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Morning Reflections: Prayers for Everyday Life

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Morning Reflections by Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the first book in the Inspirational Reflections Series by Whispering Pine Press International. I have had this book for several weeks now, and have thoroughly enjoyed waking up to its peaceful and uplifting devotionals. Each page features a Bible verse followed by one of Hood’s original poems, with a brief but insightful prayer completing the day’s reading. The devotionals are centered around themes that are reflected in verse, poem, and prayer alike, and this allows the reader to really concentrate on the message and internalize it. The poetry is simple yet poignant, a powerful and often elegant contemplation of various facets of the Christian walk. Thankfulness, praise, the filling of the Holy Spirit, the struggle to live righteously in a difficult world–all these topics and many more are meditated upon in Morning Reflections. I have found that my mornings tend to start much more smoothly when I set aside the time to quietly reflect on God, and Karen Hood‘s gentle, thoughtful words make it easy and enjoyable to do just that.

In the back of the book are three separate indexes that are helpful for finding a particular devotional quickly and easily: Index by First Line, Index by Bible Verse, and an Alphabetical Index. I really appreciated having these indexes handy to help me navigate the book to find my favorite poems and prayers again.

Morning Reflections also offers several other extra touches that I thought were particularly nice. There are several blank pages at the beginning of the book to provide space to write out my own thoughts on the reflection of the day, and there is a another page where you can fill in a personal message if you want to give Morning Reflections as a gift. There is a Reader Feedback form that can be mailed to Whispering Pine Press, something I have never seen before in a book and really appreciated because it shows that the publishers are truly interested in treating their readers right.

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Catholic TV & Radio Coverage of the 2010 Supreme Convention

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, August 2, 2010

Three Catholic television networks and two Catholic radio networks will be providing live coverage of the 128th Supreme Convention in Washington, D.C. August 3-5, 2010.
EWTN logoEWTN television will broadcast convention proceedings via its cable and satellite affiliates throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim of Asia. News Director Raymond Arroyo will be onsite Tuesday, Aug. 3, with live coverage of the opening Mass, the Supreme Knight’s annual report, and the States Dinner, as well as  interviews and updates on convention activities.
EWTN Radio will also broadcast live from the convention site and provide live audio of the opening Mass and business session.  EWTN is carried on many independent Catholic radio stations around the United States, as well as via streaming audio on the Internet.
Salt & Light TV                                                logoCanada’s Salt & Light TV will cover the convention events live to its audience of over two million people in Canada alone, and tens of thousands of people the world over viewing the live streaming on the Salt and Light website, providing English and French-language reports by Basilian Father Thomas Rosica and a team of correspondents.  S&L will cover all three days of this year’s Supreme Convention
Boston Cath TV logoBoston-based CatholicTV returns for its third year of broadcast coverage to its national audience. News anchor Kevin Nelson will provide live reports, activities and interviews from the convention site throughout the opening day’s events. Catholic TV is now available on selected cable systems around the United States.
Catholic Channel                                                logoSirusXM Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel will once again broadcast live from the convention, carrying The Busted Halo Show with Paulist Father Dave Dwyer on Monday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, August 3 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT.  New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York will also originate his weekly program, A Conversation with the Archbishop, from the convention site.

Click here for the 128th Supreme Convention Schedule and Information.