Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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‘A Distress Letter to God:’ Patients’ Suffering Leads Hershey Chaplain to Write Book on Finding ‘Grace in Horror’

Ministering to a terminally ill 14-month-old boy as a volunteer chaplain at Saskatoon Hospital in Saskatchewan was more than Father Modestus Ngwu, O.P., could handle.

Bishop Paprocki Explores Link between Physical and Spiritual Fitness in New Book

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, doesn’t generally introduce himself as a runner. His first love is hockey, which, at nearly 70 years old, he still plays regularly. He even coaches the goalkeepers at a local Catholic high school.

Book Review: It Is Right and Just

What can I say? Susan Tassone has done it again! When it comes to prayer books with purpose, I have found Susan’s various titles to be a great go-to source. This Lent, we are treated with yet another. Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent And in Times of Suffering is Susan’s latest and it will be a valuable asset to your Lenten journey this year and beyond.

Book Review: Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent by Susan Tassone

What can I say? Susan Tassone has done it again! When it comes to prayer books with purpose, I have found Susan’s various titles to be a great go-to source. This Lent, we are treated with yet another. Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent And in Times of Suffering is Susan’s latest and it will be a valuable asset to your Lenten journey this year and beyond.

Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body, by Dr. Scott Hahn

As much as I want to resist doing it, it is tough to write a review without addressing the elephant in the room. The coronavirus and the resulting restrictions that are being imposed have affected us all. It has even spilled over into the books I am currently reading. Though many were not written intentionally for this period we are facing, they sure fit nicely into the story line. Such it is with the book I am reviewing this month, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body by Dr. Scott Hahn.

Find Healing That Jesus Promises

God’s Mercy Awaits You: Find Healing after Abortion – written by Good Shepherd Sister Patricia Marie Barnette – is a book that offers all the above and gives readers a profound sense of hope. Published by Pauline Books and Media (www.pauline.org), a publishing arm of the Daughters of St. Paul, the book was released just as the worldwide pandemic was seizing the country. Sister Patricia melds more than 30 years of counseling experience into this 170-page book that teaches exactly what the title says: Mercy.

Diocese to Host Film Screening of Venerable Augustine Tolton’s Escape from Slavery

The Diocese of Harrisburg will host a free virtual screening of the short film “Across” later this month, and the event promises to offer a glimpse into the remarkable life of Venerable Augustine Tolton, the first African-American priest in the United States. The 30-minute movie will introduce viewers to pivotal decisions in Tolton’s childhood, as he attempts to escape slavery in 1863. A historical presentation about Father Tolton will follow the screening of the stirring film. Discussion will be led by writer/director Christopher Foley, Bishop Ronald Gainer, and Bishop Joseph Perry, postulator of the cause for the canonization of the priest, who was declared Venerable last year.

Writer/Director of “Across” Wants Film to Hit Viewers in the Heart Diocese to Host Screening of Tolton Movie July 31

The Diocese of Harrisburg will host a free virtual screening of “Across” on Friday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. via the Zoom platform. The 30-minute movie will introduce viewers to pivotal decisions in Tolton’s childhood, as he attempts to escape slavery in 1863. A historical presentation about him will follow the screening.

Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms

Even though as a book reviewer I have a steady stream of books coming to my doorstep, occasionally I will revisit books that have impacted me. I have often written – and in my podcasts spoken of – the very real battle surrounding all of us. Spiritual warfare is real. When it is said that the devil prowls around the earth looking to ruin the souls of man, it’s true. Adam Blai explains the demonic in his must-read book Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms.

A Review of St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration

Show of hands: how many participate in Eucharistic Adoration? Second show of hands: how many would like to have a book as a guide through your Adoration times? Luckily there’s a book for that: St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration by Susan Tassone. This one is a keeper.

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The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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