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2014 OSV's Catholic Almanac
by Matthew Bunson
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac remains the only annual, comprehensive guide to the Catholic Church. It is the essential one-volume reference work for researchers, homilists, writers, media professionals, students, and teachers.

Published for more than one hundred years, this is a proven resource that offers solid Catholic teaching and information. Its in-depth index makes finding specific, exact information easy.

Cardinal John P. Foley, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican, has called the Catholic Almanac "an annual masterpiece!" "Our Sunday Visitor claims this work is the 'one and only Catholic resource,' and 'simply the best annual guide to the Catholic Church anywhere.' These are bold statements, but accurate.... This excellent work is especially useful for those interested in either the Roman Catholic Church or the Holy See.... It is informative, easy to use, and well written." --
604 pages. Paperback (Item #84399) $33.95

   
Celebration of Discipline
The Faith of Spiritual Growth

by Richard J. Foster
In the twenty years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. For this special twentieth anniversary edition, Richard J. Foster has added an introduction, in which he shares the story of how this beloved and enduring spiritual guidebook came to be.

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the classic "Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service help prepare us to make the world a better place. The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration bring us nearer to one another and to God.

Foster provides a wealth of examples demonstrating how these Disciplines can become part of our daily activities---and how they can help us shed our superficial habits and "bring the abundance of God into our lives." He offers crucial new insights, demonstrating how the biblical view of simplicity, properly understood and applied, brings joy and balance to our inward and outward lives and "sets us free to enjoy the provision of God as a gift that can be shared with others." Celebration, often the most neglected of the Disciplines, is revealed as critically important, for it stands at the heart of the way to Christ. Celebration of Discipline will help motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
Hardcover, 228 pages (Item #93657) $23.95

   
The Dream Manager
by Matthew Kelly
A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams

Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we don't dream of being great managers, it's just that we haven't found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now.

The fictional company in this remarkable book is grappling with real problems of high turnover and low morale -- so the managers begin to investigate what really drives the employees. What they discover is that the key to motivation isn't necessarily the promise of a bigger paycheck or title, but rather the fulfillment of crucial personal dreams. They also learned that people at every level need to be offered specific kinds of help and encouragement -- or our dreams will forever remain just dreams as we grow dissatisfied with our lives and jobs.

Beginning with his important thought that a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves, Matthew Kelly explores the connection between the dreams we are chasing personally and the way we all engage at work. Tackling head-on the growing problem of employee disengagement, Kelly explores the dynamic collaboration that is unleashed when people work together to achieve company objectives and personal dreams.

The power of The Dream Manager is that simply becoming aware of the concept will change the way you manage and relate to people instantly and forever. What's your dream?
Hardcover, 158 pages (Item #93659) $19.95

    
Reasons To Believe: How To Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith
by best selling author Scott Hahn

This book unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith.

Bestselling author Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, has experienced the doubts that so often drive discussions about God and the Church. In the years before his conversion, he was first a nonbeliever and then an anti-Catholic clergyman. In REASONS TO BELIEVE, he explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith—drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. But He doesn't merely exist. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernible and knowable. Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form—a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and that is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses. At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the ten "keys to the kingdom"—the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ. Hardcover, 196 pages. (Item #88651) $22.95

   
The Night is far Spent
by Thomas Howard
In his books and articles, Thomas Howard has never been one to shy away from controversy. While attending the Evangelical Church of his parents and teaching English at an Evangelical college, Howard wrote his provocative best seller Evangelical is Not Enough. Soon after entering the Anglican Communion, Howard began asking the kinds of questions that would eventually lead him into the Roman Catholic Church.

Throughout his pilgrimage of faith, Howard wrote numerous thought-provoking yet respectful articles on a wide range of topics for both Protestant and Catholic publications, gaining him a wide and loyal following. Known for his wit and charm, Howard also was a sought after speaker for conferences and college graduations. Due to a request made by one of his faithful, this collection of Howard's best material has now been published.

Liturgical reform and sacred architecture, women's ordination and hierarchical authority, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien — these and many other topics of interest to Protestants and Catholics alike are tackled by Howard with his characteristic thoughtfulness in these articles and speeches that span more than twenty years of his prolific career. 368 pages, paperback (Item #88690) $16.95

   
The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
by C.S. Lewis
For the first time ever, these seven essential volumes by C. S. Lewis are available in a single edition. This remarkable book presents the classic works Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, and Lewis's prophetic examination of universal values, The Abolition of Man. Beautiful and timeless, this is a vital collection by one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.

Lewis reached a vast audience during his lifetime, and books such as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters continue to be regarded as among the best spiritual writing of all time. With his uncanny grasp of human nature, Lewis offers a refreshing antidote to the modern world's consumerism and moral relativism. This new edition of his most celebrated books highlights Lewis's compassion for humanity and his relevance for the twenty-first century.
Paperback, 752 pages (Item #93656) $34.99

   
The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor
by Scott A. Bessenecker
There's a significant movement going on throughout the world: young people serving in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. This movement shares values and goals with ancient monastic and missional orders known as friars. But pouring yourself out in humble service looks different in every era. Scott Bessenecker looks at the new friars in the context of the old, inspiring us to look at the world differently: every person, regardless of station, is our brother or sister, and our love for God must translate into love for them. 199 pages, paperback (Item #88529) $15.00
   
  Crossing the Desert Crossing the Desert: Learning to Let Go, See Clearly, and Live Simply
NATIONAL CATHOLIC BESTSELLER!
by Robert Wicks
Robert J. Wicks, noted psychologist and best-selling author of Riding the Dragon and Everyday Simplicity, offers with an insightful guide on how the wisdom of the ancient desert monks can help contemporary readers grow in personal freedom and authenticity. Exploring the early Christian monastic movement of the Desert Fathers and Mothers through a psychological lens, Dr. Wicks uses their wisdom to guide readers towards humility and freedom. In the same way the desert sages never gave answers, but always asked questions, Crossing the Desert presents readers with the Four Desert Questions that will lead them to take Three Steps to Inner Freedom. 192 pages, paperback (Item #88543) $14.95
      
