Emotional and Spiritual Postpartum Care ft. Rebecca Christian

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We often talk about postpartum care in terms of nursing or sleep deprivation…but what about the spiritual and emotional side of things? Today’s chat is with Rebecca Christian of Fiat Doula Services. Rebecca is walking us through why she decided to transition from screenwriting to doula services, why she focuses her practice on postpartum care, and what moms who are struggling in the postpartum stage of life can do to begin to feel like themselves again. We also talk about how silence has been bringing her closer to God (I feel like so many of our guests say this!) and Rebecca generously provided our listeners with a list of Catholic birth affirmations! Make sure to get your hands on those and send them to a friend who will be giving birth soon. Enjoy!

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    Topics discussed:

    • How Rebecca fell more in love with her faith

    • Why she began doula work

    • Her heart for postpartum care

    • Why women struggle with their identity and spirituality after giving birth

    • Her advice for women who are struggling in the postpartum trenches

    • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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    Cultivating Community + Going Through Burnout ft. Megan Stram

    When you’re doing intensely emotional work, burnout is common. My dear friend Megan is on the show today to discuss her experience working in social services with young people on the autism spectrum and what a period of unemployment after burnout taught her God and His faithfulness. We also talk about how Megan has been able to find Catholic community as a single young adult. You’ll love her thoughts on disability advocacy, her passion for honoring the gifts of our brothers and sisters with disabilities, and how she made changes in her life to avoid yet again reaching that state of emotional, spiritual, and physical burnout. It’s a great chat and I hope you enjoy it!

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    Topics discussed:

    • How Megan transitioned from ministry to secular work

    • Tips for implementing yourself into a Catholic community as a young single person

    • Why Megan has a passion for disability work

    • The book that changed her view of disability work

    • The effect unemployment had in her spiritual life

    • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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    What I've Learned in 100 Episodes ft. Claire Swinarski

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    EPISODE 100! In today’s show, I’m sharing five things I’ve learned over the past 100 episodes and what you can expect from the Catholic Feminist moving forward. It’s been such a joy to be with you these past 2 years (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere right now!) and I am so grateful for you. YOU. I’m praying for the listeners of the show extra hard.

    We mention a lot of different episodes in this week’s show. The easiest ways to find those episodes are simply to google “Catholic Feminist” and the name I mention!

    I also discuss a few ways you can help the show grow. Those are: prayer, sharing the show intentionally with a friend who might enjoy it, buying our book, or checking out our online shop.

    Blooming Where You're Planted ft. Noel Hrnchir + Sara Racicot

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    “Fragility makes us strong. You can’t be sensitive to other people’s needs or aware of what’s going on without you unless you have a certain amount of fragility. You have to be able to be moved by the people around you.” That’s just ONE of the many mic drops on today’s episode. Sara Racicot and Noel Hrnchir are the co-hosts of Way of the Wildflowers, a podcast for women. When you hear women compared to flowers, it’s easy to roll your eyes—we’re not fragile! We’re tough and strong and fierce and formidable! But when Sara and Noel explain their passion for blooming where you’re planted and feeling impacted by others, you’ll feel a whole new passion for living like a wildflower. We also chat about why the Church needs women in all walks of life, the essentialness of vulnerability, Noel’s tips for flourishing in your faith at a public university, and what’s been bringing the pair closer to God. Enjoy!

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    Topics discussed:

    • How Noel and Sara met and why they felt the world needed their podcast

    • How strength + fragility can be combined in women

    • Why it’s hard to live out a faith life in college

    • #FiatFeminism

    • The beauty of flourishing where you’re planted

    • Which saints they feel best represent feminism

    • What’s been bringing Noel and Sara closer to God

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    Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice ft. Kathryn Jean Lopez

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    As Catholic feminists, we’re fired up about our faith. We want to spread the message of the Gospel so that as many women as possible can live fearless, spirit-filled lives walking in the light of Christ. But modern society often disagrees with what that looks like, and no matter who you are, you probably spend a significant amount of time surrounded by people who disagree with you. Maybe it’s your college classmates who think being religious is synonymous with being an idiot, or maybe it’s your uber conservative coworkers who have Build The Wall bumper stickers. Maybe it’s your pro-choice neighbor who volunteers at Planned Parenthood, your priest who regularly gives homilies on the importance of women not working outside the home, or your mom who just doesn’t get why you’re so into that Jesus thing.

