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HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE A, Edward T. Dowling
1 Edward T. Dowling HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE A

Intended for everyone who would like to become better acquainted with the passages of Scripture that are read at Mass each week and not merely the homilist in search of ideas for his next sermon, this collection of homilies represents the fruit of thirty years of preaching each Sunday in parishes to people from very different social, racial, and educational backgrounds, many of whom have claimed to have enjoyed and profited from them. The desire of so many of our parishioners to know more about the Good News has provided the motivating force behind this publication. Since nothing could contribute more effectively to a fuller and more fruitful participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass than this, it is the author’s hope that these homilies will help people to understand the Scripture readings better, appreciate them more, and read the Word of God more frequently on their own. 192 pages 
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HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? 3 VOL. SET, Edward T. Dowling, SJ
2 Edward T. Dowling, SJ HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? 3 VOL. SET

ntended for everyone who would like to become better acquainted with the passages of Scripture that are read at Mass each week — and not merely the homilist in search of ideas for his next sermon — this three-volume homily set represents the fruit of thirty years of preaching each Sunday in parishes to people from very different social, racial, and educational backgrounds, many of whom have claimed to have enjoyed and profited from them. In his inimitable style, Father Dowling brings to these homilies a number of profound and original insights into the Scripture passages culled from his years of study and long experience in presenting them in such a way that they have accessible to all. It is his hope that these homilies will help people to understand the Scripture readings better, appreciate them more, and read the Word of God more frequently on their own. Cycle A focuses on Mathew Cycle B focuses on Mark Cycle C focuses on Luke. The Cycle C volume includes comprehensive Liturgical, Scriptural and Topical Indices for all three volumes. 3 volumes 671 pages 
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HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE B, Edward T. Dowling, SJ
3 Edward T. Dowling, SJ HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE B

Intended for everyone who would like to become better acquainted with the passages of Scripture that are read at Mass each week — and not merely the homilist in search of ideas for his next sermon — this collection of homilies represents the fruit of thirty years of preaching each Sunday in parishes to people from very different social, racial, and educational backgrounds, many of whom have claimed to have enjoyed and profited from them. The desire of so many of our parishioners to know more about the Good News has provided the motivating force behind this publication. Since nothing could contribute more effectively to a fuller and more fruitful participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass than this, it is the author’s hope that these homilies will help people to understand the Scripture readings better, appreciate them more, and read the Word of God more frequently on their own. : 208 pages 
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HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE C, Edward T. Dowling, SJ
4 Edward T. Dowling, SJ HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? CYCLE C

In concluding his 3-volume series of reflections on the Sunday Gospels, Father Dowling throws light in a special way on the nuances to be found in the Gospel of Luke, which plays such a predominant role in Cycle C of the liturgical readings. With Luke there is always more than meets the eye or ear when initially encountered. These meditations reveal what we otherwise might well have missed. Ever gender-conscious in his presentation of the teachings of Jesus, Luke made a special effort to follow a lesson in which a man was the protagonist with another in which a woman took the lead. Struck by Our Lord’s predilection for the poor, the outcast, the sick and the sinner, Luke portrays the kindness, the compassion, the empathy and the forgiving nature of Jesus in a way that is unique to his Gospel. Drawing on his years of study and long experience as a homilist in a variety of settings, Father Dowling educates and inspires with these brief yet profound reflections in the hope of enriching the spiritual lives of those who make use of them. Homilist and average parishioner will find much to ponder here. All will appreciate the addition of the topical, liturgical and scriptural indices to his three-volume series present in this third book. 271 pages 
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PATHS OF LIFE, CYCLE A, Ernest Ferlita, SJ
5 Ernest Ferlita, SJ PATHS OF LIFE, CYCLE A

Combining a contemplative approach to his subject matter with a poet’s mastery of the language and a pragmatist’s grasp of the struggle to live the faith in a postmodern world, the author brings to these brief reflections something of the power and the mystery which underlies our hope as Christians in the saving work of Christ. The Gospels, as always, challenge us but they also provide us with the tools we need to find the answers which we seek. Father Ferlita throws light on what may have been obscure and encourages us to grasp what heretofore we have been unable to reach. His words transparently reveal the prayerful as well as the thoughtful approach which went into the composition of these meditations which will be helpful to the minister and lay person alike as they prepare themselves for each Sunday and Holy Day celebration. 205 pages 
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PATHS OF LIFE, CYCLE B, Father Ernest Ferlita, SJ
6 Father Ernest Ferlita, SJ PATHS OF LIFE, CYCLE B

