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Consecration to the Divine Heart

Consecration to the Divine Heart of God the Father in English, French, Italian, Latin, Maltese

The Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts in multiple languages.

Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father (3rd ed.)

The third, revised edition of the new Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father, provides the vital Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Father for our present and forthcoming times. Complete details about the Seal of the Father, its importance for our times and its meaning for the salvation of souls are given, as in the Book of Revelation. The desires of the Father’s Divine Heart, the seven aims of the devotion, and the formal prayer format for cenacles to the Almighty Father are presented. Full details and the meaning of the diptych, ecumenical, revealed icon of the Divine Heart are provided, which icon the Almighty Father requested be made and enshrined in His honor. Selected messages from God the Father, given from 2010 through 2012 that, together with Scriptural evidence, are the basis for this devotion are included, as well as messages from Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael. Previously unpublished and new messages, a thorough elaboration of the aims of the devotion and meaning of the icon components, a reproduction of the actual icon, and the complete prayers of the Holy Rosary are now available in this book. 

Deification Front CoverDeification of Man in Christianity

Deification is the transformation of man into god through the grace of God. Predominant in the theology of Eastern Christianity, but marginalized and obscured in contemporary interpretations of the theology of Western Christianity, Bartolo-Abela explores how it is deification, not just salvation, that was and remains the intent of God for mankind, with deification occurring not solely in patria, but in via and in patria. This is an understanding of deification which has been largely lost and needs to be recovered in the Western Church.

Examining the works of the Church Fathers on both sides of the East-West divide in Christianity, Bartolo-Abela shows that rather than being restricted to the East, deification featured consistently in many theological works popular in the West, with the most prominent being those of Aquinas, Augustine, Hilary of Poitiers, Irenaeus and Jerome. Bartolo-Abela argues that it was deification, not just salvation as commonly understood, that was also inherently referred to by Paul VI in the universal call to holiness found in Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

Deification is the process of man becoming god and attaining theoria, seeing God, after purification of the heart and illumination of the heart of the soul have ensued through baptism in the Holy Spirit, as understood throughout tradition. Deification from this life, not solely the next, is the desire of God for mankind in accord with the words of Christ and Peter, “I said you are gods” (Jn 10:34) and “partakers of the divine nature” (2 P 1:4). 

Some reviews:

“Very good introduction to the Deification/Theosis of man, the very purpose of all our lives…replete with credible references.”

“The author succeeds in showing us that Christian spirituality is very rich and, by the grace of God, very achievable” – Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon

In The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Fatherthe background of the revealed, diptych, ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts is presented, together with the related Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Almighty Father. The icon apologia and canon are elucidated. The ecumenical importance of the icon of the Divine Heart for the universal Church is addressed, together with the basis for the icon in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, as well as its meaning for our present times and eschatological future. The aims of the icon, history of God the Father in iconography, and pertinent Church Council decrees are explored. The history of the first icon of the Eternal Father in the Catholic Church is given, with evidence of the Divine Paternal Heart, including Scriptural evidence, and the history/revelations of this second icon of the Father in the Catholic Church. A summary theology of the Divine Heart icon is outlined, with reference to the liturgy, Catholic/Orthodox mysticism, the era of the eighth day and deification of man, the universal call to holiness, and the de-Christianization of our times. 

The Divine Family.jpg Resized to 800 pxThe Divine Family: Experiential Narratives

In The Divine Family, the lived experiences of the author with the Members of the Divine Family and others are presented openly in print for the first time. These experiences occurred from 2010 through 2012. Written predominantly in a dialogical narrative style suitable for believers and non-believers alike, the author chronicles first-hand some of her personal experiences with the archangels Michael and Raphael; demons and Satan, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father.

Topics include a comparative description of the archangels, the reality of Hell and Satan together with the power of consecration to the Almighty Father; the power of sacramental confession, various descriptions of the Virgin Mary, including Her incomparable motherliness, Her power against evil spirits and the unparalleled beauty of Her singing. Descriptions of Jesus Christ include His actions during the illumination of conscience, His presentation by the Father, the immeasurability of His love and the process which ensues between the Father and the Son when the former speaks. The description of the Holy Spirit portrays Him as a pillar of sweetness and love. Descriptions of God the Father include His manner of being during the illumination, how He is in relationship as a Father, His tirelessness in seeking out His children, the intimacy He profoundly desires and the infinite love of His Divine Heart. The epilogue addresses the deification of the Virgin Mary according to the early Christians and Greek Fathers of the Church. 

