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Among Women Podcast 211: Kicking Little Sins

Among Women Podcast 211: Kicking Little Sins

In this new episode of Among Women, I welcome author and editor Elizabeth Scalia back to Among Women and we talk about that uncomfortable Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.14.10 AMsubject: sin. But hey, that’s real.  We have to confront the fact that even little sins can have a negative cumulative effect. Join us for a thorough discussion of the themes of Scalia’s new book: Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking our Bad Habits before They Kick Us.

Plus we’ll unpack saintly advice on why Mary is like our saint gladiator — she helps us fight sin when we turn to her!

All that and more on episode 211 of Among Women.

Listen!

Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

This latest episode of Among Women is such a delight! I welcome novelist Stephanie Landsem and we look at her “Living Water” series, a wonderful trilogy of three books of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the Gospel of John. In this show, we explore the themes of her books that feature women heroines from the time of Christ — women who have encountered Jesus! If you like to relax and read, this series is for you! We also discuss a soon-to-released book that features a host of Catholic writers, including both Stephanie and myself: Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

This podcast also looks at the life of Blessed Margaret of Castello, a Dominican tertiary who overcame her disabilities with the love of Christ. Listen here!

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Stephanie Landsem, author

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Well, by Stephanie Landsem

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

The Tomb by Stephanie Landsem

Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

This latest episode of Among Women is poignant and powerful. My guest, Abby Johnson, works in a ministry “And Then There Were None”, dedicated to helping women come out of the abortion industry. Her new book is riveting: The Walls are Talking: Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.23.48 AMFormer Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their StoriesTogether we talk about how our committed friendship and love can help more women say no to abortion and re-start lives outside of the industry.

In our “Blessed are They” segment, I’m happy to be reading an excerpt from Melanie Rigney’s Blessed Are You that profiles the life of St Gianna Beretta Molla. Plus I share about Holy Doors and the Year of Mercy. Listen here to this new episode, or find #209 on iTunes.

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

This newest episode of Among Women looks at the Providence of God from a few different angles…  in my life, the life of St Mary of the Cross, and the life of The Faithful Traveler, Diana von Glahn.

I’ll be sharing tips I’m trying to master from St Francis de Sales as I try to be more mindful of God’s Providence in the details of every day. Plus this show will offer a look at the life of Jeanne Jugan who became Mary of the Cross, and providentially, her life and work led to the formation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the same Little Sisters you’ve been reading about in the news.

Finally, in this podcast, we hear some behind-the-scenes stories of the life of Catholic filmmaker Diana von Glahn as she shares Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.38.57 AMdetails about a new film series for television on Francis’ 2014 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. This series came to be despite the heartbreak of Diana’s husband and producer/director staying home — and missing the pilgrimage — as he recovered from a heart attack. Plus Diana shares how this series profiles Francis’ pilgrimage and works, providentially, on promoting unity between Western and Eastern Christians. You’ll want to also hear the many interesting historical and spiritual details that Diana details about sacred sites in the Holy Lands.

Listen or download the latest Among Women podcast here, or listen to Episode 208 via iTunes.

You might enjoy this short video preview of the this new series from The Faithful Traveler…

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

This episode of Among Women looks at an important book and subject. It’s something that will help us in this election year, or whenever we need to discuss theScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 4.28.54 PM Catholic faith in a public setting, or at a cocktail party, or among friends and family — How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. 

Today our Among Women segment features co-author of the book, syndicated columnist, and NRO Editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez. I’ve been blessed by this book’s great principles, and I hope you will be too! Kathryn and I will also discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”, and Kathryn’s trips to EWTN and religious order foundress Mother Angelica’s funeral Mass, and also her trek to frosty Massachusetts for Divine Mercy Sunday in the Year of Mercy.

Plus we’ll look at the life and social action of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey — an innovative educator and missionary from the early 19th century and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Listen now!

There are so many good links for this episode, so be sure to check the show notes after you listen to this latest Among Women.

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

Last night I uploaded Episode 9 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”IMG_0230
– it’s a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from yours truly.

Our Topic: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, (On Love in the Family), or as its popularly known, “The Joy of Love”. 

