A Princess Guide, a Murder Mystery, and a Look at Being Gay and Catholic

03/04/2015 Comments (28)

Sometimes I look at the pile of books I have read and want to review and shake my head, because it looks like a disparate grouping.

Take this week’s load: a book with the subtitle “Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty,” a murder mystery published by a small press that kept me turning pages, and an inside look at the life of a gay Catholic whose courage in sharing her story is an inspiring and challenging read.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

For young women and moms of all stripes: The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty

Jennessa Terraccino (Servant Books, 2015)

At first, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book. It seemed...READ MORE

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3 Apps for Lent…and Beyond

02/28/2015 Comments (1)

According to OpenBible.info, school, chocolate, and Twitter are the top three things people on Twitter are giving up this Lent. Taking a look at the top ten, I can’t help but note there are two themes: food and technology, with food taking the HUGE lead.

Interestingly, according to an email that caught my eye the other day (quite by accident, because it was obviously a commercial sort of sent-to-a-million-other-people thing):

Computer malware infections in the US drop during the Lenten season as millions of Americans give up porn, shopping, social media, and other online activity. That's according to data released today by EnigmaSoftware.com, makers of the Spy Hunter anti-malware...READ MORE

Filed under apps, confession, gospels, lent, liturgy of the hours, prayer, technology

Register Radio - Strengthening the Soul

02/27/2015 Comment

So your exercise routine is good for your body…but how do you strengthen your soul? Dan Burke explores Catholic alternatives to yoga with Colleen Scariano of SoulCore and Sara Moraille of Pietra Fitness. Dan also takes you behind the scenes of EWTN's papal coverage with EWTN's VP of Programming and Production Peter Gagnon.

Catholic Alternatives to Yoga

Colleen Scariano and SoulCore

Colleen Scariano is a wife and mother. While athletics have been a part of her life since she was young, as an adult she was never able to stick with any exercise routine for long! Through SoulCore and the combination of the rosary with the physical exercise, she finally found the path she needed to strengthen...READ MORE

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Francis, Benedict, and John Paul II: Kids’ Saints Books That You’ll Enjoy Reading, Too

02/25/2015 Comments (1)

Lent’s a good time to revisit saints’ books, and they make great gifts for the First Communicant, godchild, or other young person in your life. This set of three books, all from different publishers and authors, share a few characteristics: they’re beautifully crafted with words and illustrations to make them each a treasure that you’ll enjoy reading as much as the child beside you will.

Adventures in Assisi: On the Path with St. Francis, by Amy Welborn, illustrated by Ann Kissane Engelhart (Franciscan Media)

Whether you dream of going to Assisi or not, this book will give you a glimpse of it. The story deserves more than mention, but I want to just bring up the illustrations for a...READ MORE

Filed under books, children's books, john paul ii, saint benedict, saint francis of assisi, saints

3 Online Lenten Resources: Lent Calendar, Prayer-a-Day, Holy Heroes

02/21/2015 Comment

I know Lent has started, but maybe I’m not the only one who still appreciates a good find. Besides, Lent is a long season. These three finds might be beneficial for you and your family.

The Xt3 Lenten Calendar

Who said calendars were just for Advent? The folks at xt3 in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, have pulled together a Lenten calendar for the sixth year in a row. It’s online or available as an app for your Apple or Android phone or device.

Each day features a video, podcast, or written reflection, the daily Gospel, and a Lent act, as well as images from around Australia to “tell the Lenten story with an Indigenous Australian voice,” according to the diocesan website.

It’s a...READ MORE

Filed under apps, family life, holy heroes, lent, online, prayer, resources, websites, xt3

Register Radio - Light vs. Darkness

02/20/2015 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette DeMelo and Thom Price talk to EWTN's Father John Paul Mary Zeller about the advantages of living Lent to the fullest. In the second half of the show, they sit down with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond to filter out the frenzy and failure of 50 Shades of Grey.

Living Lent to the Fullest with Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller

Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. He earned an associate’s degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation.  He entered the MFVA community in 2004 and he professed final vows in...READ MORE

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An Online Conference Just for Catholic Moms

02/18/2015 Comments (1)

- Catholic Conference 4 Moms

In the years I’ve been working online and connecting with other moms online, I’ve come to realize something critical: we women—and specifically moms—need each other. Motherhood can be very isolating, even as it demands everything from you.

It’s all too easy to focus everything on your children and your work and to forget about your self. Motherhood is a giving endeavor, and we all need a reminder to take a step back to put the proverbial oxygen mask on ourselves.

Tami Kiser is planning an online conference tailored for moms, the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, March 6-9, designed to provide quality presentations and content for moms to consume in the midst of their busy, everyday lives. 


Filed under catholic, conference, moms, online, resources

This Valentine’s Day, Aim for ‘Old Fashioned’

02/14/2015 Comments (4)

This fall, I took the opportunity to watch Old Fashioned, which opens in theaters today. When I heard it was billed against the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey, I’ll admit I was more than curious. I’m not such a fan of 50 Shades, but I’m also not necessarily a fan of sappy and badly made shove-God-down-your-throat films either.

I was in for a surprise with Old Fashioned. I streamed it on an evening when everyone was in bed early. Living as I do in the middle of a cornfield, it took me about twice as long to watch it (streaming over my connection is always an exercise in patience).

My first reaction was that this movie was far, far better than I expected it to be. I often find myself...READ MORE

Filed under movies, old fashioned, romance

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Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish worker and catechist, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and CatholicMom.com. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.