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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 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. 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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Made for Love Ep 33: Momento Mori, Dying Well

Posted Feb. 28, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Every one of us faces death; it is a door we think that we walk through alone. But Catholics know that there is Someone who is with us even in death: Jesus Christ. Today we’re talking about dying well. This episode features Sister Theresa Aletheia, of the Daughters of St. Paul and Fr. Paul Dressler, O.F.M. Cap.

Sr. Theresa Aletheia has some great resources for Lent about this theme! Check out her website Pursued By Truth for more information.

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Made for Love Ep 31: The Joy of Pets

Posted Feb. 1, 2019 by DOM No comments yet

Pets can make a huge positive difference in the life of a family. They can bring out different sides of family members, provide an opportunity to learn responsibility, and provide surprises and entertainment. On this episode, we’ll hear from Bishop Vann (Orange), who is a dog-lover, Sarah Hinds, who grew up with horses and other pets, Fr. Brian Mahoney, who writes about his cats in his parish bulletin, and a few kids with pets!

Here’s a reflection by participant Sarah Coffey on her blog about how pets can be good for your soul!

 

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Made for Love Ep 28: The Dating Podcast: Young Adults

Posted Dec. 28, 2018 by DOM 1 comment

The Dating Podcast: Young Adults
There’s a lot of secular evidence that there isn’t a great dating culture in America right now. What about dating as a Catholic? Today we’re talking with Dr. Kerry Cronin, the professor from Boston College who is featured in the film, The Dating Project, Dr. Paul Gondreau from Providence College, and LMFLY interns Kelly Walsh and Elizabeth Plaza.

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In the first week of January, we will post a review of the movie The Dating Project by Elizabeth Plaza. Stay tuned!

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Made for Love Ep 27: The Holidays: Family Festivities

Posted Dec. 13, 2018 by DOM No comments yet

The first time Alice went to Christmas with Jeff’s family, things were a little different. How do you navigate the holiday season and juggle all the family traditions with grace? Hear a few stories that will get you ready for Christmas. Also features Bishop Ricken (Green Bay) and Aaron and Lindsay Weldon.

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Made for Love Ep 26: Big Catholic Families

Posted Nov. 30, 2018 by DOM No comments yet

SPECIAL NOTE: Made for Love is now available on iTunes under its own name! (Not only under “USCCB Clips”) So please subscribe and review and tell your friends!

God’s gifts are often abundant! Today we talk with three Catholic families who have big families (by today’s standards): Jerry and Kate Hadley, parents of 10 children, along with their 3rd (Cecilia) and 8th (Tim) children; Andrew and Vivian Nelson, who are expecting their 8th child, and Sam Fatzinger, mother of 13+1 foster child.

The Fatzinger family was profiled by The Washington Post for their debt-free college plan. They also run the Large Family Resource website.

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