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A School of Prayer: The Saints Show us How to Pray

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Prayer is essential to the life of faith. In this superb book, based on Pope Benedict's weekly teaching, he examines the foundational principles of the life of prayer. Believers of various backgrounds and experience in prayer-from beginners to spiritually advanced-will be enriched by this spiritual masterpiece.

Benedict begins considering what we can learn from the examples of prayer found in a wide range of cultures and eras. Next, he turns to the Bible's teaching about prayer, beginning with Abraham and moving though Moses, the prophets, the Psalms to the example of Jesus. With Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict considers not only the Lord's teaching about prayer, but also his example of how to pray, including the Our Father, his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, and prayers on the Cross. The prayers of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the early Church are also explored. Benedict also draws on insights from spiritual masters, the saints, and the Church's liturgy. He challenges readers to live their relationships with God "even more intensely, as it were, at a ‘school of prayer'." 

Although Benedict provides a sweeping survey of great figures of prayer, his discussion centers on Jesus Christ and even invokes him in the study of prayer. "It is in fact in Jesus," writes Benedict, "that man becomes able to approach God in the depth and intimacy of the relationship of fatherhood and sonship. Together with the first disciples, let us now turn with humble trust to the Teacher and ask him: ‘Lord, teach us to pray' (Lk 11:1)."

Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy

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Benedict XVI is a presentation of Pope Benedict XVI and his leadership during the first five years of his papacy. This book provides insight into the life and work of the Holy Father through excerpts from His writings, featured photos, and a resource section. The essays are divided into three parts: Part I Pilgrim, Part II Pastor, and Part III Prophet. It also features reflections and quotes from the Holy Father’s key writings.

Product Code: 234-3 
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978-1-58051-234-3

Pages: 224

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Catholic Mission and Culture in Colleges and Universities

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Today's society often asks the question of "What is a Catholic University?" The Church has always provided guidance in answering these kinds of questions and supported the continued responsibility that Catholic colleges and universities have in contributing to society through the influence and training of the Christian mind.

This compilation of conciliar and canonical, papal, curial, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops'(USCCB) document(s), is a key guiding document provided by the magisterium of the church (the teaching office of the holy father) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the community of catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

Product Code: 7-464 
ISBN: 
978-1-60137-464-6

Pages: 254

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Fioretti - The Little Flowers of Pope Francis Heartwarming Stories

by Ignatius Press
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Andrea Tornielli, the foremost "Vatican Insider" journalist, offers inspiring stories, incidents, encounters, and excerpts from the writings and talks of Pope Francis through his first year as Pope.

These "little flowers" add up to a powerful witness by Pope Francis of "heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action", and they refl ect on various spiritual and social themes important to the Pope: mercy, forgiveness, charity, prayer, justice, the Eucharist, Our Lady, and much more. The title echoes the Little Flowers of Saint Francis, the famous collection of stories about the beloved Francis of Assisi, whose name the Pope adopted for himself.

The Pope's little gestures and big ones, the minor or major choices he has made each day, his ability to meet everyone and to speak to everyone, his simple way of being himself— these things have made Francis not only credible but, above all, close. The Pope is perceived by many, many people throughout the world as "one of us". Seeing him embrace the sick, the suffering, and the children, one understands why this is so.

Fioretti offers a wonderful collection of insightful fragments from various aspects of the life of the Pope in his first year that will help the reader become better acquainted with the immensely popular Bishop of Rome who, as the first South American pope, came "from the end of the earth".

Hardcover; 185 pages

Following Christ: Spiritual Thoughts Series by Pope Benedict XVI

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Following Christ is the seventh title in the Spiritual Thoughts Series by Pope Benedict XVI. The Holy Father shares his thoughts on developing a relationship with Christ as his disciples through excerpts from his writings, speeches, and homilies.

71. A great adventure
What does the Lord want of me? Of course, this is always a great adventure, but life can be successful only if we have the courage to be adventurous, trusting that the Lord will never leave me alone, that the Lord will go with me and help me.

