Sunday, November 30, 2014
Dear God, help us to remain hopeful and to trust in you no matter the trials and troubles life brings. This first week of Advent, help us to remember that we are Your people and that You are our God. Help us get our priorities straight and put the most important things first—loving God and loving our neighbor.
Holy Spirit, guide the choices we make throughout this week so that we choose to do what honors our Creator and what shows our love of others.
Father in Heaven, we offer thanks to You for the many gifts and talents You have given to all the people on the earth, to our family and friends, to the neighbors we know and the neighbors we have yet to befriend.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come into our hearts, so that when the time comes, we will be prepared to join You in everlasting joy.
From The Michigan Catholic
Saturday, November 29, 2014
You know how much respect and admiration I have for Cheryl Dickow, author and publisher over at Bezalel Books. I've blogged about her passion for providing Catholic books for adults and children (see this link). I'm excited to announce that Bezalel Books has published a new YA novel, Erin's Ring, just in time for Christmas! Talented Catholic author Laura Pearl (who wrote Finding Grace), has a winner in this lovely story that weaves the past and the present:
What story might this ring tell, if only it could talk?
When thirteen-year-old Molly McCormick, who has recently moved from the Midwest to Dover, New Hampshire, finds an old Irish Claddagh ring poking up out of the dirt in a garden outside her local parish church, she is immediately intrigued. The ring’s inscription, “To Erin—Love, Michael,” fills her head with romantic possibilities. She teams up with her new friend, Theresa Grant, to uncover the story behind the lost ring. With the help of the head librarian at the public library, the two girls become immersed in the rich history of the Irish immigrants who came to Dover in droves during the 19th century, to escape famine and poverty in their homeland and make better lives for their children and grandchildren.
Molly and Theresa learn about the courage, tenacity, and deep faith that were the hallmarks of these Irish immigrants—people with names like Ann and Seamus, Cara and Finn, and of course, Erin and Michael. The young girls eagerly delve into old records tucked away in the dark corners of the library and learn how instrumental Dover’s Irish-Catholics were in getting the first Catholic church built in their small New England town.
Molly and Theresa set out to discover the origins of the mysterious ring, but they unearth a story that is far stranger and infinitely more touching than anything they could have ever imagined.
Bezalel Books is offering a Christmas Mother-Daughter special for a limited time only: Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage for Mom, and Erin's Ring for your daughter, both for only $17.99, and this includes FREE shipping! To order, click here. It would make a wonderful gift set!
Friday, November 14, 2014
I was pleased as punch to see this darling photo of Catholic blogger Jessica's 11-year-old daughter with Olivia's Gift in her hands. Her daddy asked her to gather up her siblings' bikes one afternoon and she didn't want to stop reading. According to Jessica, it only took "Twinkle Toes" two days to read Olivia's Gift. Jessica blogs about being a Catholic homeschooling mom on her wonderful blog, and her review of Olivia's Gift can be found here at http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2011/04/book-review-olivias-gift.html.