|May 1, 2013
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Honoring Moms, Dads, and Grads!
May and June are months of many celebrations—Mother’s Day, graduations, and Father’s Day, to name a few. It’s a great time to focus on the achievements of graduates and the important roles that parents play in our families, Church, and society.
Applauding All Good Parents
by Joan McKamey
Good parents should be celebrated and supported all year round. Here are a couple products that make great gifts for these important folks.
My husband is fed up with the characterization of men on television shows and commercials as inept, bumbling fools. In a society that so needs men in general and dads in particular to do their part, let’s rally around the many great men and dads in our lives.
In his book Jesus in the House: Gospel Reflections on Christ’s Presence in the Home
Allen Wright asks, “How did Jesus’ own experience of home
assist in his formation . . . and facilitate his
understanding of the importance of home? What lessons
are there for us? Do we still need the presence of Jesus in our homes
today? How much different would homes be today if we taught, forgave,
healed and shared meals like Jesus did?”Drawing on Scripture, Wright explores the importance of the family home and all that happens there. It’s great reading for any adult and can be particularly meaningful for dads as they consider the importance of both their presence and involvement in all aspects of home life.. . . and MomsIn Embracing Motherhood (also available as an audiobook), Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
celebrates the family as the domestic Church and leads readers to a deeper appreciation of
the role that motherhood plays in faith-filled family life.
Her observations and advice are grounded in her personal experience as a mother of five and
informed by a profound understanding of the Church teachings on the
feminine genius and the importance of the Christian family in the modern
world.A great gift for mothers—young, old, and yet to be—as well as those who are “spiritual mothers” to our children. A great book for a small group of women to read and discuss! Check out an audio sample here (Windows Media).
by Joan McKamey
For young graduates who are trying to discover who they’re
meant to be, Father Mark Mossa, SJ, helps them find ways God is already in
their lives in Already There: Letting God Find You. He provides an honest and entertaining account of how he
as a younger adult and now as a Jesuit priest attempts to find God’s will
for his life. Mossa’s friends tell him he has a talent for making
weird (they politely say “different”) connections. He uses
images, lyrics, and quotations from popular culture because they stick
with us, connect with something deep inside, and
say something meaningful about our human experience.
Young people need
to take time to reflect on their experience—and that is what Mark
Mossa helps them do. With his help, they’ll see that God has already been trying to
communicate with them in unexpected and surprising ways. Maybe even weird ways!
Books That Inspire
by Angela Glassmeyer
Here are a few more good books to consider as gifts—or for your own reading (or listening)!
Jesus: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of God (also available as an audiobook) by Father Alfred McBride O.Praem., shows us how the story of Mary’s relationship with Jesus goes beyond her
nurturing him as a child. She was there when his ministry began at Cana. She stood at the foot of the cross during his
passion and death. She was a witness to his resurrection and ascension.
As the first and best disciple of Jesus, Mary shows us how to grow in our
relationship with Christ. Each of these 42 reflections offers Scripture to
ponder, an inspirational quotation, a brief meditation, a question for reflection,
and a prayer.
Give some motherly advice to your favorite Dad or grad from Mother
Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality. This audiobook contains some of her beliefs, teachings, life lessons, wit, and
prayers on topics such as
- Perspective: “We’re all trying to get master’s degrees, and so often we
forget the Master.”
- Living in the Present: “My ‘Do/Drop System’ is do it and drop it. . . . Don’t dwell on the past.”
- Suffering: “I can go to heaven with crippled legs. I can’t get there being
hateful or unforgiving.”
- Faults: “Being afraid is not a problem. It’s doing nothing when you’re
afraid that’s the problem.”
- Temptation: “You are a holy bunch of sinners, and I’m in the club too.”
“What does God want me to do with my life now?” For college graduates asking this question, Answer
Your Call: Reclaim God’s Purpose for Faith, Family, and Work by Dick and Martha Lyles can help. Each
person has a unique set of natural gifts meant to be used in concert with God’s
supernatural graces. Answer Your Call offers insightful advice on how to
live your calling at home, in the workplace, and in your community. It goes
beyond mere theory, using questions, short quizzes, and practical exercises to
help you discover what God is asking of you now.
Interspersed with Scripture and quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as wisdom from
popes and saints, Answer Your Call guides readers to carry out God’s
purpose in every dimension of life. (Also available
as an audiobook!)
****Next Online Event: Mary with Chris Padgett
us for the next Franciscan Media Live Event, Thursday, May 9th, at 3
p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT), as we welcome author, speaker, and recording artist Chris
Padgett LIVE in
our studios. Because May is the month of Mary, we've asked Chris to share about
the Blessed Virgin and his unique relationship with her as a convert to
Catholicism. Chris will focus on questions regarding Mary as Mother of God, as
ever-virgin, immaculately conceived, and assumed into heaven. Pose your
questions to Chris, live during the event, and get real answers to key questions
about the Church and its teaching. Click here to register for free and get
access to this exciting online event.
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