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Alessandro Serenelli: A Story of Forgiveness

Alessandro Serenelli: A Story of Forgiveness
Engel, Charles D
$10.95

Alessandro's story has never been fully told "€" until now. Alessandro Serenelli: A Story of Forgiveness is a captivating story of mercy and forgiveness, both given and accepted. Learn about Alessandro's difficult childhood, the murder of Maria Goretti, his prison sentence, his conversion as a result of Maria's intercession, and the final years of his life with a Capuchin community. Through his life story, you'll gain a new understanding of the nature of repentance and of God's patience and unfailing love.

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9781681925585
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2020-07-27
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All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor

All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor
Herriot, James
$18.00

The classic multimillion copy bestseller

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.

For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

James Herriot's memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages.

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9781250057839
Publication Date: 
2014-05-06
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Angels of Ebermannstadt: The Journey of an Honored Soldier, a Daughter, and Life's Greatest Lessons of Faith and Friendship

Angels of Ebermannstadt: The Journey of an Honored Soldier, a Daughter, and Life's Greatest Lessons of Faith and Friendship
Kalebic, Charlene Quint
$13.99
Of all the good gifts that God gives us, perhaps none is sweeter than the gift of friendship.-Charlene Quint Kalebic When she turned forty, Charlene Kalebic realized that her life was half-lived and that the sun was setting on the lives of her parents, both in their 80's. Before time ran out, she had a strong desire to understand her father's formative years while serving in World War II as a GI. Like most men of his generation, he rarely spoke of the war; he simply referred to it as The Big One. Her father had enlisted at the age of 17, and Charlene knew there must be something from that chapter of his life that made him the person he was today. The 60th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944), provided the perfect opportunity to know more about those unknown years. Hoping to discover what had formed his amazing character, she asked her father to go to Europe for the anniversary and act as her tour guide. It took only a nanosecond for him to agree. Charlene found herself on a journey of discovery into her father's past, retracing his footsteps from London through Normandy to Berlin during WWII. It was there that Charlene relived her father's faith in action-kindnesses shown, promises kept, and lifelong friendships made in the lands he was charged with liberating. To her surprise and delight, Charlene learned some of life's greatest lessons from one of the world's greatest teachers in the twilight of his life. And she came to realize that the best sermon is one without words. What had left a lasting impression on the life of her father, would forever change her own. As the sun finally set on his life, I came to appreciate my father's greatest gift: he did not tell us how to live or even how to die, but rather, he lived and he died as it should be done-and he let us watch him do it.-Charlene Quint Kalebic
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9781937756475
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2012-11-08
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Auschwitz Journal: A Catholic Story from the Camps

Auschwitz Journal: A Catholic Story from the Camps
Kardos, Klara
$16.00

When Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944 violent persecution of the Jews began, including taking hundreds of thousands to concentration camps. It did not help Klara Kardos that she was Catholic: because of her Jewish background, she was also taken to Auschwitz in June of 1944 at the age of 24.

At the camp, younger women were not killed; they were taken to ammunition factories to do forced labor. Klara survived the horror of death camps and was liberated in May 1945. Years after her return to Hungary, at the request of her friends, she wrote down her camp experiences in a small book in the Hungarian language. This is her story.

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9781640604889
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2020-01-14
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Black and Pro-Life in America: The Incarceration and Exoneration of Walter B. Hoye II

Black and Pro-Life in America: The Incarceration and Exoneration of Walter B. Hoye II
Artigo, Robert
$19.95

On Friday, March 20, 2009, fifteen months after the City of Oakland, California, passed a law making it illegal to approach a woman entering an abortion clinic without her consent, Walter B. Hoye II went to jail for standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic with a sign saying, God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.

The ordained Baptist minister could have accepted a lesser sentence of community service, provided he agreed never to return to the clinic. But he preferred spending thirty days in the county jail to forfeiting his constitutional right to free speech and his Christian duty to offer help to women in need, most of whom were black like him. Two higher courts eventually exonerated him: one overturned his criminal conviction, and the other judged that the enforcement of the Oakland bubble law was unconstitutional.

