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SEPTEMBER 2006 (reprint Nov 2023)

Essay: My Secret is Mine – how the philosopher reached the convert

Interview:  Kristen West McGuire describes her newsletter

Favorite Prayer: Morning Offering of St. Therese the Little Flower

Bible Study: Secretum Meum Mihi – what’s that?

Book Review: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Prayers: For an end to sexual assault and pornography

Historical Sketch: Byzantine Monks Get it Wrong

OCTOBER 2006 (reprint Dec 2023) back copy unavailable

Essay: On Edith Stein’s Presentation of the Ideal Woman

Interview: A former novice shares why she left the monastery

Favorite Quote: Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, Feast of the Assumption 2006

Bible Study: Critical review of that pesky Proverbs 31 woman

Book Review: Review of Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge

Historical Sketch: Margery Kempe, 15th century professional pilgrim

Prayers: For peace on earth

NOVEMBER 2006: (Reprint Jan 2024) back copy unavailable

Essay: What does it mean to be a spouse?

Interview: Kathy Sullivan Vandenberg on her "ordination" and obedience

Favorite Prayer: The Jesus Prayer

Bible Study: Ephesians 5-21-28- St. Paul on obedience within marriage

Book Review: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset

Historical sketch: Mother Teresa sits alone in the dirt

Prayers: For an end to racial bias and violence in America


Essay: I am a Shelter for Souls

 Interview: Meredith Gould: A Nice Jewish Girl

Favorite Scripture: Micah 6:8

Bible Study: The Blessed Mother is your mama too

Book Review of The Mistress of Husaby by Sigrid Undset

Historical Sketch: The first crèche, medieval invention of St. Francis, or 18th century marketing ploy?

Prayers: For children suffering from hunger and malnutrition

JANUARY 2007: (reprint March 2024)


Interview: Wendy Cukierski on her expansive family of 11 children

Favorite Prayer:

Bible Study: She will be saved by childbearing? Timothy says it - do you believe it?

Book Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Historical Sketch: The missionary who didn't go anywhere


FEBRUARY 2007 (reprint April 2024)

Essay: The Quiet Edith Found in the Cloister?

Interview: Sr. Julie Vieira, IHM – A Nun’s Life

Favorite Prayer: Quote from Rahner

Bible Study: Luke 10:38-42 Martha and Mary

Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

Historical Sketch: St. Rose of Lima explains how she came to be a spinster to the Inquisition


Volume 1 Number 7 - MARCH 2007

Essay: Cleaning Me With Fire

Interview: Genevieve Kineke -

Favorite Prayer: “I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten.” --Joel 2:25

Bible Study: Queen Esther Gets the Job Done

Book Review:  The Cross by Sigrid Undset

Historical Sketch: Witch Burning in Reformation Germany

Prayers: For Women Who Suffer Domestic Violence

Volume 1 Number 8 - APRIL 2007

Essay: Clearing Vermin from Dark Corners

Interview: Nancy Grubbs: A Different Kind of Warrior

Favorite Prayer: Psalm 20

Bible Study: Cleaning His Feet with her Tears

Book Review: Viper’s Tangle by Francois Mauriac

Historical Sketch: Dorothy Day Gets an Education in Prison

Prayers: For Women Sold into Prostitution

Volume 1, Number 9 - MAY 2007

Essay: Weathering the Storms of Life

Interview: Helen Alvare – Motherhood Trumps the Culture Wars

Favorite Quote: Everything matters.” G.K. Chesterton

Bible Study: Women of the Book of Tobit

Book Review: A Dolls’ House, by Henrik Ibsen

Historical Sketch: Rescuing the Royal Crown

Prayers: Women and Their Political Rights

Volume 1, Number 10 - JUNE 2007

Essay: Seeing Yourself with the Eyes of God

Interview: Anne Rice – A Scholarly Sleuth’s Surprises

Favorite Prayer: Holy Sonnet XIV by John Donne

Bible Study: Isaiah 55: My Word Shall not Return to Me Void

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Historical Sketch: Empress Irene and the Iconoclasts

Prayers: For the Cross of Infertility

Volume 1, Number 11 - JULY 2007

Essay: Mistress of Her Own Castle

Interview: Suzanne Fowler Finds Peace With Food

Favorite Quote: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Bible Study: Ten Virgins with Lamps

Book Review: Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

Historical Sketch: Sr. Mary Luke Tobin Goes to Rome

Prayers: For sufferers of Anorexia and Bulimia

NEW SERIES: Holy Helpmates: Successful Male-Female Partnerships Through History

Volume 2, Number 1 - AUGUST 2007 (originally Vol1#12)

Essay: What does it mean to be a helpmate?

Interview: Dave and Barbara Link - Soulmates

Favorite Prayer: The Beatitudes

Bible Study: Genesis 3 – Back to the Garden

Book Review: The Jeweler’s Shop by Karol Wojtyla

Historical Sketch: Coffee at the Second Vatican Council

Prayers: For Widows

Volume 2, Number 2 - SEPTEMBER 2007 (originally Vol2#1)

Essay:  Priest, Prophet and King: St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalen

Interview: Mother Martha Driscoll

Favorite Prayer: I John 4:16

Bible Study: John 20:1-18 The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalen

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Historical Sketch: The Location of the Upper Room

Prayers: For Those Who Labor at Thankless Jobs

Volume 2, Number 3 - OCTOBER 2007 (originally Vol2#2)

Essay: Laying Down Your Life for a Friend – Saints Jerome, Paula and Eustochium

Interview: Amy Uelmen, Loving Jesus at the Office

Favorite Prayer: Chiara Lubich, Essential Writings: Spirituality, Dialogue, Culture

Bible Study: I Cor 12:4-3 - Many Gifts, One Lord to Serve

Book Review: My Antonia, by Willa Cather

Historical Sketch: Jerome’s Temper

Prayers: For Women in their Careers

Volume 2, Number 4 - NOVEMBER 2007:   (originally Vol2#3)

Essay: No Grumbling Allowed! Saints Scholastica and Benedict

Interview: Lucille Canaday: Singing Servants

Favorite Prayer: If you love until it hurts, there is no more hurt, only love.

