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A Catholic Sistas’ Book List for Lent 2020

Two years ago Catholic Sistas provided The Ultimate 2018 Lenten Book List for Families. I’ve done a lot of reading since then and felt we could use an updated list of worthy spiritual reading for this Lent. This time our reading list is especially targeted to intrigue you, dear Sistas.

My number one pick for this Lent is the classic by Saint Francis de Sales: An Introduction to the Devout Life. I spent several months reading this gem during my weekly hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. 20 plus years a Catholic and I’d never read this book before. It completely changed my spiritual life. If you are searching for inspiration in becoming as holy as God Wills you to be according to your state in life this book is the perfect fit.

I recently finished reading Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age which is a published, extensive interview of my current hero, Bishop Athanasius Schneider by Diane Montagna. The book includes an impressive biography of the bishop who lived through the persecution of the Church behind the Iron Curtain and then proceeds in examining the many issues facing the Church today, including the numerous scandals and deep confusion we are currently experiencing. Not only does Bishop Schneider examine the crises, he offers concrete solutions. He’s an inspiring contemporary figure in the Church today and his interview left me feeling very hopeful about the future of the Church.

Symbol or Substance?: A Dialogue on the Eucharist with C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and J.R.R. Tolkien is a fictional conversation imagined by Peter Kreeft. I really enjoyed the idea of this book written as if three of my childhood heroes were discussing the reality of the Eucharist. As an adolescent I attended one of Billy Graham’s revivals in my home town. I always admired him and if Peter Kreeft got it right, I was able to somewhat understand his misunderstanding of the Eucharist. Of course, I grew up reading Lewis and Tolkien and had no difficulty picturing their contributions to the fictional dialogue. As a Catholic, this experiment of Dr. Kreeft’s helped solidify my belief and understanding of the Real Presence.

We had an unusual influx of visitors to our home this past year. Our dear friends from Maryland, who are godparents to one of our younger boys, were able to come and stay for a long weekend. While visiting, my friend Debbie, was reading Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life by Rev. T.G. Morrow. She left her copy behind for me and I read through it quite quickly. This is definitely a book to keep in your home library, especially when you or a family member is struggling with anger, as many of us do from time to time.

I oversee a Catholic women’s book club and this year we read the popular Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Father Jacques Philippe. This is another little book to keep ever present in your home library. It is an extremely valuable spiritual work to have on hand in especial times of turmoil, distress, and anxiety.

Another work our book club read was You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth by Danielle Bean. I loved this book devoted to Old Testament women and their stories. Danielle’s writing style is very accessible and relevant to today’s woman. I loved her take on each of the stories and how she related their lessons to episodes in her own life.

After hearing an interview with Dr. Carrie Gress on Patrick Coffin’s podcast regarding her book The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Feminism, I went on a Carrie Gress kick and had to read most every book she’d written. Before diving into her book The Anti-Mary Exposed, I recommend you start with her The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. I also highly recommend Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood, especially for moms of younger children. I really wish I’d read that one when I was a young mom, but I did give it to my adult daughter who is a brand new mom to my first grand baby and she found a great amount of wisdom in her reading of it. Bonus: My two youngest boys did their Marian Consecration last May using her Marian Consecration for Children which was simple enough for our first communicant and challenging enough for our confirmand.

Danielle Bean interviewed prolific Marian author Marge Steinhage Fenelon on a recent episode of her Girlfriends podcast. Inspired by her most recent book, My Queen, My Mother–A Living Novena, I researched and wrote a piece for Catholic Sistas filled with Marian pilgrimages one could make right here in the United States. I also read her powerful Forgiving Mother–A Marian Novena of Forgiveness and Peace. Part autobiography and part devotional to Our Blessed Mother, I found it to be an extremely valuable read even though I do not have a particularly strained relationship with my own mother.

Another of my very favorite books from this past year was The Priests We Need to Save the Church by my new friend Kevin Wells. He was gracious enough to grant me an interview which was published here in December 2019. While his target audience is priests and bishops, Kevin’s book has tremendous potential for inspiring the laity to embrace the “universal call to holiness.”

In the next few days I’ll be finishing up Jay W. Richards’ newest book–Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul–A Christian Guide to Fasting. Dr. Richards (PhD in philosophy and theology) explores the history of fasting and how it has fallen by the wayside in recent decades. He then goes on to encourage a return to a regiment of intermittent and long term fasting for physical as well as spiritual health. The book lays out a 46 day plan for preparing your body for longer fasts by putting it into a state of ketosis–a method which he promises will make fasting much easier without sacrificing the spiritual element. Being a true Catholic, Richards does not neglect addressing the spiritual value of feasting after the fast. With Lent upon our heels, I personally wanted to step-up my fasting and penance and this book may really help prepare the way.

