Blazing The Trail

“Discovering Christ, always again and always more fully, is the most wonderful adventure of our life.” 

 Pope Saint John Paul II

Blazing the Trail is a weekly show dedicated to the Church’s mission of evangelization. The conversation dives deeply into what it means and what it looks like to share the Gospel with courage and hope in today’s culture.

Join host Miriam Marston and her special guests Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. PST to discover how the Holy Spirit continues to set hearts on fire with the love of Christ and inspire people to bring the good news to a world that is aching to hear it.

Miriam Marston is a singer-songwriter, author, and speaker based in Portland. She’s a fan of: Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, the ocean, Dr. Who, train travel, and Pad Thai.  Miriam serves as director of faith formation at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard, Oregon.  Discover more about Miriam at MiriamMarston.com.

 

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14, 2024 Year B. Listen carefully to the readings and join Dina Marie for this reflection on FAITH MOMENTS WITH DINA MARIE. The readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Amos 7:12-15 Responsorial Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness, […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Tricia Bølle, who is the founder and mission director of the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society, which is devoted to bringing the love of Christ to non-Christians and providing faith formation for those already baptized to form loving faith communities of intentional disciples empowered […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Dr. Michel Therrien, founder and president of Preambula Group, which provides guided spiritual experiences that help you encounter Jesus, discover your deepest identity, and become His mission to the world. Learn more at preambula.org.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
This week, Miriam turns to the familiar story of Zacchaeus, from the Gospel of Luke, to help reflect on the transformative power of encountering Jesus.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, […]
This week, Miriam offers a reflection on her own experience of the evangelizing power of beauty in creation, and how that opened a door to an encounter with God years later.   Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Leah Jacobson, who oversees the first ever Master of Arts in Catholic Women’s and Gender Studies degree as the Program Coordinator for the Nesti Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Learn more at catholicgenderstudies.com.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail […]
This week, Miriam continues her conversation with Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, who shares about his new book called The Hidden Power of Silence in the Mass: A Guide for Encountering Christ in the Liturgy. Learn more at fatherboniface.org/wordpresshome/ Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, who is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. In this first part of the interview, Fr. Boniface shares how he moved from a secular background to Jesus and ultimately to the monastery. Learn more at www.fatherboniface.org/wordpresshome/ Subscribe to Blazing the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Dr. Bronwen McShea, who is a historian based in New York City, and currently teaches for the Augustine Institute. Her latest book, “Women of the Church”, explores the stories of many women who have played important roles in shaping the course of Catholic history […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Maria J. Bain, who founded JMJ Press, which seeks to create and publish inspirational works of art and literature that give glory to God and ignite a passion and desire for holiness. Learn more at www.jmjpress.org. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Deanne Miller, who co-founded Soulcore, which is a Catholic fitness apostolate focused on the integration of soul and body, while offering an invitation to discover the beauty of the Rosary. Learn more at soulcore.com Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Kristin Bird, who serves as the executive director of Burning Hearts Disciples, an apostolate that seeks to inspire disciples by walking with people as they grow in relationship with Christ and His Church. Learn more at burningheartsdisciples.org Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite […]
This week, Miriam is joined by John and Ashley Noronha, who co-founded the Truth and Beauty Project, which seeks to help people discover practical skills for intentional Christian living and the pursuit of excellence. Learn more at www.truthandbeautyproject.com. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Melissa Kirking, who is a passionate children’s Eucharistic Adoration expert with over two decades of experience bringing children to meet and know Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Learn about her new book at  ascensionpress.com/products/jesus-and-me-talking-with-my-greatest-friend Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Elizabeth Gillette, whose journey into a ministry of pro-life speaking and writing is a beautiful testament to the power of God’s healing. Learn more at elizabethgilletteauthor.com. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Matt Faley, who serves as Chief of Mission for the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. Through song and conversation, Matt shares some of his story, as well as his thoughts on building a culture of abiding in Christ. Learn more at mattfaley.com. Subscribe to Blazing the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Paul Rose, who created a podcast to help people pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Learn more at singthehours.org.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Ryan Pollock, Director of Evangelization at St Pius X Parish in Portland. Ryan shares some highlights from his journey into The Church, and reflects on how people in every age are hungry for the truth of the Gospel. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on […]
