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The Witness of Early Christian Women: Mothers of the Church

By: Mike Aquilina

Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women will reinforce Catholics understanding of the part played by women in the early Church. Drawing upon a wide spectrum of sources, it illustrates the many kinds of women that left their mark on sacred history by responding to God s call. Whether they were martyrs, abbesses, mothers, desert solitaries, or managers of large family businesses, these women s stories will encourage you and deepen your faith.

On Marriage and Family Life

By: Saint John Chrysostom 

Christian tradition often seems to give only grudging approval to the married life, particularly its sexual aspect. In these sermons of St John Chrysostom we find an important corrective to this view. Although himself a monk, Chrysostom had a profound understanding of the needs of his congregation. Inspired by the epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians, he discusses the reasons God instituted marriage: primarily to promote holiness of the husband and wife, and only secondarily to produce children. Chrysostom goes on to discuss sexual relations, the mutual responsibilities of marriage, and parenting. While parts of Chrysostom’s sermons may seem limited to his own time, the vast majority of his advice has timeless relevance for the Christian family.

The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way

By: Anton C. Vrame

In this book, the author clearly, colorfully, and dramatically reveals the visual and experiential teaching tradition of the Orthodox Christian faith, which emphasizes participation before explanation, experience that leads to understanding.

Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home

By: Caleb Shoemaker

How do we as Orthodox parents keep our children in the Church throughout their lives? It all begins with involving them in the life of the Church from birth onward—in the parish and also at home. Blueprints for the Little Church provides practical ideas and encouragement—without judgment—for incorporating the primary practices of Orthodox spirituality into your family life at every stage of its growth and throughout the church year.

Eastern Monasticism and the Future of the Church

By: Archimandrite Boniface

The renewal after Vatican II has deeply affected religious life. It has made us feel the need for new and untapped resources, such as those found in the monastic life of the Eastern Churches, the cradle of all Christian religious life in both East and West. By its freshness and continuity with the Gospel and the early Fathers, it has much to give that could meet the needs of the Church of our days.

Heaven on Earth: Art and the Church in Byzantium

By: Linda Safran

This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields.

The Orthodox Way

By: Kallistos Ware

This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship, and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now-classic “The Orthodox Church”. It raises the basic issues of theology: God as hidden yet revealed; the problem of evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond. In so doing, it helps to fill the need for a modern Orthodox catechism. Yet this book is not a mere manual, a dry-as-dust repository of information. Throughout the book, Father Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian. Doctrinal issues are seen not as abstract propositions for theological debate but as affecting the whole of life. A wealth of texts drawn from theologians and spiritual writers of all ages accompanies Father Ware’s presentation. They too reveal Orthodoxy not just as a system of beliefs, practices, and customs but indeed as the Way.