WINE 2018 Summer Book Club

The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends

Friends Reflect

When developing the WINE companion journal for The Friendship Project, 

we thought it would be fun to include reflections on each chapter written by friends.

Our friend-pairs collaborated in their writing and share inspiring, heart-warming, and Spirit-led reflections.

Living Loyalty

Our friendship came somewhat unexpectedly in mid-life, and online, blessedly reminding us that we are never too old to make new friends… or learn to use communication apps!

Prior to meeting in person, we both first knew of each other through our online work. Both freelance writers and podcasters in Catholic media, we met ten years ago — in person — through the conferences of the podcasting network, We worked together through that association, sharing common goals — becoming friends through the work first.

Even though Maria lived in Atlanta and Pat lived near Boston, we spanned the distances via social media, email, and Skype. Conferences provided opportunities to meet͞in real life.͟ Despite geographical distance, the strongest connection two friends can have is not their broadband,  but prayer– friendship in Christ. Over time, we became committed intercessors for one another.  

It started when we discovered our shared love of Mary and the Rosary. Then it became commonplace to ask: ͞What would you like me to pray for?͟

This is a portion of the inspiring reflection by XX and XX on the virtue of  XX and friendship found in The Friendship Project companion journal, available only through WINE. Purchase here:

***Proceeds benefit the non-profit work of WINE ministry. 



Pat Gohn is an author, speaker, retreat leader, and host of the “Among Women” podcast. She is the author of All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters and Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood (2014 CPA Award winner). Pat is a  columnist and catechist with a Masters in theology. (

Photo Courtesy Maria M. Johnson

Maria Morera Johnson, author of My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live and Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue, writes about all the things that she loves. She struggles with living in the world but not being of it and blogs about those successes and failures, too.


Friendship in Action

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