Reflections From Pope Francis

Author: Susan Stark
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
ISBN: 039917320X
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Shortly into his papacy, Pope Francis was hailed by the news media and Christians and non-Christians alike as a refreshing figure in the Vatican. His humility, piety, and forward-thinking ideas have been celebrated around the world. Reflections from Pope Francisfeatures brief excerpts for contemplation from Pope Francis's homilies, speeches, and addresses - along with an invitation to prayer, writing, and action in a unique journal-style book, with space for readers to write their own reflections on the powerful messages. Also included are passages from Scripture that highlight important themes for humanity - such as care for the poor mercy, forgiveness, and brotherhood. 'Hoping against hope! Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope. It is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds. It is to bring the warmth of hope.' Pope Francis'We have in this volume a vision of how Pope Francis sees the mission of the Church and of society. His reflections are inspiring and challenging, demanding and joy-filled. Anyone accepting the invitation to journal with Pope Francis will be enriched.' Bishop Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay

Our Father

Author: Pope Francis
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0525576118
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A must read for Lent, a great gift for Easter! Pope Francis provides new insights into the most popular prayer in Christianity, offering readers a guide to living a life of meaning, purpose and strength. This new work by Pope Francis illuminates the most important prayer in all of Christianity, verse by verse, in conversation with Father Marco Pozza, a theologian and a prison chaplain in Padua, Italy. Here Francis offers unprecedented insight on Jesus's most profound words, while exploring the importance of social justice, benevolence, and forgiveness, key elements of Bergoglio's papacy. Our Father: The Lord's Prayer looks to address the concerns and hopes of today's men and women, seeking to become a guide to living a life that is full of meaning, purpose, and strength. "It takes courage to truly believe that God is the Father that accompanies us, forgives us, gives us bread, is attentive to everything we ask...what if it is not true?" the Pope writes. Challenging this doubt, he issues a call to "dare...help each other, one another to dare."

Pray For Me

Author: Robert Moynihan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448177189
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Benedict XVI's retirement made news around the world, and changed the dynamics of the Catholic Church. The new pope, Francis I, has already brought a breath of fresh air into the papacy, the Vatican and the faith which has been beset by scandal in recent times. His humility, his charm, his concern for the poor, have captivated the world. But who is he? Pray For Me is the perfect, short introduction to Francis' life and spiritual teachings. It will be of interest not only to committed Catholics but also to those of other faiths, and none, who follow world events and wish to be as well informed as possible.

Growing As A Catechist

Author: Daniel J. Pierson
Publisher: Faithalivebooks.com
ISBN: 9780976422198
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Growing as a Catechist: A Practical Guide offers thoughts, inspiration, reflection, and practical ideas you can use today in your catechetical ministry.

Pope Francis

Author: Chris Lowney
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 0829440097
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TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year: Pope Francis Learn about the First Jesuit Pope from America’s Leading Jesuit Publisher “Pope Francis by Chris Lowney is that rare and splendid work that leaves you keenly excited and spiritually moved. The writing is lucid, vivid, inviting, and rich. It’s a major achievement. I strongly recommend it to any Christian in a leadership role.” - Joseph Tetlow, SJ From choosing to live in a simple apartment instead of the papal palace to washing the feet of men and women in a youth detention center, Pope Francis’s actions contradict behaviors expected of a modern leader. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian turned Managing Director for JP Morgan & Co., shows how the pope’s words and deeds reveal spiritual principles that have prepared him to lead the Church and influence our world—a rapidly-changing world that requires leaders who value the human need for love, inspiration, and meaning. Drawing on interviews with people who knew him as Father Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, Lowney challenges assumptions about what it takes to be a great leader. In so doing, he reveals the “other-centered” leadership style of a man whose passion is to be with people rather than set apart. Lowney offers a stirring vision of leadership to which we can all aspire in our communities, churches, companies, and families.

