049: How to Find Spiritual Healing as an Adult Child of Divorce with Anne DeSantis

Are you or someone you know an adult child of divorced parents?  Divorce can cause numerous wounds to all involved.  Sometimes others try minimize the damage caused by divorce by saying things like, “Children are resilient. They’ll be ok.” But the truth is, as I’ve learned from first-hand experience, is that divorce ALWAYS hurts. No one escapes unharmed. 

In this episode, Anne DeSantis and I discuss the many shades of pain caused by divorce. Both Anne and I are adult children of divorced parents. I share some of the many ways divorce had affected me in my adult life and in my married life.  Praise God that he sent me a man, my husband Peter, to help me heal from the many wounds with God’s help and much prayer.  The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I needed healing until I reached my mid-thirties!

”The initial mission of the SAINT RAYMOND NONNATUS FOUNDATION is to reach out and accompany individuals, children and families impacted, affected, or wounded by divorce and help them sustain (or reconcile) their redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.”  Anne, as the director of the Saint Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, is on a mission to help those affected by divorce find healing, peace, and spiritual growth.

Anne DeSantis is a wife, Mom, 50+ model/actress from the Greater Philadelphia area.  Her primary profession is the Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  You can find the foundation on-line at www.nonnatus.org.  The mission of the foundation is outreach to families in crisis, and the initial mission is outreach to families and individuals affected by divorce and separation.

How to reach Anne:

Email:  director.srnf@gmail.com

Website:  https://www.nonnatus.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/philly.mercedarian

                    https://www.facebook.com/faithofdivorced/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/st.raymondnonnatus/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/4thvow

Resources:

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia – https://prolifeunion.org/

Freedom from Porn Addiction with Steve Pokornyhttps://freedom-coaching.net/

Podcast Episode 048: Redeemed Vision-Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture with Steve Pokorny

Buy Leila Miller’s Book here: “Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak” https://amzn.to/38wbUdy

Buy Steve Pokorny’s book here: “Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999670506

048: Redeemed Vision-Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture with Steve Pokorny

[LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE WITH HEADPHONES. THE CONTENT IS INTENDED FOR ADULTS. USE DISCRETION AROUND CHILDREN.] 

Steve Pokorny is one of my most candid guests on the podcast thus far.  In both Catholic and non-Catholic circles, there are very few people with the passion and insights into how to unchain and heal from the grips of porn more than Steve.  He has the courage of a knight battling against the darkness, with Christ at his side, to help those in the grips of porn addiction. 

In this interview, Steve shares his personal testimony as he fought through childhood wounds and events that led him into bouts of despair and self-loathing, and how, with the grace of God, finally overcame porn addiction.  He also shares tips on how we can protect ourselves and our children from this silent evil. 

Steve holds an MA in theology and a specialization in catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as an MTS from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington D.C. Steve is a Certified Life Coach from the Life Coach Training Institute. Author of “Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Freed from the Pornified Culture,” Steve also is an internationally-known speaker, speaking with a wide variety audiences on many topics. He is married and lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

How to reach Steve:

Website:  https://freedom-coaching.net/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RedeemedVision/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pokorny-bab3964/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/redeemed_vision/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RedeemedVision

Buy Steve’s book here: “Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture” https://amzn.to/2RrDQt2

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047: A Message of Love from our Lord Jesus Christ with Alan Ames

Alan Ames is “a visionary of our times gifted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  In this interview, I was personally touched by the special message from our Lord that Alan wanted to share with our listeners.  Alan has had physical encounters with our Lord, Jesus Christ, and our Blessed Mother Mary.  His gift of healing has been documented worldwide.  I also share about the physical and spiritual healing I received after attending one of Alan’s healing services.  Alan is also an author of countless books that have changed the lives of both believers and unbelievers alike.

Alan was born in London in 1953. In his youth, he was a member of a motorcycle-gang, he went along a path full of violence and alcohol. After his marriage, he moved to Australia with his family. The turning point of his life happened in 1993 when Alan saw his past life displayed before him and experienced how his sins and wrong ways had hurt God. He saw how Jesus offered him forgiveness from the cross. After some struggles, Alan accepted the forgiveness offered by Jesus. The Lord helped Alan to come back to the sacraments and to the Church and changed Alan’s hatred and pain into love. Later, God called Alan to be one of His witnesses, sent to carry God’s love into the world. Alan has brought hope and blessing to hundreds of thousands of people – the hope and blessing which he himself draws from his sacramental relationship of love with the Trinitarian God.

