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Lisa Mladinich
Columnist

Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of Catholic Writers of Long Island, www.BeAnAmazingCatechist.com and www.AmazingCatechists.com, a website devoted to providing encouragement and community to all who teach the Catholic Faith, with resources in English and Spanish; and the host of "Amazing Minutes"; short, powerful podcast lessons on teaching the Catholic faith to children featured at www.amazingcatechists.blogspot.com and www.osv.com. She is also the creator of "Paradox Puppets," a free online resource for catechetical puppet scripts featured at http://new.catholicmom.com/kids/puppet-ministry/. Her articles have appeared in Faith&Family magazine, hearth [now Canticle], and Thea News. This former actress has taught secular workshops for children in improvisation, puppetry and character development, acting and writing for children, and improvisation for professional adult actors. But her passion is teaching catechists and parents what a joy it can be to teach the Catholic faith accurately and memorably. Contact: lisa@mladinich.com

Works by Lisa Mladinich
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#GetUp&Dance Wednesday: Also: Book Talk & Blog Tour!
Lisa Mladinich | October 21, 2015
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UPDATED: True Radiance Blog Tour and Media Appearances
Lisa Mladinich | October 19, 2015
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#GetUp&DANCE_Wednesday! #Merengue!
Lisa Mladinich | October 14, 2015
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Get Up and Dance Wednesday: Slow Dancing for Joy in...
Lisa Mladinich | October 07, 2015
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Divine Mercy Chaplet
Lisa Mladinich | October 05, 2015
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It's GET UP AND DANCE Wednesday!
Lisa Mladinich | September 30, 2015
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Stripped, by Heather King: An #Amazing New #Catholic...
Lisa Mladinich | September 25, 2015
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Can you really just put everything in God's hands?...
The Mysteries of Love When They Go Down Easy
Lisa Mladinich | December 13, 2012
Donna-Marie Cooper Boyle is a voice of reasonable Catholic love....
Tsunami Rising: New Evangelizers on the Move
Lisa Mladinich | July 31, 2012
An interview with author and new-media trailblazer Greg Willits who says Catholic......
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Biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz's life and work are focused on helping Catholics build......
Like a gunslinger, Christian Le Blanc’s gentle drawl belies an explosive quick-draw......
One child's special needs become a family's special blessings....
"Amazing Catechists" teaches church in more ways than one....
So-called "psychic readers" are con men, but that doesn't mean a real threat of evil......
Killing Us Softly: Seduced by the Occult
Lisa Mladinich | March 27, 2012
Because we live in a world of things both seen and unseen, we must hold to what we know......
Knee-Walking to God
Lisa Mladinich | March 20, 2012
Loyola's new video contest challenges kids to answer the question, "Where do you find......
It Is a Sacred Place: The MAC Roundup
Lisa Mladinich | March 13, 2012
The MidAtlantic Congress of Baltimore provided much-needed and hearty nourishment for......
Love Is the Thing, Even if I Want to Judge
Lisa Mladinich | March 06, 2012
Catholicism saved me, I tell you. This Church that is broken in some ways, is still......
Here Comes MAC! Baltimore's Brave New Conference
Lisa Mladinich | February 01, 2012
The Baltimore Archdiocese calls for stronger leaders in homes and churches....
Eulogy for a Good Man
Lisa Mladinich | January 25, 2012
When a father teaches his children to climb mountains, pitch tents and navigate by star,......
The Holy Courage of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lisa Mladinich | January 18, 2012
Suffering, suffused with faith, can change the world....
Reaching Out to a Love-Starved World
Lisa Mladinich | January 11, 2012
An interview with Catholic author, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, on Blessed Teresa of......
Seeking the Child
Lisa Mladinich | December 21, 2011
As we seek the Christ child this Christmas, we must be open to finding him in the human......
Trashy Novels, Move Over! An Interview with Ellen Gable
Lisa Mladinich | December 14, 2011
Love a good story but leery of how sexually explicit some novels become? This Catholic......
Lisa Mladinich interviews Leticia Velasquez, of Keep Infants with Down Syndrome (KIDS)......
Do We Take Our Voices to Heaven?
Lisa Mladinich | November 30, 2011
Teaching children to lift their voices to heaven is the most natural thing on earth....
What Is and What Is to Come
Lisa Mladinich | November 09, 2011
Those times you think you have it all worked out are when you're wide open for a sucker......
Sexy in Context Is Holy
Lisa Mladinich | November 01, 2011
Sex in its proper context affirms the trust and reverence explicit in our commitment to......
Love Notes: A Catechesis for Marriage on the Brink
Lisa Mladinich | October 25, 2011
My Christian dignity demands that I actually work at my marriage? What a radical,......
Walking Across Hot Coals Back to Love
Lisa Mladinich | October 18, 2011
"Should I quit ministry until I am holier?" Um, no. From the beginning, this Church has......
