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For Christ's Sake: End Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church ... for Good
ISBN: 9781922152602 Garratt Publishing (1 May 2013 PB AU)
Author(s): Bishop Geoffrey Robinson
In this new book, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, controversial author of Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church, pulls no punches in his effort to go beyond merely "managing" sexual abuse in the Church. He seeks to identify, uproot and eradicate abuse - and the poor response to it — by addressing the causes: without limitation.
He leads up to a call for nothing less than a Council of the whole Church to confront the issues raised in the book, within which he insists that the laity must play a major role.
In the current social environment, that includes the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Sexual Abuse of Children, this is the book that had to happen. This is the book designed to move the Church back into the hands of the millions of shocked and bewildered Catholics throughout the world who are saying: enough is enough.
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"In the darkness of the world-wide clergy abuse scandals, a light now shines and a voice now speaks to lead the Church to a new, higher level of integrity and holiness. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's For Christ's Sake is that light and voice. He writes for the sake of the Church and especially for the sake of our children. His startling action plan is creative, courageous and sound. For Christ's sake, for the sake of the Church, for the sake of the victims, for the sake of the children, take up this book and read — and above all, act!" ...Rev. Donald Cozzens, Author of Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest
"Based on substantial pastoral experience and exuding practical wisdom throughout, this honest and heartfelt, serious and sorrowful book breathes the spirit of the Gospel. It provides an accessible analysis and a probing and perceptive diagnosis of current distortions in the prevailing damaging culture within the Church, and it offers a pathway towards a culture that is more in tune with the Gospel." ...John Sullivan, Professor of Christian Education, Liverpool Hope University
"If you are angry and bewildered about the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, or dismayed by the response of the Catholic hierarchy to the crisis, read this book. Bishop Robinson writes with honesty, humility and compassion. He offers both an unflinching clarity about what has gone wrong, and a hope that the Church's future can be better. Truly, this book is a gift of the Holy Spirit." ...The Honourable Kristina Kenneally
The Gospel of Luke
ISBN: 9781921946349 Garratt Publishing (Nov 2012 PB AU)
Author(s): Geoffrey Robinson
Click the image above to hear Bishop Robinson speaking about his book.
Geoffrey Robinson's commentary on The Gospel of Luke takes us on a fascinating journey into the mind of the evangelist. He extends an invitation to engage in the practice of Lectio Divina. Reading and meditating on scriptures with him can open us to new ways of listening to God. He examines the whole of Luke's gospel, passage by passage, showing how Luke's way of telling it offers us possibilities of beginning to see and know God more deeply.
This deep comprehension of the text unfolds Luke's extraordinary gift: showing Jesus' unique way of demonstrating God's astonishing love for imperfect, frightened, limited human beings. Robinson's glowing exposition shows us the endless compassion and insight of Jesus as seen by Luke.
This book will be a welcome resource for priests and pastoral associates, but all who wish to explore Lectio Divina applied to The Gospel of Luke with Geoffrey Robinson's as a guide will discover extraordinary riches: love, encouragement and hope are all to be found in these pages. Ultimately, Robinson tells us, Jesus sang a song to each one of us. Understanding more about Jesus in Luke helps us to sing Jesus' song ourselves.
Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church : Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus
Author(s): Bishop Geoffrey Robinson Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church is now in its fourth reprint! The book has been published in the UK, USA, and in translated into other languages.
Drawing on his own experience in responding to abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, in this explosive work, methodically offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit. Going back to the bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate and people-centred. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power. He offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium — a church that wants to see in its members the responsibility appropriate to adults rather than the obedience appropriate to children, and wants to help all people to grow to become all they are capable of being.
Readers will love or hate this book, but will not be able to be neutral.