Some reviews:

  • “Very well written and full of amazing experiences.”
  • “Consumed it, could not put it down. Must read it again and again.”
  • “Powerful, inspiring.”
  • “It is striking.”
  • “Well written and experiences are expressed in clear, easy descriptions.”

ICONS AS RESISTANCE Front Cover GoodIcons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church.

The Western Catholic Church is fast losing her centuries-old sense of the uncreated beauty of God, as manifested through the created beauty of sacred art, by buying into postmodern minimalism for the adornment of new churches. This loss is occurring despite the Church’s longstanding tradition as Patroness of the Arts and the 1999 call of Saint John Paul II for the urgent need to return to “epiphanies of beauty” in Catholic churches worldwide. In the meantime, icons and iconographic frescos that populate Orthodox churches remain much sought after by believers and non-believers alike for their timeless beauty and inescapable sense of the transcendent. Will the People of God be able to resist the new iconoclasm characterized by facelessness in the Western Catholic Church through the triumphant and hidden power of icons? Icons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church documents a series of engaging conversations about the role that icons have in the Church at large and the role they can play at present in the Roman Catholic Church itself. 

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The Warrior-Prince: Saint Michael the Archangel

A serious paucity of accessible and reliable literature exists, in a single place, on The Warrior-Prince, Saint Michael the Archangel. Written simply, with icons and a fairly comprehensive bibliography included, derived from both Judeo-Christian scholarship and tradition, this small book is intended to fill that need in relation to the great, humble, but ever-powerful warrior and guardian of the universal Church. The book is particularly suitable for those who do not know the Archangel Michael or who desire to know more about him. According to the Greek Fathers, the Archangel Michael is the prince of the Seraphim and the defender of the Faith. The Mozarabic Breviary establishes Michael’s place in heaven above that of the 24 elders mentioned in Sacred Scripture. 

The Divine Heart of God the Father (2nd ed.)

In The Divine Heart of God the Father, 2nd edition, an intimate portrayal of God the Father and His Divine Heart is provided through brief narratives. Topics include how our Father is in relationship with us, the inestimable beauty of His Majesty; His sweetness, softness, gentleness and tenderness as Almighty Father. His profound thirst for union with us, deep sorrow at our distance and urgent call for us to return to live in His Infinite Love. The process of union with God the Father from the heart of our souls to the Core of His Divine Heart is described, from the context of the New Israel and intersecting relationships with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Holy Spirit and the Heart of the Holy Trinity. The tapestry of interplay between our Father’s Divine Heart, Will and infinite love is explained, while the upcoming reign of the Father in the Eucharistic Era of the Holy Spirit is introduced. 

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The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture

In The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scriptureit is elaborated how God the Father is a divine spirit. Unlike His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who became the God-Man through the Incarnation, the Heavenly Father cannot be said to have a heart in the human sense of the term. Yet, throughout Scripture, the Father has often referred to His Heart within the context of His relationship with humanity. This book provides a factual overview of the 28 references that can be found in Sacred Scripture about the Divine Heart of God the Father, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. These references are derived from and presented in a side-by-side comparison from three major Scripture sources, namely the Latin Vulgate, the Septuagint (LXX), and the Masoretic Text (Yahwist Source). 

What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church?WHAT IS THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH_ - Hope & Life Press

The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has been much misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike both throughout history and in present times. Addressing the nature of the Magisterium as defined by Vatican Councils I and II, the Constitution on the Faith, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this book provides a factual and easy-to-understand outline of the basic principles of the Magisterium, what it is and what it is not, and its relationship to Christian believers. It also gives an in-depth look at what constitutes the ordinary magisterium of the Pope, as well as the intrinsic nature of papal indefectibility and infallibility. 

CAN 'JUST WAR' EXIST_ - Hope & Life PressCan ‘Just War’ Exist?

In Can ‘Just War’ Exist?, it is elaborated how Just War doctrine has been a feature of Christianity since ancient times. But can a war ever be just? Addressing the ‘just war’ concept from its formulation in the writings of Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, through Patristics, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and the writings of modern Popes including Saint John XXIII and his landmark encyclical Pacem in Terris, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away that has taken place from the original concept as postulated by the Scholastics. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders on ‘just war’ including those of Pope Francis, the Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the 2017 Vatican first-ever conference on the subject. 

