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  1. What if the theories on the Mayan Calendar were correct?  

    Would you be ready for the end of the world?



    As Christians, we understand that not one of us "knows the hour or the day."  We must be ever-ready for the end of the world,
    for it may be near.

    And now, to help us prepare for the
    day that will inevitably come. . . 

    A Catholic book on the
    'End Times' 


    — Beloved of St. Thérèse of Lisieux!

    You will be amazed at what this book reveals
    about the future, both for the world and the soul.

    A great saint—Thérèse of Lisieux—was so
    taken by this book that it spurred her entry
    into the convent.
    "Reading this book was one of the
    greatest graces of my life," she says.


    "The impression I received from it is too
    intimate and too sweet for me to express.
    All the great truths of religion, the mysteries
    of eternity, plunged into my soul a happiness
    not of this earth."

    (It was while reading this book that Thérèse asked
    her father's permission to enter the convent.)

    *
    Completed in 1881 by Fr. Charles Arminjon, an aged French priest, Fin du Monde Présent et Mystères de la Vie Future surfaced just long enough to draw Thérèse into the convent and then, for more than a century, plunged back into obscurity.

    Now, with the help of a pious devotee of St. Thérèse who spent decades searching for the original French edition, and then years translating it, we have the honor of placing before you the very first English translation of this urgent, hope-filled, and chilling work:

    With pious audacity, Fr. Arminjon devotes the first chapter to the end — the end of the world:

    "Although Christ chose to leave us ignorant of the exact time of the end of the world," Fr. Arminjon says, "He deemed it fitting to give us detailed information on the matter and circumstances of this great event."

    "The end of the world, Christ says, will come at time when the human race, sunk in the outermost depths of indifference, will be far from thinking about punishment and justice. It will be as in the days of Noah, when men lived without a care, built luxurious houses, and mocked Noah as he built his ark. 'Madman! Dreamer!' they cried. Then the flood came and engulfed the whole earth."

    "So," writes Fr. Arminjon, "Christ warns us that the final catastrophe will take place when the world is at its most secure: civilization will be at its zenith, markets will be overflowing with money, and government stocks will never have been higher."

    "Mankind, wallowing in an unprecedented material prosperity, will have ceased to hope for heaven. Crudely attached to the pleasures of life, man, like the miser in the gospel, will say "My soul, you possess goods to last for many years. Eat, drink and be merry."

    Has that dreaded day
    finally arrived?

    "Unprecedented material prosperity"? We've enjoyed it for decades, building the "luxurious houses" Fr. Arminjon speaks of. The world's "markets have been overflowing with money" — until the crisis slammed us like a tsunami come from nowhere.

    Is this the end?

    Fr. Arminjon reminds us that "the present world, precisely because it was created, necessarily tends toward its conclusion and end." And, indeed, all around us we see perishing the world we have known for generations.

    Is this the end?

    Fr. Arminjon claims no special knowledge, nor is he a sensation-monger. On the contrary, he insists that we "steer clear of every perilous opinion, relying neither upon dubious revelations nor upon apocryphal prophecies, and making no assertion that is not justified by the doctrine of the Fathers and of Tradition."

    Which is precisely what makes this
    book so chilling for the sober-minded
    among us: Fr. Arminjon's conclusions
    are grounded in the Fathers of the
    Church, Tradition, and the Bible.


    He always speaks with thoughtfulness and prayerful prudence: which is why these pages moved Thérèse so completely, and why they will lead you, too, to share so many of his conclusions about the end of the present world, the Antichrist, Purgatory, Hell, the importance of Christian sacrifice, the role of suffering in salvation, and the mysteries of eternity that Father so ably illuminates here.

    *
    Finally, you'll be grateful that Fr. Arminjon does not merely sketch the darkness ahead; he paints as well a vivid picture of the sweet means Jesus has given us to fill that darkness with light; and of the rich bounty He has in store for all who stay faithful.

    It is the sweetness of this book that caught St. Thérèse up in a fervent love of God and nourished what her biographer describes as her "impatience for the joys of Heaven and her paramount esteem for a life wholly consecrated to Divine Love."

    The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life: the book our world desperately needs, will not only show us how to read the signs of the times, but also equip us to bear ourselves as Christians, no matter what the future brings.

    The End of the Present World
    and the Mysteries of the Future Life

    by Fr. Charles Arminjon.
    336 pgs ppbk. t-CBC Price $19.50

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    I Believe in Love is a spiritual classic that has long been beloved by Catholics for its wondrous distillation of the teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux into a reader-friendly set of meditations. It’s perfect as a personal retreat when you have only a few moments to spare each day — and for spiritual reading anytime and anywhere.

    Fr. Jean C. J. d’Elbée, a French priest deeply imbued with St. Thérèse’s spirit, brings you St. Thérèse’s teachings on God’s love and the confidence in Him that it should inspire in your soul; humility, peace, and fraternal charity; the apostolate; the Cross; and what it means truly to abandon yourself to Divine Providence. 

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  2. Do you struggle to keep your Lenten sacrifices year after year?

    Do you enter Easter Mass feeling guilty that you’ve neglected your Lenten devotions?

    Are you committed to improvement -- with God's help -- to making this your holiest Lent yet?

    Jesus-Carry-Cross

    Lent is hard, and it's so frustrating when we lose focus and surrender to our weaknesses time and time again.

    That’s why all the great saints encouraged meditation as a sure-fire way to place yourself in God’s presence and grow closer to Him.

    Through meditation, we take our eyes off ourselves, and we walk faithfully in the hands of God.

    There is no better time to begin — or to renew — the habit of meditation than during the Season of Lent.

    So if you want to combine the spiritual benefits of a holy Lent with the bountiful harvest that regular meditation brings,
    then your soul is crying out for 

    Meditations for Lent.

    Cover Lent

    These brief but powerful meditations are collected from the voluminous writings of 17th Century Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.

    Bishop Bossuet is considered to be among the best homilists in the history of the Church, and his great piety and eloquent writings have been cherished by Catholics for hundreds of years.

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    Now they're available to you in English, for the very first time!

    In these pages, Bishop Bossuet will take you on a stunning inner pilgrimage to an unforgettable encounter with Jesus’ tender love for you as he freely gave His life for you on the Cross.

    Each meditation is short, and it is a robust complement to the daily readings at Mass during the Lenten season.

    Read Meditations for Lent and you won't arrive at Easter Mass distracted, exhausted, and frazzled, having neglected your sacrifices and your ordinary prayers, too.

    Instead, you'll find yourself walking joyfully into church, ready and eager to adore the resurrected King.

    And your soul will be what it should be: a fit dwelling place for the Redeemer.

     

    "These meditations will help you 'enter by the narrow door' just as Jesus urges us."
    Fr. Paul Check
    Director of the Courage Apostolate

    "Bossuet is a hidden treasure of profound spiritual insight, and his meditations will transform your Lenten experience."
    Dan Burke
    Executive Director, The National Catholic Register and  Founder, Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

    "Classic wisdom in a crisp new translation that will be of great spiritual value to everyone seeking to live the Faith more fully."
    Robert Royal
    Faith & Reason Institute



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    Without regular reminders of God and a steady routine of prayer and meditation, your inner life shrivels up, your prayers grow listless, sacramental grace becomes inaccessible, and even the Mass feels fruitless. Daily meditation is a proven remedy for dangerous spiritual lethargy.

    That's why our friends at Sophia Institute Press have compiled this four-volume Treasury of Catholic Meditations to help you manage your spiritual readings and to achieve the glorious aim of all prayer:  union with God!


    Written by some of the Church's greatest theologians, these meditations will teach you to be ever attentive to the presence of God in you, to remember that He wants you to be a saint, and that He stands ever ready to help you attain that lofty goal.

