Denise Bossert

Denise Bossert is a convert to the Catholic faith. She is the daughter of a Protestant minister. Her syndicated column called Catholic by Grace has been published in 63 diocesan newspapers. She has also written for Catholic magazines and has appeared on EWTN.  She is a Catholic travel writer and pilgrimage leader with Select International Tours. Her first book is called Gifts of the Visitation. http://denisebossert.com/



The Root and the Shoot

Something happens to a writer who leaves the utopia of freelance writing and exchanges it for a year in the Chicago Loop. My apartment was two blocks from Temple Shalom, the epicenter of the Jewish neighborhood of Chicago. I felt our Jewish roots every day when I...

I Saw Auschwitz Today…

I saw a dandelion growing today at Auschwitz. And I thought about the disdain we have for a dandelion. We cut them down. We poison them. We laugh at children who think they are special and worthy for display and a drink of water. I saw a dandelion growing today at...

The Black Madonna & the Priest in a Wheelchair

I’m writing from Czestochowa! Today, we prayed the Mass in the Basilica where the image of the Black Madonna is located. They usually rush you through, but we have an extra priest on our pilgrimage who is handicapped, and his wheelchair got stuck right at the...

It’s a Pilgrimage not a Vacation

I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the most out of this faith journey. How to go about it. How to open myself up to Jesus Christ. How to engage the faith like a saint. I mull it over. I’m not certain that is the right approach anymore. It seems more...

Behold! I am Doing a New Work!

I slept great on the plane. Who wouldn’t? I had three seats to myself, and I was trying a new thing this time. One Ambien tablet. It worked for a few of the pilgrims on my first trip to the Holy Land. And, it worked for me. But… I woke up before the pill had run its...

Kairos: the Crook of God’s Finger

The Greek words chronos and kairos always remind me of Frank Kermode’s book The Sense of an Ending – required reading for M.A. comprehensive exams at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Not that I wrote anything profound that awful day. I received a B...

Fitness at 50: All for Christ

I have never been fond of working out—except maybe swimming. But now that I have reached a certain age, the idea of putting on a swimsuit doesn’t thrill me. I was never particularly fond of it. Shopping for a swimsuit has always been worse than buying new jeans. But...

Lent & Grandma`s Little Black Skirt

In the summer of 2009, my husband and I went to a reunion on his side of the family. Aunt Lucia told a story about John’s grandmother. I never met Grandma Bossert. She passed away long before I married into the family. But Aunt Lucia said Grandma had a little black...

A Grace on the Mount of Beatitudes

Terry was sitting beside her husband at the outdoor Mass we attended on the Mount of Beatitudes. She leaned into Chris’ side and felt the joy of praying the Mass with him, the enormity of hearing the words of the divine liturgy on this mountain where Jesus Christ...

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