Too many snow storms = many events with books left over! Check out my book sale going on now! Learn more about Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious or order a signed copy!
Retreating…

Retreating…

I’m on an 8-day retreat.

Hope to be back to writing and podcasting soon.

Let us pray for one another.

Recap: Photos from the Sisters In Faith Conference, Billings MT

Recap: Photos from the Sisters In Faith Conference, Billings MT

Thank you, good women of Montana, and sponsor KJCR –Billings Catholic Radio, and all the other sponsors, for an unforgettable two days of wine, women, and song! (and prayer, and talks, and sisterhood, of course!)

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Joining me as a co-presenter was the gifted singer, Jaime Thietten.

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The event coordinators, Julie Koerber (r) and Pam Purinton (l).

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Yours truly, presenting on Saturday.

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Trust me, Jaime Thietten has great pipes and a beautiful testimony. Find her music here.

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Momma Mary, front and center!

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Wine, cheese, light fare on Friday night!

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A guest appearance by Pope Francis’ stunt double!

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I really enjoyed having Jaime Thietten along for this event. Her music really complimented the message of the talks I gave on Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious and our morning and evening prayers. We were able to collaborate in a way that does not often happen between conference speakers, and I’m very grateful to the conference leadership for the opportunity to craft a program with Jaime where we could share our gifts alongside one another.

I hope to have Jaime as a guest on an episode of Among Women in the weeks to come!

In the meantime, I wanted to share this video of one of Jaime’s songs. In her testimony talk over the weekend, she shared how her the Lord has led her to sing and to be a voice for the unborn. This song is a powerful reminder of the deep heartache that often accompanies a woman’s life, even years after an abortion. Keep a tissue handy.

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Finally home after this 4-day jaunt. I was amazed at the mild temps in Montana and no snow! I flew home via Minnesota and they didn’t have snow either! We’re still looking at the white stuff here in MA, as we got a few inches while I was away. There’s about a 18-24 inches covering the yard, and a 6-foot high plow pile at the end of the driveway. But my heart sure felt the surge of spring while I was away! I love those Montana women!

I must thank St John Paul II and Ave Maria Press: Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious is now in Polish!

I must thank St John Paul II and Ave Maria Press: Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious is now in Polish!

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What a thrill to see this book now in print in the mother tongue of St John Paul II — the author of all good things related to the feminine genius.

Super that the book will be available for when World Youth Day comes to Krakow, Poland in 2016.

(I did not know that this was in the works… my publisher totally surprised me… I was innocently opening the mail and found 4 copies of the new book.)

Do I have any Polish speaking readers here? Contact me!

 

Helloooo Montana! I’m off to Billings, MT – come join me at the Sisters in Faith Conference! Mar 20-21!

Helloooo Montana! I’m off to Billings, MT – come join me at the Sisters in Faith Conference! Mar 20-21!

 

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I’m flying out to the Big Horn Resort in Billings Montana for the Catholic women’s conference — “Sisters in Faith” — sponsored by KJCR radio. Full details here. 

I’m speaking in Connecticut this Sunday! Sign up and Join me!

I’m speaking in Connecticut this Sunday! Sign up and Join me!

I’ll be at Mary Our Queen’s parish women’s retreat, 12-5pm on Sunday March 1. You don’t have to be a member of the parish to attend. Note: There will be no registrations at the door, so you must register early. 

I’ll be give talks based on my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious. Books will also be for sale.

Top Post for 2014: Saint-Making Starter Kit: Parents Who Love God and Live It In The Home

Why is this no surprise? It is a topic that also coincided with the most downloaded podcast at Among Women.

The Family. It’s all about the family. For lay Catholics, this is Job One. We must support marriage and the family. (I’ll be going to the World Meeting of Families in Philly come June. Maybe I’ll see you there?)

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My family, Christmas 2014. L to R, Back row: Son-in-love Benjy, daughter & middle child Katie, eldest son Bobby, youngest son Peter. Bottom row, Bob, Brady, and me.

So here’s the top post on The Back Porch from the last year: Saint-Making Starter Kit: Parents Who Love God and Live It In The Home. It’s got links to a study on faith in family life and links by me and others on the subject.

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In other statistical date: The most popular place on this website was not the blog at all. The page that out-distanced any of my blog posts was the book page. I guess I ought to be grateful that folks are still looking for it, so humble thanks to you, dear readers. Let me also again thank the Catholic Press Association for the award given to Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, too. I’m sure that did not hurt my stats much either.

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Then again…

Stats are a funny thing. You learn things like what search engine traffic brings you…. for example, these two posts from 2013 still send this little blog crazy traffic:

4 Magazines for Catholic Women – which really is a bit dated now as only ONE — Catholic Digest is still in PRINT. Verily and Regina are only online. (Verily had a great print product but it was too costly for them to maintain.) And Radiant’s team is on hiatus… (a problem for a small press.) So, today I say: go subscribe to Catholic Digest! Yes, yours truly writes for them.  FWIW, if my blog stats are any indication, editors, many Catholic women are still looking for magazines…

You are the apple of God’s eye — I guess that’s what happens when one of your posts stays in Google’s top 10 for the search of that bible verse. It was a little bitty sharing from my morning prayer and, well, there you are.

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Thank you for reading in 2014. And if you also listen to Among Women, thank you for that too. We’ll talk again soon.

Of Note: a Vatican-based colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman

From Nov 17-19, the Vatican is hosting an international interreligious colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Women. Some details are over at the Italian-based website Humanum. 

From the website:

The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.

Witnesses will draw from
 the wisdom of their religious tradition and cultural experience as they attest to the power and vitality of the complementary union of man and woman. It is hoped that the colloquium be a catalyst for creative language and projects, as well as for global solidarity, in the work
 of strengthening the nuptial relationship, both for the good of the spouses themselves and for the good of all who depend upon them.

The Colloquium is sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and
 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

The program will bring together scholars and others from around the world to discuss the complementarity of the sexes, marriage, family, and “the sacramentality of human love according to Saint John Paul II”, otherwise known as the theology of the body, and more.

Archbishop Charles Chaput will be there to talk about next year’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Sister Prudence Allen, a brilliant writer, whose love of the writings of John Paul II and the feminine genius helped to launch Endow,  will also be there.  (Yes, I’d like to be fly on the wall.)

Here’s one of the videos from Humanum.

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Others reporting:

Crux 

Catholic News Service

Religion News Service.

A report out of Utah on Mormon leader attending.

 

Catholic Bishops call for Day of Prayer on Sun. Aug 17 for the Persecuted in Iraq – videos and donation link too.

Our US Bishops have called for a Day of Prayer this Sunday August 17. Let us pray with the church for these intentions. Details here:

Back when Among Women was young, in 2010, then- Sister Olga Yacob spent time with me sharing her experiences of being an Iraqi who lived through the war-torn years, and who later came to the USA.  At the time of this interview with me, she was a campus minister at Boston University. Today, we call her Mother Olga, as she is the foundress of a new religious order, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.

Given all that has been taking place in Iraq, especially with the persecution of Christians and other minorities, I was not surprised to find Mother Olga bringing a message of peace to us and to the world. In the video that follows, Mother Olga Yacob, talks about loss of life and homes and Christian heritage in Iraq, on EWTN’s “The World Over”.

 

Please continue to pray for the situation in Iraq and for all those who face violence and persecution throughout the world. They are our brothers and sisters.

To send immediate help,  donate now to Catholic Relief Services who have a special fund to help Iraqi families in need. 

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