Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence

Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence

Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence (Second Edition)

by Dr. David J. Keys

When an evangelical minister asked him why one would believe that Jesus is present — body, blood, soul, and divinity — in communion, Dr. Keys began an intensive study into the ancient Christian belief of what is now often termed the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This book is a result of that quest and presents the scriptural, historical, and even miraculous basis for such a belief.

 
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“The author’s profound devotion to the Eucharist comes across plainly in the pages of this text. In a clear and straightforward way, Dr. David Keys welcomes the reader along a step-by-step journey into a deeper appreciation of this mystery of faith. He places the tools of logic and science at the service of a faith seeking understanding. His explanation of the sacrament’s meaning and application to daily life inspires a deeper love for Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist.” – Fr. John O’Brien, S.T.D., Academic Dean, St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA

“Dr. David Keys explains the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in a comprehensive and comprehensible way. A must-read for anyone desiring to understand the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Dr. Ronda Chervin of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Dr. David Keys has a PhD in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (1984), and a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio (2012). For thirty-eight years, he worked in the field of Medical Physics, being involved in the physics of radiation for diagnostic imaging and for the treatment of cancer patients. Having completed his degree in theology, he has now left Medical Physics and has become a Catholic speaker and author with an interest in the synthesizing of science with religion.

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Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

by Judith Cabaud

Eugenio Zolli, Chief Rabbi of Trieste, then of Rome, during the Second World War, exegete and professor at the University of Padua, is a prophet for our time, charged with asking a single question: Why? This question was a grace from God that set him off on his course as a scholar and a mystic. A subject of controversy since his death in 1956, Zolli nevertheless remains a model of true ecumenism between Jews and Christians through his honesty and his search for the whole truth. In trying to explore the missing link between the Old and New Testament, he discovered the love of God for all humanity. In this way, his life experience led him to Jesus Christ, in itself a prophecy of the New World mentioned in the Holy Scripture.

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Articles and Reviews

Judith Cabaud, “Eugenio Zolli, A Prophet for our Time,” Association of Hebrew Catholics. Click here to read.

TESTIMONIALS

“A New Hope in an Old Faith!” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Bishop Richard Henning of Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Judith Cabaud is an American-born French writer and musicologist. She comes from a Jewish family of Polish and Russian heritage. After studying science at New York University, she went to Paris and obtained her degree in French civilization in 1960 at the Sorbonne, and converted to Catholicism. A musicologist and a professor of English, she is the author of several books on relations between Judaism and Christianity, the role of Pius XII during World War II, and the Grand Rabbi of Rome, Eugenio Zolli. She has also been a music critic at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany since 1994.

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The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

by Michael Healy, Jr.

Can Christians interpret the Qur’an Christocentricly, as we have always done with the Old Testament? How would such a reading of the Qur’an modify our understanding of Christian and Muslim history? Can it be that the challenge of Islam has played a positive role in God’s plan for the Christian People? These are among the questions this book seeks to answer.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I really appreciate the originality of Michael Healy’s vision and the amount of scholarship he displays. Healy sees correctly Islam as a kind of Old Testament of the Arabs that offers them truth although not (explicitly) the fullness of truth. Very often people judge before they understand. A correct method always tries first to understand, and one cannot understand without a fair amount of human sympathy for the object (the person or persons) who are the objects of your study. An error, moreover, is very often a truth out of its proper context, and the most convincing confutation of an error is the repositioning of that truth in its correct place.” – Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University in Rome, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

The Biblical Quran draws on deep religious, historical and philosophical insight into God’s plan for Muslims and their place in salvation. I think it will be an important tool in the evangelization of the Muslim world.” – Ligia Castaldi, Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law

“Michael Healy’s The Biblical Quran is a fascinating study that lays out an original argument in a logical manner.” – Msgr. Michael John Witt, Church Historian, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO

“The Biblical Qur’an is an extraordinarily original and provocative contribution of our understanding of the Islamic religion.” – Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary. 

