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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Among Women 148: “Coming Home” while on Pilgrimage

October 16, 2012

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: Catherine of Bologna

“Among Women” Guest: Joanne McPortland

This week we visit with Egregious Twaddle blogger, Joanne McPortland, and listen to the ways God spoke to her on pilgrimage most recently to Marian shrines in Portugal, Spain, and France, (including Fatima and Lourdes), as well as in a previous pilgrimage to Assisi. We talk about the important integration of faith and life and the gift of the experience of walking where Mary and the saints have been, and the lessons one finds along the pilgrim way.

Links for this episode:

The Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, by Lisa Hendey

 Egregious Twaddle blog posts from Joanne McPortland on her recent pilgrimage experiences.

Other shows of related interest:

AW 7: This very early podcast from the archives describes my first pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, with my friend and guest, Jane Richard.

AW 133: In “Blessed are They” I describe the life of Blessed Jacinta Marto, one of the visionaries of Fatima.

AW 137: My podcast about my recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, France this past June.

Reminders: Send your comments on what joy means to you, or where you find joy, to Pat Gohn at, or to the Among Women podcast facebook page. Or record your feedback at the AW voicemail line at 206-426-1060.

Finally, be sure to check out my extensive blog post on the Year of Faith at my blog, The Back Porch, and AW 147 that also describes it.

Mary and infant Jesus, painted by St Catherine of Bologna, 15th century.

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The other photograph in the thumbnail is from my recent pilgrimage to Lourdes… the Cross, with pilgrim’s crosses carried to Lourdes, looking down the main esplanade toward the main basilicas.