Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless

Sarah Reinhard wrote a new book! It's published by Pauline Books and Media. I think you're going to love it. Do you have kids or know someone who does? This IS THE book for today's parent!

This is what I said in my endorsement: 

“Embrace spontaneous and organized 
Catholic family fun moments. In Catholic 
Family Fun, Sarah Reinhard offers 
endless imaginative ideas to keep your 
growing family happy, entertained, 
engaged, and even educated as you 
create splendid memories together.”

Here's the book description:

Discover how game night/day meets Catholicism in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement - with one another and with faith! A great resource for parents, grandparents, caretakers, and family friends, this book conceptualizes a wide range of fun, practical activities that strengthen faith formation in young to grade-school age children.

Here are some useful links:

 The Catholic Family Fun "hub" on Sarah's site:

The Catholic Family Fun book website, which includes new activities and reflections each month, as well as a handful of activities from the book:

The Catholic Family Fun Facebook page, where Sarah is inviting everyone to interact and share:

Want to purchase a copy? Sarah suggests, "First and foremost, please support your local Catholic retailer. If you don’t have one or aren’t able to, here are some other places to purchase Catholic Family Fun."
Have fun with your family and enjoy this book!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Graces abound!

Graces abound today and everyday in the myriad of situations you are involved it. Each and every encounter is an opportunity for grace and love. Yes, even through the challenges--especially through them! Take time to pause and lift your heart to God often throughout the day. Ask Him to use you to bring others to Him. He will!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

First and Foremost Responsibility to Educate Our Children

Mother's day contest!

CONTEST! In honor of Mother's day, you can win a copy of YOUR CHOICE of one of my books! Tell me about a sweet childhood memory involving your own mother or grandmother or a mother figure and you will be entered into the contest. It doesn't have to be elaborate and you won't be graded on your grammar, so no worries about that. :) Send your entry to: DMCOBoyle[at]aol[dot]com with "Mother's day book contest" in the subject line. But, do so right away - contest ends April 30th. God bless!

Are you a "Martha" or a "Mary"?

Here's the link to my recent show, "Food for the Family's Soul" speaking about whether or not we should be more like Martha or more like Mary in our housekeeping and spiritual lives.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

God bless you in your domestic church!


Monday, April 16, 2012

"Food for the Family's Soul" radio today!

On my show TODAY: 12 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific) 
"Food for the Family's Soul" on the Bishop's Radio Hour chatting with host Bob Dunning about Catholic family issues. Immaculate Heart Radio, 1620am (Sacramento area) and 1250am (Stockton area). Tune in:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Embracing Motherhood!

"This book is not about the perfect Catholic family--so you don't have to put it down if you feel yours is imperfect! There are many kinds of families today: traditional two-parent families; single-parent, blended, and foster families;grandparents raising their grandchildren. This is not a book of fluff either. You'll be reading about the realities of a mother's life with all its delights and heart-wrenching circumstances You'll find, I hope, encouragement, affirmation and solidarity with someone who has been in the trenches too..."~from the Introduction of my book" "Embracing Motherhood." ON SALE for Mother's day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mother's Day book sale!

In honor of Mother's Day, I will have a sale on my book, "Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering!" $5.00 off per book! More savings when you buy 2!

The newly released, "Embracing Motherhood" is also on sale for $2.00 off per copy!

Details here:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Radio today: Chatting about "Embracing Motherhood!"

I'll be on the Radio soon: at 3:30 PM Eastern, chatting about "Embracing Motherhood"
“Diocese Live” with host, Leo Brown,
Real Life Radio, 1380 AM/ 94.9 FM, WMJR (click link to listen LIVE)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fourth day of the Divine Mercy Novena

Fourth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena

"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans." Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Second day of the novena

Second Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Start your Divine Mercy Novena today!

First Day"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

 Read more:

All of the information is in the link above. God bless your Good Friday!

Good Friday Meditation

They sold Him, they whipped Him mercilessly, they spit at Him, they mocked Him, they crowned Him with thorns, they nailed Him to two pieces of wood. And, He forgave them! What do we do?

[The Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvador Dali (1951). Saint John of the Cross, mystic and doctor of the Church, had this vision of Jesus and sketched it, so his fellow Spaniard of generations later painted this stunning portrait of our Lord. St. John of the Cross died young at age 49 in 1591.]