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The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
The Vatican Diaries
A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
Paperback      ISBN: 0143124536
The New York Times-bestselling inside look at one of the world's most powerful and mysterious institutions

For more than twenty-five years, John Thavis held one of the most remarkable journalistic assignments in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. In The Vatican Diaries, Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place struggling to define itself in the face of internal and external threats, where Curia cardinals fight private wars and sexual abuse scandals threaten to undermine papal authority. Thavis (author of The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age) also takes readers through the politicking behind the election of Pope Francis and what we might expect from his papacy. The Vatican Diaries is a perceptive, compelling, and provocative account of this singular institution and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the challenges faced by religion in an increasingly secularized world.
Catholic Mass for Dummies
Catholic Mass for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0470767863
An unintimidating guide to understanding the Catholic Mass

Throughout the centuries, the liturgy of the Church has taken a variety of regional and historical forms, but one thing has remained constant: the Mass has always been the central form of Catholic worship.

Catholic Mass For Dummies gives you a step-by-step overview of the Catholic Mass, as well as a close look at the history and meaning of the Mass as a central form of Catholic worship. You'll find information on the order of a Mass and coverage of major Masses.

  • Covers standard Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals, holiday services, and holy days of obligation
  • Provides insight on the events, symbols, themes, history, and language of the Mass
  • Translations of a Mass in Castilian and Latin American Spanish

If you're a Catholic looking to enhance your knowledge of your faith, an adult studying to convert to Catholicism, a CCD instructor, or a non-Catholic who wants to understand the many nuances of the Catholic Mass, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Life of the Beloved
Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Paperback      ISBN: 0824519868

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen's greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today's world.

33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It- Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration
33 Days to Morning Glory
A Do-It- Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration
Paperback      ISBN: 1596142448

From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the popular book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus," comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Father Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp, and simple enou...gh to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, "33 Days to Morning Glory" is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.

Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
Dogs of God
Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
Paperback      ISBN: 1400031915

From the acclaimed author of Warriors of God comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward international conquest changed the world forever.James Reston, Jr., brings to life the epic story of Spain's effort to consolidate its own burgeoning power by throwing off the yoke of the Vatican. By waging war on the remaining Moors in Granada and unleashing the Inquisitor Torquemada on Spain's Jewish and converso population, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella attained enough power and wealth to fund Columbus' expedition to America and to chart a Spanish destiny separate from that of Italy. With rich characterizations of the central players, this engrossing narrative captures all the political and religious ferment of this crucial moment on the eve of the discovery of the New World.

Claiming the City
Claiming the City
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801439361

Are Minneapolis and St. Paul Twin Cities in proximity only? How can two cities, spoken of so often in one breath, differ so greatly in their histories and characteristics? Claiming the City traces the contours of St. Paul's civic identity to show how personal identities and political structures of power are fundamentally informed by the social geography of place. St. Paul proves a particularly fruitful site for such analysis because it has developed along a divergent path from that of Minneapolis, its sister city just across the Mississippi river.

While Minneapolis in the last part of the nineteenth century bore the stamp of Scandinavians, Protestants, and Republican Yankee progressives, St. Paul emerged as an Irish, Catholic, Democratic stronghold. Increasingly overshadowed by the economic might of Minneapolis, out of necessity St. Paul evolved complex alliances among business, labor, and the Catholic Church that cut across class and ethnic lines--a culture of compromise that sharply contrasted with Minneapolis' more strident labor politics.

Mary Lethert Wingerd brings together the voices of citizens and workers and the power dynamics of civic leaders including James J. Hill and Archbishop John Ireland. She crafts a portrait of St. Paul remarkable for its specificity as well as its relevance to broader interpretations of place-based culture and politics.

Wingerd's rich and lively history of St. Paul is a clear demonstration that place--the lived experience and memory located in a specific spatial context--is a constitutive element of all other aspects of identity.

Healing the Original Wound: Reflections on the Full Meaning of Salvation: How to Experience Spiritual Freedom and Enjoy God's Presence
Healing the Original Wound: Reflections on the Full Meaning of Salvation
How to Experience Spiritual Freedom and Enjoy God's Presence
Paperback      ISBN: 0892837780

Father Benedict Groeschel invites us to explore the astonishing mystery of God's loving plan for us. We all hunger to know more about God and our own destiny. Healing the Original Wound is a book about our journey toward God, our journey from the personal hell of sin and alienation toward the paradise of being held in the Everlasting Arms of God. It is a book for anyone who knows something about the imperative need, the restlessness, the hunger we all have to find unfailing love in the brief reality that we call our lives. A Servant Book.

This Is the Faith: A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith
This Is the Faith
A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith
Paperback      ISBN: 0895556421

Originally published in 1951 (with minor updates in 2002), the book covers the nature of God, the nature of man, the meaning of life, the nature of religion, the sources of Faith, the necessity of prayer, the duty of belief, the consequences of sin, the Commandments of God, the Holy Trinity, belief in Christ, the Redemption, the supremacy of the Pope, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Sacraments, the Mass, the priesthood, devotion to Mary and the Saints, what happens after death, the devotional life of a Catholic. Very interesting and very popular

Why Do Catholics Do That?: A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church
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
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of the Catholic Church
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1574551108

This updated second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church incorporates all the final modifications made in the complete, official Latin text, accompanied by line-by-line explanations of orthodox Catholicism, summaries of each section, a detailed index, extensive cross-references, and helpful footnotes.