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"Making a connection. Telling a story. Being a witness. That’s what catechists do. As translators of the truth they seek to give away what they possess because it was so freely passed onto them."

Pat Gohn - writer, speaker, catechist

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

This newest episode of Among Women looks at the Providence of God from a few different angles…  in my life, the life of St Mary of the Cross, and the life of The Faithful Traveler, Diana von Glahn.

I’ll be sharing tips I’m trying to master from St Francis de Sales as I try to be more mindful of God’s Providence in the details of every day. Plus this show will offer a look at the life of Jeanne Jugan who became Mary of the Cross, and providentially, her life and work led to the formation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the same Little Sisters you’ve been reading about in the news.

Finally, in this podcast, we hear some behind-the-scenes stories of the life of Catholic filmmaker Diana von Glahn as she shares Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.38.57 AMdetails about a new film series for television on Francis’ 2014 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. This series came to be despite the heartbreak of Diana’s husband and producer/director staying home — and missing the pilgrimage — as he recovered from a heart attack. Plus Diana shares how this series profiles Francis’ pilgrimage and works, providentially, on promoting unity between Western and Eastern Christians. You’ll want to also hear the many interesting historical and spiritual details that Diana details about sacred sites in the Holy Lands.

Listen or download the latest Among Women podcast here, or listen to Episode 208 via iTunes.

You might enjoy this short video preview of the this new series from The Faithful Traveler…

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

This episode of Among Women looks at an important book and subject. It’s something that will help us in this election year, or whenever we need to discuss theScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 4.28.54 PM Catholic faith in a public setting, or at a cocktail party, or among friends and family — How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. 

Today our Among Women segment features co-author of the book, syndicated columnist, and NRO Editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez. I’ve been blessed by this book’s great principles, and I hope you will be too! Kathryn and I will also discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”, and Kathryn’s trips to EWTN and religious order foundress Mother Angelica’s funeral Mass, and also her trek to frosty Massachusetts for Divine Mercy Sunday in the Year of Mercy.

Plus we’ll look at the life and social action of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey — an innovative educator and missionary from the early 19th century and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Listen now!

There are so many good links for this episode, so be sure to check the show notes after you listen to this latest Among Women.

My book, Blessed Beautiful &Bodacious, is ON SALE with other great books for women — all 25% off!

My book, Blessed Beautiful &Bodacious, is ON SALE with other great books for women — all 25% off!

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California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

I’m packing my bags and flying to the hills of scenic Southern California May 13-15 for a three-day get-away to share the love of faith, fun, and the feminine genius with the women of greater San Diego.

Join us for Whispering Winds’ 2015 women’s retreat! I’m honored to be the guest speaker for this retreat, and looking forward to talking, walking, eating, laughing, and praying together!

A PDF flyer of the event is found here. Other important details on the schedule and rates are here.

Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center is located on 161 acres in the scenic mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, five miles south of the historic gold-mining town of Julian, about an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Check out their video of the beautiful grounds and facilities, below! I’m sooooo looking forward to this!

Whispering Winds – Meeting Spaces from Whispering Winds on Vimeo.

 

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

Last night I uploaded Episode 9 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”IMG_0230
– it’s a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from yours truly.

Our Topic: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, (On Love in the Family), or as its popularly known, “The Joy of Love”. 

I’m calling this podcast a “double espresso shot” because its twice as long — 30 minutes. I hope you’ll indulge me. In this podcast I’ll be encouraging you to read, read, read Pope Francis’ latest document following the two previous Synods on marriage and family life: Amoris LaetitiaI’ll also review the table of contents, offer some excerpts, and add a few personal thoughts.

Read the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love” (PDF form).

There are so many good links over at the AW blog regarding the release of this document.

Listen to the AW Espresso Shot at my AW website, or find it on iTunes.

A Prayer to the Holy Family, from Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, (plus links) #AmorisLaetitia

A Prayer to the Holy Family, from Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, (plus links) #AmorisLaetitia

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A photo from my trip the Carmel Mission, Carmel CA

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.

 

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The English translation of Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation on the family is out today. You can read a PDF of Amoris Laetitia here. It’s over 200 pages long and there is much to read.

Vatican Radio offers a shorter summary of what the document contains here.

Perhaps beginning with the prayer offered within the document (found on the last page of the document, that I’ve capture above) might be a good place to start.

