Woman of Grace: St. Josephine Bakhita (1869 – 1947)

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It is natural to express thanksgiving for being released from difficult trials and circumstances. But who would be grateful for those who cause such difficult trials or circumstances? This is the stuff of saints — the very stuff of which Saint Josephine Bakhita was made.

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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…

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Women of Grace: St. Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582)

 

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St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example. Read the rest…

October 13th and the Miracle of the Sun

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Eye witnesses to the “Miracle of the Sun.”

From the earliest times, the history of the Church is studded with appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  One such apparition happened when Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in the small hamlet of Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Read the rest…

Women of Grace: St. Therese of Lisieux

st.thereseI’ve always loved St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  From the time I heard her story as a child in Catholic grade-school, her story and writings have resonated in my soul.  So much did I love our “Little Flower” that I composed a prayer card in her honor when I was eight years old, which you can read below. 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…

Make This Summer the One That Changed Your Life!

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This year’s Women of Grace® Retreat, which will be held from July 17-19 on the historic 120-acre campus of Orchard Lake Schools in Orchard Lake, Michigan, is the ideal setting for an encounter with the Architect of your life.

Entitled, “My Grace is Sufficient for You: Woman and God’s Divine Plan,” this retreat will feature Johnnette Benkovic, Fr. Philip Scott, FJ and Dr. Monica Miller in an intensive three-day immersion in what it means to be a daughter of God, and how to live out that call in this our day and time. These restful grounds, which were so dear to the heart of St. John Paul II, are the perfect place to escape the world and acquire the spiritual and emotional nourishment you need in order to empower you to engage in the unique cultural battles of our time.

“The Women of Grace Retreat always awakens what has been hiding inside of me,” says Mary Dillenback of Fishers Landing, New York. “I leave with renewed courage and joy – grateful to know I am a daughter of the Most High God and that much closer to who God needs me to be!” The retreat will be preceded by the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women on July 16 – 17.  Johnnette and Dr. Miller will discuss, “The Authority of Woman: Her Influence, Effect, and Power.”

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Join Our #50ShadesofGrace Rosary Novena!

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“Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.”
                                                                                   - Saint Lucy

We invite you to participate in our #50ShadesofGrace Novena to pray against the potentially devastating impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.  This prayer campaign will begin on February 6th and end on February 14th, the Feast of St. Valentine, coinciding with World Marriage Day.To join this effort, just pick up your rosary beads and fervently pray the rosary every day for the intention of helping people embrace the gift of true intimacy versus the perversion of it that is so rampant in our culture today.Here are some helpful links to aid you in your participation in this Novena along with some other resources to work against the impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.

  • Join our St. Valentine Novena of Masses for Marriage.
  • Click here to learn how to pray the rosary via EWTN.
  • Support “Old Fashioned,” an alternative movie that upholds virtue and God-honoring courtship, also opening on St. Valentine’s Day.
  • Say “no” to porn by joining the “50 Shades Boycott” here.
  • Help someone who is struggling with pornography by sharing this book.
  • Click here for free videos on the rosarypornography addiction, and recovery from sexual abuse.
Please be sure to share this information as widely as possible via Facebook, Twitter, and every means of media using the hashtag #50ShadesofGrace so that we can create a tidal wave of grace upon our land.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.