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Winning the Spiritual Battle in 2021: 5 Goals for Christians

Winning the Spiritual Battle in 2021: 5 Goals for Christians

December 29, 2020

This year I’ve been shadowbanned for being pro-life. I've received dozens of the nastiest comments attempting to shame and insult me for being a conservative and a Catholic. It got me thinking of my visit to Rome a few years ago when I visited the Church of Santo Stephano Rotondo. 34 gory, stomach-turning murals line the walls depicting the most unpleasant torture and death of early Christians. After getting over my initial “ouch ouch ouch” reaction, I began to notice that the martyr’s faces looked serene and even joyful. I'll never forget deeply realizing that, if pain and even death can’t overpower Christ and his followers, literally nothing can.

As censorship on social media ramps up and mainstream media outlets persistently ignore or twist truth, I think of the Apostles. One moment they cowered in the Upper Room; the next they boldly preached to the whole world. God’s opinion of them and his Kingdom were all that mattered. Maybe it won't mean literal martyrdom, but like them, I believe we’re being called to extraordinary heroism in 2021.

I firmly believe that God is waiting to strengthen us in supernatural ways to meet the demands of these dark times, if we ask him to.

New Year’s Resolutions…most years I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. But in these unusual times I believe it’s essential to survey the battleground, size up what we’re facing, and form an action plan. In my first ever solo podcast I’m sharing 5 goals that’ve been percolating in my mind and heart to prepare for 2021.

Topics Discussed

  • Setting your expectations: the battle has begun
  • Identifying the people, places and things that nourish and strengthen you
  • Forming an actionable plan
  • Which virtues to specifically pray for
  • Identifying your unique call

Resources

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O Little Town of Bethlehem: Home of Every Christian feat. Khaled Jacoub

O Little Town of Bethlehem: Home of Every Christian feat. Khaled Jacoub

December 7, 2020

ANNOUNCING THE JAN 2022 GOD'S ADVENTURE AWAITS PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND! Join me and fellow pilgrims to walk in the places where Jesus walked, discern your God-given mission and purpose, and experience the food and culture of Israel. Celebrate mass afloat on the Sea of Galilee and see Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Beatitudes, and much more! 

“God doesn’t just give you one call…he insists on changing your life and your heart.” As a native of the little town of Bethlehem, growing up just a five-minute walk from where Jesus was born, Khaled Jacoub was imbued with a sense of mission from his earliest days. He's the founder of Nativity Pilgrimage, the company I'm proud to partner with for the God's Adventure Awaits Pilgrimage in 2022. Jacoub hosts more than 200 groups from the USA to visit his beloved native Holy Land.

Since I began this podcast it's been on my heart to do an episode on pilgrimages. They're not just a vacation; they're a time-honored tradition recommended by the Church since the Middle Ages as a way to discern your personal mission and purpose. I'm delighted to speak with Jacoub about what it was like growing up in the Holy Land, and how to make an effective pilgrimage.

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Topics Discussed

  • What is a pilgrimage and how it’s different from a vacation
  • How people in Bethlehem feel their mission is to make everyone feel at home
  • The FOOD in Israel (very important to pregnant Stacey lol)
  • Why Christians are leaving the Holy Land in droves, and the role Nativity Pilgrimage is playing to help keep them there
  • How to approach a pilgrimage to get the most spiritual benefit
  • The best sites in the Holy Land to visit (there are many!)
Sex Life and Finding the Right NFP Method feat. Bridget Busacker

Sex Life and Finding the Right NFP Method feat. Bridget Busacker

November 16, 2020

I was super nervous before my wedding night about sex. I didn’t know how to go about finding the right NFP method, and approaching married people with personal questions was embarrassing. The whole deal felt kinda… gross. John and I were promised a “honeymoon every month” in our marriage prep class, but living the reality was extremely hard. We felt disillusioned and bitter. Anyone else out there?

This is THE exact convo I wish I’d heard in those times. I loved chatting with Bridget Busacker, the founder of Managing Your Fertility, in this share-all, no topics barred, totally honest episode. She details the three different types of NFP and how to know which one will work best for you. We don’t sugar-coat it: NFP is hard requires sacrifice. The conversation needs way more nuance than can fit in an Instagram post or pre-Cana retreat talk. But we also don’t skimp on sharing the depth of love, communication, joy, and intimacy that’s made possible.

I have a favor to ask: Can you please pass this on to a single friend who’d benefit from it? And would you mind taking 1 min to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts? Thank you!!

Topics Discussed

  • The three different types of NFP
  • How to know which method is best for you
  • Choosing an NFP instructor
  • Can you switch methods?
  • Getting past the weirdness of cervical mucus, cycles, sex, etc.
  • Ditching the “honeymoon every month” lie for an authentic, nuanced inside scoop on using NFP
  • Prioritizing and choosing your spouse on a daily basis
  • Achieving simultaneous orgasm- yup, we go there!

