Vatican II Notebook

Book Cover: Vatican II Notebook
Editions:Paperback
Pages: 176

Author:  Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P.


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Chenu was a French Dominican friar, a renowned historian, and a theologian with extraordinary creative insight. He shaped the Dominican study center, Le Saulchoir, as its director and as an influential professor from the late 1920s until he was removed by the Vatican in 1942 (for writing a theological program for the school that sounded much like the future Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World). He influenced two generations of scholars with his rare combination of scientific excellence and pastoral wisdom. Fifty years after Vatican II, historians are still discovering documents and letters that offer important insights into the Council's meaning. This brief journal written by Marie-Dominique Chenu, masterfully edited by Alberto Melloni, is such a document. It reveals the decisive role Chenu played in several initiatives that shaped the Council's character; but, more importantly, it brings to light the dynamic networking of bishops and theologians that lay behind the Council's achievement of so much in so few years. Covering the years 1962-1963, Chenu's Notebook allows readers to feel the drama of the Council's opening period. At the Council, he promoted and drafted its great Message to the World that was the Council's first published statement. In it, many of Chenu's key intuitions became part of an official church statement about its hope for the future: attention to the ‘signs of the times', the integration of science and technology into the Church's pastoral message, and commitment to justice and the care of the poor. His Vatican II Notebook is an exciting peek into great moments in a great man's life.

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My Journal of the Council

Book Cover: My Journal of the Council
Editions:Hardcover
Pages: 1,104

Author:  Cardinal Yves Congar, O.P.
Translated by Sr. Mary John Ronayne, O.P. and Mary Cecily Boulding, O.P.


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Yves Congar, OP, was one of the most important and influential theologians of the twentieth century. Much of this influence came as a result of his role as theological advisor to the bishops who participated at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). After working under a cloud of ecclesiastical censure and suspicion in the decade prior to its start, Congar was, from beginning to end, an influential day-to-day participant in the council's work. He also managed to keep detailed personal notes throughout the time. At long last, the council diaries of Yves Congar are available in English! This material is a treasure trove of information and insight for anyone interested in the history of that council and its remarkable and historic teaching. It provides a window into the council's workings and the development of what would become a series of historic documents and declarations. It also offers Congar's own down-to-earth and personal perspective on many of the other remarkable figures who played a role in the council.

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A Dream of Fire

A Story about Dominic Guzman

Book Cover: A Dream of Fire
Editions:Paperback
Pages: 112

Author:  Maeve McMahon, O.P.


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Dominic Guzman was born into a noble Spanish family in 1173. His mother's dream before he was born was a portent of what was to come. Her son would set the known world on fire with zeal for God's truth, veritas, revealed in Jesus Christ. And he would gather around himself well educated, zealous preachers who would travel on foot preaching about God's mercy to many who denied, not only the beauty of God's creation but also Christ's redemptive death on the cross.

Dominic founded an Order of Preachers, known as Dominicans, which flourished in the university cities of his time and now, 800 years later, continues to invite men and women all over the world to pray, study, preach and live in community.

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Preaching Justice Volume II

Contributions of Dominican Sisters to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century

Book Cover: Preaching Justice Volume II
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 978 1 905604 31 9
Pages: 576

Editors:  Helen Alford, O.P., and Francesco Compagnoni, O.P.


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Preaching Justice II presents some of the key ways in which Dominican sisters have promoted justice and contributed to social ethics in the twentieth century, continuing on into the twenty-first. It ranges across the world, from Colombia to Vietnam, and from Sweden to South Africa, and moves from pioneering work in healthcare and teaching in the early twentieth century to working with the most marginalized people and promoting sustainable lifestyles as we entered the twenty-first.

Twenty-two contributions present the work of the sisters in 26 countries, covering a wide range of practical activities and theoretical development, grouped together under five main headings: resisting oppression; taking up the fight against social exclusion; promoting women and children and providing social support; peacebuilding; and ‘building a new vision’.

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Tapestry in Time

The Story of the Dominican Sisters, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1966-2012

Book Cover: Tapestry in Time
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0802872555
Pages: 320

Author:  Mary Navarre, O.P.


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Much has been written about women religious -- known as nuns or sisters -- since Vatican II, which brought about major changes to the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. In this book several Dominican Sisters tell with candor what it was really like to live the religious life in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during those years.

Organized around the four basic principles of Dominican life -- prayer, study, common life, and service -- Tapestry in Time weaves together written and oral histories from the Sisters themselves to describe how the introduction of then-radical changes such as worship in the vernacular provided the thrill of something new and meaningful -- but also how the move toward inclusivity was met with challenges and opposition.

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St. Martin de Porres

In the Service of Compassion

Book Cover: St. Martin de Porres
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 978-1623110338
Pages: 142

Author:  Jacques Ambec, O.P.
Translated by George G. Christian, O.P.


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This text is a compilation of activities in the life of St. Martin de Porres that have direct reference to his medical and palliative services, along with prayers pertinent to those activities. The author, Jacques Ambec, is a Dominican from Toulouse (France) and has been engaged in various health services. He has written works that have been published by the St. Paul Company and by Tequi publishers in Paris.

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St. Louis Bertrand

Apostle of New Granada

Book Cover: St. Louis Bertrand
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 978-1502406606
Pages: 450

Author:   Fr. Bertrand Wilberforce, O.P.
Foreword by 
Fr. Dominic Mary Roberts, O.P.

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In this work written by Fr. Bertrand Wilberforce, we are presented with a biography of Saint Louis Bertrand, a Spanish saint of the 16th century, the golden age of Spain. He was known for his great holiness, even in his lifetime, and for the many miracles and prophecies for which he was responsible. For seven years he preached the Gospel in the New World, in New Granada, which is in the area of present day Colombia, and has been proclaimed by the Church the Patron Saint of that nation.

 

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In the Image of Saint Dominic

Book Cover: In the Image of Saint Dominic
Editions:Kindle
Pages: 161

Author:  Fr. Guy Bedouelle, O.P.


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A beautiful book of meditations on various Christian virtues or charisms as reflected in the lives of nine holy Dominican men and women. Manifesting the special grace and spirit given to St. Dominic, these outstanding lives are shining examples for modern Christians on how to make the Gospel teaching incarnate in today's world. Saints portrayed include Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Martin de Porres, Fra Angelico, Peter of Verona, Catherine de Ricci and others. Charisms highlighted by each life include prayer, joy, poverty, study, friendship, art, and more.

The lives of the saints occupy a special place in the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church. The men and women in this book form a comprehensive image of one of the most significant movements in the history of Western Christianity. The Dominican order, whose particular charism emphasizes the sanctification of the intellect and the importance that sacred truth holds in the life of the Christian believer.

 

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Catherine of Siena

A Sacred Covenant of Caring for the Sick

Book Cover: Catherine of Siena
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 978-1623110420
Pages: 240

Author:  Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, O.P.


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Saint Catherine of Siena has long been considered the patroness of those who minister to the ill and the infirm. Nevertheless, many biographies of the saint pay only minimal attention to Catherine’s care of the ailing. Catherine of Siena: A Sacred Covenant of Caring for the Sick reveals the breadth and the beauty of the saint’s tender and compassionate care for those who are ill. The book documents the life of a courageous young Dominican tertiary for whom no task of caregiving was distasteful or burdensome. Catherine was both mystic and minister; her secret was that she saw in each ailing neighbor the personification of Christ, her beloved spouse. Saint Catherine’s 14th century care for the sick, carried out in the home, the hospital, the prison and the community, provides inspiration and guidance for contemporary ministers to the sick. She is an inspiring example for all who minister to the ill within the contemporary healthcare environment.

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Obeying the Truth

Discretion in the Spiritual Writings of Saint Catherine of Siena

Book Cover: Obeying the Truth
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0199344512
Pages: 244

Author:  Grazia Mangano Ragazzi


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In the last century St. Catherine of Siena, an Italian lay woman and mystic of the fourteenth century, was named first a Doctor of the Church and then one of six patron saints of Europe. This recognition of her life and spirituality has been accompanied by increased interest in her writings. Obeying the Truth addresses the key concept of discretion in Catherine's spiritual works. This concept, synonymous with prudence, interacts on many levels with crucial aspects of her teaching. Grazia Mangano Ragazzi argues that discretion, to which Catherine dedicates several passages in her writings, is a helpful, even decisive, tool for interpreting the whole edifice of the saint's spirituality.
Providing a textual analysis of discretion in Catherine's major works, Mangano Ragazzi situates Catherine historically through comparison with her predecessors: Augustine, Cassian, Benedict, Gregory the Great, Bernard, Richard of St. Victor, and Thomas Aquinas; and some contemporaries: Domenico Cavalca, Bridget of Sweden, John Colombini, and Raymond of Capua. She goes on to demonstrate how discretion unifies Catherine's spiritual reflection. The book includes a scrupulously selected bibliography of works in English, Italian and French.
This is both a focused monograph on discretion and an ideal introduction to the saint's writings. Catherine's insistence that the virtuous life is a pre-requisite for any genuine spiritual experience is a warning that is more necessary today than ever.

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