Bosses who Overstep the Boundaries

Ever had a boss that was just too… what´s the word… Bossy?

You can’t revise, but you can rethink!

You’ve probably never said something when you were angry and regretted it later… But in case you did, how should you deal with it?

The Age Old Lie

Dear Maria, I just found out that a family friend has been lying to us about his age. During a visit home, a mutual friend told me that she suspects that he is older than he appears. (I think she has a thing for him, too.)  I was at his apartment, and looked in his...

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All editions of the Prepare Your Heart series are available here:

Prepare Your Heart for a Great Christmas
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Baseball Buddha

To field a ground ball must be considered a generous act… This bit of wisdom, gleaned from baseball, is from Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, a novel which features a ballplayer’s bible by the same name. The main character, Henry Skrimshander, is a college...

Mama Ain’t Into Tats

Dear Maria, Ugh! My daughter just got a tattoo. Throughout her teens, she talked about wanting to get a tattoo, and I never gave her permission. Now that she’s of age, she’s gone and done it. I can’t say that I’m happy about it! Tattoos always meant criminal or low...

Pep Talk for a Bored Worker

Dear Maria, I need a pep talk about work. I am a writer at a university. The work flow is feast or famine. I've hit the famine phase of the cycle. I don't do well with boredom. What little work I do have I can't find the motivation to do because once it's done, then...

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Art & Spirituality Retreat for Everyone


With Maria Rodgers O’Rourke and Fr. Mark Dean, OMI


August 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - August 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


 “Creative Connections: Giving Time and Attention to Your Inner Artist”

Are you inspired by art, music, writing? Do you want to create your own, but don’t have time? Unplug from the world for a few days and find your inner artist again!

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