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Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

This latest episode of Among Women is such a delight! I welcome novelist Stephanie Landsem and we look at her “Living Water” series, a wonderful trilogy of three books of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the Gospel of John. In this show, we explore the themes of her books that feature women heroines from the time of Christ — women who have encountered Jesus! If you like to relax and read, this series is for you! We also discuss a soon-to-released book that features a host of Catholic writers, including both Stephanie and myself: Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

This podcast also looks at the life of Blessed Margaret of Castello, a Dominican tertiary who overcame her disabilities with the love of Christ. Listen here!

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Stephanie Landsem, author

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Well, by Stephanie Landsem

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

The Tomb by Stephanie Landsem

Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

This latest episode of Among Women is poignant and powerful. My guest, Abby Johnson, works in a ministry “And Then There Were None”, dedicated to helping women come out of the abortion industry. Her new book is riveting: The Walls are Talking: Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.23.48 AMFormer Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their StoriesTogether we talk about how our committed friendship and love can help more women say no to abortion and re-start lives outside of the industry.

In our “Blessed are They” segment, I’m happy to be reading an excerpt from Melanie Rigney’s Blessed Are You that profiles the life of St Gianna Beretta Molla. Plus I share about Holy Doors and the Year of Mercy. Listen here to this new episode, or find #209 on iTunes.

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

This newest episode of Among Women looks at the Providence of God from a few different angles…  in my life, the life of St Mary of the Cross, and the life of The Faithful Traveler, Diana von Glahn.

I’ll be sharing tips I’m trying to master from St Francis de Sales as I try to be more mindful of God’s Providence in the details of every day. Plus this show will offer a look at the life of Jeanne Jugan who became Mary of the Cross, and providentially, her life and work led to the formation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the same Little Sisters you’ve been reading about in the news.

Finally, in this podcast, we hear some behind-the-scenes stories of the life of Catholic filmmaker Diana von Glahn as she shares Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.38.57 AMdetails about a new film series for television on Francis’ 2014 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. This series came to be despite the heartbreak of Diana’s husband and producer/director staying home — and missing the pilgrimage — as he recovered from a heart attack. Plus Diana shares how this series profiles Francis’ pilgrimage and works, providentially, on promoting unity between Western and Eastern Christians. You’ll want to also hear the many interesting historical and spiritual details that Diana details about sacred sites in the Holy Lands.

Listen or download the latest Among Women podcast here, or listen to Episode 208 via iTunes.

You might enjoy this short video preview of the this new series from The Faithful Traveler…

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

This episode of Among Women looks at an important book and subject. It’s something that will help us in this election year, or whenever we need to discuss theScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 4.28.54 PM Catholic faith in a public setting, or at a cocktail party, or among friends and family — How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. 

Today our Among Women segment features co-author of the book, syndicated columnist, and NRO Editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez. I’ve been blessed by this book’s great principles, and I hope you will be too! Kathryn and I will also discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”, and Kathryn’s trips to EWTN and religious order foundress Mother Angelica’s funeral Mass, and also her trek to frosty Massachusetts for Divine Mercy Sunday in the Year of Mercy.

Plus we’ll look at the life and social action of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey — an innovative educator and missionary from the early 19th century and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Listen now!

There are so many good links for this episode, so be sure to check the show notes after you listen to this latest Among Women.

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

I’m packing my bags and flying to the hills of scenic Southern California May 13-15 for a three-day get-away to share the love of faith, fun, and the feminine genius with the women of greater San Diego.

Join us for Whispering Winds’ 2015 women’s retreat! I’m honored to be the guest speaker for this retreat, and looking forward to talking, walking, eating, laughing, and praying together!

A PDF flyer of the event is found here. Other important details on the schedule and rates are here.

Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center is located on 161 acres in the scenic mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, five miles south of the historic gold-mining town of Julian, about an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Check out their video of the beautiful grounds and facilities, below! I’m sooooo looking forward to this!

Whispering Winds – Meeting Spaces from Whispering Winds on Vimeo.

 

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

An Espresso Double Shot: Among Women’s short form podcast on Amoris Laetitia

Last night I uploaded Episode 9 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”IMG_0230
– it’s a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from yours truly.

Our Topic: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, (On Love in the Family), or as its popularly known, “The Joy of Love”. 

I’m calling this podcast a “double espresso shot” because its twice as long — 30 minutes. I hope you’ll indulge me. In this podcast I’ll be encouraging you to read, read, read Pope Francis’ latest document following the two previous Synods on marriage and family life: Amoris LaetitiaI’ll also review the table of contents, offer some excerpts, and add a few personal thoughts.

Read the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love” (PDF form).

There are so many good links over at the AW blog regarding the release of this document.

Listen to the AW Espresso Shot at my AW website, or find it on iTunes.

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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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.

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

Among Women Podcast #206: Happy 7 Years!

This special episode of Among Women celebrates the 7th anniversary — or 7th birthday — of the show, begun in March 2009. This episode explores Among Women has covered, plus links to blog posts (see below) that offer dozens of links to archived shows.

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In our “Blessed Are They” segment we pray a Litany of saints — including many of the saints that have been profiled on Among Women.

In our “Among Women” segment, I answers questions sent in by listeners — about myself, and about the podcast.

If you’ve been reading previous post from this week, you’ll find a comprehensive retrospective naming significant shows from our podcast archives:

Blog Post #1: A retrospective on Among Women’s early history, themes of the feminine genius and the dignity of women, plus conversations with theologians and wonderful Catholic authors!

Blog Post #2: A retrospective on saints, ordinary women in the pew, religious sisters, parents, and more!

