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A Family’s Journey Back to Union: Reflections on One Family’s Celebration of Faith in God and One Another

This is the story of one extended family’s journey back through the lost years and distant miles to rediscover their union with one another. It is the story of four generations who came together to respond to each other’s trials and tragedies, and to celebrate their victories and blessings. So many forces today are imposing themselves and tearing families apart; this is the story of one family’s response to that reality. It is about their resilience and reliance on prayer, God and one another. You will be blessed by reading the brief stories of what brought them back together and how they maintain their connection to each other. But the real blessing will be found in the spiritual reflections and material for prayer and meditation that have served to grow and keep this community of family and friends together for over a decade.Readers are encouraged to use the reflections in their own prayer life and to share them. But more importantly, we hope readers will make the effort to establish

From the Heart Volume 1: Sunday Homilies 2011-2019

A collection of homilies given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin at St. Peter Catholic Church and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio.

From the Heart Volume 2A: Weekday Homilies 2011-2019

A collection of homilies given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin at St. Peter Catholic Church and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio.

From the Heart Volume 2B: Weekday Homilies 2011-2019

A collection of homilies given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin at St. Peter Catholic Church and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio.

From the Heart Volume 3A: Novena and Carmelite Homilies 2011-2019

A collection of homilies given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin at St. Peter Catholic Church and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio.

From the Heart Volume 3B: Novena and Carmelite Homilies 2011-2019

A collection of homilies given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin at St. Peter Catholic Church and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio.

Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

When on a pilgrimage with his family, poet Tim Bete decided not to take along a camera but rather a notebook. He jotted down thoughts, ideas and images that struck him while traveling through Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. He wrote a handful of poems during the pilgrimage and after returning, meditated upon the pages of the notebook until they became additional poems. Some of the poems are about places Tim visited, while others were simply inspired by Scripture and prayer during the journey. As he reflected on his longer pilgrimages, many of his ordinary, routine pilgrimages came to mind—things such as his commute to work each day and the slow passing of seasons. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we meet God as much on the road as at our destination.This book of poetry will provide an experience of our most-loving God, who is even more excited about journeying to us than we are to Him.

The Raw Stillness of Heaven

Through poems about prayer, conversion and faith, Tim Bete shares his search for God--a search that is common to each of us. Somewhere in the intersection of holy silence and the struggles of daily life, God appears: in a winter evening walk, in the smell of incense at church, in a blue patio chair, in the Sacrament of Confession. More than a collection of poems, this book is a prayer journal--a glimpse into the faith journey of the poet.