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Simply Holy - Imitating St. Paul

Simply Holy - Imitating St. Paul

January 25, 2022

Paul (Saul) believed he was doing the right thing by rounding up Christians and executing them out on the streets. They were blasphemers and idolaters. They dishonored God and needed to be destroyed. Then one day Jesus appeared and literally knocked him off his high horse, blinding him and rendering him powerless. Paul had two questions for this Being who spoke to him: “Who are you, Sir?” and then, finally, “What shall I do, Sir?” These two questions should be the guidelines for our lives in imitation of St. Paul.

Simply Holy - Every Body Belongs to God

Simply Holy - Every Body Belongs to God

January 20, 2022

 In this first podcast of 2022, Marge shares updates and exciting news, explains why it’s taken SO long to do a New Year episode, and delves into the real issue at hand on January 22: Every body belongs to God.

Simply Holy 078: God’s Blueprint for You

Simply Holy 078: God’s Blueprint for You

December 17, 2021

Did you know that God has a unique blueprint for everything he has created or ever will create? That’s right. He has a unique blueprint for every tree, flower, cloud, mountain, river, bush, blade of grass and human being. He has a unique blueprint for you – even if you have an identical twin! His blueprint was made with the utmost love and wisdom just for you. Because of the effects of original sin, the reality doesn’t match the blueprint. Discover God’s blueprint for you and learn how to more closely resemble it.

Simply Holy 077: Next Gen Feminism and the Worth of Women

Simply Holy 077: Next Gen Feminism and the Worth of Women

December 8, 2021

Do you feel like you keep striving but never arriving? Do you struggle with feeling inadequate and emotionally depleted? Listen to this episode as Marge chats with Leah A. Jacobson, MA, IBCLC, founder of The Guiding Star Project that helps girls and women to see their female contributions in a new light, find common ground, connect with other women, and celebrate sisterhood not competition. Guiding Star centers offer a wide range of counseling and provide healthcare from qualified medical professionals. Through her ministry, Leah works with women to heal the crisis caused by the Women’s Movement, realize their worth, and set realistic expectations for themselves. This is what she calls the Next Gen Feminism and she’s written about it in her new book, “Wholistic Feminism”, published by Lumen Press. Find out more about Leah and The Guiding Star Project at GuidingStarProject.com.

Simply Holy 076: Hope and Consolation for Catholic Mothers

Simply Holy 076: Hope and Consolation for Catholic Mothers

November 24, 2021

This week editor and author Heidi Saxton joins Marge to chat about her new book, “Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers.” With contributions from 72 spirit-filled Catholic authors, the Ave Prayer Book is a meaningful collection of hope and consolation for Catholic moms of all types – biological, adoptive, and spiritual. Heidi shares some of the book’s wisdom with us in light of the recent tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She also tells us about her Pray Across America road trip adventure with her husband, bringing peace and inspiration to parishes throughout the US. Find out more about Heidi at HeidiSaxton.com.

Simply Holy 075: Who is Your King?

Simply Holy 075: Who is Your King?

November 20, 2021

As we celebrate the Feast of the Kingship of Christ, Marge considers its origin and meaning. She explores the concept of kingship gone awry in today’s society and political sphere. Finally, she guides you through a brief meditation to discern the question, “Who is my king?”

Simply Holy 074: Elevating Prayer through Music

Simply Holy 074: Elevating Prayer through Music

November 10, 2021

St. Augustine once wrote that “singing belongs to one who loves.” Singer-Song Writer Anna Nuzzo certainly spreads her love through her music. Anna is an acclaimed international Catholic singer, songwriter and recording artist.  She is well known for elevating prayer through her music, which she has performed across the US and abroad. But before 2012, she was a part-time local church singer with her own Interior design business in Wisconsin.  What happened 9 years ago? On the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary in 2012, she consecrated her life to Jesus through Mary and her life has never been the same! Learn more about Anna’s music and ministry in this lively interview.

Simply Holy 073: Great Resource for Teen Parents! Meet Leslea Wahl Founder of CatholicTeenBooks.com

Simply Holy 073: Great Resource for Teen Parents! Meet Leslea Wahl Founder of CatholicTeenBooks.com

November 4, 2021

Leslea Wahl is an award-winning Catholic author of adventurous teen mysteries. Leslea not only writes for teens but she also has become a reviewer of Catholic teen fiction and is one of the founding members of CatholicTeenBooks.com. Leslea's journey to become an author came through a search for value-based fiction for her own children. She now strives to be an advocate for other families who are battling against society’s secular messages through her writing and by offering book suggestions that reflect Christian values.

Simply Holy 072: Living a Covenantal Life

Simply Holy 072: Living a Covenantal Life

October 14, 2021

Marriage is a vocation, but it also is a covenant. Covenant is more than a contract or a vow, it’s all-consuming and a complete giving of self. This covenantal way of life can be compared to holy Mass in three ways: orientation, reverence, and love. In this episode, Marge explains the parallel between holy Mass and the marriage covenant. She also outlines how this covenantal relationship holds true for singles, religious, and clergy as well.