Blog Post #3: A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and special editions of the podcast.(Plus a free drawing! Enter win Pat’s book by leaving a comment!)

You can find the entire Among Women archives here.  You can also search the side bar on that page as well.

If you like what we do at Among Women, please promote the podcast in your social media circles, your church bulletin, or leave a positive review and rating over on our iTunes page.

You can also enter the drawing to win a copy of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious. Just leave a comment in the combox.  I’m going to give away three copies of my book, to three women at random who leave me a comment on this post, or the previous one here at my blog, now through April 8th at 11:59pm. (US residents only, please. Winners will be contact via email.)

Among Women is 7 years old! A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and a host of special editions featuring our listeners’ voices!

Among Women is 7 years old! A retrospective on sharing the faith, great music, and a host of special editions featuring our listeners’ voices!

This is our third and final post celebrating the seven years of conversations Among Women!

Previous posts have focused on the many themes that have been the hallmarks of Among Women: the feminine genius and the dignity of women, the lives of women saints, and all out encouragement for the grace-filled living of our Catholic faith –otherwise known as the call to holiness.

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 6.50.37 PMYou might want to bookmark this post for future reference!

We’ve explored the how-to’s of sharing your faith, going to adoration, offering your testimonyreaching out to prodigals, and the process of joining third orders (for lay people) with the Carmelites or the secular Franciscans.

Listeners have added their own wonderful voices on our AW Special Editions like “Among Women 200”,  “Listeners talk about their Lenten Practices“, “What I Love About Mary”“The Bible and You”“AW 100”,  “Prayer”“JOY!”and “What We Love About Pope Francis”.

Oh, and the music! Who can forget going “behind the scenes” to the studio of those singing nuns — the Daughters of St Paul? Plus I got to go back to my deejay roots as we enjoyed the musical talents of recording artists Sara Hart and Kitty Cleveland!

Last fall I launched a shorter AW podcast — the ESPRESSO SHOT! It was an idea that came up as I was meeting with a few listeners in Florida last summer.  The Espresso Shot even broke with our precedent and had a guy show up on Among Women — a priest — as a guest! This new format has really added a certain breadth to the show and allows me to podcast more “on the fly” when I’m traveling. So I’m grateful for the good feedback you’ve given me on them!

How can I say thank you for listening? 

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 12.41.15 PMIn the only ways I know how — I’m praying my rosaries in thanksgiving to Momma Mary for her graceful patronage and inspiration, and asking her to intercede for your needs. Don’t worry, she knows who you are.

Plus I’m going to give away three copies of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, to three women at random who leave me a comment on this post now through April 8th at 11:59pm. (US residents only, please. Winners will be contact via email.) After all, “BBB” was borne from my many conversations and prayers with women over the years.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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So where to next? What do you want to hear? Send me your thoughts in the comments box, or send off an email at amongwomenpodcast@me.com. You can still find me at the Among Women Podcast Facebook page and on Twitter as @PatGohn and @among_women.

And please, keep sharing Among Women!!

 

Thank you, Mother Angelica, for teaching us the art of networking for Jesus…

Thank you, Mother Angelica, for teaching us the art of networking for Jesus…

Jesus was her spouse and Eucharistic Adoration was the center of her television ministry. That’s what stands out for me as the Catholic world mourns the passing of Mother Angelica, foundress of two religious orders of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and Franciscan Missionaries, and the Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN. 

IMG_1975With prayer and holy chutzpah Mother Angelica, together with others, launched what would become a global Catholic network in 1981 to bring Jesus to the world. Donations from faithful Catholics around the world continue to sustain the mission today.

Mother Angelica taught us a lot about the beauty of the Catholic faith, as well as the feminine genius, in the way she lived.

Mother is definitely not a stereotypical nun. She appears stereotypical, but beneath the habit is this gutsy, determined woman who wields an incredible faith.

Her feminine genius resides just there I think: in her radical faith, in her abandonment to God’s will in the present moment. Additionally, she had an intuition that allowed her to see events as they were and to follow her heart and God, always.

We need that feminine aspect in the Church today. Mother used to say that the faith had become too “heady,” too theoretical. And I think she is right…

…she says, “Most people today are seeking master’s degrees, then they forget the Master.” She never forgot her Master.

Isn’t it curious that some of the same people who were the most outspoken advocates of “women’s power” in the Church, were the first ones trying to shove Mother Angelica back into the cloister once she appeared on the scene?

The idea of an orthodox, faithful woman leading people to Christ was a threat somehow. It shouldn’t have been. Time has shown that it was actually a blessing. – 2007 Zenit interview with Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo from The World Over at EWTN announces Mother Angelica’s passing and offers a few notes on her legacy…

Thank you, Mother Angelica for your wit and wisdom as a catechist, intercessor, and a spiritual mother to millions.

Oil painting of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, outside the chapel area.

Oil painting of Mother Angelica, outside the chapel area at EWTN

Thank you for loving Jesus and teaching us not to keep that love to ourselves, but to spread it to others… and that sometimes we are asked to do that with a microphone or camera in hand. You built a network for Jesus both in the relationships you grew in religious life and in your expression of the faith person to person.

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In 2013, I visited EWTN as a guest to record a few programs with “Women of Grace” host, Johnette Benkovic, I took time to pray in the Adoration Chapel and attend Mass. (The banner photo above is the monstrance above the chapel altar at EWTN in Irondale, AL. I took the picture during a period when Mass or adoration was not taking place, so there is no Host in the photo.)

Find more of my photos from that visit here, and here.

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No doubt you can search the internet for hundreds of tribute to Mother Angelica, but I’m happy to recommend a few.