Sunday Brunch Specials for January 17, 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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Tommy Tighe reflects on Chapters 3 & 4 of My Badass Book of Saints by Maria Morera Johnson, and comes to terms with the idea that he may need to just be himself if he wants to set the world ablaze.

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Follow founder Lisa Hendey’s journey to the coffeelands of Colombia as she witnesses firsthand the work of Catholic Relief Services and CRS Rice Bowl in this region of the world.

Calling All Catholic Emotional Eaters!

Are you an emotional eater? Find out how you can tackle this addiction and choose Jesus and being healthy instead! Sterling Jaquith walks you through ten tips for kicking this bad habit.

Will you let me fall?

Kaye Hinckley says that there are times when we must let our child fall. Struggle is not always a bad thing.

Favorite Games for Family Game Nights

Stuart Dunn, a longtime book reviewer at, introduces his latest project: reviewing tabletop games four our Family Game Night feature!

“Do small things with great love.”

Celeste Zepponi asks, “Are you using the Corporal Works of Mercy in your everyday life?” You may be surprised!

A Hope-Filled Look at New Year’s Resolutions

Bernard Toutounji observes that in our New Year’s Resolutions we need to seek to be better people, but that doesn’t only mean we look better in the mirror, it means we are better in reality.

Finding life and light in the midst of January doldrums

Dogged by the doldrums after Christmas? Susan Bailey reflects on the light and life that can be discovered amid the January snows as we remember the Light of Christ.

Catholic Grandparents

Melanie Jean Juneau celebrates the fact that grandparents are our kids’ link to the past, just as our kids are their grandparents’ hope for the future. The generations above and below us are irrevocably linked through blood lines, but more importantly, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

New Movie Explores Mary’s Life After the Resurrection, Ascension

Sarah Damm reviews the new Biblical film “Full of Grace: The Story of Mary the Mother of Jesus.”

The Weakness of God is Stronger Than Man – Hope for this Extraordinary Year of Mercy

Janet Moore prays that St. Bartholomew will intercede for us in dark and evil times and help us remain strong and steadfast in our trials.

Meatless Friday: Warm Winter Favorites

When there’s snow in the air, you’ll want meals that will warm you right down to your toes. Try these recipes for your Meatless Friday dinner!

Letting God Love Me

Tanya Weitzel speaks about letting God love her in order to love others. Receiving the gift of love gives us the love required to give back.

He slashed my list of sins in half

“God knows you’re weak: you don’t have to confess that.” Monica McConkey learned something new in Confession…he slashed her list of sins in half!

Tech Talk Game Review: Lego Batman 2

John Konecsni reviews Lego Batman 2 for our Tech Talk team. Find out what he thinks is worth noting.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week: Are you mindful about the way you select the coffee that wakes you up each morning? Do you purchase Fair Trade products?

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Copyright 2016 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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