From the foreword by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl:
In "Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach," Father R. Scott Hurd writes of the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social benefits of learning how to forgive and find peace.
Drawing from his pastoral experience, in twenty-four short chapters, Father Hurd examines how human weakness affects such things as our ability to forgive and reconcile, our capacity to trust, and how we cope when a plea for forgiveness is rejected by a person we have wronged.
We learn that through these very experiences, we find in Jesus Christ and the sacraments a way to move forward toward healing.
TEN: How the Commandments Can Change Your Life by Mary Sperry
The words "Ten Commandments” conjure memories of the booming, majestic voice of God and ancient laws engraved on stone tablets held by Moses on Mount Sinai. What can these commandments possibly say to us in a digital world where tablets are items we use to surf the Web? How can the Ten Commandments apply to us in a culture where self-help is practically a religion? The Ten Commandments, writes Mary Elizabeth Sperry, remain important because they teach us habits that we need to develop to live life in right relationship with God, self, others, and things: creating priorities, seeking intimacy, spending time, giving respect, recognizing dignity, maintaining integrity, living gratitude, upholding honesty, promising fidelity, and bestowing generosity. When our relationships are healthy and ordered appropriately, our lives are in balance. We know a joy that goes beyond momentary, fleeting pleasure. We are surrounded by love. We live our call to holiness.
Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly
Over the past 20 years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read catholic book of our times. From the spellbinding opening story, Kelly grips his readers and takes them on a life-changing journey to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
Recommended Reading: July 2013
Unlikely Spiritual Heroes by Brennan R. Hill
These unlikely heroes saw great injustice, sorrow, and violence in the world and, in their own ways sought and created love, justice, peace, and hope for our time.
Recommended Reading: June 2013
Search and Rescue by Patrick Madrid
Search and Rescue: How to Bring Your Family and Friends Into or Back Into the Catholic Church
Other works by Patrick Madrid: Surprised By Truth, Pope Fiction, Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine (Basilica), Surprised By Truth 2 (Sophia), Where is That in the Bible (OSV). Patrick Madrid explains why prayer, friendship, and common sense are among the most effective, time-tested methods for bringing family and friends into -- or back into -- the Church, and shows you how best to use them.
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