Mary Hartwell

About the Author

A native of New Orleans, Mary Hartwell spent thirteen years in Catholic school taught by the Dominicans and the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament. She holds a B.A. degree with honors in English and Communications from the University of North Texas. She has studied Theology at The College of St. Thomas More in Ft. Worth, Texas and participated in the College’s winter term in Rome, Italy.

In her faith life Mary participated and held a leadership role in Little Rock Scripture Study for six years and participated for five years in Catholic Scripture Study. She also participated in a Faith and Reason class for five years.

In her work career she has been publications director for a non-profit and has worked in promotions in television. She has done technical writing and written and produced newsletters and other collateral for business.

Mary and her husband attend St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia and have two sons and two granddaughters.

She believes there is no writing – only re-writing.

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When God is Silent — Finding spiritual peace amid the storms of life

  There are few among us who haven’t gone through suffering—mental, spiritual or emotional and wondered where God was in the turmoil. In his book, When God is Silent (Sophia Institute Press), Archbishop Martinez introduces us to the idea that Jesus is not gone—he is sleeping. Martinez expands the idea using the example of Christ asleep in the boat on Lake Tiberias. […]

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Being an Extraordinary Catholic is No Easy Task

Being an extraordinary Catholic is no easy task, but Randy Hain’s new book Joyful Witness – How To Be An Extraordinary Catholic gives examples and insights of just those Catholics – those joyful witnesses. These are people who, as Randy writes, have become “better versions of themselves.” Not everyone he writes about planned on being so extraordinary – it was […]

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The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer — A Review by Mary Hartwell

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Why do most people find it hard to pray – really pray? Prayer is our spiritual highway to God and we cannot arrive at that […]

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The Beggar’s Banquet — A Review by Mary Hartwell

The Beggar’s Banquet: A Personal Retreat on Christ, His Mother, the Spiritual Life, and the Saints by Regis Martin Emmaus Road Publishing (January 17, 2014) ISBN-10: 1940329140 ISBN-13: 978-1940329147 Have you ever thought of yourself as a beggar? Being a beggar conjures up unpleasant visions associated with lack of material possessions and lack of hope. This is far from the vision […]

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“Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God” by Romano Guardini

“Unless you strive after virtues and practice them, you’ll never grow to be more than dwarfs.” (St. Teresa of Avila) Father Guardini’s  book, Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God, is a re-printing of his book first published in 1963. He was an Italian-born German priest and a successful Catholic educator who won wide acclaim for his teaching and writing. […]

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The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers and Devotions

“I knew nothing. I was nothing. For this reason God picked me out” (St. Catherine Labouré). To know God’s grace. To embrace God’s grace. To live God’s grace. St. Catherine was a model of God’s grace from her childhood – she knew God and the Blessed Mother and never wavered in her faith. What a glorious gift from God; would […]

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Along the Way… for Ordinary People

Lent is over . . . Easter is upon us . . . can Advent and Christmas be far away? These special liturgical seasons of the Church call us to increased holiness and awareness of God and ourselves. They are times for self-reflection, meditation and reconciliation followed by joyful celebration. But what about the other season of the church year […]

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Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel

For those of us devotees of Downton Abbey perhaps we should pause and consider the line that was drawn in the sand when the world pivoted and the Edwardian era came to an end. That was the era of gloved servants, silver salvers, “dressing” for meals, weekend hunts and the pecking order of the downstairs help. “World War I, the […]

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Book Review: The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand

Not found on Oprah’s Book List and probably not on the New York Times bestseller list, The Privilege of Being a Woman effectively dismantles the post-modern ideal of womanhood, femaleness and the so-called feminist creed. This book could really irritate Gloria Steinem because it extols humility. Using her extensive knowledge of theology and philosophy, Dr. von Hildebrand builds her argument […]