The CatholicTV Network's series for Catholic women is The Gist. A different episode with Catholic personalities Danielle Bean, Rachel Balducci and Carolee McGrath - "The Gisters" - airs each week. They discuss topics for Catholic women, their families, and friends. Past shows on issues including abortion, raising teens, confession, marriage, miracles and more can be found here at www.CatholicTV.com.

In this episode, the hosts discuss Pope Francis' legacy of mercy and environmentalism with guests:

  • Mathew Shmalz, author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross
  • Sister Damien Mari Savino, Professor of Environmental Science, Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College


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The Gist

The Gist is CatholicTV's show for Catholic women. Join hosts Danielle Bean, Rachel Balducci and Carolee McGrath as they talk about Catholic family life, their personal faith journeys, and topics like abortion, parenting, confession, marriage and dating.

Danielle, Rachel and Carolee are talking about the women's issues you care about on a family friendly show you don't have to worry about. 


Tuesdays 11am & 8pm, Wednesdays 5am and 6pm, Thursdays 12:30am

all times Eastern | subject to change

Host bio

Rachel Balducci is a mother of six and a columnist for the Souther Cross, the newspaper for the Diocese of Savannah. She blogs at Testosterhome and has been writing for Faith & Family Magazine since 2008. Read more.

Danielle Bean is the editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest and the former director of Faith & Family magazine. She is also a Catholic speaker and is the author of 'Small Steps for Catholic Moms'. Read more.

Carolee McGrath is a pro-life reporter for the Diocese of Springfield and a writer for the Catholic Mirror. Her work has been featured in the Knights of Columbus Columbia Magazine and in Faith & Family Magazine. Read more.