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Loving, Our Way of Living Sing O Barrren One... Jesus Goes Public
Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. Sr. Helen Graham, MM Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.
P 200.00 P 265.00 P 250.00
This book is Bishop Teodoro Bacani’s suggested “small-steps approach to the life of love,” to be lived easily by any and everyone. The numerous examples cited by good Bishop Ted – like Baby Coliflores who readily shared with others the little she saved from the flood or the artificial flower the gardener offered at a couple’s moments of bereavement – truly encourage the reader to give love. What the Bishop is really trying to say is that Jesus was sent to show us love is easy to practice, if done in little acts and lived in simple ways.
Jesus actually made love and kindness easy to practice and a compassionate life happy to live. The philosophy of the small and the theology of the crumbs that PONDO NG PINOY is trying to promote by way of the integral evangelization will find a partner and a friend in this book of Bishop Ted. May more people find this book a good starting point in the promotion of small good acts that lead to the development of persons as fully human and truly Christian, and ultimately bring for us today the promotion of good citizenry – ang tunay na Pilipino!
Anyone familiar with Sr. Helen Graham, MM knows that her articles complied in this book, “Sing, O Barren One…” And Other Essays on Biblical Themes, are not just the ruminations of a detached intellectual but the serious investigations of an engaged theologian and a dedicated biblical scholar. The four themes that are used to group the articles – War and Peace, Social Justice, Biblical Women, Church and Mission – reflect the personal concerns and interests of Sr. Helen throughout the years. One may not agree with everything she writes but one cannot remain unaffected by the passion and the zeal that she exhibits in putting forward her ideas. Anyone concerned with what the Bible has to say to the social issue they are advocating would certainly benefit from reading this book.







 
The Church teaches us that we grow in perfection as human beings by following Christ the perfect man (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, no.41). The Christ that we Filipinos know best is the Sto. Niño (the Child Jesus) and the Crucified and Dead Christ (Poong Jesus Nazareno at Santo Enrierro). Our best celebrations are our Christmas and Holy Week celebrations. Our religiosity is focused largely on the Child Jesus and the Suffering Christ.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why, despite the evident religiosity of Christian Filipinos, the Philippines, the majority of whose population is Christian, is nevertheless notorious for its economic poverty and corruption in public life. We pay much attention to the Child Jesus and to the Suffering Christ but have not paid enough attention to his public ministry where he shines out for us as the model of living our own public lives. This book, JESUS GOES PUBLIC. Focuses our attention on the public life of Jesus who shows us how to live in a way that will bring us to true fullness of life.
In Search of a Human Jesus and a Human Church Mary So Full of God, Yet So Much Ours The Call to Mission
Lode L. Wostyn, CICM Kathleen Cole, SSC Colm McKeating
P 150.00 P 150.00 P 200.00
At Vatican II, the Church found itself at a watershed as it tried to describe its identity and its relation to the world. It came to recognize that the scholastic language and method of theology was no longer serviceable in a modern world. Vatican II discovered that for theology to become authentically human its parameters must be the historical and the experiential. Truth as historical must replace the abstract categories of immutability and living faith must be based on human experience rather than on notional propositions. The Church also recognized that the consciousness of the modern world has generated “an immense series of new problems that call for a new endeavor of analysis and synthesis” (GS 5).
One such new endeavor can be found in Fr. Lode Wostyn’s new book which is inspired by Vatican II’s leading principles for doing theology. It is the fruit of many years of research and reflection in a teaching career that has been dedicated to handing on the message and mind of the Council. The book is a compendium of Fr. Wostyn’s works in Christology and Ecclesiology. In the Christology section, a strong emphasis can be seen on the historical Jesus to whom all theological reflections must inevitably return. The author is at pains to present Christ in his concrete humanity to enable us to meet him as a friend and disciple. A more extended treatment is devoted to the theology of the Church is which is considered under the Cardijn method of See-Judge-Act. Once again the Church is encountered in a fully human way as simul iustus et peccator (as saint and sinner in the one instance).
This is a very well documented and engaging book. It is eminently readable in a style that is economic, forthright and clear. If at times it may appear a little provocative and critical about the Church, the perspective is always one of faith formed in love. It is written with the prophetic hope of keeping alive the spirit of Vatican II.

