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Among Women 216: Riding the River of Grace

Among Women 216: Riding the River of Grace

In this latest episode of Among Women, I talk about being persistent both in prayer, and in finding a way through grief, loss, screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-7-06-48-pmand tribulation. I profile a woman from Scripture — the Canaanite woman — who begs Jesus to heal her daughter from a demon. Plus I speak with Catholic author and singer-songwriter Susan Bailey. Together we talk about the recovery from loss or grief and how to deal with it creatively, and with the help of prayer and the sacraments. You’ll enjoy her talk about her kayaking experiences and the spiritual lessons she learned while paddling, as captured in her book, River of Grace.

Also: Among Women listeners are among the first to get a sneak peak at my latest book that will release in February 2017. Listen here for more details.

Among Women 185: The Life of Ryan, with Mary Ellen Barrett

Among Women 185: The Life of Ryan, with Mary Ellen Barrett

This latest episode of Among Women may require a box of Kleenex handy. My most wonderful and gracious guest is  Mary Ellen Barrett.

This week we look at the difficult subject of losing a child to death. Blogger and Long Island Catholic columnist Mary Ellen Barrett reflects on the fifth anniversary since the death of Ryan, her 14 year old son, who died during a camping trip. The search for Ryan, who at first was thought to be lost, went on for some time, and many, including myself, were glued to the internet for news of him during that search as prayers stormed heaven.

Listeners or blog readers familiar with this event will be encouraged by the musings and memories of Ryan’s mother, Mary Ellen. Those uninitiated will be blessed by the faith of this Long Island family who suffered the keenest of losses.

Since this is Respect Life Month, my goal with Mary Ellen is to talk about the beauty and dignity of Ryan’s life — his Christian devotion even as a young boy with special needs — as well as the ups and downs that he faced in family life and elsewhere. Finally, we discuss the outpouring of support from near and far for this grieving family, plus offer tips for helping others facing a similar grief.

In our saint segment, I once again look at the life of St Anna Schaffer, whose life of prayer and acute physical suffering offers a witness to us for how to make our heartaches and pains a path of redemptive suffering.

If you’d like to read a little bit about Mary Ellen’s life with Ryan, you might enjoy this recent article in Seton Magazine, or this one from Catholic Digest. I’ve left a few more, plus blog posts from Mary Ellen’s blog, over with the episode notes for Among Women 185.

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Among Women 172: Good grief, God!

Among Women 172: Good grief, God!

Has a recent death or loss left you grieving? In this latest episode of Among Women I interview Cheryl Amari of GriefTeach.com who helps us learn about why we need to grieve well — and how our faith helps us to do that. Also hear the words and wisdom of one of the newest Church Doctors, St Hildegard of Bingen, as I share her prose, poetry, and music. Listen here.