Hahn, ScottOrdinary Work, Extraordinary Grace
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

A deeply personal introduction to the biblical theology and spirituality of Opus Dei by the bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn.
To conspiracy theorists, Opus Dei is a highly secretive and powerful international organization. (More) To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of incorporating the teachings of Jesus into everyday life. In Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization’s founding, its mission, and its profound influence on his life.
Hahn recounts the invaluable part Opus Dei played in his conversion from Evangelical Christianity to Catholicism and explains why its teachings remain at the center of his life. Through stories about his job, his marriage, his role as a parent, and his community activities, Hahn shows how Opus Dei’s spirituality enriches the meaning of daily tasks and transforms ordinary relationships. He offers inspiring insights for reconciling spiritual and material goals, discussing topics ranging from ambition, workaholism, friendship, and sex, to the place of prayer and sacrifice in Christianity today.
Engaging and enlightening, Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace is at once a moving personal story and an inspiring work of contemporary spirituality.

Hahn, ScottAngels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.
Yet they (More) are very near to us in every way. In this lively book, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a safe distance. The truth is that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a close communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn shows that the hosts of heaven surround the earthly Church as a “great cloud of witnesses.” The martyrs cry out from heaven’s altar begging for justice on the earth. The prayers of the saints and angels rise to God, in the Book of Revelation, like the sweet aroma of incense.
Dr. Hahn tells the stories of several saints (and several angels too) in a way that’s fresh and new. The saints are spiritual giants but with flesh-and-blood reality. They have strong, holy ambitions—and powerful temptations and opposition that must be overcome. Their stories are amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate us to live more beautiful lives. In this telling of their story, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the integrated life that every Christian is called to live.
Still, their lives are as different from one another as human lives can be. Dr. Hahn shows the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity—from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the first century to the last century.
Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now.
It must.

Coverdale, John F.Putting Down Roots
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Putting Down Roots by John Coverdale (author of Uncommon Faith) is the exciting story of the beginnings of Opus Dei in the U.S. It tells how Fr. Joseph Muzquiz came to America in 1949 to begin Opus Dei with very little money and (More) only a rudimentary command of the language. At the time, only a handful of Americans had ever heard of Opus Dei. But by the time he passed away in 1983, Opus Dei had put down deep roots in this country.In Putting Down Roots, we learn many remarkable details about Fr. Joseph’s life including:
• His first meeting with St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei.
• His tireless efforts, first as a layman, then as a priest, to spread Opus Dei in Spain during the 1940s.
• His remarkable faith beginning Opus Dei with Salvador Ferigle in the U.S. with no money, few contacts, and a very rudimentary command of English.
• The many heroic virtues he lived, earning him a reputation as an unusually holy priest.
Today, many people in the United States and in other countries pray to Fr. Joseph, as he was called in this country, and hope that one day the Church will declare him a saint. This book explains why.Putting Down Roots contains eight pages of photos.

Havard, AlexandreVirtuous Leadership. An Agenda for Personal Excellence
Language: English, Management & Leadership – Format: ePub

Drawing on the lives of some of the greatest political, intellectual and religious leaders of modern times, and the author’s personal experience, Virtuous Leadership demonstrates that leadership and virtue are not only compatible, (More) they are actually synonymous. Virtuous Leadership defines each of the classical human virtues most essential to leadership – magnanimity, humility, prudence, courage, self-control and justice. It demonstrates how these virtues promote personal transformation and the attainment of self-fulfilment. It also considers the Christian supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity without which no study of leadership can be complete. The book’s final section, Towards Victory, offers a methodology for the achievement of interior growth tailored to the needs of busy, professional people intent on imbuing their lives with a transcendent purpose. Thus, the aim of Virtuous Leadership is ultimately practical. It is meant to be your guidebook in the quest for excellence.

Chandler, DavidTo Make a Good Retreat
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

You need to make a good retreat.From time to time in life, everyone does.The fact is, though, that few people really understand why until they have made one. The experience of a few days spent deeply in the presence of God, (More) praying and reflecting on our life’s direction, gives an incomparable richness to our vision of things. A well-made retreat brings peace, vitality, and a youthful confidence: a singular regaining of the happiness we knew as children, and a taste of the joyful sense of adventure that all the saints have experienced.Who doesn’t need this?Perhaps you sense this need in yourself already. And this is why you’ve begun to read these pages. You have decided to make a retreat, and you want to make it well. Or, on the other hand, perhaps you haven’t yet made such a decision. Someone who’s close to you—a spouse, a friend, a spiritual director—has suggested that you really ought to make a retreat, or positively need to make one, and you’d like to think the matter over.