Far from being a comprehensive treatment of the theology of Mary, the goal of this work is to serve as a basic introduction for students of theology as well as for those engaged in pastoral ministry. Hopefully it will provide course material also for students beyond the borders of Asia. This study enlarges and expands the scriptural and theological discussion on Mary in my previous books and incorporates insights of recent scholarship.






 

This book consists of eight meditations on the theme of Christian witness today. They are set in the framework of a spiritual retreat and are based on the biblical portrait of the early Church’s life and mission. There is an introductory chapter on the nature of a retreat and on the frame of mind that is conducive to a fruitful experience.
After treating the foundation and call to mission by the Risen Christ and the Spirit, the author deals with specific ways in which the Church is to bear witness to the gospel. The first of these is to recognize the role of the Holy Spirit as the chief agent of evangelization. Without the gift of the Spirit, nothing is accomplished in the Church’s mission. It is the Spirit’s primary task to manifest Christ and make him known to the world. This leads us to the testimony of our relationship with Christ which can be expressed in the form of a personal covenant. A spiritual exercise is then offered to help us assess the quality of our relationship with Christ.
We move next to consider the witness of community life. This was a powerful factor in the spread of the good news as attested in the Acts of the Apostles. There we find a model, though an idealized one, of the early Christian community. The first Christians were also known as the People of the Way inasmuch as there was something distinctive in their way of life. For the religious, this way of discipleship has been enshrined in the evangelical counsels of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
Our service to the world and ministry within the Church is also clearly a witness to mission. Thus, there are two chapters, one on ministry in general and the other on the ministerial priesthood to illustrate the servant nature of the Church.
The final chapter is on the Eucharist which is a celebration and renewal of our identity as a pilgrim people on mission. We are to be living witnesses to the good news by our transparent lives of joy.
 
ILOKANO-ENGLISH DICTIONARY Our Cultural Shadows Season of Grace
George P. Geladé, CICM Jan Swyngedouw, CICM & Peter Koh Joo-Kheng, CICM Colm McKeating, MSSC

Hardbound         P 950.00
Softbound          P 700.00

P 140.00  P 75.00
This invaluable and monumental tome from more than ten years of work is the product of updating the lexicographical work of a pioneering CICM, Fr. Morice Vanoverbergh who translated, augmented and revised the Vocabulario Iloco-Espanol of Fray Andres Carro, OSA into an Iloko-English Dictionary published in 1957. The stated purpose of this updated work is “to help those who, in their ministry, are in need of an Ilokano-English Dictionary” as well as “to provide a basis for further research.” Two CICM confreres, Fr. Leo Van de Winkel and Fr. Henry Geerooms, cooperated with Fr. Gelade in producing this present revision which approximately contains 18,500 main entries (roots); 30,000 verbal compositions and examples; and 15,300 cross references. One of the biggest challenges in missionary life is how to cope with cultural otherness vis-à-vis the continuing influences of our own native culture, our “cultural shadows.” Are these cultural shadows to be denied and rejected, or can they instead become a source of mutual enrichment? Set in the form of an exchange of letters with an older confrere-friend who was his teacher in the course Intercultural Communication, the present volume introduces the living voice of a young Asian-missionary in Africa struggling with this challenge and presents his reflections on the difficulties, frustrations, and joys of living in another culture.  The book is an invitation to fellow-missionaries, especially the young, to join them in that challenging journey of living and coping with our cultural shadows.

Without doubt, it is hard to talk about something in our spiritual life as basic as grace.  It is like trying to speak of earth, air, fire and water, the elementary but profound realities of the physical world.  We simply take such things for granted and get on with our lives.  Sometimes, however, we have to examine the quality of the air we breathe, the purity of the water, the richness of the soil, and the energy of fire and fuel. But the same I believe is true for the life of the Spirit in our communities.  At a time that could be described as one of spiritual crisis, we need to go back to first principles and examine the world of grace.