    Follow these prayers and you'll soon find yourself reaping the rich spiritual harvest that regular meditation brings - a stronger will, an even greater love of God, and a divine peace and joy that no person or circumstance will take from you.

    Meditations for Advent will keep you prayerful amidst the worst distractions of the holiday season.

    Meditations for Lent will lift you to God and help you enter into the spirit of mortification called for by the Church during the Season of Lent.

    Meditations Before Mass  offers practical, straightforward advice that will help you overcome distractions and restlessness during Mass.

    Everyday Meditations will help you discern God's voice daily, rest in it, and respond to it according to each day's opportunities and needs.
     

    Everyday Meditations is the kind of book that, if taken to heart, draws us into the arms of God.”
    Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    Archbishop of Philadelphia

    “These meditations will change your life—helping you to grow in faith, hope and love.”
    James D. Conley, S.T.L.
    Bishop of Lincoln

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  3. “Let us open our eyes

     to the light that comes from God, 

    and our ears to the voice that every day calls out ...


    What dear brothers, is more delightful than the voice of the Lord calling to us?”

      
    -- Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue

      

    In a seven day long celebration of the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia,
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  4. The Month of May Brings Many Joys

    -- Mary, Flowers, Mother's Day --



    First Communions, Confirmations, Graduations, Weddings!


    Arriving just in time for Spring t-cbc.com would like to introduce our newest supplier:

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  5.      "Some have pointed to the fact that, in classic western culture (both Greek and Roman), May was recognized as the season of the beginning of new life. In the Greek world, May was dedicated to the goddess Artemis and associated with fecundity. Roman culture linked the month of May to Flora, the goddess of bloom and blossoms – this led to the custom of ludi florales (or floral games) which took place at the very end of April as a preparation for entering into the month of May.
       
      "It seems that this ancient tradition of connecting May with new life and fecundity, led to a realization that May is very much the month of motherhood – this may be the reason why Mother’s Day is celebrated during May not only in the United States but in many countries and cultures of both the East and the West. In the month of May, the winter comes to an end and the spring season begins (this was the official beginning of spring in Roman culture). This new beginning and new birth is a testimony to the motherhood of Mother Earth.

         "The connection between motherhood and May led Christians eventually to adopt May as Mary Month. May is the Month of our Lady precisely as the Mother of God. So wrote the priest-poet Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. in his marian classic 'May Magnificat'  [which begins:]


    "MAY is Mary’s month, and I  
    Muse at that and wonder why:          
        Her feasts follow reason,    
        Dated due to season—"     


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  6. On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me ...




    a day of rest
    in which to adore Him
    with heart full of thanksgiving!




    On the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me




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    On the 3rd day of Christmas my True Love gave to me ...

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    On the 4th day of Christmas my True Love gave to me ...

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    led the wise men to Truth correctly
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    On the 5th day of Christmas my True Love gave to me ...

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    On the 6th day of Christmas my True Love gave to me ...

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    and the courage to speak about the gift of Salvation
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    For the final two weeks of Advent we offer a free shipping upgrade to our customers.  Instead of shipping orders out via USPS Media Mail as we usually do, all orders received after December 10th will be shipped by USPS First Class (or UPS ground depending on the preference of the supplier) at no additional charge.

    At this special time of year you may also (for a small fee) request shipping by PRIORITY MAIL!   And of course, when you're rushed, it's good to remember that our doubly discounted gift certificates are always ready for immediate download...





  10. As winter brings Darkness in upon our sight,
    all hearts turn toward
    the Coming
    LIGHT!

     


         To assist with your Christmas preparations, we are happy to offer special promotional discount of 9% (one percent for every month of Our Lady's gestation in bringing our Salvation to His Holy Birth in Bethlehem) on all purchases from the Advent/Christmas page of our store.  Please note: this includes our (already previously discounted) gift certificates -- which can be a Godsend when the time grows close since you get immediate download.  


         Just shop away and then apply the promotional code WAIT-NINE at checkout any time from the First Sunday of Advent (Dec 1, 2013) until Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2013).  During Advent you may even use more than one promotional code at checkout ...  thus 1stTIMEFREE shipping for all new customers in Advent is available on orders of any size,  even if you choose to use the WAIT-NINE code!


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  11. Lots of great stuff still on sale until the Year of Faith ends 
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    St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)
    Feastday:  June 1st

    Traditionally, the Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church actually celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus every year on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost.
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    at t-CBC.com
    Maybe you already know that we customarily list products newly added to our site
    at a 20% additional discount the first day they appear and then
    a 10% additional discount
    through the end of that calendar month?


    This makes the final day in every month 
    a
     really good day to save!!!   

       

    Click here to see what is available at 10% off our everyday discounts until midnight on April 30th!

    You could really clean up.
  21. With the flowers of spring come so many special celebrations!

    This is the place to visit for inspiration
    when you need to find that very special gift ...



    First Communions, Confirmations,
    Mother's Day, Father's Day,
    Weddings, Anniversaries, and Graduations ...


    let us show you some truly refreshing options.




    www.t-CBC.com/great-gift-ideas
  22.  Did you know that  April is the month dedicated to  Adoration of Our Lord in God's AbsolutelyAmazing Gift
    of the Holy Eucharist
    ?

    ANIMA CHRISTI
    Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
    Body of Christ, be my salvation;
    Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
    Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
    Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
    O good Jesus, listen to me;
    In Thy Wounds, I fain would hide;
    Ne’er to be parted from Thy side;
    Guard me should the foe assail me;
    Call me when my life shall fail me;
    Bid me come to Thee above,
    With Thy Saints to sing Thy love,
    World without end. Amen.

    (a favorite prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order,
    originating in the 14th century, exact attribution unknown.)

  23. Sale Extended One More Day in honor of the Annunciation!

    In a rather lovely little coincidence, traditional observance of the feast of the Annunciation fell, by the calendar,
     on Monday of Holy Week
    -- and since it could not be observed, liturgically, on that day, was "automatically" transferred
     to the first "free" day, liturgically, afterwards.
     Which, since the great feast of Easter is observed liturgically for eight whole days, is today!  

    Therefore we are extending our "Holy Week and Easter Octave" sale for one last day,
    while adding three additional "Marian" products to those you may select in order to qualify.

    Thanks for your "fiat," most holy Lady.
    Your humble receptivity to Christ has framed our Redemption with glory.




    In a special celebratory observance of the week that changed -- and still, forever, changes! -- the world, t-CBC.com is still  offering a
    FIFTEEN PERCENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR ENTIRE ORDER 
    as long as that order includes at least one of the products pictured below.  

    You heard us right!  There has never been a better time to pick up those special items you've been desiring ...  Just select one or more of the items below, add it to your cart, and whether or not you have additional items in that cart which are not pictured here, when you apply the promotional code HW2013 at checkout all items in your cart will automatically be further discounted by 15 %.

    Choose at least one item and add to cart.

