Serving the Poor and Consecrated Single Life ft. Sam Vosters

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In my old neighborhood, there was a big fancy house with lion statutes. And man, I judged those lion statues. Who needs lion statues? I would think as we drove by. That person—that’s the person with Too Much. Never mind the fact that my family is in the top 1% of wealth owners worldwide (so are you, by the way, if your family makes over $33,000/year. Surprise.)

We aren’t rich…but we have iPhones. And our kids take swimming lessons. And I’ve never had to worry about having food for dinner. So, ARE we rich? What IS rich? Is rich bad? Cue the panic attack.

Today’s guest is Sam Vosters from the Riverwest Food Pantry. We talk about our mutual love for Dorothy Day, her vocation as a consecrated single person, and what she wishes more people knew about the poor. We also dive into the topic of how much is “too much”, whether it’s what you make or what you give. Living in that tension is super uncomfortable but riffing on it with Sam gave me such peace. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it! 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Sam wound up at the Riverwest Food Pantry
  • Where she got her heart for the poor
  • What she wishes more people understood about the poor
  • How to know if you're giving "enough"
  • Her vocation as a consecrated single person

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MINISODE: The Crisis on the Border ft. Mitzi Hellmer

There's a ton of news floating around about the crisis at the border, and it isn't always easy to decipher what's really going on. That's why I wanted to have a quick chat with Mitzi Hellmer, a Catholic immigration lawyer. Mitzi breaks down what's going on at the US/Mexico border and helps us understand terms like asylum vs. migrant, why people are coming to the US at rapid rates, and what we should do about it as Catholics. Don't forget to head here and tune into our full-length episode with USCCB Policy Director for Migration Services Ashley Feasley as well.

Topics discussed:

  • Why Mitzi is so passionate about immigration
  • The new policy vs. the old policy
  • The difference between asylum-seekers and immigrants
  • Why so many immigrants are attempting to cross the border
  • What we can do to help have an effect on how immigration policies are enforced

 

Immigration and Welcoming the Stranger ft. Ashley Feasley

Did you know that the Catholic Church is the number one resettler of refugees worldwide?! I sure didn't. But honestly, there's a LOT I don't know about immigration, refugee services, and asylum-seeking. That's why I'm so thankful for today's guest, Ashley Feasley. Ashley is the Policy Director of Migration Services for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and she broke down what's going on at the border in an easy-to-understand way. We also chatted about why immigration is a Catholic issue, whether or not sex trafficking at the border is currently a big problem, and how to keep our Catholic perspective when everyone's trying to shove each other into a "Republican" or "Democrat" box. It was truly a joy to learn from Ashley and I hope you enjoy our conversation. Don't forget to head here and tune into our minisode with immigration lawyer Mitzi Hellmer as well. 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Ashley wound up at the USCCB
  • Why she thinks immigration is a Catholic issue, not a partisan one
  • Her take on what's happening at the border
  • What the average Catholic woman can do to help
  • How she keeps her perspective in our politicized world

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Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence ft. Jessica Woolbright

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Imagine that your spouse didn't allow you to have a job. Or allowed to have three...but not have any say in how money is spent. Or took your cell phone away. Or discouraged you from seeing friends. Or punched you in the face. Or threatened to take your kids away from you. 

Imagine not knowing what your kids were going to eat the next day. 

This is sadly the reality for many, many women in America. That's why I'm so grateful that places like St. Martha's hall exist. Today's guest, Jessica Woolbright from St. Martha's, walks us through what domestic violence is and how we can advocate for victims. I also love her insight on being a Catholic feminist, the impact Mary has had on her life, and her down-to-earth answer about why women "don't just leave". This was such a powerful conversation and I think it's the perfect fit for a day that Americans are celebrating freedom from oppressors. 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Jessica got involved with Saint Martha's
  • Different types of domestic violence
  • Why the shelter is named for Saint Martha
  • Some common misconceptions about domestic violence
  • Why women "don't just leave"
  • What you can do to help women in need

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Trusting God's Path and Living the Faith as a Medical Student ft. Asia Swinarska

