“Come and See” Bible Studies: An Invitation to Experience Scripture

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 6:59 AM Comments (3)

I remember curling up beside my dad as he read to me from The Picture Bible, published in the early 80s by David Cook. In fact, I have my brother’s old copy and my kids love having me read it to them.

But I’ve never found a good adult version of that kind of Bible experience. Back in my pre-kids days, I would attend evening Bible studies at our parish, and they were helpful. When I only had one kid to keep me distracted, I would often attend the Friday morning Bible study with her in tow. Not so long ago, I even attempted to start a personal study of the Book of Acts.

That last one didn’t go so well. I was using a great resource, but I just lacked the hard-and-fast discipline and time...READ MORE

Filed under bible study, come and see bible study, emmaus road publishing, reviews

Register Radio - Common Core and St. Mary Magdalen College President George Harne

Saturday, August 30, 2014 5:51 PM Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio Jeanette De Melo discusses Common Core and Catholic school with Register correspondent Charlotte Hays and Cardinal Newman Society's Dan Guernsey.  In our second half Dan Burke continues the conversation on education with St. Mary Magdalen College President George Harne.

Common Core Discussion

Charlotte Hays is the Independent Women's Forum's senior editor and director of cultural program. She contributes almost daily to the Forum's blog. She has appeared on cable television programs such as Politically Incorrect, C-Span's Washington Journal, and PBS's To the Contrary.  Her work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalNew York magazine, the Washington Post’s ...READ MORE

Filed under catholic colleges, catholic education, catholic schools, catholic universities, charlotte hays, common core, dan guernsey, george harne, register radio

Summer Reading: Romance with a Side of Smiles and an Underground City

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (0)

Summer reading wouldn’t be complete without some light and fun reading, don’t you agree? I picked up The Rosie Project (Simon & Schuster, 2013) after hearing about it on the “A Good Story Is Hard to Find” podcast. The discussion about it intrigued me, so I downloaded it to my Kindle and saved it for a weekend.

The Rosie Project

It’s a good thing I did, too, because, though it’s not a really “edge of your seat” kind of read, The Rosie Project is a compelling story. I didn’t want to stop reading.

As the reader gets to know Don, we get an inside glimpse at some of those people who may have been mysteriously distant to us before. Don has Aspergers Syndrome, and the author neither belittles this nor makes it...READ MORE

Filed under fiction, middle grade fiction, popular reading, summer reading, young adult fiction

Register Radio - Military Operations in Iraq and the Register’s College Guide

Monday, August 25, 2014 10:49 AM Comments (0)

This week on Register Radio Dan Burke and the Register's Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond discuss Pope Francis and military options in Iraq. Also, Jeanette DeMelo talks to Register writer Joseph Pronechen about the upcoming Register College Guide.

Military Operations in Iraq

Joan Frawley Desmond is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese. She's been following the U.S. policy response to developments in Iraq.

“The most important, most...READ MORE

Filed under college guide, iraq, joan frawley desmond, joseph pronechen, register radio

Summer Reading: A Bible Story Retold Well

Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (1)

I was raised reading the Picture Bible every night for many years. It’s a tradition I’ve continued, on and off, with my own children, and they enjoy the drama as much as I did as a child. I have my brother’s old childhood copy of it, circa 1982, and just opening it reminds me of curling up with my dad or mom.

For the most part, this is a great way to introduce the excitement of Bible stories to my kids, in the context of bedtime stories. They remember the drawings, the storytelling, the cliffhangers between nights.

I’ve never found a copy of the Picture Bible, though, that has the book of Tobit (or the Maccabees stories either, for that matter). It’s too bad, too: I wasn’t raised with...READ MORE

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Register Radio - President Obama’s Recent Executive Action and Sexual Authenticity

Monday, July 28, 2014 2:17 PM Comments (22)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Brian Fraga about his coverage of President Obama’s recent executive order that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Dan Burke discusses pastoral outreach to persons with same-sex attraction with Melinda Selmys, author of two books on sexual authenticity.

Speaking with Brian Fraga about President Obama’s Recent Executive Action

Brian Fraga has covered national news for the Register for the last four years.  He is also a staff reporter covering crime & religion for the Herald News of Fall River, Massachusetts.  For the Register, he has recently reported on the progress of the Employment...READ MORE

Filed under bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, brian fraga, discrimination, melinda selmys, register radio, sexual authenticity, sexual orientation

Register Radio - Immigration Crisis on the US-Mexican Border

Monday, July 21, 2014 8:23 AM Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio the entire program focused on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.  Jeanette De Melo talks with Rio Grande Valley’s Catholic Charities executive director Sister Norma Pimentel, Register reporter Peter Jesserer Smith, and ethics professor Christopher Kaczor.

Putting a Human Face on the Issue: Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. She is the executive director of Catholic Charities in the Rio Grande Valley and as such oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville.  

Catholic Charities services include emergency assistance, housing assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care,...READ MORE

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Summer Reading: Mystery and Teen Angst

Saturday, July 19, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (29)

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? And it’s not so easy to find an honest-to-goodness mystery (though, admittedly, I’m still stuck on where all the socks go between the washer and dryer).

I discovered Sherlock Holmes in junior high, when The Hound of the Baskervilles was required reading. It wasn’t bad, as far as required reading went, and I faintly remember voluntarily reading a few books of Holmes mysteries in those years.

Fast forward to this summer, when I discovered, much to my chagrin, that one of the books hiding on my review shelf was a book of Holmes goodness by a modern writer who captured my imagination a few years ago.

The Watson Chronicles: A Sherlock Holmes Novel in Stories

Ann Margaret Lewis, in The Watson Chronicles: A Sherlock...READ MORE

Filed under ann margaret lewis, britt leigh, catholic fiction, fiction, summer reading

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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.