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Among Women 198: The Beauty and Mission of Mature Womanhood

Among Women 198: The Beauty and Mission of Mature Womanhood


Myself alongside Lisa Mladinich with her new book, True Radiance, Summer 2015.

On Among Women, we look at the blessings and challenges of midlife and beyond! This is a great take on the feminine genius and how women become more beautiful — not less! — as they age. Join author and amazing catechist, Lisa Mladinich, and I as we discuss the heavenly sides of dealing with our own mortality, and rediscover our mission in God’s plan as we discuss themes from her new book, True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life.

You’re going to want to listen and share this!

Celebrate Among Women’s “200th” episode by entering to win 1 of 4 prize packs (3 books each)! Enter thru 12/9.

Celebrate Among Women’s “200th” episode by entering to win 1 of 4 prize packs (3 books each)! Enter thru 12/9.


On December 10th, we reach 200 episodes of Among Women! I’m celebrating that milestone — to say thank you! thank you! thank you!

The drawing for the 4 prize packages, each containing 3 books, focus on some of the major themes we’ve covered over the years… the feminine genius, Mary, the saints, and the maternal mission of women as physical mothers and/or spiritual mothers.

AW 200 Contest photo

4 ways to enter:

  1. You can comment and enter here, by clicking the “leave a comment” link, above. 
  2. Leave a comment at our AW Facebook page.
  3. Leave a comment at any combox of the November episodes for 2015 released on 10th, 20th, or 30th of the month.
  4. Or if you want your voice on the podcast, send an email to me, Pat Gohn, at this address: amongwomenpodcast@me.com. I’m also encouraging listeners to send short voice memo greetings recorded on their smart phones to be used on Among Women 200. Go ahead and record something like… “Hi, this is ________ from town/state, and what I love about Among Women is ______”. I will also be reading some email comments on the Dec 10th show.

(Comments may be read on the episode for Among Women 200 unless you request anonymity in your comment.)

This is a free drawing and all comments/entries must be received by Dec 9, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern. Winners will be notified by email or Face Book message on Dec 10th. Prizes will be shipped via USPS priority mail as soon as winners send me their mailing address — hopefully, in time for Christmas!

Here are the four packages that you might win!


The Feminine Genius Prize Pack!


The Mary Prize Pack!


The Saints Prize Pack!


The Moms Prize Pack!

I’m so thankful for the many listeners Among Women has and for your prayers and encouragement throughout the years. Please share Among Women with your friends and family, and ask to add it as a resource to your church bulletin. If you’d like to leave a review and rating for Among Women, that would be awesome! Do that here!

It’s been my joy to meet some of you at the conferences, workshops, and retreats I’ve been privileged to give. If you’d like me to come to your church or diocese to give a talk or a one-day women’s retreat, contact me directly.

I’m also grateful to the following publishers for sending me books to give away to my listeners: Ave Maria Press, The Word Among Us, and Franciscan Media/Servant Press.

Among Women 197: Badass Buddies and Pope Selfies – an interview with Maria Morera Johnson

Among Women 197: Badass Buddies and Pope Selfies – an interview with Maria Morera Johnson

9781594736324.jpg.232xThis Among Women episode is one I’ve been waiting for all year! My friend, author and Catholic Weekend host María Morera Johnson, joins me for the Among Women interview. Maria brings some of the stories behind her new book, including how the book got its name:  My Badass Book of Saints: Courage Women Who Showed Me How to Live. This is one book that I hope many women will read, and a book I especially hope you’ll put in the hands of someone who may never pick up a book of saints otherwise.

In this conversation, my writing buddy and good friend gives us the background on how a word like “badass” got into the book’s title, and her own powerful lessons of how God has helped her  — and a variety of saints and impressive women — persevere under trials and hardships! Not only that, Maria talks about her recent pilgrimage to Cuba and her personal meeting with Pope Francis and other church leaders!