“I am very happy to endorse Unveiling the Biblical Qur’an by Michael Healy for publication. The book provides a Christocentric reading of the Qur’an that takes note of such readings by Giulio Basetti-Sani, OFM (1977) and earlier authors such as Bishop Paul of Antioch (12th century), the anonymous Letter from the People of Cyprus (fourteenth century), and Nicholas of Cusa (fifteenth century). Michael Healy’s book, however, shows a more profound awareness of issues related to contemporary hermeneutics, discernment of private revelations, philosophical approaches to verification, and divine providence. The book provides a fascinating study of certain Qur’anic passages that suggest a hidden Christian meaning. It also looks at various biblical texts (Gen 16:8–12; 17:17–27; 21: 8–21) that indicate a divine plan for the Muslims via Abraham and Ishmael. Michael Healy provides a thoroughly Catholic approach to his Christocentric reading of the Qur’an, and he shows possible allusions to the Eucharist, redemptive suffering, devotion to the saints and the Virgin Mary. He deals with the clear differences between Christian doctrines (e.g. the Trinity and the Incarnation) and those of Islam, but he suggests that the Muslim emphasis on the unity of God might help lead Christians to a renewed awareness of God the Father as the source of the Godhead. Healy likewise examines what seem to be anti-Jewish and anti-Christian passages in the Qur’an, but he suggests that these can be read as reactions to Jews and Christians who do not faithfully follow their own religions. There are likewise many original and interesting interpretations of Muslim concepts (e.g. Muhammad as the seal of the prophets) as well as discussions of Muslim claims that the coming Muhammad is predicted in the Bible. Healy manifests a clear awareness of the cultural milieu out of which Islam emerged, and this helps him discuss moral issues such as polygamy and war in the Qur’an as well as the relation of Islam towards Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism. Perhaps the most original proposal of Healy is his suggestion that the Qur’an functions as a type of “midrash” that helps people abandon paganism and embrace a theocentric worldview. In this sense, Islam—even though it emerges chronologically after the coming of Christ—can play a role in God’s providence over history in ways that we might not fully understand. Michael Healy, though, is hardly a religious relativist. He is a committed Catholic who recognizes Christ as the most complete revelation of God to the human race. A Christocentric worldview, however, should enable us to ponder how God, in his mysterious providence, might even make use of the Qur’an and the Islamic tradition to bring people to the truth about Christ and the Catholic faith.” – Robert L. Fastiggi, Ph.D., Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI USA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Healy, Jr. holds a B.A. in Philosophy and History, an M.A. in Philosophy, and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law. He also reads voraciously, enjoys hiking and travelling with his wife Tara, and endeavors to live out his Catholic Faith.

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Philosophy Begins in Wonder

Philosophy Begins in Wonder

Philosophy Begins in Wonder

by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer

This book is the compilation of over fifty years of teaching Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of the Person, and Virtue Ethics in the classroom setting. Philosophy Begins in Wonder offers the classroom dynamic on the written page. Here you will find philosophical questions raised, many possible answers provided, guidance in discerning how to evaluate the answers, and encouragement for even greater considerations beyond the scope of this book. Philosophy that begins in wonder is open to proceeding further in a lifetime journey of wonder, avoiding the unnecessary pitfalls of cynicism, pessimism, and despair. This spirit of wonder offers to one a life of amazement, joy, gratitude and, therein, often the unexpected moments of knowledge, understanding, insights, and occasionally wisdom. 

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TESTIMONIALS

“This is a unique mastery weave of both theological and practical skills in the delivery of  authentic homilies.” – Fr. Dominic Anaeto, Professor of Pastoral Studies and Homiletics, and author of Human Sexuality: Precious Gift and Perilous Challenge with Particular Reference to the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Church
“Phenomenology has the reputation of being esoteric, boring, vague, and indecisive. This book refutes that canard in spades.  It is commonsensical, captivating, crisply clear, and compellingly convincing. And it covers pretty much the whole range of philosophical questions.” – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, Boston, MA

“Do you want to ‘get to the bottom’ of the meaning of life and big issues about reality? Here’s your chance. In this book, you will see displayed not only reasons for doubt about perennial truths but also life-changing insights.” – Ronda Chervin, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College & Seminar, Cromwell, CT

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen D. Schwarz, Philosophy Professor emeritus, Ph.D. Harvard, author, and student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, taught philosophy forty-four years at the University of Rhode Island. His belief that the true spirit of a philosopher is that of wonder was the foundation on which he taught thousands of students in the classroom. Now in Philosophy Begins in Wonder, he brings together, in an easily accessible, wonder-filled compilation, his teachings in Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Person, Epistemology, and Ethics, including Virtue Ethics.

 

Kiki Latimer, author, public speaking coach, editor, and teacher of Homiletics, received her BA from the University of Rhode Island in the Oral Interpretation of Literature, Psychology, and Philosophy and her MA in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary.  Student and life-long friend of Stephen D. Schwarz, she has accompanied him in transforming his classroom teaching experience to the written pages of Philosophy Begins in Wonder.

 

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The Gender Link to the Human Soul by Kimberly Bruce

The Gender Link to the Human Soul by Kimberly Bruce

The Gender Link to the Human Soul

by Kimberly Bruce

The Gender Link to the Human Soul establishes gender as an element of the soul retained in this life and for all eternity. This is demonstrated in the brilliant philosophical insights of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II combined with illumination gleaned from Christ’s Resurrection and Mary’s Assumption.

