Lenten Wisdom from a Six Year Old

I’m re-posting this blog which was written several years ago.  It contains a four point plan to help you make this a good Lent and some wisdom from my granddaughter Julia.  At the bottom, I’ve shared the podcast from yesterday’s Women of Grace Live radio program as well as my Lenten themed e-book.  During the program we talked about this blog and had a lively, thought-provoking discussion about it.  Please read, listen and share.

May God bless you abundantly this Lent.  

This morning, my somewhat precocious six year old granddaughter and I had a conversation over breakfast:

“Grandma,” she said gazing out of the kitchen window in our Florida home.

“Yes, Julia?” said I.

“Pretty soon Easter will be here because it is Spring outside.”

“Yes, you are right. Ash Wednesday is this week and that begins the season of Lent.” Read the rest…

Year of Mercy Live EWTN Youtube Broadcast with Fr. Wade Menezes

Dear Friends,

It was my great pleasure to have Fr. Wade Menezes as my guest today on the Women of Grace Live radio program here at EWTN studios to discuss the Year of Mercy and the abundant graces Our Father God is be pouring out upon us during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year.  I invite you to watch the recording below. Be sure to tune in next week for another broadcast with Fr. Wade in which we will delve deeper into the topic of mercy.  Please be sure to watch and share this important message with your friends and loved ones.

Now is the time of mercy!
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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton — A Real Woman of Grace

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In my reliquary, I have a first class relic of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to be canonized. I find it appropriate that a woman was the first of our land to be lifted to the altar of Christ by Holy Mother Church. After all, our country and all of North America is dedicated to the woman: the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our special patroness is also the Blessed Mother under her name, Immaculate Conception. Read the rest…

Coincidence or God – Incidence? By Paulette Renaudin

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A few weeks ago, I was privileged, along with CST sister, Diane Bates, to attend the Benedicta Leadership Institute and the National Women of Grace Conference held in Diane’s home parish, St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine, Texas. What Divine Providence! Nothing is coincidence! The amazing thing was that Johnnette Benkovic had invited Living Praise Worship Team to lead the praise and worship at both events. It was the first time Magnificat CST members, Grapevine Magnificat Chapter’s Leadership, Women of Grace Regional Representatives, and Living Praise were all celebrating under one roof! Coming together under the same anointing was a beautiful experience that only the Holy Spirit could have orchestrated! What a holy exchange of sacred sisterhood! Read the rest…

St. Francis of Assisi Church hosts National Women of Grace Conference

St. Francis of Assisi Church hosts National Women of Grace Conference

by Mary Lou Seewoester

Originally published in North Texas Catholic

November 4, 2015

Women of Grace Founder and President Johnnette Benkovic speaks passionately during the 2015 Women of Grace Conference at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine. (Photo by Lance Murray / NTC)

GRAPEVINE — “The Holy Spirit is illuminating the minds and hearts of the daughters of God to the reality of who they truly are in light of the great gift of their authentic femininity,” said Johnnette Benkovic, Women of Grace founder, during the 2015 Women of Grace National Conference Oct. 23-25 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grapevine. Read the rest…

Dorothy Day – An Idealist in a Non-Ideal World

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During his recent speech to Congress, Pope Francis highlighted Dorothy Day, saying, “In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement,” He continued, “Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.” Read the rest…

St. Gianna Beretta Molla’s Legacy

st.gianna.mollaIt was a tremendous blessing for me to have the opportunity to meet Dr. Gianna Emmanuela Molla, the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla at this week’s World Meeting of Families. She was there representing the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild, whose mission is to unite and encourage Catholic physicians, and those in the health care profession, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way by word and example, and to inspire sanctification in their lives.  Her inner beauty and humility radiates through her as she carries on the  legacy of her mother, who was herself a Catholic physician. Read the rest…

Highlights from the World Meeting of Families #WMF2015

Dear Friends,

It’s been a blessing and honor to be here at the World Meeting of Families, guest hosting the event with EWTN Bookmark’s Host, Doug Keck.  I wanted to share a few pictures and highlights with our Women of Grace family and friends so that you could get a sense of all that is happening here.  Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to pray for you.

I will add updates to this page as I am able.  God bless you!

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An Unwavering Yes

6_3_lwanga4Recently, we celebrated the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and twenty one Ugandan martyrs.  Charles and his young companions converted to Christianity from paganism.  Sentenced to death under king Mwanga, who felt threatened because they would not bow to him, make sacrifices to his pagan gods or succumb to his sexual advances, they exhibited the kind of courage, strength, and fortitude necessary to be witnesses for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in a moment when great sin abounded. Read the rest…