Brandon Vogt and Fr. Blake Britton are best friends, two Millennial Catholics living near Orlando, FL. “The Burrowshire Podcast” is an extension of their friendship, sharing conversation about faith, culture, books, and the spiritual life. New episodes release every two weeks.
We live in an age that does not know how to recognize and reconcile its woundedness. This explains why we lash out at others, why we seek false substitutes for God such as Netflix, food, pornography, and drugs, and why we avoid long periods of silent introspection. If we want to deepen our spiritual life, we must discern our wounds, asking Christ to name them and heal them. It’s the only path to freedom and the redemption of our personality.
The Praktikos by Evagrius Ponticus
Heart Speaks to Heart: A Review of Life and Healing Prayer by Fr. John Horn
The Catechism describes the family as a “domestic church” (ecclesia domestica), the first school of Christian life and a school for human enrichment. How can we excel in this school? How do we help our family members become holy? Brandon and Fr. Blake share tips from their own lives and from Fr. Blake’s ministry to young families.
It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way “by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity.” Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and “a school for human enrichment.” Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous – even repeated – forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life. (CCC, 1657)
Catechism on “The Domestic Church” (paragraphs 1655-1658)
In numerous studies, Millennials and Gen Z’ers mention “true friendship” as one of their most unmet needs. What is true friendship? What’s unique about Christian friendship? Brandon and Fr. Blake explore what ancient thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Augustine have said about friendship, and also explain how to develop deep friendships ourselves.
Laelius De Amicitia (Treatise on Friendship) by Cicero
Friends and Friendship for Saint Augustine by Sr. Marie Aquinas McNamara
Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx
Video games are surging in popularity. There are over a billion gamers in the world, and the gaming industry is eclipsing the impact of social media, Hollywood, and live sports. It's the new digital frontier, especially for evangelization. But why are so many young people drawn to video games? What longings do these games fulfill? And how should Christians engage this increasingly important realm? Brandon and Fr. Blake, avid gamers and guides, take you on a tour of this exciting landscape.
All links/resources in show notes: https://burrowshirepodcast.com/video-games
Fr. Blake's articles on video games (Word on Fire)
“Kingdom Hearts III” and the Essential Goodness of the Heart
Video Games: A Lesson on the Importance of Aesthetics
Video Games and Music
Video Game Culture and the Millennial Soul (Evangelization & Culture Journal, only available to members of the Word on Fire Institute)
Carlo Actusi, possible patron saint of video games
Daily Mail - "Patron Saint of the Internet"
Our Sunday Visitor - "With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis"
Every Catholic should have a solid home library, as Brandon and Fr. Blake explain. But why is that important? Which books should we definitely have? And where can Catholics find good book recommendations? Join the two bibliophile hosts as they discuss.
All links/resources in show notes: https://burrowshirepodcast.com/library
Must-Have Catholic Books
Bible (we recommend Ignatius Bible, RSV-CE)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Vatican II Documents
New Jerome Biblical Commentary
Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
Ancient Christian Commentary Series
Liturgy of the Hours (4-volume set)
To Know Christ Jesus (Frank Sheed)
Life of Christ (Fulton Sheen)
The Lord (Romano Guardini)
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives (Pope Benedict XVI)
Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration (Pope Benedict XVI)
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week (Pope Benedict XVI)
St. Vladimir Seminary Press "Popular Patristics" series
Brandon Vogt - Best Catholic Books of All Time
Bishop Barron - Bishop Barron’s Recommend Books
Mortimer Adler - Great Books of the Western World
Did you know there is one set of prayers that the Church recommends ALL Catholics pray, every day? It’s called the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church…and it’s not just for priests. Fr. Blake and Brandon talk about this transformative discipline, and how to overcome obstacles that beginners usually face. We also share some book recommendations and tips on how to get started with these prayers.
Liturgy of the Hours (4-volume set)
The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey
A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: How the Prayers of the Church Can Change Your Life by Fr. Timothy Gallagher
iBreviary app: Apple + Android
Few of us are geniuses, but all of us should be intellectuals. Brandon and Fr. Blake discuss the rich patrimony of the Catholic intellectual tradition and why we shouldn’t dumb down religion. They also offer tips on how to develop your own intellectual life.
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas Woods
Bishop Barron’s Recommended Books (PDF)
100 Best Catholic Books of All Time by Brandon Vogt
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges, OP
One of the major themes of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) was the “universal call to holiness.” The Council Fathers urged all Catholics–not just priests and religious–to strive for sainthood. But what does it mean to be a saint in our time, to acquire holiness in the particular context we find ourselves in? Brandon and Fr. Blake discuss traits of our particular age which shape our pursuit of sanctity.
Lumen Gentium (Second Vatican Council)
Welcome to the first episode of The Burrowshire Podcast! In this episode we discuss why we started this podcast, how it’s different than other podcasts, and what you expect on future episodes. We also share how we first met each other and became rapid friends.
The Four Dimensions of Priestly Formation (from Pastores Dabo Vobis)