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People are good. You might not think that if you listen to traditional news, but that's a lie. Everyday heroes and saints live among us and my goal is to introduce them to you.We are inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, "Do something beautiful for God. Do it with your life. Do it every day. Do it in your own way. But do it!” Leah Darrow, former model and contestant on America's Next Top Model, draws on her experience in the beauty industry to expose the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty in service to mankind.

Do Something Beautiful Leah Darrow

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People are good. You might not think that if you listen to traditional news, but that's a lie. Everyday heroes and saints live among us and my goal is to introduce them to you.We are inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, "Do something beautiful for God. Do it with your life. Do it every day. Do it in your own way. But do it!” Leah Darrow, former model and contestant on America's Next Top Model, draws on her experience in the beauty industry to expose the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty in service to mankind.

    106: The Universal Wound of Women, with Alexandria DeRose

    106: The Universal Wound of Women, with Alexandria DeRose

    Welcome to the first of a 3-part series on the unique and yet also universal wounds that we experience as women. 

    We talk about where these wounds come from, going all the way back to the very first woman, Eve. We talk about our ability, as women, to be mothers, and the nuances of what that means theologically and also practically. We look at how and why our fertility and mentalities around fertility are the primary place that women experience attack. This ultimately means that our relationships suffer from these wounds: with God the Father, with members of the opposite sex, and also with fellow women. And although these wounds are universal, we see that these wounds show up differently for every woman.

    The only remedy is to give our wounds back to the Lord, at the foot of the cross and to ask the Lord for healing!


    Follow Alex on Instagram and at her blog https://www.joymamablog.com/.

    Challenge for the week: Where in your life do you see that you're not fully receptive? Why? Write this one out on paper!

    Tune in to our next two episodes on the unique wounds that women experience around Dreams and Babies.


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    • 26 min
    105: The Poor Need You, and You Need the Poor (with Blake Brouillette)

    105: The Poor Need You, and You Need the Poor (with Blake Brouillette)

    Welcome back to the podcast, Blake Brouillette! If you missed our previous conversation, check that out here!

    We talk about the services Christ in the City provides in the city of Denver. The purpose is twofold:  to form missionaries, and to serve the poor in the chronically homeless.  The hope is that this mission will expand beyond Denver into other communities in need!

    I share how "Blessing Bags", an idea Blake shared with me previously, has changed our family's life. We talk about what it means to see others not as strangers, but as someone who needs love. We also talk about the absolutely indispensable need for community as the basis of mission life (you can't serve strangers if you don't love the people you live with!) We also each share our experiences of thinking we could change the world, and being humbled by what we could learn from the poor. Blake shares some wisdom about finding your own Calcutta, and figuring out how to serve exactly where you are.

    If doing something about homelessness is on your heart, please donate to Christ in the City and help them serve and expand!

    Join Christ in the City on October 2nd for a Virtual Annual Celebration (check the website for details).

    Challenge from Blake: Look to your left. Look to your right. See who are the poor in your community, and find your own Calcutta!




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    No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!

    Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.
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    • 32 min
    104: You are Worthy of Wearing (with Nicole Caruso)

    104: You are Worthy of Wearing (with Nicole Caruso)

    Today's guest is the amazing and inspiring Nicole Caruso!

    Nicole began a movement by encouraging women, including herself, to see ourselves as #worthyofwearing something beautiful, despite the things  we sometimes tell ourselves. You ARE #worthyofwearing!

    We talk about the culture of feeling unworthy, unknown, unloved. We dive into the question of identity, and how can moms work with their daughters to instill confidence and worth. Nicole also shares advice for women ready to begin embracing the idea that they are worthy!

    Nicole also shares some of the positive stories that have come from the movement of #worthyofwearing.

    Order a copy (and one for a friend!) of Nicole's book, Worthy of Wearing: How Personal Style Expresses Our Feminine Genius at worthyofwearing.com!

    Follow Nicole on Instagram @nmcaruso and @worthyofwearing for encouragement in beauty, fashion, healthy living, and self-worth!

    Lord, help me see myself the way you see me.

    Challenge from Nicole: Write down one lie you believe, and ask God to show you three truths to trump that lie.



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    No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!

    Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.
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    • 32 min
    103: What Happens to You When You Listen to Chant? (with Br. Stefan, OP and Br. Alexandre, OP)

    103: What Happens to You When You Listen to Chant? (with Br. Stefan, OP and Br. Alexandre, OP)

    In this episode, Leah is joined by Br. Stefan Ansinger OP and Br. Alexandre Frezzato, OP:  Dominican brothers from the Netherlands and Switzerland, who have begun the OP Chant Project, to provide and promote Gregorian chant according to the Dominican tradition.
    They tell the story of coming to learn and love what Leah's kids refer to as "God's music!"  (Gregorian chant), both before their vocation and in their Dominican community. They also share how and why they began a youtube channel devoted to sharing chant in the Dominican tradition, and what that is. Did you even know there was more than one kind of Gregorian chant?? The Brothers also discuss the uplifting daily effects of bringing Gregorian Chant into your life.

    Advice on getting started: Don't worry about understanding the meaning. Just enjoy the melodies.


    To listen to some of what the Fathers talk about, check out their youtube channel and their website.

    Challenge for listeners from the Fathers: Learn the Chant MediaVita (text below)
     
    The Antiphon “Media Vita” was formerly sung before the “Nunc Dimittis” at compline from the third Sunday of Lent until Passion Sunday. Nowadays it is sung as the Responsory on Saturdays, Sundays, feasts and Solemnities in Lent during Vespers or compline.

    Media vita in morte sumus
    Quem quaerimus adjutorem nisi te, Domine?
    Qui pro peccatis nostris juste irasceris
    Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis,
    Sancte et misericors Salvator,
    Amaræ morti ne tradas nos.

    Versus: Ne projicias nos in tempore senectutis cum defecerit virtus nostra ne derelinquas nos Domine.

    Translation: In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek help but you, O Lord, who for our offences are justly displeased? Yet, O God most holy, O holy and mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, give us not over unto bitter death.

    Verse: Cast us not away in the time of our old age; forsake us not, O Lord, when our strength fails us.
    Yet, O God...




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    Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.
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    • 39 min
    102: For St. Joseph's OTHER Feast Day... Fr. Donald Calloway!

    102: For St. Joseph's OTHER Feast Day... Fr. Donald Calloway!

    In this episode, Leah is joined by Fr. Donald Calloway, author of Consecration to St. Joseph.

    After seeing each other across conferences and on posters for years, Leah and Fr. Donald finally get to meet "for real" and their conversation is worth the wait!

    They discuss his history, what led him to devotion to St. Joseph, how St. Joseph helps to heal father wounds for both men and women, how St. Joseph bridges the gap for us between the fathers we know and the All-Good Father we can find hard to relate to,  how Fr. Donald turns to St. Joseph throughout the day, how much Jesus loves to grant requests to St. Joseph,  and more!

    Order a copy (and one to share!) of Fr. Donald's book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father here.

    Challenge from Fr. Donald Calloway: Get the book to learn more about St. Joseph! But also, just pray an honest prayer for openness to St. Joseph's influence and protection in your life.


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    • 38 min
    101: Be Bold in the Broken (with Mary Lenaburg)

    101: Be Bold in the Broken (with Mary Lenaburg)

    In this episode, Leah talks with gifted storyteller Mary Lenaburg about her new forthcoming book, Be Bold in the Broken. In this her second book, Mary —the author of Be Brave in the Scared—explores her journey to self-acceptance as she struggled to make sense of who she is and what she had to offer. Leah and Mary discuss 

    Learn more about Mary at her website, www.marylenaburg.com
    Follow her on Instagram @marylenaburg or on Facebook at MaryLenaburgWriter
    Order a copy (and maybe one to share!) of Mary's books:
    Be Bold in the BrokenBe Brave in the ScaredChallenge from Mary: Are you prepared to meet God today?

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    • 55 min

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I have been binge listening to this podcast for several months especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I went on personal leave and now, on maternity leave. Each episode has been SO inspiring and motivating to me, so that I can find ways in my life to do something beautiful for God and for those around me. (Which is also doing something beautiful for Him) You NEED Leah in your life, and seriously praise GOD for you Leah and the work you do! You are also a huge inspiration to me as a mother. ❤️

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