DAILY MASS AND READINGS
When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir of conversations between Mitch Albom and his old university professor Morrie Schwartz. In these conversations they discuss life, death, forgiveness, trust, and belief because Morrie is dying of amayotrophic lateral sclerosis and gives advice and wisdom in these Tuesday talks.
An engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate communities of discipleship and vibrant, dynamic faith. Highly acclaimed for his work with parish renewal and the New Evangelization, Fr. James Mallon shares with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colorful stories, Mallon challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. Accessible and engaging, Divine Renovation turns to the Church’s many writings on evangelization and mission so as to articulate practical ways for injecting new life into our parishes. Pastors and parish ministers will be inspired by this book and turn to it for many years to come.
Mother Teresa’s life sounds like a legend. The Albanian girl who entered an Irish order to go to India as a missionary and became an “Angel of the Poor” for countless people. She was greatly revered by Christians as well as Muslims, Hindus and unbelievers, as she brought the message of Christian love for one’s neighbor from the slums of Calcutta to the whole world.
Fr. Leo Maasburg was there as her close companion for many years, traveling with her throughout the world and was witness to countless miracles and incredible little-known occurrences. In this personal portrait of the beloved nun, he presents fifty amazing stories about her that most people have never heard, wonderful and delightful stories about miracles, small and great, that he was privileged to experience at Mother Teresa’s side. Stories of how, without a penny to her name, she started an orphanage in Spain, and at the same time saved a declining railroad company from ruin, and so many more.
They all tell of her limitless trust in God’s love, of the way the power of faith can move mountains, and of hope that can never die. These stories reveal a humorous, gifted, wise and arresting woman who has a message of real hope for our time. It’s the life story of one of the most important women of the 20th century as it’s never been told before.
From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of his election in October 1978, Pope John Paul II has captured the imagination and hearts of people around the world. This first-ever Polish pope—the first non-Italian to be elected in five hundred years-set the tone of his entire pontificate in his first homily by exhorting us to “Open wide the doors for Christ.” Over his twenty-six-year papacy, Karol Wojtyla would show—both by his writings and his personal witness—the transformation that can happen in our lives when we invite Jesus into our hearts. As John Paul receives the title “Blessed” at his May 1 beatification, we can capture the vision he had for the church and for the world in a new book by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Known for his gift of teaching the faith, Cardinal Wuerl explores the spiritual and pastoral wealth of John Paul’s writings as found in his encyclicals and apostolic exhortations. The Cardinal unfolds these treasures for us, presenting not only Blessed John Paul’s teachings, but also suggesting how we can apply them in our lives as we face the challenges of being a disciple of Christ in the world today.
The Shack is the story of Mackenzie Phillips (Mack) whose daughter, Missy, is kidnapped on a camping trip and killed. Mack experiences a crisis of faith. God appears to Mack in the form of the Trinity and heals him.