Sunday Brunch Specials for March 20, 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.

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 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.
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Meatless Friday with CRS Rice Bowl: Vary Amin’Anana

This Lent, is partnering with CRS Rice Bowl in a special way, sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Today, Erin McCole Cupp samples Vary Amin’Anana, a recipe for rice and greens from Madagascar.

The Stations: on Location

Looking for a meaningful way to pray as a family this Holy Week? Megan Swaim shares her favorite way to pray the Stations of the Cross and gives tips for making this meaningful and life-changing prayer journey with your family.

Nourishing a Love of the Saints in our Children

Exploring the lives of the saints with your child is a meaningful way to instill a childhood love of our Catholic faith. Tiffany Walsh describes how her own son has come to appreciate stories of the saints via the child saint, St. Dominic Savio.

The Ten Questions that the Pope is Meditating on—And so am I

The Pope is on retreat meditating of these powerful questions from the Gospel. Here is a chance for your own mini-retreat based on those same questions with a few thoughts to get you started, not from Fr. Ermes Ronchi who is leading the Pope and other members of the Roman Curia, but just Tami Kiser, a mom from South Carolina.

Suffering Doesn’t Lead to Hate…It Leads to Love

Christine Johnson reviews Jeff Cavins’ new book, When You Suffer, noting “To know that someone I always loved and could recognize, even in my childhood, as a saint could suffer from a Dark Night…it gave me such hope and comfort!”

STYLE Savvy: A Slightly Smaller Rectangular Space

Lisa Hess takes junk drawers from junky to organized with 3 words to live by: “Divide and conquer.”

Litany of Humility

Sometimes it is uncomfortable for us to admit we need humility. During this Lenten season Deanna Bartalini began praying the Litany of Humility to become less concerned about things of this world and focus more on what God expects from her.

10 Ethical Fashion Must-Haves for Spring

Interested in building a spring wardrobe with ethical choices? Check out Colleen Mitchell’s 10 must-haves for spring fashion–all ethically-sourced!

4 Reasons Parents Are Essential for Keeping Kids Catholic

Marc Cardaronella discusses 4 reasons, drawn from a sociological study, why parents are essential and irreplaceable in keeping kids Catholic.

Scaling Mt. Laundry, Crowdsourcing-Style: Twelve Tips for Getting Laundry Under Control, From People Other Than Myself

Somewhere, on the road to sanctity, one must scale Mt. Laundry. Rhonda Ortiz shares her (friends’) tips.

Keys to Suffering Well from Author Jeff Cavins

Meg Matenaer reviews Jeff Cavins’s new book When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding, a practical guide that helps us both understand the great value of our suffering and how we can unite our suffering to Christ’s by living our pain with great charity.

When God Chooses Your Lenten Practice

Most of the time we get to choose our Lenten practices, but sometimes God chooses them for us. Kelly Guest candidly shares with us what God has asked of her this Lent.

A Reflection on the Ride of Motherhood

A ride in an expensive sports car got Emily Jaminet dreaming, then realizing that her real masterpieces have two legs and are walking blessings!

Lenten Lessons from the Bottom of an Ice-Cream Pint

When the empty ice-cream container flopped on its side and stared accusingly back at her, Karee Santos learned some valuable lessons about finding strength to avoid temptation.

Can We Cut The Moms a Break?

Tommy Tighe is here to encourage you to stop comparing yourself to the rest of the blogosphere and be okay with who you are.


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Please note that we’ll be taking a two-week vacation from the Sunday Brunch! We’ll return on April 10. In the meantime, enjoy our Holy Week articles and a special “From the Archives” feature we’re introducing after Easter.

On behalf of all the writers at, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Holy Week and Easter!

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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