Francis, Benedict, and John Paul II: Kids’ Saints Books That You’ll Enjoy Reading, Too

02/25/2015 Comments (1)

Lent’s a good time to revisit saints’ books, and they make great gifts for the First Communicant, godchild, or other young person in your life. This set of three books, all from different publishers and authors, share a few characteristics: they’re beautifully crafted with words and illustrations to make them each a treasure that you’ll enjoy reading as much as the child beside you will.

Adventures in Assisi: On the Path with St. Francis, by Amy Welborn, illustrated by Ann Kissane Engelhart (Franciscan Media)

Whether you dream of going to Assisi or not, this book will give you a glimpse of it. The story deserves more than mention, but I want to just bring up the illustrations for a...READ MORE

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3 Online Lenten Resources: Lent Calendar, Prayer-a-Day, Holy Heroes

02/21/2015 Comment

I know Lent has started, but maybe I’m not the only one who still appreciates a good find. Besides, Lent is a long season. These three finds might be beneficial for you and your family.

The Xt3 Lenten Calendar

Who said calendars were just for Advent? The folks at xt3 in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, have pulled together a Lenten calendar for the sixth year in a row. It’s online or available as an app for your Apple or Android phone or device.

Each day features a video, podcast, or written reflection, the daily Gospel, and a Lent act, as well as images from around Australia to “tell the Lenten story with an Indigenous Australian voice,” according to the diocesan website.

It’s a...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Light vs. Darkness

02/20/2015 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette DeMelo and Thom Price talk to EWTN's Father John Paul Mary Zeller about the advantages of living Lent to the fullest. In the second half of the show, they sit down with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond to filter out the frenzy and failure of 50 Shades of Grey.

Living Lent to the Fullest with Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller

Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. He earned an associate’s degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation.  He entered the MFVA community in 2004 and he professed final vows in...READ MORE

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An Online Conference Just for Catholic Moms

02/18/2015 Comments (1)

- Catholic Conference 4 Moms

In the years I’ve been working online and connecting with other moms online, I’ve come to realize something critical: we women—and specifically moms—need each other. Motherhood can be very isolating, even as it demands everything from you.

It’s all too easy to focus everything on your children and your work and to forget about your self. Motherhood is a giving endeavor, and we all need a reminder to take a step back to put the proverbial oxygen mask on ourselves.

Tami Kiser is planning an online conference tailored for moms, the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, March 6-9, designed to provide quality presentations and content for moms to consume in the midst of their busy, everyday lives. 


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This Valentine’s Day, Aim for ‘Old Fashioned’

02/14/2015 Comments (4)

This fall, I took the opportunity to watch Old Fashioned, which opens in theaters today. When I heard it was billed against the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey, I’ll admit I was more than curious. I’m not such a fan of 50 Shades, but I’m also not necessarily a fan of sappy and badly made shove-God-down-your-throat films either.

I was in for a surprise with Old Fashioned. I streamed it on an evening when everyone was in bed early. Living as I do in the middle of a cornfield, it took me about twice as long to watch it (streaming over my connection is always an exercise in patience).

My first reaction was that this movie was far, far better than I expected it to be. I often find myself...READ MORE

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Register Radio - EWTN’s Day in Court

02/14/2015 Comments (4)

On this week’s Register Radio, Dan Burke and Jeanette De Melo talk about defending religious liberty with EWTN's Michael Warsaw and Becket Fund senior attorney Lori Windham in light of EWTN's recent oral arguments against the HHS mandate at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan Burke’s Conversation with Michael Warsaw

Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, the world's largest religious media network based in Irondale, Alabama. Using all facets of technology, EWTN's global reach includes eleven television networks, shortwave, satellite and AM/FM radio services, online and digital media services, news and publishing.

Mr. Warsaw joined EWTN in 1991....READ MORE

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Spending Lent with the Devil: ‘Slubgrip Instructs’ a Challenging Lenten Read

02/10/2015 Comments (2)

A number of years ago, not long after I became Catholic, I discovered The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. I was enthralled with it, and did something I rarely do: I reread it within months of my initial reading. The first reading was via audio, which only added to my enjoyment and appreciation for Lewis’ work. Diving through it in print, I found myself dog-earing it and marking it…and then promptly lending it to someone who has yet to return it to me.

Since then, I’ve been intrigued to find other books written in the same style as Screwtape. Among my favorites of these was Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s Gargoyle Code, which I read in 2010, not long after a family tragedy rocked my world. It...READ MORE

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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

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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.