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A brief listing days of note for the Xavier Society for the Blind

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Latest Additions for Audio Clients through September 2017

Autobiography of St. Ignatius, by St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Ignatius’ feast day is celebrated in October. His autobiography was dictated to Father Gonzalez, it gives insight into the spiritual life St. Ignatius. It gives a valuable key to understanding his spiritual exercises.

Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters, by Peter Kreeft. In short chapter format, this book lovingly, gently and wisely shares with children all the important information that Christian parents want their kids to embrace.

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, by Rev. Richard Rohr. Explores the early Christian image of the Trinity: perichoresis, a circle dance. The unending flow of giving and receiving between Father, Son, and Spirit is the pattern of reality. God is not only a dancer, but the Dance itself! We’re all invited to participate into the rhythms of New Creation.

God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict the XVI). A collection of homilies given by Pope Benedict XVI when he was Archbishop of Freising and Munich, addressing questions, problems and issues related to the origin, meaning and practice of the Eucharist in the life of Christians.

A History of the Christian Tradition: From the Reformation to the Present,  by Thomas McGonigle and James F. Quigley. Takes the reader through the momentous events of the post-Reformation Christian world to the dawning of the ecumenical movement in the late 20th century. Beginning with an overview of Protestant Europe and culminating in the Second Vatican Council and the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

Letters From an Understanding Friend: Jesus on the Way to Jerusalem, by Isaiah Powers. Offers creative ways to reflect and meditate on the message of the Gospel, by creating inspiring letters from Jesus.

The Life of Christ, by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen’s recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself.

Saint Cecilia, by Dom. Prosper Gueranger. St. Cecilia’s feast is in November, if you want to read more, we have a short biography. This is a classical story, written long ago, of the virgin patron of musicians.

Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life, by Jeremy Langford. Through an artful use of the Christian tradition, insights from the spiritual masters, and compelling real-life examples, Langford shows seekers and believers alike how God can be found in all things, and how the ordinary events in our lives can be places of extraordinary grace.

The Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, by Brother William Short, OFM, STL, STD. St. Francis’ feast day is in October. This was previously published under the title “The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality.” This is a second edition with completely re-recorded an updated lectures.

True Devotion to the Holy Spirit, by Archbishop Luis Martinez. Written by a former Archbishop of Mexico City, this handbook explains how you should respond to the Spirit, how the Spirit helps you grow in virtue, and the characteristics of true love of the Spirit.

Welcoming Jesus: Advent Reflections, by Pope Francis and Henri J.M. Nouwen. Prayers and Meditations for the Advent Season.

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Latest Additions for Audio Clients

Latest Additions in Audio for Clients

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Latest Additions to the Braille Library

Latest additions in Braille for our Clients

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Latest Additions in Braille for Clients

Latest Additions in Braille for Clients

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Latest Audio additions for Clients

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Catholic New York Reports on our St Lucy Mass

Catholic New York’s news article on our St Lucy Mass celebration December 13th, 2016

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UEB will eventually replace the current English Braille American Edition and that the U.S. will retain the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation.

BANA Adopts Unified English Braille (UEB) for United States

On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) set a new course for the future of braille in the United States (U.S.) when it adopted Unified English Braille (UEB). The motion, which passed decisively, specifies that UEB will eventually replace the current English Braille American Edition and that the U.S. will retain the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation.

The transition to UEB will not be immediate and will follow a carefully crafted timeline. Implementation plans will be formulated with the input and participation of stakeholders from the consumer, education, rehabilitation, transcription, and production communities. Plans will take into consideration the various aspects of creating, teaching, learning, and using braille in a wide variety of settings. The plans will be designed to provide workable transitions for all involved in braille use and production and to minimize disruption for current braille readers.

UEB is based on the current literary braille code and was developed with input from many people, primarily braille readers, who worked to achieve an optimal balance among many key factors. Those factors include keeping the general-purpose literary code as its base, allowing the addition of new symbols, providing flexibility for change as print changes, reducing the complexity of rules, and allowing greater accuracy in back translation.

Letters and numbers will stay the same as they are in the current literary code. There will be some changes to punctuation, but most will remain the same. Some rules for the use of contractions will change. Nine contractions will be eliminated, and some contractions will be used more often. A FAQ providing more detail about changes is available on the BANA website.

After implementation, the official braille codes for the United States will be Unified English Braille; Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision and published updates; Music Braille Code, 1997; and The IPA Braille Code, 2008.

More detailed information about UEB and the motion that BANA passed can be found on the BANA website at

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