Summer Reading: A Bible Story Retold Well

08/16/2014 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

07/28/2014 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

07/21/2014 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

07/19/2014 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

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Register Radio - Igniting Young People’s Faith and Church Architecture

07/14/2014 Comments (2)

This week on Register Radio, Dan Burke talks with author and speaker Matthew Kelly about his work to ignite the faith of Catholic youth.. and later in the show Dan and architect William Heyer discuss how architecture can draw Church communities heavenward.


Matthew Kelly on Igniting Young People’s Faith

Author and speaker Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Today he is an...READ MORE

Filed under confirmation, dynamic catholic, matthew kelly, register radio, sacred architecture, william heyer

Summer Reading: The Rising and The Rose Ring

07/09/2014 Comments (2)

There’s no denying that death is a troublesome topic. It tops many people’s list of fears (whether they admit it or not).

The premise of Robert Ovies’ newly released novel, The Rising (Ignatius Press, 2014), is one that unpacks itself in an endless spiral of conflict: what if there was a boy—nine years old, in fact—who could raise people from the dead? C.J. Walker accidentally restores someone to life—from the coffin—and we all learn a thing or two about just what that entails scientifically.

Stop for a minute and think about that. This isn’t a thriller. It’s not a horror novel. It’s a serious consideration of what that would mean for a normal kid and his family.

On the surface, this...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Religious Liberty Edition

07/07/2014 Comments (1)

On this Fourth of July edition of Register Radio, religious liberty is the focus again.  Jeanette De Melo talks with the Becket Fund’s Montserrat Alvarado about the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. Also, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw joins us to talk about EWTN’s emergency relief from the contraception mandate and  what  the Supreme Court’s ruling means for the Network.

The Hobby Lobby Ruling with Montserrat Alvarado

Maria Montserrat Alvarado joined the Becket Fund in 2009 to help run the Voices Symposium Conference in Mexico City. She was elevated to her current position in 2010, and leads initiatives in development, communications, events/conference planning and...READ MORE

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Register Radio - EWTN’s HHS Lawsuit and Buffer Zone at Abortion Facilities

06/30/2014 Comments (4)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks with EWTN’s Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw about the Network’s legal challenge to the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.  Then Jeanette and Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, look at the Supreme Court’s recent decision that bans 35 foot buffer zones at Massachusetts’s abortion facilities.

Michael Warsaw on EWTN’s HHS Lawsuit

Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. He joined EWTN in 1991 and has held senior management positions in the areas of television production, satellite operations, and technical...READ MORE

Filed under dana cody, free speech, hhs mandate, michael warsaw, register radio, supreme court ruling

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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.