Resources

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Healing from Parents’ Divorce feat. Sarah Hart

Healing from Parents’ Divorce feat. Sarah Hart

November 4, 2020

One million children experience their parents’ divorce each year. Two-thirds of them who were regularly attending a Church or synagogue at the time report that no one reached out to them at that time. Parents’ divorce increases their children’s chance of divorce by 40%. And barely any Catholic dioceses have an outreach for it.

My friend Sarah Hart travels to speak at healing retreats and blogs with the ministry Life-Giving Wounds, one of the few Catholic ministry outreaches to adult children of divorced parents. As a graduate of the JPII Institute for Marriage and Family, and herself a child of divorced parents, Sarah has helped many people give voice to their pain and find healing. If you or someone you love has lived through the trauma of parental divorce, this discussion is for you.

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Topics Discussed

  • Why divorce is a “primal wound,” and the healing power of discovering your deeper God-given identity
  • Healing boundaries and learning to form new intimate relationships
  • How wounds can become life-giving resources and help heal others in turn
  • Forgiveness that sticks: going beyond the initial retreat weekend to live forgiveness

Resources

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Find Your Feminine Genius feat. Liv Harrison

Find Your Feminine Genius feat. Liv Harrison

October 21, 2020

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I admit; I envied other girls in high school terribly. (Hello, insecurity!) Unless I could have that girl’s hair, or that other girl’s confidence or whatever other quality I saw that I wanted, I wasn’t good enough. Ladies, been there? It didn’t occur to my immature teenage brain that I wasn’t supposed to be like anyone else. That there was something unique I had to do in the world. That appreciating other women’s qualities and building them up was much, much better than comparing myself to them. I had so much learning to do about how to be a woman. I never knew that my Catholic Faith had so much truth to offer about womanhood.

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the term “feminine genius” for years but never found out exactly what that means. I knew Liv Harrison, founder of the Genius Women’s Conference, would be the perfect person to talk about this beautiful concept coined by Pope St. John Paul II. Liv showed me the feminine genius in action back in March when I desperately needed help coordinating the massive Be Not Afraid Conference in just five days. She stepped in to volunteer and cheerlead me. So when I thought of who I’d like to have on the show to talk about the feminine genius, I knew there’d be no one better than Liv! She’s hilarious and wise- enjoy and be inspired! (p.s. Gentlemen, I think you'll get a lot out of this episode too!

Topics Discussed

  • What is the feminine genius?
  • How can women be both strong and classically feminine?
  • What women bring to the world
  • How the feminine genius meshes (and where it doesn’t mesh) with feminism
  • Replacing competition and comparison with community
  • Universal and specific aspects of the feminine genius

Resources

  • Strength Finders Book
  • Find Liv online: https://www.thelivharrison.com/
  • Social @thelivharrison
  • Find Liv's Talk to Me Podcast everywhere you find fine podcasts!

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Spiritual Warfare feat. Sr. Dede Byrne

Spiritual Warfare feat. Sr. Dede Byrne

October 8, 2020

“If the bullets are going away from you, you’re going the wrong way!” 

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I'm fascinated by the life of Sr. Dede Byrne, today's guest. I first encountered her speaking at the Republican National Convention where she literally held up her rosary and called it her 'weapon of love.' Sr. Dede served as a Colonel in the Army for years before entering the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. As a physician, she's given medical care to both Mother Teresa and members of the Taliban, and she served in the immediate aftermath of the Sep 11th attacks. Not only that, but she helps women who regret their decision to abort reverse the abortion pill and serves poor immigrants with free healthcare.

Enjoy this rich discussion. (Plus, I'll be sharing how quoting her got me Insta-banned...apparently being pro-life is hate speech...) Sr. Dede says, “the ultimate call is to be all for Jesus," and in these tumultuous days you'll love the inspiration she offers.

Topics Discussed

  • Speaking truth in love: How Sr. Dede lovingly encourages her patients to change sinful habits and accompanies them to change
  • Aftermath and reactions to her speech at the Republican National Convention
  • Spiritual warfare: What the devil wants
  • The war on speech: Stacey’s Instagram ban for quoting Sr. Dede in a pro-life post
  • What people on all sides of the abortion debate can learn from Sr. Dede’s work helping women who regret taking an abortion pill

Resources

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Discerning Your Catholic Vote feat. Matthew Pinto

Discerning Your Catholic Vote feat. Matthew Pinto

September 25, 2020

Gulp. Politics. Not gonna lie, folks; I’ve been terrified to podcast about voting. Many issues are highly incendiary and in our cancel culture it’s daunting. I know I'm not alone as I wrestle with answers to the hard questions. But as I read Clear Conscience, A Catholic Guide to Voting by Matthew Pinto, CEO and founder of Ascension Press, I gained hope knowing that in this confusing world there can be clarity. The Church and Matthew’s book won’t tell you for whom to vote, but it will empower you to think with the mind of 2,000 years of the Catholic Church's wisdom.

