At Home with Jim and Joy – 2019-11-15 – Crystalina Evert Pt. 2
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At Home with Jim and Joy – 2019-11-15 – Crystalina Evert Pt. 2


[MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>Joy: WELCOME! YOU ARE AT HOME WITH JIM AND JOY AND YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR EWTN FAMILY! WE’RE SO DELIGHTED THAT YOU HAVE WELCOMED US INTO YOUR HOME. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU SO, SEND US AN EMAIL WITH A QUESTION OR COMMENT TO [email protected] TODAY, WE BRING TO YOU THE SECOND PART OF OUR SHOW WITH CRYSTALINA EVERT. SHE’S THE FOUNDER OF WOMEN MADE NEW. AND Y CAN GO TO HER BEAUTIFUL WEB SITE, WOMEN MADE NEW DOT COM BECAUSE SHE HAS A NEW SERIES, APPEARING NEXT WEEK, STARTING ON MONDAY, 5:30PM EASTERN TIME RIGHT HERE ON EWTN! SO, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IT AND WE’RE DISCUSSING WHAT THE EPISODES ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE. THE NEED FOR IT. AND I WOULD GO TO WOMEN CONFERENCES AND READ BOOKS AND DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO. BUT I’M GOING TO TELL YOU, FOR ME, I’M A CONVERT TO THE FAITH AND I THINK THAT BEING A CONVERT MADE ME A BETTER HUMAN BEING. IT MADE ME A BETTER WIFE, BETTER MOTHER AND BETTER MOTHER-IN-LAW. BECAUSE THAT’S A HARD ONE TO DO. AND I NEED ALL OF THE SACRAMENTS WORKING WITH ME, BECAUSE YOU ARE CONSTANTLY DYING TO YOURSELF. AND YOU ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE FOR THE OTHER. AND THEN, YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, SHUT YOUR MOUTH.>>Jim: THAT COULD BE AN EPISODE! MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.>>Joy: AND KEEPING YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELF. I DON’T EVEN CALL THEM OPINIONS, I EVEN LESSEN THE BLOW, AND IN THE FAMILY, I CALL IT A SUGGESTION. OPINION SOUNDS LIKE, OH, WHAT IS SHE GOING TO SAY, SHE HAS AN OPINION. WELL, IT’S JUST A SUGGESTION, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.>>Jim: WE TELL ALL OUR CHILDREN, SPOUSES, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR RELATIONSHIP SUPERCEDES OUR RELATIONSHIP. BUT IF YOU ARE GOING OFF A CLIFF, WE’LL TELL YOU. AND SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS MAY BE, LIKE, STOP!>>PLEASE DON’T.>>AND THE EPISODES, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, BROKEN FOUNDATION, THE ESSENCE OF A CATHOLIC WIFE. INTIMACY AND OPENNESS TO LIFE. THESE ARE HUGE.>>THEY ARE WAY BIG.>>AND YOU KNOW, DOUBLE INCOME WITH NO CHILDREN. AND INTIMACY TO LIFE AND SELF CARE. ANY MOTHERS NEED SELF CARE. ANY WIVES NEED SELF CARE? THIS IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL IF WE’RE GOING TO BUILD A CIVILIZATION THROUGH LIFE, LOVE, AND THE FAMILY, AND MARRIAGE.>>AND AS CRYSTALINA AND I WERE SHARING, I THINK WHAT I TRIED TO MODEL FOR OUR DAUGHTERS, TWO THINGS ARE GOING TO DESTROY YOU AND YOUR MARRIAGE. IT’S GOING TO BE PRAYERLESSNESS. AND YOU BETTER HAVE A GOOD PRAYER LIFE AND CRYING OUT TO JESUS, WITH HELP. AND SELFISHNESS. TWO THINGS DESTROY A MARRIAGE, DESTROYING YOU AND YOUR OWN PERSON, SELFISHNESS AND PRAYERLESSNESS. SO, BE A PRAYERFUL PERSON AND BE SELFLESS.