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Made for Love Ep 51: Engagement: Planning a Wedding or a Marriage?

Posted Dec. 10, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Engagement is an exciting time for a man and a woman who have decided to marry; but how do they spend those months before the wedding? Planning for their marriage, or planning the party? This episode features Bishop Warfel from the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Bishop Cary from the Diocese of Baker, Sophie Caldecott, and Cadence McManimon (who missed her own wedding!).

Here’s Sophie’s website including the letter that is referenced in the podcast; and here’s Cadence’s website!

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Made for Love Ep 50: Praying as a Family

Posted Nov. 19, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

No one really teaches families how to pray together. They know they should, but they don’t necessarily know how. Today we’ll hear from some past guests about how they go about praying with their spouse and children. Features Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, Lindsay Schlegal, Dan Meola, David and Kate Dawson, Andy and Sara Sefranek, and Steve and Jacinta Splonkowski.

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Made for Love Ep 49: Losing Everything

Posted Nov. 5, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

God does not promise us that we will be successful in our worldly endeavors. In fact, many of the saints look like total failures from the outside. Today’s episode focuses on one story, similar to episode two. This is Frank Fullin, who went through brain surgery while losing his company, savings, and house all at the same time. He and his wife, Jennifer, describe it as “the most spiritually rewarding time of my life.”

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Made for Love MINISODE: #CapforStrat

Posted Nov. 1, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

What do you do when your Marvel-comic-loving father has 5 weeks to live? Make sure he can see Captain America, of course! Here’s Sophie Caldecott sharing how she did just that, getting the attention of Marvel on social media. This is just a five-minute special for All Saints day!

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Five Weeks Left to Live: #CapForStrat

 

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Made for Love Ep 48: When a Loved One is in Prison, Part Two

Posted Oct. 16, 2019 by DOM 3 comments

When someone comes out of prison, what does the Church do to help them pick up their lives again? Today we’ll talk with Bishop Wack from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and Fr. Dustin Feddon, of Joseph House, Angela Burrin, who ministers at a Maryland women’s prison, and Lindsay Myers.

Here’s a website about Catholic Prison Ministries.

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Made for Love Ep 47: When a Loved One is in Prison, Part One

Posted Oct. 1, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Catholic families suffer separation when one of their members is in prison. What is Catholic prison ministry all about? Today we’ll talk with Bishop Wack from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Bishop Cary of the Diocese of Baker, Fr. Dustin Feddon, of Joseph House, Fr. Michael Carson, who ministered in San Quentin, and Angela Burrin, who ministers at a Maryland women’s prison.

Here’s a website about Catholic Prison Ministries.

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Made for Love Ep 46: Parents, the Primary Educators

Posted Sep. 13, 2019 by DOM 2 comments

What does the Church mean when it insists that parents are the primary educators of their children? Today we’ll talk about some of the different ways that Catholic families engage in education, from homeschooling to co-ops to Catholic schools to public schools. This episode features Mary Pat Donoghue, Executive Director for the Secretariat of Education at the USCCB, Tom Burnford, President and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association, Jay Boren of St. Benedict in MA, Sara and Andy Sefranek, and Lindsay Schlegal, author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God.

Here’s Lindsay Schlegal’s website with more of her writing!

And this is a link to St. Benedict Classical Academy, the school that Jay Boren runs in MA.

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Made for Love Ep 45: Hospitality

Posted Sep. 3, 2019 by DOM 1 comment

Catholic families are called to be missionary disciples, reaching out to others with the love of Jesus. How can spouses cultivate hospitality? This episode features Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei of the Sisters of Life, Soren and Ever Johnson of Trinity House, and Anna Hitchings (an Australian!).

Soren and Ever Johnson are the co-founders of the non-profit Trinity House Community and its Trinity House Café in Leesburg, VA, which will celebrate five years of serving the community this October. This fall, the Johnsons are launching a new phase of the ministry “to renew faith and culture by inspiring families to make their homes into a little taste of heaven.” Learn more about how to host “Heaven in Your Home: A Workshop on How to Build a Flourishing Christian Household” at your parish or school.

Anna Hitchings’ blog is Agony and Hope and the original article that brought her into the spotlight (as discussed on the podcast) is: For want of a lot of good men

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Made for Love Ep. 43: Family Vacations

Posted Aug. 1, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Catholic families are found all around the world getting some rest from the “workaday” world. Listen to a few stories from families on vacation. This episode features the Hadley family, Shemaiah Gonzalez, and David Spesia, Executive Director for the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB.

Shemaiah’s piece on Busted Halo, mentioned in the podcast, is this one: “How I Learned to Let Go of My Worries on Vacation“. She also has her own website.