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Love's Urgent Longings
Author(s): Bishop Geoffrey Robinson Publisher: John Garratt
Love's Urgent Longings is the story of a journey, a spiritual journey made over the past few years by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson. In seeking for answers to the urgent longings of the title he goes back to basics to encounter the spiritual, to consciously respond to the force of his deepest desires and to understand the ways that they move him towards higher goals. This sounds like a very personal journey, and so it is. However it is also a journey that will resonate with a great many Catholics. Geoffrey Robinson asks questions that every thinking Catholic asks at some stage on the journey: Do I really belong in the church? Is there any realistic chance that it will ever change to become the kind of church I could give myself to without reservations? What do I do in the meantime? And questions that every thinking, searching spiritual person asks at some stage in their life: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? What is the purpose and meaning of my existence? Geoffrey Robinson's journey is your journey; it is our journey as a church and as believers. His questions are your questions. Above all this is a positive story. Bishop Robinson is not trying to reject all that is past and, as he puts it 'construct a new building from the foundations up'. He does not wish to believe in nothing or become vaguely 'spiritual'. He says: 'If I must leave something behind, I want to do so only because I have found something of equal value to put in its place'. Love's Urgent Longings is a journey, a story, a testament — both a personal one and a dialogue with and for those, both old and young, who are wrestling with belief in today's church.
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The Front Page: Everyday Ignatian Spirituality
Author(s): Chris Gleeson SJ Publisher: ATF Press
The Front Page—Everyday Ignatian Spirituality features articles that were written for the parish newsletter during Fr Gleeson's time at St Ignatius Toowong in Brisbane. The stories reflect on everyday life in Australia – with anecdotes from parish life, the people Fr Chris has encountered in his ministry, and even the trials and tribulations of the golf course.
For most of the 'front pages' that follow, my inspiration has been twofold—to elaborate some touching story from my everyday life experience, however banal, and use it as a stepping stone to illustrate how we might more easily find God and be found by God in all things.
Central to Ignatian spirituality is the belief that our world is transparent, reflecting constantly a God who works in the depths of everything. St Ignatius Loyola saw the world as very 'user friendly'. For him every part of it, from the stars in the heavens to the flowers of the field, elevated his mind and heart to God. In Ribadeneira's Life of Ignatius we learn 'how even the smallest things could make his spirit soar upwards to God, who even in the smallest things is Greatest. At the sight of a little plant, a leaf, a flower or a fruit, an insignificant worm or a tiny animal Ignatius could soar free above the heavens and reach through into things which lie beyond the senses.'
Seeking and finding God in all things works on the belief that God is already present in our world and it is our task to uncover his presence and help others to do the same. It is very different to the old, perhaps arrogant, concept of ministry which talked about 'bringing God to the world'.
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Jesus and the Natural World
Author(s): Denis Edwards Publisher: Garratt Publishing
Ecological conversion...is the radical change of mind and heart that leads to a deeper love and respect for all creatures as having their own integrity before God: it involves change to a sustainable lifestyle, to sustainable patters of production and consumption and to sustainable economic and political choices.
In this new book Denis Edwards encourages us as Christians to wholeheartedly embrace ecological conversation and to connect with people around the globe in their deepening commitment to the survival of life on earth.
If the good news is that many people around the globe have begun to recognise that we are called to a new way of being on Earth, how can we be sure that this is congruous with the message of Jesus in the gospels?
Edwards shows that stewardship is pivotal in the Christian message for the world, and that the process of conversion includes a responsibility that all creation is a precious gift that is to be loved, respected and protected. The ever-growing movement of people who are connected in a deepening commitment to the good of the community of life on Earth is a strengthening force that includes people living in large cities, country towns and on the land, farmers, artists, school children, scientists, industrialists, politicians and religious leaders.
For Christians, the deepest reason for this conversion is that we see the Earth and all its creatures as God's good creation, the creation that God radically embraces in the incarnation of the Word made flesh. Because of this, in 2001, Pope John Paul II stressed the importance of the change of mind and of life that he called 'ecological conversion'. After speaking of the way humans have devastated so much of the natural world, he continued: 'We must therefore encourage and support the 'ecological conversion' which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive to the catastrophe to which it has been heading'.
"Father Denis's latest book is a wonderful read for anyone with an interest in exploring theology and our home, planet Earth. In this book Denis gives us the fundamentals of ecological theology including science and a universal perspective, biblical visions, Jesus Ministry, the Holy Spirit, Eucharist, Ecological Conversion, Spirituality and Action - and he has done this all with great skill." ...Jacqueline Remond, Director, Catholic Earthcare Australia
How God Acts: Creation, Redemption and Special Divine Action
Author(s): Denis Edwards Publisher: ATF Press
How does the Christian doctrine of creation square with the picture of an evolving universe we receive from science today? How do the badly predatory behavior and wasteful extinction of whole species fit in with a Christian understanding? How does miraculous divine action, pictured so vividly in the biblical narratives, square with the inexorable march of the laws of physics? How does a God of love permit so much death and destruction?
