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A Trellis for the Soul Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781847309570
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
In A Trellis for the Soul, psychotherapist and retreats director Martina Lehane Sheehan provides a framework for anyone struggling to navigate the dizzying maze of twenty-first-century life. Drawing on the wisdom of the Christian mystical tradition, as well as from her own experiences hosting workshops across the country, the author invites the reader on a profound journey of spiritual development as we face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a post-Covid-19 world.   As an antidote to the relentless noise of consumerism and commercialism, A Trellis for the Soul explores real ways of cultivating a meaningful spiritual life where reflection, quietude and silence can combat anxiety, stress and an always-switched-on mindset. With chapters on ‘stillness’, ‘community’, ‘well-being’, ‘the natural world’ and ‘holistic spirituality’, the purpose of this book is to retrieve what is lost in our spiritual lives and encourage whatever is ‘real, truthful and life-giving to grow and flourish again from the roots’.   Divided into two parts, A Trellis for the Soul begins by honing in on the modern malaise and explores how, by refocusing attention on our authentic selves, we can become more creative, spontaneous and attuned to the natural environment with which we are inextricably linked. In part two, readers are invited to adopt exercises and practices that will invigorate and renew, encouraging us to see the beauty in the everyday and to nurture our true selves.
Exploring Christus Vivit Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9781847309457
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
In his apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit, Pope Francis offers words of hope and consolation to all the faithful but, in particular, he focusses on young people and encourages them in their friendship with Jesus. He also addresses the Church as a whole, reminding us of the youthfulness the Church should embody, while also considering how to renew youth ministry and emphasising the importance of attracting young people to the Church. In this instructive companion volume, Gerard Gallagher invites a selection of people who work in the area of youth ministry to discuss key themes from Christus Vivit and to explore practical ways in which young people today can navigate life’s challenges and setbacks, while still ‘walking the path to holiness’.   Reflecting the themes of Christus Vivit, this practical guide explores such topics as ‘the meaning of family in the aftermath of Covid-19’, ‘the representation of young people in scripture,’ the ‘challenges of youth ministry in changing times’, the ‘importance of family’, the ‘power of vocation’ and the question of ‘young people and discernment’. Questions included at the end of each chapter are designed to prompt further contemplation and would make an excellent aid to those studying Christus Vivit in a group setting.
Holy Shocking Saints Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781847309716
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
Holy Shocking Saints is a beautifully illustrated book celebrating the extraordinary lives of twelve remarkable people. Whether mystics, healers or holy people, their strong belief was the catalyst that set them on the spiritual path. Some renounced wealth, position and marriage proposals; others had a burning desire to explore the world to teach about their faith. Determined and fearless, most of these men and women had to conduct, endure or witness shocking deeds throughout their lives. Their acts of kindness, incredible achievements and miracles that occurred before and after their deaths eventually made them saints.   From Colmcille confronting the Loch Ness Monster, to Brendan setting sail across the Atlantic, to Lí Ban transforming into a mermaid for three hundred years, whether fact or fiction this collection of stories will delight and entertain readers from ages seven and up.
How to be Our Best Self in Times of Crisis Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781847309754
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
Crises can be defined as any changes in our circumstances that affect us deeply. They can vary from marriage or divorce to birth and death. Some we choose but many - like the Covid-19 pandemic - are chosen for us.   How to Be Our Best Self in Times of Crisis helps the reader to understand the body’s reaction to crisis and how the physiological response impacts our ways of thinking, often for long periods of time. By recognising the severe impact a crisis can have on our physical bodies, we learn to appreciate the importance of developing the skills to slow down and rest to allow for necessary repair and regeneration. This book guides us through this process of repair and regeneration in a holistic way, beginning with acceptance.   A crisis may be painful but we become our best selves by actively engaging with the new possibilities it offers instead of withdrawing from the world
Humans of the World Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781847308894
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
The World Meeting of Families took place in Ireland for the first time in 2018 and saw thousands of volunteers and visitors from across the globe unite to celebrate their shared faith in God and in family. Humans of the World Meeting of Families is a collection of first-person testimonies from some of those involved – lay and religious, young and old – who reflect upon their own faith journey in a candid and engaging fashion.   This uplifting book of words and photographs offers a revealing insight into the personal lives and motivation of volunteers, delegates, attendees, staff members and many others who took part in this event, which included the historic visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.
