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The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus

The Mystery of Christ's Baptism

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap; Alan Neame, Translator

In the New Testament, Jesus reassures the Apostles before he ascends to heaven by saying, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth." What of this Spirit? In what way was that Spirit manifested in Jesus' ministry on earth? What does it offer us? And ask of us? These reflections by the preacher to the papal household coalesce biblical and doctrinal thought on the gifts conferred by anointing in the Spirit—kingly, prophetic, and priestly—onto Christ and through Christ to the Church. As one well accustomed to illuminating the Word to his audience, Father Cantalamessa bestows on readers an understanding of the Holy Spirit that is both practical and profound.

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Let Me Know Myself...

Reflections on the Prayer of Augustine

Donald X. Burt, OSA

Soon after his conversion Augustine prayed "O God, let me know myself; let me know you." He was convinced that the eventual discovery of God began with a discovery of one's self. In “Let Me Know Myself . . .”, Donald Burt, OSA, offers reflections on what Augustine said about the nature of the “self,” obstacles standing in the way of discovery, and some of what one can learn about oneself from experience and faith. Chapters in Part One: Setting the Scene are: “The Mystery of My Self,” “The Inner and Outer Self,” “Adam’s Loss of Self,” “The Old Man and New Man,” “The Cracked Self,” and “The Need for Honesty.” Chapters in Part Two: Obstacles to Self-Discovery are “Earthly Attachment,” “Concupiscence of the Flesh,” “Avarice,” “Concupiscence of the Eyes,” “Worldly Ambition,” and “The ‘Make-Believe’ Self.” Chapters in Part Three: On the Road to Discoveryare: “The Grace-Filled Self,” “The Fragile Self: Rising Smoke,” “The Imperishable Self,” “The Inner Self and the Flow of Time,” “The Beauty of the Inner Self,” “The Value of My Self,” “The Love of Self,” “Forgetting the Self,” and “Escaping Self.” Donald X. Burt, OSA, PhD, professor emeritus in philosophy at Villanova University, has published widely on the philosophy of St. Augustine. His most recent books include The Pilgrim God, and The River: Augustinian Reflections On a Flowing Life, published by The Liturgical Press.

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The Mystery of Pentecost

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.; Glen S. Davis, Translator

These meditations present the mystery of Pentecost, from Luke in Acts, John in his Gospel, and Paul in his Letters. By placing these diverse but complementary points of view together, Cantalamessa provides priests, students, and interested lay people with a "three-dimensional" image of the coming of the Spirit, particularly suited to promote catechesis and devotion. Fr. Cantalamessa originally presented these meditations in his capacity as preacher to the papal household. Chapters are "And They Began to Speak in Different Tongues: The Lukan Pentecost and the Spirit of Unity," "You Will Receive Power When the Holy Spirit Comes Upon You: The Lukan Pentecost and the Spirit of Prophecy," "He Breathed on Them and Said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit': The Johannine Pentecost and the Spirit of Truth," "But One and the Same Spirit Produces All of These: The Pauline Pentecost and the 'Person' of the Holy Spirit." Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., is a past professor of the history of Christian origins at the Catholic University of Milan and a member of the International Theological Commission. He is currently preacher to the papal household. He is the author of Easter in the Early Church; The Eucharist: Our Sanctification; The Mystery of God's Word; The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus; Jesus Christ, The Holy One of God; Mary, Mirror of the Church; The Mystery of Christmas; and The Mystery of Easter published by The Liturgical Press.

