Crispina and Her Sisters
Women and Authority in Early Christianity
by Christine Schenk
Discovering reliable information about women in early Christianity is a challenging enterprise. Most people have never heard of Bitalia, Veneranda, Crispina, Petronella, Leta, Sofia the Deacon, and many others even though their catacomb and tomb art suggests their authority was influential and valued by early Christian communities. This book explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women. It carefully situates the tomb art within the cultural context of customary Roman commemorations of the dead. Recent scholarship about Roman portrait sarcophagi and the interpretation of early Christian art is also given significant attention. An in-depth review of women's history in the first four centuries of Christianity provides important context. A fascinating picture emerges of women's authority in the early church, a picture either not available or sadly distorted in the written history. It is often said "a picture is worth a thousand words." The portrait tombs of fourth-century Christian women suggest that they viewed themselves and/or their loved ones viewed them as persons of authority with religious influence.

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Teaching Kids to Care About God's Creation: Reflections, Activities and Prayers for Catechists and Families
by Mary Elizabeth Clark
We all know Pope Francis has issued an urgent call to bring care for the Earth into both our spirituality and our daily actions. But how do we get started, especially with children and families?
Here, Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark responds to Pope Francis call by offering thirty lessons that will engage children, catechists, and families in the good work of keeping our planet livable and sustainable for coming generations.
Inspired by passages in Laudato Si (On Care for our Common Home), the lessons and practical activities are fun and thought-provoking. The reflections and prayers in each lesson help connect our practical actions to the gospel and deepen our spiritual sense of our common home.
From activities for conserving water to developing a greater awareness of all of God s creation, this book will be a great resource for catechists and families.

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ANYTHING OF WHICH A WOMAN IS CAPABLE

A History of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States, Volume 1.

by Mary M. McGlone, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet- St. Louis


Anyone who wants to know more about where and why the sisters did what they did will find interesting responses in the lives of the women chronicled in this volume. Covering a geography from New York City to Los Angeles and Superior, Wisconsin to Florida, you will meet sisters who struggled with poverty and adversity, all for the sake of the people they called their "Dear Neighbor."

If you would like to purchase the book. Simply just click on the picture of the book on the right and it will take you to Bookbaby where you can purchase the book.  The book can also be found on Amazon.

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Jean-Pierre médaille (1610-1669). Sulle tracce di un fondatore nascosto

by Marta Maria Pesce, Sister of St. Joseph of Cuneo, Italy


This book gives you the history of Jean-Pierre Médaille, the founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The book used archival sources to reconstruct Médaille's life and highlights his human, religious, and spiritual qualities. You can purchase the book, which is written in Italian, by clicking on the picture of the book on the right. This will take you to Internet Bookshop Italia.

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The Compassion Connection: Recovering Our Original Oneness

By: Catherine T. Nerney, Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill

Catherine T. Nerney, a Sister of St. Joseph, gently guides the reader on a narrative journey through and toward compas­sion for our fellow human beings, emphasizing our connectedness rather than our perceived differences. This small but powerful volume invites the local and universal Church to tear down walls of fear, certainty, and privilege, and to surrender to God’s compassionate heart as it beats in our broken world.

Intended as a connected series of reflective writings that impels action, this is a valuable resource for social activists, parish groups, and spiritual seekers looking for new ways to appre­ciate and deepen their faith. You can purchase the book by clicking on the picture of the book on the right which will take you to Orbis Books.

 

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Prayer for Finding God in All Things: The Daily Examen of St. Ignatius Loyola

By: Joan L. Roccasalvo, Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood

From the website: "The Daily Examen of St. Ignatius, derived from The Spiritual Exercises, is a 10 to 20-minute prayer that should be undertaken at least once a day. The Examen is designed for restful contemplation, and this version is adapted to the demands of contemporary life. Prayer for Finding God in All Things includes a Foreword by Avery Cardinal Dulles, diverse quotations from the Scriptures as well as distinguished spiritual writers, and a selection of possible closing prayers. Dulles writes, '[T]his booklet can be a godsend. Following the true spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Sister Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J. shows how the daily examen, moving beyond conventional moralism, can contribute to a loving relationship with God and blend into a prayer of trustful gratitude.'"

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River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

By: Helen Prejean, Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph

Sr. Helen Prejean, one of the world’s leading advocates for the abolition of the death penalty and author of Dead Man Walking and Death of Innocents, is set to release her third book, River of Fire on August 13. Sr. Helen calls the book “the prequel to Dead Man Walking.” In this revelatory, intimate memoir, Sr. Helen describes her life as a nun, starting with her entrance into the convent in 1957 at 18 years old and ending in 1982 when she began her work with the Louisiana death row inmate that would form the foundation of her bestselling book, Dead Man Walking, later turned into an Academy Award-winning movie, play, opera and soon-to-be graphic novel. Although widely known for her work as an activist nun, less is known about her spiritual journey — from praying to God to solve the world’s problems, to engaging in working to transform societal injustices. Sr. Helen shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive.

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Words for Life: A Spirituality Study Inspired by Jean-Pierre Médaille, S.J., His Writings and Experiences

By: Rosemary O'Toole, Sister of St. Joesph in Canada

These four books will hopefully become an integral part of our legacy celebrating our charism and spirituality now and for years to come. The four volumes of 168 pages each will include the writings of Father Medaille, S.J. with commentary, research documentation, enhanced by art images, poetry and photographs contributed by several different Sisters in USA; United Kingdom; Canada; and Upper Room friends. This publication of a new book series on Medaille Spirituality is written for laity and religious.

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