[00:00:28] Sophia Lebano: [00:00:28] Hi, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of here now podcast. I am so excited to welcome Teresa Tomeo onto this show today to talk about her new book and some of her recent adventures. So Teresa, why don’t you introduce yourself to the audience? I’m happy that you’re here.
[00:00:43] Teresa Tomeo: [00:00:43] I’m happy to be here.
[00:00:44] Thanks so much. Teresa Tomeo as you said is, is my name. And I’m a Catholic talk show host. We have a daily, national, rather international talk show every day on ETWN , which broadcasts Monday through Friday from eight to 10:00 AM Eastern. And the second hour is picked up by EWTN in our 500 radio affiliates across the country.
[00:01:03] I’m also the author of numerous books and I have a speaking ministry and a communications ministry, and also a special travel website that does consulting for Italy. So all things, Italy and all things Christ and the Catholic church – that sums it up. Basically.
[00:01:18] Sophia Lebano: [00:01:18] I love that. So I’d never been to Italy, so hopefully I one day get there – that is definitely something really cool.
[00:01:24]What’s your favorite part of Italy?
[00:01:26] Teresa Tomeo: [00:01:26] You know, it’s, it’s hard to say probably the beautiful Amalfi coast, which is South of Naples, the Mediterranean – it’s not far from where my mother’s father was from and it’s just so breathtakingly beautiful. It’s it’s hard to describe. So, probably Amalfi coast.
[00:01:39] And then second would probably be Pulia, which is the heel of Italy, which also has some culture and a different type of waterfront on the Adriatic. So it’s a stunningly, beautiful country and a great place to really find out more about our faith as well. I’m 100% sure. That’s true.
[00:01:55] Sophia Lebano: [00:01:55] How about the food?
[00:01:57] Teresa Tomeo: [00:01:57] I grew up in an a hundred percent Italian American family, my husband’s Italian, and we thought that we knew good Italian food because we had wonderful chefs and cooks in our family. And we went over to Italy and it was just even 10 times as, as delicious.
[00:02:10] Everything is so fresh. The meals are made to order, the pasta is fresh. And the, the soil, the volcanic soil across Italy really has an impact on vegetables, the produce and the herbs. So it just makes it that much more flavorful. So it’s, it’s over the top. It’s crazy.
[00:02:25] Oh, I’m so hungry now. I love an authentic Italian meal.
[00:02:30] So anyway I wanted to, again, welcome you on the show and kind of just really talk about your new book. So why don’t you tell us what is your book? What’s the title and really, really what inspired you to write it?
[00:02:40] Well, here it is. I have a copy here. And I’m giving a shameless plug.
[00:02:44] But since we’re talking about the book, it’s called Listening for God, discovering the incredible ways God speaks to us. And it was really born out of another book that I wrote last year in 2020, this one came out in November and my other book, I’ve never written two books in one year, but the majority of my speaking engagements were canceled.
[00:02:59] So why not write more books? And after I wrote the book on COVID, which came out in May, how can coronavirus, How Faith Can Put Our Fears to Rest. I was hearing from a lot of people who had found themselves going through a lot of really difficult times early on in the crisis. Of course it’s continuing, but when it first started, I think it was a lot more jolting because we didn’t know what we were, we were facing.
[00:03:20] And so people were really looking for inspiration, looking for hope and different stories, started to pop up around the globe about how people were really hearing from God. And so I started to take some notes and I’ve always kept a what I call a God’s Vince notebook or a godson and Scott winks journal.
[00:03:36] When I feel God has been speaking to me in a particular way, whether it’s through scripture with another person, whether it’s through, you know, homily at mass. And so I’ve kept a lot of notes on that and encourage people to do that over the years. And when I heard from a lot of friends and a lot of listeners that they were having some similar God moments, I thought maybe it’s time to do a, basically a bad wigs book.
[00:03:54] And this is what this really is. And when I say God-winks, there’s actually another book out there. talking about godliness, but we mean that God affirming you, God letting you know, letting us know that he’s there with us. And I had an experienced before I interviewed today, when I was very troubled about what’s going on in the world.
