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By Kerry Campbell

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Light and Dark
Light and Dark
This week we're exploring Biblical references to light amid the darkness in an effort to enter into the holiday season with intention and joy. Let's meet Jesus who is light by naming the spaces that need light and inviting God in.  If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Raised Catholic episode 49 - Advent: Behold Your God (check out the show notes for ideas on specific Advent practices) 2. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis 3. Song: You Are The Light, by Sarah Hart 4. Song: Lead, Kindly Light, by Audrey Assad 5. Video: Handel's Messiah Part 1, performed by the Handel and Haydn Society 6. Article: Become the Light, by Michael Simone at America Magazine 7. Daily Podcast: The Examen, with Fr. James Martin 8. Practice: light a candle and journal with these questions:  Where is the darkness in me? What is a small step I can take to address it? Where is the darkness in the places, spaces and groups I'm a part of? How can I bring more light to the places and people around me?
12:10
November 22, 2022
Wake Up
Wake Up
This week we discuss disturbing revelations coming out of the French Church, along with continued clericalism and politicization here in the US. When it comes to the future of the Church (and our own faith lives), maybe it's past time we wake up to some important realities. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Podcast: Inside the Vatican: What a Prominent Cardinal's Admission of Abuse Means for the Catholic Church in France, by America Magazine 2. Article: Diocese Confirms French Bishop Disciplined by Vatican for Sexual Abuse, by Catholic News Agency 3. Article: French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard Admits to Abusing 14-Year Old Girl 35 Years Ago, from The Guardian 4. Article: New Allegations Charge Franciscan University Cover-Up, by Pillar Catholic 5. Biblical references to 'born again': John 3: 1-21, more citations here 6. Song: Open My Eyes, by Jesse Manibusan 7. Song: Open The Eyes of My Heart, by Audrey Assad 8. Song: Common Ground, by Matt Maher, featuring Dee Wilson 9. Journal prompts (write a question, then listen prayerfully and write as you're led): God, bring light to what is dark within me. In what way am I complicit in the suffering of a brother or sister? What am I blind to today that you in mercy could help me see?  10. Series: Developing Compassion for the Sexually Abused, by Beth Moore (Part One)
12:26
November 15, 2022
My Triduum
My Triduum
Today's episode is a short reflection on a particularly holy three days I'm observing this week. I hope it's a blessing to you.  If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Last Day - an imagined conversation between God and my Mom about how she would want to spend her Last Day from me at kerrycampbell.org 2. Basics on the Paschal Triduum, by Busted Halo 3. Quote: "This too shall pass." - my Mom (and probably yours, too) 4. Song: Make Me An Instrument, by Craig Courtney, Beckenhorst Singers
08:30
November 08, 2022
Iconography Basics
Iconography Basics
This week we will look at religious icons - what they are, how to pray with them, and how to avoid making an icon into an idol.  If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Article: An Introduction to Iconography and iconographic analysis, by Dr. Lauren Kilroy Ewbank at smarthistory.org 2. Visual prayers by artist Scott Erickson 3. Modern icons by artist Gracie Morbitzer 4. Article: How to Pray with Icons - A Brief Guide, by Philip Kosloski at Aleteia 5. Activity: Make an ofrenda with images of loved ones who have passed and pray for them during the month of November. 6. Search: St. Joan of Arc icons (check these out!) 7. Article: The Importance of Religious Icons in Christian Faith, from the Art of the Icon blog 8. Collection: Icons by artist Cecilia Lawrence
11:55
November 01, 2022
Where Are You?
Where Are You?
This week, we're taking stock of where we are on our faith journey today. As we walk with God in the wilderness of deconstruction, prayerfully discerning where we actually are will enable us to know what step to take next, and to have clarity around where we want to be.  If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: Song: Who Am I?, by Casting Crowns Song: Sing Over Your Children, by Matt Maher Song: Drawn to You, by Audrey Assad Song: The Way God Sees, by Ginny Owens feat. Mike Weaver Journal prompts: How am I engaging with my faith today?  What am I learning?  How is my prayer or study life going?  Have I considered trying a faith community of some kind, either online or in person?  What does the living out of my faith look like these days?  What do I believe?  Where am I?
07:55
October 25, 2022
What Time Is It?
What Time Is It?
This week we are pondering our experience of time through a spiritual lens. We will look to Jesus as a great example of someone who marked and discerned His time, and who used it with intention and purpose. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Article: Time's Passage is Probably an Illusion, from Scientific American 2. Video: Carpe Diem scene from Good Will Hunting 3. Article: St. Augustine's Relativistic Theory of Time, from Church Life Journal 4. Song: Who Lives, Who Does, Who Tells Your Story, from Hamilton Original Broadway Soundtrack 5. Song: Seasons of Love, from Rent Original Broadway Soundtrack 6. Quote: "Our life comes to us moment by moment. One moment disappears before the next comes along: and there is room for very little in each. That is what Time is like. And of course you and I tend to take it for granted that this Time series--this arrangement of past, present, and future--is not simply the way life comes to us but the way all things really exist. We tend to assume that the whole universe and God himself are always moving on from past to future just as we do. But many learned men do not agree with that. Almost certainly God is not in Time. HIs life does not consist of moments following one another... If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must picture God as the whole page on which the line is drawn. We come to the parts of the line one by one: we have to leave A behind before we get to B, and cannot reach C until we leave B behind. God, from above or outside or all around, contains the whole line, and sees it all."   - C.S. Lewis, from “Mere Christianity” 7. Journal prompt: What time is it? -within myself -in my family -in my community -in our church -in the world  
10:24
October 18, 2022
Faith on a Threshold
Faith on a Threshold
This week we explore what faith looks like in the midst of a big personal shift. Stepping over a threshold from 'what was' to 'what will be' can be exciting and scary and it's good to know that we are not stepping alone. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Instagram follow: Pamela Henkelman, Midlife Mindset Coach 2. Life allegory: Muppet Movie: Closing Scene 3. Bible verse: Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. 4. Bible verse Isaiah 43:19  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 5. Raised Catholic ep. 14: What's Your Story? 6. A Blessing for When Love Makes Us Afraid, by Kate Bowler 7. Podcast: Parenting from an Empty Nest, with Kelly Corrigan and Susan Orlean 8. Song: My Beloved, by Crowder 9. A piece of my writing from 2017 - Trust - an allegory of life as a house, the trust needed to walk through doors when you don't know what's on the other side
10:47
October 11, 2022
Repost: What's the Plan?
Repost: What's the Plan?
This week, I'm bringing you a repost of an earlier episode which aired originally in May of this year. I pray it's a relief to you to remember that when it comes to plans, God's ways really are higher and better than ours. We can trust him. _______________________________ This week, we're looking at planning with a spiritual lens, and about how to begin to accept or embrace a pivot or shift when life doesn't go as we planned. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Edinburgh actor Sean Kane reads Burns' To A Mouse in Edinburgh Central Library. 2. Podcast: The Next Right Thing, with Emily P. Freeman 3. Book: The Next Right Thing: A Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions 4. Lyric Video: The Voyage, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 5. Lyric Video: Unanswered Prayers, by Garth Brooks :) 6. Practice: Sit at a beach, watch waves come in and go out, breathe, reflect on how this is how life comes to us, in moments 7. Practice: Break apart of a bunch of flowers and put them in small clusters in different parts of your home, enjoy them naturally as you meet them through your day, reflect on the reality of the beauty of life in small bits 8. Video: Ten Minute Breathing Meditation to help ground you in the day/moment you're given 9. Song: The Detour, by FAITHFUL 10. Song: Brighter Day, by Kirk Franklin 11. IG Post: Beautiful words and images from Morgan Harper Nichols
13:39
October 04, 2022
Reconstructing Faith, Part Three
Reconstructing Faith, Part Three
This week finishes up a series which explores the rebuilding of faith practices following or during a season of deconstruction. I hope the resources below will help you enter into this topic well. f you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! 1. Article: Why did Jesus Teach in Parables, by Got Questions 2. Walk it Out: Raised Catholic podcast episode 8 + transcript
12:41
September 27, 2022
Reconstructing Faith, Part Two
Reconstructing Faith, Part Two
This week continues a series which explores the rebuilding of faith practices following or during a season of deconstruction. I hope the resources below will give you a good foundation to enter into this topic well. f you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! 1. As promised, some trusted public voices for me in my deconstruction/reconstruction process: Fr. Richard Rohr Rachel Held Evans Sarah Bessey  Kate Bowler Kate Boyd Barbara Brown Taylor Alissa Molina and From Here Media Suzanne Eller Emily P. Freeman Gathering Places Church of the 21st Century at Boston College Where Peter Is Smart Catholics St. Cecilia Boston is a trusted spiritual home for me and this week's homily by Fr. Ron Coyne gives a good frame on how to grow in faith with continued study and discernment. (Also, stick around for the amazing communion meditation song that starts around the one hour mark.)  Recorded rosaries with Fr. Frank McFarland at Boston Catholic Television
11:43
September 20, 2022
Reconstructing Faith, Part One
Reconstructing Faith, Part One
This week starts a series which explores the rebuilding of faith practices following or during a season of deconstruction. I hope the resources below will give you a good foundation to enter into this topic well. f you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! 1. Evolving Faith: community, conference and podcast 2. Instagram follow: Kate Boyd, author and Bible teacher 3. Memoir: Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans 4. Deconstructing Catholic - episode 22 of Raised Catholic 5. Book: Faith After Doubt, by Brian MacLaren 6. Community and resources: Compassionate Christianity 7. Song: Be Thou My Vision, by Audrey Assad 8. Song: Common Ground, by Matt Maher featuring Dee Wilson 9. Album: Common Ground, by Matt Maher - I could not conceive of a better reconstruction soundtrack. It's inspiring and raises my heart and eyes up. Thankful. 10. IG post - the poem I wrote the day of the Notre Dame fire
09:07
September 13, 2022
Contemplative Summer Takeaways
Contemplative Summer Takeaways
This week, we'll glean some wisdom from our summer of contemplation. As I share some of the fruit of my summer and the future of the Raised Catholic podcast, I pray that you've had a fruitful summer and a variety of experiences that will help in further contemplation of God who loves you just as you are. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Quote from author Barbara Brown Taylor: "There is a sense in which if I will trust that what comes to me is for me (now that’s the hugest faith statement I can make to you), if I will trust that what comes to me in my life is for me and not against me… what I find is that it breaks my idols, that it breaks my isolation, that it challenges my sense of independence, it does all kinds of things for me that I would not willingly do, that are for me, that are for my health.”
12:05
September 06, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Nine - Contemplating in Church
Contemplative Summer Week Nine - Contemplating in Church
Contemplative Summer comes to a close this week with an episode on contemplating in church. As you choose a holy space in which contemplate this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Article: Heavenly Illumination: The Science and Magic of Stained Glass, from The Guardian 2. Article: Rose Windows of Notre Dame 3. History of Stations of the Cross, from Catholic Straight Answers 4. Journal prompts (while sitting in a church): God, where are you directing my gaze in this church? What does this element have to say to me today? What is my history within this space and in other churches? Can I gather in the goodness and light memories but also the pain? How does my history here impact how I see God and my life of faith in this moment? God, I am here. What would you say to me today? 5. Song: In This Place, Trevor Thomson, Victoria Thomson
11:33
August 30, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Eight - Contemplating Art
Contemplative Summer Week Eight - Contemplating Art
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week eight is all about art. As you choose a piece of art to contemplate this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Documentary Series: Abstract: The Art of Design, on the role art plays in our everyday lives 2. Article: Top 10 Oldest Pieces of Art Every Discovered, by Ancient History Lists 3. Instagram Account: visual prayers by artist Scott Erickson 4. Wikipedia submission on The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, by John Singer Sargent 5. Find a transcript of this week's episode along with photos of the art I described on my blog, My Little Epiphanies
09:45
August 23, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Seven: Contemplating the Body
Contemplative Summer Week Seven: Contemplating the Body
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week seven is all about the body. As you choose a system or movement of the body to contemplate this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Article: What Does it Mean to Crucify the Flesh, by gotquestions.org 2. Book: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel A. van der Kolk 3. Article: Body and Spirit As One, by Fr. Richard Rohr for Center for Action and Contemplation 4. Cover: I Hope You Dance, by Chris Stapleton 5. Video: 7 Minute Body Scan from The Mindful Christian Romans 12:3-8 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
11:42
August 16, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Six - Tactile Prayer
Contemplative Summer Week Six - Tactile Prayer
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week six is all about tactile prayer. As you choose way to move with God in contemplation, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Tactile prayer basics, from building faith: a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary 2. Recorded rosaries with Fr. Frank McFarland from Boston Catholic Television 3. Song: If I Had a Hammer, by Sam Cooke 4. Song: On My Way, by Louis Armstrong
11:06
August 09, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Five - Centering Prayer
Contemplative Summer Week Five - Centering Prayer
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week five is all about centering prayer. As you choose a sacred word or phrase and sit with God in contemplation, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Centering prayer basics from Contemplative Outreach 2. Breath Prayer ideas from Soul Shepherding 3. Lyric video: Abide with Me, by Audrey Assad
09:15
August 02, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Four - Contemplating Scripture
Contemplative Summer Week Four - Contemplating Scripture
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week four is all about contemplating scripture. As you choose a passage of scripture to contemplate as you draw near to God this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. The Undragoning of Eustace, by Jennifer Neyhart 2. Lectio Divina: A Beginner's Guide, by Busted Halo 3. App: Laudate, an easy way to find the readings of the day (or a quick search will do the trick as well) 4. Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis (I highly recommend all of the Narnia series for reading by all ages - a beautiful parable of how God operates in our lives.)