What am I reading this Lent?

I have three spiritual works on my list this year.

Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.

The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

What are you reading this Lent?

I love seeing what other Sistas are reading. Share your Lenten reading choices with us in the combox.

–Note: I provided links for each of the listed books. As far as I was able I linked to author websites or to Catholic merchants.

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Best of My 2018 Reading: Nonfiction Edition with Sarah Reinhard

Best of My 2018 Reading: Nonfiction Edition with Sarah Reinhard

I used to think I was an all-fiction-all-the-time type of reader, but last year proved me wrong. Last year, I found out that I love nonfiction just as much.

I had a stretch of binge reading, and it included some great novels.

But I found something missing. I wanted something that {gasp} wasn’t fiction.

I read a lot of nonfiction anyway, both for paid review and for pleasure. There’s so much to learn. There’s so much that’s good. There’s…just…so…much.

So without any more rambling, here are my favorite nonfictions reads from my 2018 pile!

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, by Cardinal Robert Sarah with Nicolas Diat. This was a book I couldn’t whip through, and yet one that I savored and couldn’t put down. Reading it felt anything but accidental, that’s for sure. (I wrote about that here.)

To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, by Robert E. Barron. My first inclination with this was to offer it to a new deacon at our parish, who, as it happens, had already read it. Barron has a way of boiling things down and, yet, also planting seeds that stay with you.

Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom, and Joy from the Women of the New Testament, by Elizabeth M. Kelly. Water is a recurring theme that Elizabeth Kelly uses throughout this book, and it struck me throughout. It began like a long cold drink on a hot day: refreshing and soothing. It continued like a mug of steaming tea: comforting and snuggly. It traversed the paths of a wet washcloth on a hot forehead, a shared laugh over a glass of iced tea, a moment together over the baptismal font. Kelly’s depth of insight and the reach of her wisdom went right to my heart, in each and every chapter. The book examines eight women from the New Testament, and they may not all be the ones you expect. Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Martha and Mary of Bethany: no surprise there. But a shepherd girl who was there on Christmas night? That caught me…and captured my imagination. Kelly has a way of doing that throughout this book, and it’s a beautiful experience.

Clueless in Galilee: A Fresh Take on the Gospels, by Mac Barron. You’ll laugh, yes. (A lot, if you’re like me.) But you’ll also look differently at those Gospel stories that may be so old hat that you don’t even hear them anymore. I love Barron’s approach to “riffing” on the Gospels, and I also appreciate his innate ability to challenge readers to go beyond.

One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both, by Jennifer Fulwiler. I’ve been following Fulwiler for quite a while, and I’ve enjoyed watching her hard work pay off in success. I read this in a can’t-put-it-down kind of way and laughed so hard, at times, that I was crying. She has a self-deprecating way of writing and sharing her life that makes her approachable. This book also challenges readers to think beyond their constraints — it’s equal parts memoir, humor, guide, and good story.

The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican’s Secret Search, by John O’Neill.This reads like an adventure in many ways, and yet it’s true. O’Neill has a way of turning the dry facts into interesting tidbits, and the pictures don’t hurt either. This is a book you can whip through and then find yourself saying, “Wait, what just happened? Was that real?”

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, by Anne Bogel.I’ve become a late-to-the-game Anne Bogel fangirl. I listened to this, but I think I’ll be getting a hard copy because…truth. She speaks to me and inspires me with her reading.

How Catholic Art Saved the Church: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art, by Elizabeth Lev. This book was such a gift to read. I didn’t mean to start reading it, to be honest. I was just leafing through it, looking at it and admiring the pictures. I glanced over the table of contents and the introduction caught my eye. I’ll read just about anything, but this was GOOD. Elizabeth Lev is a master storyteller: She had me flipping to examine pictures, smiling at what I read, and thoroughly enjoying every aspect of this book. Of course, at least part of that was because of the beautiful job Sophia Institute Press did with the actual book: thick, glossy paper and four-color, magazine-quality images. Truly, this is a book that’s an aesthetic delight on many levels.

Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me, by Amanda Martinez Beck. I read this book for the first time this year (it’s a new release, so I couldn’t have read it sooner), and then I reread it. I think, in fact, I’ll be reading it a third time in 2019 with a group of friends. Beck starts strong and finishes stronger. I think every woman probably needs to read and reread this book.