Alan has the written support of his Archbishop in Perth, Australia and many others around the world. Archbishop Barry Hickey supported Alan for 17 years and then Archbishop Costello and auxllliary Bishop Don Sproxton have also given permission since then. All 3 bishop’s of Perth have done so in writing.

Alan shared his conversion story plus I dared to ask him… 

  • What do Jesus and Mary look like?
  • Describe briefly how the book “Through The Eyes Of Jesus” came about and if it’s true that it has been translated in the 20 different languages?
  • Of all your experiences over the past 24 years, which one had the most profound effect on you?  
  • Can you tell us about the new book that just came out “All That I Am,” why you wrote it, and how it’s affecting people? 
  • Why is confession so important and what has the Lord told you about this sacrament? 
  • What would the Lord say to those who are really struggling in life right now and are  going through a very difficult time?

How to reach Alan:

Website: http://alanames.org/en/

Alan Ames International Ministry on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Alan-Ames-International-Ministry-154761767924542/

Through the Eyes of Jesus on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ThroughTheEyesOfJesus/

Order Alan’s books HEREhttp://alanames.org/en/order.htm

 

046: How to Become Leaders of the Highest Caliber Through Christ with Fr. Nathan Cromly

Father Nathan Cromly is a soul on fire to help raise up Christians to lead their families, their Church, and their world and, as he said in this episode, “fight the good fight, to sharpen their swords and swing them because at this moment in time, souls are going to their peril because there is a lack of leaders willing to fight for them.”

Father Nathan is an informative and engaging speaker, writer, retreat leader, explorer, innovator, educator, and fire-starter for the Lord. He’s appeared multiple times on Catholic Radio and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, Father Mitch Live, and Women of Grace, and co-produced documentaries. 

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, he has joyfully served as a Catholic priest of the Brothers of Saint John for 12 years, and currently ministers in Denver, Colorado. Father Nathan’s spiritual direction, teaching, and dynamic witness has touched the lives of tens of thousands of children, teenagers, married couples, business professionals, and families.

Father Nathan’s ministry has flourished by God’s grace. He began Eagle Eye Ministries in 2003; it is now home to six forms of outreach to teens and young adults. In 2015, he opened the Saint John Institute (SJI) —a unique program in which young adults earn an accredited Masters degree while receiving spiritual formation from the Brothers of Saint John.  In the Spring of 2018, SJI celebrated its first graduating class, sending its graduates to work for the Lord in the for-profit world.  Inspiring and equipping great talent for the Lord’s harvest, Eagle Eye Ministries and the Saint John Institute serve to raise up the spirit of the new evangelization in young people and send missionary entrepreneurs into the Church.

This ministry, carried by his passionate concern for forming and sending prayerful Catholic leaders into the world, has blossomed into the Faith and Leadership Consortium.  Through formation and fellowship and prayer, leaders in business and in culture can find the help they need to dare great things for Christ.  Above all else, Father Nathan is a Catholic priest. He has dedicated his priesthood to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and is humbled to serve Christ’s people so long as God gives him the opportunity. 

How to reach Father Nathan:

Website:  Eagle Eye Ministries  https://www.eagleeyeministries.org

Website:  Saint John Institute  https://www.saintjohninstitute.org/

Email:  info@eagleeyeministries.org

Phone:  (303) 876-7695 ext. 1

045: The Devil in the City of Angels with Jesse Romero



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Jesse Romero wrote an amazing book called The Devil in the City of Angels, and in this interview, he brings to light some of the overt workings of the evil one.  His book chronicles his experiences with the diabolical, gives insights into the ways the enemy gains entry into souls, and practical advice to help protect ourselves and our families from evil.  This book is not for the faint-of-heart.  It’s intense, enlightening, and terrifying at the same time!  

Jesse holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA and he has a Masters Degree in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. As the proud parents of Paul, Annmarie and Joshua, Jesse and his wife Anita have been happily married since 1983. 

After rediscovering his Catholic roots, Jesse studied and prayed his way back to a fervent on–going practice of the Catholic Faith. Through his vast experiences with non–Catholics and fallen–away Catholics alike, Jesse has become proficient on how to “speak the truth in charity” (Ephesians 4:15) and is very effective at bringing them into the fullness of truth found only in the Catholic Church. 

