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Pat Gohn
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Pat Gohn is a Catholic writer and speaker, and the founder and hostess of the Among Women Podcast and blog. With a Masters in theology and a communications background, her passion for faith formation embraces media for evangelization and catechesis. Her book Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood is published by Ave Maria Press. Learn more at PatGohn.Net.

Works by Pat Gohn
St. Francis de Sales on My Refrigerator Door
Pat Gohn | January 20, 2011
A doctor of the church and patron saint of writers brought a Word in Season to a young......
A Bullet in Our Lady's Crown
Pat Gohn | May 11, 2011
Blessed John Paul II credited Our Lady of Fatima with sparing his life. In one of three......
The Drama of Scripture: Enter More Deeply
Pat Gohn | March 21, 2012
Yes, you've heard the Holy Week stories before; you know how they end. Here are some......
Pat Gohn walks you through Pope Francis' first encyclical, chapter by chapter....
Pat Gohn hits the highlights from Chapter 2 of Lumen Fidei....
Were the Host a door I could open, I'd almost swear I could peer straight through it......
The tragedy in Norway increases our sense that evil is all around us and gaining. It's......
Mary's Eucharistic attitude and her interior disposition can inspire us to new heights......
This Advent the English translation of the Mass becomes united with the prayers of the......
9/11 and the Ever-Present Christ
Pat Gohn | September 11, 2011
No matter where we are on the tragic continuum, God is deliberately near to each soul......
Loving someone until death is as hard as it is beautiful. It is sacrifice, but also a......
Viva Guadalupe! Viva Life!
Pat Gohn | February 10, 2011
Guest columnist Maria Morera Johnson on the warm and joyful expression of Catholicism......
Saint of Joy, Philip Neri
Pat Gohn | May 25, 2011
St. Philip Neri, the beloved "Apostle of Rome," sought solitude yet was the ultimate......
The Contagious Bonds of Faith and Friendship
Pat Gohn | January 26, 2012
The friendship of Timothy and Titus reminds us how powerfully our blessings grow when......
A Shrug Is Meager Exercise
Pat Gohn | February 02, 2012
Venial sins are the by-product of our mediocrities. When we shrug them off, we say being......
Tithing on Social Media
Pat Gohn | April 18, 2012
What if we gave God 10 percent of our status updates or tweets?...
Remember Saint Pius X
Pat Gohn | August 15, 2012
St. Pius X taught us that "Holy Communion is the safest and shortest way to Heaven."...
The quest of Christian faith is to find oneself securely in the love of God, and in......
Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Pat Gohn | June 08, 2011
Between the steady beat, beat, beat of prayer, our life flows like jazz, unpredictable,......
Mary is spiritual mother to millions of children around the globe: Roman Catholic,......
The Advent of Our Attentiveness
Pat Gohn | December 01, 2011
In a season of great watchfulness and expectations, the new English Translation of the......
An Open Letter to My Godson on His Confirmation
Pat Gohn | September 28, 2011
When you feel that faith doesn't matter, or it feels a little hard to live out, redouble......
The Heroic Sacrifice of Our Everyday Duty
Pat Gohn | September 14, 2011
Through love, our daily duties take on a measure of sacrifice that meets Christ's own on......
Cheating Death, Growing in Gratitude
Pat Gohn | November 10, 2011
The baptized Christian indeed cheats death, thanks to Jesus. Death no longer has the......
Tattooed You: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Pat Gohn | January 06, 2011
God brands a soul in baptism -- like a soul tattoo. The Church calls this a "mark" or a......
Sentimental about Sacramentals
Pat Gohn | February 03, 2011
If Sacraments are the big-ticket items of Grace, Sacramentals might be considered the......
On Being a Mother
Pat Gohn | May 04, 2011
Nothing has brought me to my knees, or made me laugh uproariously, or confused or......
Prayer: The Heart of the Matter
Pat Gohn | January 17, 2013
If our heart seeks God in prayer, then prayer heals and renews the heart....
Six Ways to Make Time to Pray
Pat Gohn | November 07, 2012
Got prayer? We don't always make time for it as we should, but as with all good habits,......
We may need a deeper theology for women in church leadership, but that doesn't mean the......