I also profile the life of St Rose of Lima, as told in an excerpt from Maria Johnson’s book.

Plus there’s news about the The Women on the Way Conference, with yours truly, Nov. 21 in Richmond, VA

Listen to the podcast, here!

And finally, this sweet bit of news…

Celebrate Among Women’s 200th Episode, coming Dec 10th!!!
Enter the free drawing by entering your comments below in the comment box, or email your comments and your voice memos to me at amongwomenpodcast@me.com. Comments for entry can also be left at the Among Women podcast facebook page. All names for the drawings must be in by Dec 9, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern. Winners will be announced on the Dec 10th podcast – Episode 200! I give descriptions of all these book on the podcast.
There are four prize packs possible to win:

The Feminine Genius Pack!


The Mary Pack!


The Saints Pack!


The Mom/Grandmom Pack!

Among Women 196: Finding God’s Peace

Among Women 196: Finding God’s Peace

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.33.26 PMIn this new episode, I happily welcome author Heidi Bratton to Among Women. Together, we discuss her new book, Finding God’s Peace in Everyday Challenges.

Heidi is an author I’ve long admired and I think you’ll be blessed by hearing this conversation. Also in this show, I’m reviewing what we mean when say, “rest in peace”. Plus, our saint profile is the founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St Madeleine Sophie Barat.

Listen to Among Women today!

Among Women 195: Praying With Your Children

Among Women 195: Praying With Your Children

Among Women 195 is all about praying with your children.

In this new Among Women podcast, my guest, Grace Mazza Urbanski, and I met while we were both attending the World Meeting of Families last month. Grace’s ministry in the Apostleship of Prayer led to her new book, Pray With Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children. This is a beautiful new resource for families and I’m happy to share some great tips from Grace and the book in this interview. Also profiled in this episode is the life of St Silvia, mother to St Gregory the Great.

In other news: Something is amiss with the post editor over at the AW site, so I’m archiving the links to this show here, until the fix happens over at Among Women.

Links for Episode 195 of Among Women with Grace Mazza Urbanski

Listen to the this latest Among Women pScreen Shot 2015-10-20 at 3.52.44 PModcast here, or at iTunes — episode 195

Grace Mazza Urbanski’s Book: Pray With Me

Grace’s Blog: Praying with Grace

Apostleship of Prayer

Bio of St Silvia

Book: Prayers for Married Couples

Other shows of related interest:

AW 186 with guest Leila Marie Lawler

AW 76 with guest Laura Lee Richard

AW 104 and AW 105 with guest Melanie Bettinelli


Among Women features Dawn Eden and her book The Thrill of the Chaste

Among Women features Dawn Eden and her book The Thrill of the Chaste

AW-1400x1400-logo-300x300In this episode of Among Women we examine the virtue of chastity with the author of The Thrill of the Chaste, and a returning guest to AW, Dawn Eden. There is something in this conversation for women in every vocation. Chastity needs cultivating in every state of life! Also in this show, in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary this month, a look at Edith Stein’s writings on the relationship between Mary and us.

Note to Parents: some of this subject matter may be a bit mature for children.

I hope you’ll enjoy this latest episode of Among Women!  Listen here, or find it on iTunes.



Two New Among Women Podcasts feature #PopeInPhilly

Two New Among Women Podcasts feature #PopeInPhilly

I had a great trip to Philly for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Mass accompanied by my dear friend, Lisa Hendey.

There’s so much to unpack spiritually and professionally, but let’s start with the two new podcasts… one short and one long.


The new ‘espresso shot’ length of Among Women has been fun to institute and the most recent one uploaded today has women responding to this question: “What would you like to ask Pope Francis?” Check it out here. 

Then there’s a long special edition podcast — a conversation with Lisa Hendey as we drove home in my car.

Buckle up as we drive home and record this podcast examining the World Meeting talks, homilies, the city of Philadelphia, music by Matt Maher and Andrea Bocelli, praying with saints, the people we met, and the fun we had with the global convention known as the World Meeting of Families that sparked the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the US.

