond their natural inclinations, to aid the saints.

After 35 years as an elementary school teacher, Carol Gordon Ekster knows how to write for children. After brushing his teeth and trying a minor bedtime stalling tactic, the boy hops into bed. Though he was never ordained a priest his life of holiness has led millions of men to the priesthood and women to the religious life. The Life of St. Francis by St Bonaventure shows us how this came to be. This biography written only 30 years after St. Francis during his life. It offers the reader a depth of the Love of God by both Francis and Bonaventure.

It is easy to comprehend how men and women through the centuries sought the Franciscan religious life to capture this understanding. All that we know about those mysterious beings called angels comes to us from Revelation, Scripture, and Church teachings. In Angels on High , Celina Therrien Sareh shares that knowledge with children, referencing all of those sources in clear, succinct language. And her illustrations are heavenly, in the vivid colors and style of stained glass windows.

What an engaging way to learn about these special protectors, guides, and companions of ours. In addition to her own text, Sarweh draws on quotes from the Old and New Testaments, the saints, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each page is supplemented with these original sources for the benefit of older children and adults. The first is a board book designed for small hands, soft laps, and curious minds. Battle of Jericho , by Connie Morgan Wade, tells the Old Testament story of how Joshua and his men circled Jericho, bringing down its walls with their shouts and horn blasts.

Though he was never ordained a priest, his life of holiness has led millions of men to the priesthood and women to the religious life. More importantly the biography shows the operation of the Spirit of God, both in the subject and in the writer. If we read the newspaper, listen to radio or watch television we can not help but realize religion is under attack. It is not only in the Asia and the near east but also the western world that Christians are being persecuted for their faith..

It is divided into three major sections: Smells and Bells; Seasons of the Church Year; and the very unique but very apropos title: Seasons of Life. Section two explains the significance of not only the Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter but Ordinary time with emphasis on autumn and summer and winter. Section three addresses childhood; adolescence; young adulthood and adulthood. Here the authors discuss such things as First Communion, finding a spiritual director, sickness and suffering. Along with the Bible and the Catechism this would be a good practical book for every Catholic household.

It would be a perfect wedding or anniversary gift. May and June are typically months for weddings. It is the time older married guests rejoice with the newlyweds and stop and review their own marriage. They say the couple must realize they are called to be faithful, free, fruitful, and love totally and forever. This book which might seem to be for marriage prep, is a good refresher course for couples married two to seventy years. Catholic priests have two mothers: the mother who gave them life and Mary, the Mother of the Church who watches over their temporal and spiritual life.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen had a particular love for Mary, and he constantly called on her protection. He shows how love of and trust in Mary give honor to God. Understanding her tender motherly love, her humility, her faith and her witness to Christ at the Cross are examples for priests in the challenges and joys they find in serving the laity. They know they can call on Mary in all their needs, both in good times and in difficult times.

We have all heard it said that the Catholic Church condoned slavery; persecuted the Jews; murdered millions of Protestants during the Inquisition; and started the Crusades as a war against Muslims. In his book, Bearing False Witness : Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History , he methodically presents the fallacy of these and other statements about the church. What is particularly interesting is Professor Stark is not a Catholic. In this book he purposely supports his research by citing from the best historians in each of the areas he discusses.

The book, while thorough in the presentation of facts not hearsay, is easy to read. As Catholics, we should read it for his great defense of our faith. Julian was an anchoress who lived in Norwich, England in the fourteen century. She greatly desired to understand the sufferings of Christ. She is renowned for having been the first known person to speak of God as feminine. Know it well, love was his meaning…Who reveals it to you? What did he reveal to you? Why does he reveal it to you? For Love. Her thoughts are clear.

Her love for God and His love for us are beautifully expressed. Carl Olson, who read his way into the Catholic church observed this question so frequently by agnostic authors of popular books and TV programs he decided to answer it from a Catholic perspective. These doubters I believe the resurrection of Jesus should not be accepted by any reasonable person. If you were Pope Francis and children wrote questions to you, would you have time to respond and just how would you answer? Children from all over the world did ask some of the following questions of the Pope.

