Author Archive for Amy Bonaccorso

I am the author of the book, "How to Get to 'I Do' - A Dating Guide for Catholic Women" and a communications professional.

NCR Blogger's Memoir Breaks Mold
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NCR Blogger’s Memoir Breaks Mold

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National Catholic Register blogger Jennifer Fulwiler just published her long awaited memoir, Something Other Than God. The book is enjoying exposure and praise typically reserved for secular tales. When I saw the book profiled on Forbes.com, a real feat for a Catholic conversion story, I braced myself for something compelling. The memoir is written with […]

Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings
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Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings

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Remember when social media fasting was trending during Lent? My big undertaking for Lent was to fast from Facebook, and though it wasn’t complete, it was my first attempt and pretty strict. It was such a huge change for me that months later, I’m still processing the experience and reaping rewards from the fast. My […]

Five Reasons I'm Giving Up Facebook for Lent
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Five Reasons I’m Giving Up Facebook for Lent

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If you feel called to give up a Facebook for Lent this year, you aren’t alone. In social media parlance, the idea is “trending.” Before I explain my reasons for seriously curbing my Facebook use this season, let me first acknowledge that social media enables me to do my work as a writer with great […]

Obscure Medieval Saint Still Grants Baby Requests
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Obscure Medieval Saint Still Grants Baby Requests

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When I visited a fertility clinic for diagnostic tests a few years back, the place was packed to the gills. The nervous energy pulsed through the air as women considered investing their savings for treatments. But this isn’t just another infertility story. This one includes a miracle from an obscure Medieval saint: St. Leopold of […]

Modern Childbirth, Hypnobirthing, and Catholicism
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Modern Childbirth, Hypnobirthing, and Catholicism

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Few life events are as transformative for women as having a child. And, no other expected life event has the potential to be so painful. These days, everyone’s mission is to avoid pain and sacrifice. We all know about the triumphs of women in the work world, but the one thing that distinguishes us from […]

Working Women: Secular Jobs as Inconveniences or Callings?
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Working Women: Secular Jobs as Inconveniences or Callings?

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The day finally came when it was time to pack up the majority of my office suits. They used to be so important to my daily life that they had the privilege of living in their very own closet. But I recently resigned from my decade-long government career, am hugely pregnant, and focused on my […]

Baby Modeling in the Big Apple
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Baby Modeling in the Big Apple

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My son is an adorable energizer bunny. How can I wear this child out? And, keep myself mentally stimulated as well, if possible? I got an idea. It seemed far-fetched. Baby modeling! Baby modeling is jumping in popularity among moms who want to earn extra money and be together with their child. After witnessing our […]

Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’
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Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’

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I’ve written about Catholic dating for about five years now and also coach women one-on-one to get to ‘I Do.’ From day one, my approach was a little different because I’m a no-bones-about-it realist. We Catholics love to cling to our ideals! We aren’t always interested in how things are, and prefer to focus on […]

4 Steps to Reclaim Your Power This Year
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4 Steps to Reclaim Your Power This Year

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I attended two New Year’s events this season that featured bonfires. At each gathering, we were encouraged to say goodbye to anything negative that happened in 2012 by burning lists or symbolic items. These annual cleanses resonated with me because I believe that God taught me some huge business and life lessons last year. I […]

<i>Miracles: Healing for a Broken World</i> Affirms Charisms
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Miracles: Healing for a Broken World Affirms Charisms

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Fr. Stefan Starzynski’s book, Miracles: Healing for a Broken World (Our Sunday Visitor) is one of those faith-building books that every observant Catholic should read at least once. While this book is not quite a new release, I read it and thought, “How and why did I not hear about this book sooner?” The book […]

When Women Need the Pill
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When Women Need the Pill

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I remember falling to the floor when I felt a sharp, jabbing pain in my lower abdomen.  I curled up into a ball and could hardly move.  All I could think was “Oh my God!” and then my mind went blank as I tried to remain conscious.  I was only about 16 and didn’t know […]

Top Five Dating Tips for Men
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Top Five Dating Tips for Men

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This Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d do something different.  People who follow my writing know that I rarely give guy’s dating advice.  I feel that it can be hard for a woman to effectively mentor a man on dating, because let’s face it: we have not walked in their shoes.  Nevertheless, a sincere Catholic man […]

Do You Have Access to Both Forms of the Mass?
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Do You Have Access to Both Forms of the Mass?