A Catechist's Story, Part III: Growing Pains
Lisa Mladinich | October 11, 2011
The temptation to perform while teaching children about religion is powerful, but......
A Catechist's Story Part II: First Class Panic
Lisa Mladinich | October 04, 2011
In my Religious Education class, I would pray with the children, introduce myself and......
A Catechist's Story, Part I: Stage Fright
Lisa Mladinich | September 27, 2011
The moment I signed on to be a religion teacher, I sensed a new kind of pressure, a......
Pleading for Air Support
Lisa Mladinich | September 20, 2011
Heroic behavior on the battlefields, be they war-zones or in ordinary life, requires......
Help Wanted: Workers for the Field of the Lord
Lisa Mladinich | September 13, 2011
As Catholic Religious Education classes get under way, prepare for a new year of lesson......
We Didn't Know You Were Coming!
Lisa Mladinich | September 06, 2011
Divine hope brings visible fruits....
Seeking Silence (and Summer Books)
Lisa Mladinich | May 24, 2011
Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament leads to an invitation to slow down, for the......
Keeping Close to God, and Staying Fresh!
Lisa Mladinich | May 17, 2011
As Catechists and parents wind down from a long year of study and instruction, some......
Go Team! Love Your Catholic Identity
Lisa Mladinich | May 10, 2011
"Spiritual, not religious" might be a comfortable way to dismiss religion, but it is......
Word Up: Teaching Teens to Love the Bible
Lisa Mladinich | May 03, 2011
Teaching teens to love their Bibles must be a priority....
Humble Heroes: Teaching Children to Value Suffering
Lisa Mladinich | April 26, 2011
Media models of heroism involve a great deal of strutting, often with......
Confession: Strength through Humility
Lisa Mladinich | April 19, 2011
Deep down, we know that just "being a good person" is not an adequate response to the......
A passionate plea to all Catholics, but especially to parents and Catechists, and those......
A Slap in the Face: Preparation for Suffering
Lisa Mladinich | April 05, 2011
Almost nothing in life is as sure as the fact that everyone gets a turn at suffering.......
Life and Calling: Teens and Vocational Discernment
Lisa Mladinich | March 29, 2011
Each of us is created and called to a specific purpose in serving and growing the......
Holy, Holy, Holy: Teaching Reverence to Children
Lisa Mladinich | March 23, 2011
Your own reverence is the key to unlocking the children's sense of awe and wonder....
We Are His Body: Teens and Sexual Morality
Lisa Mladinich | March 16, 2011
Let's give teens a solid Catholic framework for considering the pressing moral and......
Having Versus Giving and the Wealth of Love
Lisa Mladinich | March 09, 2011
Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey's life and fortune were spent in exchange for a pearl of......
When children spontaneously prostrate themselves before the Blessed Sacrament, a......
Wordless Wonder: Deaf Ministry Formation
Lisa Mladinich | February 23, 2011
By advising Deaf Catholics to "think Deaf" exciting headways are being made in ministry......
The Related Unknown: Increasing Vocabulary for Deaf...
Lisa Mladinich | February 16, 2011
When teaching hearing-impaired students, an Amazing Catechist can find inspiration in......
A fascinating look at the challenges of the hearing-impaired within the Catholic Church....
The Rite vs. Wrong: Protecting Children from the Occult
Lisa Mladinich | February 02, 2011
Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing, and Ouija board in pink boxes....
Circle Time: Talking, Testing, and Teens
Lisa Mladinich | January 26, 2011
For a CCD teacher, time is at a premium; here is how to cut to the chase and reinforce......
Discipline with Love
Lisa Mladinich | January 19, 2011
Down deep, children know you're supposed to be in charge and they're happier when you......
The Gift of Authority
Lisa Mladinich | January 12, 2011
Children may not know it, but they are hungry for adults to take charge and give them......
Honor Their Fathers and Their Mothers
Lisa Mladinich | January 05, 2011
By honoring parents in small ways throughout the year, your caring outreach may provide......
To Santa or Not to Santa?
Lisa Mladinich | December 20, 2010
Do I think we should teach our children about Santa? Only if you're really, really sure......
Be Not Afraid of Your Bible
Lisa Mladinich | December 15, 2010
Let's revolutionize Catholic culture and make it one rich in affection for and knowledge......
Lighting the Way with God's Holy Word
Lisa Mladinich | December 08, 2010
Getting children to experience the scripture is easy and fun -- for them and for you!...
Crafts That Help Lead Kids to Christ
Lisa Mladinich | December 01, 2010
Here are a few crafts that help create happy memories filled with meaning. They are......
Lesson Plans II: No More Boredom
Lisa Mladinich | November 23, 2010
Five tips on how to find or create great activities for your lesson....
Lesson Plans: Laying the Foundation
Lisa Mladinich | November 17, 2010
A few simple steps will have those bored, restless children sparkling and inquiring, and......
The Faith on Fire
Lisa Mladinich | November 10, 2010
Think your ministry in catechesis is important? You bet it is....