--Mother Teresa

Bible Study: Number 12:1-15 Miriam and Aaron Caught in Sibling RIvalry

Book Review: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Historical Sketch: One Last Visit to His Sister

Prayers: For Families Torn Apart by Violence

Volume 2, Number 5 - DECEMBER 2007:  (originally Vol2#4)

Essay:  In Praise of Shared Beauty - Saint Radegund and Venantius Fortunatus

Interview: Barbara Errakko Taylor: Weaving Prayer Into Life

Favorite Prayer: Light of Christ

Bible Study: Psalm 131 – Like a Child Quieted at the Breast

Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Historical Sketch: Poetic Beauty and Devout Souls by Sandra Miesel

Prayers: For Women Prison

Volume 2, Number 6 - JANUARY 2008: (originally Vol2#5)

Essay: A Powerful Female Spiritual Mentor - Saint Christina of Markyate and Geoffrey of St. Albans

Interview: Dr. Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, Pro-Woman & Pro-Life

Favorite Prayer: --St. Ignatius of Loyola pray/work

Bible Study: A Woman with a Hemorrhage by Mother Martha Driscoll

Book Review:  The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

Historical Sketch: Converting Lusty Cleric at a Time by Sandra Misel

Prayers: For Women Suffering After an Abortion

Volume 2, Number 7 - FEBRUARY 2008:  (originally Vol2#6)

Essay: The Gift of Poverty – Saints Francis and Clare

Interview: Katie Gordy – My Daughter Became a Homeless Drug Addict

Favorite Hymn: How Can I Keep From Singing

Bible Study: Luke 9:51-62 The Son of Man Has Nowhere to Lay His Head

Book Review: God’s Pauper: St. Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis

Historical Sketch: Clare’s Rule of Life is Approved on her Deathbed

Prayers: For Women Who Are Homeless

Volume 2, Number 8 - MARCH 2008:  (originally Vol2#7)

Essay: Madre Teresa and Fray Juan de la Cruz

Interview: Patricia Devlin, Unasked for Mysticism

Favorite Prayer: A traditional Hawaiian Hymn

Bible Study: Luke 23:27-28 – Women Watching the Passion at a Distance

Book Review: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Historical Sketch: John and Teresa Just Levitating Together

Prayers: For an End to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Volume 2, Number 9 - APRIL 2008:  (originally Vol2#8)

Essay: The First American Saint and the First American Bishop – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Bishop John Carroll

Interview: Community Director, not Mother Superior - Sr. Louise Hembrecht, FSCC

Favorite Prayer: Prayer before the Crucifix by St. Francis of Assisi:

Bible Study: Acts 14:8-18 Offering Homage to Church Leadership

Book Review: In This House of Brede, by Rumer Godden

Historical Sketch: Archbishop John Carroll pays a visit to Emmitsburg

Prayers: For an Increase in Vocations to Religious Orders

Volume 2, Number 10 - MAY 2008: (originally Vol2#9)

Essay: That Crazy Martin Family! Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

Interview: Lisa Schiltz – When God Sends a Special Child

Favorite Prayer: O Lord, Thou knowest how Busy I must be this day.

If I forget Thee, Do not forget me. Amen. --Jacob Astley

Bible Study: Job’s Wife Copes While Job Philosophizes

Book Review: Nectar in a Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya

Historical Sketch: Death Visits the Martin Household

Prayers: For Families Adjusting to a Difficult Diagnosis

Volume 2, Number 11 – JUNE 2008:  (originally Vol2#10)

Essay: All That I Am, I Owe to Her: Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr

Interview: Dr. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado: Scholar at the Cross Roads

Favorite Quote: “Had Aristotle cooked, he would have written a great deal more.”

--Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Bible Study: Proverbs 8:22 – 9:6, 13-18 - Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs

Book Review: The Four Quartets, by T.S. Eliot

Historical Sketch: Adrienne on a Railway Bridge over the Rhine River

Prayers: For Women in Academia

Volume 2, Number 12 - JULY 2008: (originally Vol2#11)

Essay: Hope and Interior Joy – Pope Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Interview: Mary Breda: From Novice to Motherhood

Favorite Prayer: “Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors.” --St. Therese of Lisieux

Bible Study: John 19:28-35 – I Thirst Jesus Longs for Souls

Book Review: Dear James by John Hassler

Historical Sketch: Hospital Scenes – 1996 and 2005

Prayers: For Elderly Women

New Series – Reflections on Mulieris Dignitatem On the Dignity and Vocation of Women

Volume 3, Number 1 - AUGUST 2008:  (originally Vol2#12)

Essay: Dignity? Vocation? Huh? Introduction to Mulieris Dignitatem

Interview: Zoe Romanowski St. Paul, Life Coach

Favorite Quote: “The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive.” --St. Irenaeus

Bible Study: Song of Songs 8:5-14 How Does Your Garden Grow?

Book Review: The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor

Historical Sketch: The History of the Rosary

Prayers: For Women in Chronic Poverty