A short, broad-shouldered northern Frenchman, approaching his fortieth year, a man with long arms, powerfully built, and famous for the strength of his hands, clean-shaven, square jawed, obese, vigorous-all that-decided, at about five o'clock of an autumn evening,the destinies of England and, in great part, of the the world." (Page 1).
In William the Conqueror the great Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc describes everything that led up to and followed from the momentous battle which took place at Hastings in England in the year 1066 A.D. – an event which was to have a profound effect on the whole of Europe from that time forward – and eventually upon the world. Belloc shows that the "Conquest" of England which began with William's victory at Hastings should not rightly be called a "conquest" in our sense of the word-nor can the great Duke William of Normandy be styled a "Conqueror" in the
usual understanding. For William had crossed the Channel to England as one enforcing a rightful claim. Moreover, the ties between England and French Normandy on the Continent had long been very close-ties of blood, of marriage, of rule, of culture and of the Catholic Faith.
For several lifetimes previous-as Belloc details-England had been undergoing an internal struggle between, on the one hand, the half-Christianized Danes, with their smoldering traditions of cruelty, and on the other hand, English and Norman Chris-tians, whose civilization was epitomized in the gentle, enlightened rule of St. Edward the Confessor (1043-1066) and who were the bearers of the ancient Christian and Roman civilization. With William's "conquest," the latter side won out. England was thence-forward to be knit ever the more closely into the unity of European Christian civilization-not a political unity, but a unity of culture and civilization, of which the soul was the Catholic Faith. Within a hundred years from Hastings, this civilization would stretch from Scotland in the West to the Holy Land in the East. It is this same civilization of which all who are today Catholics are the
heirs-and must also be the bearers, if our Christian civilization is to be preserved in the face of the encircling "civilized," but nonetheless neo-pagan barbarism which threatens the existence of our entire culture.
An exhilarating conversion story of Steve Ray, a devout Baptist, who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church. It contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.
Millions love St. Therese of Lisieux, not only for her wisdom, but for her unwavering passion to serve God in life and in death. Listen with your heart as this most popular of saints speaks with simple charm about her life.These 120 readings excerpted from the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux will help you get to know firsthand the pure, simple girl whome Pope St. Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times."
A very readable book on the natural law as seen through the teachings of Aquinas and their foundations in reason and Revelation. Charles Rice shows how the natural law works and how it is rooted in the nature of the human person whose Creator provided this law as a sure and knowable guide for man to achieve his end of eternal happiness. It is a firmly grounded and accessible handbook which touches on the most important topics regarding natural law that will benefit readers of all backgrounds.
Drawing on Scripture, YOUCAT, the Catechism, and the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, DOCAT shows young people how to work toward building a "civilization of love". Written with help from church leaders, business leaders, social activists, and young people, this book helps guide young people in conscience formation and Catholic action on social and political issues.
Completely re-designed and newly typeset with wider margins and improved line-spacing for comfortable reading. This popular red leather bound Ignatius Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition Bible, includes minor revisions to some of the archaic language used in the first edition. The revised version is a contemporary English translation without dumbing-down the text. This second edition of the RSV doesn’t put the biblical text through a filter to make it acceptable to current tastes and prejudices, and it retains the beauty of the RSV language that has made it such a joy to read and reflect on the Word of God. Now the only Catholic Bible in standard English is even more beautiful in word and design!
In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there. Children will delight in the gentle illustrations and beloved story of that baby and the angel in the waters because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too.
Dubay explores the reasons why all of the most eminent physicists of the twentieth century agree that beauty is the primary standard for scientific truth. Likewise, the best of contemporary theologians are also exploring with renewed vigor the aesthetic dimensions of divine revelation. Honest searchers after truth can hardly fail to be impressed that these two disciplines, science and theology, so different in methods, approaches and aims, are yet meeting in this and other surprising and gratifying ways.
Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life-from the episcopate and the papacy to the priesthood and the consecrated life; from the renewal of the lay vocation in the world to the redefinition of the Church's engagement with public life; from the liturgy to the Church's intellectual life.
The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time shows you how to become more aware of even your most offhand daily actions. You’ll find simple, step-by-step, and spiritually crucial directions for how to overcome the habitual unkindnesses that creep into the behavior of even the most careful souls.If you want to make progress in the spiritual life, you can’t afford to miss the bracing insights in this handbook for souls who yearn to be kinder. They’ll give you years of solid help in overcoming sin so that you’ll live more fully with others — and truly transform your corner of the world!
Best-selling author Vinny Flynn continues his popular "7 Secrets" series with "7 Secrets of Divine Mercy." Through his "secrets" of Divine Mercy, Vinny shows how Divine Mercy is not just another worthy "private devotion"; it is the key devotion, the umbrella devotion over everything else. In this compelling and timely book, Flynn draws from Scripture, the teachings of the Church, and the Diary of St. Faustina to not only reveal the heart of Divine Mercy, but to offer you an invitation and a road map so that this mercy can transform your life.