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Shelly and Lisa are two sisters on a journey to grow stronger in their Catholic faith discussing why faith is important as they find themselves in midlife. The weekly podcast supports Catholic women who want to prioritize their faith in the midst of their changing lives and who desire stronger relationships with themselves, family, friends, and God. We invite you to join us as we cover topics from how to live your faith out in areas of parenting, community, service, mid-life, marriage, and so much more.

Of Sound Mind and Spirit Lisa Jones and Shelly Kelly

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Shelly and Lisa are two sisters on a journey to grow stronger in their Catholic faith discussing why faith is important as they find themselves in midlife. The weekly podcast supports Catholic women who want to prioritize their faith in the midst of their changing lives and who desire stronger relationships with themselves, family, friends, and God. We invite you to join us as we cover topics from how to live your faith out in areas of parenting, community, service, mid-life, marriage, and so much more.

    057. Feeling Stuck? Maybe You Need a Life Coach!

    057. Feeling Stuck? Maybe You Need a Life Coach!

    Are you feeling stuck or in need of direction? Maybe you need a Life Coach!

    What is a life coach? How does it differ from spiritual direction? How do you find a life coach? What does a life coaching session look like?

    In this episode, Certified Life Coach, Marge Steinhage Fenelon answers all our questions – as she shares her expertise on getting unstuck, setting goals, and finding possibilities in life.

    SNIPPET FROM THE SHOW:
    "I love the way you describe that, Marge, as helping you to get unstuck, because I think a lot of women, and I'll say our age, Lisa and I, you know, we're in the transition of life, and we get stuck, and we don't know where to go next." - Shelly

    "...Life coaching is most definitely self care, and it's something that we should grow and learn and take care of ourselves so that we can do what we're called to do." - Lisa


    The Impact of Life Coaching: "The fact that they entrust to me their dreams and goals is just phenomenal. And I just love seeing when a client gets to that goal or the light bulb goes on and they see something that they had never seen before, and you just see their face light up, and you just know they have just. They got it and they're ready to move on." - Marge Fenelon

    CONNECT WITH MARGE


    Marge Fenelon
    Simply Holy Coaching

    ITEMS MENTIONED


    Know Thyself: The Game of Temperaments
    The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett

    CONNECT WITH US:

    We invite you to⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ sign up for our email list HERE⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to keep in touch! We'd love to hear from you!  

    Email us at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠

    • 32 min
    056. Escape into Summer Reading: Mystery, History, and Spiritual Inspiration

    056. Escape into Summer Reading: Mystery, History, and Spiritual Inspiration

    Summer is here, and we’re diving into our favorite summer reads on this week's episode of "Of Sound Mind and Spirit"! 

    Join us, hosts Lisa Jones and Shelly Kelly, as we dive into our favorite reads, from thrilling mysteries to inspiring spiritual books. Whether you’re lounging on a tropical beach or enjoying a staycation, we've got the perfect book recommendations to keep you company.

       - Shelly's interest in history and likely reads: short history of Sicily, epic adventure about the American West.

       - Lisa’s enjoyment of the Baztan trilogy and books inspiring TV shows like "Shetland" and "Vera."

       - Shelly’s upcoming reads: mystery novel set in Calabria and "Save Me the Plums" by Ruth Reichel.

    We share personal stories, reading tips, and even some hilarious reading achievements (trophy-worthy, of course!)

    🏆 Don't miss out on the valuable insights and bookish humor!

    SNIPPET FROM THE SHOW:

    12 Books Challenge: “I do a twelve books challenge every year where I invite twelve friends to recommend to me a book that they’ve read and loved and I have not read it.”  - Shelly Kelly

    👉 Have a favorite summer read or an incredible reading tip? Share with us in the comments or connect with us on social media. 

    CONNECT WITH US:

    We invite you to⁠⁠⁠⁠ sign up for our email list HERE⁠⁠⁠⁠ to keep in touch! We'd love to hear from you!  