12:10
July 26, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Three - Contemplating Nature
Contemplative Summer Week Three - Contemplating Nature
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week three is all about contemplating nature. As you choose an element of nature to contemplate as you draw near to God this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Fr. Richard Rohr 2. The Peach Truck - delivering joy since 2012 - perfect peaches and more 3. The Deep Contemplation of Nature, by Catholic Strength Blog 4. Song: Garden Song, by John Denver
10:48
July 19, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week Two - Contemplating Story
Contemplative Summer Week Two - Contemplating Story
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week two is all about contemplating story. As you choose your story and draw near to God this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, MI by Jonathan B. Wright 2. Top Ten Mitch Albom books, by Ed A. Murray  3. Finding Chika, by Mitch Albom on Amazon 4. Podcast: Everything Happens with Kate Bowler, lovely interview with Mitch Albom on Chika and other topics 5. Video: Animated explanation of the Hero's Journey, by Matthew Winkler and Kirill Jeretsky
09:37
July 12, 2022
Contemplative Summer Week One - Contemplating Music
Contemplative Summer Week One - Contemplating Music
As we explore a variety of methods of contemplative prayer this summer, week one is all about contemplating music. As you choose your music and draw near to God this week, I pray that you will have a fruitful encounter with God who is crazy about you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Ave Verum Corpus, written by William Byrd and performed by Voices of Ascension Chorus 2. Ave Verum Corpus, written by Mozart and performed by Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3. Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd: text, history and translation by Choral Public Domain Library Primer on contemplation with lots more helpful resources: Raised Catholic episode 78: Contemplative Summer
09:40
July 05, 2022
Contemplative Summer
Contemplative Summer
This week we're looking at contemplative prayer and how to incorporate it into our faith lives.  In addition, there's an important update on the podcast, so please give this one a careful listen. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. "The Inner Journey: Thomas Merton's Contemplative Spirituality," by MattandJojang's Blog 2. "Jesus Was a Contemplative," by St. Joseph's College Online Theology 3. "How to Practice Contemplative Meditation," by U.S. Catholic 4. Book: Seeds of Contemplation, by Thomas Merton 5. Book: Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, by Tish Harrison Warren  6. Book: Here and Now, by Henri Nouwen 7. Contemplative prayer resources and history from contemplativeoutreach.org 8. Song: Be Thou My Vision, by Audrey Assad 9. Song: The Embrace, by Ashana 10. Video: What is Contemplative Prayer?, with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Called to More
11:26
June 14, 2022
Pentecost Takeaways
Pentecost Takeaways
This week we're considering some of my favorite takeaways from Pentecost 2022, which this year came right on time. Come, Holy Spirit. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Pentecost 2022 homily transcript from Pope Francis 2. Pentecost at the Pantheon: a Rainfall of Rose Petals - article and video from Italy Magazine 3. Info on Pando (I Spread) in Utah from the U.S. Forest Service 4. Pentecost mass readings 2022 5. Song: Send Us Your Spirit, by Dan Schutte 6. Song: Come Holy Ghost, by Louis Lambilotte, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles 7. Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz episode 323: Pentecost 8. Pentecost, from the Bible Project 9. Journal Prompts:  How can I open myself to receive a new outpouring of God's Spirit? Is it a time for me to consider trying gathering in a faith community?  What might that look like for me? How does God's Holy Spirit change people? 10. Song: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit), by Taize Session Singers
12:19
June 07, 2022
Consistent Life Ethic
Consistent Life Ethic
This week we're looking at the philosophy of a Consistent Life Ethic: what it means, what it includes, and what an application of this ethic might look like in practice. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. On 'the least of these', by gotquestions.org 2. Consistent Life Ethic basics and history from Wikipedia 3. Journals exploring the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching, from From Here Media 4. "A Consistent Ethic of Life as a Moral Vision," by Awakening Project 5. Song: By Our Love, by KING & COUNTRY 6. Song: Magnified (Acoustic), by Ginny Owens 7. Journal prompt: If I believe that each life, including my life and the lives of people who think and live differently from me, is a sacred creation of God, then how would that change the way I speak, work, think, donate, operate on social media, volunteer, interact, and live? 8. Quote: “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” C.S. Lewis
10:32
May 31, 2022
Repost: Holy Communion
Repost: Holy Communion
Today's episode is a repost from an originally aired podcast from June 2021. This primer on the Eucharist is timely because once again we have debate on barring the Sacrament from public officials who support access to abortion, this time Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. It is an important time to learn for ourselves about the history and meaning of the Eucharist, to listen to the words of Pope Francis and to apply what we know at this critical juncture in our Church. Show Notes from the Original Episode In the wake of this week's overwhelming decision by the USCCB to pursue a document on the Eucharist which may include guidelines for reception by Catholic public officials, our conversation this week is a primer on the Eucharist: what it is, its value and history, and precisely what Jesus had to say about both it and the priesthood as He instituted both on Holy Thursday. I hope these resources are helpful to you!  If you need me, you can find me on Instagram or on my blog - I would love to connect with you on this important topic. What Jesus had to say: 1. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Matthew 2. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Mark 3. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Luke 4. Last Supper narrative from the Book of John Coverage of the Bishops' decision: 5. from The Week 6. from America Magazine 7. from National Catholic Reporter Words from clergy: 8. from Fr. John Unni in his homily this past week at St. Cecilia's Boston 9. from Pope Francis from his homily this year celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 10. from Pope Francis on this topic from St. Peter's Square 11. 'I Am The Bread of Life' discourse from Jesus on the Road to Emmaus 12. On Holy See envoy Archbishop Pierre's words to the conference of bishops by Gabe Lewis from Where Peter Is: loving challenges about the Christian way of encounter and dialogue, and whether the church is meeting the true needs of the people at this time 13. Eat This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles 14. Rachel Held Evans on communion - whose table is it?
16:13
May 24, 2022
What's the Plan?
What's the Plan?
This week, we're looking at planning with a spiritual lens, and about how to begin to accept or embrace a pivot or shift when life doesn't go as we planned. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Edinburgh actor Sean Kane reads Burns' To A Mouse in Edinburgh Central Library. 2. Podcast: The Next Right Thing, with Emily P. Freeman 3. Book: The Next Right Thing: A Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions 4. Lyric Video: The Voyage, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 5. Lyric Video: Unanswered Prayers, by Garth Brooks :) 6. Practice: Sit at a beach, watch waves come in and go out, breathe, reflect on how this is how life comes to us, in moments 7. Practice: Break apart of a bunch of flowers and put them in small clusters in different parts of your home, enjoy them naturally as you meet them through your day, reflect on the reality of the beauty of life in small bits 8. Video: Ten Minute Breathing Meditation to help ground you in the day/moment you're given 9. Song: The Detour, by FAITHFUL 10. Song: Brighter Day, by Kirk Franklin 11. IG Post: Beautiful words and images from Morgan Harper Nichols
12:34
May 17, 2022
Repost: The Spiritual Practice of Mothering
Repost: The Spiritual Practice of Mothering
Note from this week's intro: thanks for your prayers and feedback as I discern the future of the Raised Catholic Podcast. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog. This week we're exploring the spiritual practice of mothering, a practice that is accessible to all humans as we undergo to care for others and help them grow. We'll examine references in the Bible to God as mother, and look to God's example to lead us forward in the necessary and holy work of mothering and being mothered, too. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Song: A Mother Never Rests, by Lori McKenna 2. Scriptural references to God as mother, from womensordination.org 3. Song: Mary, by Patty Griffin 4. Writer Laura Fanucci, writing @thismessygrace and on her blog, Mothering Spirit: Everyday Parenting as Spiritual Practice 5. Raised Catholic episode: Mother Mary 6. Podcast: Abiding Together, part 1 of a 4-part series on spiritual motherhood 7. Song: Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, performed by Chanticleer 8. Memoir: Looking for Mary (The Blessed Mother and Me), by Beverly Donofrio 9. Memoir: Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan 10. Children's Book: What is God Like?, by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner 11. Podcast: Kelly Corrigan Wonders with guest Dr. Ariel Trost on Intentional, Self Aware Parenting
12:12
May 10, 2022
The Spiritual Practice of Mothering
The Spiritual Practice of Mothering
This week we're exploring the spiritual practice of mothering, a practice that is accessible to all humans as we undergo to care for others and help them grow. We'll examine references in the Bible to God as mother, and look to God's example to lead us forward in the necessary and holy work of mothering and being mothered, too. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Song: A Mother Never Rests, by Lori McKenna 2. Scriptural references to God as mother, from womensordination.org 3. Song: Mary, by Patty Griffin 4. Writer Laura Fanucci, writing @thismessygrace and on her blog, Mothering Spirit: Everyday Parenting as Spiritual Practice 5. Raised Catholic episode: Mother Mary 6. Podcast: Abiding Together, part 1 of a 4-part series on spiritual motherhood 7. Song: Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, performed by Chanticleer 8. Memoir: Looking for Mary (The Blessed Mother and Me), by Beverly Donofrio 9. Memoir: Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan 10. Children's Book: What is God Like?, by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner
10:47
May 03, 2022
Raise a Banner
Raise a Banner
This week we're exploring the cultural prevalence of amplifying our beliefs on signs, flags, and banners, not to mention hats and t-shirts :) - and looking at what this practice means for living our lives of faith. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Song: His Banner Over Me, by Christy Nockels 2. Falling Upward - A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr 3. Podcast: Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey with guest Joel Smallbone on why our differences matter in the Kingdom of God 4. Journal prompts: What groups do I belong to that color how I identify myself? Do the messages I extend with my spoken or written words invite or exclude others? How do I represent myself as a Christian with the words I choose? Would Jesus use the same signs, placards or bumper stickers I use? Would He use any? What would they be? 5. Song: Who Am I, by Casting Crowns 6. Podcast: Kelly Corrigan Wonders with guest Fr. Greg Boyle (This one is a must-listen. We are not as different as we think.) 7. Podcast: Everything Happens with Kate Bowler, guest Ann Patchett on what it means to be human in community 8. Song: I Am Nothing, by Ginny Owens 9. Song: Show Me Your Peace Sign, by Michael Franti & Spearhead 10. Practice: If you were to put a sign on your home or words on a t-shirt that would be strictly loving and not exclusionary, what would it say? 
12:17
April 26, 2022
What If
What If
What if the Resurrection did not happen?  How would that change our thoughts and the way we live, culture, or the world?  Let's use this as a frame for gratitude for the gifts that Easter does bring us. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Easter Sunday Musings, from author Diana Butler Bass 2. Kids' video: An Easter Carol (VeggieTales) 3. "Hope's Song", from An Easter Carol 4. Song: Ubi Caritas, by Durufle, performed by Kings College Choir 5. Song: Hallelujah Is Our Song, by Sarah Hart 6. Song: Christ is Risen, by Matt Maher 7. Journal Prompts:  What do I believe about the death and resurrection of Jesus? How has that belief changed over time? How do those events change how I live today, or how the history of the world has progressed over time? 8. Take a Walk: notice the blooming flowers in the ground and on trees, take pictures, examine them.  How is Creation speaking to you about how God works? 9. Children's Book: The Three Trees, by Angela Elwell Hunt 10. The Resurrection of Jesus, by the Bible Project
09:45
April 19, 2022
Enough
Enough
This week I had a whole plan to help you enter into Holy Week in a new way and to find yourself and God there, but this was the week I experienced my first illness in years and it sidelined me, so in this shortened episode, we talk about our good God who makes Himself very real when we've come to the end of ourselves.  No, we are not enough but the Good News is that we were never meant to be. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! As you find ways to practice your faith in this sacred time, friends, know of my prayers for you and yours.