Walter's dramatic days in prison, where he lived and preached the gospel and won the hearts of fellow inmates, are detailed in this book. The political machinations that created the bubble law and then entrapped Walter are also described, using public records. Both stories are told in the context of Walter's background as the descendant of black slaves and the disciple of his hero Martin Luther King Jr., whose niece, Alveda, has written the foreword for this book.

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9781621640486
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2018-10-31
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Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy

Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy
Coulombe, Charles a
$27.95
October 3, 2004 saw what appeared to many to be a very strange thing: Emperor-King Charles of Austria-Hungary, last Habsburg to rule in Central Europe and wartime foe of the United States, was raised to the altars of the Church as a Blessed by St. John Paul II. But odd as this appeared, the real story of the "Peace Emperor" and his just as remarkable wife reads like a combination of a suspense thriller, Greek tragedy, and hagiography. The inheritor of a tradition of Catholic monarchy dating back to the Roman Empire, Bl. Charles struggled to update it sufficiently to survive in the modern world. A brave soldier coming to the throne during a war whose start he had no part in, he risked everything to bring the bloody conflict to an end. Betrayed on all sides by allies, enemies, and subjects, his deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacred Heart, and the Virgin Mary helped him to avoid hating those who wronged him. Devoted to his wife and children, Charles succeeded, with the help of his loving Empress, in leading a good Catholic family life despite everything. In a life filled with signs and miracles before and after his death, Bl. Charles managed to combine a life of deep piety with intense practicality. After his death, his wife and children continued his work--her cause for beatification is now being considered.

In these pages, prolific Catholic author Charles Coulombe brings to bear his vast erudition, affection for Catholic monarchy, and assorted contacts close to the Hapsburg family, through his residence in Austria in the production of a biography of a man whose thrilling and event-filled life story deserves to be better known.

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9781505113280
Publication Date: 
2020-09-23
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Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption

Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption
Saleem, Kamal
$18.99
In his riveting memoir, Kamal Saleem reveals the story of his life as radical Islamic terrorist and how he finally came to renounce his murderous mission, embrace freedom, and warn America of the continuing dangers of terrorism.Born into a large Sunni Muslim family in Lebanon, Kamal was taught that the highest goal he could achieve in life was to be martyred while killing infidels, particularly Christians, Jews, and Americans. At age seven, he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood and entered an assault camp where members of al-Assifa, the armed branch of Fatah, trained for terror missions against Israel. After years of training and many successful missions, Kamal became a leader among jihadists. A native Arab speaker and known for his fearless commitment, he learned to speak English, French, and Hebrew, enabling him to operate in nearly any country. But in 1985, a life-changing event caused him to question the worldview he had spent his entire life pursuing--a worldview he was not only willing, but hoping to die for. As a result, he came to know three kind Christian men, and through them he saw the love of God--eventually coming to know their God as well. In The Blood of Lambs, Kamal shares the shocking story of his life as a terrorist, how he eventually severed ties with terrorism, and how he embraced Christ as Savior and discovered the beauty of freedom and the power of love.
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9781501174292
Publication Date: 
2017-07-25
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Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection

Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection
Smith, Joyce
$14.99
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 fourteen-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 sixty minutes. But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save him.

Miraculously, her son's heart immediately started beating again.

In the coming days, John 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, he 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.

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9781546010609
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2019-03-12
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Charles Carroll of Carrollton: American Revolutionary

Charles Carroll of Carrollton: American Revolutionary
Connor, Fr Charles P
$21.95

Charles Carroll's life began nearly four decades before the War of Independence and ended while Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was in office. As Fr. Charles Connor explains, Carroll was "the last of the signers to die, the wealthiest man in the colonies and the new republic, and clung tenaciously to the faith of his forebearers his entire life."

