The feast of Maria Goretti is coming up on July 6. Ignatius Press is offering 20% off on the films Maria Goretti and Fourteen Flowers of Pardon in honor of her feast day. Maria Goretti's devotion to Our Lord and her faith in him is an inspiration to all. We honor her as well as countless women saints who have dedicated their lives to serving God. Choose from any of the books or films listed below to help yourself grow in love and devotion, all at 20% off!
Are you a bay-area native? If so, make sure to register for the up-coming Napa Institute! Not only will you be a part of an enriching conference with great speakers such as Father Joseph Fessio and Peter Kreeft but you will also get the opportunity to see the upcoming epic film Restless Heart on the life of Saint Augustine. To learn more about the film and to watch the trailer, click here. For information about the conference, scroll towards the bottom of this post
Saints Are Not Sad
Catherine of Siena
Soul of Saint Elizabeth Seton
Saint Therese of Lisieux
Edith Stein and Companions
A Holy Life
Saint Helena and the True Cross
Lay Siege to Heaven
Saint Gianna Molla
Joan of Arc
The Living Wood
Fourteen Flowers of Pardon
St. Teresa of the Andes
St. Teresa of Avila
Ignatius Press is collaborating with the Napa Institute on its second-annual conference, July 26-29, 2012, on the theme “Catholics in the next America”. The conference will showcase inspirational, thought-provoking presentations by world-class Catholic thinkers from among the ranks of our bishops, priests, religious, and lay leaders.
A screening of the forthcoming DVD release from Ignatius Press on Saint Augustine will be shown to those in attendance. To see a sneak peak of the film, click here.
One of this year's featured speakers is Ignatius Press Founder and Editor, Father Joseph Fessio, S.J. Also among the speakers are best-selling Ignatius Press authors Peter Kreeft and Father Robert Spitzer.
Also featured will be Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, Father Robert Barron, Father Norbert Wood, Frank Hanna, Leonard Leo, Hugh Hewitt, Tim Gray of the Augustine Institute, and Elizabeth Yore.
This year’s Napa Institute will focus on three topics that affect every Catholic committed to living out the faith in an increasingly secular and atheistic society— Religious Freedom, Catholic Education, and Reason & Faith.
For more information, or to register, please visit the Napa Institute website.
Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Review
"We didn't pick the time, nor did we pick the fight"
by Carl E. Olson
Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, D.D., archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, has been an important figure in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as a member of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Committee on Marriage and Family Life.
He spoke yesterday with Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, a few hours after the much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, and shared his thoughts about that ruling, the HHS mandate, the national debt, the importance of the principle of subsidiarity, and the role of bishops in articulating and proclaiming Catholic social doctrine.
The Vocation To Life
by Fr. Charles Klamut
Like the apostles, I first said “yes” to Christ because of the total answer he provided for my human need, and only within this context did a specific vocation to serve as a priest gradually begin to reveal itself.
A few years ago, during a retreat for priests, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete shared with us a story of his friend, Cardinal Angelo Scola. When asked by a journalist about the shortage of vocations to the priesthood in Italy, Scola replied that the problem stemmed from a deeper crisis: the problem, he said, was that life itself is no longer seen as a vocation.
Albacete reflected on this insight for the next few days, calling it very important, explaining to us what he thought Scola was getting at. The call to life is something given, something prior to our thoughts and schemes. It’s even prior to the particular vocations like marriage and the priesthood.