Rita of Cascia

Rita of Cascia
Saint of the Impossible
by Glynn MacNiven-Johnston

St Rita spent 18 years in a difficult marriage before entering a convent to lead a life of poverty and great charity. She is invoked by those in desperate situations: women having difficulties in their marriages or problems with their children; anyone trying to make peace with family or neighbours; and by those who are ill, frustrated in their hopes, or who cannot see a way forward. These are all things she had to face in her life, and she is known as a powerful intercessor.

Author Glynn MacNiven-Johnston studied theology and taught English in various Islamic countries for many years. She has worked in Catholic publishing for over a decade.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 40 pages
Product Code: B711
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Francis de Sales

Francis de Sales
by J. B. Midgley

Francisís vocation and intrepid missionary work in France and Geneva were born and tested in the turmoil of European religious wars and the Reformation. Despite poor health, his fine mind, legal training and powerful pen, coupled with his great faith and zeal, made him a persuasive and effective debater against the Calvinism of his time. Francis (1567-1622) became Bishop of Geneva, where he died, exhausted, at only 55. This booklet introduces the reader to his writings, samples of which are included.

Author Barry Midgley, a retired Headmaster, has spent most of his professional life in Catholic education. He has published several titles with CTS and lives in East Anglia.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 56 pages
Product Code: B708
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Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila
by Jennifer Moorcroft

This great Spanish saint (1515-1582), mystic and Doctor of the Church spearheaded the reform of the Carmelite order, founding dozens of new convents in her own lifetime. Admired and disliked in equal measure, her strong will and incredible energy were supplemented by a great human compassion, frankness and sense of humour, and a constant search in prayer for her beloved Christ. Jennifer Moorcroft sets out this inspiring epic with ease, and introduces readers to Teresaís Interior Castle and other writings.

Jennifer Moorcroft is a Third Order Carmelite and belongs to a local Carmelite Spirituality Group. She is the author of He is My Heaven (a biography of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity), and God is All Joy (a forthcoming biography of Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes). She is married, and lives in Stevenage.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 64 pages
Product Code: B706
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Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo
by Fr Ben O'Rourke OSA

Augustine: Saint, Bishop, Father of the Church and Doctor of the Church, but above all a man with an extraordinary story to tell. This booklet uses the famous Confessions of St Augustine to recount his famous journey from a life of sin and error to a life lived for Christ and his fellow Christians. Augustine's spiritual insights are as fresh and valuable today as when they were written 1600 years ago.

Fr Ben O'Rourke is an Augustinian priest. He is currently parish priest at Clare Priory in Suffolk. He has also been headmaster at Austin Friars School, Carlisle and parish priest at St Mary's, Harborne, Birmingham. He is a native of Castleislund, Co. Kerry.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 68 pages
Product Code: B703
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John of the Cross

John of the Cross
by Jennifer Moorcroft

Together with Teresa of Avila, John de Yepez Alvarez was instrumental in the reform of the Carmelite order in 16th-century Spain. Familiar with tragedy from an early age, John of the Cross became a towering spiritual figure in his own time, only to be despised and rejected by many. Diminutive in stature and humble in spirit, he penned some of the greatest spiritual works from the darkness of his prison cell. He died loving his enemies and in the embrace of his beloved Lord.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 72 pages
Product Code: B702
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Vincent de Paul

Vincent de Paul
by J. B. Midgley

Amid the wars and turmoil of 16th-century Reformation France, and in the midst of great suffering and poverty, Providence provided an amazing example of apostolic zeal. Highly intelligent, physically small, and burning with love for Christ in the poor, Vincent de Paul stimulated a major change in the social consciousness of France and far beyond. His Religious Orders for men and women continue today. This account of his life and times captures the amazing spirit of this humble and courageous man, who truly loved and served the poor.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 56 pages
Product Code: B701
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John Vianney

John Vianney
by J. B. Midgley

For over 40 years John Vianney was the parish priest of Ars, near Lyon, France. From modest farming stock and poor at his studies, he overcame many obstacles to become a priest, and to care for his neglected flock. His holiness, preaching and sanctity drew endless numbers of pilgrims. His fame in his own lifetime matched that of a modern day Mother Teresa or Padre Pio. This highly informative booklet reveals the real person behind the famous Cure d'Ars, and his boundless love for Christ.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 64 pages
Product Code: B698
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George

George
Patron of England
by J. B. Midgley

Images of Saint George on horseback slaying the dragon are well known. What of his life, his story, his context, his links to England, his place in the liturgy? St George appears in verse, art and drama. There are well known devotions associated with him. All this and more is explored and explained in this highly informative booklet.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 48 pages
Product Code: B695
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Dominic

Dominic
by J. B. Midgley

Some 800 years ago Dominic Guzman and his 'Order of Preachers' criss-crossed the inhospitable paths of Europe to preach the Gospel and to combat the half-truths of their day. Born of a noble family of Old Castile, a model student, he spurned privilege for a life devoted to Christ. This amazing tale of faith and courage, and the rich legacy of the Dominicans, is highly relevant today to those concerned for the 'soul of Europe', and for her Christian heritage.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 72 pages
Product Code: B693
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Martin de Porres

Martin de Porres
by Glynn MacNiven-Johnson

Martin de Porres is a saint whose popularity has remained undiminished despite his obscure history as a seventeenth century Dominican in South America. His humility and love in the face of racism and prejudice, make him a model for our own time of conflict. In 1962 he became the first South American black saint and patron of interracial brotherhood. It was however, his care for the poor, the suffering and even sick animals that made him famous. He performed many miraculous cures in his lifetime and to this day his intercession is sought in many areas with great effect.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 48 pages
Product Code: B691
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Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Siena
by Sr Mary O'Driscoll, O.P.

St Catherine of Siena, mystic, doctor of the Church, patron of Italy and of Europe has always been considered one of the great women of the Church. In her life she strove to love God above all and help her neighbour, whether this meant caring for a leper or reprimanding a pope. This new text gives a brief biography and an introduction to Catherine's writings and theology.

Author Mary O'Driscoll is an Irish Dominican Sister. She completed a doctoral degree at the Gregorian University, on the theology of Catherine of Siena and teaches at the Angelicum.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 48 pages
Product Code: B690
Price: £1.95