Favorite Catholicism BooksCompiled below are favorites among Catholicism books that are second to the Holy Bible. These books have been written by saints, doctors of the church, and the church militant for God's glory and as lights to guides us. Enjoy them and suggest them to others. More current Catholicism books can be found at Cathopillar.
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Restless Heart: A Timeless Story for New Christian Films
One of the greatest minds in western culture and influences in Christianity is making his debut in a major motion picture. Restless Heart is based on the most profound writings of St. Augustine of Hippo. Augustine led a life void of a moral compass, followed the Manichaean religion that opposed Christianity and held the most distinguished academic position in the western world before his conversion to Christianity. One of the new Christian films to release this fall, Restless Heart is “the most moving story of conversion and reconciliation ever brought to the big screen,” says Ignatius Press President, Mark Brumley.
“Restless Heart offers a soul-stirring portrait of a great sinner who became one of the Church’s greatest saints,” says Tim Drake, writer for the National Catholic Register. “It’s a timeless conversion story for our age – a testament to the power of Truth.
Restless Heart chronicles the fall of the Roman civilization as Augustine builds the intellectual framework that shaped Europe. Calvinist, along with many other Protestants, views Augustine as a theological father of the Reformation, especially due to his explanations on salvation and divine grace. He is a saint among the Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican churches and is considered a Doctor of the Church. His works, Confessions and City of God are still important classics of the Christian faith today. Among new Christian films this year, Restless Heart speaks to all who question or seek the truth about God.
Pope Benedict XVI said after watching the film, “In a context that is very remote for us today, we’ve seen how despite the reality of human life- with its problems, misfortunes, and failures- that the Truth is stronger in overcoming any obstacle and reaches the human person.”
Ushering the Legend to New Christian Films
The movie captures the 70-year-old Augustine in 430 A.D. as the bishop of Hippo telling of his conversion to Christianity to Jovinus, a Roman guard captain. In his youth in Roman North Africa, Augustine was becoming a narcissist eager for prominence. After Augustine left the church as a youngster, his mother Monica played the most important role in his reversion back to Christianity. She prayed that “one day, we will be united in our faith.”
Young Augustine left to Carthage and became a great orator and lawyer. He began his condemned relationship with a slave woman he couldn’t marry with whom he had a son with. As a lawyer, Augustine convinced the acquittal of a man accused of assaulting his wife, whom the man later murders. After returning home with his mistress and son, he becomes the emperor’s orator. Augustine leaves without his mistress and son and finally loses them.
After witnessing the murders of innocent Christians while the Roman army seizes the Basilica in Milan to weaken Bishop Ambrose, Augustine scorns the murders before the young emperor and walks out. Augustine now stops talking and begins to listen to Bishop Ambrose words to “let the truth find” him. After Augustine’s baptism, the bishop tells Augustine that God expects more from him due to his gift to communicate and entrusts Augustine to a jar of ink. “Use it all,” encourages Bishop Ambrose.
In this new Christian films most commanding moment, now-Bishop Augustine dialogues against the Donatist, an emerging sect he struggled with for years. In this skilled debate, a path to truth will be decided. The conclusion of the movie is set back to Hippo, where Bishop Augustine urges a negotiation with King Genseric before Hippo is attacked by the king’s Vandal raiders. However, the Roman garrison refuses to negotiate with the Vandal king. As Augustine’s jar of ink runs empty, will he decide to escape on a ship sent by the Pope or stay with his people?
An Epic Movie for New Christian Films
Restless Heart is a $20-million film directed by Christian Duguay (Joan of Arc, Pius XII) and stars Allesandro Presiosi, Monica Guerritore, Johannes Brandrup, Serena Rossi and Franco Nero.
“Restless Heart tells St. Augustine’s story with superb production values, and it features an outstanding cast,” says Brumley “This is a tremendous opportunity to launch the Year of Faith and engage in the New Evangelization.”
One of only a few new Christian films that allow it, Restless Heart is now available for sponsored screenings throughout the country before the anticipated fall release. Individuals, church groups, parishes, and other organizations can arrange for this epic film to be shown immediately in their city and even small town.
Please contact Victor Pap (678-990-9032 or email VPap@MaximusMG.com) or Brandon Duncan (678-990-9032 or email BDuncan@MaximusMG.com) of The Maximus Group for information about viewing Restless Heart in your community.
Our Lives in the Pursuit of HolinessOur daily lives, filled with mundane activities and distractions, seem to not have even an in inch of time for what we value. As we organize the house, prepare meals, work, and pay bills we find that time is consumed by the trivial matters and we’re left wondering where is the meaning in our lives. Whether you are single, married, an at-home parent, employee, or business owner you might find yourself isolating your religious life from your daily life.
Where is our pursuit of holiness which gives us happiness through Gods love? How can we make more time for our spiritual life that is blessed with the graces of God? How do we live the holy life that we are called to? We don’t even remind ourselves that the early Church taught that all believers could achieve holiness. Therefore, we forget to even try in our pursuit of holiness. In this new day and age holiness is achievable and we must learn from the saints of our days.
Learning from a Saint in the Pursuit of HolinessIn Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, Eric Sammons employs the wisdom of a saint who lived during a time when many separated their daily lives from their spiritual pursuit of holiness. Simmons the author states, “Since I am not a saint, however, I cannot write such a guidebook on my own, so I instead use the teachings of an actual saint – St. Josemaría Escrivá – as the basis for the book.”
A critic of the book states, “I agree with the premise: holiness is for everyone, yes. But I don't necessarily want to be told how to be holy. I don't quite have enough humility within me to accept a sermon, but the way Sammons and St. Josemaria pair up- it's like a talk with a good friend.”
Our Sanctification in the Pursuit of HolinessPope John Paul II declared Josemaría the saint of ordinary life. St. Josemaria established that every man and woman, by God's grace, can be sanctified by the course of their ordinary life and work. Every aspect of our lives, even the simple and forgettable parts, can be offered up to and for the Lord. Menial tasks such as dishwashing, diaper changing, house cleaning, cooking, and yard work, should be accomplished with the purpose of serving and loving God through the carrying out of these necessary chores. These daily activities become acts of prayer and sacrifice that lead to our sanctification in our pursuit of holiness. Though this is not easy, but also not harder than many things, holiness can be achieved.
Glorifying God in the Pursuit of HolinessSammons writes," Holiness, rather, is a living relationship between a loving child who wants to please his father and a father who gives his child everything he needs to succeed." Whether you are single, married, an at-home parent, employee, or business owner, Holiness for Everyone confidently reminds us that we are here to be sanctified by our special roles and influences to become like Christ for one another and for God’s glorification.
Unless you are well-versed in Catholic teaching, it is not recommended to read the original writings of St. Josemaría without first reading Holiness for Everyone. The works of St. Josemaría Escrivá can sometimes be misunderstood. Sammons suggests further readings, prayer, and meditations questions at the end of each chapter. Eric Sammons is Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice in Florida and has a Master's degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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True Freedom is Now Available as Catholic e-Books
"True freedom... is that freedom which most truly safeguards the dignity of the human person. It is stronger than any violence or injustice. Such is the freedom which has always been desired by the Church, and which she holds most dear." Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, quotes late Pope Leo XIII regarding true freedom and its role in guarding the dignity endowed to all mankind. In recent United States society, this freedom has been taken for granted, allowing embryonic research, relentless disregard for the unborn, and a HHS mandate that ignores conscience protection. Cardinal Dolan observes that "We can see that there is a loss here of a sense of truth and objective moral norms – rules of conduct that apply always, to everyone, everywhere-and an `eclipse of a sense of God and of man'." However in his Catholic e-Books, Cardinal Dolan captures the zeal and delight the Church possesses for life as opposed to the “culture of death.” He recites late Pope John Paul’s call for "a positive, hopeful culture of life [rather] than wringing (our) hands over the culture of death.” Dolan adds that, “By appealing to the necessary link between freedom and truth and by stressing our relationship with the God who has endowed us with both, The Gospel of Life offers us a pathway to building not just good laws, but a free and virtuous culture as well."
True Freedom Catholic e-Books ReleaseTimed close to the religious liberty advocacy event, Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 through July 4, True Freedom Catholic e-Books was released on June 19th. These events are a call to action. Dolan says, "Churches and people of faith - not exclusively Catholics and their bishops, although I would hope that we play a leading role - understand the inherent dignity of the human person and serve as a safeguard against attacks on that dignity."
Cardinal Dolan’s Catholic e-Books ReexaminedThe True Freedom Catholic e-Books ask of everyone to an examination of conscience. Cardinal Dolan asks, "Is genuine freedom the license to do what we ought or the ability to do whatever we want? ... Is law tethered to objective truth, or is it ruled by a 'dictatorship of relativism'?" "Should laws be tailored to suit changing wants, demands, or recently discovered 'rights'?" the cardinal asks. "Or should wants, demands, and novel rights be tempered by law to uphold the sacredness of life, the common good, and the objective moral law?"
Second Part of the Catholic e-BooksAs a bonus, True Freedom Catholic e-Books comes with second book consisting of conversations between National Catholic Register’s John Allen and Cardinal Dolan. These excerpt come from Allen's book "A People of Hope" published in November 2011 and currently holds great reviews on Amazon.
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