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

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How come it takes a tragedy to teach us lessons? Can’t we learn our life lessons quickly and easily? The ongoing disastrous hurricane hitting Texas and Louisiana reinforces valuable learnings for us all. Amidst our daily lives of striving to be the best and the greatest we are reminded that life is much simpler than adding up our bank accounts, our degrees, and how many powerful people we call friends. When all is said and done we realize that that the only thing that really counts is communion – family that comes only from a lifetime of building good people and good bridges to connect them. Looking at the catastrophe along our coastline we can see in action what building good people and good bridges actually looks liked. Time after time we see how people stick together, they do not run out on each other or quit on them in hardship. Television photos show responders holding the course, persistently facing and wrestling with all the things that they would probably like to flee or run away from. This is the task of each and every one of us; it’s the task of a lifetime. That’s all we ever have and all we are ever responsible for. We all cannot be the kind of recue heroes that we have grown to so admire in this recovery process. But we are called to do it every day, one day at a time in small things. Think of the people who have made the most difference in your life, the people who have brought the best out of you, and who’s imprint... read more

What Makes You Brave?

Who has not enjoyed an engaging Danielle Steele novel? This American novelist has sold almost 1 billion books worldwide, making her one of the best selling fiction authors of all time. Her novels revel life lessons that have carried her through heartbreak, the loss of loved ones, the challenges of a career, the demands and joys of motherhood and the importance of family. In a recent interview for her upcoming memoir, I found her answers to certain questions to be inspiring for us all. As I read this interview I found myself reflecting on these same questions. I’d challenge you to do the same. Question: “When do you feel your bravest?” Answer: When I feel loved. Upon reading this I reflected on the “analysis paralysis” situation I wrestled with deciding if I should leave the convent. On one hand I didn’t want to say “no” to God’s invitation to serve, that would be selfish; on the other hand I did not find the peace and joy of fulfilling my destiny, I despaired. My dear father gave me that love that Danielle Steele referred to encouraging me to be my bravest. When seeking his opinion if I should leave the convent or stay and serve, he spoke these words that I will never forget: “If you stay in the convent I would be the proudest father. But if you left the convent, I would be the happiest father in the world.” With that my dad gave me the unconditional love that I would need to ditch the guilt and burst out of my comfort zone. We daily encounter people who... read more

Are You Ready?

I recently had the opportunity to take a wonderful cruise. Every morning we were given the daily ship’s newspaper, “Passages”. This six-page pamphlet helped us “cruisers” to get the most of our days spent in port pointing out the features and highlights. Glancing over these key points we visitors were prepared not to miss all the wonderful adventures coming our way. Watch for this…don’t miss that….make sure you enjoy this special coffee….and be sure to watch your footing on this tour with challenging terrain. We were also ready with exactly what we needed: passports, room keys, appropriate clothing for the weather, customs, shoes for the terrain. The crew distributed water and umbrellas ensuring that we would meet any situation with success. Like little boys scouts, we were prepared! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every morning God would send us a pamphlet outlining our day so we wouldn’t miss one of his invitations and we were eager and prepared. We might read: Don’t miss this opportunity to help this person. Be sure to be grateful for this. You might need an extra dose of patience for this situation or you might call on your faith to see you through this troubling situation. But alas, we are on individual personal passages and each one of us is faced with different challenges, and joys in varying situations. Sure we can help, console, and support each other, but in the end, the journey is ours. It’s up to each one of us to prepare ourselves for the events ahead. So as we “pack and prepare” for the travels ahead, I think that a... read more

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