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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.

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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

Catholic Bishops call for Day of Prayer on Sun. Aug 17 for the Persecuted in Iraq – videos and donation link too.

Our US Bishops have called for a Day of Prayer this Sunday August 17. Let us pray with the church for these intentions. Details here:

Back when Among Women was young, in 2010, then- Sister Olga Yacob spent time with me sharing her experiences of being an Iraqi who lived through the war-torn years, and who later came to the USA.  At the time of this interview with me, she was a campus minister at Boston University. Today, we call her Mother Olga, as she is the foundress of a new religious order, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.

Given all that has been taking place in Iraq, especially with the persecution of Christians and other minorities, I was not surprised to find Mother Olga bringing a message of peace to us and to the world. In the video that follows, Mother Olga Yacob, talks about loss of life and homes and Christian heritage in Iraq, on EWTN’s “The World Over”.

 

Please continue to pray for the situation in Iraq and for all those who face violence and persecution throughout the world. They are our brothers and sisters.

To send immediate help,  donate now to Catholic Relief Services who have a special fund to help Iraqi families in need. 

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Among Women 170: Holy Souls, Holy Bones, and Giving Thanks

Among Women gets ready for thanksgiving as we work our way through this month remembering saints and souls. This episode features the return of Emily Stimpson to the podcast with a peek inside her new book, These Beautiful Bones. This is an interesting take on the everyday ways to live the meaning and message of the theology of the body.

I’m also sharing on the life of St Agatha Kim of Korea whose stirring story or martyrdom from the 19th century that does not seem so far removed in light of the ongoing persecution happening today. 

You’ll also find prayers for thanksgiving and links to help you read Pope Francis’ Lumen Fidei.

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