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Obedience. The Authority of the Word By Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
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There is a kind of obedience which concerns superiors and subjects, religious and lay people alike, and it is not the obedience of man to man but the obedience of man to God. This is the obedience... More > which sustains and makes acceptable all other kinds of obedience, to parents, to civil and religious authorities, to rules and to “every human institution”. It is precisely in order to make this obedience to law and visible authority flourishing again that we must start from obedience to God and to his Word. Obedience is not in fact renewed by law, but by grace; not by the letter, but by the Spirit. It is the Spirit – that is, Grace – which alone can give man both the command and the capacity to obey. “Law was given so that we may seek grace; grace was given so that we may observe the law”, says St. Augustine. It is therefore to the Spirit that we entrust ourselves, so that he may take us by the hand and guide us in our quest to rediscover the great secret of obedience.< Less
Poverty By Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
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In four chapters Father Cantalamessa deals with each of four different aspects of poverty in the light of the Gospel message of Christ: Negative material poverty, an unfortunate social condition... More > endured by far too many which is dehumanizing and must be combated; Positive material poverty, an evangelical ideal which liberates people from their inordinate attachments to the things of this world; Negative spiritual poverty, sometimes referred to as the poverty of the rich because it is characterized by the absence of spiritual wealth and of truly human values; and Positive spiritual poverty, otherwise known as the wealth of the poor, the finest blossom on the tree of biblical poverty. Following the example of St. Francis of Assisi the author shows how wealth, properly appreciated and used in the service of the poor, can actually be a source of blessing and peace.< Less
Virginity. A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven By Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
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We live in a cultural milieu in which it is no longer possible to have any confidence in external supports from society or the media to help one remain chaste — in the single state or in a life... More > consecrated to God by vows. Today much depends on the strong personal motivations of the individual coupled with the grace of God and a heavy dose of common sense for one to live this lifestyle. Still it is not only possible to do so, but to do so with joy. This little book on celibacy and virginity for the sake of the Kingdom seeks to help create the kind of motivation necessary, drawing heavily on texts from the New Testament which address many of the problems and objections frequently leveled against the very idea of living chastely with the restraint, discipline and self‑control required. Young people, for whom this book was mainly written, are shown how to live the charism of virginity and celibacy charismatically — that is “as a gift, in all humility, with joy and perfect freedom.”< Less
Virginity By Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
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We live in a cultural milieu in which it is no longer possible to have any confidence in external supports from society or the media to help one remain chaste — in the single state or in a life... More > consecrated to God by vows. Today much depends on the strong personal motivations of the individual coupled with the grace of God and a heavy dose of common sense for one to live this lifestyle. Still it is not only possible to do so, but to do so with joy. This little book on celibacy and virginity for the sake of the Kingdom seeks to help create the kind of motivation necessary, drawing heavily on texts from the New Testament which address many of the problems and objections frequently leveled against the very idea of living chastely with the restraint, discipline and self‑control required. Young people, for whom this book was mainly written, are shown how to live the charism of virginity and celibacy charismatically — that is “as a gift, in all humility, with joy and perfect freedom.”< Less
Saints of the Roman Calendar: Including Recent Feasts Proper to the English-Speaking World By Enzo Lodi
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The Catholic Church has always placed before the eyes of the faithful the example of holiness set by the saints. In the first Preface of the Mass for Holy Men and Women we read: "In their lives... More > on earth you give us an example. In our communion with them you give us their friendship. In their prayer for the Church you give us strength and protection." Moreover, as the Second Vatican Council put it, "every act of love offered by us to those who are in heaven tends to and terminates in Christ, 'the crown of all the saints,' and through him in God who is wonderful in his saints and is glorified in them." This book, then, should be a welcome addition to the ever increasing number of volumes that treat of the lives of the saints. With the addition of feast days proper to the United States, it is offered to the English-speaking public in the hope that is will foster greater devotion to the saintly men and women who are not only historical figures worthy of our veneration but models worthy of our imitation.< Less
Prophet of the People: A Biography of Padre Pio By Dorothy M. Gaudiose
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Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest, from 1918 until his death in 1968, bore the wounds of Christ. Because of his holy life, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Although Padre Pio’s earthly... More > life has ended, devout admirers from the world over continue to stream into the town which has become synonymous with his name. They come seeking blessings, favors, and even miracles, as did countless believers before, while this inspiring stigmatist lived. Pio’s life has been surrounded with accounts of unusual spiritual phenomena and astonishing gifts of knowledge above the natural order, and yet, with peculiar suffering as well. He had throngs of followers and devotees but was not spared the humiliation of detractors and the derision of harsh critics. Miss Gaudiose, drawing from years of on-the-scene observation, offers a devout though detached presentation of the life of this amazing mystic and of the loving power of the Savior beyond the pain.< Less
I Will Give Them a New Heart. Reflections on the Priesthood and the Renewal of the Church By Conrad W. Baars, M.D.
