The Jesus Spy
Paperback and eBook: 2019, Capparoe Books, 301 pages, ISBN: 978-0976875123
A novel set in 1st-Century Judea, where spymaster Musan Deleig pursues anyone likely to incite a popular uprising against the Roman occupiers. He becomes intrigued by a carpenter his own age who is preaching against oppression. Read more…
An ‘Ecology Advent’ Based on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Sí: An Aid to Meditation
Booklet as pdf download: 2015, St Vincent de Paul Church (Baltimore), 32 pages, U.S. letter size
The timing of Pope Francis’ 35,000-word ecology encyclical, Laudato Sí (2015), could not have been more relevant. This booklet provides daily reflections for the four weeks of Advent. Each week offers a different way to meditating, more or less on the same topics—though from different angles.
A meditation is not a course of study. We do not need to memorize anything, nor learn anything. Rather, what we read should help prompt us in the direction our heart and soul and mind want to go and as a consequence have the spirit develop to lead us.
While the timing is apt, in another sense, it could not be more grim. This dichotomy marks the entirety of the discussion for the first three weeks. The fourth week, following the encyclical’s pattern, eases back and returns to a calmer and more comforting—though still challenging—Christian appraisal. In doing so, it flows easily towards Advent’s hopeful anticipation.
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Mary, A Mother Waiting: Raising the Messiah
Paperback: 2011, Paulist Press, 96 pages, ISBN: 978-0809146963
In this original and insightful book, Catholic journalist Arthur Jones brings compelling new insights to Mary’s role in Jesus’ growth and formation. This fictional account in blank verse explores ways in which Jesus’ growth while he matured and prepared for his ministry was in great measure shaped by his mother’s understanding of his call – a call that she knew must ultimately end in his death.
Mary was the only human Jesus knew who had been called and “touched” by God as he himself had been called and touched. Mary, A Mother Waiting leads us to the fact that it was Mary who, at Cana, ushered Jesus into the public sphere and started him on his mission. We see mother and son learning to deal with each other as adults, the dream of all parents for their relationship with their children.
Anyone who seeks deeper insights into the unique person who was Mary will be intrigued by Mary, A Mother Waiting. Questions for individual or group use further draw the reader into this story and into reflecting on its wider implications.
Review: “Mary, A Mother Waiting draws us imaginatively into the time, place, and culture in which Jesus and Mary lived, and in which the reader – wondrously – lives for a little while. It is dynamic, full of surprises, and finally full of grace. Not only as Jesus and Mary revealed in a unique way, so are we, the readers.” — Dolores Leckey, author of The Laity and Christian Education, Rediscovering Vatican II series
Review: “Haunting and humorous, Mary, A Mother Waiting allows us to see the mother of Jesus in all her humanity. This beautifully written tribute to the girl who accepted the challenge of an angel and grew into the woman who could command God gives us a new perspective on Mary as she playfully enjoys life with her son, even as she anticipates the future she knows neither of them can escape.” — Cokie Roberts, author of We Are Our Mother’s Daughters
Literary Scamp Evelyn Waugh
Article: Notre Dame Magazine, August 2003 (free to read online)
In the late 1940s, Catholic novelist Evelyn Waugh, the author of Brideshead Revisited, was desperate for a respite from the rationing and privation of post-war England – and from his five children, all under eleven. He convinced Life magazine to publish his report of a two-month tour of the United States during the winter of 1948-49.
Jones’s article in Notre Dame Magazine, “Literary Scamp Evelyn Waugh,” describes how Waugh went about getting someone else to cover the costs of his first-class ocean-liner ticket to the U.S. and his luxurious journeying while there. And how he even had other people do most of the research for him.
For this article, Jones contacted the Catholic colleges where Waugh spoke, but only at Notre Dame did he locate someone who had attended Waugh’s presentation – the President, Father Ted Hesburgh. Jones also read the Waugh papers at the University of Texas and contacted an American family the Waughs were close to. Later, following a major symposium on Evelyn Waugh at Loyola University, Baltimore, at which he presented a paper, Jones gave his own collection of Waugh first editions, photographs, and correspondence article to Loyola University Library’s special collections.
Facing Fear with Faith
by Arthur Jones and Dolores Leckey
Paperback: 2003, Thomas More Press
Poetry and prose as a means for dealing with post-9/11 anxieties, and fear in general.
New Catholics for a New Century: The U.S. Church Today and Where It’s Headed
Hardcover: 2000, Thomas More Press, 192 pages, ISBN: 978-0883474556
How has the role of women changed through the history of the Church? What can we look forward to as the number of priests continues to rapidly decline? Arthur Jones answers these and other questions that prevail in the minds of sixty-two million Catholics about their expectations and the future of the Church.
Review: “Arthur Jones provides a fascinating glance at roads we have traveled in the history of the Cathoic Church. His hope of a Catholic public presence founded on issues around life, dignity and creation for a new century is enlightening and encouraging.” — Annette Kane, Executive Director, National Council of Catholic Women
Review: New Catholics … is a very appropriate book for our time. For anyone who cares about what the Catholic Church in America is today and is personally concerned about where it is going in the future, this book is well worth reading.” — Rev. Theodore M Hesburghm CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Hearts on Fire
by Penny Lernoux with Arthur Jones and Robert Ellsberg
Hardcover: 1993, Orbis Books
Lernoux’s history of the Maryknoll Sisters. Lernoux wrote five chapters before her death, and Jones and Ellsberg completed the 15-chapter book.
Capitalism and Christians: Tough Gospel Challenges in a Troubled World Economy
Hardcover: 1992, Paulist Press, 90 pages; ISBN: 978-0809133451
This book may change the way you think about capitalism. Arthur Jones has produced a scathing critique on capitalism, the way it’s practiced in the United States and most western nations today. Even as it stands triumphant on the world economic stage, capitalism, when measured against Christian precepts, is detrimental to the common good, injurious to the planet, and promotes the false god of materialism. It has turned the United States into the newest Third World country and corrupted the American ideals of human equality and the dignity of the individual. Jones compares the reality of western economic life with the prophetic teaching of Catholic and other church leaders in North and South America.
Review: “Many books are available on the relationship between capitalism and Christianity … but this latest provides a distinctive point of view … Jones sees business as good but easily corrupted and opines that the undesirable form of capitalism has become dominant. He proposes three solutions.” — Larry Seilhamer, St. Paul’s College, in Library Journal
Reassessing: A Piety of Possessions and Relationships – Reflections with a Rosary
Paperback: 1980, Celebration, ISBN: 978-0934134057; Reprint: 1980, Sheed & Ward, ISBN: 978-1556120831
How do we cut through the attractions of material allurement to find ourselves properly today? How do we develop our own Christian perspective? It involves wholesome detachment from a society that measures itself and its people by their material possessions. It also involves a loving embrace of people and a reverence for all Creation. We need to find a fresh way of looking at our material goods, and of reassessing our relationships with other people.