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In God We Trust: Morally Responsible Investing

$29.95

This book is both timely and timeless.

In God We Trust delves deeply into current economic and market developments and reflects on how U.S. prosperity has returned in 2018, as capitalism has again been unleashed. The author says, "What a relief after eight years of economic stagna-tion and government over-regulation." Oddly, as the U.S. economy has benefited from pro-growth policies, like tax rate cuts and deregulation, there exists a rising tide of sympathy for socialism among leftist politicians and young people.

This timeless divide between capitalism and socialism is explored within the context of the economic and moral ramifications for society in general and long-term investors, specifically.

Readers with historical perspective will appreciate the logic of what should be obvious, i.e. that socialism has never worked anywhere on earth. Or aptly put by President Ronald Reagan, "Socialism can only work in two places, heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it."

This book is about participating in the capital markets while avoiding morally objectionable businesses. As a lover of the free enterprise system and a portfolio manager, George Schwartz chronicles how Morally Responsible Investing is helping long-term investors put their money to work in accordance with their moral beliefs. His firm manages Ave Maria Mutual Funds, which were founded in 2001. These pro-life and pro-family mutual funds have attracted over 100,000 shareholders, who have invested more than $2.2 billion in five separate award-winning mutual funds.

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9781505113464
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2019-01-17
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10 Wonders of the Rosary

$9.95
Called "the New Testament on a string of beads," the Rosary is presented by famed Mariologist Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, in all its wonder: leading armies into battle; defeating the enemies of Christ and His Church; and transforming hearts and minds in order to save societies and entire civilizations. After exploring the 10 Wonders of the Rosary, you'll never look at this timeless and powerful devotion the same way again.
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9781596144866
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2019-01-01
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12 Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas: Timeless Spiritual Wisdom for Our Turbulent Times

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$18.95
This inspirational reflection on St. Thomas Aquinas's philosophical and theological masterpieces will fill you with spiritual wisdom and motivate you on your journey to the heights of holiness.
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9781622828302
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2019-10-17
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Abandonment to God: The Way of Peace of St. Therese of Lisieux

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$17.95
With simplicity and grace, these pages illuminate for you the wisdom in Saint Thƒrƒse's Little Way, showing how it can enable you, too, to abide in the serenity of the children of God.
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9781622828340
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2019-09-19
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After Suicide: There's Still Hope for Them and You

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$14.95
Addressing the hard issue of suicide honestly and pastorally, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, draws from the teaching of the Church, the message of Divine Mercy, and his own experience of losing his grandmother to suicide in order to offer readers two key forms of hope. There's hope for the salvation of those who've died by their own hand, and there's hope for the healing of those whom they've left behind.
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9781596144347
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2019-08-01
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Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family

$29.95

In this joyful and charming book, Maria Von Trapp (from The Sound of Music) unveils for you the year-round Christian traditions she loved "€" traditions that created for her large family a warm and inviting Catholic home and will do the same for yours.

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9781622826681
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2018-10-18
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Awesome Glory: Resurrection in Scripture, Liturgy, and Theology

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$19.95

In Awesome Glory, Abbot Jeremy Driscoll offers readers a deep dive into the mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus. Starting from the conviction that the liturgy is meant to be for Christians an immediate and effective contact with the Resurrection, this profound book draws out the riches of each celebration from the Paschal Triduum through Pentecost. Abbot Jeremy focuses particularly on the Scripture texts of Mass, but also on important rituals like the washing of feet, the lucernarium, and the baptism of catechumens.

Loaded with new insights and approaches, this book will be a welcome resource for homilists, pastors, liturgy directors, catechists, faith formation leaders, scholars, and any Christian adult who wants to better understand, teach, and live the startlingly good news of Christ's Resurrection.

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9780814644034
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2019-01-21
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Barstool Theology: Crafting the Good Life

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$17.95

In Barstool Theology, Trevor Gundlach cracks open an entirely new way to talk about beer and exactly how it can be an effervescent part of a life well lived. He invites you to become a fellow barstool theologian, ready to discuss the theology of life, friendship, art, seasons, celebrations, and, yes, delicious craft beer.

