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Roots of the Reformation How the Church Has Changed the World, Volume 1 How the Church Has Changed the World, Volume 2
Roots of the Reformation
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Adam, Karl By Anthony Esolen

Highly regarded writer, translator, poet, and English professor Anthony Esolen presents 25 brilliant, inspiring essays that will give you a greater appreciation for the Church and her unique mission in the world.

You know the Church supports your sacramental life, but did you know…
  • Who created the tradition of the Christmas manger?
  • What Catholic is the father of modern genetics?
  • Who developed hospitals to continue the healing work of Christ worldwide?
  • That the greatest dramatist of all time was a Catholic?
  • And so much more!
In these essays—which include the inspiring witness of priests, religious, and laity; which touch on the arts and sciences, civilian life and government, the realm of ideas and practical works of mercy—Esolen displays how the Church is truly the "leaven and, as it were, the soul of human society in its renewal by Christ and transformation into the family of God" (Gaudium et spes, 40).
By Anthony Esolen

Rediscover how the Catholic faith has inspired the greatest achievements in history!

Twenty four entertaining and eye-opening essays by Prof. Esolen originally published in Magnificat (2016-2017) that will give you a new appreciation for the Church and her mission in the world.

Did you know…
  • Who created the calendar as we know it?
  • Who developed music notation?
  • That universities developed from the desire to share knowledge of Christ?
Professor Esolen’s captivating style is as entertaining as it is eye-opening. A great book to affirm that God guides his Church!
St. Joseph Church History: The Catholic Church through the Ages Witness of Early Christian Women, The Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief
By Mike Aquilina

Meet the heroines of Christianity's formative years!

The Witness of Early Christian Women: Mothers of the Church demonstrates the radical nature of Christianity's understanding of women and their roles, especially in a pagan society that viewed them as little more than property. The variety of women here is striking: poor widows, consecrated virgins, heroic martyrs, but also businesswomen, the wealthy, and an indomitable traveler on a world tour.

Each chapter features a concise biography accompanied by writings from the early Church about the woman in question.

The Mothers of the Church include:
Holy Women of the New Testament
St. Blandina
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Helena
St. Thecla
St. Agnes of Rome
St. Macrina
Proba the Widow
St. Marcella
St. Paula
St. Eustochium
St. Monica
Egeria the Tourist

Explore the impact of each of these women on the Church, then and now. Their stories will enthrall you. Their writings will inspire you. Their witness will empower you.
In Discovering God, award-winning sociologist Rodney Stark presents a monumental history of the origins of the great religions from the Stone Age to the Modern Age and wrestles with the central questions of religion and belief.
Templars, The: Knights of Christ Second Greatest Story Ever Told, The: Now is the Time of Mercy Roman Catacombs, The: A History of the Christian City Beneath Pagan Rome.
Templars, The: Knights of Christ
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By Regine Pernoud

Foreword by Piers Paul Read

For centuries, historians and novelists have portrayed the Knights Templar as avaricious and power-hungry villains. Who were these medieval monastic knights, whose exploits were the stuff of legend even in their own day? Were these elite crusaders corrupted by their conquests, which amassed them such power and wealth as to become the envy of kings?

Indignant at the discrepancies between the fantasies, on which “writers on history of every kind and hue have indulged themselves without restraint”, and the available evidence, Régine Pernoud draws a different portrait of these Christian warriors. From their origins as defenders of pilgrims to the Holy Land to their dramatic finish as heretics burned at the stake, Pernoud offers a concise but thorough account of the Templars’ contribution to Christendom.

