Learn more about Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious or order a signed copy!
Did you know you could easily subscribe to Catholic Digest on Amazon?

Did you know you could easily subscribe to Catholic Digest on Amazon?

I didn’t know!  I do a lot of writing for Catholic Digest. Please subscribe using this link below and thank an author today!

On the Feast of St Catherine of Siena: 5 Among Women podcasts that feature her life and writings

On the Feast of St Catherine of Siena: 5 Among Women podcasts that feature her life and writings

I’ve often profiled aspects of the life and writings of St Catherine of Siena on Among Women. Here’s a quick of lists of archived episodes you might enjoy!

Among Women 184: “Show Me, Lord, That I’m Beautiful”

Among Women 144: “The Single Life Survival Guide”

Among Women 125: “Spiritual Bootcamp”

Among Women 55: “Interview with an Archdiocesan Leader in Faith Formation and Evangelization”

Among Women 4: “One of the original AW podcasts in which I discuss my pilgrimage to Siena and discuss St Catherine’s life”

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!

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 12.40.59 PM

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!

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 12.41.15 PM

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

 

I’m speaking in Wayland MA this Wednesday night April 29 at 7:30pm! Please pre-register!

On this Wednesday April 30, the Elizabeth Ministry of Good Shepherd parish welcomes all guests to a woman’s event featuring a talk on the “The Gift of Womanhood: Answering the God’s call to lead through Spiritual Motherhood”.

This evening will be held at St Zepherin Center at Good Shepherd parish in Wayland, MA. 7:30-9:15pm. The event is free, but kindly pre-register by phoning or emailing Lucy Prunier at 508-988-0338 or Luciana.prunier@gmail.com.

The #MediaNuns offer “Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story” — a documentary about an early media evangelist

The #MediaNuns offer “Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story” — a documentary about an early media evangelist

Before God sent the media world Bishop Fulton Sheen, we had Father James Alberione. Pope Francis calls Blessed Father James Alberione a “great apostle of communications.” This new movie about Alberione’s life, Media Apostle, is produced and directed by the Daughters of St Paul and Pauline Media.

Watch the trailer…

From the film’s website:

Blessed Father James Alberione, SSP, 1884-1971, was a priest from Northern Italy who had profound insight into the world of media and did much to get the Church evangelizing with the latest media technology. He founded the PaulineFamily.com, 10 congregations and institutes of bishops, priests, religious and laity–forming them in his Pauline apostolic spirituality, and calling them to be St. Paul the Apostle living today. Father Alberione’s official international website: Alberione.org.

Watch the film in a 50 minute or 90 minute video format. You can rent the short or long versions for $2.99 and $3.99 respectively. Or you can purchase the film for $12.99.

I watched the 90 minute version and learned a lot about this priest whose work has influenced millions through the Pauline Family! That 90 minute version is a great length for personal and home viewing. Yet the shorter version might better fit a religious education setting, or a event whereby you want to have time to discuss the film afterwards.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.30.58 AM

:::

Speaking of the Daughters of St Paul, the Boston Globe  featured their work this week in this article.  

Here’s an excerpt featuring Sr Helena Burns, FSP, the writer/director of Media Apostle. (You might recall her being a former guest on my podcast, Among Women.)

“Our founder, Blessed James Alberione, had this sense that whatever the new [technology] was you grab it and use it for the gospel,” said Sister Helena Burns, a Pauline stationed in Toronto who originally hails from Belmont. “He had a very comprehensive vision. . . . It was not all religion, religion and preachy, preachy.”

In honor of the order’s centenary year, a documentary about Alberione debuted this month. Today he is known as the “Media Apostle,” though Pope John Paul II called him “the first apostle of the new evangelization.” The film, which took seven years, is a first for the order and was written and directed by Burns, who studied screenwriting at UCLA. It can be purchased or rented at Mediaapostle.com and streamed online.

In lessons she teaches on media literacy, Burns looks at intention and consumption in this world of endless information.

Following the example of their founder, these nuns embrace new technology. On any given day, divine petitions could be tweeted in 140 characters or said aloud. Retreats at the convent and feast days are celebrated and honored in the chapel and online. Instagram captures the daily life of a Pauline with filtered photos and the occasional biblical meme.

