Sunday Brunch Specials for December 6, 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.

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CM Hangout

This week on’s CM Hangout Podcast, co-hosts Erika Marie and Gina Felter welcome our guest and contributor Tiffany Walsh, who shares ideas for simple Advent activities for families while balancing that with Wellness for Moms during this busy season. If Advent overwhelms you or if you ever feel like you’re not doing enough with your family, you’ll love hearing this Hangout!

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.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

We’re baking up plenty of fun with our Christmas Cookie Exchange! Try our contributors’ favorite cookie recipes!

Tech Talk: Lectio Divina, OP Style

Christine Johnson talks about a new resource for Lectio Divina: a website created by the Order of Preachers in honor of their 800th Anniversary Jubilee.
Claire Dwyer shares the true story behind the movie “The 33” and explores its connections to faith and its pro-life theme.

10+ Simple Ways to Show Mercy

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, Kim Seidel offers 10 simple but effective ways to show mercy to others, including your enemies.

Five Things I Want You to Know About Postpartum Depression

An estimated 15-25% of women suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD). Lydia Borja — who is a two-time overcomer of PPD — wants to begin an open conversation with you about this difficult illness. Here are five important things to know.

Building a World of Love through the Blessed Trinity

Marianna Bartholomew observes that despite harrowing images on the news, we can still choose to flow in union with the Blessed Trinity, and enter a loving union with our fellow man.

How to Keep our Kids Engaged in Faith after High School

It’s hard to keep young people involved in Church from ages 18-35.  They are too old for youth group and maybe not at the stage to be baptizing their own babies yet.  Mary Lou Rosien offers some ideas.

Who is my neighbor?

María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda traveled to Jordan as part of the Catholic Bloggers Press Tour, getting a firsthand look at the refugee crisis there. In part one of a series on the tour, she describes the plight of the Christian refugees.
Claire Dwyer shares the true story behind the movie “The 33” and explores its connections to faith and its pro-life theme.

Immigrants’ Christmas

Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB, reminisces on Christmases of her childhood, spent with her immigrant parents, and on the intangible gifts she received.

I’m Dreaming of a Calm Christmas

Lisa Hess is putting sanity at the top of her Christmas list. Here’s how she balances this wish amid the hustle and bustle of December.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week: how early is too early to listen to Christmas songs and carols?

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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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