A Faith To Die For

Hope you can listen to: A Faith to Die For

This was a Homily recently given by Father John Lanket at our Cathedral in Phoenix where Bishop Olmsted resides. Awesome is an understatement! So appropriate for these times. Given on Nathaniel's birthday!

God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!


Grief is a Journey

I appreciate a prayer as I have been a little down these past few days. Nathaniel would have been 15 years old on Sunday, November 10th.  I recently watched an interview on The World Over/EWTN with the mom of Matti Stepanek. Raymond Arroyo, not being insensitive, simply asked Jeni Stepanek how heroic she been in handling the loss of Mattie and his siblings. Her response so real, so refreshing. I paraphrase here: 

-Raymond, there is not a day that I don't cry and that I don't miss my son, my children. Grief is not something you get OVER, it is something you endure as you make your way on this journey called life. THANK YOU JENI STEPANEK for not undermining so great a loss as that of your dear sons. It permits us to embrace and not undermine our own losses. 


Big hugs, love and kisses to you my sweet son Nathaniel Joseph born 11/10/97 entered into heaven 3/18/2000. I miss you dearly!!

Hey, and tell Matti hello for me!


Your loving mom,



Dr. Oz Tackles Deadly Adderall Abuse Issue

College students everywhere are taking Adderall at an alarming rate and doctors are prescribing it without knowing the dangers. In a recent episode which aired February 18, 2013 Dr. Oz is angry as he tackles the issue head on! In research from experts throughout the country it is estimated that 1 in 4 college students are taking Adderall as a study aid and its use by 20 to 40 year olds getting prescriptions for Adderall has more than doubled in the last 5 years. Dr. Oz passionately put it - HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT A DISEASE MORE THAN DOUBLES IN 5 YEARS!

For more information on the risk factors related to Adderall check out:

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Drug Problem on College Campuses - Catholic Universities Not Exempt!

We are in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in United States history and some of the hardest hit in the population are among college students. In this eye-opening video you'll come to learn that Catholic universities are not exempt from this problem.!




Lenten Journey - 13 Years Ago Today

13 years ago today my sweet son went to be with The Lord. I wish I could say that I have come well into my grief journey and that today my heart is not as heavy as it was when he, Nathaniel, had just died. But that would be a lie, it is again as if it has just happened. Could it be that I am a depressed person that just can't seem to get a grip on things. I'd beg to differ as

364, give or take a few days here and there I feel quite able, blessed and joyful of God's gracious gifts in my life. I am truly blessed, even in this bitter pain, I am truly blessed, because it is in and through my pain I see most clearly. Nathaniel died during the Season of Lent. I lean more heavily on Mother Mary these days, as the mother who stood close to her beloved Son in His most bitter agony and passion... 



Catholic News Agency - Review of It Doesn't End Here

For author Dawn Marie Roeder's recent interview with Catholic News Agency see the link below:



It Doesn't End Here - Review on!

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Father Jay Finelli's Recent Book Review of "It Doesn't End Here"!

Check out the following review of It Doesn't End Here by Father Jay Finelli of

"This is the story of one woman's great suffering and her ultimate victory. Tragedy, heartbreak, betrayal, fidelity and faith in God are all weaved together in this true to life story of Dawn Marie Roeder. To see a mother endure the loss of her only son and the surreal circumstances surrounding the event is heart wrenching. Yet, to see her come back with new life, to fight for her son and to fight for others demonstrates the power of God's grace working in Dawn's life. This is a must read for any parent who has lost a child, any person who has suffered tragedy, anyone who likes to see good overcome evil, and those who want to see God's transforming grace active in a person's life. If you don't know how to deal with the tragedy in your life, and need to get rid of the pain, you need to know that "It Doesn't End Here!"

~ Father Jay Finelli of 

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Dawn Marie Roeder,  Author Interview


Many Emotions: Which One Is Right



My name is Dawn Marie Roeder and I am a survivor of sudden loss of a loved one. One of the most difficult things I found along my journey of healing were the amount of feelings I could feel at the same time. Very often I had found myself feeling dismay, anxiety, dread, emptiness, panic, fear, sadness, hurt and helpessness, to name a few, at the same time. When I learned through a grief group I attended that this is a normal reaction to trauma and loss I was relieved to discover that I was not losing my mind. Many others who have lost a loved one often feel many emotions at the same time.


A brief summary of my own sudden loss begins in mid-January of 2000 when I began to take a prescription medication to treat ADHD. By mid March, through my doctor’s care, the medication I was taking had been raised in dosage to its level of efficacy. Unfortunately for me and my son the “effect” turned out deadly when I had become delusional and began to hallucinate as a result of the amphetamine based drug. Nathaniel and I were in a terrible car accident in which he died.