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Abide

Keeping Vigil with the Word of God

Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Additional Formats AvailableAbide (eBook) - $14.99 In the Gospel of John Jesus directs us, "Abide in me, as I abide in you." This book is an invitation to make the Word of God your home through the practice of lectio divina. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, encourages you to turn the words of Scripture over in your heart as a plow turns over the soil to welcome the seed. In these scriptural meditations, the piercing reflective questions and personal prayers lead the reader into a deeper relationship with the Divine. Aware that drawing near the Word of God requires a special kind of presence, the author invites you to breathe in the Word, wait before the Word, walk through the pages of Scripture as a pilgrim, and, finally, abide in an intimate and transforming communion with God. The format of the book lends itself not only to daily personal prayer and reflection, but to group faith sharing as well. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, author of the popular A Tree Full of Angels (HarperCollins) and Seven Sacred Pauses (Ave Maria), is well known for her creative spiritual writings and retreat ministry. She is also a regular columnist for Stepping Stones, the Little Rock Scripture Study newsletter. She has lived monastic life for fifty years and makes her home with the Sisters of St. Scholastica, a Benedictine monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Writing and retreat ministry have become a part of her evolving call. Visit her personal blog at http://macrina-underthesycamoretree.blogspot.com/.

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Dayspring from on High

Advent Prayer

Robert D. Eimer and Sarah A. O'Malley, OSB

In 1994 Pope John Paul II called for Christians to prepare for the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus. In 1997-99, the Church entered into an immediate period of preparation—a three- year Advent in order that the year 2000 might spiritually be a special "year of grace." In these years of preparation, the Pope emphasized the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love plus the virtue of justice. Inspired by the Pope's challenge, Dayspring from on High is a distinctive Advent devotional: the four weeks of Advent have been divided thematically, beginning with Week One, the virtue of faith; Week Two, the virtue of hope; Week Three, the virtue of justice; and culminating in Week Four with the virtue of love. Dayspring from on High includes some traditional elements like the lighting of the Advent candle and singing or reciting “Come, O Come Emmanuel.” A brief quote from Pope John Paul II is the focus of each day’s prayer. In addition, the service invites the reader to more personal prayer, which includes a reflection, a resolution, a Scripture reading, and petitions. The service ends with a contemporary profession of faith. Individuals, families, and those involved in the RCIA will find Dayspring from on High a unique way to enter wholeheartedly into the Advent of the third millennium. Robert Eimer published his first book, Tilted Haloes, in 1964. He has served as pastor in St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. He has collaborated with Sarah O'Malley, OSB, in writing several works, including Journey of Decision, Unless You Take Up Your Cross, and Prayer Services for Parish Councils, published by The Liturgical Press. Sarah O'Malley, OSB, is director of pastoral care at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Way of the Cross

The Women of Jerusalem Follow Jesus

Marie Rouanet; Linda M. Maloney, Translator

Marie Rouanet offers a dramatic Way of the Cross that is a powerful yet personal meditation on today. This Way of the Cross is one of participation and emotional involvement in which Christ's Passion is brought to life by the sensitive and questioning tone of the stories of the women who followed Jesus. It includes gripping black-and-white photographs of modern people that bring each Station of the Cross to life. The purpose of this work is to renew a time-honored devotion. It makes the journey come alive through its personal and dramatic style. Its easy-to-follow format leads the individual through each station: a Scripture passage is read; a retelling of the event from the perspective of the women on the Way of the Cross follows; a short prayer is recited by the congregation that responds to what was revealed in the retelling and applies it to modern, everyday life. Images of people from around the world conclude each station. Intended for individual or group use, The Way of the Cross: The Women of Jerusalem Follow Jesus provides a new perspective of Christ's Passion. Although it differs from the traditional stations, this Way of the Cross provides a compelling alternative to the traditional Way of the Cross that can easily be imagined by the assembly. Whether it is done in congregation or alone, it revives anew interest in this important devotion of the Church.

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Lent with Bishop Morneau

Bishop Robert F. Morneau; Foreword by Wendy Wright

As a liturgical season marked by its own urgency and intensity, Lent lends itself to reflection. Bishop Robert Morneau offers such reflections in this day-by-day volume, which also includes meditations for Easter and feast days that often fall in Lent. With themes as varied as Humility: The Divine Achilles Tendon and Health Care Plan, Moses: The Lawyer and The Jesus Question, Morneau anchors his reflections in Scripture from the daily Mass. Drawn into the church’s multiyear calendar of readings, readers will enhance their participation in the Eucharist and appreciate more fully the deeper meaning of this special season. Bishop Robert F. Morneau is pastor of Resurrection Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and also the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. He is a regular columnist for the diocesan paper, The Compass.

