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The Year of Faith in books

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Year of Faith – Fr. Denis McBride C.Ss.R

Designed to help you on your spiritual journey through The Year of Faith, this beautifully produced diary is a practical and inspiring companion. Beginning with October 2012 to coincide with the launch of the Year of Faith and continuing until the end of the calendar year in 2013, this diary has a month-to-page format which offers a reflection and prayer by Fr. Denis McBride and an inspiring quotation. This practical, everyday format will be a constant reminder of your commitment to the Year of Faith, challenging each of us to ensure our faith is at the heart of our daily lives.

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The Collage of God – Mark Oakley

While training for the priesthood, a stint with a hospital chaplaincy team brought Mark face to face with a depth of suffering that blew his young, confident faith apart. Years later he was still picking up the pieces, but they began to show an entirely different picture of where and how God could be found. The Collage of God is for all who find it difficult to reconcile the realities of life with easy and comfortable notions about faith. In imaginative and beautiful language, and illuminated by many quotes from modern writers and poets, Mark Oakley reconstructs faith as a collage of traditions and texts, the myriad experiences of living, imagination, silence and prayer by which we respond to the grace of God revealed in fragile lives. A contemporary spiritual classic.

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Reason to Believe – Scott Hahn

Is belief in God a delusion? Is faith blind, or is there a reasonable case for Christianity?

Bestselling author Scott Hahn explains the “how and why” of the Catholic faith, drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. Reasons to Believe unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith. It is the ideal book both for Christians who want to grow stronger in their faith and to share it with others, and for enquirers in search of a  belief that satisfies both the mind and the  heart.

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Transforming our Days – ‘Finding God amid the noise of the Modern World’ – Richard Gaillardetz

“Many of us are concerned about the moral issues presented by modern technology. We wonder about the appropriate use of genetic engineering or the limits that should be placed on the use of medical technologies at the end of life. Yet, as we debate these important issues, we often overlook the more profound ways in which modern technology shapes our daily lives in the form of notebook computers, video games, cell phones, PDAs, i-pods, and microwave ovens.”

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By What Authority – Richard Gaillardetz

Authority is exercised in many ways and forms in the Catholic Church today. By What Authority? offers a helpful introduction to the forms of Church authority that are concerned with authentic Christian belief. Gaillardetz explains what it means to say that the Bible is inspired, how Scripture and tradition are related to one another, the role of the pope and bishops in preserving the Christian faith, the levels of Church teaching authority, how to deal with disagreements with Church teaching, the distinctive role of the theologians, and the contribution of all the baptized in the formation of Church teaching. This book introduces readers to a basic understanding of the nature and exercise of authority in the Catholic Church as understood within the vision of the Church offered by the Second Vatican Council.