US Catholic Faith in Real Life

The Star of Christmas

By Leticia Velasquez |
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The Star of Christmas By Maria T DiVencenzo with illustrations by Elaine S. Verstraete (Winterlake Press, 2009)

Opening the Christmas tree box is an emotional experience in our home. Nestled inside last year’s newspapers are fragile handmade ornaments from our children and treasured gifts from distant friends or relatives that have passed away. Each ornament laden with happy memories.


Babies

By Patrick McCormick |
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Babies directed by Thomas Balmés (Focus Features, 2010)

Letters to God

By Leticia Velasquez |
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Letters to God (Mercy Creek Entertainment, 2010)

Ever wonder what happens to the letters children mail to Santa? Imagine the dilemma the mailman faces when a confident boy of 8 hands him letters addressed to God.


Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire

By Patrick McCormick |
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Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire Directed by Lee Daniels (Lionsgate, 2009)

Black is beautiful. Black, obese, poor, functionally illiterate, abused, pregnant, despised, and drowning in an ocean of pain, 16-year-old Clarisse "Precious" Jones (played by Gabourey Sidibe) and the startling film director Lee Daniels and writer Geoffrey Fletcher have fashioned about her is a thing of beauty. She is disturbing, fascinating, and profoundly human, well worth a long, loving look from audiences more accustomed to saving their adoring glances for the likes of Julia Roberts.


While We Wait

By Annemarie Scobey |
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While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt By Heidi Schlumpf (ACTA, 2009)

Wherever you are in your process of waiting to adopt a child-the paperwork stage, the home study stage, or "the unexpected delay" stage-Heidi Schlumpf's book, subtitled Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt, has something to offer.


Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie

By Michael J. Farrell |
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Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie Edited by Susan Perry (Orbis Books, 2009)

Early disciples never said how Jesus looked, so the image of Christ that leaps to mind does not derive from gospel or creed, pope or theologian. Artists gave us Jesus as we know him. Guessing, they gave us the fish and other symbols, then the Good Shepherd. Their guesses in time became a glory of earth.


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