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  • Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Christian and Human Maturity | Ronald Rolheiser

    Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Christian and Human Maturity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. He takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom.

    Judith says: "A must read for the mature Christian"
  • Jesus and His Church | Richard Rohr

    Jesus and His Church

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
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    Influenced by the charismatic renewal movement, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr's presentation emphasizes personal faith and faith commitment. Jesus and His Church, includes the following six talks: Jesus, the Scandal of God; Jesus, the Battleground of God; Jesus, the Victory of God; Jesus, the Gathered Power of God; Jesus, the Shared Weakness of Man; and Jesus, the Healing Power of God.

  • A Catholic Response to Biblical Fundamentalism | Ronald Witherup

    A Catholic Response to Biblical Fundamentalism

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Ronald Witherup
    • Narrated By Ronald Witherup
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    Sulpician Father Ronald Witherup, a biblical scholar, addresses the source and direction of Biblical Fundamentalism. He reviews the unique Catholic approach to the Bible and contrasts the position of Fundamentalists. Fr. Witherup provides a framework to address the reality of Catholics leaving their faith to join fundamentalist groups. These Christians quote the Bible to give ready answers to all manner of questions. Fr. Witherup proposes strategies and responses for Catholics encountering Fundamentalists and answers questions from the audience.

  • In the Footsteps of St. Paul | Richard Rohr

    In the Footsteps of St. Paul

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
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    In retracing the second and third missionary trips of St. Paul, Father Richard Rohr breaks open the life of this saint, recasting him as a mystic and as the first Christian theologian. Rohr presents Paul's revolutionary and all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul's revolutionary thinking about sin, saints, and spirituality.

    Chandler says: "A great spiritual journey!"
  • The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life | David Steindl-Rast

    The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Steindl-Rast
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    The Way of Silence draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet. The Way of Silence embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness. Humbly, trusting in God, you'll practice emptying your mind in order to receive wisdom, insight, and understanding.

    Amazon Customer says: "Really, really bad"
  • In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics | Joan Chittister

    In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Joan Chittister
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    The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. With a selection for every week of the year, this popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.

    Peter Z. says: "Stop, Think, Pray, and Replay"
  • Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life | Henri J.M. Nouwen

    Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henri J.M. Nouwen
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Love, Henri consists of over 100 letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights, the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.

    Jean says: "loved it!"
  • The Divine Spark: An Allegory of Awakening | Paula D'Arcy

    The Divine Spark: An Allegory of Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Paula D'Arcy
    • Narrated By Paula D'Arcy
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    In the town of Status, across the river from Quo, nothing ever changes. Children are taught to memorize facts but not to think for themselves. Adults live by the motto "work, produce, stay the same." And as long as everyone follows the rules, there is harmony in the two communities. The shops hum, and all ceremonies for the worship of God are appropriately formal and well organized. The past is revered, and the future seems to be secure. Then the Stranger comes to town.

  • The Fragment | Davis Bunn

    The Fragment

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin
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    It's 1923, and Paris is beginning to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic. Naïve young American Muriel Ross stumbles into a plum assignment photographing antiques for a globetrotting US senator. But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that her employer is on a mission far more momentous - and potentially deadly - than a mere shopping trip.

  • The Passion and the Cross | Ronald Rolheiser

    The Passion and the Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Ronald Rolheiser, one of the most influential spiritual writers of our day, offers profound reflections on the central mystery of our Christian faith. His beautifully written meditations on the passion and the cross invite you to a new understanding of redemption and offer insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering. Take a journey into the deeper meaning of pain with guidance from a trusted spiritual advisor.

    Rian Alexander says: "Do yourself a favor. This writing is for everyone"
  • Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy | Joan Chittister

    Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Joan Chittister
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    Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister brings to bear the insights of her years of teaching and contemplation to provide us with a way forward as we search for meaning and purpose in our lives. She offers a much-needed message in a crowded modern world that can seem overwhelming and confusing. Through her examination of spiritual calling, gifts, change, and discernment, Sister Joan leads us to the place where - finally - we know we fit; where we are our fullest selves and can be a gift to the world.

    connie says: "too general; not Chittester's best"
  • The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis | Pope Francis,Alicia von Stamwitz

    The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Pope Francis, Alicia von Stamwitz
    • Narrated By Douglas James, Sharon Cross
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    Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the pope's uplifting and challenging words. By taking the name of one of the most venerated figures in Christendom, Pope Francis set a high bar for his papacy. Saint Francis renounced wealth and honor in order to proclaim the Gospel message to a lost generation. His exuberant love for God and radical example of Christian life awakened hope in countless followers and renewed the Church.

