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As Christians, we know we have not been promised an easy, carefree life. And yet we resist suffering at every turn, despite Jesus’ clear and direct conditions if we want to be his disciples. The truth is most of us find the cross bitter. We’d rather not have to carry it, and we wonder why God demands it of us. In Sweet Cross: A Marian Guide to Suffering, Laura Phelps reveals not only why suffering is a necessary part of our Christian life, but how we can learn to carry our cross without fear or complaint — and even to find that it is sweet. The secret is Mary.
The word “repent” in Greek is metanoia — but the original Greek word means much more than just repentance. It means to change, to turn, to think differently. Metanoia is not a one-time event but a process, and as Christians we are called to live a life of metanoia. Living Metanoia explores what this looks like in our daily lives, encouraging believers in all walks of life to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. In his down-to-earth, approachable style, Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, addresses basic topics such as who Jesus actually is (rather than who we think he is or who we want him to be); what we need to do in order to inherit eternal life; the reality of evil; and our daily call to a deeper commitment to Christ.
With her accessible, everyday approach to life, writer, mom, and volunteer, Lara C. Patangan helps us realize that our everyday compassion makes a difference in exponential ways and that mercy always matters. Practicing mercy isn’t a passive way of renewal; rather, engaging in transformative acts of service empowers us to fulfill our purpose to love and serve God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Foundations for Discipleship is not simply a book you read. It’s a tool you use to form and accompany others on their journey as Christian disciples. For use with small groups or individuals, these captivating articles provide the roadmap for training in the basic skills of Christian living and evangelization.
In The Heart of the Mission: Simple Ways to Bring People to Jesus, Cande de Leon shows what it takes to get back on track. With wisdom and humor born of his own experience, he shows how our Christian mission always begins and ends with people. To help us live this in our daily life and work, he guides us through three transformational principles for ministry and life.
In this Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith, the fourteen Stations have two emphases: intercession for loved ones and guidance for those still practicing the Faith. While contemplating our Savior’s sacrificial love, readers can intercede for friends and family as they spiritually carry the cross with Jesus, asking him to lead our loved ones back to Christ and his Church.
The Adventure: Living Out Your Relationship with God (Catholic Edition) is your one-of-a-kind guide to the adventure God is calling you to live. It includes getting to know God, why having a relationship with him matters, and how to become friends with him (yes, it's possible). You'll learn how he talks to you, how you can talk to him, how you can do things with him, and how we connect with him and one another through the sacraments and the Church.
In Making Missionary Disciples, Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), explores how to build a vibrant culture of faithfulness and fruitfulness. He doesn’t just remind us how every disciple is called on a mission to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ. He gives us practical ways to do this in our ordinary daily lives.
The Big Hustle is the story of a redeemed life and a family’s healing. This is the no-holds-barred, unvarnished, and sometimes brutal true story of Jim Wahlberg, the fifth of nine kids growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic neighborhood outside of Boston, hustling for attention any way he could get it, which led him to the biggest hustle of his life. Against all odds he got clean, he got out, and he got the girl. Jim dedicated his new life as a former addict to working with addicts, and for years has spread the word that recovery is possible.
In #BlessedMother: How to Follow, Share, and Defend Mary in the World of Social Media, author, podcaster, and TV show host Tommy Tighe helps Catholics defend and explain our relationship with Our Lady with wisdom and grace - in 280 characters or less.
Filled with powerful testimonies from catechists; the fundamentals of evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship; and even helpful connections for parents, An Evangelizing Catechesis will change your approach to teaching the Catholic Faith. It is perfect for parish catechists, Catholic school religion teachers, parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, youth ministers, RCIA coordinators, pastors, and parents.
Men are always on a quest for freedom. But what does true freedom really look like in today's world? Society fills us with shallow promises and phony role models. In Pursuing Freedom, author Thomas Wurtz points Catholic men in a very different direction. To be truly free is to follow Christ, and to imitate the saints. When men make that bold move they will find true freedom.
We are all called — yes, all of us — to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. But when it comes down to it, many Catholics don’t know when, why, or how. Believe it or not, you can learn the skills you need for evangelization, starting today.
An exclusive two-book package, only available from OSV. The perfect gift for a new Catholic, for someone entering RCIA, or anyone who is curious about the Catholic faith, this package includes I'm Catholic. Now What?" and The Catholic Source Book. This is the ultimate package for helping Catholics continue to learn about their faith long after they've completed RCIA. Each book allows the reader to dip into sections as questions arise, or dive deeper to learn about a particular topic or theme. Covering everything from prayer and devotion, to customs and rituals of the Church, these books are amazing references that will foster lifelong learning and love of the faith.
God wants YOU to become a hero of the Faith.
He wants all of us to share the truth and beauty we've found in the Catholic Church, no matter who we are or where we come from. In One Moment Can Change a Soul: Helping Catholics Come Home, you'll find encouragement and inspiration to say "yes" to God's call. Tom Peterson shows how God gives each one of us the grace we need to share the Faith and show countless people the way home to Jesus and his Church.
If you consider yourself a master worrier, or if you come from a long line of worrywarts, you are not alone - Allison Gingras has been there. Drawing from her own story, Sacred Scripture, and the traditions of the Church, she helps readers embark on the life-changing journey from worry to trust. You can record your own responses to these insights right in the journal and bring those thoughts to your small faith groups for further discussion.
Vinny's down-to-earth style and powerful teachings on the Sacraments, Divine Mercy, and the Father's love will inspire and revitalize your faith and draw you into a personal relationship with God that will change your life.
Learn to get past the obstacles to raising faithful Catholic children, and till the soil of their little hearts so the word of God can take root and grow. Learn about the seven ideal growing conditions and how to cultivate them in your home: love, balance, play, merciful discipline, empathy, radiant faith, and a strong marriage.
Now that you're Catholic, you are might be wondering, "Now what?" Shaun McAfee understands. As a convert, he wanted to take part in the sacraments, really prepare for Mass, learn how to defend and share his faith, and understand certain Catholic devotions. Yet he wasn't sure how to do any of this, or where to look for answers once RCIA was finished. If you feel the same way, I'm Catholic. Now What? Is the perfect resource for you!
Author and speaker Tim Glemkowski offers four keys to a radical change in parish culture, and outlines a simple strategy for evangelization that every parish can use. It is a must-read for Catholic clergy, lay parish staff, anyone working in ministry, and any dedicated parishioner who is passionate about renewing the Church.