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Little Sins Mean A Lot

Author : Elizabeth Scalia
ISBN : 9781612789057
Genre : Religion
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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
ISBN : 9781594713576
Genre : Religion
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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.

Virtues

Author : Susan Muto
ISBN : 9781940329819
Genre : Christian life
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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.

Hallowed Be This House

Author : Thomas Howard
ISBN : 9780898702590
Genre : Families
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Prayer Everywhere

Author : Gary Caster
ISBN : 1632532514
Genre : Religion
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Father Gary Caster knows that there can be a confusing number of devotional practices in Catholicism; attending Mass, praying the Rosary, tithing, fasting, performing the Sacraments--all are important, but checking obligations off a list is not the way to a nourished soul. In Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple, Father Gary strips Catholicism down to Jesus's core command: that we let Him love us.

Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought To Ask

Author : Fr. Michael Kerper
ISBN : 9781622824168
Genre : Religion
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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
ISBN : 9780062116703
Genre : Religion
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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.

Gratefulness

Author : Susan Muto
ISBN : 9781594717864
Genre : Religion
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In a consumer-driven world where we’re told we need and deserve more, Susan Muto, executive director of the Epiphany Association, reminds us that gratefulness is a gift from God. In Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life, she reveals that grateful living is not another new fad but has been the way of saints and Christian mystics for centuries. Many popular secular books today explore how embracing gratitude can lead to a happier, healthier life. In contrast, Muto, a renowned author, speaker, and teacher, approaches gratitude from a uniquely Catholic perspective. In this insightful, inspiring book, she explores how life-changing a spirit of gratefulness can be by using both personal and well-known examples of the struggles and rewards of grateful living. Muto and companions such as Julian of Norwich, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Henri J. M. Nouwen, and Dorothy Day highlight the power of gratitude as a grace from God and walk with us as we learn to practice thankfulness. We start the journey toward gratefulness by embracing gratitude in all circumstances and end it by thankfully accepting the missions God entrusts to each of us. Along the way, we begin to accept God’s grace by understanding the benefits of positivity and dangers of negativity, the redemptive power of prayer, and the lasting fruits of thankfulness. A spirituality of gratitude reminds us that, even without the possessions, luxuries, or leisure time society claims are the most important things in life, God still loves, cares, and knows what’s best for us. Muto also provides practical tools that help us embrace this grace in our lives.

Holy Water

Author : Rev. Henry Theiler
ISBN : 9781622823390
Genre : Religion
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Countless graces flow from the use of Holy Water when you understand its role in God’s plan of salvation, and how it brings new graces into your life. In clear, convincing language, Father Theiler lays out for Christians countless surprising, but long-forgotten truths about Holy Water, and explains the interior acts and dispositions that are necessary for this blessed gift of God to have the sanctifying effect our Lord intends for you. Read these pages attentively; consider them thoughtfully; incorporate their truths and suggestions into your daily spiritual life. In these pages, you’ll also learn: The time that God Himself commanded the use of Holy Water (Do you know where the Bible tells this story?)Why God chose water as the means to impart so many blessings – even before He created man and woman!What you should — and should not — expect from the graces conferred by Holy WaterDid you know that Holy Water helps not merely the souls, but even the bodies of the Faithful DepartedWhy, although it’s not necessary for salvation, Holy Water may be just what you need to be savedHoly Water actually does protect you against ills, physical and spiritual – but only if you use it properly. Do you know how?Making the Sign of the Cross with Holy Water: what it ought to bring to your mind.A simple way to use Holy Water to ease and deepen your prayers at MassYou know your children face many dangers. Here are ways Holy Water can protect themThe Rite of Sprinkling with Holy Water: what should you do if no drops of water reach you?Many prayers — short and long — to help you use Holy Water frequently and efficaciouslyEight practical ways you can use Holy Water for the well-being of yourself and your loved ones.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Author : Anne Bryan Smollin
ISBN : 9781933495972
Genre : Religion
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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.

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