Truth in Fiction

Teaching always involves a curve ball. This past fall I taught “Introduction to Moral Theology and Ethics” at The Catholic University of America. For the first class session, I had my students read a casual but thoughtful blogpost titled “The Ethics of Superheroes.” The blogpost draws...

1st Louisiana Cheste...

About a year ago I was driving through the the small neighboring town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and on a side road along the railroad track was a building with a sign that read, “Chesterton Square.” It didn’t strike me as unusual – that is a common enough name in an...

Book Review: Dive...

As a young mother of a young baby, the opportunity to do something purely for my own entertainment comes around very rarely. On one of those rare opportunities, my husband and I rented a few movies from RedBox and snuggled down on the couch with cups of cocoa and some blessed quiet time. One...

Emotional Discipline...

I’ve never been in a violent or abusive relationship – not physically, emotionally, psychologically, or sexually – and for that I am truly and eternally grateful. But I have been without self-esteem or confidence, I have been desperate, I have been violent towards myself,...

99 Ways to Teach Lik...

Are you a parent? Do you teach in a classroom or do you homeschool? Know someone who has been called to the vocation of educating others as a catechist, coach, trainer or through any other instructional means? I’ve got you covered. I am thrilled to announce my first published book, 99...

The Coming Islamic R...

World leaders and over three million people converged in France this weekend to mourn for those slain during the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. This terrible tragedy comes on the heels of other recent attacks, such as those in Pakistan by...

My Battle Against Hitler: A Review Dec01

My Battle Against Hi...

Even in the typically Catholic circles I find myself in most days, Dietrich von Hildebrand isn’t exactly a household name.  In fact, I only discovered his works by accident while doing some school work.  If you have never heard of this man, I encourage you to learn who he is from this...

Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics Nov11

Spiritual Reading – ...

While on retreat, a priest discussed the benefits of spiritual reading. He advised the retreatants to begin by reading authors whose name started with “St.”  We all smiled a bit and tried not to laugh, since it was a silent retreat. Yet there is great wisdom in these words, for the Saints...

The Grace of Yes: A ...

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...

Seven More Books for...

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun []. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester...

Wake Up, The Glory o...

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to...

Dear Homeschooling Parents, Public and Private School Teachers Aug02

Dear Homeschooling P...

I have a gift for you.  In my decades of teaching experience, I have been introduced to a myriad of delivery strategies, management techniques, intervention ideologies and even public speaking tips. While some have proven to be very effective, very few I would consider fruitful. Even in...

Embracing Edith ...

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...

The Little Ones, the...

Somber. Quiet. Reflective. These are some of the feelings that marked last weekend’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I. Although the historical causes are complex, this much is true: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist,...

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s <em>The Wizard Knight</em> Jun24

Book Review: Gene Wo...

An entertaining book might be enjoyed on the first reading, but discarded after the second. A good book, on the other hand, gets better after the second reading, and a great one never grows old no matter how ancient. One might learn more upon the fiftieth reading of Plato’s Republic than...

My Dream Has Come Tr...

If 10 years ago you were to have told me I would be a Christian, I would not have believed you. If five years ago you were to have told me I would be a Catholic, I might have puked. If on the day of my confirmation to the Catholic Church you were to have to me I would author books on the...

Book Review: <i>Partners in Holiness</i> by Melaine Ryther Jun17

Book Review: Part...

Goodreads | Amazon Partners in Holiness is a poignant book telling us little-known stories about saints and how their angels guided them. It is a powerful reminder of how our Guardian Angels are ever-present, helping us in times of trouble. We can’t see these friends, and usually forget...

Five Books That Chan...

Books come into our lives at different times for different purposes, sort of like friends. And like friends, some have a great impact and stay with you forever. Here is a list of five books (aside from Sacred Scripture) that have changed my life. It is not a reflection of the five best books...

Book Review: Under t...

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the...

Is Water Boring?

“Water is so ordinary it’s boring.” I said that the other day. I was tired of hearing the refrain from “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie,” and in my tiredness, I was not thinking like a Theology major. My roommate (who, it so happens, is not a Theology major), brought me back to earth...

Someone, Please, Lik...

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be...

Fairy Tales, Fantasy...

