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Arise From Darkness

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

Well-known author, psychologist and priest Fr. Benedict Groeschel draws on his own years of personal experiences in dealing with people's problems, tragedies and ``darkness'' as he offers help and guidance for any Christian troubled or burdened by life. If you are struggling with fear, anxiety, grief, loss of loved ones, hurt, anger or anything that makes life difficult or the road through it dark, then this book was written for you. Fr. Benedict offers practical suggestions on how to keep going and even grow with the help of God's grace, even when this help seems remote.

``This sensitive and profound book may become the book that can help you most in your own sufferings or that you can give to others when your own words fail.'' -- Ronda Chervin, Ph.D.

186 pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95 ... AFD-P (ISBN 0-89870-5258)
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Behold the Pierced One

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Proceeding from the prayerful dialogue between Jesus and His Eternal Father, Ratzinger shows how one can only approach the mystery of the Heart of Christ through the imitation of his prayer.

112 pp, Sewn Softcover, $12.95 ... BPO-P (ISBN 0-89870-0876)
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Christian Meditation

Hans Urs von Balthasar

While von Balthasar's classic Prayer is unparalleled in its development of the Trinitarian, Christological, Mariological and ecclesiological dimensions of prayer, Christian Meditation is a short, readable and eminently practical guide to that form of prayer which God's revelation in Jesus Christ has made indispensable: meditation on the word of God revealing the inner depths of God to man and--since it comes from God made man--the inner depths of man to himself.

In a treatment that is both fresh and profound, Balthasar describes the central elements of all Christian meditation, provides a guide for making the meditation and then points the way to the union that prayer achieves in the footsteps of Mary, within the Church and in and for the world.

"Consequently, Christian meditation is entirely trinitarian and at the same time entirely human. In order to find God, no one need reject being human personally or socially, but in order to find God all must see the world and themselves in the Holy Spirit as they are in God's sight." -- Hans Urs von Balthasar

97 pp, Sewn Softcover, $11.95, CM-P (ISBN 0-89870-2356)
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The Christian State of Life

Adrienne von Speyr

The more popular, practical counterpart to Hans Urs von Balthasar's own book of the same title, this book plumbs the depths of what it means to be a Christian.

213 pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95, CSLA-P (ISBN 0-89870-0442)
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The Christian State of Life

Hans Urs von Balthasar

One of von Balthasar's masterworks, this book is a profound meditation on the Christian's call to choose a state of life according to God's will.

505 pp, Sewn Hardcover, $26.95, CSLB-H (ISBN 0-89870-0221)
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Confession

Adrienne von Speyr

Hans Urs von Balthasar calls this ``one of her most central works''. She discusses the moral and practical aspects of the sacrament in great depth. Some of the many areas covered include conversion, scruples, contrition, spiritual direction, laxity, frequency of confession, the confessions of religious and lay people, even the confessions of saints. One of the most complete spiritual treatises ever written on confession.

262 pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95, CONF-P (ISBN 0-89870-040X)
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The Countenance of the Father

Adrienne von Speyr

A twentieth-century mystic's meditative reflection on the role of God the Father in eternity and in time. The book brings the reader a greater awareness of the First Person of the Trinity in eternity, and the interaction of the Three Persons. Then the reader is helped to consider the role of the Father in creation and throughout salvation history. Finally we are led to contemplate the Eternal Life toward which the Father's love is drawing us.

A very approachable and beautiful work, Adrienne closes her prayerful and meditative exploration with: "Thus, by virtue of the Son's sacrifice and his having brought the world home again, the Father is able to regard men as his eternal creatures. Eternal life is not situated in heaven, far from man's grasp, something self-enclosed; it is the life-filled Word, in which men have a share because they are capable of taking it in. And that capability is itself grace."

Adrienne von Speyr was a contemporary Swiss convert, mystic, wife, medical doctor and author of some 70 books on spirituality and theology. She entered the Church under the direction of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Her writings, recognized as a major contribution to the great mystical writings of the Church, are being translated by Ignatius Press.

131 pp, Sewn Hardcover, $11.95, COF-P, ISBN 0-89870-620-3
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The Cross: Word and Sacrament

Adrienne von Speyr

A profound contemplation of the Seven Last Words of Our Lord on the Cross with specific application to the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ.

63 pp, Sewn Softcover, $7.95, CWS-P (ISBN 0-89870-0213)
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A Do-It-At-Home Retreat
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Fr. André Ravier, S.J.

This book is a most helpful and careful guide to anyone who desires to make an Ignatian retreat but is unable to make the Spiritual Exercises in a normal retreat. It is designed for those who want sincerely to place themselves `face to face' with God so as to order their lives along his loving designs. Fr. Ravier is an expert retreat master who has been giving Ignatian retreats for over 30 years.

