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Are We Together?
A Roman Catholic Analyses Evangelical Protestants

by Eduardo J. Echeverria.

A member of the more than 20-year-old American ecumenical initiative, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Echeverria has listened attentively to the writings of fellow Christian theologians from these traditions of reflection and argument. In this ecumenical light, he engages the Evangelical Protestant writings of Gregg Allison and Leonardo De Chirico. This study is also a work in receptive ecumenism; it follows the guidelines stipulated by Vatican Council II’s Unitatis Redintegratio in order to promote mutual and improved understanding between Roman Catholicism and Evangelical Protestantism. Learn learn more or purchase.

Psalms as Personal Prayer
An Intimate Translation

trans. Richard Eric Wolf

The Bible—including the Psalms—expresses every emotion and behavior known to mankind. Psalms as Personal Prayer is a new translation directly from the Hebrew in which the psalms were originally written. As a psalter it is an intimate translation, that is, a collection of psalms intended to be meaningful for intensely intimate personal prayer at home, at church, or on the go using a smartphone or tablet. Available as an Apple ePub or Kindle Book. 

One Knight’s Journey:
Perspective of a Knights of Columbus Supreme Director

by Scott A. O’Connor

A unique narrative of a spiritual journey of a small-town boy who grows in his faith during his highly successful business career and his parallel association in the Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic men’s organization. Scott documents the various levels of participation and the opportunities for engagement with the men—and families— in the organization. Laymen play an important role in the Church, and the Knights are there to assist at the parish level, diocesan, and state levels, as well as nationally and internationally. Scott held about every volunteer position from collecting donations for children with special needs to overseeing the operation of one of the largest state memberships in the country, and finally to even to the Board at the international level.

Between Tyranny And Freedom:
A Cautionary Tale of Survival and Resurrection

by Alexandra Mazur Smith

A story of resurrection, a carefree boyhood in 1941 Poland / Western Ukraine led to slave labor in Nazi Germany. Tadek barely survived the nasty conditions of indentured servitude in the Rhineland; yet found freedom once again— and this time truly appreciated it, having seen the opposite. Between Tyranny And Freedom is a true first-hand account of the difference between totalitarian rule and self-determination. We take it for granted— Tadek did not, and lived his life accordingly. See more.

Remembering Forward

Friar Edward J. Ondrako, OFM Conv. noted that English theologian and philosopher Saint John Henry Newman chose the Feast of the Presentation to preach his 15th, and ultimate, Oxford University Sermon. It’s not uncommon for philosophers to choose meaningful dates to celebrate milestones. 

Remembering Forward coverSo too, on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee, Fr. Ondrako has published Remembering Forward: Critical Engagement with Modernity, his collection of 24 sermons that he preached during his Jubilee year.

Each reflection, any of which can stand on its own, is based on the perspective of Cyril O’Regan’s “Gift of Modernity” that theologically compares and contrasts what he describes as the three positions of theologians: cheerers, weepers, and shadow-seers.

Ten chapters include a reproduction of a fresco, one of a series painted by the thirteenth century Cenni di Pepo (Cimabue), an Italian mural painter and designer of mosaics. These frescoes exist today in the Upper Church of San Francisco in Assisi.

Fr. Edward J. Ondrako,  a Franciscan Conventual priest of Our Lady of the Angels Province, is Research Fellow on the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure, Rome and a Visiting Scholar, at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), each in Humanities/Humanistic Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.), Theology/Theological Studies, Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), and a Master of Theology. 

Fr. Ondrako is also the author of Rebuild My Church: Peter Damian Fehlner’s Appropriation and Development of the Ecclesiology and Mariology of Vatican II (Lectio Publishing, 2021). Remembering Forward is published as a full-color electronic book, available on either (Apple) iTunes or (Amazon) Kindle. See details »

An Intentional Way to Deal With Grief

Almost every culture has traditions for mourning the loss of someone they love. In fact, burial grounds have given us some of the earliest insights into cultural traditions going back thousands of years. It seems that no matter who we are, or when and where we live, we all must come to terms with grieving the death of someone we love. 

As Christians, we mourn with hope in the knowledge that eternal life in Jesus Christ is our final destination. But if only it was that simple! Mary and Martha grieved at the loss of Lazarus (John 11:33) and we will also weep when someone we loves dies.

The 7 Intentions of Mourning: Carrying the Cross of Grief With Meaning and Hope is authored by John & Sandy O’Shaughnessy, founders of Good Mourning Ministry, a mission-driven healing ministry supporting Catholic parishes throughout the United States. 

This insightful and beautifully written book illustrates that when we unite our suffering with the suffering Christ, we learn that it can be redemptive and fruitful as part of His salvific mission. The seven intentions of mourning are each conscious choices, and together they present a unique pathway to healing where our grief finds a meaningful expression. Each intention is strategically positioned to help believers carry their personal cross of grief alongside the risen Lord as they discover that love endures all and that good can come from bad when there is hope.

The pages of the book provide writing space to record prayerful, practical and personal intentions — a unique approach to building bridges toward a new and different life after the loss of a loved one making it ideal for parish bereavement groups, clergy formation, grief counselors and workshops, discussion group, and people mourning the loss of a loved one.

“This powerful book draws us into the natural and supernatural dynamics of grieving, mourning, and suffering that find meaning when united to the grace of Christ’s victory over suffering and death. Highly recommended to all, but especially for support groups dealing with those suffering or struggling to find a path through the pain.” Eduardo J. Echeverria, Ph.D., S.T.L., Professor of Systematic Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit.

ISBN 978-1-943901-10-4 from Lectio Publishing and booksellers everywhere.

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