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Turquoise Rose Rosary

From the Catholic Company

This is a precious aqua blue rosary with touches of green, gold, and pastel pink. Reminiscent of another era, the pink swirls look like delicate roses. The beads have a handmade quality with variations in roses, leaves, and gold flecks. The large oblong faceted glass beads make it easy to keep your prayer fingers on track. The centerpiece features a Madonna and Child Jesus.

  • Glass covered ceramic beads
  • Crucifix approx. 1.75 (H) x 1” (W)
  • 7mm x 10mm beads
  • Approx. 20” Length
  • Made in Italy

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Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity

By Elizabeth A. Dreyer (Franciscan Media, 2014)

About the book:

One might well be tempted to think that the history of Christianity, particularly its theology, has been largely shaped by men. This book dispels that notion to some degree by highlighting the four women Doctors of the Catholic Church (someone who contributes significantly to the formulation of Christian teaching): Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Thérèse of Lisieux. Though they did not intend to be theologians, their teachings about Christian belief and practice mark them as key figures in the history of Christianity.

While most of the books written about these four women deals mainly with their spirituality, Accidental Theologians shows how they came to know God, as well as how they changed and challenged the Church in their day. It looks at these women from several perspectives: their life and works, the times in which they lived, the core of their theology, and the implications of their theology for us. Cogent questions for reflection at the end of each chapter prompt readers to delve deeper into the significance of these women for their own lives, and a comprehensive resource list provides opportunities to learn more about these saints.

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What Do I Say? Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying

By Margrit Anna Banta (Franciscan Media, 2014)

About the book:

Talking with those who are dying can be difficult even in the best of circumstances. There is a need for guiding family members of the terminally ill, as well as friends, caregivers, and even those more experienced in talking with the dying—clergy, pastoral ministers, hospice workers, and medical personnel—in understanding the best ways this can be done. What Do I Say? provides that guidance. It comes from the heart of author Margrit Anna Banta who, in her work as a pastoral minister with the dying and terminally ill, noted the lack of an accessible resource for family and friends caring for a loved one that can help them in their conversations with the dying person.

What Do I Say? covers both practical matters and spiritual and emotional topics, always mindful of the fact that many people in their final days are not able to talk about or express what they are going through. It touches on areas that should be addressed before someone dies, such as a will, DNR orders, funeral planning, and other topics, and gives suggestions for what to do if someone is non-communicative or unconscious. The last chapter includes prayers to say when family and friends visit with their loved one.

This is not a comprehensive end-of-life planning or medical guide, but a brief overview of how to communicate with someone who is dying. Above all, the book stresses that conveying a sense of loving presence and a willingness to listen are usually what is most needed.

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The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition): Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On 

By Dawn Eden (Ave Maria Press, 2015)

About the book:

Dawn Eden, internationally known speaker and author, presents a completely revised Catholic edition of her bestselling work, The Thrill of the Chaste. In this version, Eden shares her story of conversion to Catholicism and invites readers into a Catholic understanding of chastity and its spiritual benefits.

When Dawn Eden released The Thrill of the Chaste in 2006, she was a Jewish convert to Protestant Christianity, preparing to make the final leap into Catholicism. Now, nine years later, Eden has extensively updated The Thrill of the Chaste, sharing how her Catholic faith, the lives and intercession of the saints, and the healing power of the sacraments have led her to find her true identity in Christ.

This revised, Catholic version offers spiritual and practical advice for both men and women seeking to live chastely in a world that glorifies sex. Eden offers tips to help readers avoid temptation and live faithfully—including dressing modestly, but not being afraid to feel good about the way they look; trusting that God has a plan for their life and relationships; and making sure their “yes” comes from the heart.

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Mary, Blessed Mother

From Tiny Saints

Recognized by all Christians for the immense role she played in the story of our salvation, Mary is the mother of Jesus – a title without equal among the communion of saints. While he was dying on the cross, Jesus directed us to bring Mary, whom the Scriptures call “blessed among women,” into our lives with His three simple words: “Behold, your mother.”
(Jn 19:27)

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Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections

By Susan Tassone (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014)

About the book:

Every day we have another opportunity to pray for the holy souls in purgatory – author, speaker, and purgatory expert Susan Tassone gives you a unique tool to do just that.

Day by Day for the Holy Souls includes prayers, teachings about purgatory, real-life stories, Susan’s own wisdom, meditations, quotes from the saints, and more. You can use this book however you like – as a daily devotional, as a year round novena, to follow the liturgical seasons – or, just pick it up and read as the Spirit leads you.

God has given us the duty, power and privilege of praying for the release of the holy souls. Now Susan Tassone has given you a powerful way to accomplish that mission.

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  1. Going for walks is the number one way for me to blow away the winter blues. Unfortunately, that isn’t always easy in the winter.

  2. Sometimes winter is a comfort… a time of quiet and reflection. I beat the blues by embracing the chance to enjoy the winter quiet.

  3. I like Winter and do not have a problem with the blues. I do continue my daily exercise and try to eat very healthy. I, also, keep busy with projects that come up.

    What and interesting giveaway. Thanks for the chance to enter it.

  4. The winter blues don’t usually bother me. But when they do reading, prayer, and staying involved with my work help combat them. I love Tiny Saints and Our Lady, so what a nice combination. I would enjoy reading about the 4 female doctors of the church. That would chase some winter blues, I am pretty sure.

  5. As a busy mom of three teenagers, I don’t have time for the blues. I love the winter season and use the ‘indoor’ time to clean cupboards, pantry, closets, and basement.

    “What Do I Say?” would be a huge blessing to our family as we have two very young friends who have cancer. Although we pray for miracles, words are often hard to find.

  6. When I start to feel really cooped up, I pick out a recipe that I’ve never tried before that I want to make and decide to make it regardless of whether there are leftovers in the freezer or if it requires buying a whole bag of groceries. This usually means making myself go to the grocery store too. It helps me to break out of feeling lazy or penned in!

  7. I get out in the snow with the kids and go sledding or build a snowman. The fresh air helps to wake me up from the drowsy winter days.

  8. How do I beat the winter blues? I actually kind of like winter, except for the snow. Although snow isn’t too bad as long as I get to stay home. I don’t like trying to get to work in it. But on nice cold, snowy days at home: some hot chocolate and movies are in order.

  9. I beat the winter blues by trying to get out of the house once a day, even if it is just a quick trip to the post office or library.

  10. I play uplifting music in the house—all the better if my daughter is home and we can sing together. also, I try to get out in the fresh air, even briefly. In the evening, we light candles. I try to find sources of beauty for all my senses.

  11. I try to keep the winter blues away by getting outside as much as possible when the sun is shining. My kiddos and I also love to blare upbeat Christian music and dance around the house together. There is no way you can stay blah when Mandisa is singing!

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