Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God? You'll discover how in "The Mystery of God," a new six-part film series and study program by Bishop Robert Barron. The lessons reach into our rich intellectual tradition. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, you'll uncover a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by "God". Lesson Summary LESSON 1 – ATHEISM AND WHAT WE MEAN BY "GOD" There are lots of views about God. Some see him as a mythical fairy in the sky, others as the Supreme Being. Some consider him a threat to our freedom. But for Christians, God is not one being among many. He's not a competitor to our flourishing. God is that than which nothing greatest can be thought, the strange and unique source of being itself. Before discussing anything about God we must become clear about one question: who is God? LESSON 2 – ST. THOMAS AQUINAS AND THE PATHS TO GOD In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas composed his famous five paths to God. His proofs don't depend on the Bible or divine revelation. They simply start from the world around us—trees, birds, buildings, and even ourselves. Thomas noticed that none of these things have to exist. But if that's the case, there must be some cause behind them, something grounding their existence. For Thomas and all Christians since, we know this source of all being by its ancient name—God. LESSON 3 – THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES Once we understand who God is, we naturally wonder, "What is he like? How does he act?" We can never fully answer those questions. Yet we can know that God is self-sufficient—he doesn't need the world but creates it out of love. God is omniscient, knowing all things. God is omnipresent, everywhere in existence. Through these attributes we discover a God who presses upon the world, always and everywhere, not aggressively but only with love. LESSON 4 – PROVIDENCE AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL Perhaps the most difficult question in theology is this: Why does God allow evil? If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why are our lives marked with pain and suffering? These are not abstract questions. They go right to the heart of our experience. We have each wrestled with misery, wondering when God would intervene. As with Job, God does not give us answers. He instead offers a person: the crucified Jesus, through whom God enters our suffering and makes it his own. LESSON 5 – EXPLORING THE TRINITY The most important event in human history took place when God, infinite and incomprehensible, became a finite and familiar man, Jesus Christ. While some people reduce Jesus to a wise teacher, the testimony of scripture and the early Church makes it clear that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God incarnate. He's the Second Person of the Trinity. And by his sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, we too can enter into Trinitarian life. LESSON 6 – THE GOD WHO IS LOVE The book of Genesis reveals that we are made in the image and likeness of God. What does this mean? For St. Augustine it affirmed that our own traits—our minds, our self-knowledge, our self-love–can tell us something about God as a Trinity. What is Christianity finally about? What is the deepest meaning of being and all reality? The Christian answer is this: God is lov
Scott Hahn believes that families, nations and even the Church are held together by the power of personal commitments. He declares that when we really want to change our lives we mark the transition by the taking of an oath. That's what people do on their wedding day, on the day they become citizens, on the day they enter the military, or on the day they assume public office. But, he declares, the most powerful oaths of all are those that mark the Christian Sacraments. Informative, Enlightening and Inspiring In Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments , you'll join Catholic theologian and best-selling author Dr. Scott Hahn as he recounts his personal adventure of discovery that will make the familiar topic of the Sacraments seem brand new. As you share his journey from a simply symbolic Protestant understanding of the Sacraments to the traditional teaching of the Fathers of the Church, you'll discover new insights into the Sacraments that will inspire, enlighten and inform you as never before - even if you're a lifelong Catholic! You'll learn how the Catholic understanding of a Sacrament is based on the Biblical concept of swearing an oath (Sacramentum in Latin). And how, in Biblical times, parties to covenants would swear a sacred oath, offer a sacrifice and share a meal, all elements contained in the Catholic Sacraments today. Far from later additions to Christian worship as some Protestants claim, Dr. Hahn demonstrates that the Sacraments are solidly based in Scripture and how they have always been a crucial part of the belief and practice of the Church. Heaven is with Us Now Drawing upon the Bible and the Church's Tradition, Dr. Hahn shows how God's Covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David became the driving forces in history. But most importantly you'll see how Jesus came to fulfill all these Old Covenants by establishing a New Covenant, with greater power than ever before. You’ll learn how we already have a share in the eternal life of the Trinity, a life we hope to know fully in heaven, because heaven is truly with us here and now in the Sacraments. Scott Hahn's Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments is a concise summary of the clear, popular teaching that has opened the depths of Catholic theology to laypeople around the world via his best-selling books, radio programs and television appearances. Now Dr. Hahn expands his straightforward explanation of the seven Sacraments in these vibrant and exciting live recordings of his popular talks that will help you experience the Sacraments like never before. Christ's Most Beautiful Gifts As Dr. Hahn reveals the truth about living the eternal promise of the New Covenant, you'll rediscover the richness of the seven Sacraments as the most beautiful gifts that Jesus Christ ever gave to the Church. See how He endowed them with His own power to change lives, save souls, and share His own Divine Life with us. Order now and begin to encounter anew the promise and the power of the Sacraments. Swear To God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments Why the Sacraments are the most beautiful gifts that Jesus ever gave to the Church Where to look in the Bible for evidence of the Sacraments as signs of God's covenant with humanity Why the Sacraments are more than mere rituals How Christ endowed the Sacraments with His own power to change lives, save souls, & share His Divine life with us
