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Join Chloe Langr as she explores how Catholic women embrace their unique feminine genius in their ordinary, daily life.

Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius Chloe Langr

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Join Chloe Langr as she explores how Catholic women embrace their unique feminine genius in their ordinary, daily life.

    A Letter to the Woman Learning to Love Her Neighbor AND Herself // Lara Patangan

    A Letter to the Woman Learning to Love Her Neighbor AND Herself // Lara Patangan

    When you hear the phrase “acts of mercy” or “works of service,” do you squirm and wonder if I’m going to ask you to add another thing to your already too-long to-do list? Do you worry that since you don’t have the time in this season of life to volunteer somewhere that you’re failing when it comes to living mercy in your daily life and you should just be doing more - maybe this fear that you aren’t doing enough is haunting you like I know it does me.

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Lara Patangan. When Lara turned forty a few years ago, she decided to spend that year intentionally doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy - and that year has radically changed the way she loves others, the Lord, and herself.

    If you worry that you just aren’t doing enough these days, or you struggle to be merciful and gentle to yourself, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Why Lara decided to dedicate her 40th year of life to living works of mercy
    How growing in mercy impacts Lara’s relationship with herself, her family and friends, and the Lord
    What growing in mercy looks like in our communities , and how Lara would suggest learning about mercy in your own communities
    How focusing on God’s mercy transforms our prayer life as Catholic women
    Why mercy is the antidote to busyness

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Lara’s brand new book, “Simple Mercies”
    Lara’s website, where she originally documented her year of mercy 
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    • 33 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Chose Life // Makayla Carmichael

    A Letter to the Woman Who Chose Life // Makayla Carmichael

    Often, when we talk about adoption, it’s easy to focus on the couple who have discerned that the Lord is calling them to adopt. And, that is a beautiful part of the story - one I’ve featured on past Letters to Women episodes, in fact.

    But I think that the other side of the story, the experience of a woman making an adoption plan for her unborn child, is something we don’t focus on enough. What does it look like to be truly pro-life and to support these women at all stages of their motherhood?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Makayla Carmichael.

    When she was seventeen years old, Makayla chose adoption for her daughter. We talk about her experience making an adoption plan, the resources that she wished would have existed during that season of her life, and the advice and encouragement she would give to women who find themselves in a similar situation of considering adoption for their unborn children.

    Maybe you clicked “play” on this episode because you are in a situation where you’re discerning adoption for your unborn baby. Or, maybe you want to learn more about supporting women as they make an adoption plan in the face of an unexpected pregnancy. Regardless of the place or seasons that you find yourself in as you listen into this conversation, sister, this letter is for you

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    What led Makayla to make an adoption plan for her daughter
    What making an adoption plan looks like practically
    What healing has looked like in Makayla’s story and how healing for her looks like Mary
    Makayla’s motherhood in her daily life today, through her pregnancy with her daughter, and after the adoption
    The encouragement and advice that Makayla would give a mother who finds herself considering adoption
    How we can support women who chose life in all stages of life

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Simcha Fisher writes and speaks about why and how Mary truly understands our suffering; and about the sensation of helplessness that so often comes along with motherhood and with love in general.
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    • 44 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Swimsuit Shopping // Catherine Huss

    A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Swimsuit Shopping // Catherine Huss

    This year, after FIVE YEARS, I finally went swimsuit shopping. And let me tell you, it was a months long process. I added and removed at least thirty different suits from my online shopping carts and FINALLY landed on one - but even then, there are still things that I would change about it. The whole process reminded me why it took me five years to update my swimwear. It’s not that fun of a process . . . you know what I mean?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Catherine Huss. Catherine and I are talking about how she founded Siena and Co., a women’s swimwear line that is ethically made here in the US - and the only thing I’m wishing is that these swimsuits that she’s designed were available earlier this summer when I was looking EVERYWHERE for something I could feel both confident in lounging poolside on a girls day, but also chasing Maeve and Ada around the swimming pool, too.

    We’re diving (pun intended) into the topic of modesty and whether or not it’s subjective when it comes to the clothes we wear. I know summer is drawing to a close as you listen to this episode, but there are still some poolside hours in our calendar and the topic of modesty is something listeners ask about quite a bit, so I think this conversation is more evergreen than summer specific.

    If you’ve ever dreaded swimsuit shopping and you just want a functional and beautiful suit that you can feel confident in, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Siena and Co.’s origin story and what sets Catherine’s work apart
    How the swimwear designs that are part of the first Siena and Co. collection were inspired in adoration
    The subjectivity of modesty and how to discern dressing in a way that honors your dignity and worth
    Why Catherine decided to launch this year’s line on Kickstarter
    Spiritual maternity, midwifing dreams, and why you shouldn’t wait for a certain season of life to embrace your feminine genius.

