On the Feast of Blessed John Paul II: A Photo Montage from his Beatification

This banner was erected after the Beatification--I suppose because had it been there for the event, it would have blocked the view.

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.In the first week of May 2011, it was my great privilege to be in Rome for the first-ever Vatican Blogfest and, not coincidentally, the Beatification of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  I thought I’d share some photo memories from my Beatification album with you today, on JPII’s feast day. *     *     *     *     *On May 2, I watched the sun rise over the Tib … [Read more...]

The Essential Pregnancy Companion for Catholic Moms

Sarah Reinhard

Elizabeth Scalia called her a “tiny, dynamic ball of energy smarts”; and so she is.  Sarah Reinhard—Catholic author extraordinaire, wife and mother of three—blows into a room laughing and pouting and ad libbing and telling mommy stories, and you are captured by her wit and her self-deprecating humor.  I’ve met Sarah a few times at Catholic Writers Guild conferences; but last August I really got to watch her in action when we, both in Texas for the Catholic New Media Conference, found ourselves at … [Read more...]

St. Marianne Cope, Pray for Us

Mother Marianne Cope  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Reverend Sister Marianne Matron of the Bishop Home, KalaupapaTo see the infinite pity of this place, The mangled limb, the devastated face, The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod, A fool were tempted to deny his God.He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again, Lo, beauty springing from the breast of pain!— He marks the sisters on the painful shores, And even a fool is silent and adores. Robert Louis Stevenson Kalawao, May 22, 1889* * * * * Mother Marianne Cope is o … [Read more...]


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