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A spiritual toolbox  was written with the hope of accompanying parents of freshmen with words of faith-based encouragement, sound Catholic teaching, and real-life stories shared by some very special families.


Each chapter includes the following elements:

  • The body of the chapter, which focuses on a dilemma and proposes a principle of faith as a possible solution.

  • A suggestion for implementing a Spiritual Tool to help you and your college freshman grow in faith.

  • A closing prayer.

  • Questions for Reflection

  • A memory verse

  • Prayer practice—one suggestion made for each chapter to deepen prayer life over time

All quoted Scripture is from the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) unless otherwise noted. Stories shared with the author are true, but names have been changed.

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Published in 2018 for Praying College Moms

Purchase  individual copies of And So We Pray or read And So We Pray free on Kindle.  

Author Maribeth Harper with Fr. Paul Scalia, who wrote the foreword for both books.
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Maribeth Harper has had more than 38 years of experience speaking to women, couples, and young adults about the impact of culture on faith. If you would like to invite her to speak at your organization or would like further information, or personal contact with her, please send her an email at and include the following information: 

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