Essential Catholic Social Thought [2nd Edition]

Essential Catholic Social Thought [2nd Edition], by Bernard V. Brady could be considered a very fine text for delving into Catholic social teaching. In the Introduction, the author writes, “[t]his book is a study of official Catholic social teaching as well as the broader Catholic social tradition. It presents the teaching of the church in relation to other sources in the Catholic tradition.” Relevant documents are presented in an abridged and clarified form. Each chapter includes study-discussion questions and reflections, plus materials from the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pole Francis. The 378-page volume is ideal for a one-semester textbook or for use in a survey course. Available for $44.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin, by Father Dennis Kolinski, SJC looks like a small breviary. In the opening, How to Use this Manual, it simply states, “The purpose of this manual is to help the reader learn more about the famous ‘seven deadly sins’ and how to conquer them.” Part One lists and defines the seven deadly sins and their opposing virtues with commentaries and remedies. Part Two features a compilation of passages from Church teaching and Scripture, along with quotes from the saints that complement and give life to the reflections in Part I. The volume has a ribbon marker. There are eleven lined empty pages at the back of the book for taking notes. Available in an Ultrasoft Burnished Cover with Silver Edges for $29.95 from St. Benedict Press/Tan Books, P.O. Box 410487. Charlotte, NC 28241. Tel: (800) 437-5876. Fax: (815) 226-7770. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: tanbooks.com.

Spiritual Direction: A Beginner’s Guide

Spiritual Direction: A Beginner’s Guide, by Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ is basically a primer on the art and practice of spiritual direction. Fr. Malloy shows how the human desire for God unites with our aspirations for a world that reflects God’s peace and justice. He discusses Ignatian tradition and practices, such as the examen and silent retreats, and shows how to integrate prayer and reflection into everyday life. Useful for courses on spirituality and pastoral theology and helpful for those seeking spiritual growth as well as those already engaged in spiritual direction. Available for $20.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com

Your Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living

Your Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living, Henri J. M. Nouwen, compiled and edited by Gabriella Earnshaw is a book of daily meditations selected from the writings, talks, and letters of Henri Nouwen, some of which have never been published before. This 410-page hardcover volume will remind readers of the gift that Nouwen was believers and non-believers. For those just delving into spiritual reading, this book is a good primer. The Los Angeles Times calls Nouwen one of the “great masters of practical spirituality.” The book will be released on Oct. 31. Available for $26.00 from Convergent Books, an imprint of PenquinRandomHouse at: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/535362/you-are-the-beloved-by-henri-jm-nouwen/

Jesus Approaches

In Jesus Approaches Elizabeth M. Kelly shares stories of New Testament women whose encounters with Jesus freed them to flourish in life. The stories are supplemented with moving accounts from the author’s own life and other women’s lives. The subtitle of the volume is: What Contemporary Women Can Lean about Healing, Freedom, & Joy from the Women of the New Testament. The eight chapters are titled:

  1. Magdalene
  2. Shepherd Girl
  3. Woman with a Wound
  4. Woman Undivided
  5. Veronica
  6. “Martha, Martha” and Mary
  7. Queen

Available for $16.95 from Loyola Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657. Tel: (800) 621-1008. Fax: (773) 281-0555. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.loyolapress.com.

Videos from Convocation of Catholic Leaders, July 1-4, 2017, Orlando, Florida

For those interested, YouTube, in cooperation with EWTN, has posted videos of major presentations and public sessions from the July 1-4 Convocation of Catholic Leaders. The videos are listed in reverse chronological order. It can be accessed at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpTzvCOJa7DClAPQHoEQVv3skscx37UGo&disable_polymer=true

The listing above does not include the topic or main speaker. However, the link below is helpful in navigating the various presentations and events.

http://www.thecatholictelegraph.com/all-video-of-the-usccb-convocation-for-catholic-leaders-the-joy-of-the-gospel-enumerated/43965

Heroes & Heretics of the Reformation

Heroes & Heretics of the Reformation, by Phillip Campbell is a good to read especially as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The volume tells stories of the major players during that time. Included of course is Martin Luther himself; Thomas Müntzer; the queens, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor; Popes Paul III and Pius V; St. Peter Canisius; John Calvin and more. As a description of the book puts it: “It was a tumultuous time, filled with heroes, heretics, and some who were a little bit of both. It was a time of destruction and rebuilding. Some sincerely sought reform while others sought merely to profit by it, and some—perhaps too few—used the events of the time to become saints.” Available in hardcover for $27.95 from St. Benedict’s Press/Tan Books, P.O. Box 410487. Charlotte, NC 28241. Tel: (800) 437-5876. Fax: (815) 226-7770. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: tanbooks.com.

The Image of the Unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God

In The Image of the Unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God, Father Thomas E. Hosinski, CSC considers “What does it mean to be “made in the image and likeness of God”? How has the world talked about God over the ages? What do the life and teachings of Jesus say about the nature of God? Do the “new sciences” diminish or affirm Christianity’s understanding of God?” Through the lens of “catholicity,” an awareness of our fundamental wholeness in God, Fr. Hosinski surveys our evolving understandings of God, casting light on our knowledge of the universe as revealed in physics, cosmology, and biology, particularly the theory of evolution. Available for $27.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com

40 Penances for Spiritual Exercise: Living the Great Gift of Mercy

40 Penances for Spiritual Exercise: Living the Great Gift of Mercy, by Father Stephen J. Wolf is a collection of popular penances of a parish priest  for faith-sharing groups meeting over six weeks, or for an individual reader seeking more creative ways to pray. They include 10 psalms, 22 other scripture passages. The 40 penances are outlined to loosely follow the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with opening songs and simple suggestions for faith sharing: a seed planted, a memory provoked, a question raised, or an action prompted. Available for $6.95 from St. Mary’s Bookstore, 1909 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37041. Website: www.stmarysbookstore.com. Or go to: https://www.idjc.org/etc-faith-books/. Available as an e-book for $2.99.

I Have Learned From the Least: My Life, My Hopes

I Have Learned From the Least: My Life, My Hopes, by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is a 127-page paperback that could be described as a memoir. It’s done in the form of an interview that traces his upbringing in humble circumstances, his early vocation to the priesthood followed by theological studies in the United States, service on the International Theological Commission, and his surprising rise in the hierarchy of the Philippine Church and on the world stage. The questions are posed by Gerolamo and Lorenzo Fazzini, editors and journalists. The Contents page list the chapters as:

  1. Son of the People
  2. One Less Doctor, One More Priest
  3. Priests to Learn form the Poor
  4. Theology, a Second Love
  5. Manila, Philippines
  6. Asia Today and Tomorrow
  7. Ecology and the Vindication of Laudato Si’

Available for $20.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com