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Danielle shares advice, encouragement, and connection for Catholic women in all walks of life.

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    • 305 EPISODES

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    Advent Traditions with Gracie Jagla

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 34:54


    Our guest this week is children's book author Gracie Jagla. Gracie is author of God the Father and the Best Day Ever, and the newly released The Night the Saints Saved Christmas. Snippet From the Show For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Prioritize Your Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 34:36


    This week I am encouraging you to make time for your marriage and sharing ideas for simple ways you can prioritize your marriage more. Snippet From the Show "What a gift to have that built in time to reconnect." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Mamas Can Be Saints (with Kelly Guest)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 46:42


    This week I am joined by Catholic mom and author Kelly Guest whose first book, Saintly Moms: 25 Stories of Holiness, is newly available. In the book, Kelly shares the stories of moms who are saints in ways that are sure to inspire you on your own path toward heaven.  Snippet From the Show For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    10 Ways to Be a More Thankful Person

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 37:26


    With Thanksgiving on the way and Advent just around the corner, now is the time to think about thankfulness. We can reflect on the reminder from St. Paul: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Snippet From the Show Build gratitude around you. Practice small acts of love. When we focus on doing small things with great love, we will cultivate an attitude of gratitude all around us. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Seeking Rest (with Sonja Corbitt)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 42:04


    eek we are joined by Catholic author, podcaster, and retreat leader Sonja Corbitt. Sonja shares with us about her new book, Just Rest: Receiving God's Renewing Presence in the Deserts of Your Life. Snippet From the Show _One of the fruits of rest is being able to reevaluate what is important and to be present to those around you. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Hope and Healing After Enormous Loss (with Kelly Breaux)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 54:43


    Kelly Breaux, founder of Red bird Ministries, joins us on today's show. Kelly shares how the unimaginable suffering she experienced when she and her husband lost two of their very young children has transformed her life of faith. This is a tough and emotional topic for many, so if you are sensitive to this subject, please be warned that this might be a difficult interview for you to listen to. Snippet From the Show By looking at Jesus' Passion you realize, although his suffering was for our salvation, there's a way his story manifests our healing of grief. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Standing at the Foot of the Cross (with Laura Phelps)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 54:34


    My guest this week is author and mother Laura Phelps. Laura shares her horrific experience of being a mom of kids present during the school shootings in Newtown, CT and her growth in trusting in God in the years since. She offers practical help for those who struggle to understand suffering and encourages all of us to look to the Blessed Mother as an example of embracing the suffering God allows us to experience. Snippet From the Show For episode shownotes visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    What's Holding You Back From Trusting God?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 44:07


    Do you struggle to trust in God? Join the club! I heard from so many people after our recent episode about the Surrender Novena that I thought this would be a good topic for us to discuss right now. Today, I share some things I think hold many of us back from fully trusting in God. Snippet From the Show "God asks for everything, but he doesn't necessarily take everything." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Chicken Soup for the Soul (with Leann Thieman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 33:20


    Today's guest is Leann Thieman, a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, author, and nurse. Her devotion to nursing for more than 30 years made her the ideal co-author of the New York Times best-seller, Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul: Second Dose, then the third edition, Inspiration for Nurses. Snippet From the Show We are moved by the truth, goodness, and beauty of other people's stories. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    A Saint Joseph Summit for All of Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 36:51


    Today's guest is Christin Jezak who is part of the team working on the upcoming Saint Joseph Summit, a virtual event, featuring dozens of talented speakers, focused on St. Joseph for this, the Year of St. Joseph. Christin shares the idea behind the summit, who some of the speakers are, and how you can access this inspiring and prayerful content for free. Snippet From the Show "St. Joseph is such a quiet saint, yet his example speaks volumes." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Raising Catholic Kids (with Rachel Schluenderfritz)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 32:52


    Our special guest this week is Rachel Schluenderfritz who joins us to discuss her family's new apostolate 5 Sparrows. Rachel shares about how the website got started as well as describing many of the resources available there. We discuss her hopes for the future, the growing of a community online, and the kinds of resources that really nurture kids in their personal prayer lives. Snippet From the Show "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"- 1 Corinthians 9:16 For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Learn to Love Your Body

