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Virginia Herbers

Author, speaker, spiritual director



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Recent Articles

Ponder for yourself today: how are you doing? What is it that you most need? And how might your own memory of things long past lead you straight to it?

Three Lessons I Learned from a Squirrel

I have learned that when we have something in our lives that we want to let go of, that we have decided to let go of, that we are ready to let go of, rather than asking, "How do I do this?" maybe we could ask, "How will the free fall free me?"

The Freedom of Freefall:  Just Let Go.

We ask for gifts from God, but we know exactly how we want them to come to us. Nicely. Neatly. Without any pain or suffering or difficulty or effort. Just a heavenly infusion, please. But that's not at all the way it works, is it?

Ask, but Beware:  You Just Might Receive





In writing about "who I am," I first claim to be a disciple of Christ. Born into a large German-Irish Catholic environment, my faith and my family have been the most influential formators of my life.  I was a religious sister for many years, and now, in addition to my role as Director of Mission Formation at St. Louis University, I also serve as a speaker, spiritual director, author, and  advocate for youth who have survived the horrors of sex trafficking.  Tending to the broken Heart of Christ in the wounded members of his body, the People of God, is my life's calling.

I believe in the power of good, I believe in the moral imperative to do good, and most importantly, I believe that in the end, what will be most lasting in our life history is the good we have done.


My passion is writing and speaking about the intersection of the Christian Gospels and our lived realities.  And also chocolate.

But first, the Gospel.  And the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I believe there is no more relevant spirituality in today's world than the spirituality that calls us to live from the Heart.  I believe I am called to make reparation for all the ways we (you, me, all of us) break Christ's Heart.  And if I am invited to speak, write, or reflect, odds are pretty good that this will be a theme to which I return again.  And again.  And again.

Our world needs the love of Christ.  May that love impel us to approach every person, situation, and circumstance in which we find ourselves with a tender and fierce commitment.

Let us all live gratefully.  Gratitude and grace have the power to transform our world. 


Let's start today.  Together.





Sacred Heart Spirituality Today

A Contemporary Look at Reparation

Tending to the Broken Hearted

The Body of Christ:  Historical, Ecclesial, Incarnational & Sacramental


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Being Lost & Getting Found

Unanswered Prayers

Discernment of Spirits

Mary for Today

Advent Journeying

Lenten Journeying

At the Foot of the Cross

Being an Easter People

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Pope Francis & the Theology of Encounter

Imago Dei:  The Spirit of God at Work in Us

Praying with the Saints

Unity & Diversity 

Handing on the Faith

Ministering to the Minister


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Persisting Gratitude
The Scourge of Human Trafficking
The Dignity of the Human Person
Facilitating Collaboration in the Workplace
Religious Charisms
Religious Consecration
Religious Formation


Upcoming Events

  • Ministering to the Minister (private)
    Saint Patrick Catholic Church
    Nov 06, 9:30 AM
    Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 705 E Jefferson St, Washington, IL 61571, USA
  • Book reading (private)
    St. Louis
    Nov 12, 6:00 PM
    St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Advent by Candlelight
    St. John Paul II Catholic Church (former
    Nov 28, 6:00 PM
    St. John Paul II Catholic Church (former, 4980 Heege Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123, USA
    How might we learn from the variety of individuals present at the birth of Jesus to celebrate well this season of hope and anticipation?
  • Advent Afternoon Reflection
    St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
    Dec 05, 1:00 PM
    St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish, 3949 Wilmington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116, USA
  • Advent Morning Reflection
    Assumption Catholic Church
    Dec 11, 10:00 AM
    Assumption Catholic Church, 4725 Mattis Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128, USA
  • Advent Evening of Reflection
    St. Peter's Church
    Dec 15, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    St. Peter's Church, 243 W Argonne Dr, St. Louis, MO 63122, USA
    Prepare your mind, heart, and soul for the coming Christ. More info in the parish bulletin
  • RCIA Formation Retreat (private)
    Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church Eureka
    Jan 22, 2022, 9:00 AM
    Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church Eureka, 350 E 4th St, Eureka, MO 63025, USA
  • 2022 Women's Retreat (private)
    Feb 19, 2022, 9:00 AM CST
    Dallas, Dallas, TX, USA


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