I think you’ll think, as I often did through the interview, "Wow, that just makes so much sense!" You don't often get clarity with politics, amen?? We didn’t get to cover every issue so you’ll just have to buy the book, but our convo is a great starting point!

Topics Discussed

  • Prudential judgement and absolute moral imperatives: Which are which? (Hint: we generally have staggering freedom to form our own opinions!)
  • Patriotism: how-to, warts and all 
  • Overwhelming emotion: the enemy to clear, reasoned thinking
  • Black lives matter, but should we sign on for the Black Lives Matter movement?
  • What to do if you agree with a candidate on everything except abortion issues
  • Seeking truth free from emotion
  • Compassion: do we care more about looking caring than actually being caring?
  • Why it’s not usually the government’s job to care for the poor
  • Who you CAN’T vote for in November based on the Church’s few absolute moral imperatives

Resources

Wanna see that Insta-banned post? Come on over to @staceysumereau on IG (and follow if you like what you see!)

Buy Clear Conscience: A Catholic Guide to Voting by Matthew Pinto and Ascension Press editors

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How to Be Fundamentally Happy feat. Dominick Albano

How to Be Fundamentally Happy feat. Dominick Albano

September 11, 2020

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis

Called and Caffeinated is back and better than ever (if I do say so myself!) This conversation with Dominick Albano, author of The Fundamental Theory of Happiness, was recorded all the way back in February. However, releasing now it seems more relevant than ever after a tumultuous Spring and Summer 2020. 

Have you ever wondered why some people just don't seem to get bothered by, well...anything? Do you ever find yourself discontented, wondering, "Is this all there is?" Lockdown gave many of us ample time to think about our purpose and why we're here. The stillness has spurred many people I know to discern their choices anew and desire an authentic life. Today's episode dives into the secrets of fundamentally happy people and how to begin living like them starting now. Your hungry heart was made to be filled, and I believe to the depths of my soul that God wants happiness for you. 

Topics Discussed

  • The five levels of awareness and how to live at the highest, the level of purpose
  • The permanence principle: How to discover your purpose
  • Pier Giorgio Frassati's life teaches us why living backwards can make us happy
  • Allow yourself to become dissatisfied- it's the first step to true happiness!
  • The question that'll immediately make you understand what needs to change in your lifestyle
  • The fundamental truth "We define everything by what it does, except ourselves," and why it matters

Resources

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Announcing GOD’S ADVENTURE AWAITS SUMMIT and TRUE NORTH COURSE

Announcing GOD’S ADVENTURE AWAITS SUMMIT and TRUE NORTH COURSE

July 15, 2020

FREE Virtual Summit July 31-Aug 2 2020! A dream event about discerning ALL vocations featuring 40+ of your favorite speakers: Sr. Bethany Madonna, Jackie and Bobby Angel, Jason Evert, Sr. Helena Burns, Fr. Mark Goring, Joe Melendrez, Mary Lenaburg, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Cameron Fradd, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Matt and Erin Ingold, Katie Prejean McGrady, and MANY more! Also featuring the world's first virtual Meet and Greet for mission organizations and religious communities!

Sign up here: Staceysumereau.com/adventure

True North Course: Staceysumereau.com/true-north

PLEASE be a friend and help spread the word to anyone you know who could use this smorgasboard of wisdom. Nowhere else will you find an event or a course like this, designed especially for discerning life choices :) Thank you so much!

Discernment for Converts and Rolling with the Punches feat. Kathryn Whitaker

Discernment for Converts and Rolling with the Punches feat. Kathryn Whitaker

July 2, 2020

“Maybe you should start putting your life into two categories: a no or a hell yes.”

Many times I've wondered, "When do things stop changing? When do I get to stop re-adjusting and just be?" The answer is, never. Kathryn Whitaker, mom of six and author of Live Big, Love Bigger, has incredible perspective on coping when plans change. As a mom of six children, one of whom has dealt with ongoing health issues, and in dealing with health issues herself, Kathryn is a bastion of resilience and hope. 

We also dive into her conversion and how she learned to hear God's calls as a Protestant youngster. I feel like Catholics can learn so much from the way many of our Protestant brothers and sisters listen for God's voice as though he wants to speak to them personally....because he does!

Topics Discussed

  • “Attitude readjustment hour:” How-to
  • How to course-correct faster every time plans change
  • Building resilience 
  • Prioritizing in busy family life

Resources

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