In this masterfully written biography, which reads like a riveting novel, Fr. Connor brilliantly sets the stage for Carroll's extraordinary life by examining his ancestry, the origins of the United States, and the story of its founding. As you discover this hero's indomitable faith and energy amid shocking challenges and persecutions, you will find:


- The fascinating Irish roots of Carroll's family and the dynamics that led to their choices

- The pursuit of religious liberty in the Maryland colony in the face of marginalization

- How "Charley" played a crucial role in the events leading up to the American Revolution

- Ways Carroll advocated for moral principles and natural rights as "First Citizen"

- How Carroll's diplomatic skills and legal acumen aided in his prominence

- Ways Carroll lived out his faith and his connection to the first bishop of the United States

While you learn about the hardships and divisions in the early years of American history, you will be inspired by Carroll's finesse in defending his beliefs while also fostering goodwill and unity. Carroll helped shape our country's foundation, from his participation in the Continental Congress to the drafting of the Constitution to his tenure as senator and decades of service in Maryland. Highlighted in his illustrious legacy are his tireless efforts in promoting human dignity through opposing slavery and standing up for the marginalized through his philanthropy. Above all, Carroll was a spiritual giant whose exemplary faith shines as a beacon for our country today.

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9781682782736
Publication Date: 
2024-06-18
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Christ in Dachau

Christ in Dachau
Lenz, John
$21.95

"What we priests were forced to endure under the Nazi regime, especially in Dachau concentration camp, is no more than a cup filled from the vast sea of human suffering in the world today," wrote Fr. John Lenz. "It is not this suffering as such that is important. The important thing is to show those who have crosses of their own to bear in life just what the grace of God can do for those who follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ the Crucified. It is no less important to reveal the wickedness of Hell."

The Nazi hellhole Dachau concentration camp held the largest number of Catholic priests -- more than 2,400 -- in the Nazi camp system. They came from two dozen countries, from every background -- parish priests and prelates, monks and friars, teachers and missionaries. More than one-third were killed.

Among the survivors was Fr. Lenz, who was asked by his superiors to write an account of what he saw -- and experienced -- so that it would not be forgotten. This book, fille

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9781644138908
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2023-08-15
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Cloud of Witnesses

Cloud of Witnesses
Rutler, George W
$12.95
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9781594170881
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2010-12-01
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Confessions of a Traditional Catholic

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Arnold, Matthew
$15.95

What is Catholic Traditionalism? Under what historical and cultural circumstances has it appeared? Why do some devout, knowledgeable Catholics embrace the paradoxical position that remaining true to Tradition entails deserting the official, traditional structure of the Church? Most importantly, what steps can be taken to help restore unity in the Body of Christ?

Matthew Arnold, a Catholic convert, answers these and other questions about Catholic Traditionalism. His moving first-hand account powerfully demonstrates how a faithful Catholic's legitimate desire for a reverently celebrated liturgy led him to tolerate the irregular situation of Holy Mass celebrated validly, but illicitly, outside the diocesan structure. His compelling testimony also explores how the licit celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, can have a positive impact on the life and the liturgy of the Church.

Told in the context of Arnold's personal witness and spiritual journey, this book concisely documents the century-long movement to reform the liturgy. This candid, poignant, and often humorous book exposes the spiritual peril at the heart of radical Traditionalism while remaining compassionate toward the legitimate aspirations of Traditional Catholics.

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9781621641551
Publication Date: 
2017-09-20
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Confessions of St Augustine

Confessions of St Augustine
Augustine
$17.00
Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D. and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration. Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind: Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible. This volume, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human. The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature, theology and Church history.
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9780385029551
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1960-08-23
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Conversations with Mother Teresa

Conversations with Mother Teresa
Allegri, Renzo
$12.95
"Conversations with Mother Teresa" is a lively and personal portrait of this modern-day saint that captures Mother Teresa's vision, energy, determination, and great love for Jesus in the poorest of the poor. Italian Journalist Renzo Allegri relates his impressions upon meeting this "diminutive woman in love with God" in a way that makes us feel as if we were there with him. He also includes lesser known stories about her life: her Albanian family and the hope she never realized of seeing her mother and sister again; her successful plan to place a miraculous medal in the Kremlin; and the suffering she felt when leaving her convent to launch her new mission. All who read this book will share Allegri's admiration and amazement of Blessed Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity she founded, which he calls "an army that defies the impossible."
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9781593251901
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2011-09-11
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Crossing the Threshold of Hope