>>AND PLENTY MORE TO COME. WE’RE BUILDING A NEW CIVILIZATION OF LIFE AND LOVE THROUGH CIVILIZATION IN THE FAMILY. DON’T GO AWAY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK! [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>Joy: WELCOME BACK! YOU ARE AT HOME WITH JIM AND JOY AND TODAY, OUR GUEST IS CRYSTALINA EVERT, FOUNDER OF WOMEN MADE NEW. AND YOU THINK SHE’S OUT HERE ALL BY HERSELF, REALLY SHE’S NOT. SHE’S HERE WITH HER EIGHTH CHILD AND TRAVELING WITH HER MOM, MAKING SACRIFICE THAT IS SHE CAN BE HERE. AND JASON HER HUSBAND IS AT HOME. SO, GO TO HER WEB SITE, WOMEN MADE NEW DOT COM.>>AND WHEN WE PREPARE FOR THE SHOW, WE ASK, WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO CONVEY THROUGH THE SHOW. I WANT TO READ WHAT YOU WROTE. WOMEN NEW MINISTRIES, WOMEN MADE NEW ENCOURAGE ALL WOMEN IN NEED OF PERSONAL HEALING EMPOWERING THEM TO BECOME THE WOMEN THAT GOD CREATED THEM TO BE. UNPACK THAT A LITTLE BIT. ARE YOU SAYING WOMEN NEEDED HEALING? YOU NEEDED HEALING? THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS, TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE NEED HEALING.>>AND GOING INTO MARRIAGE, YOU DON’T THINK OF THAT. YOU DON’T THINK THAT YOU ARE DRAGGING ALL OF THAT BAGGAGE INTO THE MARRIAGE. AND WOMEN SAY, WE STUFF OUR STUFF, PUT LIPSTICK ON IT, KEEP GOING AND THING IT’S ALL GREAT. AND EVENTUALLY, THOSE WOUNDS COME OUT ON YOUR HUSBAND, KIDS, HOUSEHOLD, COMES OUT EVERYWHERE. AND IF YOU DON’T GET TRUE HEALING, IT CAN REALLY DESTROY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, JUST GENERATIONS IF YOU DON’T FACE THESE THINGS HEAD ON. I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF WOMEN GOING THROUGH THAT AND THEY DON’T REALIZE IT. THERE’S A LOT OF SHAME AROUND THAT. AND THERE WAS FOR ME. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME. I WAS ANGRY ALL THE TIME, FRUSTRATED. AND BUBBLING UP IN MARRIAGE AND THEN MOTHERHOOD TRIGGERED IT. FINALLY, CAME TO A POINT WHERE I WAS, LIKE, OUR LORD IS TELLING ME IN ADORATION, YOU ARE COUNSELING. WHO WANTS TO GO TO COUNSELING ADMITTING THEY ARE BROKEN OR WOUNDED. I WAS SCARED OF A COUNSELOR, GROWING UP THAT WAS SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T TALK ABOUT, YOU DIDN’T DO THAT, THEY JUST SLAP CRAZY ON YOU. IT WAS HUMBLING AND I KNEW AT THE SAME TIME THAT IT WAS MUCH NEEDED. AND IT WAS HUGE BECAUSE WITHIN THAT COUNSELING SESSION, I FOUND OUT THAT I WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED AS A CHILD. AND IT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST MOMENTS IN MY LIFE. BUT IT ALSO WAS THE MOMENT THAT I MADE THE MOST SENSE TO MYSELF. AND I LOOK BACK AND EVERYTHING JUST CLICKED, MADE SENSE WHY I DID CERTAIN THINGS, WHY I COULDN’T ACCEPT LOVE. EVERYTHING CLICKED IN THE MOMENT AND IT WAS VERY HARD. I WAS IN THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT AND I KNEW THAT JESUS WAS WITH ME BECAUSE I KNEW IN THE HEALING PROCESS, I WAS VERY EUCHARISTIC. YOU KNOW, I WENT TO THE COUNSELOR AND THEN GO TO ADORATION AND JUST BALL AND CRY AND WRITE IN MY JOURNAL. I FOUND A GOOD PRIEST TO HELP ME IN CONFESSION AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A