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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.

    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...

    The Mystery of the Incarnation

    In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, retreatants imagine the mystery of the Incarnation. They take time to picture the Trinity looking over the entire surface of the...

    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...