Crossing the Threshold of Hope
Pope John Paul II
$18.00
Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about pain, suffering, and evil; about "salvation"; and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people. (Religion--Roman Catholic)
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9780679765615
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1995-09-19
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Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line

Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line
Edmisten, Karen
$15.95

W.C. Fields reportedly quipped as he flipped through a Bible on his deathbed: "I'm looking for loopholes."

Is a last minute conversion really a loophole? Is it fair to the faithful who have "toed the line" their whole lives?

Far from being the easy way out, a deathbed conversion is almost always the culmination of years spent resisting God's patient, persistent call. Each of these journeys to redemption will deepen your faith and encourage you to help others find their way to him.

In this book you'll read the compelling stories of thirteen people who finally found peace with the Lord in the last months, weeks, or even hours of their lives, including:

  • Poet/playwright Oscar Wilde
  • Nobel laureate Alexis Carrel
  • Actors John Wayne, Patricia Neal, and Gary Cooper
  • Gangster Dutch Shultz
  • Entertainer Buffalo Bill
  • And more
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    9781612786124
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    2013-11-08
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    Devil and Bella Dodd: One Woman's Struggle Against Communism and Her Redemption

    Devil and Bella Dodd: One Woman's Struggle Against Communism and Her Redemption
    Paul, Kengor
    $29.95

    "Step by step, I retreated from God and went forth to meet the world, the flesh, and the devil. . . . I'd join the devil himself. . . . There is no doubt that I traveled with him at my side and that he extorted a great price for his company."

    This is how Bella Dodd (1904-69) described her long battle with atheistic communism, an ideology her Church calls a "satanic scourge." She later described it as a "school of darkness," a school of "hate," a school for which she was a master organizer and infiltrator of every organization--public, private, and even ecclesiastical.

    Bella Dodd courageously left the Communist Party and its diabolical machinations. Her former communist affiliates then smeared her with eerily familiar epithets to modern ears, dubbing her everything from a "fascist" to a "racist." Some things never change.

    One thing that changed, however, was Bella Dodd. The man who helped pull her from the pit? A priest. A priest by the name of Fulton Sheen. Bella Dodd's story thereafter changed dramatically from one of seduction by the devil to redemption through Christ. She dedicated the remainder of her life to a special penance: warning the world of the evil of communism and its plans .

    In the battle between the devil and Bella Dodd, Bella and her Church won. At long last, here is her inspiring story.

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    9781505129182
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-17
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    Devil in the City of Angels: My Encounters with the Diabolical

    Devil in the City of Angels: My Encounters with the Diabolical
    $22.95
    "I went from an indifferent apathetic Sunday Mass attending Catholic Christian to an on fire Catholic Christian in a few short years. What reignited my faith? The many encounters I had with the occult and diabolical."

    So says renowned Catholic apologist and retired veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Jesse Romero. Now for the first time in print, Romero reveals the harrowing details of his experiences with the demonic while working for the LASD. Discover the true stories of spiritual warfare being waged in the streets and alleys of L.A., including:
  • Romero's encounters with Richard Ramirez, the infamous "Night Stalker"
  • How the Rosary drove out a demon that had taken hold of a young man
  • What happened when inmates involved in the occult would try to say "Jesus is Lord"
  • How a young man who had committed suicide returned to beg his parents for prayers to release him from the pains of Purgatory
  • ...and much more.
  • The Devil in the City of Angels is much more than a catalog of strange and terrifying events. It exposes Satan as the Father of Lies so we can see how he works, and how to defeat him. Drawing on his own experiences as well as the most authoritative sources, Romero offers the reader numerous cautionary tales, ut also that hope that is only found in Jesus Christ and his Church.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781505113709
    Publication Date: 
    2019-07-01
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    Doctor of the Heart

