A Letter to the Mother of Saints in Heaven

 
 

Show Notes

- After we lost Marion, I wrote about the miscarriage on the blog. You can read more here - Strengthened Gates and Blessed Children: The Story of Our Miscarriage.  

- Joseph and I haven't had any children after we lost Marion. You can read about that journey here - An Empty Tomb, A Full Manger

- Amy Thomas blogs over at Passionate Purpose! Read her blog to learn more about her journey as a Catholic woman. 

- If you've lost a baby to miscarriage, I want to tell you about this resource - "Mommy to a Little Saint", which is a Facebook group. There you'll find women going through the same emotions you're going through. It's a Catholic infant and miscarriage loss support group that has been an incredible resource in my grieving process. 

A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read the Bible

 
 

You can find out about all of Sonja's books on the Bible over at her website

I first encountered Sonja through a book we mention quite a bit on this episode - Ignite! Read the Bible Like Never Before. I highly recommend picking up a copy today. 

Sonja's conversion story is beautiful - she also shared it on The Journey Home over at EWTN. You can watch her episode here

Was this the first time you've heard about Lectio Divina? Father Benedict once wrote, "I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime". You can learn more about the practice of Lectio Divina here

Sonja's current study is about healing the father wound. Want to sign up and learn more about the healing plan God has in your life? Check it out here

Sonja created a prayer journal called 'Love the Word'. You can find more about it (and get a copy for Advent!) here

Sonja's study on the Magnificat, word by word, can be found here. You can check out the first study here

 

A Letter to the Woman Running Towards Christ

 
 

If you want to join Johnna and the Catholic Women Run challenge, you can join 150 other women over here and sign up today. You can find more information about the running challenge on Johnna's blog, and the Catholic Women Run website

You can read more of Johnna's thoughts on Theology of the Body, Catholicism, and running here! Johnna talks about how running can be incorporated with liturgical living. Check out her blog about it over here.

Johnna mentioned the Pray as You Go App, which you can find here

We talked about podcasts that Johnna likes to listen to while she runs. Check out The Liturgy Guys, and The Catholic Feminist Podcast

Visit Catholic Women Run on Facebook for updates on the Advent challenge (and if you aren't up for Advent, check out their updates for the Lent challenge! 

Lastly, Johnna mentions the four aspects of the feminine genius. Want to know more about receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and maternity? You can find all of them in this blog link-up with four amazing Catholic women bloggers. 

A Letter to the Woman Desiring Virtuous Friendships

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If you're a mother and you love Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy, message, you'll love Emily and Michele's first book, Divine Mercy for Moms Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

Michele, Emily, and I talked a lot about their newest book, The Friendship ProjectAll of the concepts and saints we talked about in this episode (and more!) can be found in their book. Check it out today! 

An amazing resources to go along with The Friendship Project is the website Emily and Michele built for the book. There you can find more about them, receive the free resource 'Friendship in Progress', and find instructions for how to read the book in a group study setting! 

Emily and Michele mentioned that their original idea for The Friendship Project was to feature men and women saints. If you're wanting to read more about masculine and feminine friendships, check out this blog post I wrote about the secret to authentic friendships between men and women. 

Friendships between women often get a bad rap. To hear a podcast where we reject the lie that friendships between women are full of backstabbing and cattiness, listen to A Letter to the Woman Desiring Fuller Feminine Friendships with Katrina and I! 

Need to heal from past friendships with women? Know of women who need healing in their life? Here's a blog post I wrote about how to help (step-by-step) when women in your life are suffering. 

If you want to support letters to women, you can find out more over on my Patreon page

 

A Letter to the Single Woman (When All Her Friend Are Dating)

 
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Show Notes

Want to read more about being single and Catholic? Check out these great resources! 

- The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years by Emily Stimpson. Want to read more of Emily's work? She has an incredible book called These Beautiful Bones, where she makes Theology of the Body accessible and applicable to our daily lives. 

- Are you listening to the episode, even though you're dating or married? Check out this great article about how couples can pray for and love their single friends (and it's not just about setting them up on blind dates!) Want more reading on the subject? Here's another article I enjoyed. 

- Dain mentioned how part of the season of singleness is about finding what brings you joy. Are you struggling with finding joy in your life? I highly recommend Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts for an exercise in finding joy in even the smallest things. 

- If you're looking for what authentic love really is, read Ed Sri's book, Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love to delve deeper into Saint John Paul II's teachings on Theology of the Body. 

- Want to learn more about Brene Brown's research on vulnerability and authenticity? Check out this six part lecture that she gives on how we can live with a whole heart.