We covered the high points, the things that were meaningful to us. Its hard to reduce 8 days of travel into a single conversation, but we cover a lot of ground. This rambling conversation took place IN a MINI, but it ain’t a mini conversation. It clocks in at 90 minutes. We are two friends in real life who love to travel together and gab! I hope you enjoy it.

Lisa and I, Papal Mass.

Lisa and I, Papal Mass.


I’m at World Meeting of Families… some links, photos, and an espresso shot Among Women to get started

I’m at World Meeting of Families… some links, photos, and an espresso shot Among Women to get started

There’s been so much to do in the last few days, and I’m hard pressed for time to share it all, but here’s a few posts that review some my journey to the World Meeting of Families, plus a new podcast with the jubilant voices of some of the participants I’ve met from around the world… from the sidewalks of Philadelphia and PA convention center hallways.

Listen to the Among Women Espresso Shot #2: the World Meeting of Families


I’m blessed to be sharing this with my globe-trotting good friend, Lisa Hendey –– who is truly in her element. This is how I see Lisa several times an hour… sharing her experiences on social media. She is breathtakingly committed to sharing this far and wide…. and I’m in awe of her.


This will be how I will remember seeing her… discovering all that is good, and in a relentless search

In search of coffee...

for coffee…

Read Lisa Hendey’s posts here and here.

And don’t miss Lisa’s Aleteia report on her mid-week trek to see and hear the Pope in Washington DC.


There was much time spent around the Ave Maria Press booth.


With Helen Alvare, Teresa Tomeo, Lisa Hendey, and Catherine (Helen’s daughter).

And several reunions with friends so far…


Meeting the amazing Diana von Glahn, center.



With Terry Polakovic, who is soon to be retired from Endow.



with the Daughters of St Paul.



With “Ben.”



And with a liberty bell replica at the media center.


We did get to see the real Liberty Bell, in front of Independence Hall.


Hope to be back with more soon!




Among Women “Espresso Shot” debuts today. Our topic: Perseverance

Among Women “Espresso Shot” debuts today. Our topic: Perseverance

I hope you will enjoy this new, shorter, version of Among Women. Listen here!

The topic is perseverance and it’s a reflection on Psalm 103. Listen to the podcast.


Faithful Among Women listeners will know that I recently announced on episode 191 that I’m attempting to offer fresh audio three times a month… that is, podcasts coming on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month. However, given my schedule, doing full length podcasts with that frequency may not always be possible. Therefore, I’m introducing these “espresso shots” –short strong jolts of faith sharing and teaching. I often feel the full length podcast is a friendly conversation over coffee with good friends. But when you are missing your friends, sometimes even a quick visit is worth your time. I hope you concur that, in this case, less is more — if it gets us together more each month!


Please add your comments or review in the combox below, or over at Among Women, or on the Among Women Podcast Facebook page.


Among Women 192: Finding God in Hollywood and where you are

Among Women 192: Finding God in Hollywood and where you are

Among Women is back!

This episode recaps my summer break from podcasting and returns with reflections on building a strong prayer life to help to keep us in God’s will. In it I unpack these themes in the life and writings of St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Christin Jezak, Official photo courtesy of IMBD.

Christin Jezak, Official photo courtesy of IMBD.

We also find them in the work of actress/producer Christin Jezak, who shares her unique calling to be a Pauline Cooperator, a lay member of the Pauline family with a special media charism. Don’t miss this latest show! 

A special shout to AW listeners Maria, Mary, and Tracey for meeting with me this summer and discussing new ideas for the podcast! Hear all about it on this episode. As of now, I’m going to upload a new show on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month. (This one is for the 30th.)  Listen for more details.

Also described in the podcast, are blog posts (with photos) of the mini-pilgrimages we made this summer to the National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD, and the Cathedral of St Augustine in Florida.

Listen to Among Women!