Sacraments

7 Secrets of Confession

7 Secrets of Confession
Flynn, Vinny
$13.95

"I want to go to Communion, so I have to go to confession."

Sound familiar? To many Catholics, confession is just a means to an end: cleaning us up from sin so we can receive Communion. But, as Pope Francis tells us, this sacrament is much more than "going to the dry cleaner." It's "an encounter with Jesus, who waits for us as we are."

In 7 Secrets of Confession, best-selling author Vinny Flynn explores the "hidden" truths of this encounter with Jesus, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of going to confession, and inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness.

If you do not yet look forward to confession in the same way you look forward to Communion, read on. It will change your life.

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2013-09-15
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7 Secrets of the Eucharist

7 Secrets of the Eucharist
Flynn, Vinny
$9.95

This powerhouse book has been a best-seller for years now!

Pope John Paul II referred to the Holy Eucharist as "the greatest treasure of the Church," and yet even many devoted Catholics have a very limited understanding of this powerful sacrament. This book will change all that! You will walk away with a completely new awareness that the Eucharist is not just about receiving Communion; it's about transforming your daily life.

Deeply based on the Scriptures, the writings of the Saints, and the teachings of our two most recent popes, this profound and remarkably readable book will introduce you to some of the "hidden" truths of the Eucharist - truths that have always been embraced by theologians, saints, and mystics, but have rarely been passed on to the average person in a meaningful way. In 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, these truths are finally made accessible to all, as author Vinny Flynn shows how each reception of Holy Communion can be a life-changing experience.

No matter how much or how little you already know about the Eucharist, the "secrets" revealed here will bring you to a new, personal "Emmaus" experience, again and again. Perfect for personal devotion, catechesis, study groups, book clubs, and theological studies, this book will rekindle the "Eucharistic amazement" called for by Pope John Paul II.

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2006-11-01
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Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments

Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments
Schuchts, Bob
$17.95

Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Sacraments. (First Place).


How can Christians grow spiritually in the midst of our sinfulness? How can we transform our lives in a way that allows us to share in the resurrection of Jesus?

God has already given us the perfect solution--the sacraments.

Whether it is the wound of past hurts, the strain in our relationships, or the stress of daily life, we all need to be comforted and made whole by Christ. In this follow-up to his bestselling Be Healed, Bob Schuchts explains how the sacraments can fuel your emotional and spiritual healing and bring you closer to God.

Based on more than thirty-five years of experience as a therapist and decades spent in parish ministry, Schuchts demonstrates how each of the seven sacraments can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, communicated through the power of the Holy Spirit. He pairs each healing sacrament with one of the seven deadly wounds that emanated from original sin in the Garden of Eden. We perpetuate and deepen those wounds each time we sin, but the sacraments are God's remedy for sin. They give us a way to restore us to wholeness in Christ.

In Be Transformed, You'll discover how each sacrament can help you heal from wounds that can impede your relationships and sense of self-worth. With Schuchts's help, you'll learn how:

  • Baptism makes us beloved children of God, healing our wounds of rejection
  • Holy Communion heals our wounds of abandonment by inviting us to share in Jesus' abiding presence
  • Confirmation overcomes our powerlessness through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Holy Orders heals wounds of confusion and disorder by re-establishing God's authority in our lives
  • In marriage, God's faithful love heals wounds of fear and mistrust
  • Reconciliation restores purity and releases us from shame
  • Anointing of the Sick provides enduring hope to overcome our hopelessness
  • Be Transformed offers all of the tools you need for a fresh understanding of the sacraments, including reflection questions, scripture meditations, prayers, and inspiring stories. You'll come away hungry for the sacraments in a way you never knew possible.

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    9781594716812
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    2017-03-03
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    Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life

    Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life
    McGrath Institute for Church Life
    $14.95

    Winner of a first-place award in the future church category from the Catholic Media Association.

    We can't just talk about Christ's presence in the Eucharist; we have to believe it, celebrate it, and live it both individually and as a community of the faithful. And we must cultivate a culture in our parishes that treats Real Presence not only as an important Catholic doctrine, but also as the most important part of parish identity.

    In Becoming Eucharistic People, theologian Timothy P. O'Malley, author of Real Presence, outlines four essential dimensions of a Eucharistic culture in a parish--one that fosters reverence and unity among the faithful, includes every dimension of human life in the mystery of Christ's Body and Blood, and invites people back to parish life or to become Catholic for the first time.

    O'Malley--director of education at the McGrath Institute of Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, and a member of the executive planning team for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Eucharistic Revival--shows what it means to foster a parish culture where the Eucharist infuses the worldview, priorities, and practices of its members. O'Malley leads you through discovery and discernment about how to create a parish culture where each person is called to holiness and receives the spiritual, theological, and pastoral help they need to meet Christ fully present in the Eucharist and to become a witness to him in the world.

