Reflections on Advent and Christmas: A Grace in the Moment Book
During the past 30-plus years of writing her column “Grace in the Moment” for the Catholic Times, many people have asked Mary van Balen if the columns were available as a collection. In response, she has begun publishing themed collections in small book form. The first, “Advent and Christmas Reflections: Grace in the Moment,” is available as an ebook on Amazon.com.
In a fast-paced world where time to be still and to be present to the moment is rare, Francis’ insights leads into quiet places of prayer that help readers enter into a deeper experience of God and God’s love for us all.
This book is organized into sixty days of morning and evening prayer. Each day begins with a Psalm and includes writings from Saint Francis of Assisi, his early biographers, and other spiritual writers. The morning and evening sections end with original prayers.
Each season is divided into four sections: communication, family, intimacy, and prayer. Drawing on the wisdom of couples of all ages and experiences, Marriage: A Covenant of Seasons explores the gifts and struggles each season brings to marriage, and the role God plays in them all.
The stories in All Earth Is Crammed with Heaven are divided into nine sections including Family, Friends, Good-byes, and Nature. A quote from authors, poets, spiritual writers, or scientists precedes each anecdote. The reflection that follows helps the reader recognize that even quotidian events are opportunities to encounter the Divine.
This biography of Saint Katharine Drexel is a “rags to riches” tale that turns the conventional American success story upside down. Here was a woman who intimately knew both the streets of Paris and the streets of Harlem…who crossed the ocean on luxury liners yet paddled the backwaters of the Louisiana bayou…who dined with equal ease in the mansions of high society or the tipi of the Lakota tribal chief, Red Cloud. Katharine’s life was the adventure of an indomitable sould who gave herself to the oppressed and taught the world the meaning of fearless love.