These and a host of related questions raised by ordinary experience are tackled in this important and original work from theologian Denis Edwards reconceiving divine action. From providence and miracles to resurrection and intercessory prayer, Edwards shows how a basically noninterventionist model of divine action does justice to the universe as we know it and also to central convictions of Christian faith about the goodness of God, the promises of God, and the fulfillment of creation. Here is wonderfully lucid theology supporting a vision of how God is at work in the universe.
How God Acts:
Denis Edwards: AU$28.45
Santamaria's Salesman: Working for the National Catholic Rural Movement 1959-1961
Author(s): Kevin Peoples Publisher: Garratt Publishing
This new book featuring BA Santamaria is the first to draw on primary resource material from the Santamaria files held by the State Library of Victoria since the publication of the Santamaria documents edited by Patrick Morgan.
Unlike most books on Santamaria, which focus on his involvement in the Labor Movement, this one analyses his leadership of the often mentioned but little understood National Catholic Rural Movement (NCRM). Author Kevin Peoples was an organiser for the NCRM from 1959 to 1961. Within the narrative frame of his own involvement, the author shows how Santamaria's charisma and authoritarian character continuously subverted the NCRM's aims as an official form of Catholic Action, to follow his own impractical vision for Australia as an agrarian society.
After the attack on Santamaria's industrial movement by the leader of the ALP, Dr HV Evatt in October 1954, Santamaria controversially pressed the NCRM into acting as his anti-communist arm in rural Australia. The drama in this new memoir highlights the clash between Santamaria and the then Father John N Molony, now emeritus Professor of History at the Australian National University, at the La Verna Monastery, Melbourne in 1961, when Molony attempted to wrest control of the NCRM from Santamaria.
"What is most appealing in this book is Kevin Peoples' writing style. There is a certain gentleness to it despite the content of the book being about a very serious conflict over ideology. It perhaps reflects some of the Cardijn spirituality that Kevin is trying to describe." ...Brian Coyne, Editor, Catholica. Read the full review, including an audio interview with Kevin Peoples, HERE.
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Aspects of the Heart: The Many Paths of a Good Life
ISBN: 9781585958719 (Twenty-Third Publications (Sep 10, 2012 US HC))
ISBN: 9781921946363 Garratt Publishing (Sep 10, 2012 AU PB)
Author(s): Joan Chittister OSB
FROM THE FOREWORD by Paula D'Arcy:
In these beautiful and spare reflections, Joan invites us to sit at the world's table and decide what our hearts will offer. She wisely reminds the reader that "there is no such thing as an isolated act." We are each responsible for "doing everything we can to make the world whole." Still, it's not necessary to do something heroic. In making a pilgrimage to the heart, we don't initially struggle with world issues and injustices; we wrestle first with the love struggling to break through our own unique circumstances. We notice how easily and reflexively the heart begins to close when we feel threatened in any way. We notice that bringing love when we confront hatred, as St. Francis prays, is not for the faint of heart. But the result of our effort to meet life fully is that we ourselves become the space through which love can move in the world. We only have to do one thing: Let the heart call us back to love. These pages will help you recognize many characteristics of the heart: A kind heart. A humble heart.
A non-judgmental heart. A celebrating heart. A trusting heart ... They will assure you that the storms of life are the very place to look for God. They will offer the wisdom that "real peace requires resistance to evil. But not in evil ways." They will show that you must "risk becoming new." They will help you acknowledge and value the treasury that is yours. Under Joan's expert and prophetic pen these powerful reflections are like an owner's manual for understanding the power of the heart and the force of love.
God's Tender Mercy
Author(s): Joan Chittister Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
Sister Joan Chittister is a bestselling author for a very good reason. She takes difficult and even mysterious concepts and 'breaks them open' for us. Here she tackles the virture of mercy and its connection to forgiveness. She challenges us to stop judging, accusing, and criticising those we label 'sinners' and to see ourselves in their number. She invites us to be realistic about our own actions before we 'throw that first stone' at another. This is spiritual reading at its very best.
