FoC 107: Bringing Catholic Feminism to a Dehumanizing Economy with Samantha Povlock

Can a Catholic be a feminist? What does a Catholic feminism look like? We’re tackling some of these big questions in this episode with the wonderful Samantha Povlock. Samantha is a Catholic mom and Notre Dame grad working in project management in downtown Chicago. She’s also the founder of the popular online community FemCatholic. The first FemCatholic conference, which was wildly successful and inspiring–you gotta check out their speaker lineup!–wrapped up just a couple of weeks ago. We’re so jealous of everyone who got to attend!

In this episode we discuss how our economy and cultural attitude toward families make life difficult for women. We also talk about challenges facing working moms and we dive in to the issues of feminism and the Church. There’s a lot packed in to this episode so grab a cup of tea and listen in!

Links to what we mentioned in today’s episode:T

The FemCatholic Conference 2019

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FemCatholic

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FoC 106: Lent With Tolkien: A Literary Look at the Journey of Lent with Kaitlyn Facista

Lent is upon us! We have some great lenten episodes about the hows and whys of observing Lent in the archives, but we wanted to do something a little different for this year’s Lent episode. Then we had the brilliant idea to have Tolkien aficionado Kaitlyn Facista join us to to help us bring wisdom from The Lord of the Rings to our lenten journey!

Kaitlyn is a Catholic wife and mom and when she’s not spreading joy on Catholic Twitter, she’s sharing a love for Tolkien’s work through the lovely online community she created: Tea with Tolkien. She also hosts a podcast of the same name.

In this episode we discuss the challenges of Lent and how drawing from Tolkien’s themes can inspire us in our lenten journey. We chat about what we can learn from the fellowship in LOTR and their mission, how having companions on the journey enriches our lenten experience, and why even seemingly insignificant small acts can be powerful. Kaitlyn is a delightful guest, so grab a cup of tea (or a brew from the Green Dragon?) and enjoy this episode!

Links to what we mentioned in today’s episode:

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

A Lent of the Lord of the Rings: Reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Over the Season of Lent

Kaitlyn’s book:

To Middle-Earth and Back Again

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FoC 105: Our Marriage Advice: All the Tough Stuff With None of the Romance

Every so often we like to do an episode with just the two of us to answer some of the questions we get frequently from listeners. Today we’re covering….drumroll….MARRIAGE! It was Valentine’s Day when we recorded and considering how we are indeed the queens of romance (har har) we got to talking about love, marriage, and all that mushy stuff. We try to keep things real and honest.

We’re hoping that all our single listeners don’t run straight for the convent after listening to this episode. (Or maybe that was our plan all along…increasing those religious vocations!)

In this episode we talk about the ups and downs that all marriages go through, what mindset shifts have helped us in embracing our vocation to marriage, and how we’re awful at romantic gestures but we’re pretty sure they aren’t what really matters in a committed relationship. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

In this episode we talked about:

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Paris, je t’aime

When a mentally absent spouse is apportioned a third of a marriage: Elizabeth Scalia for Word on Fire

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FoC 104: A Revitalized Church in An Uncertain Time with Brandon McGinley

After reading an inspiring piece by Brandon McGinley about a vision for the future of the Church, we knew we needed to have him back on the podcast to unpack some of those ideas. Brandon is editor of EWTN publishing and he also put together a great book about Catholic fatherhood titled The Joys and Challenges of Family Life. He lives in Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and three kids.

In this episode we discuss how the parish landscape has changed dramatically, especially in urban areas, and how faith life is different now that not everyone can walk to their neighborhood parish. With urban parishes closing or merging, is there hope for urban parish life? What can lay people do to create community in an isolated society and what can parishes offer that’s distinctively Catholic? We also cover how offering beautiful liturgy, prayer, and the sacraments is what will truly attract young people as well as the importance of welcoming and cherishing small children attending Mass. We cover a lot of ground and have a great time tossing around some weighty ideas so grab a cup of coffee and join us!

