Not Lukewarm Podcast

Not Lukewarm Podcast with Deanna Bartalini

Welcome to learning and growing into a person who is not lukewarm. Curious as to where “not lukewarm” came from? It is from Revelation 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Jesus is speaking to one of the seven churches and he is admonishing one for being neither hot nor cold and he tells them he will spit them out of his mouth. The first time I read that I realized I never wanted to be lukewarm, especially in my faith and love for Jesus. Rev 3:16 is a life verse for me, reminding me to the person God is calling me to be, each and every day.

And I want to help you live “not lukewarm” too! One of my greatest joys is to walk with people on their faith journey. I believe that the more you know about God and your faith, the more deeply you will fall in love with him. And when you fall in love with God, you want to reach out to others in gratitude. The Not Lukewarm podcast is about journeying together and learning how to live our faith every day.

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Not Lukewarm Podcast Episodes:

Simple & Ordinary

A few weeks ago I interviewed Rachel Balducci about her new book, No Such Thing as Ordinary and we talked about how oftentimes, we are waiting to do something big and important for God and miss what is in front of us. Reminder from God I have lots of insomnia lately and so the middle […]

A Prayer of Surrender

Suscipe or Surrender Prayer Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my will, all that I have and cherish you have given to me; I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your grace and strength are wealth enough for me. I ask for this and nothing more. […]

The Value of Friendship as We Age

How to Be Happy as You Age There are 7 indicators, based on a Harvard Study that indicate how happy and well you will be later in life. A full explanation is here. Briefly, the 7 are: Don’t smoke Do not abuse alcohol Maintain healthy body weight Exercise Adaptive coping style Education Stable, long-term relationships […]

Meet Rachel Balducci, Author of No Such Thing As Ordinary

A New Book It’s always a treat to interview authors whose books I’ve read. Rachel Balducci is a speaker, writer and co-host of The Gist on Catholic TV. She teaches journalism at Augusta University and is married to Paul. They have five sons and one daughter. Her latest book, No Such Thing as Ordinary: Unlocking Your […]

Are you participating in your faith life?

Scripture He entered a boat, made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” […]

Is Spiritual Direction for you?

What is Spiritual Direction? “It is the guidance of a person into a life truly under the dominion of the Holy Sprit, who is the primary director.” from Seeking Spiritual Direction by Thomas Dubay, S.J. “Spiritual direction is concerned with helping a person directly with his or her realtionship with God…the most fundamental issue is […]

A Eucharistic Revival

Catholics having a revival Yes, we are, starting on June 19, 2022, until July 17, 2024. That is two years to unpack the riches of the Eucharist, grow individually in your personal relationship with the Lord, and change the world! Take a look here at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Eucharistic Revival […]

The Trinity-A Mystery to Embrace

Thoughts from St. Hildegard “But the Father is revealed through the Son, the Son through the beginning of created things, and the Holy Spirit through the incarnate Son. How is this? It is the Father who before time engendered the Son; it is the Son through whom all things were created by the Father at […]

The Feast of Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit The Feast of Pentecost is a theophany, a manifestation of God! Luke, the writer of Acts, uses the retelling as a way to remind us that the Jews also celebrated Pentecost. For them, it was the celebration of Moses receiving the Torah from God on Mt. Sinai. The same wind and fire […]

5 ways to Care for your Soul

Our soul needs care just as our body does. This week, I’m offering 5 suggestions that help me be the Christian witness I want to be and live notlukewarm! Five Ways Start your day with a prayer. Read scripture. Spend time in nature, noticing the beauty of God’s creation. Sit in silence for a short […]

The Courage of St. Catherine of Siena

About Catherine Catherine of Siena was born in Siena, Italy in 1347. She was a twin but her sister died shortly after birth. The following year the Black Death entered Siena. She had a vision of Jesus as a young child and from then knew she wanted to give her life to God and renew […]

A New Book: Joyful Encounters with Mary

A new book! Maria Gallagher has written, Joyful Encounters with Mary: A Woman’s Guide to Living the Mysteries of the Rosary, a wonderful way to learn more about the joyful mysteries, virtues and the saints while living out your faith every day! 5 Joyful Mysteries The 5 joyful mysteries are the Annunciation, the Visitation, the […]

Faith at the Empty Tomb

Happy Easter I hope that if you pull this up on Good Friday, you wait for another day to listen. This is a resurrection meditation! Filled with the good news of Jesus’ triumph over death. A Fresh Hope Each year we celebrate Easter to remind ourselves, yet again, that Jesus gave us our salvation. The […]

