Among Women 177: Kitty Cleveland’s new Jazz album – Blue Skies

Among Women 177: Kitty Cleveland’s new Jazz album – Blue Skies

This special edition of Among Women features the vocal gifts of Kitty Cleveland. This week I’m privileged to share in celebrating the debut of Kitty’s new jazz album, Blue Skies. This ninth album covers great jazz standards and this show features several tracks from the album as well as Kitty’s commentary.

Kitty Cleveland is a popular Catholic artist and speaker. Many people have been blessed by her singing of the Divine Mercy chaplet as well powerful Catholic hymns and chants. Her life as a singer-songwriter has spanned many styles and genres and taken her many places to sing and share her Catholic faith.

Don’t miss this show celebrating the music and faith of Kitty Cleveland.

Among Women Podcast 176: What We Love About Pope Francis

Among Women Podcast 176: What We Love About Pope Francis

This week on Among Women we honor the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Listen to a special edition that I’m calling “What We Love About Pope Francis.” This episode feature comments from Among Women listeners and conversation with our special guest,  Sr Anne Joan Flanagan, of the Daughters of St Paul, AKA the blogger at Nun Blog.

Sr Anne has just released a new e-book 5 Keys to Understanding Pope Francis: What He Says and What He Does from Pauline Books and Media. Together we have a lively discussion about some of the big themes emerging in the Holy Father’s pontificate.

Listen to this newest Among Women podcast! 

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Among Women 175: An Appointment with God

Among Women 175: An Appointment with God

Allison GingrassThis week on Among Women, as the liturgical calendar brings us to the season of Lent, we talk about the centrality of having a relationship with Jesus. The Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving are designed to draw our attention to growing in our faith in Christ. I’m delighted to welcome Allison Gingras, a speaker and writer who loves sharing her faith in Jesus with others.  This show profiles Allison’s story of conversion and growth in ministry.

I also open up the Bible and talk about  St Mary Clopas – one of the contemporaries of the Blessed Mother and Jesus — a first century convert who found herself both at the Cross and as a witness to the empty tomb on Easter morning.

Listen to this new episode of Among Women.

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Among Women 174: Contraception is Contra to Our Happiness

Among Women 174: Contraception is Contra to Our Happiness

166556This most recent edition of Among Women finds us talking in detail about the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception with a moral theologian, Angela Franks, PhD. Dr Franks recently authored Contraception and Catholicism, which I endorsed. She is a wife, mother, and professor at the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization at St John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. Dr Franks’ expertise and advice on this important subject is both pastoral and consoling. Her teaching is based on the truth that God really does want us to be happy, and that the moral life is always possible for us — with God’s grace!

I’ll also be looking at the life of St Mary of Cerevellon, a 13th century native of Barcelona, Spain and her ministry among slaves and others, earning her the nickname, “Mary of Help.”

Listen to this episode of Among Women.

You might also enjoy a previous episode with Dr Franks from the Among Women archives:  AW 158.

 

 

Among Women wants to know: What do you love about Pope Francis? Or, what have you learned from him?

Among Women wants to know: What do you love about Pope Francis? Or, what have you learned from him?

March 13 marks the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as our Holy Father. I’d like to release a special edition of Among Women in honor of Pope Francis’ election, and I need your input!

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What do you love about Pope Francis?

And/or…

What you have learned from him?

Send me your comments via the combox below.

Or via my email for Among Women:   amongwomenpodcast@me.com.

Or leave them on the Among Women podcast Facebook page. 

I’d love a short MP3 recording of your voice with your comments to add your voice to the special edition podcast! 

You can do this in two ways.

First, use your smart phone voice memo app to record your thoughts and send me the MP3 file to amongwomenpodcast@me.com.

Second, record your comments at the voicemail I’ve set up for this purpose: 206-339-8834

Thanks for your help!

Remember: I need your comments by midnight on March 11, 2014.