    Kathryn Jean Lopez, a writer for National Review, has plenty of experience speaking with people who disagree with her. She’s here to share her wisdom on how to defend our faith without letting unrighteous anger consume is. We also chat about how she manages to write about heavy-hitting topics and keep the faith, why she thinks political boxes are so frustrating, and how adoration has been bringing her closer to God. Enjoy!

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    Topics discussed:

    • How Kathryn got to where she is today

    • How she manages to keep her hope when covering abortion law

    • Her tips for communicating with people who think differently

    • Why she thinks political boxes need to go

    • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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    Female Theologians and Making Space for Women ft. Amy O'Connell

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    Let’s get real: in a world full of Buzzfeed quizzes about which type of potato you are, it can feel like most of the content we’re consuming is just…Fruity Pebbles. A sugary cereal that looks fun, tastes marvelously mediocre, and makes us regret it the second the last bite is in our mouths. That’s why Amy O’Connell decided to launch Ever Eden, a literary journal by and for Catholics. Amy and I are chatting about why she decided to get her Master’s in Theology, why she created something that could be enjoyed by men and women alike, and the importance of consuming great art in the land of clickbait culture. Enjoy!

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      Topics discussed:

      • Why Amy grew up being ashamed to be a girl

      • What lead her to the decision to study theology

      • Where she got the idea of Ever Eden

      • Why she purposely made Ever Eden to appeal to both men and women

      • If there’s room for a literary journal in “clickbait culture”

      • How Rosary and wine night are bringing her closer to God

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      Postpartum Rights in the Workplace ft. Emily Kearney

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      Being a working mom can have plenty of “bumps” in the road (…see what I did there?) but your postpartum rights shouldn’t be one of them. I absolutely loved chatting with attorney Emily Kearney on today’s show! Emily has experience in postpartum rights in the workplace and speaking with her about our rights if we’re returning to a secular workplace post-childbirth was fascinating. We also talked about her work in the area of broader disability rights, why she feels we’re so indifferent about ableist discrimination, and why these are pro-life issues. This episode is a total powerhouse of legal, empowering goodness—enjoy!

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      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Rights Handout

      Emilly has SO generously provided us a quick handout on our pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum rights in the workplace. Snag it here!

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        Topics discussed:

        • Where Emily’s passion for disability rights came from

        • What our rights are when returning to the workplace after giving birth

        • The “visibility” problem in disability rights

        • How to help our sisters in a secular, man-oriented workplace

        • What’s been bringing Emily closer to God

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        Listening to the Old Testament and Raising Feminist Daughters ft. Danielle Bean

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        Today is Ash Wednesday. As we dive into the 40 days before Christ’s death and resurrection, you may have incorporated Bible reading into your Lenten journey. But lets be honest…how many of us try and tiptoe around the Old Testament? That half of the Bible can seem crazy, confusing, and straight up overwhelming. But today’s podcast guest, author Danielle Bean, believes there are strong connections to be drawn between the women of the Old Testament and the #MeToo movement. I loved chatting with Danielle about which women in Bible have influenced her the most, how her family incorporates Bible time, and how she lets the women of Scripture influence the way she raises her daughters as feminists. If you’re super hungry and need something to keep your mind off your rumbling stomach, enjoy!

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        Topics discussed:

        • When Danielle began to identify as a feminist

        • How Bathsheba relates to the #MeToo movement

        • Danielle’s passion for the Book of Judith

        • How her family incorporates Bible time

        • Her favorite resources for engaging with the Old Testament

        • Her practical tips for bringing her kids more into a feminist mindset

        • What’s been bringing her closer to God

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        Embracing a Spirit of Solidarity ft. Shannon Evans

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        As I’ve said on the show many times before, Dorothy Day is a huge inspiration of mine + was one of the catalysts that caused me to start this podcast. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to have Shannon Evans on the show to talk about her experience working in Catholic Worker houses, a movement that was founded by Dorothy Day. But Shannon and I also dive deep into adoption, embracing our weaknesses, and what it means to truly operate as part of the larger body of Christ. Also, I loved her insight on her shifting view of “doing ministry”, specifically in the context of my own life. I share with her what I feel like God’s been saying to me lately and how it’s leaving me struggling to understand which direction He wants me to walk in. Overall, it was such a joy to chat with Shannon and I hope you enjoy our chat!

