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Father Vincent’s book of meditative reflections offers a spiritual journey into the depths of grace through the maritime imagery of the Mercy Ocean.
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“Fr. Salamoni’s unique reflections on Faith and Life in a nautical context have always spoken to me and others who are involved in maritime work and the ministry to the People of the Sea. May this collection be an inspiration to all mariners, and all who live, recreate or work upon the vast waters.” –– Doreen M Badeaux, Secretary General Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America
“I have served with Fr Salamoni for many years as a fellow Active Duty Navy Chaplain. I have been the beneficiary of his writings which were always joyful, thought provoking, and a delight to read. I heartily and happily give my endorsement to this latest collection. Enjoy!” – Bishop Joseph L Coffey, Vicar for Veterans Affairs, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
On the occasion of the 9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute: “Thank you Chaplain: We appreciate you thinking of us as we prepare to honor the heroes, victims and survivors. Your maritime-related prayers continue to uplift many of our members.” – Jessica LM Hitchen, Executive Director, New York Council Navy League
“May The Mercy Ocean be a source of consolation for all who ponder on its gems of wisdom.” — Very Rev. Peter S. Kucer, MSA, STD; President-Rector of Holy Apostles College & Seminary.
“To those who meditate, the Spirit’s gift of Knowledge and Understanding is abundant, and the Heart of Jesus is open for us to see if we seek Him in such a path. Father Vincent’s short work of collected meditations and memorable quotes from various sources is a simple and genuine fruit of his own labor of meditation. Enveloped in beautiful images, and even more beautiful thoughts, The Mercy Ocean is a piece meant to help those along their own path of meditation. Read slowly, read carefully, and read seeking the face of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” — Fra. Angelo, Knights of the Holy Eucharist
“More than a sailor’s retreat, Fr. Vincent Salamoni’s The Mercy Ocean is a sailor’s delight in the way it inspires the contemplative to cast out into the deep of God’s mercy and grace.” — Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, author of The Narrative Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy: a hundred-day guided journal
Fr. Vincent Salamoni, MSA, is a member of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (M.S.A.). Their charism is to promote, form and accompany vocations to the priesthood and other ministries.
He ministered aboard a dugout canoe in the Peruvian Amazon to served onboard a nuclear air carrier, rather a starship, and retired from in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy. Afterward, he is a Provincial Emeritus of the MSA, USA. He is being through, with, and in, the Mercy Ocean.
This is a book that invites us to share our miracles with one another. Why does God use or allow miracles? First, a miracle is an action of God. Therefore, when God acts—a miracle is not merely being allowed (it is in fact occurring every time God acts). Second, God truly loves us more than we love ourselves. Miracles often look like a co-incidence because there is often an action or a problem—and then, God’s Re-action. Not every miracle is earthshaking. It’s beneficial to tell others about the co-incidence miracles we all do notice each day. This sharing of true-miracle-stories feeds the souls of others and encourages them to also notice God’s-Personality as well. So, we invite the readers of this open journal to engage its pages with miracle stories of their own.
Foreword by Tony Coscia, author of Tony’s 50,000 Co-Incidence Miracles.
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Mrs. Helen Hawkins, OP, is a member of the Blessed Mary Mother of Dominic Community of Cedaredge, CO.
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“In an era when so much of our Catholic tradition has been abandoned, Allison Lunsford and Joan Bennett’s new book The Fourteen Holy Helpers is a delightful surprise. Through them, a signature devotion of plague-ravaged medieval Christendom has come roaring back to life. The Fourteen Holy Helpers is a well-written and well-illustrated volume strongly reminiscent of the Fr. Lovasik books that are so popular with our kids and others in our parish. Adults will also enjoy these stories of both familiar and little-known saints, gaining many new heavenly patrons for the problems that life can throw our way. A great resource for Catholic families!” —Claudio Salvucci, Author and founder of Ancilla Press
“This beautifully illustrated book, filled with captivating accounts of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, paints the images of the saints so well both in art and words. Readers of all ages will be inspired by these incredible saints!” — Jessica Gordon, Blogger, Shower of Roses and Catholic Cuisine
“In Catholicism we believe in knowing of God, of approaching Him, through the way of beauty. Allison Lunsford’s book, The Fourteen Holy Helpers, is beautiful. Allison Lunsford wrote the story of each saint clearly and succinctly, so anyone – even children – can remember the basics about each one. She emphasizes for each saint, the relationship with God, the aid of God in those martyred, and how each one’s life and death was tied to why they are venerated. Her friend, Mrs. Joan Bennett, completed an original painting of each saint. The paintings show each saint as a unique, unrepeatable, person – it is as if she took a photograph of the saint and painted it. Her artistic skill brings out the holiness in each saints face. When I saw the paintings of Saint Blaise and Saint Giles, as a previous throat cancer patient, I was overcome with emotion. The Helpers were venerated individually, but during the Bubonic Plaque, they were venerated as a group. We should ask for their intercession now, in the time of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. And this presents an opportunity for us to teach our children of the relevance of the Helpers and all saints, in our daily lives, if we but ask for their help. Put the book in your book case or coffee table, where it is always available and will put you in mind of the help so easily available by simply asking for it!” – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, S.T.L., Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology, author of Survivor: A Memoir of Forgiveness
For Allison, writing has always been her easiest and most honest mode of expression, so bringing the lives of the Fourteen Holy Helpers to life in narrative form was a welcome challenge.
Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, CT, she has dreamed of pursuing her passion for writing. She is grateful for God’s grace and the suggestion of Joan Bennett, the illustrator, in making this dream a reality.
Allison prefers writing to reading, cooking to baking, and home improvement projects to any other entertainment. She and her husband Denton make their home in Kansas. Both are deeply devoted to the music and mystery of the sacred liturgy.
Joan has worked at painting her whole life, but it was only recently that she has made it her business. Four years ago, Joan’s daughter experienced a miraculous healing through St. Maria Goretti’s intercession, and when she couldn’t find a painting of the young saint she really loved, Joan decided to create her own.
Through the encouragement of family and friends, Joan began expanding her collection of saints, and today, she especially enjoys providing paintings for those who are searching for portraits of lesser-known saints. She is the proud mother of four and grandmother of seventeen, one of which is a little saint who died the day of her birth and baptism. Joan lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.
Joan owns Good Shepherd Fine Arts shop on Etsy, where she sells her paintings, holy cards, jewelry, and stationery in an effort to spread devotion to the saints and to touch her customers’ lives in any way she can. You can view her work online at etsy.com/shop/GoodShepherdFineArts.
Following Jesus means being open to and led by his Spirit. This book explores the meaning of this phrase by looking at the larger picture of why God entered our world and became one of us in the first place. It hinges on one fundamental insight. If the mystery of the Incarnation marks the beginning of a renewed friendship between God and man, then the sending of his Spirit reveals an even deeper way for the two of them to relate. Because of the Spirit, God is able to dwell within the human heart throughout the corridors of history.
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“Succinct and profound!” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, author of The Narrative Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Hundred-Day Guided Journal
Fr. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., is Professor Emeritus of the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality at the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and currently serves as The Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Service Chair in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. An American Redemptorist of the Baltimore Province, Fr. Billy has advanced degrees from Harvard University, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), and the Graduate Theological Foundation. The author of numerous books and articles on a variety of religious topics, he is also active in his order’s retreat apostolate and in the ministry of spiritual direction.
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This book will be published by the end of July, 2021. Pre-Order your copy today and get a free copy of Ronda Chervin’s Feminine, Free & Faithful to give to someone you love.
Today’s world is encountering a profound crisis of manhood with confusion being sown about what it means to be a man, about what it means to be masculine, and about what it means to live as a male. This gender crisis seeks to undermine the understanding we have of our fundamental human identity described most succinctly in Genesis 1:27, where “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” We find in this rejection of masculinity, a rejection of the father, as leader, as husband, as teacher, and we recognize that the brokenness of this world will only be healed by seeing what it truly means to be a man. St. Joseph and our Lord Jesus Christ reveal that to us.
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Fr. Michael Nixon is a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and has been the pastor of Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City, FL, since 2015. He uses his zeal for the faith to engage & inspire his parishioners to be a vibrant Catholic community setting the world ablaze.
In this thoughtful reflection, Robin Arthur presents his perspectives on the God experience, addressing the conundrum of faith in Christ crucified, which St. Paul has told us is “a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” (1 Cor. 1:23). We may ask how we can persevere in our faith when we are daily witnesses to human suffering and death. Arthur shows us that such perseverance is possible when we understand that the evils of this world are due to the misuse of our free will and that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus provide the reason for our hope that the contrite sinner may be reconciled with God.
This book explores the paths that people have taken for centuries in order to spiritually encounter God in mystical realms, pursuing the faith experience, coming face-to-face with suffering and death, and seeking the purpose of life with a mature consciousness of where we come from and where we are going. Arthur’s thoughts are supported by testimonies of conversions of intellectuals, scientists, and others who have come to realize that faith and reason go hand in hand.
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“In 1959, Pope John XXIII instructed the Bishops of the Church to rediscover the Scriptures and spirit of the early Church. One of the most significant advances in that time was the development of the doctrine of the Trinity in the fourth century. Here we come to understand God, not as a substance or form but rather as a relationship, and we are invited to enter here and now into that relationship with our God, a Trinity of Persons. I commend Robin Arthur and other lay women and men who are working to help us rediscover our God today. We do this by simply sitting before the mystery of God’s presence and allowing this mystery to wash over us. As it washes over us, our God is revealed to us anew.” – Rev. Fr. Owen Connolly, Priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax/Dartmouth
Robin Arthur is a newspaper editor and a journalist who won the Pan-Asia Journalism award in 1995. This book is a sequel to Science and the God Elusion, which he released in June 2019. He has written several other books including Can the Poor Inherit the Earth, which is an opinion on Third World development paradigms and which won acclaim from UN organizations including UNESCO and UNDP. His first novel, The Island of Habarra, provides a glimpse into the sad narrative of expatriate workers who leave families and home behind to work in the oil-rich Persian Gulf. In Canada, Arthur worked to develop an appreciation of interfaith dialogue, and between 2011 and 2016 convened three very successfully staged Spiritual Diversity Conferences, paving the way for the establishment of an Interfaith Council in the city of Halifax.