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    "Crown of Thorns" RosaryThis sturdy, handmade rosary composed of smoke colored czech fire-polished glass beads displays a recurrent crown-of-thorns motif.  Offered here at special discount.
    t-CBC Price $41.80
    Qty
    "Divine Mercy" RosaryThis sturdy hand-crafted rosary makes an elegant gift for birthday, graduation, Christmas or other joyous celebration in the life of someone especially dear to your heart.  The center depicts the Divine Mercy image on one side and St. Faustina on the other.
    t-CBC Price $45.00
    Qty
    "Stations of the Cross" RosaryThis beautiful, sturdy, handmade rosary from DesignMyRosary.com makes a meaningful confirmation, graduation, or anniversary gift that will be cherished for many years to come.
    t-CBC Price $45.60
    Qty
    "The Bible" MiniseriesSure to inspire and entertain the whole family, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.
    t-CBC Price $46.50
    Qty
    33 Days to Morning GloryEverybody's who's done it is still talking about it ... if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat to make.
    Retail Price $14.95
    Qty
    Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceThis special volume of the famous spiritual treatise also includes the many insightful letters of Father de Caussade on the practice of self-abandonment. These numerous letters provide a great additional source of wisdom and practical guidance for how to grow in abandonment and to deepen our union with God in our daily lives.
    t-CBC Price $16.75
    Qty
    Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceAudiobook .. God hides behind the simplest of daily activities; finding Him is a matter of total surrender to His will. That's the message of this 18th-century inspirational classic, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Its encouragement to "live in the moment," accepting everyday obstacles with humility and love, has guided generations of seekers to spiritual peace.


    t-CBC Price $23.95
    Qty
    Amazing NearnessA beautiful, personal, priestly reflection on the importance of Eucharistic adoration in Catholic life, "this book is an exceptional commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est."
    t-CBC Price $16.05
    Qty
    Behold, I Stand at the Door and KnockFrom the author of In the Arms of Mary and God Alone Suffices comes another profound book about the interior life. In Behold, I Stand at The Door and Knock Biela expounds on and explains various stages of interior life in a way beneficial for both the beginners in spiritual life and those who are more advanced, leading them all forward on the road to transforming union with Christ.
    t-CBC Price $11.75
    Qty
    Beyond the VeilWinner of numerous Catholic music awards, this new album features beautiful original songs by gifted young writer and musician Brian Flynn, songs that bring a deeper understanding of Catholic theology to the modern music scene -- worship songs, Eucharistic hymns and a very moving composition honoring the priesthood, You Are a Priest Forever.
    t-CBC Price $14.95
    Qty
    Blessed Virgin "Beyond Price" Pearl RosaryPerfect for a birthday, confirmation, graduation, or Mother's Day gift, this lovely hand-made rosary is formed of 6mm blue pearl Swarovski Hail Mary beads with 8mm white pearl Swarovski Our Father beads, and features an elegant Center and luminous Crucifix in silver-toned metal.
    t-CBC Price $44.65
    Qty
    Diary of St. Maria Faustina KowalskaThe diary of this relatively uneducated Polish nun captures the extraordinary visitations and revelations that released a potent, enlightening, and spiritually refined formulation of Divine Mercy into the world.  Generously illustrated with over 20 pages of photos from the history of the Divine Mercy movement, this is a book for every Catholic’s library; one that many will want to keep next to their Bible for constant insight and inspiration.
    t-CBC Price $23.75
    Qty
    Divining DivinityThe poems in this volume are not only as sensitive and fine as anything by Emily Dickenson, they also have the brilliant structure and playful wordsmanship of Gerard Manley Hopkins, with an endearing quiet sense of the sublime—and all of them offered up in a humble attitude of praise. 
    t-CBC Price $9.95
    Qty
    Framed Divine Mercy PrintA rare, unique and exquisite image of Our Lord that combines the Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart.
    t-CBC Price $53.50
    Qty
    His Love Endures ForeverGloriæ Dei Cantores presents the third volume of its Anglican Psalmody series, His Love Endures Forever: Psalms of Thankfulness and Praise. This collection containts twenty-one of the most beautiful psalm tunes and the most uplifting texts in the series. From Psalm 8, "O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is Thy Name in all the world," to the final verse of Psalm 150, "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord," these psalms express the utmost of praise and thanksgiving to God in every circumstance, and from every corner of creation.
    t-CBC Price $16.95
    Qty
    Jesus of Nazareth - Holy WeekThe best of historical scholarship, while it can't "prove" Jesus is the Son of God, certainly doesn't disprove it. Indeed, Benedict maintains that the evidence, fairly considered, brings us face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus--a real man who taught and acted in ways that were tantamount to claims of divine authority, claims not easily dismissed as lunacy or deception
    t-CBC Price $19.95
    Qty
    Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to GodThe most comprehensive book to date on the Jesus Prayer – a spiritual jewel for anyone who yearns for a real and continuous presence with Christ. Illuminates the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context, and provides practical steps for making it a part of our being.
    t-CBC Price $15.00
    Qty
    Lumen Christi Candle
    Distinctive pillar candles (3 inches wide by 6 inches high) with Lumen Christi design are crafted from 100% natural vegetable waxes to provide an environmentally safe candle that is biodegradable, burns cleanly with little or no soot, and lasts much longer than paraffin candles while adding a sense of tranquility and ambience to any room in your home. 
    t-CBC Price $13.50
    Qty
    MandorlaEvoking the transparency and tension of that "thin place" where heaven and earth meet, Mandorla features three 20th century masterpieces: the majestic Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the heartfelt, folksong-inspired Fire Salmer ("Four Psalms") by Edvard Grieg, and the stunning Cherubic Hymn by Howard Hanson. 
    t-CBC Price $17.50
    Qty
    Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of IgnatiusAs meditations, whose manner resembles the Ignatian technique called composition of place, these poems mine the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross in order to bring forth a luminous iconography of redemption.  An eye for vivid imagery and an ear for the telling phrase meet here in verse that is as much to be prayed as read.
    t-CBC Price $10.50
    Qty
    Mysterium PaschaleAn account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life.  "One of von Balthasar's most revealing works: the major themes of his theology are knit together in a concentrated meditation on the triduum mortis—an astonishing achievement of theological and imaginative attention." 
    t-CBC Price $15.75
    Qty
    Of Gods and MenWinner - Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival. "Xavier Beauvois' sublime Of Gods and Men is that almost unheard-of film that you do not judge - it judges you." -Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register
    t-CBC Price $26.75
    Qty
    Poem of the New Creation, A"In its lyrical intensity, its mastery of literary techniques and artistic structure, so rich in many perceptive allusions to biblical, theological, historical and literary sources, this poem is indeed a "new creation:" at once traditional and original, a fresh revelation of how the dark confusions in mankind's temporal condition can be transfused through the voice of Christian grace and prophecy from its sorrowful tragedy into the joyous comedy of redemption." (Peter J. Stanlis)
    t-CBC Price $10.50
    Qty
    Praying the Rosary with St. Maria FaustinaIn this recording you will hear treasured quotes from Jesus Christ Himself as revealed to St. Maria Faustina, along with the spiritual insights of this great Polish saint, the "apostle of Divine Mercy" whom Our Lord chose to reveal His plan of mercy for the world.
    t-CBC Price $18.50
    Qty
    Shadow of His Wings, TheAudiobook .... Astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler's dreaded SS at the onset of World War II. Without betraying his Christian ideals, against all odds, and in the face of Evil, Gereon Goldmann was able to complete his priestly training, be ordained, and secretly minister to German Catholic soldiers and innocent civilian victims caught up in the horrors of war.
    t-CBC Price $24.95
    Qty
    Tears from HeavenA 2-CD set of heartfelt music to evoke the tears that cleanse the soul, music for moments of reflection and meditation by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Allegri, Faure, Verdi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Gounod and more. Includes Pie Jesu, Stabat Mater, Panis Angelicus, Miserere Mei Deus, Agnus Dei and 25 more, with artists like Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle, Montserrat Caballé and more.
    t-CBC Price $16.95
    Qty
    The LordIn these spiritual commentaries on the life of Jesus, from the nativity to the Passion and Resurrection, Guardini explains that we must not attempt to shape Jesus according to our will, deciding how and what we want Our Lord to be, but that we must approach Him in the spirit of total conversion, and surrender ourselves completely to His divine will in obedience and faith.
    t-CBC Price $16.75
    Qty
    The Message of St. Francis28 glorious fresco illustrations from the Basilica in Assisi, accompanied by texts taken directly from Francis' writings or books about his life, illuminate this beautiful book, completed by an insightful introduction by Father Maximilian Mizzi.  An inspiration to all readers, no matter what their faith.
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    The Sin-Eater: A BreviaryBy turns worshipful and irreverent, good-humored and grim, Thomas Lynch's collection of two dozen, twenty-four line poems examines the deeper meanings of Eucharist and grace, forgiveness and faith, atonement and reconcilation.
    t-CBC Price $20.50
    Qty
    The SpearThe full story of the world's most dramatic execution as it affected one of its least-known participants -- the man who hurled his spear into Christ on the Cross. Among his many highly successful historical novels, Louis de Wohl considered this one the magnum opus.
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    Thou Art My RefugeGloriæ Dei Cantores presents the first volume in its Anglican Psalmody series,Thou Art My Refuge: Psalms of Salvation and Mercy. Disc contains 21 of the more gentle Psalms in Scripture ... Here are no boisterously joyful Psalms like 27, 98, 100, or 148-150, though those chosen for the collection are a delight to the ear. The chant tunes used represent a fine variety, some familiar to virtually every Anglican director, some entirely new,
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    Wellspring of WorshipThe Liturgy is the font from which the Church's spiritual power flows. The Wellspring of Worship explores the Liturgy as the source of the Church's life and worship of God. Corbon writes that it is "the mystery of the river of life that streams from the Father and the Lamb", into which believers are to be drawn. In this way, the divine river waters their entire lives, renewing and transforming them.
    t-CBC Price $14.95
    Qty
    What Jesus Saw From the CrossRead this book slowly and prayerfully. The vivid details and the gripping narrative will soon take over: you'll find yourself engaged in a personal retreat, an interior pilgrimage, and a profound meditation on the love and sufferings of Jesus on the Cross.
    t-CBC Price $18.50
    Qty