This week, Miriam shares a song inspired by the life of St. Therese of Lisieux’s sister, Leonie, and explores the recent apostolic exhortation on St. Therese, who offers us a wonderful portrait of evangelization through the little way.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Kris Frank, the chief mission officer for the National Eucharistic Congress. Learn more about the new Eucharistic-based small group series here: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/jesus-and-the-eucharist Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Sr. Charlene Herinckx, who shares about her own discernment and religious community, as well as insights into her role as vocation director for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. Learn more at ssmo.org/vocations/. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Todd Cooper, who reflects on an important upcoming event in the Archdiocese, and shares how healing can help equip us to respond to the call to evangelize. Learn more about the Healing the Whole Person conference here: archdpdx.org/healing-the-whole-person Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Christin Jezak, who is an actress, producer, and director of outreach and creative at AWE PR. As a lay Pauline cooperator, Christin strives to share her joy and passion for the gospel through media. Learn more about her projects at p2ptheatre.com/home.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Dominic de Souza, who shares how stories have the power to give us back a sense of purpose and meaning. He founded LegendFiction, which is a creative community for Catholic and Orthodox fiction authors who love fantasy and sci-fi. Learn more at legendfiction.com.  Subscribe to Blazing the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Ryan O’Hara, who has 25 years of young adult ministry experience. He hosts the “Better Preach” podcast, where he and his guests discuss the process behind giving inspirational and prayerful Catholic talks. Learn more at www.ryanohara.org.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
This week, Miriam interviews her nieces and nephews (aged 7-14) to hear some of their thoughts about Jesus, faith, and the Church.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Kevin Monette, who serves as the director of the upcoming Portland campus of the Encounter School of Ministry, which seeks to teach, equip and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn more at encounterschool.org/portland/  Subscribe to Blazing […]
This week, Miriam revisits the primary call of every Christian: to become a saint. To help us respond to – and share! – this wonderful call, Jesus gives us a roadmap to holiness in the Beatitudes.   Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Terry Poplava, Director of Strategic Expertise at ACS Technologies, who reflects on the connections between stewardship and evangelization. Learn about his most recent research, which looked at how the pandemic has impacted parish giving, HERE.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Lorna DesRoses, who serves in the Archdiocese of Boston as an evangelization consultant, with a focus on the Black Catholic community. Learn more about Lorna’s podcast “Voices from the Pews” here: facebook.com/voicesfromthepews/ Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Julia Monnin, who serves as founder and director of apostolic works at Journeys Revealed ministries. She seeks to walk with other writers and speakers as they work their way through the process of sharing their story with others. Learn more at journeysrevealed.com.  Subscribe to Blazing […]
This week, Miriam and Deacon Ed Shoener explore the intersection of evangelization and mental health ministry. Deacon Shoener is a founding member of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers. Learn more at www.catholicmhm.org Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Leonardo Defilippis, who founded Saint Luke Productions, which seeks to renew and evangelize the culture through theater, film, audio productions and other media. Learn more at stlukeproductions.com. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Aaron Arehart, who works as a producer with Mater Dei radio. His story is one more example of how the Lord can do amazing things in our lives if we let Him in, and if we let Mary, His Mother, guide us along the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Claire McGarry, whose latest book, “Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary” describes how God is present to us in our struggles and how He leads us through challenging moments and seasons. Learn more about Claire at shiftingmyperspective.com.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Lexie Torres who serves as the Coordinator for Young Adult and Campus Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Portland. Check out @rosecitycatholicpdx on Instagram to learn more about how young adult Catholics around western Oregon are coming together in pursuit of holiness.  Subscribe to Blazing […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Anthony Cusack, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston. Through his priesthood and social media ministry, Fr. Anthony seeks to bring Christ to the culture and light to the darkness. Visit @fatherhoodministries to learn more – and tune in to the “Epiphany” EP on all […]
This week, Miriam looks at the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the story of Simeon through the lens of evangelization. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Bryan Mercier, who experienced a profound transformation from hatred to joy, from anger to peace. Bryan is a Catholic speaker, author, retreat leader, and apologist. Learn more at thecatholictruth.org.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Cedric Pisegna, a Passionist priest who is dedicated to joyfully sharing the good news of God’s love, through parish missions, radio and TV. Learn more about Fr. Cedric’s ministry at frcedric.org Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Dave Plisky, who shares the results and insights of a recent study that looked more closely at the habits of faith and evangelization among intentional disciples in the US, as well as some of their unmet needs in their spiritual lives. Learn more about this study […]
