“A human life is a story told by God.”–Hans Christian Andersen
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Dia de los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is a non-fiction book about the Day of the Dead, which is a traditional celebration in Mexico. It is celebrated November 1 and 2. These dates were chosen as a way to intermingle the Aztec and Catholic cultures. November 1 is All Saints’ Day, and November 2 is All Souls’ Day. Continue reading Celebrating the Lives of Loved Ones: A Review of ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ →
There is nothing more beautiful than being able to spend time reading with your kids. Aside from introducing children to books, it builds a special bond with them. They feel safe in your arms, they have your undivided attention, and their imaginations are captivated. There is nothing better. Below is a list of books that will get you and your family into the Halloween spirit. Continue reading Celebrating Halloween (Part 2): Halloween Books for Your Little Saints →
In today’s changing world, Halloween has evolved along with society. Costumes aren’t quite as innocent as they used to be, candy is blamed for contributing to childhood obesity, and trick-or-treating has become a concern for some people worried about what could be in candy...or worse, who could be passing it out! Luckily there is also beauty in the holiday for Catholics, in fact, its origins began with us. Innocent celebration can teach our children a special part of our cultural history and create lasting memories for years. Below are thoughts from individual Catholic moms about their feelings toward Halloween. Continue reading Celebrating Halloween (Part One): A Response to Halloween From Four Catholic Moms →
“No man is an island, entire of itself. Our lives are involved with one another, through innumerable interactions they are linked together. No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine: in what I think, say, do and achieve. And conversely, my life spills over into that of others: for better and worse.” Pope Benedict XVI
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Foster Child: a child without parental support and protection, placed with a person or family to be cared for, usually by local welfare services or by court order. This is Gilly Hopkins. Gilly, or Galadriel Hopkins, is an eleven year old girl who is starting over yet again in the third foster home in three years through circumstances beyond her control. Gilly’s life experiences have forced her to create a list of rules written on her heart. These rigid rules are what she fights to live by:
- I will accept no kisses or hugs.
- I will be clever and hard to manage.
- I will dare anyone to accept me or change me.
- I will be in charge of my own life.
- I will never appear the fool.
- I will never need help.
- I will be in charge of my education by making teachers treat me differently.
- I will be tough.
- I will continue to build a reputation and be proud of it.
- I will never attach myself to something that is likely to blow away some day.
- I will be Galadriel Hopkins – some day.
Continue reading Life Spills Over For Better or Worse: A Review of ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’ →
“Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.”—John Wayne
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In my continuing effort to find books that appeal to boys, I stumbled upon I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. This book is full of action and adventure and teen love, which is the perfect combination for ANY young adult reader. Continue reading Courage Under Fire: A Review of ‘I Am Number Four’ →
“Do not be afraid, for she was set apart for you before the world existed.” Tobit 6:18
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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan is a story about three hearts that still grieve after the death of a wife and mother– hearts that yearn to be filled with love once again. It is about another earnest heart searching for a place to entrust its love. Each character is waiting, tentatively looking to the future with hope for a new life as a family.
Continue reading A Mutual Gift of Love: A Review of ‘Sarah, Plain and Tall’ →