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This week our special guest is children's book author Josephine Nobisso. Josephine chats with Danielle Bean about beauty and truth and ways we can use children's literature to reach young people's hearts and build them up in their faith. Josephine shares about working with illustrator Ted Schluenderfritz and their new project together, Portrait of …
 
Lorissa and Sterling are together on this podcast sharing their favorite life coaching tool... processing pain. We know, it doesn't sound fun but it's everything. If you learn how to process the pain you feel in your life, you will feel more in control of how you show up. Things become less scary and then you are able to go out and be courageous in…
 
This week, our guest is Barb Szyszkiewicz, author of The Handy Little Guide to Prayer. Barb chats with Danielle Bean about what prayer is and why it is important. Barb and Danielle discuss ways to make prayer a regular part of your everyday routines and share ideas for new ways to pray and encouragement for those who struggle with prayer. The Handy…
 
What's in your book bag this summer? This week, Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras discuss what recent books they have read or are reading so far this summer along with suggestions for non-fiction, fiction, and spiritual reading. Also, we share ideas for ways to make more time for reading, as well as ways to encourage kids to read even when school i…
 
In this episode, Lorissa talks about the stories we tell ourselves and the power those stories have in our lives. Some of the negative stories can hold us back or even derail us from getting the results we want to get in our lives. Lorissa challenges us to spend some time reflecting on the stories that may no longer be serving us and intentionally …
 
Our guests this week are Greg and Lisa Popcak, co-directors of the Peyton Institute for Domestic Church Life. Greg and Lisa share about the founding of the Institute and the good work it is doing to help support families in raising kids in the Faith. We discuss the idea of the "Liturgy of the Domestic Church," what that means and some easy ways we …
 
Join Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean for a discussion of how moms can make room for fitness in their everyday lives. Lisa shares ways that even very normal activities, like cleaning, waking, or caring for small children can "count" as daily exercise. The important thing is to keep moving! Some tools we mention: Silver Sneakers Peloton app How about y…
 
As busy moms with demanding schedules and hectic lives, we oftentimes find ourselves drowning in stress and overwhelm and it takes everything we can to keep our heads above the water. But is this what God really desires for our lives? In this episode, Lorissa shares some tools from her toolbox on how to manage stress and overwhelm and how to live f…
 
What are your family's plans for fun this summer? Vacation? Relaxation? A break from typical routines? Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras share some ideas from their own family plans for fun this summer,as well as some things they have enjoyed in the past, when all their kids were younger. Having fun together as a family does not have to overwhelm m…
 
You know you beat yourself up in your mind. A lot. In this episode, you're going to find out why you do that and why it's powerful to give this voice a name. You are not your thoughts. You are the watcher of your thoughts. Befriending the mean girl is the best way to change your thinking and take control of how you show up in your life.…
 
We are going to the movies! This week, Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey share some movies they have enjoyed recently, along with some that they are looking forward to seeing this season. Here are our picks: For family movies, Danielle recommends Yesterday, and Lisa recommends Finding Ohana. For girls' night movies, we recommend Always be My Maybe, Our…
 
This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean take inspiration from Catholic Mom contributor Mary Lou Rosien's recent article about practicing the faith and passing it on to your kids. Mary Lou uses the word PRACTICE to share eight ways parents can share the faith with their kids. Danielle and Allison discuss each of these, adding their own ideas an…
 
This week, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean discuss the idea of "beginning again." We all have moments in life where our regular routines and commitments get interrupted and then, after a time, we need to come back to our old ways and assess which things we want to pick up again. Lisa shares about the process of doing this after being away and mournin…
 
Could you use a little more peace in your life? Sometimes we don’t think God is listening to us. We send up our prayers and they feel as if they go unanswered but God is always working in the background. Listen to this powerful story, two stories really, of how God used seemingly frustrating moments to bring peace and love into the world!…
 
How can we make Scripture part of our everyday experiences? Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras share ideas and resources for ways to make Bible study a daily habit as well as creative ideas for praying with Scripture. Some resources they share include: Stay Connected journals The Better Part series by Fr. John Bartunek Courageous Virtue Ave Catholic…
 
Danielle Bean sits down with Catholic Mom contributor Erin McCole Cupp, author of the upcoming new book, All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family. Erin shares about her own difficult upbringing and how overcoming the wounds of her past has been a help to her as she learns to parent her own children. Please join us for a moving…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean share ideas about gardening and how outdoor spaces can be beautiful places to connect with God. An especially lovely way to celebrate the month of Mary would be to create a Mary Garden. Allison and Danielle talk about praying with Mary in the garden, different ways to plant a Mary garden, and introduce a fun new wa…
 