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9781681923574
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2019-08-30
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Becoming an Ordinary Mystic: Spirituality for the Rest of Us

$16.00
Why don't I see any progress? What am I doing wrong?Do you ever feel like you are walking in spiritual circles? While we might think it would be different for a Franciscan priest, Father Albert Haase shares the same struggles. And yet he also affirms that we are all called to be ordinary mystics, who, in the words of his own spiritual director, are "ordinary Christians who do what we are all called to do: respond to grace." Learning to be a mystic is about cultivating a life with God in which we draw close, listen, and respond moment to moment. We know we will fail at times, but we can also be certain that we follow a God who never stops reaching out to us. This book offers a daily path to making the connection.
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9780830846573
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2019-08-27
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Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope

$15.95
Are you disconnected from God? Do you feel that your life has no hope? As a teenager, Fr. Rob Galea's reaction to those painful feelings was addiction, violence, and destructive friendships. When the recording artist and former Australian X Factor contestant finally let God in, his life completely changed. In Breakthrough, Galea shares his journey from scared teenager to passionate priest and invites you to learn more about the Catholic faith so you, too, can find hope in Christ.

Rob Galea was a lonely, miserable teenager. He wanted to feel like he belonged, so he joined a gang. He went clubbing. He drank. He stole things. He lied. His reckless lifestyle ultimately led him to hide in fear for his life from other gang members. He was so desperate in those days spent in his dark bedroom that he contemplated ending his life.

Then a phone call from his grandmother about a youth group at a nearby church--an invitation not originally intended for him--helped Galea turn his life around. When he finally let God break through his loneliness and fear, he began to experience freedom and God's unconditional love.

In Breakthrough, Galea takes you on his journey to seminary, the move from his home country of Malta to Australia, and the development of his ministry as a priest, speaker, singer/songwriter, and recording artist. Along the way, he'll help you to see the life-changing journey of discipleship and how to find hope in your Catholic faith.
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9781594718373
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2018-02-16
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Brick by Brick: Building a Strong Famly That Won't Lose Their Faith in a Secular Culture.

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$19.95
Far too many Catholic families today experience the heart-wrenching pain of their grown children abandoning the practice of the faith. Parents pray and hope that their children will, at the very least, go to Mass as adults only to see the faith tradition and beauty of the Church lost among the next generation.

With real life stories, tons of humour, and practical advice, this three-generation family illustrates seven key principles of discipleship parenting that bore them great fruit. Grow in your understanding of God's purpose for the family, and be moved in your parenting and family life to

create a future of missionary disciples.

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9781989230183
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2019-05-07
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Catholic Republic: Why America Will Perish Without Rome

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$24.95

"In this intellectually stimulating book, Timothy Gordon argues that the source of America's political and cultural salvation is the very Catholicism that has been rejected and even persecuted from the first days of the republic."
Michael Voris, Church Militant

Some Christians decry the deism of our Founding Fath

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9781622828364
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2019-04-18
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Catholic Working Mom's Guide to Life

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$17.95

In The Catholic Working Mom's Guide to Life, JoAnna Wahlund speaks to the plethora of Catholic women who are looking for other moms with whom to relate, moms who understand the unique challenges of juggling motherhood and work.

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9781681923253
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2019-05-28
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Church and the Roman Empire (301-490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome

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$17.95

Suspense, politics, sin, death, sex, and redemption: Not the plot of the latest crime novel, but elements of the true history of the Catholic Church.

Larger-than-life saints such as Athanasius of Alexandria, Jerome, Augustine, and political figures such as Emperor Constantine played an important part in the history of the Christianity. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301-490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome, popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina gives readers a vivid and engaging account of how Christianity developed and expanded as the Roman Empire declined.

In The Church and the Roman Empire (301-490), Mike Aquilina explores the dramatic backstory of the Council of Nicaea and why Christian unity and belief are still expressed by the Nicene Creed. He also sets the record straight about commonly held misconceptions about the Catholic Church. Readers may be surprised to learn:

  • The Edict of Milan didn't just legalize Christianity; it also established religious tolerance for all faiths for the first time in history.
  • The growth of Christianity inspired a more merciful society: Crucifixion was abolished; the practice of throwing prisoners to wild beasts for entertainment was outlawed; and slave owners were punished for killing their slaves.
  • Controversy between Arians and Catholics may have resulted in building more hospitals and other networks of charitable assistance to the poor.
  • When Rome fell, not many people at the time noticed.
  • Aquilina brings Church history to life in The Church and the Roman Empire, enabling Catholics to more deeply consider the true origins of the creed that unites us, the Bible we read, and the liturgy we celebrate.

