St. Olaf has a book club that meets monthly at the parish in the Fleming Hall foyer. The books are available at our bookstore and cover a variety of topics. If you are interested in joining one or more of these conversations, contact Jane at the bookstore: 612-767-6217 or jjestus@SaintOlaf.org.
UPCOMING BOOK SELECTIONS AND MEETING DATES:
January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
“The Way of Trust and Love – A Retreat Guided By St. Therese of Lisieux” by Fr. Jacques Philippe
St. Thérèse of Lisieux sought a new way to Heaven: “a little way that is quite straight, quite short: a completely new little way.” Blessed with personal limitations that might have discouraged another, Thérèse believed God would not have given her a desire for holiness if He did not intend for her to achieve it. She learned to humbly accept herself as she was and trust completely in God’s love.
First given as a retreat by renowned author Father Jacques Philippe, The Way of Trust and Love navigates excerpts of St. Thérèse’s writings phrase by phrase, extracting powerful, resonating insights. To Thérèse, the journey seemed “little” as she traveled it. A hundred and fifteen years after her death, the message of the young saint and Doctor of the Church has traveled around the world inspiring millions. With this newly translated study of her spirituality, many today will rediscover — or find for the first time — the relevance of “the little way,” in all seasons of life.
Fr. Jacques Philippe is well-known for his books on prayer and spirituality. A member of the Community of the Beatitudes, he regularly preaches retreats in France and abroad. He also spends much of his time giving spiritual direction and working for the development of the Community in Asia and Oceania where he travels frequently.
February 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm
“Encountering Christ – Homilies, Letters and Addresses of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio”
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s as the new Pope, many were unfamiliar with him. Many wondered who he was, where he was from, and how he would lead the Church in these trying times. When his name was announced — Francis — the world had its first indication that this was going to be a “Pope of firsts.”
But for those who already knew Pope Francis as Cardinal Bergoglio, there was nothing surprising about the choice of that name. As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio had already developed a reputation as a man of unusual humility, simplicity, love for the poor, and evangelical spirit.
Encountering Christ gives the reader a glimpse into the heart and mind of Pope Francis. It offers a selection of homilies, letters, and addresses delivered from 2009-2013 as archbishop of Buenos Aires. These texts contain many of the themes that have already emerged as central to Pope Francis’ pontificate: love for the poor, the dangers of a self-referential Church, and the need to “go out” and bring Christ to the world. As the world learns more about Pope Francis in the months and years to come, these texts offer an introduction into the “spiritual priorities” of our new Holy Father.
March 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm
“Finding Light In the Darkness – A Journey Through the Stations of the Cross” by Fr. Dan Farley
Fr. Dan Farley experienced the first symptoms of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in a war zone in Afghanistan. As a Catholic priest and a chaplain in the Army, Fr. Dan went wherever he needed to go to bring the message of Jesus Christ to those most in need. Whether it was his parishioners in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, youth gangs in the neighborhoods of East Lost Angeles or soldiers in combat zones around the world, Fr. Dan served others with compassion and love. He lived with epilepsy and eventually ALS. Through it all, he persevered in his call to the priesthood. In this story of suffering and perseverance, Fr. Dan helps us carry our own cross to the Mount of Calvary. In this intimate and very personal account of his life, Fr. Dan Farley offers all of us inspiration, healing and hope.