The Other Side of Beauty ft. Leah Darrow

Today on the podcast, I’m chatting with someone many of you are familiar with: former Top Model contestant/current amazing Catholic woman Leah Darrow. I know this ain’t the confessional but I have something to get off my chest…I used to be a HUGE Top Model fan. My friends and I had watch parties in high school and I’m pretty sure there are embarrassing fake “audition” tapes we made floating around somewhere. But Leah exposes a side of the beauty industry that our current culture is often wary to admit: the side that uses women as PRODUCTS, not people.

Leah and I talk about a range of topics, from why she left modeling to whether or not there’s a place for worldly “beauty” in the Catholic landscape. We also discuss her new book, The Other Side of Beauty. It was a real treat to speak with this podcaster, wife, mom, writer, speaker, and daughter of God, and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

Topics discussed:

  • Why Leah auditioned for Top Model
  • The moment that reverted her back to her Catholic faith
  • The steps she took from broken model to Catholic faithful
  • Whether or not worldly beauty has a place in a Catholic woman's life
  • Her new book, The Other Side of Beauty
  • Why she co-founded the Lux Conference

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Radical Faith and Filmmaking ft. Erin Dooley

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Today on the podcast, we're chatting with Erin Dooley, an award-winning filmmaker. Erin's new film, Broken & Beautiful, is a Christian musical that explores how we can continue to strive for holiness within our own brokenness. 

Topics discussed:

  • Why Erin decided to move to Los Angeles
  • How she heard God telling her to create this movie
  • How she thrives in LA while living out a radical Catholic faith
  • What her movie's about and what she hopes it does for others
  • How filming Broken & Beautiful affected her own faith life 

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Q & A With Claire Swinarski

IT'S SEASON 2! 

We are SO happy to be back. To celebrate, I'm answering a few of your questions, including...

Can feminists wear chapel veils? 

Does my husband call himself a feminist?

What other podcasts are great for Catholic women? 

How should a Catholic feminist go about picking a spiritual director? 

...and many, many more. Enjoy! 

Don't forget: if you want to be the first to hear when doors open for 40 Days to a Feminist Faith, our e-retreat, just head over here and jump on the waiting list. 

Today's episode was sponsored by Audible, the audio book streaming service. For a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic

 

Finding Hope Within Human Trafficking ft. Rebekah Lemke

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When I was five, the biggest issue I had was that my mom was forcing me to take ballet lessons…and if you know me, you’re probably not surprised to hear it didn’t stick. But hey, at least I wasn’t being sold into slavery.

Yup—a five year old. That’s just one of the stories today’s podcast guest, Rebekah Lemke, has about her work on human trafficking victims. Rebekah recently returned from a trip abroad where she was able to meet with victims up close, learn their stories, and help them move forward. We talk all about the different types of human trafficking, how you as an average person can help victims, and the importance of shopping ethically. 

Speaking of shopping ethically: This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

Topics discussed:

  • Different types of human trafficking
  • Who is most likely to be trafficked
  • What the life of a slave is like
  • How people are tricked into human trafficking
  • A few different stories of victims and how they've risen above their circumstances
  • Why trafficking is such an important Catholic issue 

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The Journey of Infertility and Adoption ft. Amanda Teixeira

You know when you have your life planned out, you present it to God, and He whips up something totally different than you had imagined? That’s what happened to today’s podcast guest, Amanda Teixeira. It was great to have Amanda back on the show to talk about her journey with infertility and adopting her two amazing daughters! Amanda shares what she’s done to try and get her fertility back on track (it’s more like what HASN’T she done…), how she heard God calling her and her family to adoption, and how she and her husband utilized social media to locate the birth mothers of their two daughters. Something we talked about that I had never even thought about was the deep connection Amanda feels with her daughter’s birth mothers. This episode is perfect for anyone concerned about their own fertility or feeling a call to adoption. 

