Books for Sale
The following books are available for sale in Theological Centrum.
DIRECTORY FOR THE MINISTRY AND LIFE OF PRIESTS
2012, Congregation of the Clergy, Vatican
Encyclical Letter on Faith
2013, Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World
2013, Pope Francis
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS
A Study on Johannine Christology
2010, Antonio Garcia-Moreno
- The IV Gospel is a end-of-a-century work. That lets one thing that a better comprehension of the mystery of Christ has been verified. And it’s logical for it to be so, since the time transpired permitted a greater deepening on the Gospel. Therefore our author, with the perspective of the years, supposes moreover divine inspiration, attains a greater theological maturity, a wider and deeper knowledge of the Gospel message.
- Hence it’s understandable that Johannine Christology has a great richness. Indeed, this is proven with the multiple titles applied to Jesus. It could be said that Saint John has wanter to concentrate on Jesus the totality of the traditional figures which have some relation with salvation. Thus, Jesus is called Lamb of God, Messiah or Christ, Prophet like Moses, Son of man, Son of God, Logos, etc. But, besides, Jesus reveals himself by saying on different occasions who he is, through the “I am” formula.
- All these titles and self-definitions present to us Jesus as the Son of God, sent by the Father to the world, in order to save mankind, through the revelation realized by Christ. Focused on the importance of this revelation is the Declaration Dominus Jesus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which ends by recalling how “the revelation of Christ will continue to be the ‘true lodestar’ in history for all humanity.” And quoting from Fides et ratio (n. 92), adds that “the truth, which is Christ, imposes itself as an all-embracing authrority.” Recently, Benedict XVI has said that “the main duty of evangelization of culture is the challenge to make Jesus’ human face visible”, to which the IV Gospel contributes in a particular way.
CANON LAW NOTEBOOK 1
HIERARCHICAL NATURE OF PERSONAL PRELATURES
A Study of the Fundamental Charism of Opus Dei and its Canonical Configuration as a Personal Prelature
2008, Fr. Jaime Achacoso, JCD
- One of the greatest drawbacks in the science of Law is legal positivism: that mindset, which puts the origin and foundation of Law not in the reality — of which the juridical order is just a matrix — but rather in the consistency of the written law itself and ultimately in the will of the human legislator. At bottom this is nothing else but the projection in the juridic science of an older error in philosophy, which is Cartesian immanentism or rationalism. It is a constant temptation for the thinking mind — like a recurring virus in the history of mankind — to confuse its thoughts with the reality that is thinking about. The vaccine for such a virus is realism: simply put, to keep one’s feet on the ground or even better, one’s eyes on reality.
- This insight presents us with a hermeneutic key for understanding the figure of the Personal Prelature — first conceptualized by Vatican Council II and presently regulated by cc.294-297 of the Code of Canon Law — and the reality of Opus Dei (founded October 2, 1928), which was erected as the first (and to date still the only) Personal Prelature on November 28, 1982.
- In effect — and advancing the conclusion at the end of this discussion — it seems reasonable and realistic to try to understand the juridic figure of Personal Prelatures by keeping in sight the only Personal Prelature that has been erected to date, which is the Prelature of Opus Dei.
CANON LAW NOTEBOOK 2
THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE
The Juridic Dimension of the Teaching Office of the Church
2008, Fr. Jaime Achacoso, JCD
- From the beginning, the Church has recognized itself as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (cf. Mt. 5, 13-14). She feels herself called by Christ “to the work of the salvation and the renewal of all creatures, so that all things may be restored in Christ and that in Him all men may form one family and one People of God.” (Ad Gentes, n.1)
- But there is an order in the functions that Christ mandated the Apostles to fulfill: first they had to make disciples (teaching), before even baptizing (sanctifying) and teaching the baptized to observe the commandments (ruling). In fact, in order of priority, the last office mentioned (ruling) is just a function of the previous two — i.e., the Pastors govern to the extent necessary to effectively teach and sanctify.
- Hence, the juridic dimension of the teaching office in the Church. In order for the Pastors to effectively fulfill the mandate of Christ to teach all nations, transmitting the Word of God that they have received from him, Canon Law has positivized and formalized a set rights and duties as regards the transmission of the Word of God. This is contained in Book III of the Code of Canon Law. This is the subject of this Canon Law Notebook 2.
VIRTUES FOR ALTAR SERVERS, 2nd ed.
2008, Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, SThd
- Holiness, or the fullness of Christian life, is the imitation of Christ who became man like us. Virtues are “good habits”; they facilitate our search for holiness by making our life, outlook, actions and relationships with others similar to Christ’s, not only when we reach heaven, but even here on earth.
- Living the virtues is not a matter of following a set of dos and don’ts; rather, it means getting used to doing heroically what we know best is best for others and ourselves, according to God’s plan. This way we live as ordinary Christians in the middle of the world, fulfilling our baptismal commitments in the most natural way.
- Living the virtues prepares the Altar Server to receive many graces from God, among which could be the calling to the priesthood. If he receives this gift of vocation, he should thank God for it and nurture it with the guidance of a priest who can lead him at the appropriate time to enter the seminary.
RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION GUIDEBOOK FOR ALTAR SERVERS, 3rd ed.
2008, Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, SThD
- The Altar Servers ministry is an exceptionally fertile ground to foster vocations to the priesthood. These young men should receive the basic teachings of the Church and guided into a life of piety and service. This Religious Instruction Guidebook attempts to serve precisely such purpose, while it supplements other catechism classes received elsewhere, and contextualizes the lessons into the Altar Server’s life. For those who are not called to the priesthood, these lessons will help them respond to the universal call to holiness received in Baptism, in which Christ invites us to sanctify our ordinary life and activities. (Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston)
TO JESUS DAILY THROUGH MARY
A Compilation of Spiritual Readings
2005, John Bautista de Mayo
4 volumes, PhP 150.00/vol
Excerpts from the Revised Standard Version Bible, Catholic Edition, copyright 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
Excerpts and quotations from Friends of God, Christ is Passing By, The Way, Forge, and Furrow by St. Josemaria Escriva.
Excerpts from Practical Meditations for every day in the year on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ…composed by a Father of the Society of Jesus; from In Conversation with God, Volumes 1 to 7 by Francis Fernandez; from Jesus as Friend by Salvatore Canals; from Blessed Be God by Very Rev Charles J. Callan, OP, STM and Very Rev John a McHugh, OP. STM; from Two Months with Mary by Rev Joseph A. Viano, SSP; from Children of God by Francis Fernandez-Carvajal and Peter Beteta; and from Encounters with Christ by Fr. M. Guzman.
Text of the Devotion to St. Joseph: The Seven Sundays and May Devotions including excerpts for the homilies “ In Joseph Workshop” and “The Epiphany of the Lord” in Christ is Passing By and Friends of God by St. Josemaria Escriva, from Handbook of Prayers edited by Fr. Charles Belmonte and Fr. James Socias.
Excerpts from Prayers and Devotions from Pope John Paul II, The Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II, and Breakfast with the Pope, Daily Readings by Pope John Paul II.