Jesse is available to speak to your group or conference in English or Spanish about Catholic Evangelization, Topical Bible Studies, Apologetics, Marriage & Family, Spiritual Warfare, Men’s topics, Teen topics and Culture War issues that affect Catholics.  If you would like to book him for your conference or event, check out the calendar and get in touch with him. 

How to reach Jesse:

Website: https://jesseromero.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OnFireEvangelization

Radio Show: https://virginmostpowerfulradio.org/

Email: contact@jesseromero.com

Buy The Devil in the City of Angels book by Jesse Romero here: https://amzn.to/2oK93eV

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044: The Art of Leading Souls to Christ Through Public Speaking with Diane Carr



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Diane Carr has the unique gift of teaching others how to communicate in a way that leads souls to Christ.  She shares valuable insights for all evangelists who share their testimonies to honor and glorify God for the New Evangelization.  Diane shares some of her experiences and struggles sharing her faith story through public speaking and how she overcame them.

Diane is an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. She holds an M.A. in Theology and is the Coordinator of the Prayerfully Speaking Initiative of the Institute for Christian Spirituality. A popular speaker, Diane gives parish missions, retreats, workshops and lectures on topics in spirituality and evangelization. She trains seminarians, deacons, permanent deacon candidates, religious and laity on how to prayerfully speak about faith for the new evangelization.

How to reach Diane:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dianecarrfan/

043: The Beauty and Grace of Consecration to Jesus Through Mary with Anna Nuzzo



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Anna Nuzzo shares her inspiring story of how, after consecrating herself to Jesus through Mary with Father Michael Gaitley’s book 33 Days to Morning Glory , our Blessed Mother led her to use her angelic voice and musical prowess to reach souls all around the world.  

Anna is an acclaimed Int’l Catholic Recording Artist, Singer and Songwriter widely known for her consoling music and beautiful prayer songs. Since her Marian Consecration in 2012, she has felt called to write and spread songs of prayer and hope, reminding others of God’s unending love and mercy. Anna has been blessed to sing around the world, including the Holy Land, Italy, the Vatican, Medjugorje, Trinidad, Canada, Carnegie Hall and across the USA. She is a TV Host for Shalom World TV and also leads Int’l Pilgrimages. She has been featured on many radio, web and TV interviews, including EWTN, Relevant Radio and Shalom World. She resides in Kenosha, WI with her husband and two sons. She has 5 albums available. 

In this episode, you’ll get to listen to three of Anna’s breath-taking songs PLUS their backstories:

Falling On My Knees (skip to 24:42 to listen)
The Face That I Seek (skip to 33:55 to listen)
 Marian Consecration Song (skip to 42:36 to listen)

How to reach Anna:

Website: AnnaNuzzo.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/annanuzzo78

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anna.curinuzzo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anna.nuzzo/

Resources:

Anna Nuzzo Upcoming Events http://www.annanuzzo.com/events

More About Jeannie Ewing https://jeannieewing.com/

Buy 33 Days to Morning Glory book by Father Michael Gaitley here. https://amzn.to/2n8nicL

Video about the Holy Veil of Manopello https://youtu.be/4qCNO1JzV_M

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Divine Mercy by Anna Nuzzo
Ave Maria by Anna Nuzzo

042: Pilgrim Journey to a Deeper Level of Holiness with Deacon Tim Kennedy



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Deacon Tim Kennedy gives us incredible insights into the transformative power of going on a Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  He shares details of how his first pilgrimage experience profoundly shaped his life, permanently impacting his soul, heart, and mind.  Deacon Tim also gives us profound encouragement for those of us struggling with our faith and family circumstances.

Tim Kennedy was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. Both he and his brother, Terry, were raised in a close-knit, Catholic household, one where the principles of faith, hard- work, and determination were modeled by their loving parents, aunts and uncles, and others closest to them.

Tim graduated high school in 1981 and became a licensed paramedic in 1983. He joined the police force in 1984, where he worked first as a police officer, anti-crime officer, detective, and later as Chief of Police (City of New York HHC Police) before his retirement after 28 years of public service.

Animal welfare has always been a concern for Tim, resulting in a five- year assignment with the Humane Police of New Jersey.

Tim felt a calling to a vocation in ministry growing persistently within him from a young age. After prayerful reflection and input from his wife and his spiritual director, Tim felt the call was too great to ignore. His successful completion of the five- year formation program for Deacon resulted in his ordination on a glorious Saturday in May 2011.

Deacon Tim currently serves as a Catholic Deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersey, and still works as a licensed paramedic.

