Follow the St. Josemaria Institute Book of the Month as we unpack a new title and go deeper into the teachings and spirit of St. Josemaria Escriva each month. This year, our curated titles explore our themes for 2022: The Year of the Family & Passionately Loving the World. For practical steps to get started on your spiritual reading plan, listen to our podcast Spiritual Reading for Your Interior Life.

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May 2022: Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness & Trust by Fr. Jacques Philippe

In Real Mercy, Father Jacques Philippe turns his focus on mercy in this book that developed from talks given on the first three days of the Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015.

On that feast day of the Immaculate Conception, he explored how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is an exemplar of mercy to the Church and the entire world. In a discreet but vital way she dispenses graces and favors with the compassion of a mother. His second essay on forgiveness in families hits home with everyone. No one has escaped the ill feeling and bitterness caused by strife and misunderstanding within the family, and yet the same family is intended to be the path for both earthly and eternal happiness. The author brings to light vivid examples of how lack of forgiveness causes severe damage while forgiveness heals and restores broken relationships. Finally, he uses the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux to show how trust in God’s mercy leads to extraordinary supernatural effects in one’s life and in the lives of those one touches.

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2022

January
Marriage: A Christian Vocation
St. Josemaria Escriva

February
Amoris Laetitia
Pope Francis

March
The Conversion of the Children of God
St. Josemaria Escriva

April
Interior Freedom
Fr. Jacques Philippe

May
Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness & Trust
Fr. Jacques Philippe

June
Divine Insights: St. Josemaria’s New Mediterraneans
Lucas Buch

July
Passionately Loving the World
St. Josemaria Escriva

August
Insights
Fr. Peter Haverty

September
Holiness Through Work
Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz

October
He Calls, We Answer
Borja de León

November
Scatter My Darkness
Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem

December
Call Him Father
Fr. Edward Maristany

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