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The heart of Christianity is not a body of teachings but a magnetic personality whose lure is simply that of holiness—the right relationship with God and others. Thus the most challenging question each Christian has to face is that asked by Jesus: Who do you say that I am? To help answer this life-changing question, this book first situates Jesus in his first-century environment and then considers the important relationships that reveal Jesus’ identity as the human son of Mary and Joseph, the Israelite son of Abraham and son of David, the messianic son of Man and the unique son of God. Then the focus shifts to his public ministry, first examining Jesus’ goal of proclaiming God’s forthcoming kingdom and the tasks, roles and strategies he adopted to achieve it, and then the significance of his suffering, death and resurrection. Finally, we explore the application of what we have learned to becoming Christ’s followers today. Included also are some suggested resources for further study of the Gospels and some questions to use for either personal reflection or small group discussion.
Steve Mueller, PhD author of The Catechist’s Guide to Reading Your Bible, A Catholic View (Faith Alive Books, 2014) has taught Philosophy, Theology, Scripture and Catholic Studies, and helped develop and taught for many years in the renowned Denver Catholic Biblical School. He was formerly editor-in-chief of the monthly periodical for Eucharistic Spirituality Living with Christ and a managing editor for Morehouse Education Resources. He is the current editor for Words of Grace: Daily Reflections & Prayers for Catholics for All Saints Press (www.AllSaintsPress.com).
The Catechist’s Guide to Jesus in the Gospels is a rich, relevant and accessible resource for those in their catechetical ministry, as well as those simply seeking to grow in their faith, understanding of the Gospels and relationship with Jesus Christ. Mueller takes the reader on a journey that facilitates an encounter with Jesus by inviting the reader to encounter Christ not only in his lifetime but here and now, in our culture and in our ministry contexts today. Thus he honors the catechetical approach as one that through content and community seeks to nurture relationship with Jesus Christ.
—Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Liturgy, Catechesis and Evangelization &
Faculty Coordinator of Distance Learning Systems, Loyola Institute for Ministry
Steve Mueller takes us not only to the world of Jesus, but to that of the Gospel writers and their first readers. Such a thoroughly researched and clearly organized book will surely be a valuable reference for religious educators and anyone looking to develop both their knowledge of and their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Religion Faculty, Boston College High School & Spiritual Writer at margaretfelice.com
Join the global community on a pilgrimage celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy!
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"The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person." + Pope Francis. With these words Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is a pilgrimage, a journey to the mercy of God.
In this book, readers follow along the events of this important year, taking inspiration from prayers, words of Sacred Scripture, the thoughts of Pope Francis, and the words of those that inspire him. Beginning December 8, 2015, with the Opening of the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis encourages us to reflect upon the central importance of mercy in the life and meaning of the Church today.
Crossing the threshold means leaving behind doubt and fear and allowing God's love to embrace us. This pilgrimage is spiritual not geographic; it represents the journey of our lives, a journey through our self-understanding, a journey that leads us to a complete and final trust in the love God is for us.
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A practical and user-friendly guide for all spiritual seekers in reflecting and sharing with Pope Francis the Jubilee Year of Mercy. An excellent and simple resource for small group gatherings, staff meetings, catechists and adult faith formation.
A wonderful companion to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
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Award-winning author and Scripture commentator Alice Camille uses Scripture passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition to shed new light on the scriptures proclaimed at Sunday Mass. Questions and commentary for each reading make this guide ideal for personal reflection and small group discussion as well as preparation for lectors and homilists. Included are the Sunday and Feast Day readings for the years 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.
Paul Goble’s joyous watercolor illustrations exalt at the wonder, the grace and the beauty of creation. Each page offers a panoramic vista of flora and fauna to savor. Birds, mammals, flowers and fish all bless the Lord in joyful colors and sweeping lines.
The text is taken from the Book of Daniel 3:26-90, and as an ancient text, it uses only the male pronoun for God. This limitation on the concept of God warrants comment and discussion as today a more inclusive view of God as Creator beyond the boundaries of gender is more common.
Humans are not included in the illustrations within the pages, although a small trio of men are shown on the title page. No doubt this is an allusion to the three young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were flung into the fiery furnace for their refusal to worship King Nebuchadnezzar. It is their words of prayer and praise that are the foundation for the text in this book. The existence of people is acknowledged on the last page with the words: “O let all people bless the Lord.”
