World’s problems got you down?
Then you’ll probably like reading my latest on Today’s Catholic News: A Banana in the Kitchen
Here is my latest Today’s Catholic column from the first week in January. The topic is the (now post-) Christmas season and private suffering.
Related, is When Your Prayer Life is Dry and You Face a Huge Challenge, appearing both in Today’s Catholic and Integrated Catholic Life.
If anyone is interested in buying my new book BIG HEARTED, Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, co-authored with Patti Armstrong, you can purchase it from my publisher (Scepter, link below), Amazon. com, or a Catholic book store near you.
Here is a link to the publisher site with a description:http://www.scepterpublishers.org/product/index.php?FULL=772
Here’s the link to an interview I gave: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2013/05/randy-hain-interview-with-theresa-thomas-co-author-of-big-hearted/
Some book reviews are here:
Christian News Wire:
Catholic Media Review:
Stefanie Schick (“A Dreamer’s Wife”):
Sue Elvis (Australia):
There are more, but I’m guessing that might be overkill
Thanks for considering- Any questions? Let me know- God bless-
I just finished doing an interview with the lovely Stefanie over at A Dreamer’s Wife. She tells me the link should be up by Friday. Stay tuned. In the meantime, please check out her wonderful blog, where she chronicles her daily life and offers thoughtful posts on faith and inspiration. She writes, “I am married to my best friend and talented singer/songwriter, Adam Shick. A Dreamer’s Wife was started to chronicle our journey of pursuing his music career in Nashville, Tennessee. While this is still a main focus of the blog, it has expanded to feature other “dreamers” and is hopefully a source of inspiration to people to pursue their talents and God’s will for their own lives.”
Thanks in advance Stefanie!
Well, the Amazon site for BIG HEARTED is up as of today!
Our publisher has generously extended the 15% off PHONE ORDERS only until tomorrow, May 3, 2013. You must order directly from the publisher website here. I hope you will take advantage of it, if you are thinking about buying a book.
Contact me if you are interested in higher discounts for bulk orders (such as if you have a bookstore or want to order a bunch for your church group, etc.)
God bless you and have a wonderful Thursday afternoon. It’s sunny and unseasonably warm here in northern Indiana, and I’m going to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with my girls.
Thank you to Tracy Smith at A Slice of Smith Life for a wonderful review of BIG HEARTED. Here is a link to her review. Warning: reading her blog with delicious cakes scrolling across the page up top might make you hungry!
15% off PHONE ORDERS ONLY until May 1 if you order BIG HEARTED. Great for Mother’s Day or the beach bag. Of course, I am a little biased….
The publisher’s site is here
The phone number to order is 800-322-8773
She would love for you to join her at her blog!
I am happy to share with you that BIG HEARTED is available for pre-sale, just in time for Mother’s Day! I’m so excited to share this book with you. I enjoyed so much collecting the stories for this very personal book about loving and generosity in families. A little synopsis is below. Each story is self contained- you can start at the beginning, the end, or somewhere in between.
If you are interested, follow the link here to pre-order, for a 15 % discount off the retail price- only good until May 1 and just in time for Mother’s Day!
Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families
Patti Armstrong & Theresa Thomas
Availability: No Copies in Stock
ISBN: 9781594171901Item ID: 71901Publisher: Scepter
Size: 5.5 X 8.5Number of Pages: 150Product Type: Paperback Quantity:
We have a new pope. He is humble and smart, generous, and loving. May his example inspire us all. How is the papacy relevant to me? a young person asked me yesterday. He is the hierarchy in Rome. I live my life here in the modern United States. My response is below:
At first glance, you may think that no, the election of a pope far away in another continent does not affect your daily life. You are still Catholic. You go to Mass each Sunday. You’re trying to live a good life and follow the tenets of the Church, swimming against a culture of death, and often a mockery of your beliefs. Day to day, nothing seems to change with the election of a new official in the Church. It might seem as though the new pope’s election doesn’t make much difference in your personal life. However, upon careful consideration, you will see that the papacy really does matter and affect you. The pope’s election DOES make a difference in yours and my personal lives. How?
FIRST, the election of Pope Francis has caused people everywhere- of every faith and denomination, to stop and consider what the Catholic Faith is all about.
People who never gave the Catholic Faith a second thought before, look and listen, if only out of curiosity, to find out what being Catholic really means.
