Keenan, WilliamTo the Ends of the Earth (St Josemaria Escriva and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 3)
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To the Ends of the Earth is the final book of a compelling, three-volume biography of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Covering his later years in Rome, To the Ends of the Earth charts the dramatic spread of Opus (More) Dei across five continents. The book also details Josemaría Escrivá’s battles within the church to get the most important spiritual message of our time heard: that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but also for ordinary men and women, who can become saints through their everyday lives and work. Initially branded a “madman” and “heretic,” Escrivá lived to see his teachings affirmed by Vatican II. To the Ends of the Earth also tells the story of how Josemaría Escrivá became a saint, and the Vatican’s investigations into numerous miracles accredited to him, resulting in his canonization by Pope John Paul II on October 6, 2002.

Keenan, WilliamThe Path Through the Mountains (St Josemaria Escriva and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 2)
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The first volume of Keenan’s biography of Josemaria Escriva, The Day the Bells Rang Out, covered the life of Opus Dei’s founder from childhood to November 1937, when, in the middle of the Spanish Civil War, he and his companions (More) were planning to escape from the “Red” zone of Spain to be able to continue their apostolate in freedom.
This new volume picks up the story and sees Escriva on his “path through the mountains” to the other side of Spain via the Pyrenees, Andorra and Lourdes, France. The title, however, has a much deeper sense: in spreading the message of Opus Dei, Escriva and his followers were cutting a new path of holiness and apostolate in the world, and when they met difficulties, which came abundantly, he would remind them of the words of Scripture, inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae – the waters will make a path through the mountains (Ps 103/104: 10). Notably, Escriva quoted this verse in the first chapter of his classic work The Way: “Let those very obstacles give you strength. God’s grace will not fail you: Inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae! You shall pass through the mountains! Does it matter that you have to curtail your activity for the moment if afterwards, like a spring which has been compressed, you will reach incomparably farther than you ever dreamed?”
The Path Through the Mountains is divided into three parts, the book consisting of 87 short chapters, ending up with Escriva’s first stay in Rome in June 1946. The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War 2. Keenan shows Escriva and his companions living in dire poverty, filled with irrepressible good spirits and fired with zeal for apostolate, no matter what. The book fills in the rather sketchy picture of Escriva’s life at this time offered by Joffé’s film There Be Dragons, supporting Joffé’s inspired artistic impression with historical facts. Far from being a dry, historical document, however, the book is enlivened from the start with the humour, homely details and breathtaking vision that were so evident in Escriva himself, as a result of his deep, active faith and love.

Keenan, WilliamThe Day the Bells Rang Out (St Josemaría Escrivá and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 1)
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

The Day the Bells Rang Out is the first book of a compelling, three-volume biography of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Covering the early years of his life, The Day the Bells Rang Out reads like a thriller. But (More) it is much more than a breathtaking adventure.This is the story of a fugitive priest at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, caught up in the bloodbath of the religious persecution in which thousands of priests were slaughtered.Through the personal notes of Josemaría Escrivá we experience the terror unfolding day by day. Amid the chaos and horror we are given vivid glimpses into the soul of a man striving for sanctity in a violent and troubled world.And all the while this priest, who had earlier received a vision from God, was spreading the most important spiritual message of our time – that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but also for ordinary men and women, who can become saints through their everyday lives and work.Josemaría Escrivá was himself made a saint when Pope John Paul II canonized him on October 6, 2002.

Bergsma, JohnNew Testament Basics for Catholics
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Award-winning author and theology professor John Bergsma follows up his popular Bible Basics for Catholics—which has sold more than 60,000 copies—with a more in-depth look at the New Testament. Using simple illustrations and the (More) same clear, conversational style that characterized his earlier book, Bergsma introduces four of the most important writers in the New Testament: Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John.
With humor and simple illustrations, theology professor John Bergsma focuses on Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John, whose writings comprise about 90 percent of the New Testament. The gospel of Matthew, written for Jewish Christians, illuminates the life and teachings of Christ as the long-promised Messiah. In Luke’s gospel, readers will delve into the infancy and Triduum narratives, as well as the Acts of the Apostles and the life of the early Church. This leads the reader to discover St. Paul and his first and arguably greatest theological treatise: Romans. Finally, “the beloved apostle” St. John draws us in to the unsurpassed beauty of the fourth gospel, as well as the most mysterious book of the New Testament: the book of Revelation. A concluding chapter offers suggestions for further study.
Intended as an introductory work for those who are new to scripture study, New Testament Basics for Catholics does not aspire to be a comprehensive guide to all twenty-seven books of the New Testament, but is intended to lay the foundation for a lifetime of scripture reading.

