Looking for a Good Read for the New Year?

newyearsThe countdown to the New Year is fast approaching.  Will you be making resolutions? 

For most of us, the answer is yes.   If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that last year, I wrote a blog using the acronym R-E-S-O-L-V-E-D to help us focus our resolutions on the things that really matter.  The “L” in the acronym stood for “Listening” in which I encouraged the cultivation of a listening spirit so that we could hear the voice of God in our everyday circumstances.  In addition to prayer of the Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Lectio Divina, one of my favorite ways to practice “listening” is spiritual reading. 

I’ve compiled the list below which features some of my all time favorite books for spiritual reflection, prayer, meditation and direction.  I hope that you will incorporate one or several of them into your Catholic library because I know that you too will see much fruit in your relationship with God as a result.  They are in no particular order.

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Facililitator Spotlight: Jennie Stanbro

This month’s Facilitator Spotlight is Jennie Stanbro.  Jennie experienced many challenges, including cancer, as she went forward in her mission to begin Women of Grace in her parish but she persevered and through it all, Our Lady was there to guide and direct her efforts. 

jen_with_gkidsI have been married for 36 years and am the mother of six children (four married, and 15 and 13 year old sons). My husband and I decided early on that God had called me to be a stay at home mom, and I’ve served in that role for the last 35 years, which at times has been difficult due to a society that was no longer supporting this traditional role. I have witnessed in my lifetime a grave deterioration of womanhood through false promises and images portrayed in our culture then and still today. I knew I wanted to reach out to women who struggled with these false promises, but I didn’t know how. Read the rest…

Psychic Disturbances and “Mental Schizophrenia”

DV writes: “What did the Pope mean when he said ‘this would represent a kind of mental schizophrenia which could also lead to psychic disturbances and, at times, to moral deviations, especially the psychic disturbances.’  I would like a deeper understanding of what he was warning about.   I have a friend who did Yoga exercises and I go to a catholic chiropractor where the company promotes yoga classes, but one other chiropractor is an evangelical Christian. I’m not tempted to join, especially now that I read your article.

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EU Court Rules Abortion Not a Human Right

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A ruling in a case known as the “Roe v. Wade” of Europe has found that while Ireland’s abortion laws need some specific amendments, there is no over-riding “right to abortion” in the European Union’s Convention.

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Pope Benedict XVI: Religious Freedom is Path to Peace

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The Vatican released the World Peace Day message for 2011 yesterday in which Pope Benedict declares Christianity to be the most persecuted religion in the world and calls upon leaders to realize the vital role religious freedom plays in bringing about just and peaceful societies.

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