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:unsplash.com/@wistomsin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.