When Matthew Kelly was nineteen years old, he heard the voice of God. Rather than ignore His messages, he opened his heart and listened. Since that day, he has been passionate about helping others to embrace God's message and to live a Christian life. His is a remarkable story-and remarkable life - that he has shared with eager audiences in nearly every country in the world. His inspired, fresh, and authentic call to conversion has made him one of the most sought-after and listened-to Christian speakers of our time, overwhelming audiences that encompass every generation, from older Catholics to his young peers who have had no messenger to trust or believe in--until now. "In a quiet, unsuspecting moment, the barriers that separated Heaven from earth were torn down, and my eyes and ears were opened to the things of the spirit. Over the months and years, starting with that night, I have come to realize that the possibilities that exist for you and me are beyond our wildest imaginings. By placing our feet firmly on the ground and allowing our consciousness to be raised to Heaven, we can allow the wonders of the sacred to fill every moment of each day." Since the night just a few years ago when supernatural realities came crashing into his life and God manifested Himself for the first time, Matthew Kelly has been preaching a message of hope and joy that has found enthusiastic acceptance among a rapidly growing international audience. Young, charismatic, and extraordinarily engaging, Kelly has embarked on a mission to bring God's word to all who need so desperately to hear it. In A Call to Joy, he shares both his remarkable personal story and his uniquely inspiring take on faith, love, and the adventure of living a spiritual life. Seizing his audience from the very start with a captivating telling of his first encounter with the Divine, Kelly sets the pace for an inspiring read that, much like his uplifting lectures, encompasses passion, wonder, wisdom, and happiness. Weaving vivid personal anecdotes with engaging, personal philosophy, A Call to Joy challenges each of us open to our hearts and minds to the wisdom that God is ready to bestow. By his words and by his example, Kelly dares us to find ourselves, to resist the pressures of the modern world, and to live Christian life to the fullest. Mixing deep religious conviction and keen, poetic insight, each chapter examines a particular element of spiritual life, from listening for the voice of God to truly understanding and pursuing truth and freedom. Throughout, simple invocations reflect on a life lived in faith while personal encounters that have touched Kelly's life illustrate his thoughts with moving examples of grace. Genuine, powerful, and deeply wise, Matthew Kelly's message has broken new ground in the search for faith and meaning in the modern world. A Call to Joy extends an irresistible invitation to join him on an adventurous journey of the soul. A Call to Joy: Living In The Presence of God By renowned speaker and author Matthew Kelly A fresh, inspiring call to your heart Learn how to your faith can be revitalized
From its beginnings, Benedictinism has touched the lives of many people beyond those who dwell in monasteries. For those looking for an everyday grounding in Benedictine spirituality and who wish to pray according to the Benedictine style of Liturgy of the Hours, Work of God is an ideal resource. While written primarily for Benedictine oblates, this simple yet elegant prayerbook also gives the unfamiliar user a starting place from which to progress into a more intense practice. Largely a two-week arrangement of morning and evening prayer, it also contains essays that provide a broad introduction to monastic spirituality and its relevance for non-monastics. Work of God relies substantially on the ICEL psalms. The psalms for each day include at least one of those which Benedict recommended for the liturgical hour. The closing prayer for each liturgy is linked through words and images to some concept or quotation in the Rule, thus providing more of a connection to Benedictine spirituality. Each day's liturgy includes a short reading and the New Testament canticle, so there's no need to turn from one section to another. Work of God is not an official manual, but rather a convenient alternative to the multiple liturgy books used in some communities, the Roman Breviary, or more general or abbreviated office books. Beautifully bound with gilt-edged pages and one ribbon marker, it is a handsome addition to any bookshelf. Those who live in the spirit of St. Benedict are always alert to God. The opening word of the Rule, "listen," is its essence. One listens first of all to the words of Scripture which teach God's way. Work of God helps the pray-er allow the Word to speak within the self in an environment of silence and solitude. Essays by Sutera are "The Life and the Spirit of St. Benedict," "Benedictinism and the World Around It: The Oblate Movement," and "Praying the Liturgy of the Hours." Irene Nowell, O.S.B., contributes the essay "Praying the Psalms." Other chapters are "Week I—Evening and Morning Praise," "The Practice of Lectio Divina," "Thoughts from the Rule of St. Benedict," "Some Benedictine Prayers," "The Medal and the Cross of St. Benedict," "Week II—Evening and Morning Praise," "Major Feasts of the Church Year," "Common for Feasts of Christ," "Common for Feasts of Mary," "Common of Apostles and Martyrs," "Common of Holy Men and Women," and "Compline (Night Prayer)."
