The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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The Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church would like to suggest the following books.

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The Imitation of Christ

Ignatius: The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei

The Scond Founder

The Imitation of Christ

Author: Thomas à Kempis

Preface by Sally Cunneen

Edited and Translated by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.

Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul I. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me."

Special Note: This is a Vintage Spiritual Classic

Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-mei

Cardinal Kung Prayer:

This prayer was composed by Cardinal Kung for the 1954 Marian Year.

It is found in the Mission Bulletin, Vol. VI, May, 1954,
No. 5, p. 475.

"Holy Mother, once speaking to Bernadette you said: 'I shall make you happy, not in this world, but in the next.’ Throughout your whole life you followed the way of the Cross which is the unique road leading to Heaven. We do not ask for the happiness of this world, but we ask to imitate your courage to follow the way of the Cross through this world. O Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception, we ask you to pray for us. Please turn your eyes of mercy towards us, protect us and help us through this world in order that we may enter into the Kingdom of God and enjoy life eternal. Amen."

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Ignatius: The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei

by Msgr Stephen M DiGiovanni H.E.D.

Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei (1901-2000), a simple Chinese-born Roman Catholic priest and first native-born Bishop of Shanghai, led his people to bear witness to Christ in the world. For his unflinching loyalty to the Pope, the Successor of Saint Peter, he endured more than thirty years imprisonment at the hands of the Chinese Communist government. Throughout, Bishop Kung stood squarely to defend his position that he was a loyal citizen of his homeland. He loved China: he was born in China, grew up in China, and ministered as a priest and bishop in China; and it was in China that he hoped to die and be buried. His life of humble witness was not as an enemy of his homeland, but as a Chinese citizen who was also a faithful Roman Catholic, in communion with the Pope. His is the same claim as that of other witnesses to Christ throughout the life of the Roman Catholic Church: one can be both a faithful Catholic and a faithful citizen. This is his story.
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DiGiovanni, The Second Founder:

Bishop Martin J. O'Connor and the Pontifical North American College

By Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni

As in most efforts, the influence of personalities is an important factor, sometimes overlooked. The re-opening of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and the building of the new College atop the Janiculum Hill, both works soon after the end of hostilities of World War II, are no exceptions. The personalities involved were large: Pope Pius XII; Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York; Dennis Cardinal Dougherty, Archbishop of Philadelphia; Edward Cardinal Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit; Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago; Count Enrico Galeazzi, Papal and College architect; Francesco Silvestri, College lawyer - and Bishop Martin J. O'Connor, the College Rector. And it is simply my self appointed goal to help set the record straight about Martin J. O'Connor and his greatest work as the second founder of the Pontifical North American College."

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