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FoC 093: Becoming Saints in a Time of Crisis with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

 

Our summer break and Haley’s maternity leave is over! (And Baby Hildie is safely here after a wild arrival.) We have many great episodes planned for the fall but we wanted to first address the clerical abuse crisis in the Church. It’s a very difficult topic, so we knew we would need just the right person to discuss it with. Providentially, Meg Hunter-Kilmer was driving through Waco and gave an IN STUDIO interview (AKA Haley’s living room).

Meg is, in her words,  a “hobo missionary.” Trained in theology at Notre Dame, she travels all over the world as a Catholic speaker and evangelizer. She also podcasts and writes about the saints. In this conversation about the abuse crisis, we asked Meg about saints who lived during times of crisis in the Church and how we can emulate them in their commitment to speak difficult truths (even to the pope like St. Catherine of Siena did!) and their pursuit of holiness.

In today’s episode we discuss our responses to news about the crisis and ways to take action through practical means like letter writing and spiritual practices of prayer and fasting. We hope this episode will give you some hope in the midst of the heartbreak we are facing.

In this episode we talked about:

Meg’s previous podcast episode

The Siena Project

The homily Meg wrote: Please Don’t Leave Jesus

Letter to Pope Francis from Catholic Women

On the Catholic Clergy Abuse and What We Can Do: Blessed Is She

Sack Cloth and Ashes Prayer and Fasting Movement: Catholic All Year

What Can WE Do About the Abuse Crisis? (Haley’s Blog)

The Church, My Mother (Haley’s blog)

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FoC 092: Catholic Stuff for When You’re Freaking Out

It’s just Christy and Haley on today’s episode before we take our summer break (as Haley stares down the last few days of her pregnancy!).  We chat about seasons or circumstances when we have felt helpless, how hard it is to know we’re not in control, and how experiencing helplessness can be good for us spiritually if we turn to God in our distress. We also share about how sacraments and sacramentals can comfort us and remind us of God’s love for us.

Then just for funsies we share what books and movies/shows we’ve been enjoying lately. So settle in, grab a cup of something COLD, and listen in!

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In this episode we talked about:

Somebody Feed Phil (On Netflix)

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Woman Who Was Chesterton by Nancy Carpentier Brown

The Americans (Amazon Prime)

Luke Cage (On Netflix)

Seinfeld

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

He Knew He Was Right

The Way We Live Now (Amazon Prime)

Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Haley’s Book Discount Code

The book Haley has been working on for over a year with Ave Maria Press is available for pre-order!

You can gain Haley’s undying loyalty by pre-ordering your copy of The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture today! Pre-orders are crucial to getting Amazon and bookstores to stock a book, especially for new authors, so pretty please support your neighborhood podcasting writing mama. And if you order from her publisher, Ave Maria Press before August 31st you can get 20% off by using the code STEWART

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FoC 088: Opening Your Heart to Life and Love Through Fostering with Annie Tillberg

 

We’ve had it on our hearts to do an episode on foster care and we realized that Annie Tillberg was the perfect guest to share on the topic! Annie and her husband Dan have an amazing story about fostering–both beautiful and heartwrenching. Annie is a blogger and the biological mother of two beautiful girls on earth (and a baby on the way!) and is currently fostering a sweet baby girl as well.

In this episode we talk about the calling that all women have to motherhood and how that calling is not always to biological motherhood but sometimes to spiritual motherhood, adoption, or foster care. You will learn so much about the practical side of how foster parenting works and the goals of foster care (hint: it’s not typically to adopt the child in your care) as well as the discernment process that the Tillbergs went through in their journey of choosing to become foster parents. We also touch on the sacrificial nature of foster parenting and how it can be a living out of the pro-life message. So grab a cup of tea (and maybe a box of kleenex) and enjoy the conversation!

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FoC 087: Should Jo Have Married Laurie and Other Thoughts on Little Women

A new film adaptation of one of our favorite classics, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has just been released to US audiences and so it seems like the perfect time to discuss this timeless coming-of-age novel. In this episode we tackle the big questions: do each of the March sisters grow and develop to the same degree? Should Jo have ended up with Laurie? What is the deal with Meg and John’s weird marital relationship? And is Amy the literal worst?

We really dive into the romantic relationships in the story as well as determine which March sister we most identify with. We also discuss the pros and cons of the various film versions of the story.  This episode was a blast to record, so grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!

In this episode we talked about:

Haley’s review for America Magazine of the new series for BBC/PBS 

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Books and films we talked about:

Little Women

2017 film series

1994 film

 

 

 

 

1949 version

1933 film

Big News!

The book Haley has been working on for over a year with Ave Maria Press JUST became available for pre-order! AND THERE WAS MUCH REJOICING!