    Doctor of the Heart
    Baars, Conrad W
    $12.50
    Autobiography of one of the pioneers of the psychology of affirmation, a Gospel-based approach to healing and wholeness.
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    0818907177
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    1996-03-01
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    Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought

    Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought
    Wright, Terrence C
    $15.95

    Born in 1897, Dorothy Day was one of the most important lay Catholics of the twentieth century and many have embraced her cause for canonization. Pope Francis praised Day as an American whose "hard work and self-sacrifice" has "shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people." Pope Francis also said that Day's "social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints." This description by the Pope may come as a surprise to both liberals and conservatives who misidentify her as a dissenting Catholic.

    In this short introduction to Day's life and thought, Terrence Wright shows that the Pope's praise is accurate. In plain language, Wright presents her radical response to God's mercy in her own life. After a time of sin and confusion including an abortion, a suicide attempt, and divorce, Day had a profound awakening to God's unlimited love and mercy upon the birth of her daughter, Tamar. Her determination to have Tamar baptized in the Faith ultimately led to her own baptism, and the strength of her conversion enabled her to embark on a lifelong mission to bring God's mercy to others.

    With Peter Maurin, she founded the Catholic Worker Movement, a lay movement dedicated to both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy through the establishment of Houses of Hospitality, Catholic Worker Farms and the Catholic Worker newspaper. Wright explores the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Catholic Worker Movement and shows how its work is grounded in the richness of Day's own spirituality. Drawing heavily from Day's own writings, he reveals her love for Scripture, for the Sacraments, for the Magisterial teaching of the Church, and her devotion to particular saints including St. Francis, St. Benedict, and St. Therese. He also explores her understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ and shows how this underpins one of her most controversial stances, radical pacifism.

    After her death in 1980, Day has continued to serve as a model of Christian love and commitment. She recognized God in the less fortunate and she understood that to be a servant of these least among us is to be a servant of God. Wright's book shows that, far from being a dissenter, Day was a faithful Catholic.

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    9781621641575
    Publication Date: 
    2018-03-20
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    Dying to Live: From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic

    Dying to Live: From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic
    Murphy, Ian
    $17.95

    When high school valedictorian Ian Murphy was writing his graduation address, a teacher told him that he could not mention Jesus in his speech. She even threatened to pull the plug on the microphone if he tried to do so. Murphy's defiance, in the name of his constitutional rights, made national news, and his zeal to spread the Gospel, no matter the cost, became the defining passion of his life.

    Murphy's public battle for his freedom of speech is where this conversion story begins, but then it retraces the other important experiences of his youth. He describes his free-spirited Christian parents, his early doubts, the influence of faith-filled relatives and friends, and the spiritual encounter that made him a believer.

    At a young age, Murphy went from strength to strength as he sought after truth, grew in prayer, and shared his faith with others. But his doubts resurfaced when his friend and mentor, the leader of a Protestant college group, was murdered. After his trust in God was restored, Murphy became a Baptist minister in the Bible Belt, and from there his spiritual journey led him into the Catholic Church.

    The unexpected twists and turns in Murphy's extraordinary story show that when a man gives his life to Christ, the Lord never lets him go.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621642787
    Publication Date: 
    2020-04-30
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    Ear of the Heart

    Ear of the Heart
    Deneut, Richard
    $19.95

    Listen and attend with the ear of your heart. - Saint Benedict.

    Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life, with co-author and life-long friend, Richard DeNeut.

    Dolores was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut with Elvis Presley in Paramount's 1957 Loving You. She acted in nine more movies with other big stars such as Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn and Myrna Loy. She also gave a Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in television shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90. An important chapter in her life occurred while playing Saint Clare in the movie Francis of Assisi, which was filmed on location in Italy.

