Sunday Brunch Specials for July 26, 2015: Great Reads from This Week

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Welcome to the CatholicMom.com 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.

Unleashed Book Club

This week we’re discussing Chapter 7 from Unleashed, by Sonja Corbitt. Sarah Reinhard considers how silence and scripture are tied together.

Laudato Si’ Community Conversation: Chapter One

We continue our community conversation on Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’). Join us for an eight week conversation on this important document and our role in caring for the world around us, and stop by later today as we discuss Chapter Two!

What’s Cooking? Baba Ghanoush

Jeff Young shares a recipe for Baba Ghanoush, an eggplant dip that’s a close cousin to hummus. Served with wedges of pita bread or fresh raw vegetables, this makes a perfect appetizer or light meal on a hot summer day!

“How do you do it all?” Easy. I don’t.

Have you ever asked another mom how on earth she does it all? As Ginny Kubitz Moyer has learned, it’s the wrong question to ask. No mom does it ALL … and that’s a very liberating thing to realize.

Smart Martha: A Summer Vacation from Meal Planning and Cooking

It’s supposed to be vacation. But most of us are still stuck with those tiresome tasks of shopping, meal planning, and meal preparation. Here is a simple solution that our family has been doing to “take a little vacation” from these tasks so mom can enjoy a little summer break, too. It’s especially helpful when everyone chips in and helps!

What (not) to Wear: Teaching our Daughters How to Dress

Charisse Tierney shares a personal letter to her daughter that reveals why our clothing choices are so important.

Book Notes: Two Selections for Young Children

Stuart Dunn reviews two books for our younger readers: Catholic Saints for Children and A Missal for Little Ones.

Sunday Mass: a Mini-Retreat

Do you need a retreat? Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp describes how Sunday Mass can become a mini-retreat: an hour away from the world that you take every single Sunday with your family.

3 Quick Takes on Catholic Prayers

Sharon Rayner provides three new ways of thinking about some old Catholic prayers. May God abundantly bless your prayer life!

Unbound: “They need opportunities, not blame.”

Stereotypes about those living in poverty are everywhere — that the poor are lazy or they just want handouts. But Henry Flores, director of the Unbound communications center in El Salvador, has been working with the poor for more than 20 years and sees beyond the stereotypes.

Great summer read: Casting the First Stone

Barb Szyszkiewicz reviews a novel written by CatholicMom.com contributor Lisa Lawmaster Hess. Casting the First Stone questions whether anyone can really “win” in a custody battle.

Tech Talk: Facebook for the Saints

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Saints had their own Facebook? As it turns out, they do! Chris Weitzel introduces SaintNook.com, a saint-centered social network.

Your Life has a Purpose: Embrace Your Vocation

Tina Santiago Rodriguez encourages us to take a look at the vocations we are living. Whatever it is, do it well, for the greater glory of God! For when we do so, we will be truly rich and blessed!

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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz

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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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