Monday, November 23, 2015

Speaking at Marytown in preparation for the Year of Mercy

I have long wanted to speak at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois, which is the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose intercession led me into the Catholic Church. Now, thanks to the Institute on Religious Life, that dream is coming true, as the IRL has invited me to speak at Marytown on December 5 as part of a day of recollection in preparation for the Year of Mercy. My topic, "Remembering God's Mercy: What Pope Francis Can Teach Us about Healing of Memories," is drawn from my upcoming book, also titled Remembering God's Mercy. For more information and to register in advance, download the event flyer.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

First Things reprints my L'Osservatore Romano article: "A Woman in the Seminary"

Just popping my head out from Dissertationland to let you know that, thanks to the good people at First Things, my article that appeared last week in L'Osservatore Romano is now available in English: "A Woman in the Seminary." (Update, 11/23/15: It also appeared in the November 6 English-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano [page 14].)

Please keep me in your prayers as I write my dissertation. I pray daily for all my readers—that includes you!

Monday, October 19, 2015

L'Osservatore Romano publishes my article "A Woman in the Seminary"

Photo by Joy Rhine for the Saint Benedict Forum
Page 5 of today's issue of L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, features an article I wrote about my experiences as "A Woman in the Seminary."

My hope is that, by writing on the joys and difficulties of being among the few women studying for a pontifical doctorate, I will help the Church better understand what female theology students have to offer and how to welcome them. In composing the article, I was encouraged by Pope Francis's repeated exhortations for the Church to develop its "theology of women," and by his creating new opportunities for female theologians.

Right now, the article is available only in the original Italian, which you can read online or download as a PDF. I am hoping it will be in the weekly English edition as well, which will be published on Friday, in which case I will link to it here. Otherwise I will seek to have it reprinted in an English-language publication. (Update, 11/23/15: The article did appear in the English edition, on page 14 of the November 6, 2015 issue. It also appeared on the First Things website.)

It is a great honor to be published in L'Osservatore Romano, and I am most grateful to the editors for giving me a voice in its pages.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Now available for pre-order: My upcoming book on healing of memories, "Remembering God's Mercy"

Here is the beautiful cover of my next book, Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, due in February from Ave Maria Press and now available for pre-order on (in paperback; it will later be available in e-book format as well). I am deeply thankful that Austen Ivereigh, the acclaimed biographer of Pope Francis, calls Remembering God's Mercy "a life-changing book."

The book's cover includes what publishers call a "reading line" that tells more about its theme: "Embracing the Wisdom of St. Ignatius and Pope Francis." The "Ignatius" is the Jesuit founder Ignatius Loyola (nothing against Ignatius of Antioch, I assure you), whom I wrote about earlier in My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Now, with Remembering God's Mercy, I draw upon Pope Francis's wisdom as a means of going deeper into classic Jesuit spirituality, showing how St. Ignatius and St. Peter Faber (canonized by Francis) point the way to healing of memories.

I wrote Remembering God's Mercy as a gift to the many readers of My Peace I Give You who wanted a book like My Peace that they could give to anyone in their family in need of healing. Especially on my mind and heart as I wrote it were military veterans, adult children of divorce, and those who struggle with any kind of addiction or unwanted attractions.

Soon, the Amazon page for Remembering God's Mercy will include more information about it, including a "Search Inside" feature. In the meantime, if you would like a preview of the book, you can hear me read an excerpt of it in my recent Chapel talk at Hope College.

I would be grateful if you would please say a prayer that Remembering God's Mercy reaches those who would be most helped by it. Also, please pray for me as I complete my doctoral dissertation, as I am hoping to graduate in May with my pontifical doctorate in theology and begin a career in teaching. I pray every day for you and for all who read my writings or have otherwise heard of my journey to faith and healing in the heart of the Catholic Church.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Why it's misleading to say "love is love"

Here is a clip from my talk on "The Thrill of the Chaste" last month at Hope College. The talk was sponsored by the Saint Benedict Forum, which has a very nice writeup by a student on their website, including complete videos of both the talks I gave at the college (the other was on healing of memories).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Watch now: I speak on true freedom vs. false freedom

Here is a second clip from the talk I gave last week as part of the Catholic Studies Speaker Series at Aquinas College. This one is on how I discovered that the "freedom" promoted by mainstream culture pales before the true freedom of living as a beloved daughter of God in Christ.

For more on healing from sexual wounds, see my books My Peace I Give You and The Thrill of the Chaste.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Watch now: I speak on finding meaning in suffering

The Catholic Studies Speaker Series at Aquinas College gave me the opportunity to speak on September 15 about "My Tangled Road to Rome." In this clip, I tell about healing of memories, and especially how I found meaning in my unavoidable pain. It's a theme that I take up in both My Peace I Give You and The Thrill of the Chaste.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Listen now: I speak at Hope College's Chapel on how Jesus heals our memories

It's not every day that I have the opportunity to preach to 1,200 students! So it was a very special experience last Wednesday when, thanks to the wonderful people at Hope College Campus Ministry and the Saint Benedict Forum, I had the pleasure of speaking at Hope College's Chapel. Here is the audio of the ten-minute talk, which is drawn from my upcoming book Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, due in February from Ave Maria Press.