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Being a Catholic in medical school is weird. Whether it’s being told that having a family is incompatible with the life of a doctor or reading that the rhythm method and the Creighton model are basically samesies, it’s hard to live out an authentic Christian truth while still grinding away trying to snag that MD. Today’s podcast guest, my very own sister-in-law Asia, is on the show to talk about being a Catholic medical student. But we also deep-dive into the process of getting accepted to med school, which was anything but smooth, and trusting in God’s path when you aren’t sure where it’s leading. We also chat about fitting prayer into a busy schedule and the sexism of the modern medical industry. It was such a treat to interview my son’s godmother and hear more about a journey I was able to witness! Enjoy. 

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Topics discussed:

  • When Asia realized she wanted to be a doctor
  • Why she took a gap year
  • How she finds time for prayer with her ridiculously busy schedule
  • The importance of finding your identity outside of your job
  • What it was like to feel like God was saying "no" to her dreams
  • Frustrations with secular medical school and living in the tension
  • How being a doctor can be a form of evangelization 

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Dealing with Haters, Criticism, and Trolls ft. Ana Glaze

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Whether you have a vibrant online ministry or you’re just livin’ normal life, every single one of us has encountered criticism. But what’s the difference between helpful, constructive criticism…and troll culture? 

Today’s podcast guest, Ana Glaze of That Catholic Couple, breaks down what she views as the difference and how she responds to each. Let’s face it: nobody LOVE getting criticized. But when should you try to evangelize and when should you step away? When should you loudly defend the faith and when should you let people draw their own conclusions? Ana and I talked about the real life and online hate we’ve both faced, how we handle it (hint: it’s different!) and how to find the courage to keep creating when you’re constantly facing both helpful criticism and totally unhelpful haters. I hope you enjoy our chat! 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Ana deals with haters
  • The difference between constructive criticism and trolls
  • What kind of criticism is the most hurtful
  • Where most of That Catholic Couple's hate comes from
  • How to respond to haters like Christ did

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Artists as Apostles of Beauty ft. Fabiola Garza

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Maybe you have a semi-crazy dream, like being on Oprah, writing a book, or starting a non-profit that changes the world. But it can seem pretty impossible. I hope this episode gives you the confidence of our guest when she wrote in her childhood journal that she wanted to work at Disney. 

Today's podcast guest, Fabiola Garza, is an artist with Disney Creative Group. It was such a joy to chat with her about having big dreams, a creative career, and how her art has made her more contemplative and brought her closer to God. I particularly love her insight on what it's like to be a female artist in an industry that's often dominated by men. Pope Francis has said that artists are the apostles of beauty, and Fabiola demonstrates that sentiment perfectly. I hope you enjoy our chat!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Fabiola went from RISD to Florida
  • Why she always wanted to work for Disney
  • How Fabiola lives out her faith in the secular art world
  • The constant conversation artists have with God
  • Why she decided to write a children's book and how she got it published
  • How she views being an artist as feminist
  • What she wishes people knew about artists
  • How her local parish is bringing her closer to God

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Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

So...WHY can't women be priests?

After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the "club". We claim membership to an institution with a male-only leadership model. But...does that mean we can't be feminists? Why CAN'T women be priests? Is these a fruitful conversation? Is the reason women can't be priests because we wouldn't be "good" at it? Can you be in a Church where you struggle with some of the teachings? We talk about all this and more on the podcast today with Emily Archer, a blogger from FemCatholic. Emily talks about why she's always struggled with this Church teaching, what she's learned when doing research for the blog, and how she remains in a Church that talks a tough talk. This episode was particularly important to me as this is a topic I get asked about a lot, and I don't always know how to answer. I hope you enjoy our conversation and that you feel seen, known, and understood. 

