What’s an Athenaeum?

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Happy World Mission Sunday!  And how appropriate that today the parents of St. Therese, the patron saint of missionaries, were canonized by Pope Francis.  Louis and Zelie Martin blogger-image-905881962are the first married couple in history to be canonized at the same time.  We thank God for their beautiful witness to the joy of family life.  Their example and intercession is needed now more than ever, as families struggle to survive amidst a culture of death.  In a recent interview Pope Francis said Louis and Zelie were, “a couple of evangelizers that witnessed the beauty of faith in Jesus, within the domestic walls and outside.”  This is the call of each and every family.  As the Synod on the Family draws to a close let us continue to pray for the Church, as the Bishops and the Holy Father discern how best to help support and protect families in a world hostile to the virtues of family.

Looking for a good book?  12079082_10153061607962301_1849711086471367688_nYesterday we went live with the Athenaeum page on our newly revamped texasnuns.com website.   What’s an athenaeum?  it’s like a library or a reading room, but it sounds fancier.  Here you will find a plethora of books, periodicals and media resources.  These pages will continue to grow, so keep an eye on them.  To start with, we gave you the wonderful books from Fr. John McCloskey’s Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.  If a book looks interesting, click on it to find a retailer.  In the cases where a book is available to read free online, the link will take you there.  As we were doing the final check on the pages yesterday we kept finding books we can’t wait to read.  We hope you find something that you may never have considered before.  Happy reading!