Get to know Patricia Lorenz! Five Quick Takes

1. Tell us about a joy you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
A couple of years ago, God showed me that my interior life was the place where my
authentic beauty was increasing, at a time when I felt my youth and attractiveness
were slipping away. Instead of feeling bad about the maturing process, I experienced
a profound liberation, and I have been more open to God's action in my life, ever since.
God set me free from an evil that affects all women.

Our culture tells women they are less beautiful, relevant, and powerful, as they age, but
nothing could be further from the truth. It is in the intimate center of our souls, where we encounter Jesus Christ, that our
​beauty grows. As we mature in the spiritual life, we become radiant witnesses to the love of Christ working in the world. Our spiritual beauty is impactful and necessary in the Church and in the world, so this realization helped me to stand a little taller, speak up more willingly, and genuinely love the aging woman I saw in my mirror.

2. Tell us about a challenge you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
I realized, as I matured, that I had always been skeptical of God's generosity. How insulting to think of God as being stingy with his gifts! I started asking God about this and begging for the grace to trust him in a radical way. My favorite saints and Bible heroes all had this radical trust, so I asked him to give it to me as a gift, a couple of Christmases ago.

So many graces have flooded into my life, as a result, and it is my habit, now, to pray this way: "Lord, you are so generous. I know that your desire to help me is greater than my request. Help me to open to all of the gifts of grace you have for me, in this moment. THANK YOU!!!" 

I also love the Novena for Abandonment. It's a great comfort for worriers like me, and it is really helping me grow in faith.

 3. What is your current go-to Scripture and why?
Psalm 92:12-15: The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord, they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bring forth fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green, to show that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

I love this because the psalmist is saying that any time of our lives can be filled to the brim with meaning, purpose, and power. God proves his goodness through the faithful way he continually renews us in his grace.At the Incarnation, Jesus entered into time and sanctified it. That means that EVERY moment, EVERY age, EVERY stage of our lives can be holy and meaningful. It is our supernatural inheritance, and we should claim it in confidence, every day.

4. What do Catholic women over 40 need to know about God?
We need to believe that God speaks through all that is beautiful, and that includes our unique, individual, human beauty--which is like no other on earth. Recent popes have emphasized that our feminine gifts are critical to the health of the Church and society, so we need to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of who we really are, as daughters of the King.

Especially as we age, we don't always believe that God speaks through our "beauty," because the secular world fears mature women and tries to silence us by mocking and demonizing older women--and then selling us all kinds of "remedies." In our anti-life culture, anything beautiful and life-giving (marriage, motherhood, sacrifice, femininity) is treated like a disease--including our feminine maturity. The attacks are vicious, designed to make us feel like we have failed at being young, merely by aging. It is utter nonsense, and we need to fight against this and lift each other up.

My beautiful Sister in Christ, as you grow closer and closer to Jesus Christ (the source and author of all beauty), you are continuously increasing in authentic beauty and with power to change the world for the better. Let your receptive, sensitive, generous, maternal soul out of its cage. God will bless you and support you!

5. How can we pray for you?
Thank you, so much! I am a worry-wart and I over-complicate everything.

Please pray that I live in simplicity, humility, and joy, so that my life will be completely abandoned to God's will and bear fruit for eternity.

And let's pray for all who seek to do God's will, that they and their loved ones live in the peace and protection of Our Lady's powerful maternal care.

I am praying for all of you, too! 

1. Tell us about a joy you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
There is a freedom that comes with advancing age. The joy of seeing your children marry
wonderful partners and begin their own lives as spouses and parents with faith at the center
of their lives is incredible. The joy of meeting your grandchildren and watching them grow
​makes the heart overflow.

2. Tell us about a challenge you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
Dealing with my husband's stroke and changed relationships with children as they grew up and moved into adulthood. 

 3. What is your current go-to Scripture and why?
I don't have a specific go-to Scripture. I simply turn to Scripture and see what speaks to me. My favorite is Psalm 23. It reflects a spiritual insight that I had some years ago about being a strong-willed sheep and having my leg broken to bond me to the Lord.

4. What do Catholic women over 40 need to know about God?
That God is always present to us and with us and that in our suffering, when we cannot see Him and feel abandoned sometimes, we are being carried on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd... too close to see Him. We also need to be open with God about our struggles and questions. We are called to trust in a new way!.

5. How can we pray for you?
Please pray for me to be obedient to God's call in my ministry. Pray also for sustaining funds that will allow our office to function and for me to respond to requests from around the world to develop the ministry of healing from abortion.  

Get to know Lisa Mladinich! Five Quick Takes

1. Tell us about a joy you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
Deciding to marry Jack when I was sixty-six years old brought joy to my faith life.  I
had a list of reasons why I shouldn’t get married and even why I shouldn’t marry
Jack but his Catholic faith was so deeply anchored in his heart and soul that I knew
we could overcome anything life would toss at us.  My own lifelong Catholic faith
reminded me that two people who are equally yoked spiritually can create a life
​of love, faithfulness and devotion…and so far it’s working joyfully..

2. Tell us about a challenge you’ve experienced in your faith life since turning 40.
There are so many challenges I’ve experienced in the past thirty years. Having my four children in college for seventeen years in a row as a single parent while struggling to make ends meet;  my children moving far from home after college, having children of their own, then two of them getting divorced (keeping up with the national average of 50%); wondering if, after moving to Florida by myself, I should marry for the third time.  My faith pulled me through during each struggle and I actually grew to love my struggles. 

 3. What is your current go-to Scripture and why?
Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass (Psalms 37:5). This scripture has taken me through many challenges, financial struggles, and crazy adventures.  It has taken me to twenty-eight countries during stressful travel experiences.  It has taken me through illness, divorce, single parenthood, moving across the country, starting over, and the death of loved ones..

4. What do Catholic women over 40 need to know about God?
God has no arms or legs but ours.  It’s up to us to see God in people, places, things, experiences and adventures.  Sometimes things happen that we call amazing coincidences, or profound serendipity, or simply happenstance.  We find ourselves in a place with someone who really needs a good listening ear or gut-wrenching advice and we think it was blind luck that we just happened to be there for that person.  I believe all of those things: coincidences, serendipity, happenstance, luck…all of them are the presence of God in our lives.  God is real, he knows each of us and our daily business and he orchestrates where we are and with whom.  It’s up to us to carry out the love of God from person to person..

5. How can we pray for you?
I had two complete knee replacements May 18.  Please pray that they will be healed enough for me to make the trip easily to the “Future With Hope” woman’s conference in October and to be pain free so I can devote all my energy to the conference and to the women I meet.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide, protect, and fill the hearts of all the women there with joy.  

Welcome to your Future with Hope!

Get to know Vicki Thorn! Five Quick Takes

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