Peace Smiles Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781847309709
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
Peace Smiles traces Thomas Merton’s fascinating and sometimes troubled life from a disrupted childhood and rather turbulent adolescence, to his conversion to Roman Catholicism, his ordination in 1949 and his life in the Trappist Monastery of Gethsemani. It was there that Merton’s prophetic voice began to emerge. Bishop Monahan explores Merton as artist, social critic and ecumenist, his anti-war and anti-racism stances until his untimely death at the age of fifty-three. Bishop Monahan shows us, above all, that a profound hope breathes within Merton’s writing that we too can find our way home by remaining authentic and true to ourselves. This quest for authenticity and truth became a life-long search for Merton.
Through the Year with the Irish Saints Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9781847309174
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
This beautiful devotional book by Stella Durand consists of a series of fascinating biographical accounts of Irish saints for each day of the year and is interspersed with short reflections designed to prompt the reader to consider how these venerated figures can shape the spiritual lives of the faithful today. The intention has been to be as historically accurate as possible but also to reflect on the inner meaning of some stories and legends that have grown up around particular saints, with a view to exploring their spiritual value for a contemporary audience.   In addition to the universally recognised patron saints Patrick, Brigid and Columba, the reader will be inspired by the stories of hundreds of extraordinary Irish men and women across the centuries whose heroism and streadfast faith will inspire, guide and encourage Christians on their pilgrim path today.
Veritas Sunday Missal Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 1296
ISBN: 9781847309785
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
With permission from the monks in Glenstal Abbey, Veritas has updated the Glenstal Sunday Missal. This new edition is now available as the Veritas Sunday Missal. The reference to St Joseph has been included in Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV and the new amendment to the collects has also been included.   It contains everything you will need for Mass on Sundays and Holy Days: - The Order of the Mass with Eucharistic Prayers, Prefaces, Concluding Rites and Blessings - Lists of Feast Days and readings for reference - It covers the three-year Liturgical Cycle   It also includes introductions and reflections on the Liturgy of the Word from the Sunday Mass written by the Monks at Glenstal, and some impulses for prayer (scripture references), meditations and introductions to the liturgical seasons.

Acts of the Apostles

Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9781847309808
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2021
Imprint: Veritas Books
This book approaches the Acts of the Apostles, not just as a history book that gives us information about the life and mission of the early Church, but also as a story to engage us at the level of faith and transform us into missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in our own situation. The Acts of the Apostles has been called the Gospel of the Spirit, who continually guides and empowers the Church in its life and mission.
The Shīʿī Past in the Great Book of the Songs Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9781463207144
Pub Date: 26 Feb 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Islamic History and Thought
The Kitāb al-Aghānī (the Book of the Songs) stands as one of the most important extant sources for Arabic literature and Islamic history. Compiled during the first half of the tenth century, the Kitāb al-Aghānī emerges from a pivotal period in the formation of Islamic sectarian identities, a subject of keen and ongoing scholarly debate that is fundamental to our understanding of the later development of Shīʿī Islam. While its compiler, Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī (died after 356/967), is generally viewed as a 'Zaydī Shīʿī', no in-depth study has investigated what can be gauged from the Kitāb al-Aghānī about his sectarian perspectives.   The present study addresses the question of whether or not al-Iṣfahānī's sectarian leanings can be discerned from the Kitāb al-Aghānī through an analysis based primarily on redaction criticism. By examining the compiler's editorial interventions, this book argues that al-Iṣfahānī, to some extent at least, presents past people and events central to the Shīʿī worldview in accordance with his sectarian affiliation. Furthermore, this work questions the label 'Zaydī' that is commonly associated with al-Iṣfahānī. Based on textual analyses of the Kitāb al-Aghānī, as well as on evidence from his Maqātil al-Ṭālibīyīn ('The Ṭālibid Martyrs') and other sources rooted in the tenth-century milieu, this book suggests that al-Iṣfahānī's religious thought can be construed as a 'mild' form of Shīʿism - in the sense that it neither comprises belief in a specific lineage of imams, nor repudiation of most of the Companions including the first three caliphs. However, it cannot necessarily be identified with any sect, as set down in the heresiography.
