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Blessed is She

By Jenna Guizar
This is Blessed is She's audio experience. We're bringing you The Gathering Place, a podcast from Blessed is She. We will gather together with you at the table to talk about what YOU want to talk about, ask about, share about. You'll also hear Teachable Tuesday and other audio clips just for you! Listen to our daily devotions here --> anchor.fm/bisdailydevo
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Set Us Free // TGP Episode 96
This one is all about healing. His promises are for you, sweet friend. Not just for someone else, He wants to restore you, to make you new, to set you free.
29:24
October 29, 2020
teachable tuesday // You're Invited
You’re Invited 💜 Come pray with us on Teachable Tuesday. We love you 🙌🏽
14:57
October 27, 2020
He Is Our Homeland // TGP Episode 95
In this week's episode, we are joined by Michelle Benzinger talking all about places of peace and rest during this year. This year, the Church is being invited to become brighter. It’s time to shine, #BISsisterhood.
30:24
October 23, 2020
teachable tuesday // From Interview to Intimacy
Pray with us 🙏🏽
14:55
October 20, 2020
Where’s the Pattern? // TGP Episode 94
In this week's episode, Jenna and Beth chat all about how the Lord has moved in their lives. Friends, look back and see how the Lord has moved, how He’s spoken, how He’s revealed Himself in the past. And then pay attention - because He is establishing a pattern.
26:57
October 16, 2020
teachable tuesday // Pray The Rosary
Pray the rosary. Just do it. 
15:14
October 14, 2020
Lean Back // TGP Episode 93
We have a hard time resting. With all of the distractions of daily life, true rest can fall to the side. In this week's episode, we are joined by Lisa Brenninkmeyer who shares with us the joy that comes when we lean back in the Lord.
25:34
October 8, 2020
teachable tuesday // Novena? No Problem!
Ever wondered what’s the deal with novenas? Come pray and learn with us!
13:35
October 6, 2020
The God Who Whispers // TGP Episode 92
The world is noisy. It can be really hard to hear Him. In this week's podcast, Jenna and Beth talk about the importance of silence and social media. The Lord speaks in a whisper. Let's lean in closer and quiet ourselves so that we can hear Him.
26:05
October 2, 2020
teachable tuesday // He's Cheering You On
He’s cheering you on ⚽️ Who needs to remember this word?
12:34
September 29, 2020
All In // TGP Episode 91
In this week's episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Mike Guizar about going all in with the Lord and the surprise adventures He has brought along the way. Let's step out with confidence in Him. The game has already been won. Trust the Spirit and go.
23:46
September 24, 2020
teachable tuesday // The View From Up Here
Struggling to see clearly? The Lord’s not.
15:04
September 22, 2020
We are the Church Pt 3 // A Discussion on Race and the Catholic Church
Here at BIS, we're all about two things: prayer + community. Download our PDF for this topic: https://blessedisshe.net/conversation-starters/  Learn more about our writers: https://blessedisshe.net/staff/   Learn about Blessed is She: https://blessedisshe.net/about/
1:05:49
September 17, 2020
The One About Being Single // TGP Episode 90
In this week's episode, Beth and Jenna sit down to chat about being single and hoping in the Lord. Being single is more than just sitting around and waiting for a date. It's that every time time we bring our desires to the Lord in the waiting, we are intertwined with Him more and more.
25:15
September 17, 2020
teachable tuesday // He Works In Your Weakness
God is not limited by your weakness - only you are.
11:08
September 16, 2020
Where We Belong // TGP Episode 89
This week, we are joined by Kelsey Dassance, our social media & event coordinator. Kelsey shares her story how she met the Lord and discovered what it means to find belonging in Christ. Remember: You are His. In Him is where you belong.
25:50
September 10, 2020
Time For A Change // TGP Episode 88
Welcome to season six of The Gathering Place! In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down to chat about new things in 2020 and the call to holiness. Embracing the Gospel message means it's time for transformation. We are so excited to be back with you!
28:56
September 3, 2020
teachable tuesday // Lonely? Not Anymore!
You have got some heavenly friends waiting for you!! Watch this video on YouTube. 
16:58
September 1, 2020
teachable tuesday // Feeling Like a Failure
You are not a failure. He chose you for everything that you are. Watch this video on YouTube. 
