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Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius

Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius

By Chloe Langr
Join Chloe Langr as she explores how Catholic women embrace their unique feminine genius in their ordinary, daily life.
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A Letter to the Woman Discovering the Feminine Genius

Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius

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A Letter to the Woman Sharing the Beauty of Catholicism
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Katie Bogner. She’s the author of “Through the Year With Jesus - Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children.” We’re diving into how to take some of the most ancient and gorgeous traditions in Catholicism like Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, and the Rosary, and help children encounter the beauty of the faith. I’ve loved following Katie on social media for years, and have so many of her resources pinned, saved, and filed away for future use, so it was such an honor to get to know her story better, and have the chance to introduce you to her as well! Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or a catechist, If the idea of sharing your faith with the kids in your life can feel a little daunting and you’re looking for some practical guidance to help kids encounter the Lord and His Church, sister, this letter is for you. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Get a copy of Katie’s new book, “Through the Year With Jesus” Read more about what the Catechism has to say about Catholic education Check out Katie’s blog Follow Katie on Instagram Discover Chews Life Rosaries for the littlest kids in your life Use the code CHLOE10 at Pillar and Pearl to save 10% on gorgeous Catholic gift boxes Order the new Letters to Women book Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram
39:30
April 19, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Tired of the Money Taboo
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Heather King - you may recognize her name from the writing she does in Magnificat on the witness of holy men and women. She also write about her experience with recovery, and how that healing process has impacted every area of her life - including the way she interacts with money. This was without a doubt one of the best conversations I have ever had on money - and one that I’m going to be re-listening to quite a bit as I continue to sort through my own money wounds and the ways Christ is inviting me to steward the gifts he’s given me. If you’re tired of the lack of good, meaningful conversation about finances and just how we should interact with money as Catholic women, sister, this letter is for you. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Connect with Heather on her website Check out Heather’s book, “Loaded,” which her and I discuss in our conversation Order your copy of the new Letters to Women book! Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15
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April 5, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Walking the Road to Recovery
In today’s episode, I had the absolute joy and honor of sitting down with Paige Rien and we’re talking about how she first encountered God through her journey to recovery in the 12 step program and how her story of conversion and healing parallel so beautifully. The universal need to address our vices and recognize that we are in need of help and a Savior is the perfect topic to dive into together during Holy Week, and I cannot wait to share this episode with you. If you’re battling an addiction and desiring healing or wanting to dive into the topic of healing in a deep and profound way, sister, this letter is for you. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Discover Paige on Instagram Read Paige’s book, “Love the House You’re In” Get your copy of the new Letters to Women book! Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram! Use the code LETTERS15 over at House of Joppa to receive 15% off their gorgeous Catholic home décor!
38:01
March 29, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn't Think She Belongs
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Mary Lenaburg - she’s an incredible women who shares her witness and her journey to healing in an amazingly authentic way.  I truly believe that when each one of us is able to share the story of how God has redeemed the brokenness in our story and in our hearts, it not only gives God glory for the work he does as a divine physician, it also opens up the floor for other women in our own lives to have the courage to do the same. If you’ve ever stuffed part of your story under the rug and avoided the process of healing out of a desire to fit in, sister, this letter is for you. You are worthy of healing, and you belong. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Follow Mary on Instagram and check out her website Order Mary’s latest book, “Be Bold in the Broken” through Ave Maria Press Order your copy of the new Letters to Women book and read Mary’s letter on healing! Follow Letters to Women on Instagram and check out Beth Williby’s Takeover Tuesday tomorrow, March 16th! Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15 Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.
34:33
March 15, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Reading the New Letters to Women Book
My brand new book, "Letters to Women: Embracing the Feminine Genius in Everyday Life" launches TOMORROW, March 9th! I'm so excited to share this book with you, and to celebrate, I wanted to share an exclusive conversation I had with Julia Marie Hogan about the feminine genius and the letter she wrote YOU in the new Letters to Women book. Listen in to hear all about the launch day celebrations happening tomorrow and discover more about what you'll find inside the pages of the new Letters to Women book! Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out with TAN books on March 9, 2021! Unlock the exclusive Letters to Women pre-order miniseries Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram! Join me on Instagram for the launch day giveaway and the live Q&A chat at 8:00pm CT on March 9th!
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March 8, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Overcoming Hospitality Anxiety
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Catherine Fowler Sample and we’re talking about how writing and producing the award-winning documentary The Dating Project inspired her to write an entire book on the importance of connection around a shared meal when it comes to combating the loneliness that so many of us are all too familiar with in today’s world - where we’re connected to so many people via Instagram, but we struggle to connect with the people who live in our homes or are the closest to us. Joseph and I sat down a few weeks ago for our 2021 dream date, where we share about our hopes and dreams for the upcoming year and review what went well and what didn’t go well in 2020 and both of us mentioned that something we really missed was hosting friends on a more regular basis - which got the boot thanks to COVID. But now that we’re God-willing seeing an end to the COVID tunnel, even if it’s still months away, the idea of hosting people again is something that is both exciting and a little intimidating. I think I’m a little rusty! If you’re desiring human connection but are nervous to send out that invite to your friends for a shared dinner together because you’re worried about what you’ll cook, who you’ll invite, and what you’ll talk about, sister, this letter is for you. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: “Gather Together: Recipes and Reflections to Inspire Faith and Friendship around the Table,” Catherine’s new book Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out with TAN books on March 9, 2021! Unlock the exclusive Letters to Women pre-order miniseries Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram! Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15
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March 1, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Start Praying With (and for!) Her Spouse
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Dr. Sarah Bartel and we’re talking about Cana Feast, the marriage ministry she founded with husband, Nathan. She’s giving some really practical, nitty-gritty ways that they’ve found make a difference in couple’s marriages - from how to get over the awkwardness of praying together to making time for each other in seasons of change and prioritizing your marriage when schedules are tight. I know you’re listening to this episode the day AFTER Valentine’s day, but I wanted to share a conversation about some lifelong, daily practices to strengthen your marriage and your prayer life EVERY day of the year, not just on Valentine’s day If you’re a married woman and you want to learn HOW to pray with your spouse, or if you’re not married but feel the Lord calling you to that vocation and you want to know how to prepare your heart for that season, sister, this letter is for you. Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Cana Feast Follow Cana Feast on social media and connect with Dr. Sarah Bartel on her personal Instagram account Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out with TAN books on March 9, 2021! Unlock the exclusive Letters to Women pre-order miniseries Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram! Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15
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February 15, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Rediscovering the Catholic Church
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Mallory Smyth and we’re talking about her journey back to Catholicism, but also some of the big, elephant in the room topics that come up when you share about your Catholic faith with people who have left the Catholic Church - or honestly, could even be topics you struggle with yourself when it comes to living in today’s world as a Catholic woman - I know I’ve wrestled with many of the topics Mallory writes about and that her and I cover in today’s episode. If you’re wrestling with those big questions about the Church, if you’re struggling to feel at home in the Church, if you have one foot out the door, or if you’ve left the faith, sister, this letter is for you! Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: “Rekindled: How Jesus Called Me Back to the Catholic Church and Set My Heart on Fire,” Mallory Smythe’s new book The Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out with TAN books on March 9, 2021! Unlock the exclusive Letters to Women pre-order miniseries Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram!
