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20s/30s MINISTRY A GUIDE FOR PARISHES

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$14.95

This guide offers an adaptable, open-ended model for parish-based young adult ministry. It was written in wide consultation with young adults and young adultministers from across the United States. It puts down in writing some of the best insights and practical suggestions that have emerged from the lived experience and trial and error of numerous young adults and young adult ministries.

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9780809153268
Publication Date: 
2016-09-05
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AFTER LIVES: A GUIDE TO HEAVEN HELL & PURGATORY

$19.95

One of the most profound, deeply affecting questions we face as human beings is the matter of our mortality--and its connection to immortality. Ancient animist ghost cultures, Egyptian mummification, late Jewish hopes of resurrection, Christian eternal salvation, Muslim belief in hell and paradise all spring from a remarkably consistent impulse to tether a triumph over death to our conduct in life.

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9780199975037
Publication Date: 
2013-02-28
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BEAUTIFUL MERCY

$10.00
ISBN/SKU: 
9781942611578

BENEDICT XVI LEARNING TO BELIEVE

$9.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780818913563
Publication Date: 
2013-05-20

BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT

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$15.00

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
In this inspiring book, Katie Couric distills the ingenious, hard-won insights of such leaders and visionaries as Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Michael J. Fox, and Ken Burns, who offer advice about life, success, and happiness how to take chances, follow one s passions, overcome adversity and inertia, commit to something greater than ourselves, and more. Along the way, Katie Couric reflects on her own life, and on the shared wisdom, and occasional missteps, that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking work as a broadcast journalist. Moving and empowering, "The Best Advice I Ever Got" is for all of us, young or old, who want to hear from some of today s best and brightest about how they got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top so we can too."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780812982589
Publication Date: 
2012-03-31
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BLESSED PEACEMAKERS 365 EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

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$45.00

Synopsis: All of us yearn for a peaceable and just world, but some roll up their sleeves and set to work to make the dream real. Blessed Peacemakers celebrates 365 of them, one for each day of the year. Their stories are richly diverse. They share a commitment to peace and justice, but the various contexts in which they work make each of their stories uniquely instructive. The peacemakers include women, men, and children from across the globe, spanning some twenty-five hundred years. Many are persons of faith, but some are totally secular. Some are well known, while others will be excitingly new. They are human rights and antiwar activists, scientists and artists, educators and scholars, songwriters and poets, film directors and authors, diplomats and economists, environmentalists and mystics, prophets and policymakers. Some are unlettered, but all are wise. A few died in the service of the dream. All sacrificed for it. The world is a better place for the presence of blessed peacemakers. Their inspiring stories embolden readers to join them in nonviolent resistance to injustice and the creative pursuit of peace. Endorsements: "Blessed Peacemakers is quite astonishing in its breadth and depth, examining 365 noble souls who devoted large parts of their lives to peacemaking and without whom the world would be a much poorer place." --Helen Caldicott, Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility "This inspiring and wonderful book gives a concise account of the core ideas, passions, and acts of the world's peacemakers over the last twenty-five hundred years. . . . These engaging essays deserve a read by anyone committed to making our world a more just and peaceful place." --Donald B. Kraybill, Distinguished Professor at Elizabethtown College "One excellent way to start the day is to read just one page of Blessed Peacemakers--read it in silence to yourself if you eat breakfast alone; read it aloud if there's more than one at the table. In some cases, you will already be aware of the person whose story is assigned to the day, in many cases not. In every case, you are in for encouragement and inspiration." --Jim Forest, International Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship "Walters and Jarrell provide exemplars who encourage this world toward longevity and high quality of life. Like it or not, we need these exemplars because they remind us that self-sufficiency does not work outside of healthy communal practices--chief of which is peacemaking! Read Walters and Jarrell's excellent work and understand what I mean." --Michael Battle, Founder of PeaceBattle Institute Author Biography: Kerry Walters teaches Philosophy as well as Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. The author or editor of more than twenty-five books, he is also a longtime peace activist. Robin Jarrell is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. She is past coeditor (with Kerry Walters) of Episcopal Peace Witness.

