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TO STIR THE SOUL:

Spiritual Inspirations from Notre Dame

By Jim Langford

This book is intended to inspire and bring about a rejuvenation of spirit. Habit and everyday life can wear down our faith, hope and love. The readings gathered here are fresh, vivid and helpful gems that

exemplify the ideals of the University of Notre Dame.

“In his latest book, To Stir the Soul, Jim Langford has provided us with a book of magnificent, beautiful and lovely “good nights.” He brings together stories and reflections and poems and writings from many people of different faiths, men and women, living and deceased. Some are well known while others are not so. Jim divides these reflections into the most important topics in this world…faith, hope, love death and life.

“Some of the reflections will make you smile and chuckle. Some of the stories will make you cry and sob. Some of the writings will make you think that the author has been inside of your soul and is talking about you. Some will make you stop and open your eyes and become aware of a reality you never thought about before. These reflections are guaranteed to inspire the reader.

“I wholeheartedly recommend this book. The reader will not be disappointed. On the contrary, the reader will find himself/herself inspired, consoled, challenged and animated in their walk with God.”

From the Foreword by Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.

ISBN 978-1-7321150-6-4        $16.95

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Old Notre Dame: Paul Fenlon, Sorin Hall & Me

By Philip Hicks

Foreword by Rev. Edward A. Malloy, CSC,
President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Written in the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, this memoir chronicles the unlikely friendship between a wide-eyed freshman who takes up residence in Notre Dame’s historic Sorin Hall and the courtly professor who has lived there for six decades. Philip Hicks finds in Paul Fenlon a gold mine of information about Sorin, from the graffiti on its attic rafters right down to the fabled ‘Captain’s Corner’ in its basement. Professor Fenlon is one of the legends of Sorin Hall, a beloved teacher with a “genius for friendship”—the very last in a long line of bachelor professors-in-residence.

Old Notre Dame shows how the professor attempts to live out his days in Sorin despite failing health, rambunctious dorm life, and phantom campus figures who would just as soon see him return to his hometown in Pennsylvania. Fenlon struggles heroically—and sometimes comically—to preserve the bachelor-don tradition, his ironclad routines, and his religious faith in the face of a hostile, 1960s-inspired youth culture.

An entertaining conversationalist, Fenlon brings the history of this great Catholic university to life. Here we meet the students, professors, coaches, and priests who have made Notre Dame such a storied institution: gridiron heroes like Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen as well as unforgettable local figures like Father John ‘Pop’ Farley and ‘Colonel’ William Hoynes. With anecdotes that are, by turns, funny, touching, and revealing, this quietly inspirational book transports us to a simpler time in the shadow of the Golden Dome.

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Never be Ordinary – Wisdom from My Father

This is a warm and wonderful tribute from a son to his father. But it is more than that; it is a book of wisdom. When the author was growing up, he did not pay close attention to things his father, an ordinary man, said to him. Yet, years later, as he looked back on his life, he realized how much his father’s words really did influence his life. Here, Father Cusick presents some of the key things his father taught him. One of them is to keep your eyes and mind wide open “because by doing so you may experience the presence of a guardian angel…who just might remind you of your dad.”

About the Author

Father John Cusick was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970 and served as a  parish priest at Mary, Seat of Wisdom parish, Park Ridge, IL. He was also a member of the faculty at Niles College of Loyola University, and creator, coordinator and director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was in residence at  Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago from 1985 until he retired from the active priesthood in 2014. He continues to preside and preach at Sunday Mass at Old St. Pat’s on a monthly basis.

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