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Monday, September 30, 2013

The Catholic Company Book Review: Catholic Mom's Cafe

For the past two months or so, I've been starting my morning with a cup of coffee & Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's Catholic Mom's Cafe...five minute daily retreats. This is my latest book to review for The Catholic Company's reviewer program.

This book centers around the three theological virtues...faith, hope, & love, rotating & focusing on one virtue each month.

Each day's reflection has four parts...
* Ponder is a quote centering on the month's theme of faith, hope, or love.
* Offer is a brief passage, also centering on the month's theme. These passages include personal reflections from the author & inspirational stories from the saint of the day or real life situations.
* Pray gives a short prayer, as well as the Act of Faith, Hope, or Love (depending on the month), The Our Father, The Hail Mary, & The Glory Be.
* Savor is an added bit of inspiration...a short sentence to carry throughout the day.

Some of the reflections include other prayer suggestions to help enhance the meditation for the day. All of the prayers are included at the beginning of the book & include the Prayer to St. Michael, Prayer for Spiritual Communion, a Morning Offering, & more.

Besides this book being by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle (a HUGE plus in itself!), one thing that struck me right away, before even getting into the excellent meditations, was that it includes the Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur (phrases which state that the book is free of Catholic doctrinal or moral error). This is something I've rarely seen in a devotional type of book.

I highly recommend this wonderful book. It's a treasure of inspiration for busy mom's & only takes about five minutes a day (or more if you're so inspired!) 

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Catholic Mom's Cafe. The Catholic Company is the best resource for all your seasonal needs such as First Communion gifts as well as ideas and gifts for the special papal Year of Faith.