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Author Archive: Anabelle Hazard

Anabelle Hazard is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, learning homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels “Written in the Sand and Stars” & “Fireflies Dance”), and unpredictable blogger at Written By the Finger of God.

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5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

November 26, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

If you’re on the hunt for Catholic books for you and your teen, here are five to choose from: How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard by Aurora Griffin is an all-inclusive spiritual and practical guide for every young adult leaving the nest for the jungle.  ‘How I Stayed Catholic’ is charmingly seasoned with the author’s […]

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Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

August 12, AD2016 5 Comments
Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

The rosary is not just for little old church ladies and pious nuns locked up in convents. It’s been prayed by brave soldiers, young martyrs, brilliant scientists, key political figures, and recently, a hopeless hippie drug addict. But the real question is: why should everyone, including and especially you pray the rosary? Fr. Donald Calloway, […]

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The Go-To Saint for Your Medical Needs

July 22, AD2016 5 Comments
The Go-To Saint for Your Medical Needs

There’s a doctor-saint in heaven that has successfully interceded for several of my medical related intentions. He promptly answered my request for finding a compassionate pediatrician, helped find treatment to mysterious symptoms, and even obtained a cure for our family.             Born in Italy in 1880, Saint Giuseppe Moscati practiced medicine in the early twentieth […]

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Book Review: “Invited” and Interview With Author Stephanie Calis

June 30, AD2016 2 Comments
Book Review: “Invited” and Interview With Author Stephanie Calis

I have one regret about my wedding day. “Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner” penned by Stephanie Calis had not been published then. “Invited” is the one book you need as soon as you become engaged. It is the book you will want to gift your children or best friends or sisters when they get […]

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Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

June 2, AD2016 2 Comments
Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

When I saw that the eloquent Laura Fanucci, who blogs at Mothering Spirit, had written a book “Everyday Sacrament” published by Liturgical Press, I had to read it and interview her. “Everyday” is a collection of essays on a mother’s life from infertility to expectancy to birth and beyond with theological reflections on the Sacraments. […]

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Book Review: Chiara Corbella Petrillo’s Lovestory

May 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Chiara Corbella Petrillo’s Lovestory

That Our Lady brings couples together is not news to me. But the unique love story of one such Italian couple that began with Our Lady’s obvious presence and ended on what the world deems a tragedy is something I don’t read everyday. Chiara Corbela Petrillo was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28, […]

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“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

May 7, AD2016 0 Comments
“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ignatius Press’ latest fiction: the award-winning Fiorella de Maria’s “We’ll Never Tell Them.” A novel about a twenty first century nurse from Britain (Kristjana) who runs away to Jerusalem and encounters the story of a Maltese-British woman (Liljana) sounded like an intriguing premise. And it was. With […]

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Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

April 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

I’ll admit to being star struck at Mother Angelica’s funeral. Not just at Jim Caviezel, the famous EWTN personalities, or the sturdy pillars of the Church, but at all the future saints who were in attendance; both VIPS and those of us in the nosebleed section. Fr. Joseph Wolfe’s homily emphasized that most of us […]

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Book Review and Interview with Nancy Carabio Belanger

March 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review and Interview with Nancy Carabio Belanger

  “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good book in the slightest” C.S. Lewis Nancy Carabio Belanger’s latest novel “The Gate” passes the Lewis test. It is a Catholic novel about Joshua Lasko, a smart-alecky middle school boy, whose faith disappears at his father’s death. He meets Pie, a […]

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Book Review: Is ‘The Kiss of Jesus’ Right for You?

January 9, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Is ‘The Kiss of Jesus’ Right for You?

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s memoir “The Kiss of Jesus” is best categorized as an appropriate Lenten read. It is an honest story of a woman’s difficult, harrowing journey through unfortunate relationships and troubled marriages in an unjust world. Through it all, Ms. Cooper O’Boyle rediscovers and heroically clings to her Catholic faith, and challenges us to […]

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What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

October 20, AD2015 2 Comments
What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

According to pop culture’s definition of ‘soulmates’, I didn’t marry mine. When my husband and I met, our eyes didn’t simultaneously gaze across a crowded room to find each other, with a swelling orchestra crescendo for a backdrop. He didn’t propose aboard a rose-strewn yacht offering to travel the oceans of life with me. On […]

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How to Outrun Armageddon (Or 5 Ways to Stay in Spiritual Shape)

September 2, AD2015 0 Comments
How to Outrun Armageddon (Or 5 Ways to Stay in Spiritual Shape)

  Someone’s idea of a practical joke was to register me for an advanced physical fitness class. The first day, our instructor marked our running time by ordering the entire class to run five laps outside the gym. I circled one block, panting in the heat, before I decided to hide until the final lap, […]

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What Do Fetal Parts and Relics Have in Common?

