Donna-Marie talking about Lent, “Part Two” on Sunday Night Prime

The second part of the Lenten discussions that I had with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R. is here below on EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime. The second part offers prayers and tips for families and all those journeying through Lent. It is focused on the teachings of St. John Paul II and Pope Francis. I hope that you enjoy it.

 

Donna-Marie talking about Lent “Part One” on Sunday Night Prime

I was recently visiting with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R on EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime. In our show, “Bringing Lent Home, Part One” we talked about the family, Lent, Mother Teresa, and St. Therese.  In case you didn’t catch it, you can see it here at your leisure.

Enjoy!

Upcoming shows EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime!

I just found out that my other visit with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R will air before the one I told you about. Here is the schedule:

Sun. Feb. 26 at 8:00 PM
Mon. Feb. 27 at 4:00 AM
Mon. Feb. 27 at 9:00 AM
02/26/17 BRINGING LENT HOME
PT. 1

Fr. Apostoli welcomes Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle to discuss Mother Teresa, St. Therese, and the Lenten season.
Sun. Mar. 05 at 8:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 06 at 4:00 AM
Mon. Mar. 06 at 9:00 AM
03/05/17 BRINGING LENT HOME
PT. 2

Here is the link to the EWTN website.

I hope you can tape it or watch at those times. It isn’t noted on the EWTN website, but one of the shows is about St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. The other is noted, which is about Mother Teresa and St. Therese.

How’s your Lenten Journey going?

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How’s your Lenten Journey? Half of the season of Lent has passed. We have a half more to go!

This morning John Harper and I chatted briefly about the season of Lent and the fact that we are half way through this holy penitential season in which we are meant to grow in holiness. We called our segment it a “Mid-Lent Spiritual Tune-Up.” If you missed it, you can listen here anytime. I hope you have a few moments to listen to our chat.

Are you nourishing your faith with spiritual reading? Take even a few moments each day to read from the lives of the saints. It can help to keep you focused and give you a great shot in the arm to get you through your busy days.

Remember–don’t give up! Keep going! Pray and work hard and Our Lord will certainly reward your efforts!

God bless you!

Chatting about Lent on the Son Rise Morning Show

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I recently chatted with Matt Swain on the Son Rise Morning Show about Lent with our families. My latest in my Lenten series is Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis. You can listen to the archive here at your leisure.

Let’s make this Lent count!

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A FUN yet serious Lenten chat with John Harper this morning

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In case you didn’t get a chance to tune in to our wonderful chat this morning on Morning Air. Here is a link of my chat with John Harper. I had a great time chatting with him about Lent, families, and even the fact that we both have Polish grandmothers!

You can purchase all four of my Lenten books here for only $11.00!

What are your Lenten plans?

Recent hour-long radio chat

I recently chatted with radio host Elizabeth Reardon on her show “An Engaging Faith.” We talked about my background, my books, my memoir The Kiss of Jesus, the season of Lent, families, Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, the saints, and so much more. You can listen to the archive right here.

I hope that you enjoy it. God bless you!

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What?! Is cleaning a toilet miraculous?

A Simple Grace recently interviewed me about the faith, love and prayer. They have used a couple of my responses in their new magazine. The piece is titled, “Author of ‘Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis’ shares her secret for discovering everyday miracles.”I believe that the full interview is in the hard copy of the magazine.

You can see my response about love, prayer and cleaning a toilet here!

Enjoy!

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Hosting a radio show in Holy Week

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I recently hosted a radio show and had as my guest Fr. Frank Pavone! We chatted about Holy Week, challenges and graces, as well as the tenth anniversary of the passing of Terri Schiavo who very sadly was starved and dehydrated to death.

Fr. Frank was a wonderful guest and I thoroughly enjoyed his visit. I know you will too.

You can listen to our visit here:

 

I hope that you enjoy it. Visit Fr. Frank’s “Priests For Life” blog here.

The Cross in Our Lives


There are so many reasons that Christ’s Cross should be on our minds as a Christian, especially because we are navigating the season of Lent—that beautiful and prayerful time of year. Holy Mother Church prods us to become more mindful of Jesus’ Passion and Death on the Cross—His unselfish holy sacrifice so that we might have Eternal Life…

I recently wrote about the Cross using a couple of very beautiful stories about the Cross in the lives of two friends. You can read it here.

Teaching kids how to give alms

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How can we teach our kids to want to give when they might be more interested in receiving?

I recently chatted about teaching our kids how to give alms with Matt Swaim on the Son Rise Morning Show. You can listen in to our latest segment about Mother Teresa and Mothers right here.

