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Among Women 180: Working Women, Leadership, and the Devotional Life

Among Women 180: Working Women, Leadership, and the Devotional Life

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 7.09.47 PMOn this episode of Among Women I welcome back Mary Wallace, PhD, from Louisiana State University, a Catholic blogger at Catholic Working Mom. Together we discuss the feminine genius, yet in particular, the leadership strengths of women in the world. Listen as Mary makes suggestions for strengthening the devotional life in working women.

In this episode, rather than focus on one particular saint, I’m offering commentary on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament drawn from the quotes and writings of some women saints. We’ll explore the thoughts of St Jeanne Jugan, St Therese of Lisieux, St Elizabeth Seton, St Bernadette Soubirous, St Catherine Labore, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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Saints and their love of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Some quotes to keep!)

Saints and their love of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Some quotes to keep!)

This post is created for my Among Women listeners, with whom I’ve discussed these quotes on the most recent podcast. However, all readers may enjoy it too. Since Among Women profiles the faith of women, only women saints listed below. These are saints whose bios I’ve profiled on previous episodes, linked below.

“Go and find Him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless.  Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel.  Say to Him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all things. Come to my help.’  And then go, and don’t worry about how you are going to manage.  That you have told God about it is enough.  He has a good memory.”

St. Jeanne Jugan
Hear my profile of this saint on Among Women 29.

  “How sweet, the presence of Jesus to the longing and harassed soul! He is instant peace and balm to every wound.”


also…

“There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries—not that my adored Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar—His word has said it, and what so simple as to take that word which is truth itself?—but that souls of His own creation, whom He gave His life to save, who are endowed with His choicest gifts in all things else, should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that light without which every other blessing is unavailing!”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 39.

 “Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek for them.”


 and…

“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here.  Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.  I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.  If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.  God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.”

St. Catherine Laboure
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 138.

“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health’.”

St. Bernadette Soubirous
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 53.

 

“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Blessed Sacrament expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.”


and

“Frequently, only silence can express my prayer.  However, this Divine Guest of the tabernacle understands all, even the silence of a child’s soul filled with gratitude.  When I am before the tabernacle, I can say only one thing to Our Lord: ‘My God, you know that I love you’ and I feel my prayer does not tire Jesus.”


St Therese of Lisieux
Listen to my profiles on this saint on Among Women 9Among Women 86, and Among Women 165.

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”

Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Listen to my profile on this saint on Among Women 15, Among Women 26, and Among Women 126.

A Veteran Saint in the Making? Fr Emil Kapaun’s cause for Canonization

I first learned of Fr Emil Kapaun when I gave a retreat to the women who were stationed or whose husbands were stationed at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  I got a first class tour of the College’s Memorial chapel by Fr. Gregory D’Emma, a longtime Army Chaplain. He was the first person to share with me the life story and military service of Fr Emil Kapaun, whose cause for canonization is being considered.

Chris Stefanik posted this moving tribute video.

Ignatius Press has a book on Fr Kapuan’s life.

The F.U.N. Quotient… road warrior edition

The F.U.N. Quotient… road warrior edition

Rules of the Road

1. Yield to pedestrians at a cross walk. And keep your temper and to be patient. (link has very short video)

2. Yield in stop and go traffic.

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Ascension … some art to help bring us into the story…

Ascension … some art to help bring us into the story…

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.  

Mark 16: 15-20

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Attributed to Dosso Dossi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Can you imagine yourself in the crowd watching Jesus ascend?

Can you hear his words upon exiting?

Are you moved enough to preach about his message?

This makes me think… what is my spoken and silent witness saying?

A few generations back, you can understand why many Catholics didn’t see the need to evangelize. They could live their faith in their homes and parishes, and when they walked outside — going to work, or school or the playground — the cultural temperature didn’t feel that much different than it felt inside. For all appearances the gap between the Catholic way of life and the American way of life didn’t look that great.

Today, however, when Catholics walk outside our homes and parishes into the culture at large, we feel the difference. It hits us in the face like a slap of ice-cold wind. The culture has turned toxic, and the gap between how the Church calls us to live and how the culture tells us to live has grown so wide, we can no longer bridge it. 

But while we can’t bridge the gap, we can attempt to close it. That’s what the New Evangelization calls us to do. It calls us to transform not just individuals, but the entire culture, recognizing that just as the de-Christianization of culture led countless men and women away from the Church, so can the re-Christianization of culture lead en and women back to the Church. 

That’s what we’re doing when we share our faith, through both our silent and spoken witness, with the people in our neighborhoods, and communities, schools, and workplaces. We’re transforming culture by introducing the individuals within it to a Person who will transform the very fabric of their lives. We’re welcoming them into a family of believers who will walk with them as they strive to live the life to which God calls them.

That’s something your parish priest can’t do. He can’t bear witness to the guy in your office who has never stepped foot in a Catholic Church. He can’t strike up a conversation at the gym or the coffee shop with the person who stopped going to Mass a decade ago. Your priest’s reach is limited… they can’t go where you can go.

-Scott Hahn-
Evangelizing Catholics, 2014

The F.U.N. Quotient… because I can’t make up some of the silliness I find on Twitter

The F.U.N. Quotient… because I can’t make up some of the silliness I find on Twitter

A reminder that F.U.N. = frequent unbridled nonsense…

To wit, from my May 20 twitter feed:

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H/T @mattswaim and @dansealana for the sillies.

Ok, one more.

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The Catholic Writers Guild Conference is two months away! Plan to go!

The Catholic Writers Guild Conference is two months away! Plan to go!

The Catholic Writers Guild Conference (CWGC) has been a favorite event of mine over the years, and I’ve received so much encouragement by attending it. If you’re a Catholic writer, you’ll want to meet this group and draw on its wisdom, and add some of your own!

This year’s conference will be focused on “Perseverance.” How do we continue to write our faith through the tough times? How do we run that race as our Lord asks?

The CWG conference will be held  July 30-August 1, 2014 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel in Chicago, in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show.

Get all the registration details at the Guild’s website.