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    9781594717895
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    2019-09-13
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    Common Sense Catholicism: How to Resolve Our Cultural Crisis

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    $18.95

    This work analyzes how the three key elements of a democratic society--freedom, equality, and fraternity--have been misconstrued by intellectuals and policy makers who do not respect the limitations of the human condition. Their lack of common sense has resulted in social and cultural problems rather than solutions to them. By contrast, the social teachings of the Catholic Church mesh nicely with the demands of human nature, and as such they offer the right remedy to our cultural crisis.

    Freedom defined as radical individualism has eclipsed the understanding that real rights are tethered to responsibilities. Equality defined as radical egalitarianism yields little in the way of equality and much in the way of state-sponsored social discord. And fraternity without the foundation of familial bonds and religious communities leaves people isolated and disoriented.

    Catholic teaching offers much wisdom to remedy our insufficient understanding of the elements needed for a free and flourishing society. Its common sense is greatly needed to help modern Americans rediscover the true meaning of their highest ideals.

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    9781621642091
    Publication Date: 
    2019-04-01
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    Conscious Contact with God: The Psalms for Addiction and Recovery

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    $19.95

    Conscious Contact with God is a new paraphrase of the Psalms that reflects the experience of addiction and living in recovery. It will speak powerfully to anyone who shares those experiences and struggles to find God present in the midst of them. Ideal for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation, as well as for praying and reflecting in groups, these thoughtful and inspiring texts are rich in the vocabulary and vision of the Twelve Steps.

    This new resource fills a gap that has unfortunately existed until now for anyone addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, or other substances or experiences. Here they will find compassion, understanding, and strength.

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    9780814664155
    Publication Date: 
    2019-09-06
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    Created for Love: Reflections for the Catholic Bride-To-Be

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    $29.95

    You're caught up in a whirlwind of wedding planning. But while everything out there is wrapping you in the superficial, everything inside you craves substance, rest, and simple joy. You want to prepare your heart and soul for this journey of marriage.

    Created for Love is the perfect reflection journal to help you be present in each moment of your engagement, moving past the to-do list so that you can treasure this time long after the wedding day.

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    9781681923772
    Publication Date: 
    2019-11-04
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    Day is Now Far Spent

    $19.95

    In this powerful book by the acclaimed spiritual leader and best-selling writer, one he calls his "most important", he analyzes the profound spiritual, moral and political crisis in the contemporary world. He says that he "considers that the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."

    "At the root of the collapse of the West, there is a cultural identity crisis. The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."

    In these words, Cardinal Sarah summarizes the theme of his book. His finding is simple: our world is on the brink of the abyss. Crisis of faith and of the Church, decline of the West, betrayal by its elites, moral relativism, endless globalism, unbridled capitalism, new ideologies, political exhaustion, movements inspired by Islamist totalitarianism.... The time has come for an unflinching diagnosis.

    While making clear the gravity of the crisis through which the West has gone, the Cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without man, a world without hope.

    After the great international success of his first two books, God or Nothing and The Power of Silence, Cardinal Sarah offers a wide-ranging reflection on the crisis of the contemporary world while teaching many important spiritual lessons.

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    9781621643241
    Publication Date: 
    2019-09-15
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    Decalogue Decoded: What You Never Learned about the Ten Commandments

    $14.95
    "Discusses, in depth, what each of the Ten Commandments requires of us"--
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    9781682781036
    Publication Date: 
    2019-08-15
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    Decisive Parenting: Forming Authentic Freedom in Your Children

    $9.95

    If you seek to raise your children in Christian authenticity and virtue, Moynihan's book will be a gift to your vocation as a parent. With a seemingly endless stream of parenting books available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Moynihan "hits the nail on the head" by enveloping the Big Picture into the Everyday, and showing how the little details lead to the final goal. His advice and experience will guide you in your quest to teach your children to love beauty, truth, and goodness. Most importantly, you'll be able to give your children the tools they need to live in virtue with equanimity, confidence, and self-mastery.