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        Topics discussed:

        • What social justice means to Shannon

        • Why she and her husband decided to live in a Catholic Worker house

        • How to live a spirit of solidarity and connectedness

        • Her new book on embracing our weaknesses

        • What she wishes she had known when she decided to adopt

        • What’s been bringing her closer to God

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        Creativity and the Camino ft. Ashlee Cowles

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        Do you know what it’s like to put your heart + soul into a work of creativity…and be rejected? I sure do—and so does Ashlee Cowles, today’s guest and the author of YA novel BENEATH WANDERING STARS. Ashlee + I are chatting all about writing, her creative process, and why she thinks its important to market her book not as a “Catholic book” even though it has themes of truth and beauty. We also talk about which book is bringing her closer to God and how her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago influenced her writing. I loved hearing about Ashlee’s journey and I hope you do too!

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        Topics discussed:

        • Why Ashlee decided to walk the Camino and the impact it had on her

        • What her journey towards publishing a book was like

        • How she’s handled professional rejection

        • How writing and creativity help her strengthen her relationship with Jesus

        • Why it’s important for her to engage with secular media

        • What’s been bringing Ashlee closer to God

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        Being Biblical Businesswomen ft. Emma Moran + Elise Gallagher

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        Today on the show we’re chatting with Elise + Emma, the founders of the Catholic Women in Business Foundation. If you’ve ever dreamed of launching your own business, Elise + Emma’s group helps provide you the tools to be successful. We talk about everything from garbage business advice we’ve received to why Catholic women desperately crave community. I LOVE Elise’s story of how she got confirmation from the Lord that he wanted her to start this endeavor, and I know you will too!

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        Topics discussed:

        • Why Elise + Emma decided to start the Catholic Women in Business Foundation

        • What modern business trends drive them crazy

        • Business books that have made a difference in their lives

        • Their advice for women looking to become entrepreneurs

        • How to use your secular business to evangelize

        • What’s been bringing them closer to God

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        Living Out Our Belovedness ft. Sarah Kroger

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        IT’S SEASON 3! 🎙 We’re BACK with another round of women to inspire you, inform you, + help you lead a more intentional life. Our season 3 premiere guest is no exception. I saw Sarah Kroger leading worship at SEEK and knew I had to have her on the show. Sarah is a singer and songwriter (Audrey Assad produced her new album…heard of her? 😂) with a heart for Jesus. We talk about how her music has been inspired by Henri Nouwen, how her history with mental health has been integrated into her music, and how she balances focusing on the craft of music with having a prayer experience while performing. Also, her answer for what’s bringing her closer to God lately might surprise you! Whether you’re a well-known musician or, uh, deeply musically challenged (…hi 🙋🏼‍♀️), I hope this episode serves you!

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        Topics discussed:

        • How Sarah wound up in a career as a singer/songwriter

        • Her latest album and women in music production

        • Living out our belovedness, no matter our season of life

        • Whether or not she gets nervous in front of massive crowds

        • How she balances performing/praying

        • Her favorite worship artists

        • How silence is bringing her closer to God

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        SEEK 2019

        I had the honor of attending SEEK 2019 and hosted a live show in the middle of the exhibits! I chatted with a FOCUS missionary, a couple of attendees, and speakers Anna Carter and Sr. Miriam. Apologies for the low-quality audio...live show, so didn't have a ton of control! 

        We talk about how students are living out their Catholic feminism, whether or not Anna thinks she “struggles” with same sex desires, and why Sr. Miriam believes anger can be fuel to restore justice, among many other topics. Enjoy!