What nonfiction did you read last year? What did you love (or hate)?

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Best of My 2018 Reading: Fiction Edition with Sarah Reinhard

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While I drink enough coffee to drown a fat pony, I also read enough books to weigh that same pony down. Well, it was a lot for me, and a respectable 100+. When Martina heard that I had written about my favorite reads of 2018, she invited me to share it here. Never one to be outdone in ideas, I offered to do one for fiction and one for nonfiction.

So, let’s dive into my favorite fiction reads from 2018, shall we?


East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. This was a massive novel I intended to read years ago. I started by listening to it, and tried to supplement my listening with reading (because I have the book). I just couldn’t limit my enjoyment of it to the times when I could hear it. The story was huge and long and wonderful in all the ways I love.

Endless Water, Starless Sky, by Rosamund Hodge. This is the sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. I’m not classically trained, but Hodge is. I know, at some level, that I miss a huge amount of her brilliance because of my own ignorance. And yet, I am hopelessly a fan of hers. Of the books she’s written, I think these two may be my favorites. I’d call this the best writing I read all year, judged on actual writing and on storytelling and on enjoyment level.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1), by Neal Shusterman. I heard this referenced as someone’s favorite book, and that’s sometimes all it takes for me to run after a book. I read and loved Shusterman’s so it stands to reason that I may like his other books. I just…hadn’t gotten around to them. Though this is first in a series, it stands alone. Once again, Shusterman has taken an old trope of a question and carved it into a mind exercise of a book. There’s a plot, but there’s also the exploration of ethics and the great what-if. AI meets immortality meets scandal meets human nature. This is a book not just to read, but to discuss and ponder.

The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld, a Novel, by Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.This book made me want to actually attempt Homer and some other classics. (I’ve read Dante, so I got those references.) And yet, the book made sense without any of that and only a rudimentary knowledge of what I knew were deeper references. The adventure was great, peppered with humor. I couldn’t put it down, and I found myself thinking of it in the times I wasn’t reading, which is, to me, always a sign of a great book.

Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather. I listened to this and found myself wanting to hold it and actually read the words. Cather paints an image of the Southwest that I could see as I listened.

A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron. My teen daughter handed this to me, and I’ll be honest: I was going to quit if it didn’t pick up or something. Cameron has his own style, that’s for sure, and the premise behind the book didn’t make sense to me until I was about a third of the way through. And then…hooked. The storytelling is fabulous, and you’ll never look at a dog the same way again.

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. This is one of my all-time favorite books. It seems like I’ve read it about even 18 months or so since the first time I read it. Every time I pick it up, I find some passage that was right there for me. The premise: A devil writes letters to his nephew, filled with advice and tips for tempting more effectively. Turn your expectations upside down and prepare to be wowed by Lewis’s wonderful writing.

The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens. Another all-time favorite book, and one that inspired my handle for many years. This year, it also inspired me to read some other Dickens. It’s a family story, in many ways, and a glimpse at life many years ago. I never saw the movie (which I heard was horrible), but Dot Peerybingle remains a favorite character of mine.

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. I listened to this via CraftLit and was then inspired to listen to the rest of the eight-book series. And then, because I couldn’t get enough, I listened to Before Green Gables and Marilla of Green Gables. My girls have both turned their noses up at Anne, but I think I’ll be revisiting her quite often.

What fiction did you read last year? What did you love (or hate)?

 

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What’s In Your Mass Bag?

What's in Your Mass Bag?

Here at Catholic Sistas, we’re all about things that will amplify our Mass experience! These Mass bag additions will make it easier for us to pray and enter into the Sacred Mysteries, as well as aid our children along their path towards holiness and participation. Some parishes have wonderful missals in the pew, but some do not, so for the sake of this list let’s pretend that there is nothing there and you’re on your own.

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Adults:

A missal

Magnificat: This is a classic. Filled with daily prayers, Mass readings, and inspiring meditations, the Magnificat is subscription that is delivered to your door monthly. It can be used at home or at church, and is truly a “one-stop shop” for Catholic spirituality.

Daily Roman Missal: If you are looking for a hardbound perennial rather than periodical-style, this missal contains everything you need for praying the Mass, including the 3 year cycle of readings, the calendar of saints’ feast days, devotional prayers, and commentaries.

Latin MassSt. Andrew Daily Missal: For those who attend the Extraordinary Form, this is a highly-recommended comprehensive missal that includes the English translation alongside the Latin.