Homelessness and Emptiness: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom - An Initiation Journey into Buddhism
Liturgy Alive:
Models of Celebration
 
Our Log in My Eye

 
Thomas Mooren, OFM Cap. Camilo J. Marivoet, CICM Francis Gevaert, CICM
P 250.00 Cycle A - C  P 350.00 P 140.00

This book is the result of many years of research and travel through Buddhist cultures and geographies, from India to Vietnam, from Bhutan to Japan.  It reflects the dialogue situation between Buddhists and Christians.  In the Christian perspective, a renewed missiology has sharpened the view for what are essential in any dialogue process: kindness, intellectual diligence and sincerity. This book is inspired by these standards.

The author’s message is encouraging: “Think of your communities, their needs and aspirations, the stage of their faith, their education, their religious and secular culture.  Adapt yourself to them. Bring them closer to God and help them to see and live how near God is to them. Give them the Good News to the extent they can digest and live it in their everyday life.” This book offers models that can make our Eucharistic celebrations much more pastoral, much closer to the lives of the people, keeping in mind the nature of the different parts of the Mass.

Human wisdom, as we find in all cultures, is pitched against the wisdom of a God who speaks of himself in a language that can only be accepted in faith. Social critique is based upon human wisdom. The divine wisdom has something to say about family, nation, work, money, judiciary systems, laws and social differences which are pillars of the human society.  The organization of society is based upon security for some or for the majority.  The fear of death dominates and rules that organization.  Only faith in the resurrection of Jesus makes it possible to follow God’s wisdom.

From Spring to Life: Sunday Gospel Reflections

Vitamins for the Heart: The Gospel in Simple Words

The Third Gospel for the Third World (Vols. 1-4)
Paul Foulon, CICM Camilo J. Marivoet, CICM Herman Hendrickx, CICM
Year A-C     @ P 140.00 per vol

Book One  P150.00
Book Two  P140.00

These 3 volumes combine pastoral sensitivity, theological and scriptural soundness and spiritual wisdom.  They can help pastors and laity alike not only in the performance of their ministry, but also in their personal encounter with the living word of God.
Fr. Chito Tagle, S.T.D.
Professor of Theology

Gathers in book form the texts of the cards distributed by Movement Without a Name—messages aimed at bringing out that “the best is alive in people, in all the sons and daughters of God, whether they know it nor not.”  Movement Without a Name is “action-oriented, trying to humanize the world we live in, so as to make it a hospitable community where there is place for everyone and where we accept, love, inspire one another, and appeal to everyone.” The movement’s headquarters is in Antwerp, Belgium.

Although a European, Herman Hendrickx is eminently qualified to interpret the Gospel of Luke from a Two-Thirds World viewpoint.  His cross cultural experiences are legion.  His commentary overflows with evidences of contextualized exegesis without abandoning solid historico-critical methodology. The author’s profound knowledge of Luke’s cultural context allows him to understand the contextual innuendoes and overtones of the teachings of Jesus in that day.  This enables him to find parallels in the contemporary Two-Thirds World.
-Justice C. Anderson,
Missiology Professor

Kasabay Ko, Ikaw at Ikaw

God’s Heart and Ours
A Rediscovery of God’s Love and the Art of Loving Truly

A Time in a Lonely Place
A Retreat Source Book
Francis Gevaert, CICM Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. Phil Estrella, OMI
Year A-C    P 199.00 P 100.00 P 250.00
Inaanyayahan tayo ni Jesus na mamuhay bilang mga anak ng Diyos, hindi lamang sa loob ng simbahan, kundi kahit saan. Namumuhay tayo sa Isang Kapitbahayan.  Doon natin natatagpuan ang ating mga kapwa Kristiyano na karaniwang hindi natin piniling maging kapitbahay. Doon lumilipas ang halos kalahating oras ng ating buhay o higit pa, kaya doon tayo dapat kumilos bilang mga anak ng Ama at itayo ang isang munting bayan ng Diyos, isang Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), Bukluran o Kapatiran na nababatay sa pagkakaibigan, pagtutulungan at pagmamahalan.