    O'Malley will help you reflect on four essential facets of a Eucharistic parish culture:

  • liturgies of joyful reverence that celebrate the gifts of diversity;
  • formation that engages the mind, imagination, understanding, and will;
  • a rich life of popular piety and the vibrancy of the domestic Church; and
  • a commitment to solidarity with your neighbor.
  • O'Malley says that when we reflect Christ's Real Presence to others, our parishes will become sacred spaces in which every person is led to deeper communion with God and with their neighbors.

    Online resources, including ideas for parish retreats, teaching resources, and videos based on this book and the US bishops Eucharistic Revival are available from the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

    Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church's most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices. Perfect for seekers and new Catholics, clergy and catechetical leaders, and everyone in between, the series expands the McGrath Institute's mission to connect the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame to the pastoral life of the Church and the spiritual needs of her people.

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    2022-05-20
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    Behold It Is I: Scripture, Tradition, and Science on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

    Behold It Is I: Scripture, Tradition, and Science on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
    Elliott, George
    $27.95
    The Catholic Faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ, culminating in the Eucharist as its Source and Summit. "Behold, it is I," Jesus says, and the faithful believe. Examining these words of Jesus, Fr. George Elliott and Dr. Stacy Trasancos provide some of the most convincing proofs for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist from Scripture, Tradition, and the scientific investigation of Eucharistic miracles. In three sections, they walk readers through:
  • A holistic and contextual reading of the Bible which points to the words of Christ at the Last Supper: "This is my body," and "This is my blood,"
  • How the Church Fathers handed on the teachings of the Apostles to the early Church in the centuries following Christ's earthly ministry,
  • How the data from the investigation of Eucharistic miracles begs the ultimate question of the certainty of faith. Do we need Eucharistic miracles to prove that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist? Should our certainty of faith be contingent upon Eucharistic miracles?
  • The reader may be joyfully surprised at where the journey of this book will lead you, from the burning faith of the saints all the way back to Christ in the Gospels. It plainly sets forth the reality that the Eucharist is the Body of Christ. Just as in Biblical times, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is not a ghost and not a myth, but flesh and bone, hands and feet. "Behold," He said, "It is I."
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    9781505117240
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    2021-10-19
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    Biblical Walk Through the Mass

    Biblical Walk Through the Mass
    Sri, Edward
    $14.99
    Based on the revised translation of the Mass which goes into effect Advent, 2011, this book explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures experienced in the Liturgy and explains their profound significance. This intriguing look at the Mass is sure to renew faith and deepen devotion to the Eucharist and may be used as the text for the Adult Faith Formation Program.
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    9781950784660
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    2021-06-09
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    Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri

    Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri
    Gallagher, Fr Timothy
    $15.95

    How many times have you attended Mass and desired that it more fully touched your heart? You find that everyday worries and to-do lists distract from its prayers, the readings vanish from memory, and even the consecration and Communion pass by in a moment. Too often, the Mass feels like a missed opportunity for grace.

    To help you fully tap into the abundance of grace offered at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Fr. Timothy Gallagher resurrects here the teachings of Venerable Bruno Lanteri. A holy priest seeking to root himself in prayer during the turbulence of war and persecution in northern Italy, Venerable Bruno developed a biblical way of praying the Mass that transforms it into a true prayer of the heart.

    Fr. Gallagher discovered this method of praying the Mass forty-five years ago, and it has been a blessing for him ever since. He now shares this method with you. Through a selection of biblical figures, he invites you live each part of the Mass with these figure's sentiments and hearts. In these pages he shows you how to:

    • Humbly seek forgiveness like the tax collector
    • Give glory to God like the angels
    • Listen to God's Word with the hunger of a disciple
    • Profess the Faith with the courage of the martyrs
    • Receive communion with the heart of a lover
    • Go forth from the Mass with the zeal of an Apostle

    To fruitfully pray the Mass from the heart is a gift of grace. The biblical way of praying the Mass method is a means to dispose your soul to receive this grace. Combined with spiritual exercises and reflections and full-color images of sacred art you ll find this book to be a great gift to not only grow in prayer during Mass, but in your spiritual life.

    How many times have you attended Mass and desired that it more fully touched your heart? You find that everyday worries and to-do lists distract from its prayers, the readings vanish from memory, and even the consecration and Communion pass by in a moment. Too often, the Mass feels like a missed opportunity for grace.

    To help you fully tap into the abundance of grace offered at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Fr. Timothy Gallagher resurrects here the teachings of Venerable Bruno Lanteri. A holy priest seeking to root himself in prayer during the turbulence of war and persecution in northern Italy, Venerable Bruno developed a biblical way of praying the Mass that transforms it into a true prayer of the heart.

