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My Newsletter: Sisters & Friends

My newsletter is Sisters and Friends: Refresh Your Soul with Melanie Rigney, and you can read about the latest issue, download it, or subscribe from this page. Each month, I'll share something about a Catholic saint and woman living today who will inspire you, spiritual resources, and a brief note of where I'll be in the coming month.

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This month in Sisters & Friends:

Didju know you have a smudge on your forehead? Yes. Yes, I do. And I'm ready to explain why. Lent is not just about giving things up (I'm giving up wastefulness of many flavors) but also about making opportunities to introduce Christ to all who ask.

You know how you set your plans in one direction, and life goes in another? Oh, you too, eh? Well say hello to the Blessed Assunta Marchetti who took aim at a nunnery in Italy and landed in Brazil.

It may not seem like Allison Gingras leads a quiet life (she blogs, she runs a book club, she has a radio show, and she leads retreats...) but she knows when to spend a quiet moment with God, and we discovered one together in Minneapolis. Read all about it, and click the links to my friend in faith's online busy-ness, in the newsletter.

On my nightstand is my second helping Pat Gohn's work. Her book Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious introduced me not only to a writer who's become a friend and mentor but to the concept of spiritual motherhood. So I'd rather read than sleep with her new book at hand. All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters awaits!

This month, my books and I are staying a bit closer to home than we did in February. We'off to Alexandria, Virginia, and then to Wye Mills, Maryland. See my calendar of events for more details. After that I'm spending a weekend in retreat in the Shenandoah Valley.


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Last month in Sisters & Friends:

Saint Josephine Bakhita spent her childhood in slavery, repeatedly branded to reflect her changing ownership, frightened out of any recollection of her name or birthday. She learned about Jesus while in Italy and gained her freedom with the help of the Church. She became a Canossian sister. When asked what she would do or say if she met the slave traders who had stolen her from her family and set her life on such a terrible arc she said.... No spoilers here! Click up there and read the newsletter. And take a clue from the fact that Bakhita's lesson for me is the importance of not clinging to bitterness.

Positivity, excitement, and faith can apparently be sent as attachments, and Betsy Dill knows just how to do it. We've been friends for over two decades and friends in faith since I returned to the Church. Betsy is the co-director of the Capital Christian Writers.

On my nightstand is Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shuana Niequist. It's not just a title, it's the entire message! I'm doing my best to hear and attend to it with the help of tips and skills detailed in the book.

I'm headed to metropolitan Minnesota the weekend of February 24, because while I talk a good game when I lament winter's woes, I'm willing to meet them head on to visit family and friends and attend the 2017 WINE: Catholic Women's Conference. Not that there's not plenty to do in D.C. — like take my sister to her first ever professional hockey game, meet a new earthling with only three months' experience of the material world, and reconnect with a longtime friend. It's a short month, but it's a good one.






                    2016, Melanie Rigney