Mary Elizabeth Sperry has worked for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops since 1994, and serves as associate director for USCCB permissions and NAB utilization.
The author of five books, Sperry’s articles have appeared in publications including Give Us This Day, Liguorian, Emmanuel, and Today’s Parish Minister. She speaks about the Bible and a variety of spiritual topics in dioceses and parishes throughout the United States and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, EWTN Radio, CBS Radio, Relevant Radio, and SiriusXM. Sperry earned a master’s degree in liturgical studies from Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has bachelor’s degrees in international politics, Russian, and economics.
On this episode of Off the Shelf, Mary and I discuss clutter. It is a challenge in our consumer driven world to keep our arms around the habit of consuming things. It has become almost a given that everyone has to own a storage shed to store their stuff. The question is where do we draw the line? How can we say enough is enough and abandon our stuff? In her book Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life Mary tells us how. On this episode Mary gives us valuable insight on how to achieve this while comparing our love of material goods with Catholic beliefs about grace, sin, repentance, prayer, and the common good.
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