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101 Surprising Facts about Church History

101 Surprising Facts about Church History
Meconi, David
$19.95
Think you really know Church History? Think Again
The Catholic Church is the longest-standing and the most universal of all institutions. The contributions made by Catholic men and women over the past 2000 years are most impressive, from a properly functioning calendar to the inventions of many things that we all take for granted today.
In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. Meconi, SJ walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth. From economic and mercantile developments to scientific and astronomical advances, from the cataloging of zoological and botanical species to the cherishing of beautiful music and fine arts, Fr. Meconi shows you why the Catholic Church stands as the greatest promoter of human culture and knowledge.
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9781618907332
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2016-11-28
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101 Surprising Facts about St. Peter's and the Vatican

101 Surprising Facts about St. Peter's and the Vatican
Kirby, Jeffrey
$16.95
What do you really know about Vatican City?

The Vatican, comprising the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. It has done so for nearly two millennium ever since the first Pope, St. Peter, made it his home.

Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?

Here, Father Jeffrey Kirby takes you on a whirlwind tour of this little country (yes, Vatican City is its own country, Fact # 2) and uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the city, and its famous church.

Discover what language degree you need to work a Vatican ATM, what archi tectural feature of St. Peter's is a map of the universe, and even what the pope's license plate number is. Along the way, you'll find the deep theological meaning woven into the design and architectural features of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican.

Whether you've already been to Rome or are still planning your first trip, 101 Surprising Facts About the Vatican will transport you to Basilica and City at the heart of the Catholic Church and enable you to appreciate them like never before.

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9781618906878
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2015-03-31
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101 Surprising Facts about the Bible

101 Surprising Facts about the Bible
Rotondi, Rick
$19.95
How Well Do You Know The Bible?

In 101 Surprising Facts About the Bible, Rick Rotondi recounts the story of how the Bible was written, translated, published, and proclaimed. Join him as he explores the mysteries of the Bible, unpacks its prophecies, and examines how this ancient text is a living word -- a rule of life and a letter from God addressed personally to you.

Read and learn...

  • How Alexander the Great helped shape the Bible (Fact 14)
  • The age of the oldest Bible (Fact 16)
  • God's other means of Revelation (Facts 24 and 25)
  • When Christ appeared in the Old Testament (Fact 38)
  • The striking prophecy of the Crucifixion, 1,000 years in advance (Fact 65)
  • How the Bible has a sense of humor (Fact 82)
  • How the Bible transformed civilization (Fact 85)
  • ...and much, much more!

    101 Surprising Facts About the Bible is a fascinating guide to the Word of God. In these pages, learn new facts about the Bible, test your knowledge of it -- and make its amazing treasures your own.

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    9781505112511
    Publication Date: 
    2019-01-15
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    Catholic Home Art Gallery: 18 Works of Art by Contemporary Catholic Artists: Removable and Suitable for Framing

    Catholic Home Art Gallery: 18 Works of Art by Contemporary Catholic Artists: Removable and Suitable for Framing
    $29.95

    The Catholic Church has a long and glorious history of sacred art. From the earliest etchings of Christian symbols on the walls of the catacombs to the exuberant works of the Baroque era, from the shared patrimony of iconography that links East with West to the monastic revival of the nineteenth century that gave us the St. Benedict medal, Catholic art is astonishing in its variety and diversity of styles.

    But for too many, Catholic art is viewed as something largely in the past. This collection emphatically says, "Not so!"

    This bound volume of eighteen works of sacred art by Catholic artists will convince you that the great artistic tradition of the Church is alive and well. Each work in this collection is printed on an 8" x 10" detachable page, so that the work may be removed and easily framed in your home.

    The nine artists represented here are Matthew Alderman, Neilson Carlin, Bernadette Carstensen, Matthew Conner, Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs, James Janknegt, Timothy Jones, Michael D. O'Brien, and Elizabeth Zelasko.

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    9781621645498
    Publication Date: 
    2023-02-07
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    Catholics in the Kitchen: Nurturing the Bond Between Faith and Food

    Catholics in the Kitchen: Nurturing the Bond Between Faith and Food
    Alexandra, Greeley
    $29.95

    "Know that even when you are in the kitchen, God moves amidst the pots and pans." --St. Teresa of Avila

    For over two thousand years, Catholics have been at the heart of the culinary arts. Perhaps this should come as no surprise considering the sacred feast of the Eucharist gives life to our faith. From this foretaste of the heavenly banquet, we return to our domestic churches to gather around the dinner table, where families share joy, laughter, and love.