Sr Joan taps into the contemporary global mood in which minorities are being condemned, harassed and persecuted. Instead of leading the cause of love and respect for all, many conservative Christian churches are failing to demonstrate love, understanding and compassion.
In her discussion of guilt and conscience, she commends both as healthy aspects of human responsibility. She also writes about the power of forgiveness to free us from the burden of anger: 'What I refuse to forgive continues to harm me. It consumes my heart, poisons my mind, drains my energies and cements my soul.' Forgiveness does not tolerate revenge and that is a lesson that is slowly becoming appreciated.
In the closing chapter of this profoundly prophetic book, Chittister calls us to the spiritual practices of weeping and healing. Of the first, she comments, 'Weeping is a very life-giving thing. It wizens the soul of the individual and it sounds alarms in society. The Book of Ecclesiastes may be nowhere more correct than here. There is definitely a time for weeping. If we do not weep on the personal level, we shall never understand other human beings.'
The spiritual practice of weeping softens our hearts and opens us to the suffering of others and it blesses us with a keen sense that we are all flawed creatures in the same world. Chittister concludes that we cannot heal ourselves by clinging to our wounds. And neither can we contribute to the repairing of the world without practicing forgiveness again and again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sr Joan Chittister, is a Benedictine nun and author of numerous books, including The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer, and other books that have a profound influence on the contemporary religious world.
"Joan's is a prophet's voice telling us that when love breaks through in even one person, the effect for the world is immense. Weep and heal, she writes, willing us to to find, through courageous self reflection and forgiveness, the fullness of our humanity and in that, the kind of love that will lift this world." ...Paula D'Arcy, author of Waking Up to This Day
"I'm sure Sister Joan is tired of being called a prophet. Identifying her message as prophetic leaves the rest of us off the hook as just ordinary souls with considerably limited vision and ambition. This plain-speaking little book on forgiveness will not give the reader that satisfaction, however. She challenged me to reconsider the brazenness of God's mercy, the necessity of my guilt, and the value of continuing to cry — until none of us has anything left to cry about." ...Alice Camille, co-author of The Forgiveness Book with Paul Boudreau
Joan Chittister: God's Tender Mercy AU$19.95
Author(s): Joan Chittister & Rowan Williams, Publisher: John Garratt
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams often says that, no matter what, the proper stance of the Christian in the world is one of gratitude. In this book, Sister Joan Chittister OSB, and Archbishop Rowan Williams offer us a sweeping set of things and circumstances to be grateful for—things for which we can sing "alleluia," "praise and thanks be to God."
Some are things we naturally feel grateful for: God, peace, wealth, life, faith, and unity. But when these are set alongside other things we would never think to sing alleluia about—death, divisions, sufferings, and even sinners—we begin to see, as Joan Chittister says in her introduction, that "Life itself is an exercise in learning to sing 'alleluia' here in order to recognize the face of God hidden in the recesses of time. To deal with the meaning of 'alleluia' in life means to deal with moments that do not feel like 'alleluia moments' at all."
In this series of reflections it becomes clear that singing "alleluia" is not a way to escape reality but receptivity to another kind of reality beyond the immediate and the delusional, of helping us understand what is now and what is to come.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Joan Chittister OSB, is a Benedictine nun and international lecturer who has been a leading voice in spirituality for more than thirty years. She has authored forty books, including her most recent, The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life, published by Thomas Nelson.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar, and teacher. He has been involved in many theological, ecumenical, and educational commissions and has written extensively across a wide range of fields of professional study — philosophy, theology, spirituality, and religious aesthetics. He has also written on moral, ethical, and social topics and, since becoming archbishop, has focused more intently on contemporary cultural and interfaith issues.
Joan Chittister & Rowan Williams:
Uncommon Gratitude: AU$18.95
Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir
Author(s): Joan Chittister, Publisher: Oxford: Sheed and Ward, 2004
REVIEW [from www.journeywithjesus.net]
In this her most recent book, Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun and author of twenty-five books, continues to think out loud about just what it means to know, love, and follow Jesus in our crazy, contemporary world. This is the third book by her that I have read, and I have come to appreciate her spirit and gift to do what good writers do, which is to connect with the every day experiences and aspirations of her readers. Using her own spiritual journal entries from across a four year period, she pushes, pokes and prods at the various dimensions of Christian living. In particular, I appreciated three themes from this book that also recur in her other works.