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 41:37


    Do you have a complicated relationship with your body? Join the club! Every woman struggles with this from time to time, and some of us seem to struggle all of the time. But God wants better for you. He made you good, and your body is a gift, right now in whatever size or shape you find yourself in. Let's talk about ways to improve your relationship with your own body and nurture a healthy, balanced body image. Snippet From the Show God gave you life by giving you the body you are in, and he desires for you to have a good relationship with your unique body. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    A Saint for Our Times (with Christine Wohar)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 41:42


    This week's guest is Christine Wohar, author of Finding Frassati and Following His Path to Holiness, all about the young saint Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Do you know his life story? Christine Wohar shares insights from her life and her book about ways that Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is indeed a “saint for our times.” Snippet From the Show Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati shows us that the ordinariness of life is where holiness is possible. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    3 Ways to Get Through a Big Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 28:06


    Are you going through a big change in your life right now? Many families experience transition this time of year -- as kids go back to school or move out and start jobs or go to college. If that is you and you are struggling with the change -- I feel you! Snippet From the Show "Whatever amount of time you normally spend in prayer, if you're going through a big change, you need to be spending more time in prayer." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Saints Around the World (with Meg Hunter-Kilmer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 47:33


    This week's guest is Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a self-professed “Hobo for Christ,” and author of the beautiful new children's book Saints Around the World. Meg shares what she means by “Hobo for Christ,” and how she came to live this unusual lifestyle, living out of her car and sharing the Gospel all over the world. Snippet From the Show God desires to transform our unique personality by grace, not wash it away. He wants every one of us, with our irreplaceable story and personality to become a saint. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    4 Ways the Surrender Novena Can Change Your Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 39:04


    Are you familiar with the Surrender Novena? This novena is based on private revelations from Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo. It is a very simple prayer with a short text, the words of Jesus as told to Fr. Dolindo, and then the repetition of the phrase “Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything.” Snippet From the Show “Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything.” For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Conversation with an Exorcist (with Monsignor Stephen Rossetti)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 38:52


    Our guest this week is Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, author of Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil. Monsignor Rossetti explains what an exorcism is, what his work is like, and things we need to know about the presence and dangers of evil forces in the world. He encourages us all to have confidence in the goodness and power of God. Snippet From the Show “When Our Lady shows up in an exorcism, the demons can't get out of the room fast enough, they can't stand her presence because she's a brilliant light of grace.” For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Exodus 90 and Authentic Masculinity (with Nathaniel Binversie)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 44:13


    Our guest this week is Nathaniel Binversie, Exodus 90 director of content host of the Exodus 90 podcast. Nathaniel joins me to discuss masculinity -- what it is, what it isn't, and how our culture gets much of it wrong. He discusses Exodus 90, a popular and challenging program of commitment for Catholic men. Snippet From the Show Prayer, fraternity, and asceticism dispose men to receive the graces God wants to give them to become men of great holiness. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    The Philosophy of Motherhood (with Dr. Janice Breidenbach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 52:04


    Our guest this week is Dr. Janice Chik Breidenbach, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. Dr. Breidenbach joins us to share about her new course, Philosophy of Motherhood. She shares about the motivation to create this course and the important conversations it is sparking on campus in the culture. Snippet From the Show The sacrifice of motherly love, and how it nourishes the most utterly dependent and helpless being, is one of the most beautiful and powerful icons of God's love in this world. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Throwback Tuesday: 3 Ways You're Wasting Your Time (and how to stop)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 51:37


    It's time for a throwback! I'm on vacation this week but I would like to share with you again one of my most popular episodes from last year. This week we are talking about some ways we waste our time — and it's not Netflix! Here are some things you might be doing that are robbing you of joy, along with ways to break these bad habits. Snippet From the Show “Worrying is talking to yourself about things you cannot control while prayer is talking to God about things he can control.” For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online (with Sean Clifford)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 52:32


    Do you worry about your kids' use of smartphones? Today we are diving into one of the most important parenting challenges of our times -- how to keep our kids safe online. Worrying about access to pornography and evil content on social media leaves many parents feeling helpless and hopeless in the face of a powerful force. Today's guest, Sean Clifford, is here to offer us a message of hope. Sean is a husband, father of 4, and CEO of Canopy, a powerful new technology that helps parents in the battle for their kids' souls online. Seam shares about how Canopy works and the reasons why he founded this revolutionary company. Snippet From the Show It's time to recognize that the internet is profoundly shaping the minds, hearts, and souls of our children. While keeping your child child safe online can seem challenging, you are the parent and you are not powerless. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    4 Ways Mary Found God in the Everyday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 37:45