Deacon Tim and Angie are the founders/owners of Faith and Fun Travel and Tours, LLC, a travel ministry that specializes in Catholic Pilgrimage Travel and group or personal travel tours that are tailored to the individual’s needs.

How to reach Deacon Tim:

Website: https://www.faithandfuntours.com/

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/dcntim

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FaithandFunTravel/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faithandfuntravel/

Faith and Fun Travel Specials!

January 21-29 Travel to the Holy Land for Deacons and Wives

March 15-25 Travel to the Holy Land and Super Specials on Cruises

Sept 25 – Oct 8 Lands of the Bible Cruise with Father Dwight Longenecker 

2020 Christmas on the Danube and great deals on Celebrity: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line

 

041: My Top 5 Resources to Learn How to Attain the Lord’s Peace



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Transcript:

This past weekend I spoke on the topic of attaining the Lord’s Peace at the Catholic Women’s Conference organized by the Pilgrim Center of Hope in San Antonio.  It was such a beautiful experience and I met many women who shared their struggles with interior peace due to many difficult personal and family circumstances.  They were very loving and faithful women who needed a little reminder that their suffering is not in vain.  Suffering can bear much fruit with our every effort to look beyond our circumstances and gaze into the eyes of Jesus on the Cross. 

At the conference, I also shared a number of resources that anyone can use to help them learn more about what it takes to receive the gift of the Lord’s Peace.  Like I mentioned in episode 39, we can’t make Peace happen.  God has to bestow it upon us if we prepare our souls with genuine love for the Lord.

There are so many resources to learn more about acquiring Peace, but after doing extensive research on the topic, here are my top 5, but keep in mind our Holy Bible is above everything so I’m not adding it to the list and chances are, you already have one:

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – book by Father Jacques Philippe –Buy it here –  https://amzn.to/2mzrxgA

Lift up Your Heart: Guide to Spiritual Peace – book by Fulton J. Sheen –  Buy it herehttps://amzn.to/2kWtRxQ

Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence – book by Father J.P. De Caussaude – Buy it herehttps://amzn.to/2l1uYMU

The QA Guide to Mental Prayer – book by Connie Rossini – Buy it here – https://amzn.to/2n1PTjw

How to Pray Like Mary – book by Sonja Corbitt – Buy it here –https://amzn.to/2mzunlK

Let’s close this episode with a prayer…

Glory be to the Father…

You’ll find the transcript to this episode at TheCatholicServant.com/peace-resources and please share it with someone who may need today’s message.  You’ll also find links to the books mentioned if you wish to purchase one.  These are affiliate links so if you buy one of these invaluable resources for your spiritual growth, you’ll be supporting this family apostolate, The Catholic Servant Podcast.  And please continue to send me your prayer requests to Alexandra@TheCatholicServant.com so we can lift you up in prayer during our next family Rosary.

May you have a blessed and prayerful week.

 

040: The Healing Power of God’s Grace and Mercy with Kevin Stephenson



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Kevin Stephenson is currently in the Deaconate program for the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa. He currently serves as a full-time Board Certified Staff Hospital (acute care) Chaplain for Ascension/Saint John Health System. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor for the State of Oklahoma.  He holds a Masters of Divinity and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University. Kevin is married to his wife, Monica, and is a father of six children and eight grandchildren. 

In this episode, Kevin shares how he found healing in the process of converting to Catholicism.  As a Catholic counselor, he speaks about several spiritual tools we have available to us as Catholics that can help us heal childhood wounds and overcome generational spirits that may be haunting our families.

How to reach Kevin:

Website:  https://associationofcatholiccounselors.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/romancatholiccounseling

Email:  catholicevangelism1@gmail.com

Phone:  (918) 406-6682

Resources: 

Spiritual Approaches to Healing Addiction Book

Buy it here – https://amzn.to/2muimy4

Spiritual Approaches to Healing Addiction Workbook

Buy it here – https://amzn.to/2lxBdrN

True Stories from the Dance Floor: The things we learn when dancing with others

Buy it herehttps://amzn.to/2mrRz5v

Journey Home Article – Kevin’s Conversion Story

https://chnetwork.org/story/charismatic-comes-home-conversion-story-kevin-stephenson/?fbclid=IwAR34APu7qZy9c3tkgVBjYzFtlfU55v4egnj3tzk1Zg_LqVUDmJVaoVx-TTY

Kevin’s Conversion Story on The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi