My writing elsewhere

The Art of the Love Letter: Tips for husbands and husbands-to-be as Valentine’s Day Approaches

In which I kind of get to brag on my husband a little as I encourage men to commit their love to paper in honor of St Valentine… In the rush to go green and paperless, and in the never ending screen-related communication that we face daily, the love letter will never lose its power….

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The bodacious message of a woman’s dignity and gifts — my interview on Relevant Radio today. Links to listen!

Okay, being a former radio deejay myself, I really appreciate a smooth delivery and articulation of a clear message…. would that I might have been describing me! But today I held my own and relaxed because I was in the hands of a real pro — an Emmy Award-winner, a great writer, and media host,…

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Woman, YOU are a gift! Encouragement for women in the Washington Post: an article by yours truly…

Here’s  a snippet: Woman, you are a gift!   From the first presentation of woman to man in the Garden of Eden, the gift of who you are is nothing less than “wow!” Your dignity comes from the gift of your being, and the gift of your being created feminine.   Man saw your profound…

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Your heart matters to God, so how has your prayer life been lately? Some gems from the Catechism in my latest column at Patheos

The Year of Faith is a great time to reboot one’s prayer life. Here’s what my column at Patheos offers this week… Prayer is something all Christians should be “practicing” — both corporately as a Church, and individually — and for a very good reason: the fruit of prayer can be a new heart and…

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It’s all about Jesus. His presence in the Host is the door to the infinite… my latest column at Patheos

Today the optional memorial in the Church calendar is the Holy Name of Jesus. It’s not only the name for Our Lord and Savior, it makes a perfect prayer… “Jesus”.  Here’s my own little homage to Jesus for today… a sampling from my column at Patheos… When I consider the proximity of Jesus to me…

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Adventing… a microcosm of real life

So, my latest column at Patheos is the requisite nod to the liturgical calendar, but its more about ALL the comings of Christ in my experience… that the season of Advent really lights up an awareness of the sacred found in every day. Here’s a excerpt: Advent is not just a liturgical season, it’s a…

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30 years ago I said “I do”. Here’s a recap on faith, grace, sex, kids, and love…

Bob and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week. Dang! Has it been that long? It went by so fast!  My latest column at Patheos is a look back, and a testament to the graces of living the Sacrament of Matrimony these thirty years. It’s one part our experience, one part what we have learned,…

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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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It’s all about the relationship! Or, getting personal with Jesus in the Year of Faith…

The heart of the matter, when it comes to the Year of Faith is not the lines of the Catechism that you memorize, though that’s laudable… or the bible study you will be leading at your parish, though that’s fantastic… or the course your gonna take on Catholicism, though that’s a great commitment… or the…

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Does my faith ignite others to believe? — my column at Patheos this week.

The deepest identity of the Catholic Church is that she exists to evangelize… therein lies a challenge for the Catholics of the world. Where are we on the evangelization continuum? Are we closer to “here I am, Lord, send me”? Or closer to “I don’t even know if I can spell the word — evangelization…

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