Hatred, murder, terrorism, and war spring from the sins of men. But why does God let innocent children suffer from the effects of these evils? Why does He let earthquakes devastate cities, despair drive souls to suicide, and cancer kill humans and animals? You and I would prevent these evils if we could. Why doesn't God? If He's good - as our Faith claims - why doesn't He stay the hand of those about to do evil? Why doesn't He keep little ones from violence and death? Indeed, how could He have allowed evil to enter the universe in the first place? In these pages, Benedictine author Dom Bruno Webb brings you face-to-face with evil. Without fudging or flinching, he answers these hard questions and more. In this slim volume, he gives the most convincing explanation of the mystery of evil that's available today. You'll finally come to understand the source of the appalling violence and savagery that lies close to the heart of nature; you'll discover why the insensate Earth and its inhabitants all groan in pain; you'll see why, even before they were conceived, Adam's offspring fell with him, and why God stood by, permitting all this to happen. Was God helpless? Indifferent? Outgunned? In these wise pages, Dom Bruno Webb shows that evil never defeats God. On the contrary, He uses suffering to destroy the very sin which gives birth to evil. Here you'll come to understand why, despite the evil that wracks the Earth and all the beings on it, God nonetheless assured Dame Julian of Norwich that "all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." Here's the book that answers, once and for all, the question of why God permits evil. It will enlighten and console all the suffering and sorrowful souls who are puzzled and troubled by the evil that suffuses our universe. Better: it explains how to transform suffering into deeds that God will use to ensure that finally and indeed, "all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." In other words, these pages are not only an explanation of evil; they're a remedy for it, a remedy you can begin using today. Why Does God Permit Evil? Straight, unflinching answers for the tough questions Hope and light in the face of darkness and suffering Is God indifferent to tragedy? Learn that He is not! 5 x 8 inches
Lectio Divina is an ancient spiritual practice that can help us to hear God speaking to us through the words of Scripture. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI and a Synod of Bishops have recommended that laypeople pray with the Scriptures using this method. In this book, respected biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz chooses the first reading and the Gospel for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C during the Easter season—all the way up to Pentecost. Then he leads readers through the steps of lectio divina—reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and action—by suggesting themes and verses on which to focus. “Stephen Binz enables us to understand that Easter goes beyond one Sunday and that our celebration is an ongoing commitment of our lives to God. This book offers a simple presentation of the Sunday Mass readings in the prayerful spirit of lectio divina, and is adaptable for individuals or groups." — Rhonda Parenton , Director of Catechesis and Evangelization, Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana "A passionate advocate of lectio divina, Stephen Binz shows his love for this practice in Conversing with God in the Easter Season . I am especially appreciative that the A, B, and C cycles of the Sunday readings are included, so the book becomes a tool for prayer that can be used every year. I highly recommend going through the Easter season with this book." — Julie Davis , Happy Catholic blog "This book provides an attractive presentation of the ancient practice of lectio divina as a means of deepening one's relationship with God and living the gospel. All who engage the ‘good news’ through this practice and with this guidebook will assuredly encounter the risen Christ in a new way.” — Sr. Deborah Troillett , RSM, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Leadership Team Conversing with God in the Easter Season: Praying the Sunday Mass Readings with Lectio Divina A tool for prayer that can be used every year! A simple presentation of the Sunday Mass readings in the prayerful spirit of Lectio Divina Perfect guide to spending some quiet time during each week of the Easter Season 5 1/4 inches x 8 inches
Who do you say Mary is? She’s a simple peasant they call Queen of Heaven. She’s the Lord’s humble servant, yet an icon of female strength. She’s mother of all, yet ever-virgin, lowly and exalted. Sinners fly to her but angels bow. Mary, mother of Jesus, is the most recog-nized woman in history . . . and the most misunderstood. Non-Christians paint her as an earth goddess. Skeptics say she’s a fictional projection of male psychological needs. Many Protestants grudgingly acknowledge that someone had to bear the Savior, but otherwise regard Mary as an ordinary, sinful woman — in whom Christians have tragically misplaced the faith and devotion due only to her Son. Even many Catholics don’t know Mary as well as they should. Do you know the Church’s five essential Marian doctrines, and how they’re rooted in Scripture and Sacred Tradition? Can you explain the difference between the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth? Or share the messages and secrets of Mary’s most famous apparitions? Meet Mary, from Marian expert Mark Miravalle, tells you all that and more. You’ll learn everything the Bible says about her, what the early Christians believed, and all of the Church’s key Marian teachings these past 2,000 years. Soon, you’ll turn to Mary with your cares and joys; in sorrows you’ll experience her gentle embrace. You’ll also become a better disciple of Jesus, for the Son commands us to imitate him in all things — including perfect love of his mother. “It’s time for you to know more about the Mother of Our Lord, and this book will do precisely that for you.” - Scott Hahn Meet Mary: Getting to Know the Mother of God Do you know the Church’s 5 essential Marian doctrines & how they’re rooted in Scripture and Sacred Tradition? Can you explain the difference between the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth? Could you share the messages and secrets of Mary’s most famous apparitions?
Do you have a child who is into everything? Your energetic, bubbly child is often the center of attention and sometimes in the middle of trouble! Or perhaps you have a child who is just the opposite: quiet, studious, and slow to warm up in social situations. Then there's the future lawyer: that argumentative, willful child who sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. As parents, we all have, at one time or another, wondered: Where did this child come from? Why isn t he just like me? Am I doing something wrong? You are not doing anything wrong, and there is very likely nothing wrong with your child! The differences described above are all differences in God-given temperament. When you understand your child's unique temperament, you will have the key to unlocking his behavior, moods, and motivational forces. The end result is not only more effective discipline for day-to-day adventures but also a lifelong recognition of how to nurture your child's strengths as a loving and supportive parent, teacher, or grandparent. Become an active, compassionate participant in your child s social and spiritual formation and bring peace, happiness, and holiness to your family in the way God intended. Art and Laraine Bennett provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling, science, Catholic spirituality, and wonderful storytelling to the four basic temperaments that serve as the foundation of one's personality and approach to life. This is the authors third book on the topic of temperaments, sharing not only their professional expertise but also their personal life experiences. They have been married for thirty-four years and have four children one each of the four temperament types! The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children Finally: understand the uniqueness of each of your children Learn the strengths and weaknesses of your kids Practical guidance to truly knowing how to handle each child
All of us are born with distinct personality traits. Some of us live for crowds and parties; others seek solitude and time for quiet reflection. Some of us are naturally pushy, while others are content just to get along. We don’t pick and choose these traits; they’re just part of the way we’re made. For in the womb God doesn’t merely mold our body; He also gives us the temperament that, all our days, colors our understanding, guides our choices, and serves as the foundation of our moral and spiritual life. Ancient philosophers identified four basic temperaments, and over the centuries, countless wise souls have used these four to understand human nature. Now comes The Temperament God Gave You, the first Catholic book on the subject in 70 years. Here veteran Catholic counselor Art Bennett and his wife Laraine provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling science, and Catholic spirituality: a rich understanding of the temperaments and what they mean for you and for your family. Drawing on decades of study, prayer, and practical experience, Art and Laraine show you how to identify your own temperament and use it to become what God is calling you to be: a loving spouse, an effective parent, and a good friend. Best of all, they give you a Catholic understanding of the four temperaments that will bring you closer to God and help you discover the path to holiness that’s right for you. Peace. Happiness. Holiness. You’ll find yourself growing in each of these qualities as you come to understand — and learn to use as you should — the temperament God gave you. The Temperament God Gave You A life-changing, eye-opening read Learn to have patience with yourself and others Discover what a temperament is (and which one you have!)
