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Archives for September 2019

Among Women 245: And Lovely It Is – with Sarah Hart

Among Women 245: And Lovely It Is – with Sarah Hart

In this special music edition of Among Women, I bring you new music from Grammy-nominated singer-songerwriter, Sarah Hart.A

Listen to AW 245 now.

“And Lovely It Is” is Sarah’s 11th album and features songs about her family and more.

Join us for a lovely conversation with stories about the music from Sarah Hart. You’ll find all the links to Sarah’s music and more at the Among Women podcast website for AW245. 

And if you want more… here’s an earlier podcast: AW 134: Sarah Hart Sings Her Heart


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Happy Birthday, Mary!  Welcome to the Novena Blog Tour for Our Lady of Charity!

Happy Birthday, Mary! Welcome to the Novena Blog Tour for Our Lady of Charity!

Welcome to the Novena Blog Tour in honor of Our Lady of Charity, and the book that celebrates Mary under her special patronage: Our Lady of Charity: How a Cuban Devotion to Mary Helped Me to Grow in Faith and Love, by María Morera Johnson.

Here you can pray the novena — this is Day 9 — the finish line!  You can also find links to the book, and to Maria’s blog, and to a podcast that we did together last spring about this wonderful title of Mary — Our Lady of Charity — as well as past episodes with Maria, too!

PLUS: You could win a free gift! Please leave a comment here today — as one commenter will be selected at random to win a free copy of María’s book, Our Lady of Charity. Yay! Yay! Yay!

(And, hey, if you are just joining us and want to learn about this novena, go ahead and find day one here.)

Today’s feast and the liturgical calendar
So today, September 8, is usually known as the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the liturgical calendar. However, when you go to Mass today, the Mass that will be celebrated here in the U.S. will be the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. That’s okay, many feast days have to take a back seat to what might be listed for the Sunday Mass schedule. On any other day of the week in other years, you’d see Mary’s nativity listed on the missal page.

It’s still Mary’s birthday and we are still celebrating her with this special novena!

Our Lady of Charity
Mary is, of course, venerated in many countries, and in the case of Cuba, her birthday is celebrated under the patronage of Our Lady of Charity. Similar to what my friend, Lisa Hendey, shared on Day 4 of the novena,  I first learned of this patronage via my friendship with María Morera Johnson. And thanks to that friendship, I have visited Our Lady of Charity’s shrine in Miami, the Ermita de la Caridad, more than once with Maria.

So it is my privilege to join in the novena for this happy occasion. (Don’t forget to leave a comment!) More below!

The Novena Prayer – DAY 9

My statue of Our Lady of Charity sits atop my desk in my office.

+ Now and at the hour of our death we are vulnerable and in danger of eternal damnation. Intercede for us,

oh Holy Mother of God, that we never lose God’s favor.In this difficult life may we find in you the maternal protection we need, and an Advocate at the hour of our death.

O beloved Virgen Mary, my Mother, I consecrate myself to you today: my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my heart, in other words, my whole being. I am yours, Oh Mother of Mercy, guard me and defend me as your son/daughter. Amen.

[Ask for your petition here]

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. +

Important links:

María Johnson’s book, Our Lady of Charity. And her other books.

María Johnson’s website

Here’s that Among Women podcast about Our Lady of Charity with María Johnson:

Or find my interview with Maria about Our Lady of Charity on the Among Women podcast via this link.

Other episodes of Among Women with María Johnson:

AW 146: The Power of a Praying Friend
AW 197: Badass Buddies and Pope Selfies
AW 230: Wonder Women


Our Lady of Charity, pray for us!

Among Women Espresso Shot #35: Praying, Sacrificing, and Reparation

Among Women Espresso Shot #35: Praying, Sacrificing, and Reparation

Our Lady at Fatima gave a bold message of prayer and penance. But before she arrived on the scene, God sent an Angel to the children, the visionaries at Fatima. Learn the prayers that the Angel taught the children — a powerful and needed kind of intercession for the Church and the world we live in today.

In this latest Among Women Espresso shot, I focus on the prayers of the Angel at Fatima to the visionaries … because we see and experience trouble in the world, trouble in the Church. This is a deep call for Catholics to do the heaving lifting in terms of prayer, sacrifice, and reparation for the love of Jesus, for the conversions of those who are far from him, and to offer reparation for the sins and offenses against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

(Aside: Here’s an informative video about reparation and Eucharistic devotion, including a conversation with the recently deceased, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, an expert on this subject. His book on Fatima is highly recommended by me.)

Listen to the podcast. (The prayers are written out over there too, so you can learn them.)