Here are beloved devotions prayed by Catholics over the centuries: the entire Rosary, including the Mysteries of Light; wonderful renditions of the traditional Stations of the Cross; the litanies of the Holy Name, the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin of Loreto, St. Joseph, and the Saints; and novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Divine Infant Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Jude. Instructions for praying these devotions are included in the front liner notes
Now for the first time and exclusively from ACTA Publications, The Message® features the deuteroncanonical books translated by William Griffin in The Message®: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition. Including the books of Judith, Tobit, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and additions to Esther and Daniel, all translated in the same contemporary American-idiomatic paraphrased style as the other editions of The Message®.
In this day-by-day booklet you will find short passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition, a new Bible translation that talks just like we do. The words practically jump off the page, inviting us into conversion, prayer, action, and a recognition of God’s great mercy.
Combined with Ann Naffziger’s insightful reflections and practical action steps, they make a wonderful resource for your Lenten journey this year.
“Tell me a story, Daddy … about when God was a little girl.” Susanna’s playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter. Together they retell the familiar story of creation, but with unexpected twists and insightful turns along the way. The exuberant joy of God’s creative energy sparkles in this tale that honors both interconnection and diversity. Between the gentle wisdom in the text and the beautiful paintings that accompany it, you may never think about God, creation, or yourself in quite the same way.
In his introduction, Ron Marasco writes of William Shakespeare: "Hidden beneath a surface of what seem to be purely ‘secular’ plays and poetry, is a depth of soul that literary-critics have long called ‘genius,’ but that people of faith would recognize as prayer." Accompanying passages from The Message shine a light on works such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Sonnets, to reveal the prayers written into Shakespeare’s plays and hidden in the rafters of his poetry.
He may have assigned Moby Dick in high school, but Paul Boudreau first entered the world of Herman Melville’s great tale as an adult while vacationing on Nantucket. “I had no idea that, before this amazing read was over,” he writes in his introduction, “I would have discovered hundreds of biblical allusions in the text. As a student and teacher of Scripture, I was delighted.” Boudreau’s delight shines through in his selections from Moby Dick, Typee, Billy Budd, and other works, and in his enlightening selection of passages from The Message.
For Patricia Lynch, “opening one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s works is like ‘reading’ an icon or, in her case, an exquisite Pre-Raphaelite painting. We step into her world: the lush beauty of the Cheshire countryside and the cramped, dark wretchedness of factory towns.“ Fans of Gaskell’s published and dramatized works will discover ways in which The Message can reveal the depth of faith and challenge our own in Cranford, North and South, Wives and Daughters, and other favorite novels and short stories.
The Literary Portals to Prayer™ series is the first truly new resource for personal prayer in years.
Each volume offers fifty carefully-selected passages from a cherished author, poet, or playwright,
side-by-side with an excerpt from the Bible. Think of it as literary lectio divina—a prayer-starter
in each pairing of literature and Scripture.
A prayer companion that allows passages from classic literature and the Bible to illuminate each other side-by-side. Andersen’s awkward search for love and friendship in his own life comes across in many of his tales. The underlying lessons and morals intertwined in his enchanting stories teach about loving one another, right and wrong, and the consequences of bullying, lying, and cheating. He also writes of siblings and friends caring for one another. And many of his characters pray and call on God in their times of need.
Award-winning author and Scripture commentator Alice Camille uses Scripture passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition to shed new light on the scriptures proclaimed at Sunday Mass. Questions and commentary for each reading make this guide ideal for personal reflection and small group discussion as well as preparation for lectors and homilists. Included are the Sunday and Feast Day readings for the years 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.
Here is the book that tells what it is like to be female and Catholic in the twenty-first century. In this collection of twenty-three short essays, Phyllis Zagano, a well-respected author and speaker on women in society and in the Church, gives a no-holds-barred description of the experience of Catholic women that will be both illuminating and challenging to women, men, and the hierarchy alike. In the process she tells stories that are poignant, humorous, infuriating, and sometimes sad.
Here is a new collection of fifty call-and-response prayers adapted from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition translation of the Bible into contemporary American English by Reverend Eugene H. Peterson and William Griffin. Designed for group use in meetings, before meals, with small groups, or at public gatherings. Prayers come with permission for purchasers to copy and hand out at no charge for use in churches, schools, and other not-forprofit organizations.