Welcome to the Blog Tour for “Small Steps for Catholic Moms” by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss

Welcome to the Blog Tour for “Small Steps for Catholic Moms” by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss

Think:
“The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies; but to revive in heaven.”
 - Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified
Pray:
Pray the Litany of Humility today: Jesus, give me a humble heart like your own. Turn my selfish desires into selfless ones and help me to see your face in everyone I meet.
Act:
What’s the most distasteful job in your house? Cleaning up the dog droppings in the backyard? Scrubbing the gunk from behind the toilet? Sweeping the garage? Whatever it is, do it. While you work, give thanks for the blessings in your life.
 
This is an excerpt from July, which has a theme of “Humility.”

I love these writers! Full of wit and wisdom, this book from Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss displays great wealth of soul that will bless a mother’s 0004675_small_steps_for_catholic_moms_your_daily_call_to_think_pray_and_actheart and give her encouragement for her sacred duties.

WIN A FREE BOOK HERE! I’m thrilled to be giving a book away to a lucky reader! Enter to win by leaving your name and a comment in the combox below. A random drawing will take place at the end of the blog tour at noon EST on October 14th. The winner will contacted by email and announced in the comments box.

Want to know more about the book from Danielle and Elizabeth? I have an archived Among Women interview with the authors here from when the book first came out. (This book was originally released by a press that went out of business. I’m so happy that my publishers – Ave Maria Press – found it worthy to re-issue! This is certainly a keeper! One to pass on to loved ones, for sure!)

Find the complete listing of the blog tour hosts here.

Go over to Catholic Mom and enter the contest to win this book, plus 5 more!

 

UPDATE NOTE: This contest is now closed.

10 Ways You Can Spot a Spiritual Mother! (Read it in Catholic Digest this month!)

10 Ways You Can Spot a Spiritual Mother! (Read it in Catholic Digest this month!)

Scan 132460001I’ve gushed before about my excitement over Catholic Digest’s new layout and renewal under Danielle Bean’s leadership. Let me say, again, I’m pleased as can be not only to pen the Year of Faith column on one of my favorite subjects — The Catechism! — but this month’s issue features my ode to the spiritual mothers in my life, including my Godmother-Auntie, several good girlfriends that God strategically placed in my life at different times, and Mary! Of course none of these gals replaced my own mother’s holy influence. It just goes to show that the feminine genius is not only inherent in women, but it can flourish with encouragement from others!

Here’s a peak from one of the sidebars, from the Catholic Digest feature: “What the World Needs Now is Spiritual Mothers — like YOU!”:

10 Ways You Can Spot a Spiritual Mother…

She nurtures others to become who they are meant to be in God’s eyes.

She recognizes, affirms, and protects human dignity.

She performs spiritual and corporal works of mercy with maternal care.

She helps others by her encouraging words and charitable service.

She prays for and with others as an intercessor for them, especially priests.

She practices the arts of friendship and hospitality.

She passes on what she knows as a mentor when asked.

She is a joy catalyst.

She keeps Christ close in her heart by imitating Mary.

She is a woman of holy influence who helps to give birth to saints

Has someone been a spiritual mother in your life? I’d love to hear about it in the combox.

::

Order your annual subscription to Catholic Digest here. You can event get a free trial issue!

Among Women Podcasts for Moms-to-Be… or new Moms…

Among Women Podcasts for Moms-to-Be… or new Moms…

Screen Shot 2012-10-19 at 6.55.00 PMI love producing the Among Women podcast and I thought I’d share a few recent podcasts that are very good for mothers-to-be, or for mothers who are still new to this vocation of motherhood.

The most recent episode, AW 164,  features a conversation with Karen Minster from Paraclete Press, describing the role of Godparents, and introducing the new book, Becoming a Great God-Parent: everything a Catholic need to know. 

The previous episode, AW 163,  talked about Patrice Fagnant MacArthur’s must-have book, The Catholic Baby Name Book. If you are still on the fence about choosing a name for your child, you can’t go wrong with this book and this podcast will introduce you to it. It’s a great book to keep on the shelf if you also want to help older children select a Confirmation name too.

Others topic from the archives:

New mothers might also enjoy the explanations of the mission of physical and spiritual motherhood found in my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.

 

Props for the re-tooled Catholic Digest magazine

Props for the re-tooled Catholic Digest magazine

One of my favorite writing assignments during this Year of Faith, besides my columns online, has been the opportunity to write a 12-month series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church for Catholic Digest magazine. These are short 500-word digestible pieces designed to introduce readers to the benefits of becoming more familiar with Catechism, as well as imparting its timeless wisdom.

But more than the shameless promotion of my own writing, I’ve really enjoyed my subscription. Yes, I’m subscribed even though I’m a sometime-contributer — so that says a lot! I was a longtime fan of Faith and Family magazine while it was under the leadership of Danielle Bean, and when I heard she was on her way to become the Editor-in-Chief at CD after Faith and Family left the marketplace

photoI just knew that the Catholic Digest was going to get a deserving make-over both in content and aesthetics. I haven’t been disappointed. Each issue looks better and better.

The latest issue for Feb/Mar 2013 has several good articles on the liturgical season of Lent, plus content on infertility, 20 ways to teach children to pray, how to deal with difficult people, book and movie suggestions, tips for meatless Lenten meals, and ideas for a memorable Easter with your family. There’s even a dedicated section for the men in the family. This month issue’s cover story describes a new made-for-TV Bible series created by Roma Downey and her TV-exec husband.

Let this be one of your family investments for the Year of Faith. Get subscription details here. You can sample some articles that are online under the tabs on the landing page. This might also be a neat gift idea for Easter, birthdays, or Mother’s Day.

Finally, a special stand-alone tribute edition for Pope Benedict is also planned, so you might want to place your order for that as we pass through this history-making abdication of our pope.