A Mountaintop Experience!

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I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me; give ear to my voice when I call you. Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice, (Psalm 141:1-2).

Reaching Up To Heaven. You may be wondering, “where will today’s spiritual safari take place: Colorado, California, Alaska, Switzerland, Chili, Kenya, or the Holy Land?” These would be good guesses, considering today’s spiritual safari blog title: A Mountaintop Experience. Ironically, however, I will be discussing my own recent “mile high” spiritual encounter, which took place in the pancake flat suburbs of New Orleans, as I gathered with over 260 women of W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization) at four Louisiana Women, Wine and Wisdom events. Joining us was Kelly Wahlquist, the founder of W.I.N.E., a rapidly growing, national Catholic woman’s movement designed to infuse the hearts and souls of women across the nation. Gather, nurture and send, this is W.I.N.E.’s motto, and boy did Kelly deliver!

WARNING: the following content contains extreme joy, zeal and love for the Lord! Read with caution, for these spiritual symptoms are known to be highly contagious!  

First Joyful Gathering: Women, Wine and Wisdom Lunch with 77 women of W.I.N.E. at the Fleur De Lis Center in Mandeville, LA on June 13 from 11:30-2:00.

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” (Matthew 18:20)



Pictured Above: Kelly Wahlquist, the founder of W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization), with many of our Louisiana W.I.N.E. Core Team Members, including Karen Sheehy, Paige Rosato, Barbara Dillon, Jodi Awbrey, Juliana Cloud, Michelle Seibert, Linda Vernaci, Maria Guichard, Nellie Diaz, Denise Heisser, Cathy Cresson, Karen Ronquillo and Janet Schwaner.  


W.I.N.E. tables decorated for the day’s faith filled meal and celebration of the feminine genius. Spotlighted book: Created to Relate. God’s Design for Peace and Joy by Kelly Wahlquist.

Second Joyful Gathering: Women, Wine and Wisdom Dinner with 82 women of W.I.N.E. at Impastato Cellars in Madisonville, LA on June 13 from 6:00-8:30.

Although you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls, (1Peter 1:8-9).

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Third and Fourth Joyful Gatherings: Women, Wine and Wisdom Lunch and Dinner with over 120 women of W.I.N.E. at Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie, LA on June 14 from 11:30-2:00 and 6:00-8:30 pm.

Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel, (Isaiah 12:6-7).

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Pictured above: Lorraine Hess (pianist, song writer and vocalist) with Kelly Wahlquist (founder of W.I.N.E.) ready to start day 2 of our New Orleans area Women, Wine and Wisdom Events.


Offering a toast to the women of W.I.N.E. and to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, (Romans 15:13).

If you are interested in learning more about W.I.N.E. (Women In the New Evangelization) or “working in the Lord’s Vineyard” with our LA W.I.N.E. “Cluster” please visit CatholicVineyard.com or contact me, Karen Sheehy, your LA W.I.N.E. Specialist. Cheers!

Closing 3:00 Prayer for Divine Mercy.

Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).

Jesus, I trust in You. Amen

Please click on the link below to learn more about my non-for-profit company, The Healing Eyes of Mercy, make a donation for the people of Haiti, Rwanda, or the Holy Land, shop, or read about my upcoming book, The Healing Eyes of Mercy. A Journey Towards the Light of God’s Love. Thank you and God Bless!



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