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Fine podcast; obnoxious intro

By TeacherLibby - Jul 10 2019
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I had to unsubscribe because the intro is so obnoxious it makes me want to punch someone, so then I don’t enter listening to the podcast in the right frame of mind. It creates a filter that sounds so pretentious that even though they have decent material, it’s hard not to hear them as pretentious as well.

Love this podcast!

By kellybelly1992 - Nov 24 2017
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Kevin and Lisa are amazing - I always learn so much from them!

iTunes Ratings

228 Ratings
Average Ratings
209
11
5
2
1

Fine podcast; obnoxious intro

By TeacherLibby - Jul 10 2019
Read more
I had to unsubscribe because the intro is so obnoxious it makes me want to punch someone, so then I don’t enter listening to the podcast in the right frame of mind. It creates a filter that sounds so pretentious that even though they have decent material, it’s hard not to hear them as pretentious as well.

Love this podcast!

By kellybelly1992 - Nov 24 2017
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Kevin and Lisa are amazing - I always learn so much from them!
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How-to Catholic

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Rank #1: S2 Ep9 How-to Marriage: What we Wish we had Known

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Marriage. One of God’s greatest gifts and, if we’re honest, one of the greatest opportunities for growth in holiness. For many, expectations can make or break a marriage. In our over-idealized world, it’s easy to expect perfection and continual bliss, but that’s not always the reality. In today’s episode, Kevin and Lisa be talking about four things we wish everyone knew about marriage. (Including some talk on the birds and the bees, so if you have little ones, this might not be the episode to play in the car.)

From loneliness in marriage to the debate about “the one,” this episode will give some real talk on what it’s like to practically live this vocation today. Plus, Kevin and Lisa have a hack to keep your faith when times are tough and they highlight a non-Catholic YouTube channel that you need to subscribe to.

SHOWNOTES

Send us your questions for our upcoming Q and A episode!

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

Twitter or Facebook

Messy Parenting Podcast

We failed to mention this in the episode, but we love the Beloved Series by the Augustine Institute (also on FORMED.org). Note: We might be a bit biased because our story is in it. The series is great for marriage prep and for marriage enrichment.

Hacks and Highlights

Studio C Youtube Channel

P90x Sketch (Look for the priest!)

Train Robbery Sketch (Look for the nuns!)

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post S2 Ep9 How-to Marriage: What we Wish we had Known appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jul 12 2017
31 mins
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Rank #2: S5 Ep6: How-to Small Group

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It’s possibly one of the greatest methods for evangelization and spiritual growth that Christianity has ever known and it’s so simple that almost anyone can do it, including you. On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter talk about small groups and give you 5 steps for leading your own.

SHOWNOTES

Small Group Programs we Love:

ENDOW

Walking with Purpose

Bible Timeline

Hack

Focus Equip App

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S5 Ep6: How-to Small Group appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jun 04 2019
47 mins
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Rank #3: S5 Ep2: How-to Discernment: Marriage

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One of the most frequently asked questions Kevin and Lisa receive is, “How do I discern my vocation?” This question makes sense because in a world that changes so often it can be difficult to pick one final state of life. So to help with your discernment dilemma, on today’s episode How-to Catholic is starting a four-part series on vocational discernment, beginning with marriage.

SHOWNOTES

CCC on Marriage

Vatican documents on Marriage

Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen

How-to Online Dating with Jill Rippee

Hack

Pray More Novenas

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S5 Ep2: How-to Discernment: Marriage appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

May 07 2019
36 mins
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Rank #4: How-to Drama-Free: Emotional Virtue with Sarah Swafford

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Drama-free relationships, do they even exist? In this episode, our longtime friend Sarah Swafford shares with Lisa three tips for ditching drama and living a life that strives for virtue.

SHOWNOTES

Where to find Sarah Swafford:

Website: EmotionalVirtue.com

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Virtue Challenge

Simply Irresistible Checklist

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram

The post How-to Drama-Free: Emotional Virtue with Sarah Swafford appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Feb 06 2017
40 mins
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Rank #5: S3 Ep9: How-to Friendship

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In our culture, we have a hard time understanding what it means to be a friend. What kind of friendships do we have? What does it mean to be a friend to someone else? And how do we get better at this whole friendship thing?

