Among Women 181: Spiritual Muscle for Life’s Curves

July 16, 2014

This week’s episode: 

“Blessed are They”: St Catherine of Bologna

“Among Women” Guest: Jennifer Fitz

I’m happy to be back after an unplanned hiatus due to family obligations and spiritual direction school. In this episode I unpack seven spiritual weapons found in the writings of St Catherine of Bologna… especially in the spiritual warfare that increased as her faith and love for Christ increased.AuthorPhoto1

Our Among Women guest segment finds me conversing with author-blogger Jennifer Fitz, vice-president of the Catholic Writers Guild. Jennifer shares her life as a blogger-catechist-author and the good work of the Guild, and she opens her heart describing how her past experience as a competitive cyclist enlightens her faith today as she powers through suffering when it comes.

Links for this episode:

Pope Benedict’s general audience catechesis on St Catherine of Bologna

Holy Women – book with Pope Benedict’s catechesis on holy women

How to pray the Rosary (.pdf)

How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

How to pray the Stations of the Cross

How to pray with Scripture (lectio divina)

Catholic Writers Guild website and conference

Sticking the Corners – blog by Jennifer Fitz

Classroom Management for Catechists – book by Jennifer Fitz

Other shows of related interest:

Archived shows of Among Women that feature Bible reading and love of Scripture

AW 146: This archived episode sheds more light on the biography of St Catherine of Bologna as a patron of artists.


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