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About Mary Kaufmann

Ms. Mary Gannon Kaufmann, M.A., M.S. is Director of Incarnate Institute and co-founder of Word of the Vine Online. Through Word of the Vine Online Ministries, Mary offers face to face and also online interactive retreats. She teaches internationally on vocations, priesthood, the role of the laity, the Theology of the Body and topics of spiritual growth. Information can be found at www.incarnateinstitute.org, Mary holds a post-graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, a Masters in Theology from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. She attends classes with her husband John, who is in formation for the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. They live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with their six children.

The Chain of Love and Living the Mass (Part V of V Lenten Series)

April 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Lent, Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. In part III, we explored the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and we went into greater detail... Read More

Let Us Learn To Be Tempered To Love Through Suffering! (IV/V)

March 29, 2014 by  
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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. The third post explored the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and went into greater... Read More

The Chain of Love: To See With the Eyes of Jesus (Part III of V)

March 22, 2014 by  
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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. Today’s post explores the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and goes into greater... Read More

Jesus, Savior of the World, Save Them! (Lenten Series Part II of V)

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s Note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Today, we will explore a bit of how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and look briefly at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. At times, it is very valuable to review the ups and downs of your life... Read More

The Cross and the Chain of Love (Part I of V)

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“Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But, rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed, you may also rejoice exultantly… blessed are you, the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:12-14) I was reflecting on this text after finishing a spiritual... Read More

A New and Personal Pentecost of Heart (Part IV of IV)

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  In our third discussion, we explored the charisms of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we will talk about a new and personal “Pentecost of the Heart”. Have you ever experienced living “in... Read More

Wish Your Life Could Be Different? (Holy Spirit Series-III/IV)

January 27, 2014 by  
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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  Today, we will discuss the charisms of the Holy Spirit. I was offering a live large group workshop on the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts when a woman came up and shared her story. She had attended... Read More

Are you Anxious Today? Call on the Holy Spirit! (Part II of IV)

January 20, 2014 by  
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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  Today, we will take a look at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are. Have you ever been in a funk or a place where you were anxious about what was going to happen? The Holy Spirit hovers over our inner chaos and helps order, heal and empower us to live fully from our core.... Read More

The Holy Spirit for New Years! (Part I of IV)

January 13, 2014 by  
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One day, as I was grocery shopping with New Years approaching, I was thinking about the Holy Spirit. In my reflections, I was on a really different, heavenly plane, one well beyond the concrete–the eggs, milk and bread, that surrounded me. Luckily, I did not ram any carts or cut anyone off in the parking lot. What I couldn’t let go of as I cruised the aisles was, what spiritual writer Servant... Read More

How to Have God’s Favor Rest on Us this Christmas

December 20, 2013 by  
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Imagine that you hear it, maybe ever so softly, the sound of the angels singing in Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!” (Luke 2:14). Servant of God Archbishop Luis Martinez, in Meditations to Prepare for Christmas, tells us that the angels not only sang this 2000 years ago to the shepherds, they can sing it now in our hearts if we prepare... Read More