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“Every virtue, every firm habit to do good is far more powerful than any vice that pulls us away from the true joy of God. Mercy is giving people more love than they deserve which is exactly what God does for us” -Damon Owens

Episode 13 – Modesty As an Act of Charity with mom of 7 boys, Susan Husband, definitely stirred up some chatter on facebook when it released back in the Spring. Several comments really struck a chord with us in the way that stirred our hearts to keep the conversation going. There are a lot of women out there who have been hurt by this conversation on modesty and it has been causing women to feel as though they are carrying the entire weight of the issue. Men and women really are both truly wounded with all that goes with this issue. Men are bombarded and women are blamed.We were thrilled to have Damon help us dig into the truths of who we are in God’s family and how we can apply these truths into our everyday choices of not only what we are wearing but mostly how we present ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. 

Our Guest:


Damon Owens, an international speaker and evangelist for over 20 years, is the founder and executive director of joytob. Following four-years as the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, he served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. In 2002 after 16 years in the technology sector, he sold out of his firm and founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ).

A Certified Speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute, National Trainer for Ascension Press, and presenter at the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Damon keeps a full international speaking schedule at conferences, marriage seminars, universities, high schools, seminaries, and parishes on the good news of marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, adoption, and NFP.

Damon currently lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Melanie and their eight children.

You can also connect with Damon on Facebook and Twitter



Show Notes:


SPECIAL MUSIC by Teresa Peterson – pre-order her new Album, Faithful

You can see her music video for Faithful here on Youtube


 Call to Action – 

See the other person’s heart and not their outerwear. Seeing and understanding that mercy is love’s second name. Let us ask the Lord to give us the Grace to see others the way He sees them. 

Scripture – 

13 Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” – John 4:13-15

Saint Quote –

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal. – St. John Paul II


Many of us are likely very familiar with this week’s guest, but you may not know all of her story. Emily Stimpson Chapman shares with us how she went from being terrified to eat at all to one who throws the best of parties with the best of  foods and the best of beverages. Emily’s view on the role and nature of woman, whether single or married, is so beautifully woven through the truths our Church teaches. If you have not checked out her new book, The Catholic Table, we suggest you do! So let’s talk about our bodies, food, wine, and hosting the best parties. This is the most delightful conversation with some jaw-dropping truths sprinkled throughout the episode.

Our Guest:


Emily Stimpson Chapman is a freelance Catholic writer based in Pittsburgh, PA, and the creator of The Catholic Table, a blog about food, friendship, and hospitality. Her books include The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet (Emmaus Road, 2016), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013) and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012), and The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States (Image, 2014).

A prolific essayist and journalist, Emily writes regularly on “all things Catholic”—from politics and catechesis to higher education and the media, with a special focus on the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and femininity. Over the years, her writing has appeared in Our Sunday Visitor, First ThingsTouchstoneFranciscan Way, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family, and elsewhere. It has been honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and was included in Loyola’s Best Catholic Writing series.

Emily holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), where she studied political science, history, and English literature. She also did graduate work in political science at John Hopkins University and theology at Franciscan University. Before moving to Steubenville, Emily worked in Washington, DC, first as a Legislative Assistant to then Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO), then later at the Heritage Foundation, where she served as Special Assistant to former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.



Show Notes:


Call to Action – 

As women, this week let’s shift the focus to needing to take care of our bodies rather than trying to control them. We can also apply this to any other situation in our life that we re trying to control rather than caring for it and letting God be in control.

Scripture – 

For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread[c] the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” – John 6:56-58

Saint Quote

“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.” – St. John Paul II


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


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

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

20 year old college sophomore and 25 year old new mom in the business world/blogger kick off the lead the conversation on Freedom part 1.  The hosts and guests recount some of the very powerful statements made by Gloria Purvis in our previous episode on Freedom. All ladies agreeing on how we get to stand firm on the Truths of the feminine genius laid out by Mother Church and that true freedom ultimately lies in freely choosing God’s divine will for our lives by choosing to be who our loving Father created us to be.  

Our Guests:

Elizabeth Schrieber is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Science & Business. She is a daughter, sister, friend, D1 rower, comedian, bible study leader, tailgater and a serious foodie. She attended SEEK 2017 and will be serving on a FOCUS missionary trip this summer. She loves family,  friends, and quick witted banter.







