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Stay Connected to Christ, Your Faith, and Others!
Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women help women build a closer relationship with Jesus, learn more about the Catholic Faith, and provide opportunity to come together.
Each Stay Connected journal explores a different path to spiritual growth in short, Scriptural-rich, easy-to-complete chapters—perfect for individuals or faith-sharing groups!
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“Uplifting and faithful”
Accept Allison Gingras’ invitation to journey ever deeper into the gift of sacred Scripture and find your heart longing for more!
—Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
“A gentle introduction”
Tiffany Walsh presents an opportunity to be gently introduced to the sustainability of the “big classics,” exploring how these saint’s writings remain relatable to 21st century women today.
—Shelly Henley Kelly, Of Sound Mind and Spirit & CatholicMom.com
“Open your heart”
[Deanna G. Bartalini’s] powerful study will help you open your heart to what the Holy Spirit can do in your life, and how you can share the Fruits of the Spirit with those around you.
—Barb Szyszkiewicz, editor, CatholicMom.com
The Gift of Invitation (SC #1)
7 Ways Jesus Invites You to a Life of Grace
In The Gift of Invitation, you will:
- Discover seven powerful invitations Jesus extends to you, including the invitation to follow him, forgive from your heart, and know his Father’s many gifts;
- Explore the Bible to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus;
- See how each invitation plays out in your own life;
- Reflect on how you can be better prepared to accept Jesus’ invitations.
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Jesus is constantly inviting each of us to a more abundant life—but in order to receive that gift, we need to accept his invitation. In The Gift of Invitation, Allison Gingras explores Jesus’ invitation through her own story, sacred Scripture, and the tradition of the Church. You can record your own responses to these insights right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
Exploring the Catholic Classics (SC #2)
How Spiritual Reading Can Help You Grow in Wisdom
In Exploring the Spiritual Classics, you will:
- Learn about seven inspiring historical and modern works of spiritual literature;
- Read selected passages from the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Pope John Paul II; St. Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, and more;
- Study these spiritual works in light of the Scriptures;
- Reflect on significant spiritual themes and chronicle your own thoughts and experiences.
- Apply the wisdom of these spiritual writers to your own life.
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The spiritual classics are full of wisdom, advice, and inspiration to enrich the lives of modern women, and Exploring the Spiritual Classics is a great way to access that wisdom and apply it to your life. Tiffany Walsh introduces readers to carefully selected excerpts from each spiritual classic, offering her own insights before inviting you to respond to reflection prompts. You can record your responses right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
Invite the Holy Spirit Into Your Life (SC #3)
Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control
Deanna G. Bartalini
In Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, you will:
- Learn how the Holy Spirit can change your life through the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control;
- Explore the fruits of the Spirit through real-life stories, examples from the Old and New Testaments, and the wisdom of the Church;
- Examine how you are cultivating the fruits of the Spirit in your own life.
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“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” St. Paul wrote to the Galatians. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, 25). Those words are just as relevant and powerful for you today as they were for the Galatians. In Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, Deanna G. Bartalini draws on her own story, sacred Scripture, the lives of the saints, and the wisdom of the Church to explore how to grow in each of the fruits of the Spirit. You can record your own insights right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time (SC #4)
A Guide to Living the Theological and Cardinal Virtues (Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women)
In Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time, you will:
- Grow in understanding of the theological and cardinal virtues;
- Dive into biblical stories that inspire you to become the person God made you to be;
- Reflect on your vocation to holiness in your daily life; and
- Accept God’s call to live a life of virtue.
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God calls each of us to become saints. That may seem daunting, but in Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time, Sara Estabrooks shows you how you can answer this call in your daily life. By drawing on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you will be enabled to seek virtue and pursue sainthood, starting now.
Stay Connected Journals for Women help you deepen your connection with Christ through inspiring stories, reflections, Scripture study, and prompts for prayer and journaling. Each journal explores a different path to spiritual growth in seven short, easy-to-complete chapters, making them perfect for individual or small group study.
