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Among Women Espresso Shot #37: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Among Women Espresso Shot #37: Blessed are the poor in spirit

The latest Among Women Espresso Shot podcast continues with examining the Beatitudes.

This 15-minute podcast delves into one verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (MT 5:3)

This podcast examines the inspiration Jesus, where we put our trust, and the call to be humble — like Jesus. My reflections are based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 544, 2546 and 2547.

Listen now.

Also, here’s a link to the first podcast in the series: AW Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes — an overview.

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Among Women Espresso Shot #36:  The Beatitudes, an overview

Among Women Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes, an overview

Listen to Episode 36 of Among Women “Espresso Shot” – a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching.

The topic: The Beatitudes – A Snapshot of Jesus and Christian Life

In this espresso shot, I begin a series looking at the Beatitudes, as found in Matthew 5:1-12. This podcast offers a brief overview of the Beatitudes, with reflections based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1717 and 1719.

Listen to the podcast.


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Among Women 248: Catholic Working Mothers

Among Women 248: Catholic Working Mothers

One of the most popular topics on the Among Women podcast has been that of working mothers. In this latest episode, I welcome longtime listener and now author of The Catholic Working Mothers’ Guide to Life — Joanna Wahlund — to tackle this important subject.

This episode of Among Women examines the challenges of mothers who work either by choice or necessity. While each woman’s situation is unique, we look at how important connections to faith and family are for the mothering vocation.

Joanna Wahlund and I discuss the foundations of her book (at right), plus women saints who might be good patrons for working mothers, as well as tips for growing in prayer, discernment, and finding sisters in Christ.

And, in a departure from our usual fare, based on the news of the week, I’m dedicating our Blessed Our They segment to talk about the upcoming beatification of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Listen now to Among Women.




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Among Women 247: Becoming Women of the Word

Among Women 247: Becoming Women of the Word

In this new episode of Among Women, we ponder the call based on the title of Sarah Christmyer’s new book Becoming Women of the Word. It’s a wonderful conversation filled with the story of Rahab’s faith, as found in the book of Joshua. This is the kind of faith that calls us to trust in God amidst the storms of life.

Speaking of hardships, in our Blessed Are They segment, you’ll learn about the life and faith of one of the Japanese martyrs, St. Magdalene of Nagasaki.

Listen to Among Women 247.




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Among Women 246: 5 New Saints and a Manual for Women

Among Women 246: 5 New Saints and a Manual for Women

In this new episode of Among Women I offer a summary of the lives of 5 new saints being raised to the altar today (3 religious women, 1 laywoman, and 1 priest-Cardinal):

  • Dulce Lopes
  • Mariam Thresia
  • Marguerite Bays
  • Giuseppina Vannini
  • John Henry Newman

Danielle Bean,
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I’m also happy to be joined by my friend, Danielle Bean, and together we take a deep dive into her new book, The Manual for Women . Topics include discovering the true dignity of women in Scripture and in the teachings of the Church (aka the feminine genius), plus the inspiration of Mary, receptivity, humility, and the practice of prayer, and avoiding the lies and claiming the truth about the goodness of being a woman.

Join in the conversation for this podcast.



Manual for Women

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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!



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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!