Samantha Povlock is a 25 year-old Indiana native finding her way in the big city of Chicago. She’s married to her college sweetheart, Matt, who’s a fellow Notre Dame business/theology grad. They have one son, Liam. Samantha currently works in finance consulting, and spends her spare time (coffee in hand!) running FemCatholic.com, a blog to educate, encourage, and empower women in the Church.  She’d love to hear from you there, on Facebook or Instagram.

Show Notes:

  • Interior Freedom by Jacque Phillipe
  • “The highest and most fruitful form of human freedom is found in accepting, even more than in dominating. We show the greatness of our freedom when we transform reality, but still more when we accept it trustingly as it is given to us day after day.
    It is natural and easy to go along with pleasant situations that arise without our choosing them. It becomes a problem, obviously, when things are unpleasant, go against us, or make us suffer. But it is precisely then that, in order to become truly free, we are often called to choose to accept what we did not want, and even what we would not have wanted at any price. There is a paradoxical law of human life here: one cannot become truly free unless one accepts not always being free!
    To achieve true interior freedom we must train ourselves to accept, peacefully and willingly, plenty of things that seem to contradict our freedom. This means consenting to our personal limitations, our weaknesses, our powerlessness, this or that situation that life imposes on us, and so on. We find it difficult to do this, because we feel a natural revulsion for situations we cannot control. But the fact is that the situations that really make us grow are precisely those we do not control.” ― Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom

**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

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

This week we get to delve into a huge topic that is at the foundation of our podcast and our trenches.  The Domestic Church.  What is the Domestic Church?  You’ve heard the term but are wondering how that applies to you?  Single? Married?  Kid or no kids, we all live in the Domestic Church because we are all part of the family of God.  Our guest, Bill Donaghy, completed the Theology of the Body Institute Speakers Training program in 2005, Head & Heart Immersion Course in 2006. He is a Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program instructor, international speaker, and curriculum specialist. Bill worked in mission, evangelization, and education, and has a background in visual arts, philosophy, and systematic theology. He can also juggle almost any three objects.

Links and Quotes:

  • “The well-being of the individual person in the human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy conditions produced by marriage and family.” Gaudium et Spes  
  • “The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic Church, called to pray together.  The family is the domestic Church and
  • must be the first school of prayer.  It is in the family that children, from the tenderest age, can learn to perceive the
  • meaning of God, also thanks to the teaching and example of their parents; to live in an atmosphere marked by God’s
  • presence.” -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, December 28th, 2011, Feast of the Holy Family
  • “The family is the domestic church”. The meaning of this traditional Christian idea is that the home is the Church in miniature. The Church is the sacrament of God’s love. She is a communion of faith and life. She is a mother and teacher. She is at the service of the whole human family as it goes forward towards its ultimate destiny. In the same way the family is a community of life and love. It educates and leads its members to their full human maturity and it serves the good of all along the road of life The family is the “first and vital cell of society”. In its own way it is a living image and historical representation of the mystery of the Church. The future of the world and of the Church, therefore, passes through the family.” APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO BANGLADESH, SINGAPORE, FIJI ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA AND SEYCHELLES HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II Perth (Australia), 30 November 1986
  • “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”  St. John Paul II
  • What is a Home Enthronement?
  • Lumen Gentium
  • The USCCB
  • Call to Action –

Aesthetically:  What can we do this week to create that feeling of a domestic church in our homes.  Is it hanging an icon on the wall? A framed picture of your favorite Scripture verse?  Putting up that holy water font by the front door?  Find one simple way to make more visible the reality of the sacredness of the Domestic Church.  

Spiritually:  What can we do to be the domestic church to someone else?  Could we serve a neighbor in some way?  Invite the widow/er over for dinner or take her a bouquet of flowers.  Sit and have tea or coffee together and just listen to them talk about whatever they want to talk about.  Hug them to ease some of their loneliness.  Or maybe it is really listening to your teen when they walk in the door.  

Scripture – Matthew 18:20

 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

“Love begins with a smile” – St. Mother Teresa

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