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Little Sins Mean A Lot

Author: Elizabeth Scalia
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN: 1612789056
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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

Author: Elizabeth Scalia
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 159471357X
Size: 71.74 MB
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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.

Getting Free

Author: Bert Ghezzi
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
ISBN: 1928832245
Size: 43.97 MB
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Simple willpower isn't enough when you're struggling against anger, anxiety, addictions, sexual temptations, and other common problems. Author Bert Ghezzi details how you can trust Jesus more and control your thoughts -- as well as let go of grudges and place your dealings with others on a firm Christian footing. Here is a forthright, Holy Spirit-centered approach.

Caring For The Dying With The Help Of Your Catholic Faith

Author: Elizabeth Scalia
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN: 1612782531
Size: 68.73 MB
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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.

In Heaven We Ll Meet Again

Author: Fr. François René Blot
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
ISBN: 1622823303
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Are loved ones reunited in Heaven? The saints say “Absolutely!” In wise and consoling letters written to a mother sorrowing over the death of her child, Fr. François René Blot, S.J., here summons the Church’s greatest saints who testify with one voice that death’s wound, though grievous, separates us but for a short while from those who die before us. Acknowledging that profound sorrow at the death of loved ones is appropriate (after all, even Jesus wept for the death of his friend Lazarus), Fr. Blot nonetheless gives us reason to be joyful even in the midst of our sorrow: in heaven our loves and friendships will finally be free of the many hindrances — small and large — that keep them from being perfect in this life. Moreover, the saints say, in heaven we will love and know the love of countless souls we never met on earth, our Guardian Angel, and all the choirs of angels! Soon after it was written, a Catholic Cardinal called this book “a pearl set in the fine gold of the doctrine of the Fathers” and a newspaper declared that it “deserves a distinguished place in all Christian libraries and should be on the table of every pious family that faithfully preserves the memory of its deceased members.” Let the saints’ testimony in these beautiful pages assuage your grief and renew your hope! Let them increase your gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ whose death on the Cross opened heaven for us, and made these heavenly reunions possible!

Virtues

Author: Susan Muto
Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
ISBN: 1940329817
Size: 20.19 MB
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The author challenges the reader to examine their behavior and allow a Christian legacy of virtue to enrich the world by following in the footsteps of ancient, medieval, and modern masters of the spiritual life.

Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought To Ask

Author: Fr. Michael Kerper
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
ISBN: 1622824164
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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.

A Severe Mercy

Author: Sheldon Vanauken
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062116703
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Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Author: Anne Bryan Smollin
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1933495979
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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.

From Humdrum To Holy

Author: Fr. Ed Broom
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
ISBN: 162282198X
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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.