In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why “mercy is the first attribute of God.” God “does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,” he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts—on the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done. The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God’s message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world. “The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.”—Pope Francis The Name of God is Mercy Perfect companion for the Jubilee Year of Mercy First book of Pope Francis' papacy Beautiful and inspiring 5-1/8 x 7-1/2
Available in English for the first time, this short book is a powerful introduction to the spiritual wisdom of one of the Church’s newest saints: Elizabeth of the Trinity. There was nothing extraordinary in Elizabeth of the Trinity’s life. There were no ecstasies. She didn’t work miracles. She didn’t communicate heavenly messages through visions or words she heard. Instead, she presented a message to modern man through her own life of fidelity, showing us that the true road to contemplative prayer is not an ascent to grasp God, but a descent into the depths of one’s heart. She teaches us that only by drawing our souls inwardly can we move toward bold abandonment and achieve immersion in God, thereby connecting our spiritual lives to the eternal praise of the saints in heaven. In our noisy culture, Elizabeth of the Trinity reminds us of God’s power to establish in us a profound and peaceful stillness. She reminds us that that the Trinity is our home, and that God has created us in order to be united to Christ. In these pages, Sister Giovanna della Croce presents a brief and readable introduction to the teachings of Elizabeth of the Trinity, showing us the truth path to contemplative prayer. St. John Paul II considered Elizabeth of the Trinity to be one of the most influential mystics in his spiritual life. Now you, too, can begin incorporating in your own spiritual life the mystical wisdom of Elizabeth of the Trinity. Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God Explore God's message sent through the writings and prayers of this saint An introduction to the teachings of Elizabeth of the Trinity Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5"
Simple secrets of holiness that the saints themselves use — revealed by a saint! There are as many paths to holiness as there are saints in Heaven . . . but you can't follow them all. Yet there's one thing every saint practices that you can imitate: the simple art of loving God, which the beloved St. Francis de Sales explains for you here. Under his wise and gentle guidance, you'll discover the secrets to growing holier through the simple things in life — work, play, and rest. You'll learn to avoid the distractions (even religious distractions) that trouble and weary your soul . . . and you'll soon be able to focus your energy simply on loving God. Listen to the holy words of this saint; take them to heart; make them a part of your life. Soon you'll be well on your way, following that path to Heaven that God, from all eternity, has given you as your very own. St. Francis de Sales himself will teach you the secrets of developing: Patience Trust Modesty Courage Simplicity Humility Obedience Generosity Perseverance Selflessness Gentleness Love of God and other key virtues A note for the skeptical and discouraged: Have you tried to grow closer to God using one technique after another, yet still find you haven't made much progress? That's a common problem in today's world, where devotion has become so complicated that the simple art of loving God has been lost. Don't despair. Generations of Christians have made finding God harder than it need be, which is why, every few hundred years, God sends us a saint like St. Francis de Sales to remind us that anyone can love God and that it's not really so hard to do. Listen to St. Francis, and, no matter how many times you've failed in the past, you'll soon be a master of the art of loving God.
Atheistic and agnostic writers are aggressively attacking traditional religious beliefs. Philosopher and prolific writer Peter Kreeft is up to the challenge in this work of popular apologetics aimed at both teens and adults. The masterful Kreeft tackles sixteen crucial issues about the deeper meaning of life. The questions that Kreeft explores range from, “Is faith reasonable?,” Can you prove there is a God?”, and “Why is Jesus different?,” to “Why is sex so confusing?,” “Why is there evil?”, and “Why must we die?” Kreeft provides thoughtful, lucid, and persuasive answers for believers, unbelievers, and seekers to consider. As always, Kreeft is insightful, inspiring, and entertaining. This book is ideal for those exploring faith for the first time, as well as for confirmation and religious education classes. It’s an intellectual and spiritual feast! This is vintage Kreeft. “ The good news of the Gospel is as exciting as a murder mystery. For at its heart there is a murder: the murder of God two thousand years ago in Jerusalem. And this God is the greatest of mysteries: who He is and why He put us here, and why He came here and what His plans are for us. The story is literally a matter of life or death – eternal life or death.” — Peter Kreeft “Be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you.” — 1 Peter 3:15 Because God is Real: Sixteen Questions, One Answer Is faith reasonable? Can you prove there is a God? Why is Jesus different? Why is there evil? ...and more!
And God Said, "It's Good!" takes the sport of football and compares this favorite Sunday pastime to the Bible--and it works. Once again, Gary Graf combines his love of sports with the Bible, resulting in an amusing and fun-loving book that delights any sports fan. Comparisons include Hail Mary passes and answered prayers; immaculate receptions and Immaculate Conceptions; football stadiums and cathedrals; biblical verses and double reverses, plus good books and playbooks. These and many more parallels fill this lively and entertaining book. On any Sunday, you can bet some are brought closer to the spirit of the sport while others are more connected to the bible. The twenty chapters in this book compare football and the bible--with remarkable results! "Forgiveness and good works were just pre-game drills for the Lord's true purpose here on earth." "God rested on Sunday. Football is mostly played on Sunday. Coincidence? I think not." Any author who can find similarities between the dazzling colors of a football team and the colorful vestments of a priest--needs to have his book read cover to cover. A delightful read for everyone--even if you're not remotely interested in football. And God Said, It's Good! Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Football Fun, thoughtful, and unique Perfect gift idea for the football lover Learn to find God in the unexpected things Sequel to And God Said, "Play Ball!"