This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

Topics discussed:

  • When Amanda first realized her fertility wasn't functioning properly
  • The different kinds of methods she tried to get her body back on track
  • Why she wasn't tempted to use IVF 
  • How she and her husband discerned adoption
  • How they utilized social media to locate the birth mothers of their two daughters
  • How adoption starts with a loss and why you should never say "just adopt" 
  • What to do if a good friend is experiencing infertility and you want to help but are unsure how
  • How a particular book is bringing her closer to God right now

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Embracing Advent ft. Emily Schaefer

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It’s almost Advent! What is the meaning of the season? Are you allowed to put up your Christmas tree pre-Christmas? What is the best version of O Come O Come Emmanuel?! All of these and more will be answered during our special advent season featuring youth minister Emily Schaefer. Emily talks about what a Pixar movie has to do with Advent, why she’s responsible for my marriage (it’s true!) and what gives Advent a different spirit than Lent. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good. Visit ethicaltrade.crs.org to learn more. 

Topics discussed:

  • How Emily and Claire met 
  • How Emily found her way back to the Catholic faith
  • What the meaning of the Advent season is
  • What makes Advent different from Lent
  • Whether you're allowed to celebrate Christmas during Advent
  • Our favorite Christmas movies and songs

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Healing From Postpartum Depression ft. Sarah Norton

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Today we’re chatting with Sarah Norton from Mental: The Podcast all about her journey with postpartum depression. We talked all about her journey with PPD, why she decided to start a podcast about it, and what to do if you feel like you may have PPD. Sarah’s story is so inspiring: I can’t imagine having a newborn AND having an overwhelming feeling of depression. This is a very common (and pro-life) issue that I rarely hear discussed within the context of Catholics, so it was incredibly interesting to chat with Sarah. Enjoy!

Today’s episode is sponsored by Kindara. Get pregnant faster, avoid pregnancy naturally, or better understand your body with the world's most powerful and useful fertility charting system.

This episode is also sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

Topics discussed:

  • What Sarah feels her mission as a feminist is
  • What Sarah's journey through postpartum depression was like
  • Why she decided to start a podcast
  • What some common misconceptions about PPD are 
  • What to do if you feel like you might have PPD
  • How PPD has affected her future family planning

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Don't Be Afraid of the Word "Feminist" ft. Sam Povlock

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On today’s podcast we’re chatting with the one and only Sam Povlock of FemCatholic! We talked about why she started her popular blog, why she identifies as a feminist, and why so many Catholics don’t resonate with that particular word. She makes the awesome point that all of the “hot button” issues in the Catholic Church (abortion, male priesthood, etc.) are all woman-centric and it can either drive women to or away from the Church. We also talked about how tough it is to be a working mom and how we can’t believe in 2017 we’re still arguing about whether or not women “should” work. Enjoy!

Topics discussed:

  • Why Sam started her blog, FemCatholic
  • Why some Catholic women have an issue with the word "feminist" 
  • The "hot button" issues of the Church and why they all have to do with women
  • How Theology of the Body, sex, and birth control all tie into feminism
  • The need for Catholic feminists to stand up and take pride
  • Sam's devotion to Edith Stein

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Growing Closer to God Through Grief ft. Ashleigh Murtha

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Have you ever had to confront God about a seemingly insurmountable tragedy? Today’s podcast guest, graduate student Ashleigh Murtha, is speaking with us about how her faith was shaken after the death of her father. Grief is a powerful, individualized process, but Ashleigh speaks beautifully about how she grew closer to God after going through something so difficult. 

Today’s episode is sponsored by Kindara. Get pregnant faster, avoid pregnancy naturally, or better understand your body with the world's most powerful and useful fertility charting system.

Topics discussed:

  • Ashleigh's passion for disability rights
  • Ashleigh's father's struggle with cancer and passing
  • How difficult it was to not understand what God's plan was
  • How her grief led her to go on a retreat that brought her closer to the Lord
  • The importance of the Eucharist in her life
  • Ashleigh's advice for anyone going through an intense grief process

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Are You a Liberal or Conservative Catholic? ft. Ashley McKinless

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Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Ashley McKinless, an editor at America Magazine and the host of the podcast Jesuitical. Ashley and I chat all about how she got started at America and what she thinks about the “great divide” in Catholics right now. Let’s be real—when people say “Jesuits”, a lot of Catholics have opinions that are simply untrue. It was fun clearing it all up with Ashley and learning why Jesuits are a treasured part of our Catholic faith! As an added bonus, I also threw my interview on Jesuitical onto the podcast feed for easy listening.  (PS—Happy All Saints Day! All Saints in Heaven, pray for us!)

Today's episode was sponsored by Kindara, a fertility awareness app that helps women learn more about their bodies and avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. 