This week, Miriam is joined by James Baxter, who co-founded Exodus 90, which is a Catholic program for men based on three pillars of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. This unique program aims to help men discover their deepest identity and freedom in Christ. Learn more at exodus90.com.   Subscribe to Blazing the Trail […]
In this special Christmas edition of the show, Miriam reflects on the wonder of the Incarnation by drawing from Scripture, an apostolic letter on the tradition of the nativity scene, and a little music. Merry Christmas! Music by The Brilliance. Find the songs here and here. Subscribe to Blazing the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Emily Mentock whose experience of social media sparked her own conversion and inspired her work for the Church today. Learn more about what she and her team are doing to help share the beauty of the Catechism: www.realtrue.org Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your […]
Miriam is joined by Jaymie Stuart Wolfe whose road through different faith communities and philosophies eventually brought her home to the Eucharist, with a little help from a couple of modern day saints and a document from Vatican II. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
Miriam is joined by Msgr. James Shea, the president of the University of Mary. He provides important insights into how Catholics can live and share the faith in a new apostolic age. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary […]
Miriam is joined by Pia de Leon, who is a key leader of Oregon’s Filipino Catholic community. Her story is a beautiful illustration of perseverance in saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit, one step at a time.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
In this week’s episode, Miriam shares a few reflections and songs on the themes of heaven and the saints. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and more. Discover more […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Lilia Grundy, who shares how her own desire to grow in faith inspired her to create a space for women to listen and respond to the call of Christ. Learn more at catholicwomenprofessionals.com.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Matt Regner, whose work in liturgy and evangelization strives to foster personal and prayerful connections with parishioners, in the hope that they, in turn, can carry the presence of Christ into the greater community.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Sr. Nancy Usselman, who directs the Pauline Center for Media Studies. Sr. Nancy discusses her vocation story to the Daughters of Saint Paul, evangelization through movies, and the importance of praying for people on the red carpet. Learn more at media.pauline.org. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on […]
This week, Miriam reflects on the call to holiness and the spiritual lessons of train travel, enchanted wardrobes and Ordinary Time.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and more. […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Joan Watson, whose work in adult faith formation has shown her the importance of building a Eucharistic culture and staying rooted in God’s Word. Learn more about Joan at www.joanmwatson.com Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Sr. Alicia Torres, who serves on the Executive Team of the National Eucharistic Revival. Sr. Alicia invites us to rediscover the joy of the Eucharist, because she believes that if Catholics truly understood what’s really happening at the Mass, we wouldn’t be building churches […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Everett Fritz, whose work focuses on small group based youth ministry and building a culture of discipleship one person at a time. Learn more about Everett at www.andrew-ministries.com Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Sally Read, who is the poet in residence at the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs, outside of Rome. Originally from England, Sally experienced a powerful conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Learn more about her at www.sallyread.net. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast […]
In this episode Miriam is joined by Dr John Bergsma, professor of theology at Franciscan University. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and more. Discover more about Miriam at […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Br. Charles Gonzalez, who shares the highlights of his journey of faith so far, and his thoughts on the role of monastic life in the mission of evangelization.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free […]
This week, Miriam reflects on the power of the Holy Spirit, as the Church celebrates the solemnity of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit! Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and […]
This week, Miriam and her guest, Stephen Binz, discuss the role of beauty in evangelization and the power of pilgrimage. Learn more about Stephen’s work at www.bridge-b.com.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio […]
Miriam is joined this week by Andrew Casad, who invites us to prayerfully consider the ways that Jesus has made a real difference in our lives and to be unafraid to share that with others.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free […]
Through Scripture and song, Miriam reflects on the beauty of Easter through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, who proclaimed the good news to the apostles – the Lord has risen from the dead!  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
Miriam reflects on the mystery of Holy Saturday, when Jesus “descended into hell”, as we hear in the Apostles’ Creed. Evangelization is not just for the good days – more often than not, Jesus meets us at our lowest points, and Holy Saturday is a powerful reminder of that.  Subscribe […]