    Born Dolores Hicks to a complicated and colorful Chicago family, Mother Dolores has travelled a charmed yet challenging road in her journey toward God, serenity and, yes, love. She entered the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, at the peak of her career, not in order to leave the glamorous world of acting she had dreamed of since childhood, but in order to answer a mysterious call she heard with the ear of the heart. While contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she abandoned everything to become a bride of Christ.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621642497
    Publication Date: 
    2018-05-24
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    Edith Stein and Companions on the Way to Auschwitz

    Edith Stein and Companions on the Way to Auschwitz
    Hamans, Paul F W
    $17.95
    On the same summer day in 1942, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and hundreds of other Catholic Jews were arrested in Holland by the occupying Nazis. One hundred thirteen of those taken into custody, several of them priests and nuns, perished at Auschwitz and other concentration camps. They were murdered in retaliation for the anti-Nazi pastoral letter written by the Dutch Catholic bishops.

    While Saint Teresa Benedicta is the most famous member of this group, having been canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998, all of them deserve the title of martyr, for they were killed not only because they were Jews but also because of the faith of the Church, which had compelled the Dutch bishops to protest the Nazi regime.

    Through extensive research in both original and secondary sources, P.W.F.M. Hamans has compiled these martyrs' biographies, several of them detailed and accompanied by photographs. Included in this volume are some remarkable conversion stories, including that of Edith Stein, the German philosopher who had entered the Church in 1922 and later became a Carmelite nun, taking the name Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

    Several of the witnesses chronicled here had already suffered for their faith in Christ before falling victim to Hitler's "Final Solution", enduring both rejection by their own people, including family members, and persecution by the so-called Christian society in which they lived. Among these were those who, also like Sister Teresa Benedicta, perceived the cross they were being asked to bear and accepted it willingly for the salvation of the world. Illustrated

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781586173364
    Publication Date: 
    2010-04-21
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    Embrace of God's Mercy: Mother Elvira and the Story of Community Cenacolo

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    Mother Elvira
    $16.95
    Founded in 1983 by a poor Italian nun, Mother Elvira Petrozzi, Comunita Cenacolo began in an abandoned old house in Saluzzo, Italy. Today, with over 2,000 members worldwide, the community is a free, fully residential Catholic program for people seeking to overcome substance abuse.

    This is Mother Elvira's story of her community's founding and growth and of the powerful principles that guide its uniquely successful programs.

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    9781622828326
    Publication Date: 
    2020-01-17
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    Fallen from the Nest: A Memoir of the Unlimited Power of Parental Love

    Fallen from the Nest: A Memoir of the Unlimited Power of Parental Love
    Noel, Clotilde
    $14.95
    A best-selling and thought-provoking national sensation when originally published in France, this is a profound, honest, and moving memoir of a young Parisian family who discover that love surpasses disability when they decide to adopt an abandoned disabled child. Fallen from the Nest is Clotilde Noël's love letter to this special child and a memoir of the unlimited power of parental love that will change you.
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    9781596145481
    Publication Date: 
    2021-08-01
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    Forgiveness Makes You Free: A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda

    Forgiveness Makes You Free: A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda
    Rugirangoga, Fr Ubald
    $16.95

    "'Jesus, where are you?' I prayed every night as I wept . . . I felt I had failed as a priest, for I had preached love and the people made genocide. . . .Then I heard God speak to me. Jesus wanted me to use these experiences to evangelize later. It was then that I knew my life would be spared. God would make a way."

    During the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga tells the dramatic story of how he survived while losing more than eighty of his family members and 45,000 of his parishioners in the killings. In the aftermath, Fr. Ubald experienced a renewed sense of purpose as a minister of reconciliation and a healing evangelist in his homeland and around the world. In Forgiveness Makes You Free, he offers five spiritual principles that can help those traumatized by the past to experience healing and peace in Christ.

    In 1994 the world looked on in disbelief and horror as Rwanda erupted in violent bloodshed. All across the landlocked African country, militant Hutus rose up to exterminate the Tutsi population, including women and young children. One hundred days later, a million bodies littered fields, streets, and even churches. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a powerful testimony emerges of the power of God to bring peace and reconciliation into hearts full of fear and hate.