An excellent spiritual reading for any time of the year. It  centers on the heart: our human hearts and the Heart of Jesus. It is spiritual reading in the best sense and obviously the fruit of much prayer – prayer that has lived through much priestly dedication and labor as well as trial and suffering; through an ongoing process of growth and conversion, of deepening self- understanding, surely – longing for an ever more authentic response to the Lord’s compassion, forgiveness and love.

Jesus invites his disciples “to come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a   while…” (Mk 6:31). It is an invitation to rest and to pray, an invitation to go on a retreat. Yet rest did not come easy even to Christ. Sometimes, when he sought a break, it did not come or was interrupted. This retreat sourcebook hopes to facilitate your quiet time in the “desert.” It includes short reflections, inspiring quotations, liturgical celebrations, contemporary prayers, and a fresh translation of popularly used psalms. In whatever unique way you use this sourcebook, may it help you to grow in faith, hope and love.
The Good News Church The Eucharist and Mary Mga Kataga sa Teolohiyang Doktrinal
Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. Dalubhasaang Teolohiko ng Maryhill
P 150.00 P 150.00 P 60.00
The Church exists to evangelize (Paul VI).  It has always done this, but unfortunately in recent centuries, the work of evangelizing was considered the responsibility of the Pope, bishops, priests, and religious, but not of every Christian.  I hope this book will help increase awareness that every Christian is called to evangelize and that the whole Church should be an evangelizing Church.  The Gospel readings for Year B give us very  important indications on the ways Jesus evangelized, and  they point out to us different paths of evangelization.

This book is written to help our Catholic shepherds and faithful celebrate meaning fully and fruitfully the Eucharistic and Marian year. The Eucharist is the source and apex of our Christian Life as well as the Church’s source of life and energy for its mission. Mary, on the other hand, is both our mother and model in following of Jesus.

Ang libretong ito ay ang una sa apat na bumubuo ng seryeng Mga Kataga sa Teolohiya (Doktrinal, Pag-aaral ng Bibliya, at Liturhiya at Mga Sakramento). Para sa Teolohiyang Doktrinal, sinikap sundan ng mga umakda ang apat na pamantayan: (1) Filipinong totoo, (2) makabuluhan sa kasalukuyang panahon, (3) nakaugat sa teolohiyang Kristiyano, at (4) sapat ang bawa’t kahulugang inilapat.

Doing Ecclesiology:Church and Mission Today Church: Pilgrim Community of Disciples
Readings in Ecclesiology
Kaloob ni Kristo
A Filipino Christian Account of Conscience
Lode L. Wostyn, CICM Lode L. Wostyn, CICM Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD
P  110.00 P50.00 P 200.00

The author articulates the process of doing theology, christology, ecclesiology and missiology as it is happening already among vast sections of the People of God. His critical analysis of the polarizations in the Church is done through a process of “deconstruction and reconstruction,” bringing the reader back to the New Testament community of disciples.  This book provides a solid foundation towards doing ecclesiology and mission today. A renewed Church for a new missionary era.  hallenging and demanding.  
Richard Rohr,
OFM  Albuquerque, New Mexico

The changes in the church and society during the last decades of our century have caused fear among some church leaders and theologians.  Their responses, among others, has been the revival of neo-scholastic textbooks which has thrown a dam across the torrents of renewal.  Although a “new” synthesis of our faith may be needed in our troubled times, we often have to content ourselves with occasional reflections which try to answer the concrete challenges we meet as a community in a particular situation. This book brings together a number of such occasional papers which were written as responses to concrete challenges in the local churches of the Philippines.  These papers are an invitation to do theology and ecclesiology in the Filipino church which recognized itself as being at the crossroads during its Plenary Council in 1991. Once again, the Filipino Church is a pilgrim “journeying to our new reality: a church totally for others and totally for God, true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in whose name and constant company we go.” Inculturation in relation to conscience is something pioneering that the author has undertaken and is commendable. It would be rather appropriate because his outline is thematic-systematic discussing conscience from its most debated question, from its emergence to nature, from its activity to normativeness, being seen from both tradition, contemporary Western discussions and finally from the Filipino point of view. This is where Fr. Miranda makes his contribution in terms of in-depth study of ‘loob’ and ‘budhi.’ Fr. Rodel Aligan,
O.P. (UST, Manila)