SPIRITUAL HEALING THAT NEEDS AT THAT TAKE PLACE AS WELL. THE CHURCH IS THERE FOR YOU AND JESUS IS THERE FOR YOU. THE CHURCH HAS EVERYTHING THAT A WOMAN NEEDS. TO HEAL. AND HE’S THERE FOR YOU. BUT THE THING IS, YOU HAVE TO SAY YES. HAVE YOU TO WANT TO GO ON THAT JOURNEY. HAVE YOU TO WANT TO CONFRONT THOSE HARD UGLY MESSY THINGS THAT YOU MAY NOT WANT TO SOMETIMES. BUT YOU ALSO DON’T WANT TO BE JUDGED. BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID, BY GOING AND GETTING HEALING, GOING TO COUNSELING, AND IT MAY BE FOR GOD. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THIS, YOU KNOW, I FELT LIKE I WAS HANDICAPPED OPERATING WITH ONE LEG AND THE OTHER WITH ALL THESE WOUNDS AND CARRYING BAGGAGE AND PUSHING IT DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. AND NO. GOD WANTS TO TAKE ALL OF THE MUCK FROM YOU. AND I USED TO TELL MYSELF THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO LOVE YOU UNTIL YOU ARE PERFECT. AND THAT’S A LIE FROM THE STATE OF HELL!>>Jim: AND I’M JUST GUESSING BUT YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE SAID IT TO OTHER PEOPLE BUT YOU SAY IT TO YOU.>>RIGHT. TALK TO MYSELF, IT’S BRUTAL. EXACTLY.>>Jim: THAT COMING TO GRIPS WITH SOME OF YOUR PAST, TRYING NOT TO CONTINUE TO LIVE THAT OUT IN YOUR MARRIAGE, DID THAT TAKE PLACE AFTER YOUR MARRIAGE.>>Guest: YES.>>Jim: AND THEN THAT WAS THE PRE MARITAL COUNSELING.>>RIGHT. YEAH, IF YOU ARE SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS, YOU KNOW, THERE’S LOTS OF DIFFERENT FORMS OF ABUSE, NOT JUST SEXUAL ABUSE. GO DEAL WITH IT, GET COUNSELING BEFORE MARRIAGE. IT’S A LIE IF YOU THINK THOSE THINGS ARE NOT GOING TO EFFECT YOU DOWN THE ROAD, BECAUSE THEY WILL. AND THEY DO. AND IT CAN.>>Joy: AND WE RUN A PREGNANCY CENTER, AND 2/3 OF OUR CLIENTS HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED. IT’S OUT THERE. AND WOMEN GETTING MARRIED WHO HAVE HAD ABORTIONS IN THEIR PAST. OR EVEN JUST A LOST PREGNANCY. MAYBE THEY WERE IN A RELATIONSHIP AND THEY WERE NOT UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF GOD AND THEY WERE HAVING SEX OUTSIDE OF THE BONDS OF MARRIAGE. MAYBE THEY HAD A MISCARRIAGE AN ABORTION. AND IT’S NOT LIKE I’M GOING TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON AND ALL THAT STUFF IS GOING AWAY.>>Guest: LADIES, IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY, JUST DOESN’T. AND JESUS CAN HEAL ANYTHING. HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST CONSTANTLY STRUGGLING AND FIGURING OUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH YOU.>>IS THIS, WHAT YOU ARE SHARING NOW, IN TERMS OF GETTING THE HEALING THAT YOU NEED, HOLDING IT UP BEFORE THE LOVE AND LIGHT OF GOD SO THAT YOU ARE NOT ACTING OUT OF THIS. AND IS THAT IN ANY OF YOUR EPISODES?>>OH, YEAH. ABSOLUTELY. IT’S KIND OF SPRINKLED THIGHOUT ALL FIVE SHOWS THAT WE DID. BUT THAT’S WHERE IT STEMMED FROM THE WOMEN MADE NEW MINISTRIES.>>Jim: SHARE WITH US SOME OF THE EPISODES. I HAVE THEM HERE. BUT IF YOU CAN, SHARE WITH US WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT HERE SHORTLY IN A FIVE-PART SERIES.