Advent begins Sunday, Dec 1.

This is a special time to begin sweeping out your heart – your interior stable -  in preparation of making your soul a worthy dwelling place for Jesus coming in Holy Communion and for the reception of His grace which prepares us for His final coming. It’s a time for recollection, examination and healing available to us in the sacrament of Reconcilliation as we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world.

Preparing for the holidays can be cause of real distress and distraction from the true purpose of this liturgical season. Maintaining a healthy, prayerful focus and avoiding commercial Christmas chaos -  which can result in unsecured consumer debt that follows you to eternity -  is easy if you do some responsible shopping on your laptop.

Christmas is also a time to generously share the gift of our faith. Books and CD’s are terrific and affordable stocking stuffers. I’d like to recommend these inspired and inspirational selections for your consideration. Click on the blue text to learn more about a person, review or directly purchase a product.

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn 7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn

“As someone who’s admitted to a love-hate-love relationship with confession for many years, I can easily vouch for the power of Vinny Flynn’s amazing 7 Secrets of Confession to change hearts and minds on the beautiful potential of this sacrament. Whether you are new to confession or a regular penitent, Vinny’s wise counsel will provide transformative grace in your life.” - Lisa M. Hendey

“It truly is a book so needed for our times. In an age in which the Sacrament of Reconciliation is often misunderstood, neglected, and even ignored, this book offers invaluable insights into just how much Jesus offers us and wants to bless us through this sacrament of mercy, forgiveness, and healing.” - Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, STL

“No matter which side of the confessional grille you’re on, whether as priest or penitent, Flynn’s 7 Secrets of Confession is an indispensable guide to getting the most out of the sacrament of reconciliation…If you desire to receive the limitless graces that Our Lord has for you in the sacrament of his mercy, this book is a must-read.” - Patrick Novecosky

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn is a life-changer that will lead you to life changing experiences in the sacrament of Reconciliation! - Brian K. Kravec

Purchase from Mercy Song, Ignatius and Amazon

In His Presence by Wil Frey In His Presence by Wil Frey

In His Presence by Wil Frey

WiL Frey is a man after the very of Heart of God. The extraordinary fruit of his prayerful pursuit - this mysterious, mystical exchange between the love of Christ and the love of man in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament - is WiL’s first solo album, In His Presence.

In His Presence is a collection of eight original contemporary songs and four beautifully re-arranged classics that were inspired and written in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  WiL’s pure vocals and acoustic guitar anoint and sooth the soul while joyfully lifting our prayerful spirits as sweet-smelling incense rising to the throne of God. Purchase from Amazon and iTunes

Gentle Joy – A Flynn Family Christmas Gentle Joy – A Flynn Family Christmas

Gentle Joy – A Flynn Family Christmas

Re-released for 2013! In this beautiful Still Waters album, Vinny and Donna Flynn are joined by their daughters, Colleen, Erin, and Mary in a quiet and joyful celebration of Christmas. Featuring a peaceful blend of traditional Christmas carols with some you may not have heard before, Gentle Joy is a prayerful, inspiring album reflecting the real spirit of Christmas.

Purchase from Mercy Song Ministries of Healing

The Rosary with Gretchen Harris


“This is a wonderful gift for people who pray the Rosary and for people who would love to learn how to join in this beautiful prayer!”Gretchen Harris

The Rosary CD was honored as a final nominee for two Unity Awards - "Devotional Album of the Year" and "Spoken Word Album of the Year!" A different priest for each of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries joins Gretchen to lead the listener in 18 minutes of prayer. This Rosary is beautifully produced with musical accompaniments that enhance the very edifying and easy-flowing meditational experience. Purchase from cdbaby

LLF_gLoved, Lost, Found: 17 Divine Mercy Conversions by Felix Carrol

Loved, Lost, Found is a collection of beautiful stories of everyday people who discover God's extraordinary mercy. They include a former abortionist, a blind man, an unfaithful husband, a former cult member, a rape victim, a prisoner, a former "workaholic," and a survivor of the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane crash, among others. The book begins with a story about Maureen Digan, whose miraculous healing in 1981 led to the beatification of Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Now recognized as a saint, this nun's revelations in the 1930s, known today as the message of Divine Mercy, play a major role in each one of the conversion stories in this collection. Through St. Faustina, Jesus reiterates for our times the Gospel message that He is Love and Mercy itself, calling us to turn to Him in trust, receive His mercy, and extend His mercy to others.

Purchase from Amazon

More Music for the Soul

Just click on the blue title to purchase these other inspirational gifts.

Fortunate Fall by Audrey Assad
All The People Said Amen by Matt Maher
Here You Are by Mark Mallett
Through The Darkness by Erin Flynn


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