36:23
February 1, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Working in a Secular Environment
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Veronica Marrinan and we’re talking about the origins of Litany,  an ethical, sustainable, and Catholic women's clothing line that she founded. But we’re also talking about what it’s like to live in New York City in the heart of the fashion industry as a Catholic woman, and how Veronica witnesses to truth through beauty in conversations with those who don’t share her Catholic faith. So often we let lies like “I don’t know enough,” “I’m too busy,” “I don’t have all the answers,” and “I don’t have it all together,” hold us back from sharing about our faith and our relationship with Christ and His Church. If you’re wondering how to evangelize and honor the dignity of those you work with or your friends who aren’t Catholic, sister, this letter is for you! Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Litany The Mary, Mother of the Church Floral Silk Scarf Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out with TAN books on March 9, 2021! Unlock the exclusive Letters to Women pre-order miniseries Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram! Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.
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January 18, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Pray More in 2021
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Emily Wilson and we’re talking all about her brand new weekly devotional for women, how to find time for prayer in busy seasons of life, and her top piece of advice for all of us as we close out 2020 and embark on all the adventures that 2021 has in store. In a season where you are probably hearing about everyone else’s new years resolutions and maybe have thought about making some of your own, Emily and I are sharing the importance of small steps and creating healthy habits for your spiritual life that will last longer than the first few days of January. Because if you’re like me, you can think of many many failed new year’s resolutions that you’ve made in the past. I’ve long admired Emily’s heart for women and she’s a guest I’ve hoped to have on the show for years - but it’s taken that long to coordinate between books being written and babies being born for both of us, so it was a total joy and honor to sit down with her and learn more of her story. If you’re looking to this new year with hope, anticipation, and maybe a little bit of nervousness, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: Emily’s brand new weekly devotional and how she finds time for prayer as a mom of two little boys Why prayer should be a priority Why we’re so hard on ourselves as women and how we can recognize the truth that God sings over our lives How to give thanks for the friends you have The advice Emily would give women looking ahead to 2021 Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Emily’s brand new book, “Awaken My Heart” Saint Pope John Paul II’s “Mulieris dignitatem” (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women) “The Lazy Genius Way” by Kendra Adachi The Hallow App Find Emily on Instagram and YouTube Use the code CHLOE when you purchase gorgeous Catholic homemade accessories from Pink Salt Riot and save 10% off your next order! Pre-order the new Letters to Women book, coming out on March 9, 2021! Connect with Letters to Women on Instagram!
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January 4, 2021
A Letter to the Woman Reclaiming the Title of Homemaker
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Dr. Carrie Gress and we’re talking not only about the beauty (and theology!) of home, but also the beauty of homemaking - a concept that might sound a little outdated - don’t worry, we’re going to get into that, too. There’s a line from the song “Oh Holy Night” that keeps coming to mind - “A weary world rejoices” - and if your year has been anything like mine, it has indeed been a Christmas season I’ve arrived at weary, but also rejoicing. If you’re desiring to be intentional with the home that you create not only this Christmas season but all year round, sister, this letter is for you! Topics we talked about in this episode: How we can reclaim the word “homemaker” Patrick Lenocioni’s three common elements to evaluate job happiness and what the answers mean for homemakers Why there needs to be a re-connection between homes and homemaking Carrie’s advice for single women when it comes to mothering and creating a home Encouragement for the mundane moments of motherhood Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Pre-order your copy of "Letters to Women: Embracing the Feminine Genius in Everyday Life." Enter to win a copy of Theology of Home I, Theology of Home II, and the Theology of Home 2021 Planner Follow the new Letters to Women Instagram account  “Theology of Home II: The Spiritual Art of Homemaking” by Dr. Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering  “The Daily Collection” email from Theology of Home “A Letter to Women About the Most Influential Woman in the World,” my first conversation with Dr. Carrie Gress on the Letters to Women Podcast Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.
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December 21, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Overwhelmed by Her Christmas to-Do List
In today’s episode, Emily Tate and I are have a conversation about being intentional with our Advent, our gift giving, and our traditions in this season. Many of us are blessed with memories of just really perfect gifts that were given to us. This past summer, one of my friends gave me a beautiful birthday gift that included a book on gardening, a book on growing in joy, and book of cello music - plus a gift card to my favorite local coffee shop. I felt so seen and loved by her - she’d seen all of my interests and loves and combined them perfectly. You may also have memories around gifts you’ve given - maybe to a best friend, a sibling, a spouse - something that brought you so much joy to put together for them and that you loved seeing them unwrap. In a season where it’s easy to get caught up in the to-do list aspect of gift giving, or the commercialized gift giving we find ourselves in, this conversation with Emily was so refreshing and such a fun way to start this Advent season. If you are staring at a list of people who you want to give a gift to this Christmas and wondering how to honor those friendships and relationships well with an intentional gift, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: What inspired Emily to found Pillar and Pearl The joy that Emily finds in collaborating with Catholic artisans and other Catholic women who curate boxes for Pillar and Pearl Emily’s tips for intentional gift giving and knowing the temperaments of those you love Creating your own family traditions The joy of remembering intentional gifts that were given to you Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Pillar and Pearl Follow Pillar and Pearl on Instagram “The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life” by Kendra Tierney “A History of the Church in 100 Objects” by Mark Aquilina “The Temperament God Gave You” by Art and Laraine Bennett Be Rooted Bead Co - use code CHLOE15 for 15% off your purchase. Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss updates about the new Letters to Women book, which is being published by TAN books in early 2021
38:34
December 7, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Exhausted and Looking for Rest
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Emily Jaminent and we’re talking about why now is the perfect time to revisit a classic Catholic devotion in the Sacred Heart. You may remember a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hanging in your grandparents or parents' home, but what does devotion to the Sacred Heart really mean for our daily lives as Catholic women? Not only are we talking about some amazing promises Christ made to accompany devotion to The Sacred Heart, Emily and I even dive into our favorite depictions of the Sacred Heart and why art is important in your home. If you’re looking for a place of rest in a year where we’ve felt like we’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: Emily’s grandfather and how he provided images of the Sacred Heart for Mother Teresa Why 2020 is the perfect year to discover a devotion to the Sacred Heart What it means to enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home and in your life Receiving grace from the Sacred Heart and the sacrament of confession How to prepare our hearts to meet Christ in the final moments of life Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: “Secrets of the Sacred Heart” by Emily Jaminet  - use the code JAMINET for a discount at checkout! Welcome His Heart Pink Salt Riot  use the code CHLOE at checkout for 10% off your order Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss the email exclusive cover reveal!
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November 23, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Toppling the Idols in Her Life
In today’s episode I’m sitting down with Kim Zember and we’re talking about same-sex attraction, but really this is a conversation about how we can examine our hearts and our lives and make sure that Christ is the the King of our entire life and topple any idols that are standing in the way on our journey back to His heart and the journey to becoming the women he’s created us to be. We also talk about Kim’s work in Ethiopia, and how serving the women and children there has led to deeper healing in her own life. This is a beautiful conversation, and one I cannot wait to share with you. If you’ve ever felt alone in your attraction towards women as a woman, or are looking for resources and advice on how to lovingly support the women in your life who experience same sex attraction, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: What inspired Kim to write and publish her story in book form The role that missionary work played in Kim’s story of healing and finding rest What encouraged you to keep seeking the truth instead of taking the advice of trusted people in her life who told her her romantic relationships with women were good How to say “no” to things we put before God in our lives as Catholic women Kim’s advice for loving people you know who experience same-sex attraction What Kim would share with someone who is listening who experiences same sex attraction herself Kim’s work with Overcome, a ministry that supports people who experience same sex attraction and supports their families, as well Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Kim’s book, “Restless Heart” Unforgotten Faces Overcome Be Rooted Bead Co - use code CHLOE15 for 15% off your purchase. Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss updates about the new Letters to Women book, which is being published by TAN books in early 2021 Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.