Chittister writes from very much "inside the box," the box that is the Roman Catholic Church. But no one likes to be boxed in, much less a feminist like her, and so one theme from this book is what I would call institutional frustration with the church. Our Christian institutions and churches often purvey a sort of "god of the system" that asks us at some level to sublimate our deeply personal identities to the group identity. But then we risk forfeiting conscience and becoming what she describes as "institutional robots." So, we try, often with very limited success, to change the institution for the better. Others just want to leave the church out of frustration. In the end, Chittister pictures herself as a "loyal member of a dysfunctional family" (p. 135).
A keen scholar like Chittister is also full of provocative questions about important issues like women's ordination, the place of gays in the church, global justice, and, as a member of a Benedictine community, obedience to the institutional church. But critical questions are just what the church often suppresses, obscures, or responds to with superficial and ideological answers. We can acquiesce to this, too, out of fear of being wrong or even punished. But Chittister does not want to live the Christian life asking other people's questions or accepting their answers, so she keeps asking, seeking, and knocking: how does the Christian relate questions of personal conscience and intellectual integrity to churchly fidelity?
Personal failure and struggle are also prominent themes for Chittister. The problem, it would seem, is to foolishly accept perfection as our standard or goal. But that goal is an oppressive one, and a set up for failure, for no Christian this side of heaven will ever reach it: "The problem, of course, is that we fail. We know ourselves to be weak. We stumble along, being less than we can be, never living up to our own standards, let alone anyone else's. We eat too much between meals, we work too little to get ahead, we drink more than we should at the office party. We're all addicted to something. Those addictions not only cripple us, they convince us that we are worthless and incapable of being worthwhile. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy of the worst order because it traps us inside our own sense of inadequacy, of futility, of failure" (p. 195). Instead, we ought to view failure as "among the best friends of the soul" (p. 91). Rather than subscribe to the unattainable, we should come to appropriate the "sanctifying nature of mistakes and calculations" (p. ix).
Chittister begins her book with a well known story of the seeker who asked the monk just what they did in the monastery: "Oh, we fall and we get up, and we fall and we get up, and we fall and we get up again." Beyond the institutional frustrations, the stymied but important questions, and the realization of but limited progress, she encourages us to hear God's voice to keep going, to "find the me in me" (p. 111), and to cultivate a sense of being at home with yourself because of the extravagant love and grace of God.
Joan Chittister: Called to Question:
A Spiritual Memoir: AU$32.25
The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer
Author(s): Joan Chittister Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
This simple little book from a great spiritual giant attends to what we human beings are most inclined to forget; preparing for and engaging in prayer. It is an examination of what we ourselves must bring to the discipline of prayer — whatever form it takes — in order to make prayer authentic and real, a deep and profound part of our lives.
Breath of the Soul: AU$18.95
Author(s): Chittister, Joan, Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Certain questions are common to all of us as human beings. Why was I born? How do I know the right thing to do? What's wrong with me – why can't I change? Such questions are so deeply human that they transcend time and place, religions and cultures. Chittister presents the insights of different cultures to these same questions, from all major religious traditions – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Chittister shows how each spiritual tradition brings a special gift to the art of living a meaningful, spiritually aware life.
Joan Chittister: Welcome to the
Wisdom of the World: AU$37.95
The Story of Ruth : Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life (Hardcover)
Author(s): Chittister, Joan D., Swanson, John August, Publisher: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co
Through twelve texts and complementary pictures, Chittister and Swanson explore a series of defining moments in every woman's life — moments of loss, change, transformation, ageing, respect, independence, recognition, insight, invisibility and fulfilment.
The Story of Ruth: AU$53.15
The Case for God
Author(s): Karen Armstrong Publisher: Random House
An essential book for our times: Karen Armstrong answers bestselling atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and argues that faith still has a fundamental role in the modern world.