No one could watch the election on TV with the camera’s poised in St. Peter’s Square, without being blown away by the regality, the formality, the beauty and the ancient traditions demonstrated as the Swiss guards in all their regalia made their way up to the front of where our new Pope Francis would emerge. News commentators were explaining why this or that was done… the truth is, people asked why because they truly cared. They wanted to know more. The election of the pope will affect YOU because people now are curious about your religion. YOU will be asked questions about your Faith. And this is an opportunity in your own way, in your own style to evangelize to others- to answer questions about the Faith and why it is important to you. You may even delve deeper into your Faith, ponder and investigate in order to answer these questions. This pope’s election in another time zone, another continent will impact your life here.
SECOND, the election of the pope brings Catholics together. His election is relevant because eternal Truths are relevant.
Looking out on St. Peter’s Square, we saw young people, families, religious, older people, all coming together in one Faith, to share the event of discovering together the new leader of the Catholic Church. The pope’s election binds us together. With the election of a new pope we are reminded of Jesus who said He will be with us even until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). “I will not leave you orphans.” (John 14:18) The Truths of Jesus, first revealed in the Bible, will be preserved through the Church. Every one of us is called to be a living manifestation of that Truth. Whether we reside in a brownstone apartment building or high rise in the city, or in a simple home tucked away in a sleepy town, whether we are a recent college graduate starting off a career, or a mother raising a brood of children in the Midwest, we must live the tenets of the Faith and Gospel, in our own positions and states in life. The papacy is relevant because Jesus entrusted the Church to Peter, the first pope, and with the election of the next pope we are reassured that Jesus is present here and now, and that His Truths in this difficult world are eternal. The papacy is relevant because God’s Truths are relevant. Always. Even in 2013, in a global, technology saturated, modern, complex world…
Third, we have in our new pope a leader, a compass.
It is not any pope’s job or even within his ability to change the tenets of Faith, but our new pope can and will explain and focus on and highlight aspects of it. The papacy is relevant to you and me because the new pope gives us courage to live the Faith, ancient in origin, in the midst of a contemporary life. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman for the entire lifetime of the two. With a national divorce rate of around 50%, and not much difference within those who self identify as Catholics, our nation needs to be reminded of the truth of the sanctity and solemnity, sacredness, beauty and joy of authentic marriage. A pope, guardian of the Faith, reminds us of that.
In a world where children are discarded like garbage in bins, ripped from their mothers’ wombs (1.2 million abortions in 2008) , the Catholic Church says, No, every life from conception to natural death is precious and valuable.
This gives us courage to act in Faith and Love when we are met with a real face, the face of a woman facing a crisis pregnancy alone and who feels there is no place to turn.
The Catholic Faith is living, growing and alive! That’s hard to see sometimes when we are in our little corners, or living it alone, with lukewarm Catholics or agnostics or even atheists all around us. A good leader will stand up against the evils of secularism and disregard for marriage and life, and fortify us so that we can stand up in Faith too. A good leader can inspire us to bring vibrancy to our own Faith.
It is important to live our faith in a tangible way. The papacy is very relevant to us because Truth and the preservation of it in an increasingly selfish and secular world, is never outdated.
Someone sent me a video about George Dennehy’s family- a big, beautiful, adoptive family overflowing with love and generosity. I watched the original video and was so touched by it that I posted it here to share. Then, I tooled around You Tube, watching the other videos posted by George.
I couldn’t believe what I saw.
George has an amazing story. According to his father’s account, George weighed about nine pounds at one year of age, and was languishing in a Romanian orphanage, sickly, with no arms, and expected to die soon.
But George was chosen, adopted, loved anyway. His parents taught him that life is beautiful, and worth living, and that just as it is a gift to him, he is a gift to life. They encouraged him to develop his talents to the fullest, which, in his case included learning to play many instruments….with his feet.
Would you like to see some of George’s talent? Click below. Then, if you would like, subscribe to his You Tube page to receive updates from this talented young man. Be inspired. And pass it on. We all have something special to offer to this world. What difference can YOU make when you love God, follow His will, choose generosity and develop your own gifts?
Share that with me, if you will at TheresaThomasEverydayCatholic at gmail dot com.
Enjoy this below and have a wonderful day!
George did this:
which drew the attention of the Goo Goo Dolls, creator of the song. So, George was invited to sing with them:
Here’s an interview with George:
And here is the story of the family, as told by the father Mike, “How God Can Form a Family”: