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Religionless Spirituality: Why We Need the Church
Dr. Tim Gray
Renowned Scripture scholar and author, Dr. Tim Gray, provides a fascinating explanation of the importance of the visible Church and the centrality of God on Earth. He offers incredible insights that make clear the role of the Church as an essential part of God’s plan for salvation, which are sure to help those who have left her, or who mistakenly claim to be “spiritual, but not religious.”
7 Secrets of Confession
In this inspiring presentation, popular speaker Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of approaching Confession, inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. If you do not yet look forward to Confession in the same way you look forward to Communion, this will change your life.
The Treasure of Our Soul: The Apostles’ Creed
Dr. Scott Hahn
Dr. Scott Hahn, internationally known theologian and author, explains the inestimable value of the Creed as a sure means of communicating the life-giving faith of the Apostles and as an indispensable source of unity for the Church. Dr. Hahn also brings to light how the Creed has served as a time-tested wellspring of meditation by which a believer can deepen his or her relationship with Christ, making it, in the words of St. Ambrose, “the treasure of our soul.”
Can You Trust God?
Dr. Tim Gray
Since the fall of our first parents, humanity has been tempted to mistrust the love that God the Father has for us. Scripture scholar Dr. Tim Gray takes us on a journey that addresses the pervasive misconceptions that God is quick to anger, that the God of the Old and New Testaments are different, and that God doesn’t have a merciful heart for us. You will see that you can trust our heavenly Father, who is truly one with his Son.
Men and Women Are from Eden
Dr. Mary Healy
God’s design for life, love, relationships, and sex is written into our very bodies. With incredible clarity, Dr. Mary Healy explains how the Theology of the Body, Pope St. John Paul II’s deeply biblical understanding of Our Lord's original plan for men and women, is astonishingly good news for a culture littered with broken marriages, immorality, heartache, and loneliness.
Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Speaking from his perspective as a historian, Christopher Check reminds us that the crisis of our age is cultural and, in the end, spiritual. He explains that a flourishing society is not achieved through legislation or at the ballot box, but instead radiates from the family out. Using examples from the ages, he connects us with our rich patrimony as Catholics and provides practical advice on what we must do to transform our culture for Christ.
Born Again? Faith Alone?
In one of his most focused talks to date, Stephen Ray discusses salvation, the authentic biblical understanding of being "born again", and how we are saved by faith, but not "faith alone". With great humor and doctrinal depth, he goes all the way back to Abraham to show that we are saved by faith and obedience to all that Christ demands of us.
Encountering the Poor: Biblical Roots for Catholic Social Teaching
Dr. Tim Gray
Dr. Timothy Gray is the president of the Augustine Institute and is a well-known scripture scholar and Catholic speaker. With his eloquent style and polished delivery, Dr. Gray expounds upon the teachings of the Catholic Church surrounding social justice in light of sacred scripture. Discover how social justice in regards to the poor is not one small piece in the puzzle but instead really frames the entire mosaic of scripture.
The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality
Have you ever felt disillusioned about your faith and filled with doubt? Matthew Kelly will take you on the adventure of a lifetime designed to help revitalize your spiritual life. Bold, practical, and inspiring, he will help you rediscover the true meaning of life as expressed in the seven pillars of authentic Catholic spirituality. One of our most popular talks for many years now, this CD is sure to stir your soul and invigorate your spiritual life.
The Four Levels of Happiness
Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ
Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, a highly a renowned philosopher and the founder of the Magis Center, provides a truly enlightening and practical discussion on how to achieve deep and enduring happiness. Referencing the wisdom of the ages, including that of Aristotle and Plato, this talk provides the keys to achieving the universal desire for happiness given to every person by God himself.
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The World's First Love
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
With his characteristic eloquence and brilliance, Venerable Fulton Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy, and theology. While considering the different phases of Mary's life, he discusses various problems common to mankind of every age and reveals clearly that every problem can be resolved. Venerable Sheen emphasizes the unique dignity, strength, and gifts of women and their ability to help heal the world's problems. He stresses mankind's need of the Mother of God and her burning love for all her children. He also gives profound insights into all the Marian beliefs ranging from the Immaculate Conception to the Assumption to the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. All the major aspects and events of Mary's life are lovingly portrayed in this world portrait that is a never failing source of information, consolation, and inspiration.
7 Big Myths About The Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church has long been the target of suspicion and hostility. But how much of this is based on ignorance and prejudice and how much is the fruit of thoughtful consideration of the facts? This book separates fact from fiction. Without excusing or justifying wrongdoing, author Christopher Kaczor clarifies official Catholic teaching and demonstrates that much popular opinion about Catholicism is based on misunderstanding and misinformation. He also provides robust and lucid arguments for Catholic belief and practice. No one book can answer everyone’s questions or objections about Catholicism, but this work examines seven of the most controversial and common myths about the Catholic Church.
