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Entertaining, Literate, Though-Provoking, this instructive guide to the Ten Commandments is designed as a short course to be used equally well by individuals or small groups. Each commandment is introduced through an illustrative story, followed by a question about keeping the commandment. Next, Father McBride offers three strategies for doing so taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Author: Alfred McBride, O. Praem
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Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2013 to be a "Year of Faith." Part of the purpose of this year is, in the words of the Pope, "to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed..." (Porta Fidei).
Deepen your prayer life this year with this collection of meditations from the Holy Father's catechesis on prayer, offered since the spring of 2011 through his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square. These addresses contain profound meditations on prayer as practiced by some of the great figures of history, beginning with Old Testament patriarchs and prophets, leading up to Jesus, our great model in prayer, and continuing on to the prayer of the disciples after the resurrection. The addresses collected in this volume (May 2011 to May 2012) reveal to the Christian in the modern world how he too can live by faith in the God who is always present.
"In the upcoming catechesis [...] let us learn to live our relationship with the Lord even more intensely, as if it were a “school of prayer.” " ~ Pope Benedict XVI
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We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him. For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means "manly strength." But how do we know when we are being meek--or just cowardly? When is our anger righteous--and when is it a sin? What is the difference between being virtuous--and merely ethical? Back to Virtue clears up these and countless other questions that beset Christians today. Kreeft not only summarizes scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life, he contrasts Christian virtue with other ethical systems. He applies traditional moral theology to present-day dilemmas such as abortion and nuclear armament. Kreeft restores to us what was once common knowledge: the Seven Deadly Sins have an antidote in the Beatitudes. By setting up a close contrast between the two sets of behaviors, Kreeft offers proven guidance in the often bewildering process of discerning right from wrong as we move into the questionable mores of the twenty-first century. He provides a road map of virtue, a map for our earthly pilgrimage synthesized from the accumulated wisdom of centuries of Christians, from Paul and the early Church Fathers through C.S. Lewis.
Author: Peter Kreeft