36:04
November 9, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Experiencing "Unexplained" Infertility
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Melissa Buchan and we’re talking about her mission to help women and couples better understand their fertility and manage their reproductive health. Some women (myself included!) have received a diagnosis of "unexplained infertility” from their OB-GYN. This frustrating news has seemingly no answers. But Melissa believes that women deserve to understand and discover the root cause behind the infertility they’re experiencing. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to this “unexplained infertility” diagnosis and you’re ready for answers, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: Melissa’s work as the first Neo Fertility Advisor in the United States Why “unexplained infertility” is actually not a diagnosis How women can learn about their bodies through fertility awareness The connections between body literacy and the ability to embrace the feminine genius in daily life Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Melissa’s website, Chart Your Fertility Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss updates about the new Letters to Women book, which is being published by TAN books in early 2021
38:58
October 26, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Discovering the Feminine Genius
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Melissa Maleski and we’re talking about what Saint Pope John Paul II meant when he called women “sentinels of the invisible.” I’ve spent a lot of time researching what Saint Pope John Paul II said and wrote about women and it wasn’t until I read Melissa’s new book that I even heard of the phrase “sentinels of the invisible.” I loved this conversation about the feminine genius in our daily life and the stories of women throughout the life and history of the Catholic Church. If you’ve ever wondered how the Catholic Church has championed the dignity of women and you want to know more about what the feminine genius means for you today, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: What Saint Pope John Paul II meant when he called women “sentinels of the invisible” Women’s three inclinations towards protection, illumination, and revelation Saints who inspire Melissa to live out the feminine genius in her daily life Having a disposition to maternity as physical and spiritual mothers Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: Melissa’s new book, “The Supreme Vocation of Women” Cardinal Sarah’s book, “God Or Nothing” Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss updates about the new Letters to Women book, which is being published by TAN books in early 2021
35:28
October 12, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Processing Catholic Sex Abuse Scandals
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Karna Lozoya and we’re talking about a brand new podcast that she’s hosting: “Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic  Church.” Karna’s podcast shares about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church: its origins, characters, causes and reforms. She interviews bishops, survivors, reporters, lawyers, and social workers to help navigate a a systemic problem that has plagued the Catholic Church. Conversations about this topic are challenging but absolutely necessary in a journey towards healing - and Karna navigates those conversations with grace and the feminine genius. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the reality of sex abuse within the Catholic Church and don’t know where to look to find the whole story, sister, this letter is for you. Topics we talked about in this episode: A new podcast that Karna is hosting called “Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church” Listening to and honoring the stories of sexual abuse survivors Why we should keep having conversations about sex abuse, even though it’s challenging How to support people who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of clergy Resources you should check out after listening to this episode: “Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church” Subscribe to the Letters to Women newsletter so you don’t miss updates about the new Letters to Women book, which is being published by TAN books in early 2021 Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.
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September 28, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Wondering About Spiritual Direction
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Amanda Zurface and we’re exploring her work as a canon lawyer, her mission as a spiritual director, and how to find joy in your daily life. My favorite part of our time together was her three incredible tips for ways to find joy in your daily life - including an ingenious novena-style journaling exercise that I’m diving into over the next nine days - and you can join me over on Instagram - you can find me @Chloe.Langr. If you’ve ever wondered if looking into spiritual direction is the next step in your spiritual journey, and you’re seeking joy in your daily life, sister, this letter is for you.
37:13
September 14, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Feeling Guilty for Caring About What She Wears
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Emily Lehman and we’re exploring the historical background surrounding the idea that we shouldn’t care about what we wear as women. This conversation made me think back to my undergrad days when I was studying history. It’s so important to remember that the reality of our current situation as Catholic women doesn’t exist in a bubble - there are so many historical events and religious schools of thoughts that have impacted the way we think today. I can’t wait to share this episode with you! If you’ve believed the lie that the right outfit doesn’t matter, or have beat yourself up for caring about your appearance, sister, this letter is for you.
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August 31, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Staying at Home With Kids
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Emily Frase and we’re talking about how to discern staying at home with your kids, being a stay-at-home mom in a world that values productivity, and what self-care looks like when you’re home with littles. I’ve loved getting to know Emily more as a friend in this conversation and it was so much fun to sit down and talk to her about this topic of being a stay-at-home mom. I can’t wait to share her story, her honesty, and her humor with you in today’s episode! If you’re discerning whether or not to stay home with your kids, or you’re looking for encouragement from a mom who is in the trenches alongside you, sister, this letter is for you
34:59
August 17, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Dating a Non-Catholic
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Adele Collins and we’re talking about how to discern a relationship with someone who isn’t Catholic, her marriage with her husband, Ben, and how she lives out the feminine genius as a Catholic wife and mother to seven kids (six daughters and one son!) This conversation with Adele was over a year in the making, and it was such a joy to get to know her better - and I can’t wait to share her story and love of her husband and family with you in today’s episode! If you’re discerning whether or not to date someone who doesn't share your Catholic faith, or you’re married to a non-Catholic and you’re desiring someone to rejoice in the joys and accompany you in the challenges, sister, this letter is for you.
43:42
August 3, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Who Believes She's Isn't Worthy of Wearing
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Nicole Caruso and we’re talking about the origin of Nicole's #WorthyofWearing challenges on Instagram, why self-confidence is contagious, and how to have a balanced approach to self-care as a Catholic woman today. I loved this conversation with Nicole and I can’t wait to share her incredible insight into our closets and confidence as Catholic women. I learned so much about my closet and my heart in my time with her. If you have pushed all of your beautiful clothes to the back of the closet, waiting for the perfect day or event to wear them, sister, this letter is for you.
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July 20, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Feeling Overwhelmed By Home Decorating
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Amanda Weeder and we’re talking about Amanda’s passion for helping tell the story of a home, her tried and true decorating tips (ones that I’d never heard before our conversation together), and why you don’t have to feel guilty as a Catholic woman if you’re wanting a beautiful home to retreat to. I loved this conversation with Amanda and I can’t wait to share her beautiful understanding of not only making our homes places of beauty, but also understanding more about our eternal home in Heaven and how we can journey there as Catholic women. If you’re exhausted from trying to keep up with all of the latest home trends and you’re discouraged by perfect Instagram home inspiration and just desiring to have your home be a place of beauty and rest, sister, this letter is for you.
32:15
July 6, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Thinking About Going to Therapy
In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Maribel Laguna and we’re talking about the beauty of healing from wounds and Maribel’s work with In His Image Counseling Center down in Texas. In my story, there have been several seasons where I’ve seen a Catholic counselor - to work through grief and trauma, and to invest in my marriage. I really enjoyed this conversation with Maribel and I can’t wait to share with you her wisdom and her passion for helping people heal and grow in this episode of Letters to Women. If you’re desiring to heal from wounds and learn more about the work and mission of Catholic counselors, sister, this letter is for you.
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June 22, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Healing from Sexual Abuse
In this episode, Chloe sits down with Kiki Rocha to discuss her story as a sexual abuse survivor. Together, they talk about how this abuse impacted Kiki's relationship with God, what healing looks like in her life, and how we can better support sexual abuse survivors. If you’re longing for healing after surviving sexual abuse, but you feel alone or abandoned, sister, this letter is for you.