On today’s podcast, Kevin and Lisa look at true friendship as they explore 4 keys to virtuous friendships. Plus, your hosts are doing their first giveaway for Lent, and Lisa has a big announcement that you won’t want to miss.

SHOWNOTES

Everything you need to know about Lisa Cotter and Leah Darrow’s Lux Conference! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Don’t forget to enter the Instagram Lenten giveaway to win a copy of Blessed is She’s She Who Believed and Dating Detox!

Saint Quotes To Live By

“We cannot do everything at once nor become saints in four days.” – St. Philip Neri

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S3 Ep9: How-to Friendship appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jan 22 2018
33 mins
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Rank #6: S2 Ep2 How-to Fashion: Why it Matters with Leah Darrow

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What is fashion, and why does it even matter? In today’s episode, Lisa chats with Catholic speaker, author, podcaster, wife, and mama Leah Darrow about the seemingly surface-y topic of fashion, but as you’ll hear, the conversation gets deep quickly. Discussion points include everything from the definition of fashion, to ethics and fashion, to where fashion can be found in scripture (yes it’s there). AND Leah even gives us a peek into her closet staples, as well as reveals where she shops!

SHOWNOTES

The True Cost Documentary

Where Leah Shops:

Connect with Leah!

Leah’s Website: leahdarrow.com

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

How-to Challenge

The Closet Challenge: S1 Ep3 on the Do Something Beautiful Podcast

Hacks and Highlights

Help build the maternity ward and get a copy signed copy of Dating Detox! Click on the image below to donate!

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post S2 Ep2 How-to Fashion: Why it Matters with Leah Darrow appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

May 22 2017
49 mins
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Rank #7: S4 Ep14: How-to Called

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Our Church calls each baptized Catholic to share the faith, but what if you don’t know how? Where would you start? And what would the end goal be? These are the questions that Kevin answers in his new book, Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World.

On today’s podcast, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter share the story behind the book, give you a preview of the five weeks, share some fun endorsements, and give an update on our lives.

SHOWNOTES

Where to buy Called: Amazon | Barnes and NobleAve Maria Press

Hack

Litany of the Saints (Just insert your patrons!)

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S4 Ep14: How-to Called appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Oct 29 2018
35 mins
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Rank #8: How to DTR: Define the Relationship – Be a Man, Ask Her Out

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Are you in an ambiguous relationship? If so, it might be time to have a DTR so you both can know where you stand. In this episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter discuss some of Kevin’s DTR failures and successes, as well as walk you through four steps to help you move from “what are we” to clarity.

SHOWNOTES

Blog post: What’s your Love Story (More on how Kevin DTRed our relationship.)

A few years ago the Augustine Institute captured part of our love story for thier series on the Sacrament of Marriage titled Beloved. They did such an amazing job!

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram

Be saints–it’s worth it!

The post How to DTR: Define the Relationship – Be a Man, Ask Her Out appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Nov 28 2016
30 mins
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Rank #9: S3 Ep13: How-to Prayer

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One of the three most important aspects of Lent is prayer. But so many people wonder – how do I start? Am I doing this right? What can I do to go deeper? And, do I actually need to pray every day?

On today’s podcast, Kevin and Lisa talk about 4 steps for prayer. Along the way they give wisdom from the saints, thoughts on acronyms, and practical tips from their own prayer lives. Plus, they have a saint quote to live by that’s perfect for the start of Lent.

SHOWNOTES

Time for God by Jacques Philippe

In Conversation with God Series

Are you doing Dating Detox for Lent? Join us on Insta @datingdetoxlent!

A Few Types of Prayer:

WRAP – A form of Lectio

Ignatian Prayer

A-R-R-R

Saint Quotes To Live By

“Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.” – St. Teresa of Avila

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S3 Ep13: How-to Prayer appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Feb 19 2018
33 mins
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Rank #10: S3 Ep17: How-to Heal with Crystalina Evert

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Truth: we are all broken and in need of healing, but this a fact that perhaps we don’t like to readily admit. However, keeping our painful memories in the dark causes more trouble than having the courage to bring them into the light.