[00:04:10] And how many who are gaining power or regaining power are people who claim to be Christian and are totally against. Things that we hold so near and dear, especially when it comes to family and life. And normally the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is try to go right to the daily mass readings.
[00:04:24] And so I went to the daily mass readings and so encouraged by the gospel, which was talking about Jesus, walking on the water and telling the apostles being not afraid. And so I took a lot of encouragement from that and immediately recognized that was another Godwin and incredible way that God speaks to us because he speaks to us regularly through scripture.
[00:04:43] Sophia Lebano: [00:04:43] Absolutely. And I think for a lot of us, scripture is the first place that you go to when you think, Oh, God’s talking to me. So I really think it’s inspiring how you kind of have drawn from current experiences with the world. And I know it’s something that all of us are feeling and I’m sure as an author, you’re seeing that and you’re gathering that research from people.
[00:05:02] So do you think, and I’m sure you probably can say yes. Does God really speak to us? In other ways, other than scripture?
[00:05:11] Teresa Tomeo: [00:05:11] It’s, it’s very clear that he uses everything that’s at his disposal. I mean, he is, you know, the alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, as we’ve seen in the gospel of John, everything that is here came through him and, and, you know, existed through him.
[00:05:23] So he’s going to use nature. He is going to use, as I mentioned, other people, obviously he uses scripture in a big way. And as Catholics, we have a real advantage of that, especially with the way the whole mass is scriptural. which is a beautiful thing, but I found that he speaks to us in our billboards or through the church marquee or through a particular song that comes over on radio.
[00:05:44] I had many experiences like that. So there are different ways He speaks to us. And sometimes when people say, well, why would God talk to me, why would I hear from God? I’m not good enough. I’m not holy enough. I don’t have a theology degree. And so we kind of put God in a box and we think if we’re not good enough that he can reach out to us, but he’s already standing there knocking at the door.
[00:06:01] As we see in the, in the new Testament, Book of Revelation, I stand at the door and knock. and if you open it and let me in, I will come and dine with you. So he speaks to us in a variety of ways. And what’s what I really like about the contributors. Cause it’s not just me. I have about five stories in this book, but there’s people from all walks of life, some very well done, cause people out there, you know, doing your thing as faithful lay Catholics, but everybody had a different experience and God spoke to them differently in their particular set of circumstances. And so you can pick up this book and even if you, you want to give it as a gift to someone who may not be there in their faith that much, they’re going to find someone to whom they can relate because we’ve got people from all walks of life. People like, for example, very prominent Outfest Jack, Kelly Walker was with women in the new evangelization, Steve Ray, a famous, you know, pilgrimage leader.
[00:06:47] Don Lewis from EWTN. But then there are people who are working in the pro-life movement, people who are in the working industry, we have a priest, my associate pastor has a phenomenal story in there. So I think you can relate to all these folks and some of them have these experiences. During very traumatic times, a friend of mine wrote about her experience and she just lost her husband recently, but how God had been speaking to her, preparing her, and she looked back on the retreat that she was in right before he died and realized that that was really a God moment for her.
[00:07:17] He had been giving her the materials and the tools she needed to see her through that. So there’s all kinds of different experiences in there. And it’s a really good combination of different people.
[00:07:26] Sophia Lebano: [00:07:26] Yeah. And I think that’s probably the coolest thing about faith is that people will experience it in different ways, but it’s going to impact whoever’s reading it or listening to it in a different way.
[00:07:36] And the question to kind of follow up with that is how do we know God’s really speaking to us and it’s not something that we’re kind of creating or generating ourselves?
[00:07:46] Teresa Tomeo: [00:07:46] That’s a great question. And I had that question from another interviewer just yesterday and she said, well, how do we know we hear from God?
[00:07:52] Well, I think one of the big things is if you’ve got something on your heart and you’re really praying about it, that usually what happens is that that obviously God knows what’s on our hearts all the time. Something will come up. Maybe someone will say something to you. Something will come up in scripture.
[00:08:06] There will be things. And we have to have our eyes and our ears open for this that will address or affirm whatever you’re going through now, in order to do that in order to understand, you know, if it’s coming from God, you’ll have to be in prayer and you have to be in scripture. Now God still speaks to people who aren’t, let’s say in church or in prayer regularly, but if you’re discerning a direction, a specific direction or a specific answer to prayer, and you have to be in communication with God.
