Abiding Together
Abiding Together
Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, Sister Miriam James Heidland
Providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.
S14 E1 - Word of the Year
This episode continues our annual tradition of sharing our Word of the Year! Each year, we ask God to give us a theme to focus on for the new year and invite you to do the same. After personal prayer and reflection, we share what our words for 2024 mean to us and chat about how our words from last year have impacted our lives. At the beginning of the episode, we also share an announcement about this year’s Lenten book study. We are excited to be back and look forward to seeing what this season will bring.    Heather’s One Thing - Her husband Jake’s upcoming course on our God-given Identity. Register here! Sister Miriam’s One Thing - The Trini-Tea tea party, a ladies tea party in Front Royal, VA on January 27, 2024 to benefit the SOLT Sisters’ Motherhouse Campaign. You are invited! Register for the event here. Michelle’s One Thing - Her 2023 reading recommendation list!   Announcement: We are excited to announce that our Lenten book study will be: A Time of Renewal: Daily Reflections for the Lenten Season by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. Visit our website for more information!   Journal Questions: If you had a word for 2023, what did God teach you through that word? Take some time to reflect and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your word of the year. You could start with a scripture or just silence. After prayer and reflection, what is your word of the year? How does your 2024 word of the year build upon previous words of the year or seasons? Who can you discuss your word with and remind them of their word throughout 2024?   Discussion Questions: What themes has God been using as an opportunity to encounter Him? Are there specific scriptures, saints, or quotes that will serve as a guide or reminder of your word during the year? What is one change you can make in the coming year to be more open to the will of God? How can you place tangible reminders of your word in your daily life?   Quote to Ponder: "For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice." (T.S. Eliott)   Scripture for Lectio:  "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit." (Psalm 51:10-12)  Sponsor - Franciscan University: One of only 15 faithfully Catholic universities endorsed by the Cardinal Newman Society, Franciscan University of Steubenville continues to lead the renaissance of Catholic higher education called for in Ex corde Ecclesiae. Franciscan integrates excellent academic programs with a dynamic faith environment to serve over 3,800 students from all 50 states and 18 countries on campus, including 1,300 students online. Ranked in the top tier of Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report since 1998, Franciscan offers over 100 programs of study including 45 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs, and 17 online programs—all grounded in Franciscan’s acclaimed Catholic core curriculum. Everything from accounting to engineering, nursing, evangelization, criminal justice, psychology and many more. It’s home to the largest undergraduate Theology Program in the U.S., and has a well-regarded Priestly Discernment Program, which has seen over 250 members ordained to the priesthood since 1985. They also have a study abroad program in a beautifully restored 14th-century Carthusian monastery in Austria attracts up to 200 students each semester. For more about Franciscan University of Steubenville and its mission to educate, evangelize, and send forth Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ, visit Franciscan.edu or connect with Franciscan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
Jan 15
37 min
S13 E14 - The Reed of God (Advent Series Part 4)
Merry Christmas, friends! In this episode, we conclude our four part Advent series on the book The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander. Today, we focus on part four and discuss the sections on Our Lady Seeking, Our Seeking, The Way, and The Assumption. We reflect on the beautiful reality that when Mary looks at us, she sees her Son and how we are also called to not only become aware of Christ’s presence within ourselves but also to seek His presence within those around us. In order to do this, we need to first prepare our hearts to fully accept Christ and we chat about the different ways we can become more receptive to His love. Thank you for journeying with us this Advent season. We look forward to seeing you on January 15th for the start of Season 14!   Heather’s One Thing - The moment when no one else is awake and getting to sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the Christmas tree lights Heather’s Other One Thing - The movie The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse (watch the trailer here) Heather’s Other Other One Thing - The Rescue Project especially Fr. John Ricardo’s videos on the Kerygma Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup Michelle’s One Thing - Charlie Brown Christmas Special   Journal Questions: How can I bring light into the darkness this Christmas season? How can I make a gift of myself this Christmas season? What painful memories or grief has surfaced for me this Christmas and Advent season? Where is God in those memories and grief? What is the most unsuspecting place where Christ wants to reveal Himself to me?   Discussion Questions: How were you present to the present moment this Advent? How were you not present to the present moment this Advent? In what ways are you tempted to block the Holy Spirit throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons? How has our Blessed Mother encountered you throughout this book study? What is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do this season to more freely receive the Holy Spirit?   Quote to Ponder: “It was another Advent, a withdrawing and folding upon the Life within her life; but a withdrawing that did not separate her from other people but only brought her closer to them; for she had found her Christ in them all.” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God, page 66) Scripture for Lectio:  "I will arise now and go about the city through the streets and squares. I will seek the one I love. So I sought him but did not find him."  (Song of Songs 3:2)   Sponsor - Walking with Purpose:   Do you want to help your daughter discover her true identity?   Do you long to see her avoid the pitfalls of toxic relationships?   Are you ready to guide her toward her God-given calling?   There is nothing fiercer than a mother’s love for her children. Many of us feel that influences around our kids are eroding the foundation we’ve worked so hard to build. It’s time to reclaim our motherly influence, because no one loves or knows our girls like we do.  Sisters of Strength is a life-changing and vitalizing weekend for mothers and their high school/college-aged daughters from Walking with Purpose. Featuring a lineup of powerful speakers—including our own Heather Khym!—we will delve into the topics of identity, friendship, and purpose, equipping our daughters to answer life’s biggest questions with God’s wisdom and perspective.  Join us for Sisters of Strength April 5-7 in Leesburg, VA. You’ll laugh, you’ll connect, and you’ll both return home spiritually stronger and refreshed.
