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We sure have been mulling over this word, meekness.  Have you?  For the most part, that virtue has been a bit of a challenge for us women to fully and freely accept and practice. On Episode 22 Megan and Becky recap some of the high points and some of the listener comments from our interview with Dr. Carrie Gress.  We hope you join us as we pull out and work though some of these topics like meekness and sweetness and more. 

 

 

Show Notes:

  • If There is an AntiChrist what about an Antimary?
  • “What, then, would an antimary movement look like, exactly? Well, these women would not value children. They would be bawdy, vulgar, and angry. They would rage against the idea of anything resembling humble obedience or self-sacrifice for others. They would be petulant, shallow, catty, and overly sensuous. They would also be self-absorbed, manipulative, gossipy, anxious, and ambitious. In short, it would be everything that Mary is not.” –Carrie Gress
  • “The devil knows that all these marks of the antimary – rage, indignation, vulgarity, and pride – short circuit women’s greatest gifts: wisdom, prudence, patience, unflappable peace, intuition, and the capacity for a deep relationship with God. Instead he promises power, fame, fortune, respect, and sterile fleeting pleasures. And like Eve, women of the antimarian movement are still falling for his lies.” –Carrie Gress

Living in this post Christian culture, many have offered options for us to live out the Gospel and to fight this civilization of decay. This week’s guest, Dr. Carrie Gress, offers us an option with plenty of historical success. The Marian Option is rooted in the tradition of going to Our Blessed Mother who has fought and won plenty of wars in the past and brought about massive conversion through her intercession. We know we can’t all head to the hills and ignore what is going on in the world, but we can choose to live out our dynamic feminine gifts focusing on this virtue of meekness. We are not talking about becoming a doormat as the culture wrongfully imposes on this Christian idea of meekness – meekness is certainly not weakness. We hope you are encouraged and exhorted to go to Mary to see how she is asking you to become more like her son, Jesus. 

Our Guest:

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University.

Dr. Gress is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register and has written for Aleteia, Catholic VoteCatholic World ReportThe Federalist, and The Stream, She is a frequent guest on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN Radio, and Relevant Radio, and has appeared on BBC, CBC, and EWTN television.

Dr. Gress has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into seven languages.

She is the author of Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the ChurchUltimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhoodand co-author with George Weigel of City of Saints; A Pilgrim’s Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow. Her latest book, The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, was released May, 2017.

A homeschooling mother of four, Dr. Gress and her family live in Virginia. You can find links to Carrie’s articles, books, and speaker information at CarrieGress.com

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Let us all seek to readjust our mindset around this word meek.  Let’s think on the description of this virtue of womanhood with the words benevolent, kind, humble, and unassuming. And as St. Francis de Sales encourages us, let us start with those who are our closest comapanions. 

Scripture – 

He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.” – Psalm 25:9

Saint Quote

Let us strive to be kind, meek, and humble with everyone, but especially so with those whom God destined to be our companions. Let us not be one of those who are angels in public and devils at home” – St. Francis de Sales

 

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

 

 

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

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

Last week we got to sink our teeth into a new episode on the last of our four pillars, freedom. Helen Alvare did a fantastic job at giving us so much to start chewing on and this is our opportunity to build on and start finding some ways to apply these principles to our everyday lives in our domestic churches. Megan and Becky take listener questions and comments to lead the conversation this week.  The hosts talk about practical ways to introduce the concept of true freedom to children of various ages and also about how we can approach our fertility in light of potential health risks.

Show Notes:

If you have never heard from our guest, you are in for a treat.  Get your mind ready to absorb what all Helen Alvaré has to share with us on Freedom.   Professor Alvaré helps us start to see how we should be seeking freedom-for not freedom-from the misguidings in our world.  We as a culture today are more free than we have ever been yet there does not seem to be contentment.  Is it possible that women are seeking to fill themselves with some ideology that will never truly satisfy themselves?  True freedom comes in the form of total self giving not in this over individualized culture we live in. 

Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.

In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.

Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.

Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America.

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Try to take a look inward to see if there may be something that you are seeking to be free from rather than seeking to be free to be or to do.  Ask the Lord to show you where you have been conformed to this world rather than to His plans for you.

Scripture – 

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2

Saint Quote – 

I have given everything to my Master: He will take care of me… The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us!” – St. Bakhita

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