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Pre Publication Special: Faith of the Early Fathers

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 The writings of the early Church Fathers are vast. Though all these texts are inherently valuable, the question sometimes arises: How can I find the most important, popular, or concise teachings?


 The Faith of the Early Fathers collection is your answer. Following the structure of the Enchiridion Patristicum, it gives you the Church Fathers’ most important sayings and writings, all in one highly cited collection.

What is the Enchiridion Patristicum?

The Enchiridion Patristicum is a chronological manual of the Fathers’ most important sayings. Compiled by the French theologian Rouet de Journel in 1911, it’s proved itself as a thorough guide for anyone studying theology and Church history.

The Faith of the Early Fathers collection follows Journel’s format, but also includes much that Journel did not. This collection is perfect for:

1) Studying critical theological developments in the first seven centuries of Christian history.

2) Reading prominent sayings and sermons from Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Augustine, Basil, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Jerome, and others.

3) Tracking the formation of Christian doctrine—both the orthodox and the heretical—in the first seven centuries of the Church.

The Faith of the Early Fathers is ideal for serious patristic scholars, or for those who simply want an expertly curated selection of writings from the Church Fathers.

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Pre-Publication Special: Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Writings and Audiences

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In less than a month, Pope John Paul II will be canonized as a saint—a momentous occasion for millions all around the world. Now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the life of this great man of God—a man who left behind not just a legacy of holiness, but also a treasury of literature and thought for the entire Church to study.

Today, you can get Pope John Paul II’s audiences and apostolic writings in one 11-volume collection. These are enormous volumes, compiled here at Verbum, that contain the Holy Father’s correspondences, constitutions, and audiences from 1978 to 2005.

These writings, in this chronological, digitized format, are not available anywhere else. 


In this massive collection, you’ll get 26 years of Pope John Paul II’s writings, including his:

  1. Letters
  2. Messages to bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and world leaders
  3. Public prayers
  4. Public audiences
  5. Speeches
  6. Motu Proprio
  7. Original teachings on Theology of the Body
  8. Apostolic Constitutions (available in Latin)

There is no better way to read and study the great writings of Pope John Paul II than in Verbum. All of his scriptural and Church-document references are linked to the resources themselves, giving you the ability to read Pope John Paul II’s thought side by side with the Tradition he loved and upheld.

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Pre-Publication Special: The Way of the Lord Jesus

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The systematic study of revealed truth—a question-by-question reflection on Scripture, reason, and history—is not always at the forefront of our minds. In fact, unless one is a systematic theologian, sitting down to hammer out questions about morality and theology is rare. If we’re honest, most of us have neither the time nor the faculties to approach Scripture and the teachings of the Church with such rigor.

This is why great works like Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica are so immensely helpful. They stand as compendiums that the Faithful can refer to regarding pressing questions. Works like the Summa also help us categorize our thoughts, doctrine, and study.

baptism-of-jesus-1643.jpg!BlogGermain Grisez does precisely this kind of work with his three-volume series The Way of the Lord Jesus. Focusing on the moral dimension of systematic theology, Grisez walks through the most pressing questions we face today. His first chapter in the first book begins with these questions:

1) What is theology?

2) What is moral theology?

3) What is the role of the teaching of the Church in the method of moral theology?

4) What does Vatican II say about renewal in moral theology?

Grisez’s method is similar to Aquinas’ in that he takes each question and gives a systematic answer. For example, the answer to question #1 begins as follows:

1.“Theology” in the most general sense means thought and talk about God. Theology is also about ourselves and everything else, considered in relation to God. Philosophical theology (sometimes called “natural theology” or “theodicy”) is distinct from sacred theology. The former proceeds by the light of reason, while the latter proceeds by the light of faith and uses reason only as a tool of faith (see S.t., 1, q. 1, a. 1; a. 5, ad 2; a. 8, ad 2; S.c.g., 1, 9).