The Four Women Church Doctors

Who are they? Saints Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux are the four women Doctors of the Church! Why are they called Doctors? In honoring these women with this title, the Chuch is recognizing that the work and contributions each of these saints made has withstood the test […]

Ask God for the Plan

Scripture “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” John 5:30 Reflection If Jesus, who is the one speaking, makes the point that he cannot do anything on his […]

10 Reasons to Study Scripture

Begin with Scripture “Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom […]

Ditch the Heaviness of Life

Life can be heavy All of us in this world has both good and bad things going on. There are moments of joy and despair, all intermingled, sometimes in the same moments. And where we focus often determines our attitude. Scripture “Then all who trust in you will be glad and forever shout for joy. […]

Imagine You Walked with Jesus, A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer.

Teaching Prayer Teaching a person to pray using Ignatian Contemplative Prayer is not an easy task. It takes time and repetition to learn. The other point to consider when teaching someone is that you want the person to enter into the prayer based on their needs, not the person teaching. In his new book, Imagine […]


Asceticism – not a word you use every day Lent is approaching and I’ve been considering the idea of asceticism. Which is different from minimalism.  But rather than my words, let’s look a the definition from A Concise Dictionary of Theology. “Asceticism is the ways and mean sdopted by Christians under the action of the  […]

With the Lord’s Help

A Saint and some Scripture We are reading The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila with the LiveNotLukewarm community.  The book is filled with wisdom, which is why she is a Doctor of the Church! This struck me: “May our Lord assist me in everything that I shall do, that all things may […]

Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary

Author Introduction I had a fun conversation with Claire McGarry, the author of Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website is Shifting my Perspective and you can find links to her books and recent writing there. Instagram                   […]

The Father’s Love

Back home I’m back home after two weeks away to finish my spiritual direction certificate. I graduated on January 30, 2022, and received my Spiritual Direction Certificate from the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was a grace-filled time with lots […]

365 Dates to Renew your Christian Marriage

Let’s talk That phrase could be the answer to “how to strike fear in the heart of my husband?” But it isn’t. Honest. Dating your spouse and keeping your marriage at the forefront of your life can be difficult. What you might need is to take a look at this book from Dana Nygaard for […]

All in with your spiritual life

What does ‘not lukewarm’ mean? To me, it means being all in, first with my spiritual life so then, the rest of life will follow. Life will never be perfect, but when grounded in faith, especially prayer and scripture, we all stand a better chance of dealing with life. Scripture points “but showing love down […]

You are valuable

It’s easy to get sucked in New Year’s resolutions, goals, plans — good, especially if they work for you. What’s not good is coming away with the thought that you have to change because you are not enough or not quite up to the world’s standards. We are bombarded with messages of do it this […]

Prioritize, 2022

A New Year Each year we have the opportunity to begin something new. And while many people take stock of their life in the new year, it can be done at any time. This episode is a fun one as my husband joins me in a conversation about our word for the year and goals. […]

The Best Episodes of 2021

Quite a year Our year began with an episode that encouraged us to begin a spiritual makeover by “Changing our Hearts.”  Later in the year, I talked about Rhythm, Routines and Habits, a good one to listen to as you begin planning for a new year, be it in your personal or professional life. I […]

Faith, Present, Future

Our Three Quotes “Faith is the fundamental response to the love that has offered itself up for me.”         Fr. Hans von Balthasar  “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 “It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future. […]

What does it cost?

We begin with scripture “Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give” (Mark 10:8b). Gratitude. Humility. Thankful. Sacrifice. Share.  These are all words that come to my mind as I read those verses, Mark 10:6-8. And I ponder what I have received without cost. And then it hits me, everything I have […]

Say Yes, Don’t Hesitate with God

Mary’s Yes “Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 And at that moment the Incarnation began. Mary did not hesitate. In The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander describes that trust of Mary’s yes. We too can have that trust which […]

Be Brave, Spread Light

Catherine of Siena “Start being brave about everything, driving out darkness and spreading light as well. Don’t look at your weakness, but realize that in Christ crucified you can do everything.”  Shift your focus It’s so easy when we are feeling all of our weaknesses that we dwell there and go down a rabbit hole […]

Does God have footprints?

