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A Fresh Look at Confession
David Knight was forty years a priest before he learned that priests don't hear sins in confession. "What you are really revealing is your ideals," he says. "The real you has a different set of ideals, reflecting your heart instead of your lapses. This 'you' abides with God." With these words Father Knight reveals that A Fresh Look at Confession is unlike anything you may have read about the sacrament. He speaks about the heart of confession, its meaning and mystery, and why it is so necessary for authentic followers of Christ
An Introduction to Christian Spirituality
Essentially Christian Spirituality consists in a person to person relationship with God and man. Spirituality has to do with persons and between persons (From the Foreword by Bishop Peter Fernando). Christian Spirituality is a subject that touches the life of practically every Christian, be he/she a layperson, a priest or a religious. In fact there is an acute need felt today in all Christian quarters for re-discovering a deep and meaningful way to relate to God as taught by Jesus Christ. In this unique volume Fr Antonisamy blends together his scholarship on the subject as well as his experience as a Spiritual Director of Seminarians. The book is broadly divided into four parts: The first part deals with the experience of God as the core of Christian Spirituality and the ways and means of attaining God-experience. The second part explains the various aspects of spirituality today. The third part touches
Ascent of mount carmel
This volume represents a modernized edition of John’s rarely published Work: Ascent of Mount Carmel, a commentary on his spiritual poetry. The poem recounts John’s passage through a dark night of faith on his journey toward complete union with God. Through his lyric poetry and humble Wisdom, he has become an encouraging companion for people throughout the centuries Who are passing through their own “dark night of the soul”. For the Christian faithful, this volume Will serve as an essential introduction to one of Christianity’s greatest luminaries. For spiritual seekers of all faiths, Ascent of Mount Carmel provides a classic road map for the mystical journey.
Availability : The Spiritual Joy of Helping Others
Availability is a simple but great gift. The freedom to be present when needed is something special. It is an opportunity to be spiritual—to be open to a relationship in the deepest, most elegant sense of the term. Yet this wonderful state of living often seems hidden or distorted now. Today, availability is at a premium. In the Gospels, especially the parables and the Sermon on the Mount, Christ gave a mandate to his disciples to be open to others and to God. In Availability, Wicks teaches that Christian ministry on every level requires humility, self-knowledge, awareness of our own limitations, and a determination to carry on despite challenges. His notion of availability perfectly captures what can and does inspire Christians to reach out and go beyond themselves each moment of every day.
Be Human Be Holy
All religions preach love as their core teaching; yet we ﬁnd people belonging to different religions ﬁghting against one another. Not only do they ﬁght as individuals but as organized groups as Well. When religion degenerates into religiosity either at the individual or at the organizational level, religious practices and structures tend to replace religious values. Religion, then instead of becoming a liberative force, becomes a means of exploitation. This book is an attempt to analyse this phenomenon and discuss the core values that are the common heritage of all religions. These values, according to spiritual masters, are love, Wisdom and inner freedom. The author has tried to analyse the different dimensions of these three core values in so convincing and practical a Way as to help the reader build up a mature and adult spirituality.
Beauty and Joy of Catholic Faith
“How timely that Fr. Hrudayaraj Gade, has offered the Church his book entitled “The Beauty and Joy of Catholic Faith” in the Year of Faith. Following the great and long tradition of transmitting of the Catholic Faith, the present publication in a simple way communicates to the reader the Faith to be believed, Faith to be celebrated, Faith to be lived and Faith to be prayed. I am sure this publication of the Author will have impact in many to experience the beauty and joy of Catholic Faith and thus be renewed evangelizer for new evangelization.”
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Purity is one of those spiritual and moral virtues that have suffered and are suffering in society today, due either to ignorance, neglect, or conscious and obstinate violation. But in most religious traditions, purity of mind and heart is considered a prerequisite for encountering the divine. Purity refers to the state of being chaste and undefiled. It is a grace and a gift from God and a reflection of God’s holiness in humans. The modern media, with disastrous consequences for the respect and dignity of the human person, confuses, distorts and diffuses falsehood over the real meaning of human sexuality and the value of purity. There is an influx of pornography and disparaging obscenities that arouse sensuality and blur the mind. Against the backdrop of this aggressively destructive new global ethics, the author seeks to redeem and to present with refreshing clarity the time-honoured value and virtue of purity. According
Blessing of Aaron
The blessing of Aaron, belonging to the old religion of Israel, is the only blessing God prescribed. It is formulated from a liturgical point of view and carries an exquisite dignity and charm in its simplicity and balanced nature. After St Francis of Assisi received the stigmata in a vision, Bro Leo asked him for a word of consolation at the time of temptation, and Francis wrote the blessing of Aaron in his own hand. Thus, this blessing has a special place in the Scriptures, in the Franciscan tradition and in the liturgy. In these pages are explained the origin, the beauty, the meaning and the value of this blessing.
