Learn more about my latest book – All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. Available now!

The MOM podcasts: 12 “Best of” Among Women episodes on Motherhood – Bookmark these!

The MOM podcasts: 12 “Best of” Among Women episodes on Motherhood – Bookmark these!

Mother is another word for LOVE! Motherhood is call to raise saints for heaven. (<–this link has an except from my book.)

I’m pleased to look back to the Among Women archives to bring you some of the most memorable conversations I’ve had the joy of hosting. I hope you’ll be blessed.


AW 179 Momnipotent with Danielle Bean – Don’t miss this most recent podcast dedicated to the feminine virtues that make Moms great! With author and editor Danielle Bean. Plus I discuss Mary’s spiritual motherhood in our lives. Listen!

AW 119 The Interior Life of Mothers – Make no mistake motherhood matters! Join me for a lively conversation with author Dorothy Pilarski about her book that explores that vital truth. Listen!

AW 71 Small Steps for Catholic Moms – They are the dynamite duo behind the book of the same name: Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss. These married women and longtime writers have eight and nine children respectively and give us a glimpse into the meaning of it all. Listen! 

AW 178 New Life in Christ – My guest describes how an unplanned pregnancy in her successful single professional life brought her to her knees and back to the faith. This is a joyous testimony. Listen! 

AW 56: CatholicMOM.com Founder Dishes – Catholic Mom.com founder, author, and social media maven Lisa Hendey takes us through the pages of her first book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Listen! 

AW 163 A Name for Eternity – A perfect podcast for mothers and mothers-to-be! Learn all about naming your baby from author Patrice Fagnant MacArthur. Listen!

AW 15o The Rosary and Pregnancy – perfect together! – Hear author Sarah Reinhard’s loving advice from her book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy. Listen!

AW 104: Little Ones in the Domestic Church, Part One, and Part Two – A rare gem for mothers getting their bearings in building up a Catholic home. Blogger Melanie Bettinelli  offers sage advice for starting to share the faith with the very youngest members of the family by creating an environment that naturally communicates the faith over time.  Listen to part one! Then: Listen to part two! 

AW 90 The Icing on the Cake – Got little ones? Need some cool — and simple!– ideas for growing your domestic church at home? Meet blogger Lacy Rabideau whose blog Catholic Icing is a favorite! This podcast offers great Lenten ideas, but make sure you check out her blog year round! Listen! 

AW 160 Mary’s Astonishing Motherhood – I teach a bit on Mary’s life with Joseph and her miraculous pregnancy, then I’m joined by Katherine Coleman who talks about her life’s joys and sorrows as she looks back on raising her autistic son, Matthew, to adulthood. Listen!

AW 121 Each Life is a Masterpiece – Moms of special needs children will be encouraged by the life and writing of Leticia Velasquez as she unpacks the wisdom from her collection of stories found between the pages of A Special Mother is Born. Listen!

AW 5 How to Form a Mothers Prayer Group – I am joined by Colette Crowley and together we both share our experiences in founding mothers prayer groups in our locales. My experience with my Mothers Morning of Prayer was a powerful aid to my spiritual life and my mothering. Don’t miss this very early archive from the early days of Among Women! Listen! 

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for “Small Steps for Catholic Moms” by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss

Welcome to the Blog Tour for “Small Steps for Catholic Moms” by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss

“The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies; but to revive in heaven.”
 – Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified
Pray the Litany of Humility today: Jesus, give me a humble heart like your own. Turn my selfish desires into selfless ones and help me to see your face in everyone I meet.
What’s the most distasteful job in your house? Cleaning up the dog droppings in the backyard? Scrubbing the gunk from behind the toilet? Sweeping the garage? Whatever it is, do it. While you work, give thanks for the blessings in your life.
This is an excerpt from July, which has a theme of “Humility.”

I love these writers! Full of wit and wisdom, this book from Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss displays great wealth of soul that will bless a mother’s 0004675_small_steps_for_catholic_moms_your_daily_call_to_think_pray_and_actheart and give her encouragement for her sacred duties.