    Fr. Gallagher discovered this method of praying the Mass forty-five years ago, and it has been a blessing for him ever since. He now shares this method with you. Through a selection of biblical figures, he invites you live each part of the Mass with these figure's sentiments and hearts. In these pages he shows you how to:

  • Humbly seek forgiveness like the tax collector

  • Give glory to God like the angels

  • Listen to God's Word with the hunger of a disciple

  • Profess the Faith with the courage of the martyrs

  • Receive communion with the heart of a lover

  • Go forth from the Mass with the zeal of an Apostle

  • To fruitfully pray the Mass from the heart is a gift of grace. The biblical way of praying the Mass method is a means to dispose your soul to receive this grace. Combined with spiritual exercises and reflections - and full-color images of sacred art - you'll find this book to be a great gift to not only grow in prayer during Mass, but in your spiritual life.

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    2021-01-15
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    Blessed Eucharist-Our Greatest

    Blessed Eucharist-Our Greatest
    Mueller
    $13.95
    In "The Blessed Eucharist," Father Michael Mueller describes how Christ\'s love for us moved Him to create this most beautiful Sacrament. He explains why Our Lord veils Himself in the appearance of bread - a garment so humble He is little known, little loved even neglected and insulted. Fr. Mueller helps the reader discover what a treasure the Sacrament is, sharing countless compelling accounts of miracles involving the Eucharist, quotations from Scripture and the Saints reflecting the virtues that can be obtained from Communion worthily received and the consequences of an unworthy reception of Our Lord. He instructs the reader on how to best prepare for receiving the Sacrament, and how to properly offer thanksgiving afterwards. "The Blessed Eucharist" awakens a deeper awareness of the incredible gift that God has given us in His Presence in the Eucharist, allowing us to embrace all the wondrous fruits this Sacrament has to offer.
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    9780895555076
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    1994-07-01
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    Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (and the World's Too)

    Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (and the World's Too)
    O'Malley, Timothy P
    $16.95

    Are you BORED? Not likely, given the endless opportunities today to see, share, post, watch, and like. So are you bored? No way!

    (Except maybe at Mass.)

    We want the Mass to entertain, make us laugh, give us foot tapping music and sound-bite theology, and get it done in under an hour. Yet every Sunday many of us tune out.

    Author Tim O'Malley, in a series of reflections on every part of the Mass, challenges us to turn the idea of boredom on its head, calling boredom--the "good" boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God--a "sweet gift."

    It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible--the potential to be transfixed by a ritual, to contemplate the readings, to savor the Eucharist. To be fruitfully "bored again."

    Become a Bored Again Catholic and rediscover the power of the Mass to change your life - and the entire world.

    Audiobook Availableon christianaudio.com

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D. is director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. He teaches in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He researches in the areas of liturgy, catechesis, and Christian spirituality. He is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love (Liturgical Press, 2014). He and his wife Kara live in South Bend and have one son.

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    9781681920580
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    2017-03-06
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    Bread That Is Broken

    Bread That Is Broken
    Stinissen, Wilfrid
    $12.95

    The Holy Eucharist is the Church's most precious treasure, the source and summit of her worship and life. The Church is built upon and around the Eucharist.

    In this book, a renowned spiritual writer and Carmelite priest shows how receiving the Lord in the Eucharist has profound consequences, because the Eucharist is not only the great Sacrament that brings about oneness with Christ and with the faithful but also the foundational norm for Christian behavior. Any Christian who wonders how he should act, he writes, will find the answer in the Eucharist. He is called to become like Jesus--bread that is broken"for the life of the world" (Jn 6:51).

    According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, all the sacraments are directed toward the Eucharist as toward their final purpose. The author explains that the Church must therefore guard this precious gift. He correctly challenges the faithful to approach the Eucharist with great reverence and a clear conscience so as not to receive the Lord unworthily but to become his sacrificing and serving people.

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    9781621643173
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    2020-01-22
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    Catholic Church Saved My Marriage: Discovering Hidden Grace in the Sacrament of Matrimony

    Catholic Church Saved My Marriage: Discovering Hidden Grace in the Sacrament of Matrimony
    Anders, David
    $17.95

    "The Catholic Church saved my marriage
    and, quite possibly, my life."

    So begins David Anders in this remarkably forthright book. In it, David reports that by the early 2000s, his marriage was so painful he actually longed for death. It wasn't simple incompatibility; he and his wife had just one thing in common: contempt for each other.

    Today, David and his wife are happy together - not because of marriage therapy, but because they came to know and fully embraced the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage.

    Many people who encounter such teachings are shocked by their rigor. Yet the Church offers much more than rules about sexual restraint; she offers a way to make marriage into something supernatural, even mystical.

    Here Dr. Anders shares his personal discovery of the Church's teaching on marriage and offers a robust defense of the Church's most controversial teachings, including divorce, remarriage, gay marriage, and contraception.

