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

Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today

Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today, by Joseph Ratzinger is a collection of homilies about priesthood that span six decades of Pope Benedict XVI’s life. The volume was inspired in part when Pope Benedict inaugurated the Year for Priests in 2009 commemorating the 150 anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. The 384-page paperback is arranged in the following manner: Homilies, Priestly Ordination, Diaconal Ordination, First Mass, and Jubilee Homilies. In the Foreword, Pope Francis writes, “Every time I read the works of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, it becomes clear to me that he pursues theology ‘on his knees’ and still does, …..” Cardinal Gerhard Müller writes the Introduction. Available for the special web price of $21.21 from Ignatius Press. Also available in e-book format.

To order the paperback version online, go to:

https://www.ignatius.com/Products/JRSW01-P/teaching-and-learning-the-love-of-god.aspx

Pope Francis: The Works of Mercy

Pope Francis: The Works of Mercy is collection of Pope Francis’ homilies, talks, and writings on mercy. In his reflections, Pope Francis treats each of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, which encompass Part 2 and 3 of the 190-page volume . Each topic opens a window on a larger theme. For instance, under “Welcoming the stranger,” Pope Francis reflects on the plight of refugees and immigrants. His reflections on “Visiting the prisoner” are set in the context of his own pastoral visits to prisons, and his self-description of himself as “a man who has experienced forgiveness . . . who has been saved from his many sins.” The source of each reflection is noted. The Foreword is written by Jesuit Father James Keenan. Available for $16.00 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

USCCB Labor Day Weekend resources

USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development offer Homily Helps/Pastoral Aids for Labor Day weekend. The resources are available in both English and Spanish.

Click here for the English version

Click here for the Spanish version

In addition, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops sponsors Communities of Salt and Light. Their website –  www.WeAreSaltandLight.org – has pastoral aids on Preaching and Homily Helps. The resources are available in English and Spanish.

Interfaith Worker Justice Labor Day Weekend resources

IWJ has a list of downloadable resources to observe Labor Day. They are offered for all denominations.

Click here for the resource list.