11.2
TCC Reads: All Souls’ Day by Frances Bellerby

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Day of the Dead cemetery in Oaxaca

Today is All Souls’ Day, when we remember those who have died. We pray for them and speak to them. We recommend Frances Bellerby’s poem All Souls’ Day from her Selected Poems. Bellerby is a Christian poet whose poems often respond to the liturgical calendar. More in our book & after the jump:

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10.21
Examining Paul through the eyes of a classicist

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The Keating family

In U.S. Catholic, Sarah Ruden, puts St. Paul’s teachings into their historical context. “The ancient institution of marriage is a fairly brutal one . . . and it just chews individuals up, especially women . . .” We can credit St. Paul with the idea of love marriage: Examining Paul through the eyes of a classicist. (Above: my family after my second was born.)

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10.15
Guide Offers Ways to Make Life a Little Bit Holier

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Martinmas lanterns

“One could just let the book fall open and be assured of finding something wonderful.”

Read this review of our new book The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life (Penguin Random House) in The National Catholic Reporter: Guide Offers Ways to Make Life a Little Bit Holier.

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10.1
Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church

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a shower of rose petals at the Vatican

In an age when we have learned to enshrine our worst traits as that which makes us particular and, God help us, interesting, let us ask Therese to pray that we, too, might learn “the little way.” (Above: a shower of rose petals at the Pantheon.) More from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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9.17
Feast of St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctor of the Church

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St. Hildegard of Bingen

The Benedictine Abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, is remembered as a musician, a poet, a scientist, and a preacher. She is also remembered as a woman who performed the works of mercy. Many people found medical care within her abbey’s walls. More from TCC’s own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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