I’m calling this podcast a “double espresso shot” because its twice as long — 30 minutes. I hope you’ll indulge me. In this podcast I’ll be encouraging you to read, read, read Pope Francis’ latest document following the two previous Synods on marriage and family life: Amoris LaetitiaI’ll also review the table of contents, offer some excerpts, and add a few personal thoughts.

Read the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love” (PDF form).

There are so many good links over at the AW blog regarding the release of this document.

Listen to the AW Espresso Shot at my AW website, or find it on iTunes.

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

This special episode of Among Women celebrates the 7th anniversary — or 7th birthday — of the show, begun in March 2009. This episode explores Among Women has covered, plus links to blog posts (see below) that offer dozens of links to archived shows.

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In our “Blessed Are They” segment we pray a Litany of saints — including many of the saints that have been profiled on Among Women.

In our “Among Women” segment, I answers questions sent in by listeners — about myself, and about the podcast.

If you’ve been reading previous post from this week, you’ll find a comprehensive retrospective naming significant shows from our podcast archives:

Blog Post #1: A retrospective on Among Women’s early history, themes of the feminine genius and the dignity of women, plus conversations with theologians and wonderful Catholic authors!

Blog Post #2: A retrospective on saints, ordinary women in the pew, religious sisters, parents, and more!

Blog Post #3: A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and special editions of the podcast.(Plus a free drawing! Enter win Pat’s book by leaving a comment!)

You can find the entire Among Women archives here.  You can also search the side bar on that page as well.

If you like what we do at Among Women, please promote the podcast in your social media circles, your church bulletin, or leave a positive review and rating over on our iTunes page.

You can also enter the drawing to win a copy of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious. Just leave a comment in the combox.  I’m going to give away three copies of my book, to three women at random who leave me a comment on this post, or the previous one here at my blog, now through April 8th at 11:59pm. (US residents only, please. Winners will be contact via email.)

Among Women is 7 years old! A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and a host of special editions featuring our listeners’ voices!

Among Women is 7 years old! A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and a host of special editions featuring our listeners’ voices!

This is our third and final post celebrating the seven years of conversations Among Women!

Previous posts have focused on the many themes that have been the hallmarks of Among Women: the feminine genius and the dignity of women, the lives of women saints, and all out encouragement for the grace-filled living of our Catholic faith –otherwise known as the call to holiness.

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We’ve explored the how-to’s of sharing your faith, going to adoration, offering your testimonyreaching out to prodigals, and the process of joining third orders (for lay people) with the Carmelites or the secular Franciscans.

Listeners have added their own wonderful voices on our AW Special Editions like “Among Women 200”,  “Listeners talk about their Lenten Practices“, “What I Love About Mary”“The Bible and You”“AW 100”,  “Prayer”“JOY!”and “What We Love About Pope Francis”.

Oh, and the music! Who can forget going “behind the scenes” to the studio of those singing nuns — the Daughters of St Paul? Plus I got to go back to my deejay roots as we enjoyed the musical talents of recording artists Sara Hart and Kitty Cleveland!

Last fall I launched a shorter AW podcast — the ESPRESSO SHOT! It was an idea that came up as I was meeting with a few listeners in Florida last summer.  The Espresso Shot even broke with our precedent and had a guy show up on Among Women — a priest — as a guest! This new format has really added a certain breadth to the show and allows me to podcast more “on the fly” when I’m traveling. So I’m grateful for the good feedback you’ve given me on them!

How can I say thank you for listening? 

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 12.41.15 PMIn the only ways I know how — I’m praying my rosaries in thanksgiving to Momma Mary for her graceful patronage and inspiration, and asking her to intercede for your needs. Don’t worry, she knows who you are.

Plus I’m going to give away three copies of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, to three women at random who leave me a comment on this post now through April 8th at 11:59pm. (US residents only, please. Winners will be contact via email.) After all, “BBB” was borne from my many conversations and prayers with women over the years.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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So where to next? What do you want to hear? Send me your thoughts in the comments box, or send off an email at amongwomenpodcast@me.com. You can still find me at the Among Women Podcast Facebook page and on Twitter as @PatGohn and @among_women.

And please, keep sharing Among Women!!

 

Among Women turns 7! Enjoy this retrospective of saint stories, ordinary women in the pew, religious sisters, parents, and more!

Among Women turns 7! Enjoy this retrospective of saint stories, ordinary women in the pew, religious sisters, parents, and more!

