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Among Women 248: Catholic Working Mothers

Among Women 248: Catholic Working Mothers

One of the most popular topics on the Among Women podcast has been that of working mothers. In this latest episode, I welcome longtime listener and now author of The Catholic Working Mothers’ Guide to Life — Joanna Wahlund — to tackle this important subject.

This episode of Among Women examines the challenges of mothers who work either by choice or necessity. While each woman’s situation is unique, we look at how important connections to faith and family are for the mothering vocation.

Joanna Wahlund and I discuss the foundations of her book (at right), plus women saints who might be good patrons for working mothers, as well as tips for growing in prayer, discernment, and finding sisters in Christ.

And, in a departure from our usual fare, based on the news of the week, I’m dedicating our Blessed Our They segment to talk about the upcoming beatification of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Listen now to Among Women.

 

 

 

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Among Women 246: 5 New Saints and a Manual for Women

Among Women 246: 5 New Saints and a Manual for Women

In this new episode of Among Women I offer a summary of the lives of 5 new saints being raised to the altar today (3 religious women, 1 laywoman, and 1 priest-Cardinal):

  • Dulce Lopes
  • Mariam Thresia
  • Marguerite Bays
  • Giuseppina Vannini
  • John Henry Newman

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I’m also happy to be joined by my friend, Danielle Bean, and together we take a deep dive into her new book, The Manual for Women . Topics include discovering the true dignity of women in Scripture and in the teachings of the Church (aka the feminine genius), plus the inspiration of Mary, receptivity, humility, and the practice of prayer, and avoiding the lies and claiming the truth about the goodness of being a woman.

Join in the conversation for this podcast.

 

 

Manual for Women

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Among Women 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Among Women 232: On the Cusp of Advent

Connie Clark, author

This episode of Among Women begins with a few Advent tips. Then, it shines a spotlight on the life of two women who, as writers, offer their gifts for the sake of the Church, and advancing its mission. Blessed Mary Theresa Ledóchowska is a Polish saint whose writing for the missions eventually blossomed into a religious order. And Connie Clark is a prolific Catholic author with numerous Catholic titles including the one that recently prompted my contacting her, Pep Talks for Catholic Parents. She’s also the editor of Living Faith Kids(Find more of her books linked at the podcast page.)

Listen to this episode of Among Women here, or find it on iTunes, episode 232.

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

So here’s something rare: Two podcasts from me in the same 24-hour period. I would have written, “the same day” but it seems the second one posted just after midnight. Oh, the life of podcasting … is never predictable.

First up : here’s the third and final installment to my read-aloud narrations for ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I hope you’ll enjoy it. On Among Women Espresso Shot #16 I’m talking about the very subject that seems to have been the springboard for the book… how so many of us suffer from a curious diagnosis: the mud-splashed bride syndrome. (Have no fear, I also share the cure!)

Next up: In this latest episode of Among Women we look at Mary in two ways. First, we explore themes related to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in 1917 to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal. Second, we explore a mother’s life with the help and assistance of Mary — especially during times of great sufferings and trials. My guest is Judy Landrieu Klein, who shares her story with us, as found in her latest book, Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God.

Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode of Among Women — lots of great resources for #Fatima100, and more!

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Did you hear this news? Among Women is so honored to be added to the podcast line-up at Discerning Hearts. Check out their great podcasts — I dare you to listen and not grow!

Among Women 220: St Joseph, the archangels, and Kate Wicker

Among Women 220: St Joseph, the archangels, and Kate Wicker

“Blessed are They”: The Archangels

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In this latest episode of Among Women, we depart from our usual path in discussing the stories of women who’ve been saints before us… and we talk51gQuLXDxSL._AC_US218_ about St Joseph — since today is his feast day — plus we discuss the role of the archangels in our “Blessed Are They” segment.

I’m also delighted to be talking with Kate Wicker in a lively discussion centered on her new book: Getting Past Perfect: How to find joy and grace in the messiness of motherhood. This is pure encouragement for moms!

Listen here, or find episode 220 via iTunes!

 

 

Among Women 215: Prayer Companions

Among Women 215: Prayer Companions

Need a prayer companion for your motherhood vocation? CatholicMom.com has got you covered! Not only is CatholicMom.com a great source of inspiration and community for mothers, but its also a tour de force when it comes to book publishing, thanks to the ongoing work of CM founder and Catholic author, Lisa Hendey.

This episode of Among Women brings together Lisa Hendey and author-editor Sarah Reinhard together to discuss their latest collaboration with a cast of thousands, The Catholic Moms’ Prayer Companion: A book of daily reflections. 

I’m happy to have been a contributor to this book and give it my highest endorsement. Here’s some notes about it from Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 12.06.41 PMthe CatholicMom.com website:

Whether you are a new or seasoned mom working in or outside of your home, this inspiring collection of reflections for every day of the year will help you

~stay in touch with the seasons of the Church year;

~remember Mary’s loving presence on her feast days;

~keep company with both new and familiar saints;

~see the spiritual meaning of secular holidays; and

~make you smile with occasions such as Houseplant Appreciation Day and National Popcorn Day.

Each day begins with a brief quotation from scripture, saints, recent popes, or important spiritual writers. A personal reflection—written by contributors including Danielle Bean, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Lisa Mladinich, Elizabeth Scalia, Carolyn Woo, Mark Hart, and Jeff Young—focuses on some dimension of your spiritual, emotional, intellectual, or physical life. Each day also includes a brief prayer and a question or thought to ponder throughout the day.

This latest podcast also profiles the life and work of Blessed Maria Ludovica De Angelis, a 20th-century woman. Listen here, or subscribe to Among Women on iTunes.

 

 

Mama, This One’s For You – Beth Hart

I just came off another Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious retreat last week… the subject of motherhood is always a bittersweet one for many women. I love to speak about the joys and the trials of spiritual motherhood (what all women are called to) and of physical motherhood (what many of us are called to in the vocation of marriage). Then, there’s Mother Mary — who always loves us. In the order of grace, she is our true Momma, too.

It’s still May – the month of mothers and Mary… so here you go. Listen to this one and if you are able, go call your mother.

All that said, I get teared up when I see a video like this. I may have to add it to the retreat line-up.

A little hat tip to my pal, Heather Rice Fahey  (Go listen to her sing “Amazing Grace”!) for sharing it with her Facebook friends.

Among Women Podcast 203: An online Catholic Conference 4 Moms #FacesOfMercy

Among Women Podcast 203: An online Catholic Conference 4 Moms #FacesOfMercy

Calling all Moms! Sometimes mothers have trouble taking time out for themselves — so how about participating in an online conference this Lent?

This episode of Among Women is a timely message with a call for all “the Marthas” in our midst — women who know how to get things done! Or, women who know how to give the gift of hospitality and encouragement — Mom-to-Mom! This podcast is about getting on board this Lent with the Catholic Conference 4 Moms. This online conference launches Feb 20, 2016, and its super easy to plan it for your parish or home-based gathering.

Join me, and conference founder and organizer Tami Kiser, AKA Smart Martha as we discuss the good stuff that Moms will experience in this unique online conference — The Catholic Conference 4 Moms! You can offer day of encouragement for you and the Moms in your parish or neighborhood… for a very low price of $59 for “conference-in-a-box”.

This is also a chance to watch this conference in your home with friends! This is available for $14.99 — In fact, you can get a discount off the price if you use my affiliate promo code: AMONG WOMEN! Use my coupon code AMONG WOMEN and get that for $10.99.

Also, in our “Blessed are They” segment, we learn about St Waltrude from Mons, Belgium. She is a saint who was inspired by the saints in her family and lived in such a way as to inspire saints in her children.

Listen to the podcast here!

Register for the conference here.

Watch the trailer for the online Catholic Conference 4 Moms…

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I’m at Catholic Mom today with another installment from “Tales from the Empty Nest”

I’m at Catholic Mom today with another installment from “Tales from the Empty Nest”

Over the years, it has been a gift to write for Catholic Mom. Though my frequency there is not what it used to be, I love to add a piece over there a few times a year. Having just launched my youngest into the real world of work and rent-paying, I’m sharing these thoughts from “The Last Serenade” about my son, Peter. You can read the whole piece here.

Maybe your mind pictures a dashing minstrel serenading his beloved beneath her window to win her heart… this wasn’t that. Actually, the last serenade was live classical music floating in from my living room accompanying my morning breakfast prep. I scrambled eggs and fried bacon. Later that same day I would pack the car with my Hubby to move our youngest out of state, the last child to leave home.

This boy-turned-man had won my heart years ago, and his twilight serenades were a staple in my midlife musical diet. Often a private concert just for me, these sessions were much more than recompense for 12+ years of shuffling to piano lessons and recitals.

This breakfast was the last one I would prepare for my son for a long time…

Read the rest over at Catholic Mom.

The F.U.N. Quotient… this one’s for the Mom’s

The F.U.N. Quotient… this one’s for the Mom’s

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And if you’ve raised toddler’s, this one’s for you. Hope you smile!

 
Finally, here’s a cheerful soundtrack for your day!