Dec 25, 2023
33 min
S13 E13 - The Reed of God (Advent Series Part 3)
In this episode, we continue with part three of our four part Advent series on the book “The Reed of God” by Caryll Houselander. Today, we focus on part three and discuss the sections on the Lost Child, Idols, and the Last Confession. We chat about how when we lose sight of Jesus, we are called to imitate Mary and seek until He is found. By persevering on this journey and staying strong in the face of distraction or complacency, we cultivate a deeper union with Him. God Himself is calling us to take this journey because out of love, He desires to give Himself to us. We also talk about the various idols in our lives, how these idols block us from growing in communion with God, and how our own woundedness can distort our perception of God.  We encourage you to go at your own pace so that the Lord can fill your heart with what you need to hear this Advent season.    Heather’s One Thing - First snowfall of the season and making an eggnog latte! Heather’s Other One Thing - Grateful for parents living next door and family dinners Sister Miriam’s Half One Thing - The Women’s College Volleyball Division I National Tournament Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Heather’s Advent Playlist Michelle’s One Thing - Her son’s Catholic Youth Sports League won first place Michelle’s Other One Thing - Leanne Bowen’s Instagram Post on Mother’s Intercessors   Journal Questions: How do I react when I am not experiencing consolation or hearing from God? How have I observed an invitation to deeper freedom in my relationship with God this Advent? How do I seek to control God? Where in my life do I believe that God doesn’t love me or care for me?   Discussion Questions: How do you seek out Christ when you sense that He is lost or hidden? What “imaginary Christs” have you created in your life? How are you tempted to worship the false “convenient god”? How are you being inspired to seek Christ out after listening to this episode?   Quote to Ponder: “It is this: How is it that the lives of so many people who profess to be Christian are utterly inconsistent with Christianity?” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God, page 93).   Scripture for Lectio:  “Where has your beloved gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did your beloved turn, that we may look for him with you?” (Song of Songs 6:1)    Sponsor - Rooted for Good: We are thrilled once again to be sponsoring another episode of Abiding Together. This podcast holds a special place in our hearts, not only because we love Jesus too, but also because the Abiding community has been a vital part of Rooted’s unbelievable growth story! Today thousands of customers across the country and beyond LOVE using their Rooted products every day.  There are so many skincare and beauty companies today promoting values which contradict the treasures of our faith. Founded by a Catholic mom of 6 boys, Rooted stands for Goodness, Truth and Real Beauty. You don’t have to sacrifice your values to experience premium skincare and essential oils that smell and feel amazing!  Experience for yourself why greater than 90% of all Rooted customer reviews are 5 stars. From skin care, to essential oils, to all natural soaps, scrubs and soaks, make Rooted a part of your skincare and wellness routine. And with every dollar you spend with us, we will donate 10 cents to uplift someone in need in the developing world! Shop your values, and make a difference all while treating yourself to your new favorite products! Join the thousands of Abiding Together customers who are now part of our growing Rooted Community at RootedforGood.com, and use Abide20 at checkout to save 20% on your whole order!
