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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 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Among Women 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Connie Clark, author

This episode of Among Women begins with a few Advent tips. Then, it shines a spotlight on the life of two women who, as writers, offer their gifts for the sake of the Church, and advancing its mission. Blessed Mary Theresa Ledóchowska is a Polish saint whose writing for the missions eventually blossomed into a religious order. And Connie Clark is a prolific Catholic author with numerous Catholic titles including the one that recently prompted my contacting her, Pep Talks for Catholic Parents. She’s also the editor of Living Faith Kids(Find more of her books linked at the podcast page.)

Listen to this episode of Among Women here, or find it on iTunes, episode 232.

Among Women 231: The Time is Now for the Rosary

Among Women 231: The Time is Now for the Rosary

This latest episode of Among Women centers on Mary and the Rosary, as we conclude October, the month of the Rosary.

I’m delighted to welcome my guest, Gretchen Crowe, of OSV, and the editor of a new book, Why the Rosary, Why Now? The book really makes a strong case for taking up the Rosary as a daily devotion, (and as you may know, I’m a fan of that!)

This podcast also shines a light on some of my favorite saints and their perspectives on Mary as a mother, and the power of the Rosary.

Listen to Among Women here, or look for episode 231 on iTunes.

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Among Women 230: Wonder Women

Among Women 230: Wonder Women

Soooo happy to share this with you!

In this new episode of Among Women, we explore the life of St. Marguerite D’Youville, courtesy of an excerpt from Maria Morera Johnson‘s new book: Super Girls and Halos. What’s more, we’ve got a great conversation with Maria about this fun book that is a mash up of heroines from books and the screen as well as the communion of saints.

This is a wonderful title that I’m happy to endorse.

Listen to this latest podcast now.

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Among Women 229: The Friendship Project

Among Women 229: The Friendship Project

Listen to this week’s podcast as we look at one of the prime topics of interest here at Among Women — the spiritual friendships that women ought to cultivate and welcome into their lives. Join me for a lively conversation with authors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet as we discuss their latest title, The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-filled Friends.

Plus a look at some of the wisdom of Church Doctor, St. Hildegard of Bingen — including learning something from this new book about her mentor, Jutta.

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Among Women Espresso Shot #20: Prayers to Pray when Worried or Troubled

Among Women Espresso Shot #20: Prayers to Pray when Worried or Troubled

Let’s pray together! Intercessory prayer is powerful!

Among Women Espresso Shot #20: Prayers to Pray when Worried or Troubled

Pray with me in this latest short (20 mins.) Among Women podcast that intercedes for the needs of others with prayers from Scripture, the Church, and the saints.

This week in the news, the United States has seen the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, plus now Hurricane Irma is rampaging the Caribbean islands and Florida and threatening other states. But it’s not just weather woes that call us to prayer — we can bring any form of suffering or concern to Jesus, and to Jesus through our Mother Mary.

This podcast “prays” with you… using The 23rd Psalm, the Litany of the Name of Jesus, plus numerous prayers for protection and strength invoking God’s help, as well as that of Mary and the saints.

Let us pray for one another. Listen here. 

Among Women 228: Be Imitators of God and Walk in Love (Eph. 5:1-2)

Among Women 228: Be Imitators of God and Walk in Love (Eph. 5:1-2)

In this latest edition of Among Women, I offer a departure from our usual format and I offer a recording of a talk I gave recently based on Ephesian 5: 1-2 and portions of my book, All In. 

This is our text: “Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us…” Eph 5: 1-2.

(Apologies that the audio is not to our usual quality, but hopefully, you might find something worthy in this.)

Listen to the podcast here, or find episode 228 on iTunes.

Just wrapping up the summer and enjoying some time off — but I’m getting prepped to bring you more new episodes of Among Women in September. Check back September 10!

 

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #19: The Wisdom of Grandmothers

Among Women Espresso Shot #19: The Wisdom of Grandmothers

On today’s Among Women Espresso Shot…  The Wisdom of Grandmothers.

As I’ve been anticipating becoming a grandmother, I’ve reached out to a few friends who have preceded me in this vocation for a little advice. Now that my first grandchild has arrived — welcome to Aidan Waiyun Sung! — I offer this short podcast with some of the wisdom that others have shared with me. Special thanks to Judy Klein, Maria Scaperlanda and Susie Weiss!

Listen to the podcast here.

Oh! And figured you might like some photos, too!

Bob and I with Aidan after he was born.

Aidan Waiyun = Aidan –  [Irish] fiery and Waiyun – [Chinese] great blessing or great grace.

Happy new parents, Benjy and Katie, with Aidan.

Among Women Espresso Shot #18: The Titles of Jesus

Among Women Espresso Shot #18: The Titles of Jesus

Listen to the latest Among Women Espresso Shot!

By learning some of the titles of Jesus, we can better connect with Jesus in prayer. In this short podcast I share some of my favorite titles of Jesus that are found in the New Testament. I only have time to share a few, but there are so many more! The titles of Jesus that move us and touch our heart can move us in prayer as well — to deeper praise and worship of the One who knows us best and loves us completely.

Some of the titles we cover in this episode: Lord, Bread of Life, Alpha and Omega, Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Hope of Glory, Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls, Good Shepherd, and King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But don’t stop there — keep searching the bible for the titles that have meaning for you — in your quest to pray better and grow closer to Jesus.

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Among Women 227: The Life of Prayer and Good Works

Among Women 227: The Life of Prayer and Good Works

This latest episode of Among Women delves into the every day life of a believer… that it must be grounded in both the  interior life — the life of prayer — and the call to do good works. In our saint segment, I explain the faith story of St. Tabitha of Joppa found in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 9. Tabitha was a disciple described by her good works — specifically supporting widows. Plus in our conversation segment, I have a lively discussion with author Julie Davis about praying every day and growing in friendship with Jesus. Together we explore themes from her new book, Seeking Jesus in Every Day Life. (Not gonna lie, I loved reading aloud an excerpt with her.)

Listen to podcast here.

Oh, and if you missed the latest AW Espresso Shot, check it out here. I’m talking about how you can bloom where you are planted, offering suggestions of great programs you can bring to your parish, family, or friends. The Espresso Shot is a shorter podcast.

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Image credit: Pat Gohn, Carmel Mission, CA

 

Catholic Press Association Book Awards honors Lisa Hendey and Catholic Mom Authors

Catholic Press Association Book Awards honors Lisa Hendey and Catholic Mom Authors

The Catholic Press Association’s Book Awards were announced during the Catholic Press Association’s conference this week.

Here’s a few that you may recognize!

I’m very excited to announce that The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, from the CatholicMom imprint at Ave Maria Press took First Place in the Prayer Collections category. I was blessed to be a contributor, offering some of the daily meditations, but dozens of other Catholic Mom writers contributed to this page-a-day devotion. The book was the brainchild of the talented duo of Lisa Hendey and Sarah Reinhard. Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention, CatholicMom.com won a Second Place award as a group blog! Congrats, one and all, to the amazing editors and writers! Take a bow!

Another CatholicMom.com-imprint book at Ave Maria Press also received an award: Divine Mercy for Moms, by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet took Third Place in the Family Life Category.

All of this has to be very gratifying for the Catholic Mom team and readership — especially in light of last week’s news that CatholicMom.com will be joining the Holy Cross Family Ministries. 

Last but not least, Lisa Hendey’s children books series, The Chime Travelers, continues to delight young readers. The Christmas book, #5 in the series, The Strangers at the Manger, won Second Place in the Children’s category.

 

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You can find all this year’s CPA book awards here.

You can find all the CPA press awards on this PDF listing.

Find all my book contributions here.