Girlfriends (A Podcast for Catholic Women)

Connect with Girlfriends. Know your worth. Find your joy.

About the show

Danielle shares advice, encouragement, and connection for Catholic women in all walks of life.

Episodes

  • Building Your Domestic Church (with Nancy Bandzuch)

    November 24th, 2020  |  47 mins 57 secs
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    My guest this week is Nancy Bandzuch, host of the Catholic Sprouts podcast for kids. She and her husband have been hard at work creating a brand new resource for Catholic families -- the Domestic Church Project. Nancy shares about the need for a program like this one, especially in the age of Covid when many religious education programs are no longer meeting in person.

  • Real Talk About Self Care

    November 17th, 2020  |  48 mins 2 secs
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    I recently realized that I had been neglecting to care for myself in some pretty basic ways. The end result was that I was suffering chronic headaches and neck and back pain. This is unusual for me, and so I thought a bit about what might be causing it. That was when I realized that I have been avoiding working out and not getting enough rest. This is easy to do when life gets stressful, but sometimes we all need a nudge to do better for ourselves. Sometimes, self care looks more like everyday discipline in caring for ourselves so that we are well enough to care for others.

  • Making Connections and Building Community (with Rachel Balducci)

    November 10th, 2020  |  40 mins 21 secs
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    My guest this week is Rachel Balducci, my longtime friend and colleague (and co-host on CatholicTV’s The Gist!).She and I chat about the intentional Christian community that she and her family are part of, but also everyday ways all moms can foster community and make meaningful personal connections in everyday life.

  • 9 Ways to Make Every Day More Catholic

    November 3rd, 2020  |  40 mins 18 secs
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    This week I’m sharing 9 little ways that you can make every day more Catholic. With sacramentals and small prayers, every day we can work at growing closer to God.

  • Family Prayer and Catholic Moms (with Fr. Jim Phalan)

    October 27th, 2020  |  42 mins 11 secs
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    My guest this week is Fr. Jim Phalan, CSC, national director of Family Rosary with Holy Cross Family Ministries. Fr.Jim is my boss in the work I do over at CatholicMom.com. Together, we discuss family prayer, unique spiritual needs of Catholic moms in the world today, and PRAY, the newly-released film about the life of Ven. Patrick Peyton.

  • Not Lukewarm (with Deanna Bartalini)

    October 20th, 2020  |  41 mins 21 secs
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    My guest this week is Deanna Bartalini, a wife, mom, writer, speaker, retreat leader, and educator. Deanna and I talk about growing in faith, the struggles moms sometimes face in establishing a daily prayer life, and the benefits of having a spiritual director.

  • Saints in the Making (with Lisa Hendey and Katie Broussard)

    October 13th, 2020  |  35 mins 8 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, fitness, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, prayer, spirituality
  • Survival Guide for the Sleep-Deprived

    October 6th, 2020  |  46 mins 19 secs
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    This is an evergreen topic for us, isn’t it? This week we are talking about how to survive when you are sleep-deprived. Whether it’s a newborn, toddler, teenager or work situation that is robbing you of sleep these days, we will share some strategies for how to cope when you are just plain exhausted.

  • At Home in the Church with Jessica Ptomey

    September 29th, 2020  |  53 mins 59 secs
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    My guest this week is Jessica Ptomey, author of Home in the Church: home in the church Living an Embodied Catholic Faith. Jessica and I chat about her conversion and her journey to a more embodied Christian faith inside the Catholic Church. Jessica shares the miraculous story of her son’s healing and we grapple with the idea that God hears our prayers but does not always answer them as we wish he would.

  • 6 Ways to Find the Friends You Need

    September 22nd, 2020  |  44 mins 15 secs
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    This week we are talking about female friendships -- this is a topic I hear from women about all the time. We struggle inside of our relationships with other women. We struggle to find friends, make friends, and maintain meaningful friendships with other women. Things like jealousy and competition and cattiness can get in the way. But God wants you to have meaningful friendships with other women!

  • How Mary’s Magnificat Can Change Your Life (with Sonja Corbitt)

    September 15th, 2020  |  50 mins 29 secs
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    My guest this week is Sonja Corbitt, wife, mom, author, speaker, podcaster, retreat leader, television show host and more. Sonja is a woman on fire with her faith and in love with God’s word, with a passion for sharing that love with others.

  • Making Daily Prayer a Habit (with Abby Fredrickson)

    September 8th, 2020  |  45 mins
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    My guest this week is Abby Fredricksoon, Head of Content at Hallow, a Catholic meditation app. Abby is a wife and mom, and one of the prayer guides you will hear on the innovative prayer app, Hallow. I have shared about my love for this app on the show before, so I am thrilled to bring you this conversation about all the ways that Hallow can support you in your daily prayer life.

  • Getting Organized (with Chiara Finaldi)

    September 1st, 2020  |  47 mins 42 secs
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    My guest this week is Chaira Finaldi, wife, mom, and creator of the Catholic Mother’s Planner. Chiara shares about how she felt called to begin a ministry for Catholic women who were devoted to their vocations as moms. From her ministry with mothers she was inspired to create the Catholic Mother’s Planner, a beautiful resource that can help you get organized, but so much more than that -- this planner will teach you about your Catholic faith, and inspire you to grow in virtue every day. You will want to check out this gorgeous resource for yourself or consider giving it as a gift to a friend.

  • 3 Ways You’re Wasting Your Time (and how to stop)

    August 25th, 2020  |  49 mins 9 secs
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    This week we are talking about some ways we waste our time -- and it’s not Netflix! Here are some things you might be doing that are robbing you of joy, along with ways to break these bad habits.

  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?

    August 18th, 2020  |  42 mins 53 secs
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    Are you freaking out about the school year? What will it look like? How will you manage? How can you possibly make it work? With masks and social distance at school? With homeschooling for real for the first time? With managing your kids’ remote learning while also working and running your household? With … you fill in the blank with your own anxiety-producing scenario?

  • Healing After Miscarriage (with Karen Edmisten)

    August 11th, 2020  |  54 mins 9 secs
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    Karen and I share a conversation about a Catholic approach to miscarriage, and she shares from her own experiences of multiple losses. Why is this a rare conversation in the Church today? What are there so few resources available to support women through the grief of miscarriage?