The enormous popularity of books by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and others shows that despite the religious revival that is under way in many parts of the world, there is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. In the past people went to great lengths to experience a sacred reality that they called God, Brahman, Nirvana or Dao; indeed religion could be said to be the distinguishing characteristic of homo sapiens. But now militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of Christian missionaries in the age of faith and find an eager audience. What has happened?
Karen Armstrong argues that historically atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God. During the modern period, the Christians of the West developed a theology that was radically different from that of the pre-modern age. Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Armstrong shows that until recently there was no warfare between science and religion. But science has changed the conversation. The meaning of words such as belief, faith, and mystery has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
Why has the modern God become incredible? Has God a future in this age of aggressive scientific rationalism? Karen Armstrong suggests that if we draw creatively on the insights of the past, we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.
"The best sort of popularizing: there is no sacrifice of integrity and no dumbing down" ...Edward Norman, Literary Review
"A remarkable history... fascinating and highly readable... profoundly relevant" ...Julie Wheelwright, Independent
"This book deserves nothing but praise" ...Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
"A subtle and funny memoir" ...Sunday Telegraph
"An exceptionally impressive autobiography. Karen Armstrong's account of her spiralling journey provokes thought and inspires respect" ...Daily Telegraph
The Case for God: AU$31.30
The Battle for God
Author(s): Karen Armstrong Publisher: Harper Collins
Britain's greatest religious historian chronicles the rise and rise of fundamentalism.
One of the most potent forces bedevilling the modern world is religious extremism, and the need to understand it has never been greater. Focusing in detail on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism from sixteenth century Spain onwards and Muslim fundamentalism over the last four hundred years, Armstrong examines the patterns that underlie fundamentalism. These evolve from the clash between the conservative pre-modern mind that is governed by a love of myth, and the progressive rational society that relishes change.
Fundamentalists view the contemporary world with horror, rejecting its claims to truth, and a state of war now exists over the future of our culture. They are not terrorists, rather, they are innovative, existing in a symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each urging the other on to greater excess. The Battle for God is original in its thesis and in its understanding; as a history of religious ideas it is fascinating, and as an explanation of one of the most destabilising forces at large in the world today it is extraordinary.
The Battle for God: AU$23.70
Visions of God: Four Medieval Mystics and their Writings
Author(s): Karen Armstrong Publisher: Bantam/Random House
The mystics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were, writes Karen Armstrong, like "the astronauts of our own day. They broke into a new religion, blazed a new trail to God and to the depths of the self, a trail far from the beaten pilgrimage paths of Chaucer and Langland." Mysticism is a spiritual mystery shared in some form by all faiths; it has a supernatural quality that extends beyond the given boundaries of religious creed and may be experienced by any lay person. The thrilling intensity of a mystical experience, as represented in this volume by the writings of four mystics of the Middle Ages, can inspire other spiritual seekers with its insight into the limitless wonder of both human and divine experience. Dissatisfied by the strictures of dogma and a religion that failed to quench the human thirst for knowledge of a mystical order, these four mystics—Richard Rolle of Hampole, Walter Hilton, Dame Julian of Norwich, and the unknown author of The Cloud Of Unknowing—communicate an intense and passionate experience of faith rare in any time. Because of their unique beliefs and spiritual strength, their knowledge and writings have proved timeless, and in this beautiful volume show contemporary seekers important new insights into the nature of divine love.
Visions of God: AU$29.40
Australian Reflections on St Mary MacKillop
In the Land of Lark and Heroes; Australian Reflections on St Mary MacKillop
Author(s): Alan Cadwallader (Editor) Publisher: ATF Press
The object of this book is to provide an opportunity for voices of other religions to be heard as Australia celebrates its first Catholic saint — Mary MacKillop of the Cross. It is the first publication that seeks to bring together a representative collection of contributions. Here are reflections on sainthood and heroes of faith from within different religious traditions and different Christian denominations. The direction given to contributors was that they illustrate how holy persons and heroes are esteemed in their own tradition and how this might frame that tradition's appreciation of Mary MacKillop. From this, it is hoped that the collection will provide an example of how she might contribute to the wider Australian religious landscape.