On today’s episode, Lisa interviews the inspirational Crystalina Evert on not only why, but how to begin the process of healing. Listen in as they discuss Crystalina’s four pillars for healing and as a bonus, three fun facts that Lisa learned about Crystalina from their time as neighbors.

SHOWNOTES

chastityproject.com

womenmadenew.com

Connect with Crystalina: Twitter | Instagram

Find an Adoration Chapel: therealpresence.org

Saint Quotes To Live By

“God does not inspire us to do what cannot be done.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S3 Ep17: How-to Heal with Crystalina Evert appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Mar 19 2018
36 mins
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Rank #11: Blogcast: Wait, Do You Only Have Two Kids?

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Ever wonder why after 12 years of marriage Kevin and Lisa only have three kids? Today’s blogcast by host Lisa Cotter was written in 2012, back when they only had two, but it still explains the reason.

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post Blogcast: Wait, Do You Only Have Two Kids? appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Oct 16 2017
8 mins
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Rank #12: S4 Ep16: How-to Spiritual High

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After a retreat, conference, mission trip, or pilgrimage most attendees experience a sort of “spiritual high” that lasts for a few days or weeks. However, if the high isn’t capitalized on, once it’s gone, it’s easy to let things go back to normal.

In an effort to prevent this kind of spiritual backsliding, on today’s podcast, which was recorded live at SEEK2019, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter share three steps for squeezing as many graces as possible out of a recent spiritual encounter.

SHOWNOTES

More information on the Green Scapular

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S4 Ep16: How-to Spiritual High appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jan 16 2019
30 mins
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Rank #13: S2 Ep3 How-to Clutter: Simplify Your Space to Increase Your Peace

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Stuff. We all have it and if you’re like most Americans you have too much of it. As spring cleaning season is in full swing, Lisa interviews Brook Bunn of Cheerful Spaces on a timely how-to about clutter. Topics include three spiritual reasons for getting organized and decluttering and five simple steps for tackling those nagging spaces in our lives that are stealing our peace.

SHOWNOTES

Brook’s favorite organizational supplies: Blog Post

Brook’s websites: Cheerful Spaces and Bunn and Sons
Email Brook at: brook{at}cheerfulspaces{dot}com

Quotes from this episode

“That extra coat… those shoes rotting away in your closet belong to the person without a coal or without shoes.” St. Basil the Great

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post S2 Ep3 How-to Clutter: Simplify Your Space to Increase Your Peace appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

May 29 2017
40 mins
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Rank #14: S3 Ep10: How-to Feminism with Claire Swinarski

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Feminism. For many, fewer words bring up positive or negative stereotypes and emotions. Does feminism have anything to do with Catholicism? Would Jesus consider himself to be a feminist? Should all women be feminists?

On the podcast today Lisa interviews Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist podcast who, spoiler alert, says yes, all women should be feminists, but perhaps not exactly the stereotypical kind you might be thinking of. Join us as Claire and Lisa discuss 5 truths about feminism that every Catholic should consider.

SHOWNOTES

Connect with Claire: Instagram | Facebook | The Catholic Feminist Podcast

5 Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Questions

More about Abby Johnson

How-to Challenge: Read JP II’s On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (and Letter to Women)

Saint Quotes To Live By

“The world… doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” – St. Edith Stein

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S3 Ep10: How-to Feminism with Claire Swinarski appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jan 28 2018
38 mins
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Rank #15: S4 Ep18: How-to Newborn

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It’s no secret that Kevin and Lisa recently had a baby and after going through this experience of transition for the 4th time they’ve continued to learn more and more about how to care for a newborn and themselves.

On today’s podcast, the Cotters share with you 4 dos for life with a newborn. Along the way, they also share the birth story of baby Isaac and a hack for getting customized Catholic art that you can’t even find on Etsy.

