Help a family adopt a little girl and enter a giveaway for a chance to win one of 34 great prizes

… including a Happy Catholic book signed by me as well as books by Amy Welborn, Mark Shea,  and Brandon Vogt (among others). Other giveaways include chocolates, jewelry, frames prints, rosaries, and more. Susan Windley-Daoust (Ironic Catholic) has done a fantastic job of recruiting wonderful prizes. And the money all goes to a very worthy [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 9-The synagogue

MARK 1:21, 22 I read this and realized that I have a tendency to think of the synagogue as just the local version of a church with the Temple being the big “headquarters” in Jerusalem. Not so at all as William Barclay points out. There are certain basic differences between the synagogue and the church [Read More...]

Resource Week: Papal Encyclicals Online

Papal Encyclicals Online is a simply terrific resource where you can find and read an astounding number of documents from the Church’s history. It’s where I first found and read the Vatican II documents, which I need to reread, but you can find encyclicals going back to 1227 and the documents of all the Church [Read More...]

Resource Week: The Weekly Benedict

Don’t depend on the media’s terribly chosen sound bites to know what your pope is saying. Get it straight from the horse’s mouth (sort of) with the help of The Weekly Benedict. We can thank two people for The Weekly Benedict. First is Jimmy Akin, who gathers weekly the homilies and writings of the Holy [Read More...]

The New Mother

Jesse from the SFFaudio podcast and I will be discussing The New Mother. We’ll be joined by Heather Ordover from CraftLit, who read the story aloud for us. Jesse posted the audio of the story early for anyone interested. [Read more...]

Resources Week: Catholic Fidelity is your gateway to apologetic materials

At Catholic Fidelity it is our mission to faithfully serve Christ’s Church by defending Her truth. I have sought to bring together many of the best apologetic sources on the net in one place and arrange them in a topical manner across several different types of media (articles, videos, audio, presentations, recommended books, and more) [Read More...]

Resources Week: Catholic Library

I’m used to checking the New Advent main page for a quick overview of hot topics among Catholic bloggers. And most of us also know that you can find the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia entries online there also. However, I tend to forget what a great resource the Catholic Library is that New Advent maintains. Here’s [Read More...]

In which Jacob speaks graciously to Pharaoh and gives an unexpected blessing.

So close to the end of Robert Alter’s Genesis at Forgotten Classics podcast.. Just two more chapters after this. And I’m STILL getting new insights in this second time through of reading it. [Read more...]

Resources Week: “Catechism Class” is Like Spark Notes for Catholic Books

Y’all know that I’m all about book reviews. But there is another way to evaluate a great many Catholic books. We realize that the vast majority of Catholics want to read classic and contemporary Catholic books but due to time constraints, they are able to actually only read a small number of them.  We have [Read More...]

1st Corinthians and the LCWR: Mourning and a Wake Up Call to Repentance

This isn’t the usual stuff on my “bookshelf” but I’m including it because it shows how fruitful and possibly dangerous Bible study can be. If you’re not careful you will begin applying it to your own life. And to your relationship with others … and God. Hey, you might even become closer to the person [Read More...]


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