Links to what we mentioned in today’s episode:

Brandon’s article: America’s Catholic enclaves have vanished. But I can imagine a beautiful future: Catholic Herald

Our first episode with Brandon: The Challenges and Joys of Catholic Fatherhood

Our second episode with Brandon: Attracting with the Transcendent: Why the Beauty of Catholicism Speaks to the Heart

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Brandon’s book:

The Joys and Challenges of Family Life

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FoC 103: Feminism and Gender through the Eyes of Church Theology with Dr. Abigail Favale

When we read two fabulous recent pieces by Dr. Abigail Favale on gender, feminism, and Catholic tradition, we knew we HAD to have her on the podcast. We were thrilled that she was willing to come on the show to talk about her journey from evangelical Christian to progressive feminist to faithful Catholic. It is a fascinating discussion!

Dr. Favale is a mother of three young children and the Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Associate Professor of English at George Fox University. Her new book Into the Deep chronicles her compelling conversion story.

In this episode Dr. Favale shares her discovery of rich Catholic teaching on gender, femininity, masculinity, and Theology of the Body. We discuss  Catholic saints like St. Hildegard von Bingen and Pope St. John Paul II whose explorations of these issues impacted her. We also talk about the difficulty of dialoging about these topics due to confused language and simplistic philosophies that ignore the deep, Catholic alternative to both “traditional gender roles” and modern secular feminism.

So grab a cup of tea and get ready to tackle some exciting ideas!

Things we talked about in this episode…

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Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Favale

Hildegard of Bingen’s Vital Contribution to the Concept of Women (article for Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal)

Confessions of a Feminist Heretic (article for Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal)

Theology of the Body by Pope St. John Paul II

The Concept of Woman by Sister Prudence Allen

The Eternal Woman by Gertrud von le Fort

Essays on Woman by Edith Stein

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FoC 102: New Year, Same Us; or Why Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions During the Twelve Days of Christmas with Rosie Hill

We’ve got a treat for you because in this first episode of 2019 we are chatting with the lovely Rosie Hill, homeschooling mom of six with one on the way, voice behind popular site A Blog for My Mom, homesteader, and generally fabulous and fun gal!

Rosie’s family lives in a 19th century farmhouse an hour outside of Washington, DC so we had to talk about rural live versus urban life and which natural predators we are most worried will attack our kids (obviously). We also did some real talk about the twelve days of Christmas and how moms might not be feeling joyous due to all the work it takes to coordinate the holidays for their families.

And since we just entered a new year we discussed the whole idea of new year’s resolutions/word of the year/goals and whether we do them, what worked for us in 2018, what never works for us, and some things we want to shoot for in 2019.

So grab a cup of tea (and somebody please help Christy with her lunch dilemma)!

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FoC 101: Pieper for the People; Real Festivity in a Hallmark World with Bo Bonner

It’s almost Christmas, one of the great festivals of Christianity, so in this episode we tackle festivity.  Haley just finished a book on the topic by the fabulous Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper and is now on a Pieper kick. When we were thinking about Pieper aficionados who could make philosophy a lot of fun to podcast about, we knew Bo Bonner was the man for the job and he did not disappoint!

Bo is a Catholic convert, father of four, and the Director of the Zita Institute as well as Director of Mission and Ministry at Mercy College of Health Sciences. He’s an instructor for the Faith Journey Catechetical Institute for the Diocese of Des Moines, and Co-Host of “The UnCommon Good” on Iowa Catholic Radio. He’s also hilarious and a blast to talk to.

In this episode we discuss how our culture fails in it’s celebrations of Christmas and what an authentic festival of Christmas would look like. We touch on everything from Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to hot takes about ugly Christmas sweater parties. We tried not to say things that will offend anybody but we probably failed so our apologies in advance!

Christmas is on it’s way so grab a glass of egg nog and enjoy the episode.

