- The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, edited by Orbis' Robert Ellsberg, which won first place in both the Spirituality and Biography categories.
- JFK and the Unspeakable (Orbis), by our friend Jim Douglass of Mary's House Catholic Worker in Birmingham, Alabama, placed second in the Biography category. My friend Roger and I had the honor of looking over the unpublished manuscript as it was being written so this is a special thrill.
- The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister, OSB, a long-time Pax Christi leader, took the second in Spirituality.
- Be Not Afraid: An Alternative to the "War on Terror" netted a first place award for Pax Christi member Tom Cordaro in the Best Book By Small Publisher category.
- Diversity of Vocations (Orbis) by a local Pax Christi member, Marie Dennis, picked up third place in the Pastoral Ministry division.
- Ken Davis' Misa, Mesa Y Musa: Liturgy in the U.S. Hispanic Church Volume 2 won an honorable mention in the Professional Books category. This was a title that was frequently mentioned during the class on Hispanic ministry I took at the Mexican American Catholic College back in January.
- Oregon Catholic Press's devotional book, Palabra, Vida y Fe, written and edited by Miguel Arias, won second place in the Spanish books category. I don't think I've mentioned this resource yet on this blog but at $16/year for 2 volumes, it is a worthwhile investment for anyone doing pastoral work in the Hispanic community. It contains the daily readings (full text of gospel only on weekdays; full text of all readings on Sundays and major feasts), a brief reflection and prayer written by Mr. Arias that are often refreshingly and surprisingly progressive in tone. It also contains brief catechetical articles on different subjects such as the Sacraments, and the most common prayers of the Church. Subscribe to this series, never throw out the old volumes (a lesson I learned the hard way -- the articles are different each year), and you can easily teach basic catechism or lead a prayer group. It is one of the most useful tools I have found. Indeed, the only glaring omission that I have noted to date is the Holy Spirit prayer that we always use in the Renovación. With that addition, the book would be perfect!
Ven Espíritu Santo
Ven, Espíritu Santo,
Llena los corazones de tus fieles
y enciende en ellos
el fuego de tu amor.
Envía, Señor, tu Espíritu.
Que renueve la faz de la Tierra.
que llenaste los corazones de tus
fieles con la luz del Espíritu
Santo; concédenos que,
guiados por el mismo Espíritu,
sintamos con rectitud y
gocemos siempre de tu consuelo.
Por Jesucristo Nuestro Señor.