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Among Women podcast is 10 years old!

Among Women podcast is 10 years old!

Ten years ago, this podcast — and podcasts in general — was a grand experiment… A little apostolate that I fit in on nights and weekends. It still is. I’ve had some setbacks in recent months with time and equipment. But this 30-minute podcast is a look back at some of the most popular podcasts over the past decade, and the many good people who have shared their Catholic faith with our listeners in extraordinary ways.

Listen to this latest Among Women podcast — Ten Years and Top Downloads. 

 

 

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Recalling my conversation with Abby Johnson on Among Women

Recalling my conversation with Abby Johnson on Among Women

Last night my husband Bob and I went out to view the new movie, Unplanned, that tells the story of Abby Johnson. It is based on Abby’s book of the same name, which was just recently re-released to coincide with the movie.

It’s a powerful movie about Abby’s life of transformation — from being an award-winning director of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Texas, to becoming an ardent pro-life advocate.

I recommend seeing Unplanned, despite its R-rating, and despite the difficult subject matter. My friend, Fr. Chip Hines, a longtime movie reviewer here in the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond, offers his take on the movie here.

Back in the spring of 2016, I caught up with Abby Johnson and invited her to be a guest on Among Women. This episode is poignant and powerful. Abby Johnson apostolate today is a ministry called  “And Then There Were None”, (AKA abortionworker.com) dedicated to help women come out of the abortion industry. Her book that came out back them has the riveting title: The Walls are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories. Together we talked about how our committed friendship and love can help more women say no to abortion and re-start lives outside of the industry.

Listen to Among Women 209 with Abby Johnson here. 

 

 

Other shows of related interest:

AW 75: Healing from the Hurt of Abortion with Dr Theresa Burke

AW 140: Saintly Perspectives on Healing Sexual Wounds with Dawn Eden

AW 191: Jenny’s IVF Story

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #33: Devotions for the Days of the Week.

Among Women Espresso Shot #33: Devotions for the Days of the Week.

Among Women’s Espresso Shot topic: Devotions for Days of the Week

The newest AW podcast is here.

After 12 installments on the monthly devotions that the Church calls us to, I felt remiss in not discussing that the Church also recommends different devotions for the days of the week. These are recommended by me — not to give you more “to do.” They are recommended to help us respond to Christ in ways that might be in sync with our daily calendars. So, if its something you’ve never done before, start small and see how it goes. No pressure from me or the Church in this regard … I’m just offering suggestions for what may prove helpful. But none of this is mandatory. Your prayer life is between you and God. For someone like me, who has a scheduled life to contend with, I find these kinds of prayer prompts helpful.

Listen to the podcast! 

A personal note from Pat:  This podcast returns after an unexpected break of several weeks. Without going into too many details, my husband and I have had to invest many more hours than usual into some family needs where our parents health needs are concerned, and we’ve been backlogged both at work and home. I also experienced some illness, and a confounding technical breakdown in my home studio. (This podcast has one sole proprietor — yours truly!) Talk about setbacks of time, money, and wellbeing. Anyway, the folks are doing a little better, I’m feeling healthy, and the studio needs are patched, but need more repair… So, say a prayer for all of us, won’t you? I will appreciate it!

 

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Catch up with Among Women podcasts for December

Catch up with Among Women podcasts for December

This is such a busy time of year for everyone! But I’ve been busy with Among Women the past week, too! Two shows released this week — one long and one short!

#1:

Among Women 238  invites us to become cultural mystics, and discover a deeper awareness of the sacred in our culture. Listen to this conversation with Sr. Nancy Usselmann, a Daughter of St. Paul, who is both an author of A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics — Theology of Popular Culture, as well as a vocalist with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir. We’ll learn and laugh as we explore the work of #medianuns –including their upcoming concert series: GLORIOUS NIGHT!

Plus, we’ll spend a few moments in prayer in preparation for Advent with the saintly words of Carmelite mystic, St. Teresa of Avila.

#2:

Among Women Espresso Shot #32 is the 12th and final installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In December we are called to pray about Advent and the coming of Christ. This is new liturgical year, and Advent is a penitential season. In this episode I’m focusing on preparing, penance, and peace-making. Listen here.

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #31: Praying for Souls

Among Women Espresso Shot #31: Praying for Souls

Today is All Souls Day — a powerful memorial in the liturgical calendar. But did you know that the Church exhorts us to pray for souls very intentionally during the entire month of November? Yes!  The recently uploaded Among Women podcast covers this important prayer, and I invite you to listen. 

Praying for the Souls in Purgatory

This is the 11th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In November we are called to pray for the holy souls — the faithful departed — as they move toward purification and the perfection of Heaven. While the Church’s All Souls memorial is traditionally on Nov. 2 every year, the truth is that the entire month is dedicated to praying for souls.

In this podcast I’ll offer a brief teaching on the hopeful truth of purgatory, and the benefits of praying for souls. And of course we’ll pray together at the end — for the many souls that might benefit from our prayers!

Go to Among Women Podcast to listen now. Or else find this short podcast on iTunes. 

Among Women Espresso Shot #30: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

Among Women Espresso Shot #30: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

Welcome to Episode 30 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

This is the 10th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In October we are called to pray the Holy Rosary, and honor Mary as Our Lady of the Rosary, whose feast day is October 7.

In this episode, I offer my Top Ten Reasons for Praying the Rosary:

  1. To Pray the Second Most Powerful prayer in the world. The first being the Mass; the second being the Rosary.
  2. Being obedient to your Momma (Momma Mary)
  3. The Fruits of the Rosary: Yes there are many benefits!
  4. We become intimately acquainted with the deepest moments in the Gospels.
  5. Its portable! It goes anywhere!
  6. So easy to learn, but a lifetime to master its riches.
  7. It lowers my blood pressure. (The gift of peace.)
  8. It’s the prayer of intercession — the prayer to pray when you don’t know what to pray.
  9. The promises that Mary makes about the Rosary via St. Dominic. Find all 15 promises here.
  10. It will call you to be a saint — to grow in holiness.

Listen now, and discover more podcasts on the Rosary at this page.

Among Women Podcast Espresso Shot #29: Seven Sorrows of Mary

Among Women Podcast Espresso Shot #29: Seven Sorrows of Mary

I hope you enjoy Among Women’s Espresso Shot: Episode 29

Today’s topic: The Seven Sorrows of Mary 

This most recent podcast is the 9th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In September we honor the Seven Sorrows of Mary (see below). This is a great time to engage Mary our Mother — as we lift our sorrows to her. She knows us and she understands. We can take comfort in Mary’s strength that is found at the foot of the Cross. Listen now.

With the ever-expanding church sex-abuse scandals we are currently witnessing in the news, the call to devotion to Mary under her patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows, and to meditation upon the Seven Sorrows of Mary is very poignant, indeed.

Pray! Pray! Pray!

 

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon: (Luke.2:34-35)

2. The Flight into Egypt: (Matthew 2:13)

3. The Loss of the Holy Child at Jerusalem for three days: (Luke 23: 27-31)

4. Meeting Jesus as he carries his Cross to Calvary: (Luke 23: 27-31)

5. Standing at the Foot of the Cross: (John 19:25-30)

6. Jesus is taken down from the Cross: (John 19:31-37)

7. The Burial of Jesus: (John 19:38-42)

 

Want to learn more? Listen here. Or find Among Women on iTunes. 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #28: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

Among Women Espresso Shot #28: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

Enjoy Episode 28 of the Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Listen to this podcast! 

Today’s topic: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart 

Every year, in the month of August, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This short podcast is the eighth in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share thoughts about Mary’s Immaculate Heart, including praying the rosary, the fruits of the mysteries, consecration to Jesus through Mary, a short reading from The Reed of God (along with thoughts on suffering), and making a mini-pilgrimage to a Marian shrine.

With the ever-expanding church sex-abuse scandals we are currently witnessing in the news, the call to devotion to the Immaculate Heart seems even greater and more needed!

Pray! Pray! Pray!

Go to the Among Women website and listen to this podcast; or go find it on iTunes.

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Among Women Podcast 266: Prayer Journaling – Chocolate for your Soul

Among Women Podcast 266: Prayer Journaling – Chocolate for your Soul

 

In this episode of Among Women we look at something very close to my heart — prayer journaling! It’s a great topic and I’m pleased to welcome Mary Beth Weisenburger, author of Praying with a Pen: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Stress-Free Prayer Journaling. Our conversation is geared for all those newbies who want to try this method of prayer — what Mary Beth dubs “chocolate for your soul.” Together we explore how to get started (hint: listen for the 4 P’s), as well as what it means to experience holy whispers and “holy moly” moments.

I also look back in early fourth-century church history to recap some of the extraordinary life of  St. Olympia  — a woman of great fortitude and generosity.

Listen the this episode of Among Women. 

Find all the archives — over 250 episodes! — here. 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #27: Devotion to the Precious Blood

Among Women Espresso Shot #27: Devotion to the Precious Blood

Welcome to Episode 27 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching.

Our topic: Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus 

Every year, in the month of July, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion the Precious Blood of Jesus. This short podcast is the seventh in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share thoughts from the Bible, the Mass, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Augustine. Finally, we spend the last five minutes praying the Litany of the Precious Blood.

Ok, I admit, this one is a longer shorter podcast. It clocks in at about 25 minutes, not quite the 15-minute version. I guess I got carried away on this topic! Hope you can stay with it!

Listen now! 

 

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