This second in the three year cycle of meditations on the liturgical readings for Sundays and Holy Days continues the dramatic and colorful style used to such great effect by the author in The Paths of Life - Cycle A. Scripture is once again at the center of these reflections, and its application to the problems and concerns of daily life is always cogent, clear and timely. The poet and the pragmatist in the author combine to create new and insightful ways of viewing age-old truths and rediscovering their timeless significance for our own day and age. Priest and lay person alike will find his message helpful in preparing their own thoughts for each Sunday and Holy Day celebration.232 pages 
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WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD  A Thought a Day for Advent and Christmastide, Father Harold A. Buetow
7 Father Harold A. Buetow WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD A Thought a Day for Advent and Christmastide

As these reflections point out, we will find it spiritually advantageous at the beginning of the liturgical year to ask ourselves some questions that are pertinent to the seasons of Advent and Christmas. In the year just ended have I become cold, indifferent, or lazy toward God and the needs of others? Have I been reverent? Do I try to recognize the presence of God in the Eucharist, in the scriptures, and in other people, especially the poor? Is my life a living song of praise for the goodness of God? Is His holiness reflected in the purity of my life - my activities, my relationships, my clothing, my decisions? Do I make room for silence and recollection in my daily life? Am I generous in sharing my time, talents, and resources? What is the key source of power in my life: God, or myself? Do I rejoice in the light of Christ, or in the deceiving lights offered by the world? Do I let my light shine before the world for God’s glory? Taking his cue from the liturgical readings of the day, Father Buetow guides us through our deliberations and helps us find some answers. 192 pages 
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LIFE OUT OF DEATH  A Thought a Day for the Easter Season, Father Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD
8 Father Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD LIFE OUT OF DEATH A Thought a Day for the Easter Season

Jesus’ resurrection celebrates something special never known before or since. To rise from the dead is so far beyond any human concept, and so much solely God’s work, that people have always had a hard ‘fame trying to comprehend it. In our Nicene Creed we affirm: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” In celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, therefore, we celebrate our own as well. For all who follow Christ Easter, stretching from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, is “party time,” a time of stimulated consciousness, an invitation to penetrate more deeply into this mystery of our faith, and to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Easter is a season of “alleluia.” For centuries joyful Christians were known as “Easter people,” and Easter was the principal festival on the Church calendar. The central theme of the Easter cycle – the death and Resurrection of Christ – is not merely an historical commemoration, but a here-and-now manifestation in the Christian assembly of Jesus’ glorification, and a fervent prayer for the full realization of the redemption of humankind brought about by Jesus. Like the Jewish Pasch, Easter celebrates deliverance from slavery: in this case the slavery of sin and death. As such it is the ideal time for the initiation of new members into the community of the saved and for their acceptance into the Body of Christ by Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist. All of these themes and more are presented here by the author in a manner both lighthearted and serious as befits the season. These reflections will benefit enormously those who wish to enter more profoundly into the spirit of Easter. 175 pages 
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BUETOW, 3 VOL. SEASONAL SET, Harold A. Buetow
9 Harold A. Buetow BUETOW, 3 VOL. SEASONAL SET

Embrace Your Renewal will provide homilists and the average layperson in the pew much to consider during the holy season of Lent. Life Out of Death will benefit enormously those who wish to enter more profoundly into the spirit of Easter. Walk in the Light of the Lord - Fr. Buetow presents a thought a day for Advent and Christmastide, providing the reader with some spiritually advantageous deliberations for each day of this very special season. 3 Books: 574 pages 
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NEW OUT OF THE OLD, VOL. 2  Weeks 10 through 21 of Ordinary Time, Harold A. Buetow
10 Harold A. Buetow NEW OUT OF THE OLD, VOL. 2 Weeks 10 through 21 of Ordinary Time

Norman Rockwell had an uncommon ability of depicting in his paintings the facial expressions of his subjects. He did this especially for many covers of the Saturday Evening Post. His works became popular all over the world. He wrote: “One of the most difficult problems in painting magazine covers is thinking up ideas which a majority of readers will understand. The farmer worries about the price of milk; the housewife fusses over the drapes for the dining room; the gossip gossips about Mrs. Purdy’s highfalutin’ airs. I have to think of an idea which will mean something to all of them. And it’s hard to be universal, to find some situation which will strike the farmer, the housewife, the gossip and Mrs. Purdy.” That’s the problem of the homilist, too, which Father Buetow tackles with extraordinary aplomb in this second of his three-volume set of meditations on the Liturgical Readings for the Weekdays of the Year. In the present volume, embracing mostly the gospel according to St. Matthew, the meaning of Jesus is shown to lie in his fulfillment of all that is embraced in the concept of the Jewish Messiah. Hence this volume, which covers weeks ten through twenty-one in the Church’s Ordinary Time, is entitled The New Out of the Old. 377 pages 
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NEW OUT OF THE OLD, VOL. 2  Weeks 10 through 21 of Ordinary Time, Harold A. Buetow
11 Harold A. Buetow NEW OUT OF THE OLD, VOL. 2 Weeks 10 through 21 of Ordinary Time