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Emily decided to go to grad school for speech pathology
  • How she got involved with FemCatholic
  • Why Emily started diving into the topic of women and the priesthood
  • The importance of asking difficult questions
  • The arguments against women priests that drive us nuts 
  • Which reasonings and arguments actually make sense to us
  • How to stay in a Church you struggle with at times
  • Why we ultimately agree with the Church

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Finding Catholic Community and Thriving as a Military Wife ft. Suzanna Hinzman

Can you imagine living on the other side of the world from your family and customs? Or not even being able to talk to your husband on your wedding anniversary? Similar to last week's guest, Suzanna Hinzman is currently living abroad--but not as a missionary. She moved to Europe from Texas due to her spouse's military career. It was so fascinating to chat with Suzanna about what it was like to uproot her entire life, move across the world, and attempt to cultivate a Catholic community. I also loved her insight on sacrificing for your husband and how to maintain a feminist mindset while navigating what it means to live so sacrificially. She had such a unique input and it was a joy to chat with her. I hope you enjoy our chat!

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Topics discussed:

  • How she wound up in Germany from Texas
  • What it's like to live on the opposite side of the world from her family 
  • How living abroad has brought her closer to God
  • What it's like to cultivate a Catholic community within the military community 
  • The hardest and most rewarding parts of being a military spouse

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Living out the Great Commission ft. Tina Augustine

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We all have fears when it comes to evangelization. Imagine going to a country where you don’t even speak the language! That’s the experience of today’s podcast guest, Tina Augustine. Tina helped spearhead the first-ever international FOCUS team and hearing her thoughts on evangelization, spiritual poverty, and the great commission was fascinating. I love her insight on why missionaries are sometimes sent to westernized countries (when I said I was becoming a missionary, I had wayyyy too many people ask where I was going in Africa 🙄) and why it’s so important for Catholics to share their faith. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Tina became a FOCUS missionary
  • How she wound up in Austria
  • The difficulties of evangelizing in a place where you don't speak the language
  • Why westernized countries also need evangelization
  • The prevalence of spiritual poverty 
  • How anyone, anywhere can and should be a missionary

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Religious Freedom and Making an Impact ft. Helen Alvaré

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When I launched the podcast, I had a dream of interviewing some of my own personal heroes. I’m so lucky that the Catholic Feminist has afforded me the chance to interview women like Abby Johnson, Audrey Assad, and Sr. Virginia Joy—all interview subjects that were on my “dream guest” list. Today’s podcast guest was dream number 1: Professor Helen Alvare. 

When I saw Professor Alvare speak at the SEEK conference in 2013, she completely rocked my world. Professor Alvare is a lawyer, mom, frequent guest on news shows, and advocate for women. As the founder of WomenSpeakForThemselves.com, she’s done everything from writing amicus briefs on the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case to raising a Catholic family. Today on the show, Professor Alvare breaks down what the real war on women is, the definition of religious freedom, and why culture is more important than law. It was an honor to have her on the show and I hope you enjoy our chat! 

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Professor Alvaré decided to attend law school
  • What the "war on women" really is
  • The definition of religious freedom and how it's under attack in the US
  • The difference between the Hobby Lobby case and the Little Sisters of the Poor case
  • How to fight for impact in your community if you're more mild-mannered
  • Why culture is more important than law
  • Her her faith keeps her grounded under criticism
  • Practical tips for working mamas

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Juggling Diapers and Disciple Making ft. Amber O'Hearn

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Happy almost Mother’s Day! Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with mama and podcast host Amber O’Hearn all about how we as moms can serve God and live out the Great Commission. Amber and I have a wide-ranging discussion about toddler parenting, the struggles of motherhood, and how we can live out our feminism through raising littles. Amber’s podcast, Diapers and Disciples, is a joy to listen to so it was a lot of fun to have her on the other end of the microphone! We also offer a few resources for anyone looking to launch their own podcast.  Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Amber's experiences with Jesuit Volunteer Corps and NET Ministries brought her deeper into her faith
  • What podcasts have influenced her
  • Why she decided to launch her own podcast, Diapers and Disciples
  • Tools we use to help run our podcasts and why everyone who wants to should launch one
  • How moms are able to live out the Great Commission and struggles Amber has faced
  • The ways Amber thinks her feminism and motherhood are symbiotic 

