Episode 24 of the At The Well podcast is now available.
In this episode, co-hosts Catholic Youth Parramatta Manager, Qwayne Guevara, and writer and mother Joy Adan, spoke with Natalie Jacobi, a social worker, about respectful and healthy relationships.
Natalie explained the work that she is involved with in working with men who have been abusive in relationships, and shared what she would like young women to know before entering into a serious relationship.
“Everyone wants companionship, but what we want to be doing is looking for someone who is going to complement what we already have. And part of that is that we actually need to understand and know ourselves first.
“In being vulnerable in learning about myself in a counselling space, it gave me that opportunity to be honest with myself about what was going on and it wasn’t until really looking at myself that I could appreciate me as a person and what I can bring to the world and what I need in a relationship and a partner.
“A big thing about that was listening to my gut and following what that is, and that, to me, is the Holy Spirit.
“Take note of what your gut is saying, and if it’s feeling uncomfortable, trust it. There’s something there. If you have a doubt, listen to that.
“Dedicate yourself to Holy Mary, because she will always help you, no matter what. She’s so faithful in anything that you ask. Have a close relationship with her.”
Qwayne added, “a lot of the time, we don’t often see ourselves the way our close friends see or know us. We can say things about our worth and our gifts and weaknesses, and sometimes in warped ways. When we have friends who know and will our good, they’re much more keen to hold us accountable, to encourage us in particular directions, and give us the advice we need to continue to be that self-gift to others.”
The podcast is a chance to build on the joys of Catholic Youth Parramatta’s “At The Well” evenings for young women on a more regular basis, a chance to give a feminine perspective on questions of faith and life, and to continue the conversations sparked during the face-to-face gatherings.
At The Well is an initiative of the Diocese of Parramatta, through its youth ministry Catholic Youth Parramatta.
You can listen to this podcast and the previous episodes on The Well. You can also tune in via Spotify by searching for ‘Catholic Youth Parramatta’.
You can submit your questions or contact the hosts through the At The Well Facebook group.
Catholic Youth Parramatta are hosting their next At the Well evening for young women on Friday 9 September from 6.30pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Register today for an evening of encounter and conversation on topics relating to faith, career, relationships, ministry and vocation – parracatholic.org/atthewell.
If there are women seeking support in this space, you can contact the following services:
- Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains on (02) 8843 2500, or other Catholic Care or CentaCare services across Australia.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14.
- Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277.
- Kids Helpline for children and young people up to the age of 25 on 1800 55 1800.