A novel riff on the text is found in smaller font on select pages as the author specifies regional flora and fauna familiar to the Americas. For example, among other species he calls upon dandelions, meadowlarks, moose, elk and the American buffalo to bless the Lord.
Review by Sr. Mary Navarre, OP, Grand Rapids, MI
Some of today’s finest preachers from across Christian denominations come together in this volume of short homilies and sermons for Cycle C of the Roman Lectionary. Hungry, And You Fed Me breaks open Sunday readings to provide spiritual sustenance with warmth and humor.
Here is a volume of relevant and beautiful reflections on the Advent and Christmas season by the late beloved Cardinal Carlo M. Martini. "As bishop, Cardinal Martini was also able to cross the paths of many other men and women through his preaching the Word of God, a task he was very fond of. Among his many sermons and lectures, the ones that particularly stand out are those he prepared for the feasts dedicated to the manifestation of Christ, especially Christmas and the Epiphany." -from the Introduction
The purpose of this little book is to help individuals and families in the reading of the Gospel of Luke each day. Pope Francis has recommended that this Gospel - called by many the "Gospel of Mercy" - accompany us in a special way during the Jubilee of Mercy in 2016.
Cardinal Paglia has divided the entire Gospel of Luke into 135 segments and offers a brief spiritual reflection on each segment.
Shortly after seven in the morning, Pope Francis gives a brief homily in the little Vatican chapel of Saint Martha, in front of an audience that is always different: gardeners, office workers, nuns and priests, as well as a growing group of journalists. It is a set appointment, and in some ways a revolutionary innovation, where a pope speaks to everyone, off the cuff, without any written text, as he would have done as a parish priest.
Encountering Truth is a collection of highlights from these homilies from March 2013 to May 2014. Along with summaries by Radio Vaticana (who recorded and transcribed the homilies) and commentary by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, these reflections provide moments of inspiration, simplicity, and a glimpse into the papal world very few ever get to experience.
The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving by Lisa Miller. St. Martin’s Press.
The Spiritual Child is an exhaustive and compelling compendium of recent psychological and neurological research, all of which points in the same direction: Children who are raised with a robust and well-developed spiritual life are happier, more optimistic, more thriving, more flexible, and better equipped to deal with life’s ordinary (and even extraordinary) traumas than those who are not. Teenagers, in particular, are exponentially better off if they’re in touch with their spiritual sides — less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, to engage in risky sex, to cope with depression. “In the entire realm of human experience,” Miller writes, “there is no single factor that will protect your adolescent like a personal sense of spirituality.”
In preparation for the Meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the family that took place in October 2014 and the upcoming Eighth World Meeting of Families in September 2015, the Pontifical Council for the Family has gather and translated into English thirteen documents dealing with matrimony, family, and life that Pope Francis, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, used as teaching documents when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature by Thomas Merton. Edited by Kathleen Deignan, Drawings by John Giuliani, and a foreword by Thomas Berry. Sorin Books
In a world where the commodification of creation is ubiquitous, we are in need of these words from one of the greatest sages of the 20th century. The excerpts, chosen by Kathleen Deignan, and the drawings by John Guiliani offer the reader a chance to engage with a love and reverence for the natural word through the texts - hopefully, compelling the reader to leave the book, eventually, and enter the actual created world. This book is true to the Merton spirit of classic wisdom and an ageless sense of wonder.
Marion Thomas, illustrated by Paola Bertolini Grudina
This is an illustrated Bible for children in grades K - 2. A wide range of Bible stories are retold and illustrated to inform them about the faith handed down for thousands of years, and of which they are a part today.
In her examination of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Macrina Scott gives special attention to those stories and issues particularly characteristic of Luke's writings: concern for the disadvantaged especially women, the poor and cultural minorities and prayer. Through a spiritual look at the stories unique to Luke, such as the Good Samaritan, Mary and Martha, the Lost Coin, the Road to Emmaus, this book offers rich insight into the mission and message of Jesus.
This book revisits twenty-four stories and offers reflection on each Scripture story based on modern scholarship and Scott s insights as a religious educator and scholar.
Forming a Community of Faith: A Guide to Success in Adult Faith Formation Today by Jane E. Regan. Twenty Third Publications.
Aimed largely at adults, Regan strives to give a hopeful look at the future of faith formation and discipleship amidst the growing number of "spiritual but not religious." It is lovely balance between theory and practice, inviting the church and its people into a life of faith that encompasses all parts of their lives - minds, bodies, and spirits.