About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

Thanks to the Anchoress!

As the day draws to a close, I want to thank Elizabeth Scalia for her kind hospitality in welcoming me to spend a day here in her warm cozy blog space. I know you readers will be thrilled to have the Queen back firmly ensconced on her throne tomorrow, but I thank you all for your warm welcome and for the great interactions we've shared in this space today. If you'd like to connect with me in the future, please feel free to visit CatholicMom.com any time (even if you're not Catholic, or not a … [Read more...]

The view from the pew


When big news breaks as it did today with the release of "Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority" by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, I sometimes pause to think about the majority of the Catholics I know.While we in the blogosphere are running from Twitter to Facebook to the blogs in search of informed perspectives, I'd venture to say that most of the folks sitting near us in the pews have no idea that such a … [Read more...]

Living the Faith in My Corner of California


In the comments below, Manny invited me to say a few words about living as a faithful Catholic in the state of California. I'll state up front that I'm not a political blogger, nor am I qualified to making sweeping defenses of every issue on the plate. But I can respond -- at least from one mom's perspective -- to Manny's question, "Is California as anti Catholic (or anti religious in general) as it seems?"California is a big, diverse and beautiful melting pot of a state, just as in many … [Read more...]

Catholic First

St. Margaret Clitherow

In the comments below, my good friend Lisa Schmidt (of the wonderful blog The Practicing Catholic) posed the following query: Archbishop Chaput recently issued (in part) the following statement: “We should see ourselves as Catholic first — not white or black, or young or old, or Democrat or Republican, or labor militant or business owner, but Catholic first as the main way we identify ourselves. Our faith should shape our lives, including our political choices.” One of the many things I admire a … [Read more...]

Caritas En Route to Turkey


Being a Californian, earthquakes around the world tend to catch my attention. Today, as we pray for the souls of those impacted by a devastating magnitude 7.2 quake in eastern Turkey, it's good to know that Caritas International is already responding to the needs of those impacted. From the Caritas blog: Caritas will assess the needs of people whose homes or livelihoods have been impacted by the quake. Access to the area’s villages, where many mud-brick homes have collapsed, may be d … [Read more...]

Greetings from the West

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Hello fans and friends of The Anchoress and a huge thanks to my friend Elizabeth for inviting me to take the helm for the day here at one of my favorite blogs! Like you, I'm a longtime follower of Elizabeth's work, so being here and having the opportunity to interact with you in her space is indeed a joy. As I line up my thoughts for the day, I thought I would invite you to pose a few questions or comments below on any topics you'd like to see discussed today. Those can be related to faith t … [Read more...]