Norman Rockwell had an uncommon ability of depicting in his paintings the facial expressions of his subjects. He did this especially for many covers of the Saturday Evening Post. His works became popular all over the world. He wrote: “One of the most difficult problems in painting magazine covers is thinking up ideas which a majority of readers will understand. The farmer worries about the price of milk; the housewife fusses over the drapes for the dining room; the gossip gossips about Mrs. Purdy’s highfalutin’ airs. I have to think of an idea which will mean something to all of them. And it’s hard to be universal, to find some situation which will strike the farmer, the housewife, the gossip and Mrs. Purdy.” That’s the problem of the homilist, too, which Father Buetow tackles with extraordinary aplomb in this second of his three-volume set of meditations on the Liturgical Readings for the Weekdays of the Year. In the present volume, embracing mostly the gospel according to St. Matthew, the meaning of Jesus is shown to lie in his fulfillment of all that is embraced in the concept of the Jewish Messiah. Hence this volume, which covers weeks ten through twenty-one in the Church’s Ordinary Time, is entitled The New Out of the Old. 377 pages 
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BUETOW, 3 VOL. WEEKDAY SET, Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD
12 Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD BUETOW, 3 VOL. WEEKDAY SET

Homilists today face many challenges. Their congregations consist of old and young, rich and poor, educated and not so well educated. There are young college students who are tired of homilies that are too elementary and say nothing worthwhile to the problems that they face. There are others who feel that they are spiritually deprived by homilies that are too bland. And there are still others who are looking for some insights into the secular world in which they live and which has no time for church or the things of God. Preaching, of course, is everybody’s job but it is principally the responsibility of the priest or deacon who is presiding at the liturgy. These three volumes of homilies for the weekdays of Ordinary Time are an invaluable resource for them. Thirst For Life Vol. 1 focuses on Mark, The New Out of the Old Vol. 2 on Matthew, and Rejoicing in Hope Vol. 3 on Luke. 3 volumes 1063 pages 
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REJOICING IN HOPE, VOL. 3  Weeks 22 through 34 of Ordinary Time, Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD
13 Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD REJOICING IN HOPE, VOL. 3 Weeks 22 through 34 of Ordinary Time

Homilists today face many challenges. Their congregations consist of old and young, rich and poor, educated and not so well educated. There are young college students who are tired of homilies that are too elementary and say nothing worthwhile to the problems that they are face. There are others who feel that they are spiritually deprived by homilies that are too bland. And there are still others who are looking for some insights into the secular world in which they live and which has no time for church or the things of God. Preaching, of course, is everybody's job but it is principally the responsibility of priest or deacon who presides at the liturgy. He will need all the help he can get. This third volume in a series of Meditations/Homilies for the Weekdays of the Year covers weeks twenty-two through thirty-four and focuses mainly on the gospel of St. Luke, the most joyful of all the gospels. Hence the title, Rejoicing the Hope. 414 pages 
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THIRST FOR LIFE, VOL. 1  Weeks 1 through 9 of Ordinary Time, Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD
14 Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD THIRST FOR LIFE, VOL. 1 Weeks 1 through 9 of Ordinary Time

Societies fall apart if they lose their fundamental beliefs. There are some signs of this throughout the world — for example, the increasing instability of marriage; competitiveness to the neglect of everyone and everything except work; inequities and discrimination; the fixation on materialism; the deadening impact of mindless jobs; an increase in the number of single parents, mostly mothers, who must work to live; the failure of schools to prepare children for productive, satisfying lives; coarsening of society’s attitude toward love and sexuality; an increase in violent behavior. To survive, we have to escape from a mentality which sees society as just a mass of individuals placed side by side without any concern or responsibility for one another. There are fundamental moral values on which all societies depend, such as respect for truth, for justice, for compassion, for care of the environment, and above all for the sacredness of human life. This current volume is entitled Thirst for Life because the gospels for this portion of the Church year (weeks one through nine in the Church’s Ordinary Time) are mostly from St. Mark, whose gospel, through the active Jesus on the move, shows a thirst for life — divine life — treasured, sought, and given, then and now. 272 pages 
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SUNDAY HOMILIES, CYCLE B, Herbert F. Smith, SJ
15 Herbert F. Smith, SJ SUNDAY HOMILIES, CYCLE B

