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Braille patron Andrea in “The Arlington Catholic Herald”

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In case you missed it, our braille patron Andrea was profiled in The Arlington Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington! This fascinating young lady LOVES to lector and receives our monthly Propers of the Sunday Mass enabling her to do so. Hard to believe she is only 17! Check out the inspiring article and the podcast that she also featured in by clicking here.

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Sessions on awareness and meditations based on the teachings of Tony de Mello

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In 2018, we undertook a project with Desmond Towey and Fr. Leo Daly, SJ to develop an interactive series of meditation and awareness sessions for our clients. Des and Fr. Leo are trustees of the de Mello Spirituality Center. In the spirit of Fr. Tony, the de Mello Center presents, through books, recordings, articles, and conferences, spiritual themes and exercises designed to enrich and transform your life. We have concluded the current series and would like to thank all those who participated. Please pay attention to your email for future sessions.

For anyone who missed out on our previous sessions, or if you would like to listen again, you may do so either with your internet connected device or via phone.

Direct Access via internet connected device:

de Mello First Session: Experience God’s Power and God’s Love

de Mello Second Session: Speak to God about this Body He has Given You

de Mello Third Session: Hear the Song the Angels Sang When You Were Born

de Mello Fourth Session: Begin to Discover Who You Are

de Mello Fifth Session: Find Out What Makes People Happy

de Mello Sixth Session: Locate the Source of Joy Within You

Access via phone:

The playback number is (712) 770-4752

Access code: 942796#

de Mello First Session is Reference Number 8

de Mello Second Session is Reference Number 16

de Mello Third Session is Reference Number 14

de Mello Fourth Session is Reference Number 19

de Mello Fifth Session is Reference Number 23

de Mello Sixth Session is Reference Number 26

We recently added Fr. Tony’s books Wellsprings and Sadhana to our audio library on Mp3 disc (and we are working to make it available on digital talking book in the near future). If you would like to request these, please let us know and we can send them to you.  Thanks again for your ongoing support of this new initiative from Xavier Society for the Blind! 

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

February 18, 2019 - Presidents’ Day (XSB Offices closed)
February 22, 2019 - Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle
February 23, 2019 - Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
March 6, 2019 - Ash Wednesday
March 17, 2019 - St. Patrick’s Day
March 19, 2019 - Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
March 25, 2019 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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Latest Braille Additions as of January 2019

- Three Minutes a Day: Volume 53, 2019 by The Christophers (B1670, 4 volumes): A perennial favorite, this book offers inspirational stories and reflections for each day of the year.

- St. Clare of Assisi: Light From the Cloister by Bret Thoman (B1671, 3 volumes): Known facts of Clare’s life are weaved with imaginative passages that bring the reader into the profoundly spiritual world of the Light from the Cloister. Hailing from an aristocratic family, Clare continually in imitation of Our Lord and Francis sought to make herself lesser or minor. In the process, in another of God’s divine paradoxes, she became a giant, not only of her Age, but of all time.

- Miracle in Motion by Antonio Martinez, SJ and David Warden (B1672, 2 volumes): Father TJ’s last will and testament to the kids he helped pluck out of the barrios of Houston and put on a path, in the Cristo Rey school, to success they never imagined was possible through education. It is a memoir that teaches by revealing his own failures, disappointments, and struggle to find purpose in his life.

- In All Seasons, For All Reasons: Praying Throughout the Year by James Martin, SJ (B1673, 1 volume):  Over the centuries many fruitful approaches to prayer have taken hold, but often there is a certain unease about what is right or what is best. In this welcome and welcoming book, Fr. James Martin eases these concerns with thoughtful, practical encouragement about prayer in all of its forms.

- All the Pope’s Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis by Sean Salai, SJ (B1674, 2 volumes): This book isn’t just about the Pope’s spiritual inspiration, but you’ll get to know many Jesuit saints (famous & not) who are the Holy Father’s heroes & role models.

- Guide Dog Stories, A Compilation from Online Resources (B1676, 1 volume): Stories about guide dogs, including the recent New York Times article on The Seeing Eye in New Jersey, that may hit home for a lot of our clients.

- Holy Desperation: Praying as if Your Life Depends on It by Heather King (B1677, 3 volumes): Desperation has many faces: the addict who has hit bottom; the laid-off worker struggling to make the next house payment; the person who seems to have it all together but is wracked with fear, guilt, anger, or shame. We know we need help, but we are afraid to let anyone - especially God - see how broken we truly are.

- I Thirst for You: A Letter from Mother Teresa of Calcutaby St. Teresa of Calcutta (B1678, 1 volume): A letter from Mother Teresa of Calcutta to her spiritual family.

- Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell (B1679, 2 volumes): The remarkable story of the gifted young woman who set out from her native Georgia to develop her talents as a writer and eventually succeeded in becoming one of the most accomplished fiction writers of the twentieth century. Recounts the poignant story of America’s preeminent Catholic writer and offers the reader a guide to her novels and stories so deeply informed by her Catholic faith.

- Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out by Kevin Clarke (B1681, 2 volumes): An in-depth look at Archbishop Romero, the pastor-defender of the poor and great witness of the faith, which offers a prism through which to view a Catholic understanding of liberation and how to be a church of the poor, for the poor. Traces the events leading up to his assassination at a chapel altar in San Salvador and the reverberations of that day in El Salvador and beyond.

- Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice by Gary B. Agee (B1682, 2 volumes):  Agee offers a compelling look at the life and work of this visionary born into slavery who found inspiration in his Catholic faith to fight for the principles of liberty and justice. Rudd’s hopeful spirit lives on today in the important work of the National Black Catholic Congress, as it carries forward his pursuit of social justice.

- Into His Likeness: Be Transformed As a Disciple of Christ by Edward Sri (B1683, 2 volumes): Sri provides an approachable but in-depth exploration of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. He also offers for consideration “the four habits of a disciple: prayer, the breaking of bread (the Sacraments), fellowship, and the teaching of the Apostles. 

- Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New York’s Welfare System, 1830-1920 by Maureen Fitzgerald (B1684, 7 volumes): A study of Irish-Catholic Sisters’ tremendously successful work in founding charitable organizations in New York City from the famine through the early 20th century. Fitzgerald argues that it was these nuns’ championing of the rights of the poor - especially poor women - that resulted in an explosion of state-supported services and programs.

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Stream our 2018 St. Lucy Mass

We are happy to announce that we live streamed the
St Lucy Mass on
December 13 via YouTube. The link is
St. Lucy Mass Stream

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Malachy Fallon Interview on This is the Day

Malachy Fallon, our Executive Director, was interviewed by Bishop Robert Reed on the Catholic TV show, This Is the Day.

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Advisory Board Member on TV

Sharlene Kraft, one of our Advisory Board members was interviewed by a reporter from NET TV of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese. Sharlene Kraft is blessed with her special calling, despite what would appear to be a difficult obstacle to overcome. Currents News Tim Harfmann has her story.  The reporter accompanied Sharlene to Mass and then interviewed her at home.

NET TV Interview with Sharlene Kraft

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Platinum Seal of Transparency on Guidestar

We have been awarded the Platinum Seal (highest level) by Guidestar due to our commitment to transparency!

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We Have Moved!

We have relocated to new offices as of January 4th. Our new address
248 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-2505

Our phone number will remain the same - 212.473.7800
Thank you for all your support!

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