“From Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the portrayal of the Templars is as false as it is absurd. This distortion exasperated, and even enraged, the French historian Régine Peroud, who has already set right many of our misapprehensions about the Middle Ages. Now in The Templars she rehabilitates the devout Catholic knights, exposing ‘the incredible crop of fanciful allegations attributing to the Templars every kind of esoteric rite and belief, from the most ancient to the most vulgar. . . .’ As she rightly points out, the truth is accessible in archives and libraries: it is not impossible to uncover the facts. The result is an excellent, unadorned history that is a pleasure to read.”
—Piers Paul Read Author, The Templars: The Dramatic History
A gripping account of the prophetic witness of St. John Paul II, and the profound connection between Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy. By the bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory.
Enter into the shadows of the Roman catacombs where early Christians attended Mass and hid in fear from Roman soldiers seeking their death for refusing to renounce the Christian Faith.
Apostles and Their Times, The: Archeology, History, and Scripture Unveil What Life Was Really Like During the Apostolic Age Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Kno Story of the Church , The (Revised
Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Kno
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Story of the Church , The (Revised
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Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archeological findings and scientific research, acclaimed author Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the ancient streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they built a Church that lasts even to our day. Moczar, Diane McBride, Alfre
Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them. Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon 101 Surprising Facts About Church History
By Diane Moczar

The world hates the Church that Jesus founded, just as He said it would (John 15:18). It reviles her doctrines, mocks her moral teachings and invents lies about her history. In every age, but especially in our modern day, historians and political powers have distorted the facts about her past (or just made up novel falsehoods from scratch) to make the Church, and the civilization it fostered, seem corrupt, backward, or simply evil.

In Seven Lies about Catholic History, Diane Moczar (Islam at the Gates) tackles the most infamous and prevalent historical myths about the Church popular legends that you encounter everywhere from textbooks to T.V. and reveals the real truth about them. She explains how they got started and why they re still around, and best of all, she gives you the facts and the arguments you need to set the record straight about:

The Inquisition: how it was not a bloodthirsty institution but a merciful (and necessary) one Galileo's trial : why moderns invented a myth around it to make science appear incompatible with the Catholic faith (it's not) The Reformation: why the 16th-century Church was not totally corrupt (as even some Catholics wrongly believe), and how the reformers made things worse for everybody and other lies that the world uses to attack and discredit the Faith. Written in a brisk style that's fun and easy to read, Seven Lies about Catholic History provides the lessons that every Catholic needs in order to defend and explain not just apologize for the Church's rich and complex history.
Fr. Donald Calloway's "magnum opus," introducing history's most prominent promoters of devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady in the rosary. A new must-have for anyone who loves praying the beads. In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth.
The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift Catholics Confronting Hitler: The Church and the Nazis How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art
Rossetti, Stephen

"Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti forges a renewed theology of priestly blessing, encouraging his brother priests to return to, or renew with enthusiasm, the regular habit of blessing people, objects, and events. In this book he outlines the history and varied meanings of blessing from the Old Testament through the post-Vatican II renewal, and shows how this distinctively Catholic activity is integral to the identity of priests and crucial to the spiritual and material wellbeing of all the faithful"--
Written with economy and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII. Elizabeth Lev

Exploring the works of Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and countless other Counter-Reformation artists, Lev shows how Catholic art in the 16th and 17th centuries was designed to confront challenges raised by the Reformation with soothing and persuasive voice of art.
Compact History of the Catholic Chu Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church Rome and the Eastern Churches
Compact History of the Catholic Chu
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Rome and the Eastern Churches
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Schreck, Alan A brawling, colorful history full of inspiring pageantry and spirited polemic, Triumph will exhilarate, amuse, and infuriate as it extols the glories of Catholic history and the gripping stories of its greatest men and women. By Aidan Nichols, O.P.

In the second edition of this major work, Dominican theologian Aidan Nichols provides a systematic account of the origins, development and recent history—now updated—of the relations between Rome and all separated Eastern Christians.

