It is Friday!!! And the unofficial start of Summer! In today’s collection, we have some deep insights to chew on from two U.S. bishops, a lovely piece by our Fashion Editor, Leigh Snead, about encouraging relationships between fathers and sons, and we have also tucked in piece on a true patriot who gave his life for us, as a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about (more on this slated for Monday).
Ireland votes tomorrow on abortion, so please join us in praying and fasting for the Emerald Isle. U2 has sided with abortion advocates, so we are featuring an article that challenges the group to look to their own lyrics for the not-so-hidden pro-life messages. Also, Helen Alvare makes a big splash at CNN, and we have no fewer than 63 dessert recipes perfect for summer. And much, much more!
Today’s line-up features some encouraging pro-life news from China, a quick piece on new technology that lets expectant moms get 3D prints of their unborn children, fun ideas to elevate your backyard summer parties, and a story on the 12-year-old British phenom who is marveling the music world. And much, much more!
Today’s collection has an incredible piece on the many churches and monasteries named for St. Michael that actually form the shape of an arrow or sword on the landscape, a beautiful reflection on motherhood and love by convert J. Budziszewski, and an article by our own Noelle Mering clarifying the difference between Christian preaching that is pleasing but quickly forgotten versus preaching that allows the faith to take root and change lives forever.
We didn’t dive too deeply into the Royal Wedding (we left that for everyone else), but there were a couple of interesting pieces we plucked from the ocean of articles. Also, Tom Wolfe, novelist and beloved modern critic, passed away last week. Linked is a letter he wrote to the new owner of his childhood home, which captures much of the man. May he rest in peace. And finally, the sea is calling. Is it time to answer?
P.S. We are pleased to introduce our new blog, Off the Cuff, at Helena Daily. It will have original content from Helena Daily contributors and friends covering all sorts of topics dear to our hearts.
Today, Meghan Ashley delights us with her hysterical tale of meeting her husband while wearing uncomfortable heels. You know it’s true love when a man willingly walks down Rodeo Drive with a woman wearing paper towels on her feet. Also, there are some great suggestions for sleeping on a plane (even if the $1000 pillow is beyond silly). And Bill Donaghy concludes his lovely series on discerning your vocation. And much, much more!
By Noelle Mering
When I was a young betrothed lady, I did something appalling to a lifelong friend. In middle school she’d been my nighttime-bare-feet-on-summer-streets friend. In high school we had code words, secret roads, and bad poetry for boys who had yet to recognize our magnificence. Despite all that, as a newly engaged woman I told my friend she’d not be in my wedding party as I’d become closer to my new Catholic friends. I was 22 and foolish. (Is that redundant?)
By Katie Curtis
At its essence, Jen Fulwiler’s book, One Beautiful Dream, is about the cumbersome process of discerning one’s vocation – or in her case - vocations. While she felt called to be open to adding children to her family, and clearly saw that was a gargantuan task that she might already be failing at, she felt called to add another job on top of that – writing and sharing ideas.
By Carrie Gress
When we launched Helena Daily, a dear priest friend voiced his concern that we were being a bit sexist. I offered to remedy it by adding an occasional piece for men, or better, we could make a collection exclusively for our beloved priests. So here is our specially (tongue-in-cheek) cultivated collection just for the Men in Black.
By Sofia Infante
This creative and deeply amusing catalog of Catholic saint’s drinks is laden with over 350 recipes and cocktail suggestions based on the liturgical season. Tips and tricks for how to celebrate, with comical and relevant toasts abound. Foley’s book marries faith and drink into an equal parts instructive and enjoyable experience.
By Megan Schrieber
My husband and I decided early on that raising a child to be faithful, ethical, and a purveyor of the truth was our end goal in their earthly walk; and being a saint and arriving in heaven was our end goal for their eternal walk. But how do we do that with the current culture?
By Katie Curtis
Many people know Mary Karr as a master of memoir, since she has written three - The Liar’s Club, Lit, and Cherry, all of which detailed her childhood in Texas, encounters with alcoholism (both her mom’s and her own), and her eventual conversion to Catholicism. But Karr began her writing career winning poetry contests. Her newest collection of poems, Tropic of Squalor, proves that her lyrical use of language in her memoirs is so well crafted precisely because she is a poet.
By Katie Curtis
I have six kids, so when I hear comments about how hard it must be to have so children, I often say that at least I’m not doing it alone. Yes, raising six kids is a lot of work, but when I consider the alternatives, it seems harder to raise even one child without my faith. Here are 10 reasons why being a Catholic mom is easier.