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Nov 27
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Catholic Bibliophile

As Christmas draws closer, it's easy to get wrapped up in the giving spirit of the season. It's also worth reflecting on what we read and how we consume various forms of media in our leisure time. At St. Augustine's Seminary, four professors have written books on topics ranging from spirituality and Scripture to history and preaching. First, it's a tremendous blessing that we have four published authors within the last year on the faculty of St. Augustine's Seminary. Secondly (and more selfishly), if you're looking for a book for the Catholic bibliophile on your shopping list, below are a few ideas. 

· Extraordinary Ordinaries: A History of the Bishops of the Archdiocese of Toronto by Rev. Séamus Hogan
This book chronicles the 12 bishops and archbishops who have served the Archdiocese of Toronto since its founding in 1841. In the telling of these stories, the key spiritual and social issues of the day in the archdiocese come to life: Catholic education, world wars, poverty, pastoral care of the sick and suffering, contraception, intolerance of Catholics, church building, politics, the role of religious orders, and more. Through it all, the gifts and personalities of the bishops and archbishops of the time shaped and guided the Catholic response and the Church's priorities in the face of countless challenges.  
· Experts in Humanity: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing by Dr. Josephine Lombardi
Theologian Josephine Lombardi invites us to embark on a spiritual journey that probes the depth of our hearts to help us discover and experience freedom found in grace so we can become the best version of ourselves. Lombardi explores a number of life skills integral to our spiritual life: knowing God; loving God, self and others; knowing God with the sacraments; self-knowledge; knowing the gift of salvation; managing righteous anger and conflict; forgiveness; and witnessing and revealing restoration. She then delves into factors that influence human behaviour: from our family of origin, prenatal and postnatal factors, genetics and gender to character strengths and weaknesses.

· Proclaiming in a New Season: A Practical Guide to Catholic Preaching for the New Evangelization by Rev. Mr. Peter Lovrick
In this articulate and engaging guide for deacons, priests and bishops, Deacon Peter Lovrick brings this mission of the preacher into focus for the 21st century. He begins by outlining the Church's expectations of homilists. He then presents various methods for clarifying and measuring the marks of preaching that fulfills the Church's vision. Finally, he discusses practical steps preachers can take to accomplish these goals and nourish the faith of their people through homilies.

· The Christ of the Apocalypse: Contemplating the Faces of Jesus in the Book of Revelation by Msgr. A. Robert Nusca
That the Apocalypse of John is a "Revelation of Jesus Christ" (Rev 1:1) is a fact too often overlooked by interpreters of this last book of the Bible. Nusca offers an exegetical reading of selected verses of the Book of Revelation, incorporating rich spiritual and pastoral reflections. Above all, it affirms that St. John's God and Christ-centred, symbolic universe offers our contemporary world a spiritual place to stand amid the shifting sands of postmodernity.
The first three titles are available through Novalis and the last through Pauline Books. For more information on St. Augustine’s Seminary, visit  


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