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David Ancell Podcast

David Ancell Podcast

By David Ancell
Dedicated to bringing forth the things that really matter, even if our society doesn't recognize it. We can also have a little fun while we are at it.
Cover art photo provided by Tom Barrett on Unsplash:
It's Ok to GIve Up Chocolate
A popular devotion site advertises itself with the tag line "Don't Give Up Chocolate for Lent."  They are probably well intentioned, but this is really a bad way to advertise.  The things we are to do in Lent are prayer, fasting, and almgiving, and fasting is included.  Not everyone needs to give up chocolate, but giving up something is good for us, and I'll explain why in this episode.
March 04, 2017
Back With a New Season
Today I am starting a new season of my podcast.  This is just a brief episode to kick things off and talk about the media production that i hope to accomplish.
February 24, 2017
About Those Other Issues
As Catholics, we have a duty to be pro-life, but what about these other issues that we need to tend to?  Why are some Catholics repulsed by social justice?  Sometimes it's political ideology, but there may be some other issues as well.  I talk about it in this episode.
June 18, 2015
Get Out of Bed
One way to do penance to strengthen your will is to get to bed on time and wake up on time every morning, either at the same time each day or maybe just a little later on weekends.  When the alarm clock goes up, get up without hitting snooze.  it will keep you from wasting time, help you avoid temptations to laziness, and serve as a form of mortification that won't harm you.
May 29, 2015
Our Spirituality Should Be Centered on the Eucharist
The Eucharist is Christ's great gift to us, and truly Catholic spirituality should be centered on the Eucharist.
May 29, 2015
What Are Our Plans Compared to God's?
We may fear losing our freedom when following the will of God, but what are our plans anyway compared to the plans of God?
August 31, 2014
When the Official Programs Do Not Convey the Faith
One of the most frustrating things in trying to help people learn the fullness of the Catholic faith is that even some of the official programs available in your area may not be truly teaching the faith.  There may be practices in the parish that are really not what is supposed to go on.  We often have a hard time convincing people that what is happening is really not how things are supposed to be.  Howewver, we must not lose heart.
August 14, 2014
Orthodoxy and Avoiding Friendly Fire
There are different groups and different spiritualities within the Church that are still orthodox.  While there may be legitimate issues in any particular movement, it's important that we do not become overly critical of other movements or treat them as necessarily inferior.
July 28, 2014
What Are We FIlling Our Minds With?
Take a look at the music we listen to, the movies we watch, and the books we ready.  Are they turning our minds towards truth, beauty, and goodness, or away from it.  We would not tolerate entertainment that insulted our family and friends.  Why would we entertain ourselves with something that offends God?
July 21, 2014
Preaching Christ in the Little Things
Often, it is the little things that we do each day that can make Jesus Christ more known and loved or make Christianity be treated with suspicion or contempt.
July 15, 2014
Lunch Break: Lesser Known Sins, Part 4: Resting on Sunday
When it comes to Sunday, I've heard everything from "we don't do that anymore" to how we should go on welfare rather than take a job that requires us to work on Sunday. In this podcast, I talk more about what the obligation to Sunday rest means.
July 07, 2014
Lunch Break: Lesser Known Sins, Part 3, What is Stealing?
We all know stealing is a sin, but there are some things that may not be thought of as stealing that in fact, are.  Every sin of stealing requires the duty of restitution in order to be forgiven.
July 01, 2014
Lunch Break: Lesser Known Sins, Part 2, Calumny, Detraction, and Rash Judgment
Often times, people will refer to gossip as a sin, but the term is often poorly defined.  In fact, it isn't defined at all in Church teaching. How do we know when we are saying something sinful about another person?  Well, I don't think I can cover every case, but here are some definite things to be avoided.  One hint - just because it's true doesn't mean it's moral to tell someone.
June 23, 2014
Lunch Break: Lesser Known Sins, Part 1, Sins of Thought
David is starting a new miniseries on lesser known sins.  In this podcast, we discuss sins of thought.  We can sin by though by taking pleasure in or desiring evil.  However, this is only the case if we give consent of the will.
June 19, 2014
Lunch Break: Immersing Our Children in the Faith
I post this as someone who was quite inexperienced at teaching children.  I have mainly taught adults.  However, I have learned a thing or two with my toddler.  Some every day things like praying with the child or taking him to the crucifix provide a great foundation for showing him that God should be at the center of our lives.
June 10, 2014
Lunch Break: What About Evil and Corruption?
So, if God is real and has revealed himself, what about evil?  What about the corruption in the Church?  We are saved through the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Rebellion against God, even within God's people, is a known part of human history.
June 03, 2014
The Blessed Virgin Mary
Well, I tried to get this show out in May, but I guess this will have to do.  I'm introducing my son Benedict to my podcast listeners first, and then I get into a brief overview of what Catholics believe about the Blessed Virgin Mary.
June 01, 2014
Lunch Break: How Can We Know
While we cannot scientifically prove the things of God, we can know him through revelation and history.
May 26, 2014
Lunch Break: God Must Be Everything
Many in this age seem to ignore questions of God, relegating them to the realm of imagination or even a personality quirk.  However, God must truly be everything to us.  The things of God are not opinions but ultimate reality.  Everything we do must point to him.  We owe him our whole lives.