12:28
August 25, 2020
We are the Church Pt 2 // A Discussion on Race and the Catholic Church
Join us as we hear from Fr. Agustino of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for a Q&A all about racism, the Church, and what role we play in this conversation on human dignity. Check out Part 1 with a beautiful teaching from Fr. Agustino all about Catholic Social Teaching. Find out more about the CFRs: https://www.franciscanfriars.com/ Find out more about Corazón Puro: http://corazonpuro.org/about-us.html
40:56
July 29, 2020
We are the Church Pt I // A Discussion on Race and the Catholic Church
Join us as we hear from Fr. Agustino of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal on the rich social teachings of the Catholic Church and what She teaches on the dignity of the human person.  Find out more about the CFRs: https://www.franciscanfriars.com/ Find out more about Corazón Puro: http://corazonpuro.org/about-us.html
1:02:52
July 22, 2020
Convict My Heart // TGP Episode 87
Today's episode is the last one of season five, and so we brought in a special surprise. Today we hear Blessed is She's Spiritual Advisor Father John Parks speak about current racial tensions in America and what we, as Catholics, can do about it. Editor's note: You can watch the videos from this podcast episode on our YouTube channel. Links below. Resource: Teachable Tuesday Q&A with Father Parks & Jenna Guizar ARRR Prayer -- Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, and Respond. Reconciling the Body of Christ // Fr. Mike Schmitz & Fr. Josh Johnson Healing the Racial Divide // Fr. Josh Johnson Father, Forgive the Sin of Racism // Homily by Bishop Olmstead Bishop Barron's Pentecost Homily Music by Dylan Emmet
43:31
June 12, 2020
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary // TGP Episode 86
In today’s episode we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Please join us. Resource: How to Pray the Rosary
18:52
June 5, 2020
Life is Sacred // TGP Episode 85
Life. Human dignity. Love. It's all in this episode! Beth and Jenna chat with Sister Giovanna Mariae, who is part of the Sisters of Life. They talk about how protecting the sanctity of life is so much more than just praying outside abortion clinics, and what it means to fall in love with life. Resources mentioned: Sisters of Life Blessed is She retreats Prayer for Life What ways can you fall in love with life today? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
21:40
May 29, 2020
How Do I Start Reading the Bible? // TGP Episode 84
In this episode, Beth and Jenna answer one of the most frequently asked questions for the Blessed is She team: how do you start reading the Bible? If you've ever desired to read the Word more often, or if you're struggling with how to start, this is the podcast episode for you. Resources mentioned: The Creation Project #BISVBS on YouTube Mark 5:41 Romans 8:28 Mark 1:1-8 Lectio Divina Ignatian Contemplation The Well Mentorship Program What's your favorite book of the Bible? How do you interact with Scripture in your life? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
22:47
May 22, 2020
Hindsight in 2020 // TGP Episode 83
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Rachel Leininger, wife, mama, and Catholic author/speaker extraordinaire. Rachel tells us all about how a quirky English professor in college changed her perspective and trajectory in life with one simple question: What do you care about? Resources mentioned: The Reap Team "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé Genesis 50:20 Abiding Together Podcast Well, it's your turn! What do YOU care about? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
27:31
May 15, 2020
Jesus Christ, Conflict King // TGP Episode 82
Does conflict make you uncomfortable? Well, this episode is for you! Beth and Jenna chat all about how healthy conflict is crucial to maintaining God-honoring relationships, how your family of origin influences your conflict style, and how to be intentional about getting better at conflict. Resources: Counseling Cheer on Netflix What are your thoughts on conflict? Is it easy or difficult for you? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
21:41
May 8, 2020
Hope Does Not Disappoint // TGP Episode 81
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Sister Mary Claire Strasser, a sister in the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. They chat about how to find hope in the Lord, even when you've prayed and wrestled through the same issues over and over again. Resources: SOLT Sisters The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Psalm 13 Romans 5:5 Do you struggle with feeling hopeless? Can you see where the Lord is working in your life right now? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
24:28
May 1, 2020
Under the Fig Tree // TGP Episode 80
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about cultivating the "secret place," or the "inner room," in our hearts for the Lord. They talk about how to start a prayer life (hint: it's pretty simple!), why a daily conversation with the Lord is so important, and how and why we can discuss our personal prayers with others. Resources: Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Ávila How's your inner room? Where's the secret place you encounter God? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
21:06
April 24, 2020
Take a Deep Breath // TGP Episode 79
We're all feeling a little bit anxious right now, aren't we? It totally makes sense, but how do we cope with it? In this episode, we talk with Chika Anyanwu all about how Christians still encounter worry, even with prayer and Jesus on our side, how being in therapy doesn't have to be at odds with your faith, and the power of gratitude. Resources: My Encounter: How I Met Jesus in Prayer by Chika Anyanwu "Palm of Your Hand" by TRIBL St. Padre Pio's "Stay With Me" Prayer Neurofeedback How's your heart, sister? Are you struggling with anxiety right now? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
26:50
April 17, 2020
Quarantined with Jesus // TGP Episode 78
It's here; the Triduum, in arguably one of the weirdest times in our lives. In this episode, Beth and Jenna (from a safe six feet apart!) chat about tweaking Holy Week practices in the time of a pandemic and how they're feeling Jesus' call to deeper intimacy throughout. Resources: We are livestreaming the entire Triduum Mass on our Facebook page and Instagram. We would love it if you would join us! Holy Thursday at 8PM ET Good Friday at 3PM ET Easter Vigil at 9PM ET Easter Sunday at 11AM ET How have you been encountering Jesus during this season of isolation? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
