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Meet a Reader: Sr. Diane VandeVoorde, OSF

Sister Diane VandeVoorde, OSF

How we know you:  I am a Heading Avenue Franciscan and I live in West Peoria.  Since I am a member of a diocesan community I’ve been in these parts doing ministry for many years.  I currently serve as the liturgist and organist for my community as well as teach in the deacon/safe formation program. […]

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Lenten reading suggestions to draw close to the cross of our Savior

By Katie Bogner Lent: It’s a time to give up and take up. Alongside your Lenten sacrifices, we suggest you take up one of these powerful books as a guide to draw you closer to the Cross of our Savior. The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: An Anthology, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from […]

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McClain’s book offers daily prayers for Catholic schools, and inspiration for all

By Matthew Vander Vennet One request that St. Paul asks of us is to “Pray without ceasing.” (1Thes 5:17) In “Called to Pray: Daily Prayers for Catholic Schools,” recently published by Ave Maria Press, Justin McClain takes up St. Paul’s call and gives us the resources to do just that. One of the great benefits […]

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Author provides a buffet of the writings of Archbishop Sheen in new compilation

The cover of "Fulton J. Sheen" by Alexis Walkenstein. (CNS)

By Brian T. Olszewski / Catholic News Service “Fulton J. Sheen” by Alexis Walkenstein. Pauline Books & Media (Boston, 2018). 124 pp, $12.95. Like St. Teresa of Kolkata, Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Merton, the life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and his writing continue to inspire. Having read the archbishop’s “Three to Get Married,” […]

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Rolheiser’s ‘Sacred Fire’ a reflective read on how to deepen our adult faith life

By Sister Mary Core, OSB Though not a “hot-off-the-press” book, “Sacred Fire” by Ronald Rolheiser is well worth reading. It is a follow-up to his “The Holy Longing,” and the predecessor to a yet-to-be-written book on Radical Discipleship. Stick with it through part one of the book (chapters 1 and 2) in which Rolheiser sets […]

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Meet a Writer: Jim Courter of St. Paul, Macomb, pens detective mystery novel

Jim Courter is a writer and emeritus writing instructor at Western Illinois University, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a winner of an Illinois Arts Council award for short fiction. This year his first novel, “Rhymes With Fool,” a detective mystery with a Catholic protagonist, was published by Peasantry Press in Winnipeg. Courter lives in Macomb […]

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First ‘Catholic Journaling Bible’ invites creativity as it deepens user’s prayer life

Various materials can be used inside the Catholic Journaling Bible, ranging from regular pencils and pens to fancier gel pens or brush tip pens, as well as watercolor paints, colored pencils, stickers, and markers.

By Katie Bogner In centuries past, quiet scriptoriums were once filled with monks diligently copying by hand the Books of Sacred Scripture. The scribes provided texts long before the time of printing presses and would spend years making these invaluable copies. At times, it wasn’t just text that was the work of their hands. These […]

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In new book, Pope Francis calls for an alliance between the young and old

Pope Francis attends the release of the book, "Sharing the Wisdom of Time," in Rome Oct. 23. In the book, the pope offers commentary on the life stories of older people throughout the world. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the launch of a new book, Pope Francis is calling for a new alliance — between young and old — to change the world. In an effort to counteract today’s “culture of waste” that too easily marginalizes or ignores the young and the elderly, the book by Loyola Press creates […]

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