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

In a Blink of an Eye

Sitting in her kitchen enjoying a morning cup of coffee with her husband, a four foot torrent of mud ravaged through my sister’s house knocking her husband down to the ground. Thankfully Larry could get up and both he and my sister hurried to higher ground. This turned out to be more of a chore than it sounds because my sister, Peggy having a knee replacement 6 days prior, was forced to flee sans walking aids. As we’ve so sadly witnessed recently that life can turn in a second, unannounced. One doctor’s diagnosis, one storm, one missed red light, one frantic phone call, or one beat of the heart. Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day living that we take our life for granted. We fall into the trap of thinking that this human condition is forever. Our lives consist of a collage of all these precious TEMPORARY years, days, and minutes that we are on this earth – for better or worse. Often is takes the jolt of a tragedy to look to God for meaning. We need to remind ourselves that God is with us, and speaking to us through ANY situation. Even in the thick of turmoil, the Shared Presence of God can be felt. One phone call, one friend, one act of patience, one thoughtful gesture, one encouraging comment and one idea or one leap of faith can move us in a new direction. So let’s share this powerful gift, both on good days and bad. Let’s share this steadfast compassionate presence. Our strength, our goodness and our willingness to continue walking at... read more

The Call to Serve

It’s not WHERE you live; it’s HOW you live. It’s not WHAT you have; it’s HOW you use it. We are all called to be of service, to serve one another. Throughout the ages, wise sages from all walks of life remind us of this important message of service. A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things, which renew humanity. The Buddha John F. Kennedy reminded us that it’s not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Jesus preached whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. (Matthew 20:26-28) Saint Mother Teresa warned that, “A life not lived for others is not a life.” How do we answer this call to serve one another? We don’t have to sell all of our belongings to enter a convent. (Although this works for some). And we don’t have be a Marine to serve our country. The call to service begins as an everyday occurrence. It is woven into our daily activities. A smile to a passerby, a phone call, a remembrance, a reaching out, an inclusion of all in our circle of caring and love. This awareness of serving others can ripple into wider circles…getting involved in charitable work, volunteering, and offering one’s services without being asked, no invitation or payment. When we look around and see the many in need of our friends, families and communities, it may seem like we are swimming upstream weighed down with a huge burden. But Mother... read more

What Matters Most?

Life pushes forward by cycles: days, weeks and years; autumn, spring, fall, and summer; infancy, teens, middle age and senior citizen; joys, sorrows, and resilience. At each of these junctures in our life, it’s important that we just don’t blindly follow the herd into the next series of events, missing our big AHA! We need to pause, REFECT, REFOCUS and RECOMMIT to what matters most. And what does matter most? In the end when all the seasons and life cycles are completed there is one question for evaluation: How did you fulfill your life’s purpose? We are put on this earth for a special reason. We are put on this earth to achieve our great self and to live out of purpose, our destiny! We have one life and we don’t want to waste it as we run from one day to the next. It’s a time for Reflection – Where are you on your journey? Are you happy? What strengths have you been given? How are you using your particular gifts? What makes your soul sing? It’s a time to Refocus – What exactly is your life’s purpose? How are you measuring up? Did God make a good investment in creating you? What are you giving back to your earthly and heavenly communities? It’s a time for Recommitment – Your journey is not yet finished. Take a deep breath, buckle up for the rest of the ride and renew your commitment to your answering “yes” to God’s daily invitations. Making sense out of your life and putting its pieces together well is no simple matter. It’s a task... read more

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