The Song of Bernadette
Tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfil a promise he made to God.
While hiding in the little village of Lourdes, Werfel felt the Nazi noose tightening, and realizing that he and his wife might well be caught and executed, he made a promise to God to write about the “song of Bernadette” that he had been inspired by during his clandestine stay in Lourdes. Though Werfel was Jewish, he was so deeply impressed by both Bernadette and the happenings at Lourdes, that his writing has a profound sense of Catholic understanding.
605 pages R297.50
St. Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary, Mother, Mystic
Written to coincide with the September 2016 canonization of Mother Teresa by Pope Francis, this new biography follows St. Teresa’s life from Macedonia to the cloister in India to the streets of Calcutta to worldwide fame and the company of the saints. Readers will be inspired by the remarkable trajectory of her life, and the love of God that propelled it.
Each chapter focuses on a different period in her life and ministry, beginning with her childhood and family life, her postulancy, novitiate, commitment to the Loreto Sisters, and her twenty years (1928-48) with them in India. Then, the author observes the 1946 turning point in Mother Teresa’s life: her sense that God was calling her to dedicate herself to serving the poor of India, her leave-taking of the Loreto Sisters, and struggle for ecclesial approval for a new religious order. He also explores her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, relationship with John Paul II, and work in the 1980s and 90s with war victims and AIDS patients. One of the most illuminating facets of this new biography is the revelation that Mother Teresa endured a 50-year “dark night of the soul,” and how she persevered by realizing that it was a grace that allowed her to live Christ’s Passion.
144 pages R253.00
Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out
With the cause for his beatification reportedly moving along rapidly now at the Vatican, this biography of a people's saint traces the events leading up to the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero at a chapel altar in San Salvador and the reverberations of that day in El Salvador and beyond.
This in-depth look at Archbishop Romero, the pastor-defender of the poor and great witness of the faith, offers a prism through which to view a Catholic understanding of liberation and how to be a church of the poor, for the poor, as Pope Francis calls us to be.
164 pages R217.00
John XXIII simple and humble: A Blessed Man: Privileged Testomonies
Simplicity and humility. These two characteristics led to Angelo Roncalli's election as pope, as well as to his beatiﬁcation in 2000. Gunnar Riebs has managed to come incredibly close to the personality that Pope John XXIII.
Was: several Witnesses, including John’s private secretary, Loris Francesco Capovilla, share their story and allow Riebs to portray the Good Pope as the extraordinary and truly inspiring man that he was.
2011 152 pages R76.00