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Renewal and Evangelization: Person, Church and World by Jeffrey A. Mirus

Over fifty essays originally published on CatholicCulture.org between 2005 and 2014 on the urgent need for a Catholic renewal, including the power of evangelization. These essays explore the necessary elements of personal holiness, ecclesiastical reform, and the leavening of the social order. Main topics include prayer, the liturgy and spiritual growth; ecclesiastical discipline and the strengthening of the Church's identity; evangelization and the formation of Catholic culture. Jeffrey A. Mirus is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org, as well as a co-founder of Christendom College. He has been a Catholic apologist and commentator on Catholic affairs for over forty years.


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Defining Issues: Social, Familial and Personal Perspectives on a Catholic Life by Peter Mirus

This is a collection of original essays for CatholicCulture.org written between 2004 and 2006. Topics reflect the author's interest in integrating issues and discussions raised by readers on the website into a cohesive vision of Catholic life. The range is impressive, addressing Catholic superheroes, Buddhism, Modernism, spam, parenting, arguing, the Chastisement, Tolkien, clergy and laity, Catholic social teaching, pornography, diplomacy, environmentalism and nearly a score of other topics—always from a fresh and invigorating Catholic perspective. With a sure touch, Peter Mirus discusses many of the subjects that concern today’s Catholics with the frankness and insight which made these essays so popular as they appeared. Peter Mirus is a marketing consultant and CEO of STA Tech Marketing. He holds a B.A. in English from Christendom College. Married with two children, Mirus is also a Director of the non-profit Trinity Communications and of its website, CatholicCulture.org.

Essays in Apologetics, Vol. I: Preliminary Topics: The Human Response to Truth by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

What initial territory needs to be cleared before we can effectively explain and defend our Faith? Dr. Jeff Mirus, who founded the apologetics program at Christendom College in addition to establishing Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org, explores that question in this first volume of his ongoing apologetical essays. This collection includes essays from 2004 to 2011 which focus on preliminary issues: The disposition of the apologist, impediments to Faith, problems with how our contemporaries approach reality and deal with truth, modern attitudes toward science, and even the way we think of the Church.

Essays in Apologetics, Vol. II: Arguments Directed to Non-Catholics by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

How we go about explaining and defending the Faith depends very much on our audience. This second volume of Dr. Jeff Mirus’ collected essays in apologetics includes essays written between 2004 and 2011 which primarily address those who are either not religious at all, not Christian, or at least not Catholic. These topics include natural theology, the argument from conscience, the nature of Revelation, the Resurrection of Christ, the role of the Bible, the primacy of Peter and the authority of the Church. This volume also includes the eleven-part “Why Be Catholic” series. The author holds his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has written frequently on apologetics over the past forty years.

Essays in Apologetics, Vol. III: Quarrels within the Church by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

How we go about explaining and defending the Faith depends very much on our audience. This third volume of Dr. Jeff Mirus’ collected essays in apologetics includes essays written between 2004 and 2012 which primarily address quarrels which too often divide Catholics from each other because of an inadequate grasp of the Faith. These topics include the nature of religious authority, Modernism, Traditionalism, Catholic social teaching, the Catholic approach to Scripture, and several other contemporary problems, plus a section of essays designed purely to enrich our understanding of the Faith. The author holds his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has written frequently on apologetics over the past forty years.

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 1: Advent and Christmas by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This first volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Advent and Christmas, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 2: Ordinary Time before Lent by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This second volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 3: Lent by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This third volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Lent from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday (March 5 – April 19). This is an extraordinarily rich penitential season in preparation for Easter. The eBook provides a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, spiritual reflections, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 4: Easter by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This fourth volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Easter Season from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, penitential spirituality, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 5: Ordinary Time after Easter by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This fifth volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers the first half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between Pentecost and Advent (June 9 – September 6), providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, spirituality, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Liturgical Year 2013-2014, Vol. 6: Ordinary Time Completed by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (editors)

This sixth volume of the 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series covers the second half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between Pentecost and Advent (September 7 – November 29), providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, spirituality, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes. The rich array of liturgical year resources on CatholicCulture.org was developed by two family and liturgical year experts, Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock. In this series, these resources are gathered together in eBooks, with one chapter for each day in the covered period. The body of each chapter includes the main biographical, historical and devotional texts for the day, with links to additional prayers, activities and recipes, and to the daily readings for the Mass. The 2013-2014 Liturgical Year series provides a wonderful way for parents, priests, and religious educators to learn how to get Catholicism into our very bones!

Making Sense of Society: Catholic Essays on the Human Person, the Social Order, Government and Faith by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

Collected essays from 2007 through 2012 on such things as the purpose of government, including its size and scope; the interaction among culture, social life, politics and religion; the role of the Church in the social order; the relationship between what are commonly called the “life” issues and the “social” issues; the somewhat odd set of social prejudices which characterize the modern secular West; the threat of Statism; the principles of Catholic social teaching, such as subsidiarity, solidarity and the universal destination of goods; the role of natural law; and an analysis of complex specific issues such as immigration, pro-life strategy, and moral voting. Jeffrey A. Mirus is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org, as well as a co-founder of Christendom College. He has been a Catholic apologist and commentator on Catholic affairs for over forty years.

Misinterpreting Catholicism: How media coverage distorts public understanding of the Church by Philip F. Lawler

Are major media outlets biased against the Catholic Church? That question has been debated for years. By now anyone who has not recognized the problem is not likely to be convinced. But even without any conscious hostility toward the Church, the media can—and do—frequently guide their readers astray. Few secular reporters today are familiar with even the most fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church. When reporters do not understand their own subjects properly, they are prone to error, vulnerable to manipulation, and likely to pass along their own confusion. As the founder and editor of Catholic World News, Philip F. Lawler has been providing daily coverage of Church-related stories since 1996. With 30 years of background in Catholic journalism, he has a keen understanding of how media coverage shapes the public perception of the Church. In this book he dissects secular news coverage, showing how journalists mislead their audiences as a result of bias, ignorance, or both.

Moral Issues: Shedding light on the critical moral problems of our time by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

The thirty-six essays collected here are the most compelling and enduringly useful of over one hundred moral essays by Dr. Jeffrey Mirus published on CatholicCulture.org between 2004 and 2011. In addition to four introductory and closing essays on moral theory and moral witness, they cover—in alphabetical order—such issues as abortion, animal rights, biomedical issues, capital punishment, contraception, environmentalism, health care, homosexuality, lying, marriage and gay marriage, the objectification of women and pornography, suicide and war. In these essays, Mirus sometimes establishes the simple right or wrong of a particular moral question, and at other times he explores important related issues, side effects and repercussions. The various issues cannot be separated completely, both because all moral issues are intrinsically related and because the predispositions, strengths and weaknesses of a particular culture cause that culture to deal with all moral issues in similar ways. Taken together, these essays open an important window on the moral landscape of the Western world in the twenty-first century after Christ.

Renewal and Evangelization: Person, Church and World by Jeffrey A. Mirus

Over fifty essays originally published on CatholicCulture.org between 2005 and 2014 on the urgent need for a Catholic renewal, including the power of evangelization. These essays explore the necessary elements of personal holiness, ecclesiastical reform, and the leavening of the social order. Main topics include prayer, the liturgy and spiritual growth; ecclesiastical discipline and the strengthening of the Church's identity; evangelization and the formation of Catholic culture. Jeffrey A. Mirus is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org, as well as a co-founder of Christendom College. He has been a Catholic apologist and commentator on Catholic affairs for over forty years.

The Documents of Vatican II: A Summary and Guide by Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D.

A collected series of 34 articles written on the documents of Vatican II between February and October of 2010. From the Introduction: "This is a series of commentaries on the individual documents of Vatican II, in which I intend to focus very briefly on their key ideas, illustrating their depth and beauty through select quotes, and highlighting the concepts that have become controversial, especially in light of the peculiar thing that happened to them between their approval by Pope Paul VI and their implementation. They were implemented, of course, by All the Usual Suspects—that is, by the nominally Catholic theologians, bishops, priests and sisters who abandoned the Faith without leaving the Church in the heady days of late 20th century secularization, and who have used their power to take as many unfortunate souls with them as possible. Now is an excellent time to review the documents precisely because the tenure of All the Usual Suspects in the halls of Catholic influence is finally nearing an end as ignominious as it was slow in coming."

Witness of Suffering: Reliving the final days of Blessed John Paul II by Philip F. Lawler

Faced with a debilitating disease, Blessed John Paul II chose not to suffer in privacy, but to let the entire world watch his struggle. Inevitably he would lose the fight against his illness. But in the process he would offer a personal testimony to the value of suffering. The last weeks of his life became a powerful drama, reaching its emotional climax as the world stood vigil—somber, prayerful, expectant—during his last hours. This collection of headline stories, from the weeks leading up to his death, recaptures the drama and offers readers another opportunity to reflect on the beloved Pontiff’s final gift to the Church: his suffering.

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