Our guest this week is Sam Fatzinger, co-author with her husband Rob Fatzinger, of the new book A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More: Advice from a Debt-Free Family of 16. Sam chats with Danielle Bean about what it was like to write this book with Rob and what motivated them to share financial advice with other Catholic families. Toget…
 
Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey discuss reading spiritual classics. Working from a list of must-read Catholic classics, they discuss the fact that the way we read spiritual works can shift and change as our lives change and we grow older. Sometimes, we need to be a bit discerning when reading spiritual books, as some of the advice may not apply to ou…
 
This week we are chatting with Sarah Christmyer, a Catholic author, Bible teacher, and speaker with a special love for lectio divina and journaling as ways to draw close to Christ in Scripture. Sarah's latest book is Becoming Women of the Word: How to Answer God’s Call with Purpose and Joy (Ave Maria Press). Sarah blogs at ComeIntoTheWord.com. Sara…
 
Our guest this week is Maureen O'Brien, author of What Was Lost: Seeking Refuge in the Psalms. Maureen shares with host Danielle Bean how she came to write this book which chronicles a very hard and difficult time in her life. Maureen O'Brien was facing divorce, cancer, and a major personal injury when she began the daily practice of praying with t…
 
What is the best gift you've ever given someone? Maybe it was a surprise for your husband. Maybe it was something special for one of your children. What is the greatest gift you've ever received? Maybe it was a surprise. Maybe it was something you didn't even know you wanted. Lorissa shares a beautiful story about a gift she gave her son and what t…
 
He is risen! He is truly risen! The long days of Lent are over, and it is time to celebrate and rejoice. This week, Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras share some thoughts on ways that we can change our spiritual practices from Lenten penance to Easter joy. What good habits did you establish during Lent that you will want to hold onto through Easter?…
 
How do we raise saints? We teach them to discern the will of God and to obey what the Lord tells them. But we live in a world that's so loud, few of us know how to hear the Lord's voice anymore. What if the best chance we can give our children is to teach them to manage their minds? To quiet the chatter so they can hear God? In this episode, we lay…
 
We live in a world that is very divisive right now. It seems everywhere we look, there are disagreements. Learn how we can disagree gracefully with others and how to transform the way we disagree into an opportunity for deeper connection. Learn how to put more love into your disagreements and end up with even stronger relationships in the end. Show…
 
Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey talk about getting enough rest -- why is this important and how can we take better care of ourselves when it comes to getting the rest we need? Lisa shares some ideas she is learning while reading Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta. We also mention some stats on how people sleep and discuss som…
 
Are you feeling the winter blahs? Does it feel like this Lent has gone on forever? This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean share some simple ideas for ways you can boost your mood. They discuss some easy ways to add a bit of color, joy and beauty to your everyday living spaces, as well as enliven your spiritual life. Tune in for fun conversati…
 
Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey host a conversation about ways we can learn to trust in God. How can we grow in trust? This is one of the hardest things we ever need to do -- let go of control and let God work in our lives.Turning over our lives to God and praying those words "Thy will be done," can a serious challenge, especially when we suffer thro…
 
This week, our guest on the Catholic Momcast is Nicole O'Leary. Nicole sits down with Danielle Bean for a discussion of the Mass with a special focus on ways we can grow in our understanding of it and love for it during the season of Lent. What really happens at Mass? The pandemic forced many of to come to terms with some ways we have been taking t…
 
Every mom needs to hear this! Lorissa shares a story about what some teens told her about heaven and hell. Spoiler alert: they actually wanted to go to hell because they thought it was a party. Listen to this amazing conversation and how she responded. We can all share these tools with our kids! Find show notes at www.madeforgreatness.co/18…
 
This week on the Catholic Momcast, our special guest is Alex Dee, digital content creator and manager at Family Rosary with Holy Cross Family Ministries. Alex shares thoughts about observing Lent for the first time as a dad, as well as ways to establish habits of prayer in your family. Lent is the perfect time to work on making family prayer a habi…
 
How are you planning to observe Lent in your family this year? This week, Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras share ideas for observing Lent together with your family. They discuss how family traditions and practices change as children grow older as well as ways to make Lent a meaningful season in your marriage. Allison shares about a recent video co…
 
This week Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean are taking on all the negativity in the world and Church today and recommending a powerful dose of positivity instead. How might your relationships benefit from a focus on the positive? As a wife, and as a mother, do you have a bad habit of focuses on the negative? Building up and encouraging the people we lo…
 
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