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood reading, writing, and pretending I lived in fantastical stories. As I got older, I wondered how I could return to the wonderful world of fairyland. Now that I am a mama to a brave knight and princess, I find that I never left. I have come to realize...

Something Other Than...

Something Other Than God is the long awaited memoir from popular blogger Jennifer Fulwiler. The book, which is published by Ignatius Press, is a fantastic read and not just for Jen’s loyal base of blog readers. You can hear the rest of my thoughts on the Something Other Than God in...

Book Review: Saints ...

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire...

‘Consuming the...

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would...

Are We a Well Read Culture? Mar10

Are We a Well Read C...

Two years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was released, I wanted to be in the know because all my friends were talking about the books and movie. Consequently, I wanted to read the first book before seeing the film. I read the first of Suzanne Collins trilogy which I found to be a very...

Romancing the Religi...

Forgive the (now somewhat dated) reference to the 80s movie, Romancing the Stone. In his latest book, Fr. Dwight Longenecker seeks to romance something even more valuable than a precious green jewel. The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,”...

Book Review: <i&g...

One night I had a lot of questions about life and serving others. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, or that I wasn’t doing it right. I felt like I was wandering with no direction, and didn’t trust God to let Him take control. That night was not fun–so I picked up a...

Treason, Good Cathol...

I got a neat book for Christmas called Treason, published by Sophia Institute Press and written by Dena Hunt. I was doubly interested in this book: first because I love historical fiction, especially one with a Catholic milieu, and second because I am slowly working on my own historical...

Book Review: <i>Breakfast in Bethlehem</i> Dec21

Book Review: Brea...

This is a heartwarming children’s book, but it will make readers of any age feel closer to the birth of our Savior. In 40 pages, Edward Looney crafted a story giving a message that does good to the soul: Christmas is about Baby Jesus. It’s about going with the Holy Family as they...

Why Is Jesus Bleedin...

My three year old son was a ring bearer in a wedding a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help myself, he just looked so adorable, I think I followed him around all day smiling and snapping photos of him. I was in full on “Mommy Bliss Mode”, when the pre-ceremony tour of the the...

An Interview with Si...

Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, is still sitting pretty in the Top 10 on Amazon’s list of Catholic books. The incredible interest in the book isn’t surprising since frank, balanced conversations about natural family planning –- the only method of...

Add to Your Collection: Catholic Dictionary Nov05

Add to Your Collecti...

The Catholic Dictionary: An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon, S.J. is a must have for any Catholic who likes to study the faith, doesn’t like to study the faith or doesn’t even know how to read…it’s that good.  I have been...

The Biggest Announce...

Since Feb. 28, 2013 — the last day of Pope Benedict’s papacy — I’ve been harboring a secret. A secret I’m ready to share. I sat that morning at the kitchen table, typing grateful Tweets to the pope and waiting to receive news that would make or break my day (and...

Who You are Called t...

By the entrance of the door to my apartment, I have hanging on my wall a copy of Murillo’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. Although I sometimes do not remember to look at it, whenever I do it reminds me of ‘homecoming.’ I have been reflecting upon this parable ever since I heard it again...

The Skirt that Launc...

My wife blogs about feminine genius and recently wrote a reflection on her year of wearing skirts. Unsurprisingly, at least to me, it provoked some backlash and criticism from a few faithful Catholics. The Pants vs. Skirts war has gone back and forth across the Catholic blogosphere over the...

The Feast of the Ass...

The Feast of the Assumption is tomorrow; and some of us might be wondering: “What is the importance of this feast? Is it still relevant to a world that focuses solely on the body to the denial of immortality, thinks love is only about sex, and is afraid of death because this life is all...

Book Review: “...

A few weeks ago, Dawn Eden discovered my blog, Theological-Librarian. She got in touch with me and told me that her publisher would send a free copy of her newest book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, to bloggers who were willing to review it. I jumped...

Five Books for Summe...

Summer officially started last week, which means the annual sale on beach paperbacks has begun.  But since many of the quick-read bestsellers are not exactly the best “food for the soul”, I’d like to recommend these five books to all of those seeking to go a bit deeper...

Adventures

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it is very difficult to find anyone.” —J. R. R. Tolkien People are scared of having adventures. This is true, even for the people whose hearts want to explore. Something’s holding them back–the what...