book review

A Father’s Perspective on a Child’s Disability

“It is not easier today than it was the day of the diagnosis. It is the hardest thing I have ever committed to doing in my life.” Best-selling author Chad Judice is talking about accepting his son Eli’s prenatal diagnosis of Spina Bifida and all that entails. One of Judice’s fears of having a child with a disability was realized […]

A Review of Patience and Humility

A review of Patience and Humility, Will Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B., Sophia Institute Press — May 1, 1998 So—it’s the third week of Lent and you’re still trying to decide what to take on or give up. Some of our Lenten goals go well, others not so well. If you’re stuck, you may want to start small. Finding a book entitled Patience and […]

The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer — A Review by Mary Hartwell

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Why do most people find it hard to pray… really pray? Prayer is our spiritual highway to God and we cannot arrive at that destination […]

Fr. Groeschel’s Arise from Darkness

Fr. Benedict Groeschel (Photo Credit: EWTN)

Darkness. We have all experienced it. Darkness can be anything from a darkened room to darkness of soul and heart. No one escapes. We may think we know people who lead charmed, untroubled lives, but these seemingly perpetually worry free individuals are out there, struggling and crying every day—by the hundreds, if not thousands. The only way to Jesus is […]

Overcoming Sinful Anger — A Must Read for Families and Individuals

Anger is a beast. Justified or not, anger destabilizes relationships—husband and wife, families, and those in the workplace. Stress, frustration, bitterness over past or present events and situations, constant set-backs and dealing with unreasonable people contribute to the swirling vortex of anger in our culture. And then there’s politics. Anger separates us from God. Our culture is angry. In our […]

Are You Thirsting for Prayer?

Father Jacques Philippe

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Phil 4:6) For many of us prayer doesn’t come easily. Spontaneous prayer in time of trouble or crisis often takes the form of singular pleading, “God help me.” This direct cry to Him indicates our thirst for Him. It is […]

Chime Travelers: Meet the Saints and Travel Vicariously

Finding out that CatholicMom.com founder and writer extraordinaire Lisa Hendey was releasing the first two books in her new middle grade series was like getting a Christmas present that’s lasted for a few months. I had my first look at them a few months ago, when Hendey and her editor asked me to endorse them. I had my latest look […]

When God is Silent — Finding spiritual peace amid the storms of life

  There are few among us who haven’t gone through suffering—mental, spiritual or emotional and wondered where God was in the turmoil. In his book, When God is Silent (Sophia Institute Press), Archbishop Martinez introduces us to the idea that Jesus is not gone—he is sleeping. Martinez expands the idea using the example of Christ asleep in the boat on Lake Tiberias. […]

Death Dons a Mask: A Murder Mystery Worth the Fun

Though this is the third book in a series, I didn’t realize it when I picked it up and it stands alone just fine. As it turns out, I read the second book, Death of a Liturgist, a few years ago and loved it. I really enjoyed this one, too, and did not have it all figured out despite my best […]

Fr. Longenecker Encourages Spending Lent with…the Devil?

Yes, it’s true. A well-known, highly published, and hugely popular Catholic priest is encouraging all of us to spend Lent with the devil. And I can tell you, having had a taste of the journey, that it’s one that will be well-worth the effort. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, whose wisdom graces these webpages at Integrated Catholic Life, has released a new book that […]