New Lenten Sale!

ALL four of these books for $14.00! Three Lenten books and one hard cover Catholic Saints Prayer Book for inspiration this Lenten season.

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Here is what the publisher says about them:

The Bringing Lent Home series gives families with young children a no-hassle resource for daily Lenten reflection and observance. Author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN television host and bestselling Catholic author, presents a beloved saint in each booklet and offers the witness and wisdom of their lives to show families how better to pray, fast, and care for the poor during Lent. Bringing Lent Home booklets can be used during any of the three lectionary cycles and are designed for families with children younger than thirteen.

 

From the Introduction:

“What can the saints of yesterday offer us today? Transcending history, they offer us timeless wisdom and inspiration, while bringing us closer to God. Sanctity surpasses time and is forever with near us.

The saints’ exemplary examples of holiness give us unparalleled help and sustain our hope, especially during trying times. Just as our association with fellow Christians helps us come closer to Jesus, so our communion with the saints in heaven helps join us to Jesus, but more perfectly…”

 

You can order your autographed copies here. All FOUR for $14.00! Each order is sent with a blessed Miraculous Medal.

Tips and encouragement for your family Lenten journey

One mom I know is doing this for Lent. Each day, drawing from the tips, advice, and encouragement in my new book Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II, she makes her family’s fasting, prayer, and almsgiving more tangible by writing it down for them to see. It’s a great reminder to all.

I’ve suggested this in my book and I am tickled to see it carried out by Katie.

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Katie’s daughter Lillian helped by writing the prayer.

What ways can you be mindful of the holy season of Lent in your family? It’s not too late to initiate some ideas and put them into place. We are just beginning on our journey.

In case you’d like to listen in, here’s my visit with Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection chatting about families and Lent.

Please feel free to share your ideas for your Lenten journey in the comments below. I’d love to hear them! 🙂

 

Chatting on the airwaves about families and Lent this morning

Lucy and Ethel AKA Teresa Tomeo and yours truly. 🙂

Coming up this morning: 9:39-9:56 AM EST I’ll be chatting with Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection with Ave Maria Radio about families and Lent and my new book: Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II.

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You can listen Live here.

UPDATED:

And now (after the show) here is the MP3 (archive) of the show. You can listen in any time right here.

God bless!

Donna-Marie

This and that…

Is it true? I’m still wrapping my brain around the New Year. And now it’s February? That means that Ash Wednesday is right around the corner. To be precise, it is on Wednesday, Feb. 18th, which is only two weeks from today!

Tomorrow (Thursday) I’ll be on the air waves at 3:30 to 3:50 PM ET with Ken Huck on Radio Maria
You can tune in here.

We will be chatting about my newest book: Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II as well as other things about the faith, prayer, and family matters.

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On Friday I’ll be chatting with the renowned Matt Swaim on the Son Rise Morning Show at 8:40 AM ET about Lent and my new book Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II. You can tune in here.

I hope you can tune in to Thursday and Friday’s radio shows.

On the home front, we have been getting hit with lots of snow here in the Northeast. I don’t mind being stuck in my home office, and from the warmth of my abode, peering through the windows, watching the snowflakes dance around and beautifully drift down. Or, in some cases coming down in massive sheets of fury, mixed with the roaring winds, causing “white out” conditions as new heights of snow pile up all around us.

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I never tire watching the many visiting birds from my window when I pick my head up from my writing, all the while whispering prayers to God, asking for His guidance in my work.

Stay warm, my friend. God bless you! I’m praying for you and especially for the homeless out there who need a helping hand. Mother Teresa always referred to them as “Jesus, in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor.”

Getting ready for Lent?

A Family Lenten Guide!

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Ash Wednesday is February 18th!

Are you ready?  

I have written three family Lenten books which are in my series with Ave Maria Press.

You can get all three for only $8.00 right here!

 

That’s a savings on already low priced books that are packed with inspiration and Church teaching to guide your family through Lent. Consider purchasing a few sets to give as gifts to relatives and friends.

 

 

Here is what the publisher says about them:

The Bringing Lent Home series gives families with young children a no-hassle resource for daily Lenten reflection and observance. Author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN television host and bestselling Catholic author, presents a beloved saint in each booklet and offers the witness and wisdom of their lives to show families how better to pray, fast, and care for the poor during Lent. Bringing Lent Home booklets can be used during any of the three lectionary cycles and are designed for families with children younger than thirteen.

 

Saint John Paul II Guides Us

Ash Wednesday is February 18th. Are you ready?

A Family Lenten Guide!

A Family Lenten Guide!

