Roman Catholic Church
Make Peace Before the Sun Goes Down
The Long Encounter of Thomas Merton and His Abbot, James Fox
Paperback ISBN: 1611802253
A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox—by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion, literature, and politics. During that period he also explored and wrote extensively on Buddhism, Sufism, art, and social action. The man to whom he owed obedience in the cloistered life was a much more traditional Catholic, his abbot, Dom James Fox. To say that these two men had a conflicted relationship would be an understatement, but the tension their differences in orientation brought actually led to creative results on both sides and to a kind of hard-won respect and love. Roger Lipsey's portrait of this unusual relationship is compelling and moving; it shows Merton in the years his imagination was taking him far beyond the walls of the monastery, and eventually, literally to Asia.
On Thomas Merton
Hardcover ISBN: 1611803373
SUPERANNO From the best-selling novelist and memoirist: a deeply personal view of her discovery of the celebrated modern monk and thinker through his writings. Mary Gordon offers a probing, candid exploration of the man who became the face and voice of mid-20th-century American Catholicism. Approaching Thomas Merton
The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything
A Spirituality for Real Life
Hardcover ISBN: 0061432687
A practical, spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola shows readers how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer and decision making, while keeping a sense of humor about it all. 25,000 first printing.
Building a Bridge
How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
Hardcover ISBN: 0062694316
The Jesuit priest advocates that Catholic leaders accept and relate to their LGBT church members, encouraging respect, compassion, and sensitivity towards these fellow Catholics, and includes spiritual resources for this community and their friends and families.
The Evolution of Catholicism
Paperback ISBN: 0061245259
A history of the Roman Catholic church's influence and power offers additional insight into how the church views itself and its relationship to the world, in a chronicle that explores such topics as the idea of the pope's infallibility, the celibacy of priests and the barring of women from the priesthood. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
What Christians Believe and Why It Matters
Paperback ISBN: 0385502486
An accessible exploration of the beliefs central to the Christian faith considers its origins and contemporary significance, discussing the key differences between the Apostles' and Nicene creeds while explaining that faith is a dynamic process not based on a static set of rules. By the author of Living Jesus. Reprint.
The Faces of the Gods
Voodoo and Roman Catholicism in Haiti
Paperback ISBN: 0807843938
Desmangles analyzes the mythology and rituals of Vodou, the folk religion of Haiti and a by-product of the contact between Roman Catholicism and African and Amerindian traditional religions. Focusing on the inclusion of West African and European elements in Vodouisants' beliefs and practices, Desmangles shows that Vodou is not merely a grafting of European religious traditions onto African stock, but a true creole phenomenon.