1. YOU ARE THE FOUNDER OF CATHOLICMOM.COM, AND HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL BOOKS/DEVOTIONALS ESPECIALLY FOR MOTHERS. “GRACE OF YES” IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT IS ADDRESSED TO ALL WOMEN. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT?
Thanks for asking this question, as it’s a true mission of mine to extend the reach of my work. In writing and speaking on “The Grace of Yes” it was my great hope to reach every person–not just moms, or even women, and including anyone of any faith tradition. At the heart of this topic is my fervent belief that each of us is called to give our own unique, worthy and beautiful “Yes” to God’s will for our lives. We emulate the Fiat, that beautiful “Yes” our Blessed Mother Mary gave. But our “Yes” looks different based on the context of our lives. Learning to understand how my own “Yes” to God has merit, and how it helps me to serve the world around me, has given me so much grace and joy. It’s an idea that I really want to share with anyone who will listen! And in a world that is so broken and filled with pain and strife, our “Yes” is so greatly needed. When each of us offer our lives to God to be lived for his glory and according to his will, we err of the side of generosity. You can call me simple, but I truly believe that if each of us lived this way, fully offering ourselves to loving and serving the world around us, we could put a dent in the wrongs and pain we see around us. I hope that in sharing The Grace of Yes to anyone and everyone, I can help others to discover the peace, joy and love we all have to offer. And I’m firsthand proof that when you give your “Yes” to God, you can and should be prepared for amazing things to happen in your life!
2. WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD AND/OR GRATEFUL AS A WOMAN FOR OUR CATHOLIC FAITH?
Our Church has amazing gifts to offer women! First and foremost, we are so very blessed by the gift of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. Our liturgy leads us ever closer to God, to his Word and to his Church. And in our own Domestic Churches we have the capacity to journey with our loved ones ever closer to God too! Women are often the leaders of their Domestic Churches, whether in partnership with their husbands or as single women or daughters, sisters, or friends. We give our lives to serving others and we fall on the examples of Mary and the saints to learn how to be “saints in the making” in the context of lives that are often busy and chaotic. Finally, I look with such great joy at the amazing service our Church renders to those in need and marvel at the mission we’re called to: to be Christ’s hands and feet in loving and serving the most vulnerable among us. Around the world, but also in our own tiny corners of it, you find Catholics giving of themselves to love and serve generously.
3. WHAT DO YOU HOPE COMES FROM IN HER CHERISHED HEART 2016?
I pray that the women who join us will come for a day that renews and refreshes them spiritually. I pray that they will find calm, solace, time to pray, new things to learn, and fellowship with friends old and new. I hope that we will all emerge from this day fully energized to give our unique “Yes” to God. The world needs us. We need each other. “In Her Cherished Heart” promises to be a retreat, a chance to laugh, to cry a tear or two, to rejuvenate and to be sent out to make our homes, our communities Church and our world a more loving place.