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Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life –book presentation at St Catherine of Siena Church NYC

Catherine of Siena A Passionate Life.jpgOn Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM
in Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 411 East 68th Street, NYC, author Don
Brophy will present his award winning new book, Catherine of Siena: A
Passionate Life

Brophy’s book has won the Paulist Press Book of the
Month Award, the same is forthcoming from the Catholic Press Association. Other
Catherine of Siena Scholars hail Don Brophy’s work as a masterpiece that
reveals in a new way the wonder and passion of Catherine of Siena in
medieval Europe and today.

There will be time for questions and answers as well
as meeting the author.

The event is free and open to the public.

Saint Catherine of Siena Church is a ministry of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph. The friars have been present on New York’s East Side since 1896. In addition to the Church, the friars also sponsor the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry of New York, providing pastoral care to the four area hospitals.

Office of Compline, edited by Fr Samuel Weber

Edited by Fr. Samuel F. Weber, OSB

$18.95 USD

Foreword by Archbishop
Raymond L. Burke

From Ignatius Press:

Compline Weber.jpg

This volume contains the Office of
for every day of the year, in Latin and English, according to the
novus ordo of the Roman Catholic Church, with Gregorian Chant settings. On the
facing pages for the Latin, the official English text is also arranged for
chanting, using simple English tones. New translations have been made for the
official hymns of the Office, and all the hymns are given with the Gregorian
melodies proper for each season and feast of the liturgical year.

This book
will find a welcome in parishes, cathedrals, religious communities and
seminaries, as well as families, all who wish to pray together at the end of
the day.

Complete instructions are given for praying Compline. The Foreword by
Archbishop Raymond Burke explains the rich spiritual tradition of prayer at the
close of day, and provides an inspiring meditation on the texts and meaning of
the Office of Compline.

The scriptures give only one command concerning the
frequency of prayer: pray without ceasing (Lk 18:1; 1 Thess 5:17). This volume
will prove to be a welcome companion to all who are seeking to make a full
response to the Gospel, and persevere in unceasing prayer.

The editor, Fr. Samuel Weber, is a Benedictine priest and monk of the Archabbey of Saint Meinrad and is the Director of the Institute of Sacred Music in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis

The Catholic Handbook for Visiting the Sick and Homebound 2011

Visiting the Sick and Homebound 2011.jpgIn 2009 I wrote a review of the book, The Catholic Handbook for Visiting the Sick and Homebound. The 2011 edition is now available for use beginning on November 28th, the First Sunday of Advent 2010. Liturgy Training Publications is the publisher. This resource is a good deal for $6.00, discounts for bulk orders.

The is published according to Canon 827 of the Code of Canon Law and the approval Committee of Divine Worship of the USCCB.

My opinion remains the same: the book is an essential tool for those who are Ministers of Care of the Sick. The introduction written by Sr Genevieve Glen can’t be neglected if one wants to be an effective, sensitive and holy minister.

Beatitudes and Beads: Rosary Meditations on Blessedness

Beatitudes and Beads Powell.jpgBeatitudes and Beads is a 32 page booklet guides the user through the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount, often called Lord’s Commandments which have the same force as the Decalogue. Beatitudes and Beads gives the user the original rosary with meditations on the Eight Beatitudes.

As the author states so clearly, “Our happiness in Christ is not assured because we’re right or powerful or feared. Jesus said we inherit the kingdom when we face insult, persecution, and lies with gladness, charity and mercy.” So very true but so hard to live, but we ought not shy away from trying to live the Beatitudes.

The author, Dominican Father Philip Neri Powell is a member of the Order of Preachers of the Southern Province, pursuing studies at the Angelicum, Rome. 
Liguori Publications sells the booklet for $2.50 (click on the link above).

Later Summer Reading 2010

If you are looking for something to read this summer, I would suggest some of the following I gleaned from the Fall 2010 Eerdmans catalog:

Conor Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea

Ron Austin’s Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic

Charles Mathewes’ The Republic of Grace: Augustinian
Thoughts for Dark Times

Carl Braaten’s Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran

Livio Melina’s The Epiphany of Love: Toward a Theological
Understanding of Christian Action

Edward O’Flaherty, Rodney Petersen and Timothy Norton’s
Sunday, Sabbath and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture

Kevin Codd’s To the Field of Dreams (subject: on making the pilgrimage to Compostella)

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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