Newsletter 05

The dog days of summer have come, wagging their tails in greeting and the temps here in our corner of the world are autumn-like, the heat without the humidity, the perfect temps for outdoor activities. How are you spending your summer days? Any suggestions for fun activities? Please share below!

Queued on my iPhone this week are sermons by Fr. Mitch (thank you Vijaya for the recommendation). I’ve also been listening to Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s series on contemplation vs. meditation, Fr. Chad Ripperger’s conference on guardian angels, and a series on the message of Fatima by Fr. Christian. I apologize but I don’t always have the last names of priests when their talks are posted on YouTube.

Currently I’m slowly working my way through a number of full manuscripts I’ve requested from authors (if that’s you, thank you for sending!) and I’m looking forward to learning more about these projects. Shh!…I can’t say more. I’ve also got in books for the Historical Novel Society to read and review ahead of their next issue. I am also trying (occasionally, okay, rarely) to read a few paragraphs at a time of the St. Faustina diary I mentioned several weeks ago. Since many of my current reading list is time-sensitive, those have to take priority over my personal TBR list. Usually summer is when I blaze through a ton of books for the summer reading club at my area library but this year, most of the books I’m reading aren’t even in print yet!

What are you currently reading this summer? Any favorites you’d recommend? Any fall releases that you’re excited for?

Do you like these themed photos? I’m trying something new to add more color to my posts. WordPress has an awesome tie-in to free photos you can use from artists so if you’re blogging on this platform, I definitely recommend you check that out if you haven’t already.

In terms of dining out recently, we had a disastrous night out at a local chain restaurant (Chinese) and it wasn’t worth mentioning. I hate wasting food but it was so awful, I couldn’t finish my meal and left hungry. Chalking that place (which I’ll leave unnamed) up to a mistake and moving on!

Looking to the week ahead, hopefully there will be a lot of reading, and in the downtime — some light gaming and Netflix viewing.

Photo of the Week:

This was taken a while ago, but I love the silhouettes of trees against a beautiful sky. It’s so peaceful.

Prayer of the Week:

“Merciful God, thank You for the daily reminders You send of Your love, and of Your desire to reconcile the world to You through your precious Son, Jesus. Open our eyes and hearts to see each opportunity to embrace Your divine mercy, to love others as You have first loved us, and pardon us for the ways in which we offend you through sin. Heal us Lord, and our families, our towns and our nation, so that we will sin no longer. In the words the disciples were taught, “may Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. In the most holy name of Jesus Christ, we pray, amen.”

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