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Heart to Heart

With the devastating news that has been brought to light in the Catholic Church over the last few weeks, it has been very hard for me to sit down and write here lately. I have shared a little of my heart on Instagram here and here, but it does not come close to covering the crushing heartbreak I, and so many Catholics, are experiencing over the horrific crimes committed within the Church. I sincerely can’t find the words to say much more (an unsettling feeling for a writer), but there have been many other eloquent, empowering responses by women in the Catholic blog community–this one on Blessed Is She has been my favorite. I’m joining this movement of prayer and fasting and invite my fellow Catholic readers to as well (non-Catholic readers, PLEASE join us in other prayer–we need it desperately). My friend Valerie generously shared drafts of her letters to her bishop, parish priest, and more, which Dave and I used as a jumping off point for our own letters. The work of healing, reparation, and repair will be a long, hard, painful journey. I am choosing to believe that while total healing will only be found in Heaven, any improvement we can make will be worth it if it means a stronger, safer Church here on Earth.


Much-needed encouragement from my favorite, Saint John Paul II. Forgive the makeshift V!

While my thoughts have hardly strayed far from this, the fact of the matter is that much of life goes on. I still have deadlines to meet and e-mails to send, a house to clean and a family to care for. I am going to resume posting about far less serious things, and as always, I hope they are a bright spot in your day. Writing them certainly is one in mine. A few things in the pipeline:

– Advice for new college students
– My morning prayer routine
– Ideas for September feast days (LOVED the feedback on this post and will absolutely try to make them a monthly feature)
– How half-marathon training is going
– Reflections on motherhood as Charlie turns TWO next month, plus details on his birthday party :)

If there is anything else in particular that you’d like to see in the coming months, let me know–I always love to hear from you. Xoxo

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  1. Kristina says:

    Lisa, I’m at a loss of words regarding the tragic news as well. Please know that I will be praying along side you.

    On a lighter note…I love your upcoming blog post ideas and would love to add one of my own. Since you are planning on writing to new college students maybe you would consider writing to recent graduates as well? I will be graduating university in September and I am nervous/exited about the transition into the “real world”. I would love to read any thoughts you have on that season of life :-)

    • Lisa says:

      I love that idea, Kristina! Congratulations on your graduation this month–what a wonderful accomplishment!

  2. Kate says:

    To me, one of the more disturbing aspects of all this horrifying news is that I’m not more shocked. The priest at my grade school was arrested during the wave of abuse scandals in the early 2000s, and it feels like here we are, fifteen years later, with more of the same. Praying for the victims and for healing for the Church.

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