"A superb book that provides excellent guidance for making the Spiritual Exercises on one's own. Ravier's clear and practical book answers a long felt need for a one volume guide to finding the will of God in the disposition of our life." -- Fr. John Hardon, S.J. Author, The Catholic Catechism "There is an urgent need for a `Do-It-At-Home' Ignatian retreat. That need is beautifully met by Fr. Ravier. This book makes it possible for millions of Catholics to enter into the `interior castle' of Christian mysticism. Those who thirst for a drink of holiness and mystical experience can now find it in this Ignatian retreat manual." -- Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review "Fr. Ravier's book will be most helpful for anyone who wants to attempt the richness of a retreat with the Spiritual Exercises by following his guidance. It will also be of great use to retreat masters themselves."

-- Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University André Ravier, S.J., is a widely respected spiritual writer, retreat master and Church historian in Europe. He has written other works on lives of the saints and on spirituality, his most recent being Francis de Sales: Sage and Saint, St. Jeanne de Chantal, and St. Bruno the Carthusian.

232 pp, Sewn Softcover, $14.95, DIHR-P (ISBN 0-89870-3638)
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Fire Within
Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and the Gospel--on Prayer

Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay's many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer--St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila--and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

But the teaching that Fr. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone. It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church's two greatest mystical doctors.

"This book is a gold mine for any Christian intent on making progress in prayer. Any reader who appreciates the relevance of the spiritual in these troubled times will find Fire Within difficult to put down. A work of art by a master of the spiritual life." -- Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

345 pp, Sewn Softcover, $19.75, FW-P (ISBN 0-89870-2631)
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Heart of the Redeemer

Timothy O'Donnell, S.T.D.

Destined to become the classic behind the contemporary revival of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Heart of the Redeemer examines the doctrinal roots of the devotion to the Sacred Heart in Scripture and in the Apostolic and Patristic ages; charts its growth and development through the Middle Ages; explains the enormous contribution of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque; and unfolds the teachings of the Papal Magisterium on the Sacred Heart, including Vatican II and John Paul II. The book also includes photographs illustrating the development of the devotion.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is intimately linked to our response in love to the Eucharistic Christ. It lies at the core of Catholic spiritual life and is the key to effective renewal of individuals, the Church and the world. For those who haven't yet lived this devotion--or who want to understand and live it more fully--they will discover its richness and beauty in Heart of the Redeemer.

Years of careful research have produced a one volume synthesis of how the devotion to the Heart of Jesus has developed over the centuries. The result is a moving overview of how the love for Jesus Christ has grown in the hearts of the faithful from Calvary to the present day.

"Heart of the Redeemer is a comprehensive and profound study not only of the origins and theology of devotion to the Sacred Heart, but of its contemporary importance as well. For all the good that it will do to foster a love for Christ, which is personal and social, I warmly welcome Heart of the Redeemer, recommending it to clergy and laity alike." -- John Cardinal O'Connor Archbishop of New York

"Heart of the Redeemer is an indispensable source book on the history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I say `indispensable' because it is the only book of its kind. It is not too much to call it a treasury of Catholic wisdom on the Sacred Heart." -- Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Author, The Catholic Catechism

Timothy T. O'Donnell received his doctorate at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He is Chairman of the Department of Theology at Christendom College.

301 pp, Sewn Softcover, $19.75, HR-P (ISBN 0-89870-396-4)
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Prayer: The Great Conversation
Straight Answers to Tough Questions about Prayer

Peter Kreeft

In his typical lucid and original style, the popular spiritual writer Peter Kreeft explores many aspects and questions about prayer, the center of our spiritual lives. In a series of imaginative dialogues (like prayer itself), Kreeft shows how prayer can be an exciting adventure, an inexhaustible joy, a conversation with God--the source of wisdom and strength.

Written in a practical, yet inspirational manner, this book addresses important areas like: finding the time to pray, praying when you don't "feel like it," using the prayer book God wrote, how to overcome sin through contemplation, and how to see God everywhere. Kreeft communicates a vision for prayer that becomes a profound conversation with the God who created, redeemed and sustains us--a conversation that is the most important experience in human life.

Prayer: The Great Conversation will benefit anyone who finds it hard to pray or to read books about prayer. Kreeft's stimulating insights and ecumenical, "mere Christianity" approach make this a unique book about prayer that should appeal to Christians of all denominations.

