George Weigel, The Irony of Modern Catholic History

“How we got to this present moment in history, and how we can meet the challenge, as baptized Catholics, of spreading the Good News,” is how author George Weigel describes The Irony of Modern Catholic History to EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck. Weigel‘s latest book, a re-read of 250 years of Catholicism, is like a drama in five acts, with fascinating characters and turns of events. The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform, is refreshing to turn to, to make sense of the present state of things, host and author agree!

Abbie Reese, Dedicated to God

Like the women of Corpus Christi Monastery’s Poor Clare Colettine order in Rockford, Illinois, Abbie Reese‘s  Dedicated to God: an Oral History of Cloistered Nuns, is a  treasure. Reese was granted access to interview a dozen nuns who had taken the vow of enclosure, in addition to vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The Sisters, Reese tells host Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark,  welcomed her and  generously shared the struggles and joys of their labor, prayer, silence, and limited contact with the outside world.  Reese‘s documentary Chosen: Custody of the Eyes, also available from EWTN,  follows a young woman on her journey into the enclosure. Don’t miss the full interview of Dedicated to God: an Oral History of Cloistered Nuns, on EWTN Bookmark or Chosen, and for copies of the book or the DVD,  go to http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Fr. Chris Alar, M.I.C, After Suicide

Questions, Grief, and Divine Mercy: all these ramifications of the loss of a loved one through suicide are discussed by Fr. Chris Alar, Marian priest of the Immaculate Conception from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. As he relates to  Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “Amidst the grief, pain, and guilt you’re undoubtedly experiencing, don’t give up hope that your loved one may one day attain the peace of Christ in heaven. ” After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You is a book with answers to your anguish in the loss of a loved one. Thoroughly Catholic, it will help your non-Catholic and even unbelieving family members or friends  come to a well-grounded understanding of the difference between despair and presumption, regarding the taking of one’s own life.  Fr. Chris Alar‘s After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You is available via http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Fr. William M. Watson, S.J., True Heart

Fr. Bill Watson, S.J., president and founder of Sacred Story Institute, joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to discuss True Heart: A Way to Selflessness. While St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen is geared for adults, Fr. Watson and his team developed True Heart for the under-35 set to “go on a journey of vocational discernment, and find their way in life.  Young people,” Fr. Watson continues, “have a natural inclination toward selflessness rather than self-centeredness. In True Heart practices they learn how to disconnect from technology, hear the Holy Spirit, and connect with God.” Don’t miss Doug’s interview with Fr. Bill Watson on True Heart, on EWTN Bookmark.

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., The Decalogue Decoded: What You Never Learned About the Ten Commandments

Fr. Brian Mullady joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about his newest book, The Decalogue Decoded: What You Never Learned About the Ten Commandments. This wise Dominican is beloved by EWTN audiences for his years of excellent teaching series and appearances on EWTN Live, and for his great sense of humor.   Doug observes that Fr. Mullady sheds such light on the love of the Father, who graciously shares with us all we need to know on our journey back to Him, that the Ten Commandments become a happy message, not a grim ‘do or die’ list.  Don’t miss this entertaining, enlightening episode of EWTN Bookmark, and go to http://www.ewtnrc.com for your copy of The Decalogue Decoded: What You Never Learned About the Ten Commandments. 

Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals with the People You Love

Fr. Leo Patalinghug joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark for Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals with People You Love.  How does a family stay together throughout all the stages of family life?   Fr. Leo Patalinghug shows us how the caring preparation, presentation, and sharing of meals is a stabilizing influence in the household. Father Patalinghug‘s recipes and ideas are easy, inspiring, and engage every member of the family, one meal at a time.  Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals with People You Love is available at http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.,

A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours,  Fr. Gallagher explains to Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, demystifies the Divine Office, also known as  the Liturgy of the Hours, or The Office of Daily Readings. As we offer these short prayers to Our Lord several times a day, we know that we are uniting with other Catholics in praise of the Holy Trinity.  Fr. Gallagher uses an App for the Daily Office when he travels, and a bound copy at home.  A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours:  How the Prayers of the Church can Change your Life, is available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.