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Among Women Espresso Shot #44: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness

Among Women Espresso Shot #44: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness

In this latest Among Women Espresso Shot, we conclude this series on the beatitudes by taking up the final beatitude from Matthew 5:10: “Blessed are who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

This completes the 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m examining how this important beatitude not only reflects Jesus and his lived experience, but it also has import for the Christian life, while it very obviously points us toward heaven.

Listen here.

Previous podcasts in the Beatitudes series: To listen in order, begin with #36.

AW Espresso Shot 43: Blessed are the peacemakers
AW Espresso Shot 42: Blessed are the pure in heart
AW Espresso Shot 41:  Blessed are the merciful
AW Espresso Shot 40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
AW Espresso Shot 39: Blessed are the meek
AW Espresso Shot 38: Blessed are those who mourn
AW Espresso Shot 37: Blessed are the poor in spirit
AW Espresso Shot 36: An overview of the Beatitudes

Among Women Espresso Shot #43: Blessed are the peacemakers

Among Women Espresso Shot #43: Blessed are the peacemakers

In this Among Women Espresso Shot, I examine the seventh Beatitude from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be children of God.” (NAB)

This is the part of a 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the eight Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m examining how peacemaking not only reflects Jesus, but it ought to be part of our vocation and, finally, point us toward heaven.

Listen here. Or find this episode on iTunes or iHeart Radio. 

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New film trailer debut — PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON

New film trailer debut — PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON

Happy Mothers Day! You know how I love to promote Mary and Marian devotion — so Mothers Day is a perfect way to join in the fun in announcing an exciting film trailer debut of PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON at PrayTheFilm.com.

If you’ve ever heard the quote — “The family that prays together stays together” — this story, and life of Fr. Patrick Peyton, is the source!

Father Patrick Peyton did it all for Mary, the Mother of Jesus. So, on #MothersDay weekend, Family Theater Productions is pleased to inspire and uplift you with the official debut of the trailer for PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON.

PRAY is a documentary on the life of Father Patrick Peyton, a humble Irishman, devoted priest, Rosary champion, media evangelist and “The Apostle of Family Prayer.”

Watch the film trailer at these links:

PRAY FILM FACEBOOK PAGE 

YOUTUBE

Film synopsis:
PRAY is an inspiring documentary about Venerable Patrick Peyton, a poor, uneducated Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with nothing but his faith and dreams of becoming a millionaire.

Arriving in Pennsylvania and unable to find work, he accepts the position as a janitor at the cathedral, which rekindles his long lost desire to become a priest and changes the course of his life. Nearing ordination, his life takes a radical turn when he is stricken with tuberculosis. Facing certain death, he sinks into despair.

A visit from his mentor, who delivers a simple message to pray, lifts the darkness. Taking his advice to heart, Patrick prays fervently to Mary, the Mother of Christ, for her intercession and he experiences a miraculous recovery.

Feeling deep gratitude, he dedicates his life to telling all the world about the power of prayer and encourages families everywhere to bring prayer into their homes. He enlists the aid of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities in radio, film and TV and travels the world sharing the message of family prayer and its healing and hope with millions.

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To learn more about the film visit PrayTheFilm.com. Coming this October! #PrayTheFilm #PrayTogetherNow #FatherPeyton

To find prayer resources for families, go here.

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #42: Blessed are the pure in heart

Among Women Espresso Shot #42: Blessed are the pure in heart

In this latest episode of Among Women, Espresso Shot #42, we still discussing the Beatitudes. Our topic is Matthew 5:8:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

This is the seventh podcast in a 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the eight Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m using the same format for each: I’m examining how purity of heart reflects Jesus, and how it ought to be a goal in our lives, and finally how this beatitude points us toward heaven. And we take a few pointers from Jesus of Nazareth, Volume one, by Benedict XVI, as well as from the Catechism.

I hope you will listen in.

Did you know that Among Women is now on iHeart Radio? Hope you’ll give us a listen on the iHeart Radio app or website.

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #41: Blessed are the merciful

Among Women Espresso Shot #41: Blessed are the merciful

Let me take this time to wish you a blessed Easter.

I know this has been a difficult time as we experience together pandemic-related life changes. It is in this time that we must hold fast to our faith and lean into prayer even more. I am praying for you. Please pray for me.

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
– Hebrews 13:8

 

Over at Among Women, I’m marching on with the continuing series on the Beatitudes. As we cling to Christ, and attempt to conform ourselves more deeply to Christ, we will get through whatever comes our way in this life, on the way to the next. That’s what Easter is all about: Hope for new life!

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Here’s the topic for episode 41 of the Among Women “Espresso Shot”: The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

In this espresso shot, I examine the third Beatitude from Matthew 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

This is the sixth podcast in a 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the eight Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, I’m examining how mercy reflects Jesus, and how it ought to be an attitude and disposition in our lives, and how this beatitude points us toward heaven.

Listen to Among Women Espresso Shot #41 here, or search for Among Women on iTunes or iHeartRadio. 

Be sure to explore the links below about the image of Jesus as the Divine Mercy, and devotion to the Divine Mercy. I’ve also including links to the whole beatitudes series thus far, as well.

Links for this episode:

Didache Bible 

Divine Mercy Image

Everything you need to know about devotion to the Divine Mercy 

Petition to add St. Maria Faustina Kowalska to the Doctors of the Church

Other podcasts of related interest:

About St. Faustina and Divine Mercy:

AW Espresso Shot 8: Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
AW 49: Aspects of Divine Mercy discussed
AW 3: St. Faustina and the devotion to Divine Mercy

Previous podcasts in the Beatitudes series:

AW Espresso Shot 40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
AW Espresso Shot 39: Blessed are the meek
AW Espresso Shot 38: Blessed are those who mourn
AW Espresso Shot 37: Blessed are the poor in spirit
AW Espresso Shot 36: An overview of the Beatitudes

 

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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.

 

 

Image credits:
Top: Courtesy of the Catholic Company
Bottom: Ave Maria Press

 

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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