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Things we talked about:

In Tune with the World by Josef Pieper

Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

Divine Madness by Josef Pieper

Things we talked about:

This article about Christmas Festivity on Public Discourse

Hayes Carll song Jesus and Elvis

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This episode is sponsored by Louise Boychuk of Vitae Fertility Education

Louise is a Marquette Method of NFP Instructor and provides one-on-one teaching to clients anywhere in the world over live video. She’s written two comprehensive user manuals (one for regular cycles, and one for the breastfeeding transition), so clients have a resource to help explain the science and research behind the method. For more information about the method, to register for services, or to sign up for a free consultation, Louise can be reached through the Vitae Fertility website.

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FoC 100: Living Liturgically Like A Boss with Kendra Tierney

Over the past couple of months there has been an outcry. An outcry for Kendra Tierney to join us on the podcast and talk liturgical living and her new book: The Catholic All Year Compendium!

Kendra is known as “The Liturgical Living Queen.” Okay, maybe that’s just what we call her. She is the voice behind popular blog Catholic All Year, author of two books published by Ignatius Press, wife to Jim, and mom to nine kids who romp around the 100-year-old home the Tierney’s are renovating in sunny California.

In this episode we pepper Kendra with our burning questions about the liturgical year like how to get started observing it, what fruits it will bear in our families, and how husbands can get involved.

So grab a cup of tea and join us!

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Kendra’s book

Order The Catholic All Year Compendium from Barnes and Noble

Things we talked about:

The Year and Our Children by Mary Reed Newland

Our other episode with Kendra

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This episode is sponsored by Wee Believers.

If you haven’t checked them out, you should head over to their website featuring faith-based gifts for kids. They have some fabulous items that are perfect for Advent. Enter CELEBRATE at Checkout for 30% off your entire order at WeeBelievers.com

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FoC 099: Our Honest Take on Homeschooling: Without all the Sunshine and Rainbows

Every so often we like to do an episode with just the two of us to answer some of the questions we get frequently from listeners. Today we’re covering….drumroll….HOMESCHOOLING! We get asked all the time why we homeschool and what it looks like for our families so we wanted to dive in with some real talk.

Caveat: We do NOT think that everyone has to homeschool or that it’s the best option for every family. We are not judging you if you don’t homeschool and we have plenty of days when sending our kids off on the school bus sounds like a delightful fairyland.

In this episode we talk about our own educational backgrounds, why we decided to homeschool, and how it helps us live out the goals we have for our family life. We also talk about what most annoys us about homeschooling and how homeschooling is really just 90% parenting. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

In this episode we talked about:

Our episode all about Advent

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids

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FoC 098: The Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Goodness of Our Bodies with Amanda Martinez Beck

 

Our relationship with our bodies is a topic that comes up a lot in our Facebook group. But not just there. This topic comes up everywhere else, too!

After reading Amanda Martinez Beck’s book Lovely we knew we needed to have her on the podcast to talk about body image and what it means to have a theological foundation for how we view the goodness of the bodies God has given us.

Amanda is a wife, mama, author, and size dignity activist. In this episode discuss the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are told about our bodies and how we can be in danger of failing to see their goodness. We also chat about how a Catholic theology of the body can be an antidote to the negative cultural messages that surround us. We discuss the damaging concept that certain kinds of bodies are morally superior and the difficulties of navigating medical care.  And we top it off with why we need saints of all sizes!

So grab a cup of tea and join us!

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Amanda’s book

Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me by Amanda Martinez Beck

Things we talked about:

The article Haley mentioned: Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong: Huffington Post

Chesterton’s lack of temperance could block canonization: Catholic Household

And the rebuttal: Chesterton the Glutton and the Drunk: Catholic Household

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And don’t forget that for a limited time you can currently get Haley’s liturgical living eCookbook Feast! as part of the online More 4 Mom Catholic Conference package!

Check it out here.

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