In the latest episode of Among Women, author and Catholic.Mom found Lisa Hendey shares her amazing trip to India and her ongoing association with the mission of Unbound.org. We talk about how personal sponsorship can be a loving almsgiving plan.
My wonderful publishers are having a book launch sale event! Now through March 20, get my new book, ALL IN, for 20% off the cover price!
Be sure to use the promo code BELONG to get your discounts!
The word has been out for a few days as advanced orders were received, but I’m happy to announce that the release of my new book, ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church matters, is out and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Catholic bookstores, and, of course, at my publisher’s website, Ave Maria Press.
I’ve been blessed to be a Catholic and I share some of my faith story here, as well as my confidence in the Catholic Church, and how you can firmly place your trust firmly both in Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Church. Now, I know for some of you, your trust in the Catholic Church might be a bit wobbly, given all the strife and heartache and disappointment many church members have caused both within and without the Church. I totally get that. And that’s why I wrote about how I can still be confidently Catholic, and an active member in the Catholic Church, with its warts and all. Without whitewashing our struggles, I offer the reasons I stay.
And so I offer this loving appeal: Even if you have a stack of books to read ahead of this one, if you order it today, it will really help the book’s launch. Does that sound self-serving? Yes, I agree it does. But the reality is that the Catholic book market has all the same pressures that other book markets have, as we exist in a competitive economy. So if there’s ever a new Catholic book that you are interested in reading, try to buy it when it first comes out. The hardworking people in Catholic publishing will appreciate your business.
I’ve been out speaking about the book in a few media places already…
And there’s more to come.
Very soon I’ll be offering a few excerpts read by me on the Among Women podcast.
I’m booking future ALL IN retreats for Catholic parishes and dioceses. Or single talks for your church event. Find my contact information at the bottom of this page.
FYI: I’m out in California today getting ready to give a women’s retreat at St Catherine of Alexandria parish in Morgan Hill (near San Jose), so if you are in the area, join us! If not, we’d appreciate your prayers!
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.
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.)
I’ve been away, but now I’m back…
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.
Good things to come!
Find two upcoming dates in California, and one in Massachusetts on my events page!
I’m thrilled that more and more women are interested in the feminine genius! Come join us for retreats based on the themes of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood.
Looking to book something for your church or diocese? Contact me via this link, or see the “contact me” at the bottom of this page!
Coming March 3, 2017…
Here’s the official description from the Ave Maria Press website:
In this passionate and unapologetic account of why her faith in Christ and the Catholic Church are the source of meaning and joy in her life, Pat Gohn—popular speaker, retreat leader, catechist, and author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious—invites you to become more confident in the power of the Catholic faith to transform your life as well.
What’s the one thing that defines your life and brings you the most good, the most love?
Pat Gohn knows what her one thing is: “More than any single factor in my life, belonging to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church has had the greatest impact on me. Faith gives meaning to everything in my life.”
Being a cradle Catholic, cancer survivor, wife, and mother are all a part of her story. But in this appealing, personal book, Gohn shares why her relationship with Jesus and her confidence in his Church are so much bigger than her medical diagnosis, more powerful than her family history, and more significant than her career path.
In All In Gohn ardently shares why belonging to the Church will strengthen and nurture your relationship with God. It will keep you connected with Jesus and the sacraments—conduits of grace, forgiveness, healing, wisdom, and renewal. Belonging to the Church connects you to millions of others around the world, to the saints, and to your loved ones in heaven. These relationships are at the heart of Catholicism. In this time when life and society are so fragmented, the joy of belonging to a community—as imperfect as it can be—easily outweighs the agony of separation or isolation.
Gohn’s confidence in her faith emerged despite and even out of a struggle with disillusionment. Working in a parish when news of the sex abuse scandals broke in Boston, she confronted heartbreak and anger within herself and her fellow parishioners. Yet she never left the Church and relates how she found a way to dig deeper and discover reasons to stay faithful.
Each of the nine chapters in All In identifies a dimension of the Catholic faith that is a source of Gohn’s confidence, including the Incarnation, God’s plan, the Fatherhood of God, the friendship of the Holy Spirit, and the love of neighbor. Each chapter also features reflection questions to challenge you.
Thanks to my kind endorsers, and most especially, to my editor, Bob Hamma, who recently retired from Ave Maria Press, and will be missed!
I finally finished writing this book during my rehab months earlier this year, following surgery on my hip. But really, it’s something the Lord has been writing in me since my teen years.
In the weeks to come, starting next Monday, I’ll be printing a few short excerpts here in anticipation of the book’s release. I hope you’ll stop by to read. If you simply cannot wait for the book’s release, and would like to receive a free reviewer’s e-copy in exchange for posting an honest review of the book, please contact me via the contact form below.
“The Church truly knows that only God, Whom she serves,
meets the deepest longings of the human heart,
which is never fully satisfied by what this world has to offer.”
Gaudium et Spes, 41
Documents of Vatican II, 1965
In this latest episode of Among Women, I finally overcome software crashes and bring you a podcast! Yay!
Join me for a look at the “three comings” of Christ in Advent, and a look at Elizabeth’s role in the Gospel as it pertains to Advent. Plus a primer on the Examen prayer and Ignatian Spirituality, together with a nurturing conversation with author Ginny Kubitz Moyer as she describes her latest book, Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses.
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!