May 19, 2014
Lunch Break: Keeping the Presence of God
In this episode, David talks about the need to be mindful of the presence of God in all things.
May 12, 2014
Lunch Break: Making Jesus Christ More Known and Loved
We need to stop lamenting about the state of our nation and work to make Jesus Christ more known and loved, one person at a time.
May 05, 2014
Lunch Break: Divine Mercy
As Divine Mercy Sunday is approaching, David talks about the mercy of God.
April 26, 2014
Lunch Break: Exercise and Virtue
Happy Easter!  This is the first episode recorded while on a walk in a local park. David talks about the importance of exercise.
April 21, 2014
Lunch Break: Our Attitude Towards Our Faults
In this episode, David talks about the attitude we should have towards our faults.
April 14, 2014
Lunch Break: Examine Thyself
In this episode, David talks about the need for self-examination in the Christian life.
April 10, 2014
A Look at the Affordable Care Act
In this episode, David takes a look at the good and the bad aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  In the second segment, he talkes about the serious problem of the contraceptive coverage mandate.
April 09, 2014
Religion vs Jesus = False Dichotomy
The video went viral on YouTube.  A well-produced show of why one guy "hates religion" but "loves Jesus" actually gives a false dichotomy, kind of like law vs love.  David tries to cover in 18 minutes.  Hold onto your hat (just kidding).
February 08, 2012
Introducing Simon Ancell
It has been a while, and this podcast will explain it.  David brought his newborn son on the show.  He didn't say much, but it was a great chance to introduce him.
October 16, 2011
The Cloud, New Mass Translation
This is David's last episode before his son is born, and it's probably the longest and most technical.  He starts by talking about "The Cloud" and then moves to the New Mass Translation.
August 22, 2011
Heavy Handed, Yeah, Right
After sharing the story of, well, a different kind of conversion, David tackles the question of whether the Church is "heavy handed"; in her discipline.
May 21, 2011
Blessed John Paul II
After asking prayers for those involved in the recent tornadoes and floods, David talks a bit about what Blessed John Paul II's life and pontificate meant.
May 05, 2011
David finishes his Lenten series with Almsgiving, but, before that, he briefly speaks about how Jesus could have easily come off the cross.
April 20, 2011
Thoughts on Prayer
As part of the series for Lent, David talks a little about prayer.
April 06, 2011
Lent and Giving Up iPad 2
David wants to talk about Lent, but he is distracted by the release of the iPad 2.  For the record, David doesn't plan to buy an iPad 2.
March 09, 2011
Spiritual vs Natural Influence
After talking about my new iPad and giving my comments on the Android vs iPhone (or Microsoft vs Apple) debate, I talk about demonic possession.  Actually, I talk about how things can be of human origin.
January 31, 2011
The Pope's Comments
After a bit of goofing off, I dive into and give my own perspective on the Holy Father's comments on condom use.  Let's just say that I'm certain that our media has it wrong, and they always do seem to distort our Holy Father.
December 20, 2010
New Name
The podcast and blog has a new name as of last week.  Here I;ll talk a little more about it and then switch gears to talk about what I've been reading.
November 12, 2010
Monasteries and Missalettes
My wife and I made a pilgrimage last weekend, and I'll talk about a disclaimer that is, of all places, in your missalette and hymnal.
October 28, 2010
First Episode
David talks about why he is podcasting and then turns technical with his favorite features of the Motorola Droid.
October 11, 2010
Universal Call to Holiness
RCIA talk given on May 8, 2008 at Incarnation Catholic Church.
January 02, 2009
The Blessed Virgin Mary
RCIA talk given on December 14, 2006 at Incarnation Catholic Church.
January 02, 2009
Catholic Social Teaching
RCIA talk given on November 30, 2006 at Incarnation Catholic Church.
January 02, 2009
Real Resurrection
This one is about how the Gospel accounts should not be taken to believe that the Apostles only belived in a "spiritual" resurrection, buy they belived that Jesus bodily rose from the dead.
January 01, 2009
The Four Last Things, Part Four: Heaven
Happy Easter Season!  We have finally reached the end of the series on the Four Last Things.  I've saved the best for last - Heaven.  I hope that, in the end, I see all of you there.
January 01, 2009
The Four Last Things, Part Three: Hell
Yes, Hell is real, and you can go there.  Of course, I do these podcasts in hopes that I can help people go the other way.  Why is there a Hell?  What is Hell like?  In this brief podcast, I'll explain it.
January 01, 2009
The Four Last Things, Part Two: Judgment
Here is part two of the four part series on the Four Last Things.  Whenever I hear about the different things people do, I often wonder if they realize that they will one day have to stand before God and give an account.  This podcast explains the particular and general judgment.
January 01, 2009
The Four Last Things, Part One: Death
I'm beginning my four-part series on the four last things:  death, judgment, Hell, and Heaven.  Three of these will apply to all of  us.  Hopefullly, Heaven will be the thired one for all of us.  I've been wanting to do a talk on this for a long time, but I have never had the opportunity.  I hope that this will be helpful to you.
January 01, 2009
Despite what people who haven't gone regularly think, Confession really is an awesome thing to have.
January 01, 2009