>>IT’S SO EXCITING! I’M SO HAPPY AND IT’S SO GOOD. WANTED THE SHOW TO BE DIFFERENT AND FAST-MOVING. SO, I HAVE DIFFERENT WOMEN THAT PUT QUESTIONS ON THEIR CELL PHONES FOR ME AN SENT THEM IN OF THINGS THAT RELATE TO THE TOPIC. SO, WOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SENT THEM IN AND I PICKED THE TOP FIVE QUESTIONS FROM THAT. WE GO IN WITH THAT AND WE START HARK THAT QUESTION OUT. ONE OF THE FIRST THING, I COME FROM NOTHING BUT BROKENNESS, BROKEN FAMILY, AND DIVORCE IS ALL AROUND ME. HOW DO I NOT REPEAT THAT. AND LISA AND I JUST START TO BREAK IT DOWN, WITH OUR OWN EXPERIENCES. I ASKED THEM QUESTIONS AND THEY ARE VERY REAL AND HONEST. AND N EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM I INTERVIEWED ON THE DIFFERENT SHOWS, THEY GAVE THEIR HEARTS TUESDAY. AND IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL. I GAVE MY HEART AS WELL. AND THAT’S WHAT I WANTED. I WANTED WOMEN TO WATCH THIS. AND FEEL LIKE THEY BELONGED, THIS WAS A PLACE, I GET YOU. I AM YOU. I’M THERE. AND WE’RE DOING THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. AND WE INTERVIEW AND THEN WE HAVE A NICE CLIP FROM SOMEONE IF IN CHRIS DI STEPH ANN EC, OR JUST AN EXPERT IN SOME WAY AND WE HAVE A SMALL CLIP CALLED, THE DOCTOR IS IN. AND DOCTOR KIMBERLY IS ON, I HAVE HER PUTTING A BOW ON EVERYTHING THAT WE TALK ABOUT WITH HER EXPERTISE IN THAT FIELD. ALSO, I WANTED TO HAVE A THERAPIST BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT. SHE’S MY COUNSELOR, MY THERAPIST AND I STILL TALK TO HER THIS DAY. IT’S HELPFUL, HEALING, AND HEALTHY FOR THIS PERSON TO BE IN MY LIFE AND IT WOULD BE FOR ANY OTHER WOMAN. AND SHE’S STRUGGLING. DOCTOR KIMBERLY, THE DOCTOR IS IN. AND SHE JUST GIVES THAT HONEST OPINION AND SHE GIVES IT PSYCHOLOGICAL, TOO, HER PROFESSIONAL OPINION. AND THEN I WRAP IT UP WITH AN OWN IT SEGMENT. AND FACE IT, OWN IT, AND HEAL IT. YOU KNOW, THAT’S THE THREE SEGMENTS. IT’S HARD TO FACE IT. THEN YOU GOT TO OWN THE MESS. AND THEN YOU GOT TO HEAL IT. AND THAT’S WHAT I WENT THROUGH.>>AND IF YOU DON’T FACE IT, DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT’S OPERATIVE.>>RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY.>>YOU GOT TO FACE IT.>>RIGHT. WHY OPERATE BROKEN WHEN IT CAN BE FIXED AND HEALED.>>AND MY FAVORITE SAYING IS, FOR WHAT SAINT IS, BEING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PAST, BUT NOT LIVING IN IT. SO, BEING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PAST, LIVING IT THE NOW AND SETTING YOUR FACE TOWARD THE FUTURE. BE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PAST BUT DON’T LIVE IN YOUR PAST. LIVE IN THE NOW WHICH IS ALL THAT YOU HAVE, AND SET YOUR FACE TOWARD A GOOD FUTURE. SO THAT’S A LOT OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING.>>AS YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE COMMENTATING AND GIVING INSIGHTS AND SO ON, WHEN THE SERIES IS DONE, I’M SURE THERE’S GOING TO BE A DVD FOR THIS. ARE THERE RESOURCES FOR THEM TO GO.