The benefit of reading books on Spirituality for Catholics are many: it calms the soul, provides insight into our relationship with God and with one another, reduces stress, enlightens the soul, increases our capacity for love, widens our perspective, and helps us become better Catholics.

“Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.”St. John Bosco

 
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Psalms as Personal Prayer
An Intimate Translation

The Bible—including the Psalms—expresses every emotion and behavior known to mankind. Psalms as Personal Prayer is a new translation direct from the Hebrew language 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.

The psalms—written three thousand years ago—hearken to a time of no air-conditioned buildings and no artificial lighting. Life was guttural, it was in-your-face and lived in the midst of nature; life could be very dangerous. God, as portrayed in the Hebrew Scriptures—the Christian Old Testament—is our Protector, a spiritual warrior, tough, strong, and powerful. At the same time, He is loving and kind, the bedrock of mercy, the epitome of love.

Each translation of Scripture has an intended purpose or optimal use that guides the translator’s choice of word phrasing and even vocabulary. My intention has been to bring out the intimacy found in the psalms; the purpose is to align our prayer with engaging in a close, intimate, deeply personal relationship with our Creator. The goal of this translation is to find a prayerful balance in keeping as accurately to the original Hebrew wording and phrasing as is possible while taking into account idiomatic American English.

The source text for this translation is the original Hebrew.

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Remembering Forward
Critical Engagement with Modernity

Remembering Forward is a collection of twenty-four reflections each of which may stand on its own. Between Pentecost 2021 and Pentecost 2022, the year of Ondrako’s golden jubilee of Franciscan priesthood, he discovered a definition of the gift of modernity as cheering, weeping or a blend of both or shadow seers. These reflections cumulatively commemorate changes during fifty years as they speak in the language of tradition as traditio.

In two equal parts, Fr. Ondrako employs memory as not merely reproductive but productive, imaginative and creative looking forward, because St. Bonaventure’s works are imbued with the theme of the work of Christ as always going forward. In Part One, I recall the foundation of the Franciscan tradition in pre-modernity that has a lasting bearing on modernity and the twilight of modernity. In Part Two, using the comparative method of St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus, he explores deeper into their commonalities with St. John Henry Newman.

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Pursuing and Praising God
Augustine’s Confessions

St. Augustine is one of the most important writers in Christianity, along with St. Paul, Thomas Aquinas and the evangelists. What makes Augustine unique is that even though he is a proclaimed “Doctor of the Church,” he is a regular guy.

Augustine’s Confessions is a classic in Western literature yet easy to read. On one level, Confessions is obviously Augustine’s pull-no-punches autobiography; at the same time it is Everyman’s search for truth, beauty, and goodness—meaning—in life. Confessions is Augustine’s journey from paganism to Catholicism; the last section then professes the value of religion and Catholicism specifically—an elucidation of God’s Creation of the world/universe, an exegesis of the Biblical six days of Creation.

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Price:$ 19.95 USD
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Resurrection Power!
Spiritual Solutions for an Anxious Age

Entirely practical in nature, though inspired by timeless truths from philosophy and theology, psychology, and law, the author’s intention is to provide readers with a few useful thoughts about daily living in a supremely-positive attitude and strength. Scripture identifies this as Resurrection Power. St. Paul wants us to know for sure that “the power of Christ’s resurrection” gives us power in our daily lives.

The book’s aim is victorious and joyful living, for us and for all, in this life and in the next. Resurrection power is not a force that relieves us of all pain or removes all suffering from our lives, but, rooted in the reality revealed through Scripture, it really can help us to rise above our daily problem, burdens, and difficulties.

Students and seminarians will find this an excellent book on the Scriptural basis for the belief—power—of Christ’s Resurrection, while others will find it an enlightening message of real power in one’s daily life.

Price:$ 16.96 USD
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Religion Today
An Integral Approach

From the phenomenon of individuals becoming “spiritual but not religious” to multiple religions’ views on homosexuality, Religion Today: An Integral Approach integrates multiple perspectives to examine how religion relates to today’s society.

Hill shares the thoughts and theories of psychologists, historians, experts on world religions, sociologists, social justice activists, environmentalists, feminists, experts in spirituality, evolutionists and many others in an attempt to provide readers with a more balanced understanding of the world and encourage them to explore their own relationship with religion through both an internal dialogue and discussions with others.

Under Hill’s learned guidance, the reader receives a background on the history and basic elements of religion before diving into how religion relates to Ken Wilber’s four quadrants of life: the “I,” the “Thou,” the “We,” and the “It.” From this foundation, Hill then examines the roles of spirituality and faith with regard to religion and investigates the relationship between religion and numerous social issues that are relevant to young adults today.

Price:$ 35.95 USD
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