Practicing Peace Practicing Peace
by Catherine Whitmire
From the best-selling author of Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity comes Practicing Peace: A Devotional Walk through the Quaker Tradition, a guide to the Quaker discipline of practicing peace for spiritual seekers of any religious tradition. Stories of successful nonviolent movements throughout history are partnered with quotes mined from over 350 years of Quaker teachings on peace. Query questions lead readers on a journey to self-discovery and through the stages of practicing peace: first by focusing inwardly, then turning their eyes to practice peace in the world around us. Includes a brief biography of each Friend quoted in the book, a glossary of common Quaker terms as well as additional online resources. 272 pages, Paperback (Item #88673) $16.95
   

Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness
by Nan C. Merrill
Every commentary on the Book of Psalms has had to face the issue that many of these prayers commemorate and celebrate wrath and vengeance. What is needed is not ingenious exegetical rationalization of ancient texts, but the kind of transformation into a work of piety and art that is provided here. Addressed are the needs of a world seeking to counter individual and societal injustices by a global peace born of personal peace through prayer and practice. In short, here is the Book of Psalms recast in the light of the continuing revelation and evolution of the authentic religious spirit of the scriptures.
Paperback (Item #83570) $1
9.95
Hardcover (Item #80295) $24.95
   

Called to Be Holy
by Archbishop Timothy Dolan
How will you -- how can you -- answer God's call to holiness? The path to holiness is traveled step by step. The way of holiness is lived grace by grace. Your journey to God is nothing more, and nothing less, than that series of steps.

But how do you take that step each day? How do you live that grace each day? How, each day, do you answer God's call, God's personal invitation to holiness?

What Milwaukee's Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan recommends, urges, reminds, and teaches is radical in the truest sense of that word: It is basic. It is at the roots. It is fundamental.

This solid theologian, noted Church historian, and natural-born storyteller goes first to the source: what Christ said and promised, what Scripture and Tradition tell us. Then building on that firm foundation, here, too, is what the Church teaches; what the saints have discovered, lived, and shared; what the Fathers and Doctors of the Church have written; what "ordinary" Catholics -- on that path, accepting those graces -- have come to learn.

Here is a detailed examination and encouraging explanation of faith, hope, humility, love and chastity, human formation, patience, penance, joy, and obedience.

Here is how to be a good steward of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as you hear and answer God's call.   Paperback; 160 pages (Item #82156) $12.95

   
Gift of the Red Bird: The Story of a Divine Encounter Gift of the Red Bird
by Paula D'Arcy
Paula D'Arcy's serene voice powerfully underscores the message of her inspirational true story. As she describes the tragic loss of her husband and child, her painful emotions are real and raw. While still grieving, she must prepare for a new life with her unborn daughter. The author depicts her struggle to find peace with genuine feeling, as she takes the reader through her depression and her failed attempts and ultimate success in gaining spiritual renewal. D'Arcy recounts her experiences, sometimes frightening and dangerous, in an expressive voice that blends her sorrowful remembrances with a steadfast hope of achieving new wholeness. J.J.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine

In Song for Sarah (1979), D'Arcy captured the primal pain of loss, and, since its publication, she has become a popular lecturer and workshop leader in the burgeoning field of grief counseling. Grief, she shows us in this new book, is an ongoing, never-completed process, one that becomes woven into the fabric of the grieving person's spiritual life. Now in midlife, D'Arcy realized that she must move yet further on her journey toward trusting the divine plan. A three-day solitary wilderness trip tested that faith, especially when a massive storm tore through her canyon home. But a red bird that miraculously survived the storm taught her to laud the tiny miracles of our earthly lives.  144 pages, Paperback. (Item #88724) $14.95

    
Product Image A Drama of Reform
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
A Drama of Reform is the story of the new order founded by Fr. Benedict Groeschel and seven other Capuchin friars, and of the first two decades of a reform in religious life begun in 1987. United in the desire to be authentic disciples of Jesus Christ and following in the footsteps of Saint Francis, they want to encourage the army of Christians of all denominations who are discouraged by the erosion of Gospel values in our culture.

This inspirational volume combines more than 100 dramatic photos from the interesting and varied aspects of their daily lives. Along with the wonderful photos, members of the two independent communities of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal provide short essays on their life, which will enable others to experience the earnestness and enthusiasm of this young and fervent group. More than one hundred sisters and friars from a dozen countries have come together with the common desire to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ after the example of Saint Francis and the tradition of the Capuchin reform.

Well-known for their work with the poor and homeless in the South Bronx and other deprived areas, these Franciscans communicate a deep sense of the joy and love of those trying to be totally committed to living the Gospel in an increasingly de-Christianized world. 200 pages, Paperback (Item #88695) $16.95
   
The Well and the Shallows
by G.K. Chesterton
One of Chesterton's last books, this book is considered by Chesterton critics and fans as one of his finest collections of essays on a variety of cultural, social and moral issues that seem even more urgent today. His trademark wit and perceptive analysis of the absurdities and excesses of modern life are here, but with a more serious tone than usual.

He diagnoses the rising threats of anti-Semitism and Nazism, of unchecked militarism and the dangerous idealism of pacifism, the problems of materialism and capitalism, the sickness of immoral sexual behavior and eugenics, the twin threats of fascism and communism, and much more.

Throughout his writings, always so prophetic and seemingly more timely now than when he lived, Chesterton fiercely defends the Church (the "Well") and Christian teachings as the source of wisdom, reason, compassion and strength to face all the dangers and evils in modern times (the "Shallows").

The popularity of G. K. Chesterton and his writings continues to flourish as the new Chesterton movement grows in the USA and abroad. 203 pages, paperback (Item #88688) $14.95

   
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Chasing Joy: Musings on Life in a Bittersweet World
by Edward Hays
Father Hays provides seekers with a guidebook for the adventuresome pursuit of happiness in this book featuring forty reflections on how to find joy, no matter what hand life deals us. Joyful living is our God-given right & responsibility according to Hays. Something for every person of faith!  Paperback (Item #88675) $13.95

   
  The Transformation of Desire: How Desire Became Corrupted--And How We Can Reclaim It Cover The Transformation of Desire: How Desire Became Corrupted--And How We Can Reclaim It
This extraordinary new book by Diarmuid O'Murchu, the internationally-renowened speaker and writer, shows how we can reclaim and recover our intuitive widom and outgrow the propaganda that has controlled our lives and our hearts for far too long. It shows how we can reclaim the inner resources through which, once more, we can learn to live with integrity, meaning and joy. (Item #86962) $18.00
    
The Suffering of Love
by Regis Martin
Making sense of human suffering is a challenge in every age, and many a person confronted with man’s inhumanity to his fellow man has lost his faith in a good God. The Holocaust, in particular, because of the scope of its ruthlessness, has raised the question for modern man: “What kind of God allows the horrible and systematic murder of so many innocent people?”

