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Women encouraging women to uniquely and universally serve Christ in their domestic churches.




Episode 18: Dwija Barobia of houseunseen - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

If you would like to hear how in the world a Hare Krishna grows up to be a Catholic homeschooling momma of 7 beautiful children on a farm in Michigan, then you need to check in this week for our summer series. Dwija Barobia share with us about her life in a very real way giving all of us in the trenches the reminder that no one's life is picture perfect nor even easy. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, but without Christ, none of it is even possible. Moving from self reliance to...

Duration: 00:50:38

Episode 17: Lead the Conversation – Brunk - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We had so much fun talking with Christy Brunk on Episode 16 and appreciate the points she brought up about persevering and being real. On this week's episode, Megan and Becky share some listener comments and explore more ways we can see the beauty in our days while keeping it real. Especially with social media having such an influence in our lives, how might we be authentic yet not overly pessimistic or unrealistically positive. Rather than celebrating failures, knowing that we need to...

Duration: 00:35:21

Episode 16_ When Your Zipper Won’t Zip- Christy Brunk - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This humidity dwelling, sponge roller wearing, cute kid birthing, wisdom preaching, video making, beauty seeking, southern instagram gem, Christy Brunk, spends some time sharing with us about being a mom to six kids, her conversion to the Catholic faith, and what it looks like in her feminine vocation to surrender her life and her family's lives to the Lord through Our Blessed Mother. You will love getting to know our sweet southern belle in all of her Georgian twang. Our Guest: Christy...

Duration: 00:45:03

Episode 15: Lead the Conversation – God’s Ways - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Therefore it is said, 'Awake , O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.' Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your...

Duration: 00:26:13

Episode 14: When God’s Ways are Not Our Ways - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

When singer and songwriter, Teresa Peterson, realized that the sure calling of God on her life to sing and to share her songs had died, she had no idea that the Lord was preparing her to be resurrected. Teresa sought after a secular career in the music industry for years and one day found herself exhausted and done. Teresa shares with us the journey that she has been on with the Lord and how when His ways are not our ways this can feel like a real death. A death not to be left in the...

Duration: 00:42:00

Episode 13: Modesty as an Act of Charity - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We had such a beautiful conversation with blogger, Susan Husband. Raising seven boys can't be an easy task, but forming boys to have dignity and respect for women in today's hyper sexualized culture brings another set of opportunities. Let's use the word opportunities instead of challenges cause we gotta start seeing the positive beauty of who we are again. Susan speaks to the beauty to which women are drawn to and their role to share that beauty to the world. Rightly ordered beauty and...

Duration: 00:39:27

Episode 12: Lead the Conversation – The Mass - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Let no one come here, who with his lips can say, 'We lift up our hearts to our Lord', but in his mind employs his thoughts on worldly business. God indeed should be in our memory at all times, but if this is impossible because of human infirmity, at least in this hour this should be our earnest endeavour." -St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c.315 - 387) Last week we heard from professor and author, Timothy O'Malley of Notre Dame. He shared from his book, Bored Again Catholic, and those words really...

Duration: 00:35:23

Episode 11 – Could the Mass Save Your Life? - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"I want to believe. I want to give everything to the Lord. But I want new signs and wonders. I want what is hidden to be revealed." Tim O'Malley chats with Megan in an inspiring and thought provoking conversation where we are all invited to use boredom as an invitation to go deeper into relationship with Christ. Author of Bored Again Catholic - How the Mass Could Save Your Life, Tim O'Malley gives some nuggets for us to all chew on in regards to the Sacred Liturgy and our Domestic...

Duration: 00:26:58

Episode 10: Lead the Conversation – Freedom Part 2 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Last week we got to sink our teeth into a new episode on the last of our four pillars, freedom. Helen Alvare did a fantastic job at giving us so much to start chewing on and this is our opportunity to build on and start finding some ways to apply these principles to our everyday lives in our domestic churches. Megan and Becky take listener questions and comments to lead the conversation this week. The hosts talk about practical ways to introduce the concept of true freedom to children of...