Catholics, people need the Lord! Let's make praying together normal -- not just for......
Lumen Fidei, Chapter 3: Unity, Unity, Unity
Pat Gohn | October 16, 2013
The unity of faith is the unity of the Church....
The gift of faith opens me to receive the light, live in it, and spread it....
Pat Gohn presents a handy collection of links and resources to make the most of your......
Katharine Drexel: Great Wealth of Soul
Pat Gohn | March 03, 2011
St. Katharine Drexel is a great model for Women's History Month -- born into great......
Joseph's Way
Pat Gohn | March 17, 2011
St. Joseph, guardian and protector of the life of the Savior -- an excellent exposition......
Not Just Another Pretty Face
Pat Gohn | July 13, 2011
Kateri Tekakwitha's life of faith was brief, difficult and heroic. On her feast day this......
The first warmth of spring and we are lured out of the desert and brought fully into the......
Reading Blessed John Paul II's 2003 encyclical causes us to look anew at the width and......
Confessions of Rosary Non-Rattler
Pat Gohn | October 12, 2011
The Rosary is dedicated to Mary, yet it is the most Christ-centered prayer I had ever......
A Time Evergreen and Beyond Ordinary
Pat Gohn | January 13, 2011
The Eucharist is the evergreen, never-fading pulse, pace, and heartbeat of life and......
The Ripples of Generosity, Unseen
Pat Gohn | January 12, 2012
In God's economy, giving without thought of a return is never for nothing....
You are never too young to make a stand for your principles or defend your faith. You......
The family is where prayer is taught and caught; it binds the family to the Church and......
Woman, God, Life, and Church
Pat Gohn | March 13, 2013
A woman cannot be gift to the world until she first comprehends and claims her......
The essentials of Catholic teaching on life and love, in 2000 words....
Mary always brings Jesus with her....
Things in Common
Pat Gohn | October 20, 2010
We had Christ and cancer in common. Talk about being yoked by the best and the worst in......
Behold!
Pat Gohn | December 23, 2010
As Advent gives way to Christmas, behold the simple, dynamic, truth as you contemplate......
The God Who Waits to Be Found
Pat Gohn | July 20, 2011
Seeking a relationship with God is a response to our baptism; God mercifully waits for......
As Lent winds down and we anticipate the Easter Triduum, there is only one answer in......
The "Hail Mary" is true Christian prayer. We rejoice with God in what he has done in and......
September 8 celebrates Mary's Nativity. For Catholics in Florida, in Cuba and perhaps......
Celeb Princess Gives It All Away!
Pat Gohn | November 17, 2011
A celebrity princess and one of the "1 percent" lived the sort of radical and......
What Would You Like Me to Pray For?
Pat Gohn | January 05, 2012
Sometimes we all just need God with some skin on. Intercessory prayer is an entering......
Strike the Match: Evangelize!
Pat Gohn | September 12, 2012
My life, and every Christian life, is a lot like a little matchstick when it comes to......
What a grace it is, to know, and love, and belong. And what a blessing to renew our......
The Art of the Love Letter
Pat Gohn | February 07, 2013
Pre-Valentine's Day tips for husbands and husbands-to-be....
On Bended Knee
Pat Gohn | June 06, 2012
Kneeling makes me smaller, but love compels me to do it....
In appreciation of a theologian with a gift for catechesis....
Christ the King, Then and Now
Pat Gohn | November 18, 2010
This Sunday points to the ultimate destiny of every Christian life -- the day when each......
Redeemed and Exalted by the Merits of Her Son
Pat Gohn | December 02, 2010
Mary's being -- her very existence -- is full of grace according to God's Word on the......
It's Not a New Mass. It's a New Translation
Pat Gohn | November 02, 2011
The Sanctus and Mystery of Faith, slightly changed as responsorial prayer, enrich the......
"Christianity and the Catholic Church value and esteem womanhood much more than our......
To Be Blessed: An Attitude
Pat Gohn | January 27, 2011
The Beatitudes are "Be-attitudes," outlining the blessings inherent in our electing to......
Praying St. Patrick's Breastplate
Pat Gohn | March 14, 2012
Need help getting through this day, this Lent, this year? Saint Patrick's prayer is a......
