Learn more about my latest book – All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. Available now!

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


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

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.)

Among Women 244: The Power of Forgiveness

Among Women 244: The Power of Forgiveness

I’m back in the studio and Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur drops by the Among Women podcast to talk about her new book, The Power of Forgiveness. We spend time talking about forgiveness from God as it comes to us via the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, as well as talking about the graces we need to forgive others and to heal hurts.

Plus I share a brief reflection from the brilliance of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, whose feast day was this week. I hope you can catch up with me on this latest podcast. 

Listen here!



Image credits:

Book: OSV
Banner: Photo by Felix Koutchinski on Unsplash


Catching up with Among Women… Plus, explore 2 new books this summer!

Catching up with Among Women… Plus, explore 2 new books this summer!

I’m happy to share some great podcasts from conversations I’ve had in recent weeks with two wonderful authors. 

In episode 242 of Among Women, I unpack “holy hacks” which not only assist us in growing in the spiritual life, but it is also the great title of a new book from my guest, Patti Maguire Armstrong, titled Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live your Faith and Get to Heaven. And its one of my favorite books so far in 2019. And that’s saying something.

I also enjoy diving into some of the prayer advice from St. Bridget of Sweden. Don’t miss this episode and try a few new spiritual hacks today!


This next book is a page-turner!

Among Women 243 offers a powerful conversation with Mary Lenaburg, author of Be Brave in the Scared that details her vocation as a wife and mother, with a particular emphasis on the faith and life lessons that accompanied her 22 years as Courtney’s mother. Mary’s daughter lived most of her life with profound disabilities, but her short life made a beautifully profound impact in the lives of those who knew her.

I also spend some time unpacking some of the Bible verses that have been anchors for me in times of fear. Plus I unpack inspiration from St. Teresa of Avila and St. Catherine of Siena. Listen to AW 243 here. 




Pssst! Book lovers: Both of these titles, Holy Hacks, and Be Brave in the Scared just happen to be on sale this week!

Super Summer Book Sale — 25% of everything! July 8-14!

Super Summer Book Sale — 25% of everything! July 8-14!


I love when these sales come around — it’s time to stock up! Or to do your Christmas
shopping early!

My titles Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious and ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters are part of this sale! Plus you’ll find those books I’ve collaborated on: The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, Walk in Her Sandals, Word by Word, and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. 

But there is so much more! Go browse and get a bargain!


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!

Listen to the latest episode of Among Women!


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.

Listen to the podcast! 

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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