Books for Advent and Christmas, written by local authors, are released

By The Compass | November 30, 2016

GREEN BAY — What were the names of the Three Wise Men? How long did it take for them to travel to Bethlehem? Where did they go after they left that little town?

These are just a few questions explored in the new book by Compass associate editor, Patricia Kasten. Kasten writes the weekly “Foundations of Faith” column in The Compass.1637magibookcoverjpgweb2

“Journeys with the Magi: From Persia to Bethlehem…and Beyond” is published by Amor Deus Publishing in Phoenix. It is the third book for Kasten, who also wrote “Linking Your Beads” about the rosary and “Making Sense of Saints” about the church’s canonization process.

The book covers more of the church year than just Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas on Jan. 6. While the Magi only appear in 12 verses of Matthew’s Gospel about the Nativity, Kasten’s narrative travels from the feast of Christ the King into Lent, using the three Wise Men as pilgrimage guides for the journey.

The book is available at, local book stores including Cathedral Book and Gift in Green Bay and St. Patrick Bookstore in Appleton and at

Bishop Robert Morneau has published his 2016 Advent meditations: “Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2016-17.”

Published by Liturgical Press, in Collegeville, Minn., this 104-page book of reflections covers Scripture readings and reflections for each day of the Advent season.1639morneau_bookweb2

During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this book offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way.

Through Bishop Morneau’s reflections, readers will grow in their understanding of the word of God.

Bishop Morneau, pastor of Resurrection Parish in Allouez, is a nationally known speaker and retreat leader and author of many books.  He is a former Compass columnist and has been publishing Advent reflections for 20 years.

“Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2016-17” is available at Catholic book stores in the diocese as well as from, including a Kindle version.

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