Blood and Tears
This book is all about inter-religious harmony. A careful examination of the core message of the major religions in India — Hinduism, Islam and Christianity — shows that they do not foster violence; on the contrary, they promote peace and harmony. The fact of the matter is that people misuse religion in order to promote violence. This book, essentially a result of the interdisciplinary studies carried out on the thorny issue, does three important things: ﬁrst, it unequivocally conﬁrms that most of the violence perpetrated in the name of religion actually has non-religious causes; second, after showing that violence is largely the result of injustice it pleads for a culture of non-violence and advocates prudent paciﬁsm as a viable option for humans today; third, it motivates an open-minded reader to reconsider one's religious beliefs and to practise a religion that truly fosters an abiding sense of love, justice and unity
Born for Joy
All of us are born to be joyful. A beautiful life is the result of lived and profound joy. Both joy and life are in a way synonymous with God Who alone is the source and author of life. This little book brings you mini reﬂections on what, in essence, constitutes real joy and, in effect, real life. Life is giving, not receiving; life is fulflling, rather than merely being fulﬁlled. Joy is the sum total of all that is fulﬁlling, in the process rendering life itself complete. Through the pages of this book, the author, a seasoned Writer, brings the reader face to face with the numerous facets of joy as seen in equally numerous aspects of the Catholic Faith we are so privileged to be part of: the Eucharist, Mary, the Communion of the Saints, Divine Providence, Service, Family, and so much else! The reader thus begins to
Bread for the Journey
Bread for the Journey is a book with short spiritual reﬂections for each day of the year. In a succinct and penetrating way Henri Nouwen speaks not only about the main themes of life, such as love and work, solitude and community, but also about the main themes of faith, such as Jesus and the sacraments, the Church and the Communion of Saints, prayer and service. In a personal and engaging way Henri Nouwen invites us to journey with him and encourages us to develop a life-giving spirituality for ourselves.
Breath of God: living a life Led by The Holy Spirit
Catholics know God as their father and Jesus as their friend, yet most bypass the third person of the Holy Trinity in their spiritual lives. Drawing on more than thirty years of ministry experience, Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., walks readers through a new way of relating to the Holy Spirit by sharing personal encounters, including an experience that changed his life. What he learned along the way will lead readers to have their own unique encounter and discover the joy of living a life moved by the Spirit.Breath of God shows readers how God's Spirit is present and active in everyday life. Fr Pivonka shares his journey with the Holy Spirit mixed with selections from the Bible, the Catechism, and papal writings to paint a new picture of the Holy Spirit and what it should mean to Catholics everywhere. Each chapter closes with a couple of personal reflection questions and a
Carmel Land of The Soul
their approach to God through self-knowledge and contemplative prayer has typified the order throughout the centuries. it has gathered momentum with the passing of years until contemplative prayer is almost synonymous with the Carmelite charism. read this book and know more about the carmelite
Christ our Joy
The joy the people speaks of is nothing other than the joy of the Christian faith. Indeed, “the ﬁrst word of the New Testament”, says Pope Benedict XVI, “is an invitation to joy.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ, he insists, is not a burdensome imposition but is truly “glad tidings” for mankind. Christianity is the key to true and lasting joy, the only joy that abides in the midst of life’s anxieties and difficulties. Noticing how often the new Pope had the topic of “joy” as the central theme of his many addresses, Murphy delved into the vast writings of the Pope - before and after his election to the papacy and found that the theme of joy has pervaded all of his theology. Recognizing the Pope’s invitation to joy as a key to understanding his basic theological vision, Murphy develops those ideas and writings in a creative way, and
Circles of Love
Henri J .M. Nouwen in this book draws on the most ancient Christian traditions, particularly the Wisdom of the desert, but does so in a totally modem fashion. He deals with current issues, but without being merely trendy, and writes of the personal spiritual life with tremendous honesty and psychological understanding. Here is some of Nouwen’s ﬁnest writing, which will delight his many followers and also introduce his remarkable books to new readers.
Confessions of St Augustine
Confessions of St Augustine, a passionate, deeply honest autobiographical account of Augustine’s journey toward faith, has been a source of spiritual guidance and intellectual nourishment for millions of people throughout the centuries. While Augustine is regarded as one of Christianity’s greatest theologians, the enduring and universal appeal of the Confessions is undoubtedly in Augustine’s humanity—in his fervent examination of his own struggles, conflicts and temptations, and in his intensely personal quest for God. The present edition of the Confessions will offer a profound source of spiritual enlightenment to today’s readers.