    When we want to know God and love him better, we should follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary loves God with perfection! In today's episode, we talk about four ways Mary connected with God in the everyday and consider how we can do the same. Snippet From the Show Mary teaches all of us how to ponder life's moments of beauty, joy, sorrow, and pain in our hearts. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Life Transformations with Liv Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 51:55


    My guest this week is Liv Harrison, a wife, mom, motivational speaker and inspiration. Liv shares with us her story of dramatic weight loss and life transformation. You will be encouraged and inspired by all that she has to share! Snippet From the Show We are all wounded multifaceted human beings with spiritual, emotional, and physical struggles. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    7 Things to Love About Getting Older

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 45:39


    Getting older gets a bad rap. We worry about extra wounds, graying hair, wrinkles, and sagging skin. But I am turning 49 today, and so I decided now would be a good time to reflect on some of the very real blessings of growing older. Snippet From the Show "I have grown to know who I am and accept the way God made me. I know my strengths, my weaknesses, and what God has called me to with greater clarity than when I was younger." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Diving Deep Into the Feminine Genius (with Chloe Langr)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 36:28


    This week's guest is podcaster and author Chlow Langr who joins us to share about her new book, Letters to Women: Embracing the Feminine Genius in Everyday Life. Chloe loves to highlight all the varied ways women live out their vocations as wives and mothers in the Church. Snippet From the Show "God invites us to celebrate the gifts other women have, not to compete with them." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Jesus’ Five Love Languages

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 33:22


    Are you familiar with the Five Love Languages, a concept popularized by author Dr. Gary Chapman? Today, let’s look at the love languages in terms of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus is fully God and fully human. We sometimes forget that Jesus is truly human, though. It can be helpful sometimes to reflect on the very human ways that he loves us and wants to connect with us. Let’s do that today with the idea of the five love languages. How does Jesus want you to love him in each of these ways? Snippet From the Show Do we ever stop to realize that Jesus delights in being loved back? Jesus is fully God and fully human, our love consoles his heart. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Worthy of Wearing (with Nicole Caruso)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 39:22


    Today’s special guest is Nicole Caruso, a professional makeup artist and beauty consultant, former Beauty Editor of Verily Magazine, and homeschooling mother of 3. Nicole’s mission is to inspire women to invest in their self-worth with her movement #worthyofwearing. She wants women to live an integrated life where faith and style meet. Snippet From the Show Personal style can be a beautiful expression of a woman's unique feminine genius. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    7 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 34:26


    Are you feeling stressed? Stress has a way of creeping up on you. Family and work obligations can pile up and increase our workload until suddenly we find ourselves maxed out and losing our patience or experiencing physical symptoms like headaches or neck pain. Stress affects our physical and emotional health in many ways! So let’s talk about some healthy easy to manage it. Snippet From the Show "Remember Jesus’ agony in the garden? He knows about stress and anxiety. Turn to God in your moments of stress and find peace and stillness inside of your relationship with your Creator." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Big Family Finances (with Sam and Rob Fatzinger)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 44:39


    My guests this week are Sam and Rob Fatzinger. Sam and Rob are parents of 14 kids and co-authors of the new book, A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More: Advice From a Debt-free Family of 16. Sam and Rob share about what writing this book together was like, as well as some inspiring stories of life together as a frugal family. Snippet From the Show "There is great joy in letting God provide." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    5 Personal Finance Rules for Everyone

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 36:36


    I am not an expert in this week’s topic -- personal finances. But I think that’s why it’s important for me to share my perspective. There are some basic ideas about ways we think about and manage our money that can apply to all of us -- even those of us who are not financial geniuses or Dave Ramsey graduates. Snippet From the Show Remember that God is the source of every good thing,and everything we own, from our homes to our cars to our clothes, comes from him and belongs to him. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    The Joy of Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome (with Erin Thielman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 38:56


