The Power of Memorized Prayers to Carry Us through Uncertainty — Live Today Well Co.

In high school, as I began falling in love with Jesus and developing my own spiritual life, the memorized prayers of my youth began to feel childish. I thought that a sign of mature faith was being able to pray spontaneously with my own words. So, memorized prayers were placed on the back burner, used only in group settings when we were led to pray them all together. I prided myself on my individual prayers which I believed to be better, richer, holier because they were rooted in my own thought

What’s the Deal with Angels? • FemCatholic

Have you ever heard that when someone dies, they become an angel? While this is a kind sentiment, it isn’t true. Angels are completely separate beings from humans. Because they are so different from us, they’re a fascinating and at times bizarre reality to learn about. So, what’s the deal with angels and what can we say about them really? We decided to investigate. What Are Angels, Anyway? In his book on angels, Peter Kreeft says that angels are “not cute, cuddly, comfortable, chummy, or ‘cool

The 5 Spookiest Catholic Beliefs

It’s “spooky season,” which means the return of the Sanderson Sisters, haunted houses, and scary movies. Whether it’s witches, blood and gore, demonic possession, or ghosts, this time of year reminds us of our fascination with things otherworldly, supernatural, and a bit macabre. Did you know that the Catholic Church has its own share of creepy, eerie, and mysterious things that go bump in the night? Here’s a round-up of the spookiest Catholic beliefs. The head of Catherine of Siena. The hand o

5 Female Saints Who Led in Faith and Politics • FemCatholic

When thinking about female saints, we might assume that they’re all quiet, submissive, and nuns. We don’t often picture women in positions of power, and we probably find women like St. Joan of Arc to be more of the exception than the rule. To bust that myth, here are five female saints who were political rulers and influencers in their day, working for good in the world. The daughter of Emperor Arcadius, Pulcheria (399 – 453 AD) was named regent for her brother Theodore in 414 AD. St. Pulcheria

9 AAPI Catholic Women You Should Follow on Social Media • FemCatholic

During May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month to honor the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to America’s history and culture, and to advocate for their future successes. Catholics of AAPI heritage have contributed to the life of the Church through their traditions, culture, and saints. This month, we’re highlighting the AAPI Catholic women who inspire us. Sarah is a biracial (Korean and white) convert to Catholicism, wife, and mom living in Silic

Struggling to Find Your Purpose? Here are 3 Tips from a Therapist • FemCatholic

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone else around you knows the script, but you’re left in the dark, trying to catch up? Do you ask yourself, “How does everyone else seem to be so sure about their life’s purpose?” Do you want to learn how to be more confident about living your life and making good things happen? If you answered, “Yes,” to any of those questions, we have a book recommendation for you! Therapist Julia Hogan Werner, LCPC opens her new book A Work in Progress: Embracing the Lif

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A few years ago, I participated in the 19th Annotation Retreat of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. During it, I was asked to dive into a Scripture passage and pray with it by placing myself into the scene and experiencing it “first hand” and reflecting on what insights that experience brought forth. This prayer is exactly what my heart needed. Reading scripture had been my homework over the years of study in theology and so it felt more like a textbook for me to dissect rather than God’s love letter to me. These exercises radically changed my relationship with the Word. One specific moment that I often return to is the call of Simon in Luke’s gospel. During my prayer on this passage, I imagined sitting on the beach, listening to Jesus, and watching this scene unfold. When Jesus asks Simon to cast his nets again in the deep after a failed night of fishing, I imagined that Simon rolled his eyes, looked over into the sea, and saw a glimmer of something. Maybe a fish? This small glimmer of hope is the piece I held on to, and continue to hold on to. How often do I roll my eyes at God only to follow His gaze and really look and catch a glimmer of hope? When I remember to take the time to sit with a passage and to be present to the words being spoken and the sights, smells, and people of the scene, I know God meets me there. Every time I do this, I remember that God is real, that He is ever-present, and that He offers us glimmers of hope if we’re willing to slow down and find the details, even if they’re only imagined. What passage do you like to pray with? Or what scripture passage do you feel called to dwell in more fully?

What Texas Bishops are Doing to Rally Around an Innocent Woman on Death Row • FemCatholic

Have you heard of Melissa Lucio? She is an inmate in Texas currently sentenced on death row. But possibly one of the most incredible parts of her story is how the Catholic bishops in Texas are working to save her life. Here's what you need to know (and how you can help). On March 22, 2022, the 21 Catholic bishops in Texas wrote to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Governor Greg Abbott calling for a stay of execution and clemency for Melissa

100 Women in Leadership in the Catholic Church • FemCatholic

At FemCatholic, we believe that women are the greatest untapped resource in the Church, and that women’s gifts and leadership are essential to the Church’s flourishing. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting 100 women who currently serve in the Catholic Church across the United States. They lead at every level of the Church from their local parishes and schools to their dioceses, and even nationally at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We agree with Pop