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE - Hope & Life PressMigrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine

In Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine, it is shown how migrants and refugees have long been considered vulnerable populations within Christianity, but many, Christians included, remain to this day insufficiently knowledgeable about the specificity of the Church’s views on the matter. Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has regarded voluntary and forced migration from the time of Pope Pius XII onwards, this book provides the teachings of the Catholic Church about the fundamental human rights of migrants and refugees, commencing with Exsul Familia Nazarethana, Pacem in Terris, and Gaudium et Spes. These are followed by the writings and speeches of various Popes on the subject, including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, in addition to the more structured teachings on the subject as set forth in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

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Is the Death Penalty Just?

In Is the Death Penalty Just?, it is elaborated how capital punishment has been a feature of society since the beginning of time. But is the death penalty just? Addressing the issue of capital punishment right from the beginning of its appearance in the Book of Genesis in Sacred Scripture, together with the writings of modern Popes on the subject including Blessed Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away from the death penalty as punishment in civilized societies within the context of the inviolable dignity of the human person. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders including Pope Francis on the death penalty as an unnecessary and particularly barbaric form of torture in today’s world. 

WHO ARE YOU Rev Ed FRONT COVERWho Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine

Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, Bartolo-Abela elucidates in this book how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America in relation to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how two antithetical forms of Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. 

Some reviews:

  • “Struck me to the core. Bartolo-Abela magnificently presents the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data . . . provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future.”
  • “Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America.”
  • “Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ . . . A passionate book unafraid of controversy.”
  • “Very fair book, needs to be read by those driven in a conservative direction . . . Tribalism and Catholic Social Doctrine simply do not mix. Catholics can surely have nothing to do with the alt-right movement. This book quite rightly tells us to be cautious about the Right” – Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).

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Thoughts for the Day: Reflections for the Soul

In this book are over 390 brief reflections that can be used for daily spiritual growth, about our relationship with God the Father and His Divine Family. Topics include being a child of God, the infinite love of our Father’s Divine Heart, His intense desire for us. The interplay between the Divine Heart, Will and Infinite Love, as well as the Three Hearts and the heart of our souls. More topics are growing in love and holiness, experiencing the peace, joy and happiness of Heaven while on earth, living in the Holy Spirit, and reaching the fullness of our inheritance.

Some reviews:

  • “The text explores a particular theme through a series of meditations and then moves on to another theme. The writer draws from Scripture and relates the meditations to various devotions that will be familiar to Roman Catholic readers. Some of the thoughts expressed here are quite inspirational.”
  • “Easy to read and follow. Many of the meditations or reflections work to inspire a closer examination of one’s purpose in life and place in the universe, no matter what religion you are . . . The book contains many beautiful quotes, allusions, and thoughts.”

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The Hope & Life Press Christianity Series

The Hope & Life Press Christianity Series is made up of six books that comprise the teachings of the Catholic Church on various topics pertinent to 21st century man. The topics include just war theory from the time of the Scholastics to the present day, the nature of Islam, the hot-button issue of capital punishment, Catholic Social Doctrine about migrants and refugees, the nature and different levels of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the 28 references to the Divine Heart of God the Father that can be found in Scripture. Previously released in separate ebooks according to topic and written in easily comprehensible language, this paperback edition of The Hope & Life Press Christianity Series has been updated to incorporate the latest proclamations of the Church on capital punishment and just war. The book is suitable for both those seeking to learn more about the above topics from a Catholic standpoint and for those looking for a refresher.

Book review: “Interesting read, very helpful overview of important teachings of the Church . . . The chapter on the magisterium of the Catholic Church was especially helpful . . . There is always a danger that justice and peace issues are seen as ‘liberal’ and pro-life issues are for ‘conservative’ Catholics, but the Church is neither left nor right. I was delighted to read: ‘The natural law itself, no less than devotion to humanity, urges that ways of migration be opened’ to people who have good reasons to leave their homeland. This comes from the great ‘conservative’ pope, Pius XII” – Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).

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Stations of the Cross: English and Latin, with Relics of the Passion (Illustrated)

With large full-color illustrations of the 14 Stations of the Passion and Death of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to aid in meditative prayer, Stations of the Cross by Hope and Life Press (ed.) offers the reader the true history of this Lenten devotion, together with the beautiful and concise readings and prayers in both English and Latin by Pere Arthur Martin. Suitable for private Good Friday visits by the faithful, the Stabat Mater is given at the end of each station as traditionally practiced. A section on nine famous relics of the Passion, some of them rare, is included in the last section of the book, with a well-referenced history and illustrations.

The Deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity

The Deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity

Many claim that the Virgin Mary has never been deified. This claim seems to originate from the entrenched fear that the Holy Virgin is being offered the kind of worship that should be reserved for God alone. However, a close examination of Scripture and the writings of the Early Fathers of the universal Church in The Deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity shows that, contrary to popular opinion and the present conceptualization of Christianity, especially in the Western Church, the Virgin Mary is deified, was deified at her conception, and has always remained deified.

Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel: Leo XIII and Consecration Prayers to the Great Defender

This book contains Pope Leo XIII’s prayer to the Archangel Michael as originally released in the Raccolta (1930) by Benzinger Bros., with the approved (1902) supplement. Saint Michael the Archangel also contains the English translation of the long-form consecration prayer to Saint Michael as said at the Celestial Basilica of Monte Gargano, Italy.

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The ‘O’ Antiphons: Latin and Greek with Gregorian Chant, Old Hymnary and Scripture References

The ‘O’ Antiphons provides readers with the Great Antiphons, the Magnificat antiphons to be used during Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in the Western Rite of the Catholic Faith. They are also used as the Alleluia verses on the same days during Mass. Each antiphon refers to the prophecy of Isaiah in relation to the coming of the Messiah. The title of each antiphon is one of the names of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and one of His attributes as mentioned in Sacred Scripture. The antiphons are presented in Latin and English, with both Gregorian chant notation and old hymnary music. Abundant Scripture references are given for each antiphon.

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The Rule of the Theotokos According to Saint Seraphim of Sarov is a devotional that contains the prayer rule originally given by the Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, to a monk in eighth century Egypt. It was prayed by Christians at the time, then fell into disuse. The rule was revived by the great Russian saint, Seraphim of Sarov, who advocated that all his spiritual children pray it daily to ensure their salvation. The Rule is made up of 150 recitations of the Angelic Salutation with corresponding meditative mysteries on the lives of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Theotokos, together with accompanying prayers as well as introductory and final prayers. Each meditation is illustrated by a traditional icon of the mystery in full color. The book also contains photographs of five different precious relics of the Theotokos that have been handed down throughout the centuries to the Christian faithful from the Patriarchs of Jerusalem.

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The Christmas Icons Coloring Book is a big book of 25 original drawings of Christmas-themed icons. Good for older children to learn about icons and adults starting to learn the sacred art of iconography.

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The Theotokos Icons Coloring Book is a big book of original drawings of icons of the Theotokos. Good for children to learn about icons and for adults starting to learn the sacred art of iconography.

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The Easter Icons Coloring Book is a big book of 20 original drawings of Lent and Easter-themed icons. Good for older children to learn about icons and adults starting to learn the sacred art of iconography.

419BM5vRwdLThe Raccolta of Prayers and Good Works

The Raccolta of Prayers and Good Works is a collection of the treasury of prayers, novenas and devotions of the Roman Catholic Church in large book format as compiled in 1910 by Ambrose St. John of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. Published in the original English, with side-by-side Latin given for the most popular prayers and litanies, this edition of the Raccolta makes available once again almost 500 prayers, in both short and long forms, for every single need of the Catholic faithful, seekers, and the whole People of God. A veritable multitude of prayers to the Holy Trinity for each occasion are included in this Raccolta. There are also prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary under several of her titles, the complete prayers to Saint Michael the Archangel that had been approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1888, and the prayers to the Holy Angels including Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael. Although the indulgences originally stated no longer apply to their related prayers unless these are found also in the new Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, the prayers gathered in this Raccolta still retain their great spiritual merit especially for private devotion.

Mikha’El – The Documentary

MIKHA’EL – The Documentary is the full-color companion book to the first historically-accurate and award-winning feature documentary about the Archangel Michael in the annals of cinema. An Avinu Films production featuring a large ensemble cast with multiple story lines, this book includes fascinating introductions to the film by the director and the producers, the script and its bibliography, color photographs from the documentary, the full credits list, and more. Mikha’El (2021), which has now been released worldwide, provides an intimate look at the archangel’s jaw-dropping exploits around the world, in particular as Taxiarchis Panormitis, the Angel of Mount Zion, and the Archangel of Monte Gargano. In the film, one also finds an in-depth exploration of the unusual discovery of the centuries-old Panormitis icon by a hearing-impaired Greek Jew, in addition to Mikha’El’s vital, but often unrecognized, role in the salvation history of humankind. Languages used in the documentary were English, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Latin. Consecration prayers to the great archangel are hereby included in English, Italian, and Maltese. Mikha’El was shot on location in France, Greece, Italy, Jerusalem, Malta, Poland, Ukraine, and the USA. The book is available in full-color paperback and ebook editions through Amazon.