For a brief span of time the Son of God walked among us, ate with us, laughed and cried with us. Jesus, God Himself, became one of us, and ultimately died for us. He gave his life for our sins and on the third day rose again, so that we might rise again from the death of sin and live with Him forever. Now, with Son of God: The Life of Jesus Christ in Pictures , immerse yourself in that time. Witness His miracles, listen to His divine teachings, and walk with Him on the road to Calvary as He carries out the redemptive plan for mankind. In these pages, read informative and inspiring profiles of key biblical figures. Discover the background and meaning of key events from Jesus’ life, including His birth in a manger, baptism in the Jordan, calling of Peter, sermon on the mount, miraculous healings, rising of Lazarus, Institution of the Eucharist, Passion and Death, Triumphant Resurrection, and much more. Featuring more than 50 full color photographs from the major motion picture Son of God and a Foreword by producer and star Roma Downey, this life of Christ is a beautiful, inspirational, devotional journey. Son of God: The Life of Christ in Pictures Immerse yourself in the time when Jesus lived among us Discover the meaning of key events from Jesus’ life More than 50 color photographs from the motion picture Son of God 8 ½ x 11 inches
A highly successful abridgment of the monumental 2,676-page, 4-vol. life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as seen in mystic vision by Ven. Mary of Agreda (1602-1665). This book overflows with enthralling information about Our Lord and Our Lady, about the creation of the world, the meaning of the Apocalypse, Lucifer's rebellion, the location of Hell, the hidden life of Jesus, etc. Venerable Mary saw in ecstasy all the events recorded here. Later, Our Lady told her to write them down in a book - the result is The Mystical City of God, acclaimed by Popes, cardinals and theologians, a book which has inspired the laity and clergy for over 300 years and which has gone into sixty editions in various languages. More than just the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this book also contains information about the creation of the world, the meaning of the Apocalypse, Lucifer's rebellion, the location of Hell, the hidden life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, intimate details about Our Lord's life, and many other enthralling topics. The translator, Father George J. Blatter, a Chicago priest, first read the book in German and was so impressed that he learned Spanish in order to make a proper translation into English. His first edition appeared in 1912, ten years after he had started work. The Mystical City of God (Abridged) Beautifully-crafted abridgment Contains stunning insight about Our Lady's life, Our Lord, and more A must-read
Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn't she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible. Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition-and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something Other Than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all. Something Other than God Author: Jennifer Fulwiler Transformation from Atheism to Christianity
Most of us have questions about spiritual direction. What is it? Is it for me? What if I can't find a spiritual director? These questions and more are well answered in Dan Burke's book. The Lord is clearly calling all Catholics into a deeper union with Him. This book, in a style which is both inspiring and practical, provides some fo the Church's most important wisdom about how to respond to this call. Spiritual direction is understanding the general direction or trajectory of one's soul, working with a spiritual guide to help unite one's soul to God and find peace and joy through the pursuit of His will, and a process of growing in holiness. Covering each of these important pathways to peace and holiness, Navigating the Spiritual Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God will serve the souls of those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God and find their spiritual direction. Whether you're at the beginning of the process, a veteran of spiritual direction, or struggling outside of spiritual direction, this book will help you uncover a map of success for your journey. Navigating the Spiritual Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God Great for spiritual directors & those in need of direction Author Daniel Burke, Executive director of EWTN's National Catholic Register 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
In his previous release, you were invited to a year long retreat with the Church Fathers; now, Mike Aquilina presents a new volume of contemplations and prayers about those most mysterious of all created beings: the Angels. Drawing again from the deep well of the Fathers' wisdom, Aquilina has compiled a year's worth of reflections on the Nine Choirs of Angels. A Year With The Angels invites you to discover the authority and strength of the Heavenly Host. Angels embody virtues, graces, and knowledge of the Truth because they stand before the very Throne of God. Among the Angels' responsibilities are governing the universe and the movements of nature, defending creation from the attacks of the devil, and acting as messengers of God to mankind. This year, learn to appreciate our unique relationship with the Angels - especially those assigned to protect us during our sojourn on earth. What better protectors and intercessors could we ask for than the first of all creatures who have beheld the face of God from their very beginning? A Year With the Angels: Daily Meditations with the Messengers of God A year’s worth of reflections on the Nine Choirs of Angels Learn to appreciate our unique relationship with the nngels Paperback 388 pages 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches
Beginning Apologetics 3: How to Explain and Defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (Father Frank Chacon & Jim Burnham) proves the Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence from the Old and New Testament, early Church fathers, and history. Gives practical ways to increase your knowledge and love of Christ in the Eucharist. Foreword by Mark P. Shea. Contents: Forward by Mark P. Shea Introduction What Does the Church Teach About the Eucharist? Three Ways Jesus is Present Why Should We Believe in the Real Presence? The Biblical Basis for the Real Presence The Eucharist Prefigured in the Old Testament The Eucharist Fulfilled in the New Testament The Historical Basis for the Real Presence Evidence from the Early Church Fathers Evidence from History Evidence from Eucharistic Miracles A Saint's Summary I Believe! Now What Should I Do? Appreciate the Eucharist More Fully Receive the Eucharist More Fruitfully Pass the Faith on to Our Children More Permanently Evangelize our Separated Brethren More Effectively A Saint's Reflection Conclusion Holy Communion Prayers Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas (before Communion) Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas (after Communion) Pange Lingua (Tantum Ergo) Adoro Te (translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.) Glossary of Terms Recommended Resources
