Mary Lou Rosien

Mary Lou Rosien BSW, MA is the RCIA Coordinator at St. Leo Church in Hilton, New York. She is the author of Managing Stress with the Help of Your Catholic Faith (OSV) and Catholic Family Boot Camp (Bezalel Books). Mary Lou is also a columnist with Catholicmom.com, and AmazingCatechists.com



Why We Need Our Friends

“I really don’t like my husband much these days,” the young wife complained to another married woman. “Don’t worry, it’s a ten-year marriage thing. It’s not your relationship, it’s the stage your relationship is in,” the older married woman counseled. In these days of...

Device Dilema During Lent

  I decided to give up Facebook for Lent.  It was a good decision, because I knew I had begun to fall into pattern of sin that, while predictable, had snuck into my less-than-conscienous thought.  I found myself comparing myself to others on a daily basis....

Divinity Revealed to Women

I recently was asked by someone to explain why the Church didn’t elevate women (as priests etc.) in the early days of Christianity. This is the part in the conversation when internally, I start to look like an old Bugs Bunny cartoon with steam rising from my...

Confessions of an Early Advent Advocator

I love Christmas! I start my shopping in July, I plan Christmas events in September. If I could skip right over Halloween and set up my Nativity set in October, I would! (Honestly, I have actually done that last one). When they start advertising the 25 days before the...

Meet them Where they Are

Meeting people where they are is probably the most misunderstood phrase in Catholic circles currently.  I have seen it used to defend circumstances that could put salvation at risk: ‘gay’ marriage, living together, avoiding confession, or receiving the...

Apologetics – Unapologetically

  I am a Catechist.  I have been a Catechist for over thirty years.  I could no sooner stop teaching the Catholic Faith than I could rip out my own heart.  It is who I am and it gets me into trouble, but this wasn’t always the case.   I had an...

Why the Tea Analogy for Consent is too Weak

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy has sparked much debate even among Christians about appropriate sexual behaviors and consent.  One of these is the Tea/Consent metaphor in which the author likens consenting to what they refer to as ‘sexytimes’ to...

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