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Pat Gohn - writer, speaker, catechist

Among Women 241: A Personal Relationship with Mary

Among Women 241: A Personal Relationship with Mary

It’s May! It’s Mary’s month — and the month we celebrate mothers! This episode of Among Women has it all! I share about some of my personal history with Mary both from my book, All In, and a recent article in Catholic Digest encouraging us to develop a better relationship with Mary, our spiritual mother.

Then enjoy a wonderful conversation with my friend and prayer buddy, Maria Morera Johnson, about devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba. Maria’s latest book is Our Lady of Charity. Learn about the history and the symbols related to this Cuban story of faith, family, and Mary’s particular love for each of us — it will be worth your time!

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Have you heard my shorter podcasts? They are called “Espresso Shots.”

Listen to Among Women Espresso Shot 34: Flowers at the Foot of the Cross

What’s that about?

It’s this: Growing in virtue takes day-by-day effort! St. Francis de Sales’ famous work Introduction to the Devout Life has been part of my spiritual reading for a long time! This short podcast shares his advice on how our practice of virtue — for the love of Jesus — can become as “flowers at the foot of the Cross.” Ooooh! Listen here.

 

Image credits: Courtesy of Ave Maria Press.

Among Women podcast is 10 years old!

Among Women podcast is 10 years old!

Ten years ago, this podcast — and podcasts in general — was a grand experiment… A little apostolate that I fit in on nights and weekends. It still is. I’ve had some setbacks in recent months with time and equipment. But this 30-minute podcast is a look back at some of the most popular podcasts over the past decade, and the many good people who have shared their Catholic faith with our listeners in extraordinary ways.

Listen to this latest Among Women podcast — Ten Years and Top Downloads. 

 

 

Banner image credit: AliceMary at morguefile.

 

Recalling my conversation with Abby Johnson on Among Women

Recalling my conversation with Abby Johnson on Among Women

Last night my husband Bob and I went out to view the new movie, Unplanned, that tells the story of Abby Johnson. It is based on Abby’s book of the same name, which was just recently re-released to coincide with the movie.

It’s a powerful movie about Abby’s life of transformation — from being an award-winning director of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Texas, to becoming an ardent pro-life advocate.

I recommend seeing Unplanned, despite its R-rating, and despite the difficult subject matter. My friend, Fr. Chip Hines, a longtime movie reviewer here in the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond, offers his take on the movie here.

Back in the spring of 2016, I caught up with Abby Johnson and invited her to be a guest on Among Women. This episode is poignant and powerful. Abby Johnson apostolate today is a ministry called  “And Then There Were None”, (AKA abortionworker.com) dedicated to help women come out of the abortion industry. Her book that came out back them has the riveting title: The Walls are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories. Together we talked about how our committed friendship and love can help more women say no to abortion and re-start lives outside of the industry.

Listen to Among Women 209 with Abby Johnson here. 

 

 

Other shows of related interest:

AW 75: Healing from the Hurt of Abortion with Dr Theresa Burke

AW 140: Saintly Perspectives on Healing Sexual Wounds with Dawn Eden

AW 191: Jenny’s IVF Story

 

Banner photo credit: Aliyah Jamous on Unsplash

Among Women Espresso Shot #33: Devotions for the Days of the Week.

Among Women Espresso Shot #33: Devotions for the Days of the Week.

Among Women’s Espresso Shot topic: Devotions for Days of the Week

The newest AW podcast is here.

After 12 installments on the monthly devotions that the Church calls us to, I felt remiss in not discussing that the Church also recommends different devotions for the days of the week. These are recommended by me — not to give you more “to do.” They are recommended to help us respond to Christ in ways that might be in sync with our daily calendars. So, if its something you’ve never done before, start small and see how it goes. No pressure from me or the Church in this regard … I’m just offering suggestions for what may prove helpful. But none of this is mandatory. Your prayer life is between you and God. For someone like me, who has a scheduled life to contend with, I find these kinds of prayer prompts helpful.

