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Act Of Mercy

By Peter Tremayne
  • ISBN Code: : 0755372670
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When Sister Fidelma sets out on a pilgrimage in the autumn of AD 666, her main preoccupation is to reflect on her commitment to the religious life and her relationship with the Saxon monk, Eadulf, whom she has left behind. Complications arise during the first night on the ship when one of the pilgrims is apparently washed overboard. The discovery of a blood-stained robe raises the question of murder and Fidelma finds herself having to focus all her abilities on solving the mystery. Death dogs the tiny band of pilgrims in the close confines of the ship, but is not until the Holy Shrine is almost reached that the amazing truth is uncovered...

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THE SUMMA THEOLOGICA: COMPLETE EDITION SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS — A Classic in Western Philosophy and the Catholic Church — Complete and Unabridged, contains the Complete Text and Supplements — Three Parts, 38 Tracts, 631 Questions, 3,000 Articles, 10,000 Objections and Answers — Over 2.5 Million words — Includes an Active Index and multiple Table of Contents to every Part, Question and Article — Includes Layered NCX Navigation — Includes Illustrations by Gustave Dore The Summa Theologica, or 'Summary of Theology' was written from 1265 to 1274. It is the greatest achievement of Saint Thomas Aquinas and one of the most influential works of Western literature and Philosophy. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern Philosophy was conceived as a reaction against, or as an agreement with, his ideas, particularly in the areas of Ethics, Natural Law, Metaphysics, and Political Theory. It is intended as a manual for beginners in Theology and a Compendium of all of the main Theological teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It presents the reasoning for almost all points of Christian Theology in the West. The book is famous, among other things, for its five arguments for the existence of God, the Quinque viae. The Summa Theologica's topics follow a cycle: The Existence of God; Creation, Man; Man's Purpose; Christ; The Sacraments; and back to God. The first part is on God. In it, he gives five proofs for God’s existence as well as an explication of His attributes. He argues for the actuality and incorporeality of God as the unmoved mover and describes how God moves through His thinking and willing. The second part is on Ethics. Thomas argues for a variation of the Aristotelian Virtue Ethics. However, unlike Aristotle, he argues for a connection between the virtuous man and God by explaining how the virtuous act is one towards the blessedness of the Beatific Vision (beata visio). The last part of the Summa is on Christ and was unfinished when Thomas died. In it, he shows how Christ not only offers salvation, but represents and protects humanity on Earth and in Heaven. This part also briefly discusses the sacraments and eschatology. The Summa remains the most influential of Thomas’s works. Saint Thomas Aquinas was a Dominican Priest, born near Aquino, Sicily in 1225. He was an immensely influential Philosopher and Theologian in the tradition of Scholasticism, known as Doctor Angelicus. He died in 1274. As one of the 33 Doctors of the Church, he is considered the Church's greatest Theologian and Philosopher. Thomas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood. He was canonized in 1323. PUBLISHER: CATHOLIC WAY PUBLISHING

The Biography of a Young Philosopher

By Emily Starkiss
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  • Publisher : Astral Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 100
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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Emily Starkiss undertakes the biography of the famous autodidactic and mononymous philosopher, Cometan, who is the first Astronic philosopher, the founder of Astronism, and the sole author of the Omnidoxy. Starkiss focuses on the latter teenage years of Cometan as his identity and philosophership are first created and begin to establish themselves. In this exclusive biography, Starkiss investigates how Brandon Taylorian created and dealt with his newfound identity as Cometan and the many challenges, worries, and tribulations that he was experiencing and that were facing him in the future as he struggled to establish the philosophy of Astronism. In addition, Starkiss chronicles the life of Cometan during his authorship of the philosophical treatise of the Omnidoxy, how the writing of Cometan's seminal work at such a young age change the young man's perceptions, identity, and personality. Emily Starkiss thoroughly analyses how Cometan became Cometan during the most pivotal years at the beginning of his philosophership during the founding of the philosophy of Astronism. Starkiss's chronicle of the young philosopher's earliest years provides a unique insight into a person whose ambitions quickly not only became the dominate force in their life, but also moulded their entire identity.

The Attributes of God

By Arthur W. Pink
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1627930221
  • Total of Pages : 100
  • Category : Religion
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The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped. In this booklet an effort has been made to set forth some of the principal perfections of the Divine character.

