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Benedict Up Close
Widely recognized as one of the most talented and respected journalists in Rome, Paul Badde offers here a unique glimpse into the drama of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. He doesn’t simply capture the various reasons for which Benedict XVI will go down in history, Badde chronicles the almost superhuman struggle against overwhelming hostilities that formed against this shy and exceedingly kind man.
With fascinating vignettes back into history, you’ll learn how Pope Benedict’s experiences in a totalitarian Germany impacted the papacy and the Church, and how this son of a policeman became the “Thomas Aquinas of our time” — one of the most brilliant and accomplished minds on the globe.
Leaning on his own personal conversations with Pope Benedict as well as his extensive interviews with those within the Holy Father’s inner circle, Badde explains how Pope Benedict dealt with the blows and calumnies that rained down on him during those tempestuous eight years. You’ll come to a deeper appreciation of Pope Benedict’s goodness and holiness, and you’ll understand why only he could have steered the ship of the Church during the storms of our time.
With Paul Badde, you’ll have a close-up view of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate as you learn:
- Why he removed “Patriarch of the West” from the pope’s list of titles
- What led the pope’s valet – one the few people who had unfettered access to the pope – to betray his secrets
- Why he included the scallop shell on his coat of arms
- Why he had such a strong devotion to the Face of Jesus
- What he was really trying to say in his Regensburg Address that infuriated Muslims throughout the world
- Why his visit to Turkey, despite threats from Al Qaeda, was so important
- The bold way in which he reintroduced the Latin Mass
- His answer to the visible disagreements between books of the Bible
- Why he chose Benedict XVI as his name
- An inside look at his schedule and how he approaches his writings
- Why he chose to resign on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
St Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer
How can I pray better?
How do I know God hears my prayers?
How can I 'pray always,' as Jesus commands?
Why must I ask for things God already knows I need?
Such were the questions that perplexed a young North African man, Augustine Aurelius (354-430), whose intense yearning for God led him into a profound and lifelong encounter with Christ in prayer.
There Augustine found answers to these questions and to countless more - answers not grounded in his own brilliance, but in prayer itself.
In time, Augustine became a bishop and a Father of the Church, and has long been numbered among her saints. Yet of all the Church's saints, not one expresses the longing for God more beautifully, or explores the nature of prayer more helpfully, than St. Augustine. His words speak to us today as freshly as they did to his contemporaries.
St. Augustine wrote many books, but never one devoted to prayer alone. Indeed, his teachings on prayer are scattered in many places. So from over 200 works, Fr. Cliff Ermatinger has gathered and translated Augustine's teachings on prayer, and now presents them here in a simple question-and-answer format. What emerges is nothing less than a rich new "catechism on prayer" by one of the Church's greatest saints.
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