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Catholic Mom 2003 Book Club Selections

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CatholicMom.com Monthly Book Selections

December 2003

This month we take a look at the variety of wonderful family books available for Advent and Christmas.  Click here to take a look at this month's recommendations and happy holidays!
 

November 2003

Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor
by Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto and Patti Armstrong
Ascension Press, September 2003
300 pages

 

About the Book

Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor  will help you celebrate your Catholic faith like no other book you have ever read.  This book is commonly referred to as a Catholic "Chicken Soup for the Soul".  It will take your heart and soul on a joyous spiritual retreat from the challenges and struggles of everyday life.  This collection of 101 stories of faith, inspiration, hope and humor attest to the power and beauty of God's amazing grace.

You will also experience the lighter side of grace through more than two dozen smile-inducing stories, jokes and illustrations.

Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor is a "retreat in a book" - filling your soul with grace, your heart with promise, and your spirit with hope.  It is the perfect gift for a friend or family member - and for yourself.
 

For more on this book and others to follow in the Amazing Grace series, please visit www.amazinggraceonline.net.


 

October 2003

Silent Witnesses in the Gospels : Bible Bystanders and Their Stories
by Allan Wright
Charis Books, November 2002
219 pages

 
About the Book

The servants who filled the jars at Jesus’ command when he turned the water into wine, the boy who donated his loaves and fishes so Jesus could multiply them, the woman with the alabaster jar who anointed Jesus’ feet. All these and many more characters in the Gospels share one important trait: in the biblical accounts where they appear, they are silent. We have no record of their words. Nevertheless, they have much to say to us by the ways they responded to Christ. Take a journey of the imagination with author Allan Wright, back to New Testament times, to consider what kinds of lives these people might have lived and what lessons we might learn from the Silent Witnesses in the Gospels.


Letter to CatholicMom.com Readers from Author, Allan Wright

Dear Friends,

How often have we heard the old adage, “actions speak louder than words!”  St. Francis put a different spin on it when he said, “preach always and when necessary use words.”  Both of these relate to us the message of Silent Witnesses in the Gospels. Most of us are familiar with the Gospel stories and miracles; we have heard them from our youth. After teaching these stories to my students at Union Catholic High School over the years I became more and more impressed by those characters that were present during the ministry of Jesus and made a difference without saying a word. The early Christian community remembered these characters 30-40 years after the event took place and mention them in the Gospels. The servers at Cana, the four friends of the paralytic, Mary at the Cross, the man with the withered hand and many more made a difference by their actions.

Often it’s difficult to express our faith with words, other times we may say to ourselves, “How can I be like Jesus, I can’t turn water into wine or heal a paralytic.” As I read the stories in the Gospels I’ve noticed that Jesus often uses others in his ministry. At Cana, he asked some nameless and silent servers to draw some water and bring it to the headwaiter in charge of the feast. The servers followed the last recorded words of Mary in the Gospels, “Do whatever he tells you”, and had the opportunity to assist Jesus during his first miracle. I try to ask the question in light of these servers’ actions, “What may God be calling you to do?” It may not be as dramatic as turning water into wine but when we do as God says, even if it seems ridiculous, we may see the miraculous!

In my own life I’ve heard some wonderful sermons and speakers and I know that when I left the Mass or the lecture I’ve said to myself, “Wow, that was good stuff.” But as days go by and weeks go by I tend to forget exactly what was said. I do however remember actions. I think of Father Kent Weidie who, on his day off, dropped everything and came to the hospital to pray with a family whose son, my friend, was dying. His demeanor and compassion will never be forgotten. I think of Sister Gail Lambert of the Father Judge Center in Stirling, NJ, who offered housing to a beautiful young woman named Desiree who wanted to stay in the area but couldn’t afford it. I remember that act of kindness because that woman, Desiree, is now my wife and we are expecting our first child in September. I think of Sister Percylee Hart RSM who has encouraged me in writing this book since I first mentioned it. I forget her exact words but I knew she was with me and behind me 100%, that gets remembered.

