Category: Season 1

In the last episode of our summer series, we had the most delightful conversation with writer, blogger, and foodie, Katie Curtis.  We definitely talk about more than food, but Katie shares with us how food has become a source of memories. Both from her childhood and also as a way to make memories with her own family, food is at the root of these memories.  Living in a liturgical paradigm also helps us eat with the seasons in a way that connects us to God’s beautiful and plentiful bounty.  Katie shares how God used times of isolation to grow her in her love of others, whether family or neighbors, and use food and fellowship to build friendships and family relationships.  So, pull out your old cookbooks, find a family favorite recipe, put on some good music, pour a glass of wine, invite your friends or neighbors, and eat and laugh and commune together.  Break bread together friends, delight in God’s gift of food and relationships.

Our Guest:

Katie Curtis started blogging when she was completely capsized by motherhood. Katie dropped out of a PhD program in Philosophy, had a traveling husband, and 3 kids in 3 years. Her heart felt like it had grown 1,000 times bigger, and the growing pains hurt. But cooking for her people always made everything better.

Katie started really cooking when she was 30 – as in read all the cookbooks cover to cover and started to know the exact week when fiddlehead ferns or peaches are in season – but she blames most of her love of food on her childhood. Our guest grew up in a big Irish Catholic family where her mom made Asparagus with Hollandaise, German potato salad with bacon and vinegar, stuffed pork tenderloin and carrots with butter and parsley, and homemade banana creme cake. Sometimes all in the same meal. Katie’s mom and inspiration studied in France and those studies influenced her love of good food which she passed down to her family. This is when Katie started to see that food is memories.

“The family table nourished and shaped me, and I hope to do the same for my family.”

“I hope to help other families find easy ways to make memories too.” –Katie Curtis

You can find the author’s work at Coastal Home Magazine and NH Magazine. She also writes a lot here.

And you must take the time to delight yourself in Katie’s first novel just released earlier this summer.  The storyline and characters in Wideness of the Sea will captivate your heart and imagination.

When Katie is not cooking dinner, she is editing her first memoir, to be published in in the near future, incubating twins due in October, or chauffeuring her 4 other kids around. She also likes to daydream about living in France with her crew and having all the laundry done for longer then 30 seconds.

You can follow Katie on Facebook , Instagram and stay updated on all the good food and family life at her blog The Humble Onion.

 

Show Notes:

LTC is when we take our listener comments and let them “lead the conversation”.  So, we thank you for all of your feedback this week and for giving us plenty to talk about.  Dwija and her husband’s sacrifices are a beautiful witness to all of us, regardless of our state in life.  God is calling us all to sacrifice during our everyday life and get out of our comfort zones so that we can grow in sanctity.  Be encouraged sweet ladies, we are all on a journey and we are on it together and by God’s Grace, we will thrive. Let us take every moment of desolation and ask the Lord, “where are you in this moment?”.

Show Notes:

  • “destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time, which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity or with the Present–either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.” –CS Lewis

Scripture – 

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:23-26

 

If you would like to hear how in the world a Hare Krishna grows up to be a Catholic homeschooling momma of 7 beautiful children on a farm in Michigan, then you need to check in this week for our summer series.  Dwija B0robia share with us about her life in a very real way giving all of us in the trenches the reminder that no one’s life is picture perfect nor even easy.  We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, but without Christ, none of it is even possible.  Moving from self reliance to God reliance is pivotal to our journey in happiness. We hope you enjoy this sweet conversation we were so privileged to have with @houseunseen

Our Guest:

 

 

Dwija B0robia lives on 13 acres in rural Southwest Michigan with 14 chickens, 7 kids, 2 dogs, 1 duck and 1 very patient husband. In her plentiful down time, she homeschools, gardens badly, and finds good deals on dansko clogs on the internet.  She likes her sacraments Catholic and her beer cold.  Blog: www.houseunseen.com  

But best place to actually follow is on Instagram @houseunseen

 

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Let’s see if we can focus on and pray for awareness in areas where we tend to be self reliant rather than God reliant. And let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us a teachable spirit so that we can be reliant on God and being willing to let go of any spiritual pride.

Scripture – 

And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”       Colossians 1:9-12

Saint Quote

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, and may the Word of God direct us.” – St. Patrick

 

We had so much fun talking with Christy Brunk on Episode 16 and appreciate the points she brought up about persevering and being real.  On this week’s episode, Megan and Becky share some listener comments and explore more ways we can see the beauty in our days while keeping it real.  Especially with social media having such an influence in our lives, how might we be authentic yet not overly pessimistic or unrealistically positive.  Rather than celebrating failures, knowing that we need to practice seeing that we should celebrate the redemption of our failures by a loving Father who is molding us more into who He created us to be.

