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Archives for April 2017

Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Welcome to Episode 14 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: An Introduction to ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

Listen now! This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of the introduction.

Buy the book here!

Listen to the podcast here.

Good Friday: A good day to begin to pray the Divine Mercy novena

Good Friday: A good day to begin to pray the Divine Mercy novena

Let’s pray the Divine Mercy novena.

We can pray a 9-day novena anytime of the year, but I believe that these nine days, beginning today and leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday are very powerful.

All the details to pray the Divine Mercy novena are here.

“Those who sincerely say
‘Jesus, I trust in You’
will find comfort
in all their anxieties and fears.”
– St. John Paul II

Among Women 222: Negativity Among Catholics Thwarts the Good

Among Women 222: Negativity Among Catholics Thwarts the Good

 

 

This episode of Among Women features a conversation about an ancient martyr’s death — that of St. Blandina in 177 AD. But I also discuss the frequent “persecutions” we see online and in the media among Christians whose negativity and criticism toward each other thwarts the good they may do.

My guest is Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, writer of an provocative must-read article from The Pilot (the newspaper from the Archdiocese of Boston) — “Uncomfortable” — that challenges the in-fighting that can happen between members of the Church. Together we discuss the harmful effects of disparaging each other and one another’s projects with a kind of litmus Catholic test. This kind of negativity is contrary to the Christian mission. This show is a call to check our own witness, and to tend to our own efforts at reaching out to others. Let’s instead support each other in extending the mission of the Gospel.

Listen here!

 

 

Watch this video & send your support to The Faithful Traveler! Help create beautiful Catholic films!

Watch this video & send your support to The Faithful Traveler! Help create beautiful Catholic films!

I’m a fan of the work of Diana and David von Glahn. They’re the duo behind classy yet fun television and DVD series that promote Catholic pilgrimage sites from around the world under the guise of The Faithful Traveler. I’ve never been to the Holy Land, but I’ve seen the Holy Land through the von Glahn’s wonderful series. 

I’m also a fan of the new evangelization and let me tell you — as a writer and editor — I know that a published work of any kind doesn’t come cheap in Catholic media. It takes hard work, and lots of prayer. But it also takes supporters. The creative process is hard, and yet, beautiful, and we need each other. Diana, in her own way, offered support to me when I was in the midst of writing my last book, and I am grateful for her generosity toward me back then.

Just like I am grateful for all the friends who pray for the apostolate I work for as a writer, speaker, and podcaster, I am commending the von Glahn’s to your prayers, today, too. And I’d like to ask you to take it one more step… make a contribution to this cause to help them finish the Portugal project. 

Details from the indiegogo page: 

The Faithful Traveler in Portugal  is a travel television series that will explore and uncover the history behind many of Portugal’s most beautiful and important Catholic sacred sites, in rich detail and high definition. Starting in Lisbon and traveling up to Porto, the show’s host, Diana von Glahn, will present the history behind these breathtaking sacred sites in a fun and informative way that will inspire viewers to visit Portugal on their own, or allow virtual travelers to see things they might never have seen!

Did you see that video above? If not, watch it right now! This series is gonna be great. It features Fatima — and this is the 100th anniversary — and a year that will bring us two more saints from Fatima. 

YOUR help is needed. Please consider a donation to the cause. 

There are some cool perks if you make a contribution! 

Hope you can help! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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Related: My Among Women podcast with Diana von Glahn.

Mary’s Touch has a new host: Alexis Walkenstein! Tune in today!

Mary’s Touch has a new host: Alexis Walkenstein! Tune in today!

Alexis Walkenstein has a new radio gig at Mary’s Touch, besides her day job! She writes about it on her blog. And you can read more at MT’s Facebook page.

The show starts today! List of Stations where you can listen.

More in this press release from Mary’s Touch:

AUSTIN, TX (March 29, 2017) – An Austin based national Catholic non-profit organization committed to advancing the Blessed Mother’s “YES,” announces the hiring of Alexis Walkenstein as the new host of the Mary’s Touch Radio Show. In this capacity, Alexis will lead the new evangelization of the award-winning, inspirational radio program designed to bring a greater understanding of Mary, to remind everyone of the Blessed Mothers loving presence in the lives of humanity, and to help people everywhere recognize the healing grace she still brings to this world.

“For ten years, Mary’s Touch Radio Show has featured countless stories of Catholic Marian devotion, and that foundation has paved the way for a new generation to be introduced to the teaching, devotion and reality of Mary’s presence in today’s world,” said Susana Garza, executive director of Mary’s Touch. “We are so grateful to our founder Cheri Lomonte for the apostolate she has built over the past decade and we are excited about the start of our second decade with Alexis leading our radio evangelization.”

With the 100 year anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal celebrated this year, Mary’s Touch is poised to draw on the grace of this special Marian year to feature compelling stories from today’s contemporary Marian apostles whose lives bear witness to the Gospel.

“To be a part of a communications endeavor that helps to evangelize and renew the Church as well as call seekers and the fallen away in today’s culture to a life of faith is an honor and an exciting adventure that I will entrust to Our Lady,” said Alexis Walkenstein, Mary’s Touch Radio Show host. “As baptized Catholics we have a missionary call to go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News, and I am so eager to feature contemporary lay men and women as well as priests and religious who give testimony to the power of Jesus and the love of Mary in their lives. I pray these stories of faith will bring Mary’s touch and the grace of God to as many souls as possible through the airwaves.”

Tune in April 1st for a very special program featuring outgoing host and founder of Mary’s Touch, Inc. Cheri Lomonte and Fr. Jim Evans as they reflect on a decade of Mary’s Touch and introduce Alexis Walkenstein on her first Mary’s Touch Radio Show.

Mary’s Touch Radio Show is a weekly half-hour program that is broadcast on over 100 Catholic radio stations in the U.S. and around the world. Mary’s Touch Radio Shows are produced in Austin, Texas and are provided to radio networks at no cost. Visit MarysTouch.org for the program schedule and to learn more about the apostolate.

 Way to go, Lexi! Mary’s got this!