2.Sometimes the word “theology” is used to refer to the systematic features of a scriptural author’s appropriation (that is, personal reception) of divine revelation: We speak of the “theologies” of St. Paul, of St. John, and so on. It should not be supposed, however, that Scripture and our reflections on faith are theology in the same sense. Since it was essential to the completion of God’s act of communication that revelation be personally received and made their own by persons whom God chose for that purpose, the Scriptures, together with sacred tradition, constitute the supreme rule of faith (see DV 21). We receive Christian faith only by understanding and using the books of the Bible as the Catholic Church understands and uses them in her teaching, liturgy, and life. Hence, the “theologies” in Scripture itself are normative—that is, they set the standard—for our reflections on faith.

Grisez gives five more points, each following up the questions brought up in the last. He continues this method throughout the entire series, masterfully covering hundreds of theological topics and moral questions.

the-way-of-the-lord-jesusIn Verbum, this resource—amazing in and of itself—becomes truly invaluable. Because Grisez makes so many references and citations to Scripture and other Church documents, these volumes come to life in Verbum: each resource links to your other books and resources.

Grisez’s brilliant work of moral theology is 29% off on Pre-Pub.

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Pre-Publication Special: Catholic Bible Dictionary

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Catholic Bible Dictionary for 23% off!


Scott Hahn’s Catholic Bible Dictionary is a landmark publication in its own right, but in Verbum it’s full potential is unlocked. It’s an enormous compendium of biblical topics, characters, and definitions; all 5,000-plus entries are replete with Scripture references and detailed definitions.

Imagine a page like this in Verbum, where each of the entries are easily searchable and linked to other resources in your digital library:

Abel 1

The Catholic Bible Dictionary doesn’t just give you simple definitions. Key characters and concepts have pages devoted to themes, questions, and other relevant topics. Here’s an example from the entry on Abraham:

Abraham 1

In print, this volume is big, heavy, and difficult to carry around. With Verbum, you can carry around this 1,000-plus-page volume on your phone, tablet, or laptop—with all the added functionality and tools that you need for thorough, powerful study.

In this massive work, Scott Hahn draws from two millennia of scholarship to create an accessible, comprehensive tool for deeper and more rewarding biblical study.

A perfect study companion for layman and serious scholar alike, the Catholic Bible Dictionary is an invaluable asset to your Verbum library.

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Pre-Publication Special: Pontifical Council for the Family Collection (10 vols.)

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Understanding the role and importance of the family is increasingly important in our modern age, and the questions that circle around it continue to grow. What are the rights of the unborn? What constitutes a marriage? How do we participate in the discourse about population growth? What about birth control? Divorce?

These questions are difficult and important. They’re universal questions affecting all of us—individuals and society.

The Pontifical Council for Family Collection spans 20 years of crucial texts regarding family, marriage, sexuality, and globalization. In Verbum, these documents link to other relevant resources in your library—helping you study not just the modern discourse surrounding these issues, but also the historical and Scriptural context in which they are rooted.

Add these resources to your Verbum library to start studying the family with more context and authority.

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Pre-Publication Special: The Grail Psalms

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The Psalms were meant to be sung. The Grail Psalms are special translations that aim to place the Psalms in their original context: music. We learn in the General Instruction on the Liturgy of Hours that,

“The Psalms are not readings nor were they specifically composed as prayers, but as poems of praise. Though sometimes they may be proclaimed like a reading, nevertheless, because of their literary character, they are rightly called in Hebrew tehillim, that is, “songs of praise,” and in Greek psalmoi, “songs to be sung to the sound of the harp.” In all the Psalms there is a certain musical quality that determines that correct way of praying them. Therefore, though a psalm may be recited without being sung even by an individual in silence, its musical character should not be overlooked.” (no. 103)

The Grail Psalms translation helps you see and hear the rhythm and structure within the text. It also helps you understand what’s at the heart of Psalms. In his The Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict the XVI said,

“In their prayed poetry, the Psalms display the whole range of human experiences, which become prayer and song in the presence of God… Quite spontaneously, the Psalter becomes the prayer book of the infant Church, which, with equal spontaneity, has become a Church that sings her prayers.” (p 139)

This collection includes both the original Grail Psalms translation (carried out in 1963) and the new revised Grail Psalms. The new translation brings the Grail Psalms in line with contemporary principles of Scripture scholarship, matters of authentic translation, and requirements for appropriate rendering for liturgical use.