    With the Church's teachings and the writings of the saints as his guide, he also offers practical, time-tested ways to improve your marriage, such as how to live in peace despite an unhappy marriage, the value of suffering, and ways to overcome your reluctance to forgive grave offenses.

    In a culture that breaks apart marriages and undermines human dignity, Dr. David Anders offers a hope-filled alternative for those who live moral and spiritual lives in union with Christ and His Church.

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    9781682780527
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    2018-06-04
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    Catholic Mass: Steps to Restoring God to the Center of Liturgy

    Catholic Mass: Steps to Restoring God to the Center of Liturgy
    Porfiri, Aurelio
    $21.95

    We are going through a period of liturgical exile, explains Bishop Athanasius Schneider in this enlightening book, and the vast proliferation of modern abuses are crying out for liturgical reform. The primary source of most modern abuses, he declares, is man's narcissistic tendency to idolize himself instead of paying homage to God.

    In what is sure to be seen as one of the most impressive and authoritative books ever written on the Catholic Mass, Bishop Schneider reestablishes what Catholics have known for centuries but have largely forgotten today: that the Mass is the highest form of Christian prayer, which enables us to express with exterior worship our interior belief.

    He describes how saints such as Padre Pio and John Vianney helped the faithful enter into a profound spiritual experience during Mass, and he explains why the Mass should serve as a means to lift our hearts to God so we can surrender to His will. You'll come to understand why the rubrics are vital to p

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    9781644135402
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    2022-01-25
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    Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite: The Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours

    Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite: The Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours
    Elliott, Peter J
    $29.95

    At last, a complete ceremonial manual for the celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. Faithful to the renewal of worship authorized by the Second Vatican Council, Ceremonies combines precise guidance to these rites with a pastoral and spiritual approach. A high ideal of noble Catholic worship is consistently maintained, respecting the "continuity of our tradition".

    Ceremonies sets out the liturgical duties of bishops, priests and deacons, acolytes and servers, lectors and eucharistic ministers etc., hence it is invaluable for clergy and seminarians and all who teach or study the liturgy. Ceremonies includes a wide range of guidance on such useful themes as: vessels and vestments, how to carry out ceremonial actions, the deacon, ministering the Eucharist to the sick, children's liturgy, Eucharistic adoration, Eucharistic processions, celebrating vespers in a parish, eucharistic ministries and the laity, the location of the tabernacle, etc.

    However, Ceremonies is primarily a book to be used; a practical manual for clergy, MC's, sacristans, liturgical committees and all planning worship in parishes.

    At last, a complete ceremonial manual for the celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. Faithful to the renewal of worship authorized by the Second Vatican Council, Ceremonies combines precise guidance to these rites with a pastoral and spiritual approach. A high ideal of noble Catholic worship is consistently maintained, respecting the "continuity of our tradition".

    Ceremonies sets out the liturgical duties of bishops, priests and deacons, acolytes and servers, lectors and eucharistic ministers etc., hence it is invaluable for clergy and seminarians and all who teach or study the liturgy. Ceremonies includes a wide range of guidance on such useful themes as: vessels and vestments, how to carry out ceremonial actions, the deacon, ministering the Eucharist to the sick, children's liturgy, Eucharistic adoration, Eucharistic processions, celebrating vespers in a parish, eucharistic ministries and the laity, the location of the tabernacle, etc.

    However, Ceremonies is primarily a book to be used; a practical manual for clergy, MC's, sacristans, liturgical committees and all planning worship in parishes.

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    9780898708301
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    2005-01-13
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    Confession: Its Fruitful Practice (with an Examination of Conscience)

    Confession: Its Fruitful Practice (with an Examination of Conscience)
    Adoration
    $5.95
    This wonderful and practical little book explains clearly and thoroughly how to make a good Confession but in much greater detail than covered in most catechisms. It includes an examination of conscience, contrition and its necessary qualities, the purpose of amendment and its necessary qualities, avoiding the near occasion of sin, the actual Confession of sins to the priest, and the penance given by the priest.
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    9780895556752
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    2009-01-01
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    Doors to the Sacred, Vatican II Golden Anniversary Edition: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (Updated)

    Doors to the Sacred, Vatican II Golden Anniversary Edition: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (Updated)
    Martos, Joseph
    $34.99

    Doors to the Sacred has endured as an indispensable account of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Used in hundreds of university and seminary courses and full of critical acclaim, it details their historical and cultural evolution and the rituals and practices associated with them. This Vatican II Golden Anniversary Edition explains the liturgical changes found in The Roman Missal, Third Edition, and provides extensive resources for students and seekers alike, including:

  • A visual timeline of people, events, and sacramental changes in Church history,
  • A glossary of philosophical and theological terms
  • An updated annotated bibliography for further reading
  • An improved design for easier reading and reference.
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    0764824511
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    2014-06-23
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    Ego Eimi -- It Is I: Falling in Eucharistic Love

    Ego Eimi -- It Is I: Falling in Eucharistic Love
    de Malleray Fssp Fr Armand
    $17.95
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    9781644136706
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    2022-03-22
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    Eucharist

    Eucharist
    Feingold, Lawrence
    $59.95
    The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion explores the three ends of the Sacrament of Sacraments: God's true presence, His redemptive sacrifice, and spiritual nourishment through communion with Him. In this follow-up to his groundbreaking work, Faith Comes From What Is Heard, Lawrence Feingold constructs a biblical vision of the Eucharist from its prefigurement in the Old Testament to its fulfillment in the New and presents the Eucharistic theology of the Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and magisterial teaching from centuries past through today. The Eucharist is a masterful text, both challenging and spiritually rich, that comprehensively examines the unspeakable mystery that is the Eucharist.
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    9781945125720
    Publication Date: 
    2018-04-30
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    Eucharist

    Eucharist
    Barron, Robert
    $19.95
    For many Catholics today, the Eucharist is merely a symbol of Christ, and the Mass is merely a collectivity of like-minded individuals gathering to remember his life. But the truth of what is made present on the altar, and what the faithful dare to receive into their bodies and souls, is far more strange and beautiful.

    In this engaging theological treatise, Bishop Robert Barron offers a reintroduction to the ancient meaning and power of the Eucharist. Through a threefold analysis of the Eucharist as sacred meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence--distinct but tightly interwoven motifs grounded in Scripture--Bishop Barron draws readers into the profound truth flowing out of Jesus' words at the Last Supper: "Take, eat; this is my body. . . . Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant." We are not merely invited to remember Jesus or imitate his moral example; we are invited to the grace of communion--and ultimately, to the realm of God--by eating and drinking the very self that he offers in sacrifice.

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    9781943243822
    Publication Date: 
    2021-07-15
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    Everything Is Sacred: An Introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism

    Everything Is Sacred: An Introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism
    Scirghi, Thomas
    $16.99
    "The perfect guidebook for curious parents, enthusiastic newcomers, and confused cradle Catholics. Frankly, this is the best book on baptism I've ever read." --James Martin, S.J. author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

    Baptism is the beginning of one's life in the community of the church, and the "gateway" to the rest of the sacraments.
    - Isn't it better to get baptized when you're older, and can understand what you're doing?
    - Does my baby have to be baptized immediately?
    - Will my child go to hell, limbo or purgatory if--God forbid--he or she dies before baptism?
    - Why are so many baptisms done during the Mass these days?
    - What's the role of the godparents? Do they have to be Catholics? Christians? Believers?

    These are questions from good Catholics that deserve good answers. If people remain confused about baptism, they will be confused about the sacramental life of the church, and, by extension, their faith.

    "Thomas Scirghi has written a fine book on baptism for the 21st century church. Rooted deeply in Scripture, the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church, and the living tradition of sacramental practice, Scirghi's book is laced with literary, cultural, and everyday examples that allow readers to grasp (or grasp anew) the continuing significance of baptism in the life of the Church and in their own lives." -Timothy Brunk, Assistant Professor of Theology, Villanova University

    From the foreword by James Martin, SJ:

    Frankly, this is the best book on baptism I've ever read. It's wise without being overly academic; inviting without being overly informal; and concise without being slapdash. Fr.
    Scirghi, a distinguished scholar, compassionate pastor, and popular teacher at Fordham University, is the perfect guide to the history, theology, and application of the sacrament.

    Father Scirghi's book could easily become a standard introduction to the sacrament, and is the perfect guidebook for curious parents, enthusiastic newcomers, and confused cradle Catholics. After reading it, you'll understand why we invite parents to have their children baptized, and also why we baptize adults at the Easter Vigil Mass. You'll know the significance of the oil (and the candle) in the rite. And the next time you see a priest or deacon pour water over a child's head and pronounce the ancient baptismal formula, you'll have a richer appreciation for his words and his actions.

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    9781557256768
    Publication Date: 
    2012-04-01
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    First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

    First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order
    Hahn, Scott
    $22.95
    Everyone seems to agree that Western Civilization is in trouble. The problem is that no one agrees on what has gone wrong or what to do about it. Some think we have too much government, some not enough; some think we have too much capitalism, some not enough; some think we have too much sexual freedom, some not enough.

    But what if the problem is much more fundamental? What if the problem goes to the very foundations of who we are as human beings in relationship with God?

    In The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order, Scott Hahn makes the startling claim that our society's ills and its cures are rooted in whether we reject or accept the divine graces made available through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

    Man, he argues, is social in his very nature. We were created for community. As it was in the beginning, so it remains today. The family, formed through the Sacrament of Matrimony, is the most basic building block of every societywhether we like it or not. We've corrupted marriage, and so we have a corrupt society. If we get marriage right, our society, through God's grace, will flourish.

