Sunday Brunch Specials for November 29, 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.

CM Hangout: Bonus Thanksgiving Special Episode!

Join all our CM Hangout hosts for a fun and totally off-the-cuff CM Hangout Thanksgiving Special just for you.

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.

Make a Gratitude Box

Help your family adopt an attitude of gratitude by making Charisse Tierney’s kid-friendly “Gratitude Box.”

Letting Go of Supermom

Like many women, Rakhi McCormick thought that welcoming children into her life would be an always-joyful experience. Here she shares the lessons she has learned when motherhood and pregnancy didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale she expected.

Is prayer pointless, even counterproductive, in light of the mess we’re in?

Following recent terrorist activity that has reverberated across the globe, the Dalai Lama reacted with thoughts on the role of prayer as a response. Here, Roxane Salonen shares some of those reflections, as well as her own pondering to the power of prayer in light of today’s tragedies.

The Mass, the martyrs and the hair stylist

With the help of the Holy Spirit, Nancy Ward answers questions from her hair stylist about Mass and martyrs. Are you ready to mentor someone in the Faith?

Come Let Us Adore Him

Maureen O’Shea shares an experience at Eucharistic Adoration: “Here at the chapel, here at the manger, here at the cross is the beginning and the end of all that I know, all that I need.”

Book Notes: New Picture Books by Maïte Roche

As a longtime fan of Maïte Roche’s work, Abbey Dupuy is delighted to share the author’s two beautiful new picture books for young children just in time for Christmas gift-giving.

Tell Your Story

How do you grow an “attitude” of gratitude in your children? Ellen Mongan tells the story of God’s faithfulness through her “Faithfulness Shelf.”  Create your own “Faithfulness Shelf” and pass your faith stories down to the next generation. How do you teach your children to live a life of “thanks-living”?

“Laugh and Grow Strong”

As Melanie Jean Juneau struggled to mother a large family, God gifted her with joy.

A Stocking Full of Lessons

What do Saint Nicholas and coupons have in common? Possibly nothing, until today! Contributor Abby Brundage wants to share a Saint Nicholas tradition from her family and help you start a new one in yours.

Tech Talk in the No-Frown Zone: The Hopeless Optimist

Find your inner obnoxious optimist. Learn to smile awkwardly at inappropriate times. It’s a cursed gift Gina Felter all too happily wishes to pass on to you, along with a few recommended inspiring Instagram profiles to help get you started.

Praying for a home

Beneranda lives in Nicaragua with her husband and sons in a small cinder block home. It is a humble dwelling, but one she waited more than 50 years to own. Beneranda is filled with gratitude and considers herself greatly blessed. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., let us be inspired by those who, like Beneranda, have been blessed with that priceless gift of gratitude.

Lifeline: Five Reasons to Make the Total Consecration

Ever considered giving yourself entirely to Mary?  Rebecca Willen shares her perspective on why she chooses to live the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week: what’s the one dish that’s a must-have on your family’s Thanksgiving menu?

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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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