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Jesuitical is a podcast from America Media hosted by two young, hip and lay editors: Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis.

Each episode brings some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week, and an interview with a guest who offers a unique perspective on world events, culture or faith. At the end of the show, Ashley and Zac invite the listener into their faith lives by sharing their consolations and desolations from the week.

Oct 11, 2019

Loneliness: When you’re experiencing it, it can seem like you are the only person in the world who feels this way. But when you say it out loud, you find out almost everyone, at some point, has had the feeling that they are missing out or that they don’t belong. 

That is why I am so grateful that this week’s guest, Gabriella Jeakle, was willing to write so openly about being lonely in college in an article for America magazine. She writes not from the perspective of having graduated and knowing “things will get better” but as someone in the thick of it—a freshman at a Jesuit college, determined to get her degree but unsure if she will ever really feel like she belongs. 

We ask Gabriella how she is learning to live with loneliness and how her faith has helped her in this time of transition.

In Signs of the Times, the Synod of the Bishop on the Amazon opens in Rome and Pope Francis creates 13 new cardinals. Stateside, the Supreme Court opens its new term and a big abortion case is on the docket. Next, was Mother Frances Cabrini snubbed in New York City’s She Built NYC initiative, which is meant to bring gender balance to the city’s public monuments? Finally, Molly Burhans (a former guest!) was recognized by the United Nations for her work mapping the Catholic Church worldwide. 

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— Ashley

Links from the show

Pope Francis opens Amazon synod, says to ‘light the fire of the Gospel’ in the region

Here’s what happened on the first day of the Amazon Synod

Pope Francis creates 13 new cardinals, emphasizes the need for ‘compassion’ and ‘loyalty’

New Supreme Court agenda features abortion, immigrants and L.G.B.T. rights

Chirlane McCray accused of ‘anti-Catholic bias’ over Mother Cabrini statue snub

U.N. honors Catholic activist using data to fight climate change

What’s on tap?

Boozy Fall Tea: Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea + a shot of Jim Beam (I swear it’s better than it sounds)