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Speaking to Daughters of Isabella Circle

Many people assume I am a "successful" author simply because I am published by a traditional, well-known and respected publishing company. What they don't realize is that I am not a bestselling author; I do not get a huge audience for my books; and I've never won any accolades or awards from the Catholic publishing [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Faith and Family, Featured, spirituality, writing|1 Comment

Living Your Anointing

I am five years old.  I’m sitting in my bedroom, pondering as I tend to do at this age. “God, I just want you to know that I am here when you need me,” I silently pray as I gingerly caress a favorite image of Our Lady. “I want to do great things for You [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Faith and Family, Lifestyle, spirituality|0 Comments

The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

It goes without saying that, these days, too many people turn to trendy ways to meditate or encounter "the space within" or "beyond." However, the Rosary is a timeless and incredibly powerful tool - even weapon, as Johnette Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan, authors of The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare, attest. Why turn [...]

Catholic Cards

Sometimes I get stumped for creative and modern gift ideas for our godchildren or when our family is invited to a Baptism celebration, First Communion reception, or Confirmation party. How many rosaries will the child receive? How many prayer cards, books, missals, and statues? These are, of course, all wonderful gifts, but kids are often [...]

Littlest Suffering Souls

It seldom happens that one discovers a book covering the concept of redemptive suffering in children. In Austin Ruse's new book, Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ, readers glean an important and honest glimpse into the innocence and purity of children who learned deep spiritual truths through their own suffering [...]