My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Wise words from Father Bloom

Birth Control and Natural Family Planning: "The law of unintended consequences can also be seen in another goal of the Pill: To reduce poverty by eliminating large families. They have virtually disappeared from our society, but questions remain. What is the best gift parents can give their child: A new car or a new little brother? And for that matter where does wealth come from? It is true a large family will probably be more hard pressed to make ends meet when the children are growing up, but there are lots of indications that that can be recouped in the long run. I think of my own four brothers and one sister. I do not want to romanticize our upbringing or say we are more cohesive than is true, but I consider overall we have been a help to each other. That help can be measured not only spiritually, but even economically.
And we have made a contribution to other folks' betterment. I used to offer my own family as an example to large families in Peru. Raise your kids with good values and a certain respect. They will be good not only for each other but society in general. Peru's poverty in fact is not caused by overpopulation. If anything, the opposite is true. The country in the last census counted only 23 million people. France has twice that number and one half the territory of Peru. Peru has enormous resources of land, petroleum, fisheries, minerals, water and so on. Its natural resources would be the envy of Japan or Korea. Yet it lacks the people to develop them. It is an open question whether Peru's population will ever attain the 'critical mass' necessary for development. The rate of growth in fact is quickly dropping in that country, partly because of pressure from the U.S. to use the Pill, the IUD and to sterilize women and men. "