Catholicism

Lapsed Catholics and Stray Bullets: The Works of Martin McDonagh

Lapsed Catholics and Stray Bullets: The Works of Martin McDonagh

For the past two decades, Martin McDonagh has established himself as a sensational writer of emotional disturbance and darkly funny exchanges in his Irish-set plays and crime-focused films. He may not be a household name, but that name already has an Academy Award and several Tony nominations under its belt. We have a number of his works in the collection worth recommending.

 

Written in the mid-Nineties, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays offers a trilogy of stories centered around the same town and immediately shows McDonagh's gifts for cleverly inane banter and simmering tensions.

Catholic Q & A: Answers to the Most Common Questions about Catholicism

By John J. Dietzen

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"In this question and answer compendium, topics encompassing many aspects of Catholic religious, practical, and moral life are discussed, including the Bible, the Mass and sacraments, divorce and remarriage, saints, attitudes toward other religions, and end of life issues. Since shortly after Vatican Council II, Father John J. Dietzen has been addressing questions about Catholicism in his weekly columns; these authoritative, comprehensive, and up to date answers about Catholic belief and life will inform and challenge practicing and lapsed Catholics, curious Christians, and others who wish to learn more about the Roman Catholic faith.

"Written in an engaging and warm pastoral style, this comprehensive reference avoids tedium while conveying concise information and covers many situations that are not addressed in the traditional Catechism. Areas where church teaching is silent are explored, and official church positions are explained in plain language. Hundreds of questions are drawn from years of ministry and counseling, while new queries have been added to address current trends and issues."

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Holy Bible: Catholic Edition, Anglicized Text, NRSV, New Revised Standard Version

By Kathleen Edwards, illustrator

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"The New Revised Standard Version is the 'standard' translation used by mainline Protestant churches, Orthodox churches, and by many Catholics. The NRSV debuted in 1989 and is owned by the National Council of Churches, which is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States representing thirty–five denominations with forty–five million members in more than 100,000 churches across the country.

"This edition also includes the Apocrypha, the Jewish books recognized by the Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant denominations."

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Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief

By Joseph Pearce

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The twentieth century has been marked by both belief and unbelief. While church attendance has declined, the lives of many of the more salient figures of our times have been influenced and inspired by Christianity.

Wilde through the looking-glass -- Belloc, Baring and Chesterton -- The archbishop's son -- The bishop's son -- Dawson and Watkin -- Benson's Cambridge apostolate -- The attraction of orthodoxy -- Religion and politics -- Knox and Benson -- Knox and Chesterton -- War and Waste Land -- Poetry in commotion -- Graham Greene, Catholic sceptic -- Waugh and Waste Land -- Controverting converts -- Chesterton and Baring -- War and rumour of war -- War of words -- Nuclear reactions -- Cultivating culture -- A network of minds -- Militants in pursuit of the truth -- Spark and Sitwell -- Alec Guinness -- Sassoon and Knox -- Contra mundum -- Ringing out the old -- Small is beautiful -- Muggeridge, pilgrimage and passion -- Ends and loose ends -- Painting God Greene -- Celtic twilight.

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The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II: The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

By George Weigel

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"...tells the dramatic story of the Pope’s battle with communism in light of new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close Weigel’s landmark portrait of a man who not only left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church, but also changed the course of world history.

"Weigel, with unprecedented access to many Soviet-era documents, chronicles John Paul’s struggle against the dark forces of communism. Moreover, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life as he dealt with a crippling illness as well as the 'new world disorder' and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church. Weigel’s thought-provoking biography of John Paul II concludes with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced."

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The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II

By John Cornwell

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"...John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church..."

The library's edition is in large print. We also hold this title as an audiobook.

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The Hidden Pope: The Untold Story of a Lifelong Friendship That Is Changing the Relationship Between Catholics and Jews: The Personal Journey of John Paul II and Jerzy Kluger

By Darcy O'Brien

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"Darcy O'Brien offers the account of the extraordinary relationship of Karol Wojtyla and Jerzy Kluger - their boyhood in the small Polish town of Wadowice, their separation at the beginning of World War II, their individual experiences under Nazi and Soviet tyranny, and their reunion almost thirty years later that deepened their friendship and made a profound impact on the history of our time. Set in the perspective of monumental reconciliation between Christianity and Judaism, this is a portrait of John Paul II that describes him as only his closest friends know him and as no pope has ever been portrayed before. Readers will come to know the Holy Father as a man and to understand his most controversial ideas as expressions of his dramatic experience of life."

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The Gospel of Life [Evangelium Vitae]

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"The encyclical letter on abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty in today's world."

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Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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Contents: On prayer -- On forgiveness and reconciliation -- On Jesus -- On faith and belief -- On living in the world -- On morality and the Christian conscience -- On the Church -- On Eucharist and the Mass -- On the family -- On suffering -- On Christian vocation and working in the world -- On God the Father.

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Faith For Today: Pope John Paul II's Catechetical Teaching

By Richard M. Hogan and John M. LeVoir

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An explanation of certain Catholic tenets.

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