24:56
April 9, 2020
The One About Mary // TGP Episode 77
In this episode, it's all about Mama Mary! Beth and Jenna sit down with Sister Maria Kim-Ngân Bùi, a Daughter of St. Paul and Blessed is She contributor. They open up all about their encounters with the Blessed Mother, how praying the Rosary brings us so much closer to Jesus, and how Our Lady saved Sister's life, little by little. Resources mentioned: Blessed is She retreats Flame of Love by Elizabeth Kindelmann What is your relationship with Mary like? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
24:47
April 3, 2020
Seeing with Eyes of Hope // TGP Episode 76
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with author and Blessed is She writer Laura Kelly Fanucci. They discuss all the ways that God pursues each of us individually, and how we can look at grief and loss with eyes of hope. Resources mentioned: One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler Risen: 50 Ways to Live Easter A Free Easter Gathering with Laura Kelly Fanucci on April 11 at 1pm ET. What are some ways that God is showing up for you in darkness? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
30:47
March 27, 2020
The Provision to Our Problem // TGP Episode 75
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about all the names of God and what they say about His character, and how His provision is bigger than our problems. Resources mentioned: The Blessed is She Liturgical Planner What's your favorite name of God? Why does it resonate with you so much? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
20:55
March 20, 2020
What's the Plan? // TGP Episode 74
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about the Rules of St. Ignatius. They explore the idea of "storing up" consolations and what to do when you feel desolation. Resources mentioned: The Rules of St. Ignatius.
26:13
March 13, 2020
Give God Permission // TGP Episode 73
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Sister Agnus Dei of the Sisters of Life. They talk about the power of your name, and what happens when you give God permission in your life, and the power of a smile. Resources mentioned: Sisters of Life Blessed is She Retreats What have you seen the Lord do with your little "yes"? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
27:56
March 6, 2020
He's Digging a Well // TGP Episode 72
Beth and Jenna debrief about the Phoenix Restore Retreat and their excitement for what's to come from the Lord in restoration in our lives every single day. What do you think the Lord is focused on restoring in your life? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you're over there!).
24:05
February 28, 2020
In the Quiet Place // TGP Episode 71
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Mary Castner, full time youth minister and worship leader for our Blessed is She retreats. They discuss their favorite moments from last year's Shine retreats, how worship music actually draws us to silence, and Mary shares how playing on the playground in her childhood influences her prayer life today. Resources mentioned: Restore Retreats 2020 The Temple Model in worship Mary’s YouTube channel
24:22
February 21, 2020
Growing Together and Bearing Fruit // TGP Episode 70
In this episode, Beth and Jenna share the amazing fruits from their Blessed is She Leadership Weekend with Managing Editor Nell O'Leary and Spiritual Advisor Father John Parks. Hear all about Blessed is She's core values, core purpose, and operational definition, as well as why Beth and Jenna have committed to making lunch together each day. Resources mentioned:  The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
26:27
February 14, 2020
Vocation is the Vehicle // TGP Episode 69
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Blessed is She writer and writer over at Mama Needs Coffee, Jenny Uebbing. They chat all about how God speaks to us through our unique vocations and the one thing Jenny just can’t let you forget this Lenten season. Resources Mentioned Nashville Dominicans Sisters of Life Theology of the Body Humane Vitae St. John Paul II 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Here, Too: Where We Meet God What are your hopes for Lent 2020? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
23:31
February 7, 2020
Where We're Most Loved // TGP Episode 68
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about their biggest lessons from 2019, the ways they are hoping to grow in 2020, and why it’s so crucial to adopt a weekly Holy Hour. Resources Mentioned: 8-Day silent retreat Sisters of Life John 15:5 2020 Restore Retreats
23:28
January 31, 2020
Don't Look Back // TGP Episode 67
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat talk about the scripture verse that they've been praying over leading into 2020, what they hope for this year's journey through Advent, and why they we shouldn't look at the past when we're praying about the future. Resources Mentioned: All the Generations: From Genesis to You 2020 Restore Retreats
23:00
November 29, 2019
Stay Green // TGP Episode 66
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Father Fernando Camou of the Diocese of Phoenix. They discuss what to do about differing opinions within church communities, what we have in common with caged monkeys, and how reading more novels makes us better discerners. Resources Mentioned: Biography of Saint Catherine of Siena All the Light We Cannot See
26:34
November 22, 2019
Life in Technicolor // TGP Episode 65
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk all about their most transformative interactions with the Word and the Holy Spirit. They discuss practical ways to access the Holy Spirit in our daily lives and why it's so important to be reading scripture every single day. Resources mentioned: BIS VBS
28:05
November 15, 2019
Just Notice // TGP Episode 64
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father Paul Sullivan, Director of Vocations with the Diocese of Phoenix, to chat all about discernment: practical ways to discern, whether or not we can actually miss our true calling, and what we get wrong about the whole process.