06:13
April 12, 2022
Be Reconciled
Be Reconciled
This week, we're talking all about reconciliation, yes the sacrament, but also what it is to be reconciled with others, with a reality or truth, and within ourselves.   I hope this episode is a blessing to you as we turn the corner toward Holy Week. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Update on the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada surrounding the Church's role in the abuse of indigenous children 2. Old graphic concept of how Jesus acts as the bridge between humanity and God the Father 3. Video: Prodigal Son story from the Bible Project 4. Podcast: The Examen with Father James Martin 5. Video: Come As You Are (Cover), by Sarah Reeves 6. Video: Lady Bird (film ending) 7. Song: Softly and Tenderly, by Audrey Assad 8. Confession basics from Catholics Come Home 9. Song: Speechless, by Steven Curtis Chapman 10. Video: How He Loves Us (Cover), by Sarah Reeves
12:19
April 05, 2022
Consecration Basics
Consecration Basics
In the wake of Pope Francis's Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this week, we discuss what a consecration is, why we do it, and how we can incorporate consecration into our own everyday faith lives. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Video/summary of Pope Francis's Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from the Vatican 2. Song: Child of God (Live), by Capital City Music 3. A story of a life consecrated to God: Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder and mother servant of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth 4. Scripture: Story of Hannah and Samuel 5. Journal prompts: Have I ever felt called to offer God something of myself? How might I be set apart to serve God and His people? Have I ever met a person who was consecrated to God?  6. Song: Set Apart, by Citylight Worship 7. Song: Totus Tuus, by Henryk Gorecki, Voces8, written in celebration of Pope John Paul II's third pilgrimage to Poland. Pope John Paul II consecrated his life to Jesus through Mary 8. Google art: Hannah and Samuel, Annunciation, Consecration 9. Podcast: Inside the Vatican 10. Text of the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 3/25/22 from the Vatican
11:25
March 29, 2022
Thank God
Thank God
This week, we're reflecting on gratitude as a part of a grown-up faith.  If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself:  1. Video: The Absolute Necessity of Saying Thank You, with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents 2. Book: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voskamp 3. Book: With Open Hands, by Henri Nouwen 4. Book: Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, by Kate Bowler 5. Song: Even When it Hurts (Praise Song), by Hillsong 6. Song: Open My Hands, by Sara Groves 7. Song: The Blessing, by Elevation Worship 8. Song: Thank U, by Alanis Morissette 9. Song: Simple Gifts, by Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss  10. Gratitude Meditation: God's Loving-Kindness 11. Novel: Stranger in the Lifeboat, by Mitch Albom 12. Mass: Third Sunday in Lent - St Cecilia's Boston 3/20/22
12:46
March 22, 2022
Slow Lent
Slow Lent
Today we explore the importance of slowing down, especially in this year's Lent, of leaning on the scaffolding of faith we gained from previous generations, and of ancient prayers and practices.  I hope it's a blessing to you as you move through your Lent. May the road rise up to meet you. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Relay - blog post of my process of finding my word for 2022 2. Podcast: The Examen with Fr. James Martin, SJ 3. Lectio Divina: A Beginner's Guide from Busted Halo 4. Video: The Deer's Cry, sung by Rita Connolly and Curtlestown Choir 5. Video: Irish Blessing 6. Breath Prayers for Anxious Times, from Sarah Bessey 7. Song for contemplation: Ave, verum Corpus, Mozart, performed by The Sixteen 8. Recorded rosaries with Fr. Frank McFarland from Boston Catholic Television 9. Journal questions: Who was a faithful person in my history and memory?  What prayers/practices did they use?  How can I make a spiritual discipline more a part of my everyday routine?  What time of day would be the best time for me to pray?   10. Song: I Shall Not Want, by Audrey Assad 11. On revisiting previous generation's faith foundations. Video: Clonmacnoise Monastery, 6th century Ireland
10:52
March 15, 2022
Communal Lent
Communal Lent
This week we're remembering the reading from the Prophet Joel we heard on Ash Wednesday, and reflecting on the idea of communal repentance, communal sin, communal suffering, communal life, and communal faith.  Maybe the idea of communal Lent has come to us in this complicated, hyper self-oriented, and challenging time for a reason. Maybe it's time we remember we belong to each other. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing, as this helps our community to grow! Here are some resources I hope will help you to engage with this week's topic in a deeper way for yourself: 1. Book of Joel overview from Bible Project 2. Where Peter Is: A collaborative effort of writers increasingly concerned about divisive attacks on Pope Francis and effects on the Church 3. Podcast: Field Hospital with Mike Lewis and Jeannie Gaffigan 4. Song: One Voice, by The Wailin' Jennys 5. Song: Clean - Live, by Hillsong 6. Song: People of God, by Gungor 7. Lenten resources/study from author Kate Bowler 8. Book: Bitter & Sweet, by Tsh Oxenreider 9. On Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health, a modern and timely example of someone who gave his life away in the name of God on behalf of his sisters and brothers 10. Podcast: Jesuitical - Remembering Dr. Paul Farmer - a Catholic Who Wanted to Cure the World
10:18
March 08, 2022
Find Another Way
Find Another Way
This week we're talking about impediments to our relationship with God, how they can draw too much of our focus, and the beautiful reality that the bigness of God means there's always another way. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, subscribing, rating, and reviewing! 1. Podcast: Another Name for Everything with Fr. Richard Rohr 2. Evolving Faith - Podcast, Conferences, Writing, and more with Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu 3. Beautiful art/caption on transforming faith by Scott Erickson on Instagram 4. Book: The Eternal Current, by Aaron Niequist 5. Book: Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice, by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson 6. Song: The Voyage, by Amanda Cook 7. Lyric Video: Drawn to You, by Audrey Assad 8. Song: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season), by The Byrds
08:31
March 01, 2022
Repost: Let's Talk About Lent
Repost: Let's Talk About Lent
This week's episode is a repost of last year's episode on Lent.  I hope it's a blessing to you as you prepare for this important and life-giving season.  Live Panel Discussion Via Zoom - JOIN US!  I'll be part of a roundtable discussion on 2/22/22 on How to Claim Your Faith in the Midst of a Broken Church, sponsored by the Cenacle Sisters of Chicago with a great group of Catholic thinkers.  I hope you'll join us, more information and registration here. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, rating, and reviewing! Here are some resources I hope will make your Lent more encouraging and fruitful: 1. Helpful, grounded (and often funny!) daily Lenten video reflections from author Kate Bowler - you can also find them on Kate's Instagram 2. Be Kind - a helpful Lenten practice video from Fr. James Martin 3. Best Lent Ever - daily videos from Dynamic Catholic 4. Song: Better Days by Ant Clemons, Justin Timberlake and Kirk Franklin 5. Song: Someday Soon, by Wilder Woods 6. Song: O My Soul, by Audrey Assad 7. Podcast: Abiding Together 8. Lenten Practice: Watch this tulip video, then: buy flowers for yourself (yes, for you!), put them in your kitchen, and let them be your teacher: spring is on the way, friend! 9: Instagram Account: Follow my friend The Bluebird of Happiness on Instagram for more hope and light in your feed! 10. My current favorite cover of Here Comes the Sun - search for more, they will make your heart happy! 11. Lenten Practice: Conversations with God journal, start a new page and at the top write one or more of the following prompts, then just write until your hand is sore or you feel the loving voice of God creeping in and making Himself known to you: What habits or practices do I have today that are not serving me? How can I let them go? What do I want my life (or my family or community) to look and feel like on Easter weekend? How can I move in that direction now? How can I serve other people using my unique gifts? What would be a good first step today? 12. Book: Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor
11:37
February 22, 2022
Sandwich Theology
Sandwich Theology
This week we'll look at balance, contrast, and variety as reflected in a few perfect sandwiches and apply these truths to our faith lives, communities, and practices. Live Panel Discussion Via Zoom - JOIN US!  I'll be part of a roundtable discussion on 2/22/22 on How to Claim Your Faith in the Midst of a Broken Church, sponsored by the Cenacle Sisters of Chicago with a great group of Catholic thinkers.  I hope you'll join us, more information and registration here. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! Thanks as always for sharing, rating, and reviewing! 1. Find the Green Goddess and other perfect sandwiches at Briggs in North Attleboro, Massachusetts 2. Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat - series, book and more 3. Be the Bridge - book, podcast and more 4. Song: How Beautiful, by Twila Paris 5. Children's book: Hello World, by Kelly Corrigan 6. Song: We Are Many Parts, by Marty Haugen 7. Song: Hold Us Together, by Matt Maher 8. Song: Garden, by Matt Maher 9. Book: Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Makers, by Margaret Feinberg 10. Activity: build a charcuterie board with balance and variety in mind: cheeses, meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, jams, dips and more - share 
11:20
February 15, 2022
Everyday Mysticism
Everyday Mysticism
In the last episode of a short series on mysticism, here are some practical ideas for you to develop your own mystical lens for yourself.  I hope it's a blessing to you! Live Panel Discussion Via Zoom - JOIN US!  I'll be part of a roundtable discussion on 2/22/22 on How to Claim Your Faith in the Midst of a Broken Church, sponsored by the Cenacle Sisters of Chicago with a great group of Catholic thinkers.  I hope you'll join us, more information and registration here. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! 1. Hope Booth interactive experience 2. Everyday mysticism reflections from Fr. James Martin: Have You Ever Had a Mystical Experience? A multi-part series on accessible mysticism by Fr. James Martin published by HuffPost, adapted from an essay from his book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Incompletion Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Common Longings and Connections Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Uncommon Longings Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Exaltation and Clarity Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Vulnerability 3. Podcast: The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz 4. The Worldwide Synod on Synodality effort from Pope Francis 5. Corny but somehow really moving footage of sheep listening for and following their shepherds 6. Song: God Speaking, by Mandisa 7. The story of Samuel, who practiced tuning his ear to God 8. Song: Look Up, Child, by Lauren Daigle 9. Song: The Loudest Voice, by Ginny Owens
11:33
February 08, 2022
The Good Fruit of Encountering God
The Good Fruit of Encountering God
In the third of a four-episode series on mysticism, we're looking at the story of the Woman at the Well as a picture of what encountering God can mean for us and for those around us.  Live Panel Discussion Via Zoom - JOIN US!  I'll be part of a roundtable discussion on 2/22/22 on How to Claim Your Faith in the Midst of a Broken Church, sponsored by the Cenacle Sisters of Chicago with a great group of Catholic thinkers.  I hope you'll join us, more information and registration here. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! 1. Video The Chosen: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well 2. Song: Jesus Met the Woman at the Well, by Mahalia Jackson 3. Journal prompts: What is holding me back from experiencing God for myself? Do I really believe that there's nothing I can do to separate me from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:35) If I've had an encounter with God, who did I tell?  Who can I tell about it now? 4. Podcast: The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: guests Beth Moore and Dr. Russell Moore 5. Instagram follow: Scott Erickson, artist and maker of visual prayers 6. Music Video: Awakening, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 7. Music Video: Light, by Sleeping At Last 8. Drawing God Project, by Karen Kiefer and Church in the 21st Century at Boston College - links to the book and related activities Thank you to Peter Vaughan-Vail for providing the beautiful harp music you hear in this and every episode.
13:35
February 01, 2022
Mystical Union
Mystical Union
This week, our series on mysticism continues with the encounter stories of a few Heavenly friends, and encouragement to own our mystical experiences for ourselves as holy and good.  Live Panel Discussion Via Zoom - JOIN US!  I'll be part of a roundtable discussion on 2/22/22 on How to Claim Your Faith in the Midst of a Broken Church, sponsored by the Cenacle Sisters of Chicago with a great group of Catholic thinkers.  I hope you'll join us, more information and registration here. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! 1. The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton - I highly recommend all of his writings, but this is his most popular. 2. History and music from St. Hildegard of Bingen from Open Culture 3. St. Paul, the Forgotten Mystic, by Catholic Exchange 4. Thomas Merton's Mystical Vision in Louisville by Spiritual Travels 5. Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich 6. Journal questions: When in my life have I experienced clarity, wisdom, or peace that might be considered a gift of union with God?  How did that experience change me? How can I become more open to hearing from God? How can telling my own mystical stories benefit other people? 7. Music from St. Hildegard of Bingen on Spotify  8. Video: What You Don't Know About Christian Mysticism, by Ascension Presents 9. What the Mystics Know, by Fr. Richard Rohr 10. Video: Met By Love (Wonder), by Capital City Music
13:29
January 25, 2022
Into the Mystic
Into the Mystic
In the first of a series, today's episode is an introduction to mysticism and an invitation to explore everyday mysticism as a path that will benefit not only our individual faith lives, but also our Church.  I hope the following resources will help you to explore this topic in a deeper way for yourself.   If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you - visit me on my page at buymeacoffee.com! 1. A multi-part series on accessible mysticism by Fr. James Martin published by HuffPost, adapted from an essay from his book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Incompletion Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Common Longings and Connections Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Uncommon Longings Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Exaltation and Clarity Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Vulnerability 2. Book: The Little Book of Christian Mysticism: Essential Wisdom of Saints, Seers, and Sages, by Carl McColman 3. Book: The Interior Castle, by Teresa of Avila 4. Book: What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self, by Fr. Richard Rohr 5. Video: What is a Mystic, by Fr. Richard Rohr 6. Podcast series: Abiding Together, 4-part series on the four women doctors of the Catholic Church. Each of these women, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Liseux, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and St. Catherine of Siena - all mystics. 7. Song: Into the Mystic, by Van Morrison 8. Song: Wonder (Spontaneous), by Bethel Music and Amanda Lindsey Cook 9. Song: Spem in Alium (The Forty-Part Motet), by Thomas Tallis 10. Journal prompts: When have I experienced God (or what I perceived as supernatural) in nature, in church, through another person, or through some other way?  Describe the experience as best you can, your reaction to it, and write about how that experience colored your thinking from that time on.  Do I believe that every person has the potential for mysticism? Why or why not? How can I put myself in the path of receiving a mystical experience in the future?