    Yet as with so many other arenas of life, our relationship with food has become compromised, cheapened, unhealthy, and robbed of its wholesomeness and purpose. As we slip more and more into moral poverty, we lose the sacramental nature of eating and the sense of community that comes from a good meal.

    The individuals featured in this work have spent a lifetime trying to turn back the tide of this downward spiral. They are farmers, ranchers, chefs, cooks, professors, authors, moms, dads, grandparents, priests. They have appeared on the Food Network, EWTN, and the Catholic Faith Network. They come from different regions--from Colorado to rural Virginia to the Louisiana Bayou--and from difficult cultures--Latino, Polish, Lebanese, Italian, Irish.

    It is a wide pallet of humanity. And yet, the one ingredient found in all of them is the Catholic faith. Their faith journeys are as myriad as their backgrounds and favorite dishes, but each of them call Holy Mother Church home.

    This cookbook shares an eclectic assortment of dishes, from Chicken Creole to Oyster Gumbo, from Fizzy Tea to Resurrection Rolls, from Butternut Squash Soup to Polish Cream Cake, and more. But it also shares stories of faith from ordinary people striving for heaven. Readers, then, will find in this collection nourishment for their bodies and their souls.

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    9781505120165
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-01
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    Cooking with the Saints

    Cooking with the Saints
    $34.95

    For the Love of Food, the Church, and Her Saints!

    From traditional Cottage Pie on St. Patrick's Day to Basque Lamb Stew on the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the delicious recipes in this unique cookbook will excite your senses, awaken in you greater love for the saints, and bring Catholic festivity into your home.

    Here you'll find brief saints biographies and ideal accompanying dishes tied to the liturgical feasts of the Church. From this exceptional cookbook, your family will receive triple nourishment: for body, mind, and spirit.

    In it, you'll encounter:

  • Scores of exciting dishes from dozens of countries, including Ethiopia, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Korea, Scotland, France, Greece, and Sweden.
  • Sixty fascinating biographies of saints.
  • A comprehensive list of celebratory cookies for feast days throughout the year.
  • Many traditional recipes, including Roman Honey Cake, Hungarian Goulash Soup, and even Papal Cream Cake (a favorite of St. John Paul II).
  • A handy index to help you find just the kind of dinner you need tonight.
  • A carefully categorized shopping list for each recipe, to save you time in the store.
  • Gathered by Alexandra Greeley, a professional chef and author of thirty-five cookbooks, and Fernando Flores, a world traveler and aficionado of all things relating to food and faith, each of these succulent recipes has been home-tested by our team of Christian mothers and their families.

    With the help of Cooking with the Saints, you'll turn every Christian feast into a joyous, faith-filled occasion, bringing your family gastronomic delight and spiritual enrichment throughout the year.

    Among the saints celebrated in this book, you'll meet:

  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga
  • St. Anselm of Canterbury
  • St. Basil the Great
  • St. Brigid of Kildare
  • St. Catherine of Siena
  • St. Damien of Molokai
  • St. Isidore the Farmer
  • St. Joan of Arc
  • St. John Neumann
  • St. Josemaria Escriva
  • St. Junipero Serra
  • St. Justin Martyr
  • St. Kateri Tekawitha
  • St. Mark the Evangelist
  • St. Mary of Egypt
  • St. Padre Pio
  • St. Paul Miki
  • St. Simon Stock
  • St. Teresa of Calcutta
  • St. Therese of Lisieux
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
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    9781622825103
    Publication Date: 
    2019-03-01
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    Fair Jesus: The Gospels According to Italian Painters 1300-1650

    Fair Jesus: The Gospels According to Italian Painters 1300-1650
    Kiely, Robert
    $39.99
    An expert shows how Jesus is revealed in great paintings, in ways more subtle than words.

    Kiely walks through important scenes of the Gospels, pausing with great painters to consider Jesus, how he looks, how he stands or sits, how he interacts with other figures and the viewer, how his actions and teachings are interpreted and translated by artists more concerned with design than analysis, more in forms than words. Painters and their paintings are the guides--beguiling, challenging, consoling, instructive--displaying colors, skill, and perspective while beckoning the viewer back to scripture and to the Jesus "who accepted to be seen."

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    9781640602588
    Publication Date: 
    2019-11-19
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    Jesus in Art and Literature

    Jesus in Art and Literature
    $50.00
    A richly illustrated visual biography of Jesus, through the finest masterpieces in the history of art and literature. Preface by art historian Edwart Vignot.