19:56
November 8, 2019
Prone to Wander // TGP Episode 63
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about the Lord's sweet tendency toward active listening, how convicted they are currently feeling about the words they say, and how gossip actually IS a big deal to God.  Resources Mentioned: The Diary of Saint Faustina Examination of Conscience 
22:50
November 1, 2019
The Victory is Ours // TGP Episode 62
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father Charlie Goraieb from the Diocese of Phoenix. Father shares with us his wisdom on spiritual warfare, the ways Satan tempts us individually, and practical ways to protect yourself in the battle. Resources Mentioned Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life The Trouble with Yoga The Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel Do you have experience with spiritual warfare? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
25:38
October 25, 2019
Simple Things Are Big Things // TGP Episode 61
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about how the Lord is calling both of them (and all of us!) to be at home more, the realities of darkness in the spiritual realm, and why it's so important to intentionally stop and look up every single day. Resources Mentioned The Cantata of Love by Blaise Arminjon, SJ
24:53
October 18, 2019
A Blooming Heart // TGP Episode 60
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father John Burns of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who served at the Nashville SHINE Retreat. They talk all about a woman's divine need to be seen, what it can look like to right-order our relationships with each other, and how the Father's gaze never leaves us.  Resources Mentioned Blessed is She SHINE Retreat
32:50
October 11, 2019
Time to Paint the Bathroom // TGP Episode 59
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Nell O'Leary, Blessed is She's Managing Editor. They talk all about what they were like as kids, the scary necessity of drawing boundaries, and God's desire for healing and restoration in all areas of our lives, but especially within our families. Resources Mentioned Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend All the Generations: From Genesis to You
29:41
October 4, 2019
The Long Way // TGP Episode 58
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father Dan Connealy, Parochial Administrator at Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Phoenix, Arizona. They chat all about what spiritual direction is (and what it is NOT), what surprises they have been finding in prayer, and how to respond when others can’t feel God’s presence. Resources Mentioned #BISvbs (Blessed is She on YouTube and Blessed is She on Instagram)
25:28
September 27, 2019
Here We Go Again // TGP Episode 57
In this episode, Beth and Jenna discuss the fruits from our last Blessed is She Virtual Bible Study (#BISVBS) through the Gospel of Mark, the ways scripture can come alive in our lives, and they announce the next book we’ll study together. Grab your Bible and join us! Resources Mentioned Blessed is She Free Daily Devotions Blessed is She SHINE Retreats Ignatian Contemplation Blessed is She on YouTube Blessed is She on Instagram
26:37
September 20, 2019
Heaven on Earth // TGP Episode 56
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father Will Schmid of San Francisco de Asis Parish in Flagstaff, Arizona. They talk all about the beauty of the Liturgy of the Mass, practical ways to fall more deeply in love with Jesus, and why you should think again if you believe you’ve “tried everything” to grow in faith. Resources Mentioned: In Sinu Jesú The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn The General Instruction of the Roman Missal Alexander Schmemann What's the most creative way you can try to grow closer to the Lord? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
31:33
September 13, 2019
No More Snooze // TGP Episode 55
In this episode, Beth and Jenna are in Nashville for our SHINE retreat. They talk all about sanctifying morning routines, Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s Heroic Minute, and what it looks like to be about the Father’s business. Resources Mentioned In Sinu Jesú Rise, Let us be on our way poster Only for Today sticker The Heroic Minute by Jenny Uebbing (Mama Needs Coffee) Christine Caine
23:36
September 5, 2019
Open Your Sails // TGP Episode 54
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father Andrew Mattingly. They talk all about Father Mattingly’s homily from the SHINE Retreat in Kansas City, how to grow docile to the Holy Spirit, and why it’s so important to remain in the present moment with the Lord at all times. Resources Mentioned In the School of the Holy Spirit by Father Jacques Philippe In Sinu Jesú Spiritual Theology by Father Jordan Aumann, O.P.
29:43
August 30, 2019
Can We Pray Right Now? // TGP Episode 53
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about the life-changing work of stepping out in boldness to pray over our friends in the moment, their feelings about Rosary Club, and they hand out their first ever Podcast Homework assignment. Do you have a "Kim" in your life? Are you "Kim" in someone else's life? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
20:43
August 23, 2019
A Courageous Adventure // TGP Episode 52
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Father John Muir and Father John Parks. Father Muir is the Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, and Father Parks is the Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix, and also serves as the Spiritual Advisor for Blessed is She. Fr. Parks and Fr. Muir talk about how their friendship encourages each of them to grow in holiness, one tangible way we can truly care for priests, and the one question they wish their parishioners would ask them instead of, “How can I pray for you?”
