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During Lent, we strive to free ourselves from all kinds of clutter-material and spiritual-in order to focus on God and turn back to him with our whole hearts. If this "turning back" is genuine, it wi ...
Death Row's Nun
No person has worked more effectively toward the abolition of the death penalty in the United States than Helen Prejean, CSJ. Her best-selling book Dead Man Walking, and the hit Hollywood film adaptat ...
Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life
Jill Y. Crainshaw
All of life is liturgy. People encounter God as they live, work, and play in human communities and as they work to sustain the health of communities and the ground on which communities are built. Litu ...
Thomas Merton, Edited by Jon M. Sweeney, Foreword by Michael N. McGregor
Thomas Merton's lectures to the young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of ...
Christmas Poems to Open the Heart
John Shea, drawings by Mark and Franklin McMahon
Christmas is unavoidable. But if it is going to happen for us, we need to take time. We need to slow down and do something out of the ordinary, something that has to do with the spiritual meaning of t ...
Praying Throughout the Year
James Martin, SJ
The Christian longing to share anguish, fear, gratitude, and awe has found expression in many forms of prayer, beginning in Scripture and the practices and words of Jesus. Over the centuries many fru ...
When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart
Laura Kelly Fanucci
Where do we turn when our hopes are dashed, when we look at best-laid plans and see only shattered dreams? With fresh perspectives on Jeremiah's plans for "a future of hope," Jesus' agony in the garde ...
Wisdom for the Next Stage of Life
Christine M. Fletcher
Saint Benedict for Boomers is based on the idea that no one can retire from being a Christian; we are to love God and our neighbor throughout our life. And it recognizes that aging presents us with ch ...
Sacred Scripture and the Mysteries of the Rosary
Clifford M. Yeary
The rosary has been at the core of Catholic devotional life for centuries. Renewing its place in our spiritual life today can be powerfully assisted by going to Sacred Scripture to focus our minds and ...
Hospitality was a hallmark of the ancient Mediterranean world and, according to St. Paul, is among the characteristics to be found in the Body of Christ, the church. True hospitality begins with the ...
Thomas D. Sauline
When parents find themselves alone after their children move out of the house—or when anyone's loved one moves out of the home—they may experience a very real sense of loneliness, lack of purpose, and ...
An Ecumenical Path toward a Worldly Spirituality
Michael P. Plekon
Not a few figures—writers, poets, activists, teachers—have focused on the presence of the Holy One in the ordinary, on the many possibilities of worldly spirituality. In this book, pastor, teacher, an ...
Wisdom Literature and the Rule of Benedict
Irene Nowell; Foreword by Abbot John Klassen, OSB
We all want to live well, but how can we put that desire into action? With thoughtful reflection on the biblical wisdom writers and the Rule of Benedict, Irene Nowell shows us how we too can live the ...
Meditations on the Names of God in the Qur'an and the Bible
Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Foreword by Mary Margaret Funk, Afterword by Zeki Saritoprak
Christians and Muslims both have an abundance of names for God. The Bible provides Christians with a rich array of names for God, and the ninety-nine Names that Islam gives traditionally to God are dr ...
Jerome Kodell, OSB
A fiery preacher and humble servant to the coming kingdom of God, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Three gospel passages capture his message and its meaning and invite us to make way for J ...