        Embracing Hope as a a Pediatric Oncologist ft. Dr. Melissa Mark

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        Weep with those who weep. St. Paul reminds us in Scripture to participate in the sorrow of others, and today’s guest, Dr. Melissa Mark, is a pediatric oncologist with no shortage of grief. But when I went into today’s interview, I expected to be chatting about how she stays strong and bringing Jesus into dark places. Instead, she blew my mind with her wisdom on why witnessing death is an honor and how Jesus is already present in every place imaginable. We also chat about being a working mom, how she evangelizes in her workplace in an ethical, loving way, and how she makes it work being married to another doctor. WARNING: WE DISCUSS THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT WHO MAY OR MAY NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE ON DECEMBER 25. Be warned—this episode may spoil some things for those with little ears! Thanks for tuning in to our SEASON TWO FINALE—see you in February!

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        Topics discussed:

        • Why Melissa decided to become a doctor

        • What it’s like to interact with so much grief every day

        • The Catholic definition of hope and how to incorporate it into the medical field

        • How she brings Jesus into her workplace

        • How she fosters a faith life in her family

        • Her thoughts on Santa

        • How journaling has been bringing her closer to God lately

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        Literacy Advocacy and Inspiring Young Girls ft. Shanel Adams

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        Studies show that reading isn’t just a fun hobby—it makes you more empathetic, increases your intelligence, and opens doors that were previously closed. That’s why today’s guest is such an inspiration to me! Shanel Adams is the founder of Progressionista, a Detroit-based non-profit aimed at increasing literacy among young girls, introducing them to literature, and helping them learn about different career opportunities available to them. All of our guests have amazing stories to share, and Shanel is no different, but her story in particular is timely for me—I recently achieved a life-long dream and signed a 2-book deal with HarperCollins for two children’s books that will be coming out in 2020 and 2021. Shanel and I geek out about our favorite books, why she loves Detroit, and how journaling is bringing her closer to God. Also, I frequently get emails asking for more conversion stores—Shanel became a Catholic THIS YEAR, and the story of her journey to Catholicism is beautiful. Enjoy!

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        Topics discussed:

        • Why Shanel created Progressionista

        • Her journey to becoming a Catholic

        • What women have made an impact in her life

        • Why she decided to return to Detroit

        • How journaling is bringing her closer to God

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        The Importance of Women in Leadership ft. Elise Italiano

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        Women don’t need a collar to lead.

        That’s just ONE of the wisdom nuggets today’s guest drops. Elise Italiano is the director of the GIVEN Institute, a non-profit aimed at activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world.  A former theology and bioethics teacher, Elise is on the show to chat about the necessity of women as leaders in the Church. We chat about what women bring to the table, why so many millennial women are leaving the Church, and what forces we need to combat to ensure women have a seat at the table. Enjoy!

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        Topics discussed:

        • How Elise became passionate about the Church’s teachings

        • What the GIVEN Institute is

        • Why she believes so many women are leaving the Church

        • What makes her nervous about the phrase “feminine genius”

        • Why she thinks women in leadership roles is so important

        • How silence is bringing her closer to God

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        Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer

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        For us Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means turkey, parades, football, (whitewashed stories about pilgrims and Native Americans that aren’t 100% accurate and should probably be looked at much deeper than they are but that’s a post for another time), and family. For some of us, being with our families is a true joy that we look forward to all year. But for some of us, being with family is very difficult and can bring out some tough emotions. That’s why there’s no better time for a chat about emotionally healthy spirituality. Today on the show, we’re chatting with Lisa Brenninkmeyer, the founder of Walking With Purpose. Lisa and I talk about what emotionally healthy spirituality looks like, how to take care of yourself during emotionally volatile times, how to build up a community around you that you can be 100% yourself with, and how to seek healing from emotional wounds. So if you’re currently driving to your in-laws or cousins or grandparents for Thanksgiving, I hope we can keep you company for the car ride!

