Enter Lent, Insert Apps: Three Lenten Apps to Consider

02/07/2015 Comment

Many of us have that little pocket computer misleadingly called a “phone” in our purse or pocket or hand. Here are three apps I’ll be using this year for Lent.


Free; from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS); available for both iOS and Android

I discovered the Lentsanity app last year and found myself enjoying, once again, the fact that there is younger crowd of creative people who think of these things. I mean, the name alone reflects a bit of how I feel about Lent: slightly insane, intimidated, and excited-ish.

The idea: daily thoughts and resources to aid your Lenten journey. They’re categorized as prayer, #Lenthacks, virtue, sacrifices, learn the faith,...READ MORE

Filed under apps, crs, lectio divina, lent, technology

Register Radio - World Day of Consecrated Life

02/06/2015 Comments (1)

Good works and a lot of praying goes on inside the walls of monasteries.  Literally, these men and women religious are saving the world one soul at a time, but they’re NOT on the spotlight.  So, is the world blind to the good it cannot see?

Dan Burke and Jeanette DeMelo talk about the World Day of Consecrated Life with Michael Wick of the Institute of Religious Life, Franciscan Sister Clare Matthiass of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, and Father Roger Landry.

Michael Wick, Institute on Religious Life

Michael Wick is happily married with four children, but he is also the executive director of the Institute on Religious Life, which brings together priests, religious and...READ MORE

Filed under consecrated life, fr. roger landry, michael wick, register radio, sr. clare matthiass, world day of consecrated life, year of consecrated life

A Good Book Can Go A Long Way in Lent

02/04/2015 Comments (11)

My reading time has been dissolved into something akin to “other people’s normal” lately, and it’s killing me.

Even so, with Lent around the corner, I can’t help but look to my bookshelves for some inspiration. This year, maybe more than usual, I feel like I need some extra motivation.

Among the books I’m looking forward to this Lent is Marcellino D’Ambrosio’s newly released 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent (Servant Books). I first read it back on the cusp of fall, and I’ll be honest: I was dreading it.

As it turned out, though, it was just the book I needed at that moment. I found myself appreciating that I was reading it in the fall, because when Lent rolls around—as in, right...READ MORE

Filed under books, brian doyle, lent, marcellino d'ambrosio, mark hart, peter kreeft, prayers, the mass, theology, thomas aquinas

A Jump for Family Life: The Meal Box and 77 Ways to Pray

01/28/2015 Comment

I’d like to say “Ask any parent what strikes terror in their hearts and they’re sure to say mealtimes and prayer times.” But I’m not sure it’s an accurate statement, because my sample size is exactly one: myself.

Admittedly, mealtimes don’t scare me quite the way now, ten years into this parenting gig, as they did back in the earlier days, before I was at least passable as a cook and a bit unfazed by late-day drama.

We have a standing tradition, inspired by my sister-in-law’s family, of going around the table in what my four-year-old calls the “Bets Parts Worts Parts Game.” Every person takes a turn sharing the best part of their day, and then we go around and share the worst part of our...READ MORE

Filed under books for dads, books for moms, family, family life, jerry windley-daoust, prayers

Theology of the Body for Toddlers and the Bible as Beautiful

01/24/2015 Comments (14)

Leave it to the Daughter of St. Paul…when I first heard about their “TOB for Tots” books, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical.

I mean, REALLY? Can this be possible?

As it turns out, yes.

I’ve read John Paul II’s Theology of the Body twice. I’ve studied commentaries on it and I’ve resolved that someday, in a different season of my life, I shall attend one of those institutes on it.

I’ve watched it become popular and even become a bit of a buzzword in some Catholic circles in the decade-plus since I’ve been Catholic. I’ve tried to explain it and, even more importantly, to internalize and live what it teaches.

There have been a number of resources for teens and even pre-teens that I’ve seen....READ MORE

Filed under books, children's books, theology of the body

Register Radio - eMANgelization and Practical Theology

01/23/2015 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks with Matthew James Christoff, founder of the Catholic men's organization The New eMANgelization about challenges facing men and women to authentically live our their God-given masculinity and femininity. In the second part of the show, Dan Burke and Peter Kreeft discuss Kreeft's new book on St. Thomas Aquinas, Practical Theology.

Matthew Christoff on eMANgelization

Matthew James Christoff converted to Catholicism in 2006. He founded The New eMANgelization project in 2013 to develop a new ardor, method, and expression of evangelization of men. One way Matthew has done that is by engaging top Catholic thinkers on the causes and solution...READ MORE

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When the Phrase “Life Is Important” Becomes More than a Theme Song

01/21/2015 Comments (2)

Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will converge in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. If this year is anything like past years, it will be an event that’s largely ignored by mainstream media, except for the five people who are in favor of abortion.

It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion and really changed a lot of things in this country. In fact, there will be hundreds of thousands marching and walking across the country in support of life. You can also pray along with the 9 Days for Life if you’re not in a position to 

But sometimes, having a face, a story, a NAME, makes it all real in a different way. It makes the theory into...READ MORE

Filed under ashley bridges, cancer, prayers, sacrifice

Making Informed Purchases Using Apps

01/17/2015 Comments (5)

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A few days ago, I received an invitation to check out BuyPartisan, an app that lets you figure out the political affiliation of the companies behind the products you’re buying. In a sentence: you scan the barcode with your phone, and the app tells you the company’s political spending, thus allowing you to determine if it’s in line with your own.

It sure does make for a new level of transparency, doesn’t it?

I have a rather reluctant approach to boycotting. I know my dollars matter, and I know what my children see me spending money on also matters, and yet I can’t help but think that my one voice is lost if I’m not also communicating what I’m doing.

But this isn’t boycotting. This is...READ MORE

Filed under apps, fair trade, technology

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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 many books, the most recent of which she co-edited with Lisa Hendey: The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and writes online regularly at CatholicMom.com and Integrated Catholic Life. 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 children.