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Grace Cafe Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.57" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2008
Publisher   Circle Press
ISBN  1933271213  
EAN  9781933271217  


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Ever wish you had a cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother ... a step-by-step guide for various domestic church situations? Consider your prayers answered. The recipe theme may be lighthearted, fun even, but there s real nourishment to be had in this wonderful dish too. Inspiriting entrees practical ways Catholic women can live out their familial vocation are seasoned with simple suggestions for answering Christ s universal call to holiness. Lovely poems conclude each chapter on a note of warmth that will lift hearts beyond the kitchen and up the path toward heaven.

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Ever wish you had a cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother ]] a step-by-step guide for various "domestic church" situations? Consider your prayers answered. The recipe theme may be lighthearted, fun even, but there's real nourishment to be had in this wonderful dish too. Inspiriting entrees practical ways Catholic women can live out their familial vocation are seasoned with simple suggestions for answering Christ's universal call to holiness. Lovely poems conclude each chapter on a note of warmth that will lift hearts beyond the kitchen and up the path toward heaven.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donna-Marie Cooper O Boyle is a Catholic wife, mother of five, and host and creator of the EWTN series "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms." A catechist, speaker, and journalist, she is the bestselling author of numerous Catholic books, including "Embracing Motherhood." She lives in Connecticut."

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What richness!  Mar 8, 2009
I started reading "Grace Café" by Donna-Marie Cooper-O'Boyle in Cool Beans Coffee Shop in Bellefonte on one frozen February morning. My husband and I can often be found there on Sundays while CCD classes are in progress. Cool Beans has comfortable arm chairs and a gas fireplace; it is the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee and read a wonderful book. It was especially suited for reading "Grace Café," which further develops many of the themes put forth in "The Domestic Church," but in a more personal and conversational style.

Once again, Donna-Marie shows us the meaning in the meaningless. That is, we have been convinced by the world that everything we women do in order to run a home is meaningless, since we are not bringing in a pay check to do what we do. Here are some lines that I highlighted in my copy of the book:

"We live in a society where, sadly, a woman's value is most times measured by the size of her paycheck or lack of one. If a mom decides to devote her time to her family's care without pursuing outside employment, she may be considered to be less significant or inferior....

I have experienced jabs of jealousy and criticism from others at times because I was committed to raising my children full time....Others would say, 'Oh, it's nice you have the luxury to stay at home.'

Yet I believe that it is not a luxury~ it is a choice and a decision to do without some material things and comforts to be there for our little ones; it also requires putting aside our own aspirations for achievement in a particular field or direction. We have brought children into the world or accepted children through adoption, we should care for them assiduously." (pp.24-25)

While "Grace Café" is an immensely charming book, it takes a searing look at the attacks upon the family and upon women which masquerade as liberation.

"A woman is given a role to care for others, specifically because she is a woman, because she is feminine. Femininity is a beautiful thing! Radical feminism is ugly. Woman have to realize that from their femininity will blossom many graces and blessings for society and for their families. Attempting to change a woman into a man does nothing but confuse matters and destroys families in the process...."(p.96)

Since not all women are called to be mothers in the physical sense, Grace Café explores the different ways of "mothering:"

"Obviously, not all women are mothers; however, they can be mothers to others in their midst because women are given motherly hearts. I know many women who are not mothers but who are mothers to so many around them." (pp.96-97)

Rich in quotations from Scripture, saints, and pontiffs, "Grace Café" combines simplicity and profundity in an amazing manner. With Our Lady and St. Joseph as companions, we can find holiness in the fulfillment of the everyday duties of our states of life. Even when Donna-Marie is pointing out the flaws in our society, her tone is always one of hope and encouragement; it is a book which uplifts and energizes, not just in a sentimental way, but in a manner that inspires transformation in behavior as well as in attitude.
 
