Art and Apert Syndrome: Serving a Greater Purpose - #Art4Sarah

01/07/2015 Comments (3)

Jeannie Ewing and daughter Sarah

I “met” Jeannie Ewing virtually a little over a year ago. In that time, we’ve worked together at CatholicMom.com, where Jeannie’s a regular contributor, and I’ve had the chance to learn about her family’s incredible story.

Part of what makes it so incredible to me is how very hope-filled it seems. I would not have expected that having a child with all of the complications Sarah has would inspire hope, but that’s exactly what I find when I read about Jeannie’s experiences as mom and about the many procedures and hurdles they face.

Sarah was born on March 16, 2013, and Jeannie and her husband Ben found themselves forever changed in ways beyond what they expected with the birth of their...READ MORE

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A Few Titles I’m Looking Forward to Reading

12/24/2014 Comments (1)

For the last few years, the week between Christmas and New Year’s has been an opportunity for me to read. I turn off the computer, put an auto-responder on my email, and bask with a pile of books.

While I’m not going to be doing exactly that this year, I do have a few titles I think I can finish for some fun Christmas break reading (and one that I want to make sure I share).

As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

I’m very hit-or-miss with my daily readings, especially in certain seasons of life (like the one I’m in right now), but I’m trying, above all, to learn the lesson of not giving up.

One tool that’s helped me do that this year is the new-this-year feature at CatholicMom.com,...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Vatican Report on Women Religious and ‘The Great Reformer’

12/20/2014 Comments (8)

This week on Register Radio, Dan Burke discusses the release of the Vatican's long-awaited report on women religious with Register correspondent Ann Carey. Also, Jeanette DeMelo talks with author Austen Ivereigh about his new book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of A Radical Pope.

Ann Carey on the Vatican Report on Women Religious

Ann Carey is a veteran journalist who has written hundreds of articles for many prestigious Catholic publications during her 31-year career in the Catholic press. She is a member of the Catholic Press Association and has won awards for news and feature writing, as well as investigative reporting. Her specialty is women religious, and she is working on...READ MORE

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3 Books Worth Sharing: Spicing Up Your Marriage, Your Kitchen, and Your History

12/17/2014 Comments (2)

There are so many good books, so many new books, and so many books, period, that sometimes it’s hard to sift through them. What do you buy that bibliophile in your life? Or how about your parish priest, the guy who doesn’t collect ANYTHING and who has everything he needs? How about your married friends?

I could go on, but I’ll stop and just share three great books, written by great Catholic authors, that will make great gifts for you or your favorite people.

Add Some Spice to Your Marriage

I don’t remember how I caught wind of Hallie Lord’s project, but I was, honestly, so grateful to see it.

It’s an eBook: Spice Up Your Marriage: A 28-Day Adventure, and it’s something that I’m pretty...READ MORE

Filed under book review, books, brian burch, emily stimpson, food, hallie lord, history, jeff young, marriage

A Rosary Album That’s a Treasure

12/13/2014 Comment

Though I’ve been devoted to the rosary for many years, that doesn’t mean I pray it easily. Most days, it’s a battle for me, between what I think needs done — like work — and what I know needs done — like prayer. Making myself sit still or even integrate prayer into what I’m doing is an ongoing practice, one that’s been made easier thanks to the new Rosary album released from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

According to Sr. Joseph Andrew, foundress and vocations director:

The Rosary album came from people who asked and asked if we would do something on the rosary. Every Sunday, we have five o’clock Vespers — Evening Prayer — open to the public, and after we have...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Year of Consecrated Religious / Celebrating Men and Women Religious

12/12/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo focuses on the Year of Consecrated Life.  She talks with Bishop Michael Burbidge who leads the U.S. Bishops Committee for Consecrate Life about his hopes for the year.  Then Jeanette talks with Register reporter Roxanne King about what dioceses around the country are doing to celebrate men and women religious.

The Year of Consecrated Religious with Bishop Michael Burbidge

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; and in this interview with the Register, he talks of the beauty of the consecrated life…and explains how the bishops’...READ MORE

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Supporting Young Moms with ‘Tiny Blue Lines’

12/10/2014 Comments (3)

Among the women who need real-life encouragement, women who need a hug without judgment, are young moms. I’m not just talking about moms with young kids (though they need it too), but moms who are young themselves.

Chaunie Brusie, who wrote Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in an Unplanned Pregnancy (Ave Maria Press), is one of the women out there who is doing this well.

Tiny Blue Lines is a book that had me laughing out loud and tearing up in ways I just didn’t foresee. I wasn’t a young mom (by the definitions of “still in college, early 20s”) and I didn’t have unplanned pregnancies, not really. Even so, this book spoke to my heart and not...READ MORE

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Music that Raises Your Mind Heavenward

12/06/2014 Comments (3)

I always hesitate to accept review copies of music. I don’t consider myself an expert on music; enjoying a good album or a certain kind of sound just makes me a fan.

But when I listened to the two albums that were in my mailbox, I knew I had to share about them here. They’re simply too good not to.

O Day of Resurrection!: Liturgy of the Hours for Sunday (Jade Music) is a 27-track recording of the monks from the New Camaldoi Hermitage in Big Sur, California. The tracks are, specifically, the monks chanting the Liturgy of the Hours in their chapel at the hermitage.

It’s divided into the sections corresponding with the way the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed: Vigils, Lauds, Vespers, and...READ MORE

Filed under chant, christmas, faith, liturgy, liturgy of the hours, music, prayer

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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.