    Throughout history, Jesus of Nazareth has unquestionably been the most inspirational subject of great works of art and literature. His life and message have strongly permeated Western art of all periods, influencing giants such as Fra Angelico, Picasso, Tolstoy, and Houellebecq.

    In Jesus in Art and Literature, Pierre-Marie Dumont has chosen nearly 100 eclectic iconographic works of art, analyzing and comparing them to passages from the Bible and excerpts from great literary texts. The book offers the reader an extraordinary variety of aesthetic interpretations of the life of Jesus and his teaching, from early Christian to modern art. Through works as diverse as The Hand of God by Auguste Rodin, The Resurrection of Lazarus by Rembrandt, and the "Hidden God" by Blaise Pascal, Dumont highlights th

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    9781639670062
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-22
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    Music of Angels: A Listener's Guide to Sacred Music from Chant to Christian

    Music of Angels: A Listener's Guide to Sacred Music from Chant to Christian
    Kavanaugh, Patrick
    $16.95
    This popular guide to Christian music is a must-have for any music lover. Tracing the development of Christian music in its cultural context, each chapter includes a recommended listening list and sidebars that highlight important musicians, influential works, and musical styles. Perfect for the beginner looking for a handbook to illuminate the roots of sacred music but also of interest to the advanced listener who can use this as a reference guide.
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    9780829410198
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    1999-01-01
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    Piazzas, Popes, and Pasta: Notes from a Rome Sojourn

    Piazzas, Popes, and Pasta: Notes from a Rome Sojourn
    Zurlo, Luanne
    $14.95
    Acting on inspiration from the Holy Spirit, Luanne Zurlo spent 4 months living in Rome and studying theology at the Angelicum Pontifical University. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part religious reflection, Piazzas, Popes, and Pasta: Notes from a Rome Sojourn will encourage you to open your heart to God's will, even when it seems risky, for the rewards of saying "yes" are unfathomable.
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    9781596144330
    Publication Date: 
    2018-09-30
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    Pilgrim's New Guide to the Holy Land

    Pilgrim's New Guide to the Holy Land
    Doyle, Stephen C
    $24.95
    More than an updated second edition, this book combines the best information from the popular first edition with new insights to help you turn your travels into pilgrimages. In this edition of The Pilgrim's New Guide to the Holy Land, Stephen Doyle adds the words to familiar hymns, and maps and photos, and includes new insights gathered from the documents of Vatican II, Paul VI's Decree on Evangelization, and prose and poetry that foster the spirit of prayer.

    After a brief introduction to each Holy Place, Doyle provides the Scripture passages appropriate to those locations. In offering these passages, Doyle reminds us of Pius XII's statement that to find the meaning of God's word, we must go back to the original languages, determine the intention of the author, and take into account the literary form. Following Pius XII's suggestion, Doyle provides his own translation of Scripture passages. By presenting these passages he offers new meaning by exploring a new experience, in a new context, in a new culture.

    Doyle explains that there are major differences between going to the Holy Land as a pilgrim and going there as a tourist, or even as a student of history or archaeology. People join a pilgrimage from faith and for faith. This is not the same as a deepening of theological insight, or becoming more knowledgeable about the facts and beliefs of Christianity. The basic vision that distinguishes a pilgrim from a tourist is summed up in a passage by Paul: 'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, sink your roots deep in him, build your faith upon him, and overflow with thanksgiving' (Col. 2:6). In The Pilgrim's New Guide to the Holy Land, Doyle brings together the elements that facilitate that vision.

    Chapters are "Jerusalem, Jerusalem," "Holy Places East of Jerusalem," "Holy Places West of Jerusalem," "Holy Places South of Jerusalem" and "Holy Places North of Jerusalem." Also includes appendices and an index.

    Stephen C. Doyle, O.F.M., has guided more than one hundred pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to Greece and Asia Minor. He has taught Scripture and biblical preaching at St. John Vianney Seminary, East Aurora, New York; Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, New York; Pope John XXIII Seminary, Weston Massachusetts; St. Bonaventure University; St. Michael&'s College; and Emmanuel College.

