Speaking of shepherds, Pope Francis, in Against War, a compilation of his writings and homilies, offers a powerful and timely message of peace. It includes his historic addresses in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his visits to countries wounded by conflict, and his response to the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,
Other new titles offer spiritual wisdom and consolation. In Awake and Alive: Thomas Merton According to His Novices, Jon M. Sweeney has compiled short memories from some of Merton’s former novices at the Abbey of Gethsemane. These tales and glimpses of the Novice Master in action, offer a fresh perspective on a great teacher and spiritual guide.
From Adam Bucko, another spiritual guide and exponent of “the new monasticism,” comes Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation, moving and challenging meditations on the place where contemplation engages the needs of our world.
Lastly, as we enter a new liturgical year, I call your attention to Catholic Women Preach, edited by Elizabeth Donnelly and Russ Petrus. Based on a popular online series, this groundbreaking volume (the first of three), features a host of outstanding Catholic women from around the world to reflect on the lectionary readings for every Sunday plus feast days.
There is lots more where this came from. Come and see! And may you find peace and joy in this holy season.