“In the Footsteps of Francis and the Sultan” Lends to Understanding, Dialogue

Francis and the Sultan

Recently, I received a review copy of the fascinating DVD In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking. A project of Franciscan Media, this project was funded by a variety of sources, including the USCCB’s Catholic Communication Campaign. One of my favorite movie reviewers, Sr. Rose Pacatte, recently called the film [Read More...]

Win a Stunning Solid Bronze, Freshwater Pearl Medal from On This Day Designs

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Mother’s Day is coming up soon – one of my favorite holidays of the year, because I love to have the occasion to shower love upon my mother and mother-in-law. When I was growing up, Daddy always made a huge celebration out of the day. Even if there weren’t lavish gifts, there were always handmade [Read More...]

Benedictines of Mary Shine Again with New CD “Angels & Saints at Ephesus”

Angels and Saints

If you were to ask me about some of my “most played” favorites on iTunes, near the top of the list would be the music from Advent at Ephesus by the amazing Benedictines of Mary, which was the theme music for my Advent season. So imagine my glee when I learned that these talented Sisters [Read More...]

What Hate, Entitlement and Stupidity Look Like in the Digital Age

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Hey friends, I hope you’ll permit me a moment of non-Catholic, issue oriented blogging today. My home town, the city of Fresno, California, is all in an uproar over a digital slip-up that has resulted in front page news and the dismissal of a high-ranking board member within a local non-profit organization. I’ll leave you [Read More...]

Help a Mom Who’s Chosen Life Today

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Friends, we only have four days remaining in the effort my site CatholicMom.com has undertaken to help pregnant moms who have chosen life and are being served through crisis pregnancy centers. Here’s the blueprint: CatholicMom.com and Ave Maria Press are partnering on this Lenten project to provide spiritual support to expectant mothers. We hope to [Read More...]

#PopeMoving: Pontifical Mission Societies Offer a Practical Giving Opportunity

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The world watched and celebrated this week as Pope Francis was installed as our new Holy Father. To mark this momentous occasion and to help the faithful commemorate Pope Francis’ Pontificate, the Pontifical Mission Societies have launched the “Pope Moving” campaign: Our Holy Father has indicated that he wants us to celebrate his inauguration as [Read More...]

Following Papa Francisco’s Lead: 5 Easy Ways to Love the Poor in Honor of His Pontificate

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I’ve spent the past few days falling in love with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. As a saint fangirl, I joined many in those first few hours of speculation over “which Francis” our new Pope was honoring with his name selection. While we now know that he took his name for St. Francis of [Read More...]

American Pilgrims Find Themselves in Rome for Historic Days

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Among those I’m following in Rome is my friend Mountain Butorac of The Catholic Traveler. Mountain and the pilgrims he’s leading in a trip to the Vatican this week find themselves in the enviable position of being on the ground in St. Peter’s Square during the Conclave. For great photos and firsthand tweets, follow Mountain on [Read More...]

Of Snowstorms, Surgeons, and Snafus: Keeping Life in Perspective

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Today did not go according to plan. If it had, I would be typing this from the airport in Los Angeles, awaiting my flight to the Mid Atlantic Congress in Baltimore. Instead, I am sitting in my home office trying not to seethe over the fact that my flight was cancelled due to a snowstorm. [Read More...]

Contest: Win “The Bible: Music Inspired by the Epic Miniseries” CD & Watch “The Bible” Tonight!

The Bible: Music Inspired by the Epic Miniseries

From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television [Read More...]


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