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Among Women Espresso Shot #40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Among Women Espresso Shot #40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Here’s the latest Among Women “Espresso Shot” in our beatitudes series.

Today’s topic: The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

In this espresso shot, I examine the third Beatitude from Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” This podcast examines a definition of righteousness and its call for our life.

Let us have a sense of urgency for living the gospel in our own lives, and an urgency for spreading it!

I hope you’ll check out this link for the podcast as we delve into how this beatitude teaches us about Jesus, about ourselves, and about the Kingdom of God.

Listen the Among Women Espresso Shot #40 here or search for Among Women on iTunes or iHeartRadio. 

 

 

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Support Catholic businesses that help support your Catholic life

Support Catholic businesses that help support your Catholic life

Amidst the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, besides all the important safety reminders, remember to pray daily.

For Catholics that might mean praying with a live stream of a Mass (especially on Sundays), praying the Rosary, or other devotions like the Divine Mercy chaplet.

Spiritual reading is also a support to a strong prayer life — and it is something positive you can do amidst the difficulties to help nurture your soul and that of your family.

Those of you who have followed me for years here, or at Among Women, or have read my books, know that a large part of this apostolate has been sharing the faith via speaking, or writing, as well as the sharing work of writers who have encouraged all of us to live Catholic faith both personally and in our families.

After giving your support for the local church and those in need, if your means still allow, I ask for your support on behalf of Catholic publishing companies and Catholic retailers — during this economic downturn.

My book, ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters is currently only $2.99 in the kindle edition. (That sale ends 4/15/2020.) But many other good books are on sale over at Ave Maria Press.

My son works for the Catholic Company and helps to produce the Good Catholic series of online videos and email meditations, and more. They are also promoting the #PrayStrong message in their retail side.

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Be assured of my prayers for the many readers and listeners who stop by here and at Among Women.

 

 

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Among Women 246: The Stations of the Cross

Among Women 246: The Stations of the Cross

This newest episode of Among Women is a departure from our usual format.

It’s been a few weeks since my last podcast and in that time the United States has taken many measures to attempt to curb the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

This has been a difficult time for many people. Most difficult for Catholics has been the temporary suspension of public Masses. Given that this is Lent I exhort you to lean into prayer even more — but especially as we pray against and through this pandemic.

The Stations of the Cross is a traditional Catholic devotion. I encourage you to make it your own. This podcast captures my own prayer, my own reflections on the Stations. I hope it will be something we can pray together.

Listen to Among Women 246.

 

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #39: Blessed are the meek…

Among Women Espresso Shot #39: Blessed are the meek…

This is part of a continuing series on the Beatitudes – “Blessed are the meek.”

In this short Espresso Shot podcast, I examine the third Beatitude from Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

This Among Women podcast continues to explore the inspiration we have in Jesus with respect to the Beatitudes as it applies to meekness — often not a popular position to take, if one looks at the modern world. But Jesus’ words are almost always countercultural and with his words we look at how we experience meekness as Christians. It is both a call to trust and rely on God, and to serve others. Finally we see how this beatitude is one that even great saints have struggled with — but they made it heaven! So, we close with a prayer from the heart of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (listed below).

Listen here!

 

Here’s a prayer that closes the podcast: 

Prayer of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Dear Lord, Thou knowest my weakness.

Each morning I resolve to be humble, and in the evening I recognize that I have often been guilty of pride.

The sight of these faults tempts me to discouragement;

yet I know that discouragement is itself but a form of pride.

I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon Thee.

As Thou can do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire,

and to obtain it from Thy Infinite Mercy, I will often say to Thee:

“Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine.”

 

Want to listen to the Beatitudes series? 

AW Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes — an overview

AW Espresso Shot #37: The Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit

AW Espresso Shot #38: The Beatitudes: Blessed are those who mourn

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #38: Blessed are those who mourn

Among Women Espresso Shot #38: Blessed are those who mourn

I’m back with another Among Women Espresso Shot with my continuing series on the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.

I’m taking the eight beatitudes and unpacking them in three ways:

1) How the beatitude paints a picture of Jesus and reveals his countenance – or shows us a summary of his life.
2) How the beatitude offers a model for us as Christians to live like Jesus.
3) How the beatitude points us to heaven.

In this podcast, I look at the second Beatitude from Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn… for they shall be comforted.”

Listen now at Among Women Podcast or find this episode on iHeart Radio.

 

 

Other podcasts of related interest from my archives:

AW Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes — an overview

AW Espresso Shot #37: The Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit

AW 172: Good grief, God!

AW 199: Beatitude = Being Like Jesus

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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

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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.

 

 

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