As a high school teacher and more recently as an Adjunct Professor I know words are powerful and can make a difference. Actions, however, leave a much deeper imprint. I hope that by reading and discussing the characters in Silent Witnesses in the Gospels people can see themselves as an apostle with a mission to their families, neighbors and community. Lazarus, before he was raised by Jesus after three days in the tomb, had some nameless, wordless people move a stone so he could come out of darkness to light, from death to life. What has moved stones for you on your journey? What stones have you moved for others?

It is my desire that your faith in Christ and reading of the scriptures become refreshed and that you become invigorated by the Word of God that has the power to transform and renew all things.

Allan Wright
Silent Witnesses in the Gospels : Bible Bystanders and Their Stories
 

About the Author

Allan Wright received his B.A. in Religious Studies, with Honors, from Seton Hall University, and received his M.A. in Theology, Biblical Studies, with Honors, from Immaculate Conceptions Seminary School of Theology. He currently teaches religion at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where he resides. Allan is  Co-Founder of Catholic Ventures Web Site www.catholicventures.com

 

September 2003

A Gathering of Angels
by Katherine Valentine
Viking Press, August 2003
286 Pages


 

Letter to CatholicMom.com Readers from Author, Katherine Valentine

Dear Friends,

A Gathering of Angelsis the newest installment in the Dorsetville series and I think you’ll find this just as addictively readable as “A Miracle for St. Cecilia's”.

The story opens in Medjugorje where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to several visionaries since 1981.  Sister Regina Francis who has traveled from Dorsetville is invited to attend a visitation where she witnesses a rosary mysteriously “appear” as the visionaries converse with the Blessed Mother. When this rosary later makes its way back to Dorsetville, a host of unexplained and miraculous events suddenly occur whenever they are present. 

As with much of the Dorsetville series, this storyline was based on a real life experience.

In 1994, we lost our beloved three year old granddaughter, Marissa in a horrible accident when she ran behind a truck which my son was backing up in his yard.  You can imagine the devastation we all suffered over both the lost and the horrific circumstances surrounding her death. Our son was overcome with guilt and anger and lashed out at God whom He blamed for the accident.  Since I was a devoted Christian, I was suddenly not welcomed in his home and for three years my husband and I were banned from having any contact with Marissa’s siblings. I felt an emptiness which knew no boundaries. I had lost not one, but all four of these precious children in one sweeping blow.

During those difficult years, I continued to pray the rosary. Knowing that my son had completed abandoned his faith, I asked the Blessed Mother to intercede and send someone to my grandchildren who would tell them about Jesus.

Then in early September, 1997, my friend Pat Barber, presented me with a lovely rosary that had been given to her from a nun in a convent near Medjugorje. She, in turn, had received it from one of the visionaries.  Pat passed them on to me.

Marissa’s death date is October 2nd and on that night at two o’clock in the morning, I was awakened by my husband, Paul.

“Where is that light coming from,” he asked, pointing to a bright light in the corner of the room. There were no street lights outside our home or any other source of illumination which could account for this brilliant ray of light.

I sat up in bed and followed the light to its source. It was emanating from the rosaries which I had draped over a statue of Madonna and Child.  I could barely contain my joy, knowing in my heart that this was a sign from Our Lady that she had heard my prayers. I was now confident that my grandchildren had come to know Jesus.

The first week in December, I received a letter from our son. My hands trembled as I read the first line…

…“Please forgive me for the selfishness that I have shown and you have had to endure.  I am starting now to put my life in prospective and realize how selfish I have been…through prayer and faith I will continue to heal….”

As I read on, I discovered that in answer to my prayer, Our Lady had led my grandchildren to a family who loved the Lord and were able to help our son find his way back.

The gift of that special rosary and the miracle we witnessed that night have only reinforced what I have always believed about this powerful form of prayer. It is my hope that through “A Gathering of Angels”, others will find it as well.

God bless,
Katherine

Also by Katherine Valentine
A Miracle for St. Cecilia's (October 2002 CatholicMom.com Book Club Selection)
by Katherine Valentine

 

 

August 2003

God Help Me! This Stress Is Driving Me Crazy.
by Gregory K. Popcak
Loyola Press, March 2003
149 Pages

About the Book (from www.LoyolaPress.com website)
Stress threatens to overwhelm all of us from time to time, and Greg Popcak comes to the rescue with a practical book of tips and tools for lessening anxiety. Using a mix of religion and psychology with a good dose of humor, Popcak guides readers to understand how not to let the “stress sirens” take over.

