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Finding Freedom through Fasting. Catholicism Live Feminine Faith First special edition show. How will fasting help you grow in faith? Tune-in to our Feminine Faith edition of Catholicism Live! March 7, 2017 at 11 am central standard time.

Finding Freedom through Fasting

We talk about setting your Lenten goals with a focus on fasting. Plus, we’ll introduce you to Blessed Esperanza de Jesus, AND give you a Spa Moment for your Soul!

Tips for Living Lent “Entering the Lenten Season” written by Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox

Mother church gives us the gift of the Liturgical Calendar for many reasons, most especially to remind us of the Salvation Plan of God and to help us, her faithful to be united with the Triune God. For instance, during Lent, we are asked to live the three pillars of the Lenten Season – Almsgiving, Fasting and Prayer.

The following are a few ideas or suggestions you can consider doing during the Lenten Season.

  • When you start your day – implore the grace of God to help you see His love for you today.   “Father, Son and Holy Spirit – help me see your love for me today.”
  • Implore your Guardian Angel to assist you throughout the day. Pray the traditional prayer to our Guardian Angel or simply ask your Guardian Angel to walk with you and help you from falling (literally), to help you remain focus.
  • Pray! Make an effort to spend at least 10-15 minutes daily in concentrated prayer.
  • Ask Mary to help you in all you do. Pray the Rosary daily! It only takes 15 minutes. There are so many Rosary meditations available for you to use.
  • Read the Word of God – the Bible. The Word of God is alive and refreshes the soul, because it is The Word! A suggestion would be to read the daily gospel.
  • Fast! Fasting can be food or a meal. However, fasting from something that is keeping you from spending a few minutes with God in prayer. For example: limit time watching television.
  • Almsgiving – collect a few cents/dollars a week and place them in a box/bowl. After the 40 days, you will be surprised what you have collected. Then give this collection to a ministry serving the poor.
  • Read a book that will help you in your spiritual growth.
  • Make an effort to schedule a Holy Hour once a week. OR sometime in silent prayer before Jesus in His Eucharistic Presence. Do not be tempted to bring lots of reading material during this Hour. This Holy Hour is your special time with Jesus, the Son of God! Speak briefly, listen and listen!
  • If married: pray with your spouse daily. Before you sleep –pray the Memorare or other favorite prayer.
  • Pray the Act of Contrition daily, especially before you sleep!
  • Go to Confession. Receive this Sacrament of Reconciliation and healing. Try to schedule this Sacrament once a month.
  • Watch a religious movie such as “The Passion of Christ” by M. Gibson. Or the “Ten Commandments”, a classic.
  • Read a story of a Saint. There are so many! Their lives witnessed courage and humility.
  • Attend one of the spiritual events sponsored by the Pilgrim Center of Hope or a parish mission.

Where is fasting found in the Bible?

Matthew 6:16When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.
Galatians 5:17For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
Romans 7:15 – What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.
Romans 7:5For when we were in the flesh, our sinful passions, awakened by the law, worked in our members to bear fruit for death.
Romans 7:24Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Romans 8:4-6So that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.  The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Galatians 5:24Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.
1 Corinthians 9:27No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

What do the Saints say about fasting?

St Peter Chrysologus – “Fasting is the soul of prayer; mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others.”  

St. Basil the Great – “Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. In war it fights bravely, in peace it teaches stillness.”

St. Jose Maria Escriva – “The world admires only spectacular sacrifice, because it does not realize the value of sacrifice that is hidden and silent.”

How can my relationship with God impact all my relationships? Tune-in to our new Feminine Faith edition of Catholicism Live! Every Tuesday at 11 in the morning Central time. Helping you keep your faith alive!

Finding Joy in Relationships

Mary Jane Fox, Angela Sealana, and Julie Reyna look at relationships & Valentine’s Day from a Catholic point of view, give couples 4 steps for praying together, and have a Heart-to-Heart discussion: “How can my relationship with God impact all my relationships?” Plus, we’ll introduce you to a married couple on the road to sainthood, AND give you a Spa Moment for your Soul!

Finding God in the Chaos

Need help finding God in the midst of a busy schedule or chaotic life? We have some great tips for you.

Angela Sealana, Julie Reyna, and Jessica Rendon dive into…

  • New year’s resolutions: Catholic style
  • Spiritual tips
  • A heart-to-heart conversation with special guest Professor Kathe Lehman-Meyer
  • An inspiring saint.


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Mary, Most Powerful Woman

When you think about powerful women, who first comes to your mind? In December 2015, National Geographic magazine called Mary, Mother of God, the most powerful woman in the world.