  24. You get an additional 15% off during the Octave of Easter!

    In a special celebratory observance of the great event that changed -- and still, forever, changes! -- the world, t-CBC.com will offer a
    FIFTEEN PERCENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR ENTIRE ORDER PLACED DURING THE EASTER OCTAVE
    as long as that order includes at least one of the products pictured below.  



    You heard us right!  There has never been a better time to pick up those special items you've been desiring ...  Just select one or more of the items below, add it to your cart, and whether or not you have additional items in that cart which are not pictured here, when you apply the promotional code HW2013 at checkout all items in your cart will automatically be further discounted by 15 %.

    Choose at least one item and add to cart.

    Sort By:
    "Crown of Thorns" RosaryThis sturdy, handmade rosary composed of smoke colored czech fire-polished glass beads displays a recurrent crown-of-thorns motif.  Offered here at special discount.
    t-CBC Price $41.80
    Qty
    "Divine Mercy" RosaryThis sturdy hand-crafted rosary makes an elegant gift for birthday, graduation, Christmas or other joyous celebration in the life of someone especially dear to your heart.  The center depicts the Divine Mercy image on one side and St. Faustina on the other.
    t-CBC Price $45.00
    Qty
    "Stations of the Cross" RosaryThis beautiful, sturdy, handmade rosary from DesignMyRosary.com makes a meaningful confirmation, graduation, or anniversary gift that will be cherished for many years to come.
    t-CBC Price $45.60
    Qty
    "The Bible" MiniseriesSure to inspire and entertain the whole family, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.
    t-CBC Price $46.50
    Qty
    Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceThis special volume of the famous spiritual treatise also includes the many insightful letters of Father de Caussade on the practice of self-abandonment. These numerous letters provide a great additional source of wisdom and practical guidance for how to grow in abandonment and to deepen our union with God in our daily lives.
    t-CBC Price $16.75
    Qty
    Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceAudiobook .. God hides behind the simplest of daily activities; finding Him is a matter of total surrender to His will. That's the message of this 18th-century inspirational classic, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Its encouragement to "live in the moment," accepting everyday obstacles with humility and love, has guided generations of seekers to spiritual peace.