Quoting widely from Christian, Jewish and secular sources, Regis Martin makes an unflinching examination of this universal question on the meaning of suffering. By meditating on Christ’s passion, death and descent into Hell, he asks us to consider anew the God who overcomes evil by plunging himself into the depths of human misery.

The author presents the arguments of those who say that because of the Holocaust, and other such numerous horrors in history, all human discourse is suspended, including that which presumes the existence of a good and all-powerful God. He responds with a penetrating discussion of the deeper meaning of Christ’s life, passion, death and resurrection in relation to human suffering, and then uses the examples of modern martyrs of the Holocaust such as Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe to show the meaning of the sacrifice of their lives and so many others in the larger context of Christ’s self-emptying for the sake of others. 285 pages, Paperback (Item #88691) $16.95

   
The Joy of Full Surrender - by Jean-Pierre de Caussade - Paraclete Press Inc.
The Joy of Full Surrender
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

This eighteenth-century classic has continued to challenge and bless thoughtful Christians. Here is a simple approach to deeper commitment to God's will and purpose. 201 pages (Item #83261) $15.95

     
The Night is far Spent
by Thomas Howard
In his books and articles, Thomas Howard has never been one to shy away from controversy. While attending the Evangelical Church of his parents and teaching English at an Evangelical college, Howard wrote his provocative best seller Evangelical is Not Enough. Soon after entering the Anglican Communion, Howard began asking the kinds of questions that would eventually lead him into the Roman Catholic Church.

Throughout his pilgrimage of faith, Howard wrote numerous thought-provoking yet respectful articles on a wide range of topics for both Protestant and Catholic publications, gaining him a wide and loyal following. Known for his wit and charm, Howard also was a sought after speaker for conferences and college graduations. Due to a request made by one of his faithful, this collection of Howard's best material has now been published.

Liturgical reform and sacred architecture, women's ordination and hierarchical authority, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien — these and many other topics of interest to Protestants and Catholics alike are tackled by Howard with his characteristic thoughtfulness in these articles and speeches that span more than twenty years of his prolific career. 368 pages, paperback (Item #88690) $16.95

   

Divining the Body: Keys to Discovering Your Sacred Self
by Jan Phillips

Honor Your Body as the Instrument of Your Soul

This book is an attempt to undo the damage we've sustained living in a culture that thrives on our self-hatred. It is a sanctification of our human bodies, a consecration of ourselves as hosts to the Great Beloved. It is a journey of awe and reverence through the sacred terrain of foot and hand, back and breast, heart and brain. The path to peace is the pathway through ourselves, starting with the inward step, the brave, gentle step toward the Divine within.
-from the Introduction

Our view of the human body is always evolving. From the goddess-worship of civilizations millennia ago, to the strict social rules of Victorian England, to the modern feminist movement, the human body-particularly the feminine body-has always been a point of interest, mystery, and contention.

Discover an entirely new way to look at your body-as a pathway to the Divine. Award-winner Jan Phillips takes you on an energizing journey through your physical self, drawing connections between the bone, muscle, and sinew of your body and the spiritual teachings of various faith traditions, modern scientific research, and her own experiences. You will find yourself empowered to work to transform the world around you and overcome self-defeating thoughts through positive, practical exercises and meditations that show you how to climb back into your body and honor it as the temple of God that it is. Paperback (Item #85585) $16.99

   
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An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World's Most Austere Monastic Order
by Nancy Klein Maguire, Nancy Klein Maguire

In 1960, five young men arrived at the imposing gates of Parkminster, the largest center of the most rigorous and ascetic monastic order in the Western world: the Carthusians. This is the story of their five-year journey into a society virtually unchanged in its behavior and lifestyle since its founding in 1084.

An Infinity of Little Hours is a uniquely intimate portrait of the customs and practices of a monastic order almost entirely unknown until now. After five years each man must face a choice: if they stay to make "solemn profession" they will never leave. But if they leave, they will be turning their backs on a journey to find God in solitude-their life's ambition. A remarkable investigative work, the book combines first-hand testimony with unique source material to describe the Carthusian life. And in the final chapter, describing a reunion forty years after the events described elsewhere in the book, Nancy Klein Maguire reveals which of the five made it to the top of the mountain. Paperback (Item #85027) $13.95

   
Blessed Peter Donders: His Writings and Spirituality
by J. Robert Fenili
Peter Donders was a priest from Holland who volunteered in the 19th century for missionary work in Dutch Guiana (Surinam). There he worked among lepers and African slaves with great compassion for their plight. After nearly twenty years he met some Redemptorists and joined their community. He was a very dedicated, humble, and fascinating man. This book tells his life story.
This is volume 7 in the English series of Readings in Redemptorist Spirituality sponsored by the Center for Redemptorist Spirituality of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. It includes the first English translation of his letters and other writings and articles on the spirituality of this holy man written by Redemptorists – a historian and a theologian – at the time of his beatification in 1982.
Readers will truly be inspired by the life Blessed Peter Donders and will find in him a model of someone who trusted unfailingly in God’s providence.  Paperback (Item #86711) $19.95
   
   Everyday Hospitality Every Day Hospitality: Simple Steps to Cultivating A Welcoming Heart
by Thea Jarvis
Everyday Hospitality highlights hospitality as a Christian virtue, revealing its deep ties to our spiritual lives and our connection to others as members of the human family. Catholic journalist Thea Jarvis uses folksy, humorous, and heartfelt charm to bring spiritual and religious depth to this common element of everyday life. Weaving together anecdotes and examples of hospitality--taken from scripture, her own life, and the lives of other high-profile figures such as Mother Teresa--Jarvis illuminates how critical the Christian virtue of hospitality has always been and will continue to be. From donating spare clothes to the needy or welcoming a stranger, Everyday Hospitality is filled with such stories of common kindness, demonstrating the joy and ease with which anyone can embrace the Christian virtue of hospitality. Paperback (Item #89414) $10.95
   
