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.
"Prayer in Our Life"
Millions of Christians and non-Christians look to Thomas Merton for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but to whom did Merton look? In The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton, Franciscan friar and author Daniel Horan shows how, both before and after he became a Trappist monk, Merton's life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition.
The people, places, and events of the early Church are less familiar to most Christians than those of the Old and New Testament periods. Topics covered are The Church Without the Twelve; Jesus: One in Being with the Father; Jesus: One Person in Two Natures; The Western Church after Constantine; The Life and Teaching of St. Augustine; Ordinary Christian Life: 95 A.D. to 600 A.D. This series of talks was recorded before a live audience.
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.
Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.
"Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
Much has been written on the last words of Jesus, the traditional phrases taken from Scripture that depict the final moments of Jesus's life as he dies on the cross. In this new take on the last words, author Dan Horan brings a fresh perspective to this time-honored meditation as he challenges readers to look at their lives through the lens of Jesus s suffering and death. Yet interlaced with suffering, the focus throughout is on the immense love of God for human beings, shown in the gift of Jesus, God made flesh.
Francis of Assisi was a rebellious, reveling young man. After a profound conversion experience, he became the most popular saint in history. Jon Sweeney sheds new light on this familiar tale. Moreover, he demonstrates that Francis himself became a conversion experience for all of Christian history, reviving the Church and revolutionizing how we think about the poor and marginalized, our relationship to the created world, and even our own mortality.
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 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.
"Really, really bad"
Young and impressionable, Lark mistakes a college professor's interest for romantic love. When he offers her the chance to join his efforts to start a school in Kenya, she pictures herself bringing the light of knowledge to hundreds of African children eager to learn. But the menial tasks she's assigned at the school aren't so different from life on the farm where she grew up. Miserable and deflated, with her fragile heart broken, she gives up and returns home.
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?
Saving a child takes a village. Sometimes saving your own heart does, too. When a concerned neighbor alerts the authorities about a neglected little girl living in a shack, the community sets a plan in motion to rescue her. Through fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten classroom of independent, beautiful Kerry McHenry. Kerry sees her own tough upbringing in Cassie's dire situation, so she works tirelessly to guide the young girl.
All major religions tell truth through stories, says storyteller Dr. Megan McKenna. Her spellbinding stories help us understand the significance of the gospel parables and present universal truths that tell us what it is to be human, give us our communal identity, and instill hopes and dreams for the future. "All stories are true. Some of them actually happened," says Dr. McKenna. The stories of Jesus, God's Storyteller inspire us to know Jesus more deeply, and through him, the Father.
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr served as the principal Christian representative at the 2013 Festival of Faiths held in Louisville, KY., sharing the stage with other religious leaders including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
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.
In Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence. The divine silence invites us to compassion for others and wholeness of being, and offers us peace. This book contains reflections made by Fr. Rohr at the 2013 Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky, plus comments on those reflections by members of other faith traditions.
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.
If you are like most people, you probably believe that prayer is an exaltation, an ecstasy. Franciscan Father Murray Bodo says that for him, prayer is often more like a desert. This is the journey of prayer as he has experienced it, and as he would share it with us, especially those of us who are discouraged or desperate because we cannot pray. Or because of those deeper reasons that make prayer seem so hopeless right now. That brokenness or hurt that won’t heal. That darkness which seems too deep for any light to penetrate.
Stories of Jesus provides a portrait of Our Lord in a day-by-day reflection format, based on the Gospel accounts of his life and teachings. Through these reflections, Girzone introduces Jesus and his adult ministry - from his baptism by John the Baptist through his public life and work, to his death and resurrection - pausing along the way to focus on the important people and events of Jesus s world.
As the drought of 1930 burns crops to a crisp, Bryony Linwood dreams of cooling winter snows and the life she would have had if Daddy hadn't been killed in the Great War and Mama hadn't moved Bryony and her sisters to their grandfather's struggling tenant farm in tiny Eden, Arkansas. Now Mama's gone, too, and as times grow tougher, Bryony will do whatever it takes to ensure her family's survival.... Michael Heath barely survived the war, and 12 years later all he wants to do is forget.