This post and podcast was done in collaboration with my husband, Deacon John; hope you enjoy it. God the Father in heaven sent His Son to us here on earth as a manifestation of His merciful love for us. By the Holy Spirit, Jesus was incarnate of the Virgin Mary. He left actual footprints where […]

Awakening at Lourdes: How an Unanswered Prayer Healed our Family and Restored our Faith

Meet Christy Wilkens She is a wife and mother of six, is a speaker and writer who lives outside Austin, TX. She blogs at about disability, faith, doubt, suffering, community, and good reads. Her first book, Awakening at Lourdes: How an Unanswered Prayer Healed Our Family and Restored Our Faith, a memoir about a […]

The Struggle is Good

No one likes struggles However, in our world they are inevitable. I do believe they can help us tough, in becoming the person God created. If we learn from our struggles, we have confidence that God will be there with us the next time. God’s Word “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, […]

At Your Command

Who do you listen to? There are many voices in the world who clamor for our attention and think they can guide us on the best path. Ultimately, though, only God wants what is best for us and will be with us always. In Luke 5:1-11, Jesus calls Simon (Peter) to follow him. But first, […]

Take Courage

Courage! Do we have courage or are we more like the Cowardly Lion? I’d say there are many times when I am like him and other times not. Life can be difficult and courage helps us stand up for what we believe, overcome mental, emotional and physical pain. Scripture Of course, I’d rather God inform […]

New Book – Saintly Moms, 25 Stories of Holiness

New Book My best life includes a steady supply of books and time to read them. How about you? This week I spoke with Kelly Ann Guest, the author of Saintly Moms, 25 Stories of Holiness published by Our Sunday Visitor.   Who are these Saintly Moms? 25 women, from the Blessed Mother to Saint […]

Practical Tips on Being Kind

Kindness is good The world can always use another person to spread kindness. Why shouldn’t it be you? I know it’s not always easy, let’s face it – you’ve got just as much going on as the next person. How can you be kind when it’s not easy or you’d rather treat the person the […]

Prayers of Gratitude & Surrender

Praying What does it mean to pray? And is there a right or wrong way to pray? Simply put, prayer is talking to God. It is sitting with the One who made you and listening to what he has to say as well as telling him your thoughts. Often though, we forget to say thanks […]

Rhythm, Routine & Habits

Sounds a bit boring? Rhythm, routines and habits sound a bit boring, isn’t the fun in life unplanned and spontaneous. Yes and no.  I like having a rhythm and routine in my life and habits make life easier, so you make fewer decisions all day long.   Plan my day I find when I plan […]

4 ways to pray with your spouse

Why pray with your spouse? Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, [amen,] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am […]

Answering God’s Call

Hits all the high points! Talking with Barbara Lee reminded me why Ignatian Spirituality is so important. It is relatable, easy to approach and helpful as you go through life, no matter what age or stage you are in. A Way to Pray Answering God’s Call: A Scripture Based Journey for Older Adults by Barbara […]

Ask for the grace

A quote “Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.” Thomas Merton Different Graces There are different types of grace, for different purposes; but all come from God and are gifts given […]

Meet Melanie Rigney, Author

Meet Melanie Rigney Melanie is an author of three great books, Sisterhood of Saints; Radical Saints and Menopause Moments. Our interview focused mainly on Menopause Moments, published by Twenty-Third Publications.  She also writes for Living Faith, Catholic Update and Viva Mercy. Why this journal? Aging and change are a part of life. Menopause is inevitable […]

A New Women’s Devotional, Called by Name

What’s different? Let’s be honest, there are so many devotionals that it can be hard to choose.   What makes this new devotional, Called by Name from Women in the New Evangelization edited by Kelly M. Wahlquist, Allison Gingras and Alyssa Bormes different? First, there are new voices; second, the daily devotions are brief yet […]

The Spiritual Exercises

Who is St. Ignatius? Ignatius was born in Spain in 1491 and at 16 began serving at court and enjoying the good life of romance, fine clothes and gambling. He joined the army and in a battle in 1521 was struck by a cannonball to the knee and the trajectory of his life changed. 500 […]

Fun Summer Fiction Reads with Karina Fabian

Unexpected! Karina Fabian loves to write speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. She reminds us that God gave us our imagination, it is a sacred gift for us to use to create something wonderful. Do you expect to see nuns in space? Or a gumshoe dragon named Vern? The beginnings While dating her […]

Essential Worship Questions

Who needs worship? Is it God or us? God does not need our worship. We need to worship him. It makes us more inclined to give him honor and reverence and awe. It reminds us to love God above all other people and things. What are we to worship? We are meant to worship the […]

All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family

A new Book by Erin McCole Cupp It is always a pleasure to talk to people I have gotten to know from their writing and social media. I’ve read Erin’s blog and known her work for some time. I was excited to learn about her new book, All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising […]

Finding Sanctuary, How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother

Restoration and Healing People often wonder, when terrible things happen, how those involved recover. How do they find their way back to wholeness? This book, Finding Sanctuary, How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother by Jennifer Hubbard, published by Ave Maria Press, is the story of just that, […]

How do we care for the marginalized?