Show Notes:

  • “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.”  –C.S. Lewis
  • Teaching From Rest  by Sarah Mackenzie
  • Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.”  Phillipians 4:8-9

LItany of Humility:

  • O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
    From the desire of being esteemed,
    Deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being loved…
    From the desire of being extolled …
    From the desire of being honored …
    From the desire of being praised …
    From the desire of being preferred to others…
    From the desire of being consulted …
    From the desire of being approved …
    From the fear of being humiliated …
    From the fear of being despised…
    From the fear of suffering rebukes …
    From the fear of being calumniated …
    From the fear of being forgotten …
    From the fear of being ridiculed …
    From the fear of being wronged …
    From the fear of being suspected …

    That others may be loved more than I,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    That others may be esteemed more than I …
    That, in the opinion of the world,
    others may increase and I may decrease …
    That others may be chosen and I set aside …
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
    That others may be preferred to me in everything…
    That others may become holier than I, 
    provided that I may become as holy as I should…

This humidity dwelling, sponge roller wearing, cute kid birthing, wisdom preaching, video making, beauty seeking, southern instagram gem, Christy Brunk, spends some time sharing with us about being a mom to six kids, her conversion to the Catholic faith, and what it looks like in her feminine vocation to surrender her life and her family’s lives to the Lord through Our Blessed Mother. You will love getting to know our sweet southern belle in all of her Georgian twang.

Our Guest:

 

Christy Brunk  is a Catholic convert, wife and mother of six.   She enjoys staging photos, writing novel-length IG captions, and making videos with her children.  She spent her pre-nuptial life teaching elementary Spanish & French.  She stinks at chemistry, meal planning, and making friends with cats.  She comes from a long line of farmers: some saints, some sinners.  All of them with a healthy fear of the Almighty and Georgia red clay stains on their hands.  She believes that living authentically means frequent Confession.  And she will never stop being grateful to her husband for his guidance, and to the Lord for grafting her on to this Vine.

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Rather than allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed with anxiety overy our children’s future, let us give them to the Lord, through Our Lady, and joyfully soak in the Grace God has for us in today.

Scripture

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” –Matthew 6:34

Saint Quote

“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” St. Augustine

 

 

“Therefore it is said, ‘Awake , O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.’  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”  -Ephesians 5:14-20

This week we get to follow up with listener comments from our beautiful conversation on Episode 14 where Teresa Peterson shared her struggles and the ongoing redemption of her journey. Megan and Becky will dig deeper into the Scriptures and reflect further into the beauty of fully surrendering our lives to our Loving Father in heaven.  All the while, encouraging their listeners to remember salvation is a process and that God wants to save us every day.

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Come, Lord Jesus – Meditations on the Art of Waiting Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.
  • “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.”St. Francis de Sales
  • Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
  • “I will bless the Lord at all times;  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1

When singer and songwriter, Teresa Peterson, realized that the sure calling of God on her life to sing and to share her songs had died, she had no idea that the Lord was preparing her to be resurrected.  Teresa sought after a secular career in the music industry for years and one day found herself exhausted and done.  Teresa shares with us the journey that she has been on with the Lord and how when His ways are not our ways this can feel like a real death. A death not to be left in the grave.  It was such treat to have Teresa share with us the inspiration for her new songs on her new album.

Our Guest:

Teresa Peterson is a worship leader, speaker and singer/songwriter based out of Philadelphia, PA.  She recently opened for Dove Award winning group, Sidewalk Prophets and Stars Go Dim at the music festival, AbbeyFest.  Teresa has been featured on Relevant RadioThe Catholic PlaylistImmaculate Heart MusicAleteia: Cecilia and more.  She has led worship at events in association with the World Meeting of Families, Heart of the Father Ministries (Unbound), The Culture Project, and numerous Catholic conferences and youth rallies.  She has opened for speaker and author, Fr. Michael Gaitley (33 Days to Morning Glory), Archbishop Chaput, and Relevant Radio’s Fr. Richard Simon.  Locally, Teresa is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania’s Newman Center in helping build a culture of worship in adoration for their First Friday’s Mass and Adoration of the Sacred Heart.  She is currently back in the studio recording her 2nd Christian album.

Teresa’s first piano/pop EP, Say Something, was played on over 120 college and independent radio stations with the single, Atlanta.  Teresa has played at SXSW (Austin,TX), The Bitter End (NYC), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), 3rd and Lindsley (Nashville) and sang the National Anthem for the St. Paul Saints and the Versus Network.

You can follow Teresa on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube channel, Purchase her album titled Freely Fully on Itunes, and check out her performance schedule at TheresaPetersonMusic.com

 

Show Notes:

  • Check out her YouTube video for Calling Me Higher and He Makes All Things New.
  • What is Lectio Divina – this beautiful ancient practice of meditating on Scripture?
  • 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.Ezekial 37

Call to Action – 

Trust enough to allow your heart to dream again and allow the Lord to accompany you as you dream.

Ask Jesus for His joy in each day.

Scripture – 

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Saint Quote – 

God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We had such a beautiful conversation with blogger, Susan Husband.  Raising seven boys can’t be an easy task, but forming boys to have dignity and respect for women in today’s hyper sexualized culture brings another set of  opportunities.  Let’s use the word opportunities instead of challenges cause we gotta start seeing the positive beauty of who we are again.  Susan speaks to the beauty to which women are drawn to and their role to share that beauty to the world.  Rightly ordered beauty and appreciation of beauty is a wonderful gift to be cherished.  We’d love to hear how you have found ways to walk in modesty as a woman, to encourage your girls to be modest, and to teach your boys to uphold and fight for the dignity of women.

Our Guest:

Susan Husband is a farm wife and mama to seven ornery boys.  Cold beer, long country runs, and Jesus rescue her from the dirt, testosterone, and laundry that breeds while she sleeps. When she isn’t cooking, homeschooling, cooking, running or cooking, you can find her on the porch reading “Boys: Why Everything is a Gun and Other Mysteries” or blogging at Sole Searching Mama. You can find and follow Susan at TwitterFB, Instagram. and she blogs at Sole Searching Mama

 

Show Notes:

  • Susan referenced an older blog post on the subject matter – you can find it here.
  • The story of St. Rose of Lima

Call to Action – 

Are there areas in our life where we can model modesty to our peers and our children?  

Scripture – 

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” – Romans 14:19

Saint Quote – 

When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” – Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“Let no one come here, who with his lips can say, ‘We lift up our hearts to our Lord’, but in his mind employs his thoughts on worldly business.  God indeed should be in our memory at all times, but if this is impossible because of human infirmity, at least in this hour this should be our earnest endeavour.” –St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c.315 – 387)

Last week we heard from professor and author, Timothy O’Malley of Notre Dame.  He shared from his book, Bored Again Catholic, and those words really spoke to not only Megan and Becky but also to their listeners.  On this week’s episode, Megan and Becky again Lead the Conversation.  We take some insights and comments from listeners and dig in deeper with more Scripture, early church fathers, and Saints.  We are so blessed with a beautiful and rich and full Tradition.  Being bored at Mass (or prayer or other  spiritual discipline) is an invitattion to walk in faith knowing that Jesus is meeting all of us on that alter. Every day, every Mass, regardless of how we feel and whether or not we think we deserve His love, Mercy and or the gift of the Grace of the Eucharist, Jesus is there.

Show Notes:

I want to believe. I want to give everything to the Lord. But I want new signs and wonders. I want what is hidden to be revealed.” Tim O’Malley chats with Megan in an inspiring and thought provoking conversation where we are all invited to use boredom as an invitation to go deeper into relationship with Christ. Author of Bored Again Catholic – How the Mass Could Save Your Life, Tim O’Malley gives some great nuggets for us to all chew on in regards to the Sacred Liturgy and our Domestic Churches.

Our Guest:

Timothy O’Malley, Ph.D., specializes in a historical-theological approach to liturgical studies.   He has specific interests in liturgical homiletics (with an emphasis on Augustinian thought), the biblical and liturgical foundations of Christian doctrine, theological aesthetics, and the role of liturgical renewal in the ressourcement movement.  As director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, he engages in scholarship that seeks to retrieve biblical, catechetical, and liturgical insights that facilitates a renewal of the Church’s liturgical imagination.  He is also founding editor of the Institute for Church Life’s journal, Church Life:  A Journal for the New Evangelization.

Show Notes:

Opening the Word Our Sunday Visitor Article by Timothy O’Malley

Make sure you grab Tim’s book, Bored Again Catholic today! You can also find a copy at Amazon

Call to Action – 

Can we head to Mass with the intention of turning our love to the Lord.  And instead of thinking, “What can I get from Mass today?” move towards, “How can I better love Jesus today?”

And don’t be afraid to sit closer to the front so that the kids can tune in to what is happening on the altar.  Also giving teens more opportunity in their formation and discernment of their vocation.

Scripture – 

“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” – Luke 24:35

Saint Quote – 

“This is the sacrifice of Christians: we, being many, are one body in Christ. And, as the faithful know, this also is the sacrifice which the Church continually celebrates in the sacrament of the altar, in which she teaches that she herself is offered in the offering she makes to God.” – St. Augustine of Hippo, City of God

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