God in Unexpected Places: Reflections on Faith and Life from Maryknoll Magazine God in Unexpected Places: Reflections on Faith and Life from Maryknoll Magazine
by Joseph R. Veneroso
Half a million people read Maryknoll magazine each month, and their favorite section is the photo meditation by editor and publisher Fr. Joseph Veneroso. This beautiful collection brings forth some of his best, each of them revealing the connections we all share as children of God "who live and move and have our abeing in God." Paperback. (Item #85025) $15.00
   
Retrieving Charisms for the Twenty-First Century
Doris Donnelly, Editor

Charisms are a special variety of gifts dispensed through the Holy Spirit in Church and world for the common good. Leon-Joseph Cardinal Suenens, archbishop of Malines-Brussels from 1961-1979, spent his life uncovering these special gifts and reestablishing them in the mainstream of Christian life. His vision prompted the reflections in Retrieving Charisms for the Twenty-First Century.

With the new millennium approaching, Donnelly states that the task before us is the retrieval of charisms which are needed for us all not merely to survive, but to survive with courage and imagination. The contributors to Retrieving Charisms for the Twenty-First Century are aware of the urgency of our survival as well as its style. In the spirit of Cardinal Suenens, their approaches are refreshing, balanced, open to new possibilities, and faithful to the Spirit who has surprises in store for those of us willing to be swept away by gusts of gracious wind. Paperback, 184 pages (Item #88594) $14.95

   
Mother Angelica's Little Book of LIfe Lessons and Everyday Spirituality
Raymond Arroyo presents an inspiring collection of Mother's powerful spiritual insights and no-nonsense advice. The book includes a wide-range of Mother's thoughts and practical teachings on subjects such as: the purpose of life, pain and suffering, seeking God's Will in everyday life and much more. This devotional treasure was created in cooperation with Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. Hardcover edition. 220 pages. (Item #88696) $17.95
       
The Well and the Shallows
by G.K. Chesterton
One of Chesterton's last books, this book is considered by Chesterton critics and fans as one of his finest collections of essays on a variety of cultural, social and moral issues that seem even more urgent today. His trademark wit and perceptive analysis of the absurdities and excesses of modern life are here, but with a more serious tone than usual.

He diagnoses the rising threats of anti-Semitism and Nazism, of unchecked militarism and the dangerous idealism of pacifism, the problems of materialism and capitalism, the sickness of immoral sexual behavior and eugenics, the twin threats of fascism and communism, and much more.

Throughout his writings, always so prophetic and seemingly more timely now than when he lived, Chesterton fiercely defends the Church (the "Well") and Christian teachings as the source of wisdom, reason, compassion and strength to face all the dangers and evils in modern times (the "Shallows").

The popularity of G. K. Chesterton and his writings continues to flourish as the new Chesterton movement grows in the USA and abroad. 203 pages, paperback (Item #88688) $14.95

   
   Everyday Hospitality Every Day Hospitality: Simple Steps to Cultivating A Welcoming Heart
by Thea Jarvis
Everyday Hospitality highlights hospitality as a Christian virtue, revealing its deep ties to our spiritual lives and our connection to others as members of the human family. Catholic journalist Thea Jarvis uses folksy, humorous, and heartfelt charm to bring spiritual and religious depth to this common element of everyday life. Weaving together anecdotes and examples of hospitality--taken from scripture, her own life, and the lives of other high-profile figures such as Mother Teresa--Jarvis illuminates how critical the Christian virtue of hospitality has always been and will continue to be. From donating spare clothes to the needy or welcoming a stranger, Everyday Hospitality is filled with such stories of common kindness, demonstrating the joy and ease with which anyone can embrace the Christian virtue of hospitality. Paperback (Item #89414) $10.95
   
Product Image Praying to Our Lord Jesus Christ: Prayers and Meditations Through the Centuries
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Personal devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ is an essential component of authentic Christian spirituality. In recent decades skeptical approaches to theology and Scripture have tended to diminish our awareness of the need for personal devotion to Our Savior. This leaves people with a feeling of emptiness and isolation.

Fr. Benedict has made this anthology of profound prayers, drawn from all of Christian history, available to those who experience a hunger for devotion. Beautifully illustrated with classic art, this book will be a valuable companion for personal prayer, for times of recollection, and even for those times of critical spiritual need.

Readers wishing to grow in their devotion to Christ and increase their love for Him will find the prayers in this book helpful and inspiring. Ranging from the prayers of early Church martyrs and Fathers and including those of mystics and theologians, it provides an introduction to the Church's vast patrimony of twenty centuries of devotion to Jesus Christ. Fr. Groeschel adds his own insights throughout the book.

This book, combining profound prayers with wonderful spiritual insights and inspiring art—makes a beautiful gift for all who would seek to know and love Our Lord Jesus better. Illustrated.

"How important it is for us to try to grow with Jesus and increase our knowledge and love of Him. This book is meant to do exactly that. These prayers will help you understand how Christians throughout the ages have lifted their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ."  — Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
156 pages, Paperback (Item #88694) $15.95
   
Purpose-Driven® Life, The
What on Earth Am I Here For?
by Rick Warren

The #1 international bestseller! This 40-day spiritual journey will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you both now and for eternity. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and Christian Book of the Year Award.

Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren.You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.This book will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you—both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God’s purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.The Purpose-Driven™ Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century—a lifestyle based on God’s eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come. Hardcover. (Item #83592) $21.99

Days of Devotion: Daily Meditations from the Good Shepherd
by Pope John XXIII, John Patrick Donnelly, John P. Donnelly (Editor), Dorothy White (Translator)

Paperback 320 pages. (Item #82827)
$19.95
   
The Suffering of Love
by Regis Martin
Making sense of human suffering is a challenge in every age, and many a person confronted with man’s inhumanity to his fellow man has lost his faith in a good God. The Holocaust, in particular, because of the scope of its ruthlessness, has raised the question for modern man: “What kind of God allows the horrible and systematic murder of so many innocent people?”

Quoting widely from Christian, Jewish and secular sources, Regis Martin makes an unflinching examination of this universal question on the meaning of suffering. By meditating on Christ’s passion, death and descent into Hell, he asks us to consider anew the God who overcomes evil by plunging himself into the depths of human misery.

