My Bookshelf: Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats, and the Four Gates of Hell by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Another book read during Adoration. The book is broken into six writings from one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church. I know I've questioned and wondered why God would allow natural disasters that have people suffer, but St. Alphonsus Liguori breaks down the how and why God does.

It's well worth reading, here's a quick summary...

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, great Doctor of the Church, has written six of the most powerful discourses on how God uses natural calamities such as Floods, Storms, Droughts, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, etc. to warn people to change their ways, rather than as punishments. He discusses how God threatens to chastise us in order to save us from chastisement; how sinners often refuse to believe in God's Divine Threats until the chastisements come upon them; how God is merciful for a season and then chastises; how external devotions are useless if we do not cleanse our souls from sin; how God chastises us in this life for our good, not for our destruction; and the four principal gates of Hell, which are Hatred, Blasphemy, Theft and Impurity. Included are quotes from Scripture on particular calamities that God uses to warn us to change our ways.

I found "External Devotions are Useless if we do not Cleanse our Souls from Sin" interesting and realized how important it is for us to take care of ourselves first. This is always something I struggle with, and I know I won't be of any use to my family or friends if I don't turn completely towards God. Hearing sermons or attending Mass alone isn't enough, you need to change inside yourself to avoid sin!

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Read it online at Catholic Tradition

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Pray for Us!

My Bookshelf: The Catholic Family Handbook by Fr. Lovasik

Finally finished the last two chapters of The Catholic Family Handbook by Fr. Lovasik. What I like best about this book is that it features two sections, "How to Strengthen Your Marriage" and "How to Raise Good Kids". It was nice to read about strengthening our marriage and what we can do together in regards to respecting and loving each other to help our family.

The book is also great guide for parents that touches on many different topics in helping raise your children in their Catholic faith. As a father with young children I always enjoy reading and learning as much as I can about being a good father and this book doesn't disappoint.

The Catholic Family Handbook: Time-Tested Techniques to Help You Strengthen Your Marriage and Raise Good Kids on Amazon

Terrific Summary of The Catholic Family Handbook at Sophia Institute

My Bookshelf: Prayers and Heavenly Promises

booksI've managed to read this entire book during my last few visits to the Adoration Chapel. Great prayers and devotions including two of my favorite sections specific to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Holy Face of Jesus. Contains many traditional Catholic prayers as well, making it a perfect addition for your prayer bag!

Prayers and Heavenly Promises by Joan Carrol Cruz on Amazon

My Bookshelf: Joseph the Silent by Michel Gasnier O.P.

Joseph the SilentI highly recommend this book for all fathers. A detailed look at the life of St. Joseph and his relationship with Mary and Jesus. Using the Gospels and writings from the early church fathers we go inside the home of the Holy Family and along on the journeys they traveled. I can't recommend this book enough!

Joseph the Silent by Michel Gasnier O.P. on Amazon

My Bookshelf: Three Great Children's Books

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt - One of the best childrens books I've ever read! Loved it!

The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola - I really liked Pascual and the Kitchen Angels by dePaola and feel the same way about this book. The Clown of God is a terrific story that helps show the power of God's love!

The Friendly Beasts by Tomie dePaola - Rhyming books are a lot of fun, so this was perfect for me, I mean, my children, yes, that's it!