A Rosary

Maybe you still have a rosary you received from your First Holy Communion or from your wedding. Praying the Rosary can be a wonderful way to focus your mind on the Sacrament you are about to receive, or to pray in thanksgiving after Holy Communion, especially if you are struggling with composing your own post-Communion prayer. (Looking for a rosary? Etsy is full to the brim of beautiful ones! We love BC Inspirations.)

A Veil

CS wholeheartedly recommends Veils by Lily!

(To read more about why so many women are returning to the ancient practice of veiling in church, check out other posts here, here, and here.)

Children:

Ah, now we get to what I consider to be the real meat of the post. WHAT CAN I BRING TO CHURCH TO HELP MY KIDS PAY ATTENTION!? Well, there’s no magic pill, and some people prefer to have their kids sit in Mass without any distractions at all, even religious ones. That is certainly a valid choice. However, we have found that bringing a few well-curated items helps our children sit still, pay attention, and appreciate religious beauty all the more. 

A Missal

Magnifikids: Our kids were gifted a trial subscription of this and thoroughly enjoyed it! Like the original Magnificat, it is a monthly subscription, but the children actually get a separate 16 page booklet for each weeks. The Sunday readings are included (not the weekday readings), as well activities for kids to do outside of Mass time. 

My First Missal: If you are looking for a more permanent Mass companion, this Missal is a perfect addition to your Mass bag. It contains colorful illustrations and the Order of the Mass, plus additional prayers for Communion & Confession.

Latin MassMy See and Pray Missal: Great for pre- and new readers, this picture missal has the Order of the Mass so that even the youngest can follow along. The text is short and easy to read while still staying true to the solemnity of the Mass. (My family owns 4 of these!)

Latin MassLatin Mass Children’s Missal: This has been a First Communion gift for our kids who are of that age. It’s a step up from the My See and Pray Missal with a summary of each Sunday Gospel, and it’s easy to follow.

Books

My little LOVE these Maite Roche books! The illustrations are simple and sweet. We also like the Hail Mary and Our Father books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Saving Name of God the Son

is a beautiful book with traditional iconography and and a lovely prayer throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Act of Grace is a modern classic! With sections titled “Using Holy Water,” “Genuflecting,” “Distractions in Mass,” It is a gentle way to introduce our children to the truths of our Faith as well as behaviors that are appropriate for Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Aids:

 

Chewable Rosary – My 1 year old received this for Christmas and I LOVE it! It is a great distraction for her. Ours is from Little Saints Chewelry.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Card Keychain – We had an extensive collection of random holy cards lying around. My sister punched a hole in the corner of each and placed them on a key ring. My toddlers love to look through the holy cards, and it’s a great way to keep them all together rather than having a random pile strewn throughout our pew.

Snacks:

Snacks can be super controversial in church! In general, we avoid them (making exceptions for juice boxes for my kiddo with diabetes, of course.) While it can be a great distraction, there are issues with mess, crumbs, and people with allergies who might be affected. Many parishes forbid food inside the nave.

Other Things:

Diapers & wipes & an extra outfit if you have a baby or a toddler (you will regret not having these), tissues. I pack pretty light in general, and just try to keep my car stocked so I can run out if there’s anything I have forgotten!

Bag:

Right now I just keep everything in my purse, but it’s gotten to be a little too bulging. I’m thinking about transitioning to a Skip Hop backpack because it’s pretty much the perfect size.

And that’s it! That’s what we keep in our Mass bag to facilitate a peaceful, prayerful Mass experience (at least, as much as possible with several children under the age of 5, ha!) What’s in YOUR Mass bag? Anything essential that I forgot or should add to mine?

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GIVEAWAY: Catholic Sistas Celebrates FOUR Years!

Can you believe Catholic Sistas celebrates four years TODAY? It’s hard for me to recall a time when the blog didn’t exist! You may have come to know CS as a blog that truly enjoys putting new Catholic items into others’ hands. Part of the reason for the giveaways is to put some of these fabulous companies on YOUR radar! 

On a serious note, though, I would personally like to extend my gratitude to each of you who have found comfort, been challenged in the Faith, or been spiritually nourished by Catholic Sistas. It is always my hope that the different writing styles will appeal to a wide range of readers, bringing each of you to a level of commitment and recommitment to the beauty of our Catholic faith. Please do continue to keep us in prayer as we move into our fifth year of bringing you our witness. One thing I’d love to share with you is a bit of an inside view – each year, I – along with my executive board – encourage each of our writers to prayerfully reconsider their commitments annually, always putting their primary vocation first and trusting that God will bless whatever time they can give to writing. We aren’t professional writers by design. We are women – wives, and mothers who just happen to have stories to tell and want to share our time and talent to bring you a glimpse into our personal lives. As readers, we invite you to share your experience with us in the comboxes. 🙂 

I’ll stop now so we can get to the heart of this post – the giveaway! Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and get ready to browse for a while. Ready? Let’s roll!