    This is so because Matrimony, like all the sacraments, heals and elevates human nature. Without marriage, our ambitions toward a just social order will remain forever foolhardy. With it, the seemingly impossible, a truly peaceful and humane civilization, becomes possible.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781947792548
    Publication Date: 
    2017-04-02
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    For Real? Christ's Presence in the Eucharist

    For Real? Christ's Presence in the Eucharist
    Lambert, Dennis
    $14.99

    The teaching of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist began with Jesus sharing with his apostles, followed by their education of early Church leaders, which extends to our priests and the Church of today. Throughout all of this time the baton never drops. The teaching has never changed from the original presentation of Jesus himself to the apostles gathered with him for the Last Supper.

    A cradle Catholic and former skeptic himself, Deacon Dennis Lambert presents evidence to radically change, affirm, or deepen your belief in the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The book also provides a thought-provoking way to share the truth with others.

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    9780764828539
    Publication Date: 
    2022-05-09
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    Forest of Symbols: The Traditional Mass and Its Meaning

    Forest of Symbols: The Traditional Mass and Its Meaning
    Barthe, Abbé Claude
    $17.95

    The Christian liturgy-and the Roman liturgy in particular-developed and thrived within a tradition of commentary and meditation that was fundamental for its understanding, running parallel with the same way of approaching Scripture. The rationalist influences that led to the decline and eventual rejection of the mystical or spiritual senses of Scripture in favor of a narrowly-conceived literal sense led to a narrowing of liturgy as well, which was reduced to its material parts and their various functions. While in recent decades the importance of the spiritual sense of Scripture has been reclaimed, its liturgical equivalent remains in shadow. The present book addresses this lacuna with an easy-to-understand summary of the traditional approach to the "forest of symbols" contained in the Roman Mass.

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    9781621389163
    Publication Date: 
    2023-03-31
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    Forgotten Language: How Recovering the Poetics of the Mass Will Change Our Lives

    Forgotten Language: How Recovering the Poetics of the Mass Will Change Our Lives
    Rennier, Michael
    $17.95

    Poetics is a forgotten language that represents the art of living. For the Christian, it also demonstrates the art of learning to live as a saint, exploring what it means to claim that God is remaking us through grace.

    This delicate and delightful book is the meditation of a man who is moving uncertainly from chaos toward beauty and is seeking to connect earth to Heaven -- and who found the poetry hidden in the form and beauty of the Mass, and of life itself.

    With profound insights, Fr. Rennier illuminates the things of earth with the eyes of Heaven. He will help you add shape, structure, and heart to your prayer life as he reflects upon the meaning behind the actions in the Mass, the sacred objects, and the sacramentality we find in daily life.

    Through Scripture and his own reflections, Father unveils:

  • The key to discovering the truth and real mystery of the Mass
  • The skill you need to progress quickly in your interior life
  • How the Mass aids us in ascending rung by rung up the ladder to Heaven
  • Two ways to determine if you are seeking God (You will never guess them!)
  • How the world of nature reveals biblical truths and the mysteries of God
  • The only means through which God speaks to us
  • Father also explains your vocation during Mass and the most efficacious way to inflame your Eucharistic love. In page after page, you will see how you are healed and transformed through the Mass and will learn ways to participate in the Sacred Mysteries more attentively and lovingly. You will find tips on how to appreciate the splendor and meaning of the Mass until it becomes pure poetry, a personal relationship, a conversation between your soul and God.

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    9781644136584
    Publication Date: 
    2023-03-21
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    Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross

    Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross
    Hahn, Scott
    $23.00
    From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper comes an illuminating work on the Catholic Eucharist and its link to the Jewish Passover meal.

    "Read this book. And don't just read it. Pray about it. Reflect on it. And share it with others."--Brant Pitre, author of The Case for Jesus

    In this brilliant book--part memoir, part detective story, and part biblical study--Scott Hahn opens up new vistas on ancient landscapes while shedding light on his own enduring faith journey. The Fourth Cup not only tracks the author's gradual conversion along the path of Evangelicalism to the doorsteps of the Catholic faith, but also explores the often obscure and misunderstood rituals of Passover and their importance in foreshadowing salvation in Jesus Christ.

    Revealing the story of his formative years as an often hot-headed student and earnest seeker in search of answers to great biblical mysteries, Hahn shows how his ardent exploration of the Bible's Old Testament turned up intriguing clues connecting the Last Supper and Christ's death on Calvary. As Hahn tells the story of his discovery of the supreme importance of the Passover in God's plan of salvation, we too experience often-overlooked relationships between Abel, Abraham, and the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt. Along the way, Hahn reveals how the traditional fourth cup of wine used in the concluding celebration of Passover explains in astonishing ways Christ's paschal sacrifice.

