Sunday Brunch Specials for August 9, 2015: 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.

Laudato Si’

Sundays at 2 Eastern, 11 Pacific: we continue our community conversation on Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’). Join us for an eight week conversation on this important document and our role in caring for the world around us.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe: A Woman with Heart

Maria Johnson is convinced that Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe belongs in the next edition of My Badass Book of Saints. She stands for victory, treasure, and triumph in the lives of women victimized by the Kony regime — providing training for over 2000 women through her pop tab project.

We Got a Girl in the War: Part One

Ebeth shares her reflections on the struggle of her youngest daughter to be independent, her own person, who she is and will be for the rest of her life.

Dom’s Mom: Blessed Joan of Aza and the Power of a Faithful Mom

We don’t know anything about Blessed Joan’s parenting style, but we do see the fruit of her labors. On this feast of St. Dominic, lay Dominican Erin McCole Cupp introduces us to the “grandmother” of the Order of Preachers.

The Hound of the Lord

Lay Dominican Christine Johnson talks about Saint Dominic and lessons we can learn from him. On this feast of Saint Dominic, may we learn what we can from the great saint, and grow closer to Christ through his intercession. 

Beach Season and My Beautiful Earthen Vessel

Ever hesitate to enjoy a day at the beach because you’d really rather not put on a swimsuit? If so, you’re in good company, and Heidi Bratton invites you to share her new perspective on this seasonal challenge.

On Parenting: Difficult Children Sanctify Us

Sherry Boas discusses how saints all had one thing in common: they were willing to abandon everything to God. They knew full well they were not in control and that only God could be. People work a lifetime on this kind of humility.

World View: Drawn to the Middle East by Love

Marianna Bartholomew reminds us that we must daily pray and work toward peace in this world. We must nurture a world-vision and as moms, we can make a difference.

World View: Why I Am Saying “Yes” to Iraq

Colleen Mitchell prays that as you see the faces of the children displaced by ISIS and read the pleas of those who come to their aid you will remember that little blue thumbs up are comfortable and easy because they cost nothing, that the Body is called to a love that costs–to a bloody, sweaty love that redeems loss and resurrects hope.

When Mama Doesn’t Have Time to be Sick

Busy WAHM Heather Renshaw (who is still coughing, by the way) shares survival strategies for when Mama is down for the count!

Small Success: What a Party!

What small successes are you celebrating this week? Sherry Antonetti hosts this fun weekly feature. This week she shares the highlights of her 25th-anniversary celebration. It’s not too late to join the fun if you’d like to share your small (or large) successes!

Question of the Week

Our question of the week: do you know your baptism day? Do you celebrate it?

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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb 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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