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The Parallel Between Monastic Nuns and Motherhood

By Well-Read Mom / February 25, 2021 /

A Reflection on In This House of Brede by Megan Keyser How delighted I was to see Rumer Godden’s inspiring Catholic novel, In This House of Brede, among the reading selections in this “Year of the Sister.” This was my second reading of the novel, and I was struck, even more profoundly this subsequent time, with…

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What are the Criteria for a Well-Read Mom book

By Well-Read Mom / February 19, 2021 /

What are the Criteria for a Well-Read Mom Book Selection Life is busy!  For many women, mothers, in particular, personal reading is often viewed as a luxury that gets sacrificed to the busyness of daily life. So when we do make time to read, we want to be sure that we are participating in something good…

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The Joy in the Heart of the Mother of a Religious Sister

By Well-Read Mom / February 11, 2021 /

THE JOY IN THE HEART OF THE MOTHER OF A RELIGIOUS SISTER by Ana Braga-Henebry Ana is originally from Rio, Brazil, and has a M.A. in Humanities/Aesthetic Studies. She teaches Latin in parochial schools. Ana and her husband Geoffrey, a scientist and professor, raised seven children. Their sixth child is a Norbertine sister in CA.…

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Good Books can be a Path to Virtue

By Well-Read Mom / January 14, 2021 /

January 14, 2021Year of the Sister As part of the annual New York Encounter cultural event several years ago, Well-Read Mom arranged a reading of selected letters from C. S. Lewis’s book, The Screwtape Letters. This book is made up of a series of fictional advice letters from a senior demon to his young nephew, who has…

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Good Intentions Are Not Enough

By Well-Read Mom / January 7, 2021 /

January 7, 2021Year of the Sister How many times have I made my list of resolutions with some gusto on New Year’s day, only to forget what they were by the end of the month?  Good intentions are not enough.  They need to transition into a plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan,…

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Merry Christmas

By Well-Read Mom / December 31, 2020 /

December 31, 2020Year of the Sister The beautiful chaos of the Christmas season should be mostly over. Now is the time to sit back and relax in the glow of the tree lights while soaking in the refreshing peace that comes from enjoying a good book. The ground here in Minnesota is covered with a…

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The Way of Perfection: A reflection by a Cloistered Dominican Nun

By Well-Read Mom / December 17, 2020 /

December 17, 2020Year of the Sister We may wince at the prospect of growing in humility—but we so enjoy the company of humble persons. Isn’t this one of the reasons why St. Teresa of Avila is so delightful? She has no pretenses and disarms the reader with her simplicity and candor. She may have been…

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Pssst. I have a little secret.

By Well-Read Mom / December 10, 2020 /

Pssst…I have a little secret. By Nicole Bugnack I have a little secret. I don’t particularly like reading Well-Read Mom’s spiritual reads.  You see, I find reading them incredibly difficult. I desire to have read them (note the past tense), but the amount of discipline it takes to immerse myself in these books is challenging.…

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The Eternal Effect of a Rembrandt—A Reflection by Teri Severson

By Well-Read Mom / April 14, 2020 /

April 14, 2020Year of the Artist   RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON BY REMBRANDT      Does art have a message for the onlooker? Does it have a goal or a possible meaning behind it for the observer? Artist Francis Bacon stated “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  In Henri Nouwen’s…

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Making Life More Meaningful by Danielle Wiener

By Well-Read Mom / February 7, 2020 /

February 7, 2020Year of the Artist Here is a link to the original article. As an avid reader, I’ve always felt both curious and suspicious of book clubs. The idea of getting together with other book lovers and discussing our mutual interest was intriguing, but that would require me to read a book chosen by…

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