 

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Made for Love Ep 41: The Four Temperaments

Posted Jul. 1, 2019 by DOM 1 comment

Do you know the four temperaments? Which one are you? Today we focus on the temperaments and marriage. Some temperament matches are going to be “easier” than others, but no matter what temperaments you and your spouse have, you can still help each other get to heaven! This episode features Art and Laraine Bennett, the authors of The Temperament God Gave You (and others), Nick and Lucy van Schaijik, and Brady and Sarah Wilson.

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Made for Love Ep 40: Miscarriage

Posted Jun. 10, 2019 by DOM 2 comments

Every child is a gift, and the loss of even the smallest life is mourned by Catholic parents. Today we’re talking about one of the heaviest crosses that is borne in Catholic family life: miscarriage and infant loss. This episode includes Leah Libresco Sargeant, Laura Fanucci, author, with her husband Franco, of Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage, and Msgr. Donald Sakano from the Archdiocese of New York.

Leah is the author of Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer and Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name

Here’s the Shrine to the Unborn at Holy Innocent Parish in NYC, as mentioned in the podcast.

There is also a ministry called Elizabeth Ministry International that seeks to help families in these situations.

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Made for Love Ep 39: Digital Technology and Family Life

Posted May. 31, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Pope Francis has spoken on numerous occasions, such as the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018, about the impact of technology on family life, and the importance of a family’s “unplugging” in order to be together. Today we’ll talk about how families balance technology, especially social media, and their time together. This episode features Bishop Konderla of the Diocese of Tulsa, Dr. Timothy O’Malley of the University of Notre Dame, Mary Warren of CUA, and Tommy Tighe.

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Made for Love Ep 38: Adult Children of Divorce, Part Two

Posted May. 10, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

When your parents get divorced, it’s not a one-time event. It remains with you for life. Today we continue the conversation with three adult children of divorced parents about the road to healing and how they seek to build up their own families. This episode features Dan Meola, Beth Sri, and LeeAnne Abel.

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Made for Love Ep 37: Adult Children of Divorce, Part One

Posted May. 1, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

The divorce of your mother and father affects you as a child, but not only as a child… Today we introduce you two three adult children of divorce who share their stories and experiences. This episode features Dan Meola, Beth Sri, and LeeAnne Abel. Some of their stories appear in the book Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak by Leila Miller.

Dan Meola’s website for the Recovering Origins retreat will go live on May 4, 2019: Life-Giving Wounds

Here’s Beth’s written piece that I mention on the podcast: God heals a Child of Divorce

And this is a book that Dan Meola references: Between Two Worlds

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Made for Love Ep 36: A Friend is Another Self

Posted Apr. 5, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

There are quotes galore on the joys of friends, and what they bring to our lives. They are “the family we choose for ourselves,” for example. How can a Catholic better learn and live the virtues required to be a good friend? How can married couples cultivate friendships, both as individuals and as a couple? This episode will feature Bishop Caggiano of Bridgeport, Fr. Paul Scalia, James and Danielle Dill, Dr. John Cuddeback, and Mary Warren.

Mary Warren is the author of a book including reflection on women’s friendships.

Dr. John Cuddeback blogs at http://www.baconfromacorns.com/

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Made for Love Ep 35: When It’s All Too Much: Suicide and the Family

Posted Mar. 28, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Catholic families are not immune from tragedy. Today Made for Love addresses the heartbreaking reality of suicide. The episode features Chris Miller, Tommy Tighe, and Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE.

Here’s the Franciscan Life Process Center, where Sr. Colleen Ann has done the retreats mentioned on the podcast.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-8255

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Made for Love Ep 34: Addiction and the Family

Posted Mar. 8, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

How do Catholic families navigate the waters of addiction to drugs or alcohol? How can the Church better support recovery efforts? On this episode, hear from two men in recovery, Dan Buckley and Brian Peck, who were interviewed by Zoey Maraist at the Arlington Catholic Herald, and Bishop Burbidge in the Diocese of Arlington who has many ideas for the Church’s ministry to families dealing with addiction. We also talk with Nina Marie Corona, who experienced the heartache of watching her daughter struggle with addiction and who is certified in alcohol and drug recovery and began the programs “We Thirst” and “Afire.”

Read Zoey Maraist’s story from the Arlington Catholic Herald, “The opioid crisis is ‘a family disease'” and meet Dan and Brian. Check out their podcast— that’s where this audio came from!

I also just realized– Sara, here– that I missed an opportunity to introduce y’all to the Venerable Matt Talbot in this episode! He struggled with alcoholism, and today people ask for his intercession to become sober. I was able to see his Shrine in Dublin when we attended the World Meeting of Families last summer. Outside the shrine, people had written in chalk their names and their lengths of sobriety.

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