Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas blessings!

A short article about beautiful Christmas blessings through Mother Mary's Miraculous Medal...enjoy!

God bless you and keep you!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

As Morning Breaks: Interview with Lisa Hendey

I recently spoke with a dear fellow Mom, friend, and Catholic writer, Lisa Hendey about her latest project: As Morning Breaks.

 As Morning Breaks looks beautiful! Would you kindly tell us why you decided to produce this book, Lisa?

Lisa Hendey: Thank you Donna-Marie for your support for this project! On, we added a new Daily Gospel Reflection feature in 2014. Every day on the website, we begin our day with a prayerful reflection on the day’s gospel. The feature has grown to be so popular that we now have readers literally around the globe praying the gospel together each morning.

For 2015, we decided to turn this feature into book format to enable our readers to both pray the gospel anywhere and to enable them to provide needed support for our website. The book is priced at only $2.99 for 685 pages of beautiful inspiration. 100% of our proceeds from the book go directly to our support fund for, which pays our ever increasing hosting and editorial fees. We give all of our resources away free of charge, but of course there is an expense related to providing them. We pray that this gift for our readers will also provide a small source of revenue for our site to enable us to meet some of our goals for the New Year.

How many writers have contributed to this book? How did you find them?

Lisa: All of our writers on this project are volunteers. At, we have over 150 talented writers, like you Donna-Marie, who all share their writing free of charge to support our readers. Our fantastic Daily Gospel Reflection team wrote this book. The team is comprised of mothers, fathers, singles, a college student, a permanent Deacon and his wife, a religious sister, and folks from across the spectrum of ages and locations. We come together with the gospel as our focus, but the perspectives you’ll find in this book are unique and varied. The one key commonality is a true love for the Word of God and a deeply held desire to be both in that Word and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.

How can this book help the typical Catholic in the pews?

Lisa: Many Catholics only receive a small “taste” of the Gospel when they attend Mass on Sunday. As Morning Breaks invites the reader to read the gospel daily, but then to go even a step deeper to “ponder” the gospel with a simple reflection question and to “pray” a short line of prayer in communion with others who are doing the same in their own homes. Donna-Marie, I love that we as Church share our lectionary around the world and that even though you and I live on opposite ends of the country, we will be praying the same daily gospel. I believe this deeper examination of the gospels can help the average Catholic plunge more deeply into the Word, and to be continually uplifted by the connection between the gospels and the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.

Can your book help those who are not so committed to going to Mass?

Lisa: The gospels are infectious! I recently met a woman who called herself a Catholic but who did not own a bible and rarely attended Mass. She was wanting to return to the Church and also deeply desired a more fruitful relationship with Our Blessed Mother Mary. I had the great joy of reading a few of the early chapters of the Gospel of Luke with her. I watched her joyful expression as she literally—for the first time—discovered the joy of the gospel. I think those of us who are at church all the time forget that there are those who may not own a bible or even know how to read it.

For those who have not been at Mass regularly, I believe that praying with As Morning Breaks will help them to connect on a deeper level with the Word of God. The book is so inexpensive and completely accessible even on their phone that they can take it and pray with it anywhere. I truly hope that praying the book with our writers will entice those who have been away from the Eucharist to truly long for the Word. I believe that daily reading of the Gospels will build in them a desire to know more and to be more active in their practice of our beautiful faith.

What are your hopes for this book?

Lisa: My greatest hope for As Morning Breaks is that families and individuals will discover the true joy of praying the gospel as part of the “first fruits” of a vibrant morning prayer routine. When we give our earliest moments to God and seek God’s will for our days, our entire life is more simple, more productive, and more joy-filled. 

Additionally, I do hope that readers of this book will understand that with their modest purchase price of only $2.99, that they support a world-wide apostolate in We need and greatly appreciate their support so that we can continue to reach out and spread our love for Christ and the Church to all of those we serve!

Is there anything else you'd like to add? 

Lisa: Thank you for your support Donna-Marie. Talented writers like you are the heart and soul of I invite your readers to come and visit us on the web at We truly provide something for everyone: daily “tech talk” features, book and movie reviews, resources for your Domestic Church, free printable children’s activities, meatless recipes every Friday, and of course our daily gospel reflections.

You are very kind, Lisa. Where can we find your book?

Lisa: Find the book at Amazon at While the book is in “kindle” format, you do not need to own a kindle to read it. You can read the book on any phone, tablet, or computer using the free Kindle app. We thank you readers for their support!

Thank you very much, Lisa. May God bless this project!

Christmas blessings!

Friday, December 19, 2014

THE GOOD LIE true-life story coming out soon on DVD!

Warner Bros. THE GOOD LIE is coming out on BluRay and DVD Dec. 23rd. The movie tells the true-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, their lives torn apart by civil war, left to grow up in refugee camps, then given the opportunity through the efforts of church groups and other charities to embark on new lives in the U.S. It stars Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and some actual former Lost Boys in pivotal roles. 