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9781608992485
Publication Date: 
2013-02-11
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CASTING NETS WITH THE SAINTS LEARN FROM THE BEST HOW TO SHARE THE FAITH

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$15.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9781681920436
Publication Date: 
2017-03-21
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CATHOLIC LABYRINTH: POWER APATHY AND A PASSION FOR REFORM IN THE AMERICAN CHUCH

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$29.95

Sexual abuse scandals, declining attendance, a meltdown in the number of priests and nuns, the closing of many parishes and parochial schools--all have shaken American Catholicism. Yet conservatives have increasingly dominated the church hierarchy.

In The Catholic Labyrinth, Peter McDonough tells a tale of multiple struggles that animate various groups--the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Voice of the Faithful, and the Leadership Roundtable chief among them--pushing to modernize the church. One contest pits reformers against those who back age-old standards of sexual behavior and gender roles. Another area of contention, involving efforts to maintain the church's far-flung operations in education, social services, and healthcare, raises constitutional issues about the separation of church and state. Once a sidebar to this debate, the bishops' campaign to control the terms of employment and access to contraceptives in church-sponsored ministries has fueled conflict further.

McDonough draws on behind-the-scenes documentation and personal interviews with leading reformers and "loyalists" to explore how both retrenchment and resistance to clericalism have played out in American Catholicism. Despite growing support for optional celibacy among priests, the ordination of women, and similar changes, and in the midst of numerous departures from the church, immigration and a lingering reaction against the upheavals of the sixties have helped sustain a popular traditionalism among "Catholics in the pews." So have the polemics of Catholic neoconservatives. These demographic and cultural factors--as well as the silent dissent of those who simply ignore rather than oppose the church's more regressive positions--have reinforced a culture of deference that impedes reform. At the same time, selective managerial improvements show promise of advancing incremental change.

Timely and incisive, The Catholic Labyrinth captures the church at a historical crossroads, as advocates for change struggle to reconcile religious mores with the challenges of modernity.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780199751181
Publication Date: 
2013-07-15

CHURCH UNDER ATTACK

$18.95

Here's an unabashedly Catholic history that documents scores of sustained and unprecedented assaults on our Catholic Faith these past five centuries and delineates our Church's brave response to each one.

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9781933184937
Publication Date: 
2013-05-14
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DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II WITH NOTES AND INDEX

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$24.95

The 16 documents of the Second Vatican Council (1963-65) are included in this volume together with Notes and an Index. Ideal for students

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9781921472305

ECUMENISM OF BEAUTY

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$18.99

The last fifty years have seen a rediscovery of the role of the visual arts in the lives of all Christians. In tune with this ecumenical age, this book shares the belief that beauty and art can bridge differences, unite people in -shared admiration, - and possibly become an instrument of communion among separated Christians.
The authors of this book are Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant artists, scholars, and clergy who in 2017 will take part in a symposium organized to commemorate the Reformation, which began when Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517. With sessions in Paris, Strasburg, Florence, New Haven (CT), and Orleans (MA), the symposium is promoted by Catholic and Protestant schools of theology together with Mount Tabor Centre for Art and Spirituality, in Barga, Italy.

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9781612619248
Publication Date: 
2017-04-30
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ETHICAL EATING

$1.99

Inspired by the values of St. Francis of Assisi, "Ethical Eating" the debut offering in Franciscan Media's Live Simply series offers facts, encouragement and practical tips for anyone seeking simplicity in a culture defined by excess.
Beginning with the very food we eat, each day we can take small but important steps toward a lifestyle that prioritizes and reflects our moral values. We can commit to: Selecting more healthful, wholesome foods Growing in appreciation for food and for the land, animals and farmers that provide it Understanding the social, economic and environmental impact of our consumption "Ethical Eating" will help shape the choices you make to strengthen the ties between physical and spiritual nourishment."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781616364274
Publication Date: 
2012-02-02
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EVANGELICAL CATHOLICISM