How can God hear us? Do bad persons have guardian angels? Included are drawings the children sent with their letters. A very lovely book for children but an inspiring one for all of us. A wonderful gift for the children in you life. Many parents bemoan the fact that their children, after high school, find life in the world more exciting without the Church. Archbishop Coakley never really abandoned God in his life, but the last thing he thought of was becoming a priest.

God had other plans. You will also want to delve even deeper into your own prayer life after listening to his inspiring words in the CD, Prayer. Who knows, they may be pleasantly surprised one day to find that they too might be the parents of a priest. Making the Stations of the Cross is a pious practice anytime but e s p e c i a l l y me a n i n g f u l during the holy season of Lent. Mother Angelica offers us some beautiful me d i t a t i o n s for praying at each station. These are included in her book, Praying with Mother Angelica. Also included are meditations on the Rosary and her short conversations with God.

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Gaitley could outdo his 33 Days to Morning Glory but his is a rare case where the sequel surpasses the original. It is the answer to those who want to practice and live the New Evangelization. Gaitley shows us a way to grow in our spiritual life in the culture in which we live. Good reading during Lent.

Jean Jugan was the sixth of eight children. Her father, a fisherman on the coast of France, died when Jean was four. Her mother raised the children to be strong in their faith. As a peasant girl, Jean worked for families in her village. She nursed the sick; did laundry; took care of children of the poor; and was a loving companion for wealthy families who needed her.

When she was 47, she encountered a sick elderly blind woman freezing in the street. Jean took her in and nursed her until she died. From this experience, she established a ministry to the poor and elderly which we now know as the Little Sisters of the Poor. Some of his ideas can be accomplished on the day they are suggested and others might be a practice you do all throughout Lent. For example, on day nineteen, the suggestion is,read a biography of St. Joseph and pray for all the fathers in your life, your own, your pastor your bishop and the Pope.

Here you will read 40 unique strategies for making this time before Easter a true time for spiritual growth. This is book you will want to read before Lent so you can decide what practices you want to incorporate during the next 40 days. She is particularly respected because of her correspondence with Saint Mother Teresa. She also has a great devotion to the Blessed Mother through the promotion of the Miraculous Medal. What was not known until the release of her autobiography, The Kiss of Jesus , were her many harrowing experiences throughout her adult life. It was her faith that gave her strength to persevere when there seemed to be little hope for her survival and those of her five children.

This is an edifying read for anyone but especially for anyone, who has personally experienced divorce, or whose family members and friends have. In, the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia: On the Love in the Family , Pope Francis, encourages all families to live to their fullest potential in their journey to heaven. He offers wisdom and practical advise for meeting the challenges the modern families meet today. He calls the Church to be a sign of mercy and encouragement. In the early years of his papacy, he gave an interview to a leading journalist, Peter Seewald.

In the CD of this interview, the Pope focuses on many topics concerning the Church and the world, but his discussion of the priesthood is the most stirring of all. In his five years of preparation he read and studied all available first century Coptic, Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek evidence to discover the answers to this challenging question. In his clearly written easy to read style he presents his findings in a logical sequence. The most important aspect of his work is it provides us a deeper love of Christ and the faith of His first followers.

The veneration of relics has always been important in the Jewish and Christian faiths. She tells of the intense scrutiny and the scientific testing that the relics of Jesus and Mary have undergone. She describes the details behind the relics of some of our favorite saints such as Francis of Assisi, St. Bernadette, St Therese of Lisieux. This is a book you can read from cover to cover or a single chapter at a time.

It makes for good reading or as a useful research source. And I love his aunt Lucille! Want a good fast reading novel for these usually quieter days of winter? The Book Thief is a good choice. Reading about war is never pleasant but seeing the goodness of the human spirit that war can sometimes manifest in people is beautiful. The setting is a small town in Germany in The main character is a twelve year old orphan, Liesel. Her parents were murdered by the Germans because they were communists. She is placed with a middle age couple who in their kindness hide a Jew from the Nazi authorities.

There was sadness, humor, cruelty, terror, and fear during the war years. There was, also, hope, endurance and perseverance. A good book for the long nights of January. Sacred Heart Library is blessed with wonderful patrons who have wide reaching and viewing interests. We are also blessed with generous donors. Because of these factors, we were able to purchase a magnificent art book, The Adoration of the Mystical Lamb. It is the second most viewed painting next to the Mona Lisa. In this volume the author, Fabric Hadjadj, explains the mystery behind the various reasons and places the painting has been stored, hidden or displayed for over more than the past years.