Topics discussed:

  • How Ashley grew closer to the Lord in college
  • How she wound up at America Magazine
  • What the Jesuits are and how they were founded
  • Why she started the podcast Jesuitical
  • Why she doesn't believe in the labels "liberal" or "conservative" Catholic
  • How America Magazine handles nasty Internet comments

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Race, Politics, and Being an Ally ft. Nnenda Chinda

Today on the podcast we’re speaking with Nnenda Chinda, a recent college grad living in the UK! Nnenda and I connected over Instagram and I knew I had to have her on the show. We talk all about the recent NFL anthem boycotts—her opinion might surprise you—as well as why she doesn’t think talking about “race” is getting political. I loved what she had to say about the differences between being Catholic in Nigeria vs. being Catholic in England, and she offered some great insight over how white women can be allies to our black Catholic sisters. We also talk about how we’re both so over the Catholic “teams”. Enjoy!

Topics discussed:

  • Why being Catholic was easier in Nigeria than the UK
  • How the Catholic response to race issues has frustrated Nnenda
  • Whether or not talking about race is talking about politics
  • What she thinks of the NFL protests
  • How over the Catholic "teams" we are
  • How a Bible app is bringing Nnenda closer to God

Therapy, Waiting, and Sharing Yourself Online ft. Christina Dehan Jaloway

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Sometimes when I’m sharing online, I stop and wonder how much is too much. There have been times when I’m scrolling through a newsfeed and I think “dang, girl, that does not need to be blasted on the Internet!” But at the same time, do we have a responsibility to keep it real and show that life isn’t all sunshine and roses?! I love what today’s podcast guest has to say about the “line” when it comes to sharing ourselves online. Christina Jaloway is a blogger, writer, wife, and mama, and I absolutely loved having her on the show. We also talk about therapy, mental health, and how to embrace seasons of waiting. 

Topics discussed:

  • Why Christina began her blog
  • The benefits of getting married later in life 
  • Why she decided to take the leap and start going to therapy
  • Whether or not you have to see a Catholic therapist
  • When “waiting is the cross” 
  • How Christina knows what to share online vs. what to keep to herself

 

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The Importance of Art and Beauty ft. Elizabeth Lev

We’re chatting with Dr. Elizabeth Lev on the podcast today! An art historian and all-around lover of all things art, Dr. Lev has a fascinating perspective on why art and beauty are so important to the Catholic Church. She talks about why the Sistine Chapel has feminist undertones, her favorite pieces of religious art, and how art can be used to evangelize, uplift, and inspire. Enjoy! 

Topics discussed:

  • Why Dr. Lev loves art
  • Why the Vatican doesn't just sell its art and give the money to the poor
  • The difference between poverty and spiritual poverty
  • The importance of beauty for our souls
  • Her "must-sees" for Catholic art fans
  • Why the Sistine Chapel is full of girl power
  • Dr. Lev's issues with modern art

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Conversions and Comparison ft. Sr. Miriam James Heidland

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Today on the podcast I’m so excited to be chatting with Sr. Miriam James Heidland! Sr. Miriam is a sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, a speaker, a podcaster, and an all-around Catholic rockstar. We talk about everything from why she loves Twitter to having breakdowns in the grocery store to feeling like you’re representing the Catholic church to vocational discernment. You don’t want to miss this one! 

 

Topics discussed:

  • How Sr. Miriam became a member of SOLT
  • Why she decides to utilize Twitter
  • What she thinks the biggest problems young women of the faith are facing today
  • How suffering has been bringing her closer to Jesus

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Living Your Faith Within Greek Life ft. Candice Mohapp

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Today on the podcast, I’m speaking with Candace Mohapp! Candace was a student I had the honor of working with at Mizzou, and she’s a true example of living your faith within a sorority. Candice was not only the president of Alpha Chi Omega, but she led a Bible study within her sorority and was able to bring her sisters closer to Christ. Candice and I have a great conversation about the importance of evangelization among your friends, the benefits of Greek life for college women, and why she decided to become a missionary after college. Enjoy!