My new Lenten book: Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II was recently released. Here’s a description from the publisher:

This timely new addition to the Bringing Lent Home series focuses on the life and wisdom of recently canonized St. John Paul II. Designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for families with young children, it offers a variety of prayers and practices for each day of Lent.

This family guide to prayer and Lenten devotion is the perfect way to deepen a family’s observance of Lent while also learning about St. John Paul II, beloved pope for more than thirty-five years (1978 -2005) and one of the Church’s newest saints. Structured around a daily quotation from St. John Paul II, a story about his life, and practical suggestions for living the threefold call of Lent–prayer, fasting, and almsgiving–this useful booklet takes the worry and the work out of planning the family’s Lent and can be used with any of the three Catholic lectionary cycles. Parents can enhance their own daily prayer by using the booklet’s reflections for parents. On Sundays, families focus on the themes assigned to that Sunday of Lent, and Cooper O’Boyle suggests a project for the week ahead.

I love that it sells for only $2.95 each! Here’s a recent review as it appears on Amazon:

“Donna-Marie is such a blessing and gift from God for busy moms who are looking for creative, inspirational, practical ways to bring their family together, to grow in faith, hope and love during the grace-filled time of Lent. She is a wise mentor and faithful friend whose books like this one truly help parents, as the primary educators of their children in the faith, to guide their little saints to heaven. I’m thrilled she wrote this book and look forward to using Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II this Lent with my family! I’ve used her previous two books, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa of Calcutta and also with St. Therese of Lisieux, as guides in years past with my husband and three young boys, and it is prayer and family discussion time that everyone looks forward to each day, including our four-year-old! It’s a perfect guide, because it offers a fresh idea each day for prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and helps us stay focused on the purpose of Lent and growing in our relationship with God and serving others. The book being available this year is great timing, as we’ll be able to learn more about our beloved St. John Paul II and have him as our companion during Lent, and leading up Divine Mercy Sunday, which this year will mark the one year anniversary of him being canonized a Saint. We have so much to learn from these holy men and women that God put on Earth to serve as bright lights and witnesses for us in how to live the faith, and Donna-Marie invites the learning at just the right pace and helps us to apply it to our lives in a meaningful way together as a family!”

Here’s a review on Epic Pew.

You can find this book available for purchase on the “Books” page of this website.

New review on my brand new book!

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Donna-Marie is such a blessing and gift from God for busy moms who are looking for creative, inspirational, practical ways to bring their family together, to grow in faith, hope and love during the grace-filled time of Lent. She is a wise mentor and faithful friend whose books like this one truly help parents, as the primary educators of their children in the faith, to guide their little saints to heaven.

I’m thrilled she wrote this book and look forward to using Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II this Lent with my family! I’ve used her previous two books, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa of Calcutta and also with St. Therese of Lisieux, as guides in years past with my husband and three young boys, and it is prayer and family discussion time that everyone looks forward to each day, including our four-year-old!

It’s a perfect guide, because it offers a fresh idea each day for prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and helps us stay focused on the purpose of Lent and growing in our relationship with God and serving others. The book being available this year is great timing, as we’ll be able to learn more about our beloved St. John Paul II and have him as our companion during Lent, and leading up Divine Mercy Sunday, which this year will mark the one year anniversary of him being canonized a Saint.

We have so much to learn from these holy men and women that God put on Earth to serve as bright lights and witnesses for us in how to live the faith, and Donna-Marie invites the learning at just the right pace and helps us to apply it to our lives in a meaningful way together as a family!
[As seen on Amazon, by Julie Malchow]

Just arrived!

Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II

Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II

Imagine my joy! I just opened a package from my publisher which contained these two very first copies of my book “Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II.”

Here’s a description from the publisher:

This timely new addition to the Bringing Lent Home series focuses on the life and wisdom of recently canonized St. John Paul II. Designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for families with young children, it offers a variety of prayers and practices for each day of Lent.

This family guide to prayer and Lenten devotion is the perfect way to deepen a family’s observance of Lent while also learning about St. John Paul II, beloved pope for more than thirty-five years (1978 -2005) and one of the Church’s newest saints. Structured around a daily quotation from St. John Paul II, a story about his life, and practical suggestions for living the threefold call of Lent–prayer, fasting, and almsgiving–this useful booklet takes the worry and the work out of planning the family’s Lent and can be used with any of the three Catholic lectionary cycles. Parents can enhance their own daily prayer by using the booklet’s reflections for parents. On Sundays, families focus on the themes assigned to that Sunday of Lent, and Cooper O’Boyle suggests a project for the week ahead.

[Available at my website on the “Books” page]