October 14th, 2019 | 7 mins 46 secs
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If you have been baptized, you are called to be a prophet. That doesn’t mean that you’ll be predicting the Second Coming, but it does mean that you are called to speak the truth with clarity and charity. This means comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comforted. Comforting the afflicted often means reassuring people of God’s love for them, and his plan for their life. Afflicting the comforted often means speaking harsh truths that people don’t want to hear.
October 7th, 2019 | 6 mins 1 sec
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Jesus used parables to explain the Kingdom of God to his disciples to help them understand supernatural truths by relating them to everyday occurrences. So what would a modern-day parable look like?
September 30th, 2019 | 8 mins 17 secs
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Isn’t it funny how the things that we consider good for us are also in line with Church teaching? Trendy wellness practices like daily gratitude, fasting, and meditation are all things great Catholic saints have been doing for centuries. St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Little Way is a great example. By focusing on heaven, St. Thérèse was able to radiate joy in this life.
September 23rd, 2019 | 8 mins
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St. Padre Pio suffered from the stigmata for years, but he’s also the saint who said, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” How can a person who suffered from open, bleeding wounds for fifty years just say, “don’t worry”?
September 16th, 2019 | 4 mins 40 secs
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The St. Ignatius prayer for generosity asks God to take away worldly comforts so we can fully rely on him … and it’s quite impactful.
September 9th, 2019 | 6 mins 8 secs
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That feeling when you have a tight deadline, or an unexpected task, or you forgot to do something and are frantically scrambling to get it done ... I call that feeling “franxious”. It’s what Martha experienced when Jesus came to visit (I could see that being stressful) and it happens when you have so much anxiety over something that you’re running around like crazy trying to pick up the slack and it feels TERRIBLE.
September 2nd, 2019 | 4 mins 50 secs
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Mary’s Fiat, her “yes” to God to becoming mother of the Word incarnate, is the ultimate example of surrender to the will of God. One way we can try to imitate her “yes” is by saying a three-minute prayer three times a day, called the Angelus.
August 26th, 2019 | 7 mins 53 secs
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Are science and religion opposed? A 2016 Georgetown study revealed that a top reason young people are leaving the Catholic Faith is because of a perceived conflict between faith and science.
August 19th, 2019 | 4 mins 59 secs
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There may not be many holidays this month, but the Catholic calendar gives us plenty to celebrate and lots to ponder.
August 12th, 2019 | 4 mins 56 secs
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After the recent episode about the Mass, I asked my son Leo if he had any other thoughts for the podcast. His response, "Go to Adoration … even when you don't feel like it." Sounds like great advice to me! In light of the recent revelation that many Catholics in the US do not believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, time spent before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is just what the doctor ordered. The more time we spend before Jesus in the Eucharist, the more our hearts will grow in Eucharistic amazement, and the more our Catholic culture will grow and spread.
August 5th, 2019 | 4 mins 53 secs
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Having no control is a fact of life, and it leaves us feeling anxious and stressed. But it’s important to remember that no matter what happens, God is ultimately in power. We’re reminded of that in this prayer from St. Teresa of Avila: “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.”
July 29th, 2019 | 6 mins 29 secs
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Summer is a great time for reading! Here are three books that I find myself returning to over and over again (not including scripture).
July 22nd, 2019 | 4 mins 42 secs
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Prayer often involves looking for a quiet place to sit still and listen for God’s voice, but it can also happen in loud, active spaces. Like while you’re at the gym, or the car, or even mowing the lawn. If it’s difficult to find time to pray, using these active times can be a good place to start.
July 15th, 2019 | 5 mins 38 secs
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Why do we have to go to Mass? Why can’t we just pray at home or read the Bible on our own time? In the midst of playing Mass, my 9-year-old son Leo gave three simple answers to this question. He delivered a “homily” that started with, “I know you don’t like coming to Mass, but … ” and then gave three (pretty good) reasons why we go to Mass.
July 8th, 2019 | 5 mins 10 secs
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What does the Catholic Church say in regards to immigration? The answer is in the Catechism.
July 1st, 2019 | 5 mins 13 secs
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Delayed gratification is counter-intuitive. When we’re hungry, we want to eat. Why would we put that off? Because our short term desires are often opposed to our long term goals and ultimate happiness. For example, it may feel good to eat ice cream right now, but if I keep doing that all the time, my health will suffer. When we put our immediate goods before our long-term goods, we will make ourselves unhappy in the long run. St. Thérèse’s Little Way is all about this concept. Choose a small sacrifice to offer up and delay gratification and set your eyes on the ultimate goal of heaven.