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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.

    Imagining Mary’s Moments Before the Assumption

    Mary speaks on only four occasions in Scripture, and her last recorded words are, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5) In the tradition of Ignatian contemplation, I imagine...

    God in My Grandchildren

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore...

    Ask the Sacred Heart

    Alone in the dimly-lit living room, I craned my child-sized neck up toward a shelf with a small drawer under it. A votive candle cast a moving shadow on...

    The Bystander

    In a time of pandemic, temptations arise to live out anger and judgment of others. We want things to be different. How can I react to strong emotions from...

    Thomas Experiences Joy

    This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure and inspired by John 20:24–29. I’d gone out for provisions. They were afraid to go. On my return...

    Stay with My Son

    This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I picked up a prayer book and out fell a bookmark showing a mosaic detail of Our Lady...