The Worth and the Witness of Women Bloggers

I meant to write about this earlier this week, but I got distracted by something stupid and ultimately not worth my time.This, however, is worth your time, and not at all stupid: a terrific piece from Lisa Hendey, who looks at female Catholic bloggers and how their motivations and sense of mission can evolve as they move forward:In an age when many discount the role of women in the Church, I hold an opposite perspective, one edified by personal relationships. Indeed, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Lisa Hendey, the Accidental Innovator

You might call her an "accidental innovator". When Lisa Hendey tried to digitally explore better ways to be a Catholic while raising a family, she couldn't find what she needed. So she created it. As she writes in her new book, The Grace of Yes, "I went looking for answers, and when I didn't find them online, I bought a domain name and some of those For Dummies books about the Internet and launched Catholicmom.com."The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Since its inception, … [Read more...]

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In the Land of No, “Yes” is a Most Dangerous Word

Its so much easier to say "no," isnt it?No, I cant change; no, I cant give up this person, or this opinion, or this thing. No, I wont do this; no, I cannot deal...Its is such a "safe" place, the Land of "No." You never have to step out of a comfort zone.It's very safe, but also very sterile. Here is what I wrote about the word "no" and its impact on the spiritual life, in Strange Gods:What has “no” ever created, besides Hell? And what is Hell founded upon but the “no” born of a … [Read more...]

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If you missed Lisa Hendey’s Rwanda Journaling…

If you didn't have a chance to see them -- or if perhaps you only saw one or two come through your social media timeline, and not the rest -- please do take some time this week, perhaps over a long cup of coffee, and read the excellent journaling Lisa Hendey did throughout her trip to Rwanda.Lisa, who has partnered with Catholic Relief Services for a couple of years, spent an intensive week in Rwanda after being chosen for an Egan Fellowship, and the pictures and stories she has delivered to … [Read more...]

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Lisa Hendey Comes to Patheos!

During this Year of Faith, our Catholic Channel at Patheos continues to be blessed with an influx of talented, creative and interesting writers. About ten days ago we welcomed Sam Rocha and Margaret Rose Realy -- two writers who could not be more disparate in their approaches to faith and yet worship in commonality -- and today we are thrilled to add the astonishingly busy founder, editor, writer, speaker, and Catholic publishing entrepreneur Lisa Hendey to the mix with her new blog, which she … [Read more...]

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A Prayerful Book Tour with a Pregnant Theme

A few days ago, while talking about myself I took a breath to mention Sarah Reinhard and her new book, A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. It's the first "Catholicmom.com Book" to emerge from the creative partnership between Ave Maria Press and Lisa Hendey.I recently met Sarah Reinhard while at an event in Dallas, and she is one of those tiny, dynamic balls of energetic smarts; not only is she raising three small children, writing … [Read more...]

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Lisa Hendey, making me look good

August and September were unusually busy months -- they flew by in a blur -- and for that reason I wasn't able to really clue in to what Brandon Vogt had in mind when he started a generous project meant to identify and promote Catholic speakers. See, I'm telling you that I was too busy to focus and get it, because I'd rather say that than simply admit, "I am dim."Vanity, vanity!The second part of the project was an interview process (print and video) and since no one else wanted me, … [Read more...]

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