He Leadeth Me

He Leadeth Me Author Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.
ISBN-10 9780307818720
Year 2012-10-17
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Image

He Leadeth Me is a deeply personal story of one man’s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Captured by a Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a “Vatican spy,” Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God’s will that he managed to endure. He tells of the courage he found in prayer—a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the “arrogance of evil” that surrounded him. Learning to accept even the inhuman work of toiling in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God, he was able to turn the adverse forces of circumstance into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit. He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God—even in their darkest hour. For, as the author asks, “What can ultimately trouble the soul that accepts every moment of every day as a gift from the hands of God and strives always to do his will?”


SURRENDER Author Seamus Dockery
ISBN-10 9781477146682
Year 2012-08-03
Pages 56
Language en
Publisher Xlibris Corporation

SURRENDER - JESUIT PRIEST/SOVIET PRISONER SURRENDER is the true story of the vocation of an American Jesuit priest, accused by the Soviet era K.G.B. of being a Vatican spy, who survived fifteen years of hard labor in Siberian prison camps. Father Walter Ciszek not only survived but learned to surrender to God’s Providence. SURRENDER is a narrative digest based entirely on Father Ciszek’s two books: With God in Russia, (1964), published one year after his release from Russia, and his second book, He Leadeth Me, (1973), published nine years later. SURRENDER interweaves these two books and telescopes the most dramatic events of Father Ciszek’s vocation and steadfast fidelity to that calling through the crucible of unjust imprisonment following the end of World War II. Hopefully, through the relative brevity of SURRENDER, the major chords of Father Ciszek’s heroic embrace of God’s Providence in the most extreme conditions will resonate. The reason why Father Ciszek’s cause for Canonization, the process of declaration of Sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, is currently proceeding should be abundantly evident. SURRENDER describes not the triumph of human will-power but the freedom of total dependence on God. The paradox of power to love is only born in the powerlessness of surrender of self-will to God’s Providence.

Advent of the Heart

Advent of the Heart Author Alfred Delp
ISBN-10 1586170813
Year 2006
Pages 233
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

Accused of conspiring against the Nazi government, he was arrested in 1944, tortured, imprisoned, and executed on February 2, 1945. While in prison, Fr. Delp was able to write secretly the beautiful meditations now published in this book. These were smuggled out and copies were circulated for the edification of other prisoners, as well as non-prisoners. These meditations from prison include his powerful Advent reflections about the profound spiritual meaning and lessons of this season of hope. This book includes as well the sermons he gave on this subject at his parish in Munich before his arrest by the Nazi.

Chiara Corbella Petrillo

Chiara Corbella Petrillo Author Simone Troisi
ISBN-10 9781622823055
Year 2015-09
Pages 161
Language en
Publisher Sophia Institute Press

Chiara Petrillo was seated in a wheel chair looking lovingly toward Jesus in the tabernacle. Her husband, Enrico, found the courage to ask her a question that he had been holding back. Thinking of Jesus’s phrase, “my yoke is sweet and my burden is light,” he asked: “Is this yoke, this cross, really sweet, as Jesus said?” A smile came across Chiara’s face. She turned to her husband and said in a weak voice: “Yes, Enrico, it is very sweet.” At 28 years old, Chiara passed away, her body ravaged by cancer. The emotional, physical, and spiritual trials of this young Italian mother are not uncommon. It was her joyful and loving response to each that led one cardinal to call her “a saint for our times.” Chiara entrusted her first baby to the blessed Virgin, but felt as though this child was not hers to keep. Soon, it was revealed her daughter had life-threatening abnormalities. Despite universal pressure to abort, Chiara gave birth to a beautiful girl who died within the hour. A year later, the death of her second child came even more quickly. Yet God was preparing their hearts for more—more sorrow and more grace. While pregnant a third time, Chiara developed a malignant tumor. She refused to jeopardize the life of her unborn son by undergoing treatments during the pregnancy. Chiara waited until after Francesco was safely born, and then began the most intense treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, but it was soon clear that the cancer was terminal. Almost immediately after giving birth to Francesco, Chiara’s tumor became terminal and caused her to lose the use of her right eye. Her body was tested, and so was her soul as she suffered through terrible dark nights. She said “yes” to everything God sent her way, becoming a true child of God. And as her days on earth came to an end, Enrico looked down on his wife and said, “If she is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?” Each saint has a special charisma, a particular facet of God that is reflected through her. Chiara’s was to be a witness to joy in the face of great adversity, the kind which makes love overflow despite the sorrow from loss and death.

Essential Writings

Essential Writings Author Chiara Lubich
ISBN-10 9781565482593
Year 2007
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher New City Press

Most comprehensive compendium of writings by Chiara Lubich one of the most influential Catholic women of today.

The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest

The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest Author John Gerard
ISBN-10 9781586174507
Year 2012
Pages 395
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

Truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere in literature is it so apparent as in this classic work, "The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest." This autobiography of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England is a most remarkable document and John Gerard, its author, a most remarkable priest in a time when to be a Catholic in England courted imprisonment and torture; to be a priest was treason by act of Parliament. Smuggled into England after his ordination and dumped on a Norfolk beach at night, Fr. Gerard disguised himself as a country gentleman and traveled about the country saying Mass, preaching and ministering to the faithful in secret always in constant danger. The houses in which he found shelter were frequently raided by priest hunters; priest-holes, hide-outs and hair-breadth escapes were part of his daily life. He was finally caught and imprisoned, and later removed to the infamous Tower of London where he was brutally tortured. The stirring account of his escape, by means of a rope thrown across the moat, is a daring and magnificent climax to a true story which, for sheer narrative power and interest, far exceeds any fiction. Here is an accurate and compelling picture of England when Catholics were denied their freedom to worship and endured vicious persecution and often martyrdom. But more than the story of a single priest, "The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest" epitomizes the constant struggle of all human beings through the ages to maintain their freedom. It is a book of courage and of conviction whose message is most timely for our age.

