Welcome to the CatholicMom.com 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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Lisa Hendey shares the plans for CatholicMom.com’s coverage of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit and the World Meeting of Families.
What characteristics identify Christian families? In preparation for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Marc Cardaronella reflects on 3 aspects of Christian families as highlighted by Pope Francis.
Native Pennsylvanian Erin McCole Cupp shares a local perspective on where you can go for the best coffee, food, and transportation during the World Meeting of Families next week–plus the inside track on cathedral architecture.
Deanna Bartalini explains the process of Total Consecration of Jesus through Mary and encourages readers to join the CatholicMom.com community in beginning the Total Consecration process this November.
Meg Matenaer shares the story behind the devotion known as The Beads of the Child Jesus, a chaplet to which Our Lord attached graces of purity of heart and innocence, a powerful prayer we can offer on behalf of all the children we know.
Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle observes that life is filled to the brim with challenges and our culture certainly does not make it easy for women. Let’s be encouraging to all those young women in our lives and let them know how beautiful they really are!
As Catholics, we are called to live out the Spiritual Works of Mercy by praying for the living and the dead. In the busyness of life, it is important to find moments to teach our children the perspective provided by our Catholic Faith about the cycle of life and death. Emily Jaminet shares the beauty of praying for the family members who have gone before us.
Lisa Hess learned the hard way that the workspace needs to match the kid who’s using it. Here she shares 5 questions that will help parents and kids get their workspaces better organized.
Stuart Dunn recommends that instead of reading Laudato Si’ online, you purchase a hard copy and provides advice on choosing the best edition of the encyclical to read and study.
Leticia Velasquez explains how her daughter’s Down syndrome has been a blessing in her life and urges readers to help parents who are feeling overwhelmed with a baby with Down syndrome find support, resources, or in truly difficult cases, an adoptive family.
What does it mean to be a girl? Megan Swaim offers a follow-up post on helping daughters have an authentic understanding of femininity by fostering virtues and relationships with the saints.
Tanya Weitzel reviews the movie “Virtuous” and examines its explanation of what Proverbs 31 truly means.
The Holy Name of Mary is powerful—and Kate Towne thinks it’s perfect for any girl. Learn more about the history of the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary and the many ways you can honor Our Lady by naming your little girl after her.
The start of school and fall sports might mean your family is eating in split shifts, or on the run, but these yummy pizza-flavored sandwiches will keep everyone happy no matter where dinner might be. Barbara Stein shares a sandwich recipe that helps use up those garden tomatoes and is ready in a flash.
Buying fall bulbs for spring beauty? Margaret Rose Realy, Obls OSB, helps you know what you’re really getting!
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