Befriending St. Joseph

In Befriending St. Joseph, popular blogger Deacon Greg Kandra leads you on a journey of imaginative exploration and spiritual renewal rooted in the few Bible stories where Joseph is written about. This book offers a fresh take on the centuries-old devotion known as the Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph and provides an opportunity to ponder Joseph’s role in our salvation and to become more like him.

Although the Bible doesn’t record St. Joseph saying a single word, we know he became what God wanted him to be with patience, attention, trust, and prayer. The biblical account of Jesus’s life shows us that St. Joseph had faith in times of uncertainty and courage in times of danger. Kandra shows us Joseph as a gentle man, pure of heart, trusting in God, and a role model for those who feel unworthy or unready.

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A Deacon Prays

Greg Kandra’s A Deacon Prays—the essential prayer book for Catholic deacons—is a practical, daily companion that speaks to deacons as no other book has because it comes from Kandra, creator of The Deacon’s Bench blog and one of the most popular voices and enthusiastic advocates of the deaconate in the Church today.

In A Deacon Prays, Kandra has written prayers to greatly strengthen a deacon’s spiritual life and richly enhance his ministry. There are prayers

  • for daily life and seasons;
  • for service in particular ministries;
  • to patron saints;
  • of devotion tailored for deacons;
  • of petition and intercession; and
  • marking special times in the life of a deacon.

This is an indispensable addition to any deacon’s prayer corner, briefcase, or glove compartment, and will be a popular gift for ordinations, birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions in the life of a Catholic deacon.

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The Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer

Beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra knows all too well what it is to be busy. Drawing from his own experience, and those of fellow Catholics, and the saints lives, Deacon Kandra helps us realize the importance of prayer and offers practical tips for making it a part of each day. Prayer includes regular participation in the Sacraments (Mass, Confession) but is also about a constant communication with God and a way to plan our day each morning and evaluate our progress each evening.

“This little book will become a spiritual classic.” — Deacon Bill Ditewig, Ph.D., former executive director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate, USCCB 
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The Busy Person’s Guide To An Extraordinary Life

What if you could live each day with joy and purpose? Join beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra as he uncovers the rich treasury of Scripture and Tradition to discover just how to live an extraordinary life starting today!

“Deacon Greg Kandra leaves us feeling that an extraordinary life is within grasp if we just pay a bit closer attention to God and our neighbor.” — Greg Erlandson, director and editor-in-chief, Catholic News Service.

“With pastoral insight, engaging storytelling and inspirational clarity, Deacon Greg Kandra unpacks the extraordinary wisdom of the two greatest commandments.” — Lisa Hendey, author of I Am God’s Storyteller

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A Stranger and You Welcomed Me

After its first, successful and award winning book series of homilies and reflections for the three liturgical cycles, Clear Faith Publishing is thrilled to launch its new series! So, once again, some of the finest homilists have come together to build a new compilation of homilies and reflections beginning with Cycle B of the Liturgical Year. A Stranger and You Welcomed Me breaks open the Sunday and Feast Days readings in order to provide insight, warmth, humor and spiritual food for the reader. Under the moniker ‘Homilists for the Homeless,’ the gift of these preachers makes it possible for proceeds from the sale of every book to go toward charities that welcome the stranger in our lives.

“These authors are teachers inviting us to contemplate what these ancient stories have to do with contemporary life. They breathe new life into these familiar passages from scripture and inspire us to put our faith into action.” — from the foreword by Meredith Gould, Ph.D.

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My Other Self: Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith

In My Other Self Clarence Enzler—author of the multi-million copy seller Everyone’s Way of the Cross—guides readers in prayerful conversation with Christ wherein the reader is personally addressed as “my other self” and is urged to embody Christ’s love and compassion to others.

Modeled on the fifteenth-century classic The Imitation of Christ, this new edition of a little-known Enzler masterwork has now been reissued for modern Christians after being out of print for many years. This new edition includes an introduction from the author’s son, Msgr. John Enzler, pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C.

“Clarence Enzler wrote My Other Self at a pivotal moment, just before the Second Vatican Council. It can be seen as prophetic, anticipating the Church of today. It truly is a book of its time, but also for our time.” — from the foreword by Deacon Greg Kandra 

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What People Are Saying

“Deacon Greg Kandra leads us through the life of this great saint in a relevant and practical way. Reading this book has increased my desire to trust Go’s plan even when I don’t fully understand all the details.” -Gary Zimak, Author of “Give Up Worry for Lent!”

“Innovative and inspirational, Befriending St. Joseph breathes new life and insight into a traditional devotion as Greg Kandra invites us to consider Joseph as the perfect companion for our daily challenges and everyday joys.” -Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of

“Deacon Greg is a friend on your journey to connect with God and bring peace to your days.” -Bishop Robert Reed, The Catholic TV Network

“Greg Kandra teaches us how to notice small moments that others might miss and then make the most of them through prayer, so we may learn about God, ourselves and the world around us.” -Elizabeth Scali,  Author and Blogger

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