Spiritual Tools

The Real Presence

Our recommended Spiritual Tool this week is The Real Presence (by St. Peter Julian Eymard) is a collection of sermons dealing with the Eucharist which leads to a better knowledge and deeper love of Christ in the Eucharist.

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Holy Land Rosary

Holy Land Rosary Book

by Deacon Tom Fox

The Rosary comes to us from the Middle Ages, when most people could not read or write. It is a simple prayer that can be easily learned and prayed with others or privately. This rosary booklet is based on a Holy Land experience. Once you visit the Holy Land, praying the Rosary is never the same, because you experience the sites where most of the mysteries took place. Let this easy to carry book transport you into the life of Jesus.

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From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton, by Sr. Caroline Hemesath. The author interviewed many people who knew Father Tolton personally, including St. Katharine Drexel, and presents a deeply inspiring portrait of a great American Catholic.

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Secrets of the Eucharist by Michael H. Brown

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book Secrets of the Eucharist by Michael H. Brown.

The continuous True Presence of Christ with us in the Blessed Sacrament is good news worth sharing! This book of heart-felt reflections on the Holy Eucharist demonstrates that devotion to this profound Sacrament is fundamental to our Faith. As millions flock to alleged sites of supernatural significance around the world, we sometimes overlook the most humbling sites of all – our own Churches and hearts where Christ chooses to dwell Eucharistically!

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Beautiful Hope, ed. Matthew Kelly

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book Beautiful Hope, edited by Matthew Kelly.

As we struggle to survive and grow in a culture that seems to produce hopelessness with astounding consistency, and when everything seems chaotic as we are faced with many negative realities, we may be tempted to think that nothing makes sense anymore – that there seems to be no hope that things will get better.

But we are not alone! God is continually present with us, and His love and grace fill us with great hope. Knowing this, we can be peaceful and hopeful in the midst of our difficulties.

In this wonderful book, Beautiful Hope, well known million seller Catholic writer, Matthew Kelly has collected a number of short essays and personal stories on this topic by many contributors, some well-respected authors and speakers, and other ordinary people who, like you, have dealt with challenges and problems just like you.

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The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

As this week’s Spiritual Tool, we recommend The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne.

Alphonse Ratisbonne was a French Jew who was miraculously converted while at Rome in the Church of San Andrea della Frate. His brother had previously converted and become a Catholic priest, but Alphonse hated the Catholic church and vowed never to enter.

This is the story of the power of prayer and a miracle of grace. It is a powerful, delightful, and consoling story that every apostolic Catholic should know.

This is how Ratisbonne related his experience in the church that cold day in January of 1842. “All I can say is that the moment when the Blessed Virgin made a sign with her hand, the veil fell from my eyes; not one veil only, but all the veils which were wrapped around me disappeared, just as snow melts beneath the rays of the sun. I am asked how I attained a knowledge of these truths, since it is well known that I never opened a religious book, had never read a page of the Bible, and that the dogma of original sin, which is either denied or utterly forgotten by the modern Jews, had never for a single moment occupied my thoughts indeed, I doubt whether I had ever heard the words which express it. How, then, did I arrive at a knowledge of it? I know not. All that I know is that when I entered that church I was profoundly ignorant of everything, and that when I came out I saw everything clearly and distinctly.”

Baron de Bussieres states, “We have given in this volume a literal translation of the original accounts of the conversion of M. Alphonse Ratisbonne along with many other letters and documents relating to the miraculous conversion.”

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My Life With the Saints

As this week’s Spiritual Tool, we recommend My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin.

From the publisher:

Be inspired by the Catholic saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From his lukewarm childhood Catholicism to the executive fast track at General Electric to the Jesuits and a life dedicated to God, Martin looked and prayed to the Catholic saints to intervene in and guide his life. As this witty, confessional, and surprising account unfolds, discover how the saints of the Catholic Church can help each of us find our way in the world.

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In the Fullness of Time: Christ-Centered Wisdom for the Third Millennium, by Fulton Sheen

Our recommended Spiritual Tool this week is In the Fullness of Time: Christ-Centered Wisdom for the Third Millennium, a compendium of works by Fulton J. Sheen.

From Liguori Publications:

This compendium, published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s death, is more than anything, a celebration of life: our life in Christ and our destiny in faith. If you’re looking for a renewed understanding and appreciation of the Christian life and the promise of faith for the new millennium, this work offers strong and practical encouragement for growing closer to God through a deepened spirituality.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), one of the 20th century’s best-known and loved Catholic prelates, was a lecturer, professor, philosopher, preacher, and writer. A radio and television personality, he is widely regarded as the original media luminary for the spiritual world. This former director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith leaves behind an enormous written and oral history. In addition to two weekly syndicated newspaper columns that ran for close to two decades, he authored scores of book.

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

This week’s recommended Spiritual Tool is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. There are several practical ways you can incorporate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy into your prayer life:

  • Pray after receiving Holy Communion (it is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist)
  • Recite during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter)
  • Pray at three o’clock each afternoon (the “Hour of Great Mercy,” recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross)
  • Offer the chaplet for the incarcerated, homeless, conversion of souls and the salvation of souls.

For more information about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, please visit the official website at theDivineMercy.org

 

Son of Man to Man

Son of Man to Man spiritual book for menThis week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Son of Man to Man” by Deacon Tom Fox.

As men we are often focused on practical things like paying bills and planning for the future. However, we are not just material beings. God has created us primarily as spiritual beings with an eternal existence. When we plan for the future, our first concern should be about our relationship with God and the happiness he promises us if we remain faithful to Him. He has revealed what we must do if we are to remain faithful. If we want to be faithful we must have a plan; and this plan will keep us on the right path.

Practical Ways to Utilize Son of Man to Man

  • Keep it in your glove compartment, get in your car a few minutes early and take a moment to read one page before you start your day.
  • Take it with you to Mass and read a section before Mass begins and open your heart to the message God has for you.
  • Use it to begin saying the Rosary daily or start with once a week.
  • Going to Adoration? Take this inspirational book with you for reflection. Consider reading the same passage two times and deeply meditate on what it means for your life.
  • Read this book with your son, grandson, nephews, or any young man in your life who may be waiting for guidance.
  • Help others use this book by giving it as a gift to someone who could use spiritual inspiration!

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