28:42
August 16, 2019
Prayer And... // Episode 51
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about what they've been up to, the Houston #BISretreat, reading Scripture, and what we do to search for balance in our lives.  Share your "prayer and..." with us on Twitter or Instagram!
29:16
August 9, 2019
What's Your Anthem? // TGP Episode 50
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about the “dark night of the soul” -- what it is, what it looks like, and practical ways to combat it.   Resources mentioned: In Sinu Jesu “King of My Heart” by Steffany Gretzinger “Till I Found You” by Phil Wickham Have you ever experienced a dark night of the soul? Let's talk on Facebook or Twitter!
23:07
June 14, 2019
The Gift of Faith // TGP Episode 49
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk with Debbie Herbeck of Be Love Revolution. Debbie shares her beautiful (and unbelievable!) conversion story, and how God is calling her to share the messiest part of her story in order to show young women His infinite mercy. Resources Mentioned: Jesus of Nazareth Misericordia Blessed is She SHINE Retreat Have you made peace with the messiest part of your story? Do you believe God is calling you to use your story to bring people to Him? Let's talk on Facebook or Twitter!
30:21
June 7, 2019
It's Free // TGP Episode 48
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about how deep friendships help build up your relationship with the Lord, and about some really fun ways Blessed is She can be a part of that over this summer. Resources mentioned: Text FRIENDSHIP to (520) 201-8737 Our Summer Gatherings Who are the closest friends in your life? Do you struggle to have Christ-centered friendships? Let's talk on Facebook or Twitter!
22:46
May 31, 2019
Bring God to Your City // TGP Episode 47
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Edmund Mitchell, the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis at a Catholic Church in Grapevine, Texas, and host of The Show podcast. They chat all about life verses, the inspiring lives of the saints, Edmund's long-term plan for evangelization in local parishes, and what it has in common with the structure of AA. 
19:55
May 24, 2019
Lean into Joy // TGP Episode 46
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with Katie Waldow, full time youth minister, Blessed is She Pinterest Coordinator, and Instagram joy-bringer. They chat about what it looks like to pursue joy when things aren’t going right and why it’s so important as followers of Jesus. Resources mentioned: James 1:2-4 Philippians 4:8 Nehemiah 8:10 The Divine Mercy Chaplet Happy Are You Poor by Fr. Thomas DuBay Big Dreams, Small Spaces
23:45
May 17, 2019
Light Up the Church // TGP Episode 45
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about what Apostles they identify with and what, in their personal lives, inspired them to pursue personal holiness.  Resources Mentioned Saint Thomas Aquinas’s “Summa Theologiae” In Sinu Jesu
26:53
May 10, 2019
Childlike Faith // TGP Episode 44
In this episode, Beth and Jenna sit down with two crucial members of the Blessed is She team: Managing Editor Nell O’Leary and Theological Editor Susanna Spencer. We chat all about what it was like to grow up in the faith and ways we can pour into younger Catholics going forward. Resources mentioned: Saint Thomas Aquinas’s “Summa Theologiae” Rise Up: Shining with Virtue
26:58
May 3, 2019
You Satisfy // TGP Episode 43
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about why we turn to so many things before we turn to the Lord, and how He is the One who truly satisfies us. Resources mentioned: "You Satisfy" by UPPERROOM HALT (via Weight Watchers) - Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired? (Or dehydrated!)
21:20
April 26, 2019
Gathering on Good Friday // TGP Episode 42
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Father Patrick Mary Briscoe, who presently serves at St. Pius V Parish in Providence, Rhode Island, and as Deputy Senior Editor of Aleteia.org, and will be with Blessed is She in Ireland for the Shine retreat. We chat about what makes Holy Week special as a priest and what makes Good Friday so, so good for us all.  Resources mentioned: Paul Claudel's Stations of the Cross St. Thomas’ Summa Theologica Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
21:01
April 19, 2019
What Love Looks Like // TGP Episode 41
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Jenny Uebbing, the writer behind Mama Needs Coffee, about getting older, her reversion in college, and how a transformative experience during Mass completely revolutionized her body image.  Resources mentioned: EMDR Therapy 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Pope John Paul II
26:56
April 12, 2019
It's Not About the Answer // TGP Episode 40
In this episode, Beth and Jenna basically have a bible study on Jesus’ healings throughout the Gospels. Why does Jesus ask what people want when they obviously want healing? We think we figured it out: It’s not about the answer.
22:34
April 5, 2019
Prayer Actually Works // TGP Episode 39
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader Jackie Francois Angel all about the power of prayer, and why we should still expect God to work unexplainable miracles through us. Prayer actually works, friend. So let's pray.
30:00
March 29, 2019
Adventure is Around the Corner // TGP Episode 38
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk aaaalllll about failure. They share about how different their perceptions of failure are, what intimate risk looks like, and the idea of radical trust. What are your thoughts on failure? Is it something you shy away from? Do you have a fear of failure? Let’s talk on Facebook or Twitter! Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you’re over there).
24:56
March 22, 2019
Be Kingdom-Minded // TGP Episode 37
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist Podcast, and author of Girl, Arise!  They explore what it means to be Kingdom-minded in a world where so many bad things happen and so many world leaders let us down.  Resources mentioned: He Leadeth Me & With God in Russia by Walter Ciszek, SJ Jen Fulwiler
22:22
March 15, 2019
Living an Open-hearted Life // TGP Episode 36
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about writing To The End, Blessed is She’s 2019 Lent devotional, and about how, despite being terrifying, the practice of vulnerability is actually the key to an open-hearted life -- one that imitates Jesus and the Father. Resources mentioned: "I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live..." // Deuteronomy 30:19 “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” // C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
26:22
March 7, 2019
That's Who I Am // TGP Episode 35
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Chris Stefanick, host of EWTN’s reality TV show Real Life Catholic and author of I Am: Rewrite Your Name, Reroute Your Life. We talk about how each of us has a “primary lie” we tell ourselves about who we are, and discuss practical ways to combat those lies with the Truth and reclaim our identity in Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Chris and purchase his book at reallifecatholic.com.
23:16
March 1, 2019
Shame, Porn, and Spoonfuls of Grace // TGP Episode 34
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about shame, sexual sin, pornography, the Lord's restoration and grace, and the importance of recognizing spiritual warfare in our struggles with sin. We invite each woman listening to this episode to join us this weekend in going to Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we said in the episode, you are not alone. We are growing in hope with you, we are opening ourselves up to His grace with you, we are believing in freedom. You will be free.
26:51
February 22, 2019
Our Home is Heaven // TGP Episode 33
We kick off this season with one of our favorite friends (and season 1 guest!) Heather Khym of the Abiding Together podcast. In this candid conversation, we chat about inviting Jesus into the story of our life as well as everyday moments to speak the truth about us. More info here: https://www.liferestoration.ca/
27:29
February 15, 2019
Just Own It // TGP Episode 32
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the absolutely lovely and impeccably BRAVE woman, Emily Wilson. Emily is such a breath of fresh air, inspiring each of us to go after whatever the Lord has called on our life.
28:56
December 14, 2018
Stake Your Life on This // TGP Episode 31
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about something Curtis Martin wrote in a FOCUS email that caught their eye AND hear how they want to start to implement it into their lives.
28:22
December 7, 2018
There is Room at the Table // TGP Episode 30
In this episode, Beth and Jenna get to chat with Michelle Benzinger of the Abiding Together Podcast. She lays down a ton of truth about championing other women, remembering our belovedness, and how to deal with longing and even jealousy. Be sure to share this episode with your bestie who sees the goodness in you.
32:21
November 30, 2018
Our Episode from Ireland // TGP Episode 29
Here is our rough episode in Ireland with Beth, Jenna, and our Spiritual Advisor Fr John Parks all about the Gospel message, our encounters with God, and more.
30:34
November 23, 2018
Exceptionally You // TGP Episode 28
In this Blessed is She episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the EXCEPTIONAL Bonnie Engstrom, all about the strive for perfection and how accepting *average* is simply great sometimes. Take a listen and remember, sister, you are EXCEPTIONALLY you ;)
25:23
November 16, 2018
Just Follow // TGP Episode 27
In this episode, Beth and Jenna hear great wisdom from Father Matt Lowry, chaplain of Northern Arizona University's Newman Center. We talk about evangelization (and how it's not quite as hard as you think!), personal prayer, and being witnesses from the overflow of His goodness.
28:49
November 9, 2018
Start Slow // TGP Episode 26
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat just the *two* of them aaallll about their hobbies (or lack thereof). Do you have hobbies?? Share with us on Twitter!
22:18
November 2, 2018
Fearless and Free // TGP Episode 25
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with wife, mother, and writer Lisa Brenninkmeyer. Lisa founded the beautiful ministry Walking With Purpose. We talk about praying with Scripture, speaking truth to yourself, emotional healing, and freedom.
32:21
October 26, 2018
I'll Always Carry You // TGP Episode 24
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with husband, father, and singer/songwriter Matt Maher. We talk about history with God, Matt's own conversion moment, and all about his new album (and children's book!!), The Advent of Christmas (https://www.mattmahermusic.com/theadventofchristmas/).  Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you're over there).
