Susan Tassone, Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering

“The Purgatory Lady” herself joins Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark to discuss a wonderful book for Lent and for the times in your life when you are suffering. Susan Tassone‘s Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering makes the messages of Divine Mercy come alive to us in a new way, every day of Lent. We never need feel along or without hope, buoyed by these pearls of wisdom from Jesus, through his faithful servant St. Faustina Kowalska. “If there is only one book you choose to accompany your daily prayers this Lent,” Doug concludes, “make it Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering. Available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning, The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lifelong Happiness

Looking for a book that will help you grow spiritually, and yet not either talk down to you, or over your head? Tom Peterson, a successful business executive for 25 years and the founder of Catholics Come Home, has teamed up with Ryan Hanning, a college professor of philosophy and theology whose programs develop the heart and the mind, to write The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lifelong Happiness. Eminently practical and insightful, the book includes an assessment tool created to help the reader become aware of his strengths and weaknesses, based upon his or her individual temperament. Their appearance on EWTN Bookmark with host Doug Keck guarantees you 30 minutes of entertainment and enlightenment, as Tom and Ryan share why virtue is so central to happiness, why knowing your temperament is important to growing in virtue, and what the key virtues are that we most need today. Pick up your copy of The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lifelong Happiness from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Dr. Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley, It is Right and Just

It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion, is a wake-up call to Catholics who, while facing the pandemic’s challenges in political, social, and job life, are nevertheless charged by the Catechism to make disciples of all nations. Dr. Scott Hahn, discussing his and Brandon McGinley‘s book with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, adds that “…’making disciples’ begins with ourselves, our marriages, our families, and then extends to our neighborhoods and communities. This is how,” Scott continues, “we gradually effect supernatural change in the natural order.” The subtitle of Dr. Hahn and Brandon McGinley‘s book, Doug notes, emphasizes that those called to true religion do not pick and choose what tenets of the Catholic Church they will observe. “Above all,” Dr. Hahn summarizes, “we must remember that Christ said, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ The hard times we face arouse us to what has been worldly in our lives. We now see that there is indeed another world, and it is here and now, not some day.” Pick up a copy of It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley, from http://www.ewtnrc.com, and watch for the complete episode on EWTN On Demand and on EWTN Bookmark.

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. returns to EWTN Bookmark with host Doug Keck, to share the Rules for Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola with an eye to shedding light on the deepening of the marital relationship through applying Ignatius’ 14 principles to every aspect of the daily life of marriage. Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives “…gives us a language to understand what happens in the conversations and actions of husbands and wives that is on the one hand, fruitful and leading to deeper peace and union, and on the other, potentially causing friction and misunderstanding by one or both partners. “How to resolve occasions of frustration in a reasoned way, how to recognize spiritual desolation and how to combat it, and how to see your marriage’s most vulnerable place, and how to strengthen it, are just a few of the guidelines that Fr. Gallagher’s book takes up,” Doug comments.

Discernment of Spirits in Marriage: Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives is available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass

Fr. Tim Gallagher joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark from Denver, where he holds the St.¬†Ignatius¬†Chair for Spiritual Formation at St. John Vianney Theological¬†Seminary. A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri is a way of experiencing each part of the Mass introduced by the Ven. Bruno Lanteri, through a particular Biblical figure’s sentiments. To help you participate more fully in the abundance of grace offered in the Holy sacrifice of the Mass, for instance, Fr. Gallagher suggests that you imagine the angels glorifying God around His heavenly throne during the Offertory. Published proudly by EWTN Publishing, Doug concludes, A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri is available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Ralph Martin, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward

“Just as your A Crisis of Truth in 1982 brought us the truth of the pervasive corruption of those times,” EWTN Bookmark‘s Doug Keck comments to Ralph Martin, author and series host of The Choices We Face, “so now does your latest book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward.” “A Church in Crisis sheds light on the problems afflicting the Catholic Church today, emphasizng Scripture as our lifeline, from which our Catholic traditions and teachings come,” Ralph answers. “Above all,” Martin continues, “Jesus Christ’s message to us to “believe, repent, be baptized, and be saved,’ – nothing else is more important.” “As you read A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward,” Doug concludes, “you’ll recover your confidence in the pillars of the Catholic faith – scripture, tradition, and the teachings of the Church.” Pick up a copy of Ralph Martin‘s A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Teresa Tomeo, Listening for God: Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us

