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    Loretta Pehanich

    Loretta Pehanich is a Catholic freelance writer and author of Fleeting Moments: Praying When You Are Too Busy. Loretta has six years experience as a spiritual director and was trained in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She is also a workshop presenter and retreat leader on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. Loretta is a founder of Women’s Ministry at St. Francis in Sacramento, CA. With more than 20 years in ministry, including Christian Life Community (CLC) and small group leadership, Loretta is an expert in being busy. She and her husband Steve have four children and 10 grandchildren.

    A Healing Hand

    “Please pray!” my panicked daughter said. A door at school smashed her four-year-old son’s hand, and he required surgery. “You can count on it,” I assured her, wishing they lived...

    Right Place at the Right Time

    Our city councilman and the mayor were leaving the coffee shop where our woman’s spirituality group meets weekly. We waved hello, introduced ourselves, and thanked them for working on...

    Sent to Tell What I Saw

    This story is inspired by Matthew 11:2–6. Gripping the cell bars outside John’s dank prison, I refused to leave. John shook his head. “I’m not the Messiah. He’s out there....

    Yes, But…

    “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” —St. Ambrose Monday She: I hate my job. He: Yes, but at least you’ve got a job! And it pays well. She: Yeah,...

    Lord Jesus, Teach Me to Be Generous

    We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. Teach me not to be stingy, God. Instruct me in...

    Joyful Scenes Inspired by the Joyful Mysteries

    As an on-call shelter volunteer, I spent some evening hours in a mother-baby unit with a woman whose child was less than a day old. Her family was too...