    Email us at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠



    **Book Recommendations**

    Chick Lit - Irene Hannon – her ⁠Hope Harbor series⁠

    Beach Reads -  ⁠Jenny Colgan⁠ – the Bookshop on the corner, The Christmas Bookshop, Little Beach Street Bakery, Bookshop on the Shore…

    Escape Read - ⁠Kristin Hannah's books⁠  ⁠https://amzn.to/3Ve3S2d⁠ 

    Vacation Spot - The Baztan Trilogy by Delores Redondo ⁠https://amzn.to/3yPhwkI⁠ 

    Book Set where I’d like to Visit:

    ⁠The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia⁠ – coming out in July! By Juliet Grames

    A Short History of Sicily by Santi Correnti  Short chapters broken out by inhabitants – Ancient Sicily, Greek Sicily, Roman, Arab, etc.  (86 pages)  OUT OF PRINT

    Self-Improvement - Your CORE Strength: A Young Woman's Go-To Guide to Eating, Exercise and Empowered Health by Amy Connell   ⁠https://amzn.to/3VvraSz⁠ 

    Based on TV Shows 

    The Vera Stanhope Mystery Series by Ann Cleeves ⁠https://amzn.to/4ebZo4u⁠  the basis for the long running “Vera” tv series 

    The Shetland Island Mystery Series by Ann Cleeves – the basis for the “Shetland” tv series on PBS.  ⁠https://amzn.to/3VdjHpz⁠ 

    12 Books Challenge -  ⁠Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl⁠   - a Goodreads award winner, this book is about food writer and restaurant critic – when she became the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.  

    Learn Something

    ⁠Throne of Grace: A Mountain Man, An Epic Adventure and the Bloody Conquest of the American West⁠.  adventurer Jedediah Smith and the Mountain Men who explored the American frontier  (collaborative team of Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. 

    Favorite book not read in a while - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ⁠https://amzn.to/4e3FA3v⁠ 

    Classics to Reread (or read for the first time)

    Any book by Ernest Hemingway ⁠https://amzn.to/3X6c3jy⁠ 

    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ⁠https://amzn.to/45gjzu7⁠ 

    Inspirational/Learn Something

    ⁠This Present Paradise -  Claire Dwyer⁠.

    Pray for Us: 75 Saints Who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness by Meg Hunter-Kilmer ⁠https://amzn.to/4e3FA3v⁠ 

    Other Books Mentioned

    ⁠No Two Persons – Erica Bauermeister⁠ – if you haven’t read this yet, highly recommend.

    ⁠Natalie Jenner⁠ -  Everytime we say goodbye – just came out.  Post war Italy (10 years) and lots of healing from the past, refugees, wartime memories, and lost loved ones.

    Popular Fiction - Cormo

    • 31 min
    055. Empowerment and Hope: Maria Gallagher's Pro-Life Mission

    055. Empowerment and Hope: Maria Gallagher's Pro-Life Mission

    We're honored to welcome Maria Gallagher, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation. Listen as we discuss the challenges and triumphs of the pro-life movement post-Roe v. Wade, the importance of personal involvement, and how leveraging your talents can make a significant impact in education, advocacy, and community based approaches to counter the misinformation in the abortion debate.

    SNIPPET FROM THE SHOW:

    As many as 60% of abortions are coerced, meaning women are being pressured by boyfriends, husbands, parents, even grandparents to abort their children." – Maria Gallagher

    "How many times is the message being promoted that if you have a child, it will derail your career and your life? And that is a falsehood?" – Shelly

    "And we hope that you enjoyed this topic and that you will take Maria's suggestions and find ways to be involved in the pro-life movement and also to pray for all pregnant women and their children." - Lisa

    CONNECT WITH MARIA:


    Website, Books, Speaking
    Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

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    We invite you to⁠⁠⁠⁠ sign up for our email list HERE⁠⁠⁠⁠ to keep in touch! We'd love to hear from you!  

    Email us at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠

    • 31 min
    054. Shrines, Saints, and Summer Break!

    054. Shrines, Saints, and Summer Break!

    Shrines, Saints, and Summer Break! For our first anniversary of the podcast - and the beginning of summer break - we're highlighting one of our earlier episodes.






    Summer vacation doesn’t mean you take a break from your faith! No matter where your family travels, you can still find opportunities to connect with and grow in your faith on the road.

    Snippet from the Show: “…what we’re doing is considered a pilgrimage. I never thought of just visiting a church as a pilgrimage before.” - Shelly

     The Spiritual Significance of Historical Sites: "I just sat there and looked and thought, how much did they love you, God, that they built this amazing church? Because everywhere I looked, I felt love for Christ." - Lisa

    Places Mentioned:


    ⁠Mother Cabrini Shrine⁠ (Golden, CO)
    ⁠Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament⁠ (Hanceville, AL)
    ⁠Bread of Life Mural⁠ (Houston, TX)
    ⁠Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception⁠ (Washington, DC)
    ⁠The National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion ⁠(New Franken, WI)
    ⁠National Shrine of our Lady of La Leche⁠ (San Augustine, FL)
    ⁠The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown⁠ (Libertyville, IL)
    ⁠Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower⁠ (San Antonio, TX)
    ⁠The Loretto Chapel⁠ (Santa Fe, NM)
    ⁠The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi⁠ (Santa Fe, NM)
    ⁠Painted Churches of Texas⁠ (Schulenburg, TX)
    ⁠Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine⁠ (Oklahoma City, OK)

