This week flew by in a blur. I had the great joy of spending five days in San Francisco with loved ones (including my awesome grandpuppy). One highlight of the weekend was visiting Jack London State Park. Somehow, I reached the age of 55 without having ever read The Call of the Wild, so it’s now next up on my “to read” list. I’ll report back! One of my goals this summer is to read more fiction, but I’m also busy trying to learn Spanish. I’m happy to report that ten days into my studies, I can now “eat”, “drink” and “be”! My goofy attempts to share at least one or two phrases per day on my Instagram stories are helping me to overcome my fear of sounding ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong – I still mangle my pronunciation, but I’m finding it easier to overcome my fear. To learn along with me, check out the Duolingo app and follow me on Instagram @LisaHendey.
And now, on to this week’s awesomeness!
Sharing it first so I don’t forget!
- On the Son Rise Morning Show, host Anna Mitchell and I discussed my test of MoviePass, considering how and why we choose movies for entertainment and spiritual benefit. Listen to our segment here
- My “Lisa Hendey & Friends” podcast guest this was Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann who shared her new endeavor, My Catholic Doctor. Find the podcast here and subscribe at iTunes or your favorite podcast source
- Danielle and I chatted about the art of hospitality and building community on the most recent CMCast – listen here
And now, some epic music from my favorite band, The Fire:
Other People’s Stuff:
Pope Francis added a new name to the October canonization list, adding Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio along with Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero and four others. Learn more here
- In a week when we were largely focused on a very negative news story about the Church, the US Bishops approved $1.4million in pastoral grants for work in Africa. Learn more here
- Congrats to Jennifer Fulwiler, whose great book One Beautiful Dream hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list this week. Here’s to awesomely pursuing that blue flame! If you haven’t read this book yet, you can grab it on Kindle for only $1.99.
At her Instagram feed, Bonnie Engstrom announced that she’s back to hosting the “Sheenazing”. Learn more and make your nominations here.
- One of my favorite young adults, Scott Weeman (Founder of Catholic in Recovery) was highlighted by Point Loma Nazarene University in a compelling article that shows the power of conversion, recovery and the gift of self to others.
- This news isn’t awesome, but the response is! Unfortunately, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic school was destroyed by fire this week. A relief fund is trending here – you can help provide support and encouragement here.
- I loved following Dr. Mike St. Pierre and Morris Catholic High School on their mission to Uganda. Read their reflections here.
New on My Bookshelf:
My favorite read this week was McKenzie’s New School Blues (Meet McKenzie Mason Book 1). With “back to school season” almost upon us, check out this great story about facing your fears and living up to life’s challenges.
I received the following titles for review this week from publishers and in most cases have not yet reviewed them but am happy to share new titles. The links here are Amazon affiliate links – I will earn a small commission on any purchase you make and thank you for your support of my work.
Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right by Janet E. Smith (Ignatius)
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