By the end of the twentieth century, events in Eastern Europe, notably the conflict between the Orthodox and Uniate Churches in the Ukraine and Rumania, the tension between Rome and the Moscow patriarchate over the re-establishment of a Catholic hierarchy in the Russian Federation, and the civil war in the then federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia, brought attention to the fragile relations between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, which once had been two parts of a single Communion. At the start of the twenty-first century, in the pontificate of Benedict XVI, a papal visit to Russia—at the symbolic level, a major step forward in the ‘healing of memories’— appears at last a realistic hope.

In addition, the schisms separating Rome from the two lesser, but no less interesting, Christian families, the Assyrian (Nestorian) and Oriental Orthodox (Monophysite) Churches, are examined. The book also contains an account of the origins and present condition of the Eastern Catholic Churches—a deeper knowledge of which, by their Western brethren, was called for at the Second Vatican Council as well as by subsequent synods and popes.

Providing both historical and theological explanations of these divisions, this illuminating and thought-provoking book chronicles the recent steps taken to mend them in the Ecumenical Movement and offers a realistic assessment of the difficulties (theological and political) which any reunion would experience.
Shroud of Turin, The: A Critical Summary of Observations, Data, and Hypotheses History of the Franks, The Creed , The : Professing the Faith Through the Ages
History of the Franks, The
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A dramatic narrative of French history in the sixth century. Gregory of Tours (c. A.D. 539-594) intended his HISTORY to be a chronicle of events and included the 21 years he spent as Bishop of Tours. This volume contains all ten books of the HISTORY. As Gregory unravels the bewildering events of those decades, what emerges is no dry historical document but a colorful, detailed and moving pageant. Hahn, Scott

Why were the early Christians willing to die to protect a single iota of the creed? Why have the Judeans, Romans, and Persians-among others-seen the Christian creed as a threat to the established social order? In The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages, bestselling author Dr. Scott Hahn recovers and conveys the creed's revolutionary character.

Tracing the development of the first formulations of faith in the early Church through later ecumenical councils, The Creed tells the story of how the very profession of our belief in Christ fashions us for heavenly life as we live out our earthly days.
Irony of Modern Catholic History, The: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Built Western Civilization The Lord of History ( Biblical Catechesis )
A powerful new interpretation of Catholicism’s dramatic encounter with modernity, by one of America’s leading intellectuals Heroism and Genius presents some of the formidable men of the Dark Ages and the medieval period, sketching their decisive role in the building of the landmark social, artistic and economic institutions that mark Western Civilization. Msgr. Eugene Kevane
When Msgr. Eugene Kevane's seminal work The Lord of History was originally published in 1980, it responded to a call by the Second Vatican Council to promote "a more effective coordination of philosophy and theology so that they supplement one another in revealing . . . the Mystery of Christ, which affects the whole course of human history" (Optatum Totius 14).

Lamenting that in modernity Christ is no longer the center of the universal history of mankind, let alone the center of one's personal history, Kevane believed it was critical for catechists to reclaim Christ as the Lord over every aspect of humanity's collective and individual experience. In this new edition of The Lord of History, Kevane's groundbreaking work introduces today's generation to the bedrock of Christian philosophy and its relationship to religious instruction and beyond.
Deeper Vision, A: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History Christ The King - Lord Of History: A Catholic World History from Ancient to Modern Times
In this wide-ranging and ambitious volume, Robert Royal, a prominent participant for many years in debates about religion and contemporary life, offers a comprehensive and balanced appraisal of the Catholic intellectual tradition in the twentieth century. In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. By Dr. Anne W. Carroll

Here is a fast paced, highly readable and interesting Catholic world history. It clearly illustrates that Christ is the central figure in all of history. Unabashedly proud of our brilliant Catholic heritage, Dr Carroll examines all historical developments from the point of view of the Church and the enhancement or decline of the influence of the Church upon the historical scene. Whereas most secular histories written today give but a grudging acknowledgment to the role of the Catholic Church in forming Western and therefore modern civilization, this book makes the role of Christ and the contribution of His Church unquestionable. A great book for students, parents, history buffs and educators.