Surviving Depression by Sr. Kathryn Hermes FSP

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Embark on a journey of faith-filled hope and spiritual healing with best-selling author Kathryn J. Hermes.

Depression can strike anyone-even those of us who are deeply committed to living the Christian life. In these dark times, we often feel abandoned, alone, isolated, misunderstood, and hopeless. Especially in today's chaotic world, there are new distressing realities that weigh upon us: war, economic instability, terrorism, natural disasters...all of which make our sense of security so fragile. And as Christians, such experiences can be accompanied by a great sense of anguish and fear.

As someone who has personally struggled with depression, Sr. Kathryn understands these feelings all too well. But as someone who has overcome the illness, she knows that surviving depression and attaining happiness is possible.

For over a decade, Surviving Depression has helped thousands of readers find a reassuring approach to living through depression. By drawing upon the strength inherent in the Catholic tradition and discussing the biological, psychological, environmental, and genetic components of the illness, this companion offers a holistic understanding of depression-for the depressed, their family members and friends, and those who counsel or care for them.

This 10th Anniversary "Updated and Expanded Edition" features contemporary world developments and an entirely new practical guide entitled "8 Steps to Inner Peace." Each chapter is framed by a question or thought relevant to the experience of depression and contains:

-Personal anecdotes

-Vignettes of depressed individuals, including saints and cultural figures

-Relevant Biblical passages

-Spiritual exercises

-Tips for the depressed

-Advice for family and friends

-Prayer suggestions

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Forgiveness by Fr. John R Hurd

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In this book, Father R. Scott Hurd writes of the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social benefits of learning how to forgive and find peace. Drawing from his pastoral experience, Hurd examines how human weakness affects such things as our ability to forgive and reconcile, our capacity to trust, and how we cope when a plea for forgiveness is rejected by a person we have wronged.

Review

"That forgiveness is both the central idea of Christianity, and an assault on the conventional human understanding of justice, comes through with great clarity in Fr. Scott Hurd's short, lucid new book..." -Mike Potemra, National Review Online

"I am very moved by your book..." -Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

(W)ritten lovingly, and with common sense... No matter what you may think you know about forgiveness, you will learn from this book. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. - Dennis O'Donovan, host of "Religion, Politics, and the Culture," WLVJ radio

"Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach is exceptional! Fr. Scott Hurd has penned the book that should be in every Catholic home." -Kris McGregor, host of "Inside the Pages," Spirit Catholic Network

"Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach" should help bring hope and healing to countless people who are struggling to forgive what seems unforgivable. - Deacon Greg Kandra, "The Deacon's Bench"

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Ministers and Martyrs by Mike Aquilina

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Based on the epic NBC television event, A.D. The Bible Continues: Ministers and Martyrs offers an unflinching look at the lives and sacrifices of those first Christians who were given the task of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archaeological findings and scientific research, acclaimed author Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the ancient streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they built a Church that lasts even to our day.

You'll also discover the beliefs of the early Christians, what they taught about the Eucharist and the Divinity of Christ, how their Church services resembles today's Mass, and how Rome became the spiritual center for Christianity.

Read these pages, and you'll come to see that despite the best efforts of their enemies, the blood of the Apostles did not snuff out the Faith but brought forth great saints whose holy deeds and brave examples gave the besieged Church a vigor that lasts even to today.

A.D. The Bible Continues: Ministers and Martyrs will give you confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world, and that no matter how ruthless her opponents, she will endure to the end of time.

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Treason by Deana Hunt

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As Stephen Long steps ashore in England one gray dawn in May 1581, he wonders how many more Catholics will have to die to make Queen Elizabeth feel secure. Involuntarily, he trembles at the thought that soon he may be numbered among them.

For in the days ahead, each time Stephen hears confession or celebrates Mass, he commits yet another act of high treason against the British Crown, for which Queen Elizabeth's swift penalty is gruesome torture and painful death.

As Stephen hastens to find shelter away from that open beach, he struggles not only with fear but with doubt as well: "Is my mission foolish? Am I nothing more than fresh meat for the queen's butchers?"

