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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Welcome to Episode 15 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Chapter 1, The Beloved, from ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of Chapter 1.

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If you are interested in some of my recent interviews about the book, see the links below: all_in

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Girlfriends podcast with Danielle Bean

A Seeking Heart podcast with Allison Gingras

“This is the Day” on Catholic TV

“Becoming Confident Catholics” – Webinar at Ave Maria Press

“Pathways to Learning” with Sr Marie Pappas, Sirius XM Radio

 

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Join us for this latest episode of Among Women for an  important and fundamental conversation about Jesus who loves us — and what it means to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the bedrock — the reason for our faith as Catholics.

Jesus once asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a question we all must answer. In this episode we meet two women who are in love with Jesus — St. Matilda of Hackeborn from Germany, and Danielle Bean from New Hampshire.

I’m happy to welcome 41ZSMFtxWhL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_author and speaker and Catholic Digest magazine publisher, Danielle Bean, back to the program. Together we discuss her latest book: You’re Worth It! (Change the way you feel about yourself by learning how Jesus feels about you.) 

Don’t miss this episode of Among Women!

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Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Let me invite you to listen to Episode 13 of the Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

This episode’s topic: My Adoration Story

This 15-minute show is a short discussion of my Adoration roots and my developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus  back in my late 20s. Get ready for Lent, and the coming of Easter by making a weekly appointment with Jesus – by praying a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. It’s another  way to contemplate Christ.Espresso shot

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An interesting additional link from my podcast archives on this same topic is AW 93. It is a longer message on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a great panel of women. (If you just want to hear the panel discussion, skip to 26:30.)

Among Women Espresso Shot #11: The Moment of Truth at the Moment of Death

Among Women Espresso Shot #11: The Moment of Truth at the Moment of Death

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Download my latest! Listen to Episode 11 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”IMG_0228
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Preparing for Judgment with the Sacraments of the Church

This topic comes after experiencing the recent death of a loved one, and writing an article for Catholic Digest on preparing for the judgment that follows death by receiving the sacraments of the Church. I hope this podcast informs and inspires you to consider your own mortality, and to make a choice for Christ and living in the graces that He has provided for us. Death is not to be feared, but we should prudently consider that, in the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict, that “our life is ascent toward an encounter” with Jesus.

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Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Building a Relationship with Jesus – A Christopher News Note (by yours truly)

Over a year ago I was contacted by The Christophers to draft one of their famous inspirational News Notes! I was honored to be offered this subject of “Building a Relationship with Jesus.”

Here’s a sample…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

You’ve likely seen this famous bible quote from John 3:16, but to explore its depth, let’s personalize the message:
God so loved me that He gave His only Son that I may believe in Him and not perish but have eternal life.

The Good News is that God’s love comes to rescue us in the person of Jesus. In John 14:6, He taught, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Those are pretty credible reasons for wanting a relationship with Jesus. But what truly shapes our belief is to know deep down within ourselves, not only that we believe in God, but that God believes in us. God wants us to know His love.

God Makes the First Move

God initiates our relationship. Indeed, the God of Glory has a vested interest in us. Building a relationship with Jesus means we have to trust this truth. Our belief is a response to God’s revelation of Himself and His love. Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 5.49.54 PM

The attraction of Christianity is not that we are in search of God, but that God is in search of us!

God desires to make us sons and daughters—a family! By faith we respond to Him, offering our intellect and will, our minds and hearts. This is known as “the obedience of faith.”

No matter who we are, from popes to prodigals, all are invited into a loving relationship with Jesus. But we must choose. As it states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals Himself.”

Steve Nelson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, recalls a time during his graduate school years when he started to drift away from the Church. He said, “I became terribly self-centered and started down the road toward a very un-Christian life. One day, in the church parking lot, I encountered a friend of mine who was in his second year of seminary. When he challenged me on my lifestyle and absence from the Church, I remember saying something like, ‘If God exists, He should prove Himself to me.’ My friend would have none of it and told me that I had to at least meet God halfway by putting myself in the pew on Sunday morning. That was the turning point.”

Nelson soon went on to make Christ the priority in his life: “My relationship with Jesus is important because I remember what it is like not having one. [That] chance encounter in a parking lot [was] not exactly a burning bush, but it was a definite message by God to look towards Him rather than away.”

We are not alone in the building of this relationship. God strengthens us through grace, which is like jet fuel to launch our faith. The prayer of Jesus’ apostles inspires us: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

You can read the whole thing here. You can even order the pamphlet for your parish or ministry group or retreat team.