This Booklet Contains

God’s Purpose for You
Reading and Reflection
New Life as a Child of God

Luna, FrancisHow to Pray
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

“HOW TO PRAY” may seem like a strange title for a booklet. Most people probably feel that they know how to pray well enough, their real problem is getting themselves to do it. In part they are right. Most people do know how to (More) pray — to say a certain number of vocal prayers learned as a child, and to pray in their own words in times of special need, or at church, or especially right after receiving our Lord in Communion. Problems arise, though, when one begins to realize that God is asking a little more of us in the way of prayer — that he is asking us to devote some time each day to mental prayer, perhaps only ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps a little more.This Booklet ContainsIs it Possible to love GodGod’s AnswerResolutionsMaking use of the Means

Pope FrancisChristus Vivit
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Post-Syndoal Apostolic Exhortation ” Christus vivit” (Christ is alive), inspired largely by the thoughts of the Synod in the youth held in 2018, Pope Francis gives the young people of the world a proposal for a journey of faith (More) and hope.
In a great development that goes through the Bible and the history of the Church, the Pope shows the companionship that unites God and the young people of all times and at every moment. It evokes the grace of youth and what it brings in the history of salvation, what it says about the will of God in this story.

Fazio, MarianoLast of the Romantics
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

“I love the freedom of others,” said St. Josemaria, “yours, that of the person passing by right now on the street, because if I didn’t love it, I couldn’t defend mine. But that’s not the main reason. The main reason is this: that (More) Christ died on the Cross to give us freedom, so that we could live in the freedom and glory of the children of God.”St. Josemaría Escrivá referred to himself as the “last of the Romantics,” and under this title Mariano Fazio portrays the founder of Opus Dei as a passionate defender of freedom. As he does so, Fazio offers an orderly, clear, and attractive presentation of many of St. Josemaría’s key teachings. These teachings will challenge his readers and hopefully awaken in them the same love of freedom that St. Josemaría bore in his heart. “Don’t let me be ‘the last of the romantics,’” he would say. “This is Christian romanticism: to love the freedom of others, with love and affection.”

Casciaro, PedroDream and Your Dreams Will Fall Short
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Pedro Casciaro was one of the earliest members of Opus Dei, the Catholic organization founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá in 1928. Casciaro joined Opus Dei in 1935 at the age of 20. He lived beside the founder during the difficult (More) years of the Spanish civil war and was ordained in 1946. He had become one of St. Josemaría’s most trusted aides in the worldwide development of Opus Dei.In this book Fr. Casciaro reveals for the first time his personal recollections of Opus Dei’s founder, which span a period of forty years. ‘He brings us a vivid narrative, written with a tremendous sense of humor which highlights our founder’s human and supernatural traits,’ comments Bishop Echevarría, the Prelate of Opus Dei. ‘As can readily be imagined, these pages are invaluable…’When Pedro Casciaro died in Mexico in 1995, he realized he had been able to savor the truth encapsulated in those words St. Josemaría had whispered to him some sixty years earlier: Dream, and your dreams will fall short…

Philippe, JacquesTime for God
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Many people today are thirsty for God and feel a desire for an intense, personal prayer life that is deep and ongoing. But they encounter obstacles that prevent them from following the path seriously, and especially from (More) persevering on it. Time for God was written with these desires and difficulties in mind.In Time for God, author Jacques Philippe mainly concentrates on mental prayer: prayer that consists of facing God in solitude and silence for a time in order to enter into intimate, loving communion with him. Practicing this kind of prayer regularly is considered by all spiritual masters to be an indispensable path that gives access to genuine Christian life—a path to knowing and loving God that empowers us to respond to his call to holiness addressed to each individual.Philippe draws on years of experience as a spiritual guide to illuminate the fundamental principles of mental prayer and describes some common mistakes and misconceptions that can lead it astray. With simplicity and clarity he explains the foundational principles for a healthy prayer life and gives advice for overcoming the various obstacles that arise when one sets off on the path of interior prayer.Time for God has become an international bestseller in French and Spanish and is written by the bestselling author of Interior Freedom, also published by Scepter.