Sunday Brunch Specials for October 18, 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.

CM Hangout

CM Hangout co-hosts Lisa Hendey, Gina Felter, and Sarah Reinhard continue the conversation on Mary for the Month of Mary with a special focus on Sarah’s newest book, Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary

From Our Table to Yours: Meg Matenaer

Join our contributors around the family table in this weekly feature. Today, Meg Matenaer shares a recipe for Fire-Roasted Slow Cooker Chili.

For the Woman Who Wasn’t There: To All the Moms who Watched Philly From Afar

Claire Dwyer reminds Catholic mothers who feel that they “missed out” on the Papal Visit that if the Pope is the head of the Church, they are undeniably the heart.  In other words, where the Pope goes, we go….in other words, we were there.

Pope Francis Challenges Us to Live The Joy of the Gospel

Melanie Jean Juneau reminds readers that Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional Catholic Social Teaching with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades.

Raisins Give an Insight into Suffering

Elizabeth Pardi shares how watching her daughter learn to pick up raisins gave her some insight into the reasons for and value of suffering.

When God Texts: Listening to the Promptings of the Holy Spirit

God is always sending us special messages, many times through our friends and family. Michele Faehnle shares how God has reached down and touched her through text messages and through these instances she has learned to better listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to help others.

Letters from Syria: St. Ignatius of Antioch and Bishop Nassar of Damascus

For the last few years Sr. Margaret has been translating letters from Syria for Archbishop Nassar. Each one of them, filled with Christian hope, faith, and emotion, reminds her of letters from another Bishop of Syria, Ignatius of Antioch.

St. Teresa of Avila, Prayer, and How Saints are Made

Marc Cardaronella reflects on the life, legacy, and spiritual doctrine of St. Teresa of Avila. Learn about her early attempt at martyrdom, the stages of prayer, and the Transforming Union.

The Joy of Reading Aloud

Maureen Wittman encourages parents to read to their children, reminding us that good stories stir our hearts. They create emotions that move us to action. They reflect the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

If you ignore it, it won’t just go away…

Lance Rosen reflects on how spiritual slumps can be opportunities for us to figure out what we need to do differently, instead of telling God what He needs to do differently.

A Parable of a Bully

After a long time of being bullied, the beautiful, intelligent, and talented young lady began to feel worthless, alone and sad. Kelly Guest hopes to teach this girl an invaluable lesson through a parable about the bully and God’s love.

He Sets All the Prisoners Free

Jesus came to set all prisoners of sin free. Cindy Costello shares the profound experience of being in the Archbishop’s Palace in Krakow, Poland, where the Lord’s crucifix lead her to contemplate the Scripture passage, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me….to proclaim liberty to captives.”

When Good Evenings Turn Sour, Laughter is the Best Therapy

Our best-laid plans rarely turn out the way we envision, but humorous reflections can help ease the strain. Join Tiffany Walsh for a look at an evening, and a craft project, that did not turn out exactly as planned…

The Ribbon of My Life and a Knot Undone

Brian K. Kravec entrusts his fears and worries to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots–and discovers that the knots in the ribbon of his life are finally coming undone.

Synod on the Family

We’re gathering up links and videos on the Synod on the Family to share with you each day! Explore our coverage of the Synod.

Question of the Week: October 13, 2015

Our Question of the Week was inspired by a post to our Facebook page. Do you have creative ways to preserve or use your children’s art?

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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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