Dec 18, 2023
36 min
S13 E12 - The Reed of God (Advent Series Part 2)
In this episode, we continue with part two of our four part Advent series on the book The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander. Today, we focus on part two and discuss the sections on Et Homo Factus Est, the Fugue, Wooden Bambino, and Et Verbum Caro Factum Est. We chat about our desire as women to protect our children, but how this desire can easily morph into control, manipulation, or possession. We reflect on how Our Lady exemplifies perfect surrender and trust as she continually releases her Son back to God as a gift freely given to her by God. We also discuss the role of suffering and brokenness in transformation and the beauty of silence in the rhythm of life.  We encourage you to go at your own pace so that the Lord can fill your heart with what you need to hear this Advent season.    Heather’s One Thing - Butter Tart Recipe  Heather’s Other One Thing - Stovetop Potpourri Recipe Sister Miriam’s One Thing - The simple joys of Advent Michelle’s One Thing - Support for the heartbreaking loss of the Auburn vs. Alabama college football game Michelle’s Other One Thing - Chevrolet Christmas Commercial    Journal Questions: How do I try to possess or manipulate others to protect them from disappointment or pain? Do I see my humanity as a gift or as a burden? In the final days before Christmas, when can I create moments of silence to meet Jesus? Where do I need a mother? Where am I afraid to be mothered?   Discussion Questions: How do you allow your fears of vulnerability, dependence, and a lack of control rule your life and your decisions? What parts of your humanity do you find God inviting you more deeply into during this Advent season? What Fruits of the Spirit do you need to grow in (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)? How can you allow Mary to mother you to more fully experience these fruits and bring them to fruition?   Quotes to Ponder: “Only Christ-bearers can restore the world to life and give humanity back the vitality of love.” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God, page 72).   “Our Lady gave humanity to God as she gave the water to Christ at Cana, to be changed into wine.” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God, page 83).   Scripture for Lectio:  “All things were made by him; and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:3–5)   Sponsor - Whole Mission: Learn to chart your fertility simply and objectively with a healthcare professional teacher at Whole Mission. We use the latest research and technology to help you navigate the highs, lows, and peaks of natural family planning with confidence, and a 98% effectiveness rate, using the Marquette Method of NFP. Learning to chart your fertility might seem intimidating, so let’s take the guesswork out of it. Our classes are recommended for: Single women desiring to understand their health Engaged couples preparing for marriage Postpartum moms seeking to simplify their charting routine Women in perimenopause who are getting ready for new changes Find an instructor who’s been there, who’s Catholic, and who wants to support the whole “you,” including the intricate and beautiful gift of your fertility. Find out more about Whole Mission’s model for whole person health education at: www.thewholemission.com
Dec 11, 2023
31 min
S13 E11 - The Reed of God (Advent Series Part 1)
In this episode, we begin our four part Advent series on the book The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander. Today, we focus on part one and discuss the sections on Emptiness, Fiat, Advent, and Pastoral. We reflect on the gift of virginity, how our own life experiences can alter how we view this gift, and how Our Lady perfectly models the truth about the fruitfulness of giving our full selves in love. We also chat about the beauty of accepting our littleness and how only through the act of emptying ourselves can God truly give us what He desires.  We encourage you to go at your own pace so that the Lord can fill your heart with what you need to hear this Advent season.    Heather’s One Thing - Advent Worship playlist and the song Hungry by UPPERROOM Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Christmas Peaceful Piano playlist Michelle’s One Thing - The painting A Mother and Child looking at the Virgin and Child by Reginald Bottomley and steps to practice Visio Divina with the image.   Journal Questions: How do I allow myself to be filled by the Bridegroom? How do I view chastity – as a sour apple, or as the first fruits? What is distracting me this Advent season? What image depicted by Caryll Houselander is resonating with me most (the reed, the chalice, and the nest)?   Discussion Questions: How can I empty myself to more fully receive the Bridegroom? What is the Holy Spirit inviting you to say “yes” to? What is the Holy Spirit inviting you to say “no” to? How is the Lord continually purifying and refining you? How am I tempted to say “I’m just a…”?   Quotes to Ponder: “Advent is the season of the secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of Divine Love growing in silence.” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God (p. 38). Copycat. Kindle Edition.)   “It is always a love story, a culmination of love between the Spirit of Light and the Bride of the Spirit.” (Houselander, Caryll. The Reed of God (p. 19). Copycat. Kindle Edition.) Scripture for Lectio:  “Be it done to me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38)   Sponsor - Bell Road Beef: Bell Road Beef is two sisters and two husbands, raising thirteen children (currently!) and more than thirteen cattle on the grasslands of Northern New Mexico.  They come from five generations of ranchers who have known, loved, and cared for the land and its animals for decades. From the beginning of new life to harvest, the animals are an extension of Britt, Rozann, and their families. They see life, loss, and everything in between. On Bell Road, these animals have a home…one in which small batches of cattle are raised to the highest standards and eventually brought straight to you. Visit shop.bellroadbeef.com to see the variety of beef that can be shipped straight to your door, and get a free pack of beef sticks while you’re at it!
