Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women

6555864By Gina Loehr

Gina Loehr does it again, I really enjoyed her insight into the lives of women saints in her book Real Women, Real Saints and learned much from their virtues….now Gina takes us on a real and practical retreat towards inner beauty…the kind that reflects the joy of our Faith. Mascara will help and eyeliner too, but the surest way to a beautiful you doesn’t require hours at the cosmetics counter. The best beauty routine starts within. Choosing Beauty guides you through a day-by-day inner makeover that will give you a glow that can only come through a life infused with the virtues. Learn how to step away from gossip, grow in courage, practice mercy and enter more fully into the qualities that will allow your inner light to shine. A great addition to Choosing Beauty is the inclusion of lively reflections on the virtues presented and questions for discussion. This is a good book to share with your teenage daughters, too!

 

Fathers’ Manual

2626-2A. Francis Coomes, S.J.

The natural companion book to the Mother’s Manual.   It begins with prayers for the needs of fatherhood and the married life, including a prayer for help to be a good father, prayers for faith, for fatherly guidance and many more.  The next section includes prayers for special needs and occasions such as for generosity, for the grace to give a good Christian example, the Litany of Saint Joseph.  There are also prayers for various organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, then comes the section on counsels and helps for husbands and fathers. Meditations on the experience of fatherhood and being a good husband. Prayers for strength of will and compassion, and reflections on the joys of being a father.

Handbook of Prayers: Student Edition

HOP-Student-EditionEdited by James Socias

We have been searching for several years for a complete and handy prayer book for our older children. This book fit the bill, the wonderful devotional material contained in this brand new, pocket sized, student version of the well known Handbook of Prayers from the Midwest Theological Forum is perfect for your college or High school student. This book contains prayers and devotions on “How to be a Better Catholic”, including our call to holiness, a spiritual game plan, the Cardinal Virtues, the Capital Sins and opposed virtues; basic prayers including a Prayer Before the Day’s Work, a Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Brief Examination at Night; prayers to Prepare for Mass, and Prayers after Mass such as a Litany of Humility; Eucharistic Adoration prayers, such as Guides for Good Confessions; and devotions to the Blessed Trinity, Our Lord Jesus Christ , the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother and so much more. It is an amazing bargain too at only $5….

Children’s Adoration Guidebook

2750By Linda Meyer

Whether you already take your children to Adoration or are considering this special devotion, the Children’s Adoration Guidebook, is a great resource for helping young children develop a prayerful focus during time spent with our Lord in Adoration. In this helpful guide you get nearly 100 pages of prayers and information.  A set of reproducible pages is included for those pages the child is encouraged to color or write on to help foster a love of meditation and quiet.  You can  print off additional copies of the reproducibles for additional siblings, therefore only one book is needed per family.   A lovely gift idea for children about to receive their first Holy Communion!

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Hope

“The one who has hope lives differently.”  -Pope Benedict XVI

pope-benedict-xvi-takes-christmas-eve-mass-pic-getty-158664-187827We love this quote from our Holy Father….it is emblazed on souvenir T-shirts we bought for our little ones after being incredibly blessed to participate in the Papal Mass at Nationals Stadium April 2008.  Our little ones wear these shirts often and we love that they are a constant reminder of this important message. The Divine fire of God’s love was reignited in our family as we were reconfirmed in the Holy Spirit at that Papal Mass.  We also know that it was through God’s marvelous timing (not ours) that our Holy Father came to this country to bless us and bestow upon us an encouraging message that we need right now, especially as our nation transitions to a new administration and as we pray daily for the end of Abortion.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines hope as “the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.”  It goes further to say, “The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.” (CCC 1817 & 1818)  It affords us joy even under trial: “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation.” (Rom 12:12).

627px-Teresa_of_Avila_dsc01644Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. (St. Teresa of Avila, Excl. 15:3.)

Hope is also written on the faces of our children as a window to their hearts.  The decision to home educate our children is not an easy path to follow…but as we have seen with our own children it is priceless and a blessing to the entire family. All one needs to do is to visit a college campus like Christendom College where our two oldest boys graduated and our daughter now attends.  The students are amazing testimonies to hope as are the professors and the mission of this college.  As you consider colleges for your own children we encourage you to witness what a blessing Christendom College is as a witness to hope!

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