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Little Sins Mean a Lot

Little Sins Mean a Lot Author Elizabeth Scalia
ISBN-10 9781612789057
Release 2016-04-05
Pages 160
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Most of us at one time have said, or thought, something like: “So I procrastinate, it’s not like it’s hurting anyone!” “Enough about you, back to me.” “I deserve this, so I’m treating myself!” “If I can’t have it, she shouldn’t either.” “I’ll get around to it... or not.” “It’s not really gossip if it’s all true, right?” (And the granddaddy of them all) “But that doesn’t make me a bad person!” Are these really sins, you ask? After all, they’re not murder, theft, or violence. Don’t they just mean we’re human? Writer, speaker, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia takes a look at thirteen of these “little sins” that, if left unexamined and unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives and relationship with Christ. Through her honest (and sometimes funny) examination of these same sins in her own life, as well as Church teaching on each one, she helps us ask ourselves the tough questions, and the tools to kick these bad habits before they kick us.



Strange Gods

Strange Gods Author Elizabeth Scalia
ISBN-10 9781594713576
Release 2013-05-06
Pages 192
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Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the “gods” we worship today, reminding readers that life’s deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. Strange Gods, Scalia's debut book, is packed full of the iconoclastic vim and vigor that has won her a large, faithful Internet following. She presents readers with a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She unmasks idolatry in a number of everyday experiences—friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few—and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.



Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask

Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask Author Fr. Michael Kerper
ISBN-10 9781622824168
Release 2017
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Do ghosts really exist? Do I have to give money to every beggar who comes along? Is it okay to be cremated? How many times have you asked questions such as these but never took the time to seek the answer? And not just any answer — a Catholic answer! With wit and enthusiasm, Fr. Michael Kerper — a popular Catholic priest in New England — tackles over two dozen such questions in this fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable book. Read this book, and you’ll soon know the answers to questions such as: Holding hands and kissing: why does everyone do something different at Mass?What is — and isn’t — a heresy?Why doesn’t Pope Francis like pets?What ever happened to Limbo?Why can’t women become priests?Can Catholics believe in reincarnation?Is it okay to be cremated?Why are the psalms so violent?Was Christ really born on Christmas Day?Do ghosts really exist?Why do priests get moved? Fr. Kerper tackles each question head-on, relying on Scripture, tradition, the Catechism, and the writing of the saints. Read this book, and you’ll soon be armed with little-known knowledge that will fascinate and impress all those who have never taken the time to seek the Catholic answer.



How to Be Holy

How to Be Holy Author Peter Kreeft
ISBN-10 9781621641025
Release 2016
Pages 172
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"Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint." – Léon Bloy The ever-popular and prolific Peter Kreeft says that the most important question he has written about is how one becomes holy; or to put it another way, how one becomes a saint. This question is central to all the great religions, Kreeft demonstrates, for striving toward holiness, moving toward perfect love, is the whole purpose of life. Kreeft admits that he is only a beginner on the climb to holiness, and it is to novices like him that he has written this engaging and encouraging book. Using the insights and experiences of saints and great spiritual writers throughout history, Kreeft shows what holiness is and how it can be achieved. He especially draws upon the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. The core of Caussade's timeless gem is that God reveals himself to all of us through the daily events of our lives. The surest way toward spiritual growth, therefore, is by perceiving and accepting the merciful will of God in every situation. Kreeft stresses the simplicity of his approach to holiness, which focuses mainly on the virtue of love. Sanctity is love, he asserts, and only that can give us what we all long for—deep and lasting joy.



