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New: After the Natural Law

ANL-Pby John Lawrence Hill

The “natural law” worldview developed over the course of almost two thousand years beginning with Plato and Aristotle and culminating with St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century. This tradition holds that the world is ordered, intelligible and good, that there are objective moral truths which we can know and that human beings can achieve true happiness only by following our inborn nature, which draws us toward our own perfection. Most accounts of the natural law are based on a God-centered understanding of the world.

After the Natural Law traces this tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and then describes how and why modern philosophers such as Descartes, Locke and Hobbes began to chip away at this foundation. The book argues that natural law is a necessary foundation for our most important moral and political values – freedom, human rights, equality, responsibility and human dignity, among others. Without a theory of natural law, these values lose their coherence: we literally cannot make sense of them given the assumptions of modern philosophy.

Part I of the book traces the development of natural law theory from Plato and Aristotle through the crowning achievement of Thomas Aquinas. Part II explores how modern philosophers have systematically chipped away at the only coherent foundation for these values. As a result, our most important moral and political ideals today are incoherent. Modern political and moral thinkers have been led either to dilute the meaning of such terms as freedom or the moral good – or abandon these ideas altogether. Thus, modern philosophy and political thought are leading us either toward anarchy or totalitarianism.

The conclusion, entitled “Why God Matters”, shows how even the philosophical assumptions of the natural law depend on a personal God.

Please call us to reserve a copy today: 703-273-5956.

Just In: Tried by Fire

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Tried by Fire by William J. Bennett at the Paschal Lamb

A major narrative history of Christianity’s first thousand years by acclaimed educator and #1 New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett. Full of larger-than-life characters, stunning acts of bravery, and heart-rending sacrifice, Tried by Fire narrates the rise and expansion of Christianity from an obscure regional sect to the established faith of the world’s greatest empire with influence extending from India to Ireland, Scandinavia to Ethiopia, and all points in between. William J. Bennett explores the riveting lives of saints and sinners, paupers and kings, merchants and monks who together-and against all odds-changed the world forever. To tell their story, Bennett follows them through the controversies and trials of their time. Challenged by official persecution, heresy, and schism, they held steadfast to the truth of Christ. Strengthened by poets, preachers, and theologians, they advanced in devotion and love. In this moving and accessible narrative, Tried by Fire speaks across centuries to offer insight into the people and events that shaped the faith that continues to shape our lives today.

Reserve your copy by calling us at 703-273-5956.

First Communion Banners

We have First Communion banners! Colorful, easy to assemble. A memorable activity for parent and child.

Amoris Laetitia

The Joy of Love, the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis is now in stock. Published by USCCB communications, $13.95. Please call 703-273-5956 to reserve your copy today.

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The Vatican Cookbook

500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes, and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican

New and in stock.

From the pope’s table to yours.

vatican cookbookThe Pontifical Swiss Guard presents … a book like no other. From the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than 500 years, a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the finest of modern cuisine.

Best of all, we pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and Saint John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland.

A marvelous cookbook and so much more. The Vatican Cookbook features superb photographs that take us behind the scenes to secret and special places of Vatican City. Walk the hallowed halls of St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the stories and legends of the Swiss Guard handed down since the days of Michelangelo.

For all who love to cook and share meals with family and friends, and for all who are fascinated by the wonders and the grandeur of the Vatican, the Swiss Guard is pleased to offer you … The Vatican Cookbook.

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Madre Angélica

In stock: Mother Angelica’s biography in Spanish. We have a nice selection of Spanish bibles, prayer books, children’s items and Catholic literature.
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Real Mercy by Fr. Jacque Philippe

jacque phillipeIn Real Mercy Father Philippe turns his focus on mercy in this book that developed from talks given on the first three days of the Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015.

On that feast day of the Immaculate Conception, he explored how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is an exemplar of mercy to the Church and the entire world. In a discreet but vital way she dispenses graces and favors with the compassion of a mother. His second essay on forgiveness in families hits home with everyone. No one has escaped the ill feeling and bitterness caused by strife and misunderstanding within the family, and yet the same family is intended to be the path for both earthly and eternal happiness. The author brings to light vivid examples of how lack of forgiveness causes severe damage while forgiveness heals and restores broken relationships. Finally, he uses the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux to show how trust in God’s mercy leads to extraordinary supernatural effects in one’s life and in the lives of those one touches.

Father Philippe’s writings are some of our most popular books. His website is frjacquesphillippe.com.

Now in stock.

Publisher: Scepter

Number of Pages: 96

Product Type: Paperback  

33 Days Consecration

The next consecration start date is April 10th to end on May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. We have the do-it-yourself retreat manual in stock.

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