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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.

    The Flagman, Part Two

    Editor’s note: Read part one of Loretta’s encounters with the flagman here. From inside my apartment I can hear the flagman’s radio buzz as he talks to his counterpart up...

    The Flagman

    Eight hours a day the flagman stands outside my apartment as construction trucks begin work on a new building down the cul-de-sac. Few cars pass, but he must stand...

    Unshakeable Hope

    We all know people like the princess who couldn’t sleep because of a pea under her many mattresses. Mary Abrahamsohn was the opposite of that. To me it seemed there...

    For the Train People

    “For the train people.” The street crossing altered the hum of the railroad ties underneath us. I looked up at the change in rhythm and noticed graffiti on the side...

    Seeing Jesus and All Things in a New Light

    After the Resurrection, everything must have looked new for Mary Magdalene, whose feast is July 22. Contemplate for a moment Mary bringing the good news to those women who...

    Exercising with God

    Sit-ups, leg lifts, and squats: how can I pray at all times when I’m supposed to be exercising? I wonder how the people in Thessalonica responded to St. Paul’s letter...