[00:08:32] You have to be open to it. That’s number one. So you’re going to hear more and see more signs. Whether it be, as I said, the literal sign in front of a church, or, you know, somebody coming up to you or something you read in scripture. Another big thing is if you’re praying about something, but if it’s not in the will of God, in terms of, if it’s outside of what we believe as Christians and Catholics, if you want something.
[00:08:53] For example, I had a woman who wrote me many years ago. And was convinced that God was fine with her being in this. I’m not going to go into the details, but being in this state of sin, because this was quote unquote what she wanted at the time. And I wrote her back and I said, that’s not from God. If you’re hearing that this is correct, that can’t be from God. I said, because what you’re living in right now is a state of mortal sin and it’s very serious. So God is never going to affirm. Sin is never going to affirm something that goes against his will and it goes against what’s best for us and the teachings of the church. If you’re trying to do something and work outside of the natural law, outside of the commandments, outside of church teaching and thinking that God is saying, Oh, it’s fine.
[00:09:35] It’s great. It’s wonderful. That’s not from God. That is a combination of spiritual warfare and your own misunderstanding, or, you know, for me, for many years, I was unwilling to submit fully to the church. And I got myself into a lot of trouble. It almost cost me my marriage. And more importantly, my soul because everything was about me, me, me, me, me.
[00:09:55] Why wouldn’t God just bless me because it was about my career in the secular media. And it costs me a lot of things. It’s not that the career was bad, but what I was focusing on was my personal goals and achievements. Well, what was best for me? The money, the fame the latest story, the next news Emmy award, I wasn’t focusing on doing God’s will and serving people.
[00:10:15] I was focusing on servicing myself. And so I learned through that that you have to make sure that what you’re praying for, saying, if it’s your will God, show me the way. And then things will start to happen when God sees a willing heart that is open and submits to him, then you’re going to start hearing from God on a more regular basis.
[00:10:35] Does that make sense?
[00:10:36] Sophia Lebano: [00:10:36] Yeah, absolutely. And it’s something that I personally struggle with and I’m completely open and honest about that as well. And I find a lot of times that I’ll see something that I think could be a sign, but then I’m like, is that really God, because I feel like God, wouldn’t pushing me to do something if it’s against his, well, you know what I mean?
[00:10:53]And again, like you said, not in accordance with church teaching. So I think that’s something that we all need to be paying attention to. As we know we’re going into this new year is how God is really speaking to you, in accordance with the church. And I think that is such a powerful point that we need to emphasize a lot more.
[00:11:09] So what are some of the steps that people can take no matter where they are in their faith journey, to get closer to God and be able to hear from him on the regular basis?
[00:11:18] Teresa Tomeo: [00:11:18] Another great question. As a matter of fact at the end of each chapter, we have reflection questions. So I just want to kind of outline what they can expect in the book.
[00:11:26] So we have different contributors, different sections. We have a section on the mass and the Eucharist. We have a section on angels. You have another section on, you know, professional experiences of people. So at the end of each chapter, all the contributors have given us a reflection questions and also a words of wisdom, their own experience, and a quote from the saints.
[00:11:44] At the end of the book, you have a detailed resource section that gives you all kinds of different Bible studies and online different events. You can check out also really good Catholic media, different podcasts, all kinds of stuff out there that will help you on your journey with God. So some of the steps, number one is the biggest thing I say is this submission, this whole idea of submitting, are we really submitting ourselves to God?
[00:12:08] We’ll talk about, you know, submitting ourselves and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and savior. Amen. In the Catholic church , we don’t see that as a one-time prayer. We see that as something we do every day, every day, you get up and say, here I am, Lord, I’ve come to do your will.
[00:12:21] And your will, Lord, not mine. It doesn’t mean that what you may want for your life is out of God’s will or bad. It’s just that we have to make sure that we were in gospel because that’s where our full happiness is going to be found. So number one is submission to Christ in the church. Number two has a lot to do with silencing the noise and coming to a place.