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What is most interesting is the depth of religious symbolism Hadjadj so clearly shows us. This provides beautiful meditations, especially on the Eucharist. This work would be a lovely gift for a special person in your life, even if he or she is not an art authority. And I love his Aunt Lucille! What do you think the Swiss Guards eat? What about the nuns and cooks who prepare these meals? And lest you forget, prayer is part of every meal, and some of the favorites are included here.

They might become some of your favorites too. Only by looking through this book can you fully appreciate its beauty, love and wealth of helpful information. Matrimony and Holy Orders are the two vocations most frequently chosen by the majority of people. Edward Sri and his guests show how marriage and strong family life can foster clerical vocations. They show the beauty of celibacy in the clerical state and the example holy priests give to the world. They discuss the questions each individual must ask before entering either of these vocations, with the main one being: how best can I serve God and do His will?

This DVD is a good overview of these beautiful sacraments. Jane Frances de Chantal encouraged St. Father T. Morrow offers us a straight forward, insightful and inspiring solutions on this subject in his book, Overcoming Sinful Anger. In my opinion, this is one the best short books on this subject to come to the library in many years.

Some of us have the idea that our holy saints never had to confront personal evil. You will love these saints even more and will want to share the story of their strength and faith in Christ. God calls men from many different backgrounds to shepherd his flock. Camillus of Lellis was a soldier and hard core gambler who never saw himself as a priest. Today he is known as the patron saints of doctors, nurses and the sick. Eventually, he was ordained a priest. He has been praised for ridding Rome of bubonic plague and hailed as the Saint of Rome.

In the 21st Century, the Order of Camillians still carries out his good work with the poor. Watch the DVD of his life to learn about this holy man. The colorful pictures explain each segment of the prayer. This small book lets a child see what the words to the prayer mean. It can even help with memorizing the prayer. Can you answer any of the following questions?

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Who is the patron saint of travelers? How old must a man be to be elected pope? How do we define Catholic dogma? Keating should know. He has over 36 years of experience answering questions for Catholics and non Catholics. He is the founder of Catholic Answers Live, author of numerous books, and publisher of a magazine and various religious pamphlets. His new book, The Ultimate Catholic Quiz , is both instructive and entertaining. Best of all, you will come away from the experience feeling a greater appreciation for the depth and reasonableness of our faith. Asking the questions at a family dinner would be a fun way to engage in conversation because the book provides the explanation to four possible answers to each question.

In the DVD, a panel of clergy and lay persons discuss the care the Church has given to the poor and the most vulnerable in society. They show how it has consoled the grieving and aided in lessening the suffering of many. They explain how the Gospel must be applied in economics, politics and the culture. They describe the good work done by religious organizations and dioceses in hospitals, schools, universities and care centers world- wide.

Lewis has lived and worked in Rome as a correspondent for nearly forty years so she knows much of the unique beauty and history of this Eternal City. She takes us on a tour of the seven pilgrim basilica; she explains what a jubilee year is; what indulgences. How much do I tip? Where is the best pasta? Even before his conversion to Catholicism, G. Chesterton had a great appreciation for two very different saints: Thomas Aquinas and Francis of Assisi. Many theologians and philosophers, as well as ordinary readers think his biographies of these two giants of the Catholic faith are some of the best ever written.

Listening to this is a delightful and easy way to understand not only the theology but also the depth of the spirituality of Thomas and Francis. This is good background information for anyone considering a vocation to the clergy. In her book, Experience Grace in Abundance: Ten Strategies for Your Spiritual Life , she shares what she understands as the best way to develop our relationship with God and others. All ten chapters are significant, but her one on Prayer is perhaps the very best.

Obviously Mrs Benkovic is a woman of prayer. This chapter is worth the price o the book. Robert R. There is much information in the media and the blogosphere concerning this faith. In this CD he shows how living our Catholic faith prompts us to act on the works of mercy and aim for holiness at the same time. He gives us examples of doing this in our everyday lives of work, home and recreation. An inspiring CD. Evangelical Exodus , edited by Douglas M. Beaumont, describes the journey of nine Protestant Evangelical seminarians to the Catholic Church. Their journey was not easy.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and their personal determination to search for truth, they conquered all the major stumbling blocks: Mary; Sola Fide; and the disbelief of family, teachers and friends. All say it was the Eucharist and the beauty of the liturgy that carried them forward and helped them overcome discouragement. Through their experiences, explanations and obvious love of Catholicism, we recognize the treasures and gift of our faith. Their witness spurs us to learn more.

