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Pauline Books & Media Website is an expression of the ministry of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious, founded to spread the Gospel values through the modern media of communication. St. Paul is the model of their discipleship and mission. He inspires them to have a Christian vision of the world and that universal outlook which makes them open to all nations and cultures in order to live the concrete contexts in which they are called
to live and work.

THE ATTENTIVE LIFE

Discerning God’s Presence in All Things
Leighton Ford
Distractions were keeping Leighton Ford from seeing God’s work in and around him. So he began a journey of longing and looking for God. And it started with paying attention. In these pages, he invites you to journey with him. Using the rich tradition of praying the hours, will help you pay attention to God’s work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life. If you’re busy, rushing through each day, you might be feeling disconnected from God. But the way toward him starts with a pause and a prayer with intention and becomes a way of life, awake and alive to the peaceful presence of God.

IMAGINATION AND THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Sandra M. Levy
What makes us open to glimpses of the Transcendent in our daily lives? The power of the imagination, according to Sandra Levy — a power that has been depleted in today’s postmodern culture. To address this situation, Levy first explores how the imagination expresses itself — through ritual, music, poetry, art, and story — and then focuses on specific practices that can exercise and enrich our spiritual capacity, thus opening us up to divine encounter. Imagination and the Journey of Faith will speak to both those outside of a religious tradition and those in faith communities who wish to deepen the imaginative power of their spiritual lives.

PUT DOWN YOUR SWORD

Answering the Gospel Call to Creative Nonviolence
John Dear
Arguing that Christians must follow Christ’s example in the ways of peace, Dear outlines the many actions he himself has taken following the path of non-violence, modelling his own vision of peace. Sharing his insights about the non-violence of Jesus, the Beatitudes, the nature of God, and the mystery of the resurrection, Dear goes on to relate stories from the various protests in which he has been involved. Dear also profiles the peacemakers he finds most inspiring, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Henri Nouwen to Joan Baez. Finally, he reflects on care for the earth, the teachings of Thomas Merton, and the vision of a new world without war, poverty, or violence.

WHAT YOUT MONEY MEANS

And How to Use It Well
Frank J. Hanna
As featured in Reader’s Digest and the PBS program The Call of the Entrepreneur, venture capitalist Frank Hanna explains the meaning of money and how to deal with it constructively in good times and bad. Hanna offers a persuasive argument in favour of generous philanthropy, no matter the size of one’s fortune. “A wonderful book with an engaging style and practical value for every reader, whether wealthy or more modest of means.” — Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Arch-Bishop of Denver

Church News

On 20 February Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations at Geneva, participated in the tenth special session of the Human Rights Council, which focused on the world economic crisis and its repercussions on human rights.
The prelate noted how the current crisis “has created a global recession causing dramatic social consequences, including the loss of millions of jobs and the serious risk that, for many of the developing countries, the Millennium Development Goals may not be reached. The human rights of countless persons are compromised, including the right to food, water, health and decent work”.
“In a recent document, the World Bank estimates that, in 2009, the current global economic crisis could push an additional 53 million people below the threshold of two dollars a day. This figure is in addition to the 130 million people pushed into poverty in 2008 by the increase in food and energy prices”.
“It is well known”, the permanent observer went on, “that low-income countries are heavily dependent upon two financing flows: foreign aid and migrant remittances. Both flows are expected to decline significantly over the next months, due to the worsening of the economic crisis. … The delegation of the Holy See would like to focus on a specific case in this crisis: its impact on the human rights of children, which exemplifies, as well, what is symptomatic of the destructive impact on all other social and economic rights. These include the right to health, education, and food.”
The nuncio then went on to consider another consequence of the crisis “that could be particularly relevant for the mandate of the United Nations: All too often, periods of severe economic hardship have been characterised by the rise in power of governments with dubious commitments to democracy. The Holy See prays that such consequences will be avoided in the present crisis, since they would result in a serious threat for the diffusion of basic human rights for which this institution has so tenaciously struggled.

Christians an Asset to Muslim Countries

Benedict XVI is affirming that Christians add a richness to Muslim-majority countries.
The Pope said this in a message written on his behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and sent to a conference sponsored by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The conference was on “The Value of the Churches in the Middle East: Christians and Muslims Discuss Together.”
In the message, the Holy Father expressed the hope that the Middle East will be “a land of dialogue and fraternal collaboration, mutual respect and peace, thanks to the responsible contribution of all believers who live in it.”
The issue discussed in the meeting has a “clear religious and social significance.”
The meeting, the papal statement said, “is one more step in the patient and beneficial journey of dialogue between Christians and Muslims on [topics] of mutual interest.” In particular, it affirmed, the congress confronts the “crucial” issue “of the presence of Christian communities in regions of strong Islamic supremacy.”
The statement encouraged congress participants “to bring to light, also thanks to the involvement of key representatives of the Islamic world, how the presence of Christians in the Middle East represents a true richness for the whole society and a significant guarantee of social, cultural and religious development.”
The Pope “invokes divine blessings on the important meeting, and fervently [hopes] that useful elements will emerge in it that will make the dialogue between Christians and Muslims increasingly fraternal, especially in regions where Christians are a minority.”
Archbishop Chaput Gives Businessmen Key to Success

The key to success is personal integrity and living virtuously with a focus on giving rather than taking, affirmed the archbishop of Denver in an address to business leaders.
Archbishop Charles Chaput affirmed this on 24 February 2009 in Toronto in an address to some 100 leaders in the business community. The talk, “Character and Circumstance,” was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Salt and Light Catholic Television Network, Regis College and the Meritus, an archdiocesan group for Catholic business leaders.
The prelate recognized that “a free market can be a powerful force for good in the world,”
but warned that “economic power can become a kind of addiction.”
He added, “The need for a profit and today’s specialization of skills and interests narrows our horizon – not just at work, but in the way we connect with the world and perceive others.” The market exists for everyone, he affirmed, but “we never lose responsibility for the people around us.”
Archbishop Chaput said: “Catholic or not, any sensible businessperson can understand the logic of the Golden Rule. We reap what we sow. If we act ethically, we create an ethical world.” God is love, he emphasized, and thus “there’s no way to be a ‘successful’ person – in business, in politics, in the Church or anywhere else – by wanting and taking more than we’re willing to give.”
The prelate asked his audience, “Where does God belong in the marketplace?” He answered: “He belongs in the hearts and the actions of the people who make the market succeed. And that means you.”
“The truest respect we can show to civil authority, the Archbishop stated, is the witness of our Catholic faith and our moral convictions, without excuses or apologies.” He continued: “It doesn’t matter what we claim to believe if we’re unwilling to act on our beliefs.”
Ecumenical Group Concurs About Spiritual Desert

Christians of many confessions are united in affirming that the ecological crisis is itself a reflection of a deeper spiritual crisis.
This was one of the conclusions from the meeting of the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches and the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, which was held on 19 to 22 February in Hungary. The committee considered the issue of creation as the main point on its agenda this year.
“In the discussion, the committee noted that the ecological crisis is itself a reflection of a deeper spiritual crisis,” a final statement reported. “There was shared agreement on the words of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI that the external deserts in the world are growing because the internal deserts have become so vast.”
The Christian leaders recognized that human beings need to come to see themselves as stewards, not exploiters, of creation.
“A concern for effective stewardship of creation is closely linked with a concern for justice in our world,” they contended. ” The Christian leaders resolved to use the time from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4 as especially dedicated to “contemplate, care for and celebrate God’s goodness in creation.”
Finally, it recognized that churches throughout Europe need to play their part in influencing the U.N. Climate Conference to take place in Copenhagen this December.