George, Bishop of the Arabs on Myron Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 107
ISBN: 9781463207311
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
George was one of the last scholarly Syrian Orthodox bishops to live in the early Islamic period. His metrical homily, probably composed to be sung during the consecration of the Myron, is presented here with the vocalised Syriac text and English translation on facing pages.
Creation and Literary Recreation Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781463240875
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
One of the distinctive characteristics of the writings of Ambrose of Milan is his frequent and lengthy borrowings from the works of Philo of Alexandria. He treated the 1st-century Jewish philosopher as an authoritative predecessor and made use of his works to a far greater extent than any other Church Father did. This study seeks to fill a lacuna in the current scholarship by investigating Ambrose’s use of Philo in his collection of letters, focusing on a set of three letters concerning the topic of the Genesis creation account (Ep. 29,  31, & 34 [PL#43, 44, & 45]). In all three cases, Ambrose fielded questions on the Six Days of Creation (Hexaemeron) by drawing upon Philo’s treatise De opificio mundi. Each of these letters is undeniably Philonic and yet uniquely Ambrosian. This study seeks to clarify why Ambrose found Philo to be particularly valuable in spite of his Jewishness and also to investigate how Ambrose interpreted, adapted, and ultimately re-created his source.
Jewish Cultural Elements in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 369
ISBN: 9781463207175
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies
This monograph traces how ‘Jewish’ elements were introduced into and disseminated throughout the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church through a series of multi-layered, socio-politico-cultural processes. Drawing on historical and literary evidence, Afework tracks the incorporation of Jewish features into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church from pre-Aksumite Christianity, before the fourth century, through the sixteenth century.
Atharvaveda Paippalāda: Kāṇḍa Fifteen Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9781463242046
Pub Date: 12 Dec 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Harvard Oriental Series - Opera Minora
Since its discovery and the initial efforts toward its critical edition, the Paippalādasaṃhitā of the Atharvaveda (PS) has attracted the attention of Vedic scholars and Indologists for several reasons. It constitutes a precious source for the study of the development of the earliest language. The text contains important information about various rites and magical practices, and hints about the oldest Indo-Iranian and Indo-European myths. All of this makes the PS a text of inestimable value for the study of Indian language and culture.
John of Dara On The Resurrection of Human Bodies Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 607
ISBN: 9781463242251
Pub Date: 27 Nov 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Bibliotheca Nisibinensis
An edition and translation of the four treatises of John of Dara (d. 860) On the Resurrection of Human Bodies.
The Masorah of the Former Prophets in the Leningrad Codex Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 421
ISBN: 9781463206024
Pub Date: 09 Nov 2020
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts and Studies
This work represents the first time that a major part of the masorah of the great Leningrad Codex, that of the Former Prophets, is being published with an English translation and commentary. The translation and commentary is preceded by an Introduction which deals with topics such as description of the importance of the Leningrad Codex, the Masorah and its development, the Masorah of the Leningrad Codex, and the relation of the Leningrad’s Masorah to the accepted text of the Hebrew Bible. Every masoretic note in the Leningrad Codex that accompanies the text of the six books of the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel,1 Kings, and 2 Kings) is transcribed, translated and annotated Every occurrence of each lemma is provided with its biblical references, and an indication is given as to where else in the ms. a note for any particular lemma may be found. Furthermore, and most originally, an attempt is made to suggest a reason for each note. The presentation employed in this work is user friendly so, for example, catchwords that occur in the Masoretic notes are arranged horizontally to correspond to their biblical references. This arrangement not only enables readers to immediately see the contexts where lemmas occur, but also to see where the lemmas are distributed in various sections of the Bible. Another aid for students is that all Hebrew references, other than in the ms., are given in a fully vocalized form.