30:51
October 19, 2018
Skydiving is in Your Future // TGP Episode 23
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the lovely Kendra Tierney, wife, mom, writer, and liturgical living extraordinaire. She shares how we can look at the Church year and rhythms of the Church and integrate it [more seamlessly] into our lives. Some things we talked about: + Kendra’s blog, Catholic All Year + Kendra’s *new* book, The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life + Kendra’s book on Confession: A Little Book about Confession for Children + Kendra’s Prayer Book: My Superhero Prayer Book: Traditional Catholic Prayers for Awesome Catholic Kids + Catholic Sprouts: Daily Podcast for Catholic Kids Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you’re over there).
27:04
October 12, 2018
Opening the Chambers of Your Heart // TGP Episode 22
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about Bearing Light, the new Advent devotional from Blessed is She, the BIS team retreat, and opening up your heart to new people (even if you think you're already full!).
22:18
October 5, 2018
Evangelizing through Stickers // TGP Episode 21
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Megan Hjelmstad, wife and mom who is in the Army Reserves and an advocate for women suffering from endometriosis as she did for years. We talk about being witnesses and evangelizing in our own spheres of influence (whether it be at home, at work, or even at the grocery story). Enjoy and tell us your thoughts over on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__).
25:52
August 10, 2018
Tap Shoes and Stinky Feet // TGP Episode 20
This week on the podcast, Jenna and Beth chat about insecurity—from childhood rejection to stepping into new roles—and how, in the face of shame or self-doubt, we can root ourselves in the Father's perfect love for us. We'd love to hear your tips and tricks for battling uncertainty. - Living Your Strengths by Albert L. Winseman and Donald O. Clifton (https://amzn.to/2n9NekB) - Confident by Steffany Gretzinger (https://open.spotify.com/track/2lLWyWl1ZGQdXWTh4cYt4C?si=nIS5YdnhQm6Z6bNfmhsz9A) - Teachable Tuesday episode we referred to (https://www.facebook.com/blessedisshenetwork/videos/vl.153310712110099/2051699648174692/?type=1)
22:23
August 3, 2018
Nudge Nudge // TGP Episode 19
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk with Blythe Fike, one of the Blessed is She writers who shares her experience with spiritual direction, regular confession and prayer times (even in the midst of busy life). A wife, mom, and lover of the beautiful devotions in our Church, Blythe shares about the beauty and depth of the Catholic faith. (And how Mary nudges us along like only a good Mother does!)
31:34
July 27, 2018
Freedom Has Come // TGP Episode 18
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk with Ike Ndolo, *husband,* worship leader, and songwriter about his new records, specifically his new song called "Your Table" (https://open.spotify.com/album/5wkeFiRZLhtFdzSpJBwUFe?si=Slcv5QxIQKG3tZ-jqQhKIw). They talk about how stories change our opinions and views of another, and the power of hearing another's story. Join in on the discussion about viewing "the other" in each one of our lives, loving our enemies (even when they're in the Church), and how freedom comes when we remember the truth about God: He is for the oppressed, the outcast, the vulnerable. He is for you.
33:57
July 20, 2018
You're Not Alone // TGP Episode 17
Beth and Jenna talk about how our lives turn out differently than we ever anticipated or planned. They also share about consolation + desolation in our lives and how we react to suffering and joys as they come. We would LOVE to hear how your life has worked out differently than you ever thought it would. Tell us over on Twitter or in our Facebook Regional Groups (blessedisshe.net/community).
22:28
July 13, 2018
From College to Sin to Vulnerability // TGP Episode 15
Today Beth and Jenna chat with Sarah Erickson, junior in college at The Catholic University of America. Today's talk is all about Sarah's surprise when she got to college, how we approach sin as Christians, and how vulnerability is simply about being uncomfortably honest. Take a listen and share!
24:01
June 29, 2018
Have a Sip of Sprite // TGP Episode 14
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Lindsay, Blessed is She's virtual assistant, bestie, and Protestant Floridian. We chat about Lindsay's experience with her introduction into the Catholic faith via Blessed is She, taking leaps with the Lord, and being grateful to Him for the small ways He loves on us.
28:47
June 22, 2018
Let's Go On a Long Walk // TGP Episode 13
In this episode, we have a frank conversation with Anna and Shannon of Eden Invitation, which is a ministry devoted to celebrating personal integration and promoting solidarity beyond the LGBT+ paradigm. We are honored to have Anna and Shannon on to share their hearts for LGBT+ in the Church as well as how all of us as Catholic Christians walk alongside the people in our lives, no matter if we assume differences or not. You are a gift. Thank you for your presence. We look forward to walking alongside you, learning from you, and growing with you. As stated on this show, we keep reminding ourselves and each other to say over and over again, "You belong to me." We belong to each other. So let's go on a walk.