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Among Women Podcast 173: Reflecting on Rwanda, with Lisa Hendey

Among Women Podcast 173: Reflecting on Rwanda, with Lisa Hendey

 

The 2013 Egan Journalism Fellows at the Media High Council in Kigali, Rwanda. Lisa Hendey on far right. Credit: Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

The 2013 Egan Journalism Fellows at the Media High Council in Kigali, Rwanda. Lisa Hendey on far right.
Credit: Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS 

This week on Among Women we explore the reflections of author and CatholicMom.com founder Lisa Hendey as she talks about a troubling subject:  the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Although this conversation is challenging, in terms of the devastating horror of genocide, and its continued threat in the modern world,  it is also one of hope and the grace of forgiveness amid deep sorrow. Lisa explains the opportunity she had as a recipient of the Egan Fellowship  from Catholic Relief Services, to visit Rwanda last fall. She details the effect the mission had on her, and the seeming miraculous graces she found there amidst pain and heartbreak.

I’m also happy to share a short selection from Lisa Hendey’s 2011 book, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, and I’m featuring the story of St Elizabeth of Portugal, a Catholic wife and mother, matriarch and noblewoman from the 13th century.

Listen to this episode of Among Women.

Among Women 172: Good grief, God!

Among Women 172: Good grief, God!

Has a recent death or loss left you grieving? In this latest episode of Among Women I interview Cheryl Amari of GriefTeach.com who helps us learn about why we need to grieve well — and how our faith helps us to do that. Also hear the words and wisdom of one of the newest Church Doctors, St Hildegard of Bingen, as I share her prose, poetry, and music. Listen here.

Among Women — 2013 in review

Among Women — 2013 in review

Top 5 “Most Downloaded” Episodes of 2013:

 159 Faith-filled Women at Work (With Mary Wallace, PhD)

Mary Wallace, whose dissertation looked at faith in the workplace, shares her findings and her faith. I also share some of Edith Stein’s writings before she entered the convent. We know her today at St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

161 Catholic Pediatricians Make a Difference (With Kathleen Berchelmann, MD)

I also chat about one of my favorite modern-day saints, St Gianna Molla, who, as it happens, was a pediatrician besides her vocation as wife and mother. And it leads into an animated discussion about some of the hot topics in pediatrics – especially in the life of teen girls — with Dr Kathleen Berchelmann.

160 Mary’s Astonishing Motherhood (With graphic designer Katherine Robinson Coleman who designed the cover of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious)

Katherine shares her hopes and struggles as a mother to an autistic young adult, and I share about the relationship of St Joseph and the Blessed Mother – and talk about Mary’s astonishing motherhood—being found with Child, conceived by the Holy Spirit!

158 Greeting Our New Pope plus meet Theologian Mom (With Angela Franks, PhD).

In this episode I reflect on the early days of Pope Francis’ pontificate and his love for Mary – by exploring his visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome, immediately following his election. I also have an enlightening conversation with moral theologian, Dr. Angela Franks of the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization.

155 “Woman, you are a Gift!” – A Look at our Feminine Genius (With writer Rebecca Ryskind Teti)

I couldn’t ask for a better topic to help launch my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, than to converse with the ever-thoughtful Rebecca Ryskind Teti – writer and wife and mother.

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Among Women 171: The Joy of the Incarnation

Among Women 171: The Joy of the Incarnation

This week on Among Women we think about the coming of Christmas through the eyes of Mary, as told by St Ephrem the Syrian, a 4th century Doctor of the Church. We examine some of his Nativity Hymns, in a departure from our usual saint segment that typically profiles women saints — after all, he is talking about Mary and he’s a Church Doctor!

Our guest today is a cloistered contemplative nun — Sr Grace Remington OCSO, a Cistercian Sister of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Dubuque, Iowa. Together we discuss the life of a Trappist nun and Sr Grace’s portrait of Mary and Eve (below)… as well as the abbey’s candy-making endeavors!

Listen to the whole podcast here — or on iTunes, episode 171. This is the final episode until 2014!

Mary & Eve, Sr Grace Remington OCSO

Mary & Eve
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copyright 2005 Sr Grace Remington OCSO

Among Women 170: Holy Souls, Holy Bones, and Giving Thanks

Among Women 170: Holy Souls, Holy Bones, and Giving Thanks

Among Women gets ready for thanksgiving as we work our way through this month remembering saints and souls. This episode features the return of Emily Stimpson to the podcast with a peek inside her new book, These Beautiful Bones. This is an interesting take on the everyday ways to live the meaning and message of the theology of the body.

I’m also sharing on the life of St Agatha Kim of Korea whose stirring story or martyrdom from the 19th century that does not seem so far removed in light of the ongoing persecution happening today. 

You’ll also find prayers for thanksgiving and links to help you read Pope Francis’ Lumen Fidei.

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