A new book Love and Care for the Marginalized, 40 Meditations, Spiritual Outreach Reflections for Catholics by Anne DeSantis is about learning to be kind and loving disciples of Jesus. That’s it. These meditations include a quote, a reflection, a prayer and a call to action. It is not enough to know what we are […]

Meet Lara Patangan, author of Simple Mercies

What did you do when you turned 40? Lara Patangan wanted to mark the milestone with a year of mercy. She decided to embrace the corporal and spiritual works of mercy by doing them all year long. And what began as an experiment of sorts became a turning point in her faith life. What are […]

What are the Works of Mercy?

Works of Mercy How can we serve others? The Church talks about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, a means of helping those around you in very real and tangible ways. Here are 2 images that break it down for you           When you look at these lists and explanations […]

Meet Erin Whalen from Compassionate Coaching

Tired of feeling weary? Do you ever feel like no matter what you do it is not enough? You are not just tired but weary of trying to do all the things for all the people. Enter Erin Whalen, a life coach who wants to help you go from weariness to hope. Erin journeys with […]

Embrace Uncomfortable?

Do you like being comfortable? I do. In the spiritual life though, comfortable can mean stagnant. Or stuck. Not moving toward greatness. Two quotes “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”  Pope Benedict XVI “If you are always comfortable, nothing really happens, nothing changes. Embrace […]

The Prayer of Silence

What is prayer? Prayer is time with God. A conversation. A lifting of our mind and heart to him. There are different types of prayer We can pray with others or by ourselves. There are vocal prayers, often those we have memorized. We can pray those aloud or inside our mind, but there are words […]

Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday

Meet Danielle Danielle Bean is brand manager at, an apostolate of Holy Cross Family Ministries. She is creator and host of the Girlfriends podcast and co-host of The Gist on CatholicTV. Danielle is also author of several books including Momnipotent, You Are Enough, and Giving Thanks and Letting Go. She is a retreat leader and a popular […]

A new book: Hearts Burning within Us

Meet the authors Anne DeSantis and Bill Synder are the people who worked together along with other contributors and college students to put together this unique book. Why do Is ay unique? Because the questions are not what they think college students need to know about but are actual questions from students! Bill is the […]

A Meditation on John 20

Not quite Easter Save listening to this for Easter Monday! Deacon John Bartalini, my other half, better half, whichever you prefer, leads us in a guided meditation on John chapter 20. Pause it as you wish to allow yourself time to enter into the scene with Mary Magdalene and the apostles. Imagine you’re right there, […]

Meet Mary Lenaburg, Be Bold in the Broken

A new book It’s no secret that I love books! Interviewing authors is always a chance to learn more about the person behind the words. In Mary Lenaberg’s case, she is just as down-to-earth and honest on paper as in person. As she said, she only has time to be one Mary, no matter where […]

Peter denies, Jesus forgives

What is sin? Simply put, it is missing the mark. In the Gospels, the story of Peter denying Jesus and then being able to be forgiven by Jesus after the resurrection is such a clear example of how much love Jesus has for each one of us. Scripture John 18: 17, 25-27 is where you […]

Is it time to repent?

Repentance True sorrow and a desire to change is the repentance God is asking from us. When we sin, we hurt ourselves, others and our relationship with God. God calls us to look at ourselves with honesty and decide what needs to be changed. Not out of shame, but because we desire to live more […]

Letters to Women by Chloe Langr

A new book Letters to Women: Embracing the Femmine Genius in Everyday Life is a collection of letters put together by Chloe Langr. There are 30 letters from different women for different times and seasons of life. Some a specific, letter to those who want to be married or have suffered a miscarriage. Others are […]

Is Lent a time of sacrifice or action?

What is Lent? Lent is 40 days before Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Wednesday before Holy Thursday. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; a way to prepare ourselves for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sacrifice or Action? I say both! Give up something and […]

God’s love for you

The 1st Commandment Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or […]

What’s your passion?

