Fr. Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael O'Brien

06-23-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

If you are looking for a good piece of fiction to start off your summer reading, “Fr. Elijah: An Apocalypse” is a good find. Author Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene by taking its central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican, which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.

Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been "buried in the dark night of Carmel" on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose: to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world. In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests, and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

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That They May All Be One by Matt Maher

06-16-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

You may know Matt Maher’s music, but do you know his story? An internationally acclaimed Christian singer, song-writer, and eight-time Grammy Award nominee, Maher shares the amazing story of his spiritual journey in this audio talk. He emphasizes the importance of forming relationships with others in order to be effective witnesses of the Gospel and help bring about the unity desired by Christ.

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Grieving with Great Hope

06-09-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Grieving with Great Hope is a grief support program and a healing ministry developed by John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy; they are the co-founders of Good Mourning Ministry, a Catholic Bereavement Apostolate. John is a Certified Grief Counselor and author of five books. Sandy is a Director of Religious Education with a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry (Bereavement Emphasis). They are grief educators, but in this series, you will learn they have experienced profound grief themselves.

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Unlocking the Book of Revelation by Dr. Michael Barber

06-02-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

The Book of Revelation full of vivid and sometimes frightening imagery, but what does it all mean? Dr. Michael Barber, host for Reasons for Faith Live on EWTN and Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute, takes a detailed look at Revelation. Based on his book with the same title, Dr. Barber shows Revelation’s ties to the Old Testament and to the Mass. Listen and discover the surprising truth.

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Marriage 911 by Greg and Julie Alexander

05-19-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Greg and Julie Alexander thought divorce was the only way out of their lifeless, loveless marriage. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the church, and as they began to incorporate these truths into their lives, they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles their journey back from the brink of divorce to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith.

Told from both spouses' perspectives, their very personal story shares: three key questions every married couple should answer; practical, real-life tips for getting a marriage back on track; and hope for all married couples on the brink.

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Catholic Literary Giants by Joseph Pearce

05-05-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

In Catholic Literary Giants, Joseph Pearce takes the reader on a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Covering the vast and impressive terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh, this book is an immersion into the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition with one of today's premier literary biographers as our guide.

Focusing especially on the literary revival of the twentieth century, Pearce explores well-known authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, and J.R.R. Tolkien, while introducing lesser-known writers Roy Campbell, Maurice Baring, Owen Barfield, and others. He even includes the new saint, Pope John Paul II, who wrote many literary and poetic pieces, among them the story that was made into a feature film, The Jeweller's Shop.

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The Face of Mercy by David Naglieri

04-28-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has inspired millions by urging us to embrace mercy, ultimately revealed in the face of Christ. Now comes an extraordinary new film on this powerful message that brings hope, healing, and forgiveness to a broken world. Narrated by Jim Caviezel, The Face of Mercy explores the history and relevance of Divine Mercy in our turbulent times. Watch its story unfold, from an unpretentious Polish nun who experienced powerful visions of a merciful God, to her countryman Saint John Paul II who propelled the message of Divine Mercy onto the world stage, and the Year of Mercy bestowed upon the Church by Pope Francis. Filmed in stunning 4K and seamlessly weaving together theology and history with modern testimonials and visual effects, this stirring film creates a remarkable tapestry of what constitutes the face of mercy in our modern world.

Meet the woman who found freedom in forgiveness after seeing her family wiped out by genocide; the former-NFL linebacker who walked away from football to share Christ's mercy with the homeless; the baseball player who traded MLB ambitions for the monastery; the priest with a drug-dealing past, and the young widow who chose mercy towards her husband's killer. These moving testimonies will remind us all that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion of the past or some abstract theology—it is alive, it is present, and it will transform the world.

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Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? from Ignatius Press

04-21-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

If Christ has not been raised, said the Apostle Paul, then Christian Faith is in vain. The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is not an incidental or minor aspect of Christianity. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, Christianity is certainly false.

Skeptics have long tried to show that there was no Resurrection. Today, there has been a resurgence of attacks on this central truth of Christianity. Some people claim that the followers of Jesus fabricated the Resurrection. Others argue that the disciples hallucinated or had a “vision” of their dead master, which they confused with a truly risen Jesus. Others still suggest that the Resurrection was a myth or that the Apostles may have seen a spirit or witnessed a “spiritual resurrection” that had nothing to do with an empty tomb and the transformation of Jesus’s dead body. Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? carefully scrutinizes the historical evidence. Rather than accept Christian belief blindly, top scholars, and biblical historians critically examine alternative explanations. In the end, they show why it is a matter of sound reason as well as faith to affirm what the early Church proclaimed: Jesus is risen.

A fascinating, fast-paced, exciting exploration of Jesus’s fate, Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? shows how Jesus’ Resurrection has consequences for every one of us.

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Confession by Fr. Larry Richards

04-14-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

On Monday, April 15th, confession will be offered in our parish from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Whether you are someone who frequents this sacrament or someone who has not been in many years, this video is a great confession help. Based upon his proven and powerful parish mission presentation, Fr. Larry Richards’s talk on Confession has become the #1 talk in North America for learning more about this Sacrament. He is riveting, honest, humorous, down-to-earth, and often touchingly gentle. Fr. Larry provides listeners with hope to strive for a closer, healing relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Unplanned by Abby Johnson

04-07-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Go behind the scenes of Unplanned, the inspiring true story of one woman's journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she fought to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

This feature includes behind the scene interviews with Abby Johnson, Ashley Bratcher (who plays the role of Abby in the film), the screenplay writers, and more! Go behind the scenes of Unplanned, the inspiring true story of one woman's journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she fought to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America. This feature includes behind the scene interviews with Abby Johnson, Ashley Bratcher (who plays the role of Abby in the film), the screenplay writers, and more!

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