This book is both entertaining and educational, fanciful and inspirational. It draws from the lives of Jesus Christ and Yogi Berra, Joseph of Nazareth and Joe DiMaggio, Moses and Hank Aaron, Saint Peter and Jackie Robinson. And God Said, "Play Ball!" makes the Bible more approachable by relating it to a game loved by both children and adults. It also shows that baseball is not only a game, but a never-ending series of lessons about life, as well. The author has been a baseball fan for more than forty years and a Catholic a lot longer than that. He has played, coached, watched, or taught baseball since he was seven years old. He is very active in lay ministry and catechetics at his Catholic parish in Seattle, and has found both the Bible and baseball to be among the greatest teachers in his life. This book includes 8 pages of timeless photographs. You won't find a more inspiring gift for that baseball player in your life--of whatever age--or that fan in front of your TV! And God Said, Play Ball! Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Baseball Fun, thoughtful, and unique Perfect gift idea for the baseball lover Learn to find God in the unexpected things
For nearly a thousand years, monks of the Carthusian Order have withdrawn from the world so they can place themselves in the presence of God. In these pages, the monk Augustin Guillerand reveals the secret of the Carthusian’s remarkable prayer. Obviously, this way of praying excludes quick Our Father’s and hasty Hail Mary’s, but it also requires that we do more than pause and say our prayers slowly. In fact, the Carthusians know that the prayer of the presence of God isn’t primarily a question of speed or even of speech. Like love, it’s not so much a deed as an attitude; a habit of tranquil listening that allows God to enter our souls by all paths and to establish His presence there. Though this is no step-by-step manual (listening can’t be reduced to steps), you’ll learn where you must begin and how to proceed if you’re finally to bring to maturity in your own soul the habit of tranquil listening that’s essential for all those who would know God and love Him as they ought. The Prayer of the Presence of God Written by a Carthusian monk Learn prayer through listening A spiritual classic
With his characteristic eloquence and brilliance, Fulton Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy and theology. Mary's whole life is lovingly portrayed in this word portrait that is a never failing source of information, consolation and inspiration. While considering the different phases of Mary's life, Bishop Sheen discusses various problems common to mankind of every age and reveals clearly that every problem can be resolved. He emphasizes the unique dignity, strength and gifts of women and their ability to help heal the world's problems. Sheen stresses mankind's need of the Mother of God and her burning love for all her children. The great resurgence of devotion to Mary is God's way of emphasizing the worth and dignity of every person against the false doctrines that have so confused the modern world. The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God By the renowned Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Presents powerful insights into how Our Lady can help us in dealing with the problems in today's world A stunning literary picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary 5¼ x 8 inches
"Those who follow the saints," said Pope Clement I, "will themselves become saints." Their words and deeds provide a treasury of time-tested wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration for the pursuit of holiness. Best-selling Catholic author Paul Thigpen opens up that treasury in A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations With the Holy Ones of God . These 365 reflections draw from the writings and lives of holy men and women across two thousand years. Their spiritual and practical insights for Christian living are as fresh and relevant today as they were when they were first written. When you pray to the saints, you speak to them. Read A Year With the Saints , and let them speak to you. Premium Ultrasoft cover with two-tone sewn binding, ribbon marker, and gold edges. A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God Daily reflections from the writings and lives of holy men and women across 2,000 years Words of the saints provide spiritual and practical insights for Christian living Can be personalized 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches
“What do angels do all day, Papa?” When Papa finds Little Cub looking for angels, it gives him a chance to tell his beloved child about those that may be in their midst, even when they can’t be seen. Exploring their exhilarating Arctic world as they talk, Papa lovingly answers all of Little Cub’s questions about angels—and as usual, she has a lot. She wants to know what they do, how they look, how they guard God’s loved ones, and best of all, how they serve the Creator of the world. “God really created angels to serve him more than us, Little Cub. They love him and would do anything for him.” This uplifting tale will encourage young hearts by exploring the glory and design of God’s messengers, while turning toward him with praise. God Gave Us Angels Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren This charming book explains God’s special gift of angels to little ones 8½ x 8½ inches
The majority of college students say they want to pray, but their busy schedules challenge them to find time to cultivate their spiritual lives. God...Any time, Any Place shares how, when, where, and why of hundreds of college students from around the nation who recognize the importance of maintaining a regular prayer practice and have found ways to do it. By following the examples in this book, readers are encouraged to consider their own prayer practice. Each chapter contains several follow-up reflection questions to give readers a sense of how to proceed, either through individual reflection or through group sharing or both. Maintaining a meaningful prayer practice often demands some creativity - everything from turning down the car radio for some solitude while driving, to scribbling prayers in class notebooks. Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Time Made Holy Conversation with God Gratitude Catholic Traditions Engaging Bodily Presence Love One Another Words: Written, Read, Sung Dawn and Dusk Notes
Explore the meaning of Lent, its importance in spiritual formation, its significance in the preparation of Easter, and the holy season of Easter itself. Reflections from leading spiritual writers in North America reveal what one theologian has called the "bright sadness" of Lent — that it is not about becoming lost in feelings of brokenness, but about cleansing the palate so that we can taste life more fully. Lent and Easter reveal the God who is for us in all of life — for our liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness. Lent and Easter remind us that even in death there can be found resurrection. Contributors include: Kathleen Norris, Scott Cairns, Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, James Calvin Schaap, Luci Shaw, Lauren F. Winner and Beth Bevis God For Us Reader's Edition: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter Learn more about Lent, Easter, and the traditions that surround these liturgical seasons Clear, easy-to-read style
Wood real leather wine holder dimensions: 15 inches (W) x 11 inches (D) x 5 inches (H)Wood real leather wine holder color: Dark grayMade from: Wood, leather Love wines? Do you enjoy tasting them with your family and friends on the weekends? Well, now keeping them at hand and presenting them can be a whole lot easier and lovelier because of this wood leather wine holder. A delightful creation, this wine holder has a royal and classy look. Useful for holding 3 wine bottles: you could keep in it the wines you want to enjoy. It also has leather handles which make carrying easy. Additionally, this wine holder has been made using quality materials; this ensures that it will last with you for years to come. People will praise its classy look and heap you with complements. A perfect gifting item tooï¾€ï¾you may gift it to a wine connoisseur or a novice. Indeed, it is a must have for all wine lovers.