38:59
June 16, 2018
Be Saints (The One with Bishop Barron) // TGP Episode 12
Beth and Jenna chat with a VERY special guest this week, Bishop Robert Barron, all about prayer, miracles, the incredible female Saints in our Church, and so. much. more. Some of the topics we discuss: - The Daily Examen from Ignatius Spirituality (https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen) - Pope Saint John Paul II's Apostolic Letter, Salvifici Doloris (on the Christian meaning of human suffering) (http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1984/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris.html) - Bishop Barron's reflection on the Irish Referendum (https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/sowing-the-wind-and-reaping-the-whirlwind-a-reflection-on-the-irish-referendum/5802/) Take a listen, share with a friend (or two!), and share your thoughts over on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__).
28:34
June 8, 2018
Remember His Tenderness // TGP Episode 11
Beth and Jenna talk with Brigid Hogan, teacher and devotion writer for Blessed is She. They answer Miriam's question all the way from Australia, asking about finding the tenderness of God even in dry or desolate moments.  Take a listen below and share with your Twitter buds!
23:42
June 1, 2018
Still Lakes and Filled Up Cups
Beth and Jenna talk about P E A C E today. We talk about practical tips to do when your peace is shaken, what Father Jacques Philippe says about peace in his book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace (https://amzn.to/2LuHJb5), and how to recognize if it's time to let things go in our lives so we can make more space for the Lord and His peace. Take a listen and share with a friend.
30:28
May 25, 2018
Let's Get Some Air in Our Parachutes
We chat with husband, dad, author, life coach, and parachute extraordinaire, Paul George about all things happiness and discernment. Find his book, Rethink Happiness right here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IyErSt Let us know your thoughts on this week's episode over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
22:03
May 18, 2018
Opening the Doors of Our Squeaky Hearts // TGP Episode 8
In this episode, we talk with Nell O'Leary, the Managing Editor of Blessed is She. She is a wife, mom, recovering lawyer, and sometimes-blogger at Whole Parenting Family (http://www.wholeparentingfamily.com/)! In this episode we talk about friendship, how important friendships are, how to cultivate friendships, and what it means to open the doors of our [squeaky ] hearts. Share this episode with your favorite friend!
35:39
May 11, 2018
The One Where Beth and Jenna are Opposites // TGP Episode 7
In this episode, we chat about how we both got involved in ministry life, how to keep from getting burned out in life, and visioning with God for our ministries and lives. Hit us up on Insta and tell us your thoughts! https://www.instagram.com/blessedisshe__/
29:07
May 4, 2018
Even the Kitchen Sink // TGP Episode 6
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Blessed is She's spiritual advisor, Father John Parks, who is the Vicar of Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix. We chat about evangelization, testimonies, raspberries, people who influence us, joy in suffering, and more (everything AND the kitchen sink). Fav quote: "Tell your story, but Jesus is the hero." Find out more about Blessed is She: https://blessedisshe.net/
23:26
April 27, 2018
Unwrapping the Gifts // TGP Episode 5
In this episode with Shannon Evans, we talk about what *keeps* us in the Church and what each of us loves about it. What about you? Not only how did you fall in love with the Church, but what KEEPS you here? Continue the conversation here: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
24:42
April 20, 2018
Coming Back to the Well // TGP Episode 4
Here is our latest episode with the lovely Anna Coyne, a writer for Blessed is She. Read more about Anna on her blog, The Heart's Overflow (http://www.theheartsoverflow.com/). Join us as we talk about the moments that brought us into and in love with the Church, those memories that we can always go back to in prayer. Continue the conversation with us over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
24:56
April 13, 2018
The Name of the Game Is... // TGP Episode 3
In this episode we answer Jessica's question about studying Scripture in a group setting (and we have a great discussion about who we relate to more: Father, Son, or Holy Spirit). Continue the conversation with us over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__ Send us over YOUR question next!
24:59
April 5, 2018
Let's Get Bumper Stickers // TGP Episode 2
BIG thank you to Dara (and Dara, you're amazing! Working, mothering, praying, you are our hero!) for your question this week. We dive in to how to find time for prayer as busy women (no matter your state in life). When is your favorite time for prayer? Let's continue the conversation over here: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__ using #BISpodcast. Get involved with the Blessed is She community right here: https://blessedisshe.net/community/
29:09
March 30, 2018
Sidekicks and Cool People // TGP Episode 1
Here is our very first episode of The Gathering Place! In this episode, we called our good friend Heather Khym: wife, mom, and podcast extraordinaire! Check out her amazing podcast at Abiding Together (http://www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/). Find out more about Heather: https://twitter.com/heatherkhym Remember to send us over your questions for our next episode! We can't wait to hear from you and continue the conversation.
22:28
March 29, 2018