When it was released in theaters in October, reviewers described it with words like “terrific,” “uplifting,” “moving,” “life-changing,” “unforgettable” “brilliant,” “entertaining” and “joyful.” Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that audiences polled by Cinemascore, the industry standard for gauging filmgoer opinions, rated THE GOOD LIE an “A+” – just the 53rd movie in the last 30 years to receive that honor. 

Here’s a special video feature about the real-life stories behind the film, complete with interviews from Reese Witherspoon, Producer Ron Howard and the Lost Boys in the cast:


“Moving and unforgettable…The Good Lie is a movie that simultaneously enlightens and inspires.” 
Michael Medved, The Michael Medved Show

“Reese Witherspoon delivers strong and giving performance.” 
James Rocchi, TheWrap


Blu-ray and Digital HD include touching bonus features such as “The Good Lie Journey”

Burbank, CA, November 11, 2014 – Miracles happen when “The Good Lie” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on December 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) and the Lost Boys, a group of real-life Sudanese refugees. Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.  

Along with Witherspoon and Stoll, the film stars real-life Sudanese refugees Arnold Oceng (“My Brother the Devil,” “Adulthood”) and newcomer Kuoth Wiel; Ger Duany (“I Heart Huckabees”) and rapper Emmanuel Jal, who were both former child soldiers and Lost Boys; and Femi Oguns (BBC’s “The Casualty”). Rounding out the cast are Sarah Baker as Faith Based Charities volunteer Pamela Lowi; and, as the younger Lost Boys, Peterdeng Mongok, Okwar Jale, Thon Kueth, Deng Ajuet and Keji Jale, all of whom are children of Sudanese refugees.  

Philippe Falardeau directed “The Good Lie” from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle. The film was produced by Academy Award® winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Molly Mickler Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Oscar® nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Kim Roth, Ellen H. Schwartz, Deepak Navar, and Bobby and Deb Newmyer served as executive producers. Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media present a Black Label Media, Imagine Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment Production.  

The Good Lie” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 *Price corrected on 11/12/14* and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “The Good Lie” via purchase from digital retailers.


They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.  

Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.  

Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll). 


“The Good Lie” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
  • The Good Lie Journey
  • Deleted Scenes


The Good Lie” will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. “The Good Lie” will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, Target Ticket, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.


Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99 *Price corrected on 11/12/14*

Standard Street Date: December 23, 2014
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use.
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Would you like to win a copy of the DVD? Just leave a comment here about why you'd like to win and you will be placed in a drawing.

God bless!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Pausing to ponder the meaning of the season

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FREE e-book from Ignatius Press!

Ignatius Press is giving away a FREE e-book: Terrapin by T.M. Doran. Also included is his new short mystery story, The Linden Murder Case Mystery

This giveaway will be available until November 24. Here is a link to this limited time giveaway:

God bless!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Saturday at Catholic Mom's Cafe

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Wednesday on Catholic Mom's Cafe plus contests!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Here's the scoop on the contests this week

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Are you ready for Friday BUNDLE contest?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar

Mary of Nazareth is a stunning and inspiring movie--an epic film on the Mother of Christ. It moved me to tears. I have heartily endorsed this movie.

View from the Domestic Church is delighted to be a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

In this visit along the blog crawl we are focusing on the  Second Sorrowful Mystery: The scourging at the pillar.

Watch this newly released clip on the Scourging at the Pillar here:

"Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and struck him with their hands" (Jn 19:1-3).
"Jesus' sufferings took their historical, concrete form from the fact that he was 'rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes' (Mk 8:31 ), who 'handed him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified' (Mt 20:19)" (CCC, 572).
Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.

I encourage you to check out tomorrow’s clip at Family Theater Productions Blog. Angela Calabro will bring us the “Crucifixion”. 

I am confident that you will want to purchase this excellent movie for your family. To do so check it out here:

God bless you!

May Mother Mary keep you close to Her Immaculate Heart!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Seven Saints for Seven Virtues

Jean Heimann
Blog Tour Interview with Jean Heimann, Author of  Seven Saints for Seven Virtues 