Stainless steel real leather bench dimensions: 48 inches (W) x 18 inches (D) x 17 inches (H)Bench color: AssortedMade from: Steel, leather Are you looking for a bench that has a cool build and is a joy to look at? Looking for a bench that has a leather top? Well, the stainless steel real leather bench has it all. With a frame made from stainless steel, this bench has the use of circles in its design. Thus one sees three circles on its visible frame. Plus it has a cushion that is made from leather that has a very fancy, colorful deign on it: almost akin to a cowï¾„ï¾¢s color. Plus it has been made using quality materials; this gives it added strength and durability. All who see it will be impressed, and hence complements will flood in thick and fast. It will be most perfect for modern homes: its sleek and unique design going well with modern themes. Surely it is one cool bench to own.
Wood real leather tray dimensions: 24 inches (W) x 15.5 inches (D) x 2 inches (H); 21 inches (W) x 12.5 inches (D) x 2 inches (H)Wood real leather tray color: BrownMade from: Wood, leather Have you been searching for trays that have an appealing look? Looking for trays that you can use to carry stuff from your kitchen? Well, now you neednï¾„ï¾¢t search further because the wood real leather trays will defiantly take your fancy. In two sizes, these trays are made from wood and will be a perfect addition to your kitchen. Use them to carry your coffee and tea cups or even beverages, and these trays will be up to the mark. Additionally, they have been made using quality materials. This ensures their quality and their long life. A perfect gift for your beloved wife: these trays will definitely be appreciated by the women folk. Indeed they are a must have for modern homes. So do not delay.
Are you looking for a bench that has a cool build and is a joy to look at? Looking for a bench that has a leather top Well, the stainless steel real leather bench has it all. With a frame made from stainless steel, this bench has the use of circles in its design. Thus one sees three circles on its visible frame. Plus it has a cushion that is made from leather that has a toned down look and is grayish in color. Additionally, it has been made using quality materials this gives it added strength and durability. All who see it will be impressed, and hence complements will flood in thick and fast. It will be most perfect for modern homes: its sleek and unique design going well with modern themes. Surely it is one cool bench to own. Certainly a must have.Country of Origin: India Height: 17 Length: 18 Made from: Stainless steel, leather Weight: 19.8 Width: 48
A preacher's kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a “double major in beer and billiards” soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night—and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off. After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was all true despite his objections. Kevin Lowry’s journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God’s unfailing, patient love for all of us. How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church A story of conversion
Looking for a fun and easy way to calm your busy mind and let God’s Word penetrate your heart? Immerse yourself in the Bible’s promises with these beautifully crafted, hand-drawn verses- all ready for you to add your own creative touch with paints, markers, colored pencils, or crayons. As you spend a few restful moments contemplating these well-loved passages of scripture, each page will become a personal reminder that God’s Word is for you. You’ll enjoy filling these images with color and filling your soul with the confident assurance that God is walking with you, watching over you, and guiding you into a wonderful future. Coloring book for teens and adults Quiet, reflective activity Fun, stress-free way to fill some free time 8.5" x 11"
Do you love wines? Do you enjoy tasting them with your family and friends on the weekends? Well, now storing and presenting them can be a whole lot easier and lovelier because of this wood leather wine holder. A delightful creation, this wine holder has a royal and classy look. Useful for holding 3 wine bottles: you could keep in it the wines you want to enjoy. It also has leather handles which make carrying easy. Additionally, this wine holder has been made using quality materials this ensures that it will last with you for years to come. People will praise its classy look and heap you with complements. A perfect gifting item too you may gift it to a wine connoisseur or a novice. Indeed, it is a product that cannot be overlooked.Country of Origin: India Height: 5 Weight: 8.8 Width: 15
Little Nellie of Holy God. Little Nellie was not yet four and a half when God took her to Heaven, but she had already made her First Holy Communion. Nellie received five of the Seven Sacraments. Before she died, she had received Our Lord 32 times. She knew that in Holy Communion she was receiving God. She always called Him "Holy God." When the Holy Father, Pope St. Pius X, heard about Little Nellie, he cried, "There! That is the sign for which I was waiting." Then the Holy Father said that children could receive Holy Communion when they were little. They would no longer have to wait till age 12. Little Nellie is called the Little Violet of the Blessed Sacrament. Perfect to teach children love and reverence for Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist!
"What is heaven like?" With tender words, her Papa describes a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God's home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that… "Heaven will be full of everything good." This gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child's most difficult questions about what happens after this life, inviting "little cubs" to find comfort in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.
Spiritual masters have always taught that prayer is crucial in our relationship with God. But many of us feel unsure about how to go about it. What exactly is prayer? Who is it for? And where, when and how should we pray? These questions find an answer in this excellent little work. Written in simple and modern style, author Jacques Philippe draws on years of experience as a spiritual guide to lead you down the path of a fruitful and happy prayer life. He outlines the fundamental principles of true prayer and describes some common mistakes and misconceptions that can lead it astray. Rich in inspirational examples and practical tips, this little book will help you make the most of your time with God.