You can gain Haley’s undying loyalty by pre-ordering your copy of The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture today! Pre-orders are crucial to getting Amazon and bookstores to stock a book, especially for new authors, so pretty please support your neighborhood podcasting writing mama.

What’s this book all about? It’s part memoir and part reflection and guide to essential elements of intentional Christian living that Haley’s family discovered during an extraordinary year on a farm (with no flushing toilets!) and that they continue to practice today in their little house in the city. You’ll be inspired to:

  • live simply
  • offer hospitality
  • revive food culture and the family table
  • reconnect with the land
  • nurture community
  • prioritize beauty
  • develop a sense of wonder
  • be intentional about technology
  • seek authentic intimacy
  • center life around home, family, and relationships

And people who aren’t just Haley’s mom read it and liked it! Here’s what they said:

“If you’ve ever yearned to make radical changes to your life that will bring you lasting satisfaction, this is the book for you.” —Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of Something Other Than God and One Beautiful Dream

“This book is an antidote to the Throwaway Culture, a blueprint to living a fulfilling life. What St. Benedict did for the early monastics, Haley has done for modern suburbanites and families: provide a compelling rule, a practical life plan, one centered on community, simplicity, and charity.” —Brandon Vogt, Content director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

“Prophets wake us to our true state, call upon us to be better than we are, and demand that we think hard about the life we are living. And thus we shy away from prophets. Haley Stewart, however, won’t let us escape so easily. Hers is a genuinely prophetic voice, but one so full of fun and the sheer joy of living that she thoroughly charmed and convinced me. A wonderfully wise book for our confusing and misguided era.” —Paula Huston, Author of One Ordinary Sunday

So pre-order your copy today!

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FoC 084: The Millennial Crisis of Faith and Longing for the Church with Tyler Blanski

As soon as we read Tyler Blanski’s new spiritual memoir An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance we knew we had to have him back on the show. Tyler has so much wisdom to share about the spiritual landscape millennials experience and we could talk to him for hours!

Tyler and his wife Brittany decided to convert to Catholicism just before the birth of their first child when Tyler was an Anglican seminarian. The story is so compelling! We know you will be spellbound by the beauty of their conversion story and if you grew up in Christian subculture during the 90s and early 2000s Tyler’s experience will absolutely resonate with you.

In this episode we talk about the spiritual crises of our generation, how spouses can help each other on their spiritual journeys, the phenomenon of being “spiritual but not religious,” Christian subculture for millennials, and the Blanski’s beautiful conversion story.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the conversation!

Tyler’s book:

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An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for Religious Abundance

More links:

Haley’s review of An Immovable Feast

Our other episode with Tyler: Seeing the Sacred with Tyler Blanski

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Coming Soon:

This wildly popular bundle comes around just once a year (this is its 6th year!) and it’s only available April 11th-16th.

This year, Haley’s 35 page ebook The Literary Medicine Cabinet: A Guide to Self-Care Through Good Books is one of the 129 resources included!

If you’re ready to organize and declutter your home, learn to balance your many roles, be a more intentional mom, and put delicious meals on the table faster and easier, then you will definitely want to pick up this bundle for just $29.97 (pssst… it’s worth over $3,680!).

But you have to act fast — at a price like this, they can only offer it for six days! And if you grab your bundle through Haley’s author affiliate link, you’ll get a thank you gift of one of her other ebooks of your choice:

Making Big Life Changes Together: Pursuing Your Dreams as a Couple

Feast!: Real Food, Refections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

More Feasts!: Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipe

Get your copy with this link when the sale goes live!

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FoC 079: How to Fight Loneliness and Build Real Friendship with Rebecca Frech

One of the questions we get the most from listeners is “I’m really lonely and feel isolated. How do I build a community and find friends so I’m supported in my faith? ” Well, our friend a former guest on the show, Rebecca Frech is here to share all about doing the hard work of friendship. Rebecca has been researching for and writing a book on the problem of loneliness and how to build good community and she has some brilliant insights to share with us! Did you know that a human being can really only handle a certain number of relationships? Rebecca’s going to tell you what that number is and how to make the most of it.

If you’re not familiar with Rebecca, she is a fiery and fun writer and mom of eight living in Texas. Her new book Can We Be Friends? comes out May 22nd. You can also find her at The Catholic Conspiracy.

In this episode we discuss the pervasive problem of loneliness in our culture and how our connection to virtual life through social media is both a symptom and a contributor to this problem. Rebecca gives us some real talk about doing the work of finding friends (“go where the people are!”) and how to go about building up a real community. We know you’ll love this episode, so grab a cup of tea and listen in!