WIN A FREE BOOK HERE! I’m thrilled to be giving a book away to a lucky reader! Enter to win by leaving your name and a comment in the combox below. A random drawing will take place at the end of the blog tour at noon EST on October 14th. The winner will contacted by email and announced in the comments box.

Want to know more about the book from Danielle and Elizabeth? I have an archived Among Women interview with the authors here from when the book first came out. (This book was originally released by a press that went out of business. I’m so happy that my publishers – Ave Maria Press – found it worthy to re-issue! This is certainly a keeper! One to pass on to loved ones, for sure!)

Find the complete listing of the blog tour hosts here.

Go over to Catholic Mom and enter the contest to win this book, plus 5 more!


UPDATE NOTE: This contest is now closed.

Among Women Podcasts for Moms-to-Be… or new Moms…

Screen Shot 2012-10-19 at 6.55.00 PMI love producing the Among Women podcast and I thought I’d share a few recent podcasts that are very good for mothers-to-be, or for mothers who are still new to this vocation of motherhood.

The most recent episode, AW 164,  features a conversation with Karen Minster from Paraclete Press, describing the role of Godparents, and introducing the new book, Becoming a Great God-Parent: everything a Catholic need to know. 

The previous episode, AW 163,  talked about Patrice Fagnant MacArthur’s must-have book, The Catholic Baby Name Book. If you are still on the fence about choosing a name for your child, you can’t go wrong with this book and this podcast will introduce you to it. It’s a great book to keep on the shelf if you also want to help older children select a Confirmation name too.

Others topic from the archives:

New mothers might also enjoy the explanations of the mission of physical and spiritual motherhood found in my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.


Spiritual Motherhood — what’s that? Here’s 5 Tips for Aspiring Spiritual Mothers on the Blog Tour

Spiritual Motherhood — what’s that? Here’s 5 Tips for Aspiring Spiritual Mothers on the Blog Tour

One of the most tenderly written blogs on faith and family life, In the Heart of My Home, by Elizabeth Foss* is host to the Ten Bodacious Basics Blog Tour today. And I couldn’t be more tickled to have Elizabeth as a hostess.

Today’s theme is spiritual motherhood, and it pairs ever so nicely with warm and wise wisdom that emanates from Elizabeth’s blog. Whether she knows it or not, she has been a model and mentor to many (including me!) over her decades-long writing career, a kind and generous spiritual mother, as well as a devoted wife and mother to a house full of children.

If you are just catching up to this blog tour, here’s an explanation of what it is all about — ten minute audio clips from the book, over ten days:

So, get on over to Elizabeth Foss’ blog to listen to today’s audio, and be sure to leave a comment for Elizabeth so you can be entered in the free drawing at her blog to win a copy of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.


*You may recall my conversation with Elizabeth Foss about the midlife years on Among Women. It was one of the most listened-to shows of 2012. Find it here.

Among Women 151: The Midlife Madres

Among Women 151: The Midlife Madres

This week’s Among Women starts off with a look at what I’m doing lately. I’m happy to announce that my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood  is now available for pre-order, and is also the subject of a one-day retreat for women beginning in February 9, 2013 in Folsom, CA. If you are available this Dec. 1, join me in Chicago for another one-day event, “Blessed Among Women.”

This week’s podcast explores the trials and triumphs of a woman’s mid-life, especially that of a mid-life mother with young adult children, aging parents, and her own aging body. I welcome author-blogger Elizabeth Foss as she and I share the stresses of raising teens, coping with letting go of young adult children, and aging parents who become more in need of our care. Of particular note is the very deep gratitude we have for the Providence of God in our lives, especially as we talk about reaching the mid-life years, despite our both having suffered through different cancer diagnoses in our younger years.

This show also profiles the life of St Zita, a patron saint of domestics, as told in the words of Lisa Hendey and her book, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. St. Zita is the perfect role model for us, especially as the domestic duties mount up with the coming of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.

Join Elizabeth Foss and me on Among Women 151.