Beyond Sunday

Beyond Sunday Author Teresa Tomeo
ISBN-10 9781681922300
Release 2018-04-16
Pages 128
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Countless Catholics settle for a life of faith that begins and ends with the obligatory Sunday Mass. While essential, giving just one hour of our lives to God can never satisfy our deep longing for a purposeful, joy-filled life. In Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic, radio host Teresa Tomeo gets real about what it takes to live as a Catholic every day of the week. With personal stories and research, this book offers practical tips for seekers in any stage of faith. “Teresa Tomeo’s Beyond Sunday is an inspiring call to action for Catholics from all walks of life to fully embrace all the beauty and intelligence the Church has to offer.” — Bishop Robert Barron, author of To Light a Fire on the Earth “The ultimate source of a full and abundant life — not a life of simply existing but a life in which the holes in our hearts are filled — is to let ourselves be loved by God. And this means seeking that life we were made to live. There is a supreme adventure awaiting us in this life. Teresa Tomeo’s new book Beyond Sunday invites us to ignite this fire within and shows us like a beacon a practical way how. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.” — Chris Stefanick, author, speaker, and founder of Real Life Catholic Companion workbook available. ABOUT THE AUTHOR TERESA TOMEO has more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media and founded her own communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications. She hosts a weekday radio program, Catholic Connection, which is heard daily on over 500 stations worldwide, as well as the popular television series, The Catholic View for Women. She is a bestselling author of Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture; and Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families. Teresa and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore, live in Michigan and speak around the world about marriage. Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for OSV Newsweekly and hosts the Catholic Leaders Webinar Series: Media Matters.



Pew Sisters A Women s Small Group Bible Study

Pew Sisters  A Women s Small Group Bible Study Author Katie Schuermann
ISBN-10 075863885X
Release 2013
Pages 203
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Every woman in the pew has a story of God's faithfulness, and women love nothing better than to revel in one another's experiences and celebrate the sisterhood of believers. Pew Sisters helps get that celebration started. Devotional in both tone and form, this twelve-session study tells what God is doing in the lives of real women today. From depression to grief to cancer, women from all over the Church share their stories here for the consolation and encouragement of their sisters in faith.



Comfort Detox

Comfort Detox Author Erin M. Straza
ISBN-10 9780830881031
Release 2015-04-01
Pages 204
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"For too long I have lived life on comfort mode, making choices for life engagement based on safety, ease, and convenience. It has left me very little wiggle room, just a small parcel of real estate upon which to live, move, and have my being. It's not quite the abundant life Jesus was offering." Whether we're aware of it or not, our minds, bodies, and souls often seek out what's comfortable. Erin Straza has gone on a journey of self-discovery, awakening to her own inherent drive for a comfort that cannot truly fulfill or satisfy. She depicts her struggles with vulnerability and honesty, and shares stories of other women who are on this same path. Straza also provides practical insights and exercises to help you find freedom from the lure of the comfortable. This detox program will allow you to recognize pseudo versions of comfort and replace them with a conviction to embrace God's true comfort. Discover the secret to countering the comfort addiction and become available as God's agent of comfort to serve a world that longs for his justice and mercy.



From Humdrum to Holy

From Humdrum to Holy Author Fr. Ed Broom
ISBN-10 9781622821983
Release 2016-07-11
Pages 128
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Do you attend Mass out of love rather than obligation? Are you closer to God now than you were a year ago? Are you able to keep a consistent prayer life? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your spiritual life needs a jump-start. In Humdrum to Holy, popular priest and radio host, Fr. Ed Broom, will stir in you a holy reverence and spiritual joy that’ll point your soul to heaven. By following the wise counsel of this experienced spiritual advisor and confessor, you’ll first learn how to identify your “kryptonite” — those hidden sins in your life that keep God from working in your soul. Fr. Ed will walk you through the simple steps to creating a plan of life — your roadmap to the heights of holiness. In a clear, methodical, and practical way, you’ll learn how to cultivate virtues like patience and purity — virtues that are difficult to attain but essential for happiness in this life and getting into heaven in the next! You’ll discover some of the most potent Catholic traditions, such as lectio divina, that have made saints out of countless sinners. And he’ll show you how to transform pious practices such as Confession and Eucharistic adoration into a powerhouse of graces flooding into your soul. And finally, you’ll learn how to keep your spiritual life strong by forming a healthy conscience, and how the pains of suffering can be transformed into the tears of joy. Scripture tells us that where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. Our world needs saints, and God is offering you the graces needed to become one. Leave behind the humdrum spiritual life and open the door to the road to sainthood. Fr. Broom is ready to show you the way.



