Mary: The Indispensable Mother of God by Tim Staples

12-30-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

On January 1st, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Gain a deeper understanding of the Blessed Mother and the Church’s teaching regarding her by listening to “Mary: The Indispensable Mother of God.” Tim Staples explains the incredible impact that the Church’s understanding of Mary has on our spiritual lives, and the profound way that Marian doctrines and dogmas safeguard what we believe about her Son. Using penetrating insights and humor, Tim shows how correct knowledge of our humble Mother reveals our own identity in Christ and empowers us to say “Yes” to God!


The Story of the Nativity

12-23-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

The story of the birth of Jesus is often misunderstood. But this fastpaced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus’ origin. Join top scholars, inspirational speakers, and popular authors as they explain the story behind the story of the birth of Jesus. The Story of the Nativity also includes stunning works of art depicting the biblical story, from Fra Angelico to Rembrandt, and footage from the Holy Land showing the places where the Christmas story actually took place. Explore the true story of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’s miraculous conception, the birth of John the Baptist, the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Star of Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. This is an invaluable tool for believer and unbeliever alike to learn more about Jesus of Nazareth and about the truth of Christmas.


Mary of Nazareth

12-16-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

Mary of Nazareth is an epic motion picture on the life of Mary, Mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Shot in high definition, it was filmed in Europe with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score. Actress Alissa Jung gives a beautiful, compelling, and inspiring portrayal of Mary.

The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, as well as her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. The movie underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she endured in union with his Passion and Death, as well as her serene joy at his Resurrection.

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Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message - Narrated by Jim Caviezel

12-09-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

This week we remember a highly important event in the evangelization of the New World that occurred in December, 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), nine million Native Americans embraced the Catholic faith, and the Americas began its transformation into the Catholic hemisphere. Our Lady of Guadalupe's message of love had replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message traces the history of this transformative event from the 16th century to the present. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians, and experts on the scientific inquiries into the miraculous image, the film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world. Narrated by Jim Caviezel.

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Alfred Delp - Priest and Martyr

12-02-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J., was a heroic German Jesuit priest who was imprisoned and martyred by the Nazis in a Nazi death camp in 1945. At the time of his arrest, he was the Rector of St. Georg Church in Munich. He was an important figure in the Resistance movement against Nazism. Accused of conspiring against the Nazi government, he was arrested in 1944, tortured, imprisoned, and executed on February 2, 1945. While in prison, Fr. Delp was able to write a few meditations found in this book, which also includes his powerful reflections from prison during the Advent season about the profound spiritual meaning and lessons of Advent, as well as his sermons he gave on the season of Advent at his parish in Munich. These meditations were smuggled out of Berlin and read by friends and parishioners of St. Georg in Munich. His approach to Advent, the season that prepares us for Christmas, is what Fr. Delp called an "Advent of the heart." More than just preparing us for Christmas, it is a spiritual program, a way of life.

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Come, Lord Jesus by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.

11-25-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

These Advent reflections by the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, an accomplished spiritual writer, focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. There is a double movement to this coming: both our active preparation to be ready for him and our patient waiting for the Lord to arrive in his own good time. There is also an art to this simultaneous preparation and waiting, and no one knows better than the beloved Mother Mary Francis how to encourage us in our attempts to master this art.
Meditating on passages from Scripture about the coming of the Messiah into the world and our hearts, Mother challenges us to persevere in overcoming our faults and keeping our eyes on the Lord who has called us to himself--for it is he, through the gifts of his grace, who will complete in us the work of sanctification that he has begun.


Ode to Saint Cecilia

11-18-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

The Story of a Holy Muse - Meet an inspiring woman with fierce courage and unwavering faith, willing to follow the path of beauty and truth-no matter the cost. Saint Cecilia's remarkable story will come to life in Augustine Institute Radio Theatre's most recent audio drama featuring award-winning actors and cinematic sound and music.


Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death by Admiral Jeremiah Denton

11-11-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

As we honor our veterans on Veterans’ Day, listen to the story of an American hero, Admiral Jeremiah Denton. Admiral Denton spent more than seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In this moving presentation, he recalls how, through the power of prayer, he withstood extreme torture rather than betray God or his country. For his valor, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Navy Cross, and the POW Medal. He is now a champion of various humanitarian causes. To download this audio talk, go to the link below or search for Admiral Denton.


Arise from Darkness by Fr. Benedict Groeschel

11-04-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

Well-known author, psychologist, and priest Fr. Benedict Groeschel draws on his own years of personal experiences in dealing with people's problems, tragedies, and"darkness" as he offers help and guidance for any Christian troubled or burdened by life. If you are struggling with fear, anxiety, grief, loss of loved ones, hurt, anger, or anything that makes life difficult or the road through it dark, then this book was written for you. Fr. Benedict offers practical suggestions on how to keep going and even grow with the help of God's grace, even when this help seems remote.


Saint John Paul the Great by Jason Evert

10-28-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

Last week we celebrated the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II, anamazing pope and now Saint. In this audio talk you will discover thefive great loves of Pope Saint John Paul II as Jason Evert, renownedCatholic speaker and author, shares remarkable stories about thissaint’s life from those who knew him, including bishops, studentswhom he taught, and Swiss Guards who interacted with him daily.Jason presents a wealth of insights about this holy man whopromoted devotion to Divine Mercy and Marian consecration, helpeddefeat communism in Europe, wrote the Theology of the Body, andembraced young people like no other. To listen to this audio talk, goto the link below or search for St. John Paul II.


John Paul XXIII

10-14-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

An inspiring feature film on Saint Pope John XXIII, starringEdward Asner in an acclaimed performance as the belovedpontiff, who came from common stock and was known for hissimplicity, courage, and love for humanity. Shot on location inRome and Italy, and produced by the Italian film company LuxVide, makers of Pope John Paul II and Saint Rita, this movietells the whole life story of John XXIII from his youth through hisyoung priesthood, episcopacy, life as cardinal, and eventuallyhis life as Pope.


The Problem of Evil by Jimmy Akin

10-07-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why is thereevil? This is perhaps the most vexing challenge thatnon-believers pose to Christians. Our world of violence,greed, and suffering seems incompatible with the Godof the Gospel. How can we answer the challenge?


Angels (and Demons) by Peter Kreeft

09-30-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

In response to actual questions many people have asked him about angels and demons, well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy, and myth from reality, as he answers 100 common questions about these spiritual beings. Based on a very popular college course he teaches on this subject, this book responds to the incredible amount of interest in angelic beings and attempts to clear up some of the misinformation abounding in the numerous books today on what we know about these mysterious spirits.