Catholic Public Speaker and Inspirational Author: Embracing the virtues to live a happier life!

Adventure for Faith, Hope and Charity

FHC Cover Lifesavers FontAdventure it was for Faith, Hope and Charity Livingstone (my three main characters in my new book) as the girls made their debut visit at a book signing this past weekend. My husband and I had a blast meeting people from all walks of life at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church’s World Feast. The weather wasn’t very cooperative, (lots of rain) and thusly, attendance was down, but that didn’t stop the festivities. There was great food, games and entertainment for one and all – a true family entertainment experience. We had an open house for our new parish office building too! Lots going on.

I was so blessed to be a part of it of it all. I was given Continue reading

Road of Virtues: Twists and Turns

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The road of virtues is not necessarily a straight path. Sometimes we take two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes we take the long road, finding out that the short-cuts weren’t worth it. Together, you and I have traveled the road of virtues for the past 20 months. In that time we have reviewed and studied every virtue in the Virtues Guide – Second Edition. In series of posts, I have defined the virtues, explained why it is important to embrace the virtues and provided suggestions for how to practice the virtues.

Now it’s time to take a turn with the website. Going forward, I will be creating posts on the virtues via the means of Continue reading

Grace Abounds! Living a Virtuous Life


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Grace Abounds!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend the day with some fantastic young people from The Diocese of Charlotte’s Catholic Campus Ministry Group. These students represent the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s 49er’s and Wingate University’s Bulldogs. More importantly, they represent the light of Christ! Here I am standing with them after the presentation, along with Father Benjamin Roberts and Linda Stedje-Larsen. Look at all of those smiles. They shine so brightly. I was blessed to be in their presence.

Grace abounded at our day retreat where we imbibed on the virtues, looking at them in-depth; seeing how the virtues interconnect with one another, all with the purpose of drawing us closer to God. The Holy Continue reading

Top Catholic Blogs – A Great Website!

image2Top Catholic Blogs! Have you been to this website? It carries some of the best bloggers in the Catholic blogosphere. On this website you can get the likes of:

Tony Agnesi – Finding God’s Grace

Melanie Jean Juneau – Joy of 9

Dominic de Souza

David Torkington

These are just a few of the top catholic bloggers carried on this website. I am happy to announce, that effective immediately, I, too, am carried on Top Catholic Blogs. I have added a button to my sidebar for easy access to all of the great Catholic writers of today, located on this website. I encourage you to check it out!

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And the Winners Are…..


Winners? Who won the prizes? Not just yet folks. First I need to thank a few people who helped to make this celebration possible.

My thanks to Monica Kusatz McConkey from Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families, to Dr. Mary Amore from Mayslake Ministries, and to Robyn Magyar from The Little Way Gift Shop for your generous contributions to my first blogging anniversary celebration giveaway party. You are wonderful friends. Thank you!

I had a lot of fun this past week meeting new people, chatting on line, and sharing the Good News of Christ’s teachings with everyone. My thanks to all those who signed up to follow my blog, and/or who took a moment to make a comment on Continue reading

The Leap of Faith!

Virginia Lieto 2645 RT“The Leap of Faith” is my faith journey, documented as a guest blog post on one of my favorite “blogs I like” called Joy Alive in our Hearts, hosted by Nancy H.C. Ward. Nancy invited me to blog on her website. You can read the full article by clicking on the following link:

I hope you like the article. For those who do not know me that well, this article will help fill in some of the gaps. For those who know me very well, I hope that you enjoy reliving a few moments from our past!

My thanks to Nancy for giving me an opportunity to share my story with you and her followers.

Peace my friends!



Great News to Share with You!


I have great news to share with all who follow my blog posts on the virtues. As of this week, my posts are also carried on! I encourage everyone to pay a visit to Catholic Bloggers Network to feast upon the talented writing of many Catholic bloggers. The Catholic Bloggers Network website has so much variety to offer to anyone who seeks inspiration. I am honored to have my work included with the company of such talented people. Take a peek and look around. You will definitely find some high quality writing that will be worth the read. You will also be able to link back to my website by clicking on my name in Continue reading

New Blog Post Schedule Change

Changes Coming

Hi Everyone! Effective immediately, I am implementing a new blog post schedule to scale back the number of posts weekly to two times per week, publishing posts on Mondays and Wednesdays. I will use Fridays, every so often, to talk about the children’s book that I am writing, where I will begin introducing the characters to you in the near future.

I want to thank those who took the time to complete the survey of the website. Your input was greatly appreciated. I was very pleased to see that everyone liked the look and feel of the site. You also stated that it was easy to navigate your way around the website. You believe that the Continue reading