CS 4th Anniversary Giveaway 2015


THE LOOT

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(3) WINNERS

will each receive a FREE PDF Catholic Through The Year 

downloadable and printable calendar and any/all bundles they would like

{Household Management, Homeschool, Catholic Blogger}

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

by Martina Kreitzer, Catholic Sistas

VALUE of $18 each

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WHO doesn’t love an opportunity to be more organized? What if it helped pave the way for more time to devote to your prayer life? What if you could print this stylish, functional, and budget friendly calendar from the comfort of your own HOME? Would you take that leap? Would you commit to a more organized life so you can focus on the things that matter the most, like your relationship with God and family? This planner will put you on the right path to accomplish those things. The calendar, along with each of the bundles, is designed with your Catholic day in mind. 

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(1)  WINNER

Vintage Style Amethyst Gemstone One Decade Chaplet
by BC Inspirations

VALUE of $20 

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This handmade one-decade rosary is made from 6 mm round natural amethyst stone beads, a 1 3/4″ bronze finished crucifix and centerpiece.  Each bead is unique, and the beads have a very smooth feel.  The crucifix and centerpiece are attached using split ring, which are far more durable than jump rings.  Using split rings prevents the rosary from breaking should it experience an accidental tug.

Both the center and the crucifix are Italian-made.  The center piece features a two-sided Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is also know as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, created by St. Catherine Laboure following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is believed to bring special intercessions on behalf of the Blessed Virgin Mary if worn with faith and devotion at the hour of death.

The bronze finished rosary parts give this rosary a vintage look. Amethyst is the February birth stone.

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(1) WINNER

will win one copy of the book “The Beautiful Story of the Bible”

from Ignatius Press

 VALUE of $19.99The Beautiful Story of the Bible

Here are all the most important stories of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, with very expressive and gorgeous pictures, sure to delight young children from 3 years old and up. The Old Testament stories include Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, David & Goliath, Moses and more. The New Testament stories include the whole story of the life and miracles of Jesus, and the lives of the Apostles and early Church, all presented in a wonderful way that shows God’s great love for mankind.To see interior images, click on the “Samples and Images” tab.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win the Our Lady of the Lilies art bundle

by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink 

VALUE of $50

Our Lady of the Lilies

Personalized 11×14 signed print of Our Lady of the Lilies

and a package of 8 notecards and 15 prayer cards (“Lilies” or variety, winner’s choice)

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(1) WINNER

will win Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $7.99 Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

 Interested in learning about the seasons of the Christian Year and special saints’ days, but don’t know where to begin? Want to delve deeper into living liturgically? Looking for simple real food recipes to celebrate both feasts and liturgical seasons of fasting? 

Feast! is the book we wish we had when we first started observing the Christian Year.

  • 125 pages of real food to celebrate the liturgical year and lives of the saints and reflections on the seasons of the Christian calendar and simple traditions.
  • 23 simple real food recipes for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, and well-known saints’ days like St. George’s Day, St. Rose of Lima’s Day, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Day as well as less familiar saints like St. Charles Lwanga and St. Raymond Nonnatus.
  • 6 reflections on the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, as well as some practical tips for observing these seasons in your home.

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(1) WINNER

will win More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $3.99 More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

 More Feasts! features 10 new liturgical year recipes (all gluten-free!) as well as reflections on the liturgical seasons and activities for celebrating the Christian Year.

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of 

Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless

by Sarah Reinhard

VALUE of $11.95 each  CFF COVER

How does game night/day meet Catholicism? Find out in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement — with one another and with faith!

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

by Sarah Reinhard

 VALUE of $13.41 each

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CMCP: A Catholic Mother’s Companion begins at conception and includes a 40-week walk through each week of pregnancy, considering both physical and spiritual aspects of this time. It includes sections for preparing spiritually and practically for labor and delivery as well as baptism.

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) BUNDLE WINNERS

will win Catechism in Rhyme

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

Acts of Hope, Love, Charity, Contrition, and 10 Commandments​

by Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints

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Acts of Faith, Hope, Love and Contrition
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive. Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization.