Meeting with youth in Rome before the Twenty-First World Youth Day, April 6, 2006

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2. Sequela [following]
It is precisely in walking with the Lord's Cross that the journey will bear fruit.

Address at the Roman Major Seminary, February 17, 2007

73. Goal

"To listen" to Jesus: to believe in him and gently follow him, doing his will: In this way everyone can tend to holiness.

Product Code: 7-056 
ISBN: 
978-1-60137-056-3

Pages: 132

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Francis: Pope of a New World (Hardcover)

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"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."

God Is Love (Deus Caritas Est)

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In today's high-tech, fast-paced world, love is often portrayed as being separate from Church teaching. With his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI hopes to overturn that perception and describe the essential place of love in the life of the Church. The Holy Father explains the various dimensions of love, highlighting the distinctions between "eros" and "agape," Jesus as the incarnate love of God, and the scriptural law of love. In part two, he links the Church's charitable work with the love of God as Trinity, noting that the Church must express love through acts of justice and charity. This encyclical is an ideal reflection for religious and civic leaders, those preparing for marriage, and those engaged in justice and charitable work.

Author: Pope Benedict XVI 
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5-758 
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978-1-57455-758-9

Pages: 64

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In Him Alone Is Our Hope The Church According to the Heart of Pope Francis

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And suddenly a great silence envelops the crowd as the successor to Benedict XVI is announced.... Astonishment: Who is it? Where is he from? The commentators are stunned, tongue-tied. Then,upon hearing his first words, the crowd stirs, followed by ripples and then waves of enthusiasm-what freshness, what inspiration, what beautiful Gospel simplicity!

"Called from the end of the world," is he the shepherd who will lead the Church, confronted by the challenges of the postmodern world, along the pathway to renewal? Already his humble witness has made a powerful impact, giving us a glimpse of what is essential about him.... But deep down, who is this man? What does he think? Toward what shores will he steer the barque of Peter?

In this book, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio answers these questions himself as he preaches a retreat to the bishops of Spain. Following the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, he meditates upon the crucial issues at stake in the vocation of a bishop. In so doing, he offers us his vision of the Church, setting forth the outlines of what could well be the reform program of Pope Francis.

It is a rich, captivating text with a strong, uncompromising message. In short, it's a spiritual page turner you won't want to put down!

Joy of the Gospel, The: Evangelii Gaudium

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The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous.

Product Code: 7-458 
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978-1-60137-458-5

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Joy of the Gospel, The: Evangelii Gaudium

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The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous.

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La Alegría del Evangelio Evangelii Gaudium / Spanish

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La Alegría del Evangelio (Evangelii Gaudium) es la aguardada enseñanza del Papa Francisco en la proclamación del Evangelio. El Papa Francis exorta a la Iglesia y al mundo a comenzar con estímulo un nuevo capítulo en la evangelización. Este documento dinámico está escrito en el lenguaje sencillo y corriente del cual el Papa se ha hecho famoso.

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous.

Product Code: 7-879 
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Light of Faith, The (Lumen Fidei)

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Pope Francis' first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) builds on the work of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, completing a trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues-faith, hope, and love. This encyclical, "written by four hands," will encourage the People of God to embrace their faith more fully in this Year of Faith and beyond.

The first encyclical from Pope Francis, a continuation of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letters on charity and hope, addresses the gift of faith that God has extended to us and how the light of faith needs to be nourished and reinforced so that it can guide us on our collective and individual faith journey.

Product Code: 7-436 
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Light of Faith, The (Lumen Fidei)

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Pope Francis' first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) builds on the work of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, completing a trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues-faith, hope, and love. This encyclical, "written by four hands," will encourage the People of God to embrace their faith more fully in this Year of Faith and beyond. Copies begin shipping by July 23.

The first encyclical from Pope Francis, a continuation of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letters on charity and hope, addresses the gift of faith that God has extended to us and how the light of faith needs to be nourished and reinforced so that it can guide us on our collective and individual faith journey.

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Love and Responsibility

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  Books striking feature is Wojtyla appeals throughout to ordinary, human experience, logically examined. He draws support for his views on the proper gratification of sexual needs, on birth control, and on other matters, from the findings of physiologists and psychologists.

His conclusions coincide with the traditional teachings of the Church, which invoke scriptural authority. His approach ensures that non-Christians also can consider his arguments on their own merits.

Drawing from his own pastoral experience as a priest and bishop before he became Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla has produced a remarkably eloquent and resourceful defense of Catholic tradition in the sphere of family life and sexual morality. He writes in the conviction that science--biology, psychology, sociology--can provide valuable information on particular aspects of relations between the sexes, but that a full understanding can be obtained only by study of the human person as a whole. 

Central to his argument is the contrast between the personalistic and the utilitarian views of marriage and of sexual relations. The former views marriage as an interpersonal relationship, in which the well-being and self-realization of each partner are of overriding importance to the other. It is only within this framework that the full purpose of marriage can be realized. The alternative, utilitarian view, according to which a sexual partner is an object for use, holds no possibility of fulfillment and happiness. Wojtyla argues that divorce, artificial methods of birth control, adultery (pre-marital sex), and sexual perversions are all in various ways incompatible with the personalistic view of the sexual self-realization of the human person. 

 

Luz de la Fe, La (Lumen Fidei)

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La primera encíclica del Papa Francisco, Lumen Fidei (La Luz de la Fe) se basa en la obra de su predecesor, Benedicto XVI papa emerito, completando una trilogía de encíclicas sobre las virtudes teologales: fe, esperanza y amor.

La Luz de la Fe es una continuación a las cartas encíclicas del Papa Benedicto XVI sobre la caridad y la esperanza, en el don de la fe que Dios ha extendido a nosotros y cómo esa luz de la fe necesita ser alimentada y reforzada, así puede guiarnos en nuestro camino de fe individual y colectivo.

Pope Francis's first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) builds on the work of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, completing a trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues-faith, hope, and love. The first encyclical from Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith), is a continuation of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letters on charity and hope, and addresses the gift of faith that God has extended to us and how that light of faith needs to be nourished and reinforced so that it can guide us on our collective and individual faith journey.

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Luz de la Fe, La (Lumen Fidei)

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La primera encíclica del Papa Francisco, Lumen Fidei (La Luz de la Fe) se basa en la obra de su predecesor, Benedicto XVI papa emerito, completando una trilogía de encíclicas sobre las virtudes teologales: fe, esperanza y amor.

La Luz de la Fe es una continuación a las cartas encíclicas del Papa Benedicto XVI sobre la caridad y la esperanza, en el don de la fe que Dios ha extendido a nosotros y cómo esa luz de la fe necesita ser alimentada y reforzada, así puede guiarnos en nuestro camino de fe individual y colectivo.

 Pope Francis's first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) builds on the work of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, completing a trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues-faith, hope, and love. The first encyclical from Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith), is a continuation of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letters on charity and hope, and addresses the gift of faith that God has extended to us and how that light of faith needs to be nourished and reinforced so that it can guide us on our collective and individual faith journey.

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On the Eucharist

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In this encyclical letter, Pope John Paul II seeks to rekindle in the faithful the profound sense of "amazement and gratitude" that surrounds the Eucharist. It is from the Eucharist that the Church draws her life. From "this living bread" the Church draws her nourishment.

Product Code: 5-559 
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On the Most Holy Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae): Rosarium Virginis Mariae

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This historic apostolic letter from Pope John Paul II broadens the traditional pattern of the rosary to include the "mysteries of light"-five reflections on Christ's public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion.

Product Code: 5-538 
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978-1-57455-538-7

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On the Regulation of Birth (Humanae Vitae)

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By author: Pope Pope Paul VI 
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Pope Benedict XVI: Spiritual Thoughts: In the First Year of His Papacy

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Spiritual Thoughts wonderfully captures his deep spiritual and holy life and his extraordinary intelligence as expressed in the first year of his papacy and begins to unlock the mystery of who this pope will be. The short reflections from his talks, homilies, and writings presented here are prayerful, at times forceful, and always satisfying.