"Written in engaging dialogue form, Prayer the Great Conversation by Peter Kreeft takes you right along with all your doubts and hesitations into the place of freedom, love, beauty, and fulfillment, even in the midst of suffering, where God has always wanted you to be." -- Dr. Ronda Chervin, Author, Love of Wisdom

"Good books on prayer magnify God and leave you wanting to pray more than you do. I cannot imagine any Christian failing to find that this book of basic wisdom about prayer is a good book--indeed, a very good book." -- Dr. James I. Packer, Regent College

178 pp, Sewn Softcover, $13.95, PGC-P (ISBN 0-89870-3573)
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Prayer

Hans Urs von Balthasar

A completely new translation, this is perhaps the best and most comprehensive book on prayer ever written. From the persons of the Trinity through the Incarnation to the Church and the very structure of the human person, this book is a powerful synthesis of what prayer is and how to pray. The testament of a great theologian on something which is most personal and interior, contemplative prayer.

311 pp, Sewn Softcover, $16.95, PRAY-P (ISBN 0-89870-0744)
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A Still Small Voice
A Practical Guide on Reported Revelations

Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

Father Groeschel, the highly respected author, psychologist, spiritual director and leader of renewal in the religious life, has written a brief but comprehensive practical guide for all those interested in private revelations, the reports of visions and other extraordinary religious phenomena that are so widespread in these times. Because of the intense interest in extraordinary religious experience that ranges from Medjugorje to the New Age, Groeschel's book is an urgently needed resource that gives practical norms to everyone on how to evaluate these claims.

Drawing on spiritual classics and Church documents not readily available, he summarizes the Church's perennial wisdom on this topic.

He also offers an alternative to unusual and extraordinary ways of knowing the things of God, which is a normal everyday opportunity open to all called "religious experience"--the action of grace operating in the context of a human life that can become a powerful source of virtue and holiness. Father Groeschel skillfully directs the reader to the humbler and safer path which discerns God's presence in prayer, Scripture, the sacraments and love of neighbor. The great example of this path to holiness is St. Thérèse of Lisieux who, though having very few extraordinary experiences, was filled with a profound awareness of God's presence and said, "To ecstasy, I prefer the monotony of sacrifice."

"A brilliant investigation into a complex and fascinating subject in which the boundaries of mysticism, psychology and spiritual direction intersect. Probably no one is better prepared to provide such sound guidance on this sensitive topic than Fr. Groeschel." -- Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas "Combining insights from mystical theology and modern psychology, Father Groeschel offers much sound advice for sorting through competing claims of divine revelations. His book is a sophisticated discussion of religious experience and the problems of translating this into public discourses in the context of Roman Catholic theology." -- Sandra Zimdars-Swartz, Professor of Religious Studies University of Kansas "Fr. Groeschel, who is equally competent in theology and psychology, has provided helpful directions in dealing with one of the most serious pastoral problems facing the Church today. A valuable resource for discerning the credibility of these phenomena of miraculous visions and happenings." -- Bishop John Sheets, S.J., Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend Index

Sewn Hardcover, $14.95, SSV-P, ISBN 0-89870-3565
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Unless You Become Like This Little Child

Hans Urs von Balthasar

In one of the last books written before his death, the great theologian von Balthasar provides amoving and profound meditation on the theme of spiritual childhood. Somewhat startlingly, vonBalthasar puts forth his conviction that the central mystery of Christianity is our transformation from world-wise, self-sufficient ``adults'' into abiding children of the Father of Jesus by the grace of their Spirit. All else in the Gospel--the Lord's Incarnation, his hidden and public lives with their silences, miracles and preaching, his Passion, Cross and Resurrection: all else has been for this.

After giving us the numerous weighty tomes comprising the theological trilogy, von Balthasar, as a kind of last will and testament, proclaims to a self-important and dreadfully earnest generation of contemporaries that only that person is lastingly wise, thoroughly fulfilled, who allows God's mercy to give him second birth and surround him for good with maternal care. The profound and technical knower of the Fathers of the Church and all Western philosophy and theology reveals himself gladly in the end as a humble disciple of ... the Little Flower, Thérèse of the Child Jesus!

Readers will be particularly interested in von Balthasar's analysis of the role the Mother of Jesus plays in the Christian's progress toward full spiritual childhood, as well as in the analogy he develops between the insights of early-childhood psychology and the life of Christian childlikeness, which is paradoxically the highest maturity possible to man.

75 pp, Sewn Softcover, $12.95, UYB-P (ISBN 0-89870-3794)
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Words in Pain

John Cardinal Wright

Cardinal Wright focuses his contemplative gaze upon the Crucified Christ, providing us with profound insights on the meaning and depth of His Seven Last Words from the Cross. 148 pp, Sewn Hardcover, $11.95, WIP-H (ISBN 0-89870-0701)

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The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood
By S.T.D. Mark I. Miraville
Published in 1991, Riehle Foundation (Milford, OH)
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint — Apparitions and miracles — United States.
Jesus Christ — Apparitions and miracles — United States.
Motherhood — Religious aspects — Catholic Church.

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