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Launching and Leading Verily Magazine ft. Kara Eschbach

 

Today on the show we’re chatting with Kara Eschbach, the co-founder of Verily Magazine. When Kara saw a niche within women’s magazines that wasn’t being filled—that of dignified, authentically beautiful conversation between women—she took the leap and launched a magazine along with a friend. Verily transformed into a gorgeous online lifestyle magazine that views each woman as a dignified daughter of God. It was so interesting to hear Kara give her thoughts on leadership as a woman, what you should do if you want to launch a business, and how her Meyers-Briggs type has impacted her role in the world. Although Kara is no longer with Verily, there’s so much value in hearing how she created something so amazing (and popular!) and it was an honor to learn from her. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Kara decided to launch Verily Magazine 
  • The mission behind Verily and why she felt it was different from other women's magazines
  • How her role as both a Catholic and feminist impact her decision making
  • Her her Meyers-Briggs type affects her leadership style
  • The idea of a "minimum viable product" and what to do if you want to launch a new project

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Title IX and Victim Advocacy ft. Jenne O'Neill

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After our #MeToo episode aired, a representative from the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition reached out to do a follow-up episode. Jenne O’Neill breaks down what Title IX is, wha the CASC is doing to try and bring it to life at Christendom, and why it’s important to never think you’re “safe from evil” in a Catholic bubble. Jenne was incredibly vulnerable and honest and it was a joy to have her on the show. This episode is perfect for anyone who’s wondering how they can move the needle and advocate for sexual assault victims. Enjoy! 

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Jenne got involved with the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition
  • What Title IX is and why the CASC believes Christendom should implement it
  • What the culture on Christendom is like when it comes to the "Catholic bubble" 
  • What type of responses the CASC has received
  • How you can get involved with CASC and victim advocacy 

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The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo

Advocating for yourself within our modern-day healthcare system isn’t always easy. For many women, PMS symptoms + cramps are treated with a prescription for birth control…but that’s often just a band-aid to a deeper problem. Today, my very own NFP instructor, Hayley Stabo, is walking us through how the Creighton model helped her get closer to REAL answers about her health. She also talks about what Creighton is, who it’s not right for, and why she decided to become an instructor. It’s so refreshing to cut the sunshine-and-roses song we usually sing about NFP and dig into the actual science behind methods and why they honor our dignity as women. Enjoy! ✨

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Topics discussed:

  • How Hayley used Creighton to help her diagnose her reproductive health issues
  • Why she decided to become a Creighton instructor
  • What Creighton is and the basics of how to use it
  • How you become certified as an NFP instructor
  • The perks of instructing others on their fertility
  • Some need-to-know facts about practicing Creighton
  • How Hayley's kids are bringing her closer to God

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A Feminist Take on Humanae Vitae and Contraception ft. Mallory Smyth

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Let’s be real: the Church has some hard teachings. It’s not afraid to call us to a very high standard in order to make us saints. One of the teachings that’s the hardest for me to swallow? The Church’s teachings on contraception. This year is the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on why birth control is immoral. This is obviously a major place we differentiate from our secular feminist sisters, and today’s podcast guest, Mallory Smyth of Endow, breaks it down in a meaningful, easy-to-understand way. If you’ve ever thought about scooping up Humanae Vitae or learning more about why the Church gives the green light to NFP but warns against contraception, today’s episode is perfect for you. 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Mallory wound up at ENDOW
  • How papal encyclicals have brought her closer to God
  • What Humanae Vitae is and why it's so underrated
  • Why the Church views birth control and Natural Family Planning as two separate things
  • What Pope Paul VI predicted about birth control and how it's all coming true
  • How we're both overly impacted by the weather...

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Avoiding Mommy Martyr Syndrome and Raising Daughters as Feminists ft. Kate Wicker

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Hands up if you’ve ever struggled with getting past the idea of “perfect”. That's what I thought! Today’s podcast guest, author Kate Wicker, has been there. We chat all about mommy martyr syndrome and the importance of valuing yourself as a woman and human beyond the idea of a “mom”. There’s no one-size-fits-all to holiness! Even if you’re not a mama, I think the idea of getting over “perfect” is one that can resonate. Kate also offers great tips for raising daughters to be feminists, which I love. 