SHOWNOTES

CCC 1250: The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.

Hack

Check out Emily Runyan’s artwork on Instagram!

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S4 Ep18: How-to Newborn appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Feb 25 2019
36 mins
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Rank #16: S3 Ep19: How-to Burnout

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BURN OUT! Have you ever felt like you didn’t have anything left to give? It can happen to anyone and it happened to Kevin and Lisa during the last few weeks. How do we get here and how do we get out?

On today’s podcast, your hosts talk about 8 tips on how to get burned out. Along the way, they’ll share where they’ve been these last three weeks and what they’re doing to get back on track. If you ever thought Kevin and Lisa were perfect, give this episode a listen.

SHOWNOTES

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Saint Quotes To Live By

“I have nothing left to give, but I still have my heart and with that, I can love.” Bl. Chiara Luce Badano

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post S3 Ep19: How-to Burnout appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Apr 23 2018
35 mins
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Rank #17: S2 Ep1 How-to You: Because Only You Can Be You

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Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast! In this kickoff episode, we will be looking at the importance of knowing ourselves as we discuss two principles for how and why to be you. Along the way, we will discuss how social media can affect our self-image, the difference between being fully alive and fully comfortable and in a new segment of our podcast, Hacks and Highlights, we will be telling you how to get Catholic art on the cheap and an awesome Catholic pilgrimage for couples. Take a listen!

SHOWNOTES

St. John of God’s Biography

The Four Temperaments

Free Temperaments Quiz

Quotes from this Episode:

“The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” – Pope Benedict XVI

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:25

“Christ reveals man to himself” – Vatican II

“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

Hacks and Highlights

Where to find images to print your own Catholic art:

Mike and Kristi’s ministry, School of Love, and their Couples Pilgrimage to Rome

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post S2 Ep1 How-to You: Because Only You Can Be You appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

May 15 2017
31 mins
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Rank #18: S3 Ep3: How-to Salvation History: Part 1

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Advent is a time of preparation… a time to think about the past and why God needed to send us a Savior. On the podcast today, Kevin and Lisa will begin part one of a three-part series on Salvation History for an adult version of the Jesse Tree.

To begin the series, Kevin and Lisa will be discussing most of Genesis as they look at the lives Adam, Noah, and Abraham and learn how they paved the way for a Savior. Along the way their lessons will be applied to our own lives today.

SHOWNOTES

Listener Angie’s Catholic Jewelry Shop: www.littlecharmers.net or Etsy Store

Free shipping* on all items through December 10th.  Use code ADVENT (all caps)

*We accidentally said that the code was for 10% off, but free shipping will likely save you even more overall!

Saint Quotes To Live By

“I do not want to be a saint by halves. I am not afraid to suffer for you. I only fear one thing – that I should keep my own will.” St. Therese of Lisieux

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S3 Ep3: How-to Salvation History: Part 1 appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Dec 04 2017
31 mins
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Rank #19: How-to Dating Detox

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Tired of today’s toxic dating scene? So were we. In this episode, Kevin and Lisa give you a behind the scenes look at their new book, Dating Detox. Learn more about why they wrote the book and why you (or someone you know) should go on a Dating Detox.

SHOWNOTES

Where to order Dating Detox

Lent 2017 Facebook Group

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The post How-to Dating Detox appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Feb 21 2017
36 mins
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Rank #20: S4 Ep5: How-to Parish

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Let’s face it: parish life can be hard, but it can also be very fulfilling. As Catholics the parish is a primary place where we are called to encounter God and accompany others, but how do we connect with our parish in a real and meaningful way?

On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter answer 3 questions about parish life. Along the way, they will share their own journey on this topic. Plus, they’ll update you on their house search and share a Catholic hack that will help you wake up on the right foot.

SHOWNOTES

One Semester of Spanish Love Song

Connect with us!

Kevin: Twitter | Instagram

Lisa: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Email: hello[at]madetomagnify[dot]com

The post S4 Ep5: How-to Parish appeared first on Lisa Cotter.

Jul 02 2018
36 mins
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