Messenger spring catalogue

January 24, 2024 in News

Messenger Publications, the publishing house of the Irish Jesuits, has just released the latest collection of books for Spring 2024 (Spring 2024 catalogue »). It includes titles on retreats with Pope Francis, Lent, Synodality & recovery of Vatican II, practical and scholarly reflections on Gospel readings, as well as recent bestsellers such as Ignatius Loyola the Christian Mystic.

New releases include the following below:

First belong to God – On retreat with Pope Francis, Dr. Austen Ivereigh » – A powerful Ignatian retreat book that offers a contemplative route into the key teachings and vision of the Francis Pontificate. Before he was elected pope Jesuit Fr Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a renowned spiritual director and retreat giver. The book draws on the many retreat talks given by the Pope between the 1970s and 1990s. The book uses the classic week-long “short form” of the Exercises. Each day contains points for reflection taken from the retreats, meditations and scripture references.

Emerging from the Mess – Finding hope in life’s storms – Jim Deeds & Brendan McManus SJ » – At the darkest hour of night, the dawn will arrive again anew. Emerging from the Mess is the experience of how suffering and pain alternates with great joy and fulfillment. The book’s challenge is to live every day like a resurrection day. Emphasizing the gifts that can be found from gratitude, see the gifts in every moment.

Synodality and the Recovery of Vatican II: A New Way for Catholics » – The Church, Pope Francis has said, is called to be synodal as it changes its self-perception from being a power pyramid seeking to impose its vision to being a pilgrim people at the service of humanity. But what are the implications of synodality? The synod in Rome 2023/24 is presently grappling with this question.

There are also several recent releases that readers may have missed and a list of accessible booklets. Find some examples below:

Sacred Space – The Prayerbook 2024 »

Sacred Space: The Prayerbook is an invaluable aid to daily prayer and daily reflection. It is based on a simple daily prayer drawn from scripture and inspired by the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

The Sacred Space website is available here » for online prayers and you can also download an app for iOS and Android.

Each day of Sacred Space: The Prayerbook includes Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and reflection: The Presence of God, Freedom, Consciousness, The Word, Conversation, and Conclusion.

Click here for the Spring 2024 catalogue containing the full collection of titles ».