Why The Goldfish Needs A Name and Why Our Non-Profits Need Our Help

Yesterday, I shared with you my initial impressions about that perky little goldfish who “graces” the cover of my soon-to-be released book The Grace of Yes. It seems that from the moment the cover was unveiled, people couldn’t stop asking about him. He’s taken on a life of his own, as has the “Y”/MartiniGlassishContainer he appears to [Read More...]

Yes! Your Goldfish Name Could Win $250 for Your Favorite Charity

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Since the book cover for my new project “The Grace of Yes” was debuted a few months ago, many people have asked me about the significance of that spunky goldfish enthusiastically jumping out of a what appears to some as a martini glass. “Why the fish?” they ask. “And what’s in the glass?” they want [Read More...]

What “Love Never Fails” Looks Like

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This morning, as I prayed my way through 1st Corinthians chapters 12 and 13, I had four faces ringing in my heart. Today’s epistle continues from where we left off yesterday, pivoting into a passage that many of us proclaimed at our wedding ceremonies. At the heart of it are the words that stuck in [Read More...]

Striving for the Greatest Spiritual Gifts

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I had some fruitful prayer time this morning not only with the day’s readings, but also with a manuscript for a terrific book that will be launching within the next several months. That reading time came after I’d already enjoyed my morning prayer time. One particular verse from 1st Corinthians 12 was stuck in my [Read More...]

Bethany Hamilton’s Faith SHINES in “Dolphin Tale 2″

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I haven’t seen the film yet, but this little clip featuring superstar surfer Bethany Hamilton makes me so anxious to see the soon-to-be released film Dolphin Tale 2. In this video, Bethany (who lost her arm in a shark attack but remains an awesome inspiration for so many) shares how her personal faith in Christ [Read More...]

Of Immaculée Ilibgiza and Forgiving Seventy Seven Times


A few weeks ago, in Schaumburg, Illinois, I was speaking to a group of assembled Catholic bookstore owners and vendors when one of my favorite authors walked into the room. If you’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak in person, you will know that Immaculée Ilibagiza is a strikingly beautiful woman. You’d also probably join [Read More...]

Making Crosses and Counting Blessings

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I’m in a bit of a funk today. Perhaps it’s to be expected. I woke up in my own bed for the first time since the morning of July 6th. And instead of feeling comforted by the sound of my wonderful husband still slumbering nearby, I felt overwhelmed by the massive “to do” list scrambling [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/09/14 – Sharing Our Gifts


Last week, when I was at the Catholic Marketing Network conference, I had the great privilege of signing and giving out the very first galley copies of my new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. The process of writing this book has truly changed the way I perceive the world around [Read More...]

On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist: JtB & Me

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Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Nativity of the St. John the Baptist. In his homily for today, Pope Francis pointed us to St. John the Baptist (or as I always call him in my head “JtB”) as a fitting role model for us in our daily walk as Christians: At the Vatican website, we [Read More...]