The Wisdom of Arthur W. Pink

By Arthur W. Pink
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1627932607
  • Total of Pages : 574
  • Category : Religion
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Arthur W. Pink was a minister and world traveler. During his life time he was a prolific author writing books on all aspects of Christianity. He was one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century. Collected her in this omnibus edition are The Holy Spirit, The Attributes of God. The Sovereignty of God.

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465587381
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In sooth, I know not why I am so sad;_It wearies me; you say it wearies you;_But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,_What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,_I am to learn;_And such a want-wit sadness makes of me_That I have much ado to know myself._ SALARINO._Your mind is tossing on the ocean;_There where your argosies, with portly sailÑ_Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood,_Or as it were the pageants of the seaÑ_Do overpeer the petty traffickers,_That curtsy to them, do them reverence,_As they fly by them with their woven wings._ SALANIO._Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,_The better part of my affections would_Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still_Plucking the grass to know where sits the wind,_Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads;_And every object that might make me fear_Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt_Would make me sad._ SALARINO._My wind, cooling my broth_Would blow me to an ague, when I thought_What harm a wind too great might do at sea._I should not see the sandy hour-glass run_But I should think of shallows and of flats,_And see my wealthy Andrew dock'd in sand,_Vailing her high top lower than her ribs_To kiss her burial. Should I go to church_And see the holy edifice of stone,_And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks,_Which, touching but my gentle vessel's side,_Would scatter all her spices on the stream,_Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks,_And, in a word, but even now worth this,_And now worth nothing? Shall I have the thought_To think on this, and shall I lack the thought_That such a thing bechanc'd would make me sad?_But tell not me; I know Antonio_Is sad to think upon his merchandise.

Jesus the Radical

By Raymond Angelo Belliotti
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 073918766X
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Philosophy
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Jesus the Radical connects the lessons of six parables of the New Testament with moral issues examined by leading contemporary philosophers. The book demonstrates how deeply opposed is Jesus’ radical moral message to the dominant moral understandings of our time.

The Shape of Mercy

By Susan Meissner
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  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Book Code : 0307758338
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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“We understand what we want to understand.” Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail. The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

The Battle Worth Fighting

By Julie Ann Allen
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1973642654
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
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When we first become parents, we don’t imagine ever being single parents. Regardless, this is where we are. Instead of evaluating God’s love based on your circumstances, evaluate your circumstances through the lens of God’s love. This is what it is to co-parent your children with God. The Battle Worth Fighting is both a practical guide to approach the challenges of raising children in this current culture with the social influences they face, as well as a guide to spiritual development and growth for your children and you. Let God be the authoritative parent for your children. Establish the boundaries you know God is leading you to establish. Place your priorities where God is showing you to place them. Your prayer request is to hear his call and move in the direction he leads. This is a game changer. Instead of seeking the path to acclaim and earthly accomplishments, we seek what God values and wants for us and for our children. This is what provides the foundation for how you parent your children and who you teach them to turn to as the authority in their lives. God is calling us to invest in our children so they can become who God had in mind when he created them.

Blessed the Merciful

By Benjamin A Vima
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1490770550
  • Total of Pages : 30
  • Category : Religion
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The books title is taken from Jesus Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Expounding in detail in this book Rev. Vima stresses the Scriptural fact that at the end of disciples life their merciful acts are the ones that would covet the crown of heavenly blessedness as the Judge would pronounces to them, Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food The author also explains very elaborately the Biblical term CHESED as the remarkable backdrop to the Christian merciful deeds. He continues to augment his contention on CHESED by telling the readers about Jesus longing of his disciples to be perfect as their heavenly Father by performing merciful deeds and by performing those acts perfectly by imitating Gods CHESED of mercy, justice and fidelity. Author writes in his Introduction: This book is nothing but an outcome of my strong belief in an eternal fact of living a CHESED-oriented life: Without Gods CHESED we cannot survive but without our reciprocal CHESED we cannot be what we are designed to become. As the Church celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy, author encourages the readers to listen and follow Pope Francis who, referring to the beatitudes, is quoted saying: If the church does not assume the sentiments of Jesus, it is disoriented, it loses its sense. Fr. Vima also dreams that those who read this book will be more inspired and sincere in their works of mercy during this year and the years to come.