11:19
January 18, 2022
Repost: Beauty, Truth & Goodness
Repost: Beauty, Truth & Goodness
As we begin a new year, it's a great time to think about the lenses through which we take in what's around us.  Beauty, truth and goodness are three pillars that can help us start this year off well. Thanks so much for listening and for sharing this episode! If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  And here's that update: If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, there's now a way to do just that, and thank you!  You can do that on my page at buymeacoffee.com! 1. Video: O My Soul, by Audrey Assad 2. Podcast: Things Above with James Bryan Smith 3. Podcast: Drink With a Friend, with Tsh Oxenreider and Seth Haines 4. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, by Shauna Niequist 5. Chef's Table: visually beautiful storytelling about beautiful food and the chefs who make it. This series will slow you down and help you learn to see and experience beauty for sure. 6. Journal prompts: Where did I find beauty today? How can I be more impeccable with my words? Who has been an example for goodness for me lately? 7. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom 8. How Beautiful, by Twila Paris 9. Goodness of God, by Israel & New Breed, Cristabel Clack 10. What a Wonderful World, by Eva Cassidy
12:34
January 11, 2022
Relay - Word of the Year
Relay - Word of the Year
This week, I'll let you in on my discernment process around choosing a word for 2022 and I hope it will serve as a road map of sorts to find your own!  Here are some resources I hope will help you enter this new year with intention. If you'd like to connect with me, find me on Instagram or on my blog.  If you'd like to help support this podcast financially, thank you!  You can do that on my page at buymeacoffee.com!  1. "The Subversive Magnificat," by EnemyLove 2. "Mary's 'Magnificat' is Revolutionary", from D.L. Mayfield at the Washington Post 3. Read about contributors' words of the year and add your own at oneword365.com 4. Journal prompts: What is one area of my life in which I could make an intentional change this year for the better? What's one thing I learned in 2021? Is there a word or phrase that might guide my progress in 2022, even through unpredictable times? 5. These are some of the songs that popped up on my New Year's run - letting the songs play randomly on a run or walk can be a deeply meaningful spiritual practice for me as I love finding meaning in threads, melodies, words and phrases. I love these songs and hope you will, too.  Happy, healthy, blessed 2022 to you! Ave Maria (Franz Biebl), by Chanticleer Rule - Live, by Hillsong UNITED Bonaparte's Retreat/Hoedown, by W.M. Stepp/Aaron Copland It Is Well With My Soul, by Audrey Assad When I Get Home, by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell No Hard Feelings, by the Avett Brothers 6. If you're thinking of trying running from the literal couch, I could not recommend this program more.   
11:52
January 04, 2022
Christmas Blessings
Christmas Blessings
A short episode in this liminal week to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas season and a healthy, peaceful, joyful 2022. Thanks so much for listening, sharing, rating, and reviewing the podcast this year - all of that is so appreciated as we grow this Raised Catholic community as a space for people to find welcome, compassion, guidance and direction in their walk with God both inside and outside of church walls.  For those who were kind enough to ask for a way to financially support this podcast this year, thank you! That is so appreciated and humbling and I have finally figured out a way for you to do just that if you'd like!  So now, if you like a particular episode and want to throw a few bucks my way, would like to donate as part of your year-end giving, or want to set up a schedule of giving, you can do that at my page at buymeacoffee. Thanks for your support! Thanks as always to my very talented friend, Peter Vaughan-Vail for the beautiful harp music you hear in this and every Raised Catholic episode. Blessed 2022 to you, friends! 1. Song: Auld Lang Syne, by Betsy Phillips, Robby Hecht 2. Consider your word for 2022 at OneWord365 3. Search some of my past words of the year over at my blog, My Little Epiphanies (put oneword365 in the search bar) 4. Let's be friends on Instagram @kerrycampbellwrites 5. Song: The Lord Bless You and Keep You, by Peter Christian Lutkin, Messiah College Concert Choir 6. Donate for the production of Raised Catholic on buymeacoffee.com/kcampbellwrites (thanks!)
06:41
December 28, 2021
Say No
Say No
After last week's Say Yes episode, here's a bit of balance, some of the ways in which saying no can aid in our spiritual lives, help us avoid burnout, and lead to the peaceful Christmas and faith lives our souls are longing for.  Here are some resources I hope will help you to explore this topic in a deeper way for yourself. I hope you and yours have a beautiful, simple, blessed and Merry Christmas! NEW: Lots of time goes into making these episodes for you each week and I'm grateful for offers to monetarily support this work. Here's how you can do that: Support the Raised Catholic Podcast at Buy Me a Coffee!  1. In modeling saying no to perfectionism, I've left in the tap tap tap percussive sounds of my dog, Bailey, in this week's episode.  I'm hoping it is a happy addition to Peter Vaughan-Vail's beautiful harp music, and I thank Peter (and Bailey) as always for their help. 2. 6 Things You Can Say No To This Holiday Season, by Shannon Martin 3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original 1966 tv special) 4. Journal prompts:  What is a life-giving practice for me in this holiday season? What traditional practices feel more like work and less like joy? How can I cultivate quiet and peace in order to hear from God in this season? 5. Song: Stille Nacht, by The King's Singers 6. Song: Silent Night (Holding Us Now), by Christy Nockels 7. 4 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress Caused by Perfectionism, by Elizabeth Scott for verywellmind.com
11:06
December 21, 2021
Say Yes
Say Yes
On this first anniversary of the Raised Catholic podcast here in the midst of Advent, we're considering the weight and value of Mary's 'yes' at the Annunciation, and we're exploring the divine 'yesses' in our own lives, including many of my own personal 'yes' stories. I hope these resources will help you explore this topic on your own in a deeper way.  1. "What Mary's Yes Means For Us," by Andrew Willard Jones at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology 2. Video: Say Yes to God: The Immaculate Conception Explained, by Fr. Mike Schmitz with Ascension Presents 3. Podcast: Abiding Together - look at their beautiful Advent series from this year and years past. 4. Journal questions: When has God presented me with an opportunity or open door or invitation in my life?  What did I do with it?  If I said yes, how did it work out?  If I said no, is there some way to change that 'no' to a' 'yes' today?  5. Song: Thy Will Be Done, by Hillary Scott 6. Song: Trust in You, by Lauren Daigle 7. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs and Jeremy Cowart - hear the beautiful story of Jeremy's hard and ongoing 'yes' to creating The Purpose Hotel along with a few other hard 'yesses' in his life 8. Say Yes to God, A Call to Courageous Surrender, by Kay Warren 9. I'm Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose, by Jeremy Cowart 10. Song: Anyway, by Crazy Whirled “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God. It was never between you and them anyway.” Mother Teresa
15:27
December 14, 2021
Hospitality: All Are Welcome
Hospitality: All Are Welcome
In this week's episode, we're exploring what it means to be hospitable as people of faith.  In this traditional season of gathering, let's consider creative ways that we can welcome, care, and make space for others, even those who are different from us.  Here are some resources which I hope will help you explore this topic in a deeper way on your own. 1. Book: Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, by Christine D. Pohl 2. Book: Extraordinary Hospitality (for Ordinary People) - Seven Ways to Welcome Like Jesus, by Carolyn Lacey 3. Podcast: Biologos with Shauna Niequist - Let's Sit Here a Little Longer 4. Book: Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Makers, by Margaret Feinberg 5. Podcast: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman and Shauna Niequist - Make Soup and Eat It, Too 6. Song: All Are Welcome (All Belong), by Jesse Manibusan and Ken Canedo - cover by Chris Brunelle 7. Song: The King Is Coming, by Christy Nockels 8. Song: We Gather Together, arr. S. Paulus 9. Song: Make Room, by Casting Crowns featuring Matt Maher 10. From the Vatican - Synod on Synodality - I pray there's more to come from this beautiful opportunity in every area of the world for the Church to be hospitable in prayerfully listening to God's people.
11:21
December 07, 2021
Simple Gifts
Simple Gifts
In this season, our minds turn toward giving, and in this episode we'll talk about the what, where, when, how, and why we give as people of faith. Let's be intentional to give well this year in a way that benefits the recipients of our giving as well as ourselves. 1. As promised, "Christmas Morning" from Saturday Night Live, 2020 2. Song: Simple Gifts, Traditional - Yo-Yo Ma 3. Song: Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland, John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra 4. Look at (and research using a service such as Charity Navigator) charities that resonate with your talent, interest, and resources and give to them directly, as gifts, or in honor of loved ones. If you're local to me - My Brother's Keeper is a good place to give at this time of year and year-round. 5. A short piece I wrote in 2015 about listening to our inner voice to direct our giving, divine reciprocity, and about finding God in a grocery store (which I do all the time): Pineapples, Orange Soda, Chicken Salad 6. All about St. Nicholas, Gift Giver, from St. Nicholas Center 7. Song: Give a Little Bit, by Supertramp (How does knowing we're all "on our way back home" affect how you give?) 8. Journal prompts: As I look back on my life, how does my own lived experience inform how and to whom I give? If I've suffered hardship (as we all have), how can I turn that experience for the good by investing in and helping my community in a specific way? How can I care for myself well in this season so that my giving comes from a place of health and not depletion this year? What am I good at? What do I have? What do I know? How could I use these things to make the life of someone else better? 9. Video: The Joy of Giving: effects of giving on our brains, by Big Think 10: Song: In the Bleak Midwinter - Worcester Cathedral Choir, Christina Rossetti, Gustav Holst
11:34
November 30, 2021
Advent: Behold Your God
Advent: Behold Your God
This week it's all about Advent. Here are some ways we can look for and abide in light as the shepherds did, to make space for Jesus to grow and to share Him as Mary did, and to give out of what we have just like the wise men did!  Advent is a beautiful season of expectant joy, so let's enter in together! 1. The Advent and Christmas music video we made for our chapel community.  Hope it's a blessing to you! 2. Video: Handel's Messiah: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Behold Your God) 3. Mary's Magnificat with a reflection from the Kairos Center 4. She Reads Truth free daily Advent Bible study online or printed copies of the study available here 5. Album: Handel: Messiah, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Symphony Orchestra 6. Song: Advent Hymn, Christy Nockels 7. Song: The Wexford Carol, Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie MacMaster 8. Children's Book: Jesus' Christmas Party, by Nicholas Allan 9. Serve: In your community, with your gifts. Local to me, I'll be spending some time at My Brother's Keeper this Advent. 10. Have a look (via your computer's search engine) at how the Annunciation or the Visitation is depicted in art across cultures and generations. 11. Journal prompts (write in the company of a candle): What does it say about God that Jesus came to Earth as a human baby? Why would that make a difference in my own life? What comes to mind when I remember my most cherished Christmas memory?  What does that memory speak about me? My family? God? How can I allow Jesus to grow in me this Advent? Who is the person God is calling me uniquely to share my faith with at this time?  12. WONDERFUL free family Advent resources from the Church in the 21st Century at Boston College: Drawing God for Advent, Breakfast With God (30-minute faith formation program on zoom), Faith Feeds (faith discussions with friends). Subscribe to C21 for updates!
09:54
November 23, 2021
You Are Free
You Are Free
In this week's episode, we're talking about what it means to have freedom in our faith. Spoiler: it might be different from what you think.  Here are some resources that will help you explore this topic in a deeper way on your own. 1. Song: O Freedom, by the Golden Gospel Singers 2. Song: Free, by Ginny Owens 3. Song: Known, Seen, Loved by MORIAH 4. Song: Give Me Jesus, by Fernando Ortega 5. Book: You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are, by Rebekah Lyons 6. Book: The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 7. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs: guest: Mike Donehey (I loved this conversation about the unlikely roads that bring us unexpected freedom to be who we are.) 8. Art: One of my favorites from Scott Erickson (read the caption!) 9. Song: Open My Hands, by Sara Groves 10. Podcast: Be The Bridge - a great starting point for perspective on using one's own freedom to advance the freedom of another 11. Video: On detachment as a source of freedom from Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents
12:05
November 16, 2021
Memento Mori
Memento Mori
This week we're contemplating our deaths and by doing so, we're clarifying just how it is we want to live.  I hope these resources will help you explore this topic in a deeper way on your own. 1. Song: When I Get Home, by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell 2. Song: House of Gold, by Patty Griffin 3. Song: Laudate Dominum, by Mozart 4. Song: Carry Me Home, by The Sweeplings 5. Song: We Shall All Be Reunited, by Patty Griffin 6. Song: Deep River, Traditional, Chanticleer 7. Book: Memento Mori: Prayers on the Last Things, by Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble (an atheist-turned-nun) 8. Video: Memento Mori, by Fr. Mike Schmitz with Ascension Presents 9. Instagram Follows: Penny the Nurse and hospicenursejulie: hospice nurses with an open, sometimes funny, and sometimes profound take on death and dying 10: Book: A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death, by Dr. BJ Miller (a hospice and palliative medicine physician) 11. Podcast: Everything Happens with Kate Bowler - Dr. BJ Miller, palliative medicine and hospice doctor on Loving What Is
11:20
November 09, 2021
Run Your Race
Run Your Race
In this week's episode we're comparing the life of faith to a race we want to run well and with intention.  I hope these resources will help you to do just that! 1. Song: We Will Rise Again, by David Haas, cover by Chris Brunelle 2. "Hero's Journey", at My Little Epiphanies, about my first half marathon 3. "Unlikely Holy Ground", at My Little Epiphanies, about my experience with God running around a track 4. Rescue, by Lauren Daigle 5. Video: A concise explanation of the Prodigal Son story from the Bible Project 6. Song: On My Way, by Louis Armstrong 7. Song Video: Softly and Tenderly, by Audrey Assad and Sandra McCracken 8. Song Video: Home, by Phillip Phillips 9. Beautiful art/caption from Scott Erickson on Instagram 10. Beautiful homily from Fr. Matt Williams in Quincy, MA on All Saints Day, 11/1/21: "Begin With the End in Mind" 11. Journal prompts:  What am I running toward today? What do I want to be able to say on my last day that will reflect a life well lived? If I look at how I spend my time, my thoughts and my resources, where are these steering me? What are my life goals or my after-life goals?   In terms of intention in life, am I walking, meandering, jogging, running, staying put, or some combination of these today? What was the best funeral I ever attended?  How did I know that that person lived a 'good life'?  What was the evidence? Angles are everything: what small decision could I make today to pivot a bit closer to where I want to be heading on my life's journey?                                    