 

Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Over a year ago I was contacted by The Christophers to draft one of their famous inspirational News Notes! I was honored to be offered this subject of “Building a Relationship with Jesus.”

Here’s a sample…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

You’ve likely seen this famous bible quote from John 3:16, but to explore its depth, let’s personalize the message:
God so loved me that He gave His only Son that I may believe in Him and not perish but have eternal life.

The Good News is that God’s love comes to rescue us in the person of Jesus. In John 14:6, He taught, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Those are pretty credible reasons for wanting a relationship with Jesus. But what truly shapes our belief is to know deep down within ourselves, not only that we believe in God, but that God believes in us. God wants us to know His love.

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God initiates our relationship. Indeed, the God of Glory has a vested interest in us. Building a relationship with Jesus means we have to trust this truth. Our belief is a response to God’s revelation of Himself and His love. Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 5.49.54 PM

The attraction of Christianity is not that we are in search of God, but that God is in search of us!

God desires to make us sons and daughters—a family! By faith we respond to Him, offering our intellect and will, our minds and hearts. This is known as “the obedience of faith.”

No matter who we are, from popes to prodigals, all are invited into a loving relationship with Jesus. But we must choose. As it states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals Himself.”

Steve Nelson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, recalls a time during his graduate school years when he started to drift away from the Church. He said, “I became terribly self-centered and started down the road toward a very un-Christian life. One day, in the church parking lot, I encountered a friend of mine who was in his second year of seminary. When he challenged me on my lifestyle and absence from the Church, I remember saying something like, ‘If God exists, He should prove Himself to me.’ My friend would have none of it and told me that I had to at least meet God halfway by putting myself in the pew on Sunday morning. That was the turning point.”

Nelson soon went on to make Christ the priority in his life: “My relationship with Jesus is important because I remember what it is like not having one. [That] chance encounter in a parking lot [was] not exactly a burning bush, but it was a definite message by God to look towards Him rather than away.”

We are not alone in the building of this relationship. God strengthens us through grace, which is like jet fuel to launch our faith. The prayer of Jesus’ apostles inspires us: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

You can read the whole thing here. You can even order the pamphlet for your parish or ministry group or retreat team.

NO FOOLIN’ !! Ave Maria Press has a pretty incredible Overstock sale… up to 80% off some titles!

NO FOOLIN’ !! Ave Maria Press has a pretty incredible Overstock sale… up to 80% off some titles!

Now through APRIL 22nd — go shop at Ave Maria Press!

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Here’s the list of books that are on sale! You are bound to find a book or two that you would like. Go visit the Ave website!

(And yes, Ave Maria Press is my publisher but “BBB” is not part of this sale — boo! — but a whole bunch more are on sale, so don’t miss it!)

Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Easter is not just a day, but a season! We’re in the middle of the Easter Octave… on our way to Mercy Sunday!

Turn up the volume on your favorite hymns and rejoice!

Here’s one that moves me!

Or that oldie accapella one I posted from last Sunday, “Be Ye Glad”…

Oh yes, I love the traditional ones, too…

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

This special episode of Among Women celebrates the 7th anniversary — or 7th birthday — of the show, begun in March 2009. This episode explores Among Women has covered, plus links to blog posts (see below) that offer dozens of links to archived shows.

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In our “Blessed Are They” segment we pray a Litany of saints — including many of the saints that have been profiled on Among Women.

In our “Among Women” segment, I answers questions sent in by listeners — about myself, and about the podcast.

If you’ve been reading previous post from this week, you’ll find a comprehensive retrospective naming significant shows from our podcast archives:

Blog Post #1: A retrospective on Among Women’s early history, themes of the feminine genius and the dignity of women, plus conversations with theologians and wonderful Catholic authors!

Blog Post #2: A retrospective on saints, ordinary women in the pew, religious sisters, parents, and more!

Blog Post #3: A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and special editions of the podcast.(Plus a free drawing! Enter win Pat’s book by leaving a comment!)

You can find the entire Among Women archives here.  You can also search the side bar on that page as well.

If you like what we do at Among Women, please promote the podcast in your social media circles, your church bulletin, or leave a positive review and rating over on our iTunes page.

You can also enter the drawing to win a copy of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious. Just leave a comment in the combox.  I’m going to give away three copies of my book, to three women at random who leave me a comment on this post, or the previous one here at my blog, now through April 8th at 11:59pm. (US residents only, please. Winners will be contact via email.)