Welcome, welcome!

I'm Patty.

I'm a born and raised Midwestern gal from the mitten state. I'm a runnerwriter, former know-it-all, and have worked in parish ministry for over ten years. I love good books, salsa dancing in my kitchen, old movies, laughing so hard till I snort, and strong cups of coffee with my Bible. I'm obsessed with the Holy Spirit, Thomas Merton, and Ignatian spirituality.

My passions in ministry include: ecumenism, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, ministry to divorced Catholics, and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction.

I am devotion writer for Blessed Is She and my life has been blessed by the beautiful sisterhood of this sweet community. I am also a monthly contributor at the CatholicMatch Institute and Verily.

I was married for 3 1/2 years. I am now divorced and in 2017 my annulment went through. It is the hardest thing I ever done. When life is sweet, you say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, still say thank you and grow. My life has turned out nothing like I originally planned, but I have learned more about myself than I ever dreamed.

I believe in the life-giving power of story, in the beauty of vulnerability, and in the strength that is found in weakness. I hope you find things here that fill your tank and empower you to use your story to make a difference in the lives of others.

Growing up, I kept quite the assortment of diaries and journals.  This space is kind of like my journal, only no tween hormonal angst. On my blog, A Modern Grace, I chat about all sorts of things: food (hence my relationship with Weight Watchers), running, books, working in ministry, being Catholic, goings on in the culture, being emotionally healthy, dating, being single, and why I hate porn.

Some of the conversations are more light and fluffy while others are more personal and vulnerable.

Currently I am working to pay off all my debt, training for my next marathon, be a healthy dater, and learning to find grace in all things.

So fill your hand with something grand and stay awhile:)


  1. pretty dress! and your blog masthead is nice, too

    1. Thank you! I always knew I wanted a lace wedding dress; it made me feel like Grace Kelly:)

  2. So glad you came by my blog! I really love yours :) You looked so pretty at your wedding!

  3. I love your dress! I just found your blog from another one and I love it! I'm looking at starting a blog, and also have started doing bible studies to help me understand the bible because I was raised not really knowing much about God or the bible.

  4. What a beautiful couple! And a beautiful blog! Can't wait to dig in! Thanks for stopping by my little closet ;)


  5. I love your blog! I am a young newlywed from Michigan that is passionately Catholic as well :) Looking at starting my own blog and yours is a great inspiration, thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh my goodness Emily, that is awesome...send me an e-mail sometime, I love meeting other MI bloggers!! :)
      Thanks for stopping by:)

  6. A little birdie named Annie may have mentioned it was your birthday today. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :) I wish you a wonderful day and a year full of all good things and abundant blessings!

  7. I'm so glad that I found your blog :) Very excited to add you to my reading list! Thank you for your joyful witness of the faith :)


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