FoC 111: Brave Enough to Give Up Control with Mary Lenaburg


The moment we met (in real life) today’s guest, Mary Lenaburg, hugs abounded. After following Mary and her beautiful story for years, we felt like she was already a dear friend. After you hear today’s episode, you’ll feel like you know her, too. She’s just that wonderful.

Mary is a speaker, author, wife, and mother of two. Her new book, Be Brave in the Scared, offers wisdom about giving God control over our lives as Mary shares the story of loving her daughter, Courtney, from birth, through medical nightmares, during years of caring for her special needs, and the holy beauty of finding joy and being drawn to Jesus through it all. With vulnerability about dark times in her marriage and her relationship with God, Mary sheds light on rejecting shame and accepting God’s grace and will for our lives. You can’t have a conversation with Mary and not laugh, cry, and feel encouraged and inspired to love more deeply and follow Jesus more closely.

In this episode we talk about the terror we feel over facing the fact that we’re not in control of our lives. Thankfully, God is in charge and not us, but it takes being pushed completely out of our comfort zones to accept this truth. We know you’ll love this conversation so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Links for this episode:

Our first episode with Mary (and part II).

Mary’s brand new book:

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Be Brave in the Scared

How to connect with Mary:

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FoC 110: Getting to Heaven One Pair of Pants at a Time with Blythe Fike

Blythe Fike is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. We love any chance to chat (and laugh) with Blythe. By the end of this episode you’ll want her to be your life coach, I promise. (She’s not a life coach, you’ll just wish she was, and that she was taking on new clients, and that one of the clients was you.)

Blythe is a blogger at The Fike Life, wife to Kirby, and mom to eight kids. She lives in sunny LA in a fantastic mid-century home. Blythe has a great conversion story and is full of love for her Catholic faith.

In this episode we talk about everything from being bad at prayer to finding God in the daily tasks He puts in front of us. We discuss the importance of having an eternal perspective and how the heck it’s possible to love God more than we love our kids. We felt so inspired by talking with Blythe and we know you’ll love the conversation!  So if you’re ready to laugh, and maybe cry, grab your cup of coffee and enjoy.

Our first episode with Blythe (also with a title about pants!)

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FoC 109: The Busy Gal’s Guide to Walking Through Holy Week

It’s Holy Week and we’re here to talk about how we do it. Now that we’ve all survived Palm Sunday Mass (AKA “stop poking your sibling with that palm during the LONG reading of the Passion, the palm is NOT a sword”) it’s time to really dive into this week that prepares us for Easter.

We recorded this episode before the Notre Dame fire and, to be honest, we’re both still reeling from that loss. If you’re grieving over it, too, we hope you find some joy in this episode and inspiration for walking with Our Lord in this holy time.

In this episode we talk about what Holy Week looks like at our houses. With 9 kids between us our homes are hardly filled with monastic silence, but the week does feel set apart. We share all about what Masses we try to attend, how to set a tone of somber reflection even with lots of kids, how we do Good Friday fasting for kids, whether we brave the Easter Vigil, special Easter traditions and more! So grab a cup of something penitential and listen in!

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FoC 108: Made for Communion, Not Hookups with Tim O’Malley

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We live in a hookup culture that fears authentic intimacy above all else. What kind of problems does that cause in marriage? And how can sacramental marriage heal those wounds? That’s what we’re talking about in this episode with Dr. Timothy O’Malley, author of Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating and Marriage in a Hookup World, the book we wish would be used EVERYWHERE for marriage prep.

Tim is a husband, father of two, and the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life as well as academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He and his family live in South Bend, Indiana.

In this episode we discuss how married sex can be overemphasized as the center of married life, how the true nature of marriage is communion and deep friendship, and how raising children fits into everything. We also chat about misconceptions about marriage we have personally suffered from and how a Catholic view of marriage as two people helping each other to Heaven differs from the cultural concept of marriage as achieving personal fulfillment. It’s a great conversation so grab a cup of coffee and listen in!

Tim’s book:

Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating and Marriage in a Hookup WorldT

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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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