Herein, the reader will find critical yet appreciative reflections from Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist to Jewish and Muslim writers. Some have taken the brief as an opportunity to reveal more of the heroes and saints of their own tradition and how they came to be esteemed. Others have directly described how their own tradition esteems saints and heroes in general in order to bring distinct and evocative appreciations of Mary MacKillop, now given hues from a Protestant, Orthodox or Lutheran palette. But whether Baptist or Anglican or traditions beyond Christianity, the writers have extended the capacity of Australians to appreciate Mary MacKillop as an Australian saint and hero.
THE AUTHOR and CONTRIBUTORS:
Rev Dr Alan Cadwallader is an Anglican Priest and Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, in the School of Theology, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Canberra Campus. Dr Cadwallader introduces the essays by Ismail Albayrak, Islamic scholar; John Chryssavgis, Greek OrthodoxL Mary Cresp RSJ, Catholic; Allie Ernst, Lutheran, Richard Ferret, Seventh Day Adventist; Robert Gribben, Uniting Church of Australia, Merrill Kitchen, Churches of Christ; Rachael Kohn, Jewish scholar; Marita Munro, Baptist; Lynlea Rodger, Anglican; John Skrzypaszek, Seventh Day Adventist.
In the Land of Lark and Heroes:
Alan Cadwallader (Ed): AU$37.95
Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton (Paperback)
Author(s): Edited by Morgan Atkinson with Jonathan Montaldo, Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
Containing a considerable amount of rich material unused in the documentary, Soul Searching is alive with the narrative of those who either knew Merton well or passionately care about him: Father Daniel Berrigan, Rosemary Ruether, Martin Marty, Paul Elie, and many others. A companion to award-winning producer Morgan Atkinson's documentary of the same title, this work draws us into the geographical landscape of Thomas Merton's life in America, a landscape that was intrinsic to his spiritual journey. The picture that emerges, through both the narrative and vivid photography, is filled with provocative insights into the interior landscape of one of the spiritual giants of modern times. Also available is the Soul Searching DVD (see the Note below).
Soul Searching Paperback:
The Journey of Thomas Merton: AU$31.30
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Church : Living Communion (Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives series)
Author(s): Paul Lakeland Publisher: Liturgical Press
Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes — Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church — is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological reflection and discussion. More important, the series will create and sustain the passion of the next generation of theologians and church leaders.
Paul Lakeland's recent award-winning books on the place of the laity in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church have prepared him well to take on this "ecclesiology from below." While paying close attention to the classical "marks of the Church," Lakeland's focus is on what we can learn about the nature of the Church as living communion by examining the values and practices of ordinary believers. Following the advice of Bernard Lonergan, Lakeland adopts a resolutely inductive approach to ecclesial reflection. He explores ten questions that the Church must address, both those that affect the internal workings of the faith community and those that have to do with its relationships to other groups, religious and secular. Finally, he offers a constructive proposal for a contextual ecclesiology of the U.S. Catholic Church that utilizes the images of hospice, pilgrim, immigrant, and pioneer.
Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies, and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University. He is active in the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Workgroup for Constructive Theology. His two most recent writings, both winners of Catholic Press Association awards, are The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church and Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church.
"Paul Lakeland's brilliant account of ecclesiology may well come to be recognized as the first truly twenty-first-century analysis of the Church. His study addresses the events and insights of the last decade and then transposes into a new key historical-critical readings of the New Testament, themes from Vatican II, ecumenical consensus statements, Lonergan's methodology, and postmodern concerns. In an engaging, refreshing style, he also faces up to the Church's failings in hard-hitting language, marked by stark realism. Finally, he gently poses ten challenges to the Church, which he deems eternal." ...Michael A. Fahey, SJ, Professor, Boston College
"This is a teaching moment in the Church and this is a teachable book on the Church. In this eminently readable book, Paul Lakeland offers his readers only what they need to know to think and talk intelligently about the identity and mission of the Church. With honesty, he describes the challenges facing the Church that perplex and polarize in a way suitable for debate in the classroom and in reading groups. He invites his readers to develop an inductive approach to ecclesiology, and in the process he promotes the cultivation of practical wisdom that can help communities respond to these challenges with genuine hope." ...Bradford Hinze, Professor of Theology, Fordham University
"Paul Lakeland's Church: Living Communion seizes the moment of a church on the brink of change and points the direction forward. He defines the church realistically through its marks, and leads us through the serious internal and external challenges to its authentic witness. Attentive to the laity, he then builds a practical strategy for moving beyond survival to revival. All this in limpid accessible prose: brilliance in simplicity. This authoritative book will appeal to everyone who has a stake in the Catholic Church in North America today." ...Roger Haight, SJ, Scholar in Residence, Union Theological Seminary
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Cardinal Mahony: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Blair Kaiser, Publisher: Humble-bee Press
As serialised on Catholica. An excellent Christmas gift for a friend.
