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Author Archive: Bethanie Ryan

Bethanie Ryan is a housewife, mother and writer. She recently graduated with a MA in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Originally from Missouri, she currently calls upstate New York home. She writes for several websites including her own, True Dignity of Women.

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Eye of the Tiber publishes Ground-breaking Catholic Exposé

March 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Eye of the Tiber publishes Ground-breaking Catholic Exposé

It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will shock you. You cannot finish this book without being moved. Eye of the Tiber, the leading website in Catholic news, has published some of their best eye-opening articles in a handy book form you can read when you’re stranded somewhere without the internet. […]

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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

January 4, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

Yesterday I finished the first book I’ve ever read by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. I’m quite proud of myself. This isn’t the first one I’ve started. One of the Lay Dominicans in my chapter has made the argument that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will one day be declared a Doctor of the Church. To be declared […]

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Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

December 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

Plan now to get some of your favorite girlfriends together this Lent to read this book! Walk in Her Sandals is a deep and unique look at Christ’s Passion and the events after His death from a woman’s perspective. Each chapter contains numerous reflections on various aspects of Holy Week and beyond. There is something […]

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Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

December 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

I ❤️ this book. It was over far too soon, but it will encourage you to read more about these awesome women. You hear about the Fathers of the Church, the early leaders and scholars who contributed so much to our understanding of God and His Son. But you don’t hear much about the Mothers of […]

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Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

December 16, AD 2016 1 Comment
Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

When I first opened Love, Henri, it annoyed the heck out of me. I don’t know what I was thinking when I requested this book. I’m not a big fan of this genre (collected letters). All I knew was that one of my professors at Aquinas Institute was obsessed with this man. She frequently assigned […]

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Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

December 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

I don’t know about you, but I need a little Christmas magic right now. Let’s take a little trip to Advent and Christmas with Lisa Hendey’s book, The Strangers at the Manger. I guess I didn’t read the description of this book too closely as I got it hoping to read it to my son. […]

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Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

November 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

In this technology-saturated world, Teresa Tomeo speaks from personal experience and candid observation on what we all need to do to be better followers of Christ. It all stemmed from a trip to Italy. While seeing the sights, she couldn’t help but notice a couple of young people absorbed by their phones. What true reality […]

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Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

November 18, AD 2016 2 Comments
Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and The Church. Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? In this book a group of distinguished, faithful, Catholic women scholars take Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women and run with it. They reflect on what such a theology would look like and where […]

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10 Ways to Celebrate John Paul II’s Feast Day

October 21, AD 2016 0 Comments
10 Ways to Celebrate John Paul II’s Feast Day

John Paul II’s feast day is tomorrow. How are you going to celebrate it? For many of us here at Ignitum Today, he was the first pope we knew and the man who was pope for the majority of our lives. He was one of the longest serving popes in history. One of the most […]

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The Feminist Case Against Womenpriests

July 30, AD 2015 18 Comments
The Feminist Case Against Womenpriests

To some in the Church, “Father knows best” is seen as fundamental to Catholicism. I’m not referring to our biological fathers, but to our religious fathers who lead us in the Sacraments every day. This belief endows these men of God absolute authority in everything, especially anything related to the Church. In this mentality, we […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

October 20, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Grace of Yes: A Review

The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you! Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life […]

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Embracing Edith Stein: A Review

July 27, AD 2014 4 Comments
<em>Embracing Edith Stein</em>: A Review

Anne Costa’s book, Embracing Edith Stein, was my traveling companion on my recent trip to Missouri. I wish I had spent more than a few hours with the book. I fully intend to revisit her someday when I have several days to digest her teachings. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time […]

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They Will Know We are Catholic by How We Highlight Our Bibles

June 2, AD 2014 1 Comment
They Will Know We are Catholic by How We Highlight Our Bibles

The other day, while waiting for my laundry at the laundromat, I read St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in my Jewish Annotated New Testament. There I was, sitting on the floor, book open in front of me, highlighter in one hand and soda in the other and it dawns on me. I see that […]

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Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus

May 5, AD 2014 0 Comments
Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus

When he was in Bethany reclining at table in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil, costly genuine spikenard. She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.There were some who were indignant. “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It could have […]

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