Award winning journalist Angelo Stagnaro offers a version of the Venerable Louis de Granada’s The Sinner’s Guide, for the internet age. Introducing himself as an experienced yet repentant sinner, he explains the foundations of Catholicism’s harmartiology (theology of sin), a theology that takes sin seriously as an offence against life, love and logic, an insult to God and his creation, as something to be avoided at all costs. Stagnaro does not mince words in this book: “There is no way to earn Heaven, but a million ways to merit Hell” (p. 40). God’s gracious mercy is stressed but never taken for granted and he never soft-pedals on matters such as Original Sin which commonly bewilders and alienates moderns. Careful explanations of Purgatory and Indulgences, of Vincible and Invincible Ignorance are provided. The reader is treated to a comprehensive overview of the Catholic context on sin before getting down to sin’s detailed branches. Continue reading here.
“What a wonderful name for a spiritual work and what a good book it is. In essence, it is an updating of a spiritual classic, The Sinner’s Guide, by the Venerable Louis of Granada, a work which was recommended by many saints including the great St Francis de Sales. The book by Angelo Stagnaro is easy to read and understand. It is immensely practical, ideal for the busy laity and it succeeds in its aim. It gives a description of sins, especially those that are common to our age and, most importantly puts forward the remedy against these sins.” Continue reading here.
Hope and Life Press (HLP) is pleased to announce the release of the book Icons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church by Maltese-American author and HLP founder Marcelle Bartolo-Abela. This book 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. These conversations were held between the author and a group of traditional Catholics earlier this year.
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 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 Church through the triumphant and hidden power of icons?
Icons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church is available in ebook edition only from Amazon and directly from the publishers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marcelle Bartolo-Abela is a Maltese-American consultant on the interface of multiculturalism, psychology, spirituality, and the political sphere. A first-generation immigrant to America, she served as a mental health clinician in hospital, community, private practice settings in the Northeast US and Malta. She has lectured on psychology and psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and graduate students in the US, UK, and Malta. She also served as consultant to faculty and program managers on the combined provision of multicultural psychology and spirituality services. In addition, Bartolo-Abela has provided advocacy and consultation on the issues of free speech rights in relation to criminalization discourses in the legislative agenda First Malta Then the World.
Bartolo-Abela is the author of nine books on the Catholic Faith and spirituality including Deification of Man in Christianity, The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father, and Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine. This last book has received support from Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Bartolo-Abela holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Springfield College, the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences from Middlesex University, and the Certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals from The Catholic University of America. Bartolo-Abela is a mid-level apprentice in Russian-Byzantine iconography. Her icons can be found in churches and private collections in the US, Italy, and Malta.
Hope and Life Press (HLP) is proud to welcome B. J. Gonzalvo, Ph.D., a Catholic Filipino-American organizational psychologist and veteran. Gonzalvo comes on board with his book Leadership Development Training With the Saints, which is scheduled to be released by HLP in early 2018, in paperback and ebook editions.
Gonzalvo is currently the manager of a human capital analytics program with a large HR agency and has experience serving various organizations including government, military and nonprofit. Gonzalvo served in the US Navy as a logistics specialist and in the Air Force Reserves as a psychology technician. In the late 1990s, he was deployed to Southwest Asia as part of Operation Northern Watch. He was also a research fellow at the United States (US) Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia.
Giving back to the communities that have supported him throughout the years means a lot to Gonzalvo. He volunteers as a management consultant at 501 Commons, a nonprofit organization that helps to boost the capacity of other nonprofits, and has researched leadership for them and analyzed a volunteer engagement study. Gonzalvo also volunteers for various Filipino organizations and events, in particular those held by the Filipino American National Historical Society, as his racial and ethnic heritage is a source of pride and gives him a sense of belonging.
The Catholic Faith and music are two of Gonzalvo’s most closely-held passions. These lead him to also volunteer as a musician for the Couples for Christ community and other church groups. In addition, he serves as a catechist at his local parish.
Gonzalvo was born and raised in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. He moved to Seattle, WA, with his parents and younger brother when he was 15 years old. Gonzalvo spent a total of six agonizing years in high school (three years in the Philippines, three years in the US) and “don’t ask me why!” He then graduated one semester early from Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, WA.
With little-to-no specific direction in life and zero savings for college tuition despite working 50 hours a week at McDonalds and Taco Bell, the military because Gonzalvo’s number one career option, especially since he already had two uncles who were also in the military. He travelled to several places and met many interesting people. More importantly, he learned discipline and gained an amazing work experience that allowed him to concurrently serve in the US and earn his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, the Master’s, and his Ph.D., in Psychology from Walden University.
Gonzalvo is the author of Lessons in Leadership From the Saints: Called to Holiness, Called to Lead (Westbow Press). He is alos a member of the American Psychological Association. Gonzalvo contributes to Northwest Catholic and writes regularly for Mind & Spirit Magazine, which integrates psychology and the Catholic Faith. His latest book Leadership Development Training With the Saints (Hope & Life Press) will be released early next year. He is also working on another book titled Varieties of Filipino American Catholic Experience. Gonzalvo lives with his wife and two children outside of Seattle, WA, and considers himself blessed to be able to do many fun things, including his most favored activity of spending time with his growing family.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the book Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World by the National Catholic Register’s award-winning editorialist Angelo Stagnaro. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn. Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World addresses the nature of good and evil, the nature of goodness and humility, and how to become holy in our present times. It includes sections on the relationship between love, life and logic, and the foundations of Christianity. An in-depth look is taken at why pain and suffering exist, what sins are and are not, temptations and how to avoid them, as well as the nature of indulgences and how to gain them. A chapter is devoted to the art and science of making a good confession, with different and thorough examinations of conscience based on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World is available in paperback and ebook edition from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and from major bookstores. It can also be found at the Vatican libraries.
“One chapter tremendously useful in this book is The Art and Science of a Good Confession. The great truth of our Faith is that we can be completely forgiven if we make a good confession. Preparing for confession is essential for spiritual growth and health, and the exercises provided here, along with the encouragement to trust in God’s forgiveness, is a sign that God’s mercy is an essential part of the message” Maria McFadden Maffucci, Editor, Human Life Review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angelo Stagnaro is an award-winning journalist with the UN, newspapers and international wire services in the United States of America (US), Europe and Australia. He is the Catholic News Service’s chief correspondent in New York City, the principal liaison for the Holy See, and an editorialist for the National Catholic Register. His major articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Catholic Herald, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, and The Tablet among others. Stagnaro is the author of several books on Catholic spirituality including How to Pray the Dominican Way, The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual, The Christian Book of the Dead, and The Catechist’s Magic Kit. A professional stage mentalist and one of the world’s experts on cold reading, he is also the author of eight seminal works on stage magic and cold reading that have been translated into multiple languages. Stagnaro graduated from SUNY-Albany and Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku with specializations in the Ethnology of Religion, Comparative Asian Religions and Physical Anthropology. He also pursued theological studies at the University of Notre Dame. Stagnaro is a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as RCIA catechist in New York and Singapore.
Devastating analysis of the incoherence, illogicality, sophistry, double standards and often ludicrous obfuscations of the abortionists’ case . . . Really handy resource for anyone committed to the pro-life cause – Catholic Herald
The Catholic Herald (UK) has just released a great review of one of our latest publications, namely The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by award-winning Catholic editorialist Angelo Stagnaro, OSF. You can read the full review here.
The book is available in paperback and ebook editions from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers. It can also be found at the Vatican libraries.