The author presents the arguments of those who say that because of the Holocaust, and other such numerous horrors in history, all human discourse is suspended, including that which presumes the existence of a good and all-powerful God. He responds with a penetrating discussion of the deeper meaning of Christ’s life, passion, death and resurrection in relation to human suffering, and then uses the examples of modern martyrs of the Holocaust such as Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe to show the meaning of the sacrifice of their lives and so many others in the larger context of Christ’s self-emptying for the sake of others. 285 pages, Paperback (Item #88691) $16.95

   
Explores the importance of affirmation in human growth and development and also explains why it is an art. The Art of Affirmation
by Robert Furey, PhD
Affirmation is the sincere expression of appreciation for a person’s remarkable qualities. We all have special gifts. Sadly, many blessings are overlooked and thus remain hidden. Through affirmation, we help people find their strengths and become all they were meant to be. The Art of Affirmation explains the importance of affirmation and how we are affected when we are deprived of it. Most importantly, this book teaches how to affirm. It leads the reader from basic concepts to advanced skills in the art of affirmation. Affirmation may be the most important gift we can ever give someone. Dr. Furey’s encouraging, appealing message will resonate with readers, both as givers of this special gift, and, more significantly, receivers. 

Robert Furey, PhD, has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years. He is a columnist for The Saint Louis Review and has taught at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri at Saint Louis.  
Paperback (Item #88693) $9.95

   
Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
by
Matthew Kelly
"Just be yourself!" People say it all the time, but how do we actually live it? Focusing on nine powerful and practical lessons, Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Kelly explains, "fundamental to all transformation is understanding the dynamics of change so that we can be aware of the obstacles and opportunities that await us when we attempt to transform an area of our lives." Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves for who we are and challenging ourselves to become all we are capable of being. He encourages us to unify the many aspects of our lives, and reveals how to move beyond other people's expectations of who and what we should be. Hardcover, 240 pages. (Item #88294) $22.95
   
The Joy of Full Surrender - by Jean-Pierre de Caussade - Paraclete Press Inc.
The Joy of Full Surrender
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

This eighteenth-century classic has continued to challenge and bless thoughtful Christians. Here is a simple approach to deeper commitment to God's will and purpose. 201 pages (Item #83261) $15.95

   

The Rhythm of Life
by Matthew Kelly

In The Rhythm of Life, author Matthew Kelly exposes the lifestyle challenges and problems that face us in this age obsessed with noise, speed, and activity. In response, Kelly proposes an alternative lifestyle which promotes genuine well-being by attending to our legitimate needs - physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Kelly puts forth a message which is unmistakably challenging and attractive - "What you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have." Encouraging each reader to find their own rhythm, Kelly takes us on an adventure of self-discovery. Hardcover (Item #84956) $22.95

   

The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved
by Matthew Kelly
A throwaway buzzword in pop psychology, intimacy remains a litmus test for the health of relationships and is something everyone should strive for, says Kelly, the bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life. "Intimacy is the one thing a person cannot live happily without," he writes. Since many people cling to the "pubescent notion" that intimacy and sex are synonymous, Kelly begins by talking about what intimacy is not-sex, common interests-and proffering up inspirational tidbits and oft heard motivational questions ("Who energizes you?" "Why do they energize you?" "How do you want to be remembered?") before hammering home the thesis of this book: intimacy is a "legitimate need." His seven levels of intimacy-clichés; facts; opinions; hopes and dreams; feelings; faults, fears and failures; and legitimate needs-each get a chapter-length discussion. Kelly advocates openness-in communication, enduring pain, delaying gratification-and sprinkles in bits of spirituality in cajoling readers to foster intimacy, and, in turn, love and the meaning of life. "Life is about love. It's about whom you love and whom you hurt. Life's about how you love and hurt the people close to you." His view may seem simplistic, but Kelly's simple, direct prose and patient explanations will appeal to spiritual readers.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hardcover (Item #84955) $22.95
   
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Quickening the Fire in Our Midst
The Challenge of Diocesan Priestly Spirituality
by George Aschenbrenner, S.J.

In this thoughtful examination of diocesan priestly spirituality, George Aschenbrenner, S.J., distills the years of wisdom gained through working with diocesan priests and seminarians to offer hope, inspiration, and encouragement to those discerning and living out a priestly call. He outlines the gifts that define diocesan priests, explores the particular stresses priest face, and points to attitudes and resources that are essential for maintaining or recapturing priestly joy. Most important, he shows how a continuing experience of the love of Jesus can help diocesan priests offer pastoral love to those they serve.
Paperback, 196 pages.
(Item #84715) $14.95
   
THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS
In All Things Trust In God
by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

After the impact of the car shattered his body on the evening of January 11, 2004...

Now Fr. Groeschel reflects on the good that has come - and continues to come - from that horrific accident. And, responding to questions posed by noted British journalist John Bishop in an interview before the accident, he reflects on:

  • Founding the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
  • Spending time in jail for civil disobedience outside an abortion clinic
  • .Recognizing where God is when suffering intensifies and evil prospers.
  • Understanding Christ's feeling of abandonment on the cross.
  • Discovering and living one's vocation.
  • Loving the poor wholeheartedly.
  • Being "gently scolded" by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
  • And more..

(Item #83727) $11.95

   
Show Us Your Mercy and Love:
30 Reflections on Life in Jesus Christ

by Archbishop Justin Rigali

In these thirty meditations on the person of Jesus Christ, Archbishop Justin Rigali shows Jesus--in His divinity and humanity, His love and mercy, His way of life, mission, commandments, death, Resurrection, and Incarnation. The author affirms that to believe in Jesus is to accept Him in His entirety. This is a profoundly moving and joyous call "for Jesus."
Written from the heart, this book: 
- includes reflections on Mary the Mother of Jesus and St Maximilian Mary Kolbe.
- is an uplifting addition to Jesus and Marian scholarship.
- is wonderful devotional reading for the general reader.
224 pages. Paperback. (Item #80859) $12.95 
    
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Living the Catholic Faith
Rediscovering the Basics
by Charles Chaput, O.F.M.