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    9780814659557
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    1999-11-01
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    Pilgrimage to the Museum: Man's Search for God Through Art and Time

    Pilgrimage to the Museum: Man's Search for God Through Art and Time
    Auth, Stephen F
    $19.95
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    9781644137161
    Publication Date: 
    2022-07-26
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    Pondering the Permanent Things: Reflections on Faith, Art, and Culture

    Pondering the Permanent Things: Reflections on Faith, Art, and Culture
    Howard, Thomas
    $19.95

    God fashioned the universe as a seamless fabric, a marvelous, unified, orderly creation. But man's sin tore it asunder, disrupting its great cosmic harmonies. Only Christ could make the symphony ring out again. And through a dazzling array of literature, music, sculpture, art, theater, and dance, men and women of faith, too, can work with Christ to mend the tear in the universe.

    According to the late Professor Thomas Howard, the poet and the prophet both speak a loud voice against the tide of secularism and eventual destruction. Yet how does this work? How does myth convey truth? How does architecture reflect eternal verities? How does the written word humanize and sanctify us? What treasure and stability does an ancient faith hold for the unsettled modern mind?

    Howard spent his life answering these questions. Christians of all walks of life will appreciate his witty, devout, and cutting observations on faith, art, and the incarnation of Christ. In this volume, readers will also encounter beloved teachers, writers, and friends who influenced Howard's theological imagination, including C. S. Lewis and T. S. Eliot.

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    9781621646389
    Publication Date: 
    2023-07-25
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    Summon Spirit's Cry: A Collection of Poems

    Summon Spirit's Cry: A Collection of Poems
    Mary
    $11.95
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    0898705738
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    1996-03-01
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    Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday

    Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday
    Mering, Noelle
    $34.95
    Home. It is an elegant word, at once both simple and far-reaching. Home is a place to live in and feel comfortable, but it is much more than that.

    Home is where we are nurtured, where we live, and where we love. The language of Home is universal. It is where we find the eternal in the everyday.

    But the Home has been neglected. To millions of women today, there is nothing worse than being a "homemaker." If only they knew the supreme value (and reward) of giving loved ones a place to call Home.

    Written by two wives and mothers, Theology of Home is a simple guide to help reorient all of us toward our true home, allowing us to think purposefully about how to make our own homes on earth better equipped to get all those living in them to the Father's house. Featuring more than 100 beautiful (and inspiring) photographs from homes around the country, profound words from the saints and other literary figures, and in-depth commentary on the theological and spiritual underpinnings of our love for Home, Theology of Home offers readers a tour of both the Home and the human heart.

    Whether you live in a sprawling estate or a humble dwelling, whether alone or with a crowd, this is far more than a book of beautiful photos and great décor ideas. You will also learn how to create a deeper sense of the divine through:

  • Creating a welcoming environment that starts with your Door
  • Fostering a sense of remembrance through images, scents, and activities that will keep your family recollecting joy, family, and Christ
  • Making your home a place for joyful gatherings and spiritual growth through an emphasis on light
  • Prioritizing family dinners to feed the body and the soul
  • Opening up your Home to those around you, spreading the joy and peace of Christ with your hospitality
  • And much more. . .
  • Discover how beauty and order can bring the eternal to your every day, and help create a path to heaven for those you love most dearly.

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    9781505113655
    Publication Date: 
    2019-09-24
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    Vatican Museums: 100 Works Not to Be Missed

    Vatican Museums: 100 Works Not to Be Missed
    Quigley, James F
    $99.95
    Here is an extraordinary illustrated art book that showcases the one hundred masterpieces that present the legacy of culture, history, and beauty that the Roman pontiffs have collected and guarded for centuries. The artworks have been selected by specialists: archaeologists, art historians, architects, historians, and anthropologists who have each chosen the works they consider universal and definitive in their field. +
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780809106615
    Publication Date: 
    2020-01-07
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    Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral

    Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral
    Geoffrion, Jill Kimberly Hartwell
    $29.99
    Through image and word, author and photographer Jill Geoffrion unfolds the the story of Mary at Chartres on the pages of this book. Geoffrion offers a unique visual and meditative journey through Chartres Cathedral in this newest addition to the Mount Tabor Books series. Showing and explaining the most engaging images of Mary created in this location over the last eight centuries, Jill Geoffrion gently introduces the reader to the depth and breadth of the story of Mary at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres. Included are over seventy-five images of the Virgin of Chartres that have been recently restored as well as works of sculpture, painting and liturgical items. Readers will discover an architectural marvel, a stunning showcase for the most complete twelfth and thirteenth century collection of stained glass in the world, with many images of Mary as Jesus's mother, based on biblical stories such as the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation at the Temple, and Flight to Egypt.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781612618944
    Publication Date: 
    2017-09-12
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