Duration: 00:35:12

Episode 9- Freedom – Part 2 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

If you have never heard from our guest, you are in for a treat. Get your mind ready to absorb what all Helen Alvaré has to share with us on Freedom. Professor Alvaré helps us start to see how we should be seeking freedom-for not freedom-from the misguidings in our world. We as a culture today are more free than we have ever been yet there does not seem to be contentment. Is it possible that women are seeking to fill themselves with some ideology that will never truly satisfy themselves?...

Duration: 00:57:55

Episode 8 – Lead the Conversation – Freedom Pt.1 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

20 year old college sophomore and 25 year old new mom in the business world/blogger kick off the lead the conversation on Freedom part 1. The hosts and guests recount some of the very powerful statements made by Gloria Purvis in our previous episode on Freedom. All ladies agreeing on how we get to stand firm on the Truths of the feminine genius laid out by Mother Church and that true freedom ultimately lies in freely choosing God's divine will for our lives by choosing to be who our loving...

Duration: 00:33:25

Episode 7- Freedom -Part 1 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

**Please note there are mature topics talked about in this episode** "We must learn to see the difference between the false freedoms sold to us by the culture and the True Freedom bought for us by Jesus Christ." -Fr. Mitch Pacwa We are fighting the culture wars and true femininity is hard to detect anymore. Some pretty bold faced lies are being sold out there and it is time to put on the armor of God and spread the Gospel Truth of who we are created to be. Our beautiful guest, Gloria...

Duration: 00:48:26

Episode 6 – Joy - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"By this power of the Spirit, God's children can bear much fruit." (CCC 736) Megan Mastroianni shares and helps us start the journey of pursuing joy, one of our four pillars and this week's new topic. We are so thankful to have this young and vibrant voice to point us toward rejoicing! Our Guest: Megan Mastroianni first began speaking in 2007. Since then she has been featured as a speaker for Youth Defence at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, on EWTN’s Life On the Rock, at the World Meeting...

Duration: 00:47:37

Episode 5: Lead the Conversation – Friendship and Laughter - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! This week is our segment called, Lead the Conversation. This is where we invite you, our listener, to join us to keep unpacking the previous week's topic - Friendship and Laughter. We invited listeners Christy White and Adrea Stuecker to lead the conversation for us. Christy and Adrea share with us about the burden of loneliness and friendly confrontations. But don't worry, we get to the laughter too. Our Guests: Christy White and her husband,Tim, have 5...

Duration: 00:26:40

Episode 4: Friendship and Laughter - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We are working through the four pillars of our podcast: joy, laughter, freedom and friendship. Today's guests are the friends of Megan and Becky and they all share how God has used their friendships and laughter to thrive in the trenches of daily life. From singleness to sheer loneliness in the middle of family chaos, these 4 ladies talk about the Ultimate Friendship and fulfillment that is in Christ alone. Our Guests: Sam Kelley is the Founder and current President of FIERCE Athlete Inc....

Duration: 00:38:10

Episode 3: Lead the Conversation – Domestic Church - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We are so excited to introduce our "Lead the Conversation" portion of the podcast! This is were we invite you, our listener, to join us as we breakdown the topic from the previous week's episode. This week we follow up on Episode 2 - Domestic Church. On this week's episode, Megan and Becky invite listeners Christine Rizzo and Mary Kate Wallin to lead the conversation. The different perspectives from these women offer encouragement, inspiration, and comfort. From a divorced, single mom of...

Duration: 00:35:08

The Domestic Church – Episode 2 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This week we get to delve into a huge topic that is at the foundation of our podcast and our trenches. The Domestic Church. What is the Domestic Church? You've heard the term but are wondering how that applies to you? Single? Married? Kid or no kids, we all live in the Domestic Church because we are all part of the family of God. Our guest, Bill Donaghy, completed the Theology of the Body Institute Speakers Training program in 2005, Head & Heart Immersion Course in 2006. He is a Theology...

Duration: 00:34:13

Getting to Know Us - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

How does a girl from Pennsylvania get connected with a girl in Arkansas and decide to launch a podcast? Megan Schrieber and Becky Carter share how the Lord used Instagram and a video of a dog plowing down a woman to connect two strangers. Megan and Becky give little glimpses into their personal lives and share their vision for spending time with their listeners and finding encouragement for all in the trenches of life. Single, married, mother, or not, all are welcome to join us on this...

Duration: 00:34:43