A Writer’s Magnificat

Image - Version 2Even though I’m now in the USA, today in my heart I am celebrating Thanksgiving Day with my sisters in Toronto and the people of Canada.

The past week has not been easy, and I lost my writing focus. Yesterday I was startled into a new awareness of how tenderly the Lord is with me in these challenging days. I even regained enough focus to write. So today, on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day, I want to thank God in a special way for the gift of his presence in my life, and for calling me to write, by re-posting A Writer’s Magnificat. 

A Writer’s Magnificat

My whole being glorifies the greatness of our creative God;

my spirit rejoices in the Holy One

who saves me, guides me, inspires me.

For God delights in me when I write,

and favors my creative efforts, little as they are,

so that they bear fruit.

The Almighty blesses me with the call to write,

showering me with the gifts

of inspiration, wordsmithing, imagination,

and the desire to always seek and speak the truth in love.

From now on, I will never stop praising God’s goodness

in my life and in my words.

The Almighty has surprised me by doing great things:

God invites me to share in a small way

in His own life-giving creativity

by naming, forming, and sharing insight into His creation!


The merciful Lord works in those who trust Him

even when the page is blank,

inspiration lacking,

resistance plentiful,

and every word an anxious strain.

He grants me the strength to persevere,

calls me to listen,

and admonishes me when I become puffed up with my own pride.

But when I acknowledge my insufficiency,

surrender to His inspiration,

and trust His never-failing help,

He lifts me up,

filling me with ideas, insight, compassion,

and the joy of serving God and humanity.

He fulfills His promise of faithful love,

allaying my fears,

with me always.

Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.


Soul of Christ Book Cover Revealed!

Rejoice with me in the beautiful cover of my newest book–to be released in early November. This is one of those incredibly exciting moments, as all of a sudden I realize that the book is actually going to be read by more than a handful of people!


Here are some of the wonderful collaborators who have helped the book on its way:


My remarkable editor, Sr. Sean Marie David Mayer, who is here showing me the latest proofs:

With my remarkable editor, Sr. Sean Marie David Mayer, fsp

With my remarkable editor, Sr. Sean Marie David Mayer, fsp


With my designer, who is also a postulant in our community, Danielle Lussier:


Online Tips for Communicating Christ

Here are a few helpful, miscellaneous tips for communicating Christ that I’ve found online:

Ten Tips for Online Evangelists

One of my early favorite moments with Pope Francis was his homily to the journalists covering the conclave, where he points out the importance of the perspective of faith in covering the Church, and the link between the role of the communicator to seek truth, beauty, and goodness, and the role of the Church, which is to communicate Truth, Beauty and Goodness. It’s a good read for writers at any time!

A great article about serving through our writing: http://writetodone.com/2010/04/09/write-to-serve-giving-deeper-purpose-to-your-craft/ 

Max Lucado offers encouragement for writers here: http://maxlucado.com/read/topical/the-write-stuff-2/


Family Theme for 2015 World Communications Day


A helpful resource to renewing the vocation of the family to love and holiness! http://www.pauline.org/lastinglove

This week, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has released the theme for 2015’s World Communications Day: Communicating the family: a privileged place of encounter with the gift of love. 

Of course, this theme fits right into the two Synods on the family (the first starting on Sunday, and the next in 2015). You can visit the Vatican’s Information Service website for a complete report on the statement, but here is quote that beautifully explains more about the chosen theme:
“Today, how can we tell people who are perhaps wounded and disillusioned that love between a man and a woman is a good thing? How can we help children know that they are a most precious gift? How can we warm the hearts of people, especially those who are wounded and disappointed, and help them rediscover the beauty of love? How can we show that the family is the privileged place where we experience the beauty of life, the joy and the gift of love, the consolation of forgiveness offered and received, and the encounter with the other?  Today the Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful.”
For me, this is a direct call from the Church to us–whether we are Catholic communicators or simply people of good will who seek to uplift humanity through our communication. This call to us as communicators is to give special focus in the media that we create to family life. We are being invited to help people–perhaps first of all ourselves–to treasure  family as a great gift, and to nurture the relationships where we first received the gifts of life and love.
For the past two months, I’ve been blessed to be able to help put together a digital magazine precisely on the theme of family, in order to reflect on and celebrate the Extraordinary Synod of the Family which begins on Sunday, Oct. 5th. Entitled Lasting Love: Growing Together As a Family, this small, 16-page digital magazine seeks to do exactly what the Pontifical Council’s message invites us to do. You can find it at www.pauline.org/lastinglove.

Prodigal You Love Book Release This Month!

6004-2I’m so excited to share with you the news that a wonderful new book, written by our newly professed sister, Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, fsp, is coming out this month!

Sr. Theresa has a fascinating story that led her to write this book–she herself fell away from the Church and became an atheist. After returning to the Church, she discerned a vocation to the religious life, and now she is a newly-professed Daughter of Saint Paul. I love the approach she takes in this book.

Sr. Theresa is also a regular blogger, and you may wish to follow her blog, Pursued by Truth. She writes about her book here, and she also offers a free download of the first chapter here! 

Online Writers’ Retreat by a Favorite Author

One of my favorite authors, Vinita Hampton Wright, is offering a free Online Writer’s Retreat, Writing for the Soul, this week. It runs from today, September 29th until Friday, October 3rd. Vinita wrote my all-time favorite writing book, The Soul Tells a Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life. Do yourself a favor, visit her blog, and join in the retreat!

Even though this week is very full for me, I’m going to try to follow along. I hope to see you there!

A Little of This and a Little of That

The past several weeks have been “a little of this, a little of that,” so much so that I’m starting to feel a bit anxious to get back to my larger writing projects. But these days, I’ve strenuously tried to finish off many little pieces of projects. I’m afraid this post will reflect my scattered mindset, with “a little of this, a little of that.” Hopefully next week I can post more about how my bigger project(s) are going forward!

Sister Mary Lea and I have been doing a bit of preparation for promoting our Saints Alive! books in a special way this November. We even got in front of a video camera and joked around a bit…and this is the hopefully not-too-embarrassing result that will soon go up on the books’ new landing page:

Several children’s book authors of Pauline Books & Media have gotten together to do a “Back to School” Blog Tour. Britt Leigh, Nicole Lataif, and Marilee Haynes are all wonderful women and gifted writers. I really enjoyed checking out their blog posts! You can find the entire list here at: http://www.pauline.org/blog/ArticleID/1531/Back-to-School-Blog-Tour-Highlights-Catholic-Childrens-Literature

And…just for fun: Our sisters here in the USA and Canada have always had a special connection with our Sisters in Singapore, sharing projects and formation (several of our sisters from Singapore made their novitiate here in Boston). Now, they are raising funds to build a new convent.

This is their request for help:

And this is just a fun line-dancing video: