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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.

    An Apostle’s Colloquy with Mary

    Imagine one of the Apostles sharing part of his story. I’ve always liked to go to Jesus’ mother for conversation. People sometimes ask me why I speak to Mary instead...

    Reflecting God

    I strive for distractions-free prayer spaces, and I was sure the stateroom balcony on our once-in-a-lifetime cruise would be such a place. A monotonous horizon of water stretched in...

    Set Free

    This story is inspired by Luke 13:10–17. Eighteen years is a lifetime. Mercilessly, the crippling spirit worked me over, a little at a time. It began like a seed, the...

    Nathaniel and Being Seen

    This story is inspired by John 1:45–51. Sitting under a tree is a great place to muse and pray. That’s why I, Nathaniel, peered into a cloudless sky through branches...

    Choreography and the Mass

    We dance at Mass. Have you noticed? We’ll see children especially bouncing to the music, but all of us have choreographed movements. Think for a moment about the Mass as...

    Divine Handshake

    I’ve passed that icon hundreds of times as I enter the church, but this day I saw something I’d never noticed before. It was Christ’s hands. One hand was placed...