Dec 4, 2023
38 min
S13 E10 - Ask Us Anything
In this episode, for the first time ever, we answer questions submitted by our listeners! We answer questions like: How have we healed in our identity as mother, daughter, sister, and bride? How to handle the pressure of people relying on you for spiritual improvement? How to cultivate a life that reflects beauty? How to heal from childhood sexual trauma? How has our faith evolved over the different seasons in our lives? The difference between being too nice and choosing mercy? And more!    Heather’s One Thing - Her daughter’s art and the beauty of Catholic artists building each other up and rejoicing in the talent of others.  Heather’s Other One thing - Tammy Peterson’s Rosary Testimony  Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup Michelle’s One Thing - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and the new Netflix series based on the book   Other Resources Mentioned:  Be Healed and Be Restored by Dr. Bob Schuchts The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender Restore the Glory Podcast The Forgiving Life by Dr. Robert Enright Forgiveness Meditation from Sr. Miriam Seeking Healing Through Forgiveness SEEK 2019 with Sr. Miriam and Fr. John Burns The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope by Curt Thompson Anatomy of a Soul by Curt Thompson The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Way of the Heart Podcast Wild at Heart Podcast   Journal Questions: What area of your identity (daughter, sister, mother, bride) has the Lord done the most healing in your life? Who do I feel unable to forgive? Who can I make myself more available to as a friend?   Discussion Questions: How can you intentionally bring beauty into your everyday life? How does God want to meet you with prayer that aligns with the rhythms of your current season? What boundaries do you sense a need to implement?
Nov 27, 2023
44 min
S13 E9 - “I Thirst” Part 2 - St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Varanasi Letter
In this episode, we discuss the second half of the Varanasi Letter written by St. Teresa of Calcutta to her MC Community. We reflect on how Jesus is calling us to encounter Him daily and what we can do to open our hearts to deeper communion. We also chat about how our Blessed Mother is a perfect example of how to comfort the Sacred Heart of Jesus in love and how to remain open and vulnerable even with a heart pierced with sorrow.    Heather’s One Thing - Panel with Divine Renovation and Alpha Catholic (Click here to listen to the discussion on Tuesday November 21st) Sister Miriam’s One Thing -  Warm and Hearty Meatloaf Recipe  Michelle’s One Thing - Holy Water Spritzer from West Coast Catholic  Michelle’s Other One Thing - I Thirst,  40 days with Mother Teresa by Joseph Langford, MC    Journal Questions: What is the Lord’s theme for me in this season? What is the Lord’s theme for me throughout my life? Where has your heart been pierced? Do I see myself as a gift?   Discussion Questions: How would you depict your heart? Where are you blocking the joy of Christ from your life? How have you allowed your heart to be hardened? How is the Lord inviting you to respond to His Thirst?   Quotes to Ponder: Our Lady will help all of us in this, since she was the first person to hear Jesus’s cry, “I Thirst” with St. John, and I am sure Mary Magdalene. Because she was there on Calvary, she knows how real, how deep His longing for you and for the poor. Do we know? Do we feel as She? Ask her to teach you Before it was Our Lady pleading with Mother, now it is Mother in her name pleading with you — “Listen to Jesus’s thirst.” (Varanasi Letter, St. Teresa of Calcutta)  Scripture for Lectio:  "But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19)   Sponsor - New Jerusalem Studios: New Jerusalem Studios, invites you to encounter Christ’s saving love through the beauty of sacred art by curating a collection for your home.   Artist Ruth Stricklin’s images, informed by eastern and western sacred art traditions, draws the viewer out of themselves and into the New Jerusalem. Consider a large canvas print of The Holy Family in the dining room as our local seminary did.  A Christ the King Sacred Heart image in the foyer radiantly announces to visitors whom you serve. A palm-sized Icon-Mini on a tiny easel is perfect for a bedside table or desk.  Icon Minis and the new angel Christmas ornaments slip easily into a stocking or Christmas Card. We encourage you to become a champion of beauty this Christmas by sharing with your pastor options to elevate an overflow Mass space - visit www.sacredartbanners.com by NJS. Listeners use code ABIDE15 for 15% off icons, ornaments and canvas or ABIDE25 for 25% off paper prints at www.njerusalemstudios.com thru 12/10.