12:26
November 02, 2021
Messengers of God
Messengers of God
This week's episode is about messengers of God, the human and angelic variety, and how prophets or messengers are still very much a part of how God works in the world today.  I hope these resources will help you explore this topic in a deeper way on your own. 1. Get yourself to a Tatte Bakery location and enjoy their beautiful food and environment.  2. Twenty Bible instances of angels as God's messengers 3. Song: Sun, by Sleeping At Last 4. Song: A Message, by Coldplay 5. Story of modern-day prophet Rachel Held Evans, Prophet With a Pen, by Jonathan Merritt 6. Journal prompts: when might I have encountered a messenger from God in my lifetime?  What happened?  How did it make me feel?  How did that encounter change my path or my thinking?  7. This video from BibleProject explaining part of the Book of Isaiah does a good job of explaining the work and role of a prophet in the Old Testament - Isaiah gives judgment, predicts trouble, and gives clarity, hope and a path. He speaks for God to religious leaders/community who have gone astray.
11:22
October 26, 2021
Revisiting: Is It Okay to Question?
Revisiting: Is It Okay to Question?
Today we're reaching way back to January of 2021 to episode 4: Is It Okay to Question? We center in on three areas in this episode: 1. Is it okay to question the Church's teachings? 2. Is it okay to question the Church's clergy? 3. Is it okay to question God? This is an important brick in the rebuilding of our faith foundation, so I hope you'll give it a listen! Here are some resources that will help you explore this topic for yourself. Blessings on you as you do the holy work of questioning. 1. Open up that “Conversations with God” notebook we’ve talked about and write out your questions or concerns about our faith’s teachings, practices, and public personalities. You don’t have to tackle them all in one sitting (or ever) but getting them out there in writing is a good start. 2. Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans 3. The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen 4. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things, by Sarah Bessey 5. Podcast: More Than Small Talk with Holley Gerth, Suzanne Eller, and Jennifer Watson 6. Podcast: Evolving Faith with Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu
10:45
October 19, 2021
Beauty, Truth & Goodness
Beauty, Truth & Goodness
Today, we're talking about the transcendentals of beauty, truth and goodness and how these can serve as guideposts toward the lives we want to be living in these chaotic times.  I hope these resources will help you explore this topic further on your own! 1. Video: O My Soul, by Audrey Assad 2. Podcast: Things Above with James Bryan Smith 3. Podcast: Drink With a Friend, with Tsh Oxenreider and Seth Haines 4. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, by Shauna Niequist 5. Chef's Table: visually beautiful storytelling about beautiful food and the chefs who make it. This series will slow you down and help you learn to see and experience beauty for sure. 6. Journal prompts:  Where did I find beauty today? How can I be more impeccable with my words? Who has been an example for goodness for me lately? 7. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom 8. How Beautiful, by Twila Paris 9. Goodness of God, by Israel & New Breed, Cristabel Clack 10. What a Wonderful World, by Eva Cassidy
11:46
October 12, 2021
Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory Prayer
Today we're talking about intercessory or petitionary prayer, some scriptural references to this form of prayer, and the open-handed posture we can take while praying, whether or not we 'get' what we ask for. Here are some resources which I hope will help you explore this topic in a deeper way for yourself. 1. Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved), by Kate Bowler 2. Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking 3. Podcast: Everything Happens 4. Praying the Scriptures for Your Life, by Jodie Berndt and Ann Voskamp  5. Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life's Not Okay (mine is essay #100!) 6. Video: What is Intercessory Prayer? by Rethink Church 7. Song: Even When It Hurts (I'll Praise You), by Hillsong 8. Song: God With Us, by All Sons & Daughters 9. From Handel's Messiah: Comfort Ye My People/Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted 10: Song: Open My Hands, by Sara Groves (video live version) 11. Help Thanks Wow, by Anne Lamott 12. Remember God, by Annie F. Downs
13:01
October 05, 2021
Retreat to Move Forward
Retreat to Move Forward
Today's episode is all about retreats; why we retreat, the many varieties of them, and why this time in history when we so badly want to move forward is actually the perfect time to retreat. Here are some resources I hope will help you explore this topic for yourself. 1. My retreat home: Holy Cross Retreat House in Easton, Massachusetts - information on cursillo programs may be found here. 2. To find a cursillo program through you - check in with local Catholic or Protestant parishes and churches, or search 'cursillo weekend near me' 3. Weston Priory, the monastery in Vermont where I went on retreat 4. Miramar - a retreat center in Duxbury, Massachusetts 5. Song: The Detour, by FAITHFUL 6. Song: Nothing to Fear, by The Porter's Gate 7. Video: Love is Moving, by Audrey Assad 8. A description and history of Cursillo, plus the cursillo weekend schedule at my retreat house 
11:50
September 28, 2021
Pass It On
Pass It On
In today's episode, we're talking about our responsibility and practical ways to pass on our faith to others, even if we're not sure, even if we feel it's incomplete, and even if it's imperfect, because we're all members of the Body of Christ and we are designed to share good things with each other. Here are some resources I hope will help!  Find me on Instagram @kerrycampbellwrites to engage further on today's topic. 1. Falling Upward, by Fr. Richard Rohr 2. A talk from Fr. Rohr at Texas Lutheran University on the two halves of life 3. Reference from the podcast: the collagen powder that those nice yoga ladies recommended 4. Reference from the podcast: more about the FOCUS program that's active on my college campus and many other college campuses 5. My blog piece on my 2021 word of the year - mantle 6. Song: How Beautiful, by Twila Paris 7. Listening to Your Life, by Frederick Buechner 8. A great recent example of how someone poured into me and of passing on good things to others.  Thanks to everyone who recommended The Chosen to me, and to a wonderful friend for the Season 1 DVD, this tv series is a game changer.  Watch The Chosen for free and let me know what you think!  9. Song: Shower the People LIVE, by James Taylor 10. Song: Found/Tonight, by Ben Pratt/Lin-Manuel Miranda 11. Video: How to Share the Gospel (and How Not To), by Fr. Mike Schmitz
11:43
September 21, 2021
Everything Means Something
Everything Means Something
In today's episode we're talking about signs, wonders, interpretation, and divine intervention, and answering the question of whether everything really does mean something.  Here are some resources to help you engage this topic in a deeper way.  1. The Eggs and the Farmer, a piece I reference today as narrated by Amanda Whiting on her beautiful podcast, Holy Ordinary.   2. The follow-up conversation Amanda and I had about this piece on the Holy Ordinary Podcast 3. The Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College.  Check out their amazing free resources (as a preschool teacher, I especially love 'Breakfast with God') 4. Song: His Eye is on the Sparrow, by Preservation Hall Jazz Band 5. Song: Always Remember to Never Forget, by Christy Nockels 6. Song: Trust in You, by Lauren Daigle 7. Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved), by Kate Bowler 8. Everything Happens Podcast, by Kate Bowler 9. Song: Look Up, by Mark Erelli 10. Movie Clip: "Maybe both is happening at the same time." from Forrest Gump
10:38
September 14, 2021
Holy Water
Holy Water
In today's episode, we're talking all about water, the many religious and Biblical references, and the ways in which we can engage with water to further our spiritual lives. I hope these resources will help you to engage this topic in a deeper way. 1. Weston Priory, the Vermont monastery I reference in today's episode 2. Remembering God's Gift of Water, an article by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School 3. Women and Wells in the Hebrew Bible, an article at Bible Odyssey 4. Old Man River - Vocal Section, by the Beach Boys 5. Wade in the Water, by The Staple Singers 6. Come to the Water/I Will Run to You, by John Foley, S.J. and Matt Maher 7. One of many beautiful water-inspired spiritual works by Scott Erickson 8. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well, by Mahalia Jackson 9. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), acoustic version, by Hillsong 10. Journal prompt: How have I felt the presence of God in water in my lifetime?       
11:56
September 07, 2021
Be Where You Are
Be Where You Are
Today we're looking at the spiritual implications of the time of transition, when things aren't the same as they were but they're not yet what they will be.  Here are some resources I hope will help as you explore this topic further for yourself. Correction: I misspoke when I said that the woman who broke the jar of perfume to anoint Jesus was Mary Magdalene.  In fact, she is unnamed.  1. Article from Healthline: 8 Breathing Exercises to Try When You Feel Anxious 2. Life as a rollercoaster, front seat point of view on the Superman ride at Six Flags New England 3. Instagram follow: Cory Muscara, former Buddhist monk and mindfulness expert 4. Book: No Time Like the Present, by Jack Kornfield 5. Book: Here and Now: Living in the Spirit, by Henri Nouwen 6. Song: Be Here Now, by Ray LaMontagne 7. Song: In My Soul, by Flannel Graph 8. For the fellow musical lovers... Song: Breathe, from the In The Heights original Broadway soundtrack.  (Translation: Walk in the direction of your life. Breathe.) 9. Journal/grounding prompt: What are five things I can see right now?  Four things I can touch?  Three things I can hear?  Two things I can smell?  One thing I can taste? 10: Video: The Story of a Farmer and His Horse - a helpful parable for the 'good' and 'bad' things that happen to us in life
10:12
August 31, 2021
Notre Dame Revisited
Notre Dame Revisited
Hi friends, As I continue my construction on the podcast (listen to last week's episode 'Under Construction' for more details on that), I offer you a repeat of our very first episode (the re-recorded version, of course), Notre Dame.  I hope you'll give it a listen, as it presents the central theme of what we're doing here at Raised Catholic: authentically acknowledging the beauty, history and destruction in our Church, digging in ashes, and looking for light.  Please consider rating, reviewing, subscribing, and sharing the podcast with a friend today - that matters so much and I really appreciate it!  If you need me, you can find me on instagram or on my blog. I hope to be back next week with a fresh episode for you but until then, blessings on you and yours! Kerry
06:14
August 24, 2021
Under Construction
Under Construction
Today's episode is a short update on some work I'm doing on the podcast, plus some lessons I'm learning along the way.  Here are some resources I mention in today's episode. Blessings on your holy rebuilding process today, friend! 1. My 2015 piece on the renovation at St. Patrick's Cathedral and how it was a metaphor for the work God was doing in me: Renovation. 2. My 2014 piece on how the sound of a piano being tuned reminded me of my spiritual growth: Tuning. 3. My 2018 piece on how God is a God of 're' - always making all things new: Re. 4. Emily P. Freeman's Next Right Thing Podcast, episode 45: Receive a New Beginning
06:55
August 17, 2021
Holy Places
Holy Places
In today's episode, we're talking about holy places and why it's worth the effort to go to one, even if it's rediscovering the holy ground beneath your own two feet.  I hope these resources help as you prayerfully explore this topic on your own! 1. The Way, a movie about the Camino de Santiago made by Martin Sheen 2. Video: Why Pilgrimage, by Tweeting With God 3. Article: One person's experience of thin spaces, by Eric Weiner, in the New York Times 4. Novel: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo 5. Song: House on a Hill, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 6. Song: Holy, Holy, Holy by Sufjan Stevens 7. Journal prompts: As I consider holy places, does a place come to mind? Would a pilgrimage be something I might consider?  Where would I go? Where is the holiest place I've been?  What words could I use to describe it? 8. Live-stream and recorded masses, plus lots more from St. Cecilia's Church in Boston 9. My beloved retreat house - if you live locally to me and you're looking for a holy place to experience a retreat, check this out 
11:25
August 10, 2021
What About the Kids?
What About the Kids?