[00:12:38] And the Pope talk about this on the feast of the epiphany, January 6th, where he’s talking about, we have to be more like the manager. We have to be more open to worshiping God, and we have to be able to lift our eyes up and not concentrate so closely. On our daily circumstances and our frustrations not to put our head in the sand, but to make sure that we keep our eyes on Christ in the midst of whatever we’re going through.
[00:13:01] And it’s a lot more difficult to do that if you’re constantly surrounded by a lot of noise. And I’ve struggled with this all the time, because I do a daily talk show and I have to do a newscast every day and I have to be on the issues because I interview people from all walks of life on different topics, both Catholic and secular.
[00:13:18] And so I have to really balance that because when I found, especially last year with, and still with all the bad news and with all the COVID fallout and everything else going on under the sun, that it was affecting my personal approach to life. It was getting very negative. I was getting very overwhelmed and over the holidays, I really made an effort to, to silence a lot of noise, and I was so much more peaceful.
[00:13:39] So submission silencing the noise and then adapting some really, really good habits. And one of the best things to do is to get into the habit of reading scripture every single day. And it’s very easy to do in the Catholic church. You don’t have to kind of figure it out on ourselves because we have universal churches universal, and we have the mass readings and there’s all kinds of great resources, which are also having a book that will keep you in touch with scripture.
[00:14:02] So its three simple things. The submission thing is probably the biggest deal. We all struggle with it because we have pride and we have our own ideas. So constantly submitting and asking God, you know, make sure I’m in your will. So number two silence in the noise and number three, get into some really good Holy habits.
[00:14:17] Sophia Lebano: [00:14:17] So the three, the three S’s, silence, submission, and scripture. I think that’s wonderful. Well, you heard it here folks. That’s the first one. I love that, you know, silence is something that a lot of us are moving away from, because there’s just so much going on and you know, you want to stay in touch with things, you know, what’s happening on the news.
[00:14:36] What do I need to be aware of today? But I think it’s one of those things that we really need to focus on moving back to arts. You know, I always think of the medieval and ancient monks who used to just. Sit in silence and really tapped into what God was speaking to them more than we are today.
[00:14:50] Cause they didn’t have any phones or TV or news to worry about, such a 21st century. Bye course, you know, scripture and submission submission is huge. And a lot of us praying the surrender novena has done great things for us in our lives. But I did want to ask about some of your favorite stories in the book.
[00:15:08] So if you want to just kind of share a little bit without spoiling, some of it. What are some of yours?
[00:15:14] Oh gosh,
[00:15:15] Teresa Tomeo: [00:15:15] there’s so many. I think probably one of my favorites is a friend of mine who works in the pro-life movement and she’s been in the pro-life movement for a long time. And she used to live here in Michigan where I lived, she moved since to Indiana a while ago, but she was.
[00:15:28] on her first day as a volunteer at the pregnancy resource clinic in Detroit. And we call that story, the accident that was no accident. The young woman comes in abortion minded woman. And my friend, Julie is, you know, she’s got all the information, she’s all set to go. She’s all fired up and she tries to give it to this young girl, not to have an abortion.
[00:15:47] The girl tells her I’m just here to see you because I told my boyfriend, I would tell him he doesn’t want me to have the abortion, but I’m abortion minded. I want to get this done. I too many things to do in my life, yada, yada, yada, yet, yet. So, you know, Julie’s trying to convince her, look, we can help you.
[00:15:59] Can you just wait a few days? Can you think it over? Nope. Nope, Nope. I just check this off the list. So she leaves and my friend’s all upset thinking. She blew it, thinking she shouldn’t be working in this kind of ministry. The young woman was on her way to work and she gets into a fender bent in a very busy intersection in Detroit and the cops come and nobody was seriously hurt, but the cops ask her.
[00:16:21] By chance, are you pregnant ma’am ? And she says, well, yes I am. So it was the, well, we’re going to have to take you to the hospital for an ultrasound. So they take her to the hospital and she sees the baby on the ultrasound & the little baby looking as if she’s waving to her mom. That was it. She canceled the abortion and when the baby was born she told her friends what had happened.