:::

Here’s a fun bonus:

This makes me think… “I would rather die loving you, than live without you.” – St John Vianney

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:5

Prayer… draws everything into the love by which we are loved in Christ and which enables us to respond to him by loving as he has loved us. Love is the source of prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the words of the Cure of Ars:

I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath. (St Jean Vianney, Prayer)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2658

:::

Want to learn more about St Jean Vianney? He is an inspiration to all priests and believers. Listen to this 10-minute homily about his life and heart. H/T to Fr Michael Duffy.

The F.U.N. Quotient… she sheds…

There was a time, a few decades ago, when instead of putting my child in time out, I wish I could put myself in timeout.  Problem is, if I had one of these sheds back then… I may never have come out.

“She Sheds”: Women’s Answer to the Man Cave

It continues… 

On Pinterest.

This makes me think… about conscience and religious freedom

[T]he human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.

The council further declares that the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person as this dignity is known through the revealed word of God and by reason itself. This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed and thus it is to become a civil right.

It is in accordance with their dignity as persons-that is, beings endowed with reason and free will and therefore privileged to bear personal responsibility-that all men should be at once impelled by nature and also bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth, once it is known, and to order their whole lives in accord with the demands of truth.

…the highest norm of human life is the divine law-eternal, objective and universal-whereby God orders, directs and governs the entire universe and all the ways of the human community by a plan conceived in wisdom and love. Man has been made by God to participate in this law, with the result that, under the gentle disposition of divine Providence, he can come to perceive ever more fully the truth that is unchanging. Wherefore every man has the duty, and therefore the right, to seek the truth in matters religious in order that he may with prudence form for himself right and true judgments of conscience, under use of all suitable means.

Truth, however, is to be sought after in a manner proper to the dignity of the human person and his social nature. The inquiry is to be free, carried on with the aid of teaching or instruction, communication and dialogue, in the course of which men explain to one another the truth they have discovered, or think they have discovered, in order thus to assist one another in the quest for truth.

Moreover, as the truth is discovered, it is by a personal assent that men are to adhere to it.

On his part, man perceives and acknowledges the imperatives of the divine law through the mediation of conscience. In all his activity a man is bound to follow his conscience in order that he may come to God, the end and purpose of life. It follows that he is not to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his conscience. Nor, on the other hand, is he to be restrained from acting in accordance with his conscience, especially in matters religious. The reason is that the exercise of religion, of its very nature, consists before all else in those internal, voluntary and free acts whereby man sets the course of his life directly toward God. No merely human power can either command or prohibit acts of this kind. The social nature of man, however, itself requires that he should give external expression to his internal acts of religion: that he should share with others in matters religious; that he should profess his religion in community. Injury therefore is done to the human person and to the very order established by God for human life, if the free exercise of religion is denied in society, provided just public order is observed.

Paul VI, The Declaration of Religious Freedom, par 2 & 3.
(Vatican Council II)

The F.U.N. Quotient… surfing with Jesus…

I’m a lover of all things water and beach related. The admonition to keep paddling out rings true with me…

Ok, to do this, out off Tahiti somewhere, you NEED Jesus…

Ten Principles of Civil Communication: A great way to engage conversation and the new evangelization!

Ten Principles of Civil Communication: A great way to engage conversation and the new evangelization!

Yes, you too can be an evangelist in your own way.

Thanks to Catholic Voices, a lot more people are being trained in communication of the Catholic faith in the media and marketplace of ideas. I really benefitted from their training, and I heartily recommend Austin Ivereigh’s book, around which much of the training revolved: How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice.  

With this great  pamphlet, “Ten Principles of Civil Communication”, you’ll get a short cut to remembering the best ideas and best practices for sharing our Catholic faith in the media, and in conversations with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.

The Top 3 principles are these:

1. Look for the positive intention behind the criticism.

2. Shed light, not heat.

3. People won’t remember so much of what you said, but how you made them feel.

P1703_300Oh, and look! Defending the faith with a combative chip on our shoulder does not make the top 3. Or the top 10.

Find a PDF version for your review here.  Go read it. It’s most excellent. Purchase it here.

A note of caution, you’ve got to buy this pamphlet in sets of 50, that’s just how its sold. Naturally, the publisher thinks the majority of people buying it are purchasing it for parishes, dioceses, or organizations. And if you work in a church, or a Catholic organization, you should share these principles with your membership. My bible study group and local friends are getting a copy of this as soon as my batch of 50 is shipped to me.

Meanwhile, I’m writing to the publisher today and suggesting it be able to sold in smaller quantities, too. But in the absence of actually buying a personal copy, by all means read through the PDF pamphlet and get a tune-up on your ability to witness for the Church.