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Recent audio additions

Here is a listing of some of the newest releases on talking book available from our audio library. These books will play on the machines provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). For more information on our audio services please click here. If you'd like a complete listing of our audio library, including books on Mp3 disc, please check out our catalog by clicking here.

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Beautiful Hope: Finding Hope Every Day in a Broken World by Pope Francis, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Matthew Kelly, Dr. Allen R. Hunt, Father Mike Schmitz, Sister Miriam James Heidland (DBX1252): We live in a culture that produces hopelessness with astounding consistency. When everything seems chaotic and we are faced with a multitude of negative realities, we might be tempted to say that nothing makes sense anymore. But we are not alone. God walks with us and his lively presence fills us with hope. And so we are able to smile in spite of our difficulties. Despair is defeated because God is among us. Hope does not disappoint!

**Also available for download on BARD from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: BARD DBC16632

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Lent, Holy Week, and Easter by John Baldovin, SJ (DBX0981): Award-winning professor and world-renowned theologian Fr. John Baldovin, SJ discusses the significance of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. First, you will look at the history of Lent. You will look at its origins, tracing how it has come to be celebrated as a 40-day season. After looking at the practices and spiritual meaning of Lent, you will then look at Palm Sunday and Holy Week, paying special attention to the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday). Finally, you will learn about the 50-day season of Easter, including the Sundays of Ascension and Pentecost.

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Finding Jesus: Living Through Lent with John's Gospel by Gerard O'Collins, SJ (DBX0153): Meditations from the Gospel of John containing essays about Jesus. The Jesus of these essays in not the serene figure of some holy pictures. He knocks, questions, challenges, heals, suffers, and urges a choice from everyone he touches.

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Daily Gospel Meditations for Lent: The Christian Dilemma by Isaias Powers, CP (DBX6007): Prayers and meditations focusing on the practical concerns of the first Christians: how to respond to people who ask for help. Also available in braille.