Although we all recognize the value of regular phyiscal exams, many of us never take our spiritual pulse. In our busy, schedule-driven society, we easily lose sight of what matters most. From time to time, we all need to review the well-being of our souls. Addressing the difficult question of what it means to be a Catholic in the 21st century, Archbishop Charles Chaput offers a sound, contemporary vision for understanding the teachings of the Church and show how you live them out with a spirit of love and obedience. Paperback, 159 pages.
(Item #95843) $9.99
   
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A Biography of Jerome Lejeune – Geneticist, Doctor, Father
by Clara Lejeune
Jerome Lejeune was one of the most highly regarded geneticists of modern times. He discovered numerous sicknesses of genetic origin, of which Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) is the best known, and he was an ardent defender of the handicapped and of the unborn.

His daughter Clara presents here the private man: the happy father of a family, surrounded by children and grandchildren, a great Christian marked by a radiant faith, a man of culture inspired with a great sense of humor, but above all a man of courage and of great relevance who would become involved in causes that would transform his life into a destiny. (Item #90754)
$12.95
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by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.
These meditations on the famous prayer of St. Ignatius by a Poor Clare nun and well-regarded spiritual writer will help every
reader deepen his prayer life and draw closer to the Person of Christ. Popes, saints, and common folk have made this
their daily prayer for centuries. Let the Abbess of cloistered nuns help you reflect deeper on the profound thoughts of this prayer that are needed to shape a devout life in Christ. (Item #90768)
$9.95
90769.gif (6282 bytes) Pardon and Peace
A Sinner's Guide to Confession
by Fr. Francis Randolph
Fr. Francis Randolph presents a very positive and practical understanding of the immense value of the sacrament of confession for the modern Catholic. Father Randolph helps the reader to see how the sacrament of confession meets the deepest needs of the penitent on the spiritual, emotional and psychological levels.

Step by step we follow the different stages of the rite, looking at the various elements of the sacrament and what they mean for the average sinner in the box. The author draws on his own experiences, on both sides of the grille, to explain what is actually happening in this sacrament, and why it is so helpful for growing in the love of God and neighbor. Because of so much recent confusion over the nature and purpose of the sacrament, the book tackles the common objections and anxieties over confession, and recommends frequent confession for getting rid of stress and anxiety, and growing in confidence before God. (Item #90769)
$12.95
 
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The Spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
by Msgr. Vernon Johnson
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, now a Doctor of the Church, summarized her spirituality in these simple but profound words, "My Little Way is all love." Her complete and unshakable trust in the love of God our Father was the foundation of her spiritual life, a childlike relationship with our Creator that raised her to the heights of sanctity in only 24 years of life.

St. Thérèse's spirituality, her Little Way of Spiritual Childhood, is one that can be imitated and practiced by all souls, no matter what their state in life. Her spirituality has been recognized by the Church as a special gift from God for ordinary people everywhere
to reach heroic sanctity.

Msgr. Vernon Johnson, a famous convert and apostle of St. Thérèse, presents in this book the most clear, practical and yet profound explanation of this "little way", a way to perfection that changed his life and the lives of countless others. Johnson summarizes the spiritual approach of St. Thérèse in these three words: Love, Humility, Confidence. (Item #90753)
$13.95

THE SORROW, THE SACRAFICE, AND THE TRUIMPH - Thomas Petrisko. The story of Christina Gallagher from Ireland who was a visionary, stagmatist & mystic. Story of visions and Marian apparitions which began in 1985. A plea for renewal of faith.  (Item #81361) $15.95

EXTRAORDINARY LIVES: 34 Priests Tell Their Stories - by Msgr. Francis Friedl and Rex Reynolds (Item #97198) $12.95 paperback

IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD - Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. (Item #84473) $17.95

GIFT OF PEACE: Personal Reflections by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin - Cardinal Bernardin's last book. This extraordinary effort that consumed the last days of Bernardin's life has been left as a legacy to the world. Written just weeks before succumbing to an aggressive cancer, Bernardin shares his experiences of the past three years and reflects on dealing with terminal illness, "letting go," befriending death, and finding peace. (Hardcover Item #89574) $17.95

WRESTLING WITH GOD - Barbara Fiand's latest Bestseller on religious life. (Paperback Item #92463) $14.95

QUANTUM THEOLOGY - by Diarmuid O'Murchu. Quantum theory meets theology. (Hardcover Item #89952) $19.95

BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY - by Henri Nouwen. 365 Meditiations for the year. (Hardcover Item #83407) $21.95

GOSPEL OF GABRIEL - from Ed Hays. (Paperback Item #89742) $15.95

MIXED BLESSINGS - by Paula Ripple Comin (Item #96668) $9.95 paperback

WALK IN THE LIGHT AND TWENTY THREE TALES - by Leo Tolstoy (Item #90406) $14.00 paperback

THUNDER OF JUSTICE - Ted and Maureen Flynn (Item #97263) $17.95

90801.gif (5093 bytes) The Red Horse: A Novel
by Eugenio Corti
A literary phenomenon in Italy, this European best-seller was voted the best Italian novel of the decade in a public survey. Its success has gone way beyond Italy, having been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese and 3 other languages. This epic historical novel about World War II and after, written from the author’s own personal experiences as an Italian Freedom Fighter, is a profoundly moving account of the war, those who fought in it on both sides, and the effects the war had on families in the author’s hometown in northern Italy.

On a wider scale, it is a faithful witness to the actual events of the war—including the historic personages who appear, the Russian campaign, the Nazi barbarism, the Communist gulag, the North Italian resistance, and beyond to the political life in the two decades after the war. This world, filled with powerful personalities, drama and clashing armies, bathes in the complex light of the truth.

A truly great historical novel with its epic scope, what makes this a masterpiece is the underlying spiritual dimensions of the protagonist, his family and friends, which illuminates the ongoing tragedy of the war and its aftermath. In the end, it is a story of faith and hope in a world reduced to barbarism and cruelty. (Item #90801)
$29.95

PEOPLE'S COMPANION TO BREVIARY- Two Volue Set - The popular inclusive language prayerbook form the Carmelites. (Item#89412) $29.95

DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL - The diary of Sr. M. Faustina Kowalska (Paperback Item #92982) $15.95 (Hardcover Item #95562) $25.95

INTRODUCTION TO DEVOUT LIFE - A Modern translation of the spiritual reflections of St. Francis De Sales. E. J. Carney (translator) (Paperback Item #89442) $10.95

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL - Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen. 101 stories to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. (Paperback Item #97637) $12.95

A 2ND HELPING OF CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL - (Paperback Item #82930) $12.95

A 3RD HELPING OF CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL - (Paperback Item #82719) $12.95

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SURVIVING SOUL - 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from those who have survived cancer. (Paperback Item #83446) $14.95

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The Four Loves Revisited
by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
When seeking to understand Christian love with some precision, we inevitably come to speak about order in loving. The title of this book, Love’s Sacred Order, is intended to address the problem of the need for clarification in the matter of love, above all the question of the relationship among the different kinds of love, all of which make their legitimate claim on us. A central concern of these reflections is the fact that we can do as much harm to ourselves by being too restrictive as by being too permissive in what we allow to come under the heading of Christian love.

