This post is about Dr. Peter Kreeft. Sort of.

This post is about Dr. Peter Kreeft. Sort of.

Last weekend, I had the blessed opportunity to (very nearly, due to overcrowding) sit at the feet of one of today’s most renowned Catholic philosophers. Admittedly, I’ve never read any of Dr. Peter Kreeft‘s numerous books. That will hopefully change if my ever-lengthening Christmas list is honored. But after last Saturday’s event, I am duly convinced that Dr. Kreeft is on to something quite profound regarding the (modern) spiritual life.

I sat there, scribbling furiously in my attempt to keep up with each nugget of wisdom. There were many. I kept running out of room and had to flip back in my notebook to blank pages more than once. I soon wondered why I didn’t write at the beginning of the notebook in the first place.

Crappy note-taking skills aside, I believe I was able to understand the overall gist of what Dr. Kreeft was saying, despite being neither a theologian nor a scholar.

This post is not going to be very satisfactory for those looking for me to spill everything I can about the lecture, and for that, I do apologize. Especially to Wendy, Amy, and Carol. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that in a coherent way. I did, however, attempt to preserve some of the highlights over on my Twitter feed, using the hashtag #DrKreeftSaid.

I truly do hope to be able to come up with a post that will both express my takeaways from the experience as well as do Dr. Kreeft’s brilliant mind justice. I’m just not there yet.

Meanwhile, I expect some of what I learned will seep into my next speaking gig, which is tomorrow, December 10th from 9-11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton. So, for those of you who are local, I’d love to see you! If you can’t make it, no worries – please say a prayer, though. I would really appreciate it!


God bless y’all,


Blessed Am I: An update and an invitation

Blessed Am I: An update and an invitation

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been an especially busy and fruitful season for ye olde Real Catholic Mom. Not necessarily for this here blog, as you may have noticed; this poor thing tends to be relegated to the sidelines whenever Mom’s dance card is full with family, conference, retreatconference, retreat, and convention. Woof.

As much as I absolutely love traveling and sharing The Good News with other women and experiencing incredible, Holy Spirit-infused Visitation moments (#myjamforlife), there’s something rather precious and sweet about having nothing (okay, well, almost nothing) on my calendar leading into the holidays except for “normal” Wife-of-one-and-Mom-of-five stuff, which, quite honestly, is plenty for any soul, especially a former (ugh! I cannot tell a lie!) current Martha-holic like me with uniquely challenging and beautiful children like ours. I feel like these blessed blanks on my calendar are God’s way of gently guiding me closer to hearth and home, allowing Him to expertly guide this busy ship to shore for a bit of leave.

My challenge: To honor the blanks and not rush to fill them to overflowing like the recovering human doing that I am.

But y’all must know by now that I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t share a bit of what’s coming up, and they are good things, friends – very good things. To that end, here are my personal invitations to you and yours:


Please join me LIVE for my very first online workshop with the wonderful Blessed is She ministry next Wednesday. The workshop, called Living Abundantly Through Forgiveness and Healing, streams live at 6 p.m. PST // 9 p.m. EST or can be downloaded after the event closes if the live time doesn’t work with your schedule. My prayer is that you’ll leave the session encouraged and strengthened to completely release any nagging bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness behind so you may close out this glorious Year of Mercy with a renewed sense of healing and wholeness.

Speaking of slowing down and digging deep … Advent is coming. I know, I know. But! As with everything, it is an opportunity to draw closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. From the Blessed is She website:

You want to dive deeper into the season of Advent, you desire to lay aside the busy-ness this season can become, and you yearn for a deeper relationship with our Lord. Here is your chance. Here is your time to grow closer to Him, to learn more about Him, and to fall more in love with Him. “Together, let’s prepare our hearts and our very lives for the coming of the Baby.” // Elizabeth Foss, author of By the Manger in the Morning Prayer Journal

***Please note: Clicking through to the BIS website via the above image or the hyperlinked title financially benefits, in a small yet meaningful way, my friend and fellow prayer warrior/speaker/writer/uplifter, Mary Lenaburg. Thank you kindly for your generosity!

For local friends, I’ll be at St. Cecilia Parish again this year for their Women With Spirit Advent Recollection on Tuesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

Finally, dear friends – would you please pray for me? The Holy Spirit has really been working on my heart these past few months, and even more intensely these past few weeks. I want to be able to be still (neither my best nor my most natural posture) to listen to and, more importantly, cooperate, with His leading.

Until next time, please know of my prayers with and for you.


Tea for two … or 50. No big whoop!?

Tea for two … or 50. No big whoop!?

The 1st Annual Women’s Tea for Life, held Saturday, April 17 at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, OR, was a resounding success. Over 50 women attended, over $2300 was raised, and I only cried three – no, make that four – times.  Anyway, there is no way I could have pulled this thing off without the tremendous assistance and prayer support of a NUMBER of folks, most of whom ended up on the back of the event program, under the header: “With gratitude.”

Next year – less stress for the organizer, a committee, and a projector (in that order).

Here are some pics from the splendiforous afternoon courtesy of the lovely and talented Courtney Freiburger so you can see what I’ve been up to these last couple of weeks.  ENJOY!

Donna Vandehey from Birthright
Three Lovely Ladies
What a Spread!
Tamra Johnson from Project Rachel and Silent No More Awareness Campaign
St. Cecilia Respect Life Committee Members
Choose Life!
La Musica String Quartet
Tea for Two!
I see *my* dessert tray - where's yours?
Silent Auction is Ready to Roll

Busy Kitchen
Debi Canepa from Washington Co. Right to Life
Tea is Served!