Author Archives: Nancy Ward

About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.

Joy Story: From Atheist to Happy Catholic

By Julie Davis My parents are atheists so there was no religion in our home. They never tried to prejudice us against religion; they just never talked about it. It was kind of like talking about sex … it was … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The joy of resting in Jesus vs. fake news

Zachariah 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 As we go through life we often get tired and look for refreshment, comfort and happiness. The world is not lacking in offering us all kinds of what seem … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 7-7-17

  How to Benefit from a Critique Group – Featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com – The Catholic Writers Guild is all about networking, honing our craft and supporting other Catholic writers. The critique groups do all that – and more!   The Fantasy of … Continue reading

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How to Benefit from a Critique Group

Featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com I’m excited about presenting the Non-Fiction Critique Workshop at the Catholic Writers Guild Live Conference, July 18-21, for the fourth year. I draw from my experience as facilitator and co-facilitator of two different critique groups to demonstrate how … Continue reading

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The Fantasy of a Judgment-Free Zone

Featured on NewEvangelizers.com The ad for a national fitness center franchise promised that for $10 a month I could enter a judgment-free zone. It gave the hours where I could escape the judgmental world around me to enter a place … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The joy of following and serving Jesus

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a; Ps 89:2-3, 16-19 Romans 6:3-4, 8-11; Matthew 10:37-42  There are several themes one could draw from today’s readings. Matthew’s Jesus can sound rather harsh in the early section about parents, children and life in the world. … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 6-30-17

CatholicMom.com and Prayer Companion win big at CPA! One Sunday in Galilee: Calming the storm at sea Friars Corner: Finding joy in ordinary time

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CatholicMom.com and Prayer Companion win big at CPA!

Last weekend, the highlight of the Catholic Press Association (CPA) conference was their Book Awards. And the First Place in the Prayer Collections category is — The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, from the CatholicMom.com imprint at Ave Maria Press. It … Continue reading

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