The Best Is Yet to Come

The Best Is Yet to Come Author Anne Bryan Smollin
ISBN-10 9781933495972
Release 2016-10-10
Pages 192
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Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin (1943-2014) was a beloved storyteller with an unforgettable sense of humor. In her final book, The Best Is Yet to Come, Smollin--the author of five books, a gifted motivational speaker, and a trusted counselor--warmly encourages readers to live each moment fully, to discover the sacred in the ordinary, and to remember that the best is yet to come, affirming Christian hope. In what was to be the last chapter of the book, Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin wanted to tell the story of a woman who wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. The woman told her husband that at the many potluck church dinners she attended, she was always told to hold onto her fork after the main dish because there was still one more course--dessert. The best was yet to come! Sr. Anne possessed an uncanny gift to inject new life into familiar words and simple lessons such as "life is a precious gift," "don't take yourself too seriously," and "little things mean a lot." She reminds us in her final work that no matter how difficult some moments in life can be, the best is yet to come. In the tradition of her popular books Tickle Your Soul and Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed, Sr. Anne's down-to-earth wisdom and warm sense of humor once again break through the mundane routine of life, inviting you to wake up and take a fresh look around. Twenty-seven brief chapters will take you on a delightful tour through topics such as keeping perspective, living in the present moment, seeing the connections, and appreciating the past. The book was written just before Sr. Anne's untimely death and is being published posthumously in honor of her work and inspiration. Lifelong friend Sr. Patricia St. John, C.S.J., put the finishing touches on this manuscript. In her foreword, Sr. Patti recalls some of Sr. Anne's personal qualities--her wide-open heart to anyone in need, her delight in simple things, her ability to lovingly focus on each person she met--the same qualities she imparts as you read this book.



True Radiance

True Radiance Author Lisa Mladinich
ISBN-10 9781616369088
Release 2015-10-15
Pages 180
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The promise of True Radiance is simple: Prayerful, faith-filled women become more beautiful as they age, not less. As a woman matures spiritually, as she grows in wisdom and holiness, she increasingly reflects a radiant inner beauty that touches others in countless ways. If you’ve ever felt negative about the onset of middle age with its array of physical and psychological challenges, this book can help you redefine your perception of aging. Along the way, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the possibilities for relevance, value, and contribution waiting to be discovered. Positive, personal, and practical advice from fellow traveler Lisa Mladinich will inspire and motivate you to thrive in the second half of life.



On the Other Side of Fear

On the Other Side of Fear Author Hallie Lord
ISBN-10 9781612789729
Release 2016-07-29
Pages 160
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What happened to that girl? What happened to the girl who was not afraid to climb to the top of the waterfall and jump. Who backpacked across Europe? Who took on any “feat of bravery” without batting an eyelash? You wouldn’t recognize her – she’s become that woman paralyzed by fear, scared to death to trust God, and trying to manage her family’s hectic life, financial crises (yes, plural), and family issues on her own steam. Asking always, “Does God truly love me?” Relatable, touching, and yet hopeful On the Other Side of Fear is the beautiful story of how one young woman learned to live in God’s will, without fear.



Caring for the Dying with the Help of Your Catholic Faith

Caring for the Dying with the Help of Your Catholic Faith Author Elizabeth Scalia
ISBN-10 9781612782539
Release 2008-01-21
Pages 64
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In an age where the dying are increasingly seen as a burden on society--where euthanasia is being touted by some as the "moral," as well as convenient choice--this guide will provide fortitude for your journey. The rich tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of others who have been through this experience before you will provide comfort and encouragement. Use this practical guide to help you: See that your fears, worries, and even the odd moments of humor are perfectly normal and all are part of this process of letting go Understand what resources are available through the Church Find the right words to answer honest and practical questions Discover the beauty, grace, and even the joy, that can come from departing this earth on God's time. Part of the With the Help of Your Catholic Faith... series, Caring for the Dying With the Help of Your Catholic Faith is an excellent resource for family members, friends, hospice volunteers, and other concerned caregivers.