The Joy Of The Gospel

Author: Pope Francis
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0553419544
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The perfect gift! A specially priced, beautifully designed hardcover edition of The Joy of the Gospel with a foreword by Robert Barron and an afterword by James Martin, SJ. “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” – Pope Francis This special edition of Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.” Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth. Includes a foreword by Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage From the Hardcover edition.

A Big Heart Open To God

Author: Pope Francis
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006233378X
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The world was shocked when Jesuit magazines across the globe simultaneously released an exclusive interview with Pope Francis, just six months into his historic papacy. Within minutes of its release, the interview dominated the worldwide media. In a wide-ranging conversation, Pope Francis spoke movingly about his spiritual life, his hopes for church reform, his open-minded stance toward gays and lesbians, his views on women, and even his favorite movies. America magazine, where the idea for the interview originated, commissioned a team of five Italian-language experts to ensure that the pope's words were transmitted accurately into English. Now this remarkable, historic, and moving interview is available in book form. In addition to the full papal interview conducted by Antonio Spadaro, SJ, on behalf of the Jesuit journals, A Big Heart Open to God includes an introduction by the editor in chief of America, Matt Malone, SJ, describing the genesis of the interview, a series of responses by a diverse range of Catholic voices, and a spiritual refection on the interview by James Martin, SJ, author of Te Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. In his refection, Father Martin helps readers use the pope's powerful comments as a foundation for personal prayer. In this historic interview, Pope Francis's vision for the church and humanity itself is delivered through a warm and intimate conversation, and he shows us all how to have a big heart open to God.

Prayers For Catholic Couples

Author: Susan Heuver
Publisher: The Word Among Us Press
ISBN: 1593254911
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Family life today can be so fast-paced and hectic that couples rarely carve out the time to pray together. Here is one way for husbands and wives to both pray together and benefit from the beauty and wisdom of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). Each two-page reflection contains an excerpt from Pope Francis' letter, a question for couples to ponder, and a short prayer that they can pray alone or together. Couples will be blessed by the Holy Father's words as well as by the experience of praying for their marriage and their family. • Excerpts from Pope Francis' beautiful exhortation will inspire couples to grow in their relationship. • A perfect way for spouses or engaged couples to begin praying together. "Susan Heuver beautifully mines important insights from The Joy of the Love, presents them in user-friendly fashion, and invites couples to prayerfully reflect on them together. This is a great resource for Catholic couples at any stage of their marriage." —John and Claire Grabowski, Member Couple, Pontifical Council for the Family

Liturgical Time Bombs In Vatican Ii

Author: Michael Davies
Publisher: TAN Books
ISBN: 1618904337
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Michael Davies shows how Fr. Annibale Bugnini--before his dismissal by Pope Paul VI under suspicion of being a Freemason--was able to "reform" the Catholic Mass into the constantly evolving liturgy. Quoting Bishops and Cardinals as well as liberal "experts" and Protestant observers, he exposes the "time bombs" which were built into the Second Vatican Council's document on the liturgy by a few revolutionaries in order to be exploited later--and which have been detonating ever since. "I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy."--Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), 1998.

Who Does He Say You Are

Author: Colleen C. Mitchell
Publisher: Servant Books
ISBN: 9781632531025
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Shortly after the death of their brother, Lazarus, Martha offers this confident response to Jesus's gentle challenge, echoing the confession of Peter: "Yes, Lord, I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God come into the world" (John 11:26-27). Her response to this question would change the course of her life--of all their lives. And to the extent that we echo her confession, it transforms us as well. In Who Does He Say You Are?, Catholic missionary and speaker Colleen Mitchell captures the confessions of twelve more women from the Gospels, and shows how their stories answer this crucial question of identity: "Who does he say you are?" Holding up Mary as the ultimate example of intimate, transforming union, Mitchell weaves together moving anecdotes of her own search for identity as a Catholic woman along with twelve accounts of women in Scripture that are at once fresh yet familiar. In so doing, Mitchell connects in a compelling and very personal way with the Scriptures, inspiring readers to "take up and read" in order to discover the answer to this all-important question for themselves. Questions at the end of each chapter can easily be adapted for group study, or used for private journaling or quiet reflection.