Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A beautiful pro-life book for kids

From the President's Desk
 
Dear Friend,

Angel in the Waters, our first pro-life kid’s book, remains our all-time bestselling book.
 

 

 

Now comes our second pro-life kid’s book: Before I Was Me, an equally charming tale of an imaginary conversation between God and an unborn baby.
 



 
Like Angel in the Waters, and without preaching, it thoughtfully conveys to children two fundamental pro-life messages: the intrinsic value of life from the very beginning and the fact that God loves them, no matter who they are.
  • Read the entire book HERE,
     
  • Order a copy for your children or grandchildren HERE,
     
  • And then forward this email to others with children.
You, your children, and your grandchildren will be glad you did!

In the Most Sacred Heart,


Charlie McKinney
President, Sophia Institute Press 

Praise for Before I Was Me

"This is a beautiful book that will get adults and children alike thinking about a very important issue."

Jennifer Fulwiler

SiriusXM Radio Host and Author
"The great lesson of Before I Was Me is that the only thing that really counts is being a child of God—that’s what gives us the love, dignity and peace we need to be truly important and truly happy. "

Anthony DeStefano

Best Selling Children's Author
"A delightful story for your child or grandchild! I love it! This charming, colorful and sturdy hard cover book will fascinate children and adults alike."

Donna-Marie
Cooper O’Boyle

EWTN TV Host and award-winning author
 


Before I Was Me

by Frank Fraser
Hardback — 40 pages

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to listen to a silent God

Why does God hide from
those of us who yearn
to hear His voice?





When we do good,
there’s no heavenly
applause.





When we do evil,
no divine rebuke.





And when great horrors 
visit us, He rarely intervenes.





In good times and bad,
there’s just silence . . . the
awful silence of God.





Now comes Why God Hides,
this magnum opus of Fr. John
Portavella, written after many
decades of listening to God’s
silence – in his own life and
in that of thousands of his
parishioners.


Those years of listening, reading,
thinking, and praying have made
ever more clear to him – and with
the help of this book, will make
clear to you – that, in fact . . .


God is not silent nor is
He hidden, if only you know
how to listen and learn
where to look.



Time and again in the events
of salvation history and in the
trials and joys of our daily lives,
Fr. Portavella here unveils the
Face of God and lets us hear His
voice, speaking in every instance
words of sweet love.


Why God Hides is a remarkable,
once-in-a-lifetime book that scatters
the darkness of our minds, giving us
myriad glimpses of our supposedly
hidden God, bringing with each of
those glimpses the consolation and
joys for which we have yearned
for so long.




Why God Hides:
And Where to Find Him

by Fr. John Portavella
Paperback — 224 pages


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After you learn how to
listen for God's voice, continue
on the path of spiritual growth with
this timeless and classic work
from Dom Hubert van Zeller.





These pages give you practical
help to look honestly at yourself,
and by doing so, to attain the
deepest desire of every sincere
Christian: union with God Himself.


 
No longer will you be diverted
from the search for God . . . or live
in fear of losing your soul.


With the help of the holy and
wise monk, Hubert van Zeller,
you will learn . . . 

 
  • How to spot — and avoid — dangerous spiritual distractions
     
  • How to keep your feet on the path that leads to holy wisdom: true knowledge of yourself . . . and of God
     
  • How to grow into the person Christ means you to be - no matter how far you still have to go
     
  • How to draw closer to God and charge your life with a transforming spiritual vigor
     
  • And many more vital spiritual lessons

How to Find God is a spiritual
banquet for every Christian who
wants to attain true self-knowledge
and to be united with Him who
is the fount of all joy.

For a limited time, we are offering How to Find God and Why God Hidestogether for a specially discounted price.




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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B June 17, 2018


FIRST READING
Ezekiel 17:22-24

I, the Lord, bring low the high tree and lift high the lowly tree.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 92:2-3,13-16

They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the
courts of our God.

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 5:6-10

The lives of all are to be revealed before the tribunal of Christ.

