The Artimals Collection is the work of independent artist and designer, Noelle Dass. Noelle's love for animals, bold colors, geometry and humor inspire her to create every day. Often the titles of the painting make them even more humorous and both parents and children of all ages enjoy the bold colors and whimsical nature of her paintings. Her animals have their own personalities, histories and stories. Noelle says "So many people tell me that my art makes them happy. To make someone feel good inside means more than anything in this crazy world. To surround ourselves with art that makes us happy can have a powerful impact on our moods and therefore our lives. I encourage adults as well as children to bring art into their home that makes them smile." All prints are printed in Oregon, USA on archival heavyweight paper using archival dyes and inks, and are inserted into a crystal clear sleeve with a hard backing and a copy of Noelle's biography. Each matted print comes in a standard fr...
Gods Choice - Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (Standard and Large Print Vers
George Weigel's bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured. With God's Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era. When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray outside his apartment. He had become a father figure to millions in a world bereft of strong paternal examples, and those millions now felt orphaned. After more than twenty-six years of John Paul II's guidance, the Catholic Church is entering a new age, with its bedrock traditions intact but with pressing questions to address in a rapidly changing world. Beginning with the story of John Paul's final months, God's Choice offers a remarkable inside account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI as the next pope, drawing on George Weigel's unrivaled access to this complex event. Weigel also incisively surveys the current state of the Church around the world: its thriving populations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the post-communist world; its collapse in western Europe; its continued struggles in Asia; and the vibrancy of many aspects of Catholic life in the United States, even as the Church in America struggles to overcome its recent experience of scandal. Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on firsthand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's current condition, God's Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape. Available as the Book (Item #1011170) and Large Print (Item #1011171).
This is the definitive biography of Fr. Vincent Robert Capodanno, a chaplain for the Marine Corps during the Vietnam war. Greatly beloved by so many who served under his spiritual care, Fr. Capodanno died on the field of battle giving the last rites to the US soldiers he served so well. He was just declared a "Servant of God" by the Vatican, which is is the first major step toward the canonization of a saint. Fr. Mode recounts the story of Capodanno's life growing up in America, and shows how he prepared himself so well to serve God and his fellow man with such deep love and courage. He truly embodied the ideal of "dying to yourself" in the service of others, and inspired that ideal in all those around him. Fr. Mode includes moving first-hand testimonies by those who knew and served with Fr. Capodanno. Illustrated.
Drawn from his retreat talks given to Pope Benedict and his associates at the papal household, Cardinal Arinze offers inspiring spiritual exercises focusing on the meaning of the priestly life. ???The red thread which will run through all these meditations,??? writes Cardinal Arinze, ???is the image of the priest who, called by Jesus, meets him, follows him and seeks each day to become a better disciple.??? 'Although the Cardinal refers to ???priests???, he insists that much of what he says applies to anyone in ordained ministry - deacons, priests and bishops. In fact, even lay people and religious can greatly benefit from prayerfully reading his reflections on being a disciple of the Lord. '???For every human being, for every Christian, and even more for every priest, Jesus Christ gives meaning to life???, writes Cardinal Arinze. ???He gives a sense of unity to all the things in which we are engaged. Jesus indicates the correct direction for our life because he is the way, the truth and the life (cf Jn 14:6). In these meditations we shall have in front of us the priest who meets Jesus and follows him.??? '???Commenting on the Biblical texts, venerable Brother, you have communicated to us, with the gracefulness and the depth that we associate with you, the fruit of your personal experience of life and of your priestly ministry, of which you recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary. In this way, with the authority that comes from personal experience, you have helped us to rediscover and deepen the primacy of the presence of Christ in our lives: Christ met, Christ followed and always again to be followed, inexhaustible source of joy and peace.??? ' " Pope Benedict XVI '' '???Cardinal Arinze invites us all to discipleship of Jesus Christ and thus challenges us back to basics " he reminds priests and all people that we need to repent and believe to enter into a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and he shows us what all this entails. Do not read this book if you are not interested in changing, but do not miss reading this book if you want to grow in holiness!??? " Fr. Larry Richards , Author, Be a Man! ''' ' Cardinal Francis Arinze grew up in Nigeria, became the youngest Bishop in the world, and the first African Cardinal to head a Vatican office. He was the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His biography, God's Invisible Hand , was published by Ignatius Press as well as Celebrating the Holy Eucharist .