Peace at the Last: A Christian Thelogy of the Last Things Liturgy Alive: Models of Celebration–Weekdays Canonical Issues Related to Religious Life, 200 Practical Questions and Answers
Colm McKeating, MSSC

Camilo J. Marivoet, CICM

Elias L. Ayuban, Jr., CMF
P 225.00 P 630.00 P 195.00
Winner in the 32nd Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Book in Theology.
Fr. Colm McKeating’s book is a pleasantly readable and inspiring presentation of the Last Things, a subject which does not lend itself easily to interesting reading. His treatment of the Last Things, seeing it all as a theology of hope from the perspective of God’s love is refreshing. And he makes his subject very relevant when he states correctly, “Every revelation of the past or of the future is intended for the present life and is meant to instruct and challenge us.” Intellectually stimulating, spiritually nourishing and pastorally very helpful, this book, written by a pastorally sensitive theologian, is very highly recommended to professors, catechists, pastors, students and interested laypeople. (Most Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr., bishop-emeritus of Novaliches)
The result of many years of work through study, meditation and prayer, this book    presents models designed to enhance the meaning of each daily Mass.  It takes on the form of an alternative Weekday Missal, with the hope that in the daily Eucharistic Celebration the presider will be able to address the needs of people, thus giving fulfillment to Fr. Camilo’s very encouraging message: “Think of your communities, their needs and aspirations, the stage of their faith, their education, their religious and secular culture.  They are the community to which you have to adapt yourself, that you have to bring closer to God, that you have to lead to a worship that reflects their lives.”

This book helps clarify come doubts and issues that pertain to Canon Law such as: (1) How should the Superior and the Council proceed with a deliberative act? (2) What are the norms that regulate a capitular election? 3) What are exclaustration, dismissal, and “leave of absence”? (4) What is the authority of diocesan Bishops over religious institutes? 5) and many more. The 200 questions and answers are presented in a simple way, which you can follow without special difficulty.

Doing Christology: The Re-Appropriation of a Tradition Doing Theology: Basic Realities and Processes I BELIEVE: A Workbook for Theology I
Believing Unto Discipleship
Discipleship in Community
Living Like Jesus
Jose M. de  Mesa and Lode L. Wostyn, CICM Jose M. de  Mesa and Lode L. Wostyn, CI Lode L. Wostyn, CICM (ed.)
P 195.00 P 140.00 set of 4  P 280.00 or P70.00 @
The book begins with an unstated dissatisfaction not only with a theological understanding which has been inherited from the past but also with the presupposition that a theology which was developed in a specific human situation can, with some adjustments, be suitable for all times and all places. It intends to give students a good understanding of what is at stake when the enterprise known as Christology is entered into. Thus, the main points developed in the work are merely sign posts towards a more systematic treatment of the topic. The basic realities and processes which must be taken into account are explicitly mentioned and elaborated. Suggested readings which are provided at the end of each chapter represent the basic sources utilized for every section of the work and offer a select bibliography of references which a reader may wish to consult and broaden and deepen his or her knowledge of a specific point or two.