The Love That Keeps Us Sane

The Love That Keeps Us Sane Author Marc Foley
ISBN-10 0809140020
Year 2000
Pages 93
Language en
Publisher Paulist Press

At the heart of Therese's method is learning how to keep one's perspective by seeing all things in light of eternity, seeing all things the way God sees. This enables one to live more authentically and more attentively. The method helps readers to become involved in life without being absorbed by it, to love without becoming enmeshed, and to deal with life's absurdities without losing faith or peace of mind. Five simple everyday choices help foster this perspective and transform ordinary life into moments of true grace.Those already devoted to the Little Flower will love this fresh new look at her spirituality. In addition, the book makes for enlightening and perhaps surprising reading for pastors, clergy and religious, directors of religious ed, retreat directors, chaplains, and family counselors. The principle of viewing life in light of eternity can also provide comfort and relief for parents dealing with children, for those experiencing change or loss, and for people in therapy.

Maurice and Therese

Maurice and Therese Author Patrick Ahern
ISBN-10 9780307568885
Year 2009-07-01
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher Image

As Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her. Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that could possibly be of any interest, since the twenty-four-year-old nun had never done anything worth noting. Therese was pleased, for she had always kept a low profile. With the posthumous publication of her spiritual autobiography in 1898, however, that low profile would vanish instantly. She became one of the most beloved saints of all time, and her influence will expand dramatically because of Pope John Paul II's declaration that she is a Doctor of the Church. Amid growing interest in her writings comes the collected correspondence between her and a humble young seminarian, Maurice Belliere. Though they never met in person, they exchanged twenty-one letters that opened a window on the heart of Saint Therese that would have remained forever closed had Maurice not written to the Mother Superior at the convent asking for a nun to pray for him. The Mother Superior chose Therese, and in these conversational letters the Little Flower reveals herself in a way that we would never have known from her autobiography. In his accompanying text, Bishop Patrick Ahern expertly leads the reader into the worlds of Maurice and Therese and reveals the full beauty of this saint's spirituality.

Into Your Hands Father

Into Your Hands  Father Author Wilfried Stinissen
ISBN-10 9781586174774
Year 2011
Pages 105
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

In the spiritual life, we need a central idea: something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else. According to Carmelite Father Wilfrid Stinissen, surrender to God, abandonment to the One who loves us completely, is that central reality. The life of Jesus shows us the centrality of abandonment, for it is truly the beginning and the end of his mission on earth. In this simple but profound book, Father Stinissen distinguishes three degrees or stages in abandonment. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God's will as it manifests itself in all circumstances of life. The second is actively doing God's will at every moment of one's life. In the third stage, abandonment to God is so complete that one has become a tool in God's hands. At this stage it is no longer I who do God's will, but God who accomplishes his will through me.

The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots

The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots Author Philip Matthew Hannan
ISBN-10 1592766978
Year 2010
Pages 457
Language en
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor (IN)

Presents a portrait of the author's life, describing his service during World War II, career in politics and with the Catholic Church, and contribution to recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Intentional Dating

Intentional Dating Author John Ph. D Buri
ISBN-10 1632681714
Year 2014-11-11
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises

Have you found yourself pouring time and energy into relationships that aren't good for you? Do you desire a life-giving romantic relationship, but find yourself choosing people who are not a good bet for healthy love? Do you wonder why you choose such people? Are you curious about what to look for in a person with whom you can discover love for a lifetime? In Intentional Dating, you will find answers to these questions (and much more). Intentional Dating provides an easy-to-read guide to: Understanding the most common reasons why people fail to pick wisely in their romantic love choices Recognizing those behavior patterns in a potential partner who will not be good for you Discovering how you can avoid becoming a victim of unhealthy relationship choices Identifying those qualities that are essential for an ongoing life-giving love Realizing the fifteen keys to finding and keeping the love you desire The head and the heart are meant to work together in love--Intentional Dating will help you accomplish just that.

The Testament of Gideon Mack

The Testament of Gideon Mack Author James Robertson
ISBN-10 9781101650486
Year 2008-02-26
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Penguin

A critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, this darkly imaginative novel from Scottish author James Robertson takes a tantalizing trip into the spiritual by way of a haunting paranormal mystery. When Reverend Gideon Mack, a good minister despite his atheism, tumbles into a deep ravine called the Black Jaws, he is presumed dead. Three days later, however, he emerges bruised but alive-and insistent that his rescuer was Satan himself. Against the background of an incredulous world, Mack's disturbing odyssey and the tortuous life that led to it create a mesmerizing meditation on faith, mortality, and the power of the unknown.


Virginity Author Raniero Cantalamessa
ISBN-10 0818907452
Year 1995-01-01
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Saint Pauls/Alba House

This book is about virginity and celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, not only for those taking lifelong vows, but for those who have not yet made definitive decisions in regard to life vocations and who need divine guidance to make those decisions.