Sunday Brunch Specials for February 21, 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.

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.

Meatless Fridays with CRS Rice Bowl: Cheese Empanadas with Beans

This Lent, is partnering with CRS Rice Bowl in a special way, sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Today, Michele Faehnle samples Cheese Empanadas, a recipe from Colombia.

Catholic Conference 4 Moms

Read reflections on some of the CC4M presentations by writers and learn how you can access the videos for the entire online conference throughout the remainder of Lent.

CRS Rice Bowl: Involve Your Whole Parish this Lent

CRS Rice Bowl, a Lenten faith formation program from Catholic Relief Services, offers resources that can help people of all ages, families and communities participate in these Lenten practices and deepen their faith.

A Good Trade

Whether it’s a lunch box trade, a barter for service or a swapping of a bad behavior for a good, life can be a series of negotiations. Sheri Wohlfert shares the story of a recent trade that made a beautiful difference in her attitude and her love of the Father.

Setting the tone for Lent in the Domestic Church

Elena LaVictoire calls Lent a liturgically built-in retreat that calls us to simplify our lives and focus ourselves and our families on our relationships with God and offers simple solutions to bring Lent to life in your home.

3 Books for Lent (and Beyond)

Sarah Reinhard shares 3 good books for Lent that you can tuck in your purse or pocket or diaper bag or even just put beside the computer for when you force yourself to pause for prayer each day. They’re also books that will lead you closer to Christ, and isn’t that just what Lent is about?

Strengthen Your Lenten Journey Through Fasting

When you hear the word “fasting,” do you automatically cringe? Do you dread Ash Wednesday or Good Friday? Or do you embrace the self-denial of fasting on those days? Ellen Gable Hrkach offers a different perspective on this traditional Lenten discipline.

A Lenten Pilgrimage Book List

Erika Marie recommends 10 books for your Lenten Pilgrimage Book list. What will you be reading this Lent?

Breakthrough Or Breakdown?

Is your life or business headed for a breakthrough or breakdown this 2016? Christine Weber offers some clues that you might be missing on growth opportunities.

Do Moms Really Need to Do Lent?

We may think that motherhood asks everything of us. But when God asks for more, it’s surprisingly easy to discover how much more we can give, explains Karee Santos.

Choosing a Confirmation Name

Choosing a Confirmation name? Kate Towne tells you what you need to know, and shares why names have always been important in our faith and the reason behind her own choice of a Confirmation name.

You Have Called Me To Be Faithful

Kara Klein wonders how many days she spends dreaming, planning, preparing all the ways she think she can build up God’s Kingdom, while she is literally forgetting to love the person right in front of her. During this Lenten season her prayer is to remember her deepest calling.

Meatless Friday: Warm and Filling Potato Soup

A warm and comforting bowl of potato soup is just the thing for a cold February dinner. Barbara Stein’s recipe is easy to double if you want to feed a crowd.


Our Question of the Week: what’s on your spiritual reading list this Lent? Join the discussion and share your ideas!

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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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