Singing the Psalms help us connect with God on a deeper level. In a General Audience on April 4, 2001, Pope Benedict the XVI also said,

“. . . in singing the Psalms, the Christian feels a sort of harmony between the Spirit present in the Scriptures and the Spirit who dwells within him through the grace of Baptism. More than praying in his own words, he echoes those ‘sighs to deep for words’ mentioned by St. Paul (cf. Rom. 8:26), with which the Lord’s Spirit urges believers to join in Jesus’ characteristic invocation: ‘Abba! Father!’ (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).” (General Audience, April 4, 2001)

In this translation, all 150 Psalms are arranged according to Catholic liturgical use, especially with the Liturgy of the Hours in mind.

Right now, you can get the Grail Psalms for 25% off! Be the first to get these masterfully translated works in Verbum, where you can study them alongside other translations and texts.

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Verbum Foundations Plus includes the most important Catholic texts and powerful Verbum tools. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to the Apostolic Fathers, Verbum Foundations Plus includes 315 resources that allow you to explore the Faith—a library worth over $5,000.

The Year of Faith and Verbum’s Catechism Collection

Year of Faith LogoThe Year of Faith was instituted as an opportunity for every Catholic to turn toward Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments—especially the Eucharist—and rediscover the Faith and the Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics were asked “to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.”[1]

Though the Year of Faith is over in a formal sense, it persists through the Faithful who are called to study the Scriptures and Tradition so as to deeper their faith.

Verbum’s Catechism Collection is the perfect way to engage the Church’s call to study the Catechism and conciliar documents. With the Catechism Collection, you get all the Vatican II documents, two Bibles, the Sources of Catholic Dogma, the Catholic Lectionary, and more.

The best part? It’s only $49.95.

Open up a new world of study possibilities.

CatechismIn Verbum, the Catechism connects you to the entirety of the Faith. Open the most important citations in the Catechism with just one click. Jump from the Catechism to the Vatican II documents, and from the Vatican II documents to Scripture or other important Church councils. Study the Church’s Faith with confidence. Make new connections between Holy Scripture and the doctrines and dogma of the Church.

The Year of Faith has ended, but only in name. In many ways, the Year of Faith is extending into the next year and beyond as the Church continues look to Christ as the “One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). And, in many other ways, the Year of Faith will echo well into the halls of eternity as those who have made a profession of faith this year continue to seek out the kingdom of God.

Continue the year of Faith well beyond 2014 with the Catechism of the Catholic Church Collection in Verbum. Get it today for only $49.95.

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The brand-new Verbum Plus libraries are here! Through Advent and Christmas, don’t miss out—use coupon code ADVENT13 to get 10% off an upgrade or a new Verbum Plus library.

These new Verbum libraries make your already-powerful Verbum library even better with hundreds of new resources, brand-new features, and streamlined functionality. Check out the video below to see a quick overview of what’s new:

With the Verbum Plus libraries, you get:

The new Catholic Topical Index

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  • An all-new database of over 500 saints and their feast days
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Black Friday is here, and right now you can get one-time-only introductory pricing on a brand-new Verbum Plus library! Check out this video to learn more:

Use the coupon code VERBUMBLACKFRIDAY to take 15% off a brand new Verbum Plus library OR 15% off any upgrade to a Verbum Plus library!

New version? Does this mean my current version of Verbum is obsolete? 

Not in the least. The new Verbum libraries are additions to the resources you already own. The Verbum Plus libraries contain new features and books, which means that by upgrading to a Verbum Plus library, you only get more resources and features.

What if I’m just now buying a Verbum Plus library? Do I miss out on the old features? 

Nope. All the features of the old versions are included in the Verbum Plus libraries. All the books you buy in Verbum are yours to keep forever. The only difference in the new version is additional functionality and books. Check out the video below to learn more about what’s new in the Verbum Plus libraries:


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