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Life of Jesus in Icons

From the Bible of Tbilisi

With Commentary by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

This classic gift and study Bible offers durable, high-quality bindings and other convenient features: • Full-color presentation/record section • Full-color maps • Book introductions/outlines • List of popes • Suggested readings for the liturgical year • The purpose of the Bible • The Bible and history • How the Bible came about • How to study the Bible • Sunday readings of the Holy Scripture

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Pilgrim in Time

Mindful Journeys to Encounter the Sacred

Rosanne Keller

Pilgrimage is a mindful journey to encounter, explore, and become aware of the sacred. Rosanne Keller’s emphasis on sacred, altered time is a distinctive feature of Pilgrim in Time. In this book, she takes us to pilgrimage sites as well as sacred places close at hand, such as one’s own garden. Pilgrimage is also a place to face and deal with our fears. It can lead to self-knowledge. As we continue on the path we move out of ourselves. Pilgrim in Time encourages us to rediscover the sacredness of this earth and her peoples as we travel on some hallowed way. Rosanne Keller is a world traveler, teacher, writer, and sculptor. A retreat and workshop leader, she also works with students in her studio in Hunt, Texas.

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Come, Creator Spirit

Meditations on the Veni Creator

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap; Translated by Denis and Marlene Barrett; Foreword by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Written particularly for the Charismatic Renewal in the English-speaking world, Come, Creator Spirit is a helpful guide for a better understanding of the Holy Spirit. In this detailed commentary on the famous hymn Veni Creator, sung at the beginning of every new year, ecumenical council, and priestly ordination, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa describes the Paraclete and gives praise to its glory. Progressing through the hymn line by line, he provides insights, reflections, hymnography of Christian traditions, and testimonies of the saints. This book describes the Church's experience of the Spirit of today, as well as the past. The biblical and theological base of the hymn opens the reader to the perspectives and inspirations in this book. Its vision of the Holy Spirit in the history of salvation emerges as the reader progresses through the reading. In the celebration of the ecumenical character of Veni Creator, this book draws from Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic traditions for all those who wish to seek a better understanding of the Holy Spirit. Chapters are "Spirit, Come!" “Creator,” “Fill with Heavenly Grace the Hearts that You Have Made,” “You Whom We Name the Paraclete,” “Most High Gift of God,” “Living Water,” “Fire,” “Love,” “Anointing for the Soul,” “Sevenfold in Your Gifts,” “Finger of God’s Right Hand,” “The Father’s Solemn Promise,” “Gifting Lips with the Word to Say,” “Kindle Your Light in Our Minds,” “Pour Love into Our Hearts,” “Infirmity in This Body of Ours Overcoming with Strength Secure,” “The Enemy Drive from Us Away,” “Peace Then Give without Delay,” “With You As Guide We Avoid All Cause of Harm,” “Through You May We the Father Know,” “Through You May We Know the Son As Well,” and “And You, the Spirit of Them Both, May We Always Believe.” Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, is past professor of the history of Christian origins at the Catholic University of Milan and a member of the International Theological Commission. He is preacher to the papal household and author of The Mystery of Pentecost, Easter in the Early Church; The Eucharist: Our Sanctification; The Mystery of God's Word; The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus; Jesus Christ, The Holy One of God; Mary, Mirror of the Church; The Mystery of Christmas; and The Mystery of Easter published by The Liturgical Press.

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The Way of the Cross in Times of Illness

Elizabeth Thecla Mauro

Through illness, recovery and uncertainty, The Way of the Cross in Times of Illness provides comfort and healing. An ancient devotion of the Church, following the Stations strengthens, encourages, and brings spiritual understanding as the reader joins Jesus' walk to Calvary. These meditative and insightful prayers will open your heart to a healing journey and the companionship of the Holy Spirit. Reflecting on each Station, from the first condemnation to death up to the tomb, will help those in pain truly say to Jesus, "You will guide me, if only I keep my eyes on you." Mauro’s honest, gentle, contemporary language is accessible to all those in need of God’s reassurance. Elizabeth Thecla Mauro is a Benedictine oblate and a licensed massage therapist in New York with many years of experience.

