BOOKS: ‘Forming Intentional Disciples’: Deep personal encounter with Christ essential to building up Church

If we’ve been paying attention as Catholics, we’ve heard or read the figures: Catholicism is bleeding like a ripe tomato in a meat grinder;...

New book chronicles lives of great Dominicans

With the eighth centenary of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, upon us this year, the book is very timely.

Award-winning coffee table book introduces readers to Southwestern saint

Everybody seems to have their own favorite saint; whole professions and vocations have their patron saints, and even some countries have a patron saint that stands out in their history. In the Southwest, we have Junípero Serra, OFM, who founded a total of 10 missions from Baja California to San Francisco.

BOOKS: ‘Christian Social Order’ — The authority of the Church’s teaching

With a deeper understanding of Church social doctrine and the willful act of putting away our useless pride, we can cease being Republicans or Democrats first and cease looking at the world only through a nationalistic lens.

Dominican priest’s new book recounts interactions helping the dead

About 70 years ago, the famous mystic, St. Padre Pio, was praying alone in his friary. When he looked up from his prayer, he saw an old man standing in front of him.

Pope Francis, retired Pope Benedict praise Patriarch Bartholomew

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Defending religious freedom, fighting indifference to attacks on human dignity and promoting care of creation are obligations that Orthodox and Catholics share and areas where Pope Francis said he and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople are in deep harmony.

Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews

This book is chilling reading. One wishes it were a novel rather than a factual recounting of the Nazi World War II slaughter of Jews in what was then the Soviet Union.

Love of reading, God and puppies leads to ‘pawsome’ achievement

Her second chapter book should be ready for "tween" readers this spring, particularly for those who enjoy dog characters.

Children’s reading: books to pray, learn with all summer long

A mother of two reviews an array of morally suitable books for children ages 3-14 that might keep them busy for a few minutes this summer.

BOOKS: ‘Evangelical Catholicism’: Pathway back to vibrancy of early Church

I met George Weigel last year when he came to the Valley to speak about how the KGB tried to suborn John Paul II, if that were even possible. I told him that I read his book, “Against the Grain,” and it totally revolutionized my view of Just War Theory. He seemed surprised that someone had actually read, and, understood a book of his. I read another one that he released in 2013 (our review schedule is full, but I insisted anyway), “Evangelical Catholicism,” and decided that this one simply blew me away, as the old cliché goes.