Books We Talked About in this Episode:

Can We Be Friends? by Rebecca Frech

(You can pre-order and it releases May 22nd!)

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

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FoC 077: What The Little Way Means for Your Holiness with Nancy Bandzuch

Regardless of your vocation, the Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux can help you in your spiritual life. But what exactly is this Little Way and how does it work on a practical level? This is what we wanted to discuss and we knew just the right person to invite to share her wisdom on this topic: Nancy Bandzuch! Nancy is a mom of many little ones who has shared extensively about the spirituality of St. Therese on her blog Do Small Things with Love and her podcast Just One Small Thing. She is so lovely and down to earth.

In this episode Nancy talks us through St. Therese’s Little Way and acceptance of our own smallness can open us up to the grace God wants to offer us and lead us to holiness. Nancy also explains some misconceptions about St. Therese since many of us have trouble connecting with her because we assume St. Therese didn’t struggle  like we do ( her writings show that she really did!).  We also get into what living out the Little Way looks like in our daily lives and how it can help us in our vocations. It’s an inspiring and beautiful message, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Books we talked about in this episode:

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The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

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And don’t forget that you can get Nancy’s 2018 Catholic Women’s Companion Planner at the discounted rate of $30 for FoC listeners! Just head here to see more details or make your order.

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FoC 074: Open Heart Parenting on the Autism Spectrum with Carolyn Svellinger

Caring for children with special needs is a challenge that so many families face. We’ve been inspired by how artist Carolyn Svellinger has vulnerably shared about her family’s journey with one of their sons who has autism and really wanted her voice to be heard on the podcast. Carolyn is a mom of four boys (and one on the way!) with a lovely blog, Svellerella, and beautiful etsy shop.

In this episode Carolyn shares her story of discovering that her son Emmett had autism and how special needs parenting has expanded her heart and her understanding of what it means to be pro-life and honor the dignity of each person. We discuss how friends and relatives can support and encourage families with children on the spectrum as well as how Carolyn balances self-care and her creative work with her obligations to her family. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the conversation!

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FoC 073: What Makes a Good Mystery? A Discussion on G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Stories

 

Every so often we tell the listeners ahead of time about a great book we want to discuss and have a little FoC “book club.”  This time it’s the Father Brown stories by famous British Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton.  A longtime favorite of Christy’s, Father Brown was a new read to Haley. The central character, Father Brown, is an ordinary and humble Catholic priest with the ability to get to the heart of the matter and solve murder mysteries when everyone else is baffled. These classic detective short stories are full of charm and wit.

In our discussion we tackled some fun topics such as why we are drawn to mysteries and Chesterton’s take on detective fiction and how the character of Father Brown is a response to popular detective characters of the time like Sherlock Holmes. We also compared Chesterton’s tales to the recent Father Brown television series (and some of our other favorite murder mysteries).

We had a lot of fun chatting about this lovely read and we tried not to spoil the tales for you if you haven’t had a chance to pick them up yet. So grab yourself a basket of laundry or a cup of tea and enjoy!

Today’s book:

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Father Brown: The Essential Tales

Other books we talked about:

G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense by Dale Ahlquist

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

In this episode:

A Defense of Detective Stories by G.K. Chesterton

Father Brown (also streaming on Netflix)

Father Brown

Sherlock

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Luther

And check out our previous book episodes!

We’ll definitely be chatting more about Father Brown in our Facebook group so be sure to join in over there!

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FoC 070: Uncharted Territory: Getting Real About Natural Family Planning with Jenny Uebbing

Well, folks, it seems like whenever we have Jenny Uebbing on the show we always talk about sex. We’re teasing her that it’s just her brand now. Jenny is a mom of four (with one on the way!) living in Colorado. She is the voice behind the popular blog Mama Needs Coffee where she isn’t afraid to get into the nitty gritty of topics like NFP.

Today we are getting into some real talk about natural family planning: what it looks like in real life, how the Church can better support couples, and why we should be honest about the ups and downs of our experiences with it. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the conversation!

Links discussed in this episode:

Jenny’s posts:

Christy’s NFP talk

Haley’s post about how NFP should be a part of parish life

The last time Jenny was on the podcast

Connect with Jenny:

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There’s a beautiful new collection called Botanical Rosaries that contains botanical watercolor paintings of flowers that historically represent the mysteries of the rosary.
All of the artwork and hand lettering are done by Katrina Harrington, the watercolor artist behind the shop and is inspired by the saints and historical botanical Christian meanings.

 

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And don’t forget that we’ve chosen our next FoC book club pick: Father Brown: The Essential Tales

Grab yourself a copy and join us for an end of the summer episode of discussion!

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