Patty Kogutek, author of “A Change of Habit,” has helped thousands cure their anxiety, living “guilt-free.” Living as a Catholic nun for 7 years, and working her way through a 12 year failed marriage, Patty gathered “7 Secrets to Guilt-Free Living” that gave her the courage and the permission to finally follow her heart putting the expectation of others aside.

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As we go through our daily lives, we often find ourselves at a loss for words when it comes to prayer. This small prayer book contains “prayer starters” covering occasion both happy and sad. Use these thoughts and words as a ready reference and springboard for your own conversation with God.

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Adriana Trigiani “Patty Kogutek is a spiritual dynamo! She may have had a Change of Habit but when it comes to life, never a change of heart. She is all about friendship, family and faith, and writes of all three with verve.” -Adriana Trigiani Bestselling author of Big Stone Gap

Why Don’t We Do More?

Last week I shared an inspirational piece found in the belongings of Virginia Piper, a woman devoted to uplifting others. A woman who answered the call to “do more”. “I will do more than belong…I will participate. I will do more than believe…. I will practice. I will do more than give…I will serve and love.” (A few of my favorite lines. See last week’s post for the entire piece) As we read the call to action, we are mentally and emotionally buying-in, wanting to go that extra mile. But why don’t we? I think sometimes we get “stuck”. We are stuck in our own fearful thinking or become comfortable in the status quo.  We see many options – but the thought of choosing paralyzes us. We have big dreams – but are too afraid to chase them. We do what we are told – but not what needs to be done. We make a start  – but fail to follow through. We know what to do – but can’t see how to do it. Often times we don’t’ know what to do – and can’t quite define the problem. We get stuck in our lives of going along, and getting along. We tend to please, perfect, perform, pretend and procrastinate.  One of my favorite authors, Neale Donald Walsch, reminds us that life begins outside of our comfort zone. We literally must take that leap…..leap of faith, leap of courage or leap into the unknown.  Stop putting important actions on “hold” for a “better day”. Don’t procrastinate waiting for that “perfect time”. Jump in…now Stop waiting until… Until you have... read more

We Can Do More!

Being creatures of habit, we traditionally kick off the New Year making the same 3 or 4 resolutions each year. Most include something like lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking or getting our finances in order.   Do you think my New Year’s resolution to “eat healthy”, “lose 5 pounds” or “exercise daily” is really going to motivate me into action? If it hasn’t worked by now, what are the odds?  Why not build upon your own life and what DOES work for you? Why not strive to be the “better version of you”?    I propose that we ditch our routine New Year’s Resolutions and build on the opportunities we have to do “good things” in our daily lives.  Our dear friend, Paul shared a written piece that he found in going through his aunt’s memorabilia. Paul’s aunt is Virginia Galvin Piper, an inspirational woman, and philanthropist extraordinaire.  Let’s take a page out of Virginia Piper’s life as our call to action for this year: “I will do more than belong…I will participate. I will do more than believe…I will practice. I will do more than forgive…I will forget. I will do more than teach…I will inspire. I will do more than care…I will help. I will do more than be fair…I will be kind. I will do more than dream…I will work. I will do more than earn…I will enrich. I will do more than give …I will serve and love.” We all have daily invitations from God, calling us to be the best version of ourselves, to live unselfishly making the world a little more beautiful, more kind and... read more

The Hardship of Prayer

During my recovery from my recent hip replacement, I remembered reading a book, “The Gift of Peace” by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, in which he discussed the hardship of prayer during his last days on earth dying with cancer. (Not that I thought I was dying, but I identified with the hardship of prayer during that time.) In his book, the Cardinal said that we have to set aside “quality time” for prayer. It can’t be done “on the run”. We have to put aside good time, quality time. He shared that he gave God the first hour of his day, no matter what, to be with him in prayer and meditation. He shared that this practice helped him put his life in a new and uplifting perspective.  Although I do not give God the first hour of my day, I do set aside quality time for the Divine connection. But during my hip surgery and recovery, I was not able to find the “energy” or the “time” for the practice of prayer, even though that’s all I had, “time”. I remembered reading about this prayer dilemma in the Cardinal’s book.  The Cardinal said that he was taken “aback” when he realized that during his period of convalescence, immediately after one of his surgeries that he did not have the desire or the strength to pray. He admonished us to, “Make sure that you pray when you’re well because when you’re sick, you probably won’t.” We sometimes think that our faith is waning when we are not able to pray as intensely as we might have before.  But don’t be surprised. I’m thinking maybe... read more

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