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The Definitive Guide to Catholic Fasting & Abstinence
Fasting is one of the chief means of penance we can perform to make satisfaction for sin, as our Lady of Fatima repeatedly called for. However, in a modern Church that legislates fasting only two days a year, we find a woefully lacking answer to Heaven’s incessant calls for penance and reparation. Understanding the decline of fasting over time in the Church should inspire us to observe these older customs and to encourage other Catholics to do so for the purpose of making satisfaction for sin.
While the purpose of fasting has remained the same, how fasting is observed has changed. As more Catholics seek to rediscover the traditions of earlier centuries and piously observe these traditions, they are often confused by the changing disciplines and exceptions for certain times, places, and circumstances. St. Francis de Sales remarked, “If you’re able to fast, you will do well to observe some days beyond what are ordered by the Church.”
This book explains fasting and how it has changed over the centuries in one of the most complete compilations yet written. Unfortunately, most summaries of fasting are either inaccurate or incomplete. However, rather than being a mere academic exercise, the purpose of studying the history of fasting is ultimately to help us rediscover these more ancient practices in an attempt to better observe our Lord and our Blessed Mother’s call for penance and reparation for sins.
As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once remarked, "It is a long-established principle of the Church never to completely drop from her public worship any ceremony, object or prayer which once occupied a place in that worship." The same may be said for matters concerning either Holy Days of Obligation or fast days. What our forefathers held sacred should remain sacred to us in an effort to preserve our catholicity not only with ourselves but with our ancestors who see God now in Heaven.
The Roman Catechism Explained for the Modern World
Description: Unbeknownst to many, the new catechism published in 1992 is far from the only catechism. St. Peter Canisius wrote the first catechism in 1555. Less than a decade later in 1562, the Roman Catechism was commissioned by the Fathers of the Council of Trent, who saw the need for an authoritative explanation of the Faith for the universal Church. Prepared under St. Charles Borromeo’s supervision and issued by Pope St. Pius V in 1566, it remains the most authoritative catechism in print. For modern readers, however, the Roman Catechism is rather verbose and hard to read. To remedy this, over one hundred years ago, Fr. Francis Spirago authored The Catechism Explained.
Now a century later, Mr. Matthew Plese has done the same for our day. In The Roman Catechism Explained for the Modern World, Plese seeks to present the teaching of the Roman Catechism anew. Augmented by the Catechism of St. Pius X, the Baltimore Catechism, the Sacred Scriptures, and the writings of the saints, this new Catechism Explained will make this forgotten catechism available, accessible, and understandable for the crisis we find ourselves in.
Ordained Before the World: A Catholic Apologetic
Description:What is an apologetic? Simply put, an apologetic is an argument meant to persuade. Trial lawyers use apologetics every day to persuade juries and judges to adopt their point of view. But we, too, are exposed to apologetics everyday as we listen to advertising touting one product over another, or as we listen to our lawn care provider explain why we should continue using him to mow our lawn and trim our shrubs instead of a cheaper company down the street. No high theology to be found here! To the contrary, this book arms Catholics, both young and old, with easy to understand basics necessary to defend their Catholic Faith and to comfortably share this faith with others. If you are just beginning your walk as a newly committed Catholic or if you are a Cradle Catholic to whom the basic ways of the faith have become foggy, this book is for you.
The Twelve: Lives and Legends of The Apostles
Description: What were the Apostles of Jesus really like? This book will examine the Gospels, the Fathers of the Church, Apocryphal writings, encyclicals and other sources to search out the Apostles’ personalities and history. Along the way we will look at the prayers, poetry, music and architecture the Apostles inspired and see how these twelve men are still teaching us today almost 2,000 years after their deaths. We will see how the faith spread throughout the Roman Empire and even beyond its borders and how each Apostle met his death. You will be surprised at the many different paths of the Apostles as they witnessed for Christ.
Lord, That I May See: Fundamentals of Christian Philosophy
Description: In Lord, That I May See: Fundamentals of Christian Philosophy, Robinson surveys the most important concepts in classical philosophy and offers the student a solid foundation in reason. In recent times, the Catholic Church has been urging all of the faithful to come to a renewed appreciation and understanding of genuine philosophy. The pedagogical method of this book is one that widens one's intellectual and spiritual lives in the faith. Beautiful prayers and artwork are offered to help you elevate your hearts and minds to the things of God. Since God has revealed Himself supernaturally by Divine Revelation, and naturally by creation, arguments are employed that make use of those avenues of knowledge of God. Scripture and Tradition are cited to help ground you in the context of the Catholic Church, a Church which is the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim 3:15).
