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Among Women 187: Saintly Models for Charity, Diligence, and Temperance

Among Women 187: Saintly Models for Charity, Diligence, and Temperance

This week on Among Women, I interview author and Catholic Fire blogger, Jean Heimann. We discuss her blogging life and her new book, Seven Saints for Seven Virtues. This new book profiles saints who model the virtues we all need. Traditionally, Catholics have trusted there are seven heavenly virtues that help defeat the seven deadly sins — the root sins responsible for all our sins and mistakes in life.

UnknownOn this episode of Among Women, we focus on Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St John Paul II, and St Augustine who shine in the areas of charity, diligence, and temperance. Charity, diligence, and temperance are virtues that help Christians fight the vices of pride, sloth or laziness, and lust or lack of self-control (especially when it comes to sex, food, drink or any other over-indulgence).   You might want to know what saints and virtues the rest of the book covers.

They are:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Model of Charity
St. Agnes, Model of Chastity
St. John Paul II,  Model of Diligence
St. Joseph, Model of Humility
St. Catherine of Siena, Model of Kindness
St. Monica, Model of Patience
St. Augustine, Model of Temperance

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Saints and their love of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Some quotes to keep!)

Saints and their love of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Some quotes to keep!)

This post is created for my Among Women listeners, with whom I’ve discussed these quotes on the most recent podcast. However, all readers may enjoy it too. Since Among Women profiles the faith of women, only women saints listed below. These are saints whose bios I’ve profiled on previous episodes, linked below.

“Go and find Him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless.  Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel.  Say to Him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all things. Come to my help.’  And then go, and don’t worry about how you are going to manage.  That you have told God about it is enough.  He has a good memory.”

St. Jeanne Jugan
Hear my profile of this saint on Among Women 29.

  “How sweet, the presence of Jesus to the longing and harassed soul! He is instant peace and balm to every wound.”


also…

“There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries—not that my adored Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar—His word has said it, and what so simple as to take that word which is truth itself?—but that souls of His own creation, whom He gave His life to save, who are endowed with His choicest gifts in all things else, should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that light without which every other blessing is unavailing!”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 39.

 “Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek for them.”


 and…

“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here.  Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.  I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.  If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.  God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.”

St. Catherine Laboure
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 138.

“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health’.”

St. Bernadette Soubirous
Hear my profile on this saint on Among Women 53.

 

“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Blessed Sacrament expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.”


and

“Frequently, only silence can express my prayer.  However, this Divine Guest of the tabernacle understands all, even the silence of a child’s soul filled with gratitude.  When I am before the tabernacle, I can say only one thing to Our Lord: ‘My God, you know that I love you’ and I feel my prayer does not tire Jesus.”


St Therese of Lisieux
Listen to my profiles on this saint on Among Women 9Among Women 86, and Among Women 165.

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”

Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Listen to my profile on this saint on Among Women 15, Among Women 26, and Among Women 126.

Among Women 159: Faith-filled women in the workplace

Among Women 159: Faith-filled women in the workplace

This week on Among Women I am joined by my guest, Mary Wallace — a wife, mother, college administrator, radio host, blogger, and a specialist in the 409378_454320037967190_1975388163_nfield of human resources. Together we discuss women in the workplace, and the role that their faith plays there, courtesy of the dissertation research done by Mary as she earned her PhD. I’m also exploring some of the writings and prayerful aspirations of Blessed Mother of Calcultta, and reviewing the inspiration I gained from Pope Francis’ recent Easter homily.

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This makes me think: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s words to women are worth pondering for tomorrow’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

file2851306949895 from morguefileGod has created each one of us, every human being, for greater things– to love and to be loved. But why did God make some of us men and others women? Because a woman’s love is one image of the love of God, and a man’s love is another image of God’s love. Both are created to love, but each in a different way. Woman and man complete each other, and together show forth God’s love more fully than either can do it alone.

That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also by thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of “freedom” can take the place of love. So anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women– the ability to love as a woman.

–Mother Teresa’s message to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, sponsored by the United Nations (1995).

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This makes me think… about being deliberate about turning my good intentions into actions.

Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christ-like, for his heart was meek and he always thought of others. Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others. Jesus went about doing good. Our Lady did nothing else in Cana but thought of the the needs of others and made their needs known to Jesus.

–Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, from Something Beautiful for God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Malcolm Muggeridge, (Image Books, 1971)