Author Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
When was the last time you heard a priest give a homily that mentioned Natural Family Planning? If you are like me, the answer is never. All too often, priests fear bringing the topic up. They know it is a difficult subject for many and so they avoid it with a ten-foot pole.
Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus is written by a religious sister who has experienced conversion in a very dramatic fashion, but this book is for anyone who is wounded, suffers from addiction, or feels unloved and/or unlovable.
O’Donnell reflects on the sacramental elements of this season of life. Inspired by Andre Dubus’ quote that “this daily task of feeding his children is a kind of sacrament,” she explores the elements of the divine found in the ordinary moments of life caring for an ailing parent. She offers us the sacraments of speech, distance, beauty, humor, cell phone and wheelchair (the ability to have contact with the world outside her hospital room), witness, and honor. The epilogue offers an eighth – the sacrament of memory.
This week we’re discussing Chapter 7: Do What You Are Doing and Chapter 8: Devilish Details from Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood. From multitasking to envy, there’s sure to be some food for thought for you in this week’s discussion. Jump in and join the conversation!
In our modern world, it can be extremely challenging to live a virtuous life. “The concept of virtue is often considered outdated and old-fashioned, but for Catholics, becoming virtuous is essential for eternal salvation.” What, then, can we do? Thankfully, we have saints we can look to as role models in virtue as we journey through the difficulties of life.
Journey of Our Love: The Letters of St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla (Pauline Books, 2014) allows us an intimate look at the relationship between husband and wife as they sought to establish and nurture their domestic church.
A funny thing happened as Msgr. Charles M. Murphy was putting the finishing touches on a manuscript about St. Francis and how he could be a role model for the new evangelization: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to lead the Catholic Church and took the name of Francis to be his own. While the Monsignor needed to update his book, Reclaiming Francis, he was far from disappointed. He writes, “I prefer to think that this was not really a coincidence but rather a shared vision of how the Church can be renewed and how people today can be helped to find faith once again.”
Haynes has definitely created an excellent, enjoyable sequel. One wants to keep turning pages, eager to see how it is all going to work out for Gabe and his friends. In addition, she masterfully handles the story line about Harry and his ADHD, emphasizing how each person has gifts.