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Fifteen Things that Caught My Eye on the Last Day of the Year (Dec. 31, 2018)

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to on foster care and adoption, some explanation here. It also serves as the end-of-the-year pitch to donate to the National Review Institute.

1. Washington Post: My client’s death sentence for blasphemy was overturned. She still cannot leave Pakistan.

2. Crux: Vatican visit to Iraq symbolizes promise and peril for Christian presence



5. Fr. James V. Schall S.J., a beloved teacher and author – who has written here over the years — is said to likely be in his last days. Please offer a prayer for his peaceful passing and all who encountered him will truly live as God intends, as he has sought to.

6. I hold in my hands a copy of the new A Year with the Eucharist, a beautiful volume of daily meditations. If you’re a Catholic dismayed/angry/saddened by the scandals, this might be helpful spiritual reading and prompts for deeper prayer. It doesn’t have to start on January 1, but it also can. It’s available on Kindle for immediate purchase.

There’s something up with the Amazon delivery of the physical book, but I bought a few for presents directly from the publisher, St. Benedict’s Press, and they came quickly.

7. U.S. Catholic bishops are going on retreat this week. The Foundation for Prayer for Priests has launched a prayer campaign. Information here if you care to join.

8. Also for prayers:

9. USA Today: “Can you think about adopting me one day?”

10. Birthday Bash in a Box: Nonprofit Gives Kids in Foster Care a Reason to Celebrate

11. An encouragement to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers.

12. Also, something I wrote about the Holy Family.

13. My friends at Cave Pictures Publishing sent me a e-copy of a new graphic novel/a.k.a. comic book adaptation of George MacDonald’s Light Princess. It’s beautifully done and a good and touching story. Would you consider making a request today to a local comic book store to order it? What a gift it would be to have in every store in the country, awaiting readers who might receive quite a redemptive kind of surprise in finding it.

14. A Reader’s Resolution for 2019

15. God rest the soul of Bre Payton. A scholarship set up in her name. God bless all of the family and friends and colleagues who grieve her sudden death.

PLUS: Is Joy Possible?

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students SEEK event. Something like 17,000 college students. No doubt I’ll tweet from there — @KathrynLopez, if you’re interested.

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