He helps distinguish between true and false (healthy and unhealthy) responses to feelings and events and suggests ways to deal with feelings of anxiety in a positive light. Personal and professional stories of how people have faced various stressful situations round out Popcak’s practical advice of prayer, playfulness, and reflection.

Rather than hiding from the things that cause stress, Popcak suggests methods for confronting situations and moving forward to a more balanced life.

About the Author
Gregory Popcak is founder and director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. He contributes to a variety of publications and has hosted radio/television programs on the topics of psychology and spirituality. He holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and is the author of seven books. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife, Lisa, and their children.

 

June 2003

Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac
by Angie Ledbetter, Alaine Benard, Deb Anne Flynt and Carol Schwartz
Turnkey Press, April 2003
364 pages

 

About the Book (from www.Bookpros.com website)
Based on the Parable of the Mustard Seed and divided into nature’s four seasons, Seeds of Faith includes 4 sets of 12 personal essays, recipes, poetry and stewardship tips intended to motivate others to plant their own “seeds of faith.”  Through their true-to-life experiences that range from infertility, addiction, heartbreak, love and joy, the authors encourage readers to live a life that is joyous and free and to help others remember to follow God’s will through the good times as well as the bad. “The seasons indicate that there's some reason for every experience--circumstances change, people change, faith dies then grows, like the seasons--cycles of life,” says Ledbetter.  “Right now, someone is questioning their faith, someone is without faith, someone wants to deepen their faith and someone wants to put their faith into action. This book is for them.”

Letter to CatholicMom.com Readers from the Authors:

We are honored to have  Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac appear on your wonderful site as June's selection of the month. Our mission with this book is to glorify and thank God for the riches He has given us; to help readers learn how to become extraordinary gardeners of hope, faith, and love; to share how we have deepened our own faith lives through prayer and faith in action; and to show others how to reap the benefits promised in the Parable of the Mustard Seed.

This book has been three years in the making, and has been a wonderful project -- full of pitfalls, detours, answered prayers, and joy. In other words, it has mirrored life! The four authors have forged a closer relationship through God's grace and the help of prayer warriors via the Internet. We strive to show readers how to strengthen their own "4 F" roots: Faith, Family, Friends, and Food.

Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac follows the lessons given in several of Scripture's parables and is divided into the four seasons. Each of us has written 3 personal stories for each season -- stories about overcoming trials, true life experiences, and loss of faith most women face in today's society. We have also included a section at the end, written with the help of Fr. Jeff Bayhi, which more fully explains the beauty offered us through the holy Sacraments.

Prayers are said daily for all who read our book, and we also hope for prayer in return, so that those who read of our experiences will be touched and moved closer to the Father's heart. 
No matter what adversity life puts in your path, Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac will help you see it as a blessed chance for growth and change. All paths in life--divorce, addiction, infertility, abuse, and special needs children-- can and do lead to His Love when we walk in faith.  

May God bless you all, as He has generously blessed us, as you become an extraordinary planter and harvester in your ordinary lives. And may every seed you plant grow strong in the fertile ground of your hearts, your families, your church, and your communities.

Keep the Faith! YSIC,
Carol, Angie, Deb, and Alaine
 

About the Authors
For a bio and additional information on the four authors of this book, click here or visit their Seeds of Faith Website.

May 2003

Holiness for Housewives And Other Working Women
by Hubert Van Zeller
Sophia Institute Press, May 1997
$9.86, 104 pages

 

About the Book (from Sophia Institute Press)
This unique spiritual guide will help you grow holier and more prayerful as you perform the most menial household chores — not in spite of those chores, but in the midst of them.  Written especially for women in charge of households, Holiness for Housewives will help you better understand and respect your vocation as a housewife — and discover in it your own God-given path to sanctity.
This handy guide will show you how to:

  • Find meaning in even the most boring work
  • Pray in the midst of a bustling household
  • Bear the stress of those long days in which the work never seems to end
  • Develop a greater awareness of God’s presence — even amid the diapers and the dirty dishes 
  • Learn to rely more on your will and less on emotions, when life seems to be an endless round of drudgery
  • Handle your burdens and sorrows with prayers that are especially fashioned for housewives
April 2003

Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love
by Pope John Paul II
Loyola Press, April 2003

 

About the Book  (from Loyola Press)
Pope John Paul II, who has been seen by more people than any other pope in history thanks to his frequent travels, is arguably the most important, influential, and recognizable person of the last few decades. In the twenty-fifth year of his papacy, he leads a church with a 2,000 year-old spiritual tradition and over one billion believers worldwide. He speaks with rare moral clarity to all people of the world. Now, a new book collects his words on the enduring themes of his papacy.

