Summary Moments of Grace, the first in a series of spiritual poetry, embraces the idea of pilgrimage. Desiring to be reunited with God, the soul perceives that God is already present in the ordinary and extraordinary events of life. The Lord's presence in the inevitable times of joy, sorrow and transitions are moments of grace. The author occasionally code-switches (English/Spanish) and includes a section on Journaling with Scripture and reflection. About the Author Mary Olivia Patino has led spiritual retreats and workshops for many years. She facilitates what she believes to be the only faith-based writing group, Writing with Angels, in the San Antonio Archdiocese and leads creative writing workshops. She has a Masters in Theological Studies from the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. Past work experience includes: Oblate School of Theology, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and Our Lady of the Lake University. She has one daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandsons. Her son, Steven George Patino, died in 1996. She has provided scholarships in his memory for youth entering college. The second in the series (in Spanish) will reflect her immersion experiences in Latin America. She is also working on a narrative about Sacred Spaces. Recently, she traveled to the Holy Land. Follow her on: www: //writingpatino.com and http: //writingpatino.wordpress.com. Her work includes: Editor: A Lenten Journey with The Parishioners of St. Brigid: Stories of Family, Faith & Tradition from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. St. Brigid Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas. 2012. Printed for parishioners by the Pastor. In collaboration with Writing with Angels participants. Stories in Story Circle Journal. Contributed to: Encuentros de Mujeres: Women's Collective Cultural Memory in San Antonio, Texas. OLLU. Blessing of Our Beginnings Celebrating 10,000 Years of San Antonio, a choral production developed by Carmen Tafolla. San Pedro Springs Park. 2013.
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