Books offer insight into church’s role in international development

Readers interested in the Catholic Church's role in international development will benefit from reading three books which explain that the church long has been a formal presence in international development and that individuals rooted in Catholic tradition, prayer and Catholic social teaching can change the world. But fair warning: Readers might feel inspired and uncomfortably challenged while reading them, for answering the call of Catholic social teaching, the books point out, is not an easy task.

BOOKS: ‘The Hobbit Party’ — Authors explore Tolkein’s Catholic vision, Church’s social teaching

A few days before Christmas, the final installment of the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit hit theaters. Not many people know that...

Just in time for Christmas, priest’s book unravels mystery surrounding Three Wise Men

It’s the Advent Season with Christmas nearing and, as the old cliché goes, everyone loves a good mystery! This season, we have a very good one in Fr. Dwight Longnecker’s, “Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men.”

Author’s third book on Mother Angelica a fitting tribute to late nun

Unless you lived under a cabbage leaf for the past 30 years or so, you already know that the Mother Angelica (1923-2016) of this book’s title was the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network. As such, she became the first Catholic media personality to garner the attention of the public in anywhere near the numbers racked up by the late, much-admired Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the mid-20th century.

‘He was a great,’ Pope Francis says of St. John Paul II

It's part biography of the late pope who would be 100 later this year and part Pope Francis' reflection about their encounters and spirituality.

BOOKS: Thought-provoking, inspiring almanac will delight Catholic gardeners

Each chapter highlights a particular month's religious themes, traditions, feasts and special saints and offers unique gardening lore such as creating a home garden with the theme of the Stations of the Cross.

BOOKS: Author debunks anti-Catholic historical misconceptions

Many of these things are almost automatically accepted by many of us because progressive society rains the blame down like God did water for Noah.

Theologian shares how understanding Eucharist led to own conversion

For this Easter, Hahn tackles the mysteries of the Last Supper and the Cross so that we may better immerse ourselves in the most holy of seasons.

BOOKS: Twelve Lessons on the Catholic Faith’: Priest makes Church teaching accessible

If we haven’t heard by now, we should take the time to learn: all things are connected. For example, in the American Church, studies from Catholic University paint a dismal picture — approximately 35 percent of professed Catholics surveyed don’t believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

BOOKS: ‘Simply Open: A Guide to Experiencing God in the Everyday’

I write for a Catholic newspaper and belong to a Catholic religious order, yet I’m about to unleash a review of a book written by a non-Catholic Christian pastor.