Sunday Brunch Specials for February 28. 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.


Erika Marie and Allison Gingras welcome contributor Deanna Bartalini as this week’s guest. Deanna shares ideas for how to live the liturgical year in our homes and with our families.

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.

Meatless Fridays with CRS Rice Bowl: Rice and Lentil Mash

This Lent, is partnering with CRS Rice Bowl in a special way, sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Today, Barb Szyszkiewicz samples Rice and Lentil Mash, a recipe from Laos.

Meatless Friday: Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

Spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make. Dora Stone shares this meatless version of a family favorite.

 Finding Hope Through Loss: Moving Forward After Miscarriage

Charisse Tierney shares how she is finding ways to heal after a miscarriage, and her experience of a greater call to trust.

Staying Rooted in the Desert: Finding Ourselves in the Word

In times of struggle, Rakhi McCormick has found that she needlessly wanders aimlessly through the desert. Here she shares what helps to bring her back into focus, and how she hopes to help her children prepare for trials as well.

“You’re forgiving”

A simple, family-oriented Scout project led by her youngest son leads Roxane Salonen to discover a surprising, hidden treasure within the heart of her bustling brood.

3 Simple Ways Families Can Serve the Poor

How does your family serve the poor? Lisa Hendey offers a few thoughts on this important question.

The Blessing in Being 8 Minutes Late

It was one of those mornings…Courtney Vallejo was running 8 minutes late. Then she learned that those daily inconveniences could turn into a gift from God.

On Suffering While Being Faithful

Tommy Tighe explores the frustration that comes with the apparent reality of being faced with life difficulties during the times you are working hard to grow closer to God.

A jar full of beans and mercy

As her kids get excited about putting sacrifice beans in a jar for Lent, Abbey Dupuy admits the tradition sometimes gets on her nerves and struggles to accept God’s overflowing mercy with a less grouchy heart.

Silent Splendor of Mercy

In a letter translated by Sister Margaret Kerry, fsp, Archbishop Samir Nassar of Syria writes that in the midst of war and violence the family remains the resilient, lasting sign of the splendor of mercy.

Mary, Mother of Mercy

Maria Morera Johnson muses that Mary’s titles are more than just endearments. Learn how Mary’s many titles speak to us in our times of need.

Jordan: the undiscovered Holy Land

Did you know that the Holy Land encompasses not one, but five countries? Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda takes us on a virtual tour of several holy sites in Jordan.

Shakespeare, Divine Mercy, and Mashed Potatoes

Ever struggled with Divine Mercy? Rebecca Willen discovered that Shakespeare has a few words of wisdom on “the quality 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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