Author: Pope Benedict XVI 
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5-765 
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978-1-57455-765-7

Pages: 128

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Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend Personal Recollections about the Man Who Became Pope (Hardcover)

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Before becoming Pope Francis, Fr. Jorge Bergoglio, as a Jesuit priest in Argentina, served the Jesuit order and the Church in a variety of functions: professor, spiritual director, master of novices, provincial, and eventually Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires. 

This fascinating new look at Pope Francis presents the personal insights of ten Jesuits, many who have known him since his first days as a Jesuit, and were interviewed for this book shortly after he was elected the Pope. Some were his professors, some his peers, and some younger Jesuits who were his students. Also interviewed for this book are non-Jesuits, including an Argentine senator, a prominent rabbi, a priest working in the slums of Buenos Aires that Bergoglio often visited.

Their remarks are focused on different aspects of the man, including his family background, his abilities, and his personality as administrator, as friend, as teacher, as a guide, etc. Some of the predominant aspects of his personality to emerge are his longstanding simplicity and authentic spirituality; his concern for the individual and the poor; his desire for the Church to go out to the street to meet the needs of the people. More controversial issues discussed include his dealing with the issue of "Liberation Theology" and his relationship with the military regime in Argentina.

These interviews essentially transmit a mosaic that reveals little-known insights of the pontiff's personality, of his interior world, his human abilities, his work habits, his devotions, his concerns, and his friendships. Thus, they open a fascinating door to a better understanding of the man whom the Holy Spirit has elected to lead the Church at this time.

Praise Be to You - Laudato Si' On Care for Our Common Home

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A gift from God and the common home of humanity, the earth is threatened by man's abuse of his freedom. In his encyclical Praise Be to You (Laudato Si'), Pope Francis challenges all people to praise and thank God for his glorious creation and to work together to safeguard her.

Popes Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and Paul VI addressed key themes regarding stewardship of God's creation, but Francis is the first to devote an entire encyclical to the subject. The encyclical takes its name from Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures, which depicts cre­ation as "a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us". Pope Francis declares, "This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her."

Francis calls for an "integral ecology" based on what Pope Saint John Paul II called an "ecological conversion"—a moral transformation linking the proper response to God for the gift of his creation to concern for justice, espe­cially for the poor. He challenges people to understand ecology in terms of the right ordering of the fundamen­tal relationships of the human person: with God, oneself, other people, and the rest of creation.

Francis examines such ecological concerns as pollu­tion, waste, and what he calls "the throwaway culture". Climate, he insists, is a common good to be protected. He explores notions such as sustainability from a Judeo-Christian perspective. The loss of biodiversity and the unequal distribution of resources, largely caused by the consumerism and excessive individualism of the wealthi­er nations, threaten the good order of creation, he writes. While valuing technology, he rejects efforts to repudiate the natural order, including the moral law inscribed in human nature. He cautions against an overreliance on science to solve ecological problems and emphasizes the need for openness to God.

Expounding the biblical tradition regarding creation and redemption in Christ, Francis stresses man's subordi­nation to God's plan. He insists on the primacy of the human person in creation and rejects treating it as if it were "divine", yet he traces the roots of the ecological crisis to man's self-centeredness and the rise of prac­tical relativism. Without rejecting political changes, he implores people to change their hearts and their ways of life.

Sacrament of Charity / Spanish: Sacramentum Caritatis / Spanish

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Long-awaited post-synodal exhortation on the Eucharist from Pope Benedict XVI.

Author: Pope Benedict XVI 
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7-800 
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Sacrament of Charity: Sacramentum Caritatis

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Set alongside Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical God Is Love (Deus Caritas Est)where he stressed the relationship between the Eucharist and love, The Sacrament of Charity picks up that theme and expands it as Pope Benedict explores the mystery of eucharistic faith and how it reveals the mystery of the Trinity. Released on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Holy Father examines the important relationship between the Eucharist and the other sacraments, including the sacrament of the Church. He also highlights the social implications of the Eucharist and firmly connects it with the Church's social teaching.

Author: Pope Benedict XVI 
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7-002 
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978-1-60137-002-0

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