Maximizing Discernment

By Kerri Christopher

Have you ever had a difficult decision to make, and found yourself praying, “Lord, you decide. Just tell me, and I’ll do it!”? I know I have. In his podcast on “Four helpful rules for discernment,” Fr. Mike Schmitz points out that sometimes (not every time, but sometimes) we ask God what his will is, for the simple reason that we don’t want to make the decision.

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Woman, Reclaim Your Family

By Hope Schneir

One thing I’ve noticed in our generation is a rapid decline of parents who understand what it actually means to parent, and a corresponding incline of parents who seem to be born into said parenthood, with invisible handcuffs. I repeatedly see a cultural shift away from the strong, apron-wearing mothers who sleep with one eye open and know the value of fresh air and hard work, toward the indulgent, shoulder shrugging weak women who are too busy checking their own Instagram to pay attention to what their teenage daughters may be posting.

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The Temperament of Saints

By Sofia Infante

I remember the first time I heard about the four temperaments: choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, and sanguine. As I read about each one and learned my own (melancholic-phlegmatic), I was surprised at how much it revealed about myself. My strengths and my weaknesses, how I perceived and interacted with the world around me were made intelligible in a new way.

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A Fall Day with Reese at the Beach

By Carrie Gress

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me about Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits is — as one might expect — a great window into what it means to be a southern lady. The title, Witherspoon explains, came from her grandmother, Dorothea, who exemplified a Southern lady. “Dorothea always said it was a combination of beauty and strength that make southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup.’ We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.” The book has the feeling of capturing old heirlooms that have been lovingly restored and given fresh life again.

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