    Rooted in Scripture and ingrained with lively history, The Fourth Cup delivers a fascinating view of the bridges that span old and new covenants, and celebrates the importance of the Jewish faith in understanding more fully Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

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    9781524758790
    Publication Date: 
    2018-02-20
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    Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Farren, Paul
    $9.99
    In "Freedom & Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation", Father Farren examines the history of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the ways it brings us into a deeper experience of God. Totaling just 85 pages, this little book is simple, easy to read, and deeply prayerful. Father Paul's Irish storytelling background comes to the forefront as he articulates simply but effectively the history of confession with a fresh look to the sacraments which profoundly centers a tone of New Evangelization.

    Confession is somewhat daunting for many of us; yet Farren argues, "Our understanding of the sacrament reveals our image of God. If our image of God is one of an uncompromising judge, then the sacrament can fill us with dread." Instead of coming to confession to avoid judgment and hellfire, Father Farren paints a picture of the Sacrament of Reconciliation which presents a loving God who longs for a restored relationship with His children. It is an inspirational picture and one that is presented compellingly.

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    9781612614984
    Publication Date: 
    2018-09-04
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    Frequent Confession: Its Place in the Spiritual Life

    Frequent Confession: Its Place in the Spiritual Life
    Baur O S B, Fr Benedict
    $18.95

    This is the book you need to discover the significant advantages of frequent Confession and the keys to making each Confession more fruitful. Spiritual master Fr. Benedict Baur quells criticisms of frequent Confession and shares why it is more efficacious for vanquishing sin and repairing the damage due to sin.

    In this exceptional book, Fr. Baur shows you how to develop a well-formed conscience, properly confess your sins, and develop a firm, practical purpose of amendment. He also shares how to make a meticulous examination of conscience and daily examen, and offers methods for compiling a detailed inventory of your sins. Moreover, Father provides a reflection on the most common sins of omission that lead many to fall into dangerous self-righteous dispositions.

    Most importantly of all, Fr. Baur reveals what is really meant by “Christian perfection” and how to attain it in this life. He describes concrete ways to grow in knowledge of self, acquire the strength to uproot sins, and conquer self-love. You’ll deepen your spiritual life measurably as you learn how to:

    • Focus on the root causes of sin and surmount sins that you habitually commit
    • Overcome thoughts and impulses that are occasions of sin
    • Detect when you are becoming lukewarm and promptly revive your love for God
    • Grow in reverential love for God and conform your life to His will
    • Atone for the temporal punishment due to sin ― now, before Purgatory

    With clarity and wisdom, Fr. Baur explains why your conscience is holy and must therefore be obeyed. He conveys how frequent Confession increases sanctifying grace in your soul, gives glory to God, and brings healing, joy, and fulfillment.

    An invaluable resource, this book will enrich your sacramental life and inspire you to greater charity for your neighbor. It will also move you to more frequent and fervent reception of Holy Communion.

    This is the book you need to discover the significant advantages of frequent Confession and the keys to making each Confession more fruitful. Spiritual master Fr. Benedict Baur quells criticisms of frequent Confession and shares why it is more efficacious for vanquishing sin and repairing the damage due to sin.

    In this exceptional book, Fr. Baur shows you how to develop a well-formed conscience, properly confess your sins, and develop a firm, practical purpose of amendment. He also shares how to make a meticulous examination of conscience and daily examen, and offers methods for compiling a detailed inventory of your sins. Moreover, Father provides a reflection on the most common sins of omission that lead many to fall into dangerous self-righteous dispositions.

    Most importantly of all, Fr. Baur reveals what is really meant by "Christian perfection" and how to attain it in this life. He describes concrete ways to grow in knowledge of self, acquire the strength to uproot sins, and conquer self-love. Youï1/2ï1/2ï1/2ll deepen your spiritual life measurably as you learn how to:

  • Focus on the root causes of sin and surmount sins that you habitually commit
  • Overcome thoughts and impulses that are occasions of sin
  • Detect when you are becoming lukewarm and promptly revive your love for God
  • Grow in reverential love for God and conform your life to His will
  • Atone for the temporal punishment due to sin - now, before Purgatory
  • With clarity and wisdom, Fr. Baur explains why your conscience is holy and must therefore be obeyed. He conveys how frequent Confession increases sanctifying grace in your soul, gives glory to God, and brings healing, joy, and fulfillment. An invaluable resource, this book will enrich your sacramental life and inspire you to greater charity for your neighbor. It will also move you to more frequent and fervent reception of Holy Communion.