What kind of passion am I talking about? I’m talking about the kind of passion that propels your life in a positive direction, and ideally, of course, toward God and for his glory. 5 things I’m passionate about My faith: specifically Scripture, Sacraments and most especially the Eucharist My family People – getting to know […]

Meet Bishop William Byrne

It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with Bishop Byrne about his priesthood, new appointment as Bishop of Springfield, MA and his new book. Things to know about Bishop Byrne He grew up in Washington, D.C. , the youngest of 8 children. When he told his parents his parents he wanted to become […]

Unlocking Freedom with Jesus

We live in a fallen world. No news there. We long for something to help us. We often look in many places before coming to the One who can help us. Unbound is a prayer process that can help us rid ourselves of past sins and hurts by others. Even those of us who receive […]


What is the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation? This sacrament forgives our sins, reconciles us to God and his people, and gives us the grace to not sin again. In John 20: 22b-23 Jesus is with the apostles, “he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, […]

Faith in difficult times

Why Vn. Pierre Toussaint? I find his story compelling and an excellent example for our times. In the face of many obstacles he lived a life of holiness and virtue. His faith guided his life. A  bit about his life He was born a slave in what is now Haiti in 1766. His master allowed […]

External Change

Spiritual Makeover continues… God calls to us and offers to change our stony hearts for those of flesh. Jesus also calls us to conversion. The Gospels are full of stories which point to Jesus healing and leading people to a relationship with God. 2 Stories In Mark 2:1-12 we see Jesus healing the paralytic. The […]

A Change of Heart

Happy New Year! Thoughts often turn to resolutions and changes and how will I solve all problems this year as a new year begins. And while making change can be good and beneficial, we need to care first for our soul. Turn to God A few scriptures from the Old Testament that tell us what […]

Meet Lisa Mladinich, Life Coach

What’s your strength? Did you ever wonder what your strengths or gifts or talents are? I have. I’ve also thought about what is the best fit between who I am and what I do in my life. That’s where it can be a big help to learn what your unique strengths are and Lisa Mladinich, […]

A Meditation for Christmas

Almost Christmas! There’s no need for many words. So I offer yo this mediation based on Luke 1. Read it and then give a listen in a quiet, prayerful place. And surprise, it’s not me, it my husband you’ll hear. A voice for radio A little story – a few years ago my husband and […]

Fiat & Surrender

Mary’s Fiat Such a simple word that changed the world for all of us. Fiat, yes, I will. It was surrender and trust. Surrender to the world and absolute trust in God. It’s what we all say we want; the idea of total surrender; “thy will be done.” But we are afraid. What will people […]

Abundance or Scarcity?

It’s an often asked question of people, are you an optimist or pessimist? If we are living as God calls us, then our answer is hopefully, optimist. We have a God of abundance, not scarcity. What does the Bible say? I’m going to focus on two passages. From the Old Testament we have the story […]

To have integrity

What does it mean? Integrity is honesty, strong moral principles and an upstanding character trait. I think it is essential. A person of integrity is someone you can trust to do the right thing and do what they say they will. You can count on them. What does God say about integrity? Observe the person […]

The desire to please God

Why Pray I pray to keep focused. I pray to remind myself that I am not alone. I pray to ask for guidance. And sometimes I pray for direction. Who am I kidding, I pray for that reason lots! This prayer from Thomas Merton has been in my prayer box for quite some time. Some […]

Humility is not easy

Foundational Virtue Humility is the virtue on which all others are built.  CS Lewis said this, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” We are not being asked to not think of ourselves at all, but to not forget others. For many people, it is difficult to let go of […]

Things mom said

The Advice Or were they comments? I’m not sure. But like many of us, I can recall things my mom said that were meant to be a help as I went through life. you know, don’t touch a hot stove, run with scissors, and stop hitting your sister. She also said things that have stuck […]

Joy in Difficult Times

A Prayer O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells […]

St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

Facts about Teresa of Avila born in Avila, Spain on March 28, 1515 entered the Carmelites on 1535 began reforming the order and founded her first convent, St. Joesph, in 1562 in 1575 she was told to stop and made to retire to Costile due to a dispute between the two different Carmelite groups in […]

Relevant Fiction for Body & Soul

Do you like to read? Reading is my favorite way to relax! I’ve read a few of Carolyn Astfalk’s books and thought it would be nice to talk about how she got started writing fiction. How did she get started? A few years ago when she had only 2 children and a husband who traveled […]

Pray the Psalms

Some Facts about the Psalms There are 150 psalms David wrote about half of them There are different types of psalms Types of Psalms Hymn Thanksgiving Lament Royal Wisdom Pilgrimage or procession Prophetic speech What else? The psalms cover the entire range of human emotion and experience and so can be very helpful in prayer. […]

Need a special gift?