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A personal note from Pat:  This podcast returns after an unexpected break of several weeks. Without going into too many details, my husband and I have had to invest many more hours than usual into some family needs where our parents health needs are concerned, and we’ve been backlogged both at work and home. I also experienced some illness, and a confounding technical breakdown in my home studio. (This podcast has one sole proprietor — yours truly!) Talk about setbacks of time, money, and wellbeing. Anyway, the folks are doing a little better, I’m feeling healthy, and the studio needs are patched, but need more repair… So, say a prayer for all of us, won’t you? I will appreciate it!

 

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Catch up with Among Women podcasts for December

Catch up with Among Women podcasts for December

This is such a busy time of year for everyone! But I’ve been busy with Among Women the past week, too! Two shows released this week — one long and one short!

#1:

Among Women 238  invites us to become cultural mystics, and discover a deeper awareness of the sacred in our culture. Listen to this conversation with Sr. Nancy Usselmann, a Daughter of St. Paul, who is both an author of A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics — Theology of Popular Culture, as well as a vocalist with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir. We’ll learn and laugh as we explore the work of #medianuns –including their upcoming concert series: GLORIOUS NIGHT!

Plus, we’ll spend a few moments in prayer in preparation for Advent with the saintly words of Carmelite mystic, St. Teresa of Avila.

#2:

Among Women Espresso Shot #32 is the 12th and final installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In December we are called to pray about Advent and the coming of Christ. This is new liturgical year, and Advent is a penitential season. In this episode I’m focusing on preparing, penance, and peace-making. Listen here.

 

Banner Image credit: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #31: Praying for Souls

Among Women Espresso Shot #31: Praying for Souls

Today is All Souls Day — a powerful memorial in the liturgical calendar. But did you know that the Church exhorts us to pray for souls very intentionally during the entire month of November? Yes!  The recently uploaded Among Women podcast covers this important prayer, and I invite you to listen. 

Praying for the Souls in Purgatory

This is the 11th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In November we are called to pray for the holy souls — the faithful departed — as they move toward purification and the perfection of Heaven. While the Church’s All Souls memorial is traditionally on Nov. 2 every year, the truth is that the entire month is dedicated to praying for souls.

In this podcast I’ll offer a brief teaching on the hopeful truth of purgatory, and the benefits of praying for souls. And of course we’ll pray together at the end — for the many souls that might benefit from our prayers!

Go to Among Women Podcast to listen now. Or else find this short podcast on iTunes. 

Among Women Espresso Shot #30: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

Among Women Espresso Shot #30: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

Welcome to Episode 30 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Devotion to the Rosary (My Top Ten Reasons)

This is the 10th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In October we are called to pray the Holy Rosary, and honor Mary as Our Lady of the Rosary, whose feast day is October 7.

In this episode, I offer my Top Ten Reasons for Praying the Rosary:

  1. To Pray the Second Most Powerful prayer in the world. The first being the Mass; the second being the Rosary.
  2. Being obedient to your Momma (Momma Mary)
  3. The Fruits of the Rosary: Yes there are many benefits!
  4. We become intimately acquainted with the deepest moments in the Gospels.
  5. Its portable! It goes anywhere!
  6. So easy to learn, but a lifetime to master its riches.
  7. It lowers my blood pressure. (The gift of peace.)
  8. It’s the prayer of intercession — the prayer to pray when you don’t know what to pray.
  9. The promises that Mary makes about the Rosary via St. Dominic. Find all 15 promises here.
  10. It will call you to be a saint — to grow in holiness.

Listen now, and discover more podcasts on the Rosary at this page.

Among Women Podcast Espresso Shot #29: Seven Sorrows of Mary

Among Women Podcast Espresso Shot #29: Seven Sorrows of Mary

I hope you enjoy Among Women’s Espresso Shot: Episode 29

Today’s topic: The Seven Sorrows of Mary 

This most recent podcast is the 9th installment in a 12-part series on the monthly church devotions. In September we honor the Seven Sorrows of Mary (see below). This is a great time to engage Mary our Mother — as we lift our sorrows to her. She knows us and she understands. We can take comfort in Mary’s strength that is found at the foot of the Cross. Listen now.

With the ever-expanding church sex-abuse scandals we are currently witnessing in the news, the call to devotion to Mary under her patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows, and to meditation upon the Seven Sorrows of Mary is very poignant, indeed.

Pray! Pray! Pray!