    t-CBC Price $23.95
    Qty
    Behold, I Stand at the Door and KnockFrom the author of In the Arms of Mary and God Alone Suffices comes another profound book about the interior life. In Behold, I Stand at The Door and Knock Biela expounds on and explains various stages of interior life in a way beneficial for both the beginners in spiritual life and those who are more advanced, leading them all forward on the road to transforming union with Christ.
    t-CBC Price $11.75
    Qty
    Beyond the VeilWinner of numerous Catholic music awards, this new album features beautiful original songs by gifted young writer and musician Brian Flynn, songs that bring a deeper understanding of Catholic theology to the modern music scene -- worship songs, Eucharistic hymns and a very moving composition honoring the priesthood, You Are a Priest Forever.
    t-CBC Price $14.95
    Qty
    Diary of St. Maria Faustina KowalskaThe diary of this relatively uneducated Polish nun captures the extraordinary visitations and revelations that released a potent, enlightening, and spiritually refined formulation of Divine Mercy into the world.  Generously illustrated with over 20 pages of photos from the history of the Divine Mercy movement, this is a book for every Catholic’s library; one that many will want to keep next to their Bible for constant insight and inspiration.
    t-CBC Price $23.75
    Qty
    Divining DivinityThe poems in this volume are not only as sensitive and fine as anything by Emily Dickenson, they also have the brilliant structure and playful wordsmanship of Gerard Manley Hopkins, with an endearing quiet sense of the sublime—and all of them offered up in a humble attitude of praise. 
    t-CBC Price $9.95
    Qty
    Framed Divine Mercy PrintA rare, unique and exquisite image of Our Lord that combines the Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart.
    t-CBC Price $53.50
    Qty
    His Love Endures ForeverGloriæ Dei Cantores presents the third volume of its Anglican Psalmody series, His Love Endures Forever: Psalms of Thankfulness and Praise. This collection containts twenty-one of the most beautiful psalm tunes and the most uplifting texts in the series. From Psalm 8, "O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is Thy Name in all the world," to the final verse of Psalm 150, "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord," these psalms express the utmost of praise and thanksgiving to God in every circumstance, and from every corner of creation.
    t-CBC Price $16.95
    Qty
    Jesus of Nazareth - Holy WeekThe best of historical scholarship, while it can't "prove" Jesus is the Son of God, certainly doesn't disprove it. Indeed, Benedict maintains that the evidence, fairly considered, brings us face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus--a real man who taught and acted in ways that were tantamount to claims of divine authority, claims not easily dismissed as lunacy or deception
    t-CBC Price $19.95
    Qty
    Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to GodThe most comprehensive book to date on the Jesus Prayer – a spiritual jewel for anyone who yearns for a real and continuous presence with Christ. Illuminates the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context, and provides practical steps for making it a part of our being.
    t-CBC Price $15.00
    Qty
    Lumen Christi Candle
    Distinctive pillar candles (3 inches wide by 6 inches high) with Lumen Christi design are crafted from 100% natural vegetable waxes to provide an environmentally safe candle that is biodegradable, burns cleanly with little or no soot, and lasts much longer than paraffin candles while adding a sense of tranquility and ambience to any room in your home. 
    t-CBC Price $13.50
    Qty
    MandorlaEvoking the transparency and tension of that "thin place" where heaven and earth meet, Mandorla features three 20th century masterpieces: the majestic Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the heartfelt, folksong-inspired Fire Salmer ("Four Psalms") by Edvard Grieg, and the stunning Cherubic Hymn by Howard Hanson. 
    t-CBC Price $17.50
    Qty
    Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of IgnatiusAs meditations, whose manner resembles the Ignatian technique called composition of place, these poems mine the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross in order to bring forth a luminous iconography of redemption.  An eye for vivid imagery and an ear for the telling phrase meet here in verse that is as much to be prayed as read.
    t-CBC Price $10.50
    Qty
    Mysterium PaschaleAn account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life.  "One of von Balthasar's most revealing works: the major themes of his theology are knit together in a concentrated meditation on the triduum mortis—an astonishing achievement of theological and imaginative attention." 
    t-CBC Price $15.75
    Qty
    Of Gods and MenWinner - Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival. "Xavier Beauvois' sublime Of Gods and Men is that almost unheard-of film that you do not judge - it judges you." -Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register
    t-CBC Price $26.75
    Qty
    Poem of the New Creation, A"In its lyrical intensity, its mastery of literary techniques and artistic structure, so rich in many perceptive allusions to biblical, theological, historical and literary sources, this poem is indeed a "new creation:" at once traditional and original, a fresh revelation of how the dark confusions in mankind's temporal condition can be transfused through the voice of Christian grace and prophecy from its sorrowful tragedy into the joyous comedy of redemption." (Peter J. Stanlis)
    t-CBC Price $10.50
    Qty
    Praying the Rosary with St. Maria FaustinaIn this recording you will hear treasured quotes from Jesus Christ Himself as revealed to St. Maria Faustina, along with the spiritual insights of this great Polish saint, the "apostle of Divine Mercy" whom Our Lord chose to reveal His plan of mercy for the world.
    t-CBC Price $18.50
    Qty
    Shadow of His Wings, TheAudiobook .... Astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler's dreaded SS at the onset of World War II. Without betraying his Christian ideals, against all odds, and in the face of Evil, Gereon Goldmann was able to complete his priestly training, be ordained, and secretly minister to German Catholic soldiers and innocent civilian victims caught up in the horrors of war.
    t-CBC Price $24.95
    Qty
    Tears from HeavenA 2-CD set of heartfelt music to evoke the tears that cleanse the soul, music for moments of reflection and meditation by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Allegri, Faure, Verdi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Gounod and more. Includes Pie Jesu, Stabat Mater, Panis Angelicus, Miserere Mei Deus, Agnus Dei and 25 more, with artists like Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle, Montserrat Caballé and more.
    t-CBC Price $16.95
    Qty
    The LordIn these spiritual commentaries on the life of Jesus, from the nativity to the Passion and Resurrection, Guardini explains that we must not attempt to shape Jesus according to our will, deciding how and what we want Our Lord to be, but that we must approach Him in the spirit of total conversion, and surrender ourselves completely to His divine will in obedience and faith.
    t-CBC Price $16.75
    Qty
    The Message of St. Francis28 glorious fresco illustrations from the Basilica in Assisi, accompanied by texts taken directly from Francis' writings or books about his life, illuminate this beautiful book, completed by an insightful introduction by Father Maximilian Mizzi.  An inspiration to all readers, no matter what their faith.
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    The Sin-Eater: A BreviaryBy turns worshipful and irreverent, good-humored and grim, Thomas Lynch's collection of two dozen, twenty-four line poems examines the deeper meanings of Eucharist and grace, forgiveness and faith, atonement and reconcilation.
    t-CBC Price $20.50
    Qty
    The SpearThe full story of the world's most dramatic execution as it affected one of its least-known participants -- the man who hurled his spear into Christ on the Cross. Among his many highly successful historical novels, Louis de Wohl considered this one the magnum opus.
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    Thou Art My RefugeGloriæ Dei Cantores presents the first volume in its Anglican Psalmody series, Thou Art My Refuge: Psalms of Salvation and Mercy. Disc contains 21 of the more gentle Psalms in Scripture ... Here are no boisterously joyful Psalms like 27, 98, 100, or 148-150, though those chosen for the collection are a delight to the ear. The chant tunes used represent a fine variety, some familiar to virtually every Anglican director, some entirely new,
    t-CBC Price $15.05
    Qty
    Wellspring of WorshipThe Liturgy is the font from which the Church's spiritual power flows. The Wellspring of Worship explores the Liturgy as the source of the Church's life and worship of God. Corbon writes that it is "the mystery of the river of life that streams from the Father and the Lamb", into which believers are to be drawn. In this way, the divine river waters their entire lives, renewing and transforming them.
    t-CBC Price $14.95
    Qty
    What Jesus Saw From the CrossRead this book slowly and prayerfully. The vivid details and the gripping narrative will soon take over: you'll find yourself engaged in a personal retreat, an interior pilgrimage, and a profound meditation on the love and sufferings of Jesus on the Cross.
    t-CBC Price $18.50
    Qty

  25. In Glendalough, a little village in the Wicklow Mountains less than an hour south of Dublin, there are two small lakes at the head of a valley beneath a waterfall.  A swift and clear stream runs from the lower lake down the valley.  It was here, more than a thousand years ago, that St. Kevin (his name means Gentle One) came — to live and work and pray.  Soon others came to join him, men, women, whole families.  A monastery was founded, a church was built and a community grew around.  It was said that the place flourished because of Abbot Kevin’s holiness.  Even the cows gave more milk and their butter was the richest around.

    The Round Tower at Glendalough

    Well, that monastery is a ruin today though the walls stand.  The crumbled church and tower keep watch over gravestones of the deceased who now “people” the grounds where crops once grew and crowds met exchanging goods, where monks taught and prayed, where life was abundant and that abundance was richly blessed.  Still, birds sing.  Fish swim in the lakes and sheep graze on hills around.  Though the place may seem empty, to some, it is not.  We’ve been there thrice, and would love to go again.

    Last week we were down on Cape Cod.  One of the reasons for our trip was to visit a modern-day place such as St. Kevin’s might once have been –  The Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA, a decades old monastic community of men, women, and whole families — fertile, fruitful, peaceful and full of life.

    After a terribly stormy night that drove water right in through the wall of our hotel room facing the bay, the very nicest day of our week on the Cape dawned as we set forth for our destination.  The sun was brilliant, the air spring-like, and sparkling white clouds sailed a lively blue sky.  Mariellen read to me from Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Chronicles during the highway portion of the ride, then helped out with the directions as we got close.

    Once on the last leg, the place really wasn’t hard to find, as the only thing beyond The Community of Jesus on Rock Harbor Road is the harbor itself – and when we got that far we found that we knew the place, having travelled the road before on a previous excursion while touring Brewster.  It was the harbor we knew, though – a famous spot for watching sunsets.  Before we reached the harbor, this time, something altogether new had arrested our view – an angel-capped bell tower built, as we later learned, only two or three years ago.  Circling in upon its lure we soon found a beautiful stone basilica-style church, the white wooden buildings of the Priory and convents where celibate members of the vowed community live, and in the environs surrounding homes of lay community members with and without children.

    The Bell Tower at the Community of Jesus

    Once parked and upon the grounds, our first stop was at the Priory Books and Gifts store, where we browsed happily during a short wait before being connected with one of the Community’s long-time members named Treva Whichard.  A former Oblate director for the Community and also formerly employed at Paraclete Press,  Treva is currently serving the Community as docent, among other duties, and proceeded to give us, along with another small group of four or five people,  a little tour of the Church of The Transfiguration while telling us something of the history of the community.

    The Community of Jesus began to emerge about 50 years ago, Treva recounted, around two women – both married — who felt a call to teach about prayer and healing.  From that informal start it has developed over decades until it now numbers almost 275 people consisting of 40 vowed celibate men, 75 vowed celibate women, and affiliated lay persons, some with children (there are about 50 children resident, at present, in families).  To borrow phrasing from the brochure we were offered:  “Members of the Community of Jesus,” an ecumenical community in the Benedictine tradition whose purpose broadly speaking is to show Christ’s light to the world, “come from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds and occupations and make professions of commitment … including vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life“ according to the Rule of St Benedict.

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    Our tour began in the courtyard before the main doors to the basilica – where the stones underfoot were damp, Treva told us, because the center holds a recessed fountain that is “on” before the major Church services.  The water doesn’t freeze in winter before drying after each use because the stones are heated!  She then took us inside on a tour of the church itself, a beautiful building filled with some of the most vibrant and lively frescos and mosaics I have ever seen.