An American bishop gets kidnapped outside his cabin in the High Sierras one snowy morning in November 2008 by three liberation theologians who look like terrorists. They take him off to southern Mexico in his own helicopter and put him on trial for his sins in front of an international television audience. A jury of his peers, six retired Latin American bishops, find him guilty, and give him a surprising sentence. The bishop falls in love with his kidnappers and leads the American Catholic Church into a radical new way of being, still Catholic but aggressively accountable to the people, which is to say, aggressively American. Now Available for only $22.25!
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Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton DVD
Author(s): Morgan Atkinson, Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
"Soul Searching is a powerful, rich and rewarding meditation on the life of Thomas Merton. It not only provides valuable insights into who Merton was and why he wrote as he did, but invites viewers to look deeply inside themselves as well, using Merton's words and the reflections of both scholars and those who knew him personally." ...Paul Wilkes, Writer, Director, Co-Producer of the 1985 PBS documentary "Merton: A Film Biography"
"Soul Searching is a film that integrates Merton's life and his important insights as highlighted by many people in the film who truly understand that message. It could only have been produced by someone who 'gets it' — someone who is soul searching and on the journey himself. Atkinson is representing all those people whose lives have been influenced or changed by Thomas Merton, and as such, 'Soul Searching' is a both a work of gratitude and a gift to those who will discover Merton's transforming vision through this film." ...Robert Toth, Executive Director, The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
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"With grace and candor, Morgan Atkinson captures the diverse — sometimes contradictory — aspects of Thomas Merton's personality and life in this thorough and moving portrait of the brilliant Trappist monk whose writing continues to attract and influence readers around the world." ...Dianne Aprile, author of "Gethsemani, Place of Peace and Paradox"
"Viewing Morgan Atkinson's film on Thomas Merton proved to be a profoundly religious experience. It brings out so well the paradoxical character of Merton, the monk, poet, peace activist, and spiritual writer who influenced the lives of so many during his short life. Highly recommended." ...Br. Patrick Hart, monk of Gethsemani and Merton's last secretary.
"Thomas Merton could easily be called the greatest spiritual writer of the 20th century in English-speaking America" ...Lawrence Cunningham.
"I find Merton, not so much a relic of the '60s, rather I don't know if we've caught up with him yet." ...Sr. Kathleen Deignan
Thomas Merton — Trappist monk, 'believing beatnik', brilliant author of books, essays and poetry, all rooted in his lifelong search for meaning. He is one of the most authentic and enduring voices of the 20th century, a man who truly lived the search he writes about.
Now here is the documentary that goes to the heart of Merton's spiritual journey. Award-winning producer Morgan Atkinson spent years researching Merton's work, as well as interviewing Merton friends, scholars and authorities on the spiritual life. Atkinson's cameras reveal life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton's home of 27 years, as well as Merton's path in New York City, Redwoods Monastery (California) and Christ in the Desert Monastery (New Mexico). The picture that emerges from Atkinson's study provides provocative insights into the interior landscape of one of the spiritual giants of modern times while capturing the haunting physical beauty of the geography that both nurtured and shaped Merton.
Soul Searching provides provocative insights into the interior landscape of one of the spiritual giants of modern times while capturing the haunting physical beauty of the geography that both nurtured and shaped Merton.
Those interviewed on the DVD include Fr. Daniel Berrigan, Anthony Padovano, Michael Mott, Dom John Eudes Bamberger, Br. Paul Quenon, Lawrence Cunningham, Paul Elie, Christine Bochen, Robert Inchausti, Martin Marty, Sr. Elena Malits, Colman McCarthy, Jonathan Montaldo, Fr. John Dear, Sr. Kathleen Deignan and others.
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