Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Father Barron on Mary

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Someday, I expect my relationship with the Blessed Virgin will make more sense to me than it does now. I think of her every day. I catch myself muttering to her. I’m caught unaware by her image all. the. time. And yet… And yet, it still seems strange to me. It’s not unusual that Mary […]

Ellen Gable, a New Novel, and Addictive Reading

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When Ellen Gable told me she had written a new book, I had an instant reaction: “YES, I’D LOVE TO READ IT” followed immediately by “OH MY GOODNESS, BUT WHEN?” (Yes, it was an all-caps reaction. Welcome to my inner brain.) So, two weeks ago, when I was on a plane flying across the country, […]

A Closer Look at Pope Francis and Why He Leads the Way He Leads

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From the back cover of Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads: Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, best-selling author and former Jesuit seminarian Chris Lowney offers an in-depth look at how Pope Francis’s Jesuit training has […]

A Chat about Love & Salt (with an excerpt too!)

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Have you read Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters yet? It’s been out for a year, and it’s a delightful read. And hey, it’s Lenten in nature! It’s also winning some awards and getting some well-deserved hoorah. That’s all well and good, and you should buy it and read it and share it. A year […]

An Interview with Dr. Brant Pitre and an Excerpt from Jesus the Bridegroom,

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Dr. Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told tackles something that I find confusing when I stop to think about it. Jesus, a bridegroom. OK, yeah, but isn’t that a metaphor? Turns out, not so much. According to the the blurbage, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the book […]

So it’s NOT just me?

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You or your hubs or both get home from work around 5 or 6. Dinner needs to be put on the table. Toddlers need to be coaxed into tasting everything even if they don’t think they’ll like it. Dishes need to be cleaned up. Then, all of a sudden, it is 8pm and the bedtime […]

Catholic Family Fun is “a Five-Star Book”

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According to book reviewing machine Stuart Dunn, whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or catechist, you will find this 5-star book to be invaluable for many years. The book he’s referring to is none other than my very own Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless. It IS the season […]

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