*100 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

The TEN Commandments
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive.
Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization of the Ten Commandments.
*78 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of A Subtle Grace

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $4.99ASubtleGrace 1896, Philadelphia: At 19, Kathleen O’Donovan (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires. (read more)

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Stealing Jenny

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $3.99

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After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

(Amazon Kindle Bestseller with over 287,000 downloads)

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(3) WINNERS

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Angela’s Song

by AnnMarie Creedon

VALUE of $3.99 each

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Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is a widow and mother of three who stays busy so as not to have to face the fact that her marriage was damaged and her husband, Devin, died before it could be repaired. Her good friends realize that no amount of home made lasagna, volunteering at church or late night games of Yahtzee can heal Angela from past regrets. When she meets Jack, the teacher of a class she is taking, he challenges her to face her demons. What follows is the poignant, yet often hilarious saga of how Angela overcomes her guilt and learns to love herself and others.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win 10 books of the Treasure Box series  

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $50

10 Books from TAN Treasure Box

The Treasure Box books present a wonderful combination of fun; innocence and the Catholic Faith. They teach the Faith in a simple way; and they inspire children’s hearts to love God. The pictures are truly beautiful; unlike the cartoon illustrations found in many children’s books today. These books are full of Catholic doctrine; presented reverently and simply at a young child’s level; in a manner to capture the child’s interest and raise the heart to God.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls paperback BOOKS

 by TAN Homeschool

 VALUE OF $33.90

 Saints for Boys/Saints for Girls

Compiled especially for Catholic boys and girls preschool age up through the second grade level, the Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls treasuries contain numerous stories of the Saints that will remain in children’s hearts and memories for years. Beautiful illustrations on every page.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of FIVE paperback BOOKS from the beloved Windeatt Series.

St. Rose of Lima, St. Louie de Montfort, The Children of Fatima, St. Benedict, & The Little Flower

by TAN Homeschool

TOTAL VALUE of $60.75

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These five books will soon have companion Workbooks and Teacher Manuals

(coming September 2015)! 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win TAN Homeschool’s newest addition,

The Story of the Bible {Old Testament & New Testament} textbooks ONLY 

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $49.90 SotB OTSotB NT

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will receive TWO signed copies of 

Chime Travelers Books 1 and 2 – The Secret of the Shamrock and The Sign of the Carved Cross

 by Lisa Hendey

VALUE of $11.98 

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 When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever?

The Chime Travelers series will inspire children on the road to developing their Catholic faith. In this book, they will:

Learn about Saint Patrick and his part in Catholic history

Develop a deeper understanding of core Catholic virtues

Engage in an entertaining literary adventure

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THE SIGN OF THE CARVED CROSS

Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl—in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she’s hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily.

Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha’s family doesn’t accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE signed copy of The Princess and the Kiss {with an audio CD}

by Jennie Bishop

VALUE of $16

PrincessKiss-2The Princess and the Kiss is a best-selling original story (with over a half-million copies sold worldwide)! In Jennie Bishop’s best-selling original children’s picture book, a princess saves her “kiss” for the man she will marry.  Men who are strong, romantic and rich come to court her, but none seem worthy of her kiss.  How will she find the one who will truly value her precious gift? The book also includes a beautiful read-along audio CD!

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(1) WINNER

will win a signed copy of unPLANNED

by Abby Johnson

VALUE of $22.99 cover_book

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Infinity Scarf Mantilla

by Veils by Lily

VALUE of $39

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An infinity scarf with a twist!

This soft sheer mantilla is an infinity scarf with a scalloped edge so it can be worn as part of your outfit outside the church and slipped over the head before entering. Available in 10 colors: black, white, ivory, chocolate (new), twilight blue, charcoal (most popular), periwinkle, lilac, watermelon, and fuchsia. Measures approximately 20″ long folded.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE Family Veil Set of three Starter Veils in mocha, black, & white

by Veils by Lily

TOTAL VALUE of $72

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Available in black, off-white, and mocha, this “starter” veil is perfect for women and girls of all statures. It features soft, lightweight Chantilly lace that drapes beautifully and an elegant narrow trim with no apparent seam. The soft Chantilly lace drapes beautifully and the back of the veil is nicely rounded. Measures approximately 44″ across by 18″ front to back. The “Family Veil Set” includes 1 black, 1 off-white, and 1 mocha veil.  