Seeking Peace (SC#5)
A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust.
By Allison Gingras
In Seaking Peace, you will:
- Discover seven ways we can learn to trust God more.
- Explore and reflect on Scripture passages about when, why, and how to trust God.
- Examine how trusting God more can mean worrying less.
- Reflect on personal experiences and how trusting God can help you find the peace you are seeking today and every day!
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If you consider yourself a master worrier, or if you come from a long line of worrywarts, you are not alone – Allison Gingras has been there. Drawing from her own story, Sacred Scripture, and the traditions of the Church, she helps readers embark on the life-changing journey from worry to trust. You can record your own responses to these insights right in the journal and bring those thoughts to your small faith groups for further discussion.
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Make Every Day Blessed: (SC#6).
Living the Liturgical Year
By Jen Frost
In Make Every Day Blessed, you will:
- Discover the significance behind each of the liturgical seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time).
- Examine the ways you currently celebrate each season, and reflect on the deeper meaning behind our collective celebrations.
- Reflect on how you can live with greater intention throughout the liturgical year.
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The Catholic Church is full of rich tradition, enabling us to experience the world as God intended through the beauty of each liturgical season: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. In Make Every Day Blessed, Jen Frost explores in depth each of these seasons. You will learn the significance of the season, how and why it is celebrated, and ways you can live the season in your home. By understanding the why’s and how’s of living liturgically, you will have the opportunity to grow in faith and share it with those around you all year long.
Throughout this journal you’ll find thought-provoking questions to guide your journey. You can record your own responses and insights right in the journal. As with all the Stay Connected Journals, guided prayers and space to journal provide opportunities for you to forge a deeper connection with Christ.
Allison Gingras is the founder of the blog Reconciled To You, as well as a Catholic author, speaker, retreat leader, and media geek — with a very unique, practical, and humorous way of sharing a grace-filled Catholic life with Christ. Her podcast video series, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras, discusses faith in the context of everyday, ordinary life. Allison facilitates social media for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, including the WINE Online Book Club; she also contributes to CatholicMom.com. Allison is the creator and series editor of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women.
Tiffany Walsh is a wife, the mother of two children, and a college librarian with a background in law. She is a cradle Catholic who rekindled her childhood faith as a law student in New York City via her love of books and rediscovery of daily Mass. She writes monthly for CatholicMom.com, and contributed to The Catholic Hipster Handbook, published in 2017 by Ave Maria Press. She hosts book clubs and offers weekly musings over at lifeofacatholiclibrarian.com.
Deanna G. Bartalini
Deanna G. Bartalini, M.Ed.; M.P.A, is a Catholic writer, speaker, presenter, and educator. Married to Deacon John they have two married children. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. Deanna writes at DeannaBartalini.com, and contributes to CatholicMom, Amazing Catechists, and New Evangelizers. She also contributed to A Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion published by Ave Maria Press.
Sara Estabrooks is a Catholic wife, mom, and author with a passion for the Eucharist. On her blog, ToJesusSincerely.com, Sara shares her reflections about the spiritual life, prayer, and the universal call to holiness. She has launched the #VirtueChallenge and #MyMassTakeaway movements on social media to help Catholics grow in their faith. Sara is also technology director and community manager at CatholicsOnline.net.
Jen Frost is a wife, mother, and ballet dancer. A former IT professional turned sewist, she creates both in-print and digital Catholic quilt patterns as well as custom-designed fabric lines celebrating the richness of our faith through her business, Faith and Fabric
You are being invited to something extraordinary, something that’s truly a gift and an opportunity. Allison Gingras has compiled more than a Bible study and more than a nice book: She has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and crafted a journey. This is more than a nice promise or a great selling point: It’s a reality. Take her hand and let her lead you closer to Jesus: You won’t be sorry! —Sarah Reinhard, editor of Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary