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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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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 #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 Espresso Shot #27: Devotion to the Precious Blood

Among Women Espresso Shot #27: Devotion to the Precious Blood

Welcome to Episode 27 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching.

Our topic: Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus 

Every year, in the month of July, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion the Precious Blood of Jesus. This short podcast is the seventh in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share thoughts from the Bible, the Mass, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Augustine. Finally, we spend the last five minutes praying the Litany of the Precious Blood.

Ok, I admit, this one is a longer shorter podcast. It clocks in at about 25 minutes, not quite the 15-minute version. I guess I got carried away on this topic! Hope you can stay with it!

Listen now! 

 

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Have you been following my podcast series on Catholic monthly devotions?

Have you been following my podcast series on Catholic monthly devotions?

Here’s the latest podcast for June on devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Every year, in the month of June, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, the feast day is Friday, June 8th. This short podcast is the sixth in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share thoughts from St. John Paul II, and St. Margaret Mary, on the Sacred Heart devotion in terms of the promises attached to the First Fridays, as well as the ideas for the Sacred Heart novena, and enthronement. Finally, we spend the last five minutes praying the Litany to the Sacred Heart. Listen here.

Find the devotions for January through May at Among Women. 

Among Women Espresso Shot #22: February and Devotion to the Holy Family

Among Women Espresso Shot #22: February and Devotion to the Holy Family

I’m back with another short “Espresso Shot” — the shorter-version of Among Women. 

Today’s podcast topic: Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus 

Every year, in the month of February, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion to the Holy Family. It may seem like Christmas has just passed and should we not be moving on? Not so fast. There’s a lot to be gained with this devotion. This short podcast is the second in a year-long series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. Join me as I share a thoughts from St. John Paul II, ideas about my own nativity “prayer prompts” and a prayer from Pope Francis.

Listen to the podcast now.

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Among Women Espresso Shot #21: The Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

Among Women Espresso Shot #21: The Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

I’m back with quick 15-minute “Espresso Shot” podcast about devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.

Every year, in the month of January, the Catholic Church calls us to increase our devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. This short Among Women podcast kicks off a year-long 12-part series on the monthly devotions that the Church suggests for our prayer. I’ll offer this series once a month.

In this episode I’m honored to share a few thoughts with you from my recent article in Catholic Digest magazine, “Start the New Year Attuned to the Holy Name of Jesus” (Catholic Digest, Jan/Feb 2018.)

Develop your spiritual muscles this month, with a renewed awareness and devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. Listen here.

Check out the full Among Women podcast archives here. 

 

 

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