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"How can one not recognize in our age….confession must be rediscovered and proposed anew?"
POPE BENEDICT XVI
ADDRESS TO CONFESSORS, FEBRUARY 19, 2007
While the Catechism of the Catholic Church is considered “useful reading” for all the faithful, it is often necessary to turn to bishops, pastors, catechists, and scholars for assistance in understanding its meaning and purpose in our lives.
Perfect for priests, deacons, catechetical leaders, teachers, seminarians, and anyone who wants to dive deeply into the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith.
St. Rocco spent much of his life caring for the sick and poor. When he became ill, he was banished from the city. Rocco found a cave to sleep in and drank water from a small stream. One day, a puppy from a nearby castle saw Rocco in the cave. The puppy brought Rocco bread and tickled him with licks! A few days later, the puppy led a kind man to Rocco’s cave. Rocco was rescued and brought back to the city. The puppy is still remembered today for his love and kindness.
St. Agnes is beloved by many for her pure heart. Her name means “lamb” and her purity is symbolized by white wool. Every year, two lambs are honored on the feast of St. Agnes. They are carried in baskets with red and white flowers and placed before the pope for a special blessing. The wool of these lambs will later be used to make special garments for new archbishops. When life gets a little hard, we can find calm and peace thinking of St. Agnes and her special lambs.
St. Abigail traveled the Irish countryside sharing the love of Christ and using honey to naturally treat illnesses and wounds. Bees and their honey hold an important place in Irish culture. Legend has it that Abigail once called her bees from their hives to chase off evil-doers! Some even say the bees miraculously changed into soldiers and their hives transformed into bronze helmets! Abigail cared for the less fortunate until she was called to Heaven. In Irish folklore, that is represented by... a flying bee!.
St. Francis lived simply and loved being with God’s creation. He spent much of his time outdoors praying among the trees, animals and sunshine. One day, St. Francis asked his friends if he should continue his work as a preacher or spend more time alone in silent prayer. They told him, “You must continue to preach!” Francis was so excited by their answer that he immediately started preaching... to the nearby birds! To each bird he said, “In every beat of your wing and every note of your song, praise Him!”
St. Martin de Porres ran a shelter where he would care for the sick and poor, even sick animals! He loved all animals, but Martin knew there were too many mice running around the streets of his city. They were climbing in pots and scurrying through houses. The cats could not keep up with them! Legend has it that Martin asked the mice to kindly leave. Because of Martin’s gentle nature, the mice listened to him. The cats he cared for at his shelter were able to rest until they were strong enough to find new homes.
Starting with December 2019 to include the entire liturgical year, each month features a hand-lettered Scripture verse. Use each month’s verse in your daily prayer or as a memorization tool. Find the references for each Sunday reading to prepare for Mass or for Lectio Divina. Holy days of obligation, solemnities, and days of fasting and abstinence are indicated in the calendar grid, and an additional page includes a full listing of holy days of obligation, information on the liturgical year, the norms for fasting and abstinence, and the precepts of the Church.
Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love fortifies priests, religious, and lay faithful who embrace the ministry of spiritual direction and accompany the wounded, assist men and women in hearing the voice of God, and model the love and mercy of the Father for the many who are seeking Him but do not know Him or have false images of Him. This book also shows how various aspects of the spiritual life can emerge from and be fostered by a one-on-one relationship with a spiritual director.