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Sister Lisa Marie Doty is a Canossian Sister. She enjoys giving retreats and vocational talks to teens and young women, and providing on-going formation to her Institute’s Lay Canossian Associates. She is a director of youth and young adults at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in the Diocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the national director of the Association of Lay Canossians, and regional coordinator of vocations for her religious family. She also gives retreats and talks on various religious topics. In her spare time, she enjoys graphic design, learning guitar, taking walks and making rosaries. Her website is Nunspeak.

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The Lord’s Hidden Message

December 13, AD 2013 5 Comments
The Lord’s Hidden Message

As a little girl, I loved puzzles. The more difficult they were, the more I loved them. And how I remember my anticipation at Christmas to see if  a new mystery would be waiting under the tree for me to unravel. So, it comes as no surprise that I found the following an interesting and […]

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The Jonah Experience: Prophets of Life

October 18, AD 2013 0 Comments
The Jonah Experience: Prophets of Life

What would it be like for God to send a prophet among us? How would we of today’s society respond? Would it be like in the days of the prophet Zechariah, who pointed out the people’s unfaithfulness, and was stoned in the porch of the Temple (2 Chron 24:20-22)? Or would it be like in […]

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Pharisees, Publicans and a Pope

September 20, AD 2013 2 Comments
Pharisees, Publicans and a Pope

This week, an in-depth interview with Pope Francis was released in Jesuit publications around the world. In the opening question, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?”, the Bishop of Rome took his time to answer: “…I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I […]

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Totus Tuus Again…and Again

June 28, AD 2013 2 Comments
Totus Tuus Again…and Again

All around the World people are making final preparations for World Youth Day in July, my thoughts wandered back to its beginnings. canada generic viagra It was Palm Sunday, 1984. Blessed John Paul II, speaking in Saint Peter’s Square said to the people, “What a fantastic spectacle is presented on this stage by your gathering […]

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Never Despair in God’s Mercy

April 6, AD 2013 1 Comment
Never Despair in God’s Mercy

A few years back while I was on retreat, I received an emergency phone call. A teenage girl who volunteered with us had committed suicide while at home. I had to ask twice, Are you sure? She was vivacious. Pretty. Friendly. Intelligent. Loved. At the funeral, we learned from her parents that their daughter struggled for years […]

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Give Me a Great Heart

November 17, AD 2012 4 Comments
Give Me a Great Heart

Sometimes it is necessary to stop ourselves and retreat, to open ourselves and realign our thinking with the ways of God. If we don’t do this from time to time, we become vulnerable to our weariness, and we risk becoming disillusioned and easily offended. Take this as an invitation to stop. for. a. moment. Acknowledge […]

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Needed Instruments of Peace

October 21, AD 2012 3 Comments
Needed Instruments of Peace

In our current election cycle, perhaps more than any other in the last forty years, we have two candidates for President with stark, contrasting views about the role of government in the working of society. The differences, one would think, would leave a very clear choice for Catholics to make in going to the polls. […]

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Prayer Takes Two

August 25, AD 2012 5 Comments
Prayer Takes Two

We know we need to do it; to put our busy lives on hold for just a bit, turn off the phone and computer and spend time in prayer. We want to do it. We know we’ll be better for it. But life churns at an incredible pace that keeps us racing from one thing […]

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Mission is … a heart to serve and love

July 27, AD 2012 2 Comments
Mission is … a heart to serve and love

Meghan’s parents were with her as she waited to check in at the airport. Her father asked her again, “Why are you doing this?” With honest simplicity, she replied, “Dad, like I’ve told you, I can’t explain it. I just know I have to do this.” What was it that Meghan felt so compelled to […]

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Free to Exercise

June 29, AD 2012 3 Comments
Free to Exercise

There Peter was, chained, with two guards on either side of him. More guards were standing watch outside the gate. His crime? He was a part of a religious sect that followed the teachings of a man named Jesus, whom they profess had risen from the dead. According to the laws of Rome, Peter’s crime […]

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For Greater Glory: A Lesson

June 2, AD 2012 11 Comments
For Greater Glory: A Lesson

The story of the Cristiada – or Cristero War – was released today in the United States under the film title, “For Greater Glory“. It tells of the rise to power of President Plutarco Elias Calles and how he becomes obsessed with the idea the Catholic Church in Mexico is a threat as he tries […]

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Dialogue with a Heretic

May 4, AD 2012 11 Comments
Dialogue with a Heretic

Have you ever sent a tweet only to have someone criticize you for it?  That’s what happened the other day. I found a message in my feed that made me ponder: @Sr_Lisa Sister, why did you retweet a heretic (Protestant); Joyce Meyer? #confused #Catholic #OneHolyCatholicApostolic — CCU (@Mister_Posh) May 3, 2012   In truth, I […]

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Woman of Sorrows – Woman of Hope

April 6, AD 2012 3 Comments
Woman of Sorrows – Woman of Hope

It was a terrible day; an incomprehensible day. Just hours ago my son was in this very room with his closest friends for the Passover. It was a festive night – one of the holiest nights – and yet, it was a night like no other I have ever known.  With Jesus, I have come […]

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Maxims of the Saints

March 9, AD 2012 4 Comments
Maxims of the Saints

I love the stories of the Saints and the inspiration that I always glean from their zeal for life and their love for God. They are often quoted, little catchy sayings that are so simple and yet so packed with wisdom. Some of my favorite maxims are: “Love spurs us on to do great things, […]

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How did We Get Here?

February 10, AD 2012 0 Comments
How did We Get Here?

When walking in the woods, there is an amount of certainty when there is a worn path under our feet. That assurance lets us venture deeper into the wilderness with confidence we will arrive at our destination, so long as we stay on the path. At first, we follow diligently, with healthy caution to guide […]

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