Beautiful Mercy is the perfect reading companion during this Year of Mercy. Matthew Kelly has enlisted the thoughts of twenty-six Catholic priests, religious,and laity concerning their insights on this topic. The basis of their ideas are the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In their three page essays, we learn how mercy has been manifested in their lives and how we can apply this to our own.

A good read when you want or need a quick inspiring thought to begin or end your day. We know that we are all called to holiness but how? We are told: imitate the saints and love your neighbor. Pray more. But some of us ask, just how?. Like de Caussade, Kreeft shows that God reveals Himself in the daily events our lives. When we pay attention to these, God helps us in holiness. That is the question posed by Catholic convert, scripture scholar, author and travel guide Stephen Ray, in his hour long CD, Swimming Upstream.

He uses the era of the first Christians whose work at spreading the gospel, was much more perilous than ours today but is every bit as important. Ray offers practical suggestions for us today based on the example of these early Christians. Their approach made the Gospel personal and inviting and therefore pertinent and relevant to the citizens of Rome and Greece. Ray believes we can emulate this and have success as they did.

This is well worth the listening to. The musical world has a new tenor. He is praised for the richness of his voice and the depth of his presentation. At a young age he was interested in music but also felt that God was calling him to be a Franciscan Friar. In college he was proficient in organ but also had to take voice lessons. When he realized he was not going to pass his final exams because of low marks in voice he asked to be accepted into the monastery immediately instead of waiting until graduation as it had been planned.

Since his spiritual advisor would not accept him until he passed this exam he studied and passed and then entered the Monastery. If you appreciate good detective stories based on historical evidence then Iota by T. Doran is for you. The story begins in November ; two months after Russia took over Poland.

Joel Hodge, from ACU's School of Theology, says the belief is that indulgences can reduce believers' need for purification from the effects of sin in Purgatory before they can enter heaven. To this day they've been given out by the Church for acts of charity or the recital of prayers, as examples. You can use them for yourself or loved ones who have died. Luther had a problem with the fact the Catholic Church of his day was essentially selling indulgences — indeed, according to Professor MacCulloch, they helped pay for the rebuilding of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Later, Luther appears to have dropped his belief in Purgatory altogether. Certainly, he denied that a person's actions had any role to play in salvation, saying faith alone was what counted. According to Dr Hodge, Catholics teach that divine revelation is communicated through scripture and tradition.

For instance, they argue the living tradition oral stories, practices existed before the New Testament was written down. Examples of Catholic tradition include clerical celibacy, papal infallibility and the immaculate conception of Mary the mother of Jesus. But Luther disapproved of any additional traditions. He taught that the Bible alone was the source of revelation. These must come from Scripture," he said. Carole Cusack, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney, says Luther didn't just reject clerical celibacy: he himself went on to become "the model for the Protestant clerical marriage".

They enjoyed a happy marriage and had six children," she said. Luther also directly contributed to putting the Bible into the hands of ordinary people, creating a highly influential German translation of the New Testament. But critics have argued it was the Catholic Church which determined the contents of the New Testament in the first place and that even Protestants have beliefs that aren't spelled out by Scripture — for instance, the universal baptism of infants. Luther believed people were saved by faith alone and that this was the summary of all Christian doctrine, and that the Catholic Church of his day had got this wrong.

It's often stated Catholics, by contrast to Protestants, believe a mixture of faith and works is necessary for salvation. It should be noted, however, many Catholics believe their objection to "faith alone" has been misunderstood. They would say true faith can't actually be separated from works, and that Catholics agree it is grace that gives salvation.

Faith is looking at Christ, entrusting oneself to Christ, being united to Christ, conformed to Christ, to his life. And the form, the life of Christ, is love; hence to believe is to conform to Christ and to enter into his love. So it is that in the Letter to the Galatians in which he primarily developed his teaching on justification, St Paul speaks of faith that works through love.

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