June 4th, 2008
The Book “Paths of Love: The Discernment of Vocation According to Aquinas, Ignatius, and Pope John Paul II” is now available at Amazon.
On our own website you can read details about this book on discernment, or read its first chapter, an Introduction to Principles of Christian life. (update: now hosted on its own website)
“The Lord has his plan for each of us, he calls each one of us by name. Our task is to be listeners, capable of perceiving his call, to be courageous and faithful, so that we may follow him, and in the end, be found as trustworthy servants who have used well the gifts entrusted to us.”
“He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and from God’s loving us ‘first,’ love can also arise as a response within us.”
May 5th, 2008
We have begun the work of scanning and editing In Thy Courts, a work on religious vocation by Louis Vignat, S.J. It is a sound and simple book on the subject. While at times perhaps overly simplistic, this gives it a refreshing character as a change from the complicated or confusing descriptions of religious vocation one often hears today.
Please let us know of any remaining typographical errors in the text.
Update (Oct 31): The editing is completed, and the book is now hosted at www.pathsoflove.com.
In Thy Courts: Vocation to Religious Life – Introduction
Chapter 1: Jesus Christ and the Religious Life
Chapter 2: The Call of Jesus Christ
Chapter 3: How the Divine Call is Made Manifest
Chapter 4: The Struggle For a Vocation
May 4th, 2008
We’ve added several books written by Carmelites to the site: works by St. John of the Cross (Ascent of Mt. Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, Living Flame of Love), St. Teresa of Avila (Interior Castle), and St. Therese of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Letters to Celine, Prayers, Counsels and Reminiscences) to the website! See the main page for links to the free downloads of the books by these Carmelite saints.
April 21st, 2008
We’ve added several items on the topic of vocation to this site: (1) Summary of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Vocation
(2) Classic Texts of the Church Fathers and Doctors on Vocation
(3) Some texts by Thomas Aquinas on Vocation to Religious Life
(Update: these texts dealing specifically with the Catholic understanding of vocation have been moved to the website Paths of Love–the links will take you to the new site)
March 28th, 2008
Vocation in Aquinas
For many young people the idea of a religious vocation is something very mysterious. They may want to become religious, but suppose that they must find some secret “something” deep within themselves, if they are to enter a religious community. In this recently republished book, “Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery“, Fr. Richard Butler turns to that great theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, to find the traditional view of vocation. Renowned for his clarity in general, it is the same when Thomas Aquinas speaks about religious vocation. The view of vocation according to Aquinas is quite simple: Christ himself proposed the religious life as the best way for attaining Christian perfection in love: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” And so, if you would like to live this radical Christian life as a religious, and are willing to do what it takes, then go for it! Christ will support you by his grace!
Read quotes from the book, or go the original source, and read texts of Aquinas on religious vocation.
February 29th, 2008
“At last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love!” Love is truly the heart of every vocation. This book available for the first time here looks at the Catholic understanding of the vocation to marriage, priesthood, or religious life. It has several features are nearly unique among books on vocation. First, while being addressed to all Catholics, not only to theologians, it does not oversimplify vocation, or give a mere compilation of advice, but aims to present the rich depth and wealth of the Catholic understanding of vocation in a simple and accessible manner. Secondly, this book goes right to two great saints at the heart of quite different traditions on vocation, namely St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Ignatius Loyola, and the basic difference between them, a difference which is often unappreciated, or is passed over superficially. The goal is not to decide in favor of one over the other, nor to examine in detail their historical or theological connection; this book rather aims to use these different points of view to convey all that belongs to a full Christian and human approach to vocation. Read a summary of this book on love and vocation. (Now hosted at its own website www.pathsoflove.com)
February 29th, 2008
Welcome. Here you can find information and reviews of both older and newly published books that are of interest for Catholics.