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Danielle shares advice, encouragement, and connection for Catholic women in all walks of life.

Girlfriends (A Podcast for Catholic Women‪)‬ Danielle Bean

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

Danielle shares advice, encouragement, and connection for Catholic women in all walks of life.

    When Big Kids Leave the Church

    When Big Kids Leave the Church

    In this episode, Danielle Bean discusses the topic of when big kids leave the Church with her guest, Celeste Behe. They talk about the challenges and heartbreak that parents face when their adult children choose to leave the faith. Celeste shares her personal experience and how it led her to start the St. Monica Ministry, which offers support and hope to families and friends of fallen away Catholics. They discuss the importance of prayer, the power of community, and the need to focus on the love and beauty of our bodies as mothers. Overall, the episode offers encouragement and resources for those dealing with this difficult situation.

    Takeaways
    When adult children leave the church, parents often feel guilty and alone, but it's important to remember that their story is not over yet and to continue praying for them.The St. Monica Ministry provides support and hope to families and friends of fallen away Catholics through meetings, holy hours, and the Wayfaring St. Monica program.It's important to be mindful of the influences we allow into our lives and to focus on the love and beauty of our bodies as mothers.Prayer and confession can help us overcome negative thoughts and tendencies and remind us of God's unconditional love for us.Learn more about Celeste and the St. Monica Ministry.

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    • 44 min
    What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

    What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

    In this episode, Danielle Bean discusses what to do when you feel overwhelmed. She shares personal experiences of feeling overwhelmed and offers practical advice on how to handle it. Her four main suggestions are: give yourself a break, ask for help, get a fresh perspective, and pray. She emphasizes the importance of self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support from others. She also recommends praying the Litany of Trust and the Surrender Novena to help cultivate trust in God and surrender to His will.

    Takeaways
    Feeling overwhelmed is a common experience, especially during busy seasons of life.It's important to give yourself a break and be honest about what you can realistically handle.Asking for help and seeking support from others is essential in managing overwhelm.Getting a fresh perspective can help shift your mindset and alleviate stress.Prayer, particularly the Litany of Trust and the Surrender Novena, can provide comfort and guidance in times of overwhelm.Also mentioned in this episode: Litany of Trust and Surrender Novena


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    • 43 min
    Enjoy Greater Intimacy in Your Marriage

    Enjoy Greater Intimacy in Your Marriage

    In this episode of the Girlfriends podcast, Danielle Bean interviews Sarah Bartel about intimacy in marriage. They discuss the lack of conversation around this topic and the need for a Catholic lens when discussing sex and marriage. Sarah shares her journey of becoming a Catholic moral theologian specializing in sexual ethics and marriage. She talks about the challenges women face in this area, including the pressure from a sex-saturated culture and the expectations of purity culture. Sarah emphasizes the importance of emotional connection, communication, and understanding the body's natural rhythms in enhancing marital intimacy.

    Takeaways
    Intimacy in marriage is an important but often overlooked topic that needs to be approached with a Catholic lens.Women often suffer from a lack of information and feel shame when it comes to discussing intimacy in marriage.There is a need for practical guidance and a woman's perspective on this topic in the Catholic world.Marital intimacy requires emotional connection, communication, and understanding of the body's natural rhythms.It is important to approach intimacy in marriage with a positive and holistic view, recognizing the gift and beauty of sexuality.Learn more about Sarah Bartel and her ministry at CanaFeast.com
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    • 39 min
    4 Small Habits That Will Change Your Life

    4 Small Habits That Will Change Your Life

    BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, a brief update on Danielle! She is home from the hospital and doing much better. She is gaining strength every day and is so grateful for all of your prayers and good wishes. This episode was recorded before she got sick, so there is no mention of her illness in this week's show. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. You can et all the latest updates and details at daniellebean.substack.com.

    In episode 419 of the Girlfriends podcast, host Danielle Bean discusses four small, yet significant habits that can profoundly impact one's life.

