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 itâ€™s vital that you become one.
Things not working out for you? Â Nothingâ€™s going right, and it seems like all you do is run into brick walls. Most likely youâ€™ve become side-tracked from the purpose God has for you. But what is that purpose? Hereâ€™s how to discover your God-given purpose and get back on track quickly the next time you find yourself heading off course.
Marge chats with author, speaker, and retreat leader Danielle Bean about her new book, â€śWhisper: Finding God in the Everydayâ€ť 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 â€śWhisperâ€ť can help you to grow in holiness.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the devil, but he countered them by explaining that it is impossible for Satan to cast out Satan. â€śWhoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters,â€ť he said. A rotten tree can only produce rotten fruit, while a good tree produces good fruit. It can be difficult to tell the difference â€“ at least initially. How do you know who are the â€śgood treesâ€ť and who are the â€śbad treesâ€ť in your life?
Are we facing the end times? Some say we are others say we are not. In actuality, it doesnâ€™t matter. What matters is reading the signs of the times and acting on them according to Godâ€™s will for you. Hereâ€™s how.
Are you easily perturbed? Are there certain people or situations that disturb your peace of mind, heart, and soul? Thereâ€™s a great work around for that! Learn how to set up your own â€śPerturbability Meterâ€ť and remain serene in any situation. In this episode, Marge shares some wit and wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas.
To be sure, these are uncertain times. It seems we're surrounded by lawlessness and that can lead to confusion and despair. Violations of civil law, authentic Church law, natural law, and God's law surround us. Even with that going on, we have great reason for hope and optimism. Here's how to cope with lawlessness, hold your head high, and walk forward with confidence.
With the country beginning to re-open, mandates and capacity restrictions are being peeled away, including in our churches. Sadly, far too many people have become accustomed to missing Sunday Mass. Perhaps you've become complacent as well. This is a Pentecostal time for the Church. This is your moment, our moment, to catch the fire of Pentecost and set the Church ablaze with fervor!
More and more, I'm feeling betrayed by people in my life who have become cold or hostile because I don't think and behave as they do. I bet you've had that experience, too. Here's what to do about it and how to come away from it in hope and joy.
Easter is over, the Easter Bunny has hopped away into the sunset and now itâ€™s back to normal, right? Wrong. This post-Resurrection time is the most exciting time of the year for the Church. Itâ€™s like an adventure novel except that itâ€™s true and thereâ€™s an important part for you to play in it.
The statistics are staggering. Sunday Mass attendance has been in decline for decades. Now projected numbers indicate that the numbers may further diminish as consequence of the long-term pandemic restrictions. Our bishops and priests can only do so much to bring the faithful back to the sacraments. Now more than ever, the Church needs heroic Catholics who will lead the way back by their faith and example. Will you be one of them?
Have you ever observed a situation absolutely convinced you knew exactly what was going on? And then you find out later that what you thought happened wasnâ€™t at all what actually happened? Marge shares a personal (and embarrassing) time when this happened to her and then shows how easily this can happen to anyone and how it applies to life in general.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Your answer can tell you a lot about yourself and your relationship with Christ. A lively, thought-provoking episode wherein Marge explains why she once owned three (working) coffee makers at the same time. Letting go of the material world, simplifying our lives and finding life and peace in the Spirit. Thatâ€™s what seeking simplicity in Christ is all about!
Even in the darkest times, even amidst losing a loved one, we have reason for hope. A personal message of hope amid grief as our family prepares to say our final goodbyes to a cherished aunt. The God of hope will fill us with joy and peace even in our grief. As people of faith, we believe there is a reason for everything and a greater good will come of it according to Godâ€™s mercy and perfect will.
Have you ever heard the voice of Jesus? Those who have had that experience are quite fortunate. But some of us, seem never to heart his voice. Whether it be audibly, symbolically, or intuitively, we never seem able to perceive what God is saying to us either through circumstances, â€ścoincidences,â€ť or the still small voice within us. For a period of time, I was convinced that our Lord spoke to everyone else but me. In a moment of discouragement, he proved me wrong and brought me to an amazing realization. In this episode, I share my experience with listeners and show them how they, too, can hear the voice of Jesus even when he seems to be keeping silent.
If someone asked you to describe yourself, what would be on your list of characteristics and attributes? How far down on that list would you mention your Catholic faith? Current events have sparked countless terse discussions in person and on line about what it means to be a Catholic. Can we profess one set of beliefs and then act contrarily in the public sphere? A frank look at the precepts and four marks of the Church and how weâ€™re obligated to follow them in both our private and public lives. Calling ourselves Catholic must be more than a designation; it must be a way of life.
As you move through Lent, there is only one essential question to ask yourself. This single query encompasses all you need for your spiritual striving and should be your main motivation. What is that question? How can it help you through Lent? Youâ€™ll find it in Chapter Six of the Gospel of Matthew. In this episode, Marge unpacks Matthewâ€™s chapter and shows you how to apply it to your Lenten striving.
In a vision, Christ told John that he will spit from his mouth those who are lukewarm in their faith (see Rev 3:15-16). Its hard to be on fire for the faith when the Church is under persecution. We fear shame and retaliation from those who oppose our beliefs. Being lukewarm seems like the safer route to take. Take heart! There are more faithful out there than you think and when they see you on fire, their hearts will burn for Christ as well. This message of hope and encouragement will help you do exactly that.
Feeling discouraged? Thatâ€™s not surprising given the current state of affairs in the world. Discouragement is a form of spiritual desolation and itâ€™s during such times that people tend to back off on spiritual commitments and go easy on themselves. But, thatâ€™s exactly the time to step it up and increase your spiritual striving. In this episode, Marge explains why that is and how to effectively face discouragement and spiritual desolation.