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Topics discussed:

  • When Kate realized she was suffering from Mommy Martyr Syndrome
  • The importance of understanding your role in the family and community
  • How Kate finds time for self-care
  • Finding balance between motherhood and pursuit of passions
  • How Kate is raising her daughters to be feminists
  • The difference between "sexy" and "beautiful"

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Catholic Entrepreneurship and Finding Balance ft. Michelle Benzinger

Have you ever thought about turning your passion into a business? Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with entrepeneur, speaker, and podcaster Michelle Benzinger. We talk about how she went from working at Nordstrom’s to getting a theology degree, why she felt called to start monetizing her beautiful designs, why her company views tithing as one of its core tenants, and what makes a Catholic business owner different from a secular one. It was so fun to chat business with another female entrepreneur and I especially loved her insight about living in the tension between striving for increased revenue and striving for the Holy Spirit. 

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Topics discussed:

  • How Michelle went from working in retail to getting a Master's in Theology
  • Why she decided to launch a company in the first place
  • What made her decide to grow her team and get an employee
  • How she strikes balance between wanting to grow her business and wanting to keep her vision on God
  • Why giving back is such an important part of her mission

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Honoring the Dignity of Our Sisters With Disabilities ft. Lindsey West

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, so having a disability advocate on the podcast seemed perfect. I’m so excited to be chatting with Lindsey West of Uniquely Catholic. Lindsey and I talk about how her son’s autism diagnosis got her started on her advocacy journey, what steps parishes can take to be more welcoming to our brothers and sisters with different abilities, and why “different, not less” is such a Catholic sentiment. Intersectionality is important to the Catholic Feminist Podcast and fighting for the rights of ALL of our sisters, no matter their skin color, poverty level, or abilities, is a key tenant of our view of feminism. Next month is Autism Awareness Month and if something in this episode resonates with you, I hope you can either reach out to Lindsey or put something into action in your own parish.

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Topics discussed:

  • How Lindsey's son's diagnosis kickstarted her advocacy journey
  • What autism is and how it manifests
  • The issue with "silo ministries"
  • How the average Catholic woman can love her sisters with disabilities a little better
  • How Lindsey started helping parishes understand the need for more disability integration

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Making Birth a Spiritual Experience ft. Tori Pohl

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As an expecting mama, it was such a treat to speak with doula Tori Pohl on making birth a more spiritual experience. Tori walks me through what a doula is, what it isn’t, and how her faith influenced her decision to become a “servant” during birth. I also love how she ties in a little Theology of the Body with how birth can help us grow closer to God. Whether or not you’re a biological mama, this episode is all about how this amazing feat a woman’s body can accomplish was designed by the Lord and can help bring us closer to Him. So whether you’re single, a homebirther, an adoptive mama, or someone who’s birth plan is one word long: EPIDURAL (hi 👋🏻), I think it will bring you value.

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Topics discussed:

  • How Tori transitioned from a dance therapist to a doula
  • Why she decided to pursue becoming a doula
  • What doulas are and what they aren't
  • Why knowing about our bodies is so important to our faith
  • Some practical tips and tricks for making birth more spiritual
  • How a recent trip to NYC brought her closer to God

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  • The Business of Being Born (I feel compelled to reiterate that I don't see eye-to-eye with this documentary for many reasons, but I do know some people have found value from it. I encourage every woman to do her own research before deciding a method of birth that's best for her. Methods of birth are not moral issues.)
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Made for This: The Catholic Mom's Guide to Birth by Mary Haseltine explores the topic of childbirth from a Catholic and holistic point of view. Birth affects all of us - body, mind, heart, and soul. In Made for This, the Catholic woman can learn how to understand, prepare for, and experience her unique birth in all those ways through the lens of her faith. Thanks for generously donating a copy to one lucky listener, Mary! The winner will be chosen 3/20/18. You must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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