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Who Is My Neighbor? An Extensive Commentary on the Good Samaritan Parable

Who Is My Neighbor? An Extensive Commentary on the Good Samaritan Parable

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One of the most profoundly influential and immortal parables ever recounted by the Savior is the parable of the Good Samaritan. In this story, the Messiah expounds upon what constitutes the nature of true religion, which consists in the willful extension of charity and mercy, in the performance of acts of love and in bringing the greatest good to others. The parable also proves that the performance of deeds of righteousness very often comes from the unlikeliest of characters, in strange, unexpected places to provide for us in ways that utterly transcend our narrow definitions or limited expectations. And no more than we should not discount any human being as unworthy of our services should we deny or underestimate that any other has the capacity to initiate or reciprocate such graces.
Though rich in interest as a story in itself, especially as an embodiment of profoundly precious lessons on the nature of love in action and at face value is both dramatic and practical in the obvious application of its meaning, there is a time honored interpretation taught by the ancient assembly and preserved throughout the Middle Ages that brilliantly encapsulates the plan of salvation in such a way that has lost its metaphorical meaning in modernity. The parable of the Good Samaritan testifies of the plan of salvation, the Savior's atoning love and our journey toward eternal life. It can not only be read as a story of a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho but also about all who come down from the heavenly presence of the Father to live on earth. The story has a universal application for all of humanity that is as relevant and necessary today as it was when it was first declared. This meaning becomes more visible as it was formerly taught and understood by the early Church fathers, an interpretation the author resurrects and elucidates upon.

Who Needs God (USED)

Who Needs God (USED)

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Fillling a need for connetion, joy and community. Rabbi Kushner shares a path to faith that offers new sources of comfort and strength for all of us. Powerful, provocative and persuasive.

Who Needs God (USED)

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A powerful, provocative, and persuasive book that makes religious commitment understandable and attractive to everyone, no matter how they live, no matter what their religious convictions are, as it explores the importance of God and religious faith in our daily lives.
Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (USED)

Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (USED)

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Whether framed philosophically as "Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?" or more colloquially as "But, Mommy, who made God?" the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative that traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. As he takes on the role of cosmological detective, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God vs. the Big Bang. Whether interviewing a cranky Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate, or a French Buddhist monk, Holt pursues unexplored and often bizarre angles to this cosmic puzzle. The result is a brilliant synthesis of cosmology, mathematics, and physics--one that propels his own work to the level of philosophy itself.
Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (USED)

Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (USED)

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Many of today's teenagers are tired of the pressure to compete and consume-and are looking for a different way to live their lives. This book offers an alternative: the 2,500-year old practice of Buddhism.

Written in a style that will have immediate appeal to young seekers and those wanting to understand the ancient teachings, this book addresses such relevant topics as peer pressure, emotional difficulties, stress, fostering peace, and even protecting the environment. For everyone looking for self-help, self-esteem, and self-awareness, this book offers advice on:

-Discovering truth in a world of hype

-Finding peace amid the ups and downs of life

-Accepting ourselves

-Working with difficult emotions

-How to meditate

-Dealing with temptations and making the right decisions about sex and drugs

-Advice on volunteering, working for peace, and protecting the environment

Wind of the Son: The Story of God's Mighty Outpouring Among the Descendants of Ancient Aztecs (USED)

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Windows on the Parables (USED)

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With All My Heart: A Life in Gospel Music (USED)

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With Jesus Always (USED)

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With Listening Hearts Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics (USED)

With Listening Hearts Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics (USED)

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Written by the Director of the Lesbian and Gay Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this extraordinary new book cuts through the controversy and argument about homosexuality to present a compassionate explanation of official Church teaching. Everyone talks about homosexuality yet most Catholics, even pastors, are ignorant of the Church's newest, positive thoughts on the issue. This book presents these teachings and the sound pastoral practices that arise from them. Above all, the book emphasizes the Church's position that personhood is made up of so much more than one's sexual orientation and that God and grace are found in every person's story -- without exception.