Sunday Brunch Specials for 5/17/2015: Great Reads from This Week


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Welcome to the Sunday Brunch! We’re serving up a buffet of articles from the past week. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to enjoy some great reads.

Begin with a Prayer

Sneaking into her kitchen while it’s still dark, Abbey Dupuy finds almost everything distracts her from meeting Jesus there to spend time with him. Can she overcome her Martha tendencies? Can you?

Sweeten your prayer today with memories of how you prayed as a child. Celeste Zepponi shares a memory, a self-portrait, and childhood game with God!

Current Events

As in the case of so many natural disasters, the Catholic Church was there first because the Catholic Church was therebefore disaster hit. Edward Hoyt details the response from Catholic Relief Services and shows how you can help.

Sometimes, when we see people in the news, we forget they are just that: people who are suffering and in need of consolation. Dawn Wright reminds us that beyond the media hype, there is a grieving mother who misses her son.

Stories of Motherhood

What does it mean to lay down your life? Susan Bailey chats with Allison Gingras about her family’s decision to adopt a special-needs child from China.

Nicole Johnson shares her connection with a birth mother readying herself to place her child for adoption and what she learned from her “simple” question. It was in that moment that this young woman, whose first impression was one of strength, perseverance and vitality, became suddenly transparent, vulnerable and willing to risk it all to get an answer.

Teach Your Children Well

Maureen Wittmann observes, “we are made in God’s image: God, who is the creator of the universe. That’s why we find enjoyment in creating. That is why we find joy in learning about the world He created for us.”

Summer is a time for relaxed schedules, fun activities and vacations. But we don’t want to take a break from our faith. Sarah Damm gives us seven ideas for keeping our faith alive and active this summer.

Book Notes

Lisa Hendey shares an intimate conversation with author Margaret Dvorak, who opens up on the topics of prayer challenges, her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, living overseas and her new book Beloved: A Collection of Timeless Catholic Prayers.

Tech Talk

Graphic designer Rhonda Ortiz explains what a reader sees when first glancing at a website and why this is important for blog design.

What’s Cooking?

Guest chef, novelist Carolyn Astfalk, shares her recipe for lentil soup, which she describes as “simple to make, nutritious, delicious and inexpensive.”

Barbara Stein’s Meatless Friday recipe for roasted red pepper and avocado sandwiches is picnic-friendly: great for busy evenings at the ball field or a backyard party with family and friends.

Practical Gardening

Fresh produce from the garden is one of the simplest delights of summer. An edible landscape plan helps you have both flowers and food! Margaret Rose Realy shows you how to grow vegetables in your border beds as part of her Practical Gardening Series.

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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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