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Friday, August 9, 2019

- The Psalms are Our Prayers by Albert Gelin (DBX0359): Introduction to the psalms, leading to their appreciation both as literature and as prayer.

- Reflections on Growing Old by John LaFarge, SJ (DBX0367): At 84, Fr. John LaFarge was struck by the many advantages and blessings of aging, and he observed that modern men and women have lost touch with the traditional view of old age as the crowning of life. Seeing it instead as a calamity, he says, is what makes aging such a misery for many. The right approach? The one the respected Jesuit himself cultivated: Old age is a gift. Thank God daily for it. The challenge is to not only say that but mean it. Which begins, writes Father LaFarge, with the recognition that after all old age has its own meaning, like other phases of human life, and that the wisest thing we could do, when age creeps up on us, is to explore that meaning and to adopt some general plan of action, so as really to profit by it.

- The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola translated by Lewis Delmage, SJ (DBX0419): Composed 1522-1524, these Spiritual Exercises are a set of Christian meditations, contemplations, and prayers written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a 16th-century Spanish priest, theologian, and founder of the Society of Jesus.

- The Happiness of God: Holiness in Therese of Lisieux by Susan Leslie (DBX0647): A new look at Therese as a contemporary source of inspiration.

- How Can I Find God?: The Famous and the Not-So-Famous Consider the Quintessential Question edited by James Martin, SJ (DBX0817): Brings together Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist voices to speak of the journey that is the essence of all human life.

- Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con-men, and Devil-worshippers Who Became Saints by Thomas Craughwell (DBX0825): Lays bare the less than saintly behavior of thirty-two venerated holy men and women, and presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.

- A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace by William J. Barry, SJ (DBX0832): Father Barry explores the premise that God wants to relate to us as a close friend. Offers three well-supported and practical sections: prayerful exercises to help lead you to the conviction that God wants your friendship; a close look at objections to this idea; and reflections on experiencing the presence of God and discerning those experiences. Brief, personal meditations are woven throughout.

- The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ (DBX0850): A practical spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Centered around the Ignatian goal of “finding God in all things,” this title shows us how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision-making, all while keeping a sense of humor.

- The Four Teresas by Gina Loehr (DBX0867): An out-of-the-box look at four of the greatest women of the Church: Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and Mother Teresa. Lively, determined, devout but never passive, they were all straight-shooters with an abundance of common sense. They were also deeply in love with God, clinging to him with a tenacity that freed them to do the impossible.

- Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn (DBX0938): Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his enemy had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, and went through a tremendous dark night of the soul after Scott converted to Catholicism. Their conversion story and love for the Church has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of lukewarm Catholics and brought them back into an active participation in the Church.

- Invitation to Matthew: A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew with Complete Text from the Jerusalem Bible by Donald Senior (DBX7003): The complete text of the Gospel of Matthew from the Jerusalem Bible together with a lively commentary on its major themes.

- Invitation to Mark: A Commentary on the Gospel of Mark, with Complete Text from the Jerusalem Bible by Paul Achtemeier (DBX7004): The complete text of the Gospel of Mark from the Jerusalem Bible together with a lively commentary on its major themes.

- Invitation to Luke: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke with Complete Text from the Jerusalem Bible by Robert J. Karris (DBX7005): The complete text of the Gospel of Luke from the Jerusalem Bible together with a lively commentary on its major themes.

- Invitation to John: A Commentary on the Gospel of John with Complete Text from the Jerusalem Bible by George W. MacRae (DBX7006): Lays bare the less than saintly behavior of thirty-two venerated holy men and women, it presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.

- Catechism of the Catholic Church (DBX7106): A historic document that clearly states the essential and fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church

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