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    9781594173417
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    Devil in the City of Angels: My Encounters with the Diabolical

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    $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: 
    2019-07-29
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    Don't Let the Culture Raise Your Kids

    $18.95

    As a journalist, television news producer, writer, and editor, Marcia Segelstein has spent decades reporting on family-related issues. Her work has brought her face-to-face with troubling shifts in our culture away from Christian values "€" and the impact these trends are having on our children. As a mother, Marcia recognizes that these are more than news stories: they are a personal battle. And this is a battle every Christian parent today must be equipped to fight.

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    9781681922768
    Publication Date: 
    2019-04-11
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    Embracing Weakness: The Unlikely Secret to Changing the World

    $15.95

    Shannon K. Evans spent a good portion of her life denying that she was weak. Like many Christians, she was concerned with living a moral life, sticking to religious absolutes, holding leadership positions, and working on service projects. And then the truth of her inner brokenness smacked her in the face, first through her work as a missionary, and afterward through motherhood.

    Embracing Weakness: The Unlikely Secret to Changing the World is a story of vulnerability, of how one woman learned that before she could respond to the weakness of others she must first accept her own weakness as a gift, revealed in the Incarnation and Passion of Christ.

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    9781681922669
    Publication Date: 
    2019-06-01
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    Faith and Fury: The Rise of Catholicism During the Civil War

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    $19.95
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    9781682780664
    Publication Date: 
    2019-06-15
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    For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent: On the Situation of the Church in China

    $16.95

    The relationship of China with the greatest secular world power--the United States of America--and the most universal global spiritual power--the Catholic Church--is in a state of flux. President Trump and Pope Francis are major protagonists in this dramatic period. Although what is happening in China has an impact worldwide, it is hard for the non-specialist to grasp what is underway and its significance for the future.

    There are two Catholic communities in China: the "underground," or unofficial, Church and the official, government-controlled Patriotic Church. Cardinal Joseph Zen is one of the most knowledgeable and credible witnesses to what is happening in China, especially on the relationship between these two communities. He is a courageous defender of the underground Church yet has intimate knowledge of the official Church, in part because he taught in several of its seminaries.

    It has been recognized--and Pope Francis himself has confirmed--that the historic 2007 letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Catholics in China remains the magna carta of the Church in that country. On the tenth anniversary of this letter, Cardinal Zen gave a series of eight lectures on its origin, drafting process, and final content, and these enlightening talks are presented in this book.

    In these lectures, Cardinal Zen explains in detail what he considers is now threatening the fundamental principles of the letter--and therefore 'his people'. As the title indicates, for the love of his people, he will not remain silent.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621643142
    Publication Date: 
    2019-02-05
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    Forgiveness Makes You Free: A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda

    $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: 
    2019-03-01
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    Friends of the Bridegroom: For a Renewed Vision of Priestly Celibacy

    $18.95
    Former Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada Marc Cardinal Ouellet offers a theological and philosophical defense of priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church in anticipation of the Oct. 2019 Amazon synod. Drawing from the Bible, and inspired by his pastoral love for the peoples of South America, Cardinal Ouellet defends the priesthood against the challenges of secularism and the current abuse crisis in the Church.
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    9781682781357
    Publication Date: 
    2019-10-14
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    Fruits of Fatima: A Century of Signs and Wonders

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    "The author looks at various aspects and lesser-known incidents related to the apparitions at Fatima and explains how they can help us live out the message of Fatima"--
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    9781622828142
    Publication Date: 
    2019-08-15
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    God Who Questions

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    $12.95

    In A God Who Questions, author and speaker Leonard J. DeLorenzo examines 20 of the questions asked in Scripture and shows us how they reveal the hidden secrets of our hearts and invite a true encounter with God. Really listening to the questions of Jesus can be painful but also wonderful, unsettling and yet illuminating, inconvenient but always inspiring.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781681923673
    Publication Date: 
    2019-11-15
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    God's Wildest Wonderment of All

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    When a curious little boy visits the zoo, he learns much more from the animals than his parents might have expected. The fascinating creatures he encounters there provoke in him a rousing round of questions and speculations that will set your child to thinking. Why has God created and preserved such an entertaining assortment of beasts?

