This is an amazing time for the entire world. Even amid the hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the illness, isolation, and fear, we have much for which we can be grateful. In this present time, we have access to technology that didnâ€™t exist in previous eras, and we have the ability to use that technology to reach out to others. If we take these small opportunities and truly be Christian in all of our interactions, we can do a great deal of good and lift the hearts of many, many people without even going out of our way. Our world is suffering, and we can help to abate that suffering with godly words and gestures. This is an amazing time for the entire world and COVID-19 could be our best chance ever to evangelize.
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that weâ€™d be facing the reality of empty store shelves? Or the suspension of holy Mass and the other Sacraments? Or the isolation of quarantine and social distancing? COVID-19 has caused many inconveniences in our daily lives to say the least. This is the opportune time for a major attitude adjustment toward both material and spiritual things. Itâ€™s the perfect time to re-assess our real needs vs. perceived needs and enhance our relationship with God. In this episode, Marge offers practical ways to not just survive through these times, but to thrive through them.
Coronavirus has now been classified as a pandemic, but it shouldnâ€™t become a panic-demic. The evil one wants us to panic so that we doubt Godâ€™s power and goodness and lose hope. Here are three important and helpful things to remember about coronavirus laid out in simple, practical terms that will lead you to greater holiness and trust in God. This show includes ways to filter the media hype and reduce isolation from quarantines, cancellations, and imposed virtual classrooms and offices. It also discusses the changes in our Church due to coronavirus and the dire need to keep holy water in our homes. This podcast will lead you to see that the coronavirus pandemic can be a blessing in disguise, spiritually speaking.
Chronic inflammation of the body causes pain, disease, and damage to joints, tissues, and even internal organs. It slows us down and diminishes life. Itâ€™s aggravated by consuming foods, beverages, and other substances that arenâ€™t good for us and that our immune systems recognize as enemies. Did you know that we can suffer chronic inflammation of the soul as well? Itâ€™s aggravated by consuming things from the world around us that arenâ€™t good for us. Chronic inflammation of the soul causes pain, sorrow, damage to our consciences, and diminishes our spiritual life. Find out St. Paulâ€™s prescription for curing chronic inflammation of the soul in this episode.
Jesus said, â€śBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.â€ť But he was talking about far more than whether we own anything of material value. He was talking about embracing humility, meekness, and love and a right attitude toward the world around us. This is the essence of spiritual poverty and the basis for a fruitful, blessed Lenten journey. Learn how to re-order your attachments in imitation of Christ.
What makes one person stumble on the path to holiness may not be a stumbling block for another person. Your stumbling blocks to holiness are unique to you and can lead you closer to Christ and his Mother when you approach them in the right way. How do you discover your stumbling blocks? How do you deal with them? These are important questions to ask â€“ especially now, as Lent nears â€“ and Marge has the answers. A simple, practical guide to preparing for Lent and growing in holiness.
Sometimes what you think are the dumbest things your parents ever did turn out to be the most profound and useful life lessons. Marge dedicates this episode to her dad and describes a vital life lesson she learned from him about dealing with difficult people and situations.
Feeling like you blew Advent this year? Christmas is coming closer â€“ fast â€“ and youâ€™re feeling like your Advent striving has fizzled. Donâ€™t despair! True, weâ€™re coming down the home stretch of Advent, but thereâ€™s much you can do to make the most of it even if youâ€™ve hardly done anything spiritually fulfilling these past weeks. Marge describes the beautiful ancient verses known as the â€śO Antiphonsâ€ť and explains how they can help you make the absolute most of this home stretch to Christmas.
Some people have had the great gift of hearing Jesusâ€™ voice in their hearts during a special moment. Others struggle to hear him. The fact is Jesus is always talking to you. The question isnâ€™t whether he talks to you but rather how and when. In order to hear his voice, you must be truly listening for what he has to say. Oftentimes, people miss hearing Jesus because theyâ€™re trying to make him speak in the way that they want to hear him. Sometimes Jesus does speak to us directly, but at other times itâ€™s subtle and through the people and happenings around us. Marge describes her own desperate yearning to hear the voice of Jesus and the amazing way in which he finally did speak. Finally, she talks about the role of prayer, practice, and persistence in hearing the voice of Jesus as Mary did.