We seek God's blessing on every marriage union. The special blessing is remembered in this elegant polished woodgrain-finish music box from the popular Cottage Garden collection. The melody is the beautiful "Ave Maria," played by a quality Sankyo musical movement which is visible through a glass enclosure. The photo frame lid, trimmed in detailed rope trim, can hold a 4"x6" photo of the couple, and opens to a velvet lined keepsake space for the treasures in their life. The polished woodgrain-finish box measures 8"L x 6"W x 2.75"H, and sits on four brass-finished feet with foam pads, to prevent scratching the display surface.
A great resource for quiet meditation, creative expression, or personal devotion, this unique collection of beautifully rendered Bible verses invites you to fill the pages with color as you meditate on the names of God. With Color the Names of God you can reflect on God’s names and attributes, releasing the stress of the day as you add color to these intricate line drawings. Special instructions are included to display your works of art so these truths of God can continue to breathe life into your soul. Reflective pages for you to color Coloring gift book for teens and adults Creative, expressive activity 8.5" x 11"
Steve Ray takes you on an exciting journey to the Roman Empire and the world of the first Christians. You'll sit at the feet of the apostles, celebrate the Eucharist in hiding, and tremble at the suffering they endured for Jesus Christ. Retrace their steps through Israel, Turkey, France and Italy. All this in a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course and Church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure! Church Fathers featured in this film are Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Rome, Polycarp of Smyrna, Irenaeus of Lyons and Justin Martyr. See the complete Footprints of God series.
The God Loves You! personalized children's book tells your child just how much God loves them... and that they are God's special creations! It comes personalized with a child's name on the cover and throughout the text. God Loves You! features beautiful poetry by award-winning children's author Jennifer Dewing and colorful, whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Maria Carluccio. The book is perfect for the birth of a baby, baptism, naming ceremony, first communion, Easter, Passover or everyday occasion. It makes a perfect gift for children of the Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith.
Plan to sell nachos at your concession stand or fundraiser or maybe you want to serve them at a party Then our Nacho Chip Warming Machine is a must-have This tortilla chip warmer features a heated stainless steel base that keeps the chips fresh and warm and ready for your to serve with the toppings of your choice This Nacho Chip Warming Machine is a great investment and even includes signage for nacho chips peanuts or popcorn Made of stainless steel and tempered glass Measures 15 wide x 15 deep x 26 high Includes 4 12 long 120V cord and plug Capacity of 100 quarts Weighs 39 pounds
From producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey comes Son of God - the most important chapter of the Greatest Story Ever Told for a whole new generation of families to enjoy. Acclaimed Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado delivers a spectacular portrayal of Jesus as this powerful and inspirational feature film depicts the life of Christ, from His humble birth through His teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Son of God DVD The story of the life of Jesus His birth through crucifixion and resurrection Language: Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French 138 minutes
Just as the title indicates, this famous booklet of St. Alphonsus Liguori teaches us how to speak personally and with confidence in prayer to God, who, the Saint says, will not speak to us unless we first speak to Him. Covers every aspect of our personal relationship with God. St. Paul says of Our Lord, In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.(Ephesians 3:12). Thus, we can approach God as His friends, with confidence and boldness! But that is how God wants us to be - familiar, confident, bold and constant! Imprimatur.
Durable and everlasting laminated holy prayer card that contains a color image of an icon of the Mother of God holding Jesus on the front, and a prayer on the back. Card measures 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch. Back of card reads: Prayer To the MOTHER OF GOD — It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearing One, as the ever-Blessed and most-pure Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; Who without corruption gave birth to God the Word, o true Mother of God we magnify you. Made in Italy!
The Blessed Sacrament is the great "open secret" of the Catholic Church--the great truth that Jesus Christ is in the Tabernacle and is accessible to all who believe in Him. But this truth is not immediately obvious, and thus it is not really appreciated as it should be. The Blessed Sacrament--God With Us is a call to all Catholics to appreciate and love Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, for in that perpetual miracle is all the wealth of His love, and our "heaven" on earth! Imprimatur.
Generously oversized for play and sewn for comfort, this elephant is soft and cuddly, with charming features and high-quality design. Soft, huggable blessings that your little one can tote around for years! Makes a wonderful gift for your next baby shower or Baptism! Elephant blessing buddy! Sweet personalized sentiment Perfect Baptismal or baby shower gift Cuddly elephant comes in your choice of pink or blue Exclusive to The Catholic Company 16 inches tall Stitched eyes and nose
Beautifully drawn classic images of Our Lady and the Christ Child from famous shrines and miraculous images. Excellent short stories accompany each illustration to provide an outstanding resource for a child to be instructed in his faith while creatively coloring the glorious images of Mary. 35 finely drawn images of Our Lady, including Guadalupe, Fatima, Perpetual Help, Good Counsel, Czestochowa and more. Mother of God Coloring Book Beautiful images to color Cultivates a deep love for Our Lady
This antiqued white planter is a lovely gift for anyone who has lost a loved one. Its sides are imprinted with words of comfort, including the verse from Exodus 23:20: “I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place that I have prepared.” Decoratively crafted of resin. Decorative planter Antique white finish Thoughtful design Memorial gift idea Made of resin Planter has drainage hole Planter: 6.25" (H) x 6.5" (W)
Belle is definitely the "belle of the ball"! Intricately detailed statue and included Chip ornament. Inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Belle is definitely the "belle of the ball" in her gorgeous holiday gown, translucent shawl, and bright red shoes. And check out the detailing on her little friend, Chip! Made of stone resin, this extraordinary Disney Showcase Beauty and the Beast Christmas Belle Statue and Chip Ornament set measures approximately up to 8 1/8-inches tall. Ages 13 and up.