    The sight of so many animals brings to his young mind thoughts of Noah's ark. Why has God created and preserved such an entertaining assortment of beasts? As he surveys the wonderful critters all around him, at last he discovers God's wildest wonderment of all - in a moment of joyous self-discovery that your child will share.

    Bestselling author Paul Thigpen tells the tale in rollicking, musical verse, with vivid and playful illustrations by artist John Folley that will have your little one begging to read this book again and again.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781505114706
    Publication Date: 
    2019-08-16
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    Habits for a Healthy Marriage: A Handbook for Catholic Couples

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    $17.95

    Drawing on his forty years as a marriage and family psychiatrist, Dr. Fitzgibbons presents a book that can bring self-knowledge and healing to struggling marriages. It will help couples to identify and resolve the major emotional conflicts that weaken their relationships and hurt their marriage. It is very timely because of the epidemics of selfishness, anger, pornography and infidelity in marriage today.

    This work is unique because it draws upon the field of positive psychology, which focuses on growth in virtues by the spouses. It is the first book on strengthening marriages by a mental health professional that incorporates the luminous writing of St. John Paul II on marriage and empirically proven forgiveness therapy.

    The book demonstrates the benefits from a commitment to a mission of personal growth in acknowledging one's fault, receiving and giving forgiveness and cultivating virtues. This healing process is both fulfilling and demanding.

    Whether you are newly engaged, recently married, or married for many years, the conflict-resolving strategies described in this book--the habits of a healthy marriage--can help you to protect your relationship from the emotional storms that often lead to quarrelling and mistrust, and sometimes to separation and divorce.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781621642411
    Publication Date: 
    2019-08-27
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    Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God's

    $26.00
    An award-winning author, former presidential speechwriter, and mother of four weaves stories of her own struggles against comparison and impossible expectations with those of seven ex-perfectionist saints (and one heretic) who show us how to pursue a new kind of perfection: freedom in Christ.

    Spiritual perfectionism--an obsession with flawlessness rooted in the belief that we can earn God's love--is the most dangerous form of perfectionism because so many of us mistake it for virtue, or deny that it afflicts us at all. Its toxic cycle of pride, sin, shame, blame, and despair distorts our vision, dulls our faith, and leads us to view others through the same hypercritical lens we think God is using to view us.

    As a lifelong overachiever who drafted her first résumé in sixth grade and spell-checked her high-school boyfriend's love letters, Colleen Carroll Campbell knows something about the perfectionist trap. But it was only after she became a mother that she started to see how insidiously perfectionism had infected her spiritual life, how lethal it could be to her happiness and her family, and how disproportionately it afflicts the people working hardest to serve God.

    In the ruins of her own perfectionist mistakes, Colleen dug into Scripture and the lives of the canonized saints for answers. She discovered to her surprise that many holy men and women she once saw as encouraging her perfectionism were, in fact, recovering perfectionists. And their grace-fueled victory over this malady--not perfectionist striving--was the key to their heroic virtue and contagious joy.

    In The Heart of Perfection, Colleen weaves the stories and wisdom of these saints with Scripture and beautifully crafted tales of her own trial-and-error experiments in applying that wisdom to her life. She introduces us to such saints as Jane de Chantal, a single mother who conquered her impatience only after her ex-perfectionist friend Saint Francis de Sales convinced her to trade punishing prayer regimens for the tougher discipline of showing gentleness to rude in-laws, rowdy kids, and herself. Colleen describes the battle against obsessive guilt that turned timid people-pleaser Alphonsus Liguori into a fearless defender of God's mercy; the discernment rules that helped Ignatius of Loyola overcome crippling discouragement and distraction; the concern for reputation that almost cost the world the radical witness of Francis of Assisi; and the biblical work-life balance that Benedict of Nursia pioneered after years of driving himself and others too hard--and without surrendering his holy zeal.

    Gorgeously written and deeply insightful, Colleen Carroll Campbell's The Heart of Perfection shows that the solution to perfectionism is not to squelch our hard-wired desires for excellence but to allow God to purify and redirect them, by swapping the chains of control and comparison for pursuit of a new kind of perfection: the freedom of the children of God.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781982106164
    Publication Date: 
    2019-05-21
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