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St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer

Our Sunday Visitor, 2013

Many of us give up on prayer when we don't get the answer we want WHEN we want it. For nearly two decades, Saint Monica prayed for her wayward son. Years and years of prayers, seemingly unanswered. Countless tears shed with no relief. Yet she would not give up. That very act of persistent prayer blessed the entire Church, for we have all benefitted from the conversion of her son, Augustine, who became one of the most revered saints of all ...


Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own

Angelico Press, 2014

"Lord, teach us to pray”—the petition of the most intimate followers of Jesus—remains the heartfelt petition of every Christian disciple down to the present day. The divine gift of the “Our Father” is the foundation of our life of prayer, but it is only the beginning of how Jesus leads us through himself to the Father. Shane Kapler’s Through, With, and In Him offers practical ways to open up this vital dimension of our spiritual ...


The Grail Code: Quest for the Real Presence

Loyola Press, 2006

The real mystery is the Real Presence   "The Grail Code satisfies the hunger that people have for knowledge of this mystery. The true Grail bears witness to a divine gift that exceeds even the deepest human longing.” —Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Hail, Holy Queen   The Holy Grail stories possess a mysterious power that has seized the human imagination for centuries. They tell of a great secret finally ...


Take Five: Meditations with Pope Benedict XVI

Our Sunday Visitor, 2009

Discover Pope Benedict's wise and visionary perspective as a guide for your own daily spirituality. Find clarity, direction, and inspiration with five brief minutes of quiet reflection as if led by Pope Benedict himself. Each topic begins with a simple excerpt from Pope Benedict's writings or teachings, followed by these helpful prompts for thoughtful meditation: Think About It - Points that serve as a springboard for prayerful ...


Terms and Conditions: Assorted Poems, 1985-2014
Mike Aquilina

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

Mike Aquilina’s poems represent different angles of approach to the themes found in his bestselling nonfiction books: spiritual seeking and striving amid the stuff of everyday work and family life. His measures are formal. His humor superabundant.


Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians

Our Sunday Visitor, 2003

Until we get to heaven, we?re all unfinished Christians. There are no "self-made" success stories in the spiritual life. No do-it-yourself kits for aspiring saints. That?s why Living the Mysteries is ideal for a family member, friend, or fellow parishioner who was recently in the RCIA program and received the sacraments of initiation ? baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist ? at the Easter Vigil. That?s why it?s perfect for a lifelong ...


The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home

Image, 2013

From the bestselling authors of The Mass , an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church. Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this through-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How ...


The Resilient Church

Mobile Merchandise Services, LLC, 2011

Beginning with the earliest martyrs and ending with the twentieth century, The Resilient Church offers a fascinating look at the trials and triumphs of the Catholic Church over the past two thousand years. Fast-paced sketches of critical periods in church history give readers perspective on the challenges faced by the church today. Short selections in each chapter highlight some of the great heroes who influenced the course of history. Mike ...


A Year with the Angels

Saint Benedict Press, 2011

In his previous release, you were invited to a year long retreat with the Church Fathers; now, Mike Aquilina presents a new volume of contemplations and prayers about hose most mysterious of all created beings: the Angels. Drawing again from the deep well of the Fathers' wisdom, Aquilina has compiled a year's worth of reflections on the Nine Choirs of Angels. A Year With The Angels invites you to discover the authority and strength of the ...


Fire of God's Love: 120 Reflections on the Eucharist

St. Anthony Messenger Press, Servant Books, 2011

The only cure for sagging or fainting faith is Communion. J.R.R. Tolkien Science falters and poetry fails when we try to speak of the Eucharist, but across the centuries saints, theologians and ordinary Catholics have nevertheless found words to express the inexpressible: Jesus, fully present, body, blood, soul and divinity, offers himself to humanity in this sacrament. Mike Aquilina brings together 120 of those reflections to encourage and ...


Take Five: On-the-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius

Our Sunday Visitor, 2008

Build your career while you build your faith by discovering the balance and insight of one of history's greatest workers--St. Ignatius--founder of the Jesuits. Literally designed and written to be used in short breaks from work, there are three prompts following each meditation to help you apply St. Ignatius's teaching to interpersonal issues, stress, office politics, goal setting, moral issues, and more: Think About It - Makes the ...


Faith of Our Fathers: Why the Early Christians Still Matter and Always Will

Emmaus Road Publishing, 2013

Getting to know the Church Fathers means getting to know our own roots. It means knowing more deeply who we are as we learn more and more about who they are. The early Christians are our ancestors, our common genealogy, our family. When we look to our roots, what do we see? That's what Mike Aquilina shows you in this book. The Fathers managed to pull off an amazing achievement. They converted the pagan world in a mere two and a half centuries. ...


Understanding the Mass: 100 Questions, 100 Answers
Mike Aquilina

Servant Books, 2011

The Mass may seem routine, and it may be the common property of millions of Catholics, but much lies beneath. Mike Aquilina not only answers practical questions about this central act of Catholic worship, but also walks you through the Mass, explaining the meaning behind the prayers and practices. Find answer to such questions as: What is the Real Presence? What are the Jewish roots of the Mass? Why is the Mass a sacrifice? Why do some people ...


Sense Nonsense, second edition: The Final Answers to the Lack of Answers
Francisco J Garcia-Julve

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

For many people, “to think” is to move from unexamined assumptions to inevitable conclusions without ever asking why—without ever knowing how to ask. Francisco Garcia-Julve asks the hard questions and proposes exhilarating approaches to new answers. Like Blaise Pascal, he packs his ideas into paradoxical aphorisms that provoke a reconsideration—and re-valuation—of even the most ordinary things. It's a book for a culture whose standard ...


The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

Image, 2011

An insightful and practical exploration of Catholicism’s most sacred tradition.   The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition is an engaging and authoritative guide to Catholicism’s most distinctive practice. And now, with the Church introducing revised language for the Mass, Catholics have a perfect opportunity to renew their understanding of this beautiful and beloved celebration.   With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white ...


The Fathers of the Church, 3rd Edition

Our Sunday Visitor, 2013

We hear the voices of the early Church Fathers even today. Their teachings, their guidance, their insights, and their sacrifice shaped the Catholic Church. They defined the canon of Scripture. They developed our creeds and forms of worship. They defined Christianity's distinctive moral sense. But who were they? What can we learn from their ancient teachings? What can the Fathers teach the 21st century - about holiness, culture, faith, and the ...


Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth: (Stories, Humor & Music)

St. Anthony Messenger Press, Servant Books, 2011

Dion came up out of the Bronx in the 50s and tore through the music charts in a ferocious display of talent. He continued to make great music while slowly returning to his Catholic roots. His hard-won wisdom filters through his stories whether he's recalling how he went shopping with John Lennon and ended up on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or what it was like to travel in the Jim Crow South with Sam Cooke. Praise for ...


30-Minute Read: Why Me? When Bad Things Happen

Our Sunday Visitor, 2009

Are you managing your life or is your life managing you? Get back on track with the perfect dose of inspiration, fresh perspective, and faithful direction in Our Sunday Visitor's "30-Minute Read" series. Find a sliver of time at lunch, in the parking lot, or just before bed and get started today!


The Mass of the Early Christians
Mike Aquilina

Our Sunday Visitor, 2001

What did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist? How did they follow Jesus' command, Do this in remembrance of me? How did they celebrate the Lord's Day? What would they recognize in today's Mass? The answers may surprise you. In The Mass of the Early Christians, author Mike Aquilina reveals the Church's most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices. Using the words of the early Christians themselves -- from many documents and ...


Roots of the Faith: From the Church Fathers to You

Servant Books, 2010

If you could travel back to the early days of the Church, would you recognize it? Would the Mass seem familiar? Could you go to confession? Would you feel supported if you made a case against abortion? And would those early Christians be puzzled if you suggested praying to the saints? In Roots of the Faith, Mike Aquilina makes it clear that as far as the essentials are concerned, that time-travel trip would reveal a Church familiar to Catholics ...



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