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Union with God: According to St. John of the Cross
by Fr. Gabriel Of St. Mary Magdalen

Christian perfection consists in the twofold way of charity:  service of neighbor and our direct quest for God’s love. Many of us discover ways to love our neighbor, but few achieve intimacy with God. Why? Because we don’t know how to prepare ourselves properly to reach this exalted goal.

In these pages, Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen lays out for us a time-tested path toward achieving complete intimacy with God, the path first mapped out centuries ago by the Church’s acclaimed master of the contemplative life, St. John of the Cross (1542-1591).

Price: $17.95
Pages: 144

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A Devotional Journey into the Mass
by Christopher Carstens

If you’re unhappy because the Mass has become for you routine – or even boring and tedious – these pages are for you. They teach you eight simple ways to make your every Mass a joyful time of piety and intense devotion.

Explaining the spiritual meanings behind the signs and symbols, words and actions of the Mass, author Christopher Carstens teaches you spiritually-enriching ways to enter the church building, make the Sign of the Cross, pray the Opening Prayer, listen to the Readings, prepare your soul at the Offertory, participate in the Eucharistic Prayer, receive Communion, and even respond to the Dismissal.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 144

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Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God
by Sr. Giovanna Della Croce

Available in English for the first time, this short book is a powerful introduction to the spiritual wisdom of one of the Church’s newest saints: Elizabeth of the Trinity.

There was nothing extraordinary in Elizabeth of the Trinity’s life. There were no ecstasies. She didn’t work miracles. She didn’t communicate heavenly messages through visions or words she heard.

Instead, she presented a message to modern man through her own life of fidelity, showing us that the true road to contemplative prayer is not an ascent to grasp God, but a descent into the depths of one’s heart.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 128

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How to Read Your Way to Heaven
by Vicki Burbach

Many of us commit to some form of spiritual reading, but we find that our book choices are sporadic and often based on a whim rather than following a purposeful plan. Designed for individual or group settings, How to Read Your Way to Heaven will guide your quest to delve deeper into a relationship with Christ by meditating on the written word while organizing your reading around the four pillars of the Catholic Faith — the Creed, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.

How to Read Your Way to Heaven is not merely another book to read. It is designed to be an invaluable tool for guiding and organizing your reading to help you on your journey to become a saint. And best of all, this fully integrated do-it-yourself spiritual reading program can be easily followed by the busiest of Catholics with the tightest of schedules.

Price: $18.95
Pages: 304

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Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom
by Anthony Lilles

A humble prayer calls down fire from above, and as we learn to live a life rooted in prayer, this heavenly fire grows into a profound awareness of the presence of God. This is the deepest purpose of prayer, and making this journey is essential for reaching the heights of holiness for which we were made.

In Fire From Above, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Academic Dean at St. John’s Seminary in California, shows you how to put your whole life in conversation with the Risen Lord within the Catholic tradition of spirituality. The wisdom of great saints and mystics will help you discover how to surrender your pride and appeal to God with humble trust, and how prayer addresses your deepest human needs.

Price: $18.95
Pages: 256

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Into the Deep: Finding Peace Through Prayer
by Dan Burke

Discover why growing in prayer, which sometimes can be compared to a battle, is worth every ounce of effort you give it. Even if you've never prayed, or if you've never developed the habit of daily prayer, God is waiting to meet you where you are and encourage you every step of the way.

Using a simple approach to prayer, you'll learn how even ten minutes a day can change your life. Author Dan Burke explains how to set up your own sacred prayer space, discusses the common obstacles to prayer, and provides practical ways to overcome them. You'll also read stories of others who are seeking to orient themselves to God through prayer.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 130

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A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness
by Susan Brinkmann

Mindfulness has come a long way from its days as an obscure Buddhist meditation technique known only to monks and a few New Age enthusiasts to what it is now—one of the hottest new spiritual practices of our day. It’s being used by people of all ages, from all walks of life, for everything from gaining self-awareness and inner calm to treating PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Corporate executives, Hollywood stars, medical doctors, teachers, secretaries, and even clergy are avidly embracing it.

But what exactly is this practice? Where does it come from and how did it become so popular, so fast? And what about all the media hype surrounding its much-publicized effectiveness for our mental health and well-being? Even more important, is this practice compatible with Catholicism?

Price: $12.95
Pages: 124

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Spiritual Combat
by Lorenzo Scupoli

St. Francis de Sales carried a copy of this book in his pocket for 18 years!

Its wisdom formed his soul; it inspired him to a life of the deepest devotion, and ultimately it helped him become one of the Church's greatest saints. Now this book can do the same thing for you.

It's no longer fashionable to speak of the Christian life as a "battle," but there's actually no better way to describe the tug-of-war for your soul that's raging right now between the forces of light and darkness.

Here, Dom Lorenzo Scupoli helps you take your proper part in this spiritual battle so that you can win - decisively - the war for your soul.

This book has been loved by saints and sinners alike ever since it was written four hundred years ago. Why? Because it offers sensible advice to help you overcome spiritual obstacles and achieve spiritual perfection.

Price: $12.95
Pages: 124

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila
by Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles

30 Days with Teresa of Avila is the third book of Dan Burke's Navigating series that brings the wisdom of the saints into your hands. 

These unedited letters of Teresa of Avila to her friends offer a rare window from which to gaze upon the Saint's genuine witness and pragmatic advice on pursuing an intimate friendship with God. 

Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles provide rich reflections to encourage a deeper and more prayerful reading of these fascinating letters to those who want to sit at the feet of this great doctor of the interior life.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 150

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Finding God Through Meditation by St. Peter of Alcantara
Edited by Dan Burke

Finding God through Meditation is the enduring work that St. Teresa of Avila and numerous other saints turned to time and again to rectify their difficulties in prayer. Written by St. Teresa’s spiritual director, St. Peter of Alcantara, this book offers profound insights on how to mature and flourish in prayer and proven antidotes to many of the false teachings of our day.

St. Peter shows you how to cultivate a deeper commitment to self-denial and ascetical practices as the path to a richer life of prayer and devotion. He helps even beginners to navigate through — and then beyond — the purgative phase of spiritual growth and into the illuminative phase. As a result, you’ll be drawn into that most prized form of prayer that transcends your efforts and allows for God’s transformative grace to work more fully in your soul.

Price: $13.95
Pages: 160

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Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Therese of Lisieux
by Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles

Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux is the latest in the Navigating the Interior Life series, which brings the wisdom of the saints into the hands of today's readers.

In this presentation of intimate letters from St. Thérèse of Lisieux to her sisters and close friends, authors Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke lay out the Little Flower's program for complete self-offering to God through her Oblation to Merciful Love.

Price: $13.95
Pages: 176

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Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God
by Dan Burke

In concise, straightforward prose, author Dan Burke here provides an invaluable road map for spiritual growth, complete with signposts to help ensure that you remain on the right path. He guides you through the hazardous terrain that can threaten your spiritual health and shows you how to discern God’s will daily and follow it in a meaningful way.

Through intensive study of the major Catholic mystics, Dan has acquired the keys to developing a more meaningful relationship with Christ, which he shares with you in this indispensable volume.

Price: $17.95
Pages: 186

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Navigating the Interior Life Study Guide
by Dan Burke

Dan Burke's award--winning Navigating the Interior Life just got better with this Navigating the Interior Life Study Guide.

Delve deeper into the book Ralph Martin calls "inspiring and practical" and "some of the Church's most important wisdom" on spiritual direction.

Navigating the Interior Life Study Guide is designed to help you better understand the trajectory of your soul and to go deeper in your relationship with God. It leads you, step-by-step, through reflecting on essential material and answering personal questions that will help you discover God's will for your life through spiritual direction.

Price: $9.95
Pages: 82

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Navegando La Vida Interior: La Dirección Espiritual y el Camino a Dios (Spanish Edition)
by Dan Burke

¿Qué es la dirección espiritual? Y ¿qué significa para mí? ¿Cuáles son mis "puntos ciegos" espirituales? y ¿Cómo puedo descubrirlos? ¿Qué es lo que me mantiene lejos de las riquezas espirituales que Cristo nos ofrece a todos? ¿Cómo puedo entender, de una mejor manera, mi progreso en la vida espiritual?

La ingeniosa obra de Daniel Burke, titulada Navegando la Vida Interior, le ofrece todos los medios que usted necesita para comprender como y de que forma crecemos, progresamos, y morimos en la vida espiritual, y que podemos hacer al respecto.

Price: $13.95
Pages: 284

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Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God (Audio CD)
by Dan Burke

In concise, straightforward prose, author Dan Burke here provides an invaluable road map for spiritual growth, complete with signposts to help ensure that you remain on the right path. He guides you through the hazardous terrain that can threaten your spiritual health and shows you how to discern God’s will daily and follow it in a meaningful way.

Through intensive study of the major Catholic mystics, Dan has acquired the keys to developing a more meaningful relationship with Christ, which he shares with you in this indispensable volume.

Price: $24.95
Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes

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Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
by Fr. John Bartunek

Daily Meditation...keeps your faith lively, supple, and relevant. It irrigates the soil of your soul, making your life more fruitful and continually opening up new vistas along the path to spiritual maturity.

Now, Father John Bartunek, author of Inside the Passion, has created an extensive Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion. The Better Part is meant to be a catalyst to personalize your times of prayer and meditation, enabling you to follow the Holy Spirit's lead more readily.

Price: $34.49
Pages: 1,024

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The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila
by Dan Burke and Connie Rossini

You know that in an Apostolic Letter in 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Luminous Mysteries. Did you know that in that same Letter he also called for a new way of praying the Rosary?

St. John Paul II’s new way of praying the Rosary was based on the teachings of St. Theresa of Avila and has become known as the Contemplative Rosary because it more perfectly unites vocal prayer and meditation, transforming the prayers of the Rosary into a contemplative meeting with God.

Did you know about these changes? Have you tried them?

In the new book, The Contemplative Rosary, we have not only incorporated the five new Luminous Mysteries, we have included as well the many other changes Pope John Paul made to the Rosary.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 144

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Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits
by Dan Burke

Satan is always at work breeding sadness and anxiety while providing obstacles that prevent souls from making spiritual progress. In this concise yet powerful book, author Dan Burke presents the venerable, time-tested wisdom of Catholic mystics to help you understand the influence of the Enemy on your mind and heart, and the tactics you need to combat him.

With St. Ignatius as his guide, Burke presents here an indispensable, authoritative manual for engaging in daily battle with the Adversary—combat that is both inevitable and winnable. Burke will help you recognize the ebbs and flows of consolation and desolation, and distinguish between the voices of God and of Satan. Best of all, you’ll come to see the spiritual life not as a science to be learned, but as an intuitive art to be practiced as you move with increasing success from habitual sin to sanctity.

Price: $14.95
Pages: 120

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