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Addressing the needs of the faithful necessitates addressing the needs of those who bring Christ to us in a special way — priests, religious and consecrated persons. In a time burdened with... More > doubt, mistrust, and suspicion of the Church and those who serve her, psychiatrist Conrad W. Baars, M.D. offers profound insight to aid lay persons, priests and religious in order to help usher in a new springtime of life into the Church. Edited by Suzanne M. Baars, M.A. (the doctor's daughter) and Bonnie N. Shayne, M.A., the sample essays are collected to discuss the mental and emotional causes of the trials and scandals of the Church of the recent past and includes an analysis and remedies of those problems. The scholarly book discusses how to treat and prevent the crisis in the priesthood, the affirming power of love, morality and the Christian Anthropology of Thomas Aquinas, forgiveness, anger and the alcoholic priest.< Less
Thoughts for Daily Living By Fulton J. Sheen
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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen discusses fifty-nine areas of daily living and provides biblically based advice on how we can grow and prosper spiritually by putting these thoughts into practice. Sheen... More > draws upon his outstanding understanding of theology, psychology, philosophy and common sense to provide remarkable advice on the following matters: Happiness; Love; Habits and Environment; Will; Character; Forgiveness; Humility; Communication; Hope; Freedom; and Reflections on Religion and Man. The reader will come away convinced of the timeless nature of these thoughts and the joy that can be derived by living in love the truths that they contain. This text is as relevant for today's audience as that of its publication in 1962!< Less
Six Steps For Managing Loss By Terence P. Curley D.Min.
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Aids to managing the effects of the loss of a loved one rather than to allow the loss to manage you are not wanting. The six simple steps in this little booklet and the prayer exercises which follow... More > take all of this into consideration as the author compassionately leads you to consider various things you can do to help you get through this crisis in your life. The steps outlined here are not hard and fast rules. People go through the various stages of grief in ways that differ from person to person. The steps are merely a suggested framework to assist you according to your own needs, imagination and creativity. The prayer guide in Part II provides healing resources that come from religious faith. In praying them, you are led through your own Good Friday to Easter and are helped to convert your hour of grief into a time of grace. Support groups as well as individuals will find much to assist them here. Space is provided for taking notes or keeping a journal.< Less
A Guide to the Church By Lawrence B. Porter
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This book acquaints the reader with such basic concepts as biblical images of the Church, contemporary models of the Church, the classical “marks” of the Church, etc. Here too are... More > explanations of the mission of the Church, its origin and aim, and the peculiar dynamics of the home and foreign missions. The origin and development of the Church’s historic ministries of bishop, priest, deacon, religious orders and lay ministry are set forth. There are also chapters on the history and theology of Church/State relations, the Church’s relationship to the kingdom of God and other religions, the concept of the Church as a communion, and such disputed questions as the origin of the Church, and the history of women and ministry among others. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading. The author, a Catholic priest and theologian, is sensitive to the ecumenical dimension of these themes, and thus considers the witness of the entire Christian tradition, Protestant and Orthodox as well as Catholic.< Less