Nov 20, 2023
30 min
S13 E8 - “I Thirst” Part 1 - St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Varanasi Letter
In this episode, we discuss the first half of the Varanasi Letter written by St. Teresa of Calcutta to her MC Community. We talk about how Jesus thirsts for our souls and what we can do to care for His Heart. We reflect on what it means to let Jesus gaze upon our souls and receive Him in the areas we have been wounded and experience pain. It can be challenging to allow Jesus to see these broken places in our lives, but through this communion and vulnerability, He can reveal the truth about our belovedness. Jesus is a real living person with whom we can build an intimate relationship and we end the episode by sharing ways we can grow closer to Our Lord.    Heather’s One Thing - Her playlist called Battle Cry (particularly the song Sound Mind) Sister Miriam’s One Thing -  On Love: Selected Writings of Pope Benedict XVI Michelle’s One Thing - The Legatus Enclave Retreat and their visit to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion   Journal Questions: Am I more concerned with Jesus’ Hands than His Heart? Have I seen with the eyes of my soul how Jesus looks upon me with love? When have I heard the loving words Jesus speaks to me? Where do I fail to trust the Lord?   Discussion Questions: Have you allowed Jesus to look at you with love today? What does it mean for you to let Jesus see you in the painful and shameful places of your heart? What limitations do I experience that prevent me from entering into communion with God? Were you able to pray with a photo of you from childhood / from the past? How did you experience Jesus’ gaze in that prayer?   Quote to Ponder: “I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus — one to one — you and Jesus alone. We may spend time in chapel —but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how He looks at you with love? Do you really know the living Jesus — not from books but from being with Him in your heart? Have you heard the loving words He speaks to you?” (Varanasi Letter, St. Teresa of Calcutta)   Scripture for Lectio:  “I thirst.”  (John 19:28)   Sponsor - Leanne Bowen: Today’s sponsor is Leanne Bowen Fine Art. Leanne is a Catholic Artist and a stay at home mom. She just released a beautiful collection of Fall and Christmas candle tins that are the perfect size for stockings and hostess gifts! Her Cypress and Bayberry candle is indescribable. It smells exactly like a Christmas tree. If you have a fake tree in your home, your guests won't believe you! She also has a Wassail candle designed off the traditional Christmas cocktail served while caroling. It is a delicious spiced cider, orange, cranberry, and currant. Her candle scents are unique and the artwork featured on the label makes them incredibly intentional gifts. Her most popular candle in November is the Cranberry Orange Spice with a Holy Family label. You'll want one in every room. Her most popular candle is a Chrism Sacred Heart candle, and smells JUST like Chrism! She is offering 15% off to all our listeners with the code ABIDE15 at www.LeanneBowen.com.
