Chapel of Violence against Women in Our Lady of Angels Cathedral March 2009

The Cathedral here in LA had a side chapel (temporary) called THE CHAPEL OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN set up in March (as well as several other chapels, all with the amazing art of J. Michael Walker.)   There was a poster on the wall that impressed me and it quoted something called “Corrido de Santa Susana”:  “The years pass, yet there are men  who do not understand that women also have the right to live as they choose, and to think and believe as they see fit.”   If anyone happens … [Read more...]

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media – it’s finished! Due out Jan 2010

Co-authors Gretchen Hailer, RSHM & Rose Pacatte, FSP of Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith & Media The book is due out in January 2010 from Pauline Books & Media, Boston (Pauline Books & Media Publishing House, Boston) . As soon as we get cover art we will post it! Our Media World is a "stand alone" that will create, with our book Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith & Media (2007, St. Mary's Press) a consistent media literacy education strategy for … [Read more...]

Pauline Books & Media wins two Catholic Press Association Awards May 29, 2009

CHILDREN'S BOOKS FIRST PLACE Adventures of Saint Paul By Oldrich Selucky Illustrated by Zdenka Krejcova This is a vibrant and compelling account of the life of St. Paul for young readers that is rich and inviting in its telling. the trials of st. Paul are cleverly called an adventure and further enhanced by the quality of human expression in the illustrations. the emphasis on faith in the Lord regardless of ones circumstances is both suspenseful and consistent. It it St. Paul's consistency … [Read more...]

Readers Theater: Spotlight on Saints

This recent publication from the Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books and Media, is a real treat for kids from about grade 3 through grade 5 or 6 - and their teachers. It is "easy" theater, that is, all it requires is the ability to read. The book blends various character traits with decision-making and refers to a life of a saint to shed light on appropriate behavior choices today. If the class moves from "readers theater" to "real theater" or live theater, there are suggestions for movement … [Read more...]

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) is not only one of my favorite authors, she is one of my favorite people. I was 12 years old when she died. She's like that friend you always wish you had as a kid. What I want to know is: why did it take me so long to meet you? If it hadn't been for a friend quoting one of Flannery's zingers a couple of years ago about art I would not have gone beyond the one short story I had read in school. Obviously, I wasn't … [Read more...]

1/6 Billionth a Day

I was at Barnes & Noble on Pico yesterday, browsing with a generous Christmas gift card in my pocket. I came across a small book: Change has come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit, Drawings by Kadir Nelson with the Words of Barack Obama (Simon & Schuster, 2009). As I leafed through its few illustrated pages I got an idea. I would buy a copy and then from that moment through Inaguration Day, I would ask everyone I met to sign their name, the city, and date as a way to … [Read more...]


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