Dominican and American Saints Set

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Hounds of the Lord

They are called “Hounds of the Lord,” and “Stoics on spiritual steroids.” For 800 years they have barked out Christ’s gospel message, saving countless souls and showing us how to think, do, and love for the glory of God.

Inspired by the stories of their saints, we join the Dominicans in celebrating the Jubilee of their first 800 years. In these pages, we draw inspiration and spiritual strength from the lives, lessons, and legacies of their intellectual giants and enrapt mystics, the men and women who scrubbed floors, and those who cared for the dying.

You’ll discover countless fascinating and pious stories, prophetic dreams and visions, apparitions of Christ and Our Lady, appearances of the devil in disguise, miraculous healings, episodes of bi-location, stigmata, incorruption after death, and more.

From St. Thomas Aquinas to St. Martin de Porres, in story after story you’ll see how God favored these holy men and women in so many surprising and supernatural ways. Even 800 years later, these Hounds of the Lord are still out there today, roaming the world, seeking out souls to retrieve for Christ.

Open this book, and you’ll be given a taste of that glorious and joyful spirit that animates the Dominican Order — a spirit they have so long and so willingly shared with the rest of the world. Let their example serve as inspiration, and let loose the hounds of the Lord within you.

"Hounds of the Lord provides an easy to way to discover the genius of Saint Dominic and his Order."
-Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts

"What a marvelous gift Dr. Kevin Vost has presented to the Church in Hounds of the Lord. He has given an excellent short compendium of the lives and legends of key Dominicans."
-Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady, O.P., STD
Western Dominican Preaching

"Hounds of the Lord is a delightful 'family gathering' of Dominicans, whose stories bring to life what it means to respond whole-heartedly to the call to holiness, here and now."
-Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, O.P.
Prioress General
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

"Hounds of the Lord is a spiritual treasure, giving you both inspiration and encouragement as the lives and legacies of the holiest Dominicans are brought to life."
-Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, O.P.
Archbishop of Vienna

"There is no doubt that Dr. Kevin Vost merits becoming “A Hound of the Lord” by this excellent book. In a mere 243 pages he has captured 800 years since the founding of the Dominican Order, demonstrating how its charism can be lived out in such saintly and varied ways."
-Mother Assumpta, Prioress General
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Saints of the American Wilderness

True tales of horror and holiness

French priests enter a war zone where captured Westerners are paraded before their captors, tortured, and then beheaded. Their desecrated bodies get dumped by the roadside.

Iraq in 2007? The Gaza Strip? Western Afghanistan?

No. A place more dangerous: Canada in the 1600s. On rivers and in forests, Iroquois slaughter Huron and Europeans kill for land and power. It’s a landscape of blood and horror whose viciousness eclipses the terrorism that shocks us today. Into this iniquitous land go dozens of stouthearted Jesuits, the purest examples of Roman Catholic virtue our Western continent has ever seen.

Their purpose? To baptize souls and preach the gospel to savages whose degraded, vicious lives cry out for the light of Christ.

Many of these Jesuits were murdered, and today eight of them are saints. Six were priests: Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Antoine Daniel, Charles Garnier, and Noël Chabanel; two were lay assistants: René Goupil and Jean Lalande.

They are the Jesuit Martyrs of North America, and this is their story.

From letters these brave men wrote to their superiors by the light of Indian campfires or while skimming lovely waters in swift canoes, John A. O’Brien has crafted the terrifying, inspiring, and true tale of the dangerous struggle they engaged in for enormous stakes: the salvation of countless souls mired in darkness.

O’Brien shows that in the best of times, these good men were surrounded by lasciviousness, pandemonium and demonic rituals. Bad times brought bloody war, upraised tomahawks, the shrieks of victims, and knowledge that their superstitious hosts might turn against them without warning, and bury a tomahawk in their skull.

Patient, charitable, and heedless of their own lives, these eight Jesuits spoke constantly of Jesus, baptized thousands, and — even in the shadow of death — brought them the consoling graces of the Sacraments. Between times they cared for souls dying of smallpox, cleaned festering wounds, and — day in and day out — returned love for hatred, blessings for curses, and prayers for abuse.

Ultimately, all were murdered. Some died from a sudden blow; the rest were mutilated and tortured until, with forgiveness in their hearts and Jesus’ name on their lips, they died in flames their persecutors had set around them.

Saints of the American Wilderness tells of these good men who sought nothing less than the conversion of a continent. Their zeal won for them the imperishable crown of martyrdom and sanctified with their holy blood the soil of North America.

Truly, they are models for those who would be saints in bloody times like ours.

 

 

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