FRANKLY my dear…

One of the things I do is to work as part of the team which produces the annual Catholic magazine, FRANKLY (not to be confused with the women’s arty/crafty/fashion magazine Frankie). FRANKLY is pretty cool; it’s designed to be given as a gift at Christmas Eve Masses or other special events in the life of a…

Reading about zombies

The children went off to school quite happily on Monday after their two-week break. I was surprised. It also happened to be my birthday, and my husband was home, so we were able to have a lovely lunch date. Our lunch itself, at a trendy local bistro, was a gift from friends. I bought myself a book…

St Margaret Mary’s letters, Amoris Laetitia, and other reading

In the last month someone sent me to read the letters of St Margaret Mary Alacoque to her mother superior, novices, relatives and priests. This French 17th century nun was largely responsible for the spread of the Sacred Heart devotion. Until recently it was very common for Catholic households to have up somewhere one of…

Michael D. O’Brien and ‘Elijah in Jerusalem’

I have an interview published in this week’s Catholic Weekly with the Canadian author and artist Michael O’Brien, about his new novel, Elijah in Jerusalem, sequel to the best-selling Fr Elijah: An Apocalypse. I also got his thoughts about his sense that we are living in the end times predicted by Jesus and the Biblical prophets. Yes,…

What St Teresa of Avila and Jamie Oliver have in common

I’ve been following lately an excellent informal book study on the Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila run by author Connie Rossini on her blog Contemplative Homeschool. St Teresa is a Doctor of the Church because of her teachings on prayer and the spiritual life. Next year, 2015, will be the 5th centenary celebration (500th anniversary) of…

Busy? Yeah, me too.

    This was my column published recently in The Catholic Weekly (under a different headline though!).   I’ve been a little obsessed lately with the idea of time management and just trying to work out how best to use my days. Clearly most of my time is spent on physically caring for young children,…

Why Children Matter – a review

This book of short essays on aspects of Christian parenting is full of wisdom and encouragement for parents and grandparents. It’s written by Johann Christoph Arnold, a senior pastor at the Bruderhof Communities in the US. There’s no shortage of books and resources available on a plethora of parenting methods, but the father of eight…

The Little Book of Anxiety, atheism and faith

Kerri Sackville is an Australian author whose first book, When My Husband Does the Dishes, was a light-hearted look at marriage after children. I read the book after going to a talk she gave as a guest author at my local library a few years ago. She seemed a charming and funny lady in person…