    It is a work of art from the ground up; a work dedicated to showing and teaching about the story of Man’s salvation and the salvation of each one of us from the Fall to the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ; from Genesis to Revelation.  We were thrilled to be there.

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    After the church tour we were graciously handed off to Sr. Estelle Cole who was just getting out of rehearsal with the Community’s famous choir, Gloriae Dei  Cantores.   Sr. Estelle’s current assignment is as sheet music publicist at Paraclete Press, the first among a number of companies we work with in our online business The Christian Book Corner, and the publishing arm of The Community of Jesus.

    Sister Estelle invited us to stay for Mid Day Prayer which would commence in just a few moments.  “It is all in Latin,” she said, as we thanked her and said we would very much like that.  As the Community members arrived and took their places in the choir, Sister Estelle joined us in the visitor section, armed with a couple of choir books.  Out of silence then the lovely chant blossomed forth, led by the men and answered by the women, and for the next dozen or so minutes we listened, as might have done the local lay community in Glendalough, or in any number of places past and present where nothing is preferred to the work of God.

    We bowed the last “Gloria tibi Domini” and then left the still, quiet church.  Outside Sr. Estelle spoke a little bit more about the community of which she is a vowed member and after we had all gotten into our car directed us to the offices of The Paraclete Press, a few miles down the road.  We learned that The Community of Jesus is engaged in a number of apostolic works;  the Press through which we ourselves had come to know of them is merely one.  Our destination proved to be a neat building surrounded by woods and a vineyard.

    Upon entering the thing that struck me first was art work on the walls, all of it, she said, done by members of the community. As we passed by the receptionist, who came from her little office with a big smile to greet us, I noticed this, and the shadow from the window above:

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    I wondered aloud if it had been placed there intentionally to catch the shadow cast by the window, but no one seemed to know.  Certainly if not deliberately planned, I thought to myself, it was a most happy “accident” that we appeared just as the sun was making the sign of the cross for us!   And it was just the beginning.    There was art of all kinds to follow, and folks of all kinds as well.  Just ordinary folks.  But I guess, so, too, were those monks of long ago, just ordinary folks who copied things like the Book of Kells and built the Cathedral at Chartres and developed champagne and other delectable brews.

    Sister Estelle introduced us to Sister Antonia Cleverly, who was our first and is still our primary contact at Paraclete,  and for the next forty-five minutes we in company with these two young religious women wandered in and out of offices all over the building chatting with busy but very friendly people whose constant refrain seemed to be, ” You can ask me anything that is on your mind.”  We did, finding that this invitingly open attitude was apparently also something that had simply emerged, organically, within the body of the maturing community.

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    What you see here is the department at Paraclete that designs all of their book covers and art work.  Eight people work here if my memory serves.  They even manage the blogs of some of their authors for them!  The sales/customer relations office, just a door or two down, was busier and more bustling, but never so much so that almost everyone didn’t stop to smile and tell us what they were doing and why.  Our guides conducted us through every part of the building until at last we met the friendly old dog, an ancient Lab, who welcomed us to the basement where they used to do their own printing.  Now the basement is used for shipping, with some of the space reserved for the sisters who make the candles the community sells — and they are mighty fine ones, too, made with beeswax from their own hives.   Paraclete does a thriving business in music, too.  In yet another part of the basement they are in the process of constructing a sound studio for their own audio and video recordings of chant and other sacred music by the Community’s several renowned musical groups.

    One of the first people we met at Paraclete works in the sales room with Sisters Antonia and Estelle and was introduced to us simply as “Sharon, who works with music”.  When we mentioned our church tour and the fascinating organ we saw and were told about, Sharon immediately offered to play the organ for us later that afternoon.  “A private concert,” we wondered aloud, surprised and delighted at the opportunity.  Smilingly, she said that she would be happy to do so, and proceeded to expand a little on what we had already heard about the instrument.

    The organ at The Church of the Transfiguration is unique in the world — reclaimed from the works of twelve  E.M.  Skinner organs and rebuilt so that the pipes and all the “choirs” of the organ do not stand in one place behind the console;  rather, they advance on both side of the church from the back to the front.  The effect, then, is to be able to “process” the music with the celebrants and congregation as they enter.  So far, it is the only organ built this way in the world, and when finished, Sharon told us, will contain 12,500 pipes ranging in size from that of a drinking straw to a that of a telephone booth.  We made a date for 2:30 p.m.

    Over lunch at a nearby eatery we asked all sorts of questions of the two sisters who are our sales contacts at Paraclete Press, questions about the Community of Jesus, and their personal history with it.  Both of them have family in the community, we learned — another echo, I thought to myself, of the way things used to be.   And both of them reminded me of Catholic nuns I have met over the years.

    One word can best describe both our impression of these women and the feeling our conversation with them inspired in us:  happy.  Filled with light – lightness of heart, clarity of mind.  As our meal ended I found myself wishing we had more time to spend in their company.  We took them back to the Press offices and said goodbye… That’s Sister Antonia on the left, Mariellen in the middle and Sister Estelle on the right.

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    Back at the priory grounds for an hour or so, we walked about taking some photos, too many to share here, and I then went into the church to wait for Sharon and our little demonstration and concert while Mariellen browsed the Priory Books and Gifts some more – where she overheard the woman behind the counter setting up an impromptu tour of the church for a Catholic priest, a longtime friend of the Community, who had shown up with some friends of his, upon an impulse.

    While they were waiting for their guide, Mariellen walked over to join me and, right on schedule, our new friend Sharon arrived — with another visitor, a relative of hers as it turned out – to give us the promised demonstration concert.   Happily, we had time to ask Sharon how she ended up in the Community and she said that she was organist in a church far away and was sent to a music symposium hosted by the Community –quite some years ago, long before the Church of the Transfiguration was built.  “As soon as I arrived,” she recounted, “I felt a drawing I did not like at all.  I was an organist!  And there was nothing here then, nothing but a bare looking patch of ground.  But the feeling didn’t pass.  So I went home and talked to my husband and he came back with me to visit and a short time later we moved here with our children.”  (This is my paraphrase of what I recall her saying and not a direct quote.)

    Turns out, by the way  — and this we found this out by reading the brochure after getting home – that “Sharon” is Dr. SharonRose Pffeifer, one of the three resident organists at The Community of Jesus today.   Mariellen googled her and found this video clip which will give you your own taste of the joy we experienced while listening to her.

    I am no critic, nor a student of sacred music.  I can only say that what we heard that day was a marvelous piece of music that exercised me physically and mentally and spiritually.  I walked about the church listening, as Dr. Sharon had advised, to the different sounds coming from different places.  I felt the power of the piece, physically and mentally, and believed for a few moments that I was in the presence of God who was allowing me to understand, just a tiny bit, what awaited me above.  It was one of those “eye has not seen, ear has not heard” moments that always leave me with a longing for the yet to come.

    Our little concert finished a bit more quickly than we might have wished since – as Mariellen suspected might happen – the impromptu tour group came in while Sharon was playing and enjoyed her music right along with us.   When she finished the piece she was playing Sharon was quite delighted to see the priest, and also happened to know some of the people he was with, so we said goodbye and left the church, spent a few more minutes walking around the grounds and then made our way back tour hotel. We will return I have no doubt.

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    In the photo above  you can easily notice what look like cabinets running the length of The Church of the Transfiguration walls on either side.  These cabinets house the organ’s pipes, and allow the sound to “move” along with the movement of the celebrants, to move from place to place as different choirs of pipes are called upon.  The view is within the great bronze doors that lead into the church, standing near the ambo and gazing down the side of the church.

    I know that it is popular to think of full community monastic times past as the Dark Ages.  But, I might wish we would begin to think of them as in many ways a much more enlightened time than this!  Thus I offer for your consideration the example of these people we have recently met and the way of life they are building and have built.

