No matter how much or how little you already know about the Eucharist, the "secrets" revealed here will bring you to a new, personal "Emmaus" experience, again and again. Perfect for personal devotion, catechesis, study groups, book clubs, and theological studies, The Seven Secrets of the Eucharist will rekindle the "Eucharistic amazement" called for by Pope John Paul II.
In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized the great 20th century visionary of Divine Mercy, Sister Faustina Kowalska, and proclaimed the Sunday after Easter to be celebrated annually as Divine Mercy Sunday. In 2006, Pope Benedict stressed that "Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of Christian faith and prayer." Now Pope Francis has proclaimed an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will begin on December 8, 2015. These three Popes have made it very clear that Divine Mercy is a major part of the Christian faith, and now this powerful new book reveals why. Best-selling author Vinny Flynn continues his popular "7 Secrets" series with a book that brings him back to his roots. Vinny was one of the original editors of the official English edition of the actual Diary of St. Faustina, and he has written and edited a vast number of the Divine Mercy materials that are used today. 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. Every other devotion in the Church, every ritual, every activity, every teaching is under that umbrella of Divine Mercy. It’s all there to help us understand and enter into Divine Mercy. He shows us how everything in our lives can become more meaningful, more powerful, more life-changing once we really embrace the gift of Divine Mercy — the overflow of love from the Holy Trinity. 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. If you're not yet convinced of the impact Divine Mercy can have on your life, if you've never heard of this message and devotion, or if you're curious to learn more about it, this book is perfect for you. It shows us all how to respond to the call of Pope Francis "to live lives shaped by mercy", and benefit greatly from the "Year of Mercy".
In the inspiring new book, 21 Ways to Worship, best-selling author, Vinny Flynn, shares his favorite ways to pray in Eucharistic Adoration. Written in the author's personal, conversational style, complete with puns and other bits of humor, 21 Ways to Worship is an easy to read, practical guide, jam-packed with inspiring ideas, techniques, and prayers to help you make the most of your Holy Hour. It's a perfect resource for the beginner wondering what Adoration is all about, and for the veteran adorer looking for additional ideas.
In this inspiring and easy-to-use guide, author Mary Flynn leads you on a personal journey to a more intimate encounter with God the Father in the Sacrament of Confession. A perfect companion to 7 Secrets of Confession, this chapter-by-chapter study guide is a great resource for: individual use, discussion groups, CCD classes, RCIA formation, and more. You'll learn how to personalize each 'secret,' gain fresh insights into its relevance to your daily life, and find new ways to respond to God in the confessional. Each chapter offers: thought-provoking ideas for personal reflection, down-to-earth questions for discussion or journaling, meaningful challenges for daily life, additional readings from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Diary of St. Faustina, and the author's own insights, which will invite and inspire you to make a personal response to the merciful Heart of God.
Author: Susan Bailey
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Release Date: 2015-10-30
Catholic recording artist and popular blogger Susan Bailey reveals, in this personal and moving narrative, how several major losses helped her rediscover creativity and faith. Filled with powerful insights on the presence and action of grace—in the Mass and sacraments, in nature, and even in grief—River of Grace guides readers to strengthen their faith during tough times and discover their own hidden gifts. In just a few years’ time, Bailey experienced one challenge after another: the deaths of her father and mother, financial issues, and the loss of her singing voice. Using the rich imagery of a river of grace, Bailey relates how her devotion to the Eucharist inspired her to see Christ’s presence in her life and helped her to trust again. Each chapter of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times relates Bailey’s experiences of loss and growth and features original activities and personal rituals that include everything from Joni Mitchell music videos and hot baths to imagery and uncooked spaghetti. These inspirational tools guide readers to reflect on their own experiences. Prayers and poetry are found throughout the book and a set of insightful reflection questions are placed at the end of each chapter.
Bestselling author, speaker, editor, and media personality Bert Ghezzi has been a leading figure in American Catholic life for more than forty years. In The Power of Daily Mass, he reveals how the Eucharist is the center of his daily life and calls him to witness the Real Presence of Christ to others in his work and relationships. Ghezzi shows how frequent participation in the Mass offers participants courage and hope to face everyday challenges, provides direction and encouragement through the scriptures, allows time to reflect and talk to the Lord, and is an opportunity to intercede for family and friends. Using quotations from saints and testimonies from fellow daily Mass attendees, Ghezzi encourages Catholics to grow closer to Jesus and receive Christ’s power for daily Christian living through the Eucharist. Ghezzi highlights how more frequent participation in weekday Mass is a wonderful way to grow in love for the Lord and receive the guidance for living that can only come from scripture and the Eucharist.
Compiled by best-selling author Vinny Flynn, Mercy's Gaze breaks new ground as a first-ever themed collection of both Diary passages and Scripture verses intended to inspire prayerful reflection. Vinny has selected parallel passages from Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina that develop key mercy themes and encourage you to gaze on Jesus. This is rich spiritual fare for 100 days of prayer and reflection, with the Diary revealed as a Gospel of Mercy.Mercy's Gaze begins with a foreword and introduction guiding readers to prayerful pondering that will encourage spiritual transformation as they gaze on Jesus in the Divine Mercy Image. Readers will see how the teachings of the Scriptures and St. Faustina's Diary are in harmony, drawing them to a deeper understanding of how the message of God's merciful love is at the very heart of the Gospel.Themes include: "The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion," "The Eucharist and Thanksgiving," "Confession and Forgiveness," "The Will of God," "Redemptive Suffering," "The Call to Sinners," and "Mercy, My Hope," among others. Includes pages for writing your own reflections, a full color reproduction of the Vilnius Divine Mercy Image, and an appendix of prayers.
In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”? To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys—the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence—have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”
Author: George W. Kosicki
Release Date: 2010
I rejoice in this book! Here is no mere biography, no simply historical presentation of a life once lived. Through years of studying her Diary and immersing himself in Divine Mercy, Fr. Kosicki came to know St. Faustina---not as some remote visionary, but as a real person acting here and now. This is the person you will find in these pages, fulfilling through Fr. Kosicki, her promise to return to earth to encourage others to trust (see Diary, 1582). Come and meet her and discover why Pope John Paul II called her "a gift of God to our time." May she become for you---as she is for Fr. Kosicki---a sister who will walk with you, intercede for you, and teach you what it means to live in the mercy of God.---Vinny Flynn Author 7 Secrets of the Eucharist Director, MercySong Ministries of Healing This is a book to keep for a long time. You will also want to share copies with friends who are sincerely seeking to grow in the love of God and Christian discipleship. The mystery of Divine Mercy is an essential and most powerful element in the Christian life. Here, you will find it very well explored through the life and experiences of the great and humble mystic of our times.---From the Foreword by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR