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- Living Life by Design, Not Default (Fr. Mike Schmitz)
- Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Dr. Brant Pitre)
- 7 Secrets of Confession (Vinny Flynn)
- The New Conversation: Changing Hearts & Minds on Abortion (Stephanie Gray)
- The Mass Explained (Fr. Larry Richards)
- Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic & Love (Dr. Edward Sri)
- Religionless Spirituality: Why We Need the Church (Dr. Tim Gray)
- The Case for Jesus: The Biblical & Historical Evidence for Christ (Dr. Brant Pitre)
- Why I Left Planned Parenthood: From Death to Life (Abby Johnson)
- Contagious Catholicism: The 7 Habits of Modern Day Apostles (Chris Stefanick)
- The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Fr. Michael Gaitley)
- Raising Amazing Children (Matthew Kelly)
- Facing Your Fears (Mark Hart)
- Epic Food Fight (Fr. Leo Patalinghug)
- From Jehovah’s Witness to Catholic: the Story of My Conversion (Mary Kochan)
- Our Lady of Fatima: Truth to Inspire Series (dramatization for kids and adults) (speaker Quiet Waters)
- Calming the Emotional Storms: Four Keys to Emotional Peace (Dr. Gregory Popcak)
- Right Here, Right Now: Always Be Ready to Share Your Faith (Patrick Madrid)
- How to Pray the Rosary (Fr. Donald Calloway)
- Why Go to Mass?
- Our Lady, Untier of Knots
- Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism
- Explaining Islam
- Perfectly YOURSELF: Discovering God’s Dream for You (Matthew Kelly)
- The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic (Matthew Kelly)
- Rediscovering Jesus (Matthew Kelly)
- Rediscovering Catholicism (Matthew Kelly)
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Living Life by Design, Not Default (CD)
With so much technology at our fingertips, it’s tough not to get swept away in all the noise and clutter. In our society there’s often a tendency to live passively by simply “going with the flow.” In this talk given at a FOCUS national conference, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how we need to live an intentionally Christian life within a technological age.
Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (CD)
Dr. Brant Pitre uses the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish tradition to frame the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, and to provide a fresh look at the heart of Catholic practice — the Eucharist. By taking us back to the Jewish roots of our faith, Dr. Pitre gives us a powerful lens through which to see anew the bread of the presence, the manna, the Last Supper, and ultimately the meaning of the Eucharist.
7 Secrets of Confession (CD)
In this inspiring presentation, popular speaker Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of approaching Confession, inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. If you do not yet look forward to Confession in the same way you look forward to Communion, this will change your life.
The Mass Explained (CD)
Inspiring speaker Fr. Larry Richards presents exciting and powerful insights into the history, spirituality, and biblical foundations of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He opens the door for us to enter more profoundly into this most perfect prayer and unite our offering with that of the priest. This will change the way you experience this most sacred of all mysteries, the source and summit of our lives.
The New Conversation: Changing Hearts & Minds on Abortion (CD)
Stephanie Gray is a passionate and uncompromising defender of the Catholic Faith, as well as an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. She frequently travels across Canada and the United States speaking on issue related to the humanity of the unborn, utilizing her unique ability to speak to people on either side of a pro-life issue. In this presentation given at a Students for Life conference, Stephanie talks about the dignity of the human person through a biblical lens as she seeks the truth regarding today’s pressing Life issues.
Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love (CD)
Discussing moral issues with family and friends can be a challenge in a culture that strongly promotes the idea that there is no objective truth. Speaking from a wealth of personal experience, renowned author and theologian Dr. Edward Sri provides 5 “keys” to enable Christians to oppose with logic and love what Pope Benedict XVI called the “dictatorship of relativism.” He also clarifies the proper understanding of what it means to judge, and the importance of making good judgments.
Religionless Spirituality: Why We Need the Church (CD)
Renowned Scripture scholar and author, Dr. Tim Gray, provides a fascinating explanation of the importance of the visible Church and the centrality of God on Earth. He offers incredible insights that make clear the role of the Church as an essential part of God’s plan for salvation, which are sure to help those who have left her, or who mistakenly claim to be “spiritual, but not religious.”
The Case for Jesus: The Biblical & Historical Evidence for Christ (CD)
Dr. Brant Pitre, scripture scholar and bestselling author, uses biblical and historical evidence to bolster the “case for Jesus” by exposing the problems with the many false theories that have been introduced over the past hundred years resulting in widespread skepticism about the reliability of Christian faith. He tackles head-on questions like: Were the four Gospels written anonymously? Did Jesus claim to be God? Did Jesus fulfill the Jewish prophecies of the Messiah? and many more.
Why I Left Planned Parenthood: From Death to Life (CD)
Abby Johnson is a widely recognized Catholic speaker who was once the director of one of Planned Parenthood’s largest clinics where she came face to face with the reality of abortion. She shares an insider’s perspective about the true motivations of the abortion industry, and her courageous journey away from it and towards life. Her story is a testament to God’s grace and mercy, and the joy that comes from being an advocate for life.
Contagious Catholicism: The 7 Habits of Modern Day Apostles (CD)
Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Chris Stefanick speaks about the importance of living a life of authenticity with a courageous commitment to love. He walks us through seven habits that we can use as modern-day apostles to effectively spread the good news to Jesus Christ. Following these lessons will help us to fulfill our calling to be fearlessly, joyfully Catholic, with a faith that is attractive, life-giving, and truly contagious.
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (CD)
In this vastly popular talk, Fr. Gaitley describes the “second greatest story ever told” – a story that encompasses Divine Mercy, the life of St. Pope John Paul II, and the crucial role that Marian Consecration can play in your life. Fr. Michael Gaitley is a priest in the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and the director of formation for the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.
Be sure to also check out Fr. Gaitley’s groundbreaking book on Marian consecration, 33 Days to Morning Glory.
Our Lady of Fatima: Truth to Inspire Series (dramatization for kids and adults) (CD)
The Truth to Inspire Series offers captivating dramatizations for children of the lives of saints and well-known Marian apparitions in order to teach them more about the Catholic Faith. In this presentation hear how the three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, were graced with visits from Our Lady of Fatima.
From Jehovah’s Witness to Catholic: the Story of My Conversion (CD)
Calming the Emotional Storms: Four Keys to Emotional Peace (CD)
In this practical but spiritual presentation, Dr. Gregory Popcak discusses four keys to develop self-awareness and self mastery. He reveals that emotions are a gift from God and that they can help you grow in virtue. Learn how to master your feelings and calm your emotional storms so that you can experience the peace of Christ.
Facing Your Fears (CD)
Mark Hart uses Scripture and his experience of surviving an earthquake to share how we can master our fears. He also reveals how our fears will pursue us if we don’t meet them head on. Mark encourages us to not only face the proverbial giants in our lives but to slay them as David did Goliath, thereby finding freedom in Christ.
Right Here, Right Now: Always Be Ready to Share Your Faith (CD)
Raising Amazing Children (CD)
Epic Food Fight (CD)
How to Pray the Rosary (Booklet)
In this handy little guide, best-selling author Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, teaches you how to pray the Rosary well and why it matters, addressing issues such as:
• Why pray the Rosary?
• How long should a well-prayed Rosary take?
• What are the graces attached to praying the Rosary?
• How can I become a champion of the Rosary?
Our Lady needs Rosary champions to help bring peace in the world. Will you answer her call to prayer?
Why Go to Mass? (Booklet)
Some Catholics go to Mass simply because they have always done so, out of obligation, or because their parents, teachers or peers demand that they come. Others have either given up completely or are still searching. Relying greatly upon the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, Fr Michael Evans provides a beautiful summary of the meaning of the Mass and the powerful reasons why it holds the central position in the life of the Church and Christians. How can we love God, and our neighbor without the love of Christ?
Our Lady Untier of Knots (Booklet)
During his studies in Germany, Pope Francis encountered a local devotion centered on an image of Our Lady in the Church of St Peter in Augsburg. Many had come to pray with seemingly irresolvable family and marriage problems and had been helped. On his return to Argentina he set about spreading this devotion and its novena.
This booklet gives a brief history of the devotion and the main prayers to “Our Lady Undoer (or Untier) of Knots.”
Preparing for Your Child's Baptism (Booklet)
Baptism is a gift for you, your child and for the whole family. This booklet explains what the sacrament is all about and what it means for you and your child. There are also practical suggestions and activities for you to follow during the time of preparation and on the day of the Sacrament itself to support your child in prayer together with all the family. Make your child’s baptism a time to enrich and renew the faith of everyone involved.
Sr. Hyacinthe Defos do Rau, O.P., is a Dominican Sister of St. Joseph. She is an associate member of staff of the Maryvale Institute and the author of the Anchor resource for the Faith Formation of Adults.
Explaining Islam (Booklet)
There are over one billion Muslims in the world today. In many countries throughout the world, Muslims now outnumber Catholics. This booklet examines the historical background to the rise of Islam in seventh century Arabia and its subsequent expansion throughout the Middle East, North Africa and much of Asia, as well as answering the most important questions about Islamic belief and practice from a Catholic perspective.
Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You (Book)
Do you ever get the feeling that you are not enough? Not smart enough, not beautiful enough, not loved enough, not rich enough, not good enough . . . We all have these feelings from time to time, usually because we’re comparing ourselves to others. But God doesn’t compare you to anybody else. He wants to help you become the person he created you to be—perfectly yourself!
In this life-changing book, Matthew Kelly addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life’s BIG questions: who am I? and why am I here? Newly revised with an emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God’s dream for your life, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has survived the collapse of a relationship, wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career, or failed at a diet. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. This is the guide you need if you long to be at peace with who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now—today.
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic (Book)
As human beings we are constantly engaging and disengaging in everything we do. We engage and disengage at work, in marriage, as parents, in our quest for health and well-being, in personal finances, environmentally, politically, and, of course, we engage or disengage spiritually.
If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics?
Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic Church. If we truly want to engage Catholics and reinvigorate parish life, we must first discover what drives engagement among Catholics. Matthew Kelly explores this question in his groundbreaking new book, and the simplicity of what he discovers will amaze you.
Four things make the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics: the four signs of a Dynamic Catholic.
Whether you are ready to let God take your spiritual life to the next level or want to help reinvigorate your parish, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic promises to take you on a journey that will help you live out the genius of Catholicism in your everyday life.
The central idea in this book should change the way we live our faith and the way we teach our faith. This book is a game changer.
Matthew Kelly is a New York Times best-selling author of sixteen books, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and a business consultant to some of the world’s largest and most admired companies. In Catholic circles he is perhaps best known for his book Rediscover Catholicism, which is the most read Catholic book of our times.
Rediscover Jesus (Book)
How well do you know Jesus?
I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization. I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there, but life gets in the way. There are times when I seem to be making great progress, and other times when I wonder if I know him at all.
But I always arrive back at the same inspiring and haunting idea: If there is one person that we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus – the carpenter from Nazareth, the itinerant preacher, the Son of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God, the new Adam, the Messiah, the Alpha and the Omega, the Chosen One, the Light of the World, the God-Man who wants good things for us more than we want them for ourselves, the healer of our souls.
The best time to rediscover Jesus is right now. You are holding this book in your hand at this very moment for a reason. I don’t know what God has in store for you, but I am excited for you. There are some questions that we all ask ourselves in different ways: Who am I? Who is God? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least? What are my unique talents and abilities? What will my contribution be?
We discover the answers to these questions most completely by encountering Jesus. He longs to help us discover deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions.
Rediscovering Catholicism (Book)
At a time when many Catholics are disillusioned, questioning their faith, and filled with doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world, the voice of one man cries out to the world’s largest faith community with a clarity that is rare and inspiring.
Rediscover Catholicism takes us on an adventure of life-changing proportions. Beginning with our common yearning for happiness, Kelly reveals the essence of authentic Catholic spirituality while addressing some of the most important questions we face today both as individuals and as a Church.
- Are you happy?
- Are you living an authentic life?
- Do you really think you will find happiness where you are looking?
- How would you like your life to change?
- What is God’s dream for your life?
- Why have so many people rejected Catholicism?
- What does it mean to walk with God in the modern world?
- Do the saints have anything to offer you?
- Is Jesus still relevant?
Can the ancient traditions of Catholicism help us deal with the modern challenges of our lives?
In each generation a leader comes forth who is able to bring Christianity to life in a way that revitalizes individuals, communities, and the universal Church. Once you experience his bold, brilliant, practical, and inspiring style, you will soon understand why so many people consider Matthew Kelly to be one of the great spiritual voices of our times.
Over the past twenty years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of the myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future.
Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read Catholic book of our times. From the spellbinding opening story, Kelly grips his readers and takes them on a life-changing journey to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
“There are many – Catholics and non-Catholics – who do not want to rediscover Catholicism. Others think that religion, and Catholicism in particular, has no place in the modern context. I will admit that Catholicism is old. But let me ask you a question. If you found a really old treasure map would you throw it away just because it was old? No. The age of a treasure map doesn’t matter. What matters is whether or not it leads to treasure. Catholicism is a treasure map. It may be old, but it still leads to treasure. Let’s rediscover it together… and help others to do the same.”
“God always wants our future to be bigger than our past. Not equal to our past – bigger, better, brighter and more significant. God wants your future and my future, and the future of the Church, to be bigger than the past. It is this bigger future that we need to start to envision and imagine.”
“One of the most incredible abilities God has given the human person is the ability to dream. We are able to look into the future and imagine something better than it is today, and then return to the present and work to make that richly imagined future a reality. Who is doing this for the Church? Together, let’s start to envision an incredible future for the Church.”