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Visit Siena and Co’s website
    Follow Siena and Co on Instagram
    Support Catherine and Sien and Co’s kickstarter before the deadline of September 2, 2021
    Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15
    Marian Spiritual Bouquet cards from House of Joppa
    Get a copy of the new Letters to Women book!

    • 39 min
    A Letter to the Woman Wondering if Holiness Is Possible // Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    A Letter to the Woman Wondering if Holiness Is Possible // Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    Have you ever picked up a book on the lives of the saints and thought . . . well, shoot. I don’t know how I’m going to do this holiness thing. I’m not like Saint Jerome, or, maybe you think you’re a little too much like Saint Jerome with his grumpy, curmudgeon ways. But what if I told you that there are literally hundreds of saints I want to introduce you - saints who share some of your struggles, your joys, but most importantly, saints who want to encourage YOU to become the saint God is calling YOU to be.

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Meg Hunter-Kilmer. If you know Meg, you know she is a huge fan of the Olympics, and it was a true honor for her to pause the Olympics to spend some time with me on this show talking about the saints.

    In this episode, Meg and I are talking about her new book, “Saints Around the World,” a beautiful book that introduces you to over a hundred saints from sixty different countries. It’s illustrated by Meg’s friend Lindsey Sanders, and trust me, you’re going to want to get yourself a copy of this book by the time Meg and I are done chatting.

    If you’ve been looking for some encouragement on your journey to holiness and needing a reminder that God wants to make you a saint, and the world needs a saint exactly like you, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    How Meg’s new book on the saints came to be, and what sets it apart from every other saint book you’ve read so far

    The saints you never have heard of that are featured in “Saints Around the World”

    Meg’s advice for finding your own unique path to sainthood

    How you can start interceding to Jesus through the saints on a daily basis

    How Meg’s storytelling and feminine genius intertwine


    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Meg’s new book, “Saint Around the World.”

    Meg’s other new book on the saints, “Pray for Us,” which will be out this fall from Ave Maria Press

    Follow Meg on Instagram

    Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15

    Pray & Wait Candle from House of Joppa

    Saint Augustine and St. Josephine Bakhita free prints from House of Joppa

    Get a copy of the new Letters to Women book!

    • 37 min
    A Letter to the Woman Speaking to Her Younger Self // Emily Stimpson Chapman

    A Letter to the Woman Speaking to Her Younger Self // Emily Stimpson Chapman

    If you were to sit down with your younger self, what would you tell her?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Emily Stimpson Chapman and we’re talking about her new book, “Letters to Myself from the End of the World” It’s a book that Emily wrote to her younger self, equipping her for the challenges she’d face in a world where the Church is plagued by scandal, the culture is on the verge of collapse, and the we don’t even know what the word “normal” means anymore.

    If you’ve been longing for encouragement, hope, and a voice of maturity and reason in all of the insanity that was 2020 and is 2021, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Emily’s new book, “Letters to Myself From the End of the World”

    Why this was the book Emily was supposed to write in 2020

    Self-denial and self-care in the life of mothers today

    Fighting the temptation to turn inward and instead, find genuine connection with others

    Staying grounded in the real, messy, present moment

    The one piece of advice Emily would give her younger self if she could


    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    “Letters to Myself From the End of the World”

    Follow Emily on Instagram

    Watch "Women of Grace” with Johnette Williams on August 1st and 2nd to hear about the new Letters to Women book!

    Save 15% off your order at House of Joppa with the code LETTERS15

    Get a copy of the new Letters to Women book!

    • 32 min
    A Letter to the Woman Feeling Overwhelmed by Home Decorating // Amanda Weeder

    A Letter to the Woman Feeling Overwhelmed by Home Decorating // Amanda Weeder

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Amanda Weeder and we’re talking about Amanda’s passion for helping tell the story of a home, her tried and true decorating tips (ones that I’d never heard before our conversation together), and why you don’t have to feel guilty as a Catholic woman if you’re wanting a beautiful home to retreat to.

    I loved this conversation with Amanda and I can’t wait to share her beautiful understanding of not only making our homes places of beauty, but also understanding more about our eternal home in Heaven and how we can journey there as Catholic women.

    If you’re exhausted from trying to keep up with all of the latest home trends and you’re discouraged by perfect Instagram home inspiration and just desiring to have your home be a place of beauty and rest, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    How to love our own spaces and stop comparing our homes to the ones we see on Instagram

    Why you should start small when you start decorating your home

    What it means to tell the story of your home

    The ways that Amanda helps clients discover the true beauty of their homes


    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Your Blue Flame by Jennifer Fulwiler

    Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday

    A Letter to the Woman Looking for Home with Noelle Mering

    House of Joppa on Instagram

    Find Amanda’s home decor account, Clare and Colette Home on Instagram


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    • 34 min

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