Why Do Catholics Do That?
A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church
Paperback ISBN: 0345397266
In Why Do Catholics Do That? renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including: * How the Church Makes Laws * The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament * The Cycle of Redemption * A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass * Decoding Symbols of Scripture and the Sacraments * The Calendar as the Image of Christ's Life * The Rosary * The Stations of the Cross * Monks, Nuns, and the Rules That Guide Them * The Pope * The Laity in the Modern World * Saints * Fatima, Lourdes, and the Story of Apparitions * The Vatican: A Holy City * The Sign of the Cross, Christianity's Best-Known Symbol * Candles in Prayer and Liturgy * The Meaning of the Nativity Scene Blending religious history, a deep appreciation for art and culture, and an enlightened reverence for the traditions of the Church, Why Do Catholics Do That? is the definitive resource for any one who wants to learn more about the rituals, symbols, and traditions that can strengthen our faith every day. "Johnson offers lucid explanations of a dizzying array of customs and beliefs." --Publishers Weekly
Walk Humbly With Your God
Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life
Paperback ISBN: 0867167599
After the World Trade Towers went down in New York, Father Apostoli ministered at the morgue set up at Ground Zero. When search teams discovered the body of a police officer or firefighter, an honor guard formed and gathered the body with great reverence. For Father Apostoli, these moments vividly captured the unspoken code of these heroic public servants: "We go in together, we come out together." Christians, if they are to have any impact in today's world, have something of the same code: we fight the good fight, side by side, ready to lay down our lives for one another. Such heroism doesn't come naturally. AsWalk Humbly With Your God points out, it is in the day-to-day training, in taking the simple steps to holiness, that heroism becomes second nature. Father Apostoli provides an inspirational guide to conquering our faults, growing in prayer and acquiring the virtues that enable us to walk with God and live for others.
The Monks of Tibhirine
Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria
Paperback ISBN: 0312302940
Details the true story of seven monks kidnapped from a Trappist monastery in war-torn Algeria to be used as negotiation tools to free imprisoned terrorists and whose severed heads were found in a tree two months later, in a powerful account of Christian martyrdom set against the turbulent backdrop of political terrorism in modern Algeria. Reprint.
The Church and the Jews : A History
Paperback ISBN: 0618219080
Traces two thousand years of struggle between Christianity and Judaism, also discussing contemporary Christian-Jewish relations, the particular challenges faced in the Western world, and how the author's understanding of history has impacted his own faith failure to protest the Holocaust during World War II. Reprint.
Easing into Contemplative Prayer
Paperback ISBN: 0867164301
This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the reader through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages: Talking at God, Talking to God, Listening to God and Being With God. Each chapter begins with an Orientation and ends with a concluding summary. Step-by-step exercises throughout the book provide concrete examples of how to use the concepts discussed. Armchair Mystic will prove invaluable to individuals and small groups who are new to contemplative prayer, or who wish to deepen their experience of it.
A Portrait of Henri J.m. Nouwen
Paperback ISBN: 0385493738
The first in-depth portrait of Henri Nouwen to be published since his 1996 death draws on extensive interviews with colleagues, friends, and family members to profile the acclaimed spiritual writer, from his youth to his life as a priest and member of Toronto's L'Arche Daybreak Community. Reprint.
Dark Night of the Soul
Paperback ISBN: 0385029306
The classic Spanish poem about the struggle of the soul to find God, written by the sixteenth-century Carmelite monk, mystic, and saint while in prison, follows the soul's odyssey from a state of darkness and abandonment to a loving union with God. Reissue.