Our Church relationship DOES matter

We sometimes may find ourselves wondering through life aimlessly. The temptations and distractions of our modern society weave their way into our lives and grab hold. If we pause and consider this, we may discover that the gadgets and games have no real purpose in our fulfillment. So, what does matter? Pat Gohn tells us what does matter is our Catholic faith. Her latest book is entitled All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters and it serves as a gentle yet direct reminder to us about … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 025 with Pat Gohn

If you do not know Pat Gohn, she is a Catholic writer, retreat leader, conference speaker, catechist, and author of All In, and the award-winning book Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.Host of the Among Women podcast, she also is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television. Her writing has appeared in a number of Catholic publications and blogs, including Catholic Digest, Catechist, CatholicMom.com, Patheos, and Amazing Catechists. Pat also has contributed to eight books in recent … [Read more...]

An ancient prayer for modern times

When a book arrived in my mailbox about the Angelus prayer, I had to agree with my wife Laura when she said, “Really an entire book on the Angelus?” Little did I realize how quickly I would take those words back. Indeed, the Angelus prayer is short but it’s richness is hidden behind its simplicity. Jared Dees gives the Angelus prayer the attention it deserves in his book Praying the Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, and Purpose in Everyday Life.“Praying the Angelus has become for me a richly transfo … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 023 with Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. A respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, Dees earned master’s degrees in education and theology, both from Notre Dame. He has volunteered for and worked in a wide variety of Catholic ministries, including Catholic schools, parish religious education, youth ministry, campus min … [Read more...]

Experience the Eucharist through the eyes of the early church

One of the main things that separate us Catholics from our Christian brethren is the Eucharist. Non-Catholics have varying beliefs in what communion means for them. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Real Presence and that what we are receiving at communion is the actual body and bluff of Jesus Christ. In his new book Around the Table: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus' First Followers Scott Hurd reveals exactly why the Eucharist is so important in our daily … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 019 with guest Scott Hurd

If you missed this past Saturday’s show you can listen to the archive now. Scott Hurd and I discussed the Eucharist and his book Around the Table: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus' First Followers. Scott employs the Ignatian method of putting yourself into the scene and it makes for  a pure joy to read. He chose 14 different biblical "characters" to explain the justhow important and wondrous the Eucharist truly is.You can listen to the show below or download it h … [Read more...]