Connecting With God
The Latin root of “religion” is religare - “to bind tightly”. So, genuine religion means a person-to-person connection with God. Anyone can sit through endless rituals, initiations, hymns and homilies, but if that felt linkage that all too vital person-to-Person connection—isn't there, there's no authentic religion. And that person-to-Person connection is What this volume is intended to set in motion by way of interesting conversation starters that cannot but help two friends bond big time! Neither religious presentations nor religious education are religion. Praying is. Here is a resource comprising 52 Weeks of prayers and reﬂections helpful for times When Words fail us. Designed to still our minds and open our hearts to the presence of love and the Wisdom that is our real source and sustainer, it is a one-of-a-kind armchair reader that can be used not only day after day but year after year!
Thomas Merton's classic study of monastic prayer and contemplation brings a tradition of spirituality alive for the present day. But, as A.M. Allchin points out in his Introduction to this new edition, Contemplative Prayer also shows us the present day in a new perspective, because we see it in the light of a long and living tradition. Merton stresses that in meditation we should not look for a ‘method‘ or ‘system‘ but cultivate an attitude‘ or ‘outlook’: faith, openness, attention, reverence, expectation, trust, joy. God is found in the desert of surrender, in giving up any expectation of a particular message and ‘waiting on the Word of God in silence‘. Merton insists on the humility of faith, which he argues ‘will do far more to launch us into the full current of historical reality than the pompous rationalizations of politicians who think they are somehow the directors and manipulators of
Controversial Questions of Faith
This book aims to answer some of the many controversial questions of faith that Christians face today including homosexuality, contraception, in-vitro-fertilization, divorce, end times, antichrist, War, sanctity of life, other faiths, the Sacraments, tradition and much much more. The answers are based on God- given teachings and on God’s Holy Word in Holy Scripture.
Desiring God’s Will
Most people think of God's will as something to be found or as the receiving of guidance from God when making decisions. Too often, however, the problem is not that we don't know what God desires for our lives, but rather that we don't want to do what we already know he wants. How might we discipline our wills so that we become both willing and able to do what God asks of us? In Desiring God's Will psychologist and spiritual director David Benner explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality. He examines why our desires are disordered and how our human volition can be brought into alignment with God's intentions so that we willingly choose that which God wants for us. In so doing, Benner shows us that cultivating discernment and being attuned to God's desires is the path to true life, spiritual health and freedom.
Did You Get What You Prayed For
Well, did you get what you prayed for‘? OR ARE YOU WEARY OF WAITING FOR ANSWERS? WONDERING IF GOD IS EVEN LISTENING? You’re not alone Millions of people grapple with knowing how to pray, asking: Have I used the right words? Do I even deserve an answer? Why would God listen to me? Yet the essence of prayer is not a formula, but a relationship with God. Renew your hope and refresh your prayer life through these inspiring, true stories. Meet people who discovered that God indeed hears, cares about the details, and gives you exactly what you need.
Discipleship and integrity
Discipleship is one of the core element of christian faith and practice. The invitation to discipleship is a difficult task but not an impossible one. It is a life long journey of growing intimacy with the lord and master, Jesus Christ. When one is baptized one attains nobility but, to live out this baptism, one requires integrity.
In The Divine Romance, Bishop Sheen delves into love and life with all its pain, sorrow, loneliness and human failures from the perspective of our human quest for God, the inner life of the Trinity, the outpouring of the Spirit and most of all the Lord of Calvary and Easter. The book touches on perennial themes and is a classic that has a power to heal, help and inspire the reader. In his crisp pastoral style Sheen describes the believer’s spiritual joumey back to the Father with all of its ecclesial dimensions. Christ guides our mystical journey and forms us into his very Body on earth.
Drawn to Surrender
Here is a little volume that takes you directly to the core of Christian spirituality. Fr Aloysius Kattady focuses on two central themes of Christian spirituality, namely, Surrender and Forgiveness and goes on to show how these twin themes are vital to Christian living, and how they can be effective means in our efforts to be Christ-like. The author points out that these were central to the life and ministry of Jesus himself. While his Vertical Relationship with his Father resulted in his Surrender to the Father's Will, his Horizontal Relationship with his fellow humans found its beautiful expression in Forgiveness of Enemies. For us too, surrender is the summit of our relationship with God, forgiveness is the climax of our relationship with our neighbour. Surrender is the surest way to the heart of God and to being named his beloved; forgiveness, similarly, is the infallible way to the heart
Early Christian Mystics
In this distinctive book, Bemard and Patricia Ferris McGinn gather together the wisdom of Christianity’s greatest masters. Each section offers insight into the mystic's teachings and how we can apply that wisdom in our own lives today. The McGinns begin with the various practices mystics use for ﬁnding God. These include sacred texts, the contemplative life and prayer. Then they guide us through transformation in God, including endless pursuit, unknowing knowing and the Trinity, and they conclude with two prayers to guide us on our way.
