Author: Therese Brown

New School Year Reads

At the ripe old age of five, I embarked on a long path of learning how to create a sense of orderliness and discipline for my mind, body, and heart. On my first day of kindergarten, my mother defined the...

New School Year Reads

Reading the Catholic Classics

What makes a literary classic? That was the opening question of a lecture during my last graduate theology course. The premise of the course was that the Lectionary can be read as a classic would. So, what is a classic?...

Reading the Catholic Classics

Seeing Beyond

As much as I loved working with the freshmen at Resurrection High School in Chicago, the ever-present challenge was to help them see beyond their own very circumscribed experiences. My thirteen- and fourteen-year-old students were growing in their knowledge of...

Seeing Beyond

Following the Way of God’s Love

I am a big fan of historical and contemporary romances and I consume them in exactly the way that Amazon Kindle envisioned it—voraciously. With a total of 664 in 2021 and over 300 as of mid-August 2022, I feel confident...

Following the Way of God’s Love

Tools for Ministry

I recently made one of my DIY dreams come true. In the unfinished section of our basement, I put up pegboard, added various sizes and shapes of hangers, and displayed all of my tools. Though the edges weren’t exactly level,...

Tools for Ministry

Finding Our Way

Six years ago, I finally took the introductory class at my local indoor rock climbing gym. Since then, I have made new friends and grown a community with a group of young adults who invited me to join them as...

Finding Our Way

Music in the Life of Faith

One Tuesday in the late 1960s, we met my Dad at the chapel in the Commerce Building at the University of Detroit for the five o’clock evening Mass. The Archdiocese of Detroit had been an “early adopter” when it came...

Music in the Life of Faith

Resolving Catholic Conflicts

Most of us have had some great bosses or pastors over the years, those who are educated, experienced, pastoral, and humble. Of course, it is during conflicts that leaders show their true colors. We often hear that leaders are remembered...

Resolving Catholic Conflicts

A CatholicsRead Summer Reading List

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer across the United States, so it’s the perfect time to put together a CatholicsRead summer reading list. This is my own personal summer reading list, a look at what you’d find stacked...

A CatholicsRead Summer Reading List

Numbers to Order Our Days

We are awash in numbers. Numbers order our days, our work, and our leisure. While 24, 7, and 365 might be three of the most prominent numbers in our lives, they are only some of the rather commonplace numbers that...

Numbers to Order Our Days