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Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Welcome to Episode 15 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Chapter 1, The Beloved, from ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of Chapter 1.

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If you are interested in some of my recent interviews about the book, see the links below: all_in

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Girlfriends podcast with Danielle Bean

A Seeking Heart podcast with Allison Gingras

“This is the Day” on Catholic TV

“Becoming Confident Catholics” – Webinar at Ave Maria Press

“Pathways to Learning” with Sr Marie Pappas, Sirius XM Radio

 

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Join us for this latest episode of Among Women for an  important and fundamental conversation about Jesus who loves us — and what it means to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the bedrock — the reason for our faith as Catholics.

Jesus once asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a question we all must answer. In this episode we meet two women who are in love with Jesus — St. Matilda of Hackeborn from Germany, and Danielle Bean from New Hampshire.

I’m happy to welcome 41ZSMFtxWhL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_author and speaker and Catholic Digest magazine publisher, Danielle Bean, back to the program. Together we discuss her latest book: You’re Worth It! (Change the way you feel about yourself by learning how Jesus feels about you.) 

Don’t miss this episode of Among Women!

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Image credit: Pat Gohn. 2014.

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

Links for this episode:

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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Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Over a year ago I was contacted by The Christophers to draft one of their famous inspirational News Notes! I was honored to be offered this subject of “Building a Relationship with Jesus.”

Here’s a sample…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

You’ve likely seen this famous bible quote from John 3:16, but to explore its depth, let’s personalize the message:
God so loved me that He gave His only Son that I may believe in Him and not perish but have eternal life.

The Good News is that God’s love comes to rescue us in the person of Jesus. In John 14:6, He taught, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Those are pretty credible reasons for wanting a relationship with Jesus. But what truly shapes our belief is to know deep down within ourselves, not only that we believe in God, but that God believes in us. God wants us to know His love.

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God initiates our relationship. Indeed, the God of Glory has a vested interest in us. Building a relationship with Jesus means we have to trust this truth. Our belief is a response to God’s revelation of Himself and His love. Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 5.49.54 PM

The attraction of Christianity is not that we are in search of God, but that God is in search of us!

God desires to make us sons and daughters—a family! By faith we respond to Him, offering our intellect and will, our minds and hearts. This is known as “the obedience of faith.”

No matter who we are, from popes to prodigals, all are invited into a loving relationship with Jesus. But we must choose. As it states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals Himself.”

Steve Nelson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, recalls a time during his graduate school years when he started to drift away from the Church. He said, “I became terribly self-centered and started down the road toward a very un-Christian life. One day, in the church parking lot, I encountered a friend of mine who was in his second year of seminary. When he challenged me on my lifestyle and absence from the Church, I remember saying something like, ‘If God exists, He should prove Himself to me.’ My friend would have none of it and told me that I had to at least meet God halfway by putting myself in the pew on Sunday morning. That was the turning point.”

Nelson soon went on to make Christ the priority in his life: “My relationship with Jesus is important because I remember what it is like not having one. [That] chance encounter in a parking lot [was] not exactly a burning bush, but it was a definite message by God to look towards Him rather than away.”

We are not alone in the building of this relationship. God strengthens us through grace, which is like jet fuel to launch our faith. The prayer of Jesus’ apostles inspires us: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

You can read the whole thing here. You can even order the pamphlet for your parish or ministry group or retreat team.

Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Easter is not just a day, but a season! We’re in the middle of the Easter Octave… on our way to Mercy Sunday!

Turn up the volume on your favorite hymns and rejoice!

Here’s one that moves me!

Or that oldie accapella one I posted from last Sunday, “Be Ye Glad”…

Oh yes, I love the traditional ones, too…

“O death, where is thy victory?”

“O death, where is thy victory?”


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“O death, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 55-57

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And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 
but when they went in they did not find the body. 

Luke 24 2-3

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From my house to your, a very blessed Easter!

Good Friday… Jesus is the Answer

Good Friday… Jesus is the Answer

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Stained glass window found at St Francis of Assisi Church, Springfield, IL

There is not a single aspect of the Christian message
that is not in part an answer to the question of evil.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, par 309)

Jesus is the Answer.

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Other resources:

A 2015 post featuring the poem, “Splinters from the Cross”.

An older post from 2014 that features a prayer before the crucifix from St Francis de Sales.

An even older post from 2011 from my Patheos archives: “The Scandal of Evil is No Match for the Cross of Christ”.

You might also like this short video from Diana and David von Glahn,from the “The Faithful Traveler”series…

Via Dolorosa–the Way of the Cross from The Faithful Traveler on Vimeo.

Among Women Espresso Shot: The Wisdom of St Katharine Drexel

Among Women Espresso Shot: The Wisdom of St Katharine Drexel

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 4.50.29 PMListen to Episode 7 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: The Wisdom of St Katharine Drexel

Following up on my recent post, this short podcast dives into some of the writings of St Katharine Drexel. We recently passed her feast day, March 3, and as we press on in Lent, I share some timely inspiration from this American saint.

FYI: Among Women 18 (Dating back to 2009!) also has more biographical information about Katharine Drexel. Listen here.

Among Women 205: The Testimony of the Woman at the Well

Among Women 205: The Testimony of the Woman at the Well

This episode of Among Women calls us to share our experiences of faith with others.

In our “Blessed are They” segment, I explore Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. This is the longest recorded conversation of Jesus in Scripture. In it we find a woman whose life is changed by meeting Jesus, the Christ. We also observe how this woman could not keep the good news of the Messiah a secret. Her convincing testimony leads others to belief in Jesus, persuading them to hear his word and accept him for themselves.

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Today, evangelization takes place both in person and virtually. Online Catholic resources often function as a modern well, where people gather to read and hear inspiring conversations about faith and life. Stories and articles can be shared and discussed — so that others might become curious about a life of faith, and ultimately find Jesus too. The Catholic website, Aleteia, now offers a lifestyle magazine “For Her” — hoping to capture the varied interests of Christian women who seek engaging content that resonates with their values. Join me for a discussion about this new venture with Cynthia Darmody, the editor-in-chief of “For Her”.

Listen to this latest AW podcast!