Meet Anne Kidder, the woman show who runs Kidderbug Kreations! Anne loves to sew and create special gifts for others. She created the items in her online store to give people an opportunity to give meaningful handcrafted gifts. She says, “there is a memory in every moment.”  And there is! What types of gifts are […]

Magnify the Lord

What does it mean to magnify? It means to make something appear larger, to enlarge, increase, enhance. The archaic meaning is a bit different and more in line with what we think of in relation to God. It means, to extol, glorify, praise, bless, worship, venerate and adore. Scripture PS 34:2-4 I will bless the […]

Becoming a Deacon

In the Catholic Church, there is a group of men, called permanent deacons who are married and serve in various ways. This episode looks at how one man heard his call to become a deacon and acted on it. Who is it? It’s my husband, Deacon John, and I am happy to have you hear […]

What is a Doctor of the Church

Have you ever wondered, what is a Doctor of the Church? Well, wonder no more. I’ll explain, in broad strokes what that means. How does one become a Doctor of the Church? First, you must be a saint. A saint is someone who has great holiness. A Doctor of the Church has holiness that is […]

A Journal created for boys!

Amy Brooks, a former middle and high school teacher, has written a journal for boys! She is a mom of 3, 1 son and a set of twins – a son and a daughter. Besides taking care of her family, she is behind quite a few websites (the list is below) and now the author […]

Make Every Day Blessed – A new Stay Connected Journal

I recently spoke with Jen Frost, a sewist and fabric designer who wrote a book on living out the liturgical year. I didn’t mention it to Jen, but this is one of my favorite topics! How we can incorporate the Church seasons into our daily life is something I think is so important. It truly […]

A Saint for today, St. Maximilian Kolbe

Who was Maximilian Kolbe? He was a Polish Franciscan priest born in 1894. He entered the seminary and began studying in 1910 and in 1918 was ordained a priest. While in seminary he formed a group with 6 other men called the Militia Immaculata, an organization devoted to being an instrument of Mary, our Blessed […]

Standards and Attachment

July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. One of the greatest gifts St. Ignatius gave the Church is the Spiritual Exercises.  The Spiritual Exercises are a way to grow closer to God, to learn to live for him and for the world. In week 2, day 4 of the Exercises he […]

An Interview & Book Notes with Christina Semmens

Welcome to Christina Semmens, author, speaker and spiritual mentor from Say Yes to Holiness. Christina’s book, Say Yes, Discovering Purpose, Peace and Abundance in your Daily Life was written in response to her own personal experiences and others who are seeking to become saints. A convert to Catholicism, Christina’s life change when a friend invited […]

Confusion? Chaos? Turn to God

In the past few weeks, I have found myself saying “I don’t know” far too often. I was starting to annoy myself and honestly, feeling a bit dumb. It was not possible that I don’t know that much. But there is much confusion and maybe even chaos happening and it can be hard to have […]

I am God’s Storyteller by Lisa Hendey

It was a pleasure to talk with Lisa Hendey about her book, “I am God’s Storyteller” with illustrations by Eric Carlson. Lisa is the founder of and a writer of adult non-fiction before she began writing for children. She began with the Chime Traveler’s, a series of illustrated saint stories written in chapter format […]

Passion of Hope, a Ministry to Singles

Marriage isn’t for everyone, right? Or is it? Julieanne Bartlett, based on scripture and Church teachings thinks it is for everyone! Her ministry, Passion of Hope speaks to the heart of people who long for a spouse. Their world and culture may look and think they have it all – education, career, good income, fun […]

Live in the Fruit of the Spirit

We all want to live our best, growing and learning to live out the fruit of the Spirit. For many of us, patience, self-control, gentleness and love will come when we focus on being more like Christ and knowing the Word. Scripture to guide us St. Peter tells us, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these […]

God shows us the Fruit of the Spirit

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, others can see it by how we live our lives. “Is your life bearing fruit?”, is a good question to ask ourselves regularly. In this episode, I take a look at 5 fruit: joy, peace, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. It is helpful to look at these from […]

The Holy Spirit’s Gifts, part 2

Holy Boldness! That’s what the gifts of the Holy Spirit give us. Our last episode looked at the gifts of wisdom, understanding and counsel. Let’s look at the gifts of knowledge, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. Knowledge propels us to know God and ourselves and to use that knowledge to grow toward perfect […]

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