    If this topic makes you curious about other pilgrimage sites in the US – we invite you to check out these two books:


    ⁠My Queen, My Mother A Living Novena. A Marian Pilgrimage Across America by Marge Steinhage Fenelon⁠
    ⁠A Catholic Pilgrimage through American History: People and Places that shaped the Church in the United States by Kevin Schmiesin⁠

    “…truly nothing happens by accident or luck, but everything by God’s wise providence.”  St. Juliana Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love, 1393)

    We want to know! Where’s a sacred place you’ve been? Or someplace you’ve always wanted to go? 

    We'd love to hear from you!


    Email us at ⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠


    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠⁠

    PS: For a special treat, visit the ⁠Kakawa Chocolate Shop⁠ (Santa Fe, TX) – yeah, we know it’s not a sacred site but you’ll enjoy this stop!

    • 32 min
    053. What is Spiritual Direction? - with Deanna Bartalini

    053. What is Spiritual Direction? - with Deanna Bartalini

    Ever feel hesitant to start something new in your spiritual journey? You're not alone! Join us as we dive deep into the transformative experience of spiritual direction with our guest, Certified Spiritual Director Deanna Bartalini.

    In this episode, Deanna shares her rich experience and practical advice on:


    The Role of a Spiritual Director
    Overcoming common challenges in prayer and finding stillness
    Understanding what to expect from spiritual direction sessions
    Practical advice on choosing the right spiritual director

    Feeling eager to start but unsure where to begin? Deanna has the guidance you need!

    SNIPPET FROM THE SHOW: "But my purpose is to listen, to make connections, and to ask questions, to help people figure out what God wants from them." - Deanna Bartalini

    "Sometimes people come to me, and they've never prayed with scripture, and when I ask them, how often are you quiet during prayer time? It's like, what? What do you mean, quiet? I have to talk to God. Yes, but when do you listen to him?" - Deanna Bartalini

    WHERE TO FIND DEANNA? Live Not Lukewarm


    We invite you to⁠⁠⁠⁠ sign up for our email list HERE⁠⁠⁠⁠ to keep in touch!

    We'd love to hear from you!  

    Email us at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠

    • 40 min
    052. Mixed Faith Marriages: Challenges and Spiritual Journeys

    052. Mixed Faith Marriages: Challenges and Spiritual Journeys

    Are you in a mixed-faith marriage? How do you navigate the challenges of being married to a non-Catholic? How do you stay strong in your own faith while respecting your spouse's spiritual journey?

    In this deeply personal and inspiring discussion, we share our own personal stories, struggles, and successes, offering invaluable insights and encouragement.

    Whether you’re married to someone of a different faith or just curious about how faith impacts relationships, this episode is packed with wisdom and practical advice.



    SNIPPETS FROM THE EPISODE: "The next thing I had to learn and respect was that we each had our own faith journey. And the way that we live our faith in Christ could be different. It didn't have to be the same to be good." - Lisa

    “Lord, take away this desire for me to want him to accept the church. Lord, give me the grace to accept where he is on knowing you better.” - Shelly

    FROM THE CATECHISM: This difference between the spouses does not constitute an insurmountable obstacle for marriage. Sincere married love, the humble and patient practice of the family virtues, and perseverance in prayer can prepare the non-believing spouse to accept the grace of conversion. CCC 1634


    We invite you to⁠⁠⁠⁠ sign up for our email list HERE⁠⁠⁠⁠ to keep in touch!

    We'd love to hear from you!  

    Email us at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠soundmindandspirit@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Visit our webpage at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Of Sound Mind and Spirit ⁠

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

TracyB:) ,

Sisters Sharing Their Faith in a Real & Welcoming Way

I love the authentic feel to the conversations on this podcast & appreciate how these sisters are so down to earth and supportive with their listeners while sharing their faith journeys.

AECHouston ,

Learn and grow in your faith with sisters and friends

If you’ve ever been in a small group, you know the intimacy and faith development you receive. Of Sound Mind and Spirit is like sitting with friends who are searching to grow their faith right alongside yours. And not only are Lisa and Shelley hosts, they are also sisters and friends. What a great show - highly recommend!

Franciscanmom104 ,

Friendly, fun, and informative

Excellent podcast from a pair of sisters who share from the heart about their Catholic faith. It’s encouraging, never pushy, and never holier-than-thou. Highly recommended!

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