34:47
June 8, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Comparing Herself to Her Friends
We all know the stereotypes around friendship with other women - gossip, catty remarks, back stabbing, vicious comments. But you know what? I think that friendship - and I’m talking wholesome, holy, authentic, healthy friendship - with other women is something that is NECESSARY in our lives as women. Friendship with other women isn’t something that’s good for some, not for all, or not worth the effort. I truly believe that we all need friendship with women in our lives - we learn how to be women from other women, whether that’s the women who are accompanying us as we all journey back to Christ’s Sacred Heart, or from the examples of women who have walked this path before us - the saints, and Our Lady. I’m diving into this subject with a familiar voice to the podcast, Ginny Kochis. She came on the show to talk about raising twice exceptional children a few years back, and she’s back today to talk about comparison, impostor syndrome, and how to be authentic in our friendships. If you’ve ever wondered compared your story, your body, your strengths, your gifts, your weaknesses or your life to other women, sister, this podcast episode is for you.
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May 25, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Discerning Who She Is
I don’t know about you, but Coronavirus is setting the discernment stage for me. So much of what I considered “normal” is being called into question, and I’m striving for a healthy discernment of what this “new normal” will look like for my family and myself. I’m so excited to share this conversation with Samantha Povlock, founder and director of FemCatholic. She shares about a brand new digital community she’s created - and we also talk about why women shouldn’t let perfectionism or the seasonality of our lives hold us back from using the gifts God has given us in the ways he’s calling us to use them. If you’re discerning where God is calling you to use the gifts he’s given you, or if you’ve ever felt like you’re on the outside looking in when it comes to Catholic community with women, this letter is for you.
41:22
May 11, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Wondering How to Bear Fruit If She's Infertile
When I was experiencing secondary infertility after losing our son to miscarriage, there was one line at every Catholic wedding that would leave me feeling empty and broken: “Be fruitful and multiply.” It felt like a knife twisting in my heart, and it left me wondering if my infertility meant that my marriage couldn’t be fruitful. If you’ve felt the sting that comes with hearing those words as a woman experiencing infertility, you’ll love this conversation that I had with Mary Bruno about why God allows infertility in some of our stories, but still calls us to bear fruit that will remain. If you’re desiring to learn more about why God is allowing infertility in your life and where he is calling you to be fruitful, this letter is for you.
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April 28, 2020
A Letter to the Woman With an Emptying Nest
An empty nest seems so far off right now - but I know that I’ll blink and we’ll be parents to a teenager. What happens to our hearts as women as our children grow up and begin to lead their own lives? How can we absorb the mixed emotions of anxiety and excitement, grief and hope? Whether you’re a mother who is watching her nest empty, or you’re in the trenches with littles and an empty nest seems like a distant, vague idea in the future, I know you’ll love soaking up Danielle Bean’s wisdom and joy in this episode. If you’re desiring to lean into God during the sacred seasons of motherhood, sister, this letter is for you.
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April 6, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Longing to Encounter Beauty
I first encountered Kate Capato’s art through her painting called The Woman. It depicts Eve and Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s beauty was (and still is!) captivating. It’s an image that I have thought of and taken to prayer many times. Beauty is restorative - and it points us back to the ultimate beauty of God. In today’s conversation, you’ll learn about the power of beauty in your ordinary, daily life as a Catholic woman. Kate and I talk about how God is the ultimate artist, and the ultimate source of creative inspiration. If you’ve longed to encounter beauty and be drawn closer to the Lord’s Sacred Heart through that encounter, sister, this letter is for you.
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March 23, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Wrestling with Shame
Do you long for freedom in your life? Have you wrestled against the knots of sin and shame? It’s easy to believe the lies from the devil that are haunting our hearts as women. The lies that we are too much, or not enough. The lies that everyone sees our brokenness and doesn’t care, or that people would run away if they knew the pain on our heart. But Christ sings truth over our stories. And he invites us to freedom. I loved the chance to sit down with Carrie Schuchts Daunt and talk about her brand new book: "Undone: Freeing Your Feminine Heart from the Knots of Fear and Shame." If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by shame or afraid of vulnerability, sister, this letter is for you.
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March 9, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Embracing Her Cross
I once heard a cross described as something in your life that you don’t want, you didn’t choose, and you don’t like. And I don’t know what cross you’re carrying in your ordinary life as a Catholic woman, but I know you’re carrying one, sister. So as we get ready to enter into Lent, I hope this episode with Therese Williams inspires you to not just resign yourself to your cross, but to lean into it and to embrace it. Whatever cross you’re carrying, sister, this letter is for you.
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February 19, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Struggling With Body Image
Innocent. Guilty. Good. Bad. Isn’t it interesting that we describe our food that way? “Good” and “Bad” are also words that I’ve heard used to describe the shape of our bodies as women - even though we know that God looks at our bodies and sees that He made them good - always. In today’s episode, Elizabeth Varga (The Plant Based Catholic) and I are diving deep into the way that we as women talk about food, diets, and our bodies. Just as a heads up, we’re going to be honest about health habits and maintaining a health relationship with food. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, know that you're not alone. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life.  While I was struggling with healthy eating, I visited a doctor and brought the issues to my counselor as well - and there is no shame in that. Sometimes what we struggle with is bigger than ourselves and asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but an incredible demonstration of bravery. If you need to talk to a professional about your struggle, you can reach out through the National Eating Disorder Association hotlines and live chats.
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February 10, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Navigating Postpartum
One of my favorite podcasts that I listened to in the early hours of the morning during feedings with tiny baby Maeve was “Coffee and Crumbs” – it was honest, raw, and I found myself stifling laughter as the women on the show shared their stories of marriage and motherhood. A phrase I will never forget from one of their episodes is this one: “Postpartum is forever.” It struck me, as I sat there cradling a tiny sweet newborn, that that was right. I will always be Maeve’s mom, and I will always have given birth. Postpartum brings so many changes. There’s recovery from birth, adjusting to a new baby in the house, setting boundaries, managing expectations, juggling meal time, so so little sleep, and the beauty of a new life. In today’s episode, we’re talking all things postpartum. Whether you’re a new mom entering into that postpartum season yourself or someone near and dear to you is giving birth soon and you’re wondering how to help, this letter is for you!
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January 27, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Overwhelmed by Fertility Awareness Options
How can we get better at self care? The answer may be unexpected, but in today's episode, I sit down with Bridget Busacker to talk about why fertility awareness is one of the best self-care habits women can form - and a solution I can personally attest to myself. We’re also talking about the science and theology behind fertility awareness, why it’s good to know how your body works, and why your fertility isn’t a burden. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the how and the why behind fertility awareness, this episode is for you.
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January 27, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Looking for Home
Home is where we live. But the word ‘home’ means a lot more than just the four walls that we call ours. This past summer, Joseph and I bought our first home and sometimes the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the word “home” is now, how every broken toilet, leaking laundry room, poorly insulated door, roach infested stove, and sinkhole in the backyard is ours to take care of and fix. Yes, there is a sinkhole in our backyard. It’s crazy. This is what no one prepared me for before I signed on the dotted line of the mortgage papers. But, what we’re striving for here in the Langr home, lovingly referred to as the Guadalupe house, is a domestic church - something that points those who enter back to the heart of the Father. Domestic Church isn’t the phrase the comes to mind when dishes are piling up, laundry is really piling up, but that’s what were called to every day - and what we’re called to invite others into. Your home isn’t too messy to invite others into. It’s not too small, either. Let’s explore this idea of home together, and challenge the way that we think about the places where we live.
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January 20, 2020
A Letter to the Woman Worried She Isn't Mom Enough
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re not doing enough. Maybe you worry you’re not spending enough time with your kids, especially during the holiday season. Maybe you worry you’re not mom enough. I know I have. That’s why I’m excited to dig into perfectionism and motherhood today with you. At first glance, this may seem like a podcast episode just for mothers of children, grown or growing. But what I love about this conversation is that it applies to all women, because we’re all called to maternity, whether that’s physical or spiritual. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the root of perfectionism comes from for mothers, why some failure is inevitable, and how you can embrace the guilt. Yep, you heard me right. So pour a cup of coffee (I’m on my second of the morning, so you’re in good company), settle in - today’s episode is a letter to the women who doesn’t think she’s mom enough.
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December 16, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn't Think She's Creative
As you may be able to tell from the title of this podcast, John Paul II’s “Letter to Women” that he penned in 1995 is one of my favorite things that he wrote during his papacy. But he also wrote another letter that we’re diving into in this episode. It’s called the Letter to Artists. There are so many quotes I could pull from this letter that I love, but one in particular struck me: “All artists experience the unbridgeable gap which lies between the work of their hands, however successful it may be, and the dazzling perfection of the beauty glimpsed in the ardour of the creative moment.” For a lot of us, this idea of being an artist, experiencing and interacting with creativity can cause us to squirm. Some of us struggle to see ourselves as creative, and I think there’s a lot of shame around this idea of creativity in today’s world. Maybe you were told to focus on something that pays the bills. Or maybe someone told you that you weren’t creative enough. Maybe you have art scars to heal from. We have to be able to experience creativity in some shape or form in our life. We can’t just consume creative works. We have to contribute to the beauty found in today’s world. In today’s episode, I sit down with Anna Camacho. We talk about her passion for creativity, her attention to detail, and the unique way she’s adding beauty to the world. We also discuss healing from shame around creativity.
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October 17, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Too Busy to Pray
There are a lot of myths about the Catholic Church floating around out there, but two that I hear quite a bit are first, the Catholic Church hates women, and second that a life of prayer and holiness is something that you’re not going to be able to attain unless your a big shot like John of the Cross, Edith Stein, or Catherine of Siena. This week on Letters to Women, Kathyrn Jean Lopez and I dive in deep to how the Catholic Church honors and empowers women like nobody else, and how every single one of us is invited to union with God and a deep, rich prayer life.
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September 26, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Looking at Her Bank Account
When you open up your bank statement or your credit card bill, do you cringe? You’re not alone if you’d rather avoid looking at the balance of your checking account. After all, a majority of us are sifting through things like student loan debt and credit card debt. You may even be realizing that your money worries are acting like a barrier between you and God when it comes to trusting him. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In today’s episode, Victoria and I are discussing all things money. Yep, we’re going there. Let’s leave behind this idea that talking about money is taboo or impolite. From paying off debt to growing in deeper communication with God about our finances, I loved this conversation. If the word “budget” makes you squirm, this episode is for you.
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September 12, 2019
A Letter to the Woman With a Heart for Those Who Suffer
How do we serve those who suffer? In today's episode, Jacque Anderson and I discuss what it looks like to see the face of Christ in those who are suffering around us, and how to not turn away. She shares about her work with Emmaus Ministries, who serve men in survival prostitution situations on teh streets of Chicago.
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August 29, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Moving from Fear to Freedom
I don’t have any tattoos, but if I was to ever get one, I know exactly what it’d be – the words “Be not Afraid,” written in the handwriting of John Paul II. Those words are so dear to my heart that they’re engraved on the inside of both Joseph and I’s wedding band. John Paul II begin his amazing papacy with that brave cry. Throughout my story as a Catholic woman, his words encouraged me to let go of the fear that paralyzed me and exchange it for trust in the Lord. To trust in His divine providence and mercy. Little by little, I’ve learned to let go of what makes me afraid and ask God for the grace of trust. This doesn't meant that everything make sense and I'm never afraid. But the phrase "Be Not Afraid" has been with me through so many trials. In today’s episode of Letters to Women, I’m talking with Kaitlyn Clare Mason about how to move from fear to freedom. She shares the five keys things that have helped her in her own interior life, and we talk about her amazing ministry that helps women encountering unexpected pregnancy situations.
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August 15, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Criticizing Herself
Did you know that women criticize themselves an average of eight times a day? Eight times a day. We’re more likely to see beauty and goodness in the lives of those around us than we are to catch a glimpse of it in our own lives. If you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror and listed off the litany of things you see that you think are wrong, then you’re not alone. So how do start talking to ourselves and about ourselves like someone we love? In today’s episode, I sit down with Patty Breen, a woman who is passionate about ecumenism, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, ministry to divorced Catholics, and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction.
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August 1, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Struggling to Surrender Everything to God
“O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!” Do those words bring comfort, or do they make you squirm? If you’re like me (type A control freak here), those words can be a hard pill to swallow. But Christ calls us to surrender everything, to hold nothing back, and to trust him completely. But what about when he doesn’t fulfill the desires of your heart - even the desires he placed on your heart? What about when trusting him is hard and you want to grasp onto your plans? In today’s episode, I sit down with Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a woman who has inspired me with her radical surrender.
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July 18, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Who Thinks Spiritual Motherhood is a Consolation Prize
Does your heart know the pains of motherhood that doesn't quite look like what you thought it would? Has Christ called you to marriage, but not introduced the second part of that vocational equation into your life yet? Is your little saint in Heaven, too? Does the experience of infertility weigh heavy on your heart? Does physical motherhood not quite look like what you had dreamed of? Is Christ calling you to be His bride alone, asking you to sacrifice physical motherhood in a vocation to consecrated life?  If any of these situations are close to your heart, it may feel like the call to spiritual motherhood is a second-rate motherhood. But that couldn't be further from the truth.  In this episode, I sit down with Danielle Bean and we talk about why the universal call to motherhood applies to all women, how “mother” is a verb, and why you’re made for maternity as a woman, even if you don’t feel maternal. This episode was brought to you by Stay Close to Christ, a Catholic gift company! Use the code LETTERS for 10% off your next order.
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June 13, 2019
A letter to the woman searching for her passion
What are you passionate about? Maybe it’s music, cooking, spending time with friends, or reading a good book. But your passion shouldn’t just be something that you enjoy in the spare moments of your day or just on the weekend. After all, our passions aren’t supposed to exist in a vacuum. Instead, the things that inspire us are meant to draw us closer to the Lord and closer to those around us on a daily basis. So just how do you take your passion to a deeper level of service? Today, I’m talking with Katie Lynch. She’s the founder of Kate+Grace boutique, an online clothing shop with a unique mission to serve women and bring joy. We talk about the story behind her boutique, how to practice the corporeal works of mercy in our own community, and why it’s important to bring our passions to prayer.
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May 30, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Facing the Unexpected
When you go through an unexpected change or struggle, you may find yourself thinking about life in terms of “before” and “after.” When Alexa Hyman reflects on her journey over the past two years, she remembers her life before and after February 17, 2017, when she found out she was expecting a baby girl. Sharing our unique stories can help others feel less alone, and that’s Alexa’s goal. Each one of us has our own unique story of joy and struggle, our “Februaries.” So how do we be brave and face that struggle head on? Alexa is leading the way with a conversation about beauty, meaning, conversation, community, and heart. Because we’re all facing our own February, or have one that is yet to come. Alexa is a passionate Catholic woman and mom who knows the value of being there for people. She’s also the creator behind Back in February, where she shares the journey of single motherhood. We talk about her unexpected pregnancy with her daughter, Renley, and how her experience inspired her to minister to other women going through unexpected struggles.