Through the use of meaningful quotes and colorful examples, these homiletic reflections on the liturgical readings for the Sundays and major feast days of cycle B are meant to inform, edify and inspire the faithful who read or hear them. The message is so clearly expounded and with such an economy of words that the profound scholarship behind it never obscures the practical application to the everyday lives of the people to whom it is addressed. “In preaching retreats to priests, but also to religious and laity, I find today a great hunger among many to meet Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the immediacy of deeper prayer in the Spirit. They are turning to commentaries on the revealed books of Holy Scripture. Priests, but also the laity, are searching for insights from homiletic commentaries for preaching, teaching religion or as aids to personal and group prayer. To them, I highly recommend this present volume.” George A. Maloney, SJ, in the Foreword 306 pages 
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CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE B, Joseph A. Slattery
16 Joseph A. Slattery CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE B

The modern temptations towards individualism, materialism, and consumerism often make us deaf to the Gospel message’s challenge to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow in the footstep of Jesus. It is a message that truly afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted. Issues of social justice and peace frequently surface in the Gospel of Mark which so dominates the readings for this cycle of the liturgical year. These thoughtful reflections challenge us to look more carefully into the meaning of our lives and to ask ourselves what God is calling us individually to do as his instruments here on earth. Priests and deacons will find much material that will be helpful in their homily preparation. And the average person in the pew will find much to ponder here for their own growth in the Spirit. 172 pages 
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CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE C, Joseph A. Slattery
17 Joseph A. Slattery CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE C

Once again, in this the third and final volume of his thoughtful reflections on the Sunday Gospels, Father Slattery shows how St. Luke — whose writings so dominate the readings for Cycle C — manifests the compassion and love of Jesus for the poor, the downtrodden and the outcasts of this world. As in his other two volumes, Fr. Slattery challenges us to deny ourselves, take up our cross each day and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. By pointing out the ways in which the Gospel message can and must be lived if it is to bear fruit in our lives and in the world in which we live, he once again afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted in challenging us to take that message to heart and to put it into practice every day. All who consult this volume will find their lives and liturgical worship meaningfully enhanced by a careful consideration and application of the thoughts and sentiments expressed herein. Priests and deacons will likewise find much that will be helpful in their homily preparation. 160 pages 
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CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL: 3 VOL. SET, Joseph A. Slattery
18 Joseph A. Slattery CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL: 3 VOL. SET

The Challenge of the Gospel - Cycle A The Challenge of the Gospel - Cycle B The Challenge of the Gospel - Cycle C In these three volumes of thoughtful reflections on the Sunday Gospels, Fr. Slattery shows the ways in which the Gospel message can and must be lived if it is to bear fruit in our lives and in the world in which we live. 3 books: 507 pages 
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CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE A, Joshep A. Slattery
19 Joshep A. Slattery CHALLENGE OF THE GOSPEL - CYCLE A

The Challenge of the Gospel message is to so love God and neighbor that we are able to change the less desirable aspects of ourselves and the world in which we live into the ideal that God had in mind when He created the earth and all that dwells therein. We are meant to pattern our lives after that of Jesus and, by bringing God’s love to the world, to transform it into His Kingdom. We are to rise above the mundane concerns that so often preoccupy us and to place our trust in Him Who has promised to be with us in our struggle till the end of time. That memorable line from the movie The African Queen put the matter quite succinctly, if not entirely truly, in the words: “Human nature was what we were put on earth to rise above.” And therein lies much of the challenge of the Gospels: to resist the temptation to do evil and to employ all our energies in doing good, to take up our cross each day and follow Jesus. Each Sunday one or another aspect of that challenge is placed before us in these brief reflections on the Gospels for Cycle A of the liturgical readings. 175 pages 
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DAY BY ORDINARY DAY WITH MARK, VOL. 1, Mark G. Boye
20 Mark G. Boye DAY BY ORDINARY DAY WITH MARK, VOL. 1

This series of reflections on the Gospel passages used in the Sunday and Daily Masses of the liturgical year is an attempt to join the studying and the praying of the Scriptures into the kind of biblical spirituality which has become the foundation for the Church’s proclamation and preaching of the good news during the 33 to 34 weeks of Ordinary Time. Volume 1, Weeks 1-9 of Ordinary Time, focuses on the Gospel of Mark; Volume 2, Weeks 10-21 of Ordinary Time, concentrates on the Gospel of Matthew; and Volume 3, Weeks 22-34 of Ordinary Time, is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke. Each book in this series is designed to be used by individuals for private study and prayer, and by homilists in the preparation of their sermons. The pattern followed includes: 1. A few short verses of Scripture taken from the Gospel of the day; 2. A reflection in the light of current biblical scholarship as it applies to one’s growth in faith; 3. A question that can serve as a springboard for private meditation; and 4. A prayer which pulls together the various strands of thought that have been covered and serves to summarize the theme of the Gospel passage under consideration. It is the author’s hope that through the use of this material the reader will come to a deeper knowledge of Jesus and a closer relationship with Him around whom all the seasons turn. 223 pages 
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