(1) Morrow, Jeffrey L. Catholic Apologetics Resources. Principium Institute Parish Resources 1. Mason, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. Description: This 219 page booklet is your one stop for a list of Catholic apologetics resources. The booklet includes an extensive bibliography divided by topic, but also by reading difficulty. There is no Catholic apologetics reference work quite like this one.
(2) Morrow, Jeffrey L. Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. Principium Institute Historical Background to the Bible 1. Toledo, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. This book examines the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.
(3) Rocha, Biff. Learning to Love in the Little Things: Exploring Tolkien’s Purgative Allegory “Leaf by Niggle”. Principium Institute Faith and Fiction 1. Toledo, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His shorter essays are less well-known. One of his most important essays, however, “Leaf by Niggle,” is full of wonderful lessons. In this brief essay, Dr. Rocha shows how Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” functions as a purgatorial allegory underscoring the importance of putting love into the little details of ordinary life.
(4) Morrow, Jeffrey L. Speaking with God: A Short Primer on Mental Prayer. Principium Institute Resources for the Interior Life 1. Toledo, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. Description: Have you ever wondered how to pray? Do you wish you had time to pray, but you find yourself just too busy with the wears and cares of life? In this short booklet, Catholic theologian Dr. Jeffrey Morrow explains what prayer is, how to pray, and how to get the most out of prayer. Regardless of whether you are a busy mother of a large and poor family, a parish priest, a member of a religious community for whom prayer is part and parcel of your occupation, or a regular member of the lay faithful working a demanding job, this booklet has something for you. The realistic suggestions will help readers become more men and women of prayer.
(5) Anderson, Justin M. The Value of the Useless: Why the Useless Are Often the Most Useful. Principium Institute Ethics Series 1. Mason, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. Description: This brief essay seeks to alter the way we approach realities that so often are discarded or disdained in our contemporary culture on account of their “being useless.” By exploring a classical distinction of human goods, open to both reason and faith, we uncover anew the reality of the good-in-itself (bonum honestum). Behind this enlightening idea sits a new way to perceive not only “the useless”, but various aspects of our lives and relationships. By linking all of this to beauty, to eternal life with God, and our own human longings, the reader will herein discover not only an dusted-off idea, but an opening of a new vista, a new path offered to see the useless as that which can have the greatest value in life.