In today's episode, we're considering a few angles on the Church and kids.  (Yes, this is a challenging one.)  Here are some resources, plus links to the articles and studies I quoted in the episode. 1. Study by 538 on millennials and church. 2. Book: From Politics to the Pews, by Michelle Margolis 3. Gallup poll about American church membership falling below 50% for the first time 4. News item: ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick becomes highest ranking cleric to be criminally accused of sexually assault of a child/teen 5. News item: hundreds of unmarked graves of children found at church-run schools 6. NCR's report about a study: "Going, Going, Gone" about Gen Z and church 7. Song: Sing Over Your Children, by Matt Maher  8. Blog: Three Times Jesus Showed Care for Children, by Jesusfilm 9. Journal prompts:  Was there someone who showed me the love of God when I was a child?  Did someone harm me in the name of God or harm me while representing the Church, physically, emotionally or spiritually?  How did those experiences shape my view of who God is today? Who are the children in my circle?  How can I protect, encourage, or care for them today? 10. Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible and lots of other trusted books for children
11:03
August 03, 2021
Discerning in a Divided Church
Discerning in a Divided Church
You don't have to be an actively practicing Catholic to see that the much of the church seems divided into 'camps' these days.  In today's episode, we'll talk about that unfortunate reality and offer some ways that we can approach our next chapter of faith even in the chaos of a divided church.  I hope these resources will be helpful as you explore this topic. Find me on instagram or on my blog to connect further! 1. Beth Moore's 31 Days of Prayer 2. From Here Media, publisher of Common Horizon, an exploration into Catholic Social Teaching 3. Instagram follow: Alissa Molina 4. Instagram follow: Kate Boyd 5. Online and paper Bible studies: She Reads Truth 6. Blog: Beginner's Guide to Hearing God's Voice 7. Scripture: Fruit of the Spirit and Fruit of the Flesh as found in Galatians chapter 5 8. Song: Open the Eyes of My Heart, by Audrey Assad 9. Book: Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen 10. Blog: What Does Jesus Think of Our Divided Church, by Traci Rhodes. Traci is a highly recommended follow on Twitter
11:52
July 27, 2021
Be Not Afraid
Be Not Afraid
In today's episode we're exploring some practices which may seem a bit 'out of the box' or even a little scary for some cradle Catholics: yoga, meditation, and the enneagram.  I'll talk about my own experience, how these practices have enriched my Catholic Christian faith, and about how we can approach and discern new ideas or practices in our life of faith.  Here are some resources I hope will help! Find me on Instagram or on my blog to connect on this topic. 1. Book: The Road Back to You, by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile, a good introduction on the enneagram 2. Podcast: That Sounds Fun - for the last three summers, Annie F. Downs has hosted her 'Enneasummer' series, deep dives into each number on individual episodes. I highly recommend checking those out! 3. Podcast: Typology with Ian Cron (enneagram) 4. Highly recommend a wide range of free online yoga classes from Yoga with Adrienne 5. Calm - an app/website for meditation 6. Instagram follow: Cory Muscara, former monk and mindfulness speaker/podcaster/author 7. Four helpful questions while discerning a practice (or anything), a video from Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents 8. Book: God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will, by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ and James Martin, SJ 9. Journal Prompts: Is there an area of my life, mind, or body that needs restoration or support right now?  Who are trusted friends that might have experience with a new practice I'm considering?  What questions could I ask them? 10. Instagram follow: Allyson Huval: Interfaith yoga from a Catholic perspective
11:01
July 20, 2021
All Saints
All Saints
Today we're talking all about saints, who they are, some of my favorites, how we can be saints, and about some of the process of the canonization of saints.  I hope this episode helps you to identify and to get to know your Heavenly friends and how they help and inspire us, until the day when we meet them face to face. Here are some resources I hope will help you explore this topic in a deeper way: 1. The Message translation of Hebrews 12, encouragement from the saints with a different spin 2. Book: 365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of their Lives 3. Journal Prompts: What has been my experience of saints in my life from childhood to adulthood? How did I choose my Confirmation saint's name?  What can I learn about their lives now that might help me in my own journey? Is there a saint who I feel close to me?  How did I *meet* them and how do they help? 4. Podcast: Everyday Saints - short episodes describing the life and inspiration of individual saints 5. Video: What is Stopping You From Becoming a Saint?, by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents 6. Video: All Saints Day Pep Talk, by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents 7. Song: When the Saints Go Marchin In, by Louis Armstrong 8. Song: Saints out of Sailors, by Flannel Graph 9. Song: When the Saints, by Sara Groves
10:60
July 13, 2021
What is Faith?
What is Faith?
Today we're leaning a bit toward the philosophical with the question of what faith really is.  Is it a list of teachings or practices?  A way to be a better person or a better-than-other-people person?  We'll get into some metaphors of what faith is and is not, and I hope these resources are helpful as you figure out faith for yourself. 1. My Brother's Keeper: the faithful organization I mention in today's episode 2. Song: King of My Heart, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 3. Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church, by Pope Francis 4. Lyric Video, great for meditation: The Voyage, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 5. Journal prompts:  Where in my life has my faith served as anchor, sail, home, road, or lens?  What does it mean to me to be in relationship with God? 6. Song: The Detour, by FAITHFUL 7. Song: Bridge, by Ellie Holcomb 8. A Biblical discussion of what faith is from the Book of Hebrews
13:05
July 06, 2021
Light Bearers
Light Bearers
On today's episode we're remembering in gratitude the people who have been light bearers in our lives, the ones who showed us Jesus by their presence, care, words and actions.  As we consider them, may we be inspired to be salt and light in our world as well!  Here are some resources that I hope will help you explore this topic in more depth: 1. Journal Prompt: As I look back on my life, who has shown me Jesus by their presence, care, words and actions? How can I thank them today and how does their example impact that the way I live my life? 2. Song: May You Find a Light by The Brilliance 3. Song: This Little Light of Mine, by Ladysmith Black Mambazo 4. Song: Wonder (Spontaneous), by Bethel Music and Amanda Lindsey Cook 5. Salt and Light: words from Jesus from the Book of Matthew 6. Song: Salt & Light, by Lauren Daigle 7. Devotional: The One Year Salt and Light Devotional: 365 Inspirations to Equip and Encourage You to Live Out Your Calling in the World 8. Book: Chasing Vines, by Beth Moore 9. Prayer Practice: take the time to be still and to light a candle when you pray - ask the Holy Spirit to be present with you and to help you discover His presence within so that you can experience His grace and carry it out to a waiting world 10. Lyric Video: My Lighthouse, by Rend Collective 11. Podcast: The Joycast with Margaret Feinberg.  This episode explores the spiritual significance of salt. 12: Book: Taste and See, by Margaret Feinberg 13. Video: Beautiful images of sunrise and sunsets.  Use this in devotional time as you consider the spiritual reality of light.
11:46
June 29, 2021
Holy Communion
Holy Communion
In the wake of this week's overwhelming decision by the USCCB to pursue a document on the Eucharist which may include guidelines for reception by Catholic public officials, our conversation this week is a primer on the Eucharist: what it is, its value and history, and precisely what Jesus had to say about both it and the priesthood as He instituted both on Holy Thursday. I hope these resources are helpful to you!  If you need me, you can find me on Instagram or on my blog - I hope to connect with you on this important topic!  What Jesus had to say: 1. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Matthew 2. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Mark 3. Last Supper narrative from the Book of Luke 4. Last Supper narrative from the Book of John Coverage of the Bishops' decision: 5. from The Week 6. from America Magazine 7. from National Catholic Reporter Words from clergy: 8. from Fr. John Unni in his homily this past week at St. Cecilia's Boston 9. from Pope Francis from his homily this year celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 10. from Pope Francis on this topic from St. Peter's Square 11. 'I Am The Bread of Life' discourse from Jesus on the Road to Emmaus 12. On Holy See envoy Archbishop Pierre's words to the conference of bishops by Gabe Lewis from Where Peter Is: loving challenges about the Christian way of encounter and dialogue, and whether the church is meeting the true needs of the people at this time 13. Eat This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles 14. Rachel Held Evans on communion - whose table is it? 
12:51
June 22, 2021
Sign of Peace
Sign of Peace
Today we're talking about the sign of peace, its origins, and how it's a movement of real grace from God to and through each other, person to person, light to light as though we're human candles.  It's not an empty gesture of greeting, and understanding its importance may be a key for our church to move forward in this challenging time.  1. Consider the Lilies, the great message from Paul Bergin I referenced that we heard at the Belonging Co. Church in Nashville 2. Mother Teresa reads the Prayer of St. Francis in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech  3. Signs of Peace: The Interfaith Letters of Thomas Merton, by William Apel 4. The Importance of the Sign of Peace, a short video from Catholic News Service featuring Fr. William T. Cocco 5. Song: Prayer of St. Francis, by Simon de Voil 6. Song: Peace, Be Still, by Lauren Daigle and The Belonging Co. 7. Song: Kind, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 8. Song: Love One Another, by Luacine Clark Fox & The Mormon Tabernacle Choir 9. Song: Love One Another/Child of God, by Brigham Welch and Michael Hardey 10. Song: Let There Be Peace on Earth, by The Boys Choir of Harlem
11:56
June 15, 2021
Christian Nationalism
Christian Nationalism
Today we're exploring the challenging topic of Christian nationalism; learning about what it is, the danger of it in the future of our church, and how to discern when this political philosophy is taking the place of our theology. 1. Christians Against Christian Nationalism 2. Where Peter Is, a group of Catholic writers working to re-center our faith back to our authentic teachings 3. From Here Media, a Catholic faith endeavor which seeks to honor our human stories grounded in authentic faith teaching 4. Common Horizon, a print publication dedicated to the exploration of the seven Catholic Social Teachings 5. The Dangers of Christian Nationalism in the United States: A Policy Statement from the National Council of Churches 6. Upside Down Podcast: Unscripted Conversations on Spirituality, Culture and God's Upside Down Kingdom 7. The Way of Jesus, a talk by Rachel Held Evans 8. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs and Francis Chan
12:12
June 08, 2021
Christian Sisters (and Brothers, Too!), O The Time Has Come
Christian Sisters (and Brothers, Too!), O The Time Has Come
Today we're talking about Christian ecumenism, the work of unity within and between denominations in our one dysfunctional Christian family.  I don't know where I'd be today without the insight, leading, wisdom and friendship of my Protestant sisters and brothers and hope you find these resources helpful as well. 1. If you were born and raised Catholic but have not read much from our Protestant sisters and brothers, please let me recommend: Beth Moore, C.S. Lewis, Emily P. Freeman, Barbara Brown Taylor, Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Bessey, Anne Lamott, Peter Gomes 2. If you were born and raised Protestant but have not read much from our Catholic sisters and brothers, please let me recommend: Henri Nouwen, Fr. James Martin, Helen Prejean, Fr. Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Flannery O'Connor 3. Journal Prompts: What are some relationships and experiences in my past which may have colored how I view Christians from other denominations? Who is a Christian of another denomination who I see working in my community for the greater good? What aspects of God's personality can be found in my denomination?  What might I discover about Him from another church experience? Do I have any fears around relationship with or participation in another denomination's faith practice?  From where did those fears come? How big is God? How could we better welcome others into our faith community or practice? 4. Song: God is Love, by Ginny Owens 5. Pilgrimage: Visit a church of a differing denomination, experience their tradition and worship God together. 6. Podcast: Abiding Together - The Power of Christian Unity featuring musician Matt Maher 7. Song: Hold Us Together, by Matt Maher 8. Song: The Voyage, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 9. Song: We Are Family, by Sister Sledge
12:01
June 01, 2021
'Tis the Season
'Tis the Season
Have you ever had a word, phrase or song come to you on multiple occasions over a short period of time?  When this happens to me, I know the Holy Spirit is working and I try to pay attention! This week, the word was 'season' and in this episode I'm modeling a prayer practice in which I focus and prayerfully research/discern spiritual meaning from that particular word.  Believe it or not, the word 'season' has much to teach us!  I hope these resources are helpful to you in your journey. 1. The amazing recipe I reference in the episode that I tried during ramp season - substitute ramps for the yellow onions, use fresh spinach if you can, and BE AMAZED. 2. The reading from Ecclesiastes I reference in the episode: a time and a season for everything under Heaven 3. Journal prompts:  What season do I find myself in today, in life, work, relationship, parenting, etc.  What does this season have to teach me? What season do I most look forward to? Tulip season? Football season? The start of school?  What does this season reveal about the way God is at work in my life? What can I count on when it comes to the seasons?  Do I rely on or find comfort in the aspects or the rhythm of a season? Knowing that a season can last much longer than a few months, what's the hardest season of life you've endured and what did you learn from it? 4. The 'Salt and Light' discourse from Jesus in the Book of Matthew 5. Song: Turn, Turn, Turn 6. One more ramp recipe: spaghetti & ramps - try this one if you love parmesan and lemon!  7. Find lots more writing on the use of metaphor to experience God in daily life over at my blog, My Little Epiphanies. 8. Stop by to share your favorite or hardest season with me on Instagram 9. Wisdom from my Mom about literally any season you may find yourself in: This Too Shall Pass
12:32
May 25, 2021
Deconstructing Catholic
Deconstructing Catholic
Today we're talking about faith deconstruction, the basics and the particular applications for Catholics who are deconstructing both inside and outside of church walls.  I hope these resources are a help to you as you grow deeper in faith.  Be not afraid! 1. Whoa, this episode of That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs and Tim Timmonds blew my mind! Beautiful new thinking about prayer and language to describe and encourage our relationship with Jesus who is so very present to us right now, just as we are.  Please give this episode a listen! 2. This episode of Human Hope with Carlos Whittaker and Ruthie Lindsey is a great lens into the depth of relationship, trust and faith that can come from a season of deconstruction.  I bet you'll want to be friends with both Carlos and Ruthie after this conversation is done.  3. Podcast: Evolving Faith 4. Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans Falling Upward, by Fr. Richard Rohr Faith After Doubt, by Brian McLaren Out of Sorts, by Sarah Bessey 5. Emily P. Freeman breaks down the process of finding a spiritual director in this great episode of The Next Right Thing - check out her show notes for lots of details and help, too!  6. Searchable database with helpful filters to help you find the spiritual director that's right for you 7. Good advice from Kimberly Pelletier in Christianity Today on how best to support a loved one who is deconstructing faith.  8. Catholic voices on Twitter I recommend: Reily Cosgrove, Fr. James Martin, Michael Bayer, Jeannie Gaffigan, Brian Fraga, Fr. Chris Smith, Fr. Casey, OFM, Mike Lewis, Melinda Ribnek - I'll recommend lots of IG follows next week! 9. Where Peter Is: an online space for Catholics 10. If I can be of help on this topic, find me on Instagram or on my blog, would be happy to try to direct you to good resources or offer a word of encouragement!
12:08
May 18, 2021
Bless You *
Bless You *
Today we're talking about blessings, the many varieties of them and the why, when, where, and who of blessings.  I hope these resources will help you to put language to the many ways you can bless people and the world in your every day.  God bless you! 1. The Blessings Archive from author and podcaster Kate Bowler - here you'll find blessings for lots of relatable circumstances 2. A Blessing for the Unemployed, Unimpressive, and Underrepresented, a modern twist on the Sermon on the Mount, by Nadia Bolz Weber 3. A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey 4. My favorite Traditional Irish Blessing 5. To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O'Donohue 6. Song: The Blessing (Live) by Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes 7. Song: Forever Young by Audra Mae 8. Podcast: Eternal Current - here you'll find fresh thoughts on worship, blessing, liturgy and more 9. Journal Prompts: Can I remember a time when I was blessed by the words or actions of another person? If I could write a blessing that I'd want said over me, what would it say? Who in my life might receive a blessing from me today? When was the last time I remember receiving or witnessing a physical manifestation of blessing through hands, water, or oil?  How did the physicality affect that experience? 10. Fr. John Unni at St. Cecilia's in Boston - his excellent homily from the sixth Sunday of Easter on just who it is that we should bless as a Church. Especially timely for this week ahead, but something we can all be thinking about moving forward as we are church to one another. 11. Song: The Lord Bless And Keep You, arr. Lutkin
11:13
May 12, 2021
Bless You
Bless You
Today we're talking about blessings, the many varieties of them and the why, when, where, and who of blessings.  I hope these resources will help you to put language to the many ways you can bless people and the world in your every day.  God bless you! 1. The Blessings Archive from author and podcaster Kate Bowler - here you'll find blessings for lots of relatable circumstances 2. A Blessing for the Unemployed, Unimpressive, and Underrepresented, a modern twist on the Sermon on the Mount, by Nadia Bolz Weber 3. A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey 4. My favorite Traditional Irish Blessing 5. To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O'Donohue 6. Song: The Blessing (Live) by Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes 7. Song: Forever Young by Audra Mae 8. Podcast: Eternal Current - here you'll find fresh thoughts on worship, blessing, liturgy and more 9. Journal Prompts: Can I remember a time when I was blessed by the words or actions of another person? If I could write a blessing that I'd want said over me, what would it say? Who in my life might receive a blessing from me today? When was the last time I remember receiving or witnessing a physical manifestation of blessing through hands, water, or oil?  How did the physicality affect that experience? 10. Fr. John Unni at St. Cecilia's in Boston - his excellent homily from the sixth Sunday of Easter on just who it is that we should bless as a Church. Especially timely for this week ahead, but something we can all be thinking about moving forward as we are church to one another. 11. Song: The Lord Bless And Keep You, arr. Lutkin
11:08
May 12, 2021
Church People
Church People
Today we're talking all about "church people" and the wide range of ways that church people are described and perceived today.  Here are some resources I hope will help you to no longer "go to church" but instead to "be church" both inside and outside of church walls. 1. the art I referenced from Scott Erickson (the chapel in an hourglass) on his Instagram account - follow Scott today! 2. Podcast: More Than Small Talk - How to be a Friend When Life Hurts 3. Podcast: Human Hope - How to Have Healthy Hard Conversations With People You Disagree With 4. Podcast: That Sounds Fun - Francis Chan 5. Podcast: Be The Bridge with Latasha Morrison 6. Be The Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation, by Latasha Morrison 7. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, by Nadia Bolz-Weber 8. Song: May You Find a Light, by The Brilliance 9. Song: We Are One, by Ginny Owens 10. Song: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), by Hillsong 11. Journal prompts:  Who have been the "church people" in my life who have brought me closer to relationship with God?  What did they do/say that impacted me? Who are the "church people" who have pushed me away from relationship with God?  Is there a particular instance I can remember? How can I process the pain of this experience?       How can I make my heart more hospitable to others today? In what ways can I learn or adjust in order to love people better?  Where are my potential blind spots? As I look at my church community, how is God leading me to make us more joyful, friendly, inclusive, and spirit-filled? PS- An anthem for Being Church, no matter whether or where we "go to church". Let's go love the world like Jesus does.      
10:48
May 04, 2021
Finding God
Finding God
Today we're talking about the many ways and places to find God outside the walls of church. In upcoming episodes we'll explore how to encounter God within our own churches and churches of other denominations but for today, let's remember the BIGNESS of God and how we can find Him in nature, music, art, and people.  Here are some ways I'm finding God and some suggestions for you to find Him too. 1. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67:2 Andante con moto - (the whole thing, but I find God from 8:34-9:00) 2. Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland (the whole thing, but I find God in the last two minutes, especially those three bells) 3. Marvel at produce.  Seriously!  I recommend cutting a full head of cauliflower in half, holding an orange or grapefruit segment up to the light, examining the beauty of an avocado or lemon, but it's all great!  4. Devotions: Selected Poems of Mary Oliver 5. Visit a museum, wonder at how God inspires and works through artists, then make art yourself! 6. Visit a forest, a beach, a park, a cave, a waterfall, or a field at night where you can see stars.  Get yourself out of your everyday and appreciate the beauty that God has made. 7. My Little Epiphanies - a collection of my writing about finding God in the details and everyday parts of life 8. Journal prompts:  What can I see - hear - smell - touch - taste - right now that God had a hand in making, just for me to enjoy?  How is God working through me today to help others encounter God?  Author Elizabeth Gilbert says EVERYONE is an artist.  What kind of creative "something" am I uniquely created to make or enjoy?  What do I love? 9.  Podcast: Abiding Together: The Power of Play and Leisure 10. Podcast: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert: Season 2 episode 12: Brene Brown on Big Strong Magic 11. Podcast: Things Above with James Bryan Smith: Beauty, Goodness and Truth 12. Shop for, make, or purchase something tasty and delicious for one of your meals today.  Really take it in and enjoy it as a gift.
11:31
April 27, 2021
Mother Mary
Mother Mary
Today we're talking about our Mother Mary.  Here are some resources I hope will help you to bring Mary down off of the statue and live in relationship with your Heavenly Mom who is crazy about you! Thanks so much to Peter Vaughan-Vail for the beautiful harp music you'll hear once again in this episode - I have finally figured out how to balance the audio and I'm so glad you can enjoy his music once again.  1. Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer 2. Looking for Mary: The Blessed Mother and Me, by Beverly Donofrio 3. Song: Mary, by Patty Griffin 4. Song: Ave Maria, Schubert, performed by Andrea Bocelli 5. Song: Ave Maria, Franz Biebl, performed by Chanticleer 6. Art: Modern Depictions of Mary in the Annunciation 7. Rosary: Recorded Rosaries from Fr. Frank McFarland at Boston Catholic Television  8. Video: A Primer on Mary from Fr. James Martin 9. Journal Prompts: What has been my experience with Mary so far? What words would I use to describe Mary today? If I could speak to Mary as a mother, what would I say?  10. My past writings on Mary, Statues, and the stitching of our lives together as a mother would 11. The story of Pope Francis' devotion to Mary under the title 'Undoer of Knots'
10:27
April 20, 2021
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
Today we're exploring the reality of grace with a story about my pup, Bailey, and a perfect tuna sandwich. Here are some resources I hope will help you recognize how grace is moving in your one beautiful life. 1. Perfect Tuna Sandwich: half sandwich with chilled tuna, just a hint of mayo on good bread such as marble rye or sourdough.  Add crumbled feta, leafy lettuce or spinach, diced English cucumber, and a few grinds of black pepper.  Enjoy with a ripe clementine and a handful of potato chips and be blessed! 2. What's So Amazing About Grace, by Phillip Yancey 3. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts On Faith, by Anne Lamott 4. Devotions: Selected Poems from Mary Oliver 5. Gracelaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart, by Ruth Chou Simons 6. Song: He's Always Been Faithful to Me, by Sara Groves 7. Song: Amazing Grace, by Aretha Franklin 8. Song: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), by Chris Tomlin 9. Song: Amazing Grace, Prelude, Traditional, Yo Yo Ma 10: Song: Your Grace Is Enough, Here I Am Lord (Live), by Matt Maher 11. Song: Christ the Lord is With Me, by Steffanie Gretzinger and Amanda Lindsey Cook 12. Journal prompts: How did God come to meet me in this day?  As I look back on my life, where have I felt the Hand of God change my path for my good?  In what person or book or music did God reveal Himself to me this week? How can I respond to the grace that is offered to me? 13. Just heard of this! Grace Trail in Plymouth, Massachusetts and I'm definitely trying it!  If you live in the area, this would make a great walking meditation. 
11:58
April 13, 2021
Good News
Good News
In today's episode we're talking about something which has become so clear to me this past week: we have reached an inflection point for the Church in America. If you have complicated feelings about church right now, this episode is for you.  Here are some voices I trust that are naming the current time we're in as American Christians, and some voices that are calling out in the wilderness toward authentic and deep relationship with Christ in this time. 1. Emily P. Freeman.  Read this post first, then follow for more.  Her graceful, honest voice is so needed right now. Hear her talk about her friend, Jesus, and you'll get to know Him more for sure. Her podcast, The Next Right Thing, is a must listen.  2. Carlos Whitaker. Read this post first, then follow for more. His accessible teaching on racial reconciliation and hopeful Christianity makes him an appealing, fun, and challenging follow.   3. Sarah Bessey.  Read this post first, then follow for more. She's a happy clappy Jesus girl from way back and her writing, speaking and podcasting on Evolving Faith is hard-won and true. 4. Shannan Martin. Read this post first, then follow for more. She is after the heart of God in things little and large and her gorgeous writing will help you on your own path. 5. Matt Maher. Read/listen this post first, then follow for more. I've loved Matt's music forever but his turn toward preaching and ecumenical Christianity is welcome and so needed right now.  6. Lauren Winter. Read this post first, then follow for more. Her beautiful account gets to the heart of faith for women especially but all are welcome.  7. Alissa Molina. Read this post first, then follow for more. This spunky and spirit-filled lady is leaping into her calling to love well in all departments by way of her Catholic faith.  8. Beth Moore. Read this post first, then follow for more. Her authentic love of and service to Jesus is breathtaking to watch and she is often also hilarious. She sees the failings of the church, calls them out, and unapologetically chooses Jesus every time. 9. Fr. John Unni at St. Cecilia's Church, Boston. Watch this mass first, then follow on YouTube or the parish website for more. I was face-down on my carpet praying after listening to his Holy Thursday message, it was so beautiful, both grounded and profound - Fr. John always has good insight to share and his challenging voice leads us well in the church in this time. 10. More Than Small Talk Podcast. Listen to this episode first (Christian Culture or Christ), then subscribe for more episodes. 
10:50
April 06, 2021
The Happy Fault of Sin
The Happy Fault of Sin
As we enter into this Holy Week, we're contemplating the story of how a perfect Savior took on the penalty for our sin in order to reconcile us to God. Today we're talking about the reality of sin, and how looking at our sin honestly can be an unlikely door to personally experiencing the great mercy of God. Here are some resources I hope will help you draw close to Jesus this week: 1. If you'd like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week, you should be able to find it offered at a number of area parishes, retreat houses, missions, shrines, Catholic colleges, and hospitals. Check their websites for details and feel free to travel a ways from your home parish - it can be a good opportunity to take some time in silence and prayer. Here's a primer on how to receive this Sacrament if it's been a while.  2. In addition, check your area for Eucharistic Adoration, Stations of the Cross, services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, and other Lenten programming. 3. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs, guest John Eldridge. This recent episode helped me gather in my thoughts about the last year and how to bring them to Jesus this week.  4. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs, guest Sally Lloyd-Jones. This episode pairs so well with the one before - unknowingly they both spend a good amount of time on psalm 23, the psalm we need this week.  5. Podcast: Abiding Together Lenten Study on This Present Paradise. This is part 5, but you'll want to go back and listen to them all. 6. Video: Making a Good Confession with Fr. Mike Schmitz 7. Book: The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen 8. Song: Shadow Step, by Hillsong 9. Song: Even Unto Death, by Audrey Assad 10: Song: Run to the Father, by Matt Maher 11. Song: Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus), by Chris Rice 12. Song: Met by Love, by Capital City Music 13. Song: Mercy, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 14. Song: O Happy Fault, by Audrey Assad 15. Read the Gospel account of the last days of Jesus. Prayerfully journal or sit in silence as you contemplate just how big His love is for you.