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Belonging to Borders

A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition

Bonnie Thurston

"When the scholar and the poet wrestles in you," Bonnie Thurston was once asked by a friend at Tymawr, "who wins?" The poems in Belonging to Borders are her response. In these poems, Thurston reverences the borders, literal and metaphorical, that have been a part of her life since childhood. This reverence shines in her deep appreciation for holy space, for nature infused with the divine, for roots that are deep. These prayerful meditations on Celtic saints and places invite the reader to honor the borders in their own lives and to recognize the holiness of living on the borders. Bonnie Thurston, after years as a university and seminary professor, lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia. She is the author or editor of fifteen theological books, including Philippians in the Sacra Pagina series; Religious Vows, the Sermon on the Mount, and Christian Living; The Spiritual Landscape of Mark (Liturgical Press) and For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer (University of Notre Dame Press). Her poetry appears frequently in religious periodicals and has been published in two small collections from Three Peaks Press in Wales, The Heart's Lands and Hints and Glimpses.

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The Mystery of Easter

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.; Alan Neame, Translator

What does the paschal mystery mean in the context of the rite - past and present - and in Christian life and death? Students of the liturgy and preachers will find in these pages a thoughtful examination of the mystery of Easter. Father Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household, is in full command of both the scholarly and the pastoral implications of the Easter rite. From his words you will gain the insight to articulate this mystery within the liturgy and within life so that it will imbue with hope and awe all those who come to celebrate it.

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God in the Dark

Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life

Susan Pitchford; Foreword by Alan Jones

Contemporary Christianity is afflicted with two problems: First, our spiritual life is often bland and lukewarm. Distracted and fragmented by our lives, and malnourished on conventional piety, we feel out of touch with the God described in the Bible as a "consuming fire." Second, we don't know how to make sense of suffering, especially the pain of spiritual darkness and aridity. The answer to both of these problems is passion. In God in the Dark, Susan Pitchford explores the two faces of passion: desire, the mutual attraction between the soul and God; and suffering, especially our confusion and grief when we find ourselves in dark places. We often misinterpret times of darkness, assuming we've failed and God has abandoned us. Pitchford suggests that darkness is not a place of abandonment but a place of intimacy and a special call to a deeper relationship with the God who desires us. Once we understand this, we will not have to fear the dark, and when the night closes in around us, we can experience it as an embrace.Susan Pitchford is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Washington and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis. She is the author of Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone and Identity Tourism: Imaging and Imagining the Nation. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, Bob Crutchfield, and her golden retriever, Abby.

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The Characters of the Crucifixion

Joseph Fichtner, OSC

Fr. Fichtner offers a striking retelling of the passion narrative that enables anyone to participate in the crucifixion today as a Peter; Mary Magdalene; John, Son of Zebedee; or Mary, Mother of Jesus - not only in the suffering but also in the triumph. He vividly retells thirty-eight of Jesus' stories by characterizing fifteen people who are somehow, for better or worse, involved in the crucifixion of Christ. The characterizations are drawn from the gospel sources of the Passion narrative and described in the historical present tense to be applicable today. Each presentation concludes with a reflection-prayer that updates the event of the crucifixion and shows its personal and social implications. Adults or teens participating in passion plays will appreciate the insights Fr. Fichtner offers into these characters. For those seeking a Lenten reflection, this look at human life at the start of the first millennium helps us reflect on our own lives at the start of the third. Chapters are "Peter," "Judas Iscariot," "The High Priests," "Pontius Pilate," "The Crowd of Spectators," "Barabbas," "Roman Soldiers," "Simon of Cyrene," "Women of Jerusalem," "The Mother of the Zebedees," "The Two Thieves," "Mary Magdalene," "John, Son of Zebedee," "Mary, Mother of Jesus," and "Christ Crucified." Includes illustrations. Joseph Fichtner, OSC, is a member of the Crosier community of Phoenix and assists at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

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