The main intent of these meditations is to explore what the hierarchy might be that God established among all our human loves, on the one hand, and between these and the gratuitously revealed love of God—that uncreated mystery, "kept secret for long ages", to which we could not have had access if God himself had not taken the initiative to manifest it in Christ Jesus. (Item #90806)
$12.95

JOB AND THE MYSTERY OF SUFFERING - Richard Rohr (Hardcover Item #85445) $14.95

SURPRISED BY TRUTH - Patrick Madrid. 11 Converts give the biblical and historical reasons for becoming Catholic (Paperback Item #80608) $14.99

FATHER ELIJAH: An Apocalypse - Michael O'Brien (Item #82645) $24.95

GOD CALLING - A.J. Russell. Written by "two listeners". Daily reflections of the reality of God and His concern for our lives. (Black Vivar Cover Item #83411) $5.97

SOUL AT WORK: Reflections on a Spirituality of Working - by Barbara Smith-Moran. The meditations in this book invite you to examine your work- how it can be a calling or vocation. These reflections can be made privately (while riding to work, during the wee hours before your family gets up, or during a coffee break) or with a group of kindred spirits. (Paperback Item #86944) $7.95

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT - (Item #85926) $8.95

PRAYERS OF THE PLANETARY PILGRIM - Edward Hays (Item #92667) $16.95

A TREE FULL OF ANGELS - Macrina Wiederkehr. Seeing the sacred and holy in the ordinary (Paperback Item #95827) $12.95

SEASONS OF YOUR HEART: Prayers and Reflections - Macrina Wiederkehr. (Paperback Item #97666) $13.95

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Living Well
Scriptural Reflections for Every Day

by Joan Chittister
A BESTSELLING AUTHOR LEADS US TO THE WELL OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM FOUND IN THE BIBLE. Joan Chittister begins each month with a personal story that relates to a passage from the Bible, and continues with a meditation for each day that reflects the chosen them... (Item #82949) $16.00
     

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In Search of Belief
by Joan Chittister, Tom Roberts (Foreword by)
Her most personal spiritual work to date, Joan Chittister's In Search of Belief is both a disturbing and affirming book. Disturbing to our most comfortable notions concerning our "professed" beliefs; affirming of the very best of the Christian essence, the foundation for all belief. In this book, written to and for contemporary Christian seekers and believers, she virtually dissects the Apostles' Creed-phrase by phrase-reexamining and reflecting upon what she proffers as the core message, extracting a spirituality for the new millennium. In 27 essay-reflections she serves up profound insights, the fruit of her own mature spiritual study and practice, offering readers a meaningful, enriching interpretation and new way to understand the core beliefs that we profess regularly at church and in ritual (although, as she suggests, too often superficially and with little thoughtfulness.) Enlivened with personal anecdotes, and grounded in scripture and theology, In Search of Belief will be welcomed by anyone with serious, ongoing questions, for it sheds much-needed light and clarity on the most basic tenets of our faith, making the words and their meaning come alive in one's heart and mind-indeed, making faith come alive-perhaps for the very first time! Revised Paperback (Item #88895) $15.95

   

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The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible
by Joan D. Chittister
Looking deeply into biblical stories of female friendships in order to extract greater truths, this compelling work explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lenses of faith, tradition, and scripture, revealing the often overlooked voices and experiences of women in the Old and New Testaments. Recovering and reclaiming the witness and wisdom of such women as Lydia, Prisca, Phoebe, Martha, Deborah, Esther, Rachel, Ruth, Veronica, Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary Magdalene, and drawing a highly inspiring message from each of these women's lives, the book embraces friendship as it is embodied by women, between God and all of creation, and between all human beings. Paperback.
(Item #87453) $14.95

      

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Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages
by Joan D. Chittister, John Farina (Foreword by)
The Benedictine way is timeless and, as the author contends, is the spirituality of the twenty-first century because it deals with issues facing us now--stewardship, relationships, authority, community, balance, work, simplicity and prayer. Paperback.
(Item #87090) $16.95

   

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Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope
by Joan D. Chittister

Publishers Weekly:
Chittister, a Catholic Benedictine nun who once dreamed of being a fiction writer, takes a major disappointment from her life and transforms it into a series of absorbing universal lessons in this book that is both contemplative and expository. The author (Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men) and lecturer tells how in the interest of "humility" she was instructed as a young nun to withdraw her application from a prestigious creative writing program and spend her summer as a camp cook. Although Chittister writes today as if she were still reeling from this disappointment's devastating blow, it is clear that in her struggle she found another way to express herself through writing. She ultimately discovered that she was still a writer, even though she was not free to write in the way she had hoped. Chittister uses the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God to further illustrate the struggle that she says is part of every life, pointing out how such encounters can lead to growth and new direction. But even as she writes of the "gifts" of struggle, she is candid about its dark side and lasting impact. After all, she notes, Jacob got up limping from his night of wrestling with God. It is clear from Chittister's reflections that she has navigated the territory of which she writes. Her message should appeal to a diverse audience of readers who want more than platitudes and pat answers to life's challenges. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Paperback (Item #80002) $14.00

      

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Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
by Joan D. Chittister
Wise and enduring spiritual guidelines for everyday living -- as relevant today as when The Rule was originally conceived by St. Benedict in fifth century Rome.
(Item #97670) $13.95

    

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The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart
by Joan D. Chittister
Paperback, 180 pages
(Item #88608) $15.00
      

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The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life
by Joan D. Chittister, John August Swanson (Illustrator), John August Swnason (Illustrator)
The biblical story of Ruth is a woman’s story about a woman’s life. Though written thousands of years ago, it is nonetheless perennial. It calls us to reflect in every generation on what it means to be a whole woman, a spiritual woman. In The Story of Ruth Joan Chittister and John August Swanson reclaim this powerful biblical story as a model for contemporary women seeking a fully spiritual life.

