Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is a wife and mother who adores her husband and homeschools her energetic children. She is a Birth and Bereavement Doula and uses her personal and professional experience to serve women and families. She speaks on the topic Pregnancy Loss and the ProLife Movement. Laura is a Client Manager for And Then There Were None, a ministry that assists Abortion Clinic Workers as they leave the industry and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Guiding Star Project and TeenSTAR USA. Laura’s Doula practice is FiLumena Birth Services, and she can often be found reading about her hero and Spiritual Father, St. John Paul the Great while eating bacon and wishing she had more cats.

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What Would Pope John Paul II Say to Recent Church Scandal?

There is no doubt we are witnessing an unprecedented moment in the history of our Church. With each news story that breaks it seems the filth, depravity, and lies of some of the successors to the apostles only grows. There have been numerous opinions, and prescriptions for how we should navigate this time of hurt, …

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What Are the Laity to Do in the Wake of the Cardinal McCarrick Scandal?

      One would be hard pressed to be Catholic in America and not be at least slightly aware of the enormous scandal that is being uncovered regarding recently degraded Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. There are as many articles and opinions and letters from Bishops  that have made their way to Catholic and secular media …

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6 Saint Inspired Ways Catholic Moms Can Practice Self Care

With Mother’s Day approaching, there are a lot of self-care suggestions popping up in news feeds and mailboxes. There is no shortage of coupons and advertisements for self care opportunities for mom. But judging by the content of the ads, it would seem that self-care is synonymous with pedicures, manicures, gym memberships and girls-only wine …

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The Obscure and Holy Saints of Gaudete et exsultate

It is no surprise that Gaudete et exsultate, Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation on holiness is making news (and waves!). Hopefully, it is also making saints. Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to seek holiness. He encourages and edifies us, giving us the examples of many saints. Forty to be exact, (if we include those declared venerable …

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Five Alternatives to the Girl Scouts for Young Catholic Women

March is Women’s History Month, and so it seems like a great time to take a look at the different formation and service clubs, organizations, and programs available to young women through the Catholic Church. Young women today have many opportunities to be formed and catechized at this critical time in their lives – a …

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The Devil Hates Lent – Here’s How to Beat Him

Lent can be a difficult Liturgical Season for some Christians. In addition to the fasting, abstinence, sacrifices, alms-giving, and penance, it often seems like the devil ups the ante on spiritual warfare. It’s almost like he is throwing a satanic temper tantrum. And you know what? He actually might be. The devil hates Lent. During …

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