We all experience isolation at times in our lives. Whether itâ€™s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, isolation can be hard to cope with and can lead to other problems if left unchecked. Many biblical figures experienced isolation from Abraham, Moses, Job, and Jeremiah to Mary, the Holy Family and even Jesus himself. What can they teach us about coping with isolation? Learn more as Marge examines the kinds and causes of isolation and gives practical steps to cope with it.
Our tendency is to rebel when God asks something of us that is contrary to our plans. It could be a heavy cross we donâ€™t feel weâ€™re strong enough to bear, a sacrifice that we think is just too big to make, or loss of control in our own lives or in the life of someone who is important to us. This inner rebellion can sometimes take the form of conflict, confusion, grief, helplessness, or even hopelessness and it causes disquiet within us as we struggle to grapple with Godâ€™s will. Perhaps thereâ€™s something youâ€™re struggling with right now. How do you make God the Lord of your disquiet? Marge examines the essence of disquiet, the example of St. Ignatius and our Mother Mary, and offers concrete steps for allowing God to be Lord of any disquiet you experience.
Complaining is usually seen as a negative thing â€“ something for wimps, losers, doubters, and maybe even something sinful. But, is it? There is such a thing as Holy Complaining, and there are times when we have a right to complain as long as our complaining takes the form of honest, respectful communication with God. Learn the value of complaining and how to complain in a holy way by considering the story of Job, the art of holy complaining, and the Psalms of Lament and Complaint.
Facing discouragement with joy? Is that even possible? Yes, and no. Itâ€™s possible when you approach it in the right spirit and with the right tools. While recently in Ireland for a speaking engagement, Marge learned about the amazing, joyful, spirit of the Irish people in the face of discouragement - including religious persecution, execution, and famine - and how to apply that in your own times of discouragement. Listen to Marge tell about the Abbey that Refused to Die and the promise Jesus made to you about overcoming discouragement in the face of persecution, troubles, and tribulations.
Suffering can be a real downer topic, but not this time. In this show, Marge brings joy to suffering by talking about the upside. Yes, there IS an upside! By our Baptism, we are members of a royal priesthood and as such, our suffering has great value and redeeming power when offered with Jesusâ€™ Passion on the Altar. Learn how to unite your suffering with that of our Lord and his Blessed Mother while maintaining your royal composure even in the midst of struggle.
Change can be good or bad, expected or unexpected. Regardless, itâ€™s always stressful and often hard to accept. All change tests us and challenges our concept of Godâ€™s wisdom and power. When change occurs, God is speaking to us and we need to listen â€“ but how? Find out by listening to wisdom from Scripture and examples from Margeâ€™s own life and the life of the Holy Family.
The brawl already has begun. People are egging each other on and social media is ablaze with crude and cruel meme and snarky, sinful comments. The fracas of the 2020 elections will become more heated as we move forward and others will cleverly try to uproot you from your convictions. How do you stay out of the fray and save your soul?
Are you a fool for Christ, or are you merely being foolish? In his First Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul wrote to that we must be fools for Christ in order to be genuine disciples. Isaiah 35:8 tells us that those who follow the Way of Holiness â€“ even if they are fools â€“ will never go astray. Being a fool for the sake of Christ is not the same as being foolish, but how do we know the difference? Tune in to discover the difference between the two and how you, too, can and must be a fool for Christ.
The Israelites experienced real hardship as slaves in Egypt, and they cried to God for help. When God did help by bringing them up out of Egypt they experienced more hardship and complained, claiming that they were better off before. You, too, have been brought up out of Egypt â€“ your own personal one. Why has God led you through all that and to where to are today? The answer lies in Leviticus 11:45.
Hebrews 12:14 instructs us to â€śmake every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holyâ€ť because no one without holiness will see the Lord. So, does that mean you have to be a perfect saint to be accepted into heaven? In this show, Marge unpacks this short but powerful passage by revealing its meaning for those of us who are less than perfect.