Thursday, February 20, 2014

Spring 2014

Forgiveness is hard work. 
And as hard as it is, we often make it even harder because we don’t really understand what it means to forgive—or to be forgiven.

Does it mean that we can’t be angry?
Does it mean that we have to forget?
Does it mean we have to pretend everything is okay?
Can we make amends?  Set things right?

In The Forgiveness Book authors Alice Camille & Fr. Paul Boudreau begin by answering those very questions, and then progress in showing the path to the peace and charity that real forgiveness brings—whether it’s seeking forgiveness for our own sins, forgiving someone else, or even learning to accept forgiveness from God and from those we’ve offended.

From scripture we know that forgiveness is not an option.  We know that we are going to be forgiven as we forgive.  This is serious business if we are to become saints.

An excerpt from The Forgiveness Book

“Forgiveness is the treasure of the gospels, the pearl of great price…Forgiveness is the key that sets us free and, at the same time, draws us on a lifelong quest to its source, which is love.  It’s the gift of God that makes hope possible, gives joy beyond the moment, and sustains faith for a lifetime…When we are forgiven, we are truly free and become able to forgive others so they can be free as well.” 

Consider including The Forgiveness Book as part of your Lenten practice this year.

From now until June 30, The Forgiveness Book will be available for purchase at St. Patrick's Book & Gift for 20% off the regular retail price. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Winter 2013/14

Our Fall selection was the great Catholic classic, Confessions by St. Augustine.  Our Winter recommendation is a brand new book about confession by the popular Catholic author, speaker, and musician, Vinny Flynn.  It is his second “7 Secrets” book, and this time he writes about the 7 Secrets of Confession.

It’s certainly no secret that most of us tend to drag our feet when it comes to going to Confession.  It’s not easy to face our sins, even in the safe confines of the confessional.  And we get discouraged when we have to confess the same sins over and over again. 

Lacking a genuine understanding of the sacrament, many of us approach the confessional out of a sense of obligation, carrying our “laundry list” of sins, and completing our penance as a means to receive the Eucharist.  Or much worse, and for a multitude of reasons, many people avoid the Sacrament of Reconciliation altogether, separating themselves from the great mercy and love of God that comes to those who approach him with humility and sincere contrition.

As Pope Francis has said, going to confession is more than just “going to the dry cleaner.”  In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we have a real encounter with Christ—no different than what we experience in the Eucharist or in Adoration.  And yet, while there are long lines to receive the Eucharist, there doesn’t seem to be the same fervor for Reconciliation.

In 7 Secrets of Confession, Flynn reveals truths about the great sacrament of forgiveness, mercy, and grace.  While reading this book may not entirely eliminate the anxiety you have about going to confession, it will help you to approach the sacrament in a new light—seeing Christ lovingly reaching out to you, waiting for you to be reunited with him and fill you with his abundant grace.7 Secrets of Confession is a beautiful little book for readers of all ages and stages of faith.

From now until February 28, 7 Secrets of Confession will be available for purchase at St. Patrick's Book & Gift for 20% off the regular retail price.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall 2013

“Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”

That’s right!  That’s from St. Augustine’s Confessions
our Fall selection for the first book of the 2013-14 Seasons of Reading.

Sadly, this is all most people know from this Catholic classic, written by one of the greatest philosophers and theologians the Church, even the world has ever known.  But to say you know St. Augustine from that single sentence is like saying you know Shakespeare from “To be, or not to be.”
Every serious seeker of truth must read St. Augustine’s Confessions at some point in their life.  After all, next to the Bible and the Catechism, it’s one of the most influential works of Christian literature.  As the Year of Faith comes to a close, we thought that this would be the perfect time to highlight this timeless work.

Admittedly, Confessions is not an easy read.  That is why we took great care in selecting a translation that is one of the best available.   We would also suggest that you read St. Augustine’s work slowly in order to let the language and reflections sink in slowly.  You may even consider using the work as a devotional—reading a short passage every day as part of your daily prayertime.  Here is a short excerpt:

You, my God, are supreme, utmost in goodness, mightiest and all-powerful, most merciful and most just.  You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present amongst us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring and yet we cannot comprehend you.  You are unchangeable and yet you change all things.  You are never new, never old, and yet all things have new life from you.

From now until November 30, St. Augustine's Confessions will be available for purchase at St. Patrick's Book & Gift for 20% off the regular retail price.