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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.

    Joseph of Arimathea and Burying the Dead

    In honor of the feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea on August 31, we share this reflection based on Luke 23:50–53.Joseph didn’t witness the death of Jesus. He sent...

    Extraordinary Moments in Ordinary Time

    I watched the five-year-old children in swimsuits step gingerly up to the font. Climbing the two stairs up seemed pretty easy, but every one of them waited before taking...

    Grateful for Anything—Except Dirty Looks

    Driving home from work, I regularly see panhandlers standing at the freeway off-ramp. I hesitate to find Christ in them or give them money. For one thing, it’s a...

    What Happened in the Tomb?

    Did you ever wonder what exactly happened in the tomb after Jesus was buried? The mystery of Jesus fully human and fully divine tangles my brain like a shroud;...

    Your Rod and Your Staff

    I love the 23rd Psalm. And lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the verse mentioning the rod and the staff. I see myself as this well-fed and comfortable...

    The Consequences of Seeing

    This story is inspired by John 9:1–41, the healing of the man born blind, and Mark 10:46–52, the healing of Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus and I talked about it. His healing was...