Three Books for Family Living and Thriving

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (0)

Family life is hard, no way around it. All that joy, crammed into a tiny space, and before long there are bound to be explosions.

This group of newish releases may be just what you need to rejuvenate yourself and remind yourself of all the reasons to smile, with some new ideas, tools, and inspiration to feed you.

Sometimes, the wedding bells aren’t even done ringing before you start to wonder just what you’ve gotten yourself into. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s Just Married (Ave Maria Press, 2013) is a frank look at how you can stay on the roller coaster that the first five years of marriage often presents.

Almost every newly married couple we encounter has two things in common. First, they are...READ MORE

Filed under books, family life, greg popcak, lisa popcak, marriage, patti armstrong, sue muldoon, theresa thomas, tim muldoon

Register Radio - Beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo and the World Meeting of Families

Friday, September 26, 2014 2:30 PM Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Opus Dei priest Father C. John McCloskey talks about this weekend's beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo, the prelate who succeeded the founder of Opus Dei. And also, listen to Register writer Matthew Archbold reporting on the preparation for the World Meeting of Families next September in Philadelphia.

Beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo

Father C. John McCloskey is an Opus Dei priest. Today’s interview is near and dear to him, as he has spent much of his pastoral work counseling university students and has worked as the representative of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. This weekend, in Madrid, is the beatification of the...READ MORE

Filed under bishop alvaro del portillo, father c. john mccloskey, matthew archbold, register radio, world meeting of families

A Taste of History That’s Neither Dull Nor Boring

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (0)

In high school, I slept through history class and aced it. In college, I told my honors advisor that I would take science classes instead of history. He argued with me, insisting that history was so easy and on and on. I didn’t care. I’d had enough classroom naps.

Fast forward a few years, and a friend of mine lent me The Frontiersman, by Allan Eckert. My husband—who does not, I should not, think of reading as a hobby or as a fun-to-do evening activity—whipped through it in a week. I finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down.

That was my first taste that I’d been misled in my belief that history was boring. Over the course of the next several years, I realized something stunning:...READ MORE

Filed under books, catholic books, church history, marcellino d'ambrosio, nonfiction

Register Radio: Secular Media & Breakaway Nuns / The Myth of Centering Prayer

Friday, September 19, 2014 8:57 PM Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio, why is the secular media so fascinated with nuns who break away from the Vatican?  Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Ann Carey.  She’ll set the record straight—no non-sense. And also… centering prayer, it’s just prayer, right?  Wrong!  Dan Burke’s guest Sharon Lee Giganti debunks the myth.  Get your facts right.

The Secular Media’s Fascination with Nuns

For many years, Ann Carey has written investigative news stories about Catholic women religious and she has recently published an update to her book Sisters in Crisis.  She’ll talk to us about why nuns who break away from the Vatican make headlines, while nuns who are faithful never get on the...READ MORE

Filed under ann carey, centering prayer, lcwr, register radio, religious sisters, sharon lee giganti

Books for the Fatherly and Momnipotent Among Us

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (2)

In the last few months, I’ve had two great books cross my desk, and I’d be remiss not to rave about them here.

The first, Catholic Dad: Mostly Funny Stories of Faith, Family, and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire, by Jake Frost, is utterly delightful from start to finish. You have the option of reading it in a “pick and choose” sort of way, diving in where you want, because the essays are all stand-alone.

I read it the way I read most things: cover to cover. I walked away from it with a clear picture of just who Jake Frost is and just how he got to be that way. He’s the kind of guy I want my son to grow up to be: proud of his Catholicness, laughing about the foibles of life, and...READ MORE

Filed under books for dads, books for moms, catholic books, good books

Register Radio - The US Response to ISIS and the Situation in Ukraine

Friday, September 12, 2014 2:16 PM Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio Jeanette DeMelo talks with Register Washington DC staff writer Peter Smith about the heightened US and world response to ISIS. And in the second half of the show, Jeanette and Register foreign affairs correspondent Victor Gaetan discuss the role of the Church in the crisis in Ukraine.

The U.S. Response to ISIS

Peter Jesserer Smith is a staff writer with the National Catholic Register. Before coming on board the Register in July, Smith was a Catholic freelance journalist for both the Register and Our Sunday Visitor, as well as a 2011 graduate of the National Journalism Center. He’s here to discuss the growing threat of ISIS, and the response from the US and the...READ MORE

Filed under isis, peter jesserer smith, register radio, ukraine, victor gaetan, world affairs

Two Novels That Made Me Think This Summer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (14)

This summer, I read a lot of fiction. And it felt good. Stories are important…they convey truth (and Truth) in a way that straightforward discussion rarely, if ever, can.

You don’t have to turn far to see a discussion of same sex attraction. It’s everywhere, and it’s heated wherever you turn. People who seem to be otherwise calm and orderly suddenly sprout extra appendages and the ability to use words you’ve never heard.

So I was interested to see a small publisher release a book early this summer tackling this topic. In 200 pages, The Lion’s Heart, by Dena Hunt, combined masterful storytelling with uncomfortable topic matter.

The story: Paul’s a gay guy, and it turns out that so is Max,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic fiction, dena hunt, fiction, good reading, john green, same sex attraction, ya fiction

Register Radio - Aid to Persecuted Christians and the Church in Africa

Friday, September 05, 2014 8:58 PM Comments (0)

This week on Register Radio Jeanette De Melo talks with the president of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo.  They’ll discuss how CRS is providing aid to persecuted Christians. And in the second half of the show Elena Rodriguez talks with Father Maurice Emelu about his new EWTN Television show "Word for the Wounded World" about the Church in Africa.

Dr. Carolyn Woo and Catholic Relief Services’ Aid to Persecuted Christians

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Before coming to CRS in 2012, Dr. Woo served as dean of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza...READ MORE

Filed under catholic relief services, church in africa, dr. carolyn woo, fr. maurice emelu, persecuted christians, register radio

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About Sarah Reinhard

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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.