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Leap of faith, passport required

My most recent Life Lines column, running in the current issue of Catholic New York, will give you a glimpse into the surprising way my food-faith pilgrimage to Italy came to be and how you can get on board: 

One day a few months back, I opened my email inbox to find a message from a travel agent asking if I’d be “willing” to lead a food and faith pilgrimage through Italy in October 2014. After staring at the email open-mouthed for what must have been a good five minutes, I turned the laptop to Dennis and said, “Do you think this is for real?” I couldn’t imagine that my dream of going back to Italy— not just to Rome this time but for a cross-country trek—might be on the verge of coming true. Read more

Are you making the same resolution over and over? Try a new approach. Getting fit is an inside job.

As we head into another new year and people everywhere jump on the diet and fitness resolution bandwagon, I thought I’d rewind to last year at this time when everyone was probably making the exact same resolutions and I was talking about our real cravings and how to conquer eating issues without counting calories. So often our hunger has nothing to do with cookies or potato chips or eggnog. It has to do with our understanding of ourself and our place in the world and a hunger for inner peace and joy. We just use food to fill the void. Read more

Italy alert: We are now under the one-year countdown to the most amazing pilgrimage

One year from now we will be just back from the most amazing pilgrimage, a 13-day food and faith tour of Italy that will take us from Montecatini, Florence, Siena, and Assisi to Rome, Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. There’s still plenty of time to save up some money and vacation days and join us for a wonderful weaving of spirituality, sightseeing, and one fabulous meal and hotel after another. You can find the full itinerary HERE. Read more

Are you brave enough to take off your cape?

“It’s braver to be Clark Kent than it is to be Superman.” That’s the heart of this amazing talk by Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry on Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed and my new hero. In fact, she is a superhero in my book. Please watch this clip, “Lessons From the Mental Hospital.” Yes, it’s 17 minutes long and worth every minute of your time. She is amazing. Because she speaks the truth, a truth we all need to hear, even if we are not quite ready to acknowledge it yet. Read more

Scenes from a Manhattan book signing

As you know, I had a book signing at Pauline Books & Media on West 38th Street in Manhattan this week. Here’s a glimpse of the goings on… Read more

Join me at my Manhattan book signing Feb. 27

Stop by Pauline Books & Media, 64 West 38th Street in Manhattan, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. for a book signing to celebrate the release of my two new books, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, and Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality. Read more

The Bridgemaker explores Cravings

Here’s what Alex Blackwell of The BridgeMaker had to say about Cravings:

“In revealing this personal journey, Mary creates a safe space where readers can begin to reflect on their own relationships with food, and with themselves. Read more

Foodie Friday: A Lenten primer on fasting

Lent is just around the corner. That means our Friday meal posts will go from vegetarian to vegan. (Since I already don’t eat meat, I need to find a different way to up the ante on Fridays of Lent.) But, as we head into this beautiful season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, I thought I’d kick us off not with a recipe but with a post on fasting. Read more

What are you craving in 2013?

Here is the YouTube recording of “What Are You Craving in 2013? Five Ways to Restore Sanity and Serenity to Your Relationship With Food,” a webinar I gave on Feb. 5, 2013, for Ave Maria Press. If you don’t want to listen to the webinar, you can read an abbreviated version of my talk below the YouTube recording, which also features a Powerpoint presentation.  Read more