July 24, AD2015 0 Comments
What Do Fetal Parts and Relics Have in Common?

That Planned Parenthood was selling baby organs (oh excuse me, “tissue” according to the PP public statements, but not according to my biology teacher) didn’t even raise a lick of hair on my eyebrow. I’d researched detailed abortion procedures for my novel, heard Jill Stanek describe partial birth abortions and knew fetal parts were used […]

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What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

May 8, AD2015 8 Comments
What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

The heated online vaccine debate in some Catholic circles has my jaw dropping like a draw bridge. Respectable mommies are acting like kids: name-calling, pointing out who started what, bullying their dissenters, tattling to Big Brother for back up… Good grief, mommas, can we just sit on time out and bring to trial the legal […]

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Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

March 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all […]

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How To Handle Those Mixed Feelings about the Pope’s Remarks

January 23, AD2015 63 Comments
How To Handle Those Mixed Feelings about the Pope’s Remarks

It pains me to read rabid criticism from Catholics towards a real human being, who happens to be our Supreme Pontiff. At the same time, I feel sorry for the sting that large families (who selflessly welcome children and witness to our faith in their vocation) felt from that twisted now infamous rabbit interview. My […]

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Was Your Marriage “Meant to Be”?

January 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Was Your Marriage “Meant to Be”?

That Matt Walsh is one of the best voices for Catholic values in my generation. He presents truth to the world unabashedly and eloquently. I have often wanted to high-five him for his most controversial posts, and if there was a chance to win an interview and free coffee with him, I would jump at […]

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But Catholics DO Have a Relationship With Christ

December 13, AD2014 55 Comments
But Catholics DO Have a Relationship With Christ

I had to stop reading a novel written by one of my favorite Christian authors. One of the characters, a minister, delivered a sermon about how he would rather have a relationship with Christ than belong to a religion of rules. I couldn’t get past that misconception swiped at the Catholic Church. Whoa, preacher! Who […]

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A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

October 30, AD2014 18 Comments
A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

I’ve been in jail more times than I’d like to count, and certainly more times than I intended.   I’ve forgotten the names and faces of incarcerated clients, but I remember vividly the feeling of walls on every corner of a cell entombing me, the menacing glint of ankle cuffs, the fwoosh of an airtight door […]

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How is Evangelization Judging?

September 5, AD2014 14 Comments
How is Evangelization Judging?

“Don’t judge me!” A flabbergasted wrinkle joins my forehead. Wait. What? I was just relating to a friend how the Church changed my mind about birth control, or maybe I was posting a funny meme about modest dress, or showing my picture joining a pro-life rally, when I heard those unbelievable words.             How is […]

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The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

“I could never stay home barefoot and pregnant with kids all day,” my twenty-four-year-old law student self thought. “I’d be so bored; I’d go crazy! I’ll miss adult conversation. I’ll waste my education. I couldn’t say goodbye to me-time. I won’t be able to afford designer purses and exotic vacations.  I refuse to be a […]

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The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family

July 10, AD2014 13 Comments
The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family

There’s someone out there you want to see safely home in the Catholic Church, right? Someone you know would be the next St. Augustine, if he found truth and decided to work for truth for the rest of his life.  You’ve been evangelizing to him by buying books and videos, posting articles on social media, […]

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Summer Readiness: 5 Things Catholics Forget

June 12, AD2014 21 Comments
Summer Readiness: 5 Things Catholics Forget

You’re on vacation, zip open your suitcase and slap your forehead when you realize that you forgot to pack your sunhat, flip-flops, band-aids, and lipstick taser. Don’t fret, its normal, and there’s always the souvenir shop with the 200% mark up that will gladly sell you what you should’ve packed in the first place. Since […]

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