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About Claire Dwyer

Claire is editor of Spiritualdirection.com. She received her BA in Theology from Franciscan University and also works as Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at her parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where she and her husband Delaney are raising their six children: Joseph, John Paul, Mary Grace, Daniel, Gemma, and Justin. She is a regular contributor to womenofgrace.com, catholicmom.com, endowgroups.com, and has been published in the National Catholic Register. She speaks frequently on the topics of saints, spirituality, respect for life, and the mission and vocation of women in the Church today, leads a thriving study group of over 40 amazing Catholic women, and is a regular guest on domesticchurchmedia.org. You can follow her at her blog, www.eventhesparrow.com

A Martyrdom of Love

October 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Canonizations, Claire Dwyer, Family, FEATURED, Motherhood

    Pope Paul VI with Archbishop Oscar Romero, both of whom will be canonized Sunday, October 14, 2018, in Rome. Editor/Author's note: This post was written three years ago, as the cause for Archbishop Romero's canonization was moving forward.  On Sunday, he will be canonized along with Pope Paul IV in Rome.  In view of that, I thought it was worth revisiting the theme of martyrdom which... Read More

St. Therese: His Strength Made Perfect in Her Weakness

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, Humility, Saints

Gravure de "Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, Histoire d'une âme écrite par elle-même, Lisieux, Office central de Lisieux (Calvados), & Bar-le-Duc, Imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1937, édition 1940."

If there was ever a Saint who needed no introduction, it may be the one who opens October – St. Thérèse of Lisieux.   Born in France in 1873, the fifth surviving daughter of St. Louis and Zélie Martin, she lived a simple, happy childhood marred by the death of her mother when she was only four years old.  Thérèse remained surrounded by the intimacy and devotion of her tight family circle... Read More

Praise for A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness

September 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Books, Drafts, Mindfulness, Prayer

The work of author Susan Brinkmann to inform faithful Catholics about mindfulness has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a spiritual leader at EWTN. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular but dangerous Eastern meditative practice which is contrary to authentic Christian spirituality. Fr. Paschal Mary, MFVA is Vocation Director for the Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Administrator of the... Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little... Read More