An introduction to one of the least known yet most influential apostles to the English. Famously, Blessed Dominic Barberi (1792–1849) received Saint John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church, yet even the most renowned Newman scholars hardly pause to consider the significance of the man at whose feet Newman knelt to make his confession on a stormy night in October 1845. Blessed Dominic had longed to minister in England for most of his adult life. He was a gifted theologian, though he may not have known what a prodigious author he was, or of his extraordinary spiritual gifts – his ecstasies and visions, his prophetic insight and ability to read souls – and almost constant experience of the ‘dark night’ of the soul, spiritual agonies constantly offered up for the conversion of England.
AUTHOR: Fr Gerard Skinner
DETAILS: 192 pages, paperback
Wild, Wonderful & Weird Stories of God’s Heroes
The saints are not myths or legends, they were people just like us who lived lives of epic virtue. If the saints have never made you laugh or drop your jaw, they will in this book. Best selling author Shaun McAfee and guest writers illustrate how the saints were not just stone-faced old men. Some of them had quirky habits, outrageous personalities, and did breathtaking deeds… but they all had epic faith. Their lives were filled with events that push our understanding of charity with intrepid virtue, but at certain points, they lacked common sense and were uproariously funny, too.
AUTHOR: Shaun McAfee
DETAILS: 220 pages, paperback
An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers
We hear the voices of the early Church Fathers even today. Their teachings, their guidance, their insights, and their sacrifice shaped the Catholic Church. They defined the canon of Scripture. They developed our creeds and forms of worship. They defined Christianity’s distinctive moral sense. But who were they? What can we learn from their ancient teachings? What can the Fathers teach the 21st century – about holiness, culture, faith, and the Gospel?
AUTHOR: Mike Aquilina
DETAILS: 352 pages, paperback
Saints who Renewed the Church
Joseph Pearce Heroes of the Catholic Reformation is a scholarly and cultured celebration of the saints who responded to the fierce oppositions of their time with courage and an authentic and lasting Catholic Reformation. Author Joseph Pearce invites us to look to these heroes for inspiration as we seek to live the fullness of Faith in our fallen world.
AUTHOR: Joseph Pearce
DETAILS: 176 pages, paperback
Women Saints Who Won the Battle for Souls
Christ wants you to join in His saving work. He has called you to be a holy handmaid, a royal princess, a daughter of the Most High: a fighter alongside your King on the spiritual battlefield for souls. Julie Onderko here brings you exciting tales about bold female warriors of the spirit, from heroic Old Testament women such as Judith, Deborah, and Esther, to more recent icons of the Faith, including St Clare, St Monica, and St Faustina. From their diverse circumstances and vocations, these women warriors will teach you the powerful spiritual tactics that they used in their battles against the devil – tactics that will help you grow holy even as you engage in the greatest endeavour of all: saving souls for Christ.
AUTHOR: Julie Onderko
DETAILS: 150 pages, paperback
Edited by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti With beautiful illustrations and topics ranging from queries about the role of angels to the cry of a soul seeking to understand the meaning of suffering, these meditations use the words of this holy priest to answer your most intimate questions and reveal God’s own messages of encouragement, exhortation, inspiration, and blessing.
AUTHOR: Edited by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti
DETAILS: 178 pages, paperback
With an Undivided Heart
Silas S Henderson Using the saint’s own letters and spiritual reflections, and other historical documents, this book offers unparalleled insights into Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s life and personality. The author explains the history of the Society of Jesus and shows how Aloysius Gonzaga played an important part in developing the Jesuit’s educational apostolate.
AUTHOR: Silas S Henderson
DETAILS: 290 pages, paperback
Margaret Roberts Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times tells the tale of Catherine, whose call to live a life of prayer and penance was trumped not only by the poverty and plagues of her day, but by the explicit orders of the Pope, who, hearing of her remarkable powers of reconciliation of enemies, called her out of obscurity to mediate between the warring parties, sometimes even at the risk to her life.
AUTHOR: Margaret Roberts
DETAILS: 308 pages, paperback
The Grace of the Word
Guy Bedouelle O.P. The focus of this biography is the way in which St Dominic embodies the role of Christ as preacher and the results that came from this grace. Bedouelle thus documents how St Dominic’s whole life and mission was one continuous proclamation of the power of the Gospel to transform individual lives and society.
AUTHOR: Guy Bedouelle O.P.
DETAILS: 296 pages, paperback
Her Family, Her God, Her Message
Fr Bernard Bro Fr Bernard Bro decided to set forth the aspects of St Therese of Lisieux’s life, personality, and writing that do indeed mark her as one of the truly great exponents of Catholic doctrine. What she offers in her life and in her writing, he claims, is “one of the most certain and simplest evangelical shortcuts ever proposed.”
AUTHOR: Fr Bernard Bro
DETAILS: 253 pages, paperback
Paul Thigpen In Saints Who Battled Satan, Paul Thigpen details the heroic combat of 17 Saints who fought and defeated the Enemy. In these pages you will read the stories of spiritual champions, learn how they withstood everyday temptations as well as extraordinary assaults – and discover how they were ultimately victorious.
AUTHOR: Paul Thigpen
DETAILS: 252 pages, paperback
Archeology, History, and Scripture unveil what life was really like during the Apostolic Age
Mike Aquilina Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the dusty streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they build a Church that lasts even to our day.
AUTHOR: Mike Aquilina
DETAILS: 160 pages, paperback
Saint John Vianney
George William Rutler In this unique biography, Father Rutler does more than give the facts about the life of the Cure of Ars. With bold strokes, he captures the spirit of the age in which he lived, unveils the sanctity of a humble parish priest, and gets to the heart of what it means to be a priest, showing that the Curé of Ars is a priest for all seasons.
AUTHOR: George William Rutler
DETAILS: 273 pages, paperback
Joan Carroll Cruz The bodies of saints that did not undergo decomposition after death are described as “incorrupt”. After discussing both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the state of the saints’ bodies fits neither category but rather constitutes a much greater, supernatural phenomenon.
AUTHOR: Joan Carroll Cruz
DETAILS: 298 pages, paperback
In these pages, author Maggie Green provides wise, compassionate guidance for members of what she calls “The Saint Monica Club”: good Catholics suffering like Monica the rejection of the Faith by persons they love dearly. Herself a longtime and long-suffering member of the club, Green shows how persevering as Monica did in devoted love for straying souls – loving them as God does – will not only quiet the lingering, aching cry of our hearts, but will draw our lost loved ones back to the Faith and into the arms of Jesus again.