Sunday Brunch Specials for January 24, 2016: 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.


In this week’s CM Hangout, Sherry Antonetti shares about the struggle to find holiness amidst our motherhood and how to stop multi-tasking our motherhood.


This week we’re discussing Chapters 5 and 6 from My Badass Book of Saints, by Maria Morera Johnson. Sarah Damm finds inspiration in holy women who followed the daily promptings of God to gain strength, wisdom, virtue, and love.

Online Conference to Unite Moms is excited to partner with the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, which features presentations by many of our friends and contributors. Find out how you can pray, learn, reflect and be encouraged with other Catholic moms during this unique event!

My Tidy Mite: A Few Organizing Ideas from a Naturally Messy Person

January is National Get Organized Month. How will you celebrate? Meg Matenaer, a truly messy person, humbly offers a few ideas for home organization that has worked in her home.

“That All May Be One”

Jay Cuasay considers the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: What do MLK, David Bowie and Barack Obama challenge us to do “that all may be one”?

Mom, I feel happy in church

Elizabeth Desiderato’s young son’s words made her think that maybe she should focus on Mass as a happy time instead of thinking of it as something she attends on Sunday and needs to accomplish.

What My Close Encounter With Pope Francis Taught Me About Service {MIssionary or Otherwise}

Colleen Mitchell was inspired by her experience at a papal audience and resolves to see the ordinary, everyday service she is called to offer as an extraordinary opportunity to see and be Christ present.

Keepin’ it Real for the Year of Mercy

Tommy Tighe begs for Catholics to start keeping it real for the Year of Mercy. If we try harder to keep it real, we might bring more light than we do in suggesting the ideal.

Book Notes: True Radiance

Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS reviews True Radiance by Lisa Mladinich, a book that helps readers learn to rely upon and cooperate with grace in the second half of life.

Tech Talk: “Baptizing” our Technology

Sister Margaret Kerry, fsp observes that we can dedicate personal technology for the building up of our families, to safeguard our children, to share “good news” and mindfully use media devices.

Meatless Friday: Black Bean Soup with Fresh Salsa

Make this Black Bean soup mild or spicy with the addition of fresh salsa. Barbara Stein suggests serving it with some warm tortillas or bread for dunking.

The Tight Grip of the Lord

We fight back against rules and restraint. Don’t we? Abby Brundage learned from her two-year-old that when we love and trust the One whose arms are around us, the restraint can turn to comfort.


Our Question of the Week: have you planned a pilgrimage to your local Holy Door during the Year of Mercy?

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Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

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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