Grace Abruzzo

Grace graduated from Franciscan University and has an MA from the Institute of Religious Studies in Dunwoodie, NY. She is a former Program Director of the Narnia Clubs (now Adeo) in NYC and has been a teacher, speaker, retreat leader and catechist for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For several years she also served in leadership in the Frassati Fellowship in NYC. In 2016 her mother was struck with a mystery illness and Grace left NYC to become her full-time caregiver in upstate NY. Grace loves traveling (especially to destinations with warm water beaches); cooking (especially things with chocolate, wine and/or cheese) and the outdoors (especially when accompanied by her nieces). She has a growing interest in prayer ministry, spiritual direction, and inner healing. Her website is

Articles By Grace Abruzzo

Mary and the Magnifying Glass

“We know that the magnifying glass is in enemy hands when we find ourselves beginning to smolder, with resentment, with bitterness, with anger. When we find ourselves trapped or paralyzed by fear. But the magnifying glass does not belong to the enemy.” – Grace Abruzzo


Night Vision: A Reflection on the Transfiguration

“What God is doing will often be obscured by signs of failure, danger, and even death. Like the apostles we need night vision glasses from Jesus—to be schooled in faith and trust, so that when things seem dark we will be able to see purpose and plan and hope. We are invited to hold fast to the glimpse of glory revealed in our mountaintop experiences and to let memory and hope sustain us.” – Grace Abruzzo


Love in All the Wrong Places: On Leaving Behind the “Land of Transactions”

I read stories about people who while living as prodigal sons sensed ‘something missing’ only to find it in the Church and came home to great rejoicing. Yet I had lived my whole life in the Church, and still felt an absence, an emptiness, a profound lack of joy. Like the prodigal’s older brother, I wondered, “Where is my feast?” – Grace Abruzzo


So Close: The Breath of God

“I’ve often had the sense of being called “into the deep.” But at this point more than ever I saw that I could not go alone: to swim safely in the deep, I had to remain in the arms of the Father.” – Grace Abruzzo


The Lie of Lack

“The Opposition Voice always wishes to deny Gift by highlighting what we don’t have, what is missing, what we think we need. When we find an empty space in our hearts or in our lives, we submit to the greater lie—that we are abandoned, unloved, unlovable—and that we never can or will be filled.” – Grace Abruzzo 


Who is in the Manger?

“Was there something in my manger, where Jesus ought to be?” Grace Abruzzo with a poignant Christmas reflection.


The Charcoal Fire

Peter must see again to the need to be washed, not just externally, but in the deepest place of wounds and weakness. He must walk with Jesus again, being again called to be made new. What was not possible alone is possible in Christ. Peter is called as living witness that even from our sins, God can make something new and even better.

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