Through complementary texts and illustrations, Chittister and Swanson explore a series of twelve defining moments in every woman’s life—moments of loss, change, transformation, aging, independence, respect, recognition, insight, empowerment, self-definition, invisibility, and fulfillment. Each chapter and each piece of artwork together illuminate the faithful life of Ruth in relation to these formative moments and lend insights into what it means to be a woman of God today.

A lovely combination of art and text, The Story of Ruth provides valuable help for women seeking to live wholly in a world still struggling with issues of faith and gender. Paperback (Item #80580) $20.00

    

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The Psalms: Meditations for Every Day of the Year
by Joan D. Chittister
The Psalms are the oldest prayers in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. They are a lexicon of the human condition--assuring us that our hopes and fears and desires are just like the rest of humanity's, and that God is always with us.
Paperback (Item #81761) $14.95
    

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Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir
by Joan D. Chittister
Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir is Sr. Joan Chittister's most personal and intense writing to date. Centered around a series of conversations with spiritual writers featured in her private journal, Sr. Joan looks at the common questions or dimensions of life as we know them in our daily lives-not answers as we've been given them-in an attempt to unravel their many meanings, to give them flesh, to honor their spiritual import now and here, in our time and in our own lives. By sharing the questions, doubts, and convictions in her own heart, Chittister explores the heart of faith itself and nurtures a spirituality that pushes readers beyond superficial questioning and unexamined faith. Hardcover.
(Item #83989) $14.95
    

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A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God
by Joan D. Chittister
What makes a saint? Why do we need them? For Joan Chittister, saints are "people like ourselves, reachable figures, who have lived well through situations similar to our own as proof that we too, in all of our smallness, can stretch ourselves to the limits of the best in us."

In A Passion for Life the icons are male and female, Christian and non-Christian, married and single, religious and lay, from different times and diverse cultures. They are activists and mystics, their holiness recognized by due process, or acclaimed by those who lived in the shadow of their lives. Like us, they are not without flaws, but so luminous in their virtues as to be a light for the ages.

Joan Chittister presents some of these men and women to us, reveals their special gifts, encourages us to identify with them, and to follow their example. Robert Lentz's many stunning icons provide a third dimension for the reader, to feast the eye as well as the soul. Hardcover (Item #80302) $24.00

     

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Scarrred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope
by Joan D. Chittister
Chittister, a Catholic Benedictine nun who once dreamed of being a fiction writer, takes a major disappointment from her life and transforms it into a series of absorbing universal lessons in this book that is both contemplative and expository. The author (Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men) and lecturer tells how in the interest of "humility" she was instructed as a young nun to withdraw her application from a prestigious creative writing program and spend her summer as a camp cook. Although Chittister writes today as if she were still reeling from this disappointment's devastating blow, it is clear that in her struggle she found another way to express herself through writing. She ultimately discovered that she was still a writer, even though she was not free to write in the way she had hoped. Chittister uses the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God to further illustrate the struggle that she says is part of every life, pointing out how such encounters can lead to growth and new direction. But even as she writes of the "gifts" of struggle, she is candid about its dark side and lasting impact. After all, she notes, Jacob got up limping from his night of wrestling with God. It is clear from Chittister's reflections that she has navigated the territory of which she writes. Her message should appeal to a diverse audience of readers who want more than platitudes and pat answers to life's challenges. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information. Paperback (Item #80002)
$12.00
   

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Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life
by Joan D. Chittister
Joan Chittister writes from the perspective of decades of deep involvement in religious life. She writes about religious life in the here and now, not about the value of its past nor about the possible shape of its future, asking a simple question: What, if anything, constitutes the spirituality of contemporary religious life? What is the work of religious life now? What are the virtues demanded of religious now that take character and test commitment, that make the world closer to the reign of God and bring a person closer to the Truth of life?
Paperback (Item #82026)
$16.95
Study Guide (Item #97486) $3.95
   

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Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men
by Joan D. Chittister

What does it mean to live out a feminist spirituality in a world that glamorizes violence and legitimizes domination? Best-selling author Joan Chittister takes a very real look at what it means to have a feminist spirituality—a "heart of flesh"—in today’s culture. She unmasks the effects of sexism on both men and women and describes a spirituality that makes healthier, happier human beings of us all.

According to Chittister, the patriarchal culture that has shaped our world has also brought us to the edge of destruction with its dualisms, hierarchies, and inequality. She outlines the historical realities that produced this situation and describes how patriarchal culture and spirituality maintain their hold on us. She then argues that there is another way which is better and introduces us to a feminist worldview that, in recognizing the full humanity of women, leads all of us to new, better ways of being and relating. Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men offers a dynamic vision of spirituality from one of our finest writers of spiritual literature. Paperback (Item #96683) $20.00

  

 

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Womanstrength: Modern Church, Modern Women
by Joan D. Chittister
Paperback (Item #96872)
$9.95
    

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Light in the Darkness: New Reflections on the Psalms for Every Day of the Year
by Joan D. Chittister
The third and final volume in a trilogy of insightful reflections on some of our oldest and favorite prayers.  Paperback (Item #81748) $12.95
     

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Life Ablaze: A Woman's Novena
by Joan D. Chittister
Perfectly suited for retreat days, personal prayer, inspirational reading, Marian feasts, and women's celebrations, Life Ablaze: A Woman's Novena summons you to prayer. Each is inspired by women who have known obstacles and survived to transcend the ordinary, such as Joan of Arc and Dorothy Day. Their biographies, lessons, intercessions and prayers will kindle in you gifts of God's Spirit. Complete with sample prayers from these inspiring women, and with a fresh Litany of Women for the Church, this book is fuel for your spiritual fire and a meaningful gift to share. Paperback (Item #80360) $12.95
 

Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light
by Joan D. Chittister    (Item #82948) $15.00

Twelve Steps to Inner Freedom: Humility Revisited
by Joan D. Chittister    (Item #81457) $9.95

In Pursuit of Peace: Praying the Rosary
by Joan D. Chittister    (Item #91133) $3.25

 


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