Reviving the Ancient Tradition of Mary Gardens
St Benedict was the first recorded saint to create a garden at his monastery, as a place for prayer and contemplation. His was a rose garden or ‘rosary’. It was St Fiacre in 670, however, who became the first to plant a garden in honour of Our Lady, using those flowers which bore her name. This idea quickly spread with many ‘Mary Gardens’ being created to honour Mary. Here is an exquisitely illustrated guide to creating a Mary Garden in the home, parish, school, with an extensive guide to traditional plant names dedicated to Our Lady, their legends, use in art and in prayer and meditation.
AUTHOR: Felicity Surridge, Illustrated by Malcolm Surridge
DETAILS: 98 pages, paperback
The 100 Most Interesting Questions He’s Ever Been Asked
I’ve given thousands of lectures around the country to engaged, thoughtful, curious university and church audiences and have always made it a practice to allow for as many questions as possible. Here are the most interesting ones I’ve been asked, and the answers I gave. Of course, as real questions from real people, they’re an eclectic mix. Some of the questions and answers are easy, some hard; some profound, some silly; some tragic, some funny; most of them thought-provoking and all of them, I hope, entertaining.
AUTHOR: Peter Kreeft
DETAILS: 305 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 adaptable resource for your parish Adult Catechesis, RCIA, Parish Courses confirmation preparation, youth catechesis marriage preparation and self-instruction. Evangelium is a resource which enables all parishes to run courses for adults on the Catholic Faith. It offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. A modular resource, it follows the same division as the Catechism of the Catholic Church into Creed, Sacraments, Morals and Prayer. It is adaptable to different parish situations and can even be led by non-experts when necessary.
AUTHOR: Fr Marcus Holden & Fr Andrew Pinsent
DETAILS: 78 pages, paperback
A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope.
A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church – can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time? Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ’s light in heartbreak, Dave asks for help from Pearce, his estranged brother – a big-city lawyer and an atheist – to fight for the church’s right to exist.
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
Memorising the Faith is no substitute for living a holy life, but even devout people can’t live by truths they can’t remember. That’s why, over 700 years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas perfected an easy method for his students to memorise most any information, but especially the truths taught by Christ and His Church. Refining techniques taught by the ancient philosophers, St Thomas created a mental “memory mansion” and a way to store information in “rooms,” where it remains, fresh and accessible, until you return to retrieve it.
Dr Vost remains faithful to St Thomas’ vision, showing how you can use this system to recall hundreds of key Church teachings, Bible verses, theological terms, and other elements of the Faith every Catholic needs to know by heart.
AUTHOR: Kevin Vost
DETAILS: 250 pages, paperback
Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious
The Most Holy Rosary is one of the greatest prayers in the history of the Church. Garnished as it is with the testimony of saints and Popes for the last thousand years, the only greater prayers are the Mass and the Divine Office. It is a prayer for the people, to be said over and over, and yet, many still seek ways to enter into the deeper mansions of spiritual richness to be found in this devotion. Here, stands a unique work, arranged through the eyes of the great mystic, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. Discover her magnificent and terrifying visions that will help you to more fully contemplate the lives of Jesus and Mary as told in the Mysteries of the Rosary.
AUTHOR: Anne Catherine Emmerich
DETAILS: 130 pages, paperback
Spanish with English subtitles. This biographical drama film tells the story of St Pedro Poveda (1874 – 1936), a tenacious and innovative priest who opened new paths in education and pioneered the rights of women in the early twentieth century. A victim of intolerance,
he was murdered at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2003.
From the New York Times bestseller comes an inspirational true story. Successful art dealer Ron Hall and his wife Debbie seemingly have the perfect life. But when their faith and family are tested, an unlikely bond with a homeless drifter leads them on a remarkable journey
that forges an everlasting friendship. Same Kind of Different As Me shows how a simple act of kindness can change everything.
About a century after Jesus died, a battle began for the Old Testament. Large numbers of faithful Christians fought about its contents and even about its right to be called a Christian book! This book chronicles the Scripture Wars that ensued and introduces readers to one of early Christianity’s greatest defenders: St. Justin Martyr.
And the Discernment of Spirits
An indispensable, practical field guide for engaging in daily battle with the Adversary – combat that is both inevitable and winnable. Burke will help you recognise the ebbs and flows of consolation and desolation, and distinguish between the voices of God and of Satan.
The battle for our souls is unavoidable. The saints won theirs by learning how to be spiritual warriors and by recognising that we become stronger through battle and grow weaker from avoidance.
AUTHOR: Dan Burke
DETAILS: 120 pages, paperback
Hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel, was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top.
His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren?t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie?s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed or didn?t believe as an avowed atheist. Utilising his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true. Highly recommended!
Living Authentic Manhood Today
The world today is changing rapidly. What was once settled is now questioned, and old traditions are discarded with reckless abandon. What does it mean to be an authentic man in such confusing times? What, if anything, does the Catholic Church have to offer to men
today about living a life of true manhood and virtue? The Catholic Gentleman is a solid and practical guide to manhood and holiness in the modern world. It offers the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church to the many questions of men today on this important issue.
AUTHOR: Sam Guzman
DETAILS: 177 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.