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

Register Radio - How Should Catholics Respond to Radical Islam?

01/16/2015 Comments (7)

This week on Register Radio: how should a Catholic respond to terror attacks? Dan Burke and Jeanette De Melo discuss Islam, last week's terror attacks in Paris, and how a Catholic should respond. They’re speaking with guest Robert Reilly, author of the book Closing of the Muslim Mind.

Robert Reilly has taught at the National Defense University and served in the Office of The Secretary of Defense. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of information. Mr. Reilly has served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President, and in the U.S. Information Agency both in DC and abroad.  He is author of a number of books on Islam, and...READ MORE

Filed under islam, muslim faith, register radio, robert reilley, terror

Two Books for Life: ‘Prayers for Life’ and ‘On Human Life’

01/14/2015 Comment

The power of my mother telling me that she was praying for my future spouse — said to me when I was a tween uninterested in marriage — didn’t sink in until I had my own children. The ten years since I became a mother have helped me better understand and appreciate the power of prayer itself too. For me, there has been something about the tangibility of the crucible parenting is that has made me experience just what a difference power can make.

It’s an important time of year for being aware of life issues. January 22 marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and will see hundreds of thousands people marching in peaceful and prayer-filled protest in both...READ MORE

Filed under books, paul vi, prayer, pro-life, prolife

‘9 Days for Life’ is a Digital Pilgrimage

01/10/2015 Comment

It will be a few years before I find myself at either the March for Life in Washington, D.C., or the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Though I may long to go, it’s just not feasible for my state in life.

But, thanks to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I can make a digital pilgrimage and unite my prayers with those of others around the country and the world in a novena to end abortion.

From January 17-25, the bishops are inviting all Catholics to make a nine-day digital pilgrimage. This “9 Days for Life” is for the protection of life at all stages. This nine day period is significant, because it’s surrounding the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v....READ MORE

Filed under 9 days for life, pro-life, prolife, technology, usccb

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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.