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


My eyes, drawn to this license plate, read: “Faithup”. Immediately my mind started playing mind games:  buckle up, man up, eat up, stand up….. The driver of this car “got it”, and is sharing the important reminder with everyone on the roads. Yes, we need to “faithup” if we are going to make it in this life. Life is tough….buckle up.      When we are born we shoot through the birth canal only to be slapped into breathing and set on our way. What an entry! We come into this world remembering and longing for our heavenly home. St. Augustine said that, “our hearts are restless until they rest in thee, oh Lord”. God did not kick us out of our heavenly home without some divine support. God gives us the inner powers, the tools of the heart, that will enable us to carry on.  God shows us how we can be happy each day of our lives, even in the face of troubles and failure. God will not insulate us from adversity, challenge or pain. But if we are “faith-filled”, He will share happiness and peace even on the worst of days. The Lord will always see us through our trials and tests but promised to be with us until our journeys are ended. God gave us his promise and will not take it back. Life is not easy; it might feel like we are not making progress. But sure enough we are getting through with faith and that is something to celebrate. Let us take God’s word into our hearts with confident, and patient expectation. Let’s “faithup”... read more

The Lord is My Shepherd

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” Marcus Aurelius My carefree days of childhood were weighed with fear. Fear, not so much of death, but of disappointing, fear of getting into trouble, fear of getting hurt, fear of dogs, snakes, etc, fear of going to hell and fear of mostly everything and everyone. As Marcus Aurelius would say, “Never beginning to live!” But as I’ve matured, my fears are still with me but they have aged also. Now it’s fear of getting ill, fear of losing a loved one, fear of losing my mind, job, retirement. The same fear in this wacky world is difficult to shake. But amid all my fears (real and imaginary), I was raised in a family, school and community of faith. We learned (or had drilled into us from memorization that God is everywhere and always with us). We recited prayers, novenas and prayed the psalms all reminding us of God’s constant love and protection on this scary journey of earthly life. Psalm 23 is perfect for worrywarts like me:  “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want…. He restores my soul…He guides me in straight paths……Yes, though I walk through the valley of he shadow of death….I will fear no evil….For Thou art with me…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” God is not insulating us from life’s troubles:Bad things do happen to good people. He is promising to give us what we need in order to face our trial and to prevail over our troubles.... read more

What Can We Learn From a Mermaid?

As I walked down the pier in San Diego I related to this hand painted wooden sign:  “Kinda Pissed At Not Being a Mermaid”.  Now I’ve always loved the water, its peace, its immensity and the many lessons that can be learned by the ocean. Guess I’m a “Mermaid Wanna Be”.  I never tied my legs together, but I do try to swim like one with my mermaid kick. (Similarly wrapping a towel around my head to try out being a nun…but that’s whole different story!) Why am I so enamored with these beings? What is the endless allure of these creatures, half air and half ocean? Can they teach us anything? I’ve read that mermaids are beings who show us how to love ourselves. This is because they love themselves without guilt, fear or hesitation. They revere desires, beauty and instinctuality. To me, the mermaids embody a beauty and grace that symbolizes the acceptance of flow and balance embracing the highs, the lows and all the spaces in between with beauty and grace.   I’ve often thought that maybe, just maybe our whole purpose of being on this earth is to learn to love ourselves as much as God does! Wow, that’s a pretty tall order, when we get caught up in the eddy of self-incrimination, judgment and rebuke, oftentimes missing the marks that society sets for us. Maybe, just maybe, the ocean is a sign to us of how much God loves us… how deeply, how vastly, how powerfully, how rhythmically and how constantly without judgement. Maybe just maybe, the mermaid is a beautiful creature here to... read more

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