A Letter to the Woman Desiring to Grow in Relationship with Christ

 
 

-  Today's episode was sponsored by Sock Religious. An online Mom and Pop store started by Scott and Elizabeth back in 2017, check out Sock Religious and bring the faith to the workplace and to spice up your Sunday best.

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- Find Blessed Is She online, on Instagram, and on Facebook. They also produce a beautiful podcast, “The Gathering Place.”

- Find MaryRuth Hackett on Instagram

- MaryRuth produces an incredible podcast, “Parenting Smarts” and you should also check out her blog, “Parenting with Peer Review.

- Find the new Blessed Is She Advent Journal, “Bearing Light” here!

A Letter to the Mom Who Keeps Telling Her Kids to Say Thank You

 
 

- Lindsay Schlegel is the author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons that Brought Me Closer to God. You can pick up a copy of the book at your local Catholic bookstore, through Ave Maria Press or online on Amazon.

- Lindsay writes all over the Catholic web. You can find her on Verily, Natural Womanhood, and Catholic Mom.

- A book that both Lindsay and I love for leading littles to Mama Mary is Marian Consecration for Children by Dr. Carrie Gress. Want to know more about the beauty of Marian consecration? Check out this episode of Letters to Women with Dr. Carrie Gress!

- Lindsay and I talk about the importance of good body image as moms so that we can help our daughters realize that they’re beautiful, too. Check out this article I wrote for Aleteia about how the number one thing we can do to help our children have a healthy body image.

A Letter to the Woman Learning How to Love Herself

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- Julia Hogan, MS, LCPC, is the author of a brand new book, “It’s OK to Start With You”. You can pick up a copy of her book (which comes highly recommended from this podcast!) from Our Sunday Visitor, your local Catholic bookstore, or at Amazon.

- A great way to learn about your Catholic faith (and an incredible saint who lived out the feminine genius!) is reading a book that Julia is reading right now, “33 Days to Merciful Love” by Father Michael Gaitley.

- It’s time we reject lies surrounding self-care. Here’s a blog I wrote earlier this year on four lies we need to not give the time of day to.

- A song that I mentioned in this podcast episode is one that’s radically changed my prayer life this year. Check out “Pieces” by Amanda Cook (and this gorgeous music video that goes along with it!)

- Want to know more about how you’re God’s beloved daughter? A book I can’t recommend enough on the subject is “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen.

- Motherhood isn’t about being perfect. Want to know more about why being a imperfect mom is okay? Check out “A Letter to the Imperfect Mom” and “Good Enough is Good Enough” by Colleen Duggan.

- Another book Julia and I mentioned was “The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time

- Julia mentioned studies that emphasize the importance of gratitude. You can read more about that here.

- Julia and I both love FemCatholic. You can check out the blog here, and join the Facebook group here!

A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Comparison

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- I first found Emily's thoughts on comparison through her article Overcoming Comparison When I Really Was Craving Connection over at FemCatholic! Her thoughts are beautiful, go check them out! 

- FemCatholic also has a forum group on Facebook where some great conversations about comparison and community happen. Check it out here

- Emily mentioned writing down things she's thankful for in her life each night. If you're looking for more tips on keeping a gratitude journal, here are some great ones. 

- Your first identity is that your God's beloved, and that doesn't change based on what your vocation is or what your Instagram profile is. Want to know more about this identity? Dive into Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. 

- Emily mentioned that's she is reading Saint Pope John Paul II's Letter to Women (that's one of my favorites, too!). If you've never read the letter, you can find it here! 

 
Other women are contributing in a unique way, and so are you. There’s no need to compete
— Emily Hannon
 

A Letter to the Woman in the Second Half of Life

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- Lisa Mladinich is the author of "True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life". 

- Lisa is also the Host of Shalom World TV's Catholic series, WOMAN: Strong Faith, True Beauty. 

- Lisa mentioned the book "Grain Brain" David Perlumtter. 

- If you're looking for a great introduction to the Theology of the Body, this book by Christopher West is a great place to start! 

- Another book Lisa mentioned when we talked about the sacramentality of the body was "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Body" by Sarah Christmyer. 

- Want to know more about spiritual motherhood? Here's a blog that emphasizes that spiritual motherhood is valuable - it's not a consolation prize! 

 
The culture hijacks beauty by trying to sell it back to women as if we didn’t already own it.
— Lisa Mladinich