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

Making Crosses (1)

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...]

Praying for Peace in Iraq

Tweets from Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter Account

Pope Francis led us in prayer today with three separate posts on Twitter for those living in Iraq: These were followed up with a press release (included below) from the USCCB’s Committee of International Justice and Peace. It is clear that these persecuted families need our immediate prayers and attention. Please join me in praying [Read More...]

Amidst Family

I’m popping in to offer an update for my radio silence here on the blog. If you’ve been following my “Epic Road Trip” via Facebook or Twitter, you perhaps know that I’m perched atop a beach chair adjacent to Lake Michigan for the week, enjoying time with my extended family. The environment doesn’t lend itself [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/02/14 — Catholic Marketing Network


Where did the week go? Another seven days on our epic road trip have zipped by. This week finds us in the Midwest — in Schaumburg, in Chicago and now at a lake house in Indiana. This part of the country is so different from New York City. Our time in the heartland is yet [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 7/25/14 — Oppressed by Greed?


We are in New York City this week. When I awoke on Tuesday to the Pope’s tweet, I immediately thought of the glitz and glamour of the city. “The great threat in today’s world is the loneliness of hearts oppressed by greed,” our Holy Father warned. And then yesterday, he followed up with another doozy: [Read More...]

FREE Wisdom from the Saints & Brandon Vogt


You’ve probably heard me say before that I’m a huge Brandon Vogt fan. Which is why I jumped at the chance to get a free copy of his new book  The Saints’ Favorite Books: Read What They Read, Become Who They Are. The book is perfectly formatted for you to not only enjoy, but also use [Read More...]

How We Can Help with The Plight of Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Today, I am pleased to share my recent email interview conversation with Christine Donnelly, Communications Manager, USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services. I’ve asked Christine to bring us up to date on this humanitarian crisis, what the USCCB is currently doing, and how we — as Catholic families — might respond to the situation with prayer [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 7/18/14 — Praying for Peace and Healing

John Clem shares: "We have a big free concert in Charlottesville called Fridays After 5, and started an evangelical effort called Downtown Dominicans where we passed out rosaries and sang hymns.  Here is Brother Athenasius handing a rosary to an young woman inquiring about Catholic Faith.  These young brothers started this effort at Washington DC Metro Stations, and brought it to Charlottesville during the Summer.  Wishing them well as they continue their studies at the Dominican House at Catholic University studying for the priesthood."

From my hilltop “office” in the Catskills, it’s easy to feel far removed from the news. We don’t have a phone here and I’ve been trying to limit my elective media use as this experience is almost retreat-like in nature. But this past week’s events including the strife in the Middle East, the typhoon, the [Read More...]