Sunday Brunch Specials for November 8, 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.

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Join us as we prepare for the Year of Mercy by participating in a 33 day Marian Consecration retreat using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

CM Hangout: Erin Franco & the Domestic Church

This week on the CM Hangout Podcast Lisa Hendey and Lisa Jones chat with special guest Erin Franco about Domestic Church… the movement and the real world challenges.

I Hear You, Lonely Mama

Jane Korvemaker reflects on a recent encounter with a new mama and invites her and all other side-lining, sometimes-Mass-goers to come and risk being loved by a Church full of peculiar people, even when our children risk us all being exposed to the world for who we are: vulnerable. We are, all of us, vulnerable.

Indulgences…are those still a thing?

Indulgences–are we still doing those? Meg Matenaer gets some help explaining an often-misunderstood practice from a friendly canon lawyer.

Five Ways to Fill Your Own Bucket {While Raising Small Kids}

All moms can experience burnout at times. Lydia Borja gives us five ways to nourish ourselves — fill our own buckets — so that we can alleviate burnout and better care for our families.

How do you know if a loved one’s in Heaven?

“How do you know your dad is in Heaven?” That was the pointed question that helped Lisa Schmidt understand how praying for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Today the Church observes the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). In its honor, here’s the rest of the story.

On my time spent in the School of Joy

Writer and speaker Heather Renshaw believed writing about one topic for 31 days would help her be more disciplined and focused. She had no idea there was enrolling in the School of Joy.

In Case of Emergency: A Tip for iPhone Users

Christine Johnson discusses a feature on the iPhone that can be helpful in an emergency, especially if you’re Catholic.

Living Mercy

Mercy is not a cheap pass for our wrongdoing. Judy Klein asserts that it is, instead, the very intersection where our transgressions meet Love; the place where a personal encounter with Love Himself impels us to change our minds, hearts and lives. This is what conversion is all about.

Like a Grandma: Like a Boss

Kelly Pease Lombardi shares her desire and struggle to enjoy her little kids amidst all the responsibility and a few good lessons learned from her sweet Southern grandmother.

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

Laura Nelson muses, “my inability to find God is more about my poor sight and flawed search criteria.” What are the best ways to search for God?

Accepting Help: A Spiritual Lesson

Offering help seems a lot easier than accepting help. After her family’s devastating house fire, Meg Bucaro found that being vulnerable and accepting help can be an important step in our spiritual journey. We all need help eventually.  What stops you from asking for help?

An invitation to consider refugee sponsorship

Get involved with refugee sponsorship and invite God to do miracles. Michelle Dawn Jones tells you what you can expect.

In Sickness and in Health and in Autism

On their 25th wedding anniversary, David and Mercedes Rizzo share about their marriage and an unexpected diagnosis of autism.

Putting Your Styles to Work

Lisa Hess explains how the intersection of the personal and organizational styles is a starting point for an organizational system that works.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week comes from the CM Hangout: which saint would you like to take out for a cup of coffee?

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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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