7 Non-Food Things Our Readers Are Giving Up for Lent • FemCatholic

Lent can feel like a second chance at New Year’s resolutions, when we try again to give up or start practices in our daily lives as we try to better ourselves. If you grew up Catholic, you are familiar with the question, “So, what are you giving up for Lent this year?” and often we resort back to those childhood sacrifices of sweets, snacks, or extra helpings. It’s easy to approach Lenten fasting as a kind of “round two” attempt at dieting for the year, which completely misses the point of the s

10 Black Catholic Women You Should Follow on Social Media • FemCatholic

To celebrate Black History Month, we’re highlighting ten Black Catholic women who provide a much-needed voice in the Church. Many of the women on our list serve on the board of Catholics United for Black Lives (CUBL), whose mission is to “help Catholics use Catholic social teaching to raise awareness and promote racial justice so that every Black life can flourish in our church and in our society.” We invite you to take some time this month to get to know these amazing women. If you love Taylor

How to Find a Spiritual Director • FemCatholic

As we begin a new year, maybe you’re committing to growing in some way through new resolutions or goals. Whether it’s a new exercise routine, self-care practice, or attitude towards work, part of the formula for success may be getting the expert help we need, either from research or mentors. If you’re hoping to jumpstart your spiritual life and want some extra support to fulfill this resolution, spiritual direction can be a great resource. We asked our FemCatholic audience about how to find a sp

Did Pope Francis Really Say It's Selfish to Have Pets instead of Kids? • FemCatholic

Pope Francis has become known for his off the cuff remarks in interviews and controversial soundbites. The best approach to understanding these moments is to look into the context of the statement and to place it into the larger context of his papal teaching. The pope’s latest comments from a recent Wednesday audience produced headlines such as “Pope Francis says choosing pets over kids is selfish” from the BBC and “Pope Francis slams ‘selfish’ couples who have pets instead of kids” from the New

Discerning the Difficult: 3 Tools to Help You Make Decisions —

I have tattooed on my left wrist the letters “amdg,” in reference to one of the maxims of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit order he founded: ad majorem dei gloriam, meaning “for the greater glory of God.” St. Ignatius is one of my mentors and role models, and this phrase is there to remind me of the purpose behind everything I do. As I reflect on the intersection between two of St. Ignatius’ great spiritual exercises, surrender and discernment, I keep coming back to AMDG. The process of dis

Opening Up Female Leadership at the Vatican: Pope Francis' Historic 2021 Appointments • FemCatholic

In one of his first full-length interviews, newly-elected Pope Francis said, How has Pope Francis followed his own suggestion? Over his tenure, he has moved forward with several assignments that placed more women into offices in the Vatican. Let’s take a look at this year’s important appointments that demonstrate Pope Francis’ commitment to placing women in places where important decisions are being made. Sister Raffaella Petrini, Secretary-General of the office governing the Vatican City

When You Don’t Fit the Mold for Femininity

I am a recovering perfectionist. I like rules, rituals, and traditions. I do well with clear expectations and strong boundaries. I like knowing what things are and what boxes they fit in. I expect strict and effective justice, as if that can be accomplished in our world. This is probably a big reason why I always felt at home in the Catholic Church. However, the more that I’ve learned about the Faith, the more I realize that what appears as rigidity is not so in reality. The more that I get to k

How to Jumpstart your Prayer Life in the New Year • FemCatholic

New year, new you - and new prayer life? ‘Tis the season for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas shopping, traveling to see family and friends, or finishing work projects before some time off, we’re pretty rushed at the end of the year. Looking for a bit more peace and some Silent Night vibes? Often, the thing that gets in the way of our spiritual practices is time. We get busy and it becomes difficult to find those moments to recenter. Here’s our gift to you - a li

What Makes ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ an Extraordinary Show

Sickness, suffering, and death are uncomfortable realities — even though it’s inevitable that they’ll touch our lives, we avoid talking about them beyond the usual platitudes. Which is why the last place I expected to find an interesting conversation on these topics was a musical TV comedy. On its surface, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a fun show with a quirky premise. The main character, Zoey Clarke, experiences an earthquake during an MRI and wakes up with the power to hear people’s innerm

Spiritual Direction 101: What Is It and How Can It Help You? • FemCatholic

As a society, we’ve grown more comfortable with discussing mental and emotional health. We understand the benefits of counseling for anything from diagnosed disorders to mental health check-ins when we need to talk things out with someone. But did you know that we can take a similar approach in our spiritual lives? A conversational format known as spiritual direction can help us grow closer to God and become more fully ourselves. Simply put, spiritual direction can be viewed as a form of c

4 Latina Catholic Women to Follow on Social Media • FemCatholic

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 with the celebration of various Latin American countries’ day of independence and goes through October 15. This month is dedicated to learning about and celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic heritage found throughout Latin America. A common link between these cultures is a connection to Catholicism, which is the majority religion in several Latin American countries. To celebrate this month, we want to highlight a few female voices that share
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