12:19
March 30, 2021
What's Your Story?
What's Your Story?
Next week we'll return to some faith re-building topics such as sin, grace, and ecumenism but before we enter into the story of Jesus's death and resurrection this Triduum, let's take a look at our own stories, the below-the-surface things that we and God are writing together in the story of our souls. Here are some resources I hope will help you to know and understand your own story, and some that will help you enter into the Passion story of Jesus: 1. Journal or meditation prompts:    If I could write a title for the chapter of life I'm currently on, what would it be called? What do my early chapters have to say about my story? If I were writing my autobiography, what would it be called? At the heart of it, just between me and Jesus, what are illustrative words that describe my story? As I consider the Passion of Jesus, where do I see myself in His story? 2. Story of a Soul: the Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux 3. Biblical account from the book of Matthew: Jesus's passion, death, and resurrection 4. He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado 5. Good Friday: The Meaning of the Cross, a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents 6. The Story and Character, pieces I've written in past years on how to find yourself in the Passion Narrative.  7. How He Loves Us, cover by Sarah Reeves 8. Receiving the Passion story through a different lens is a good way to find yourself in it. For me, Jesus Christ Superstar can always help me do just that. 9. I Am Because You Are, by Amanda Lindsey Cook
10:11
March 23, 2021
What Are We Building?
What Are We Building?
Today we're taking a step back and considering just what we're building, as we consider our faith lives and our post-COVID lives. Here are some resources I hope will help as you consider this question for yourselves. Connect with me on Instagram or on my blog to engage with me on this topic.  1. Bob Vila explains what a plumb line is and what it's for (for those of you who, like me, did not previously know).  2. Please listen to this one all the way to the end. Song: The Clearing, by Amanda Lindsey Cook  3. Mini-pilgrimage: go to a beach, a forest, a church, or some other holy place all by yourself.  Let God speak to you there (maybe through journaling or in silence) about what you should keep, what you should leave behind, and what knowledge or wisdom you can carry with you from this last year.  4. Praying this one over all of us: Song: Rainbow, by Kacey Musgraves  5. The Next Right Thing, by Emily P. Freeman - companion journal is also available  6. Podcast: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman I love every episode, but Receive A New Beginning would make a great first episode for you. Minute 5:10 to the end is my favorite three minutes of any podcast ever.   7. Song: Better Boat, by Kenny Chesney & Mindy Smith  8. A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey  9. This is what it looks like when something that's been confined for a long time and has done lots of growing in the dark, starts to emerge. 
11:43
March 16, 2021
Deep Water
Deep Water
Today we're talking about what to do in our faith lives when our real lives get hard.  No answers or solutions here, but a few truths I've learned in my own deep water experiences. If you're in one right now, please know YOU ARE LOVED. I hope these are helpful, friend. 1. The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis 2. Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved), by Kate Bowler 3. Podcast: Everything Happens, by Kate Bowler 4. Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking, by Nora McInerny 5. A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis 6. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold Kushner 7. Almost Everything (Notes on Hope), by Anne Lamott 8. Lyric video: Rescue, by Lauren Daigle 9. Lyric video: Sigh No More, by Mumford and Sons 10. Trusting Life, with Benedictine Brother David Stendl-Rast (& Oprah) 11. Song: Red Sea Road, by Ellie Holcomb
10:44
March 09, 2021
Bloom Where You're Planted
Bloom Where You're Planted
Today we're considering blooming in the frame of our vocational life and how the search for holy ground often begins right under our feet. Here are some resources I hope will help you consider your own blooming life: 1. When it comes to our vocations, do we each have a destiny or are we all floating around accidental-like on a breeze? Spiritual teacher Forrest Gump reminds us: maybe it's both. (Each experience brings you to the next as you find and gather the work of your life.) 2. Conversations with God journal prompts:         What work or activity is life-giving to me these days?         What are my gifts?         How might I use my experiences and talents to help someone else on their road? 3. Lyric Video: The Voyage, by Amanda Lindsey Cook 4. Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer 5. She's Still There: Rescuing the Girl In You, by Chrystal Hurst Evans 6. Devotional/Guided Journal: 100 Days to Brave: Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self, by Annie F. Downs 7. Song: This Little Light of Mine, by Sam Cooke 8. Song: Shine a Different Way, by Patty Griffin 9. Song: Stand, by R.E.M. 10: From the episode: My Brother's Keeper, CatholicMom.com, Cursillo at the Holy Cross Retreat House, the very best tomatoes (and other veg)!, my favorite coffee & lunch place
10:12
March 02, 2021
Let's Talk About Lent
Let's Talk About Lent
Today we're looking at Lenten disciplines with an eye toward the growth of what we want to see in the end - in ourselves, our families, our church, community, country and world.  And we're giving ourselves space for light and hope in this liturgical season which literally means 'springtime'.  Here are some resources I hope will make your Lent more encouraging and fruitful: 1. Helpful, grounded (and often funny!) daily Lenten video reflections from author Kate Bowler - you can also find them on Kate's Instagram 2. Be Kind - a helpful Lenten practice video from Fr. James Martin 3. Best Lent Ever - daily videos from Dynamic Catholic 4. Song: Better Days by Ant Clemons, Justin Timberlake and Kirk Franklin 5. Song: Someday Soon, by Wilder Woods 6. Song: O My Soul, by Audrey Assad 7. Podcast: Abiding Together 8. Lenten Practice: Watch this tulip video, then: buy flowers for yourself (yes, for you!), put them in your kitchen, and let them be your teacher: spring is on the way, friend! 9: Instagram Account: Follow my friend The Bluebird of Happiness on Instagram for more hope and light in your feed! 10. My current favorite cover of Here Comes the Sun - search for more, they will make your heart happy!  11. Lenten Practice: Conversations with God journal, start a new page and at the top write one or more of the following prompts, then just write until your hand is sore or you feel the loving voice of God creeping in and making Himself known to you:  What habits or practices do I have today that are not serving me? How can I let them go?  What do I want my life (or my family or community) to look and feel like on Easter weekend? How can I move in that direction now?  How can I serve other people using my unique gifts? What would be a good first step today?
10:55
February 23, 2021
Meeting Jesus
Meeting Jesus
Today we're talking about what it means for Catholics to discover and cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus.  Here are some resources I hope will help you do just that! Thanks once again to my friend Peter Vaughan-Vail for providing the beautiful harp music you'll hear in today's episode. 1. The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey 2. Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles 3. The Shack, by William P. Young (also, this movie is beautifully done!) 4. Remember God, by Annie F. Downs 5. Podcast: Another Name for Everything, with Fr. Richard Rohr 6. Podcast: The Eternal Current Podcast, with Aaron Niequist 7. Song: What a Friend, by Sara Groves 8. Song: Prince of Peace, by Hillsong 9. Song: Brand New, by Matthew West 10. Lyric Video: Drawn to You, by Audrey Assad 11: Podcast: The Matthew West Podcast specifically his 'Blue Couch Moment' segments where he discusses with his guest their first time encountering Jesus 12. Retreat Experience: Cursillo. So many people experience Jesus for the first time during a weekend retreat called Cursillo.  If you live locally to me, ask me more! Our local retreat house is wonderful, but also, there are programs all around the world - just check with your local parish.  This weekend with Jesus would be a great gift to give yourself once the world opens up again! 
09:16
February 16, 2021
Walk It Out
Walk It Out
Today I'll tell the story of my loveably anxious pup, Bailey, and the many lessons we can learn from a recent walk she and I took together.  Here are some resources I hope will help you to view your one beautiful life with the particular frame of a walk with your kind and faithful Companion: 1. Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor 2. Hinds Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard 3. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo 4. The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton 5. Podcast: On Being episode with Padraig O Tuama - listen through the end for his beautiful poem, Morning Prayer 6. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs - hear her guest, Kevin Queen's miraculous story of how he was led by God step-by-step to a new vocation 7. Song: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, by Lauren Daigle 8. Song: You'll Never Walk Alone, by Marcus Mumford 9. Song: Abide With Me, by Audrey Assad 10. Song: When It Don't Come Easy, by Patty Griffin 11. Song: Keep on the Sunny Side, by Elizabeth Mitchell 11. I'm curious if you got this far and also, if you enjoy smiling: Song: Movin' Right Along, from Muppet Movie
09:35
February 09, 2021
Be or Do
Be or Do
In today's episode we're talking about the seemingly opposite practices of being versus doing as it relates to our faith lives.  If you always thought Martha got a raw deal, this might be a great episode for you!  Here are a few ideas to help you find and gain stillness, pondering, and receptivity in your experience of faith. Thanks again to my friend, Peter Vaughan-Vail for providing the lovely harp music you hear in this episode, and thanks to all of you who are sharing, rating, reviewing, and subscribing to this podcast.  I appreciate you!
09:20
February 02, 2021
Catholics and the Bible
Catholics and the Bible
Today we're talking about the relationship Catholics may have traditionally had with the Bible, and the many ways we can engage with it today.  Here are some resources I hope will help!  If you'd like to chat further on this topic, you can find me on Instagram or at my blog. I'd love to hear from you, and thanks again to my talented friend, Peter Vaughan-Vail for providing the beautiful harp music you hear in today's episode.  1. She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth, websites which offer themed reading plans and engaging online community. 2. Lectio Divina, an ancient practice of letting the Scriptures speak to you in prayer.  Here's a good video primer on Lectio Divina from Fr. James Martin and a great step-by-step outline on how to practice Lectio Divina from Conception Abbey. 3. The Bible In A Year Podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz featuring Jeff Cavins. 4. One Year Bible - lots of versions and translations available, this is just one of them. 5. Sacred Space - an online guided prayer website created by the Irish Jesuits which leads you step by step through a different scripture and reflections each day. 6. The Bible Jesus Read, a guide to understanding some of the Old Testament books and readings, by Phillip Yancey. 7. Beth Moore - Living Proof Ministries - Ms. Moore is a seasoned author and Bible teacher.  Her YouTube channel features her many live teachings on a variety of Scriptures.  (I have been moved to tears more than once watching Beth unlock the Bible and apply it to our everyday lives, and seeing her speak live a couple of years ago was a formative experience for me.) 8. Parish or online Bible study groups - check in with local parishes and churches, plus Catholic and Protestant colleges and universities for in-person or online Bible study group opportunities.  
08:31
January 26, 2021
Quiet and Loud
Quiet and Loud
In today's episode we talk about the need for quiet in developing our relationship with God.  Here are a few resources that might help you do just that. 1. Daily Devotionals, a great way to start the day in quiet:  Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer 2. Quiet music to help you connect with God.  Choose what speaks to you, but here are a few of my favorites: Appalachia Waltz, featuring Yo-Yo Ma Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 2nd movement Dona Nobis Pacem, featuring Yo-Yo Ma The Clearing, by Amanda Lindsey Cook Moving On, by Michael Giacchino 3. Change your scenery.  Sit in a church that's not your own, go for a drive, a walk, or a run.  Light a candle.  Walk a beach or walk in the woods.  Carve out the time to listen for God in the quiet. 4. Conversations with God journal: you might start a new page in your prayer notebook, and at the top, write: "God, what would you have me hear from you today?" Then, take a breath and start writing.  If you would benefit from a more structured journal, I highly recommend Emily P. Freeman's The Next Right Thing journal.  5. The Examen, a prayer practice that helps you find God in your daily life.  Fr. James Martin has a wonderful podcast which will help orient you for a time of quiet discernment. 
08:45
January 19, 2021
Is It Okay to Question?
Is It Okay to Question?
Today we’re continuing the process of rebuilding our faith foundation by tackling the question of whether or when or how to question elements of our faith’s teachings, clergy, what we hear or see in Catholic media, and even God Himself. Is it okay to question? Here are some resources and practices I hope will help as you dig deeper into this topic:  1. Open up that “Conversations with God” notebook we’ve talked about and write out your questions or concerns about our faith’s teachings, practices, and public personalities. You don’t have to tackle them all in one sitting (or ever) but getting them out there in writing is a good start.  2. Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans  3. The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen  4. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things, by Sarah Bessey  5. Podcast: More Than Small Talk with Holley Gerth, Suzanne Eller, and Jennifer Watson  6. Podcast: Evolving Faith with Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu
09:20
January 12, 2021
Who is God?
Who is God?
Today we introduce the impossibly big question of Who God Is. I’m grateful to my friend Peter Vaughan-Vail for providing beautiful music for today and upcoming podcasts, and here are some resources I hope will help you explore today's topic. These are available everywhere including libraries and free streaming sources, but I've included a link from Amazon if that helps you find them.  The Chronicles of Narnia 7 book set, by C.S. Lewis  Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis  House on a Hill, an album by Amanda Lindsey Cook
08:02
January 05, 2021
Who Are You?
Who Are You?
In this episode we’re rebuilding our spiritual foundation with one of the most important questions there is. Who are you?
06:41
December 29, 2020
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
In this very introductory episode of Raised Catholic we’re making space for encounter with God inside and outside of the walls of our struggling church.
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December 21, 2020