[00:16:41] And so that was the accident that was no accident. And God allowing this situation to occur and reminding my friend, you know, I’ve got this, you did your best. Now I’m going to move in. That’s one of my favorite stories. Another favorite story is that my friend, John, who owns a very large travel corporation here in Michigan in my work and do pilgrimages and whatnot, and really struggling as to what to do with his business.
[00:17:03] Because as you know, the travel industry is one of the biggest effected by COVID obviously. And he was really struggling and he was in mass, just praying and praying and praying. And at the point of the mass if you could think it was during the consecration. And he just said, okay, Lord, I just need a sign.
[00:17:18] Just tell me what to do. Just give me an encouragement. And all of a sudden, the particular prayer from the priest at that moment was the word pilgrimage. So the minute he said, what do I do? He heard the word pilgrimage, but God was directly telling him he felt as he describes in his story to continue, it’s going to be difficult.
[00:17:35] It may not be the same, but, I’m here for you. And I think you need to continue. Those are just two of the stories. There’s all kinds of other stories all across the map, the way God speaks to us. Steve Ray talks about a dream that he had of God waking him up in the middle of the night and telling him he has to do a video series called the footprints of God.
[00:17:52] And which is like, what? I can’t even operate my cell phone camera. What do you want me to do? So, you know, as speaking to people in dreams, God, speaking to people at mass, speaking to people, you know, in scripture, just some great stories and you know, so many people are responding to this Sophia, with their own stories.
[00:18:08] And I’m wondering if we should do. And you know, it’s listening for God 2, I’m praying about that right now.
[00:18:13] Sophia Lebano: [00:18:13] Absolutely. I think so many things are going to come out, not only from people reading it, but from this experience of COVID where they’re just really forcing themselves to be intentional. You you’ve got nothing else to do except to be with yourself and be with God.
[00:18:25] So, yeah, I’d be all for that, but. this is more kind of, you know, just a surface question. Can this book be used for group study use? Do you have any plans to do that in the future?
[00:18:37] Teresa Tomeo: [00:18:37] Yeah. Yes we are. As a matter of fact first of all, I get asked to because of the way we designed it with the reflection questions and the different quotes or reflection questions are dying for either designed for either personal or group study.
[00:18:48] And then we’re also talking about, and we’ll get you the information we’re also working on something for lint, do an actual Virtual conference to launch this for lent. So people can go through this book during Lent, especially in 2021, where we’re far from being over the situation with COVID and the fallout from, from so many of the effects.
[00:19:06] And so that’s why I think helping people train themselves and how to listen to God and more effectively, regularly. And clearly this will be a great asset during lent. So yeah, we are working in that during the details we were talking to Sophia press, but that should be happening sometime in mid February, right?
[00:19:20] About the beginning of Lent.
[00:19:22] Sophia Lebano: [00:19:22] Yeah. I can’t believe Lent is just right around the corner.
[00:19:24] Teresa Tomeo: [00:19:24] I know
[00:19:25] Sophia Lebano: [00:19:25] it feels like just yesterday, we were going through lent last year, too. And of course you covered this question as well, but are there any other resources in the book other than what you mentioned that might help people grow in their faith and want them to purchase the book?
[00:19:38] Teresa Tomeo: [00:19:38] Yeah, I think so. What we’ve done in the back is we also give them. In addition to, you know, Bible studies, we give them recommended Catholic resources. For example, we have a Maria radio Catholic news agency, Catholic scripture study DWTN Magnificat myriad helpers, national Catholic register priest, your life on my website, T’s Italy, which is all about.
[00:19:58] It’ll pilgrimage. If you you’re stressed and your house here, we’ve got a link to our Catholic, beautiful women program that I do. The TV program I do on EWTN and every weekend women, anyway, digitalization, Kelly Walk’s wonderful ministry. So there’s a whole list of recommended Catholic resources in how to get more involved in your faith.
[00:20:14] In addition to maybe deciding to, to study scripture further, which is a big thing of mine because my husband and I actually came back to the Catholic church through a non-denominational Bible study, which is why scripture is so important to us.
[00:20:27] Sophia Lebano: [00:20:27] That’s awesome. So if you don’t mind me asking what kind of was your, your conversion reversion story?
