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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.

For the Men… a 10-min video on the genius of masculinity and the call to holiness in a man’s life

I do a lot of talking and writing about the feminine genius. Here’s some strong talk and holy vision from the Diocese of Phoenix regarding the gift of men, or the masculine genius, in God’s plan.

There’s a relatively new website devoted to calling men forward and deeper with the Lord. It’s called Into The Breach. In it Bishop Olmsted offers an apostolic exhortation to the men of his diocese and beyond. If you like this, please share it with others.

The Wild Goose… a video series to follow in the coming year

The Wild Goose… a video series to follow in the coming year

Want to grow in the spiritual life? It’s impossible without the Holy Spirit.

I’m excited about this new video series from TheGooseIsLoose.com. It features Fr Dave Pivonka, and is produced by 4PM Media. Here’s the trailer…

All the videos is the series are still to come, but you can watch the first full length video here. (Pray before you do.)

 

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World Meeting of Families Keynotes available on Video!

World Meeting of Families Keynotes available on Video!

I’m a little late to this news, but I wanted to share it with you. So many people have asked me about the trip to Philly for the World Meeting of Families, and to see Pope Francis, and I’m glad to be able to share some of the content here.

Here is the direct link for the videos that were captured from the keynotes.  I had many favorites, but I’ll just mention the messages from Helen Alvare, Scott Hahn, Bishop Barron, Pastor Rick Warren & Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines. Now run along now and begin listening to the all. There are some I missed that I have yet to get to — so I’m bookmarking this page!

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If you missed my Among Women podcasts related to the World Meeting of Families, you’ll find three:

Two short Espresso shots here and here, and a 90minute recap with author Lisa Hendey, my traveling companion.

 

A Summer Leadership Conference in DC for Catholic Women ages 20-30 — The Given Forum. Apply now!

A Summer Leadership Conference in DC for Catholic Women ages 20-30 — The Given Forum. Apply now!

I’m happy to share this information about an exciting opportunity for faithful Catholic women between the ages of 20 and 30….

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What’s it all about? From the event website…

Why the theme, GIVEN?

There are three pillars upholding this Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum.

First: You are a gift!

Second: God has given you gifts of nature – particular talents and charisms, and gifts of grace – the family of the Church, the Sacraments, and a relationship with Him.

Third: We’re created to respond to these gifts by giving the gift of ourselves – a gift the world needs and awaits, and a gift that will bring us the fulfillment for which we long.

Receive the gift you are. Realize the gifts you’ve been given. Respond with the gift only you can give.

What will I gain?

The GIVEN Forum presents you with an opportunity of a lifetime. You will be surrounded by the witnesses of prominent Catholic lay women and Religious Sisters who desire to share with you from their store of knowledge and lived experience of the feminine genius in leadership. Simultaneously, you will be equipped to share your unique gifts with the Church, while getting to know 300 other rising leaders.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the community of the Church upholding and investing in them, allowing for dedicated time to encounter the Lord at Mass, Holy Hour, and the in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – which will bear long-term and abundant fruit in your life, in the Church and in the world.

For more details go the the GIVEN Forum website.

Apply here before February 2. 

Sisters of Life featured in NY Times & WSJ! #YearOfConsecratedLife

Sisters of Life featured in NY Times & WSJ! #YearOfConsecratedLife

Did you know that the Sisters of Life were founded by the late Cardinal John O’ Connor to serve the Church and, in particular, to spread the pro-life teachings of our faith and fight against the culture of death? And as this is the Year of Consecrated Life, let’s just take a few moments and send up a prayer or two for this religious order.

You might also be interested in this article that recently ran in the NY Times regarding the Sisters of Life…”Nuns of a New Generation Forge Their Own Path”…


The members may hold to traditional teachings, but as they see it, there is nothing more countercultural in 2015 than a young woman’s becoming a nun — eschewing careerism, material possessions, sex.

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All of the 84 Sisters of Life have joined since 1991, when Cardinal John J. O’Connor, who was the archbishop of New York, founded the order. Ten postulants, or first-year members, are expected in September. On Thursday, at the order’s retreat center in Stamford, Conn., eight sisters professed “final vows,” making a commitment for life. To the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, the Sisters of Life add a fourth vow, “to protect and enhance the sacredness of every human life.”

“They have a very clearly defined focus,” said Brother Paul Bednarczyk, the executive director of the of National Religious Vocation Conference in Chicago. “There was a very real need which Cardinal O’Connor responded to, and that real need captures the imagination of younger women.”

The Sisters of Life work with about 1,000 pregnant women a year, at several sites including a home for expectant and unwed mothers in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, a mission on the East Side of Manhattan and a mission in Toronto. They operate a house for first-year members in the Bronx. Last year, at their Stamford retreat center, more than 4,000 people attended retreats, including weekends for women “healing after abortion.” Next month, four sisters are opening the order’s newest mission in Denver.

“Our experience is that once a woman is given the love and practical support that she needs and deserves, she almost always desires to carry her baby to term,” said Sister Mary Elizabeth, who was acting as a spokeswoman for the group.

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The Wall Street Journal also captured some cool ideas about final profession, when sisters take their final vows…

The idea of religious sisters as brides of Christ is easily lampooned. But the metaphor isn’t just a pretty substitute for the weddings and husbands they give up. Just as the ideal of conventional marriage calls upon husbands and wives to rise above themselves to put their spouses first, so it is for these nuns.

For it is precisely the abandonment of self to Christ that sustains these women in those moments when perhaps they’d rather not obey, when they might prefer not to get out of bed in the middle of the night to help a pregnant mother who is throwing up in the next room.

In other words, the vows they make today and the rings they received as a sign of these vows isn’t about “no.” It’s about a radical “yes,” an echo of the assent given more than two millennia ago by a Jewish girl in Nazareth: Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to thy word. Or, as a young redhead in Florida says she put it in her own prayer when she first considered religious life: “You know that I’ve had my wedding planned since kindergarten . . . but I can take a hint if you want me to be Yours.”

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While I was on retreat at Spiritual Direction School, (my Summer Jesus Camp), I met a couple of fabulous sisters from this order who were also learning to be spiritual directors. In fact, one went to the same high school I attended, albeit she graduated several years after me. I was just happy to meet another native New Yorker in Florida. (What am I saying? Florida is full of native New York transplants. But I digress…)

If you’re a fan of helping women through crisis pregnancies, or you know a woman who needs to heal following an abortion, I highly recommend the Sisters of Life for counseling and retreats! Find more details about their mission here and their retreats here. 

Find an earlier post about the Sisters of Life here. 

Ladies: The Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious one-day retreat comes to Elkhart IN – May 9! Join me!

Ladies: The Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious one-day retreat comes to Elkhart IN – May 9! Join me!

I’m hoping you’ll join me for a day-long retreat just for us girls! This women’s event, even though it is on Mother’s Day Weekend, is not just for Moms! We love Moms, of course! But the day is a celebration of the feminine genius — and that’s all women! I’ll be offering three talks on the three aspects I covered in Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious — our blessed dignity, our beautiful gifts, and our bodacious — most excellent — mission!

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Catholic Women’s Ministries

This event is sponsored by “Be It Done” Catholic Women’s Ministries representing women from six different parishes from the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, and hosted at St Vincent de Paul parish in Elkhart.

Come one, come all!  Sign up here! Buy the book here!

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Give yourself and your girlfriends the gift of faith, fellowship, food, and fun! All the details are here.