    My guest this week is Erin Thielman, a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force before and after 9/11. She later met her husband Jason and they have been married for almost 13 years. Together, they have three children- Alexander, Abby and Andrew. Erin was a teacher until her youngest child, Andrew was prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Erin is a Down syndrome advocate, a pro-life advocate and especially enjoys speaking to youth and young adults. You can learn more about Erin by visiting her website at ErinThielman.com. (http://www.erinthielman.com/) Snippet From the Show A child with Down Syndrome is a precious gift from God that softens the heart of humanity. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Hope and Healing After Postpartum Depression (with Danielle Lerner)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 43:59


    My guest this week is Danielle Lerner, a wife, mom, and Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist currently working as a news anchor and reporter in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. After telling other people's stories for more than a decade, Danielle felt compelled to share her own family's story navigating postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of their younger daughter, Harper. She is a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and credits her recovery to professional treatment, an incredible support system and her Catholic faith. Snippet From the Show The Blessed Virgin Mother's visit to her cousin Elizabeth reminds us that the joyful and sorrowful parts of motherhood should never be experienced in isolation. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Interrupt Your Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 32:40


    Our discussion this week is about “interrupting your marriage.” What does that mean and why do I think it’s a good idea? I share about a recent impromptu overnight “getaway” Dan and I had, and how it reminded me of the importance of disrupting our relationship sometimes. Snippet From the Show Marriage is more than a business partnership, it's a covenant of love that needs to be nourished intentionally. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Simple Ways to Make Daily Prayer a Habit (with Anna Mitchell)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 38:59


    Anna Mitchell, host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, joins me to talk about daily prayer. Anna shares an innovative idea for making a habit of daily prayer -- an audio recording of simple prayers she created with her co-host Matt Swaim. Snippet From the Show We don't have to have it all together when we approach the Lord in prayer, he receives us just as we are. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Ideas for a Holy Holy Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 42:03


    Are you ready for Holy Week? Here it is, ready or not! This week we are sharing some simple ideas for ways you can make Holy Week a sacred and meaningful time, even inside of your own home with your family. Nothing, fancy, no stressful crafts or complicated prayer practices! These are do-able ways to set this season apart. Snippet From the Show Holy Week is a sacred time when we remember that no matter what our lent was like, Jesus will still rise from the dead. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    5 Skills to Work on Now, If You Want to Get Married Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 41:28


    This week I am sharing 5 skills I think every young person should work on now, if they want to get married later. These are skills that will be helpful to you no matter what vocation you are called to, but I think especially to those who are planning to be married and have families. Snippet From the Show Your worth does not come from being in a relationship or being married, and your “real life” does not begin at some point in the future. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    A Bold Challenge for the Laity (with Bishop Strickland)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 43:08


    This week, we have a Girlfriends first -- our very first guest who is a bishop! Bishop Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, joins me for a great conversation about his new book, Light and Leaven: The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century. We discuss ways that families can create domestic churches in their homes, how we can find more reverence and quiet in our busy lives, and what exactly it means to have “a personal relationship with Jesus.” Bishop Strickland also shares thoughts on good ways we can use social media, and why the world needs the gift of the truth more than ever. Join us for an encouraging and inspiring conversation! Snippet From the Show "Jesus Christ in the Eucharist feeds us. We are not to only look at him, we are to consume him." - Bishop Strickland For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    6 Ways to Brighten Your Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 39:48


    Are you feeling BLAH these days? The end of winter can be a tough time to feeling joyful. The days are still cold and dreary in many parts of the country, Lent is dragging on, and we can begin to feel restless and unhappy. This week I am offering 6 ideas for ways to add just a little brightness to your days. Snippet From the Show "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."- Romans 8:28 For episode shownotes visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Holiness is for Everyone (with Claire Dwyer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 40:59


    Today my guest is Claire Dwyer, author and editor at the Avila Institute. Claire writes for CatholicMom.com (https://www.catholicmom.com/) and is a contributor at SpiritualDirection.com (https://spiritualdirection.com/). Her new book is This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1644132877/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1644132877&linkCode=as2&tag=daniellebea07-20&linkId=9cf7b4e3912d1723ed6866e7b69c669a). In our conversation, Claire shares why she feels like St. Elizabeth of the Trinity is a great saint for our times, and the ways in which we are all called to holiness. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University (https://tinyurl.com/yyh7bodr) Snippet From the Show The communion of saints shows us that no two saints were they same. Each saint bloomed right where they were planted and told their own story. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    How to Make a Personal Prayer Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 35:18


    Do you have a space in your home that is devoted to prayer? A quiet spot you can retreat to daily and spend time with God? This week, I am encouraging you to make one if you don’t already have such a place. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it can be a wonderful way to enhance your habit of daily prayer. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University (https://tinyurl.com/yyh7bodr) Snippet From the Show Just as Jesus withdrew to pray in a quiet place, we too can make a personal prayer space where we can rest in God. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Why We Need Catholic Fiction for Teens

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 38:39


    My guests this week are Catholic fiction authors Carolyn Astfalk and Leslea Wahl who can’t wait to share about some fantastic literature options for Catholic teens. We discuss why it’s important to have a genre of fiction devoted to Catholic teens, what that means, and what some of the best resources are for teens and young adults who love to read. CatholicTeenBooks.com is a great place to learn more about the variety of works available for teens and find out more about the new anthology of books on the subject of St. Patrick. Do yourself and your teens a favor, and check it out! Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University (https://tinyurl.com/yyh7bodr) Snippet From the Show We need stories that are fun, well-written, and rooted in the truth God reveals to us. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Ready, Set, Lent!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 45:58


    Are you ready for Lent? This week, I thought it might be helpful to look at the 3 aspects of Lent, read some Scripture on each of them, and ask ourselves how God might be calling us to grow closer to him through them this Lenten season. Snippet From the Show "Our time doesn't belong to us, it belongs to God." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    The Rich Beauty of Liturgical Living (with Genie Shaw)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 44:00


    My guest this week is Genie Shaw, a wife, mom,and liturgical loving coach who shares the inspiring story of her life and work. Genie offers encouragement and support to moms who are juggling many responsibilities but also looking for ways to encourage and enrich their children’s faith lives. Snippet From the Show "It's really about recognizing that you are a domestic church, and bringing some of those faith practices into your own little church inside of your home and family." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Motherhood Redeemed (with Kimberly Cook)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 50:38


    Kimberly Cook and I chat about her personal experience of feminism as well as some of the history of the feminist movement in the United States. Snippet From the Show "At the heart of authentic feminism, is motherhood." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    10 In-House Date Night Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 51:18


    This week we are focused on ways to enjoy romantic time together as a couple -- without having to leave your home or spend a lot of money. Snippet From the Show "The idea of creating together is a really beautiful and inspiring way to truly connect with your spouse and remember who you are." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Using Your Gifts (with Samantha Stephenson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 68:37


    My guest this week is Samantha Stephenson, host of the Brave New Us podcast all about faith and bioethics. At the end of today’s show, I answer a question from Listener Kate who wonders about getting started as a freelance writer while she is a busy mom. Snippet From the Show "All creativity contributes to the image of God." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Hearing God’s Voice (with Teresa Tomeo)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 39:35


    My guest this week is author and radio show host Teresa Tomeo. We talk about some of the stories from her new book and ways we can all pay more attention to the ways God intervenes in our lives and communicates his will for us. Snippet From the Show "God didn't promise he'd lay it all out for us, he promised us his daily bread." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Throwback Tuesday: Making Family Prayer Time Happen

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 42:50


    Do you struggle to make family prayer time happen in your home? This week, I answer a question from listener Amy who is struggling to make family time happen, especially with a change in schedules as the kids have gone back to school. Snippet From the Show “Prayer is a very intimate thing. Sometimes people struggle to pray as a family or as a couple because it’s very intimate. There are parts that will remain very personal, but family prayer is a beautiful way to bond together as a family.” For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    Throwback Tuesday: Don't Hide Your Light

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 48:36


    It’s easy to think we’re being humble when we’re really just being down on ourselves. Don’t hide your light! Let’s talk about some of our struggles in embracing the talents God has given us and allowing him to work through us to inspire and bless others. For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


    6 Last-Minute Low-Budget Gift Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 34:25


    Can we give meaningful gifts that won’t cost too much? This week I’m sharing 6 ideas for doing just that. Snippet From the Show "When you're struggling with a low budget, and you want to give people gifts, and you want them to be meaningful, that's okay! It's really encouraging to remember that it's the thought that counts." For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit www.ascensionpress.com/girlfriends.


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