This is the second of three posts dedicated to the Among Women podcast’s 7th birthday!

Greetings from the humble studio, located down a country lane in New England! I’m so grateful to our manyIMG_3256 listeners from around the world, and to our hundreds of guests from within the Catholic Church. Recent iTunes reviews from listeners praise Among Women

“…wonderfully inspiring program that keeps igniting questions and providing beautiful answers and explorations…”

“…like sitting down with an old friend who is always there for you. Well written, well researched, professionally produced, and fantastic content…You have blessed my life.”

“Pleasant to listen to, great information about saints, interesting interviews and conversations!”

“…real life discussions that inspire in a soul-soothing manner… a breath of fresh air for any woman who is busy, stressed, and searching.”

In yesterday’s post, I shared some of our early history and links to shows about the feminine genius, theology with theologians, and conversations with Catholic authors. Today I’ll continue sharing more links for great content found in shows from our archives. You might wish to bookmark this post for your future reference!

Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 2.47.00 PMA hallmark of Among Women have been the saints stories that I’ve been able to share in our “blessed are they” segments. Many fine authors have also done the same for us!

We’ve met saints who inspire Moms, those who embody the beatitudes of Jesus, plus saints that build us up in virtue, saints that follow us around, and even a few badass saints.

We’ve also been riveted by the testimonies of ordinary women who’ve dared to combat difficulties with faith, hope, and love, and a dose of good old-fashioned perseverance — like these women…

Tracy shared her struggles and victories dealing with her husband’s incarceration…

Margaret reclaimed her life and her faith after repeated sexual abuse…

TJ walked out on her Catholic faith as she gained material success only to have it all come crashing down…

Jenny’s IVF story and her healing and recovery from many losses…

The unique friendship of Marie and Mary — a birth mother and an adoptive mother of the same daughter — in an open adoption…

Kathleen, who dealt with an unexpected pregnancy in college and chose life for unborn son…

Dorothy, whose best friends were killed alongside her in a tragic car accident, and whose survivorship included recovering from a broken neck and multiple debilitating injuries…

Leticia Velasquez, and Earline Tweedie, whose children were born with Down Syndrome….

Anne Marie who describes her infant son’s hospitalization and near-death, and the Christmas miracle they experienced as a family and a parish…

And the powerful story of the ultimate loss experienced on family camping trip, told with faith and courageous conviction by blogger Mary Ellen Barrett, reflecting fives years after the search for, and the discovery of the death of her dear son, Ryan.

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We’ve met religious sisters share about finding their vocations and making their vows, teaching us about the Angelus, and discovering vocational discernment for our lives. We even got permission to speak with a wonderful cloistered Trappist whose artistic “doodle” of “Mary and Eve” has become one of our most popular downloads. (See drawing at right. –>)

Parents have been encouraged by podcasts about prayer in the home using a little oratory  (one of our most downloaded programs!), starting to teach their littles the faith, using different styles for praying with our kids, to valiantly raise saints for heaven, and “small steps” for Moms to have devotional time with popular authors Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss.

We’ve been on pilgrimage to Lourdes, RomeEphesusFatima, and to the only approved Marian apparition site in the US near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Most recently, we talked about seeing the #PopeInPhilly!

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Be looking for another post in this series tomorrow, complete with a free drawing for a book giveaway too!

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So where to next? What do you want to hear? Send me your thoughts in the comments box, or send off an email at amongwomenpodcast@me.com. You can still find me at the Among Women Podcast Facebook page and on Twitter as @PatGohn and @among_women.

Please keep sharing Among Women!!

Among Women turns 7 years old! An awesome retrospective (with links galore) and a big thank you!

Among Women turns 7 years old! An awesome retrospective (with links galore) and a big thank you!

YAY! Happy Birthday Among Women! 7 years old!

Whew! Where did the time go? I feel like the Mom who is looking at her “baby” getting on the school bus or making First Communion. You just stop and stare and have to take it all in for a precious moment. Then you offer a prayer of thanksgiving for getting to see the growing years unfold.