  26. He proclaims: Ero Cras!
    Tomorrow, He is Coming!!!!


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    ... today, O Emmanuel (With Us Is God)

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    O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
    exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
    veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.
    .

    O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
    the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
    Come and save us, O Lord our God.

    Isaiah had prophesied:

    "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

    Most familiar to the modern Christian from the beloved Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (in which, however, the invocations are not ordered according to the established pattern), "the exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (480–524/5) used language which may be a reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence in the sixth century. At the Benedictine Fleury Abbey, these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the community. By the eighth century, they were in use in the liturgical celebrations in Rome. The usage of the O Antiphons was so prevalent in monasteries that the phrases Keep your O and The Great O Antiphons were common parlance. 

    The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose.  If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one—Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis,Radix, Adonai, Sapientia—the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, Tomorrow, I will come. Therefore Jesus, whose coming Christians have prepared for in Advent and whom they have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to them: Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to their Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion."  (Wikkepedia, Fr. William Saunders)


  27. Did you know that 
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    ... today, O Rex Gentium (King of the Nations)

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     Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
    lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
    veni, et salva hominem,
    quem de limo formasti.
    .


    King of the nations, and their desire,
    the cornerstone making both one:
    Come and save the human race,
    which you fashioned from clay.

    Isaiah had prophesied:

    "For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

    "He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
    and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2:4

    Also compare Isaiah 28:16 and Ephesians 2:14.

    "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah 9:2

    Also compare Isaiah 60:1-2 and Malachi 4:2.


  28. Did you know that 
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    ... today, O Oriens (Dayspring)

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    O Oriens,
    splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
    veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.


    O Morning Star,
    splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
    Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

    (Note: A literal translation of the Latin yields "O Rising Sun", but the poetic "O Morning Star" is often preferred.)

    Isaiah had prophesied:
    "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah 9:2

    Also compare Isaiah 60:1-2 and Malachi 4:2.



  29. Did you know that 
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    ... today, O Clavis David (Key of David)

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    O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
    qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
    claudis, et nemo aperit:
    veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
    sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

    .

    O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
    you open and no one can shut;
    you shut and no one can open:
    Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
    those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

    Isaiah had prophesied:

    "I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open." Isaiah 22:22

    "His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
    He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore." Isaiah 9:7

    "...To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."  Isaiah 42:7

    The Great "O" Antiphons are seven brief prayers that are traditionally chanted or sung on successive evenings starting on December 17.  The precise origin of these texts is unknown.  However, by the 8th and 9th centuries, the church in Rome and monastic communities throughout western Europe were using them at evening worship services during the season of Advent.  These ancient supplications beautifully express the Christian church's profound yearning for her long expected Savior.  They continue to be part of the seasonal devotions of many churches today.  The Great "O" Antiphons form the basis of the popular Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by English hymnographer John Neale. 

    The Great " O" Antiphons are rich in meaning and nuance.  Each antiphon begins with the acclamation "O," addresses Christ by one of His messianic titles from the Old Testament, and ends with a heartfelt plea for His coming.  The sequence of the antiphons is theologically precise, progressing from before the creation of the universe, through the messianic prophecies of Israel, and culminating with the Incarnation and birth of Christ in Bethlehem.  The initials of each Latin title --Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel -- when arranged backwards, spell ERO CRAS, which means "Tomorrow, I will be present."  Thus Christ answers the pleas of the Great "O"Antiphons by coming to His people on Christmas Eve (December 24), the day after the singing of the final antiphon.  (http://www.stpaulskingsville.org/oantiphons.htm)


  30. Did you know that 
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    ... today, O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)

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    O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
    super quem continebunt reges os suum,
    quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
    veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.


    O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
    before you kings will shut their mouths,
    to you the nations will make their prayer:
    Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

    Isaiah had prophesied:
    "A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1
    "On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:10

    Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Also compare Isaiah 45:14, Isaiah 52:15 and Romans 15:12.

    Most familiar to the modern Christian from the beloved Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (in which, however, the invocations are not ordered according to the established pattern), "the exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (480–524/5) used language which may be a reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence in the sixth century. At the Benedictine Fleury Abbey, these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the community. By the eighth century, they were in use in the liturgical celebrations in Rome. The usage of the O Antiphons was so prevalent in monasteries that the phrases Keep your O and The Great O Antiphons were common parlance. 

    The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose.  If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one—Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia—the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, Tomorrow, I will come. Therefore Jesus, whose coming Christians have prepared for in Advent and whom they have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to them: Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to their Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion."  (Wikipedia, Fr. William Saunders)

  31. Did you know that 
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    ... today, O Adonai (Lord)

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    O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
    qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
    et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
    veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

    O LORD and leader of the House of Israel,
    who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
    and gave him the law on Sinai:
    Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.


    "With righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
    he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins."
    Isaiah 11:4-5

    "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us."
    Isaiah 33:22


    Most familiar to the modern Christian from the beloved Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (in which, however, the invocations are not ordered according to the established pattern), "the exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (480–524/5) used language which may be a reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence in the sixth century. At the Benedictine Fleury Abbey, these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the community. By the eighth century, they were in use in the liturgical celebrations in Rome. The usage of the O Antiphons was so prevalent in monasteries that the phrases Keep your O and The Great O Antiphons were common parlance. 

    The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose.  If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one—Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia—the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, Tomorrow, I will come. Therefore Jesus, whose coming Christians have prepared for in Advent and whom they have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to them: Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to their Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion."  (Wikkepedia, Fr. William Saunders)


  32. Did you know that 
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    the Church "counts down" to Christmas
    according to an ancient tradition ...

    ... today, O Sapienta (Wisdom)


    Most familiar to the modern Christian from the beloved Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (in which, however, the invocations are not ordered according to the established pattern), "the exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (480–524/5) used language which may be a reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence in the sixth century. At the Benedictine Fleury Abbey, these antiphons were recited by the abbot and other abbey leaders in descending rank, and then a gift was given to each member of the community. By the eighth century, they were in use in the liturgical celebrations in Rome. The usage of the O Antiphons was so prevalent in monasteries that the phrases Keep your O and The Great O Antiphons were common parlance. 

    The Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose.  If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one—Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia—the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, Tomorrow, I will come. Therefore Jesus, whose coming Christians have prepared for in Advent and whom they have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to them: Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to their Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion."  (Wikkepedia, Fr. William Saunders)

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    O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
    attingens a fine usque ad finem,
    fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
    veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.


    O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
    reaching from one end to the other,
    mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
    Come and teach us the way of prudence.

    Isaiah had prophesied:
    "The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2-3
    "[...] he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom." Isaiah 28:29

    Also compare Sirach 24:3 and Wisdom of Solomon 8:1

    This prophecy is also relevant in that it describes the Messiah as "coming forth from the mouth of the Most High", which is very significant in light of the Christian doctrine, rooted in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, according to which Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the Incarnate Word of God the Father.




  33. Oh, we have “Paradise Lost”, that towering history, and its twin, “Paradise Regained”, shorter, but no less noble in structure and intent. Both lay out the characters and the events which matter, truly matter, in our lives.  We have “The Divine Comedy”, the first which opened the way into mystery for us, telling not the History of Salvation, but guiding us successfully through hell’s horror and purgatory’s painful coming to the truth to the Singularity of Light, the Beatific Vision, bright beyond belief and beyond telling.  Shall we have another?