 

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon: (Luke.2:34-35)

2. The Flight into Egypt: (Matthew 2:13)

3. The Loss of the Holy Child at Jerusalem for three days: (Luke 23: 27-31)

4. Meeting Jesus as he carries his Cross to Calvary: (Luke 23: 27-31)

5. Standing at the Foot of the Cross: (John 19:25-30)

6. Jesus is taken down from the Cross: (John 19:31-37)

7. The Burial of Jesus: (John 19:38-42)

 

Want to learn more? Listen here. Or find Among Women on iTunes. 

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Among Women 237: A Bishop We Can Rely On

Among Women 237: A Bishop We Can Rely On

In this latest episode of Among Women we discuss the difficult subject of news reports regarding the Catholic Church in the U.S. with regard to sexual abuse by clergy. In this challenging time, as confidence in our nation’s bishops may be waning, my guest, Alexis Walkenstein and I discuss the matter in light of her new book about an amazing bishop, Fulton J. Sheen

Also join me is praying the Litany of the Saints on behalf of our Church. And get in a giveaway for a free copy of my book, All In… but you have to act fast! Details here. 

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Church scandals getting you down? I’m giving away 30 free copies of ALL IN — the book I wrote on why I’m still a confident Catholic.

Church scandals getting you down? I’m giving away 30 free copies of ALL IN — the book I wrote on why I’m still a confident Catholic.

I cannot help being deeply saddened as I read the current reporting unraveling details of sex scandals involving some members of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and numerous corruptions surrounding those events. For those of us who have lived through previous scandals, there is a sickening sort of PTSD swirling about.

Yet I believe in the power of prayer and sacrifice for our own sakes and the sakes of others. So, we’re increasing our intentional prayer here at the Gohn home, especially in August, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.

By way of sacrifice, I’m offering 30 free copies of ALL IN from my personal inventory, one per person, to anyone who may be feeling depressed, angry, or saddened by what we are now going through as a church. (See below how to get a free book.) It helps to recall this: No matter how low your opinion of the Church might be right now, the opinion of Jesus Christ matters most. 

Update 8/17/2018:  the first 30 books were gone in the first 24 hours. BUT, given the demand, I’m holding this open till Sunday night 8/19, 11:59pm or until the next case of books is gone, whichever comes first.

Update 8/23/2018: This offer is not closed. All books have been shipped and recipients notified. Thanks to the many people who wrote in!

From the introduction of ALL IN: 

The idea for this book, began to grow several years back when I struggled with disillusionment within the Catholic Church. I worked on staff at a parish when the sex-abuse scandals broke out in the local news implicating many priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

For months on end, heartbreak and hysteria swirled like harsh clouds over our heads as disappointment and disgust churned in our minds and hearts. And while I never left the Church, I needed to dig deeper to find reasons to stay faithful.

Over time, for me, the good — the great truths and beauty of the Catholic Church — continued to outshine the bad news in our midst.

The Catholic Church, despite warts and flaws that are seen by many, continues to make a positive impact on my life. That is a hope I am willing to share.

Becoming a confident Catholic in the face of negativity, whatever the source, takes time.

I’m often in awe of the saints of the Church; they’ve seen it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of life and the Church through the ages. Their faith never ceases to amaze me. To be a saint is to be all in.

 

Want to read more? I’ve put the entirety of Chapter Two in an earlier post. Read it here. 

 

HOW TO GET A FREE COPY of ALL IN:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the “CONTACT ME” link.
  2. Fill out all the information asked for. In the Subject line, please write: “Free book.” Please double-check your mailing address, as I will be shipping the book via the U.S. Mail.
  3. Don’t forget to click the SUBMIT button.
  4. Important caveat: This offer is for U.S. residents only. (Sorry, that’s all I can afford.) International readers are invited to purchase the book via Amazon, or Ave Maria Press.

After that, I’ll be in touch with you when the book ships by mail.

 

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A word to survivors of sexual abuse, and their friends…

Over the years I’ve been producing the Among Women Podcast, I’ve recorded some conversations about this important subject that may be some support and help.

They are:

AW 79: Overcoming the Trauma of Sexual Abuse

AW 140: Saintly Perspectives on Healing Sexual Wounds

AW 47: From Victim to Survivor to Striver to Thriver

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