Nov 13, 2023
37 min
S13 E7 - Cultivating Silence and Solitude
In this episode, we discuss the importance of cultivating silence and solitude in a world full of distractions. Our Lord speaks to us in the still small voice of our hearts and we talk about how the goal of silence is ultimately communion with God. We also chat about the difference between solitude versus isolation, reasons why we may be afraid of silence, and provide practical ways to cultivate silence in our daily lives. Jesus is the rest our souls yearn for and it is in the quiet where we meet Him most deeply.   Heather’s One Thing - International Justice Mission -  IJM’s mission is to protect people in poverty from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. Sister Miriam’s One Thing -  The Greatest Philosopher Who Ever Lived by Dr. Peter Kreeft Michelle’s One Thing - Poco a Poco Podcast   Announcement: We are so excited to announce our Advent book study will be:  The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander You can find it on Amazon, Ave Maria Press, and Kindle (for just $1.99!). Your local Catholic bookstore may also carry the book! Click here to subscribe to the study on our website and be the first to receive updates!   Journal Questions: What are the sources of interior and exterior noise in my life? What forms of silence is God inviting me to? Have I ever been wounded by silence? Have I ever been healed by silence? Do I approach silence with fear or trust?   Discussion Questions: What is real solitude? What scares you most about silence? Who in your life practices silence excellently? What can you learn from her/him? What needs do you need to meet before you can enter into silence (childcare, rest, food, movement)?   Quote to Ponder: “Without solitude, it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.... We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him.” (Henri Nouwen)    Scripture for Lectio:  He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. (1 KIings 19:11-13)   Sponsor - Saintly Heart and Brother Francis Saintly Heart is a family-owned Catholic Toy company in Phoenix, Arizona creating faith-based, educational toys carefully designed by Speech Pathologist Maggie Jetty.  Brother Francis is an animated program created to teach kids the basic principles of the Catholic faith. Along with 22 episodes, there are also books, games, prayer cards and more available to teach kids about their faith.  Saintly Heart and Brother Francis teamed up to offer parents an exceptional line of toys that encourage children to learn about their faith through hands-on exploration.  Best-selling educational and faith-based toys include: A Church Playset, Stations of the Cross Pray and Play set, a Sacraments Puzzle, a Pray and Play ABC Puzzle, and a Fatima Lacing Set.  Introduce children to the beauty of our faith while they are developing key cognitive, physical, and language skills with prayerfully and intentionally designed toys at www.saintlyheart.com and www.BrotherFrancis.com and use code TOGETHER  for 15% off
Nov 6, 2023
34 min
S13 E6 - St. Thérèse - "C'est la Confiance" (Part 2)
In this episode, we conclude our two part series on Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation about St. Thérèse of Lisieux entitled “C’est la Confiance: On Confidence in the Merciful Love of God”. We discuss how we are all called to a bridal relationship with Jesus and how our desire to love and be loved is a call to Heaven. We also chat about our vocation to love and the importance of growing in this discipline of love even when it is not reciprocated.    Heather’s One Thing - The song Hell or High Water by Amanda Cook  Sister Miriam’s One Thing -  The Way of Trust and Love by Fr. Jacques Philippe Michelle’s One Thing - Story of a Soul - study edition  Michelle’s Other One Thing - The song Thank God I Do by Lauren Daigle Other Resources Mentioned:  Reading Recommendations about St. Therese: The Way of Trust and Love - by Fr. Jacques Philippe The Story of a Soul - by St. Therese I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux - by Jean D'Elbee 33 days to Merciful Love - Fr. Micheal Gaitley Shirts of Flame - A year with St. Therese of Lisieux - by Heather King   Announcement: We are so excited to announce our Advent book study will be:  The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander You can find it on Amazon, Ave Maria Press, and Kindle (for just $1.99!). Your local Catholic bookstore may also carry the book! Click here to subscribe to the study on our website and be the first to receive updates!   Journal Questions: What parts in me long to be right rather than loving? What hinders me from loving? What grudges and resentments am I holding today? How am I tempted to criticize instead of taking action in love and kindness?   Discussion Questions: In what ways do you notice a desire for romance and pursuit in your life? How does this speak to how God reveals Himself to us? How are you called to choose love in your daily life? How are you bringing love and light into the church? Where do I notice division in my heart? How can I invite God in for unity and healing?   Quote to Ponder: “I think that the Heart of my Spouse is mine alone, just as mine is his alone, and I speak to him then in the solitude of this delightful heart to heart, while waiting to contemplate him one day face to face.” (St. Therese)   Scripture for Lectio:  “My beloved is mine, and I am his; he browses among the lilies.” (Song of Songs 2:16)   Sponsor - The GIVEN Institute Apply NOW for the 2024 GIVEN cohort! GIVEN's year-long program of faith formation, leadership development and dedicated mentoring includes attendance at the Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum June 8-12, 2024 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and 1-on-1 mentorship with an established Catholic female leader in the Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Program until May 2025. If you are a woman between the ages 21-35 and are seeking leadership training, faith formation, community and support to better understand and pursue your particular mission and vocation, the program is designed just for you!  You’ll grow in relationship with Christ and understanding of your gifts as you implement a unique Action Plan that helps you follow God’s call. GIVEN is also accepting applications for lay and consecrated mentors and event volunteers. For more info, visit www.giveninstitute.com/forum
Oct 30, 2023
25 min
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