The Storytellers
TS-25 Barb Gaskell

TS-25 Barb Gaskell

October 8, 2019

Barbara A. Gaskell is the founder and director of the Mother Angelica Tour in Canton, Ohio, the hometown of Rita Rizzo, the future Mother Angelica. The Mother Angelica Tour was an outgrowth of a 2010 EWTN Family Celebration. The theme of the celebration was "In the Beginning: The Life and Legacy of Mother Angelica."

She is the author of the book, The Amazing Life of Rita Rizzo: The Early Years of Mother Mary Angelica.

TS-24 Dr Greg Bottaro

TS-24 Dr Greg Bottaro

October 1, 2019

My guest on this weeks Storytellers is Dr. Greg Bottaro, a Catholic psychologist, is the director of the CatholicPsych Institute and the developer of the Catholic Mindfulness online course. Before getting his doctorate, he spent four years living as a Franciscan friar, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis. He ultimately discerned a call to pursue family life. Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, Dr. Bottaro returned as a psychologist. His aim is fundamentally the same to serve. Instead of serving those suffering material poverty, he now seeks to serve those with psychological needs. 

Greg is the author of the book, Mindful Catholic.

TS-24 Joel Stepanek

TS-24 Joel Stepanek

September 24, 2019

Joel Stepanek grew up believing that humility required shunning success, never accepting praise, and embracing a crummy life so that God would reward him in heaven. Then he became successful—at being a missionary. On a quest to find balance, Stepanek discovered powerful wisdom hidden within a nineteenth-century prayer that radically changed his life: the Litany of Humility. He shows you what he has learned about true Christian humility and how to right-size your expectations for living this crucial virtue.

As Stepanek, director of resource development at Life Teen, began to study and pray with the Litany of Humility, he discovered a pattern for spiritual growth that now anchors the way he lives. In Chasing Humility, he helps you explore eight essential aspects of humility in the life of a Christian: authenticity, confidence, gratitude, love, praise, empowerment, mentoring, and breaking barriers.

In addition to humorous and engaging stories and theological reflections, each chapter gives you practical exercises for spiritual growth such as:

  • creating an authenticity diagram to explore how you see yourself, how you think God sees you, and how you believe others do;
  • learning to keep a gratitude journal; and
  • developing habits of speech that acknowledge and praise others for successes, rather than remaining focused on your own accomplishments.
TS-23 Dr Phillip Kim

TS-23 Dr Phillip Kim

September 17, 2019

Dr. Philip Kim is an Author, Speaker, and Consultant. Raised by first generation Korean immigrants, Phil has worked at all of his parents' businesses including 7-11 convenience stores, gas stations, diners, and restaurants. He understands the value of hard work and education. He is the author of "Chase One Rabbit" which is dedicated to helping individuals create better lives for themselves.

His latest book, "Zebras & Ostriches" is about the 5 rules needed to increase employee engagement and productivity.

Phil is also an Assistant Professor of Business at Walsh University where he teaches both undergraduate and MBA courses. His areas of expertise and research topics include technology, organizational development, and productivity. Phil's research has been published in numerous academic journals and conferences.

TS-22 Patti Maguire Armstrong

TS-22 Patti Maguire Armstrong

September 10, 2019

Do you wish there was a more practical way to live your faith in the midst of a busy life?

Bestselling author and National Catholic Register columnist Patti Maguire Armstrong created what she calls “holy hacks” to help. This fun and fast-paced resource is full of concrete tips for living the faith right where you are. With about two-hundred simple and creative ways to grow in holiness, you can find something to help you engage your faith and grow in Christ every day.

The idea for Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven came from three popular columns Armstrong wrote in the National Catholic Register. The book provides fun and simple tips that make holiness attainable by everyday Catholics in everyday ways:

  • Humility—Do good deeds in secret.
  • Relationships—Consider how much you want God to bless you, and pray for that same blessing on the people you find difficult or who have hurt you.
  • Gossip—Nurture good habits to prevent gossip by appreciating family, friends, and people who serve you.
  • Prayer—Spend time thinking of all the ways Jesus has shown his love to you.

Practitioners of Holy Hacks will discover that holiness is less about doing big things than about making use of countless and simple ways for us to love God and our neighbors.

The book also includes hacks from notable and high-profile Catholic writers and speakers, including Rev. Donald Calloway, MIC; Fr. Mitch Pacwa; and Kathryn Jean Lopez.

TS-21 Kevin Lowry

TS-21 Kevin Lowry

September 3, 2019

A preacher's kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a double major in beer and billiards soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off.
After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was all true despite his objections.
Kevin Lowry's journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God's unfailing, patient love for all of us.

TS-020 Geri Guadagno

TS-020 Geri Guadagno

May 28, 2019

Geraldine Guadagno has written articles and books for children and adults, including Irene the Elephant and 5 Steps to Facing Suffering, also published by New City Press. She is the author of the book "John of Smiles. This is the story of a 5-year-old boy with cancer who brought a ray of sunshine into the lives of people around him. John seemed to have an innate understanding of and ability to love. Those qualities endeared him to many, and were the driving force behind the worldwide spread of his story. Like all stories of heroes facing impossible odds, it deserves telling and retelling. 

TS-019 Deacon Greg Kandra

TS-019 Deacon Greg Kandra

May 21, 2019

Beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra knows all too well what it is to be busy. Drawing from his own experience, and those of fellow Catholics, and the saints lives, Deacon Kandra helps us realize the importance of prayer and offers practical tips for making it a part of each day. Prayer includes regular participation in the Sacraments (Mass, Confession) but is also about a constant communication with God and a way to plan our day each morning and evaluate our progress each evening.

TS-018 Dawn Eden Goldstein

TS-018 Dawn Eden Goldstein

May 14, 2019

Love and beauty. From when she was a little girl, Dawn Eden Goldstein knew she wanted those things that in them, somehow, she would find God. But her life s search led her away from the temples of her childhood Judaism to the music clubs of Greenwich Village, where she became an acolyte of a new religion: rock & roll. Over the years she earned renown as a rock critic and historian, moving among some of popular music's biggest names, all the while straining to capture that transcendent love and beauty in their every note and lyric. 

Yet her longing only deepened; the hole in her heart only grew. God s voice was calling her, but first she needed ears to hear. 
 
In Sunday Will Never Be the Same, Goldstein (The Thrill of the Chaste) recounts her spiritual journey in beautifully wrought detail, mixing powerful accounts of trauma, healing, and epiphany with funny and poignant anecdotes from inside the music scene. It is the rare conversion story that delights as it inspires, amuses as it edifies and ultimately lays before the reader a lived testimony to the transforming grace of Christ.
TS-017 Kendra Von Esh

TS-017 Kendra Von Esh

May 7, 2019

I don't need God ... Or Do I?

 

Kendra Von Esh was a corporate executive who had it all—high powered job, prestige, summer home, and fantastic family, friends and social life. She didn’t need God, nor did she have time for Him.

 

When she decided to get in shape and “cleanse” her body, she realized that she sorely lacked in the “spirituality” department.

 

She thought about going back to the Catholic Church but was conflicted because she didn’t know much about the faith. She wasn’t going to church at all, didn’t agree with most of its teachings, and certainly wasn’t ready to change her lifestyle.

But she decided to go anyway and what she found changed her life forever….

Join Kendra as she recounts the struggles, triumphs and “God-incidences” that paved her way from the back pew to a state of grace, peace, and joy that can only come from the Catholic Church and a personal relationship with God.