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 […]

I wanted to blog, but all I had was this daybook…

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Outside my window: Cold and white with cold on top. It’s pretty, I give it that. Around the house: They’re in the bathroom doing something with toothbrushes and giggles. What I’ve been writing: The latest is a reflection on some reading I did for the Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club – Saint Francis de Sales […]

Like Good Fiction?

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Three new good novels in our weekly giveaway at CatholicMom.com. Yeah, you do want to enter. Every day. All three come highly recommended from your favorite snoring scholar:

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