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    9781644137260
    Publication Date: 
    2022-08-23
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    Getting More Out of Mass

    Getting More Out of Mass
    Muir, Fr John
    $6.95
    God always has more for usmore of this love, more of his grace, more of his peace. Getting More out of Mass will guide individuals and groups in experiencing God in Mass. Each booklet features five sessions, including a Scripture passage, a short commentary, and questions for discussion and reflection. Suggested prayer exercises for during the week deepen the reader's connection with the Lord and help set the pattern for a regular time of daily prayer and reflection. These books were especially designed for individuals or parish groups that have limited time but are looking for a great impact. They are perfect for any small group or for parents whose children are attending religious education classes. Award-winning author and speaker Mark Hart, editor of the series, introduces each booklet and, in his engaging style, assures us that there really is"something more" that the Lord wants to give us!
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781593253271
    Publication Date: 
    2017-01-01
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    Guidebook for Confession

    Guidebook for Confession (4pk)
    $3.95

    The sacrament of reconciliation and penance is one of the great helps to friendship with God and spiritual progress. This booklet advises on ways to prepare for confession -- a necessary step to making a good confession and avoiding the routine which can so easily creep into religious practice.

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    9780933932982
    Publication Date: 
    1996-12-31
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    Guidebook for Confession for Children

    Guidebook for Confession for Children
    $4.95
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    9789715541077
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    Handy Little Guide to Confession

    Handy Little Guide to Confession
    Jones Schroeder, Michelle
    $5.95

    Confession. Reconciliation. Penance.

    It's a sacrament with many names, but most of us seem to have a similar reaction to it: Do I have to go? It's been too long. Doesn't God already know I'm sorry? I don't remember how to do it. I'm embarrassed. I'm scared.

    Michelle Schroeder has been there. She admits to skipping Reconciliation for years...until she realized that, to experience God's mercy most fully, she needed to ask for it.

    Here, in non-sugar-coated language, she encourages you to:

  • See and understand why Confession is necessary in the first place
  • Acknowledge what's holding you back from going
  • Brush up on your examination of conscience
  • Get over it and go: You'll be glad you did
  • Discover the amazing benefits of Confession
  • Forgive yourself as God forgives you

    In this easy-to-read booklet, you'll gain the confidence you need to return to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will experience God's mercy and unconditional forgiveness.

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    9781681923666
    Publication Date: 
    2018-12-10
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    Hidden Manna - A Theology of the Eucharist

    Hidden Manna - A Theology of the Eucharist
    O'Connor, James T
    $21.95

    The Hidden Manna has become a classic on Eucharistic teaching. Now in a second edition, accompanied by a new introduction by Fr. Kenneth Baker, a new preface from the author, new material from John Paul II, and the original foreword by Cardinal John O'Connor, this in-depth study lets the breadth and richness of the Church's Tradition speak for itself.

    Fr. O'Connor presents and comments on substantial excerpts from the major sources of the Church's Tradition extending all the way back to apostolic times. Focusing on the doctrine of the Real Presence, he follows the earliest witnesses through the challenge in the Middle Ages of Berengarius through the Protestant Reformation and modern disputes.

    Father James O'Connor gives us nothing less than a comprehensive study of the Church's meditation on the Mystery of the Eucharist... The Hidden Manna is a superb work.
    �Cardinal John O'Connor

    ...We owe a debt of gratitude to Fr. James O'Connor for writing this beautiful treatise on �the Sacrament of Sacraments'. The Hidden Manna is a remarkable accomplishment of Catholic scholarship.
    �Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

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    9781586170769
    Publication Date: 
    2005-03-02
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    Holy Bread of Eternal Life: Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety

    Holy Bread of Eternal Life: Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety
    Kwasniewski, Peter
    $17.95

    Recent decades have been marred by pervasive Eucharistic abuse, from violations of liturgical norms and rubrics to practices that encourage irreverence and facilitate habitual sacrilege. The coronavirus crisis in 2020 has occasioned a further wave of sacramental manipulation, desacralization, and deprivation that has left almost no Catholic in the world unharmed.

    These disturbing signs of the times call for an unsparing reassessment of official and unofficial policies, practices, customs, and attitudes, along with fresh appreciation for creative minorities that are taking a different, more difficult, and more successful path to reverence.

    The Holy Bread of Eternal Life is a powerful and timely book by scholar Peter Kwasniewski that exalts the divine gift of the Blessed Sacrament, which can never be too much adored, too much loved, too much cared for, or too much sacrificed for.

    Drawing on both Testaments, the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Magisterium, Kwasniewski describes the fitting veneration and handling of this mystery of faith past and present, the dispositions we need to cultivate for a fruitful reception of the Lord, and the blessings that follow from a life centered on Holy Communion. At the same time, the book critiques many novelties in modern Catholic worship and shows why they must be set aside for the health of souls and the Church.

    There is far more at stake in today s debates concerning Holy Communion than what preferences should be indulged or slip-ups tolerated. At stake is whether we truly believe in Jesus Christ, our God, our Savior, our Friend, and our Judge, really present in the Eucharist; whether we acknowledge and accept His lordship over us in every aspect of what we do and say; and whether we will act, react, worship, and pray in a manner consistent with true belief.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781644134337
    Publication Date: 
    2020-11-19
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