Becky Carter, co-host of Thriving in the Trenches podcast and Faith & Hospitality Editor for Helena Daily, is mother to five strong-willed children. She and her family returned to the Catholic Church after running away from it for 17 years. The years of searching for the truth have led her to be a fierce defender of the faith.
Megan Schrieber, co-host of Thriving in the Trenches podcast and Design and Wellness Editor for Helena Daily, is a Catholic mother of six, an athlete, interior designer, and speaker who is eager to address and defend the Catholic Church’s empowering vision of womanhood and religious freedom.
We are women encouraging and equipping women to universally and uniquely serve Christ in their feminine vocation. By embracing joy, laughter, freedom and friendship, we are seeking to thrive in the trenches of our domestic churches.
We have gone through many emotions, likely similar to many of you. In this episode, we just want to connect with you and share with you what has been on our hearts and in our minds during this most horrific time in our Church. This is by far not an exhaustive expression of our feelings, but we wanted to answer those who had reached out to hear from us. Maybe, hopefully, we can also share some words of encouragement during these very difficult times through this episode. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
**Photo Credentials: Nancy Ewing of @Emmanuel_studio
You may also want to view:
- A lovely reflection from Elizabeth Foss, titled Now What?
- Powerful words, Enough Already, by Anthony Esolen at First Things
- A priest’s response, The Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Scandal, by Fr Mike Schmitz at Ascension Press
24 “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations[c] but now made manifest to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.” Colossions 1:24-29
Episode 50: Unprotected – The Untold Story of the Sexual Revolution with Don Johnson – Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast
Don Johnson, our guest for our 50th episode of the podcast, also coincides with the month of the 50th anniversary of the culture – shocking papal encyclical titled, Humanae Vitae. This Catholic convert, author, and filmaker sees his calling to evangelize as a gift but also admits the struggle to always walk in faith. Don not only shares pieces of his conversion story with us but he also takes us behind the scenes of the film which further exposes the lies behind the sexual revolution, including the history of the iconic Cosmopolitan empire.
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Don Johnson is an author, speaker, radio show host, and filmmaker. After spending over 20 years in protestant evangelistic work, including extensive experience as an inner city youth worker and young adult pastor, he entered the Catholic Church in 2015. Don has a B.A. in Theology, Missions and Intercultural Studies from San Jose Christian College, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has also done graduate work in the evangelism program at Multnomah Seminary and the philosophy of Religion program at Talbot School of Theology. Don is the producer and director of Unprotected and Convinced and the author of How to Talk to a Skeptic: An Easy to Follow Guide for Natural Conversations and Effective Apologetics. Don’s interests include hosting tours of the Holy Land. He and his wife have four children and enjoy hiking through National Parks.
- To purchase Unprotected, Convinced, or any other of Don’s publications, click here.
Episode 49: Summer Series with Kristine Franklin of the Hello and Welcome Podcast – Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast
We are continuing our fun summer series with a fellow podcaster, Kristine Franklin of the Hello and Welcome Podcast. We had a most delightful time with this brilliant storyteller who is full of wit, wisdom, and a wealth of knowledge. Kristine is a woman after God’s own heart and she not only shares her journey to Catholicism but also shares about her 20 plus years in Catholic media ministry. You don’t want to miss this episode.
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Kristine L. Franklin was raised in a fundamentalist evangelical church where she learned to love Jesus, read the Bible, and share her faith with anyone who would listen. She graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Communications, a Minor in Biblical Studies and the deep desire to serve as a foreign missionary.
In 1991 Kristine and her husband Marty and their two children moved to Central America as lay missionaries. During this time they began to question many of the presuppositions of Protestantism as they saw its problems fully exposed in an international, multi-denominational setting. After several years of study, prayer and difficult inner struggle, Kristine and Marty knew that to live in obedience to Christ meant being fully united with His Church. The whole family was received into the Catholic Church in 1995.
Kristine is the award-winning author of a dozen children’s books. She has written for ENVOY, NEW COVENANT, and OUR SUNDAY VISITOR. Kristine was the co-host of the popular EWTN series, “Household of Faith,” and “Now That We’re Catholic!” and has been a guest on both “The Journey Home,” and “The Abundant Life” television programs. She is an occasional conference speaker.
Kristine has worked in Catholic Radio and now produces and hosts the podcast Hello and Welcome! She can be reached at helloandwelcomepodcast@gmail.
- Mercy Unwrapped, a Podcast, was recorded in the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. In this series you will hear remarkable stories of ordinary people, touched by the mercy and grace of God.
- Powerful Radio, a book by Valerie Geller
- Kristine Franklin’s episode on Journey Home
- Podcast episode with Timothy O’Malley on Infertility from the Male Perspective
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One thing we have come to love to do around here is get to know other women that have a postive online presence and/or are also giving of their time and talents for a Catholic ministry focused on encouraging women. This week we get to do just that with a lighthearted conversation with Noelle Mering. Noelle is a wife and mother, writer, and editor/social media manager for Helena Daily. Noelle shares her journey of faith to this point in her life. We think you will enjoy getting to know the faith-filled and fun woman behind the very popular Met Gala and Sex and City media pieces. One of those articles actually landed her on a Fox News Live radio segment. Listen in to hear the rest of the story.
Noelle Mering Noelle Mering is the Arts and Culture editor and social media manager for helenadaily.com. She studied philosophy and theatre at Westmont College in California and did graduate work in philosophy at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Noelle and her husband live in Southern California with their six children.
You can find all of her published work at NoelleMering.com
- Since Its Debut 20 Years Ago, ‘Sex And The City’s’ Profoundly Unrealistic View Of The World Has Hurt Women (The Federalist)
- Takeaway Message from the Met Gala: The Sexual Revolution is Tired (National Catholic Register)
- Many more articles can be found at NoelleMering.com
“Humanae Vitae made me embrace the Church again”. These words spoken by our guest, Mallory Smyth of ENDOW, are both gripping and also echo the hearts of many women whose hearts have been touched by the profound words of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae. Fifty years ago, July 25, The Church and the world received this church document and the words are just as important today:
“The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.
The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings.”
These are the treasures of wisdom gifted to us from Jesus through Mother Church.
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Mallory Smyth speaks around the country on topics such as catholic worldview, inheritance of faith and the feminine genius. Mallory fell in love with Jesus during her junior year at Louisiana State University and entered into full-time ministry after working one year as an accountant. She served as a FOCUS missionary for five years and is currently the director of program growth for ENDOW, Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women. It is her dream to see Catholics fall deeply in love with the God who loved them first, fully living the joy of the Gospel. Mallory currently lives in Denver with her husband, Jared and their two daughters, Penelope and Eliza.
- What They Didn’t Teach You in Sex Ed, by Vicki Thorne
- Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later: Progress or Regress?, by Janet Smith at Christendom
- Girl Genius I – Defining Dignity, by Endow Groups
- Letter to Women, by Pope John Paul ii
- The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
Call to Action –
Let us not be afraid to unearth the treasures of The Church, especially Humane Vitae. Know more, learn more, and share more with others.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Saint Quote –
“Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.“ – St. John Paul ii