The subtitle of Teresa Tomeo‘s Listening for God summarizes in eight words the eye-opening testimonies awaiting you as you read Teresa‘s latest book. Doug Keck begins this EWTN Bookmark episode with a question to the author: “When was the last time you heard from God?” Very recently, it turns out, and Teresa‘s experience is right in line with those of friends and Catholic media associates she queried when writing Listening for God: Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us. “God is reaching out to us all the time. We’re just too busy with our technical devices and our to-accomplish lists to get quiet and listen,” Teresa says. The important tack not to take, however, Tomeo continues, is to say, “Hey, thanks God, for the answer. I got it now…” and move on. This is where a spiritual director can be so valuable in your walk with God. “God answers knee prayer,” Teresa observes. “If we humble ourselves and get on our knees before God, He answers us.” Pick up a copy of Listening for God: Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us at http://www.ewtnrc.com, and don’t miss Teresa Tomeo‘s interview with Doug on EWTN Bookmark.

Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J., Abide in the Heart of Christ: a 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola

“Have I got a book for you!” Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J., says to all who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus. If you don’t know how to get started, catch Doug Keck of Bookmark and Fr. Laramie‘s discussion of Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this 10-day retreat can be done in the midst of your daily life. “Ignatius lived in busy European cities during the Reformation,” Fr. Laramie reminds us, “and he worked with doctors, lawyers, bishops, priests – he had an intuitive sense of how to help people on the go, which is a real gift for us today.” If you’re limited to your home, Fr. Laramie says, “your house can become your own little chapel. If we sit with the Lord for a few minutes, with stillness and with a prepared heart, Jesus will draw us in.” The outline in Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola can be adapted in several ways: to 10 Sundays in a row, for instance, as well as to a long weekend. “Fr. Laramie‘s tips and advice will help your soul relish the Truth that you’ll encounter, making you agree that this fine Jesuit is right – he does have a book for you,” Doug summarizes. Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola is available through http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Deal W. Hudson, How to Keep From Losing Your Mind

Publisher, Senior Fellow at Albertus Magnus Institute, and radio host Deal Hudson shares with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “I felt I was losing my mind and realized that most of my family and colleagues were feeling the same way.” Hudson went back to the well of the finest books, music and film that he knew, to put together a book, and How To Keep From Losing Your Mind was the result. Its raison d’etre? To remind us of the great literature, music, and movies which renew the mind and heart, and restore our relationship to truth, goodness, and beauty. How To Keep From Losing Your Mind is intended both for beginners and also for those with some background. “If you’re afraid of the classics, and you think it takes a super intellect to understand them,” Doug observes, “How To Keep From Losing Your Mind guides you to good books, good music, good films, painlessly.” Copies of How To Keep From Losing Your Mind are available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Deal W. Hudson, 365 Days of Catholic Wisdom

Deal Hudson, host of radio series Church and Culture, joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to discuss his latest work, 365 Days of Catholic Wisdom: A Treasury of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. “The idea for this book,” Deal says, “came from my How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Survive Cultural Indoctrination.” Hudson felt that introducing people to the prominent ideas and figures of Catholicism also called for a book that could be read one page, one day at a time, with Catholic writings centered on the virtues and morality of a Christian life. “365 Days of Catholic Wisdom is deliberately random,” Hudson summarizes. “Each day is a fresh surprise as you turn from day to day, from the classics to moderns such as Jim Caviezel…” “As well as our own dear Mother Angelica,” Doug points out with a smile. Pick up a copy of 365 Days of Catholic Wisdom: A Treasury of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness from http://www.ewtnrc.com, and watch for Deal Hudson‘s episode debut on EWTN Bookmark.