Go in Peace (Loyola Press, April 2003) presents the Pope’s intimate voice, speaking from his pastoral heart directly to the reader. Drawn from the millions of words the Pope has spoken and written during his Pontificate, the twelve chapters distill the heart and soul of his teachings and reflect the coherence and seamless integrity of his thought.

“John Paul II articulates an astonishingly powerful vision of what it means to be a Christian in our modern world,” says Joseph Durepos, senior acquisitions editor at Loyola Press, who edited the book. Go in Peace is an effort to answer two questions important to the lay believer: “What does it mean to be a Catholic and a Christian today?” and “Why do we believe as we do?”

Each chapter is framed with Scripture passages combined with John Paul II quotations and prayers. The selections show clearly the compassion, the intellect, and the poetry of a great spiritual soul, and his keen insights into human life:

• On forgiveness: “Forgiveness, in its truest and highest form, is a free act of love. But precisely because it is an act of love, it has its own intrinsic demands: the first of which is respect for the truth.”

• On suffering: “The sick, the elderly, the handicapped, and the dying teach us that weakness is a creative part of human living, and that suffering can be embraced with no loss of dignity. Without the presence of these people in our midst we might be tempted to think of health, strength, and power as the only important values to be pursued in life. But the wisdom of Christ and the power of Christ are to be seen in the weakness of those who share his suffering.”

• On prayer: “Prayer is not simply one occupation among many, but is at the center of our life in Christ. It turns our attention away from ourselves and directs it to the Lord. Prayer fills the mind with truth and gives hope to the heart. Without a deep experience of prayer, growth in the moral life will be shallow.”

• On living in the world: “What kinds of brothers and sisters are we who only tolerate one another? . . . But again, we cannot be content even with mutual acceptance. A great hour is striking. Our reply should be equal to the great moment of this special kairos of God.”

For an interview with Joseph Durepos, senior acquisitions editor at Loyola Press, who edited the book visit the Loyola Press website.

March 2003

Little Flowers
by Kathryn Lively
$13.97, Highbridge Press, March 2001

 

About the Book
In Kathryn Lively's acclaimed first novel, a teenager raised in a devout Catholic family must decide the fate of her unborn, unplanned child, while a family friend - rendered barren from a past illness - fights her feelings for a handsome reporter. A popular pro-life activist, the celebrated Rosary Lady of Williamsburg, seeks to mend fences with her estranged niece, the widow of a recently-murdered abortion practitioner.

A Personal Letter to CatholicMom.com Readers from Author Kathryn Lively

Thank you very much for making Little Flowers your choice for March, 2003. I find it especially appropriate since not only does the book take place during the Lenten season, but the first draft was written as part of a Lenten exercise (five to ten pages a day over 40 days). My intention when writing this story was not to preach, but inform. Abortion is a very delicate subject, and as you read the book you will know that no character is demonized on the basis of their beliefs; only God has the right to judge, and this is a recurring theme in the book. I strove to tell all sides of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, hopefully pointing out that one solution is better than others. Enjoy.

For more information on author Kathryn Lively and her work, visit her web site at www.KathrynLively.com
 

February 2003

The How-To Book of the Mass
by Michael Dubruiel
$10.36, 224 pages, Our Sunday Visitor

 

A Personal Letter to CatholicMom.com Readers from Author Michael Dubruiel

Dear Friends:

Thank you first of all for choosing The How-To Book of the Mass to discuss this month. As a parent of a nineteen-month-old I know the special challenge that parents face in not only "getting" something out of Mass himself or herself but also passing on the faith to a child. My son is at the age where he points out everything that he sees and asks, "What is that?" and in many ways this book is an answer to the endless questions that he asks while at Mass and some that he doesn't ask but you might have. Including "Why do we go to Mass in the first place?"

