Mary Hartwell

About the Author

Mary Hartwell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent thirteen years in Catholic elementary and secondary schools taught by the Dominicans and Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament. A graduate of University of North Texas, she holds a B.A. in English and Communications. She has studied theology at the College of St. Thomas More in Ft. Worth, Texas and studied in Rome, Italy with the College. She and her husband, Jim, have been married forty-six years and are the parents of two sons. They are also loving Mimi and Grandad to Charlotte and Madeleine. In her faith life Mary participated and facilitated in Little Rock Scripture Study for five years, followed by an additional five years in Catholic Scripture Study. For six years she also participated in a Faith and Reason book study. She is currently enjoying her participation in EPIC Church History study. Mary and her husband are members of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia.

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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 [...]