064: The Passion Suffered by the Heart of Jesus with Laura Durant

Laura wrote a beautiful book, The Passion Suffered by the Heart of Jesus: Prayerful Reflections on the Stations of the Cross, and I couldn’t put it down! Yes, I binge-read this heart-touching book because it really spoke to my brokenness. This book reminds me of how much I am loved by Jesus, and that, there is no amount of brokenness that God’s love cannot transcend with the gift of Jesus on the Cross.

Laura Marie Durant grew up in Central Texas and is a cradle Catholic. She writes prayers and reflections on her blog, HealingHeartofJesus.com, specifically for those with anxiety, depression and emotional wounds. 

From an early age Laura experienced anxiety and depression, and as with many people who experience anxiety and depression, she also experienced her share of emotional wounds.

God, in His great mercy, led her to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through silent prayer, Adoration and resting in the Heart of Jesus, Laura has found inner healing and peace. Through meditating on the life and Passion of Christ, Laura has found the path to emotional healing – living within and loving with the Heart of Jesus.

Laura is also the author of The Passion Suffered by the Heart of Jesus: Prayer Reflections on the Stations of the Cross. Laura lives in Leander, Texas with her husband, John, and bulldog, Winston.

Buy Laura’s book: The Passion Suffered by the Heart of Jesus

Buy Laura’s Prayer Cards: Set of 14

How to reach Laura…

Website: HealingHeartofJesus.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/healingheartofjesus

www.facebook.com/lauramariedurant

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lauramariedurant

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeofoRsgEcWh1ASHE9S1FsQ

Twitter: www.twitter.com/heartoflove_7

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063: Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits with Dan Burke

Dan Burke blessed our little podcast by sharing some valuable insights about the interior life. We talked about his book, Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits, and Dan generously answered the questions:

How can I find more joy in my life?

Is it possible to be totally and completed free from a history of abuse and trauma?

How can I adjust my thinking while in desolation in order to better overcome it?

Dan Burke is the founder and President of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, which offers graduate and personal enrichment studies in spiritual theology to priests, deacons, religious, and laity in 72 countries and prepares men for seminary in 14 dioceses.

Dan is the author and editor of more than 15 books on authentic Catholic spirituality and hosts the Divine Intimacy Radio show with his wife, Stephanie, which is broadcast weekly on EWTN Radio. Past episodes can be found, along with thousands of articles on the interior life, at SpiritualDirection.com.

In his deep commitment to the advancement of faithful Catholic spirituality, he is also the founder of Apostoli Viae, a world-wide, private association of the faithful dedicated to living and advancing the authentic spiritual patrimony of the Church.

Most importantly, Dan is a blessed husband, father of four, grandfather of one—and grateful to be Catholic.

Divine Intimacy Radio

Apostoli Viae

SpiritualDirection.com

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062: How to Raise Children with Hearts on Fire for Christ with Kim Cameron-Smith

I found a treasure with nuggets of wisdom related to raising strong Catholic children and I can’t wait to share it with you! My conversation with Kim Cameron-Smith about her book, Discipleship Parenting: Planting the Seeds of Faith, was an eye-opener for me. When I read the book, it brought to light many of the things I didn’t have growing up and how it affected my relationship with God. 

Kim said that, as parents, two of our primary duties are to evangelize our children and “relationship formation so that catechesis takes hold and faith is “sticky.” It’s that sticky faith that forms part of their identity and the way they perceive themselves in the future.” She also talks about what to do when we feel poorly prepared to evangelize our children and what to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

Kim Cameron-Smith is the founder of the Intentional Catholic Parenting online ministry and the host of the Gentle Catholic Parenting Podcast, where she explores the intersection between Catholicism and the science of parenting. Her understanding of what it means to live joyfully and intentionally with her children continually grows and evolves as she learns more about them, herself, and how God has created us to find him in all things, especially relationships. Kim is a licensed attorney and a member of the California State Bar. She received a B.A. in English from Wellesley College, an M.Phil. in Medieval Literature from Oxford University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in Northern California with her husband Philip and their 4 children. 

You can buy Kim’s book at this link, Discipleship Parenting: Planting the Seeds of Faith

Website: kimcameronsmith.com

Twitter: @KimCameronSmith

Facebook: GentleCatholicParenting

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061: Catholic Parenting During Times of Crisis and Uncertainty with Patrick Sullivan

The state of the world as it is today has been challenging on so many levels – particularly in the area of Catholic parenting. With the prospect of living a “normal” life appearing to be far off in the horizon, I ask Patrick pointed questions on how to better navigate parenting so that our family units stay intact. Of course, Patrick is generous in his practical and simple solutions, which make them easy to grasp and implement.  We also talked about his other specialty, Catholic evangelization, where Patrick gave us a sneak-peek into a ground-breaking book he has coming up soon. I’m so grateful for Patrick and the entire Evango team.

Patrick Sullivan is an author, speaker, educator, and founder of Evango, a Catholic media organization that inspires the baptized to go out into the world and evangelize. Patrick holds degrees in Literature, Education, and has a Masters of Divinity. He has authored multiple books, including the very popular title, Dare to Be an Evangelist, and his newest, War Against the Woman: The Mary Thread in Sacred Scripture. Patrick travels internationally, speaking at Catholic events, parenting conferences, and leads parish renewal missions. He has spoken at events hosted by Serviam Ministries, Campaign Life Coalition, and at the New Evangelization Summit. He has also appeared on numerous media platforms, including EWTN, Shalom World Tv, and Salt + Light Television. Patrick is the proud husband to Kyla, and a father of nine.

Patrick, his family, and the Evango team serve as missionaries for Christ and evangelists to all with whom they come in contact.  In this episode, Patrick shares his story and some of the many hardships from his childhood.  As a teenager, God presented to him a fundamental question that ultimately changed his life.  This was the spring board to a life in service to God, family, and humanity.  Patrick generously answers questions like “how does one become an efficacious evangelist,” “how is it possible to make Catholic parenting easier,” and “what does it mean to have a family culture.”  

How to reach Patrick: 

Contact: media@evango.net

Website: https://evango.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evango.net/

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyWaa_WWWKvXspnWfEGPS_Q

Instagram:  https://sopo.site/user/_evango

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/search?q=Evango_Sullivan

Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/join/evango

Resources: 

“Me & My House” Catholic Parenting Program https://evango.net/house/

Dare to be an Evangelist Book  https://evango.net/dare-to-be-an-evangelist/

War Against the Woman: The Mary Thread in Sacred Scripture https://www.evango.net/product-war-against-the-woman

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060: The State of the Church and the Role of Mary with Ray Sullivan

In these turbulent times for the Church, Mary is who we need to keep us focused on Jesus. Ray Sullivan and I have a lively discussion about the state of our Church, Marian Consecration, advice for sharing the Faith, and pan dulce!  

Ray, an author for Catholic Stand and founder of the website MaryAndTheEucharist.org, was born in San Antonio and raised on a ranch between Boerne and Comfort. He went to Texas A&M on a math scholarship and graduated from Texas A&M with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering.  Ray moved to Houston where he worked for NASA in Mission Control for the Flight Surgeons, as well as a project engineer on the Spacelab Program.  After several years, Ray moved back to San Antonio and worked at Brooks AFB as a project engineer, then at Kelly AFB as a C-5 Engineering Supervisor, then at Randolph AFB as a Quality Engineer in Electronic Warfare, and then at Lackland AFB in Civil Engineering. After retiring from Civil Service in 2013, Ray taught Geometry at Our Lady of the Atonement Academy for 3 years. Now, Ray enjoys tutoring math students online and in-person. Ray is married to Cathleen, with 2 grown children, Paul and Rosemary, and 2 dogs, Dakota and Vinnie the Wonder Dog. He has been a parishioner of St. Matthew’s for 37 years.

Learn more about Ray’s work at the links below:

Catholic Bible 101

http://www.catholicbible101.com

Mary and the Eucharist

http://www.maryandtheeucharist.org

Ray Sullivan, Author at Catholic Stand

https://catholicstand.com/author/ray-sullivan/

059: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception with Brandon McGinley

Can you imagine a Church so integrated within the domestic family that a secular liberal society cannot penetrate it? A Church, both institutionally and within the family, can be rebuilt with the “logic of Grace” as described by Brandon, in his book, The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception. This interview inspired me with hope in the beauty of our Catholic faith and its ability to be a light for us now and for generations to come. If you’re looking for hope in the muddy waters of the Church in spiritual distress, you will love this episode.

Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in politics for several years, including pro-life and pro-family advocacy with the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Most recently, he was the editor for EWTN Publishing. His work has appeared in the Washington PostFirst Things, the Catholic HeraldPlough, and The Lamp, among other venues. He speaks around the country on topics ranging from Catholic family life to friendship to Church renewal. He is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University, where he met his wife, Katie. They have four young children and live in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Brookline.

Here is our road map for renewal — a roadmap for families, for schools, for parishes, and, indeed, for the institutional Church. In this crisis, we can complain and despair, or we can seize the opportunity to demonstrate that the Catholic Church is the means to bringing the grace and peace of heaven to earth.

-Sophia Institute Press

Learn more about Brandon at his website BrandonMcGinley.com

Buy Brandon’s book here.

058: Day 9 – Novena to St. Ann

Welcome to Day 9 of the Novena to St. Ann. I’m Alexandra Kubebatu, host of The Catholic Servant Podcast. This novena was provided courtesy of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at St. Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, and you can find it at the link below. Let us begin…

Day 9 – Novena to St. Ann

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father,… Hail Mary…

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

Good St. Ann, I have reached the end of this novena in your honor. I have asked and ask again. Good mother, let not your kind ear grow weary of my prayers, though I repeat them so often.

Bounteous Lady, implore for me from divine Providence all the help I need through life. May your generous hand bestow on me the material means to satisfy my own needs and to alleviate the plight of the poor.

Good St. Ann, fortify me by the sacraments of the Church at the hour of my death. Admit me into the company of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven, where I may praise and thank the adorable Trinity, your grandson Christ Jesus, your glorious daughter Mary, and yourself, dear St. Ann, through endless ages.

 

 

057: Day 8 – Novena to St. Ann

Welcome to Day 8 of the Novena to St. Ann. I’m Alexandra Kubebatu, host of The Catholic Servant Podcast. This novena was provided courtesy of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at St. Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, and you can find it at the link below. Let us begin…

Day 8 – Novena to St. Ann

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father,… Hail Mary…

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

Hail, St. Ann! I rejoice at your exalted glory. You gave birth to Mary, whose divine Son brought salvation to our lost world by conquering death and restoring life and hope to sinners. Pray to Him who, for love of us, clothed Himself with human flesh in the chaste womb of your daughter.

Glorious St. Ann, with your blessed daughter, deliver me from everything that is displeasing in the sight of God. Pray to your gentle and powerful Grandson that He may cleanse my soul in His precious blood, that He may send His Holy Spirit to enlighten and direct me in all that I do, always obedient to His holy inspirations.

Good mother, keep a watchful eye on me. Help me bear all my crosses. Give me the fullness of your bounty and sustain me with courage.

056: Day 7 – Novena to St. Ann

Welcome to Day 7 of the Novena to St. Ann. I’m Alexandra Kubebatu, host of The Catholic Servant Podcast. This novena was provided courtesy of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at St. Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, and you can find it at the link below. Let us begin…

Day 7 – Novena to St. Ann

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father,… Hail Mary…

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

Once again, Good St. Ann, I choose you for my advocate before the throne of God. By the power and grace that God has placed in you, extend to me your helping hand. Renew my mind and my heart.

Dear St. Ann, I have unbounded confidence in your prayers. To your blessed hands I entrust my soul, my body and all my hopes for this world and the next. Direct my actions according to your goodness and wisdom. I place myself under your motherly care.

Receive me, good mother. Cover me with the mantle of your love. Look kindly on me. By your powerful intercession, may I obtain from God grace and mercy. Obtain for me remission for sin and release from the punishment my offenses have deserved. Pray that I may receive grace to lead a devout life on earth and that I may obtain the everlasting reward of heaven.

055: Day 6 – Novena to St. Ann

Welcome to Day 6 of the Novena to St. Ann. I’m Alexandra Kubebatu, host of The Catholic Servant Podcast. This novena was provided courtesy of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at St. Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, and you can find it at the link below. Let us begin…

Day 6 – Novena to St. Ann

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father,… Hail Mary…

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

Good St. Ann, do not allow my soul, a masterpiece of God’s creative power, to be lost forever. Free my heart of pride, vanity, self-love. May I know myself as I really am and learn meekness and simplicity of heart.

God’s great love for me leaves me cold and unresponsive. I must reflect this love through works of mercy and charity toward my neighbor.

In your boundless charity, good St. Ann, help me to merit the glorious crown which is given to those who have fought the good fight against the world, the devil and the flesh. Assist me to preserve purity of heart and body. With Mary and her divine Son, protect me always.