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Once I Was Blind

Compelling, riveting books are rare these days. Most of the time, when I review books, I am reading content written by very good writers who are able to articulate their premises thoroughly. They introduce new concepts to the reader quite well, and they elaborate with thoughtful reflections and relevant anecdotes. But do they grip my [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|Book Reviews, Faith and Family, prayer, spirituality|0 Comments

Mother Mary

Editor Alicia von Stamwitz concludes her Introduction to Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis with the words, "Although the chapters and quotations in this collection have been arranged in a certain way, they may be read in any order. Let your curiosity be your guide. Trust it, trust yourself, and trust that the message [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Book Reviews, prayer, spirituality|0 Comments

The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

It goes without saying that, these days, too many people turn to trendy ways to meditate or encounter "the space within" or "beyond." However, the Rosary is a timeless and incredibly powerful tool - even weapon, as Johnette Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan, authors of The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare, attest. Why turn [...]

Catholic Cards

Sometimes I get stumped for creative and modern gift ideas for our godchildren or when our family is invited to a Baptism celebration, First Communion reception, or Confirmation party. How many rosaries will the child receive? How many prayer cards, books, missals, and statues? These are, of course, all wonderful gifts, but kids are often [...]

Praying for Those with Addictions

Anne Costa knows what it's like to be in the trenches of addiction. She shares her heart in her new book, Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope as a recovering alcoholic herself. Costa, as a spiritual coach and dynamic speaker, also realizes that loving someone with an addiction requires [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Lifestyle, prayer|0 Comments