[00:20:32] Teresa Tomeo: [00:20:32] Oh, it’s a, it’s a series of huge miracle suffice it to say my husband and I both grew up Catholic, but we were nominal Catholics. By the time we got married and we were focused very heavily on our careers and we were very successful, very early on and got caught up with all the secularism. And that took over and it caused a real separation and problem in our marriage.
[00:20:51] And it wasn’t until we came close to divorce that we really woke up and smelled the cappuccino. And my husband out of the blue was invited to a men’s non-denominational Bible study through a mutual friend. He went to that Bible study and was just amazed because he grew up Catholic and he was an alter boy.
[00:21:08] And they were studying at the time, Exodus and Deuteronomy. And he recognized the references to the Catholic church. They altar, the vestments, even the, the lamb of God the lamb, the, the slaughtered lamb, the sacrifice lamb. And then he had this aha moment, which led to many others where he said, Oh my gosh, the Catholic drift is in the Bible who new.
[00:21:29] And so he was on fire for, for scripture and the faith. And then shortly after that, about a year after that, I was fired from a big TV news job. My career was everything I had been ignoring my family and my home. Everything was about being myself and I, and you know, they changed programs and, and TV, personalities, and radio personalities, change underwear and ties.
[00:21:50] And I wasn’t expecting it. And so I had the rug pulled out from under me. And for six months, I was so angry. I didn’t want to hear anything about God because they felt God was punishing me or God didn’t love me. And then finally, I just said uncle after about six months and said, okay, Jesus, you know, whatever you want me to do.
[00:22:07] And I decided to enroll in this Bible study and then gradually we enrolled in a Bible study together then turned into a couples Bible study. I was at a women’s for awhile, but then they had a couples Bible study and we started to really study the scripture. There weren’t any Catholic Bible studies in our area.
[00:22:22] At the time, it was like, almost about 28 years ago. And it really opened our eyes to the beauty of the faith. We got more involved in her parish. I never wanted to leave the Catholic church. We never officially left. We just drifted. And I had profound experience when I made my Holy communion, where I really knew that Eucharist was real and I just loved the mass and I loved the saints.
[00:22:41] And so as a child growing up Catholic and going to Catholic school, there was this, this love that was instilled in me for the Catholic church, but I. I just got too worldly too quickly and pretty much no control and forgot about it for awhile. So when we came back through these two Bible studies that we were eventually in, and then we were in Bible study together, we really made an effort to get involved in our parish.
[00:23:02] And then one thing led to another and my husband started to discern the diaconate. He’s now been in a deacon for almost nine years and I left secular media and went into Catholic radio. And that was like almost 20 years ago. Believe it or not. So it’s crazy. That’s a very. Shortened version of our journey, but it’s just miraculous.
[00:23:19] Sophia Lebano: [00:23:19] It really is amazing. And yeah, you, you truly know that when you’ve moved into, from secular to Catholic radio, you’re like, yeah, this is it. I’m fully immersed now, but is that what inspired your book Beyond Sunday and your conversion story?
[00:23:32] Teresa Tomeo: [00:23:32] Yeah, my conversion story. And then also being around so many cradle Catholics who don’t take their faith beyond Sunday, and it could be by no fault of their own, because maybe they were poorly catechized or the emphasis of a relationship with Christ was really put upon them or they weren’t exposed to that.
[00:23:48] And the, the actual title of the book came from a quote my mother-in-law said to us after Dominic’s ordination, she was watching all the friends we had you know, reception and whatnot, invited friends over and friends wanted to comment and why they thought my husband would make a good deacon. And they’re about 50 people in the banquet hall room and everyone would come up because we had a lot of people from out of town, Dom’s family, and they’d say I’m so and so, and I work in this ministry or I’m so-and-so I work with parish with Dom, if they would each describe how they met my husband and everyone was related to the faith in some way, shape or form.
[00:24:21] And so. My mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law were sitting there and we got back to the house and my mother-in-law who was usually very talkative, was very quiet. And I asked her what was wrong? And she said to me, she said, you and Dominic are the only people I know who take their Catholic faith beyond Sunday.
