Sisters Speak in the #BISsisterhood

Let’s get to know each other a bit more, as sisters in Christ.

Feel free to share your answers to these questions in on our Instagram post and/or your own Instagram post, tagging #BISsisterhood.

Bonnie Engstrom is a writer, baker, speaker, and homemaker. She, her husband, and five children live in central Illinois, and her son’s alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen was submitted to the Vatican for Sheen’s beatification. Bonnie bakes a fantastic chocolate chip cookie, blogs at A Knotted Life, and co-hosts The Visitation Project.

What is your favorite religious text or book?

The Gospel of John

Do you have a special Saint that you feel a strong connection to? How so?

St. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, is my confirmation saint and I have always felt her prayers through my life. Two men I particularly admire who are currently not canonized by have causes for canonization are Venerable Fulton J. Sheen and Servant of God Emil Kapaun. Studying their lives and how they grew in holiness and heroic virtue has been encouraging and challenging to me. I hope to be like them.

Which virtue do you find yourself working on the most throughout your day?

The Cardinal Virtue I struggle with the most is temperance. Oy vey. You should pray for me.

What keeps you Catholic?

The Eucharist and the consistency of the Church’s teachings. I also find great comfort in the Church’s teachings on suffering and carrying our crosses.

Your turn! Answer this on Instagram or in the comments:

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    May 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

    1. I have a few favorites and personally I have found it hard to choose just one. The first is the Gospel of Matthew and the second is Jesus of Nazareth trilogy written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and finally Drinking New Wine of Dominican Spirituality written by Father Paul Murray, O.P.

    2. Again another question that I cannot answer with just one. For I have too many who I feel a special connection towards. Some of them I can list as very close to the top are: Saint Joseph (I have an story dealing with him during my conversion), Saint Maria Goretti (my confirmation saint), Holy Father Dominic, Blessed Jordan of Saxony and Diana d’Andalo (both of whom I took my religious name in the Dominican Laity), Blessed Reginald of Orleans, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.

    3. The Cardinal Virtue of Temperance, that is quite easily is the one I have to work on the most.

    4. What keeps me Catholic, I would say the Eucharist is the main source, but others like Our Lady, the Saints, Confession, and the documents and teachings of the Church. Oddly enough and it be laughable for some, but what keeps me Catholic is Lent and most especially Holy Week. They are my favorite times during the Church Year. I reflect so much on how I am with God that I find myself growing deeper in love with my faith.

    I decided to write here instead of Instagram, hope no one minds. Many prayers to everyone!


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    May 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    1. My favorite changes with my spiritual journey. I’m currently reading “The Diary of St. Faustina” and am learning so much that I would say it is my favorite. But the Psalms are where I go for comfort, advice, and Truth.
    2. Again, I’ve felt close to different saints on different parts of my journey. St. Pope JPII is one of my favorites. I feel I grew up spiritually while he was pope so he is tied to many great memories of my faith journey, and I share his devotion to Mary.
    3. HUMILITY. If I would see myself as God’s sees me, my life would be so much better.
    4. So many things keep me Catholic. The Sacraments. The Eucharist and Confession. Can’t imagine my life without either of them. But the rich history, the meaningful pageantry, the saints and the depth of the Church’s teachings all keep me Catholic.

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    June 3, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Like Adele and Nikita, the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation definitely keep me Catholic, plus the 2000+ years of Church teaching and tradition. The Catholic Church is the first Church that existed!

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