Children might say they are there because they have to be, their parents are requiring them to go. Adults might mimic the same words saying it is a law of the Church and a way of fulfilling God's command to "Keep Holy the Sabbath." Granted all of these might be valid answers as to what gets us within the walls of any Church gathering on any particular Sunday but none of them is an answer to why we should be at Mass.

I remember a woman telling me once that the only reason that she went to Mass was so that her little daughter would have the same experience that she had when she was a child.  As she talked she mentioned that for her the whole experience was in the category of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I don't believe her response would be indicative of the majority of mass attendees on any given Sunday but it does bare reflection.  Some of us may secretly be dreading the day when someone is going to announce that we are now ready for the truth: God doesn't exist.

Life has changed radically for most of us regardless of our age. I turned 40 a few years ago, yet I can remember vividly the following:

  • Typing with a manual typewriter
  • Black and White television with snowy reception from rabbit ears.
  • Life before fast food restaurants
  • To take money out of the bank you had to speak with an actual Teller
  • Records came in 78, 45, and 33 R.P.M.'s.
  • Gas was less than 30 cents a gallon.
  • The mass was said only in Latin with the priest doing almost everything and we all kind of did our own thing either trying to follow along with a Missal or praying the rosary.

While I was teaching high school a few years ago, I was struck with the changes that my students had experienced even during their short lives: no internet, no cell phones, no DVD's.

Life continues to change and rapidly.  And the Mass has changed a lot too, at least in the way it is celebrated.

It is now in English or whatever language the congregation predominantly speaks. The priest faces the people most of the time during mass. We have parts in the mass and we even have to acknowledge those around us with a sign of peace! The music has changed a lot over the past 30 years from Sons of God and Blowing in the Wind in the early days of the changes to Here I Am Lord and On Eagles Wings  a little later to something that strikes me as a little more classical today. And who knows what the future holds?

We have to deal with change if we are alive and the purpose of this book is to help you refocus on what the Mass is all about and not lose focus of that essential question, Why am I at Mass?

When the Apostles spied Jesus walking on the water, Peter asked Our Lord if it were really him or a ghost. If it had been a ghost I hate to imagine what the Apostles would have done out there in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. But the Lord told them not to fear which led Peter to ask if he might join Our Lord on the water.

Jesus told him to come out of the boat. And Peter did.   Peter walked on the water too. For a few moments.  Then he took account of how strong the winds were and he sunk.

We are all in the same boat and I'm afraid sometimes Our Lord seems more like a ghost to us than a real live breathing human being who also happened to be the Son of God. Encountering Our Lord is what Mass is all about, not the ghost of Our Lord but the real living Jesus.

This morning when I went to Mass it was thundering outside. I wondered had I remembered to shut the windows at home, in my car. I thought about all the electrical appliances, the trees in our yard and I wondered if lightening had struck anywhere near our home. All of this while the priest was preaching his homily. Do you think I encountered the living Jesus at that moment?

I know that too often I am caught up with the winds and not with Jesus. If you are like me then this book will help you.

The Mass is our opportunity to meet Jesus, to listen to Him and to receive him. There is a story in the Gospel of Luke that provides a summary of the Mass.  It is the account of how the Risen Lord Jesus made Himself known to several of his disciples as they were making their way to a town called Emmaus. It is found in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-36.

In The How-To Book of the Mass I have used this account found in Luke's Gospel along with simple focusing techniques of being mindful of what we are doing at every moment of the Mass. I hope to help you to rediscover the Mass as a vehicle for letting go of all that distracts you in life and to replace what seem like distractions with the deep meaning filled events of your daily life, opening the wounds, scars, needs that Jesus can heal, and to encounter the very Lord Himself and to truly leave every Mass with His peace.

I have written this book with all Catholics in mind. Whether young or old, male or female, liberal or conservative--in Christ we are one, at Mass we are one Body--Jesus'.