Quinceañera: A Celebration of Life and a Young Woman's Path to Sainthood (Una Celebración de la Vida y el Camino de Una Joven Hacia la Santidad)Author: Yokasta Lara
Description: In a world that seems to be turning more and more away from God, the celebration of the Quinceañera offers an opportunity to bring individuals and families together to give thanks to God for the gift of life, and ask for His blessings upon the young woman on her journey from childhood to maturity. This book is a spiritual preparation for girls celebrating their Quinceañera, which ensures that the young woman understands the basics of her Catholic Faith. Focus is put on the Sacraments, and the importance of living a holy life.
Publisher: The Goldhead Group, Ltd
Published: August 29, 2016
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions: (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall
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The Councils of the Catholic Church: Nicea to NowAuthor: Frances Spilman
Description: When you think of the Councils of the Church, you probably imagine a group of Cardinals and Bishops quietly discussing obtuse theological doctrines which have no practical implications. Perhaps a loud cough is heard once in a while but, on the whole, it is a staid affair. Actually, the Councils were anything but impractical or quiet. There were loud disagreements and accusations of heresy. You will read about wars, riots, murders and shipwrecks as well as anti-popes and the suppression of the Templars. The Council members cared deeply about the religious and social problems of their day, arguing for months, sometimes years, in order to find a solution. Each chapter of the book contains a discussion of why the Council was called and what happened at the Council, as well as Biblical references and prayers. You shall meet many saints (from Saint Francis to Saint Nick) as well as a few characters not so holy. Each Council has its own exciting story but each has a unifying theme in the Church's unending mission to guide souls to God.
Finding Happiness: An Introduction to MoralityAuthor: James Boardman
Description: What is true Christian morality? How does God want us to live our lives? Why does God care how we live our lives and why should I care about God's law? Is God real and is His law universal and objective? In this clear guide to understanding Christian morality, James Boardman explains the importance of virtue and ethics. With a Thomistic and Aristotelian basis, he guides the reader through a journey in morality. By examining the sin of Adam and Eve, vices and virtues, the effects of the Sacraments, the true definition of grace, and much more, the reader will develop an understanding of and a deep appreciation for Christian morality.
Understanding the Precepts of the ChurchAuthor: Matthew R. Plese
Description: Catholics are bound to observe the laws of the Church, in addition to the Ten Commandments. Many of these additional laws have been long established and observed by the Faithful for centuries. The Precepts of the Church are not all inclusive in terms of the rules for living a Catholic life. There are other laws that Catholics are bound to observe that are not listed in the Precepts of the Church. The Precepts of the Church are the six principal ones, that is, the six ones with which Catholics should ordinary be concerned, since they ordinarily occur in a person's life. Through this book, Mr. Plese studies the precepts in depth to understand the need for the precepts, what the precepts require of us, and why they are so important.
Baptized in Christ: A Catholic Study of the Sacrament of Baptism for Godparents and ParentsAuthor: Fr. James D. Zatalava
Description: In this short book Fr. Zatalava will discuss the necessity for, Scriptures relating to, the history of, and the Rite for the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism is the first Sacrament of the Faith, and it is the Sacrament by which a person becomes a Christian. It is truly a life-giving Sacrament since it is necessary for our salvation to receive it. Baptism was given to the Church as the Sacrament of initiation into the Faith and for the forgiveness of sins, both Original Sin and all personal sins. Through Baptism we are made sons and daughters of God, and God's very life comes to dwell within us. It is through the graces of Baptism that we are given the foundations of virtue and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and it is through the graces of Baptism that we live as Christians at all.
Publisher: The Goldhead Group, Ltd
Published: February 28, 2015
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions:(inches) 6 wide x 9 tall
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Eschatology: The Catholic Study of the Four Last Things
Description: Eschatology is the study of the end of life, the end of time, and the Final Coming of Christ. In Eschatology, Christian Theology focuses primarily on the "Four Last Things" that comprise its study. They are Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In addition to these areas, Mr. Plese explores as part of the five-part series on these topics, Purgatory, the place of temporary purification after death for souls that die in the state of grace (i.e. are destined for Heaven) but are not yet perfect and able to enter Heaven.
Catholic Book Summaries: 54 Traditional and Contemporary Classics
Description: Catholic Book Summaries presents 54 summaries of Catholic books in a concise, clear, and complete manner. With so many books for Catholics to read and understand, Catholic Book Summaries is an attempt to synthesize some of the most well known traditional and contemporary classics for today's Catholics. Meant for Catholics of all ages, this book is your guide to understanding dozens of books in a fraction of the time required to read them all. This is an entire library of "must read" Catholic books condensed into one volume. These summaries of the most important Catholic thinkers of all time are not just quick facts. They distill the wisdom of our great Catholic thinkers such as Blessed Cardinal Newman, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Scott Hahn, GK Chesterton and so many more.
Marriage in the Heart and Mind of the Church
Description: Marriage in the Heart and the Mind of the Church is a series of reflections on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Intended for couples preparing to receive the Sacrament, this guide prepares the couple for the Sacrament of Matrimony and the interior dispositions necessary for marriage.