Now open in theaters and streaming nationwide, Emancipation may prove too painful for many viewers to watch. Littered with graphic racism and abhorrent violence, the film is loosely based upon the story of an enslaved man named Gordon or commonly referred to as "Whipped Peter". Because the film is … [Read more...] about Emancipation
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I'm joined by fantastic Catholic "mum" Chiara Finaldi. The founder of Catholic Mothers, Chiara is a faith-filled creator who finds herself not only busy with caring for her growing family, but also with growing … [Read more...] about Catholic Mothers Planner 2023: In Conversation with Chiara Finaldi
Thank you for joining me today to pray around the Advent wreath. Today we will be praying from my booklet "5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath". Find the book at your local retailer or at Amazon. If you'd like to join me live for prayer, visit my Facebook profile each day of Advent at 5:00 pm … [Read more...] about First Sunday of Advent – 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
With The Curious Christmas Trail, gifted author Haley Stewart continues her adorable Sister Seraphina Mysteries series. Set on Christmas Eve and filled with the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, this story involves two young mice coming to the rescue to solve the mystery of the whereabouts … [Read more...] about The Curious Christmas Trail
Devotion is a rare film that manages to tell a tale in a way that leaves you longing to dig into the original source material simply to spend more time with the characters you've grown to love. It's all the more remarkable because Director JD Dillard's blockbuster is based on a true story. In 2015, … [Read more...] about Devotion
Opening to critical acclaim on Apple TV+, Causeway is a nuanced look at one US soldier's journey toward recovery from a traumatic brain injury and her reintegration into life. Jennifer Lawrence gives a layered performance as Lynsey, an Afghanistan war-era veteran who is determined to recuperate and … [Read more...] about Causeway
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by the incomparable Mark Hart. When it comes to discussing Mark's work, I'll admit that I'm biased. I am blessed to call him a friend and role model. When Mark publishes anything new, I pay attention! But his … [Read more...] about One Sunday at a Time: In Conversation with Mark Hart
If you're a Catholic and a podcast listener, it's likely that your listening time counted into at least a few of the 365 million downloads of the wildly popular "The Bible in a Year Podcast" has garnered. The show, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz, has sat perched near the top of Apple's charts for … [Read more...] about Join Fr. Mike Schmitz for a Yearlong Journey through the Catechism
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by Erica Campbell, the founder of Be A Heart and the creator of the awesome new productivity tool Be A Heart Planner. I'll admit to being a "planner addict". While the majority of my work tools are digital, … [Read more...] about Be A Heart Planner: In Conversation with Erica Campbell
I'm blessed to live only a few miles from the Getty Center, a world-class museum and research and conservation institute. The Getty's holdings are so immense that I typically limit my visits to one particular area during my regular visits. Now through February, the Getty is featuring a special … [Read more...] about A Visit to “Visualizing the Virgin Mary” – Day 1
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by my good friend (and former editor!) Jon Sweeney. A prolific author, and voracious reader, Jon joins me to share about his most recent book Teresa of Calcutta: Dark Night, Active Love. This book is Jon's … [Read more...] about Teresa of Calcutta: In Conversation with Jon Sweeney
Yes, according to our calendars, Advent is still more than a month away! But for me, it started a week ago with the launch of press activities for my new little Advent devotional 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. I was delighted to be a guest on my friend A.J. (Amy) Cattapan's live video … [Read more...] about Sharing Advent with Amy Cattapan
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by "Dr. Italy", Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Marcellino and his partners at Ascension Press have created What We Believe: The Beauty of the Catholic Faith, a compelling new book and video study aimed at … [Read more...] about What We Believe: In Conversation with Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.
I'm embarrassed to say that I only recently became aware of an important historical site in my home state of California. On our recent trip to Fallen Leaf Lake (which has a story all its own), Greg and I made a visit to the Manzanar National Historic Site. In 1942, the United States government … [Read more...] about A Visit to Manzanar
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I'm joined by Robert Ellsberg, whose new book Dearest Sister Wendy: A Surprising Story of Faith and Friendship offers a unique and touching insight into the spiritual life of a woman whose work touched so many of us. By … [Read more...] about Dearest Sister Wendy: In Conversation with Robert Ellsberg
While the temperatures in Los Angeles promise to reach over 80 degrees today, I'm detecting a little hint of holiday spirit in the air with the launch of my latest book project, 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Published in conjunction with my wonderful friends at Ave Maria Press, this … [Read more...] about 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath Launches!