        Also, there’s no better time to express my immense gratitude for you, dear listener, for allowing me to have my dream job. To show my appreciation, we'll be joining in the good ole fashioned tradition of discounts this holiday shopping weekend. From today to Cyber Monday (11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, and 11/26) you can take 20% off anything in the Catholic Feminist Shop with the code THANKSGIVING. I'm also bringing back our book preorder deal for those days only--if you shoot me a proof of purchase (Amazon, AveMariaPress.com, or Barnes and Noble confirmation) of Girl, Arise to claire@thecatholicfeministpodcast.com with the EXACT subject line PREORDER, you'll receive a discount code for 25% off 40 Days to a Feminist Faith, a free copy of our social justice Bible study, and our bonus episode with Mallory Smyth of Endow.

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          Topics discussed:

          • How Lisa’s background has an Evangelical inspired her to write Bible studies

          • Why the Bible is so important for Catholics

          • How to stay emotionally steady in emotionally volatile situations

          • The importance of fostering authentic community

          • Our mutual love for Sr. Miriam

          • How to seek emotional healing

          • How reading the entire Bible has brought her closer to God

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          Influencing the Culture Through Media and Art ft. Jessamyn Anderson

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          Sign up for the #GreaterThanGold challenge to give ethical, meaningful gifts this year!

          “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

          Sometimes at the end of the day, I just need to curl up with some Food Network. But is zoning out like that okay, or am I supposed to be, like, reading the Bible and listening to Hillsong? That’s what today’s guest, Jessamyn Anderson, has come on the show to discuss. Jessamyn works in communications for Love Good Culture, a gift service focused on building a better culture through media. She’s also a singer and jewelry designer with a love for art, the BBC, and historical fiction. Jessamyn and I chat about how our media influences our culture and whether or not there’s even such a thing as “good” or “bad” media. Enjoy!

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          Topics discussed:

          • Why Jessamyn wound up in Nashville

          • How she learned to give it all to God + trust His plans

          • Whether she thinks media is “good” or “bad”

          • Some suggestions for media to consume if you’re looking for a “cleaner” media diet

          • Her thoughts on “zoning out” with media

          • What book in the Bible has been bringing her closer to God

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          Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West

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          If we believe that men + women are inherently different, how can we discover the reality about womanhood without falling into harmful stereotypes? How do women who AREN’T mothers fit into God’s design for gender? How does God’s design for women’s bodies relate to deeper meanings about our world? How can women who don’t fit into your typical “meek and mild” box live out Theology of the Body and take part in salvation history when sometimes in the Church we’re smacked in the face with judgement and outdated gender roles?

          These are just SOME of the questions I had about TOB. There’s nobody better to chat about them with than Christopher West, the president of the Theology of the Body Institute. It was an honor to talk with a world-renowned Catholic speaker and educator and to join forces on the truth behind Catholic feminism. Enjoy!

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          Don’t forget to preorder GIRL, ARISE, a Catholic feminist manifesto being published by Ave Maria Press this February.

          Topics discussed:

          • Why Christopher loves TOB

          • How we can embrace TOB without putting women in a box

          • How women who aren’t mothers can still embrace womanhood in a very pro-mother Catholic society

          • How the biology of women fits into God’s greater plan for the universe

          • How secular feminism and Catholic feminism contrast one another

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          Memento Mori and Death as Catholics ft. Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

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          Remember you will die. ☠️

          When Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble started keeping a skull on her desk, she thought it would look cool. But she had no idea the impact the constant reminder of death would have on her faith life. As Catholics, we live in a world that constantly fears death, avoids death, and dreads death. But if we truly understand what Heaven is, death should be something we rejoice—something that powers us forward and fills us with peace and comfort. I thought there was no better day than All Hallow’s Eve to chat with Sr. Theresa about death, her journey from atheism to becoming a religious sister (a journey she’s still on!) and what the Daughters of St. Paul are all about. So whether you’re spending tonight hauling kids from door to door for candy or snuggled up with It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, I hope our episode brings a little Catholic flavor to your Halloween!

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            Topics discussed:

            • How Sr. Theresa became a Catholic

            • Why she started keeping a skull on her death

            • What inspired her to create a journal

            • The Catholic view of death

            • Her thoughts on dressing kids up for Halloween

            • How trust in Jesus is bringing her closer to God

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