Sunday Brunch Specials for January 31, 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.


hangout_720x340This week on’s CM Hangout Podcast, we  welcome our guest and contributor Christina Weber for a discussion on how to discern God’s Will for each of our unique situations according to how God calls us.


Saints in 16 Book Club_featureThis week Sarah Reinhard leads the discussion on Chapters 7 and 8 from My Badass Book of Saints, by Maria Morera Johnson, looking at women who inspire us with their perseverance and beauty.


QOW for FIOur Question of the Week: What did you do last weekend to take a stand for the vulnerable unborn? What can you do on a regular basis? Join the discussion and share your ideas!

Join Us in Prayers for the Tighe Family

Prayers for the Tighe FamilyLisa Hendey requests your prayers for contributor Tommy Tighe, his wife Karen, their unborn son and all those who face challenging pre-natal diagnoses.

Seven ways to love God by praising him

Licensed by Nancy Ward from Dollar Photo Club

Licensed by Nancy Ward from Dollar Photo Club

Nancy Ward suggests seven ways to love God in return by praising him in hymns, songs, Scripture and spontaneous acclamations of gratitude for who he is.


Marriage Rx: Married to a Catholic in Name Only

Marriage RX for Featured ImageWhat if your husband isn’t interested in being the family’s spiritual leader? Dr. Manny and Karee Santos discuss ways to attract your husband to the faith while minimizing obstacles (like kids who would rather play than pay attention during Mass).

TechTalk: Lent in one photo a day with #HolyLens

#HolyLens-1Searching for a different way to experience Lent this year? How about taking a picture every day? Abbey Dupuy shares about #HolyLens, a photo-a-day project designed to help us find the holy in the midst of the mundane this Lent.

The Prayer List

Copyright 2016 Kirk Whitney

Copyright 2016 Kirk Whitney

When Kirk Whitney cultivated a habit of daily prayer, along with that habit came a prayer list. He came to realize that worry, regrets and sorrow are thoughts that are pleading to become prayers.


Why Moms Love Downton Abbey

Copyright 2016 Ginny Kubitz Moyer. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2016 Ginny Kubitz Moyer. All rights reserved.

We’re in the final season of one of TV’s most popular shows. Ginny Kubitz Moyer shares five reasons why moms can’t get enough of life at the Abbey.


What should our resolutions include?

Copyright 2013 James DeMers via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Copyright 2013 James DeMers via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

How are you doing with the New Year’s Resolutions you made a few weeks ago? Are you planning to make some resolutions for Lent, which begins in only two weeks? Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh has some suggestions to help you fine-tune those resolutions!

Seasons Change

imageedit_12_2731339335Gina Felter kicks in Lent planning with the perfect Lenten trifecta! Faith, family and fun are on the Lenten planning menu. What will you order?


Book Notes: These Sacred Days

Book Notes 720 x 340 medium blue outline and medium blue pen _ Notes light blue (2)Looking for a way to deepen your Lenten journey? Kate Taliaferro has discovered These Sacred Days, a book that is sure to bring the Passion and Resurrection to into new focus and deepen your understanding of Christ’s saving sacrifice for us all.

Chaplets: Consolation In A World Of Unknowns

three chapletsCharisse Tierney shares how praying the chaplets of the saints has led her closer to God, plus some resources for how you can make your own chaplets!


Oh My, How Snow Days Have Changed

Photo by Hans (2015) via, CC0 Public Domain.

Photo by Hans (2015) via, CC0 Public Domain.

What were snow days like when you were a child? Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp recalls snow days from her own childhood and compares them to the snow days her own children experience.


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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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