Topics discussed:

  • Why Candice decided to go Greek
  • The hard parts of sorority life
  • The beautiful parts of sorority life
  • Why she wanted to evangelize within her sorority
  • The importance of evangelizing those closest to us
  • Why Candice decided to become a FOCUS missionary

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Race and the Catholic Church ft. Gloria Purvis

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When I watched the coverage of Charlottesville this summer, part of me couldn’t believe it…but part of me totally could. I know that as a white chick living in the burbs, I don’t really confront racism in my everyday life, so I knew I had to have Gloria Purvis on to talk about her experience being a black woman in the Catholic Church. Gloria offers amazing insight on what Catholics can do to love their WOC sisters a little more, and I absolutely loved chatting with her. In the past couple of months, I’ve read two books—The Song and the Silence and The New Jim Crow—that have educated me quite a bit on the history of race in America and its impact on the world today. Talking to someone as educated and passionate as Gloria was just the cherry on top of the sundae. If you feel outraged about the racism plaguing in our country but, um, have no idea what to do because most of your life is lived surrounded by other white people…tune in.

Topics discussed:

  • The difference between Catholic feminism and secular feminism
  • What went through Gloria's head when she saw the events in Charlottesville
  • What "white privilege" actually means 
  • How we as white women can love our WOC in the Church a little more
  • Challenges that Gloria specifically faces within the Church 

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Rejecting Throwaway Culture and Loving the Earth ft. Haley Stewart

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OK, honesty hour--I am not that green. I'm trying! But today's guest, Haley Stewart, is pretty much the authority on all things Catholic/green living. Haley is a writer, podcast, blogger, wife, and mom living outside of Waco. On her blog, she talks about rejecting a throwaway culture and embracing a love for Mother Nature. It was a blast to talk with her about green living and I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Topics discussed:

  • Why Haley loves Waco
  • The importance of caring about the Earth, and not just when it affects you 
  • Why Catholics in particular should embrace green living
  • Her new book, Deep Roots
  • Why she started her podcast
  • What murder mystery show she's been loving lately
  • How the Angelus prayer is bringing her closer to God 

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Singleness and Wrestling with God's Timing ft. Marissa Mullins

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This week on the podcast, we're chatting with my dear friend Marissa all about being single when you know you're called to marriage. When God makes us wait on our vocation, it can be incredibly trying, but Marissa speaks with grace and holiness as she talks about how to thrive in the season of singleness, how to gain a greater respect for the Lord's timing, and how married women can love their single sisters a little better. 

Topics discussed:

  • Marissa's career as a nurse
  • How Marissa is wrestling with singleness and not being in her vocation
  • The importance of trying to thrive in the season you're in
  • What married people should/shouldn't say to single friends
  • Why so many Catholics are called to the medical field (hint: prayer makes you smarter!)
  • How her nephews have been bringing her closer to God lately

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What If You Don't "Get Anything" Out of Mass? ft. Kassie Manning

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I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode! When I saw Kassie's beautiful Mass journals, Every Sacred Sunday, I fell in love with their gorgeous design and simple-yet-powerful meaning. Today, I have Kassie on to talk about why she and her business partner launched Every Sacred Sunday, her career as a scientist, and what to do if you feel like you aren’t “getting anything” out of Mass. Kassie drops some serious wisdom and it was an honor to chat with her. 

Topics discussed:

  • How Kassie's love of nature lead her to a career as a molecular biologist
  • Why she decided to start Every Sacred Sunday
  • Why their company decided to go the Kickstarter route
  • How Kassie handles not feeling like she "gets anything" out of Mass
  • How her personality type has taught her to lean into her strengths 
  • What Kassie's experience with Every Sacred Sunday has taught her about God
  • How silence has been bringing her closer to God

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Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and Engaging in Popular Culture ft. Erica Johnson

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Erica Johnson, a writer, photographer, and professional Fangirl. After reading a blogpost on why Catholics shouldn’t read Harry Potter, I wanted to have a lighthearted episode on why Catholics should engage with pop culture and what things like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and particularly Wonder Woman can teach us about Jesus and feminism. Erica also talked about sexism within the “nerd” industry and how to be who you truly are in a world that tries to push us into boxes. 

Topics discussed:

  • When Erica first fell in love with nerd culture
  • "Sassy Mary" and different personality types within the Church
  • Christian themes in Harry Potter and Star Wars
  • Why Catholics should engage in popular culture
  • Resonating with Wonder Woman on a spiritual level
  • Sexism within nerd culture
  • What Erica's reading now
  • How Natural Family Planning is bringing Erica closer to God

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