Do you need a good podcast playlist for a road trip, a day at the beach, or a hike at your favorite national park?
We've curated a list of some of our favorite Ave Explores podcast episodes just for you. Whether you have heard them before or are new to the series, we hope you enjoy these ten must-listen conversations about a variety of topics important to the faith of everyday Catholics.
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Episode 6: Helping Teens Be Mentally Healthy with Roy Petitfils
Roy Petitfils, psychotherapist and author of Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, explores the different ways to practically help teenagers and young adults navigate their mental health, by way of fostering community, engaging in active listening, and offering advice from a place of relationship and encouragement.
Mary and the Pears with Jeannie Gaffigan
June 16, 2021 | 36 min.
A pear-sized brain tumor helped director, producer, and comedy writer Jeannie Gaffigan draw closer to the Blessed Mother. In this first Ave Explores podcast, Gaffigan, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan, talks about praying the Rosary alone and with her family and how her illness helped her grow in her faith. Gaffigan’s book, When Life Gives You Pears, was released in 2019.
The Power of Healing with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Fr. John Burns
June 23, 2021 | 56 min.
Fr. John Burns and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, discuss healing as an ongoing process of renewal, growing in relationship with Christ, and understanding where our wounds are and how the Lord can heal them.
The Stuff of Our Faith with Mike Aquilina
June 30, 2021 | 36 min.
Mike Aquilina discusses how objects and places can help us more deeply understand the Catholic faith and appreciate its depth of tradition.
Broken Saints for Broken People with Meg Hunter-Kilmer
July 7, 2021 | 50 min.
Meg Hunter-Kilmer explains that the lives of the saints are not always filled with quiet moments of prayer. Instead—like us—they sometimes have messy lives and need to overcome immense challenges to love Jesus and serve the Church.
Ending Racism in America with Fr. Josh Johnson and Sr. Josephine Garret, CSFN
July 14, 2021 | 74 min.
Sr. Josephine Garret, CSFN, and Fr. Josh Johnson discuss how bias leads to prejudice and a disregard for the dignity of the human person. Their candid and personal insights about the sins of racism serve as a launchpad to understand our own biases and examine our conscience when it comes to how we treat one another.
Helping Teens Be Mentally Healthy with Roy Petitfils
July 21, 2021 | 53 min.
Roy Petitifils, psychotherapist and author of Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, explores the different ways to practically help teenagers and young adults navigate their mental health, by way of fostering community, engaging in active listening, and offering advice from a place of relationship and encouragement.
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- Loved as I Am$12.95
- Lift Up Your Heart$13.95
- A History of the Church in 100 Objects$24.95
- Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression$15.95
- When a Loved One Dies by Suicide$11.95
- A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege$17.95
- Pray for Us$18.95
- We Are Beloved$10.95
- St. Dymphna’s Playbook$17.95
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Ave Spotlight: A Weekly Catholic Podcast
Want to hear more about life from a Catholic perspective? Listen to host Chenele Shaw talk with special guests about culture, current events, and all things Catholic. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of your faith and how to live it in the world today.
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