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Inspired by the Children of Fatima

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 5 of 8) What a range of chapters this week! How can you not be inspired by the children of Fatima? I was torn…the kidnapping of the three children is tantalizing and quite a tale, but I keep coming back, in my own heart, to the continuing development of the children’s spiritual life. Jacinta was too unselfish to be able to dwell long or complacently on her own good fortune when there were... Read More

The Promise of Much to Suffer

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Promise of Much to Suffer Our Lady of Fatima (Week 3 of 8) “Then you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” Mary to the 3 children at Fatima, May 13, 1917 Our reading today takes us on quite a journey, though it doesn’t go very far. Our three shepherd children—Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco—have been in the same area, and yet they have had two divine interventions. The... Read More

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life Seeds of the Word (Week 10 of 11) Have you ever logged into someone else’s Facebook account? If you did, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t share all your viewpoints, you may be surprised at how things appear in their feed. You might, in fact, start to question whether the algorithms that underlie the way we consume information—in many more places than Facebook!—might... Read More

Who Is a None? And Why Are There So Many?

February 28, 2017 by  
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Seeds of the Word (Week 9 of 11) Just what—or who—is a “None”? Have you ever heard that phrase before to describe people’s religious affiliation? I remember hearing about the findings of the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey when they were originally published. There was an outcry about the “Nones,” those people who self-identify as, well, nothing. No religion. To be honest, I still... Read More

Gospel Truth in Fiction

February 7, 2017 by  
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Gospel Truth in Fiction Seeds of the Word (Week 6 of 11) I’m a huge fan of novels. Left to my own devices, I might never pick up another nonfiction book… And when I have the chance to find the Gospel truth in fiction…well, I feel more than a little justified. 🙂 Last year, I pulled a novel off the shelf. “I advise to read it,” the cover boasted, with Pope Francis’ name underneath. I dove... Read More

Finding Jesus in Superhero Movies

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 4 of 11) Confession: I’m a fan of superhero movies. It’s my husband’s fault. He introduced me to Iron Man and we’ve made date nights again and again as new movies have been released. While we mostly stay with the Marvel universe (cleaner and interwoven so delightfully), I can’t help but notice how these suited men trying to save the world from evil have a lot in common with... Read More

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies

January 10, 2017 by  
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How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies   Seeds of the Word (Week 2 of 11) Sometimes the way God gets me to read a book is by having me give away my review copy and forcing me to purchase one… And sometimes the way God gets me to watch more movies is to have me purchase a book I could’ve read for free. I’m a huge fan of Bishop Barron and his work. I’ve been following and reading him for... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s mercy is scandalous.... Read More

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 3 of 5) Consider Lisa Hendey’s reflection on giving drink to the thirsty: she took readers with her to Tanzania, painting a picture of the young girls carrying huge water jugs on their heads. She then zoomed back to her own California home, where a drought had made her more aware of water. Yet, she mentions, it’s more than just about water, isn’t it? But let us also remember that the “thirsty”... Read More

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 1 of 5) You know, I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it wasn’t for this book club. I read a lot of books and I have a big pile of books I want to read (and hope to someday get to). This book would have never made it onto any pile I would have been likely to touch. And that would have been too bad for me, because once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop! I... Read More

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