Raymond Arroyo Interview, Part 2: Spiritual Darkness and Faith

Today, we conclude my interview with Raymond Arroyo about his final book on Mother Angelica's life. Enjoy Part 2! (And if you missed it, here's Part 1.) Lisa: Mother Angelica was amazing. On page 97, you recall that during a demonic attack, she was deep in prayer, then said the words of the Sign of the Cross aloud. Suddenly it all passed and she fell asleep. ASLEEP. I would have had insomnia for years after that!Raymond: The supernatural became commonplace for Mother. … [Read more...]

Raymond Arroyo Interview: Mother Angelica’s Grand Silence (Part 1)

It was my great pleasure, recently, to interview best-selling author and EWTN News Director and Producer, Raymond Arroyo, just as his final biography on the life of Mother Angelica was being released: Mother Angelica: Her Grand Silence. I am thrilled to bring you highlights from this fascinating conversation, in two parts.Today's Part One includes important lessons Raymond learned from his dear friend, Mother Angelica, as well as Mother's heroic embrace of both aging and suffering. Did you kn … [Read more...]

#GIVEAWAY: Learning to Love With the Saints: An Inspiring Interview With Jean Heimann

After a six-month hiatus in which I wrote a prayer book for children, taught some classes for a great Catholic company, homeschooled, and launched my book on authentic beauty and aging, it is my pleasure to restart this blog with a joyful announcement and a link to a #GIVEAWAY!I recently had the honor of endorsing a wonderful new book, a spiritual memoir by a wise and beautiful Catholic woman. Here is my endorsement, followed by an interview with the lovely lady, herself, author and blogger, … [Read more...]

Among Women: Talking With a Dear Friend About Authentic Beauty–and a Book #Giveaway

The gift of a faithful and prayerful friend is one of the ultimate blessings that God can send into a anyone's life.A true glimpse of heaven, that friendship hints at the communion and fellowship to come. I'm so grateful for my radiant and beautiful friend, Pat Gohn, author of the best-selling book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. She is a wise and gentle woman with great depth, brilliance, and spiritual insight. Pat has been a friend and mentor … [Read more...]

A Beloved Catholic Celebrity Reveals the Truth of Her Life

I love when a memoir provides both the shock of the unfamiliar and an intimate sense of shared humanity. Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's new memoir, The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross, does all of that and more.With incredible courage, through the gripping story of her life, Donna-Marie reveals to her many fans that she was once very wounded, and she understands that many lives are. She has made mistakes, suffered from abuse and h … [Read more...]

#GetUp&Dance Wednesday: Also: Book Talk & Blog Tour!

Today we have a great bee-bop hit from 1962, so #GetUp&Dance!!! Do You Love Me? by the Contours!Also, don't miss the latest post in the True Radiance Blog Tour and #GIVEAWAY! Here's the schedule with interactive links! And if you're in the NY/NJ/CT area, I'll be doing a book talk and signing on Long Island, this Sunday! Note that my books will be available at a substantial discount for seniors, as per the notice in New York NewsDay! Details: Sunday, October 25, 2015 Seminary of the … [Read more...]

UPDATED: True Radiance Blog Tour and Media Appearances

The TRUE RADIANCE BLOG TOUR is well underway!Stop #1: UPDATED: Monday, Oct. 19 kicked off with Kathy Schiffer's super-smart blog, Seasons of Grace! Kathy's post on Interior Beauty is very special. READ HERE.Stop #2: UPDATED: Tuesday, Oct. 20, Mary Ellen Barrett blogged at Tales From the Bonnie Blue House  about the Sacred Mentality--the sacramentality of our bodies. Mary Ellen is good therapy and lots of fun. READ HERE.Stop #3: UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 21 features Leticia Velasquez … [Read more...]

#GetUp&DANCE_Wednesday! #Merengue!

Boy are we going to have fun with this one!As I wrote in my first Get Up and Dance column about how sedentary many of us are and how holy and beautiful it can be to dance for joy, it's just critical to allow ourselves to be joyful, physically! That's the whole point of #GetUp&Dance_Wednesday. It's the "hump" day of the week, the half-way point, and we can be a little stuck in a rut at our computer screens if we don't achieve escape velocity from our humdrum attitudes and jump for j … [Read more...]

Get Up and Dance Wednesday: Slow Dancing for Joy in Reverence for Our Lady

Today's edition of GET UP AND DANCE! features a hauntingly beautiful hymn that honors both Our Lady and Our Lord, Jesus!Even soft, slow movements can be great for your body, so GET UP AND DANCE!!!  Mary the Dawn, The Daughters of St. Paul Choir … [Read more...]

My Own Battle Against Darkness with the Help of Our Lady of the Rosary

In this post, I share an excerpt from my book about my conversion--a desperately-needed victory in Christ brought about through Our Lady's intercession and intervention--as we celebrate one of my favorite dates on the liturgical calendar.Today marks the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and commemorates a victorious sea battle waged between an allied Christian fleet and the invading Ottoman Turks. In 1571, the Turkish fleet had been marauding up and down the Mediterranean, capturing, tor … [Read more...]