I hope you will leave comments on my website: www.michaeldubruiel.com   I also welcome your comments via email: [email protected]. Thank you again for your interest in this book. Hopefully this book will help you to refocus on the purpose of being there. Perhaps especially on the worst of days it will help you to find the Lord both in the Scriptures and fully in the Breaking of the Bread.

May Jesus Christ be Praised!
Michael Dubruiel

Michael Dubruiel is also the author of Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton Sheen  in the Praying in the Presence of Our Lord Series edited by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., and Mention Your Request Here : The Church's Most Powerful Novenas (our August 2001 CatholicMom.com Book Club selection).  Visit his web site at www.MichaelDubruiel.com  for more information on past and future projects.

 

January 2003

Good Families Don't Just Happen: What We Learned from Raising Our 10 Sons and How It Can Work for You
by Catherine Musco Garcia-Prats, et al
$9.95, 246 pages

 

About the Book (from Adams Media)

Catherine Musco Garcia-Prats and Joseph A. Garcia-Prats, M.D. would be remarkable if only for the fact that they have ten sons )ages one through nineteen). But what's really impressive is that they've succeeded at raising ten "good kids" who are not only successful at both their studies and sports-but are polite, compassionate and responsible-and active participants in the cooperative, mutually- supportive "working together" that helps families thrive.

Good Families Don't Just Happen is their program for creating a happy, organized, family-despite the inevitable conflicts, crises, and sacrifices that all families encounter. With simple advice and easy-to-follow principles that help you make your family run as smoothly as a well-managed organization, they provide the tools and the inspiration you need to create your own "good family."

Contents:

In the Beginning: Strong Relationships Build Strong Families
Becoming A Family
Positive Parenting Produces Positive Results
Raising Disciplined, Responsible, Caring Children
Recognizing and Fulfilling Our Parental Responsibilities
Teaching By Example
Instilling the Love of Learning
Faith and Family
Developing Support Systems
Coping with Time, Fatigue, and Life's Stresses
Traditions, Memories, and "Fun-damentals"

 

Time Management for Catholics
by Dave Durand
$13.97,  Sophia Institute Press, 200 pages

 

About the Book (from Sophia Institute Press)

Whether you change tires or change diapers, it’s easy to get so busy that you neglect the things that matter most — your relationship with your family and your relationship with God. That’s why Dave Durand wrote Time Management for Catholics. This handy guide combines proven time management techniques with valuable directions on how to order your life so that faith and family come first. Simply, clearly, and genially, Dave shows you how to find the time you need for your family, your job, your finances, and your health. He even helps you make time simply to relax! Best of all, he’ll teach you how to make time for the most important thing you can possibly do in this world: strengthen your relationship with Almighty God. And he helps you do all this without getting overwhelmed or burnt out!  Dave Durand’s time management techniques will make you more efficient, but they will also do something far more important: help you become more truly human, more truly yourself, and more truly the person that God created you to be. 

“Dave Durand will show you how to become a better employee, a better spouse, a better parent, and, above all, a better Catholic!”
 
— Patrick Madrid, Author, Surprised by Truth 2 and Search and Rescue
 

DAVE TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

Evaluate how you use your time now • Discover how much time you can save • Discern your own mission in life • Revise your mission in the light of Christ • Establish priorities to fulfill your mission • Set goals for yourself • Meet the deadlines you set • Use a good time management system • Take charge of your time now • Create your To Do Tomorrow List • Let priorities and goals shape your list • Decide what must be done first • Create a calendar to anchor your system • Avoid a duplicate entry system • Use your To Do List effectively • Keep important records handy • Establish a planning place • Keep on hand the supplies you need • Organize all those papers • Defuse those time bombs! • Stop putting things off • Give the right amount of time to decisions • Not get sidetracked • Limit that job to the time it takes • Avoid idle conversations that waste time • Finish those projects you begin • Eliminate unnecessary stress • Keep fatigue from crippling you • Respond thoughtfully to problems • Choose the right time for each task • Kick the television habit • Remain vigilant against “time bombs” • Find time for your spiritual life • Find more time for prayer • Find time for family prayer • Find time for spiritual reading • Find time for meditation • Make it to daily Mass • Let God manage your time

You’ll also find:

  • Why Catholic time management is better
  • Recommended spiritual reading
  • Basic daily prayers
  • Examination of conscience
     
 

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