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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Fatherless by Brian Gale

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An intensely human tour of the great spiritual battles in the US Catholic church during the late 20th century. Brian Gail takes us out into the “trenches” and shows what life was like for Catholics good and bad during this critical time. This book is a great opportunity for Catholics to take hold of who they really are. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, Fatherless takes the reader on an unforgettable journey inside Fortune 500 boardrooms and Madison Avenue screening rooms, behind one-way mirrors in America’s heartland and two-way screens in church confessionals, to the very peak of Ireland’s highest mountain and inside the papal dining room of John Paul II in Rome. It is the searing journey to the center of conscience, however, that marks Fatherless as the signature Catholic novel of its generation. In its pages we meet flesh and blood characters – noble and flawed, driven and seeking; each struggling to achieve the American Dream … discovering instead a uniquely American nightmare. How each confronts the reality of ethical and moral dilemmas – while struggling to balance faith, family, and career – goes to the very heart of the Catholic experience in America in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This is a tale you will never forget.

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Encountering Christ by Pope Francis

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He is the first Pope to hail from the "New World."  He is the first pope to take the name Francis.  Truly, we have come to know that Pope Francis would be a Pope of firsts.

In this dignified and professional reading, Catholic Audio brings to the listener a selection of Pope Franics' homilies, letters, and addresses delivered from 2009-2013 while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Contained within are the key themes, exhortations and priorities that have emerged as elemental to the pontificate of Pope Francis, especially the need to continue in the task of the New Evangelization by living out our faith as the Encounter with Christ.  Truly, this will shed light on the movement of the Holy Spirit in our Holy Father.

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