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: âWho are you, Sir?â and then, finally, âWhat shall I do, Sir?â These two questions should be the guidelines for our lives in imitation of St. Paul.
Did you know that God has a unique blueprint for everything he has created or ever will create? Thatâs 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 â 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 doesnât match the blueprint. Discover Godâs blueprint for you and learn how to more closely resemble it.
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 Womenâs Movement, realize their worth, and set realistic expectations for themselves. This is what she calls the Next Gen Feminism and sheâs written about it in her new book, âWholistic Feminismâ, published by Lumen Press. Find out more about Leah and The Guiding Star Project at GuidingStarProject.com.
This week editor and author Heidi Saxton joins Marge to chat about her new book, âAve Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers.â 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 â biological, adoptive, and spiritual. Heidi shares some of the bookâs 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.
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 todayâs society and political sphere. Finally, she guides you through a brief meditation to discern the question, âWho is my king?â
St. Augustine once wrote that âsinging belongs to one who loves.â Singer-Song Writer Anna Nuzzo certainly spreads her love through her music. Anna is an acclaimed international Catholic singer, songwriter and recording artist. Â 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. Â 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 Annaâs music and ministry in this lively interview.
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 societyâs secular messages through her writing and by offering book suggestions that reflect Christian values.
Marriage is a vocation, but it also is a covenant. Covenant is more than a contract or a vow, itâs 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.
It takes discipline and dedication to become a master of any discipline â 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 donât practice prayer because we feel like it; we practice prayer because itâs 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.
Clean Catholic fiction seems like a paradox. Is it possible to write compelling fiction that is void of risquĂ© 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 thereâs a fifth book in the works right behind it! In addition, sheâs 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.
Do you feel as though God is asking too much of you? Are you having trouble meeting the demands and needs placed on you? Thereâs 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 doesnât have much, but he gives everything he has to Jesus. From his meager gift, Jesus miraculously feeds more than five thousand people â with twelve baskets of leftovers! If you bring your basket of fish and loaves to Jesus, he will do the same for you. Hereâs how.
St. Paul tells us, âSee 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.â 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. Whatâs more, our hearts radiate an electromagnetic energy that reflects the state of our hearts affect the states of other peopleâs heart. Simply by changing our own hearts, we can change the hearts of others and turn the tides away from empty, seductive philosophies. Hereâs how to stand strong in Christ.
Stress and anxiety getting to you? Need to get away from it all? Hereâs where you can go to relax, refresh, and renew â a spiritual oasis right in your own home! Itâs easy to do and will bring you untold peace and joy. Here are four simple step to make that happen.
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 thatâs 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!
Are you floundering in the sea of misinformation, hostility and fear that surround us? Hereâs how to apply the three levels of knowledge â knowledge of the senses, knowledge of the intellect, and knowledge of faith â in these critical times. Listen to examples from Maryâs life and learn how to become the Marian person who isnât tossed by the waves.
Marge chats with author and speaker, Erin McCole Cupp about her new book, âAll Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Familyâ and healing through holiness. Erin explains how toÂ 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!
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 itâs vital that you become one.
Things not working out for you? Â Nothingâs going right, and it seems like all you do is run into brick walls. Most likely youâve become side-tracked from the purpose God has for you. But what is that purpose? Hereâs 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, âWhisper: Finding God in the Everydayâ 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 âWhisperâ can help you to grow in holiness.