In the light of that same gray dawn, just a few miles north, a heartbroken Caroline Wingate lies awake in her unhappy marriage bed, wrestling with thoughts of a different -- perhaps crueler -- martyrdom.

Although from her earliest years Caroline has known herself to be called to cloistered contemplative life as a nun, some years ago she was forced by her father into a politically "safe" marriage with an upright Protestant, from whom she must hide her Catholicism -- and her true -- vocation lest she, too, be executed for her faith.

Hanging by the neck is swift martyrdom, but Caroline's doubts and guilt have pained her daily for years now. An exile in her own soul, in her lonely desolation she confesses, "I don't love my husband as I should. For safety's sake, I cannot give myself wholly to him and must deceive him daily. Nor can I give myself to the One I truly love."

In a few days, circumstances will force Caroline and the young priest together. With death hastening toward both of them, the beautiful fates of these two faithful Catholics confirm what we today too often forget: our faith is the most powerful force in the world -- more powerful than politics, wars, or empires. More powerful even than the hard, cold will of Queen Elizabeth.

In this gripping, heartrending tale, Caroline and Stephen show us that it's not power that writes the true history of the world; it's faith: faith and the love that faith alone can awaken and sustain.

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The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett

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Unlock the secret of your personality and learn how to be a better spouse, parent, friend, & Christian!

All of us are born with distinct personality traits. Some of us live for crowds and parties; others seek solitude and time for quiet reflection. Some of us are naturally pushy, while others are content just to get along. We don't pick and choose these traits; they're just part of the way we're made.

For in the womb God doesn't merely mold our body; He also gives us the temperament that, all our days, colors our understanding, guides our choices, and serves as the foundation of our moral and spiritual life.

Ancient philosophers identified four basic temperaments, and over the centuries, countless wise souls have used these four to understand human nature. Now comes The Temperament God Gave You, the first Catholic book on the subject in 70 years. Here veteran Catholic counselor Art Bennett and his wife Laraine provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling science, and Catholic spirituality: a rich understanding of the temperaments and what they mean for you and for your family.

Drawing on decades of study, prayer, and practical experience, Art and Laraine show you how to identify your own temperament and use it to become what God is calling you to be: a loving spouse, an effective parent, and a good friend. Best of all, they give you a Catholic understanding of the four temperaments that will bring you closer to God and help you discover the path to holiness that's right for you.

Peace. Happiness. Holiness.

You'll find yourself growing in each of these qualities as you come to understand--and learn to use as you should--the temperament God gave you.

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Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching by Anthony Esolen

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Many claim that Catholic Social Teaching implies the existence of a vast welfare state. In these pages, Anthony Esolen pulls back the curtain on these false philosophers, showing how they've undermined the authentic social teachings of the Church in order to neutralize the biggest threat to their plans for secularization the Catholic Church.

With the voluminous writings of Pope Leo XIII as his guide, Esolen explains that Catholic Social Teaching isn't focused exclusively on serving the poor. Indeed, it offers us a rich treasure of insights about the nature of man, his eternal destiny, the sanctity of marriage, and the important role of the family in building a coherent and harmonious society.

Catholic Social Teaching, explains Pope Leo, offers a unified worldview. What the Church says about the family is inextricable from what She says about the poor; and what She says about the Eucharist informs the essence of Her teachings on education, the arts and even government.

You will step away from these pages with a profound understanding of the root causes of the ills that afflict our society, and, thanks to Pope Leo and Anthony Esolen, well equipped to propose compelling remedies for them.

Only an authentically Catholic culture provides for a stable and virtuous society that allows Christians to do the real work that can unite rich and poor. We must reclaim Catholic Social Teaching if we are to transform our society into the ideal mapped out by Pope Leo: a land of sinners, yes, but one enriched with love of God and neighbor and sustained by the very heart of the Church's social teaching: the most holy Eucharist.

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Hints of Heaven by Fr. George Rutler

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Christ knew that the splendor of heaven is too great for us to bear just now, and so he used parables as clues to the mystery of paradise. In them are hints of heaven, and they offer profound spiritual advice meant to guide us on the road to eternal glory.

In our age, Christ's Parables are often reduced to exercises in moralism. In these pages, Fr. George Rutler acclaimed author and EWTN television host unveils these deceptively simple stories, showing you their hidden meanings and how they apply to our own age and way of life. Let Fr. Rutler take you on an enriching tour of Scripture's 24 parables as you learn:

Tares in the Field of the Lord: Why it's necessary that scandals beset the Church and how it brings about a stronger harvest.

The Mustard Seed: Why it gave hope to the early Church and prefigures her glorious future.

The Yeast: How God speaks in a gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, and how you could be drowning Him out.

The Hidden Treasure: Are you responding properly to the unique gifts Christ has given you?

The Net: Many will be sifted out. How to be sure you re among the souls He keeps.

The Unmerciful Servant: Not only must you forgive, you must convert the offender. Are you a channel for God's grace?

Laborers in the Vineyard: Are you letting selfishness and pride get in the way of the salvation of your neighbor's soul?

The Two Sons: The dangers of agnosticism. Are you guilty? You may be astonished at the answer.

The Marriage of the King's Son: Why frequent reception of the sacraments is necessary for dwelling at the wedding feast.

The Ten Virgins: There's a difference between watching and being prepared for Christ's return. Are you ready?

The Ten Talents: God has given you a special gift. Do you know what it is, and how you should use it?

The Two Debtors: How to know if you are going through the motions without Christ's love.

The Good Samaritan: Do you know the most overlooked element of this parable? It may surprise you.

The Rich Fool: Our capacity for self-deception is limitless. Learn the only way to be truly know yourself.

The Barren Fig Tree: Time is running out, and we have one last chance to cultivate virtue. Will you bear fruit in time?

The Great Supper: There's room for all in the heavenly banquet, but not all will find room. Are you making excuses that lead you into isolation?

The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin: Do you judge others, or do you receive them as Christ did? Why your approach to lost sheep could cost you your soul.

The Prodigal Son: Learn how this famous parable explains why God created mankind and chose to give Himself to us.

The Unjust Steward: The world is filled with evildoers. Are you mirroring the light of Christ?

The Rich Man and Lazarus: Learn the evils of self-sufficiency, and the dangers of taking gifts for granted.

The Unjust Judge: Why you must persevere in prayer despite your continued sins.

The Pharisee and the Publican: Why even though you may not commit great sins, your failure to put faith into action could ruin your soul.

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The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty, Fr. John Cihak

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Countless Christians — including scores of saints — have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call “depression.” Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul.

In these pages, experienced Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction — ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings. Extensive clinical experience treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can’t cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sins. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the saints . . . which is just what Dr. Kheriaty does in this thoughtful, compassionate, spiritually wise book: The Catholic Guide to Depression. Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty, you’ll learn how to distinguish depression from similar-looking but fundamentally different mental states such as guilt, sloth, the darkness of sin, and the sublime desolation called “dark night of the soul” that is, in fact, a privileged spiritual trial sent to good souls as a special gift from God. You’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral. Then you’ll learn about exciting breakthroughs in pharmacological and other medical treatments, the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy, the critical place that spiritual direction must have in your healing, and the vital role that hope — Christian hope — can play in driving out depression. For those less-frequent cases when the pain of depression can’t be fully banished by the combined efforts of science and spirituality, Dr. Kheriaty shows how pain — like the unavoidable sufferings of Jesus on the Cross — can be made redemptive for yourself and for others. Finally, to this masterful, hope-filled work Dr. Kheriaty has appended a list of resources for further reading, a set of prayers for those times when the anguish of depression grows great, and even an address by Pope John Paul II about depression. Written by a faithful Catholic psychiatrist committed to the teachings of the Church, The Catholic Guide to Depression provides help and consolation to anyone suffering from this grave spiritual affliction. And it affords friends, loved ones, pastors, and spiritual directors the knowledge they need to give depressed persons the understanding, help, and comfort they so desperately need.

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