Summer reading

Man of God: Lessons for Young Men about Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation, and Loving with the Heart of Christ

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Ehrman, Terrence P, C
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Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue

Johnson, Maria Morera
Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Gender Issues. (Second Place).

Award-winning author Maria Morera Johnson follows up her bestselling book, My Badass Book of Saints, with a unique and daring exploration of the cardinal virtues through the saints and heroines of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. Johnson will reignite your passion for your faith as she demonstrates the heroic in the sometimes mundane quest for good and reminds us that Catholicism is filled with adventure.

What do Wonder Woman and St. Katharine Drexel have in common? How about St. Clare of Assisi and Rey, the ingénue from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? All four women sought justice for the abused.

With the same zest for her faith and cheeky wit that readers found so compelling in My Badass Book of Saints and a love for the heroic journey that highlights her career, Johnson now focuses on heroines--improbable pairings of saints and characters from sci-fi, comics, and fantasy--who have influenced her life and deepened her understanding of the Church's cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice.

Johnson tells her own story alongside the unlikely pairs to show how the cardinal virtues are at play in our lives as well:

  • Prudence (judgment of right and wrong), which influences Marvel's Black Widow and St. Mary Magdalene, as well as X-Files agent Dana Scully and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
  • Fortitude (courage), experienced by Marvel's Storm and St. Cunigunde, as well as Harry Potter's Hermione Granger and St. Marguerite D'Youville.
  • Temperance (restraint of desires), which changes how we understand Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series and St. Mary MacKillop, as well as Nyota Uhura of Star Trek fame and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

  • With Johnson's enthusiasm as a guide, you'll be inspired to embrace the virtues anew and find your faith in your favorite stories.

    Discussion questions focusing on the cardinal virtues, making it a great resource for personal or group study.

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    Tales of Foreign Lands Vol 1 - Fr. Joseph Spillmann


    Fr. Joseph Spillmann was born at Zug, Switzerland, April 22, 1842. He joined the Jesuits and in 1874 was ordained a priest. Due to his poetic gifts he was assigned to work on various periodicals. Spillmann's literary activity resulted chiefly from his connection with these periodicals, especially the Katholische Missionen, which he edited from 1880-90. His Tales of Foreign Lands series contains 21 booklets, consisting of edifying and tastefully illustrated stories for the young. They have been translated into many languages. Newly reprinted by Angelus Press, Volume One combines four of these stories into a single volume.

    Love Your Enemies. The Maoris of New Zealand have had enough of being cheated by the English and rebel. Meanwhile, the Patrick O Neal family, trying to start a new life there, are overtaken by a marauding tribe and must flee for their lives, all the while trying to practice in earnest that hardest of Christian maxims: Love Your Enemies.

    Maron. It is Lebanon in 1860, and the Druses are persecuting the Christians under the complicit eye of the Turkish government. The Mufti of Sidon incites the mob to kill the Christian dogs even as his son Ali, sickened by the slaughter, helps his Christian friend Maron flee to the hills, and learns from his actions the reality of grace and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

    The Festival of Corpus Christi. Don Pedro and his nephew have accepted their government s commission to shut down the Jesuit missions in Bolivia. Reaching the mission, they discover a village where the Indians are living a civilized, Christian life. Their preparations for the annual Corpus Christi procession and the taming of a savage tribe form the backdrop of this tale.

    The Cabin Boys. It is 1798, the ninth year of the bloody French Revolution, and fifteen-year-old Paul and twelve-year-old Albert embark as cabin boys on a sea voyage with unusual cargo in the hold: 200 priests, condemned to forced labor in Cayenne. Gripping adventures await the boys, aided by wise priests at sea and on land, until the tale brings them back home again.

    320pp. Softcover.


    Tales of Foreign Lands Vol 2 - Fr. Joseph Spillmann


    Tales of Foreign Lands series contains 21 booklets, consisting of edifying and tastefully illustrated stories for the young. They have been translated into many

    The Shipwreck.The world of the Irish lad Willy Brown is turned upside-down when his sinister uncle appears on the doorstep to take his schoolmate Joseph, a Chinese orphan, away with him aboard the good ship "St. George." The two boys find themselves together on the high sea when the captain plots a perilous scheme to stage a shipwreck. But things gets out of control when a mighty hurricane steers the ship off the coast of the Solomon Islands, driving them to crash upon the reefs of a cannibal-infested island.

    Crosses and Crowns.The story opens with a scene from the pages of history: "The Emperor Tue-Dueck, a terrible persecutor of Christians, lay dying." The young Christian page, Thuan, is at the Emperor's bedside and tells him how he may yet defeat the dragon tormenting him and obtain eternal life, holding out to him a crucifix. The emperor's rage at the sight of the cross earns the boy a flogging, and soon a new persecution is unleashed. The Christian spirit shines through in all his actions in this mission land where bloody persecution is still a threat to those who hold the faith of Christ.

    Prince Arumugam. Having been cured by Father Francis after the native doctors and snake-charmers failed, Arumugam asks of his father, the rajah, to let him go to the missioner's school. The rajah consents, on condition that the priest not try to convert his son. The priest agrees, and the child Arumugam enters the school. But the progress of Arumugam towards Christianity, and his courage to profess his beliefs in the face of his father's tenacious opposition, is challenged by the rajah's plans to uproot his son's new-found faith by all means fair and foul...


    Will Wilder: The Amulet of Power

    Arroyo, Raymond
    In book three of the series, twelve-year-old Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls after he's given a talisman with a lock of Samson's hair. But a new dark demon will force family secrets to be revealed, friendships to be tested, and Will's strength to be pushed to the limit.

    Will Wilder yearns to join the Perilous Falls Middle School football team. But he was never big enough or strong enough to make the cut, until he comes in contact with a talisman containing the fabled locks of Samson. But using the Amulet of Power attracts dark forces to Perilous Falls like moths to a flame.

    Suddenly, hunched creatures are shadowing people around town, graves are being disturbed, the music of a mysterious DJ lulls half of Perilous Falls into a stupor, and to top it all off, Will is convinced that a teammate may be a demon himself!

    As he tries to identify the demon before it causes untold havoc, Wilder family secrets will be unlocked, the limits of physical strength and the power of friendship are tested--and Will might even score a touchdown or two.

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