kelly wahlquist

Catholic Evangelist & Speaker

Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called us into - to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization.

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Time to Bombard the Heavens!

Help! I Need A Flying Novena to Fly to Memphis 

When Blessed Mother Teresa needed extra graces, and needed them fast, she would pray a Flying Novena. Turns out, I could use some extra graces to get me to the Women's Morning of Spirituality in Memphis.

Picture Title: Walking in Metuchen on a Snowy Day

Picture Title: Walking in Metuchen on a Snowy Day

Now, when I first heard of this notion of a Flying Novena, I was excited for two reasons. Number one, I love Blessed Mother Teresa. Two years ago she was my patron saint for the year and as I look back, it was one of the most spiritual years for me and oddly—though not to Mother Teresa—it was a year in which I spread the message of consecration to Jesus through Mary around the country. Number two, it's a perfect novena for busy person, because it is quick and simple!

Blessed Mother Teresa's Flying Novena consisted of nine Memorares in a row, and then get this—she'd add a tenth one in thanksgiving for the intention she KNEW the Blessed Mother would lay before her Son and her Son would answer. So cool!

On Friday, I am heading to Memphis for the Women's Morning of Spirituality, where they are expecting 1,200 women coming together to praise the Lord, rejoice in their gifts as women and grow in their faith. That means, I get to leave the frozen tundra of Minnesota for the balmy temps of Memphis, but there appears to be a little caveat—they just predicted 12 inches of snow would cover Minneapolis this afternoon. Therefore, I'm inviting you to join me in a Flying Novena.

So, as the skies begin to bombard us with snowflakes, let us bombard the heavens with prayer!

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


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The Church, in Union with Mary, Cries 0ut: “Veni, Sancte Spiritus!"

What a blessing to be part of the largest Pentecostal Church in the world, the Catholic Church! What a thrill to rejoice in the coming of the Holy Spirit 2,000 years ago and today to celebrate the liturgy, the great prayer by which the Church, in union with Jesus, raises up to the Father, asking him to renew the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! COME HOLY SPIRIT!


In his homily for the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Father said, "In the light of this passage from Acts, I would like to reflect on three words linked to the working of the Holy Spirit: newness, harmony and mission."

Pope Francis then went on to encourage us to trust in God with all our hearts and to trust in the newness He will bring into our lives, letting the Holy Spirit lead our souls in every decision. He challenged us to remain in the community of the Church and her teachings to ensure harmony—to live in the Church and with the Church. And he noursihed us for our mission, telling us to not stay closed in on ourselves but rather to let the Holy Spirit open us up to the mission stating it is the Holy Spirit who "impels us to open the doors and go forth to proclaim and bear witness to the good news of the Gospel, to communicate the joy of faith, the encounter with Christ!"

The Holy Father concluded his message to the faithful saying, "May each of us, and every group and movement, in the harmony of the Church, cry out to the Father and implore this gift. Today too, as at her origins, the Church, in union with Mary, cries out: “Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love!” Amen.

Read the Holy Father's homily on the Vatican Radio website : Pope at Pentecost: Newness, harmony and mission

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Good Friday Reflection on Their Last Words

A Good Friday tradition for me is to read "Seven Words of Jesus and Mary" by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. It's a small book that has a big impact on me every year.

Since I couldn't share the whole book with you, mostly because mine is high-lighted and marked up more than any other book I own (oh, and because there are copyright laws), I posted a great reflection below on the final words of Mary and Jesus. 

Take a moment, read it, and ponder it in your heart today... and always.

Good Friday Reflection:

When Our Blessed Mother saw him bow his head and deliver his spirit, she remembered that last word that she ever is recorded to have spoken in Scripture. It was to the wine steward at the marriage feast of Cana: "Do whatever he tells you."

The sweet relationship of three decades in Nazareth now draws to a close and Mary is about to give Emmanuel to us all, and she does it by pointing out to us the one and only way of salvation: complete consecration to her Divine Son. Nowhere in the scriptures is it ever said that Mary loves her son. Words do not prove love. But that love is hidden under the submission of her mind to his and her final injunction to us: "Do whatever he tells you."

Both the last recorded word of Jesus and the last recorded word of Mary were words of surrender: Jesus surrendered himself to the Father; Mary asked us to surrender ourselves to the Son. This is the law of the universe. "For all are yours: And you are Christ's. And Christ is God's" (1 Cor 3:22-23).

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