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Aug 16, 2022

Finding Hope When Kids Leave the Faith (with Roxane Salonen and Patti Maguire Armstrong)

Danielle Bean

Danielle is joined this week by authors Patti Maguire Armstrong and Roxane Salonen. Patti and Roxane share about their new book What Would Monica Do?. Together they discuss how to navigate the heartbreak of loved ones leaving the Catholic faith.

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This week’s guests are Patti Maguire Armstrong and Roxane Salonen, authors of What Would Monica Do?, a book that offers guidance, practical advice, and prayers for navigating the heartbreak of loved ones leaving the Catholic faith. 

Patti and Roxane speak and write from their personal experiences with a message of hope for others who face similar struggles. They share what prompted them to write this book together and how their devotion to St. Monica is a source of help and consolation. Patti and Roxane aim to offer encouragement for others who are praying for their loved ones who have gone astray. 

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

What Would Monica Do?
Facebook group for moms run by Roxane and Patti
Patti on Twitter
Patti on Instagram
Roxane on Twitter
Roxane on Instagram

Listener Question (33:40)

At the end of today’s show, Danielle responds to a question from listener Sophia who is attempting to conceive and struggles with anxiety over the “waiting” part of the process.

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Find Hope and Healing in the Example of St. Monica

What Would Monica Do? uses the example of St. Monica to provide hope and healing for those with a loved one who has left the Faith through practical advice, insights from Scripture, and personal stories.

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Meet Your Host:
Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 28 years, and together they have eight amazing children.

Danielle is host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV, and author of several books, including You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.

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