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Did you know that our Holy Father wants you to have access to both forms of the Roman Rite Mass? Most Gen X and Gen Y Catholics only know one form of the Mass, but two forms are in use today: the Pauline (after Pope Paul VI) Usage or Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo or “Vatican Two […]

Do You Reject Dates Based on Family Background?
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Do You Reject Dates Based on Family Background?

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The Christmas season brought an influx of articles and posts about family.  Normally, “family” is one of those words that evokes that warm, toasty feeling.  When dating, family can cause much anxiety, though. Not only do people assess individuals as spousal material based on their own merits, but they also critique their family background.  My observation is […]

You Don't Move to D.C. to Get Married?
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You Don’t Move to D.C. to Get Married?

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“You don’t move to Washington, D.C., to get married, you move here for your career.” Huh?  What? I spotted this line in a new Washington Post article about the supposed plunging popularity of marriage in the U.S.  If you have not seen the piece – you can find it here. In general – I think […]

Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests, Part Two
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Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests, Part Two

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If you missed Part One of this interview with the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, you can find it here . In Part Two, the Canons talk about their return to the U.S. and how you can support their mission. Q: Did you think you’d ever come back to serve a parish in the U.S?  […]

Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests, Part One
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Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests, Part One

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The Canons Regular of St. Augustine, a group of priests who live in community and serve parishes, recently landed in Long Island, New York. Their blend of community life and diocesan ministry is ancient, but a first for the U.S. The Order’s new American foundation, the Canonry of St. Leopold, offers fresh possibilities for U.S. […]

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Why Women Need Back-Up Plans

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A few days ago, I logged on to my Facebook account and saw a desperate plea for help. A husband left his wife and children. A concerned friend and Good Samaritan decided to request donations for the abandoned family.  The message came soon after I talked with Joe Patch IV of Spirit & Truth Live […]

How to Handle a Breakup
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How to Handle a Breakup

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Summer is a rough time to experience a breakup because it’s the sunny season of barbecues and socializing.  Chapter Eleven of my book is Coping with Disappointment and Betrayal.  Most people who date have their heart smashed once or twice.  It’s not pleasant! Here are a few quick tips that should help you weather the […]

Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus
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Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus

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The power of words can be phenomenal. I’m sure you’ve seen jewelry with inspiring words. A necklace with the word “Love,” a bracelet with the word “Dream,” a trinket box with the word “Remember.” The meaning and energy a word carries can help lift our hearts throughout the day and fill our minds with inspiration. […]

Is Religion Important in Relationships?
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Is Religion Important in Relationships?

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“Is religion important in relationships?”  When I am interviewed and get asked this question, usually on a Catholic program, I initially say that yes, religion is very important.  I say this because in a lot of ways, it is, and frankly, I could get heckled if the audience is full of Catholics and I don’t […]

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Three, Two, One…You’re On! How Voice Lessons Helped a Writer do Talk Radio

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While an editor busily pruned my first book, I traveled to Washington DC’s Studio Theatre after work each week. How exhausting it was to schlep downtown on those nights, especially when it snowed!  After a 30-minute hike from the subway, I’d enter the classroom, lie down with my back touching the floor, begin breathing exercises […]

Courtship vs. Dating -- Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married
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Courtship vs. Dating — Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married

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When I was single, the books I read recommended something called “courtship.” The problem was…it didn’t work, either for me or for anyone around me. So if you have a commitment this weekend, it is a good time to think about how courtship and dating philosophies differ, and why dating is more likely to get […]

The Dating Inbox
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The Dating Inbox

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When dating, women can get concerned about preserving their sense of privacy.  Boundaries are important – what if a guy turns out to be a pest? Here’s a quick tip:  Create an email address specifically for the early stages of dating. Most of us have easy access to free email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, […]

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