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Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Welcome to Episode 14 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: An Introduction to ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

Listen now! This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of the introduction.

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Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Let me invite you to listen to Episode 13 of the Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

This episode’s topic: My Adoration Story

This 15-minute show is a short discussion of my Adoration roots and my developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus  back in my late 20s. Get ready for Lent, and the coming of Easter by making a weekly appointment with Jesus – by praying a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. It’s another  way to contemplate Christ.Espresso shot

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An interesting additional link from my podcast archives on this same topic is AW 93. It is a longer message on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a great panel of women. (If you just want to hear the panel discussion, skip to 26:30.)

Among Women Espresso Shot #11: The Moment of Truth at the Moment of Death

Among Women Espresso Shot #11: The Moment of Truth at the Moment of Death

I’ve been away, but now I’m back…

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Download my latest! Listen to Episode 11 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”IMG_0228
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Preparing for Judgment with the Sacraments of the Church

This topic comes after experiencing the recent death of a loved one, and writing an article for Catholic Digest on preparing for the judgment that follows death by receiving the sacraments of the Church. I hope this podcast informs and inspires you to consider your own mortality, and to make a choice for Christ and living in the graces that He has provided for us. Death is not to be feared, but we should prudently consider that, in the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict, that “our life is ascent toward an encounter” with Jesus.

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Among Women Espresso Shot #10: Gratitude and the Universal Prayer

Among Women Espresso Shot #10: Gratitude and the Universal Prayer

20 years cancer-free.

That’s what August 28, 2016 means to mean. That. And it’s the feast of one of my favorite patrons, St Augustine.

This short Espresso Shot celebrates my deep gratitude to the Lord who has done “great things” for me. Come join me in prayer. And raise a cuppa joy. IMG_0232

(It also celebrates a return to the studio after the summer of battling aging equipment and installing new parts and upgrades!)

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The Light of Christ — The True Light — Beckons Us to Burn For Love!

The Light of Christ — The True Light — Beckons Us to Burn For Love!

“The True Light
…was coming into the world.
…to all who received him, who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God…”

(John 1: 9, 12)

We are to burn, to be consumed, as hot wax closest to the candlelight.

For four weeks in Advent we burn down the violet and rose candles. We read the Scriptures beside them. The candles mark time. They illuminate. They burn down.

We observe the wax next to the flame being slowly transformed by the heat and light. It is liquefying. It is giving up its original form, and changed into something new. It is drawn up and consumed when it is one with the light and flame… only then does it become energy and pure light. Only then do we understand the deep cry of the Advent herald, John the Baptist. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:33).

A more recent messenger described this holy tempering of candles and Christians…

“There is a peaceful, reticent, but constant shining. This is giving light at the cost of one’s own substance, so that one is consumed in the process. Anyone who wants to comprehend Christ’s message of light… must comprehend this one thing: the mission, the duty to shine, to draw others, to seek, to heal, to do good at the cost of one’s own substance…” — Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ.

(This is from Fr. Delp’s sermon from Candlemas, Feb. 2, 1941. He was a Catholic priest and martyr imprisoned and executed by the Nazi regime in 1944.)

Jesus is the light of the world. We are called to imitate him. (See John 8:12, Matthew 5: 14.)

As you enjoy the candlelight around your Christmas table, let its witness call out to you: The True Light beckons! Be drawn to the light and the flame! The time for transformation is while the flame is lit! Don’t be afraid to be aflame for Jesus’ sake – his is the eternal light we seek and desire!

Let us become malleable and molten before the light of Christ!

“… the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.”

(Isaiah 60: 19)

Merry Christmas!

 

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You’ll find this reflection and more, captured in my latest Among Women podcast, Espresso Shot #4.

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