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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.

    My Attitude About Time and Manna

    Each day, God gives me enough time. It sure doesn’t feel like it. Today I did not have time to play my guitar or piano or read a novel, nor did...

    Elizabeth Meets Jesus

    Similar to St. Ignatius’s contemplation involving an encounter between Mary and her Son after his Resurrection, this meditation is not based on Scripture. However, Luke 1:5–56 inspired this story. I...

    God’s Glance

    In our new apartment, we hung pictures of our 10 grandchildren down the length of the hall. Our younger son said jokingly, “You're going to have to get a...

    Zebedee: Still Fishing

    This story is inspired by Luke 5:1–11. When my sons dropped everything to accept Jesus’ invitation, I knew my boys would serve him well. They deserve the nickname Jesus gave...

    Going to Egypt

    This story is inspired by Matthew 2:13–15. Perhaps Joseph awakes to the sound of Mary humming a lullaby. Mary holds her baby close, rocking as she sits. The corners of...

    Flying Houses

    My patronal feast, Our Lady of Loreto on December 10, was elevated on liturgical calendars in 2019. I love this title for Mary, even though it’s possible that my...