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Popes John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI

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Spiritual Advice from John Paul II: 365 Days of Inspiration

365 Days of Inspiration. This nicely bound book contains a short spiritual quote from Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, for each day of the year. A tiny morsel of wisdom to ponder throughout the day to help keep our thoughts focused on the things that are above. Includes a ribbon place marker. Hardcover. 368 pages.



Legacy: The Ten Greatest Achievements of Pope John Paul II

Experience the Profound Impact this Pope had on our Church, our Lives, our World. No previous pope has affected humanity like John Paul II, and no other commentator has as complete a grasp of this great popeís achievements as renowned Catholic scholar and biographer of John Paul II, George Weigel.  In this remarkable talk given in Lafayette, Louisiana, in January, 2005, Weigel eloquently discusses the ten greatest accomplishments of the Holy Father throughout his pontificate.

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Works of John Paul II 2.0: Over 600 works from letters to speeches to encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, constitutions, homilies, messages. This software program has built in a direct connection through the internet to the text of Crossing the Threshold of Hope. Searchable through all documents with Boolean search capability. Requires: Windows XP/ME/2000/98/95. Screen Shot

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Teachings of John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's writings plus Mother Teresa of Calcutta!  Electronic books at their best. Pope John Paul's works are featured along with a pictorial biography of the most traveled pope in history who is already being referred to as "John Paul the Great" by some of the faithful and of the life of Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity serving the poorest of the poor in India and more than 120 countries, whose Christ-like love changed life in many countries. Contents: Includes all papal encyclicals, plus a great number of Pope John Paul II's general audiences, homilies and other addresses, including selected audio addresses all linked to Sacred Scripture.  These convey the pope's great knowledge of Scripture, which is constantly being cited. Many believe his stress on peace, reconciliation and the new evangelization have made him a great pope and his writings reflect his great knowledge, piety and Christ-like love.

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The Encyclicals and Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortations of John Paul II on CD-ROM by J. Michael Miller, C.S.B.; designed by Pat Burke

Pope John Paul II will be remembered for many things, but perhaps his greatest legacy are his stirring and theologically inspiring encyclicals. Now for the first time, the official English texts of thirteen incredible masterpieces of truth have been collected in one comprehensive CD-Rom.  Published after each of the ordinary assemblies of the Synod of Bishops, these six exhortations covering 800 pages reflect the subjects at the heart of the Pontiff's teaching ministry. This is going to be a classic collection.  Includes Pope John Paul's Encyclical Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason). This is no longer being published by Our Sunday Visitor and we have limited copies so get yours today. Features include:

1)Search words or phrases and find all references instantly.  Quickly broaden or narrow searches.

2)Point and click indexes

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Apolostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II On The Most Holy Rosary


Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II  A great international bestseller, the book in which, on the eve of the millennium, Pope John Paul II brings to an accessible level the great theological concerns of our lives.  He goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about the dignity of man; about pain, suffering, and evil; about eternal life and the meaning of salvation; about hope; about the relationship of Christianity to other faiths and of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. 


  The Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II.  This is a magnificent vision of the human person.  In these talks, John Paul II has given a catechesis which is centered on the human person, understood within the mystery of Christ.  Going back to the biblical "beginning" as recorded in Genesis, the Pope discusses the bodily dimension of human personhood, sexuality and marriage in the light of biblical revelation.  Starting from three primordial human experiences-original solitude, original unity and original nakedness-he outlines a theology of the nuptial meaning of the body.  A key theme is the communion of persons, which is a reflection of the Trinity.  Within this framework, the Pope also considers the meaning of chastity for the sake of the kingdom.  A final section is dedicated to reflections on Humanae Vitae.  John Paul takes a personalist approach in discussing the "language of the body" and how that relates to the issue of contraception. 