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(1) WINNER

will win a Gift Certificate of $30 from Catholic Printables Shoppe
by Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

Gift Certificate Giveaway 30 2015

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Enjoy a $30 Gift Certificate at our Catholic Printables Shoppe: 

over 30 Catholic Printables to pick from including our brand new Super Saints Craft Kits.  

::PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILES::

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a full set of the Saints and Heroes Collection of 11 animated films for kids,

which focus on the virtuous lives of the saints and heroic conquerors of the Faith.

by CCC of America

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As you plant seeds of faith now in your children – it’s fascinating to consider how that can play out in ordinary and extraordinary ways in the future. But even now, in a culture saturated with noise and immorality, even little people of faith can make a big impact.

CCC of America is known for its eleven captivating children’s animated films on the heroic and virtuous lives of the saints. Pioneers in the field of Catholic animation, these 30-minute movies have bring to life true heroic stories our children learn about faith and virtue during their young formative years.

Never underestimate the ability of little children to understand even the mysteries of our Catholic Faith. After all, didn’t Our Lady appear to Jacinta, Francisco, Lucia, Bernadette, as well as other little ones?

CCC of America will send the winners the DVDs along with other sweet treats!

[CCC PRODUCTIONS ARE 30 MIN AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND FRENCH]

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE eBook copy of Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms

by Brianna Heldt

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In writing Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms, I wanted to offer readers some of the tried and true things I’ve found helpful so far, both in raising my eight kids and managing my home.  These are very basic ideas that you can implement easily and quickly, and which will hopefully add value to your life. 

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(5) WINNERS

will each win ONE Kindle Edition copy of 

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood, An Anthology of 5 Catholic Bloggers

 by The Koala Mom

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This slender anthology aspires to encourage today’s moms in their vocation of motherhood. From beautiful poetry to practical tips, essays that capture the small moments of motherhood and reflections on mothering in today’s world, this anthology brings together a wealth of wisdom from five ordinary yet inspiring moms. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of 33 Day Family Consecration Program books

by Your Holy Family

TOTAL VALUE of $51

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The 33 Day Family Consecration Program has three components, Fr. Nathan Cromly’s Totus Tuus Consecration Book (Older Teens and Up), Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration (Ages 7 and Up), and Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration Coloring Book (Ages 2 and Up).  These three books can be used to provide a comprehensive program for your whole family to prepare for total consecration to Jesus through Mary as a family.  For more information on how to use these three resources together, please see the About pages in the 33 Day Family Consecration section of our website.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a Catholic Sistas Custom Rosary,

Rosary Bracelet (of the winner’s choosing), 

Greeting Card Sampler Package

Our Lady of Guadalupe Car Magnet

and a Katie Keogler Praise & Worship CD

by Keogler Studios

VALUE of $70 Keogler Studios Giveaway Package

Handmade Rosary, custom designed for Catholic Sistas (with the help of Martina). Rosary Crucifix and Center are from Rome and are blessed by Pope Francis (disclaimer: we are not selling the blessing, it’s just a perk and we’d like the winner to know); Handmade Rosary Bracelet, custom sized and designed by the winner! 10 small “Hail Mary Beads”, one larger “Our Father Bead” and delicate 1/2 inch Miraculous Medal; Spread the Gospel of Life wherever you go with our popular Car Magnet that reads: “At the Moment of Conception there is Eternal Life in the Womb;” Hand drawn by the matriarch of Keogler Studios, these Sacred Image Blank-Inside greeting cards are perfect for any occasion. Some of the images are now large etched glass windows on a Building at our Parish, St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT, as a tribute to the 20 students and 6 teachers that we lost on December 14th in a tragic school shooting; Katie Keogler, another talented member of our family, is a singer and song writer who travels around the country leading worship for Liturgy, Youth Events, and Conferences.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE “Blessed” cuff bracelet

by Pink Salt Riot

VALUE of $20
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 This elegant silver plated cuff bracelet features the word “blessed” taken from an old book and preserved under glass for long lasting wear. On good and bad days alike, carry this reminder that through it all you are deeply blessed! Cuff fits wrists up to 8 inches and has some give so you can squeeze it down a little smaller size or widen it slightly.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win RTY Swag — Rosary bracelet, Prayer Squirrel and a “surprise” Book

by Reconciled to You

VALUE of $40

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Rosary Bracelet – hand made bead rosary bracelet;  Prayer Squirrel – hand crafted polymer squirrel – place it some place in your home or work to remind you throughout the day to pray.  As host of A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on Real Life Radio, I am always finding new exciting Catholic books to feature on the show – I will share one of these!

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win Life of Jesus Complete Coloring Pack and Holy Heroes Matching Game

by Holy Heroes

VALUE of $27.80

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Get all FOUR of the Holy Heroes‘ coloring books teaching the Life of Jesus from the Annunciation through the Crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven by His side! Extended captions from Scripture make them more than just coloring books, but a great way to teach the story of Salvation History from the Bible. Also included in this prize is the Saints Memory Game. Children play the concentration memory game with these cards, inspiring their imaginations with stories of the saints pictured, the mysteries of the rosary from the images of Our Lord, and the joy of the Faith from the Holy HeroesAnswer Kid card! You’ll enjoy listening to your kids tell their friends the true-life stories of the saints as they play the game with their friends.

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(10) WINNERS

will each win ONE digital download of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators

by Catholic Author

VALUE of $4.99 each

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For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith. Bring them to life!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE custom pocket rosary

by Rosaries by Allison

VALUE of $20
image1One-decade pocket rosary with Emerald Swarovski crystal round beads and silver-plated Shamrock center and crucifix. {custom made specifically for the fourth anniversary giveaway}

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE complete set of The Illuminated Rosary books

(The Joyful Mysteries, The Luminous Mysteries, The Sorrowful mysteries, The Glorious Mysteries)

by Peanut Butter & Grace

VALUE of $64
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The books in The Illuminated Rosary series illuminate the mysteries of the rosary in sixty works of sacred art—one for each bead—to help readers pray the rosary more meditatively:

  • Each two-page spread includes a work of art on one page, and the words of the appropriate prayer on the opposite page.
  • A string of “beads” at the bottom of the text marks progress through each decade.
  • Each decade opens with a beautiful Scripture-based introduction to one of the mysteries as well as suggested prayer intentions.

The Illuminated Rosary is perfect for children just learning to pray the rosary. Younger children can turn the page after each Our Father and Hail Mary, and older children can use the text on each page to help them lead the rosary and memorize the prayers.

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(2) WINNERS

will each win a signed copy of Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

by Helen Alvare

VALUE of $16.95 BreakingThrough

Catholic women are some of the most maligned, most caricatured, and most intriguing people in American society. 

America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying “yes” to the faith as a private source of comfort, but “no” to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings. 
Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the church itself — questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today’s toughest issues?

A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say “no.” But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith.

Nine such Catholic women — varying widely in age, occupation and experience — share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories — full of honesty, but ultimately hope — shed new light and new clarity on women’s continued attraction to the Catholic faith.

Topics include:

Navigating dating and sexpectations

Feminism, freedom and contraception

Children versus a “better me”

Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal

Faith, psychology and same-sex attraction

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE hand stamped metal bracelet – winner’s choice

by Bay and Bee’s

VALUE of $15 for aluminum and $20 for copper/brass

custom bracelet

1 – 6″ x 1/4″ aluminum or copper or brass handstamped cuff bracelet: choice of: “faith-hope-LOVE”, “love”, “believe”, “blessed” OR winner’s choice of bible verse 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win For Immediate Assistance, Pray the Memorare by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JC; a CD – Our Lady Speaks, Reflections by Fr. Rocky, Fr. Simon, Rev. Daniel Farley, The Most Rev. David L. Ricken; a CD – Fathers Know Best, Answers to Your Faith Questions, by Fr. Rocky & Fr. Simon; a  CD – The Holy Eucharist, by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, and a Relevant Radio Car Fish Magnet

by Father Rocky of Relevant Radio

VALUE of $70.84 RR bundle

970 AM plus web

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE copy of Commentarii de Inepto Puero

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Latin translation

by Jeff Kinney and translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher 

and donated by Martina Kreitzer

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Et tu, Heffley? That’s right, international superstar Greg Heffley is now poised to conquer the classical world with this new Latin edition of the first book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a Vatican specialist who translates Pope Francis’s Tweets into Latin. The Wimpy Kid joins beloved characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, the Little Prince, Bilbo Baggins, and the Grinch as the latest in an elite pantheon of children’s books selected for Latin translation. Commentarii de Inepto Puero is sure to appeal to fans of the international bestselling series as well as to readers of all ages studying Latin, either for school credit or for fun. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE free issue of Radiant Awakening and a Radiant Awakening tee

by Radiant Magazine

VALUE of $10

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 Radiant is a modern, classy magazine covering traditional topics of the Catholic Church and applying them to the lives of young, Catholic women who are searching, learning and living out their unique calling with style, elegance, beauty, and grace.


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