Simply Holy 071: Becoming a Master of Prayer

Simply Holy 071: Becoming a Master of Prayer

October 5, 2021

It takes discipline and dedication to become a master of any discipline – martial arts, education, cooking, for example. Masters take their art seriously and work at it with diligence and focus. Becoming a master of prayer takes discipline and dedication as well. We don’t practice prayer because we feel like it; we practice prayer because it’s something we need. In this episode, Marge outlines how to become a master of prayer with the help of the Holy Spirit and the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Simply Holy 070: Finding Clean Catholic Fiction

Simply Holy 070: Finding Clean Catholic Fiction

September 22, 2021

Clean Catholic fiction seems like a paradox. Is it possible to write compelling fiction that is void of risqué innuendos, sensational violence, or occult characters? It certainly is possible, and award-winning author Amanda Lauer has done it with skill and finesse. Lauer has written a trilogy of young adult historical fiction that became so popular that a fourth book in the series will be published October 7, 2021. And there’s a fifth book in the works right behind it! In addition, she’s an accomplished journalist, screen writer, actress and model. Listen as Lauer shares about both her professional and spiritual journey, shows us how good Catholic fiction can be an instrument of holiness for readers, and what holiness means to her. To find Lauer online, go to AmandaLauer.com.

Simply Holy 069: Is God Asking Too Much of You?

Simply Holy 069: Is God Asking Too Much of You?

September 15, 2021

Do you feel as though God is asking too much of you? Are you having trouble meeting the demands and needs placed on you? There’s a valuable lesson for you in the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The little boy in the story doesn’t have much, but he gives everything he has to Jesus. From his meager gift, Jesus miraculously feeds more than five thousand people – with twelve baskets of leftovers! If you bring your basket of fish and loaves to Jesus, he will do the same for you. Here’s how.

Simply Holy 068: Avoiding Dangerous Philosophies

Simply Holy 068: Avoiding Dangerous Philosophies

September 8, 2021

St. Paul tells us, “See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.” There are a host of dangerous philosophies hovering out there, waiting to entrap us. They endanger our spiritual and physical well-being and are of man, not God. What’s more, our hearts radiate an electromagnetic energy that reflects the state of our hearts affect the states of other people’s heart. Simply by changing our own hearts, we can change the hearts of others and turn the tides away from empty, seductive philosophies. Here’s how to stand strong in Christ.

Simply Holy 067: Get Away from It All: Create a Spiritual Oasis

Simply Holy 067: Get Away from It All: Create a Spiritual Oasis

August 26, 2021

Stress and anxiety getting to you? Need to get away from it all? Here’s where you can go to relax, refresh, and renew – a spiritual oasis right in your own home! It’s easy to do and will bring you untold peace and joy. Here are four simple step to make that happen.

Simply Holy 066: Mary as Christ-Bearer

Simply Holy 066: Mary as Christ-Bearer

August 18, 2021

What does it mean when we say that Mary is the Christ-bearer? Likely you think about Mary bearing Christ in her womb prior to his Birth, and that’s correct. But there are multiple ways that Mary was and continues to be a Christ-bearer for all of humankind. A look at how Mary bore Christ to others in Biblical times, through history, and today. We need Mary now more than ever to bear Christ in the hearts of humankind!

Simply Holy 065: Three Levels of Knowledge: The Marian Person

Simply Holy 065: Three Levels of Knowledge: The Marian Person

August 11, 2021

Are you floundering in the sea of misinformation, hostility and fear that surround us? Here’s how to apply the three levels of knowledge – knowledge of the senses, knowledge of the intellect, and knowledge of faith – in these critical times. Listen to examples from Mary’s life and learn how to become the Marian person who isn’t tossed by the waves.

Simply Holy 064: Healing through Holiness

Simply Holy 064: Healing through Holiness

August 5, 2021

Marge chats with author and speaker, Erin McCole Cupp about her new book, “All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family” and healing through holiness. Erin explains how to break the cycles of bondage to destructive patterns in our relationships, especially in our relationships with ourselves. Plus, get the inside scoop of the writing and production of this marvelous and refreshing new book!

Simply Holy 063: What is a Marian Person?

Simply Holy 063: What is a Marian Person?

July 23, 2021

Becoming a Marian person is not the same as having devotion to the Virgin Mary. Do you know the difference? Why should it matter? In this episode, Marge tackles common misconceptions about Mary, explains what a Marian person is (and it not) and why it’s vital that you become one.

Simply Holy 062: Do You Know God’s Purpose for You?

Simply Holy 062: Do You Know God’s Purpose for You?

July 14, 2021

Things not working out for you?  Nothing’s going right, and it seems like all you do is run into brick walls. Most likely you’ve become side-tracked from the purpose God has for you. But what is that purpose? Here’s how to discover your God-given purpose and get back on track quickly the next time you find yourself heading off course.

Simply Holy 061: Conversation with Author Danielle Bean

Simply Holy 061: Conversation with Author Danielle Bean

July 7, 2021

Marge chats with author, speaker, and retreat leader Danielle Bean about her new book, “Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday” published by Ascension Press. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the book came about and surprising things that happened along the way. Danielle shares some insights from her personal life, gives a summary of the contents and sound advice for how “Whisper” can help you to grow in holiness.

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