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“Kimberly Bruce has done an important service bringing ancient and modern wisdom to bear on our contemporary confusion around gender. Modern proposals (and demands!) that gender is a subjective experience, coincidental at best to the person have reached the highest levels of our society and culture. Bruce makes the case that gender is not only biological, but theological, and essential to the Creation, Fall, and Redemption of the human person made male and female. Sex and gender exist with meaning and purpose well before any conscious phenomenology of them. Sex and gender will continue to exist with their eternal meaning and purpose in Heaven. There are few more urgent and important issues today where Christians need the light of God’s wisdom than on gender. A prayerful reading of this book will bring light to both the mind and heart.” – Damon Owens, Theology of the Body Teacher, Evangelist

“In unassailable contrast to the cloudy spirit of our age, Kimberly Bruce produces a sharp and clear examination of gender and the identity of each unique human person. She synthesizes science and theology to show that gender is real and everlasting, not something that is fluid and imaginary. This is a significant work for our time, one that is the manifestation of dogma lighting the path that can guide humanity forward in true progress.” – Stacy Trasancos, PhD, Executive Director of the St. Philip Institute for Catechesis and Evangelization

“In this brief study Kimberly Bruce has compiled a comprehensive account of the biological, psychological, sociological, Scriptural and Magisterial sources on the abiding reality of embodied personhood, drawing particularly on the living mysteries of the Son of God, Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary; and, as such, leads to the possibility of enriching a growing body of reflection and stimulating further work on the significance of being a male-person or a female-person. The eternally enduring nature of being male and female raises the following, blazing questions: What is the everlasting significance of being male and female? What is the resplendent revelation of the person-gift-sign of being either a man or a woman which awaits us in heaven? In what way will the mystery of the Blessed Trinity brilliantly illuminate the fact that man and woman are made in the image and likeness of God?” – Francis Etheredge is married with eleven children, three of whom are in heaven, his latest book is Mary and Bioethics: An Exploration

“Kimberly Bruce has written a must-read introduction to the body-soul composite. In six chapters, she addresses important gender issues, such as gender identity, that are being discussed in our modern culture. Using biology, theology, and common sense, she explains the proper interpretation of these issues. She immediately, on the first page of the book, writes: “Identifying gender as being an everlasting attribute of one’s eternal soul distinguishes gender as being fundamental and intrinsic to the human person – a quality that is retained – not shed, ‘done away with’ nor morphed into its opposite in the life to come.” That is, once we are conceived, we live forever, as male or female. Kimberly uses the example of Christ in the third chapter. The divine Person who became incarnate as a male, lived his life as a male, died as a male, and in the Resurrection, we see that he is still a male. That is true of the Ascension too. So too in the fifth chapter when she addresses Mary, the Mother of God, who was born a female, and the Church teaches, is now the Queen of Heaven. Chapter 4 was my personal favorite, because Kimberly talks about male and female in communion, and what happens to that relationship after the Fall. The consequences are serious, but yet there is hope for mankind. This is the subject matter of much of St John Paul II’s theology of the body. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in gender issues, in the fact that we remain male and female into the next life, or in the Theology of the Body.” – Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, Ph.D., S.T.L., author of Survivor: A Memoir of Forgiveness

“This short book goes a long way toward an original yet orthodox exploration of the role of gender in Catholic theology. Especially enlightening are the chapters that relate the holy gift of gender to Christ’s glorified body, Mary’s Assumption, and mankind’s Fall. Readers will leave with a renewed appreciation for the mystery of human gender and its complementarity in God’s divine plan. I highly recommend that readers think deeply about this book and its lessons.” – Christopher M. Reilly, MA, MPIA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberly Bruce is an author, writer, and blogger. She has a master’s degree in Theology with additional leadership training from the Women of Grace Benedicta Institute for Women. Kim has been instrumental in leading Life Teen, Women of Grace, and other catechetical programs in her diocese. She is author of the book, Look at the SON: The Fruit of Medjugorje, and her blog, “Tips for Daily Holiness,” helps Catholics in their everyday pursuit of holiness.

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History of Peter

History of Peter

History of Peter

by Roger Skrenes

Peter is spoken of 195 times in the New Testament, twice as many times as all the other Apostles combined. Today, when Peter is discussed, however, what is most often emphasized is the erratic or sinful side of his personality. Jesus saw something deep and profound under Peter’s brash exterior. Jesus saw the rock foundation of his Church in the breast of Peter (Matthew 16: 18-19)! Today, we readers should be assigning more attention to this deeper, more mysterious side of Peter.

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TESTIMONIALS

“A stunning, scriptural review of the life of Saint Peter as foretold in the Old Testament and portrayed in the New — not only a demonstration that Peter was divinely chosen as head of the Church that Christ built, but also proof of the validity of apostolic succession that has continued for almost two thousand years.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP,  Lay Dominican of the Province of Saint Albert the Great

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Roger Skrenes studied science as an undergraduate and history as a graduate. He holds a master’s degree in religion and has taught high school in Los Angeles, California, for over thirty years, including six summers in the California Youth Authority (a prison for teenage boys in Whittier, CA). He is the father of three adult children, Mary, Mark and Therese.

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