Mending the Heart

Mending the Heart Author Lisa Duffy
ISBN-10 9781681921518
Release 2018-04-11
Pages 112
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Dear friend: If you are seeking answers about the Catholic annulment process after having gone through the pain of divorce, my heart is with you. While you certainly want technical answers to questions about the “process,” you’re probably searching even more for answers to the aching questions that weigh heavy on your heart: How in the world did I end up here? How could God allow my marriage to end in divorce? Am I still accepted in my Church? And perhaps most importantly, Where do I go from here? These are critical questions, and you deserve honest answers. Rest assured, you are not alone. I speak from experience. I’ve been where you are and know what you are going through. In Mending the Heart: The Catholic Annulment Companion, I walk with you through the annulment process, taking a close look at the changes Pope Francis has made, and helping you discover ways to find hope and healing in the midst of heartbreak. Know that God wants to heal you through this process. He wants to bring triumph out of the pain you are experiencing now, and set you on the path to a new, deeply fulfilling life. In Christ, Lisa Duffy ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lisa Duffy is a Catholic author, speaker, and divorce recovery expert who experienced the tragedy of an unwanted divorce in the early 1990s. She has nearly 20 years of personal experience helping people rebuild their lives after divorce. Author of many books on divorce recovery and personal divorce recovery coach, she has also instituted the Journey of Hope program for Catholic divorce support groups in parishes across the United States and in Canada. Aside from her dedication to her family, Lisa speaks at conferences, appears on television and radio, coaches one-on-one and in groups, and holds online events. She resides in South Carolina with her husband and three children.



The Crucible

The Crucible Author Arthur Miller
ISBN-10 110104246X
Release 2003-03-25
Pages 176
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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can. "A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post



My Other Self

My Other Self Author Clarence Enzler
ISBN-10 9780870612633
Release 2011-02-01
Pages 256
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In My Other Self Clarence Enzler—author of the multi-million copy seller Everyone’s Way of the Cross—guides readers in prayerful conversation with Christ wherein the reader is personally addressed as “my other self” and is urged to embody Christ’s love and compassion to others. Modeled on the fifteenth-century classic The Imitation of Christ, this new edition of a little-known Enzler masterwork has now been reissued for modern Christians after being out of print for many years. This new edition includes an introduction from the author's son, Msgr. John Enzler, pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. In this intimate guide to the spiritual life, Christ speaks directly to the reader, whom Christ admonishes to be his presence of love and service in the world. Through this creative mode of dialogue, Enzler leads the reader through the journey of the Christian life, beginning with the call to live in friendship with Christ and fulfill Christ's desire. He then examines the means of the Christian life: detachment, virtue, prayer, avoidance of sin, and the Eucharist. Finally he explores the goal of the journey: a life of union with Christ as his disciple and complete joy with him in eternity. Each chapter of My Other Self is divided into short, eloquent sections based on scripture and with beautiful prayers for meditation. These convenient divisions make the book ideal for use as a daily devotional, or a guide to prayer.



East of Eden

East of Eden Author John Steinbeck
ISBN-10 9780143129486
Release 2016
Pages 608
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This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.



Recover to Live

Recover to Live Author Christopher Kennedy Lawford
ISBN-10 9781936661978
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 352
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From Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a New York Times bestselling book that will save lives. For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations. For the first time, the New York Times bestselling Recover to Live brings together all of the most effective self-care treatments for the seven most toxic compulsions affecting every culture on the planet today—alcohol dependence, drug dependence, eating disorders, gambling, hoarding, smoking, sex, and porn. In Recover to Live, more than 100 of the world’s top experts interviewed by Lawford share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency, what treatments will work best for you, how best to help yourself or a loved one recover from addiction, and how to lead a fulfilling and productive life in recovery.