Thursday, 23 July 2015

Panic in the Pews!

Laugh yourself silly as you learn how not to behave in church!

Do your parents cringe whilst you pound your feet on the pew?

Do you pester them all through Mass with questions and demands?

Do the people in the pews around you stare?

Then this book is for you!

And for your parents!!!

Never was there a more fun way to learn the do's and don'ts of church behaviour than this hilarious collection of antics that demonstrate how not to act.

Talented homeschool teen Erin Bartholomew brings out the best of these crazy kids with her illustrations, from Backwards Buford to Potty Prue, whilst author Lisa Bergman insists her six children never, never, behave like these little hooligans... well, hardly ever!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Mary Magdalen in the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich

The visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich are the world's greatest source of detail in the life of St. Mary Magdalen - great sinner, great penitent, and the second most prominent woman in the Gospels.

These pages are in full accord with the Bible, but give an immense amount of extra information about her life and family.

This book provides a welcome antidote to the absurd Da Vinci Code style fantasies that are periodically promoted by Mass Media Presstitudes.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church, on Creation and the Fall

St. Lawrence of Brindisi was a remarkable person. He was a man of immense intellectual, moral and spiritual stature who also lived a life of swashbuckling adventure.
He was born on July 22, 1559 in the Italian Adriatic port city Brindisi. His parents gave him the name Julius Caesar when he was baptized. On February 18, 1575, Julius Caesar became Brother Lawrence in the Order of Capuchins at the order's novitiate house in Verona. After his profession he pursued studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Padua.
Lawrence had a outstanding memory. He mastered the principal European languages and most of the Semitic tongues. It was said that he knew the entire original text of the Bible. He was ordained a priest on December 18, 1582.
Father Lawrence was a fiery preacher with a forceful personality who held his listeners in rapt attention. He would adapt his preaching to the spiritual needs of the congregation. He had a good voice, an imposing appearance, personal magnetism, and a photographic memory. He is considered one of the greatest preachers in the history of Christianity. He painstakingly prepared his sermons and would spend three to five hours in prayer before delivering his more formal sermons. So deep was his feeling when he delivered his sermons that he often cried while preaching. His sermons were also fearless. He did not hesitate to denounce the vices of the strong and powerful, even when they were present.
In addition to evangelical missions to the Protestants and diplomatic missions, Pope Clement VIII gave Fr. Lawrence the task of instructing the Jews. Because of his knowledge of Hebrew and his powerful reasoning, he brought a great number of them to recognize the truths of the Catholic Faith. His saintliness and kindness further prepared the way for their conversion. Some of the Jews called Father Lawrence "the living Bible". He was familiar not only with the Old Testament Hebrew text and its Aramaic versions (Targums) but also with commentaries on them by medieval Jewish scholars.
In 1601 Lawrence was named chaplain of the Imperial army. He instilled confidence in the soldiers and lead the Emperor's army to victory against the Turks, who outnumbered the Emperor's soldiers by about three to one. He rode in front of the soldiers on horseback carrying a crucifix in his hand. He led them into the thick of battle, holding the crucifix aloft, and came through unscathed.
Lawrence successfully combined his very active physical and intellectual life with an intense inner life. His practice of religious virtue equaled that of the great saints. He rose to high levels of contemplation, rarely celebrating Mass without falling into ecstasy. His Masses often lasted six to ten hours, the longest taking sixteen hours. One witness observed him levitate three feet above the floor for a hour and a half while celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He had deep and tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mariale, a collection of 84 of his sermons on Mary, comprises a complete and profound Mariology
Known as the Apostolic Doctor, St. Lawrence was a prolific writer. His known writings comprise eight volumes of sermons, two treatises on oratory, commentaries on Genesis and Ezekiel, and three volumes of religious polemics. 
This book is St. Lawrence's Commentary on Genesis 1-3, taken from his Explanatio in Genesium, translated for the first time ever into English.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

A History of the Catholic Church

The temptation of the Church historian is to begin at the beginning and then go steadily on, the second century following the first and the third the second etc. It is a temptation that Msgr. Philip Hughes has resisted in his renowned history. He has seen a better principle.

The Church was born into the world, and the first phase of her history is in that world, the world that was already there. But gradually she remade that world and the second, quite different, phase of her history was in the world she had made. He divides the first two volumes accordingly. But this meant that he could not take one fixed date as the dividing line for the whole of the territory in which she worked, for the Eastern world remained very much as she found it up until the time of Justinian I, whereas the Western world had begun to respond to her re-creative activity by the time of Constantine.
The first volume, then treats of the Church in the West up to the conversion of Constantine (312) but in the East up to Justinian I - or rather a century and a half beyond to allow for the consummation of the disunion that followed Chalcedon. The second volume carries the history through to the time of St. Thomas Aquinas, whilst the third volume takes the story from Aquinas to Martin Luther.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

St. Bonaventure's Commentaries on the Four Books of Sentences

St. Bonaventure's Commentaries on the Four Books of Sentences of Peter Lombard are ideal textbooks for undergraduate and graduate courses in Theology, Religious Studies, Mediaeval Studies, Philosophy & Religion, and Christian Philosophy.

St. Bonaventure was declared co-primary Doctor of the Church by Pope Sixtus V in 1588.

Book 1 - On the One & Triune God., is published along with the complete text of Lombard's First Book of Sentences.

This is a replica translation, in English, of the Critical Latin Edition by the Quaracchi Fathers, 1882, with all the accompanying original Prolegomena, Tabulae, Scholia, and Footnotes, furnished with translations of all the various readings cited in the original and enriched with frequent citation of Scholastic terms in the Latin tongue.

It includes an Introduction and Preface to the English translation, two colour illustrations and a Table of Scholastic Terms.

Hardback, laminated full-colour dust-jacket. 996 pages.