>>RIGHT NOW, THE WEB SITE, THERE’S A COUNTDOWN FOR THIS SERIES. BUT AS SOON AS THE SHOW STARTS, I’M REDOING THE WEB SITE RIGHT NOW. AND I HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION BUT I’M PUTTING SO MUCH MORE AND IF A WOMAN WANTS TO GO TO COUNSELING, PUT IN YOUR ZIP CODE AND YOU CAN FIND GOOD SOLID CATHOLIC COUNSELORS IN YOUR AREA. AND YOU WANT TO GO TO ADORATION, JESUS IS WAITING FOR YOU! EXCUSES ARE TACKY. YOU CAN GO TO ADORATION, PUT IN YOUR ZIP CODE AND ALL OF THE NEAREST ADORATION CHAPELS ARE THERE. AND GO SEE JESUS. THAT’S MY FIRST OWN-IT SEGMENT. DO IT WITH JESUS BECAUSE HE’S THE TRUE HEELER, THE ONE TO GET YOU THROUGH IT. HEALER. AND EVEN SOMETIMES WHEN YOUR HUSBAND CAN’T OR YOUR WHOEVER NOT THERE TO HELP NEW YOUR MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD, HOW YOU RUN YOUR HOUSEHOLD. I’VE GOTTEN SO MANY ANSWERS AND JUST HEALING IN GENERAL IN ADORATION. AND IT’S TRANSFORMED ME AS A WOMAN. DO I STILL NEED HEALING. OH, DO I HAVE VICES, MY OWN ISSUES, STILL. ABSOLUTELY. I’M NOT PERFECT. MY MARRIAGE IS NOT PERFECT, MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT PERFECT. MY KIDS ARE NOT PERFECT. BUT YOU DO YOUR BEST. YOU GET UP AND YOU TRY. AND NOT EVERYDAY YOU DO IT PERFECTLY. SOME DAYS YOU FALL ON YOUR FACE BUT YOU GET BACK UP WITH THE GRACE OF GOD AND YOU KEEP DOING IT.>>AND THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY TO HOLINESS. THAT’S IT.>>THANK YOU.>>THAT’S THE EXACT JOURNEY TO HOLINESS. IN YOUR MARRIAGE AND WOMEN SAY, I CAN’T GET UP EARLY TO HAVE A QUIET TIME. I DON’T HAVE TIME TO GO TO BIBLE STUDY. WELL, WHAT HUSBAND WOULDN’T MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR ANY WIFE TO SAY, I’LL WATCH THE KIDS. I GOT THIS. YOU GO TO ADORATION. EVEN IF I TAKE THEM TO MCDONALD’S FOR AN HOUR, YOU GO RUN IN THERE AND GO BE WITH JESUS. SHE’S GOING TO COME OUT DIFFERENT THAN SHE WENT IN.>>HOW CAN YOU NOT?>>EVERY ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS IS ALWAYS DIFFERENT AND IT’S ALWAYS LIFE-CHANGING. IF YOU MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND YOU SCHEDULE THAT FOR SELF CARE, YOU HAVE HAVE A WHOLE EPISODE ON SELF CARE. SO, TALK ABOUT THAT.>>Guest: WELL, WE KIND OF BREAK IT DOWN, BECAUSE WITHIN MARRIAGE, WHILE YOU MARRIED, YOU KIND OF GET OUT OF THE HONEYMOON STAGE AND THE MONOTONY OF IT. AND YOU START HAVING KIDS. AND THEN YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT EASY, I HAVE THAT BUN ON MY HEAD, TAKING A SHOWER IS A MAJOR DEAL, AND FEEDING THE BABY. IT’S HARD.>>THANKS FOR DRESSING UP HERE!>>AND I TELL THE WOMEN, I GET UP EVERYDAY AND I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. IT’S NOT FOR OTHERS. IT’S FOR ME. BECAUSE I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT, AND I FEEL LIKE I CAN FACE THE WORLD. EVERYDAY WHEN I GET UP, DRESSED FOR YOUR WORST ENEMY. AND SPIRITUALLY AS WELL, PUT ON THAT ARMOR. YOUR WORST ENEMY, THE DEVIL IS WAITING ON YOU AND HE’S GOING TO TRY TO TAKE YOU OUT IN EVERY WAY, SHAPE, AND FORM. BUT SO I WANT TO BE CONFIDENT AND OTHER WOMEN CAN FIND OTHER WAYS. THAT’S MY WAY. SO A WOMAN THAT I INTERVIEWED GAVE EXCELLENT TIPS AND I DID MY PART. AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SHOW UP. YOU PREPARE HOW YOU ARE GOING TO SHOW UP TO YOUR FAMILY.>>AND WE JUST HAVE A FEW SECONDS LEFT. MAKE AN EPEEL, ESPECIALLY TO THY THEY MAY BENEFIT ON SEEING THE SHOWS.