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May 16, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Searching for Authentic Happiness
Happiness on this earth comes in many forms. I find happiness in my marriage, trips, hikes in the mountains, spring weather (minus the allergies), a good song that comes on my Spotify playlist, and a good cup of cold coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. But we're made for transcendent happiness, the kind that nothing on this world can fulfill. What do our desires for happiness here on earth teach us about the life to come? Today, I sit down and talk with Rose Sweet about how we can search for (and find!) authentic happiness and true joy. This episode was brought to you by Sudio headphones. Use to code letters15 to receive 15% of your purchase of your next set of headphones, and enjoy Sudio’s free world-wide shipping.
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May 2, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Defining Her Personal Style
Today’s world is confused about the very basics: the value of human life, the meaning and purpose of sexuality, why beauty matters, and what exactly constitutes as true freedom. In this episode, I’m talking with Mary Sheehan Warren, who teaches consumer behavior and fashion marketing at the Catholic University of America. She’s also the leader of the Fashion Intelligence Project, an organization dedicated to human dignity and sustainable fashion consumption. We talk about what’s changed in recent years when it comes to our culture and the way we communicate as women, defining our personal style, and why human dignity should be valued at all costs.
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April 18, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Navigating Social Media Today
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, iTunes, the list goes on and on. When it comes to navigating today’s world of social media as Catholic women, we almost need a field guide. How do we avoid getting sucked into the time warp that is Instagram scrolling? When do we need to step away and when do we need to step up and speak up? Today, I’m talking with two Catholic social media influencers, Sarah and Amy. They’re two women who create Catholic content online, and they share their stories, tips, and tricks for interacting with social media. We talk about building up others, listening to the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and honing in on your passions while remaining authentic. This episode was brought to you by Stay Close to Christ, a Catholic gift company! Use the code LETTERS for 10% off your next order.
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April 4, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Who's Afraid of Not Being Enough
From a very early age, women are told both explicitly and implicitly that their worth is determined by what they look like. Our world offers a standard of beauty and as women, we spend a lot of our time measuring ourselves up to that standard. I remember distinctly being twelve years old and trying on clothes in my room. I looked in the mirror and I can remember thinking “You aren’t beautiful. You don’t look like the women in advertisements. You don’t even look like the women you know. You aren’t beautiful.” Leah Darrow appeared on America’s Next Top Model and was in a successful modeling career. But she discovered how a focus on physical beauty alone lead to a culture of use. Today, Leah and I talk about how true and lasting beauty can only be found in a relationship with God. The desire that we have for beauty isn’t a bad thing – but it does reveal that we actually are desiring true beauty, the beauty of God. I hope you enjoy the show!
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March 21, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Filling Out Her Online Dating Profile
Swipe left, swipe right. Online dating is growing more popular by the day, but is it for you? I loved visiting with Christina Peterson in today’s show. She met her husband, Greg, online and shared their story along with her favorite tips and hints when it comes to filling out your online dating profile. This podcast episode is packed with practical information and real life online dating success stories - enjoy!
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March 14, 2019
A Letter to the Woman In a Long Distance Relationship
Long distance relationships can be intimidating. Your family members and friends may discourage you from trying long-distance love, encouraging you to protect your heart. Others may tell you not to take your new relationship seriously, since you aren’t going to your significant other very much. While long distance relationships aren’t easy, they definitely are possible. You may combat loneliness and communication issues, but it’s possible to thrive in a long distance relationship. In today’s episode, Mindy Fitterling talk about the unique challenges and joys of long distance dating, and how long distance relationships can be a beautiful way to prepare you for marriage.
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February 21, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Wondering If She Can Be a Catholic Feminist
Is it possible to be both a Catholic and a feminist? Claire Swinarski, writer and creator of The Catholic Feminist podcast, believes it is: “I’m a feminist for the same reason I’m bold and honest and sometimes ragey: because Jesus was all of those things.” But just how do women share their unique gifts and genius with the Body of Christ? What women can we look to as examples throughout history of women who championed Christ and the Church? In our conversation today, Claire points out that both feminists and Catholics desire to make the world a better, fairer place. Claire also pinpoints the areas where modern feminism goes too far, arguing against abortion and exploring what it means to serve others rather than focus on our own needs first. So what does it mean to be a Catholic feminist? I think Claire brings a lot of great answers and conversation to the table. I enjoyed our episode and can’t wait to share it with you.
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February 7, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Getting Out of Her Comfort Zone
In a message delivered on May 20, 2013 Pope Francis, said: “When it comes to living out this message, the best way is by going out of one’s comfort zone.” He went on to say, “This is dangerous. We lock ourselves in our parish, with our friends, in our movement, with those who think just like we do. But you know what happens? When the Church is closed off, it gets sick.” Pope Francis also said: “today’s world needs many witnesses. Not so much teachers, as witnesses. It’s not about just talk. It’s about talking through your actions. Living a coherent life. It’s precisely about a coherent life.” When it comes to living out this message, the Pope said the best way is by going out of one’s comfort zone. It’s the beginning of a new year, and you may be feeling the urge to get out of your comfort zone. Maybe that means trying something new, or traveling. Maybe you want to conquer fears this year, or make sure you’re not settling for anything less than a magnanimous life. In today’s episode, we’re talking about comfort zones, being honest in our relationship with the Lord in prayer, and how to encourage healthy vulnerability in your life and in your friendships.
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January 24, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Wondering What Her Gifts Are
We live in a world that is full of people who think that faith and the gifts that God gives each of us are irreverent. In fact, many in today’s society would go so far as to say that we no longer even need God. Those people are wrong.But what if you’re struggling to see what gifts he has given you? I’m not talking about the gifts of relationships or the gifts of a good job, all of which are beautiful things. I’m talking about the charisms that he placed on your heart and soul at the moment of baptism, the gift that he wants to use to transform you, and then transform others around you. What would our world look like if we each lived out those charisms to the brim? Today on the podcast, Jill Simon of Pink Salt Riot and I are going to talk about why your charisms are important, how to discern the particular gifts God has given you, and how to give back to others through that gift. I loved this conversation, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
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January 10, 2019
A Letter to the Woman Struggling with an All-Male Priesthood
The Catholic Church doesn’t allow women to become priests. If that’s something that frustrates you as a Catholic, or as a woman, don’t walk away from the Church because of this fact. But also don’t ignore the fact that you’re frustrated. When tough topics in the Catholic Church come up in conversation, it’s tempting to shy away from those conversations, or to brush it all under the rug, saying, “Well, that’s just how it is. We have to accept it because of faith.” Instead, let’s have those vulnerable discussions where we admit that we don’t understand where the Church is coming from sometimes, but we know that we can find answers and find community in those struggles. If you’ve found truth, goodness, and beauty in the Church but still struggle with some of her teachings, you’re not alone. Today, we’re going to have a conversation about the all-male priesthood, and especially what that means for Catholic women. But I’m really excited to bring Johnna Wilford back on the podcast. She offers an incredibly unique perspective to the conversation and it was wonderful to hear her thoughts on the subject.
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December 27, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who's a Working Mom
If you’re a Catholic mom who works, you’re not alone (even though it can sometimes feel like it!) In this episode, JoAnna Wahlund of The Catholic Working Mother talks about what the Church has to say about working mothers, finding peace when you don’t want to work and would rather stay home, living to the fullest when you do want to work, how to discern whether to work or not, and many other topics. This is a subject near and dear to my heart as I’m starting on this discernment process myself with the littlest Langr due in May. I know that I’ll be returning to this episode in a few months as I continue to discern, and I hope our conversation is helpful for you, as well!
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December 13, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Stressed About Advent
Did anyone else take a quick peek at the calendar and realize that Advent starts soon, then promptly start to freak out? Surely I can’t be the only one. Although it’s meant to be a season of preparing our hearts, minds, and homes for a little baby born in Bethlehem, Advent tends to end up being a season of stress instead of calm preparation. The holiday to-do list grows longer and longer by the day, and before we know it, we’ll be lighting that first purple candle. Take a deep breath, friend. We’ve got this. If “Advent” is synonymous to “nervous” and “anxious,” I hope today’s conversation with Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, empowers you with ways to prepare and calm your heart for the upcoming liturgical season.
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November 29, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn't Think She's Enough
It’s easy to get distracted by this world and doubt that God REALLY loves us. Log onto Instagram or any of your social media accounts and you’ll probably be met with messages that you’re not enough. You’re told that you’re not pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, sexy enough, rich enough, successful enough, and we don’t have enough friends. In a world that tries to sell us all of these fleeting temporary things and make us hustle for our worth, we have to remember that we’re made for the eternal, and we’re held in existence by God’s incredible love. In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about how God’s love for us uniquely as women is a message he’s been telling us from the beginning of time. In today's episode I sit down and visit with Catholic author, blogger, and podcast Danielle Bean and we talk about how we as women are enough!
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November 15, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Afraid to Share Her Faith
Afraid you don't know enough to share your faith? Cathy Duffy encourages women today to be courageous and share their faith. You don't have to know all the answers. One of the most beautiful things I took away from our conversation is that the biggest key to evangelization is listening rather than talking. I hope that this episode encourages you to share your faith with someone today!
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November 1, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Desiring to Grow in Relationship with Christ
It can be hard to find time in busy schedules to renew your faith and inspire your spirit. And, as busy as your life is, you’re probably used to being pulled this way and that, and having countless people depend on you. The good news is that you don’t have to wonder anymore if you’ll ever find a community of like-minded women. And you can stop the search for the perfect Scripture passages to pray through, and the wondering if you’ll ever find time to pray. All you’ll need is Blessed is She, a beautiful community of women, delivered to you inbox daily, every morning. MaryRuth Hackett, the director of operations for Blessed Is She, joins me today to talk about the founding days of Blessed Is She, the importance of community, and how to invest into friendships in your life as a Catholic woman. Blessed Is She has been such a gift to my life as a Catholic woman, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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October 18, 2018
A Letter to the Mom Who Keeps Telling Her Kids to Say Thank You
“Do you need help with that?" “Go say thank you." “Wait a minute." “Eat your food." What if we took all of those statements that we may find ourselves repeating to our kids or kids we are blessed with in our lives as aunts, god moms, and grandmothers and applied them to ourselves and our life with God? Lindsay Schlegel and I talk about phrases that we frequently find ourselves saying as parents and how our faith and our life can change when we imagine God saying those things to us, his little daughters. Living out our feminine genius as mothers, whether that’s spiritually or physically, can show us more about our own role as a daughter of God. I loved thinking about these common phrases in a whole new light – so if you’re someone who finds herself repeating phrases over and over to littles in your life, this episode is for you! I hope you enjoy it.
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October 4, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Learning How to Love Herself
Self-care is a concept that our culture has commercialized and misunderstood. But just what is a healthy, holy understanding of taking care of ourselves? This week, I sit down with Julia Hogan, MS, LCPC to talk about why it’s okay to start with you. She shares tips on how to assess your self-care routine, how to improve areas that are a little messy, and how to learn to love yourself.
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September 20, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Comparison
If you’ve spent too much time scrolling through Instagram or any other form of social media and have fallen into the trap of comparing your life to the lives of other women, you’re not alone. And if you’ve fallen into that trap of comparison in real life too, you’re for sure not alone.So what can we do about it? We know we have a comparison problem. How do we tackle it?My guest today is Emily Hannon, and we’re going to spend this whole episode talking about how social media can be transformed into a bridge, how we can recognize the beauty of our own story, and how to compliment the women in our life and reject the lies of comparison.
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September 6, 2018
A Letter to the Woman in the Second Half of Life
Dear sister - the world tells you that as you age, you become less worthy. Your shoved in the corner once you hit the world's 'expiration date'. Don't believe that lie. The culture has hijacked beauty by trying to sell it back to us as if we didn't already own it. I can't wait to share with you tips from Lisa Mladinich (from WOMAN on the Shalom World TV network) on how we can dig even deeper into the feminine genius in the second half of life.
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August 23, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Starting Freshman Year of College
In this episode I sit down with Carolyn Shields, the founder of The Young Catholic Woman and a campus minister at Penn State. We talk about how college is both exciting and nerve-wracking and give tips and hints for friendship, relationships, and your prayer life! This is the episode I wish I would have heard my freshman year back in 2013, and I'm so excited to share it with you today.
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August 9, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who's An Introvert
In this episode, I sit down with Sarah Burns and we talk about the challenges and the beauty involved with being an introvert. We chat about when we first discovered we were introverts. The world may paint introversion is a bad light, but we're striving to break that stereotype and thrive with our introverted personality. Take a listen to learn how to dive deeper into your prayer life as an introvert, how to interact with others in a healthier way, and how to embrace silence.
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July 26, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Living in Today's Throw-Away Culture
In this episode, I visit with Haley Stewart. Haley, her husband Daniel, and their three littles moved down to Waco, Texas to spend a year working a farm. That experience radically changed how Haley viewed the word 'success' and opened her eyes up to what Pope Francis calls the 'throw-away culture'. She shares the story of moving to the farm and how we can be better stewards of the earth God has given us.
40:55
July 12, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Experiencing Pregnancy After a Loss
This episode, I visit with Laura Kelly Fanucci, the blogger behind ‘Mother Spirit.’ Laura has lost children to infant loss and miscarriage, and found that there weren’t many resources available for women experiencing pregnancy after a devastating loss. We talk about the spiritual side of pregnancy after loss and why this is a conversation that needs to happen more in the lives of women.
41:38
June 28, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Discerning an Annulment
In this episode, I visit with Lisa Duffy. She experienced an unwanted divorce and has she went through the annulment process as a source of healing. She talks about what an annulment is (and what it isn't!) and talks us through the changes that Pope Francis introduced. I hope this episode helps clear up some myths about Catholic annulments and explains the squishy process of divorce and annulments.
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June 14, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who Owns Her Own Business
In this episode, I sit down with Emily Ricci. Shes' the founder and president of Gloriam Marketing, a business she started just a few days before she got engaged. We talk about the nitty gritty of starting your own business, and how Emily balances her schedule to keep Christ at the center.
35:33
May 31, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Longing for Gratitude
In this episode, I visit with Dr. Susan Muto about the importance of gratefulness in a consumer driven world. She reminds us that being grateful doesn't mean being like Pollyanna, but instead, it means diving into the way of saints and Christians mystics like Julian of Norwich, Therese of Lisieux, and Dorothy Day.
37:36
May 17, 2018
A Letter to the Imperfect Catholic Mom
In this episode, I sit down with Colleen Duggan, who wrote the book 'Good Enough is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom'. We talk about how we don't have to have it all together as Catholic parents, how we can strive to sainthood as parents despite our messiness, and how to reject the lies that the culture throws at us about how we should parent.
39:43
May 10, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn't Have it All Together
In this episode, Sarah Swafford and I discuss how we’re all called to a life of virtue. We chat about how none of us have it together, and when we say we’re ‘fine’, we actually mean that we’re Freaked out, Insecure , Nervous, and Exhausted. We also visit about emotional virtue and what that looks like (regardless of where you’re at in life).
49:43
May 3, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Experiencing Infertility
I was blessed with an opportunity to visit with Connie Poulos and chat about her experience with infertility as a Catholic woman. If you're a woman who experiences infertility, she wants you to know that you're not alone. You're His daughter.
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April 19, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who's Grieving
In this episode, I visit with Paula D'Arcy. She's a retreat leader, former psychotherapist, and best-selling author. We discuss how her life is marked with sorrow - including the loss of her husband and daughter to a drunk driving accident forty years ago. Her story is a witness to hope and she speaks about how to navigate the complex stages of grief.
36:41
April 5, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Raising Twice Exceptional Children
In this episode, I sit down and visit with Ginny Kochis from Not So Formulaic. We talk about Today on the podcast, Ginny Kochis from Not so Formulaic and I visit about her parenting journey and how she and her husband navigated decisions in their parenthood journey. She shares how finding out that her daughter was twice exceptional has impacted their lives and how important it is to find great community.
37:39
March 22, 2018
A Letter to the Woman with the Cluttered Closet
In this episode, I sit down with Mary Elizabeth Sperry to tackle the subject of de-cluttering. We all have that ONE closet that we dread looking at. Mary Elizabeth's latest book, "Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life" provides practical tips for how to clean out our junk drawers and examine our consciences all at the same time.
43:34
March 8, 2018
A Letter to Women About the Most Influential Woman in the World
In this episode, I visit with Dr. Carrie Gress, a Catholic wife, mother, and best-selling author. We discuss her latest book, 'The Marian Option', and why Marian devotion is the answer to so many of the world's problems today. As a woman who studied history in college, I loved the depth of Dr. Carrie's research, and I think you will, too!
36:21
February 22, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Celebrating Her First Year of Marriage
Joseph joins me as we discuss our first year of marriage. We answer all the questions you had for us, as well as tell the story of how we met. I laughed so much while listening to this episode - I hope you'll like it, too!
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February 19, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who Thinks She Isn't Worthy
In this episode, I sit down with Liz Sams and Janine McGann, the women behind the film "Speaking to Sparrows". We talk about how we can reject the lie that we're not enough, find our identity in Christ, and discover ways to share our stories in safe and holy ways. You'll love these women and their amazing creativity!
46:39
February 8, 2018
A Letter To Women About Breaking Stereotypes
Lizzy Dowd is a passionate young woman who is not afraid to ask deep questions and say what's on her heart. I got the chance to visit with her and talk about how she's breaking stereotypes surrounding gender, the Catholic faith, and the pro-life movement. You'll love her stories - and her laughter is contagious!
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January 25, 2018
A Letter to the Woman Who Is Bored at Mass
I sit down and talk with Kassie Manning, the co-creator of the Every Sacred Sunday Mass journal. We talk about what to do if you find Mass boring, tools to help you dive deeper into the beauty of Catholicism, and how Every Sacred Sunday came to be!
29:33
January 11, 2018
A Letter to the Mother of Saints in Heaven
I sit down with Amy Thomas and we talk about what it's like to parent saints. Both of us have lost littles through miscarriage and are battling the fear that comes after those losses. If you've lost babies through miscarriage, or know someone who is grieving about a miscarriage, this podcast episode is for you.
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December 28, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read the Bible
In this episode, I visit with Sonja Corbitt, the Bible Study Evangelista. We talk about her amazing conversion to the Catholic Church, and why more Catholics need to delve into Scripture. She gives great tips and practical ways to encounter Christ in His word.
35:21
December 14, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Running Towards Christ
In this episode, Johnna from Catholic Women Run joins me and we visit about her conversion to the Catholic faith, how she finds Christ in running, how to avoid making fitness an idol, and a special challenge she has for women during Advent!
35:36
November 30, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Desiring Virtuous Friendships
In this episode, I visit with Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet about their latest book together, "The Friendship Project". We talk about saints, virtues, and they give practical tips about how to invest into the women in your lives.
40:32
November 16, 2017
A Letter to the Single Woman (When All Her Friend Are Dating)
In this episode, I interview Dain Finney, a single Catholic woman who works at Benedictine College. We visit about how Christ calls us to rest in His plan during the season of singleness, and how to rejoice with our friends who are in Godly relationships and not give into the temptation of jealously.
40:41
November 2, 2017
A Letter to the Woman with Nothing to Wear
In this episode, I interview Kelly Nugent, who leads my women's bible study here in Kansas City. She has a passion for fashion and Jesus, and we discuss authenticity, modesty, and how to put Christ at the center of our lives. Get it, boo.
34:43
October 19, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Looking for a Hero
In this episode, I interview Maria Morera Johnson, author of "My Badass Book of Saints" and "Super Girls and Halos". We chat about how sainthood is not boring, and how the saints are amazing models of how to live a life of virtue.
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October 5, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Wondering About Feminism
In this episode, I interview Samantha Povlock, the founder of FemCatholic, a website dedicated to exploring the intersection of Catholicism and Feminism. We visit about her journey with feminism and how to explore our own femininity.
46:35
September 21, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Desiring Fuller Feminine Friendships
In this episode, I interview Katrina Even, a passionate woman who has a heart for women's ministry. We chat about how to foster intentional friendships with the women in our lives and how to reject the lie that friendships with women are full of catty sarcasm and backstabbing.
56:17
September 7, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Pornography and Masturbation
In this episode, I interview Bethany Swanson, a stay-at-home-wife who blogs over at Strengthen My Heart. We visit about her past addiction to masturbation, and how pornography and masturbation addictions are not just 'guys' issues'.
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August 24, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read More
In this episode, I interview Sarah Burns, who I lovingly refer to as my adopted big sister. Since I met her two years ago, I've loved her book recommendations. We visit about the role books play in her life and her favorite book characters who live out the feminine genius.
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August 10, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Preparing for Marriage
In this episode, I interview Sarah Lundgren, a Roman Huskies Missionary at Northern Illinois University. She's been engaged since the Easter Vigil and we talk about how wedding planning is going - but more importantly, how to focus on preparing for the sacrament of marriage.
43:17
July 27, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Experiencing Same Sex Attraction
In this episode, I interview Kelsie Gartner, an incredibly authentic woman who talks about her experience with same sex attraction and her search for the truth.
40:24
July 13, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Depression
In this episode, I interview Kaitlyn Simon, an amazingly vulnerable woman who talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety.
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June 29, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Know More About Her Fertility
In this episode, I interview Breanna Elley, a Nebraska Fertility Practitioner who teaches Creighton Model Natural Family Planning. We visit about contraception, the pill, NFP, and why charting your cycle is the best thing you can do for self-care as a woman.
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June 15, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Share Jesus
In this episode, I interview Mary Khadivi, a missionary with Saint Paul's Outreach. We discuss how the feminine genius impacts her mission work. Music: "Golden Sunrise" by Josh Woodward From the Free Music Archive CC BY 3.0
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May 30, 2017
A Letter to the Woman Who Made Me
In this episode, I interview Mary Mooradian, my mom, and ask her about spiritual motherhood and how she lives out the feminine genius in her ordinary life. Music: "Golden Sunrise" by Josh Woodward From the Free Music Archive CC BY 3.0
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May 30, 2017
The Original Letter to Women
In this first podcast, I talk about Saint John Paul II's "Letter to Women" and introduce the podcast series. Music: "Golden Sunrise" by Josh Woodward From the Free Music Archive CC BY 3.0
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May 26, 2017