    Danielle covers the importance of daily prayer and its benefits, emphasizing making prayer a natural part of one’s routine.

    She then addresses the critical role that sufficient sleep plays in overall well-being, offering practical tips for achieving better sleep hygiene.

    The third habit focuses on the power of letting go—of control, resentments, and the need to manage everything—encouraging listeners to trust more in God's plan.

    Lastly, Danielle advocates for hitting the pause button in our fast-paced lives, suggesting breaks from work and technology to enhance mindfulness and presence. Throughout the episode, Danielle interweaves personal insights and actionable advice, aiming to guide listeners towards peace, balance, and joy in family living.

    TakeawaysDaily prayer can reduce stress, increase happiness, and improve relationships.Prioritizing proper sleep is essential for physical and mental well-being.Letting go of things beyond your control can lead to acceptance and trust in God.Taking breaks and disconnecting from technology can help you reflect, recharge, and find balance.
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    • 41 min
    Update From Danielle, Please Pray!

    Update From Danielle, Please Pray!

    A quick explanation on Danielle's absence this week from her daughter, Gabby. Please pray for Danielle's healing and recovery, as she still is in the hospital in NYC. Updates later this week will be available at daniellebean.substack.com. 

    • 42 sec
    The Unique Joys of Reading Aloud (with Sarah Mackenzie)

    The Unique Joys of Reading Aloud (with Sarah Mackenzie)

    In this conversation, Sarah Mackenzie discusses the life and work of Barbara Cooney, a renowned author and illustrator of children's books. Sarah shares her fascination with Barbara's illustration style and her discovery of Barbara's life as a mother of four who placed her drawing table in the busiest room of her house. Sarah also highlights Barbara's commitment to detail and precision in her illustrations and her dedication to visiting the locations she depicted in her books.

    The conversation explores the power of children's books in shaping character and fostering empathy. Sarah emphasizes the importance of reading aloud to children and the impact it has on their development. She also discusses the value of short books and the joy and rest that reading can bring to our lives.

    Takeaways
    Barbara Cooney was a prolific author and illustrator of over 150 children's books, known for her illustration style and attention to detail.Reading aloud to children has a profound impact on their development, fostering empathy, and helping them overcome challenges.Stories have the power to shape character and teach virtues, allowing children to witness characters overcoming obstacles and becoming who they need to be.Short books and children's novels can be a valuable way to nurture a reading habit, especially during busy seasons of life.Reading is not just a task to be accomplished but a gift that brings joy and rest to our lives.Learn more about Read Aloud Revival
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Leewah0956 ,

I love this podcast!

I can’t say enough about how much I love this podcast. Danielle covers so many great and relevant topics with such great tips, tricks, inspiration and awesome guests. She is like a very wise friend! Love it so much!

sophiafrancessca ,

Better than a cup of tea to lift me up

And I'm a tea addict..loose leaf. Danielle is so real, honest, funny, encouraging, uplifting and the list of adjectives goes on. She has been my 'go to' usually on Tuesdays when I'm making supper and the rest of the family know I am NOT to be disturbed. It's been so interesting though to see the occasional teenage boy meander through the kitchen from time to time on the pretense of getting a glass of water or looking in the fridge for something but not finding it....some of Danielle's gems apparently reach even further than to just us women, wives, and mums!! Even if you are not a catholic I would encourage you to listen in because there is much practicality, wisdom, and peace to be gained in listening to this podcast.

Talliwaggers ,

Love it!

I love this podcast! I was cautious from the title as I wasn’t sure if it was going to an in-your-face, high-pitches squeely, podcast, but it is most certainly not. It just the thing I didn’t know I needed in my days! I had no idea Danielle Bean was the author of Momnipotent or Small Steps for Catholic Moms (although her name sounded oddly familiar to me 🤔). Once I realized who is doing this podcast, game over, I am hooked! I love how her writing is like reading a story and this podcast is like sitting down and listening to a friend. Forget binge watching Netflix, I’m binge listening to this podcast!

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