Month: April 2017

**Please note there are mature topics talked about in this episode**

“We must learn to see the difference between the false freedoms sold to us by the culture and the True Freedom bought for us by Jesus Christ.” -Fr. Mitch Pacwa  We are fighting the culture wars and true femininity is hard to detect anymore.  Some pretty bold faced lies are being sold out there and it is time to put on the armor of God and spread the Gospel Truth of who we are created to be.  Our beautiful guest, Gloria Purvis, joins with us this week to do just that.  You don’t want to miss this.

Our Guest:

Gloria Purvis views her role as wife and mother to her six year old daughter as her most important. Also, Gloria graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. She worked for nearly two decades in the mortgage industry before becoming a policy director at a major financial services company.  She served on the National Black Catholic Congress’ Leadership Commission, and as an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference’s Respect for Life Department as well as the Archdiocese of Washington’s Pastoral Council. She also taught Natural Family Planning and helped prepare engaged couples for marriage as a member of a Pre-Cana team in the Archdiocese of Washington. She has appeared on Catholic Answers Live, The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio, and EWTN ‘s Life on the Rock and EWTN Live.

She is a Board Member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C.  She is the creator and host of the EWTN series Authentically Free at Last that deals with the modern challenges to the expression and understanding of authentic human freedom. She is also the co-host of Morning Glory which airs 7 to 8 am Monday – Friday on EWTN Global Catholic Radio.

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

“This week, can we be open to God’s prompting to tenderly speak the truth with someone who may not even realize they are living in bondage but can live in freedom?

Scripture – 

Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;  and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16

Saint Quote – 

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought” – St. Pope John Paul II

“By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit.” (CCC 736)

Megan Mastroianni shares and helps us start the journey of pursuing joy, one of our four pillars and this week’s new topic.  We are so thankful to have this young and vibrant voice to point us toward rejoicing!

Our Guest:

Megan Mastroianni first began speaking in 2007. Since then she has been featured as a speaker for Youth Defence at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, on EWTN’s Life On the Rock, at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and for retreats, assemblies, and rallies all over the country.  Megan has also been a speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences for 6 years and will continue.

After graduating from Franciscan University in 2009, she has been in full-time ministry; she spent three fulfilling and wonderful years at Mount de Sales Academy serving as their Campus Minister.  Her hopes were to create a culture of authentic beauty, femininity, identity in Christ, and freedom at the school; and that is her driving force when speaking to women of all ages.  Since then, Megan has become the Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  She has and will continue to take what she has learned through speaking and ministry and apply it to her new role; her desire is to help ignite the city and to help create disciples.  She is passionate about proclaiming the mercy of Christ and she is grateful that God calls the weak to lead the strong!

You can connect with Megan on FB and IG or at meganspeaks.com

Show Notes:

  • “Do not abandon yourselves to despair.  We are Easter people and Halelujah is our song.” -St. John Paul II
  • Franciscan Stuebenville

Call to Action – 

Can we make the choice for joy knowing that it produces perseverance in our faith; even in suffering?

Scripture – 

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-3

Saint Quote-

“Joy is prayer; Joy is strength; Joy is love.”  – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

This week is our segment called, Lead the Conversation.  This is where we invite you, our listener, to join us to keep unpacking the previous week’s topic – Friendship and Laughter. 

We invited listeners Christy White and Adrea Stuecker to lead the conversation for us. Christy and Adrea share with us about the burden of loneliness and friendly confrontations. But don’t worry, we get to the laughter too.

Our Guests:

Christy White and her husband,Tim, have 5 children (3 boys/2 girls) and have been married for 20 years.  Their eldest son is in his first year of college and she home schools the 4 younger ones in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  Christy is a convert (22 years this Easter!) and absolutely loves being Catholic! Bring her a great cup of coffee and a good book and you will be her best friend!  

You can connect with Christy on FB and IG.

Adrea Stuecker is a convert to the catholic faith, the wife of Jason, and mama to three sweet babes Hampton (8),  Hadley (5), and one son born into heaven.  Adrea is a self proclaimed recovering CPA trying to suppress her type A-ness in the midst of motherhood’s messiness.  She loves cooking, baking, and anything her kids are into.  Her favorite saints are St. Faustina and St. Mary Magdalene.

 Adrea wold love for you to come say hello and connect on IG. 

Show Notes:

  • “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”C.S. Lewis

  • “People won’t care what you know until they know how much you care.” – original author unknown.
  • “28 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.[g] 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.'”Mark 10:28-31
  • “Yet we all know from experience that when we give God time, we are happy. When we cheat God, we cheat ourselves. We know this from thousands of repeated experiments. And yet we keep running away from God, from communion with God, from prayer, as if it were bitter medicine” –Peter Kreeft on Time
  • “Complaining to the Lord of her treatment, she heard him reply, “Teresa, whom the Lord loves, he chastises. This is how I treat all my friends.” She replied tartly, “No wonder you have so few!'” St. Teresa of Avila

 

We are working through the four pillars of our podcast: joy, laughter, freedom and friendship. Today’s guests are the friends of Megan and Becky and they all share how God has used their friendships and laughter to thrive in the trenches of daily life.  From singleness to sheer loneliness in the middle of family chaos, these 4 ladies talk about the Ultimate Friendship and fulfillment that is in Christ alone.

Our Guests:

Sam Kelley is the Founder and current President of FIERCE Athlete Inc. Sam was a Division 1 soccer player and came back to her Catholic faith in college. She has since committed her life to spreading the faith, especially to female athletes. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Catholic Psychology as well as Certification in teaching Theology of the Body.  She loves continuing to be active and through Megan’s inspiration is currently involved in rowing. Sam and Megan met over professional circumstances but have since become dear friends as well as work out, and prayer partners. Oh and they don’t mind putting a beer on the line in a friendly workout competition.  You can find Sam on FB, IG, twitter, and at FierceAthlete.org

 

 

 

Marie Darrin is a thirty-something Catholic wife and mother.  She is a wife to a painfully handsome man, who puts up with her crazy, and loves her endlessly. She is mama to one tiny hot mess of a daughter and one miracle baby boy and they sanctify her daily. Marie struggles with infertility, and successfully conceived her son using the NaPro Technology method.  After suffering emotionally, physically and spiritually through I.V.F.  and surviving the devastating loss of twin girls, she found a better way.  A way that respects the sanctity of life.  Marie is a professional photographer, owns  Firefly Photography and loves what she does.  She loves her Catholic faith, Jesus, and thinks the Virgin Mary is pretty boss. Becky and Marie met when Marie helped Becky deliver her first baby.   You can find Marie on FB, IG, and her blog.

Show Notes:

A pleasant voice multiplies friends,
    and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies.
Let those that are at peace with you be many,
    but let your advisers be one in a thousand.
When you gain a friend, gain him through testing,
    and do not trust him hastily.
For there is a friend who is such at his own convenience,
    but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.  –Sirach 6:5-8 (but read the whole chapter it is great!)

Call to Action

If you find yourself in a season of loneliness and yearning for close friends, we encourage you to either start praying or to continue in steadfast prayer. Ultimately we are all to seek the ultimate source of companionship and happiness, our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Recognize and give thanks for the God-given friendships in your life. Then, take time to gather with your friends, even if you have to Skype or face time.  Pour a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of wine and then relax and share your heart, your love, and your laughter.

Scripture – 

14 “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter:
    he that has found one has found a treasure.
15 There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend,
    and no scales can measure his excellence.
16 A faithful friend is an elixir of life;
    and those who fear the Lord will find him.”  Sirach 6:14-16

Saint Quote – 

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious”  –St. Thomas Aquinas

We are so excited to introduce our “Lead the Conversation” portion of the podcast! This is were we invite you, our listener, to join us as we breakdown the topic from the previous week’s episode. This week we follow up on Episode 2 – Domestic Church.

On this week’s episode, Megan and Becky invite listeners Christine Rizzo and Mary Kate Wallin to lead the conversation.  The different perspectives from these women offer encouragement, inspiration, and comfort.  From a divorced, single mom of grown children who is now hosting exchange students in her home to a mom who is just starting out; we hit many different aspects of the fullness, uniqueness, and universality of the Body of Christ in our Domestic Churches.

Our Guests:

Christine is a mom, educator, speaker and minister to those separated/divorced.  Experiencing the trauma of divorce personally, Christine’s life was broken open and blessed in new and unexpected ways.  Falling back into the arms the Catholic Church, she discovered much hope and healing in the Sacraments, the Gospel and Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  Her experiences led to a profound reversion and a new vigor for sharing the faith, especially the Church’s teachings on vocation, married love and responsible parenthood.   


Christine received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University and Master’s degree from St. Charles Seminary’s School of Theology.  Spending most of her professional career in the corporate world, she is currently sharing her love for Christ and His Church as a high school Theology teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   She enjoys traveling and cooking for her family – and considers herself a passionate advocate for life, marriage and authentic healthcare.  Christine lives outside of Philadelphia and has three college age children.  

Christine can be reached at chrizzo@aol.com, On twitter or in the kitchen cooking up some goodness!

 

Mary Kate is a mom to two energetic little girls, Emily (4) and Madelyn (2). Married to her best friend, Andrew, the Wallins are trying to thrive in the trenches daily! Mary Kate and Andrew both grew up in the Philadelphia area, attended Catholic grade school and high school and both graduated from Saint Joseph’s University. Mary Kate went on to receive a Masters Degree in school counseling from Villanova University and has been working to spread Christ’s light and love through counseling students K-8 for over 5 years. The Wallin Family loves the beach, Matt Maher’s music, lots of ice cream, their alma mater- SJU but most of all spending time with their families, their greatest models of joy-filled domestic churches. Mary Kate and Andrew are especially grateful for God’s mercy, grace and love as they navigate the challenging and exhausting waters of parenthood.

You can connect with Mary Kate on IG

Show Notes and Links:

 You: Life, Love, and Theology of the Body By Brian Butler, Jason & Crystalina EvertYou:

Theology of the Body for Beginners By Christopher West

My Friends the Saints

Saints for Young Readers (Vols 1 and 2)   “I love this one because it follows the church calendar so you read one a day.  They are short and easy to understand”. -Becky

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