February / March 2015 - Vol. 78

Spiritual Reading for the Forty Days of Lent

• The Fire of Christ’s Love and Why Did Jesus Die for Our Sins? by Raniero Cantalamessa
• “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” by Raniero Cantalamessa
• The Beatitudes Are Inseparable from the Cross, by Archbishop Sheen

• Quest for Holiness, by William Sangster 
• Why Holiness Is Necessary, by J.I. Packer
• Growing Downward to Grow Up: The Life of Repentance, by J.I. Packer
• Surrender to God: An orientation to Lent, by John Henry Newman
• Christ Calls Us Deeper Still by John Henry Newman

• Salt and Light: Our Vocation to Holiness, by Donald Bloesch

A New Kind of Saint, by Donald Bloesch
• With Christ in the School of Holiness by JI Packer
• Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing: quotes and meditation, by Soren Kierkegaard

Emptied for Our Sake, by Bernard of Clairvaux

• The Cross - the One True Glorification of God, by Joseph Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI
• Worship at the Cross by Charles Simpson

The Cross of Christ - the Measure of the World, by John Henry Newman
The Seven Last Words of Jesus: paintings and reflections by John Dunne

• Is Your Life Christ-Centered or Self-Centered, by Bob Tedesco
• A Disciple's Yoke, by Bruce Yocum
• Pursuing Holiness in an Unholy World, by Tom Caballes

• Forgiveness and Reconciliation With One Another, by Carlos Mantica
• The Readiness to Change, by Dietrich von Hildebrand
• The Lavish Love of the Prodigal Father: reflection on the parable of the prodigal son, by Don Schwager 
• With Jesus in the Wilderness for Forty Days, reflection by Don Schwager

• The Danger of “I Would Never Do That,” by Sam Williamson
He Must Increase: Finding Our Identity in Jesus Christ, by Jan Munk
Focus for Fasting: Pursuing our higher calling to serve and worship Christ, by Jerry Munk
Manna and Mammon: A battlefield that shows our mettle, by Dan Propson

Articles by Steve Clark
The Redeemer – What God Wanted
• The Great Downfall
• The Redeemer Who Died
• The Obedient Son: The humility of the Son of the King 
• Christ's Humility and Victory
• Dying to Defeat Death: The death of Jesus was a victory over death itself
• Exalted Over All: The Victory of the Redeemer
• New Life in Christ
• Receiving Redemption: United with Christ we pass from death to new life

Articles by Jeanne Kun
Discipleship: “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me”

• Jesus' Crucifixion: “It is finished” 
• The Triumph of the Cross: “The Lord has risen indeed”
• Contemplating Christ's Passion
• Freedom from Sin and Death: “A New Creation”
• Hosanna to the Son of David! and Jesus: A Portrait of Zeal
• The Agony in the Garden: Love's Surrender
• Jesus: A Portrait of Obedience
• Exiled from Eden
• Mary of Bethany
• Mary Magdalene:A portrait of love stronger than death

• The Pharisee and Tax Collector: “Be Merciful to Me,” by Jean Kun

From the early church writers
• A Mirror to see Inside Ourselves, by Gregory the Great 

• The Mountain of Your Sins - Never too High, by Cyril of Jerusalem 
• Why Does God Allow Temptation? by Maximus the Confessor 
• Dead to Sin, by John Chrysostom (349-407 AD)
• God Has Reigned from a Tree: meditations on the Cross of Jesus Christ
• Fasting and Feasting: A selection of short readings for Lent from the early church fathers
• Walking in the Light, by Gregory of Nyssa
• The Ladder of Divine Ascent: spiritual wisdom from John Climacus, Abbot of Monastery, Sinai, Egypt


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