M.O.M.S. the Word for Mary
Pat Gohn | May 02, 2012
A playful acronym for Our Lady can point to deeper insights into her role in our lives....
A trip to France brings an encounter with a faith heritage that we all share, one that......
The Jesus Moment
Pat Gohn | April 04, 2012
May our hearts be ready for the Jesus moment we've yet to receive -- the moment when we......
Adventing through the Seasons of Life
Pat Gohn | December 05, 2012
The coming, or appearance of Christ, is emphasized in Advent, but much nearer than we......
When you have faith in God in the One True God, that faith by implication translates......
Christian, Recognize Your Dignity!
Pat Gohn | November 10, 2010
Pope Leo's claim to fame, among other things, is that he was known for turning back......
How Good It Is!
Pat Gohn | November 11, 2010
I revel in the fact that the Roman Catholic Church brings a good word, indeed, a......
The missal translations coming soon may make clearer God's unconditional love....
Long before death, there are seasonal, weekly, and even daily opportunities to grow in......
The Sublime Logic of the Trinity
Pat Gohn | June 15, 2011
The revelation of God as Trinity reveals Who God is and what God does, and is at the......
The Crowning Truth of Our Faith
Pat Gohn | April 27, 2011
Resurrection not only defines our Christian faith, it raises our humanity, both body and......
Fullness of Easter, Faces of Grace
Pat Gohn | May 18, 2011
The graces given in baptism change us and give a new identity, and successive sacraments......
The Crucible of Conscience
Pat Gohn | March 07, 2012
It is possible to have an ill-formed conscience and make sinful choices, all in the name......
Wanted: Spiritual Fathers and Mothers
Pat Gohn | April 03, 2013
In our popes and priests and sisters and layfolk, we find the means to parent each......
Evangelism must begin with one key relationship....
Eucharist: The Presence of Another
Pat Gohn | December 16, 2010
Eucharist is an invitation to draw ever-nearer, this Christmas, to the One who loves us......
You Will Understand -- Later!
Pat Gohn | April 20, 2011
The Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, and a lesson in meaning,......
The Gaze
Pat Gohn | July 06, 2011
Through His Gaze, Jesus has me all to Himself. He is the lover and I am the beloved....
Put Yourself Into the Christmas Story
Pat Gohn | December 15, 2011
Using one's imagination to pray the Nativity story brings new understanding to what can......
Ascension: Cue the Sequel
Pat Gohn | June 01, 2011
If the Gospels are the original words and deeds of Jesus, the Ascension sets the stage......
Polycarp: Unusual Name, Remarkable Story
Pat Gohn | February 17, 2011
Taught and ordained by John at Ephesus, the first century saint and martyr Polycarp......
Pilgrim Feet
Pat Gohn | February 24, 2011
The key to any successful pilgrimage is keeping one's heart well disposed to him....
The slaughter of innocents is not our defeat....
Lean In: Into the Chaos
Pat Gohn | January 21, 2014
When a perfect storm strikes, sometimes you have to lean in beyond first instincts....
The Pink Candle and Other Musings
Pat Gohn | December 09, 2010
A common sight in Advent, the pink or rose candle lit on the Third Sunday is a......
Dumping My Assumptions about Mary
Pat Gohn | August 10, 2011
Mary was assumed into heaven. Too many earthly assumptions keep us from understanding......
Missal Changes, Part One: Defined by Prayer
Pat Gohn | August 31, 2011
Changes to the English translation of the Roman Missal are coming in Advent; here's the......
WYD: Grace for Youth and the Whole Church
Pat Gohn | August 17, 2011
During WYD there will be over 121 hours of continuous prayer in more than 300......
The Monstrance and the Sanctuary Light
Pat Gohn | August 24, 2011
Crawling through the last days of summer, two poems to quiet the soul....
So often, the fundamental lesson of Lent becomes about "being" more than "doing" --......
Long-held resentments tumble before a single small word taught us by Christ, and used......
Finally going to confession is a bit like finally going to get that haircut you've been......
Hoy, la Iglesia Catolica honra a Maria -- nuestra madre -- en su cumpleanos, la......