Recipes for Faithful Mothering  Mar 4, 2009
I chose to read Grace Café: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering based on this description: "Ever wish you had a cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother.... a step-by-step guide for various "domestic church" situations." While there are no recipes for tasty dinners, the author does give `recipes' for ways to incorporate our Faith more fully into our daily personal and family life.
From the beginning, O'Boyle acknowledges that a mother's life is busy but still our Lord is calling us to holiness. She reminds readers that our Lord "placed mothers in the heart of the home" and that we can be sanctified in the everyday tasks of wife and mother.
We are reminded to find time for prayer, teach our children to pray and to remember to keep holy the Lord's Day. O'Boyle shares a long list of practical suggestions to make Sunday a more special day in our family while acknowledging that the world doesn't share the same outlook.
I love the way the author inserted quotes from Scripture, the Catechism, saints, encyclicals, and even a Catholic dictionary. Each chapter begins with a quote and ended with a `recipe card'. The only thing missing from this book are discussion questions. I will be recommending this book to our parish's Moms' Ministry for consideration for reading and discussion next year.
 
A Generous Serving of Love at Grace Cafe  Feb 25, 2009
Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle has given us just that in her beautiful book Grace Cafe.
She fills you up with truths from Church documents, encyclicals and inspiring words from such saints as Therese of Lisieux and St. Joseph. She truly shines her light on Christian motherhood.

Donna Marie shows us mothers how to turn our everyday lives into one constant prayer and offering to the Lord. Beginning our day with prayer for our families. Asking Our Lord to bless our families and our husbands.

As wives and mothers we are placed by God as specially appointed keepers of our domestic churches. The opportunities to holiness are endless. Holiness is found in the teaching of prayers to your children, in fixing supper for your husband and even in the laundry piled high.

I highly recommend this book for those occasions when you feel overwhelmed by it all. This book ends with some beautiful prayers and poems that will renew and refresh you.

 
Welcome Nourishment  Feb 13, 2009
Grace Cafe offers "recipes" that will nourish any mother (perhaps especially anyone struggling with her vocation as a stay-at-home mom), reinforced with quotes from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, and various saints. Welcome nourishment for any mom!

 
Grace Cafe...the transcendence of Catholic Motherhood!  Dec 8, 2008
Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle has once again hit a home run with her latest work, Grace Café!
Her latest book is a great testimony to the vocational call of motherhood that manifests itself in a sublime sacramental and pragmatic manner in our Catholic Church. The examples of feminine individuality and determination that Donna presents in such illustrious characters as Teresa of Calcutta, Theresa of the Little Flower, The Virgin Mother, Saint Mary Madeline and so forth are stirring examples of the critical importance women play in the daily sanctification and evangelization of the Catholic faith.

The most incredible points are when you take graced spiritual moments and apply them to the 21st century pursuit of holiness...such as a "domestic prayer chapel" and the raising up of domestic activities as part of the overall developing plan of God's creation are moments that deserve great prayer and pondering by all faithful people.
Grace Café is an exceptionally fine example of putting Catholic theological concepts into practical everyday illustrations of our Catholic worship. What I find especially uplifting is the central focus Donna places on the maternal role of leadership in prayer and faith that is often times forgotten in our harried and secularized lives. The proper formation and education of the Catholic faith rightly belongs to Catholic parents, especially roots of faith catechesis and evangelization focused in the Catholic home and hearth.


However, the inclusion of Fulton Sheen in the last chapter truly shows how important the planting of the Gospel message in the fertile ground of Catholic family life is so critically important for the future of the growing and living Church. The mentioning of the 50's iconic Archbishop Sheen strongly places an emphasis for all parents to consider catechesis through the familiar teachings of our own foundations of Catholic Theology. The message of Archbishop Sheen was simply a magnificent tool of Catholic faith exegesis through the simple grace filled moments of everyday living. Donna Marie's Grace Café clearly reminds all of us, that our faith is indeed nurtured by all of the special moments we all share as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers and grandchildren as we live our faith in a daily unfolding of God's grace and sanctification.

Donna's stories and personal reflections are indicative of our common religious upbringing, such as recalling your grandmother's apartment, and saying the family rosary are magnificent signs and anchors of the transmission of faith that truly is nourished and enhanced by the everyday domestic trials and tribulations of Catholic motherhood.
Most significantly the maternal obligation and responsibility incumbent on all Catholic mothers illustrates the magnificent nurturing nature that is Catholic motherhood and the development of Catholic spiritual coherence. Grace Café clearly heralds the great ministry of Mary, the Mother of Jesus as she set the model and example for all future Catholic theological maternal relationships.

Grace Café is a great book, which uniquely strikes a resonant chord in my Catholic foundational background. It will do the same for your spiritual reading.

 

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