  • Prayer: Our Deepest Longing | Ronald Rolheiser

    Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Alan Hirt
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    Whether you struggle to believe in God, are a beginner in prayer, or are more advanced in your spiritual practice, renowned spiritual master Ronald Rolheiser will gently lead you to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Your own yearning and intuition mark the starting point. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears common misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge.

    Karen Mathews says: "spritual food"
  • Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life | Joan Chittister

    Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Mary Ann Jacobs
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    Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. These are the paradoxical - and often frustrating - moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us. Only by embracing the contradictions, Chittister contends, may we live well amid stress, withstand emotional storms, and satisfy our yearnings for something transcendent and real.

    Erik says: "Deep thoughts in journal entry style"
  • A Theology of Mary for the Third Millennium | Elizabeth Johnson

    A Theology of Mary for the Third Millennium

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Johnson
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Johnson
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    In the Middle Ages and Counter-Reformation, some saw Mary as almost "divine". She was placed on a pedestal and removed from ordinary life experiences. Johnson suggests that we "ask Mary to rejoin us on the ground". Drawing from Scripture, especially the Magnificat, tradition, and Vatican II, Johnson describes Mary as God's friend and prophet. She shows that Mary is not well served when she is portrayed as the maternal face of God, or as the ideal woman or eternal feminine.

    Fr. Ron says: "Extremely intriguing"
  • Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends | Mary Claire Kendall

    Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Claire Kendall
    • Narrated By Kim Wessendarp
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    Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion - intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood.

    M. E. Donnelly says: "God's Grace!"
  • The Gospels According to Saint Francis | Hilarion Kistner

    The Gospels According to Saint Francis

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hilarion Kistner
    • Narrated By Hilarion Kistner, Judy Martino Zarick, Kim Wessendarp
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    Francis of Assisi fell so in love with God and God’s Word that he wanted nothing more than to live the Gospel. His understanding of Scripture shaped the way he strove to imitate Jesus in every aspect of his life. Franciscan priest, Scripture scholar, and teacher Fr. Hilarion Kistner, explores how Francis heard, lived, and proclaimed the Gospel. He considers Francis’ profound love for the Gospel, the movement of the Holy Spirit through the written word, the heart of the Gospels, and how Francis lived in the Gospel light.

  • Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land | Jean Vanier

    Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jean Vanier
    • Narrated By Jean Vanier
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    L’Arche founder Jean Vanier retraces the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of the Gospel of John, bringing listeners further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life of Jesus. Vanier draws listeners into the world of Jesus by providing a warm and intimate portrait of the Gospel of John.

    Chuck A. says: "inspired review of John's gospel"
  • Refuge of the Heart | Ruth Logan Herne

    Refuge of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ruth Logan Herne
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin
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    District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson wanted for nothing and lost everything in a tragic accident. A dogged worker, Mitch's conviction rate earned him respect and trust. Now up for reelection, Mitch's law-and-order persona makes him a shoo-in candidate. But when faith, conscience, and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love?

  • Sunday After Sunday: Making Mass Matter | J-Glenn Murray

    Sunday After Sunday: Making Mass Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By J-Glenn Murray
    • Narrated By J-Glenn Murray
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    Mass will never be the same for you after listening to this presentation by Jesuit Father J-Glenn Murray. He draws us into the mystery of Eucharist by challenging us to consider what we do during this rite. He outlines the history of and Church teaching about the Eucharist, commenting that since Vatican II, views about the Mass have clashed. Fr. Murray explains why we gather to break bread and invites us to appreciate the mystery of holy people gathering to give praise to God and remember the dying and rising of Jesus. Finally, he envisions an empowering role for the assembly, Sunday after Sunday.

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