Sister Joseph Andrew O.P., Dominican Sisters of Mary, joins Doug on the first half of a 2-part EWTN Bookmark episode whose theme is the Blessed Mother. Sister’s order recently edited a beautiful Manual for Marian Devotion, to let all know of Our Lady’s tremendous significance to all Christians; her promise, as our mother, to draw us closer to Jesus; and the prayers and devotions which inspire our souls. Even its appearance – a small blue volume with a leather feel – is a tribute to, as Wordsworth called her, “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast.”
Fr. Wilfred Epie Emeh begins every homily to his Birmingham, Alabama parishioners with “God is good, all the time!” They enthusiastically respond, “And all the time, God is good!”, knowing that whatever Father shares is inspired by the Holy Spirit. New Media and the Christian Family is the topic of his latest interview with Doug on EWTN Bookmark. Father Wilfred and Doug compare the Christian communities and family lifestyles of Africa and America, concluding that each culture has much to learn from the actions and the examples of the other.
Dr. James Hitchcock, master historian and darn good storyteller, enthralls us with the intertwinings of American history and Catholic politics in the past 40 years. Catch Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics on an upcoming EWTN Bookmark; the dialogue between Doug and Dr. Hitchcock will leave you wondering why you heretofore considered the topic dry and dull.
Sister Joseph Andrew, O.P., has been Director of Religious Vocations for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist since its 1997 establishment in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And Mary’s Yes Continues is an outreach of their 20th year anniversary, Sister explains to Doug on EWTN Bookmark. And Mary’s Yes Continues fills the void about religious life and vocations. It’s a book for everyone, then, Doug observes, from those interested in learning more about a vocational call, to moms and dads who might be clueless about what a religious call will mean to their daughter, to those wondering what community life in a convent entails. Sisters enter the convent from every walk of life, and so every chapter is the story of a woman’s unique experience in hearing God’s call to her. An insightful, hard-to-put down read, an offering to the culture at large from the Dominican Sisters of Mary.
Fatima Mysteries has its grounding in the truth that Christianity’s basis, the Incarnation, is not at all “a closed chapter” : “The paths of the Almighty and those of men are intertwined to this day,” Grezegorz Gorny states in the Prologue of Fatima Mysteries, lavishly illustrated with Janusz Roskion‘s stunning photography. The apparitions are the most important private revelations not only of the 20th century, but also of the Catholic Church’s entire history. “You’ll want a copy of this book, not only for its complete factual material on Fatima which Gorny and Rosikon have gathered, but also for its beauty, ” Doug Keck observes on EWTN Bookmark.
Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon team up for another beautiful coffee-table book. This one teams with information and breathtaking photography on the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. What draws 20 million people a year from all over the world to this most visited pilgrimage center in the world? The answer, a 500-year-old piece of cloth depicting the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is found in Guadalupe Mysteries. Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark interviews author and photographer on the mysteries they found, some of which have only been recently ‘de-coded’ by technological developments.
Shawn Carney, an engaging fellow who could sell ice to Eskimos, did, in fact, sell encyclopedias door-to-door to put himself through college. He talks with Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark about the second edition of 40 Days for Life, co-authored by Steve Bereit. Quite simply, Shawn says, “It’s a short, 40-chapter book with 40 stories of people whose hearts and and lives were changed by the movement of 40 Days for Life.” The book’s Foreword, written by Abby Johnson, had herself watched from inside the Planned Parenthood Center she managed while the first 40 Days for Life Campaign took place. Enough said! Get the book, and get involved in 40 Days for Life.