This week, Miriam speaks with Fr. Tony Galati who shares insights from his first year of priestly ministry, and how the Holy Spirit continues to open doors for him. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along […]
This week, Miriam speaks with Deacon Larry Loumena, who describes his journey from religious doubt and indifference to a life of faith. He shares what it’s like when “you turn everything over to the Holy Spirit.” Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on […]
This week, Miriam speaks with Andrew Goldstein, a musician who seeks to share the timeless wisdom of Catholic writers and saints through song. Learn more about Andrew’s music at catholicandrew.com. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along […]
Miriam is joined by Todd Cooper, who serves as Director of Special Ministries of the Archbishop. Miriam and Todd discuss how the synodal process provides a special opportunity to better understand and participate in the mission of evangelization and renewal in the Archdiocese of Portland.  Subscribe to Blazing the Trail […]
Through Scripture and song, Miriam reflects on the call of the earliest disciples and the importance of “returning to Galilee” in our own journey of faith. Subscribe to Blazing the Trail on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Chris Collins, SJ, who has an upcoming book entitled Habits of Freedom: 5 Ignatian Tools for Clearing your Mind and Resting Daily in the Lord. 
This week, Miriam is joined by Dr. Ryan Hanning, who is a self-described homesteader and scholar, seeking to do his part to elevate the true, the good and the beautiful. He and his wife have ten children, and he is a professor of Church History and Catholic Studies. Learn more […]
This week, Miriam is joined by Msgr. John Cihak, pastor of Christ the King parish in Milwaukie, OR. He shares how he experienced evangelization in the context of his family, and how the Eucharist, prayer and healing all connect in the Christian life. 
This week, Miriam is joined by Jennessa Terracino, whose ministry “seeks to mentor and equip ladies with truth that will guide them in life.”  Learn more about Jennessa’s work at www.femmeorfaux.com. 
Miriam speaks with Brother Patrick Reilly from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
This week, Miriam continues her Christmas reflection – this time, focusing on the evangelizing beauty and wonder of the star which guided the three wisemen to the Lord. 
In this episode, Miriam reflects on the story of the nativity through Scripture and song. What would it have been like to be one of the shepherds who heard the joyous news of the angels? Together, let us join the angelic refrain: “Glory to God in the highest!”
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Tim Furlow, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland. With honesty and humor, Fr. Tim shares about his powerful experiences of the Holy Spirit and the impact those experiences have had on his parish ministry. 
This week, Miriam is joined by Mike Perkins, who, in the midst of a medical crisis, experienced a profound encounter with Jesus.
This week, Miriam is joined by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, author of “Loved as I am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus.” Sister Miriam works closely with the John Paul II Healing Center and speaks extensively around the country. 
This week, Miriam speaks with Susan Treacy, whose journey of conversion was very much impacted by the truth and beauty of the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Susan is professor emerita of music at Ave Maria University, with a focus on music history and sacred music. 
Miriam’s guest this week is Gloria Purvis, whose ministry through the years has been dedicated to promoting the dignity of the human person. 
This week, Miriam offers a reflection on the words from John 3:16, with the help of a homily from Pope Francis and a song inspired by the Gospel. 
Have you heard of the Alpha Program? Find out more as host Miriam Marston talks to Josh Danis.
This week, Miriam is joined by Fr. Bill Holtzinger, pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in Grants Pass. Tune in to hear about his journey to the priesthood, the impact of praying the Surrender Novena, and the amazing “domino effect” of evangelization. 
Join Miriam as she interviews Dr. Sarah Bartel, a moral theologian with a passion for the Eucharist and marriage. How are these two topics deeply connected? And what are the main questions and concerns that keep coming up in her work with couples? Tune in to hear Sarah’s story, insights and words of […]
Miriam speaks with Tom Lyman, Coordinator of Divine Worship and evangelization consultant for the Archdiocese of Boston. Miriam and Tom discuss Eucharistic adoration, vocational discernment, and Tom reflects on a few things he learned from St. Padre Pio. Connect with Miriam at MiriamMarston.com.
In this episode, Miriam interviews Dr. Abigail Favale, who shares how she went from deconstruction to transformation; from trying to save Christianity from itself to unexpectedly becoming a member of the Catholic Church. 
Come Holy Spirit! In this episode, Miriam turns to Scripture, song, Fr. Cantalamessa and JRR Tolkien in her reflection on the centrality of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life and in the mission of evangelization.
Miriam talks with David Dawson, Director for the Office of Parish Support for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, about working in youth and marriage ministry.
Miriam interviews Father David Meconi.
Miriam talks to musician and composer Sarah Hart.
Miriam interview Bishop Mark O’Connell from the Archdiocese of Boston.
Miriam interviews Paul McCusker.
Miriam interviews Disney artist Fabiola Garza.
Miriam interviews Mike Tenney.
Miriam interviews Father Donald Calloway about his powerful conversion story, his book “Consecration to Saint Joseph,” and the role of Saint Joseph in his own life. Listen to more episodes of Blazing the Trail.

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