    In Forgiveness Makes You Free, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga shares his own dramatic story of how he survived the genocide and its traumatic aftermath. He testifies about how God spared his life so that he might help others with deep physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds to experience peace and healing. In retelling the story of how he forgave the man who killed his family and cared for the man's children while he was in prison, Fr. Ubald demonstrates how showing mercy can facilitate true forgiveness even in the most painful circumstances of our lives.

    Throughout the book, Fr. Ubald teaches about five spiritual keys that draw us to Christ, the only source of lasting peace:

  • be thankful and have faith
  • choose to forgive
  • denounce evil
  • decide to live for Jesus
  • claim the blessing
  • Each chapter combines Fr. Ubald's story with reflection questions that guide readers along their own path of healing: from fear to faith, from shame to freedom, from isolation to reconciliation, from resentment to mercy, and from conflict to peace.

    The final chapter offers a guided meditation to help those who need to experience the power of God to release those held in bondage by fear and hate and to find the secret of peace. An appendix contains information about "The Mushaka Reconciliation Project," a catechetical tool that has been used successfully by parishes in Rwanda, and could easily be adapted by parishes in the United States, to mediate reconciliation between individuals and groups who have become estranged by violence, trauma, and ethnic or cultural divisions.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781594718717
    Publication Date: 
    2019-03-08
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    Fr. Gabriele Amorth: The Official Biography of the Pope's Exorcist

    Fr. Gabriele Amorth: The Official Biography of the Pope's Exorcist
    Agasso, Domenico
    $29.95

    “Among men, a special role is played by exorcists. They are like the tips of diamonds in this army that counters evil with good. They are priests chosen to drive out the extraordinary presence of Satan and his army.” —Fr. Gabrielle Amorth When Fr. Gabriele Amorth passed away on September 16, 2016 at the age of ninety, he had given everything to Christ and His Church. He performed as many as twelve exorcisms in a day. He faithfully served sixty-nine years in the Pauline religious order, sixty-two as a priest, and thirty years as the pope’s exorcist. In this official biography, Father Amorth’s extraordinary life is revealed for the first time in English. In these pages, you will learn about a humble priest who initially refused the appointment of exorcist. You will discover how this spiritual son of Saint Padre Pio trained to be an exorcist and the details of his first exorcism. How he single handedly spearheaded the consecration of Italy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He later founded what became the International Association of Exorcists (IAE), the only organization of its kind recognized by the Church. Father Amorth once said about exorcisms, “The battle can last for hours. And it almost never ends with deliverance. It takes years to free a possessed person. Many years. Satan is difficult to defeat.” Although the world knows him only as an exorcist, he was so much more. His profound prayer life, his simplicity, his love for poverty, his sense of humor, his fearlessness, his friendship with many saints, and his esteemed love for Our Lady set him apart. Because of Our Lady’s protection, he once declared, “I always say that it is the devil who is afraid of me.”  Everyone is called to do battle with devil, but only few people are given the power over the demons. And “despite the fatigue, disappointments, and losses, he would never retreat from the enemy.” Here, you will find the remarkable story of the most renowned exorcist of the last century, a warrior for Christ. “Those who knew him, already consider him a saint.” 

    Translation of: Don Amorth continua: la biografia ufficiale.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781505131581
    Publication Date: 
    2023-06-29
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    From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith

    From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith
    Ahmari, Sohrab
    $22.95

    Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church.

    In From Fire, by Water, he recounts this unlikely passage, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening prompted by the Mass. At once a young intellectual's finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, the book marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621642022
    Publication Date: 
    2019-02-08
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    From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism

    From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism
    Setbon, Jean-Marie Elie
    $15.95

    Jean-Marie Elie Setbon, the son of non-observant French Jews, was first attracted to Jesus when he saw a crucifix at a young age. He hid a crucifix in his room and contemplated it often, even though he knew his family would be hurt and angry if they ever caught him.

    Seeing the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur from his apartment window, he was drawn to the church, where he found himself powerfully pulled toward Jesus in the Eucharist. After several years of surreptitiously attending Mass, he resolved to convert to Catholicism in spite of the scandal it would cause, but God had other plans.

