The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis (January 2016)
Available as an ebook or audio book through the Libby app.* In his first book published as Pope, Francis invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.
The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with Pope Francis’ desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.
Walking with C. S. Lewis: A Spiritual Journey Through His Life and Writings
Six standalone 30-minute lectures introduce the viewer to C.S. Lewis and his major works, which include such spiritual classics as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. Presenter Professor Tony Ash witnesses as to how his encounter with Lewis’s writings as a young husband animated his own Christian experience. Lewis’s journey from atheist to committed Christian is relatable for many. Streaming to your home on hoopla.*
The God Minute
The God Minute, “Prayer on the Go,” an outreach of the Vincentians, Western Province. Choose from seven ways to listen, all of which are free: Spotify, on the Web at thegodminute.org, Podcast, YouTube, App, Facebook, and Twitter. Search your preferred platform for “The God Minute.”
Each day The God Minute offers ten minutes of music, prayer, and reflection on-demand, at your convenience. The podcasts follow a pattern: Monday and Tuesday, for example, are based on the Liturgy of the Hours; Saturday offers a reflection on the Sunday Mass readings.
We use the App on our iPhone. Every day features a one-line prayer, such as, “I call upon You, hear me O God.” You can configure your phone to sound a tone three times a day at random times: say, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. That tone is your call to prayer—to remember God’s goodness and perhaps repeat the daily petition.
Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ (2014, 553 pages)
Available through local libraries and as an ebook; audiobook (18 hours) on hoopla**
A gifted storyteller and spiritual director, Father James Martin, SJ, invites readers to experience the stories of the Gospels in a completely new, vivid, and exciting way to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. Moving sequentially through the Gospels, considering not only familiar passages but also the "hidden life" of Jesus, the book offers a bold retelling of the life of Christ, faithful to the Christian tradition, while meditating on parts of the narrative that have often escaped notice.
Martin re-creates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher us into Jesus's life and times and reveal how Jesus speaks to us today. Jesus: A Pilgrimage is an invitation to know Jesus as Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.
*Our suggestions are meant to help you deepen your relationship with God. Some are specifically Catholic; some are not, but all are intended to aid your Christian journey.
**Libby, hoopla, and kanopy are digital platforms that enable you to download free movies, TV shows, ebooks, and audio books using your public library card. Ask at either the Concord or Carlisle public libraries.