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    Loretta Pehanich

    Loretta Pehanich is a Catholic freelance writer and the author of 2022: A Book of Grace-Filled Days, Women in Conversation: Stand Up!, and Fleeting Moments: Praying When You Are Too Busy. A spiritual director since 2012, Loretta is trained in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Her involvement in ministry and parish life includes 20 years in small faith-sharing groups and Christian Life Community. Loretta gives retreats and presentations on prayer and women’s spirituality and is commissioned as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. She and her husband Steve have four children and 10 grandchildren.

    Be Opened

    This story is inspired by Mark 7:31–37. The first words I ever heard were, “Be opened.” On the surface, those words seemed obvious. However, they unleashed an internal deluge of discovery. I...

    Hydrated in God’s Love

    Most people would assume that water beads as tiny as pinheads are useless and worthless. But add water, and they fluff up to be the size of large marbles....

    Doing Dishes with Our Father

    The Scripture verses included in the following imaginative contemplation are not exact translations but rather an invitation to readers to look up the texts to deepen their experience of...

    Instruments in a Symphony of Grace

    “Make me an instrument of your peace,” we regularly pray at our parish. I wonder what instrument I would be in God’s orchestra—an oboe, a cello, or something else? Following...

    Before He Was the Baptist

    “I dare you to eat a bug.” Was John the Baptist the kind of kid who might say that? As a mom, I’m curious about such things. When did he...

    Encountering the Spirit in the House of Cornelius

    This story is inspired by Acts 10:30–49. Let me introduce myself: I’m a centurion who was in Cornelius’s house when the Holy Spirit poured down upon us. What does the Holy...