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Among Women Espresso Shot #22: February and Devotion to the Holy Family

Among Women Espresso Shot #22: February and Devotion to the Holy Family

I’m back with another short “Espresso Shot” — the shorter-version of Among Women. 

Today’s podcast topic: Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus 

Every year, in the month of February, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion to the Holy Family. It may seem like Christmas has just passed and should we not be moving on? Not so fast. There’s a lot to be gained with this devotion. This short podcast is the second in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share a thoughts from St. John Paul II, ideas about my own nativity “prayer prompts” and a prayer from Pope Francis.

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Among Women 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Among Women 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Connie Clark, author

This episode of Among Women begins with a few Advent tips. Then, it shines a spotlight on the life of two women who, as writers, offer their gifts for the sake of the Church, and advancing its mission. Blessed Mary Theresa Ledóchowska is a Polish saint whose writing for the missions eventually blossomed into a religious order. And Connie Clark is a prolific Catholic author with numerous Catholic titles including the one that recently prompted my contacting her, Pep Talks for Catholic Parents. She’s also the editor of Living Faith Kids(Find more of her books linked at the podcast page.)

Listen to this episode of Among Women here, or find it on iTunes, episode 232.

Among Women 231: The Time is Now for the Rosary

Among Women 231: The Time is Now for the Rosary

This latest episode of Among Women centers on Mary and the Rosary, as we conclude October, the month of the Rosary.

I’m delighted to welcome my guest, Gretchen Crowe, of OSV, and the editor of a new book, Why the Rosary, Why Now? The book really makes a strong case for taking up the Rosary as a daily devotion, (and as you may know, I’m a fan of that!)

This podcast also shines a light on some of my favorite saints and their perspectives on Mary as a mother, and the power of the Rosary.

Listen to Among Women here, or look for episode 231 on iTunes.

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2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

So here’s something rare: Two podcasts from me in the same 24-hour period. I would have written, “the same day” but it seems the second one posted just after midnight. Oh, the life of podcasting … is never predictable.

First up : here’s the third and final installment to my read-aloud narrations for ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I hope you’ll enjoy it. On Among Women Espresso Shot #16 I’m talking about the very subject that seems to have been the springboard for the book… how so many of us suffer from a curious diagnosis: the mud-splashed bride syndrome. (Have no fear, I also share the cure!)

Next up: In this latest episode of Among Women we look at Mary in two ways. First, we explore themes related to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in 1917 to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal. Second, we explore a mother’s life with the help and assistance of Mary — especially during times of great sufferings and trials. My guest is Judy Landrieu Klein, who shares her story with us, as found in her latest book, Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God.

Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode of Among Women — lots of great resources for #Fatima100, and more!

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Did you hear this news? Among Women is so honored to be added to the podcast line-up at Discerning Hearts. Check out their great podcasts — I dare you to listen and not grow!

Among Women Espresso Shot #12: My Rosary Story

Among Women Espresso Shot #12: My Rosary Story

In this short Among Women podcast, I offer a look back at my own beginnings with the Rosary, and the impact it had on my life. Listen here. And also check out my other podcasts that talk about different aspects of the Rosary, also found here.

 

Among Women 217: The Final Lap in the Year of Mercy

Among Women 217: The Final Lap in the Year of Mercy

 

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Colette Higgins

In this episode of Among Women, we chart a course for finishing strong in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. If you’ve put off acting on the merciful suggestions of this holy year, here’s your chance to change that! Don’t miss this stop on our pilgrim journey to heaven!  Speaking of pilgrimage and travel, my guest today is a longtime AW listener, Colette Higgins, who shares her sabbatical journey in the footsteps of Queen Kapiolani. Who’s that? You gotta listen to find out!

I’ll also be discussing Mary, our Mother of Mercy, as we look at motherhood, mercy, and the Memorare. I hope you’ll download this episode of Among Women, and listen!

Mama, This One’s For You – Beth Hart

I just came off another Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious retreat last week… the subject of motherhood is always a bittersweet one for many women. I love to speak about the joys and the trials of spiritual motherhood (what all women are called to) and of physical motherhood (what many of us are called to in the vocation of marriage). Then, there’s Mother Mary — who always loves us. In the order of grace, she is our true Momma, too.

It’s still May – the month of mothers and Mary… so here you go. Listen to this one and if you are able, go call your mother.

All that said, I get teared up when I see a video like this. I may have to add it to the retreat line-up.

A little hat tip to my pal, Heather Rice Fahey  (Go listen to her sing “Amazing Grace”!) for sharing it with her Facebook friends.

A short Mother’s Day reflection from St John Paul II on Mary and the glory of womanhood

A short Mother’s Day reflection from St John Paul II on Mary and the glory of womanhood

For every Christian, for every human being, Mary is the one who first “believed,” and precisely with her faith as Spouse and Mother she wishes to act upon all those who entrust themselves to her as her children. And it is well known that the more her children persevere and progress in this attitude, the nearer Mary leads them to the “unsearchable riches of Christ”(Eph. 3:8). And to the same degree they recognize more and more clearly the dignity of man in all its fullness and the definitive meaning of his vocation, for “Christ…fully reveals man to man himself. [Gaudium et Spes, 22]”

This Marian dimension of Christian life takes on special importance in relation to women and their status. In fact, femininity has a unique relationship with the Mother of the Redeemer, a subject which can be studied in greater depth elsewhere.* Here I simply wish to note that the figure of Mary of Nazareth sheds light on womanhood as such by the very fact that God, in the sublime event of the Incarnation of his Son, entrusted himself to the ministry, the free and active ministry of a woman. It can thus be said that women, by looking to Mary, find in her the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement. In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable: the self-offering totality of love; the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement.

John Paul II
Redemptoris Mater, par. 46

*My book also looks at these fundamentals. Find it on sale here til June 19.

My Favorite Advice from Mary #ShareJesus

Ever feel like you’re doing things half-way with the Lord? Ask Mary, our model for perfect discipleship, to help you break out of that and be quick to offer God everything without holding back. This is the life work of a Christian.

The most simple and direct advice is often the best… at the Wedding at Cana, Mary instructs the servants to listen to Jesus and to “do whatever He tells you.” In this video John Beaulieu shares that the reward for your trust and obedience in God is… Jesus himself. This is what Mary learned at the Incarnation.

Atop a white page in the new year… “Lord do with me what You will…”

Atop a white page in the new year… “Lord do with me what You will…”

“I think of this new year as a white page given to me by your Father, on which he will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, “Lord, do with me what You will”, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of Your divine will. Yes Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the hardships prepared for me, which You will reveal to me day by day. Grant that my Amen may be the Pascal Amen, always followed by the Alleluia, uttered wholeheartedly in the joy of a complete gift. Give me Your love and Your grace and I shall be rich enough.”

-Sr Carmela of the Holy Spirit, OCD*

IMG_1087This seems a perfect quote on this Solemnity that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God. Here in the heart of the Christmas season we venerate Jesus’ first disciple, the one who modeled for us what it means to give one’s full “yes” to our Father God, one who lived wholehearted within His Will.

*as found in Divine Intimacy