“The Rite: The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist” is a fascinating exploration of the rite of exorcism from journalistic point of view. Following the training of a priest from California, Fr. Gary, in Rome, Matt Baglio chronicles his activities, as well as many aspects of the darker sides of the spiritual world. In a very real way, Matt demystifies exorcism and shows us what it really entails and the true gift it is to the Church. “The Rite” is now being made into a major motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins.
No stranger to Discerning Hearts, Deacon James Keating once again takes us all into the depths of our interiority with “A Deacon’s Retreat”. Yes, written primarily for deacons of the Church, as usual, this work is a wonderful spiritual work that can touch us all. Deacon Keating uses the setting of our great prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to lead us on a retreat to encounter Christ. We can reflect on this “retreat” every time we participate in the Eucharist. Deacon Keating truly is one of best contemporary spiritual leaders of our present age.
This is the book for anyone desires to cherish the beautiful gift of “spiritual friendship”. Mary DuTurris Poust exhorts us all to recognize this gift of friendship given to us by God, and shows us how to nuture the special bond that helps us, ultimately, to grow in a deeper relationship with Him. “Walking Together: Discovering the Tradition of Spiritual Friendship”, with the help of biblical images and the lives of the saints, helps us with the connections we have made with others, those persons we trust with the matter of our souls.
Miracles: Healing for a Broken World by Fr. Stefan Starzynski is a heartfelt book where miracles abound beccause of the transforming love of God. I really loved my interview with Fr. Starzynski. He spoke of the beautiful movement of the Holy Spirit so active in the of Church today, all the while remaining firmly anchored in the great heart of Christ and His Church and Sacraments.
Fr. George Rutler once again offers a beautiful work that is food for the thinking mind and pondering heart. A collection of stories about people, some famous some not, who’s lives “witness” to the power of the Holy Spirit to mold us into the image of Christ (in some cases, unexpected ways). Fr. Rutler is always fun to read; he uses the English language as his palette of beautiful colors in which he paints a fascinating and compelling picture of “the dead people he knew when they were alive”. Don’t miss this one.
“Demonic Abortion” is the provocative new book by Fr. Thomas Euteneur. It is a companion to his incredibly successful “Exorcism and the Church Militant”. For anyone engaged in the Pro-life struggle, what he reveals really is not a surprise at all. Fr. Euteneur articulates what we have held in our hearts, but in many cases could not describe fully…the heart just knows this evil has a leader and a purpose. But the great news is that the victory is the Lord’s and He has given us all we need to engage in this battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of our brothers and sisters affected by demonic abortion. This IS the spiritual battle of our time, from it all other evil pales in comparison. BE NOT AFRAID! Knowing the enemy is half the battle. The Church Militant is called now to stand…to stand for the unborn and their mothers, to stand with Our Lady, to stand up for the Gospel of Life.
Pick up a copy of either one or both
(go for both they are more than worth it) at www.exorcismbook.com
Gary Jansen’s book is a great way to help any and all who are seeking to “Exercise” their soul. As Fr. James Martin has said, “Jansen offers straightforward advice on how to begin, or deepen, your relationship with the One who loved us into being”. I couldn’t agree more…let the workout begin!
Patrick Coffin does a fantastic job breaking open “Humane Vitae”, Natural Family Planning, and the beauty of marital love in his book “Sex au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good for Your Marriage”. Listeners of “Catholic Answers Live” know Patrick Coffin is well-learned in many areas of Catholic life, and that he brings to all those discussions the right degree of good humor and joy about the Catholic faith. He does the same in this book. Pick up a copy for yourselves, your pastor, and any couple you know preparing for marriage…it’s a good thing.
Why me? Who hasn’t asked them self that question over and over again throughout the course of their life. With a smile of joy in his voice and compassion in his heart, Mike Aquilina attempts to answer the age old question…Why Me? With Mike’s help, we look toward the saints, and ultimately to Our Blessed Lord, for the answer. Mike tackles this tough subject with love and grace. After all, isn’t that exactly how God attempts to break through to us in our suffering with His answer? On a personal note: Mike Aquilina is one of the finest men I know. It is a joy to talk with him about any subject, but when it comes to matters of the Church and God, watch out…your heart will swell up with faith, hope and love. He’s like your pal on the road to Emmaus.
Sometimes you just smile through an entire interview wishing it wouldn’t end…that’s what it is like talking with Joan Wester Anderson. What a truly lovely woman! She seems to have a very special mission for the Father in Heaven – to make known the glory of those special messangers of the Lord, the Holy Angels of God, and to relate the heavenly miraculous moments which occur in the everyday around the world. Joan is a beautiful story teller both in print and on the air. I know you will enjoy our conversation….
Visit Joan’s website at http://joanwanderson.com/
It’s really inspirational!