Bergsma, JohnBible Basics for Catholics
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

John Bergsma’s popular Bible Basics for Catholics, which has sold more than 60,000 copies, offers readers an accessible vision of salvation history as it unfolds in the Bible, showing readers how the Bible points us to the saving (More) life and work of Jesus. This new edition includes an additional chapter on covenant fulfillment in the Book of Revelation.

Buch, LucasNew Mediterraneans
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The lives of the saints act as a light that illuminates the path of our lives when night falls. They have travelled the same path as us, and have known how to reach the goal: the Love of God which is in our origin, and which (More) desires to embrace us for all eternity.
In these pages we are going to look at the holy life of St Josemaría Escrivá; in particular, at some of the discoveries he made during his years as a young priest. As many people who knew him pointed out, he was a lover of God who taught many souls “to understand more profoundly the love of God, so that we are able to show that love to other people through what we do and say” (Christ is Passing By, 97). This is the path of the Christian life, which we too wish to undertake.

Silvestre, Juan JoséThe Time of God’s Presence
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“History is not a mere succession of centuries, years or days, but the time span of a presence that gives full meaning and opens it to sound hope.” These words of Pope Benedict XVI, which have inspired the title of this book, (More) describe the essence of the liturgical year, which is a celebration of the mystery of Christ within time.
This book, which brings together different texts which have been published on the Opus Dei website, invites the reader to live through those mysteries of the liturgical calendar, which revolve around the Paschal Mystery, heart of the life of Christ and of the history of the world. The reader can therefore deepen in the different tonalities which the prayer of the Church acquires as the year progresses; one can discover that the liturgy is, in the words of Pope Francis, “God’s time and space” and that He invites us to “put ourselves there in God’s time, in God’s space, without looking at our watches. The liturgy is precisely entering into the mystery of God; bringing ourselves to the mystery and being present in the mystery.”

Philippe, Marie-DominiqueThe Mystery of Joseph
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“I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint.”—St, Atresa of Avila
Although the greatest of saints, after Mary, St. Joseph is perhaps the least well understood, In this inspiring (More) book, Fr. Philippe leads you deep into the beautiful mysteries of St. Joseph—the humble, heroic guardian of Jesus and Mary, who is now the Guardian of the Church, “overflowing with immeasurable wisdom and power” (Pope Paul VI).
“In this beautiful book one of the great men of the Chrurch of recent times helps us to contemplate the face of St. Joseph in all its chivnlrous nobility.”—Fr. John Saward, author Cradle of Redeeming Love
St. Joseph seems to have fallen out of favor in the minds of Catholies. These deep meditations are a wonderful antidore for that I highly recommend The Mystery of Joseph.”—Archbishop John J. Myers

Suarez, FedericoJoseph of Nazareth
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Saint Joseph passes through the Gospel without our hearing him utter as much as a single word. But God had selected him for a special mission: to look after two of the greatest treasures who have ever been on earth – Jesus and (More) Mary. And Joseph has a personality of uncommon richness. The figure of Joseph is also an incentive God has given us to stir up hope in the ordinary person.
Joseph of Nazareth is a series of reflections on the life of Saint Joseph in the light of faith and based on revelation. At the end the reader’s love for and devotion to this great saint will have grown considerably. For Joseph, the last of the patriarchs, shows how any one of us can come to be a great saint.
THE AUTHOR
Federico Suarez (1917-2005) obtained a doctorate at the University of Madrid. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Santiago de Compostella. From 1953-1960 he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Navarre; and from 1975 until his death he was chaplain to the Royal household.
A member of Opus Dei since 1940, he was ordained in 1948. He carried out extensive pastoral work in university circles and among secular clergy. In addition to more than 20 titles of historical research, he wrote a series of books, including Mary of Nazareth, The Narrow Gate, When the Son of Man comes and About being a Priest, most of which have been translated into several languages. These books have proved useful for people from all walks of life.

Hahn, ScottA Father Who Keeps his Promises
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Explores the “covenant love” God reveals to us through the Scriptures and explains how God patiently reaches out to us to restore us into a relationship with his divine family, in a book that follows the high adventure of God’s (More) plan for the ages, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing down through the generations to the coming of Christ and the birth of the Church. Original.
A convert to Catholicism, DR. SCOTT HAHN brings salvation history to life for the lay Catholic. He teaches theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He and his wife, Kimbely, are the authors of Rome Sweet Home, the story of their journey to the Catholic Church.