Catholicism & Fundamentalism
Karl Keating defends Catholicism from Fundamentalist attacks and explains why Fundamentalism has been so successful in converting “Romanists.” After showing the origins of Fundamentalism, he examines representative anti-Catholic groups and presents their arguments in their own words. His rebuttals are clear, detailed, and charitable. Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs.
The Faith for Beginners
and R. Dennis Walters
The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are prayers most Catholics take for granted. We pray them by rote when we say the rosary or go to Mass—often without thinking about or fully understanding what we’re saying. Providing you with this understanding is what The Faith for Beginners is all about. It’s a fascinating romp through the history of the Creeds, closely examining what we believe and why—with references to Scripture, the Church Fathers, and Church councils. You’ll learn about heresies, persecutions, and theological disagreements that forced the Church to more carefully define our beliefs and add them to the Creeds. Here’s some of what you’ll discover in the pages of The Faith for Beginners:
- Where the world creed comes from and what it means - Why the Catholic Church has a creed while many other religions don’t - Four crucial functions served by the Creed - Why the Creed was so vital to the building of the Church - Seven common objections to the Creed—and how to answer each one
Introduction to the Devout Life
St. Francis De Sales
Written over 400 years ago, Introduction to the Devout Life is still one of the most popular books for those pursuing holiness. St. Francis de Sales explains how to turn that desire for sanctity into resolutions that yield grace-filled results. Themes within the book include: -Pursuing a devout life whole-heartedly -Incorporating prayer and sacraments into a busy schedule -Growing in virtue -Battling wisely against temptation -Making spiritual progress through daily, monthly, and yearly exercises Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or are more advanced in the spiritual life, you'll be able to apply this timeless wisdom immediately. Let St. Francis de Sales illumine the path to holiness and strengthen your desire to walk the road with the Lord.
The One Thing
In this deeply personal bestseller, Matthew Kelly reflects on the challenges of passing faith onto children. Written just ten-months after the birth of his first child, he writes about his own faith, why religion has played such a powerful role throughout history, why so many people are leaving the Catholic Church today, and the hopes he has for his son when it comes to the spiritual life.
Sacraments: The Seven Spiritual Wonders of the World
The spiritual wonders of the Catholic world are known as the seven sacraments. In the sacraments we come closest to God this side of heaven. God in His mercy reaches out and meets you and me in a personal and intimate way. The sacraments are readily available to us, if we make ourselves available to them. Let us, then examine these seven spiritual wonders of the world.
Who is the Devil?
Catholic Truth Society
To the surprise of some, Pope Francis has devoted considerable energy in exhorting the faithful to take the devil seriously. In his homilies, speeches and writings he has made clear that while we need not be afraid of the devil, his activity today can be readily identified. The Christian’s task is to unmask and counter this activity, with vigilance, prayer and mercy. Our Easter renewal of Baptismal promises is no theatre but involves a radical rejection of Satan and all his works and empty promises.
The Call to Evangelize
Catholic Truth Society
Are you prepared to evangelize, to communicate the gospel to others? Amid the numerous urgent calls today to do so, many may find themselves unable to 'move towards others' with a genuine experience of God's forgiveness, mercy and joy. This text's proposal for true intimacy with the person of Jesus is both highly instructive and encouraging. To be genuine witnesses, disciples in today's fractured and wounded world must make space for contemplative prayer and for a tangible, living and personal relationship with the Lord.
Science and Religion
Catholic Truth Society
Professor Barr overturns the widespread notions that the history of science and religion is one of conflict and abuse. He looks at the historical, philosophical and scientific claims of enmity between science and religion and proves that they have very little basis in fact. Indeed in many places they are the very opposite of what history and science have to tell us. The myth that scientific discovery over the last four hundred years has debunked Christian belief is also thoroughly unpicked.
Why Go to Confession?
Fr. John Flader
A simple, practical guide to the practice and the benefits of Confession The purpose of this booklet is to help those who make use of the sacrament to appreciate it more, and to encourage those who do not, to reconsider its many benefits. Describing the sacrament as "one of the greatest treasures of the Catholic Church," this booklet considers both the human and spiritual perspectives of Confession. It includes notes on examination of conscience and a helpful Rite to Confession itself.
Knights of Columbus
“How Catholics Pray to Mary” explains why Catholics believe we not only can, but also should, pray to Jesus through the intercessory help of Mary. Whether you’re looking to understand why Catholics pray to Mary, how to pray to Mary, or to be able to defend this foundational Catholic belief to others, you’ll benefit from this Knights of Columbus booklet.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Knights of Columbus
Scriptures talks about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but what are they exactly? This Knights of Columbus booklet presents St. Thomas Aquinas’ explanation of these incredible gifts, and will strengthen both your knowledge of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and your desire for them.
The Resurrection of the Body
Knights of Columbus
“The Resurrection of the Body” explains the Catholic perspective of death. Christ transforms the experience of death by linking it to Himself through His Resurrection (His rising from the dead). This Knights of Columbus booklet explains the beauty and power of Christ's conquering of sin and death on our behalf and the incredible implications it has for all humanity.
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