>>THIS IS YOUR INVITATION, I BELIEVE, FROM JESUS TO GO DEEPER, THIS SHOW IS NOT ABOUT FIXING YOUR HUSBAND OR FOCUSING ON YOUR HUSBAND AND IT’S REALLY ABOUT FOCUSING ON YOU. AND BEING HONEST WHERE YOU ARE, YOUR STATE IN LIFE, HEALED, WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK AT, THINGS THAT NEED TO BE CHANGED BUT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. AND THERE ARE OTHER WOMEN JUST LIKE YOU AND SITTING HERE, WATCHING AS WELL, THAT YOU HAVE A WHOLE COMMUNITY OF WOMEN, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING BUT WE’RE TRYING. JESUS IS WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.>>THANK YOU, CRYSTALINA AND THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING AS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. STARTING RIGHT HERE ON EWTN, AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK, WE HAVE PLENTY MORE TO COME. DON’T GO AWAY. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>Joy: WELCOME BACK! FATHER JOSEPH IS JOINING US TODAY. BUT BEFORE WE HEAR FROM FATHER, WE’RE GOING STRAIGHT TO ROME TO HEAR FROM JOAN. YOU ARE BELONGING TO A GROUP OF WOMEN. TELL US ALL ABOUT THAT!>>HI, JIM AND JOY! I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE OUT OF THE ORDINARY TODAY IN MY CONTRIBUTION TO CRYSTALINA’S FOCUS ON HER WOMEN MADE NEW SERIES FOR EWTN ABOUT MARRIAGE AND BEINGA CATHOLIC WIFE. I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT AN AMAZING GROUP OF WOMEN IN THE VATICAN. ALMOST ALL OF WHOM ARE CATHOLIC WIVES. D.VA – DONNE IN VATICANO – AN ASSOCIATION TO WHICH I BELOG, WAS FORMED IN SEPTEMBER 2016. A TRULY UNPRECEDENTED DEVELOPMENT IN THE HISTORY OF VATICAN CITY STATE, AS ITS JUST UNVEILED WEBSITE SAYS. BY THE WAY, WE USUALLY PRONOUNCE OUR NAME AS DIVA! DIVA IS OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO LAY AND RELIGIOUS FEMALE EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES OF VATICAN CITY STATE, THE HOLY SEE AND RELATED INSTITUTIONS. D.VA IS THE BRAINCHILD OF A SMALL GROUP OF FEMALE EMPLOYEES, MANY OF WHOM WERE MY COLLEAGUES AT VATICAN RADIO. WE AIM TO BE A SUPPORT NETWORK OF FRIENDSHIP AND SOLIDARITY AMONG MEMBERS AND TO PROMOTE OUR HUMAN, PROFESSIONAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH. WE ALSO TRY TO PROVIDE OUTREACH AND SUPPORT TO OTHER WOMEN, ESPECIALLY THOSEWHO ARE SUFFERING OR IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. WE ORGANIZE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF A PROFESSIONAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL NATURE: MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES CONCERNING WOMEN, SOCIAL EVENTS, CULTURAL TOURS, TRAINING COURSES, CHARITABLE INITIATIVES ET CETERA. WE EVEN HAVE A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI, FORMER HEAD OF THE VATICAN RADIO, TV AND THE PRESS OFFICE. WE COME FROM MANY COUNTRIES AND CULTURES AND SPEAK MANY LANGUAGES. WE HAVE OFFICIAL, WORKING MEETINGS BUT ALSO MONTHLY SOCIAL GATHERING WHERE WE EXCHANGE STORIES, LOOK FOR PROJECTS TO DO AND FIND OUT WHO IN D.VA, AND FRIENDS NOT IN D.VA, MIGHT NEED HELP. PERHAPS SOMEONE JUST MARRIED, A NEW MOTHER, A SENIOR WHO IS HAVING SOME PROBLEMS, AND SO ON. IN SOME WAYS YOUMIGHT SAY THAT D.VA IS A KIND OF WOMEN MADE NEW ASSOCIATION, JUST THAT WE’RE IN THE VATICAN! TIME’S UP, BACK TO YOU!