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Angel Devotion Prayerbook

by Luis Valverde

A collection of a variety of prayers, litanies, chaplets, novenas, and other devotions to Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and Our Guardian Angel, compiled by Luis Valverde and accompanied by magnificent classical images of each of the four angels. These prayers are meant for both individual and groups and can be used in many situations and for many purposes.

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets

by John P. Kretzmann John L. Mcknight

This is a guide about rebuilding troubled communities. It is meant to be simple, basic and usable. Whatever wisdom it contains flows directly out of the experience of courageous and creative neighborhood leaders from across the country. Most of this guide is devoted to spreading community-building success stories. These stories are organized into a step-by-step introduction to a coherent strategy that we have learned about from neighborhood leaders. We call this strategy "asset-based community development." Before beginning to outline the basic elements of this approach, it will be helpful to remember how so many of our communities came to be so devastated, and why traditional strategies for improvement have so often failed.

Good News in Bad Times

by John Lozano

Home foreclosures, job losses, sudden illnesses crisis and tragedy surround us in our everyday lives. Some people shrink away from them, become depressed and pessimistic about life. Others become angry and turn away from religion. In his debut book, author John P. Lozano offers a different solution: Use crisis and uncertainty to grow in both faith and personal strength. In Good News in Bad Times, Lozano draws from his wealth of personal life experience, and from the lives of those he has met on his faith journey, to prove that with crisis comes opportunity opportunity to open our eyes and arms to God's strength. Written in an accessible style and designed for Christians of all denominations, this book will be a timeless companion for all readers wherever they may be on their own journeys of faith

Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat

by Stuart Miller

In Good Wood, New York Times contributor Stuart Miller takes readers on a journey through the rich and storied--and occasionally nefarious--story of the baseball bat and those who have made them and swung them. With over 50 photos, Miller reveals the creation, history, and development of the bat, brings readers up to date on modern methods and materials for making bats, and explores the folklore surrounding bats.

Great American Catholic Eulogies

by Carol Dechant

Eulogies have a long and important history in remembering and commemorating the dead. As Thomas Lynch notes in his Foreword, eulogies are meant "to speak for the ages, to bring homage and appreciation, the final appraisal, the last world and first draft of all future biography." In Great American Catholic Eulogies, Carol DeChant has compiled fifty of the most memorable and instructive eulogies of and by Catholics in America. The eulogies span the American experience, from those who were born before the Declaration of Independence was written to a modern sports legend, from pioneers in social justice, healthcare, and the arts to founders of distinctly American religious order, and from all the varied ethnic cultures who contribute to the great cultural milieu that is the United States.

In the Image of Christ: Essays on Being Catholic and Female

by Phyllis Zagano

Here is the book that tells what it is like to be female and Catholic in the twenty-first century. In this collection of twenty-three short essays, Phyllis Zagano, a well-respected author and speaker on women in society and in the Church, gives a no-holds-barred description of the experience of Catholic women that will be both illuminating and challenging to women, men, and the hierarchy alike. In the process she tells stories that are poignant, humorous, infuriating, and sometimes sad.

No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of the Women in the Gospels

by Susan Dehn Matthews

The story of Jesus of Nazareth has been called "the greatest story ever told," but what role do women play in that story? In No Longer Silent, author Susan Dehn Matthews attempts to highlight the women in the Gospels and provide the background behind those important women. Matthews starts by noting that women in the Gospels were deliberately disempowered in order to maintain their presumed dependence, both in Scripture and in society. She then goes to the give voice to the minds and hearts of the women of the gospels who have been marginalized or ignored altogether. As she writes, "Each women whose story is recounted here is remarkable precisely because, through the power of an encounter with Jesus, she discovered within herself the Divine energy that allowed her to offer her unique gift to the world." Some of the women Matthews writes about include: Elizabeth, Mary of Nazareth, Mary at the Wedding of Cana, The widowed mother of Nain, The woman accused, The mother of James and John, The sisters of Lazarus, The wife of Pilate, Mary Magdalene, and Joanna.

Prayer: A Practical Guide

by Martin Pable

Prayer: A Practical Guide explains the most popular forms of prayer in an easy-to-understand style filled with helpful examples.

Rosary Novenas

by Charles Lacey

First published in 1926 by Charles V. Lacey, Rosary Novenas to Our Lady has brought comfort and hope to many who have turned to Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help in troubled times. Now, for the first time, these prayers have been updated and include the new Mysteries of Light recommended by Pope John Paul II. The format of this new edition follows the rigorous requirements of the original, and also includes instructions on how to pray the Rosary and words for the needed prayers.

So Very Much the Best of Us: Songs of Praise in Prose

by Brian Doyle

Is Brian Doyle the most passionate Catholic storyteller in America? Here is new evidence that he is. In this brand new compilation of some of his best stories that have appeared in various publications throughout the world, Doyle explores the promise of Catholicism in America that he has experienced and observed from his childhood through today.

Song of the Dove

by Kay Murdy

Here is the story of a Jewish woman of the first century, Miryam of Natzeret, who lived in a time village nestled in the hills of Yisreal at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. She had parents, friends, a husband, a son, and she struggled to understand the strange things happening to her in a time and a place with more than its share of turmoil, both political and religious. What happened tested both her faith and courage.

To Say a Few Words: Guidelines for Those Offering Words of Remembrance at a Catholic Funeral

by Michael A. Cymbala

This little booklet is designed for anyone who faces the difficult and important task of offering words of remembrance at a Catholic Funeral. Both experienced and inexperienced speakers will benefit from this easy-to-read resource. It offers a simple, practical, and--most importantly--discreet way of informing anyone asked "to say a few words" at a Catholic service on the rules that are involved, while also offering practical advice on how to deliver the remarks in an artful and respectful manner. The Catholic Church's policies on the use of family-designated speakers at funerals, wakes, and memorial services and the importance of their putting their remarks in a Christian context are both directly and politely addressed. The booklet emphasizes the sacred elements of the occasion, offering speakers the opportunity to understand their role as something more serious than a toastmaster or even a comedian. Practical suggestions abound on how to form and deliver a concise and appropriate address well suited to a religious gathering. Three sample sets of remarks are included to give speakers a sense of what is possible and appropriate in different situations and venues. This booklet is also available as an e-book for those who are traveling or otherwise not available to obtain a printed copy in time to prepare their remarks.

Women of the Passion

by Joan Lynch

Experience the time after Jesus' death through the eyes of the women who walked with Him: Mary, his mother, Mary Magdalene, Susanna, and Joanna, among others. Who were these women? What were they thinking, doing, and feeling in the months after the Crucifixion? What kept them going despite the efforts to stamp out Jesus' followers? Women of the Passion offers a tantalizing insight into the lives of these women and tells their story in all of its excitement and religious fervor emphasizing their importance to the founding of the new church. The book was inspired by Scripture and deepened by historical research.

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