Donna-Marie: Jean, I've enjoyed your blog Catholic Fire for years. Now you have a book! Your book is beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. You have selected seven stellar saints to write about in your book, Seven Saints for Seven Virtues. Why did you select these specific saints?
Jean Heimann: Before I began writing my book, I prayed about which saints I should write about and the Holy Spirit guided me in their selection. I also had a personal relationship with the saints I write about in the book, that is, I communicate with them on a regular basis in my daily prayers and ask them to intercede in specific situations. These particular saints possess the virtues that I discuss in the book.  They are, in fact, heroic models of the virtues. 
Donna-Marie: What are the seven virtues you write about?
Jean: The seven virtues I discuss are: charity, chastity, diligence, humility, kindness, patience, and temperance.
Donna-Marie: Why did you select these particular virtues?
Jean: These seven virtues are known as the heavenly virtues, which are in opposition to the seven vices or the seven deadly sins. I wanted to show my readers that it is possible to turn away from the seven deadly sins – greed, lust, sloth, pride, envy, anger, and gluttony and to overcome them by practicing the virtues of charity, chastity, diligence, humility, kindness, patience, and temperance.
Donna-Marie: What audience did you have in mind when writing your book?
Jean: The book was written for adolescents and adults, both male and female, Catholic and non-Catholic who desire to develop virtues, to love God more in this life, and to spend their eternity with him in the next life. In other words, it is written for people who desire to grow in holiness.
Donna-Marie: Can you tell us a bout the format of your book?
Jean: Each chapter begins with a saint quote about the specific virtue to be discussed in that chapter. Then, I give a brief biography of the saint, discussing why that saint is a model of that virtue, including various examples of how the saint modeled that virtue in his or her life. I follow that with a definition of the virtues, explaining it thoroughly, and follow that with a modern day model of the virtue. Each chapter ends with a prayer.
Donna-Marie: What is the best way to describe the purpose of your book? 
Jean: The purpose of Seven Saints for Seven Virtues is to assist people who are interested in drawing closer to the Lord how to do that by providing them with saints to show them the way.  I explain how to concretely take the steps to acquire heavenly virtues and to help them through the example modern models, and with prayer – my prayers, their own prayers, and the prayers of the saints.
Donna-Marie: Can you share a modern day example who is a model of a specific virtue? 
Jean: In the chapter on chastity, my modern day model of chastity is Rebecca Dussault, a thirty-three year-old wife and mother of four, and an elite athlete, who modeled the virtue in her single life and who continues to model it as a married woman and mother. I show how chastity is possible for a lay person who is out in the world and that it is not just a virtue for religious who have taken a vow of celibacy.
Donna-Marie: Which groups would benefit from reading your book.
Jean: In a Catholic parish – RCIA groups, marriage preparation groups, youth groups, adult formation groups, book groups. Any person – Christian or non-Christian—who desires to grow in their spiritual life will benefit from reading this book.
Donna-Marie: Where did you get the idea for writing this book?
Jean: I have been interested in the saints since I was a child and renewed that interest when I returned to the Catholic Church after a long absence. In fact, the saints helped draw me back to my Faith.  I developed a deep admiration and devotion toward the saints who drew me closer to the Heart of Jesus.
Donna-Marie: What qualifies you to write a book on the saints and the virtues?
Jean: My deep devotion to the saints, my desire to guide others to grow in holiness, and my love for God are the best qualifiers I can think of.  I also have experience as a psychologist and educator, as a writer, and as a Catholic wife and mother, to lead others, in a gentle and compassionate way, down the narrow road to eternal life. My Master’s degree in Theology adds depth to my understanding of God and His great love for each one of us.
Donna-Marie: Thank you very much for sharing with us. May God bless all who read your book!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: And the contests begin!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Win, celebrate, win, celebrate, win!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chatting on the air waves this morning...

I discussed my upcoming new TV series on EWTN this morning on the Son Rise Morning Show. Here's the MP3 of the segment in which I announced the series and also some cool prizes!

God bless!

Friday, September 19, 2014

THE SONG movie debuting SOON!

Have you heard about THE SONG? It's a beautiful love story.

A scene from the film
Here's my endorsement of the film:

Captivating, gritty, and tender—The Song is a powerful faith-based movie about redeeming love. The foolishness and wisdom of Solomon are woven throughout each scene. Masterful acting portrays the messiness of real life temptations gone awry when greed and selfishness prevail and focus on faith in God is lost. The Song is guaranteed to impact lives.

Here's my conversation with the star Alan Powell. But, first a short description:

The Song is a romantic drama inspired by the Song of Solomon with a modern-day setting: today’s country music scene. Written and directed by Richard Ramsey and releasing nationwide on September 26 from Samuel Goldwyn Films and City On A Hill Studio, The Song addresses themes of love, sex, and the meaning of life (it is rated PG-13).
The film is about singer-songwriter Jed King, who is desperately struggling to get away from the ubiquitous specter of his country-music legend father and finally make a mark of his own. After reluctantly accepting a little gig at a local vineyard, everything changes for Jed and he falls madly in love. He marries, and among his grand romantic gestures is writing a hit love song inspired by his love for his bride. Though Jed was determined to stay true to God, his wife, and his music, the temptations abounding in the life of a famous singer-songwriter take their toll, and Jed falls from grace, only to see the redeeming power of faith and love assert itself in his life.

See the conversation here at Catholic World Report.

Would you like to win a super cool THE SONG shirt? I have TWO to give away! I happen to own one myself. I'd model it for you in this post, but then I'd have to go upstairs and get it and put it on and then take a picture and post it...well, you know. But, please take my word, it is a really nice shirt (and soft too!). 

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me in one or two lines why you want to see this movie. You don't have to be profound or witty. All entries will go into a random drawing. Please also leave your email address too so I can get in touch with you if you win. That's all! 

Please like THE SONG's facebook  page and follow them on twitter @SeetheSong

Don't forget to enter the fun THE SONG shirt contest! I'll look forward to your entries.

God bless!