$27.99

The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand year history. As the curtain comes down on the Church defined by the 16th-century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
The Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholicism of the future will send all the people of the Church into mission territory every daya territory increasingly defined in the West by spiritual boredom and aggressive secularism. Confronting both these cultural challenges and the shadows cast by recent Catholic history, Evangelical Catholicism unapologetically proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth of the world. It also molds disciples who witness to faith, hope, and love by the quality of their lives and the nobility of their aspirations. Thus the Catholicism of the 21stcentury and beyond will be a culture-forming counterculture, offering all men and women of good will a deeply humane alternative to the soul-stifling self-absorption of postmodernity.
Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic lifefrom the episcopate and the papacy to the priesthood and the consecrated life; from the renewal of the lay vocation in the world to the redefinition of the Church s engagement with public life; from the liturgy to the Church s intellectual life. Lay Catholics and clergy alike should welcome the challenge of this unique moment in the Church s history, Weigel urges. Mediocrity is not an option, and all Catholics, no matter what their station in life, are called to live the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized: without compromise, but with the joy, courage, and confidence that comes from living this side of the Resurrection.
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ISBN/SKU: 
9780465027682
Publication Date: 
2013-02-04
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EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$9.99

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered a "Little Golden guide to life"? Yes, we could! Muldrow's humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life ("Don't forget to enjoy your wedding!" "Be a hugger." "Sweatpants are bad for morale."), drawn from more than 60 stories, are paired with delightful images from these best-loved children's books of all time among them The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon, Mister Dog, Nurse Nancy, We Help Mommy, Five Pennies to Spend, and The Little Red Hen. The Golden greats of children's illustration are represented here as well: Richard Scarry, Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair, among many others. Sure to bring memories and a smile, this book is a perfect gift for baby boomers, recent grads, lovers of children's literature or anyone who cherishes the sturdy little books with the shiny cardboard covers and gold foil spines!

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780307977618
Publication Date: 
2013-09-23
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FAITH BEGINNINGS: FAMILY NURTURING FROM BIRTH THROUGH PRESCHOOL

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$14.99

Faith Beginnings helps parents form and nurture their preschool children's faith development, even in the earliest stages of life. In an era when preschool child development is being more deliberately understood, one might consider how essential it is to teach children about their faith. The authors provide concrete faith-related activities and suggestions to help parents nurture the faith life of their infant, toddler, and preschool children.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780764822315
Publication Date: 
2013-05-31
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FOR GOD AND PROFIT HOW BANKING AND FINANCE CAN SERVE THE COMMON GOOD

$29.95

From Christianity s very beginning, it has had a difficult relationship with the world of money. Through developing sophisticated understandings of the nature and wealth-creating capacity of capital, Christian theologians, philosophers, and financiers exerted considerable influence upon the emergence and development of the international financial systems that helped unleash a revolution in the way the world thinks about and uses capital. In "For God and Profit," Samuel Gregg underscores the different ways in which Christians have helped to develop the financial and banking systems that have helped millions escape poverty for hundreds of years. But he also provides a critical lens through which to assess the workings and failures of modern finance and banking. Far from being doomed to producing economic instability and periodic financial crises, Gregg illustrates that how Christian faith and reason can shape financial practices and banking institutions in ways that restore integrity to our troubled financial systems."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780824521882
Publication Date: 
2016-05-15

FRANCIS POPE OF A NEW WORLD

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$19.95

"Francis, rebuild my Church!" That is how St. Francis of Assisi heard the call of Christ. It is also how Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at the age of 76, and a Jesuit, seems to have accepted his election to the papacy with the choice of a name that no other pope has ever chosen.

Who is Pope Francis, elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history? Who is the man chosen to be the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope?

How does he see the world and his ministry? How does he understand his call to serve Christ, his Church, and the world? In short, what is the mind and heart of this new pope of a new world--of the Americas and the rest of the world of the 21st Century?

In the words, the ideas, and the personal recollections of Pope Francis--including material up to the final hours before his election--the most highly regarded Vatican observer on the international scene reveals the personality of this man of God, gentle and humble. The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, he made radically following Christ and the way of non-violence the pillars of his pastoral ministry in a country, continually tormented by social and economic inequities.
This complete biography offers the keys to understanding the man who was a surprise choice, even a kind of revolutionary choice, for pope. It is the story of the humble pastor of one of the world's largest archdioceses; a cardinal who takes the bus, talks with common folk, and lives simply. It is the story of why the cardinal electors of the Catholic Church set aside political and diplomatic calculations to elect a pope to lead the renewal and purification of the worldwide Church of our time.

"Brothers and Sisters, before the bishop blesses the people, I ask you to pray to God that he will bless your bishop."
- Pope Francis
"Catholics and others eager to know all they can about Pope Francis will learn a great deal from Andrea Tornielli's first-person account."

-James Hitchcock, Professor of History, St. Louis University, author of History of The Catholic Church

ISBN/SKU: 
9781586178529
Publication Date: 
2013-04-10

GAZE OF MERCY A COMMENTARY ON DIVINE AND HUMAN MERCY

$14.95

Just in time for the Holy Year of Mercy, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, delves into the mystery of mercy, both human and divine. Jesus is the mercy of God who became flesh, and it is his gaze of mercy that transforms us. Among the Gospel passages he explores are Jesus encounters with Zacchaeus and the woman caught in adultery as well as Christs passion, the height of Gods mercy, and his resurrection, the triumph of Gods mercy. And just as we are recipients of Gods mercy, we are called to be merciful to others. Insightful and inspiring!

ISBN/SKU: 
9781593252854
Publication Date: 
2015-10-31
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GLOBALIZATION AND MULTICULTURAL MINISTRY: A TEILHARDIAN VISION

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$29.95

Behind simplified economic and political perceptions of the forces of globalization is a much more complex spiritual evolutionary process whereby the world and all creation is being drawn into being the presence of Christ a Christogenesis.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780809148165
Publication Date: 
2013-06-30
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I BELIEVE IN ETERNAL LIFE

$12.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780818913556
Publication Date: 
2012-12-31
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IMPOSSIBLE THE MIRACULOUS STORY OF A MOHTER'S FAITH AND HER CHILD'S RESURRECTION

$24.00

THE IMPOSSIBLE reveals prayer's immediate and powerful impact through the true account of a family whose son died and was miraculously resurrected.

Through the years and the struggles, when life seemed more about hurt and loss than hope and mercy, God was positioning the Smiths for something extraordinary - the death and resurrection of their son.

When Joyce Smith's 14-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than 60 minutes. They asked themselves, How could God do this to us? But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength and cried out to God in a loud voice to save her son.

Immediately, her son's heart miraculously started beating, again.

In the coming days, her son would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, John Smith walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed.

THE IMPOSSIBLE is about a profound truth: prayer really does work. God uses it to remind us that He is always with us, and when we combine it with unshakable faith, nothing is impossible.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781478976950
Publication Date: 
2017-11-06
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INTERFAITH DIALOGUE IN PRACTICE: CHRISTIAN MUSLIM JEW

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$30.00

Written from a communication perspective, Interfaith Dialogue in Practice provides useful strategies for increasing understanding among the three Abrahamic religions--Christianity, Islam, Judaism. Authentic dialogue is as concerned about communication as it is theology. Contributors to this volume write from their experience as communication experts personally engaged in the challenges of interfaith dialogue

ISBN/SKU: 
9781886761322
Publication Date: 
2012-10-31

JESUS THE EVANGELIST A GOSPEL GUIDE TO THE NEW EVAGELIZATION

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$14.99

The Catholic Church is in the midst of a worldwide effort to engage its members in evangelization, and welcome home those who have left the Church. Yet the meaning of evangelization is unclear to many people: what is it, and how is it part of my life and my faith?
"Jesus the Evangelist" is a transformative guide to becoming a better disciple through studying the words of Jesus. Using specific and concrete examples from Scripture, the book focuses on the life of Jesus and on the ways he evangelized among his disciples and followers. It defines for Catholics what evangelization is while addressing how individuals can evangelize in their everyday lives, and how parishes can evangelize through the examples Jesus gave us.
Pope Benedict XVI said; "The missionary task is not to bring about revolution in the world but to transfigure it, drawing power from Jesus Christ who 'convokes us at the table of his Word and Eucharist.'" This book will guide the reader into active discipleship, providing a practical application of both Scripture and Church teaching to the process of evangelization.

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9781616365424
Publication Date: 
2013-02-28
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JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

$0.35
ISBN/SKU: 
9780819840165

JUDAS THE MOST HATED NAME IN HISTORY

$29.95

The most famous traitor in all of history who was he really, and what does he mean for us today?
In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as Peter points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? "You'll have to decide," as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, "Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side." An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolizes continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal, and the problem of evil. Judas: the ultimate traitor, or the ultimate scapegoat? This is a compelling portrait of Christianity's most troubling and mysterious character."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781444754728
Publication Date: 
2015-05-31
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