Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Catholic Press Awards 2009 -- a Pleasant Surprise

Rebel Girl is happy to report that her friends and acquaintances have been richly rewarded in the Catholic Press Association 2009 Book Awards. Books by Pax Christi and Catholic Worker related authors that took home prizes include:

Also, a couple of titles related to Hispanic ministry:

  • 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.

O Dios,
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.


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