Sunday Brunch Specials for June 7, 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.

Book Club Startup!

This week Lisa Hendey interviews Sonja Corbitt, the author of Unleashed, to kick off’s Book Club. Join us for an eight week experience as we break open this compelling book together.

Encouragement for Families

Terry McDermott offers words of encouragement to a family with young children at Sunday Mass: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Each time you bring your family to Mass, you are inching closer to that light.

Simple Living

Lisa Hendey ponders Pope Francis’s Wednesday Catechesis advice to “choose simplicity” as one possible way to have a loving impact on the world around her. What can you and your family do to live more simply?

Check Out Our Forums!

Allison Gingras reminds visitors of the recent addition of Forums, a place to make a connection, ask a question, share a thought.

Martyrdom of Love

That daily dying to oneself that all mothers know so intimately – the Church has a name for it. Claire Dwyer reflects on the “white martyrdom” of motherhood.

The Shroud of Turin: Autobiographical Icon?

Like many Catholics, Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh is fascinated by the Shroud of Turin and its significance as a possible artifact of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Keeping the Feast

Nicole Ernest shares some ideas to help families and individuals celebrate the special feast days in June, the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Has Anyone Seen My Identity?

Kelly Pease shares thoughts about losing yourself in the throes of motherhood and finding yourself in the gaze of the Lord.


Meg Bucaro relearns about the importance of forgiveness and shares what she learned from her high school religion teacher, 20 years after graduation. Why should we forgive? How do we forgive? What if the person that hurt us does not deserve to be forgiven? How do we know when we have forgiven?

Keep the Spirit Alive

Heather Renshaw reminds us that anytime we are kind, considerate, and charitable, thinking of others and putting their needs before our own, we are definitely living out the call of the Visitation.

Summer Reading

Lisa Schmidt took to Facebook and asked for book recommendations for her 90-year-old iPad-using grandma. Here’s the response–not for grandmas only!

Doctor, Doctor

Dr. Elizabeth Cox, an OBGYN doctor, recently embraced Natural Family Planning into her practice and marriage and decided to stop prescribing artificial contraception or perform elective sterilizations. columnist Erika Marie brings us this story of hope, healing, and love.

Bug Off!

Pediatrician Kathleen Berchelmann, MD shares some tried-and-true tips for keeping the bugs away.

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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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