    Upon graduation from secondary school, Jean-Marie moved to Israel to delve deeper into the faith of his ancestors. He lived in kibbutzim, learned about the history and religion of his people, served in the Israeli Army, and attended two different rabbinical schools. Eight years later he returned to France as an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

    While teaching in a Jewish school, Jean-Marie married a woman who shared his faith, and together they began raising a family; yet his yearning for Jesus remained, becoming the source of a long and difficult internal struggle.

    Jean-Marie's moving and unusual conversion story is about his battle between loyalty to his identity and fidelity to the deepest desires of his heart. Above all, it is a love story between Christ, the Lover--the relentless yet patient pursuer--and man, his beloved.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621640189
    Publication Date: 
    2015-05-04
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    From the Susquehanna to the Tiber: A Memoir of Conversion from Mormonism to the Roman Catholic Church

    From the Susquehanna to the Tiber: A Memoir of Conversion from Mormonism to the Roman Catholic Church
    Christiansen, Jeremy
    $17.95

    Jeremy Christiansen offers an intimate account of life as a faithful--sometimes stumbling--member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Growing up in a small Mormon town, he served as a Mormon missionary for two years in Argentina, raised a young family in the Mormon Church, and served in Mormon leadership positions. But as he grew older, he became unsettled about the principles of his faith, setting him on a long search for God and for truth that would ultimately lead to the Roman Catholic Church.

    Based on detailed personal journals, this vivid book explores the highly unique approach to religious epistemology found in Mormonism. Although the faith theoretically encourages the use of reason, Mormons' beliefs, in practice, are rooted chiefly in emotion. Christiansen offers singular insight into life within this system--with all its beauties and its limits. Thanks to the subtle workings of Providence, Christiansen discovered Catholicism through the ancient writings of the Church Fathers, who revealed a robust Christian intellectual tradition, and through the mystical glory of her liturgy.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621645924
    Publication Date: 
    2022-10-25
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    Furious Longing of God

    Furious Longing of God
    Manning, Brennan
    $16.99

    Imagine a stormy day at sea, your ship yielding to a relentless wind, pummeled by crashing waves, subject to the awesome force of nature. A force that is both fierce and majestic. A power that is nothing short of furious.

    Such is God's intense, consuming love for His children. It's a love that knows no limits, and no boundaries. A love that will go to any lengths, and take any risks, to pursue us.

    Renowned author and ragamuffin Brennan Manning presents a love story for the brokenhearted. For those who are burdened by heavy religion. For those who feel they can never measure up. It is a provocative and poignant look at the radical, no-holds-barred love of our Heavenly Father. It is a message that will forever change how you view God.

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    9781434767509
    Publication Date: 
    2009-03-01
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    Glorifying Christ: The Life of Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I.

    Glorifying Christ: The Life of Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I.
    Heinlein, Michael R
    $29.95

    Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., was an exemplary pastor and heroic disciple of Christ. A native Chicagoan, he was told as a young man that he would never be a priest in Chicago because of a physical disability resulting from polio. He went on to be ordained a priest with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1963. The native son was appointed as archbishop of Chicago in 1997, created a cardinal in 1998, and served in Chicago until 2014, just months before his death in April 2015.

    Cardinal George was a prophetic voice in the Church -- a man able to see things as they are and from the point of view of the whole Church. His episcopal motto, "To Christ be glory in the Church," encapsulates his legacy, because every decision he made, every action he took, every suffering he endured was about serving others and pointing them to our Savior.

    Most of all, Cardinal George was a Christian in every sense. He was concerned about relationships and people, not careerism or advancement. He was attentive to the poor and those on the margins. He was a man of prayer, dedicated to Our Lady, and devoted to the Eucharist. He articulated the Faith and was committed to reform. He was honest, accountable, genuine, and holy. Admired for his pursuit and proclamation of the truth and his personal witness to the Gospel, Cardinal George remains a model for discipleship and leadership.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781681922522
    Publication Date: 
    2023-03-06
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