“This is by no means an academic book,” Dr. Scott Hahn points out in his interview with EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck on The Fourth Cup. “It connects seamlessly with my earlier books, The Lamb’s Supper and Letter and Spirit, and it’s for scholars as well as laypeople, of whatever denomination or religious persuasion. The text is a summary, over many years, of a talk I used to give, and which God used as the beginning of a conversion to Catholicism for many. Very simply, The Fourth Cup tells the story of how I came to make the Eucharist the center of my life.”
Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about Mother Angelica‘s seventh and last mini-book in her series of lifelong meditations. In Mother Angelica’s Guide to Practical Holiness, we’ll see that holiness is indeed achievable, whatever state of life we find ourselves in, and that God calls us to advance in holiness daily. Fr. Joseph assures us that we will definitely struggle in our prayers and daily work-a-day lives, to respond to this awesome Call. “Let us be of good cheer,” Fr. Joseph says, “for even when we feel that God is far away from our battles, He is actually doing something wonderful in our souls.” Mother Angelica’s Guide to Practical Holiness – what good news!
“Everyone wants to be happy,” Fr. Jeffrey Kirby comments to host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “but most of us can’t even define happiness, as God gives it. Happiness is found when we follow the steps Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount.” Really? Being poor in spirit is happy? Being meek is happy? Being persecuted is happy? Fr. Kirby shows us an entirely new perspective on the Beatitudes that will have you dashing to ewtnrc.com for a copy of Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life, says Doug.
Who is Fr. Tim Gallagher‘s latest book, A Handbook for Spiritual Directors: An Ignatian Guide for Accompanying Discernment of God’s Will, for? Certainly for spiritual directors providing guidance to those seeking God’s will in a vocational or another weighty matter; but also, Fr. Gallagher shares with host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, for the advisees themselves, and for anyone who may find the tools, steps, and procedures outlined in the book useful in their own lives. Fr. Gallagher, an Ignatian scholar and retreat leader beloved by EWTN viewers, also suggests his Discerning the Will of God as a companion volume to A Handbook for Spiritual Directors. “Both shed a welcome enlightenment,” Doug comments, “on an area in which not a great deal has been written, using St. Ignatius’ classic steps in discernment.”
The story of 18th-century English and German Catholicism brought to 13 struggling British colonies by faithful Catholics, and the brave and heroic missionary priests who accompanied them, are brought to life in Fr. Charles Connor‘s latest book. Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies marry two of the great loves of Fr. Connor, S.T.L., Ph.D.: the Catholic faith, and Early American History. A scholar in both, host Doug Keck observes on EWTN Bookmark, as Fr. Connor shares his research into the mental, physical, and spiritual hardships which the colonists of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York endured on their way to America’s independence from Great Britain in 1789.
The insights of future glory Mother Angelica received from the Holy Spirit on who God is, and what Heaven and the Holy Angels are like, are all found in this beautiful little book Fr. Joseph Wolfe, EWTN chaplain, shares with host Doug Keck on this week’s EWTN Bookmark. God, His Home, and His Angels is the 5th of 7th mini-books in this magnificent series of Mother Angelica’s lifelong meditations, and which no home, Doug reflects, should be without.
“Sr. Clare Matthiass‘ book has great wisdom,” EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck comments, quoting Cardinal Timothy Dolan‘s Foreword, “whether you are just beginning to think about a vocation to religious life, or have been wrestling with it for years.” Author and lively, Spirit-filled member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, Sr. Clare Matthiass has woven her own personal experience of discernment, along with the experiences of many women she has accompanied for years, through the chapters of Discerning Religious Life. Sr. Clare Matthiass joins Doug to talk about this, and more, on an upcoming episode of EWTN Bookmark.