TOWARD PEACE

By Lyle R. Strathman
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1483622126
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Philosophy
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Toward Peace proposes that truth is essential in all matters of social intercourse for humanity to progress on any meaningful path toward peace. The manuscript progresses from the notion that there is objective truth to the notion that the enactment of truth in human activity is essential for the establishment of peace, but it admits that human beings tend to wander between knowledge and ignorance and between a beneficent will and a concupiscent will. The manuscript explores, among other matters, the contemporary subjects of fundamentalism and laissez-faireism, individualism and collectivism, economics, evolution, abortion, education, and government from philosophical, scientific, religious, and artistic points of view. This is accomplished by interweaving philosophical ideas expressed by Plato and Aristotle with parables and aphorisms expressed by ancient Indian and Chinese wise men, with Judaic and Christian scripture, and with contemporary economic data and in vogue political notions. The book is organized into three distinct parts. Part I, “Truth,” articles 1 through 5, establishes the notion that there is objective truth, that humanity can, at least, partially know these truths, and that a foundation of truth is essential for the establishment of any meaningful path toward peace. It develops the notion that just as the laws of physics must correctly reflect the physical parameters that an object presents, so too civil laws must correctly reflect the human parameters that a human being presents. In other words, law must reflect that truth which a being presents of itself, itself. The finality of this part suggests that truthful enactments by humanity are acts of love that pave the way toward peace. Article 1 is a short dissertation on human discord. It denotes that since the age of reason, there has been an emerging notion that majority rule democracy coupled with humanity’s technical prowess would lead toward peace, but which history has shown not to be the case. Article 2 establishes the accepted idea that there is a reality—there is real being—but also that human beings are limited in their ability to acquire complete knowledge of such reality. Article 3 establishes the idea that there is truth in every being, in every object: there is objective truth. The article presents the notion that objective truth presents itself as the nature of a thing in complete correspondence with its substance; objective truth is the nature of a thing—its act—in agreement with its substance—that which it is. It also presents the notion that human beings come to know an object by that nature which the object presents of itself; subjective truth devolves from objective truth. Article 4 advances the idea that laws are humanly contrived statements derived from the intrinsic truths in the beings to which they refer or relate; true laws may not violate the intrinsic truths in the beings to which they refer or relate. Article 5 proposes the idea that a love of truth and its compliment, the enactment and application of true laws, are precursors to the path leading toward peace. Part II, “Contentions,” articles 6 through 11, offers commentaries on some of the more contentious matters that cause social conflict in the contemporary world. The specific topics were chosen to show that truth is often marginalized or mutilated and even ignored or rejected during the course of humanity’s search for answers in matters of social concern. Article 6 is a dissertation on fundamentalism and laissez-faireism and shows how each leads toward social discord. Fundamentalism rejects those truths that fall outside its pre-ordained dictum while laissez-faireism simply rejects truths not of its choice. Article 7 is a study of the human social composition, including a logical diagram, which analyses human fortune, intellect, free will, and physical condition. It develops the notion that because of human frailty and finitude, majority opinion and majority-rule a

Chasing Humility

By Joel Stepanek
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  • Publisher : Ave Maria Press
  • Book Code : 1594718962
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Religion
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Joel Stepanek grew up believing that humility required shunning success, never accepting praise, and embracing a crummy life so that God would reward him in heaven. Then he became successful—at being a missionary. On a quest to find balance, Stepanek discovered powerful wisdom hidden within a nineteenth-century prayer that radically changed his life: the Litany of Humility. He shows you what he has learned about true Christian humility and how to right-size your expectations for living this crucial virtue. As Stepanek, director of resource development at Life Teen, began to study and pray with the Litany of Humility, he discovered a pattern for spiritual growth that now anchors the way he lives. In Chasing Humility, he helps you explore eight essential aspects of humility in the life of a Christian: authenticity, confidence, gratitude, love, praise, empowerment, mentoring, and breaking barriers. In addition to humorous and engaging stories and theological reflections, each chapter gives you practical exercises for spiritual growth such as: creating an authenticity diagram to explore how you see yourself, how you think God sees you, and how you believe others do; learning to keep a gratitude journal; and developing habits of speech that acknowledge and praise others for successes, rather than remaining focused on your own accomplishments. This book will not only help you to understand and embrace the importance of humility, but teach you to love the virtue as well.