Be My Guest: Motherhood, Mary, and Favorite Female Saints with Lisa Cotter

In this episode, Fr. Josh and guest Lisa Cotter discuss the desire (or lack thereof) for motherhood, how we can be like Mary, and what are some of their favorite female saints. Lisa also shares a little about her new book Reveal the Gift: Living the Feminine Genius.

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There is so much freedom in how femininity can be expressed and how feminine gifts can be lived.


Check out this week’s Ask Fr. Josh video: Pray with Us: The Feminine Genius Rosary

Glory Story (8:35)

No Desire for Motherhood (14:56)

Hi Fr. Josh, my name is Leslie and I have a question for you. I was raised Catholic and love my faith. I have a great Catholic community at my college. Obviously, in college a lot of people, especially Catholics, are thinking about what is coming next (marriage, family, religious life, etc.). I have always struggled with the desire to be a mother. I am not really a “kid person” and the idea of being a mom kind of stresses me out. When I compare myself to my female friends, I feel really out of place. All of them seem to desire motherhood so much. Is it wrong that I feel the way I do? If I get married, I will be open to life, but I’m still not super excited about it. Would love your advice.

Be Like Mary (24:38)

Hi! I have a question for you about Mary. Frequently, at women’s retreats or conferences I’ve heard that women need to strive to be like Mary and look to her as a model. I think Mary is great, but I feel like trying to be like her is a bit of a stretch. She is free from sin you know! Anyways, I’m wondering if you could explain a little bit about how us imperfect women are meant to be like Mary.

Favorite Female Saints (31:58)

Hey Fr. Josh! Short and simple question for you: do you have some favorite female saints? Why are they your favorites?


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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