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New Women Saints for the USA in the Year of Faith

Exciting developments in Rome Sunday as we continue to observe the Year of Faith! Two new women saints from the USA are named among seven new saints. First, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first woman saint who was a native American. Here’s a brief excerpt from Pope Benedict’s homily announcing her name: Last year, I profiled…

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The F.U.N. Quotient… leaf blower edition

I live in New England. Leaves fall. And get cleaned up. And fall some more. I am never 15 minutes away from the sounds of a leaf blower. I may go mad.

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Among Women Podcast 148: “Coming Home” While on Pilgrimage

This week the Among Women podcast welcomes Joanne Mc Portland, the blogger at Egregious Twaddle at Patheos. Joanne describes her most recent pilgrimage to the Marian shrines of Portugal, Spain, and France in a fascinating series of blog posts.   Together we talk about the importance of the integration of faith and life, the gift…

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This makes me think… about the new evangelization…

A few days before being elected as Pope, Benedict XVI had delivered a lecture at Subiaco on the condition of Europe. In his lucid analysis of the present time, he expressed himself, amongst other things, in these far-sighted words, which constitute a program for the new evangelizers: “What we need at this time of history…

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Among Women Podcast 147: Special Edition – Welcome to the Year of Faith

Welcome to the Year of Faith! This episode of the Among Women podcast is a Special Edition in which I suggest resources for the Year of Faith, and direct you to the many links that are available for our enrichment during this year. Read my blog post, “Welcome to the Year of Faith!” that is…

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“Mary’s Got This”… my newest favorite phrase and my most recent piece at Catholic Mom

I’m happy to be over at Catholic Mom today with a little missive about my love for Mary and my little prompt that boosts my confidence in Mary’s intercession… “Mary’s got this.” Here’s an excerpt: Worrying is something I’m very good at, but it is not useful or healthy for me. When my courage and…

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Welcome to the Year of Faith! (Great links to get you started and to bookmark.)

Welcome to the Year of Faith! The Year of Faith is actually slightly longer than a full year: October 11, 2012 through November 23, 2013.  It has a three-fold focus: knowing our Catholic faith, living it out both sacramentally within the church and in the world, and sharing the faith through evangelization and catechesis. This…

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This makes me think… about keeping Jesus at the center of the Year of Faith

[T]he new evangelization requires the capacity to know how to give an explanation of our own faith, showing Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the sole savior of humanity. To the extent that we are capable of this, we will be able to offer our contemporaries the response they are awaiting. The new evangelization begins…

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Men Not Behaving Badly

Lately, as I’ve come through the past few years producing Among Women, and the last few months preparing the manuscript for Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, I’ve done a lot of thinking, writing, and speaking, about women and their inherent dignity, gifts, and mission… call it a job hazard. The flip side is that while I’ve thought…

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