[00:24:37] She said, I honestly don’t know how to do that. Nobody ever taught me. And I felt so sorry for her because she, you know, she goes to mass. She’s tries to be a faithful Catholic, but she doesn’t know what it means. Really still, and she still struggles with it even as an elderly woman. And we’re always trying to send her if you know, different books and whatnot to try to help her.
[00:24:55] But what does it mean to put the faith into practice every single day and to live a truly authentic Catholic life? So that’s where that book came from beyond Sunday, becoming a 24-seven Catholic.
[00:25:04] Sophia Lebano: [00:25:04] Yeah, and I, it’s funny, cause I was telling you before we recorded this, I happened to see it in church one day and I was like, I just need to get this.
[00:25:11] Like I need to read it. And I’m excited to start it, but I love how it’s a 24-seven Catholic that something that we all need to strive for. You know, whether or not you’re a Catholic, just really pursuing your faith all hours and all days of the week. So any last words of advice or wisdom that you want to leave with the audience, whether it’s on, you know, listening to God’s voice or anything related to the book?
[00:25:31] Teresa Tomeo: [00:25:31] Well, I want to go back to what you said, and I’m going to steal that from you. The three S’s I’ve been repeating it, but didn’t come up with that summary. So thank you. But I’ll give you attribution for it. I’m trying to just journal, but you know, we have silence, submission, silence, and scripture, those three S’s that we talked about earlier, and then also, I really want to encourage people to get the book.
[00:25:50]Listening for God, discovering the way the incredible ways God speaks to us. Very easy to get it from Sophia Press. I have a link on my website, teresatomeo.com/listeningforGod. And that’s Theresa without an H I was named after Teresa Avila, T E R E S A. I think you’ll you’ll, you’ll find the book.
[00:26:06] Very helpful. Very comforting and very encouraging, especially now with what’s going on in the world by a few of them to give it to friends. Even if that person is not Catholic grieving, that person may be Catholic Renaissance away. Catholic. This is not a book that is going to get someone over the head and say, you know, you’re not in the church.
[00:26:23] You have to know that it’s a very welcoming book. I mean, obviously we want all people to remain in the church and be faithful, but this is a book that just speaks to the heart. God loves you. And he’s trying to speak to you and hopefully this will help people see how it’s doing just that.
[00:26:38] Sophia Lebano: [00:26:38] I’m excited to get my hands on a copy.
[00:26:40] Is it available now for people?
[00:26:41] Teresa Tomeo: [00:26:41] Yeah. Yes, it is. Again, it’s, it’s been out since some late November, so they can go to, again, my website, the easiest way to find it. Teresatomeo.com/listeningforGod. You can also order an Amazon listening for God. Just put that in the Amazon, that book section, but yeah, it’s readily available now.
[00:26:59] Sophia Lebano: [00:26:59] Awesome. Yeah. All the links will be in the show notes below. And last question is where can people find connect with you? I know you mentioned a couple of ways, but
[00:27:07] Teresa Tomeo: [00:27:07] yeah, no, they can just go to again, my, my home page, Teresatomeo.com. It has links to all of my shows, regardless of where you’re at in the country.
[00:27:14] Even if you’re not in Michigan. EWTN and then Ave Maria radios. So they all have apps. Everybody’s going to app its the best thing. Probably the one that I would say one stop shop umbrella view to go to my website and everything is there at teresatomeo.com.
[00:27:27] Sophia Lebano: [00:27:27] Amazing
[00:27:27] Teresa. Thank you so much for joining me on the show today.
[00:27:30] It was so wonderful to talk to you. Thank you.
[00:27:32]Teresa Tomeo: [00:27:32] It was a lot of fun and happy to be here.
[00:27:34] Thank you
[00:27:35] Sophia Lebano: [00:27:35] guys so much for tuning in to this week’s episode of hear and now podcast. Don’t forget to check out all the show notes down below and without further ado, we will see you guys next time.
[00:27:43] Bye-bye .
It’s the 78th episode of Hear and Now Podcast! Thank you for joining me this week as I have Teresa Tomeo on to discuss her new book, Listening for God.
Where to find Teresa: https://teresatomeo.com/
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