AW-1400x1400-logo-300x300It’s been a labor of love, this apostolate, with over 200 episodes and growing, despite investment in two computers, and a few different websites and blogs later. I’m happy to say that I still have my trusty old analog Shure SM7 microphone that harkens back to my radio days decades ago… but I’ve burned through three sets of headphones and a lot of Skype payments for my long-distance interviews!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to my dear listeners!! 80% of you come from the United States, and the rest of you are international listeners! Thank you for downloading Among Women!

Please keep sharing us with your family, friends, and with your parish church community!

There’s been so much faith sharing, teaching, and conversation… and a whole lot of coffee consumed…

A host of guests over the years have made me look good and taught me so much! From notable Catholic women in the news and the writing world, to women next to us in the pew. Among Women has interviewed and profiled so many fascinating and intelligent and faith-filled women! We have laughed and cried and prayed and shared experiences while discussed many, many things about our Catholic faith and what it looks like in real life.

We discovered numerous women saints and women in the bible who’ve given us their inspiration and their holy intercession — and most of all, our podcast patron, Mary, the Mother of God — who is truly BLESSED AMONG WOMEN — and whose “Hail Mary” prayer our “among women” theme is drawn.

Oh!! The people we’ve met! The places we’ve seen! Yes, you’re gonna wanna bookmark this post for future reference! (Each of the links below go back to archived shows for your listening pleasure.)

I’ve been delighted by our many forays into the depths of the feminine genius with shows about the theology of what the feminine genius is, how to understand St John Paul II’s groundbreaking document about women —Mulieris Dignitatem, how it relates to working women. We’ve talked about the call to spiritual motherhood, and what that means for midlife and senior women, plus the rise of new feminism with respect to being pro-life and pro-woman, as well as in foreign nations like Africa. And what exactly does “MOMNIPOTENT” mean?

Listeners have benefitted by theologians sharing their specialties, like Drs. Virginia Kimball on Mariology, Mary Healy on the beauty of  bible reading and the gifts of women, Maura Hearden on the feminine genius, Angela Franks on the moral life and contraception, Elizabeth Dreyer on “grassroots” theology, Mary Ward on St Paul, and philosopher Ronda Chervin on women saints.

Gosh, the books!!!! We’ve explored many conversations with numerous Catholic authors and experts who’ve tackled prayer, miscarriage, midlife, divorce, anger management, growing in virtue, “everyday” or “beyond-the-bedroom” theology of the body, chastity, dating, making peace with body image and eating disorders, and the real hope of healing from the wounds of abortion, or sexual trauma as a child.

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So where to next? What do you want to hear? Send me your thoughts in the comments box, or send off an email at amongwomenpodcast@me.com. You can still find me at the Among Women Podcast Facebook page and on Twitter as @PatGohn and @among_women.

And please, keep sharing Among Women!!

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The early history of Among Women… I may have to blame Lisa Hendey. At her invitation to meet-in-person with her and some of the other east coast Catholic Mom writers,  I attended the first Catholic New Media Celebration (CNMC) hosted by SQPN in Atlanta in 2008. I had no idea what I was getting into, but it was a lot of fun. A lot of work went into it by today’s well known podcasters, Greg and Jennifer Willits, Fr Roderick Vonhogen, and Mac and Katherine Barron, and others. They were the Catholic pioneers in this sphere.

Among Women started because, as a radio deejay in my younger years, I thought “new media” was a combination of radio-like fun, with the potential to reach people with the message of the Gospel. Since I’ve been a longtime beneficiary of Catholic woman’s groups and prayer groups it seemed only natural to do a show that harnessed the kind of conversations that had blessed my faith over the years, and encouraged my growth, over the years.

Early artwork for AW in 2009.

So in the summer that followed my newly minted Masters degree in theology, and my attendance at the CNMC, I had a significant amount of time off to tend to my first hip replacement, I began dreaming about a show that would combine those two ministry loves… using my catechetical skills and passion for the faith, alongside providing a comfortable space for women to share their faith and grow.

It took me a while to get the technical side down… and to afford to buy a new computer… but I saved enough money to buy my first Macbook Pro. I already had the audio equipment so it was a done deal.

I’ll never forget the first few shows after which a review or two came into our iTunes page, or when someone would leave me a Facebook comment, or a personal email. Trust me, folks, those notes — especially the emails — really kept me going. So thank you for that fellowship!

I’ll have two more posts for you tomorrow and Wednesday with more great AW links! (Look for a giveaway in Wednesday’s post!)