>>Jim: JOAN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR REMINDING US OF THE NEED FOR SUPPORT, COMMUNITY, AND SERVICE. FATHER, YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SHOW TODAY?>>Father: I LOVE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS ADORATION. OFTEN, WE HAVE PILGRIM GROUPS THAT COME HERE. AND ONE OF THE POINTS I OFTEN MAKE TO THEM, WE’RE NOT ORPHANS. WE’RE NOT HERE JUST ALONE, KIND OF STRUGGLING ON OUR OWN. WE HAVE A REFUGE. WE HAVE A PLACE WHERE WE CAN GO, WHERE WE CAN GET LIGHT, RENEWED STRENGTH, HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY AHEAD. AND IT’S WHEREVER THE LORD’S PRESENCE IS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI IS KNOWN AS A LOVER OF ANIMALS, BUT HE HAD A PROFOUND LOVE FOR THE EUCHARIST. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE SAID, HE SAID, IT’S IN THIS WAY, IN THIS FIRST ADMONITION, IN THIS WAY THAT HE REMAINS WITH US ALL DAYS UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD. SO, THERE IS THIS PROFOUND PRESENCE OF THE LORD IN CHRISTINEA AND YOU ALL BROUGHT THAT OUT. YOU HAVE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AT THE CENTER, FATHER JOHN PAUL JUST HAD THE MASS FOR YOU RECENTLY.>>YEAH, ON WEDNESDAY.>>AND HE SAID, YOU SAID, JIM IT JUST MADE A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE.>>YEAH, PROFOUND. ALTHOUGH IT WAS BEFORE IN THE TABERNACLE. WE ALWAYS BESEECHED HIM TO COME AND BE WITH US, IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND OF COURSE, WHEN HE CAME PHYSICALLY, I WAS STILL PRAYING. I PRAYED BEFORE HIM AND I SAID, PLEASE, PRAY AND COME BEFORE US. AND I FEEL LIKE HE SAID, YOU NEED TO STOP ASKING ME TO COME. I’M HERE. YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY IN A DIFFERENT WAY. I’M HERE. YOU CAN’T KEEP ASKING ME TO COME. I’M NOT ALONE. I COME WITH MY MOTHER. I COME WITH ALL OF THE ANGELS AND SAINTS. YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY DIFFERENTLY NOW IN THIS PLACE.>>Father: BEAUTIFUL.>>Jim: AND THAT’S SO BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THE CATHOLIC DISTINCTIVE AS PARENTS AND MOTHERS, WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND THE PRESENCE OF JESUS, AND HIS HOLY MOTHER. FATHER, CLOSE US IN A PRAYER.>>Father: FATHER, WE BELIEVE THAT YOU SENT YOUR ONLY SON INTO THE WORLD AND HE REMAINS WITH US IN THIS REMARKABLE WAY. HE INFLAMES OUR HEARTS, STRENGTHENS OUR WILL, AND HE GIVES US LIFE AND LIGHT FOR THE JOURNEY. I ASK YOU TO BLESS ALL OF THOSE WHO MAY FEEL IN DARKNESS NOW, AND THAT THEY MAY COME TO KNOW YOU LOVE YOU, AND TO KNOW JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.>>Joy: THANK YOU, FATHER.>>Jim: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US, THIS DAY ON EWTN. EWTN STANDS COMMITTED TO RENEW THE CHURCH AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND THE FAMILY. AND ALL TOGETHER, WE WILL BUILD A NEW CULTURE OF LIFE. KEEP IT RIGHT HERE ON EWTN! BYE NOW. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC]

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