Embracing the Mystery of the Holy Spirit
this book shows how the whole of the Christian life is immersed in the activity of the holy spirit of God. in the first six chapters the reader will encounter the reality of Christ meeting us by means of the Holy Spirit and how it is that the Holy Spirit enlightens our minds, orders our moral conduct, directs our prayer, and transforms us into greater reflections of Christ by way of the interior life and the sacraments.
Eternal Galilean, The
“Abeautifully written life of Christ and one that might almost be called a modem version, comes from the proliﬁc pen of Fulton J. Sheen. It is entirely different in its treatment and yet the author knows well how to present his subject in a language easily understandable to the World of today. Here is a volume that may well serve as an inspiration to the many readers who ﬁnd Sheen’s Works especially penetrating and enlightening
Evil Satan, Sin & Psychology
In a world whose most recent century saw pogroms, mass killings in the name of God and/or state, the Shoah, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Dresden, and a list of extremist religious zealots killing the dreaded infidel: how does one define (or RE-define) "evil" vis-a-vis the human condition? Professors Cooper and Epperson have written an eminently approachable introductory text to the issue of evil and how it interfaces with one's faith, conscience, psychology and zeitgeist. The history of Satan and his fiery abode are explored, as is the psychology that overarches and undergirds evil as a concept —and as action.
Families Where Grace is in Place
“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise is fitting for loyal hearts” says the psalmist (Ps 33:1). This book is a paean to the Trinity in whose abiding love alone does humankind have its being. From the reflections of the author to the numerous testimonies that make up the contents comes a very important message, viz., JESUS NEVER FAILS! The book goes on to show in a comprehensive manner that our trust in the love of the Father, our confidence in the saving grace of the Son, and our surrender to the Spirit can never be in vain. All in all, a book with a difference, all set to make a difference to the life of the reader, both believer and non-believer alike, at whose instance in the first place she has put pen to paper to spread the message of God’s love wider!
Here is a soliloquy of the feminine faith. It is a praise worthy attempt by the author at reading and interpreting her Catholic faith in her own feminine Way. It makes abundantly clear that sexual difference is not simply physical; We are deeply sexual. The Way we see, speak, understand, feel and act are sexual. Even our faith and spirituality have a sexual dimension. Dr Rosy Thampy beautifully explores such avenues of spiritual understanding in the experiences of love, pregnancy, childbearing, delivery, breast-feeding, teaching, writing and relationships. Human beings are blessed with the ﬁre of passion, which blooms differently in man and woman. She writes with a passion of faith reasonably tempered with love taught by Christ. And here we ﬁnd the motherly warmth and lactating love of God expressed through feminine eyes. This book will certainly inspire both men and women to seek the feminine dimensions of life and
Fight the good fight
The author is trying to convince Christians to "take up their cross and follow" Christ and motivates us by comparing the sufferings of this life with those of the next. Anyone who sincerely wants to reach union with God should read and meditate this book which is very clear and easy to read.
Finding Joy & Peace
If you were brought up in the mass media culture of the last few decades, the expressions like “Be aggressive”, “Take no prisoners”, “Stand up for yourself”, Climb your way to the top”, and above all, “Make money”, probably still echo in your head. However, shouldn’t there be more to life than ﬁnishing with the most toys? Finding Joy & Peace invites you to take a look at life as viewed in the Beatitudes. Bestselling author Marilyn Gustin shows us how the sayings of Jesus offer a practical pattem for personal happiness now more than ever. Rather than focusing on today’s “me, me, me” ideology, this book advises us to stop, be silent, and listen to what Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount. The result is a pattern for daily life in which we can face problems, show compassion, and ﬁnd peace, safety, and joy. The wonderful news
Finding My Way Home
This book is a collection of four short but moving essays, each of which gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of one of the modern day's foremost spiritual writers. Henri Nouwen's reflections on the path life chooses to take at our command, viz., the path of 'power', the path of 'peace' or the path of 'waiting', can have a profound impact on the reader as the author holds forth on the implications of each. We see how the power of God's strength triumphs in perfection in our weakness, how peace is not primarily about doing but about the art of being, and how the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection reveals to us a God who is waiting. The writer's thoughts on life and death, all of which stem from his personal, firsthand experience so to say, change forever the perception of the reader on the topic—yes,