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they discuss the impact Mary has had on the world since the beginning of Christianity. During this program we will look at Mary’s role as Mediatrix and intercessor, how often she is mentioned in the Bible, and why Catholics revere her.

Message of Hope:
Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.  – St. Josemaria Escriva

Living Catholicism is a ministry of broadcast, print, and digital media connecting our pilgrimage of daily life with the faith & teachings of the Catholic Church; produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope. It was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

Catholic Women’s Conference – An Introduction

Why does Pilgrim Center of Hope (PCH) present the Catholic Women’s Conference (CWC) each year? Why is CWC so relevant today?

Join PCH Co-Founder & Co-Director Mary Jane Fox and event organizer Nan Balfour as they talk about the origins of CWC. They will share about the forethought, planning, and prayer that goes into selecting relevant topics and securing dynamic speakers year after year.

As part of this special presentation – leading up to CWC 2018 – Mary Jane and Nan will spoke with two previous conference attendees who have been enlightened, encouraged, and transformed by their CWC experiences: One a wife and mother, who was inspired to teach catechism at her parish and Catholic homeschool her four children; the other a licensed professional counselor whose marriage and professional life have been refreshed as the result of CWC.

Some of the topics of discussion include:

  • The main reason for founding CWC – to bring a message of hope to women
  • How CWC helps women cope with many family, financial and societal burdens that are placed on them
  • How women have been healed, renewed, reconciled and given spiritual direction
  • The goal to provide spiritual tools that teach, encourage, and challenge women to be exactly who God created them to be
  • The overall mission of leading women to discover and learn about their true personal dignity in God

 

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Come to Me

This week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Come to Me,” by Mary Jane Fox & Nan Balfour

This book is a spiritual prayer companion for you, and offers just some of the many ways our Mother Church guides us on our earthly journey. It is designed to draw you closer to Christ and help you live out your vocation to womanhood in the days of your weeks, over the obstacles in your way, and through the desires of your heart.  It is written to teach, encourage, and inspire women in our unique and unrepeatable dignity, and to emphasize the importance of women in the Church, in our families, in the world, and—most significantly—to our God!

To purchase a copy of Come to Me, stop by the Pilgrim Center of Hope (7680 Joe Newton St, San Antonio, TX 78251) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Call us at (210) 521-3377.

Copies can also be bought at the Catholic Women’s Conference.

Spa for A Woman’s Soul

Hear from dynamic speakers who share their messages of hope.

The following served as a preview of  the 2018 annual Catholic Women’s Conference (CWC). Nan Balfour, events coordinator at Pilgrim Center of Hope (PCH) spoke with two of the featured speakers at this year’s conference:

  • Award-winning Catholic author Colleen C. Mitchell, whose speaking topics were When We Were Eve, Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be and Who Does he Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels, the titles of her two books. Colleen will speak about how she strives to provide guidance to women who are searching for answers and seeking to find their identity in Christ.
  • Convert and surfer priest Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC – bestselling author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, whose life was changed forever after reading about Our Lady of Medjugorje. He spoke on Mary and the Mystery of Femininity and The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Mary. Fr. Calloway says women have much to learn from the Virgin Mary. Father’s talk helped women to better understand their femininity with a focus on family-life, the workplace, and all other relationships.

This program will also touch on how CWC as a ‘Spa for the Soul,’ strives to provide women with the spiritual tools that teach, encourage, and challenge women to be exactly who God created them to be.

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Beauty & God’s Grace

It’s a “tale as old as time” – even truer than Beauty and the Beast.

Join Mary Jane Fox & Julie Reyna for an exclusive interview with author Lisa Mladinich as she was preparing to speak for a previous Catholic Women’s Conference on “True Radiance: Authentic Beauty at Every Age” and “Once I Was Lost: How God’s Grace Touches Our Lives.” Don’t miss this insightful and refreshing episode!

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

Healing and Direction

Healing & Direction

In this special radio & online exclusive interview with Therese Cirner, professional counselor, author, and speaker, we got a ‘sneak peek’ of her conference talks, “Courage to Heal” and “Six Keys to A Deeper Spiritual Life.” Don’t miss this powerful episode!

Healing Unspoken Wounds

On this episode of Catholicism Live!, we talked with speaker Vicki Thorn as she was preparing to speak at the 2016 Catholic Women’s Conference.

Vicki founded Project Rachel to help facilitate healing for wounds that many people do not speak about. Now, Vicki also helps women and men to be empowered by Catholic teaching about embracing their identity and finding healing for the wounds we carry.

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