New! The Trinity's Embrace: God's Saving Plan by Pope John Paul II.  History and timeóthe fabric from which human life is woven. The stage of history is an interplay of darkness and light, of dialogue and silence, of movement and stillness. "On the one hand, humanity strives for the infinite and the eternal, but on the other, it is firmly planted on earth, within the coordinates of time and space." The Holy Father reminds us in this catechesis that the Incarnation, the wedding of earth and heaven, "is not a flash of light dispelling the darkness for a moment, but a seed of divine life sown in the world and in human hearts forever."  Developing the theme of history, Pope John Paul II sets before us his vision for humanity: to image the Divine Communion of Love. He sees history as the gradual unfolding of God's saving plan, which finds its center and purpose in Jesus Christ. History is woven into timeóGod's gift. Human beings need time to become like God: to be God's divine providence in the world.


Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.  This is a precious gift of wisdom.  It explains how providential are the trials through which the Catholic Church is now passing.  The need of the Papal Primacy to ensure Christian unity; the true meaning of the Priesthood as a sacrament and not a mere ministry; the necessity of the Eucharist as the Sacrifice of the Savior now offering Himself on our altars; the role of the Bishops as successors of the Apostles, united with the successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome; the value of suffering in union with Christ crucified the indispensable service of the laity in the apostolate-all these themes receive from Cardinal Ratzinger new clarity and depth.


Feast of Faith:  Approaches to the Theology of the Eucharist by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.  In these instructive and inspiring essays, Cardinal Ratzinger presents "approaches to the theology of the liturgy," the product of serious scholarship and deep love for the Church.


  God is Near Us:  The Eucharist, the Heart of Life by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.  Cardinal Ratzinger compellingly shows us the biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of the Eucharist.


The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

In 1946 the young Joseph Ratzinger read Romano Guardini's classic work The Spirit of the Liturgy. Some 54 years later the (now) Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has published this work under the same title. Why? He believed that the liturgy of the Roman rite is in a state of crisis, has written this book to call for "a new reverence in the way we treat" the liturgy and "a new understanding of its message and its reality" lest the Catholic Church suffer "irreparable loss." To that end he hopes that this book will contribute to the emergence a new liturgical movement in the Church in much the same way as Guardini's book was seminal to the classical liturgical movement of the twentieth century.

    A timely correction of the widely misunderstood concept of "active participation" in the liturgy is given: "Doing must really stop when we come to the heart of the matter: the oratio. It must be plainly evident that the oratio is the heart of the matter, but that it is important precisely because it provides a space for the actio of God. The almost theatrical entrance of different players into the liturgy, which is so common today, quite simply misses the point. If the liturgy degenerates into general activity, then we have radically misunderstood the 'theo-drama' of the liturgy and lapsed almost into parody."  The Spirit of the Liturgy reminds those entrusted with the preparation for and the celebration of the sacred liturgy -- in its humblest or in its most splendid contexts -- of their duty to allow the liturgy once again to become that sacred encounter of God who was made flesh and blood for our salvation. This, after all, was Guardini's aim, and it was the aim of the classical liturgical movement which Cardinal Ratzinger seeks to revive.


Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church and the World

Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, spans deep divides in modern Catholic scholarship, presenting a compelling Biblical theology, classical in its breadth.  He presents a lucid summary of the central theological issues arising out of the covenant shared by Jews and Christians. The Covenant not only bridges the gap between the Old and New Testament and the Scriptures with Tradition, but fills in the gaps providing common ground for dogma and authority.  As Scott Hahn notes, the new Pope proposes "a fully integrated Christian life, with Christ at the center of the Scriptures, but also at the center of the Church today.  For in the Eucharist he is still, as ever, fulfilling the Old Covenant and ratifying the New."


Pilgrim Fellowship: The Church as Communion by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI)  On the occasion of the Cardinal's seventy-fifth birthday, his former students have selected essays, lectures, letters, and conferences that Ratzinger has written in recent years-writing that they feel best represents the position of the Cardinal on issues of theology, the modern world, secularism, non-Christian religions, and other key topics of the Catholic Church. This book, characterized by Ratzinger's concisely reasoned style, is an invaluable resource to those who wish to understand the modern Church, as well as a treasured volume for those who are students of Ratzingerís theology.  



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