    I am no judge of the good, let alone of the great.  What I cannot judge of or explain, though, I can feel and speak about.  I suppose that is how the world first heard from simple people about what had happened to change all of history, how God became one of us.  Who could have framed that fact in a “review”?  The greatest possible work of art demanding of some necessarily lesser form of art to tell of it …  So it has been ever since “Emmanuel” happened, first in the Gospels, then in story after story we never seem to tire of hearing told.  Simple story repeated along the way, and then as days passed into years and centuries the music of poetry and song …

    In “A Poem of the New Creation” by Peter Milward, S.J.,  we find a new iteration of the tale from a poet and scholar who has taken his long life’s journey with literature, theology and scripture and made of it a beautiful thing for us all to read and dwell within.  Beginning with prayer — Mary’s to the Archangel Gabriel — and ending in the praise of all creation to God Almighty, Milward’s work doesn’t scruple to weave scripture in with the writings of the saints, teachers, poets, prophets and holy men and women.  Truly a tale of the world made new, “A Poem of the New Creation” works on many levels: as a poem, as a simple story of the great and humble living at the fulcrum of ages and traveling the path to glory, and as a drama encompassing many voices.  One might even say, encompassing every voice.

    Those who read it, of any faith and of no faith at all, will be enlightened and enthralled by what they read, the story itself and the sheer beauty of the telling of it.  “A Poem of the New Creation” from Kaufmann Publishing is a perfect gift for any occasion to someone whose love for truth and beauty you cherish and wish to nourish.  It is a most lovely thing to own for yourself, too, whatever your taste in poetry or story.  It will sing to you the song of the most lovely thing that ever happened.  That is worth hearing, don’t you think?

    Here at The Christian Book Corner we have delighted to read Father Milward’s work and are pleased to offer its delights to you at our always generous discount.  As with all of our products this one  was “Chosen with care; chosen with Prayer”.

  34. First admit that there is God, and God has created everything including us. Admit further that God’s creation is good at its most deep and essential level. Admit that the summit of this creation is yourself and all Mankind, the consciousness and the conscience of the universe. Admit finally that God had a reason to do that.  Do all of this and one begins to approach a sometimes dangerous, an exciting, and an eventually joyful and wildly satisfying journey of heart, mind and soul to a glorious conclusion.  It involves coming to understand that you, Man, are not the measure of all things, but that your maker, God, who loves you, is, and wishes only to involve you in delight in everything He has done, now and forever.  Christianity is the  Religion of The Happy Ending; the Divine Comedy that Dante tells about.

    In The Lord of the Rings, that magnificent fantasy trilogy, flooded with the light of its author’s Catholic faith, one reads of the travelers Frodo and Sam being given something the Elves call “Way Bread”; food for the journey they are starting on to save their world and themselves from Sauron and the One Ring.  The “way bread” nourishes them physically. It has another more important effect than that, though.  The bread works on a deeper level to restore hope and health to failing hearts and broken spirits.  A tiny bit of it does all that.

    “Anyone who eats this bread…”  I remembered those words when I read about the Elves gift to the two Hobbits.  A Catholic like me would have trouble NOT making the connection between “way bread” and the Eucharist, the food for the journey which itself is the Way.   This great gift of Christ not only nourishes the soul but slowly and inevitably changes the faithful recipient into a more faithful image of Himself.


    This is the nugget, the kernel of Father Lawrence Lovasik’s “The Basic Book of the Eucharist,”  an intimate and accurate exploration of the wonders awaiting us in this the perfect food for the soul, the soul’s Creator and Lover Himself.  But, there is so much more awaiting someone who opens the book as if they were opening the door to a great cathedral.  With reverence and faith, gentleness and a kind of simple joy, Father Lovasik  uncovers for the reader of this “Basic Book…” the “unsearchable riches of Christ”.  The book leads one into the landscape of grace and gift awaiting the soul in faithful reception of the Eucharist.  While it is a faithfully Catholic book in every sense of the word, it can be of great value to anyone interested in learning why the Catholic Church has taught from the beginning, and why all faithful Catholics believe in the literal truth that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ;  why we hold, against the skepticism of some and scorn of others, that Eucharist is the “true bread come down from heaven.”

    Don’t let the title of this book fool you into thinking it will be something for beginners.  It isn’t.  And, yet, here in the ‘vale of tears’ we are in a sense always beginning, and always hungry ...   At The Christian Book Corner we offer such products in the firm conviction that they will provide food for the journey and comfort for its trials -- products always “Chosen with care; chosen with Prayer” and made available at our usual everyday and, often, deeper Special Offer discounts.

  35.      The dictionary will tell you that the word “adore” is a combination of two Latin words.  I won’t require you to guess what those words are.  You probably know them already.  But as a service for the five or six of you who never had to take Latin in school, the words are “ad”, meaning “to”, and “orare”, meaning “pray”.  Simply stated, adore comes down to this: the act of praying to Someone.  I’ll not get involved here in the rest of the various meanings and shades of meaning, the many uses of the word, that have grown up since we borrowed it from the French who borrowed it from the Latin original.  You know them, I suppose.  All you need to know then is that to adore means to pray; intensely.
         You have to like a fellow who goes by the first name Vinny.  I do.  I make an immediate connection and understand intuitively that someone named Vinny is a fellow who speaks plainly, who eschews words like -- well words like “eschew” and “intuitively”.  Right from the title of his book, 21 Ways to Worship,  Vinny Smith doesn’t deal in anything but the plain and necessary truths about that rather simple yet mysterious and puzzling thing called Eucharistic Adoration.
         I’ve had my own problems with Eucharistic Adoration over the years, more than enough to fill a page or two with complaints about and reasons against continuing to do it.  And so, I welcome a plain speaking fellow like Vinny Smith writing a book about adoration for ordinary people to use; a practical and useful, and therefore a valuable guide to prayer.
         I remember a time long ago in my life when I found myself staying after Mass as Father set the monstrance on the altar and we sang O Salutaris Hostia, a song I had been singing for many, many years, whose words I only vaguely knew in English.  For some reason that day I took the time to read the words of the hymn in translation while I sat there.  And, there I learned what I should have known: that the song was a simple prayer, a cry for help, a petition.
         And, as I sat thinking about what had just been made plain to me, I remembered the time I stood at the back of a church in my home town New York City with a fellow I worked with.  I remembered what he told me, “Every once in a while, I need to go into the church and say, HELP!”
         What return can I make to the Lord for all He has done for me?  That’s what the Psalmist asks.  And, on another occasion, that’s more or less what I said in Church after Mass one day.  As I sat and thought about it I realized that all I had to give was the messes I had created every time I did what I wanted to do.  And so, I gave Him that.
         You may not find those two approaches to prayer among Vinny’s 21 Ways to Worship, but you will find something similar to be sure.  You will learn how gently you will be treated as you bare your soul to the Lord who already knows what is there, who waits with infinite patience, mercy and love for you to come and simply ask Him to accept you as you are.
         And, as Vinny might tell you were he by your side, “You will hear His answer.”
         21 Ways to Worship has been called easy to read, a practical guide, jam-packed with inspiring ideas, techniques, and prayers to help you make the most of your time in Adoration.  Well, that is true, and being true it is good.  The Christian Book Corner would like to make your relationship with Love in Person better than you imagined it could be, and believes use of Vinny Smith’s book is one way to do that.  We offer the book at discount for your edification as we offer all of our products that are always “Chosen with care; chosen with Prayer.”
  36. Celebrating Our Spiritual Mother's Birthday

    "From the moment of our conception, Mary is present with each one of us -
    serves us through our earthly mothers for whom she intercedes to obtain the necessary graces.
    She is closer to us more than our earthly mothers, whose possibilities are limited."
    (In the Arms of Mary, pg. 168)

    In celebration of Our Lady's birth
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    (Offer valid one rebate check per summer season per individual.  Multiple rebate checks can be received by the same household but the name of the actual order recipient -- who will not necessarily have been the purchaser -- must accompany the associated product review in order for rebate to be issued.  All ages may participate as long as they can read and write/type.)
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