Theology today is in crisis. Divorced from the actual realities of life, it has been criticized as irrelevant and, therefore, meaningless. Granted that in the description of the neo-scholastic approach and its counterpart, the so-called “grassroots theology,” not too much care about the necessary nuances has been taken, it would still be naïve to dismiss the objections raised against theology as mere slogans of the less enlightened activists. When reading the theological statements not only of the Councils in the past, but also some contemporary “speculative” theologians, we can hardly escape the impression that we are indulging in a conceptual play of words which has very little to do with our search and struggle to give expression to Jesus’ dream of abundant life for all in our daily life. We have to rediscover the meaning of theology in our contemporary Filipino situation. This, of course, necessitates an inquiry on how theology can and ought to function in our own lives and in our pastoral endeavors, unless we are prepared to relegate it among the relics of the Christendom of the pa The adoption of an incarnation evangelization into the theology program of Catholic schools involves the reworking of our textbooks. We made our attempt, and I Believe is the first of a series of four workbooks. The second, which is entitled Believing Unto Discipleship, is on Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. The third entitled Discipleship in Community is on the Church and the Sacraments. The fourth is on morality, and is entitled Living Like Jesus. Instead of textbooks, we have produced workbooks. The many activities in the workbooks are intended to help the students reflect on their experiences, to help them to be more aware of the situations that they are in and of the issues and problems that exist around them, in the light of their faith. It is meant to make them more aware that God’s revelation is not limited to a number of doctrines but that it can be found, first of all, in their experiences. The materials produced are workbooks, in the sense that the students are not only to read them, but are also to work on them or to “put flesh into them,” making them their own.
Joyful Giver: Not-so-Spriritual Anecdotes with the CICM Missionaries Carrying on the Mission: 100 Years of CICM in the Philippines March of the Unknown
Rex Celis Salvilla, CICM, ed. Daniel Guzman, SSP Rudolf Horst, SVD
P 100.00 P 200.00 P 125.00
CICM missionaries are not known for being spiritual giants. The work quietly in parishes, in schools, and in other areas. None of them was ever reported to have seen apparitions, or attained beatific vision, or received stigmata. They are rather down-to-earth workers who participate in the life of the local people. They are stewards of the Lord’s vineyard who, with their limtiations, learn the culture of another people, lead the liturgies, join the celebrations, get into conflict with each other, and spread the Gospel as much as they can. This booklet contains anecdotes about CICM confreres. Stringent criteria for an anecdote to be included are: (1) It should be about CICM confrere/s; (2) It should be true; (3) It should not require parental guidance. Very short and light spiritual reflections are given after the not-so-spiritual anecdotes. The reflections are down-to-earth insights that reflect the CICM missionary spirit.

An anniversary marking 100 years is a very important occasion for remembrance and revitalization, especially for a religious-missionary congregration. We need to remember that momentous event in November of 1907 when the CICM pioneers set foot for the first time in this archipelago. From that time on, and across the span of a century, we see how the story of the CICM has been inextricably linked with the history and evolution of the Church in the Philippines. There is so much to remember, so much to thank God for and so much to pray for, in order to face the future. This book is a humble attempt to capture the different aspects of remembrance and expression of  gratitude inspired by this jubilee. It is an attempt to remember the stories of the labor of love of so many confreres and collaborators who bravely left the comforts of their homes in order to bring Christ’s message to the people of this country. Therefore, this book should serve as a constant reminder for all of us of the missionary character of the Philippine church, which has received so much gift of faith and human solidarity.

Have you ever asked about the little boy whom Jesus placed in the midst of his disciples when they raised this question: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Mt. 18:1-5 reports the incident and Jesus’ words: “I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.” We know what happened later: Jesus was crucified and the disciples fled. But did you ever ask what happened to the boy? Fr. Rudolf Horst, SVD deals with such questions in this book by enlarging on the vague, brief references to minor characters in the Old and New Testaments. Using information from exegesis, history, tradition, archeology and other information sources, Fr. Horst comes up with interesting, meaningful, and amusing stories about these characters behind and beyond what the Bible tells. As an effect, the major characters become better understood by readers. Do you wish to know more about Epron and Pharaoh’s Butler, Rahab and Ehud, the Woman with Hemorrhage and the Naked Youth in Mark, the Eunuch from Ethiopia and Onesimus, and many others? Fr. Horst has gems for you, if you can get hold of his book. By the way, the little boy in Mt. 18:1-5 is said to have grown up into a disciple of Jesus and became known as Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr.
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