Register Radio - CRS in the Middle East and Fr. Check on Homosexuality & Compassion

11/07/2014 Comments (10)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette DeMelo talks with staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith about his recent trip with Catholic Relief Services to refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.  Also, Dan Burke and Father Paul Check—of the Courage apostolate—talk about homosexuality, the Church and what true compassion really means.

Catholic Relief Services in the Middle East, with Peter Jesserer Smith

Peter Jesserer Smith is a register staff writer he recently returned from a trip to refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon with Catholic Relief Services.

Smith was one of four journalists selected to be part of the 2014 Catholic Relief Services’ Egan Fellowship program and see the work of the Church...READ MORE

Filed under catholic relief services, courage international, fr. peter check, homosexuality, jordan, lebanon, peter jesserer smith, refugees, register radio

The Accidental Marriage: Unexpected, Delightful and Important

11/04/2014 Comments (2)

Marriage is a hot topic right now, as well it should be. And I have a book that’s just what this whole conversation needs.

The Accidental Marriage: A Novel (Ignatius Press), by Roger Thomas, is a take on the issue of love that not only got my attention, but that also kept me smiling.

Here’s the set-up: Scott and Megan are friends, each in separate same-sex relationships. Megan and her lover decide to have a baby, and it’s natural to Megan that Scott be the donor. As it happens, Megan gets pregnant and her lover abandons her after some abusive acts. Scott, ever the problem-solver, comes up with a plan that involves Megan moving in and being his housekeeper.

Their friendship grows, but...READ MORE

Filed under book review, fiction, ignatius press, marriage, novels, roger thomas

The Grace of Yes: A Book Worth Rereading

11/01/2014 Comment

Lisa Hendey’s new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living (Ave Maria Press), is one you won’t want to miss. I don’t say that because I know Hendey personally and am friends with her (though both are true). I say it because it was nothing like I expected.

Generous living entails both openness to God’s plan and a plan of our own. We each need a plan for total engagement in the virtues that lie at the heart of generous living: belief, love and generativity, work and creativity, integrity, humility and forgiveness, vulnerability, saying no, and rebirth. I hope that recognizing and seizing the grace of yes in your life will be a gift for you, as it has been for me, and will...READ MORE

Filed under book reviews, generosity, lisa hendey, virtues

Register Radio - Occult Curiosity and Dealing with Death

10/31/2014 Comments (2)

This week on Register Radio, Dan Burke and renowned exorcist Father José Antonio Fortea warn us about the dangers of opening the door of curiosity to the devil. Also, Brittany Maynard and Glenn Campbell face their mortality quite differently. What would you do? Jeanette DeMelo and Priests for Life’s Janet Morana talk about the ways of dealing with death.

The Dangers of Curiosity in the Occult with Fr. José Antonio Fortea

Fr. José Antonio Fortea is a native of Spain. He’s a specialized theologian in demonology. Fr. is also author of several books about demonic possession and exorcism, and he’s given lectures on this in many different countries.

According to Fr. Fortea, “There are two...READ MORE

Filed under assisted suicide, brittany maynard, death, father jose antonio fortea, glen campbell, halloween, life issues, occult, possession, register radio

Saints and Virtues, All in One New Book

10/28/2014 Comments (1)

One of the attractions the Catholic Church has always held for me is the communion of saints. I don’t pretend to understand it, but it resonates with me: this group of heroes who had their own faults and failings and still overcame them to reach the prize of heaven.

In the years I’ve been Catholic, I’ve made friends with quite a few of them — there’s no shortage of friends in heaven for almost anything.

What I’ve struggled with, though — and from what I gather, I’m not alone in this — is applying the lessons of the saints to my own sloppy and messy life.

In Seven Saints for Seven Virtues (Servant Books, 2014), Jean Heimann has given readers a close-up of seven saints who are, all too...READ MORE

Filed under book review, jean heimann, saints, virtues

Register Radio - Synod Recap and Rule of St. Benedict in an Inner City School

10/24/2014 Comments (4)

, Jeanette De Melo and the Register's Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin recap synod on the family highlights and take a look forward in the Pope's schedule; and in the show's second half, Dan Burke talks with Register writer Tom McDonald about The Rule, a film the work of Benedictine fathers in a Newark inner city school.

Synod Recap with Edward Pentin

Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. Today he’ll discuss highlights from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, just concluded at the Vatican.

The Pope “gave a very interesting and very well-praised recap...READ MORE

Filed under edward pentin, register radio, rule of st. benedict, synod 2014, thomas mcdonald

Unfortunately 'Unwind' Isn’t Really So Far-Fetched

10/18/2014 Comments (9)

My niece introduced me to the Unwind series of books last year after she had to read the first book in school. I found them so engaging and wonderfully written that I have since gone on to read them all.

Imagine that abortion was outlawed. There was a huge war (seemingly a sort of civil war). The flip side, according to the storyline, is that between the ages of 13 and 18, parents and guardians can have teens “unwound,” which is a sort of deconstruction of their body, though all the parts are have to be 90% or more repurposed, such as in transplants for others. 

This solved two problems, according to the book’s government: that of the “feral” teens who were causing problems and wreaking...READ MORE

Filed under culture of death, culture of life vs culture of death, morality, technology, unwind

Register Radio - Marriage & Family Synod and Parish Communication

10/17/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo gets a synod synopsis from Register blogger Jimmy Akin. Also, Elena Rodríguez and Matthew Warner talk about the Archdiocese of New York City and their adoption of a brand new parish communications strategy.

Jimmy Akin on the Marriage & Family Synod

Jimmy Akin is a regular blogger for the Register as well as Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live.” Today he’ll discuss the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, now meeting at the Vatican.

Akin mentioned, as he did recently at the Register, that there is good news coming from the Synod that’s just...READ MORE

Filed under communication, flocknote,, jimmy akin, matthew kelly, parish life, register radio, synod 2014, synod on marriage and the family

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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 and 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.