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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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

One of Those Days?

“It’s been ‘one of those days’….3 years in a row.” A couple of years ago I wrote about the old fashioned virtue of perseverance, looking at hardship influencing all aspects of our lives.   We all know that adversity, no matter to what degree, is a part of life with its natural “ups” and “downs”. We ride out the negative emotions as best we know how with what works for us…music, meditation, a walk outside, a talk with a friend or a session with a counselor. But sometimes life can be overwhelming. Hardship makes us feel out of control suffering mental or physical pain. Dragging on and on we sometimes lose hope not seeing light at the end of the tunnel. No one can help. And God seems far removed in silence, not offering any answers. The virtue of perseverance and Winston Churchill would advise: “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Even this great advice to pull up your bootstraps and weather the storm may not put you at peace.  Maybe you’ve tried it.  In certain times, we just have to “give it up”, relying on the adage, “let go” and “let God”. This year especially the flu season lasted so long bringing long and extreme illness. Our depleted physical spirits coupled with the unusually cold conditions can weigh us down mentally, physically and spiritually.  It might be time to just “let it go”, putting all physical, emotional and spiritual pain in God’s hands. Here is a wonderful Prayer of Abandonment by Brother Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) that Father Robert Rhor shared this last week and I like to... read more

Where, Oh Where is God?

There once was a king who wanted absolute power over his people. Being threatened by the people’s devotion to God, He called his advisors together in hopes of “hiding” God. Suggestions were made to hide God at the top of the mountain, or at the bottom of the ocean. The wisest advisor offered, “O, mighty king, hide the people’s God somewhere in their everyday lives. There they will never find God!” That advisor truly understood how we are! God is hidden, but not in some remote, faraway spot. God is right here in our everyday lives. Yet we rarely see him and rarely recognize his presence. All too often we fear that we are walking alone and dread that our journey may have no destination, maybe just a walk to nowhere. Too often we are deaf and blind to God. And what is God saying? “I am with you always, walking at your side. And your name is written on the palm of my hand. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear me whispering to you. If you watch closely, you’ll see that I am here. So watch and listen!” It takes time to learn how to listen attentively and respectfully to everyday life. It takes time to learn how to hear what’s really going on around us. It does take time, but if we persist in paying attention to everyday life, very slowly we’ll begin to feel the nearness of God when we look at a rose, feel the cool of an evening breeze, hold a newborn child, or gaze at the sight of a mountain. The road we... read more

What is Your Life Like?

I’ve heard that life is like a roller coaster with all the ups and downs. I’ve heard that life is a bowl of cherries with all the sweetness and a few pits! I’ve heard that life is like a river winding its way to a bigger body of water. And of course, life is like a school with all the lessons in life that we have to learn.  No matter what your comparison, all of our lives are comprised of ups and downs, sweetness and the pits. We all are on our way to that “bigger” destination having learned all the lessons in this life. So what can we take from comparisons? I think comparisons can put life in perspective. It shows that we may not be experiencing the same cruise, but we are all at sea. My favorite life comparison is called, “Life is Like a Train Ride.” I’m not sure where this piece originated, but this “unknown author” gives us a bigger picture, a growing appreciation and a deeper understanding of this measured time on earth, called life. Life is Like a Train Ride “At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize... read more

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