GOSPEL READING
Mark 4:26-34

The reign of God is like a mustard seed.

Jesus said to the crowds:
"This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come."

He said,
"To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.


BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING
After Lent, the Easter season, and three Sundays of feast
days--Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, and Most Holy Body and Blood of
Christ--the Church returns to Ordinary Time. This Sunday's Gospel from
Mark carries a significant message regarding faith and the Kingdom of
God.

In Mark's Gospel, Jesus appears reluctant to reveal his identity as the
Son of God. After performing miracles of healing, he warns those cured
to tell no one (see Mark 1:44, 3:12, 5:43, 7:36, and 8:26). Also, when
preaching, Jesus chooses to speak to the crowds in parables, leaving
them to discern his message. Only to his disciples does he explain the
parable's meaning, and he does this in private at a later time.

Today's Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. In the
first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is "how it is with the
kingdom of God." A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and
develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The
emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to
grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth,
Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching,
and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established.
Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to
come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so
does God's kingdom.

The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the
smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a
first-century farmer in Jesus' part of the world would have sown. Small
as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree
generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide
expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree
welcomes the birds, so is God's kingdom welcoming and open to many.

These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and
our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a
mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its
fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The
mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the
Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to
fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord's Prayer,
we pray, "thy kingdom come." We know that it will come in its fullness
at the end of time. All we need is faith.


FAMILY CONNECTION
Church documents call the Christian family the "domestic church." This
is both a compliment and a call to commitment. Because the family is a
community formed in love and dedicated to the physical and spiritual
growth of its members, it is a miniature version of the Kingdom of God
on earth. This Sunday's Gospel Reading, Mark 4:26-34, consists of two
parables that Jesus used to help us discern the mystery of the Kingdom
of God. The beginning of the kingdom is compared to a tiny seed that
over time matures and ripens. Many of the things we do within the family
seem insignificant. They are part of our daily activity and attract
little attention. Yet they show our love and concern for one another.
According to the Gospel, it's these small things that yield big results,
acting as significant contributions to the growth of God's kingdom on
earth. The growth of the seed illustrates the nature and the results of
a strong faith.

Read aloud together the Gospel of Mark 4:26-34. Consider how your
family's concerns reflect the Church's concerns for those members who
are poor, forgotten, hungry, ill, shunned, or lonely. Together think of
a specific action that you can do to assist a person in your extended
family, neighborhood, or parish. Now pray together the Lord's Prayer,
pausing briefly to consider the import of the words "thy kingdom come."
Each evening this week as you gather for supper, share with one another
the simple acts of love you witnessed within the family that day.


Sources: Loyola Press; Sunday Readings

Monday, June 11, 2018

More wisdom from Fr. Donald Haggerty

‘Give God permission’, Mother Teresa used to say, as she did to Cardinal John O’Connor, the former Archbishop of New York, in her first words to him on the day he was ordained a bishop by Pope Saint John Paul II at Saint Peter’s in Rome. If in prayer we pronounce a very direct and explicit ‘yes’ to God, we allow him to draw us closer to himself. But we may not find what we initially expect. He is likely to contradict what we anticipate.

—Fr. Donald Haggerty
from The Contemplative Hunger

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Wisdom from Fr. Donald Haggerty

We receive from God only to the degree that we give ourselves away.

—Fr. Donald Haggerty
from The Contemplative Hunger

Friday, June 8, 2018

More wisdom on Marriage

Invite God into your marriage and let him transform your lives. That’s why on each Day of the Novena there is ‘Something to Think About.’ Take turns reading these thoughts out loud and slowly let them touch you on the inside as it’s all an inside job. Let these words open your minds and hearts to a different way of looking at what you face. And remember, the ‘lens’ with which we look at our problems can be colored by our pain or hurt, our anger or resentment, or our pride and frustration. These thoughts give you the opportunity to think in spite of any of these, and encourage you to let God work especially in these broken places of your heart.

—LORIE & DONALD GRAMER
from Marriage Care Novena