Sunday Brunch Specials for February 7: 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.


Philippine_journalLisa Hendey invites you on an #UnboundAdventure awareness trip: to the Philippines! Learn how your support for Unbound is making a difference for families in this part of the world. Follow Lisa’s journal as she shares her adventures in the Philippines! This link will lead you to a list of all the posts in Lisa’s Philippines Journal.


Saints in 16 Book Club_featureThis week we’re discussing Chapters 9 and 10 from My Badass Book of Saints by Maria Morera Johnson, and considering friendship and suffering in light of dignity and compassion. Pat Gohn, who wrote the foreword to this book, hosts the reflection and discussion on these chapters.


QOW for FIOur Question of the Week looks ahead to next week: how do you observe Mardi Gras? Join the discussion and share your ideas! Mardi Gras is only two days away!


What We Can Accomplish, though we are NOT Mother Teresa

Copyright 2016 Sherry Boas. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2016 Sherry Boas. All rights reserved.

Sherry Boas has learned that you don’t have to be Mother Teresa to parent a difficult child, which is good, because I have come to believe that all children are difficult. No, you don’t have to be Mother Teresa. You just need a lot of her help.


Prepping for the Desert

Unsplash, Pixabay, CCO public domain

Unsplash, Pixabay, CCO public domain

Lent is just a week away and Laura Nelson has some ideas of what to pack for your time in the desert. What are you bringing with you into the desert this Lent?


What Little Boys Are Made Of

super herosSnips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails? Four boys later, Claire Dwyer knows there much more to boyhood – superhero-sized dreams sometimes come in small packages.

Still Got Resolve?

IMG_2127 (2) for Catholic Mom ArticleStill got your New Year’s resolve?  If not, join Heidi Bratton in a Lenten mission to rethink and stick to what you really wanted when you made your New Year’s resolutions.

Meatless Friday: 3-Bean Chili Mac

Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.

Barb Szyszkiewicz’s recipe for meatless Chili Mac is Snow Day food at its best: it’s warm, tasty and fills you up. You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry!


But God…

Photo copyright 2016 Sheri Wohlfert. All rights reserved.

Photo copyright 2016 Sheri Wohlfert. All rights reserved.

Do you try to bargain with God? Skilled arguer or seasoned negotiators will benefit from Sheri Wohlfert’s reflection on how God might respond when we try to strike deals with him.


Mercy Me

Copyright Anya Rosien 2015. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Copyright Anya Rosien 2015. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Mary Lou Rosien has discovered that, in all the works of mercy that we do, we forget to give mercy to ourselves.  How can we do a better job showing mercy to ourselves?


A New Year’s Resolution for the Weary Mama

Weary MamaBeginning a new year has many challenges, especially for the weary. Lydia Borja reminds us of the peace that Christ offers us: He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Book Notes: Three New Resources for Lent from Ave Maria Press

Book Notes 720 x 340 dark gold outline and medium blue pen _ Notes light blueAve Maria Press has three new Lenten resources to help deepen your spiritual experience of Lent. Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur introduces us to Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis, Sacred Reading for Lent 2016, and Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Finding God In A World Full of Chaos

Photo Credit: Judy Klein Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: Judy Klein Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

If we want to live as if we are always in the holy presence of God, Judy Klein advises us that we must be intentional about how we spend our time, living with a lively awareness of whether what we do with our time facilitates internal peace or chaos in our lives.

STYLE Savvy: Planner Meets Reality (or, What Not to Do)

Savvy-3RLisa Hess ‘fesses up. When it comes to her planner, perfection is not the rule. Join our #ShowUsYourPlanner linkup and talk about what works and what doesn’t in your time-management system.

This St. Valentine’s Day, we’re going to a meeting

Courtesy of Heather Anderson Renshaw. All rights reserved.

Courtesy of Heather Anderson Renshaw. All rights reserved.

Writer and speaker Heather Renshaw explains how attending a meeting this Valentine’s Day might be the best thing she and her husband can do for their marriage.


So How is Catholic School Treating Your Family?

Catholic School Classroom (1)So how is Catholic school treating your family? That’s the question Lisa Schmidt has been asked a lot since enrolling her children in Catholic school and not homeschooling this year. In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, here’s Lisa’s response to that FAQ.

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Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and 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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