Saint John Paul II gifted the Church with the beautiful, rich teaching on the Theology of the Body. Our lives have been radically transformed through this teaching and our hope is to share it with you! We are Simon and Madeleine Carrington, founders of Fire Up Ministries, married since 2017, and parents to two beautiful kids! Through this podcast we hope to engage you on a variety of topics that help you live out the core teachings of the Theology of the Body in your daily life. To find out more about our ministry, visit our website -www.fireupministries.com
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine interview Mike and Alicia Hernon, founders of The Messy Family Project.
Mike and Alicia give great advice on many topics from how to deal with two worlds coming together in the early stages of marriage to adjusting to a new baby! For more information on The Messy Family Project, visit their website.
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss practical ideas to growing in holiness.
Thank you to our sponsor for this episode - Ramcon Group.
Simon - Commit to 15 mins of prayer at a set time each day!
Maddie - Read the writings of a Saint!
Litany of trust
Peter Kreeft Book
There are many great writings from the saints. You can find many of the pope’s writings on the Vatican website.
Some of our favourite Saint writings include:
Story of a Soul - St Therese of Lisieux
Divine Mercy in My Soul - St Faustina
Interior Castle - St Teresa of Avila
Letters by Padre Pio
Confessions - St Augustine
Theology of the Body - St John Paul II
Dark Night of the Soul - St John of the Cross
Come be my light - Mother Teresa
True Devotion to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Letters by St Gianna Beretta Molla
Essays on Women - St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Letters by Saints Louis and Zelie Martin
Do I desire holiness?
What can I do or change in my daily life that will allow me to be more focussed on being holy?
What nets am I clinging on to in my life that keep me from God?
Quotes to pray with:
‘Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints’ - Pope St Clement I
‘A wise man first makes himself a reservoir before a channel.’ - St Bernard of Clarivaux
Scripture of the Week:
‘Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.’ - Mt 5:48
In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss the essential teaching in the Catholic Church that every single person is called to Holiness! The fall of man in the garden of Eden made way for sin which causes division and death. Living a life of virtue brings about true integration of body and spirit, allowing us to become whole in Christ.
Virtue - Catechism of the Catholic Church 1803
Holiness - Catechism of the Catholic Church 2012 -2013
The Wounded Healer by Audrey Assad - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejrg3zXOW-k
What does holiness mean to you in your life?
Can you identify any idols in your life that prevent you from striving for holiness?
Why do you want to be holy?
Quotes to pray with:
“Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to let yourself be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit.” – Pope Francis
‘Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope, and grace that strives for conversion each and every day.’ - Pope Francis
Scripture of the Week:
'I am the vine, you are the branches.' - Jn 15:5
'Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the Faith" - Col 2:7
'Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' - Mt 26:41
In this episode Simon and Madeleine interview Jason Evert of the reality of pornography. They discuss the damaging effects of pornography and strategies to overcome it.
Jason Evert has spoken to over 1 million people about the virtue of Chastity! For more information on Jason and his ministry visit his website.
In this episode we discuss the deepest longings and desires of the human heart. We all long for happiness and fulfilment, we all ache for the infinite. What does this desire for God really mean and how can we attain it. Join us for episode 4 of the The Fire Up Podcast!
Challenge for the week
Simon - Identify an idol in your life that keeps you from communion with God, and get rid of it.
Maddie - Get in touch with your ache for God - spend some time in prayer or pondering some spiritual reading. Don't run from your desire, press into it.
St Teresa of Avila's Ecstasy
Look up St Teresa of Avila's Ecstasy. This beautiful marble sculpture by Bernini encapsulates a great saint on fire with desire for God!
This is what she had to say about her mystical ecstasy which Bernini uses for his inspiration:
“Beside me, on the left, appeared an angel in bodily form. … He was not tall but short, and very beautiful; and his face was so aflame that he appeared to be one of the highest rank of angels, who seem to be all on fire. … In his hands I saw a great golden spear, and at the iron tip there appeared to be a point of fire. This he plunged into my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he pulled it out I felt that he took them with it, and left me utterly consumed by the great love of God. The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul content with anything but God. This is not a physical but a spiritual pain, though the body has some share in it—even a considerable share.”
For more on St Teresa of Avila and her mystical experience, watch this video by Christopher West.
Jesus asks the same question to you, that he asked His disciples - ‘What do you seek?’ What would your response be?
Quotes to pray with:
“Jesus always gives me what I want because I only want what he wants.” - St Therese of Lisieux
"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S Lewis
"The Fathers of the Church say that prayer, properly understood is nothing other than becoming a longing for God." - Pope Benedict XVI
"You have made us for yourself O Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in you." - St Augustine
Scripture of the Week:
The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.
Sometimes in life we can battle with the idea or temptation that we are not good enough, and that we are defined by our sin. We often fail to believe that God could still forgive and love us when we have sinned. In this episode we explore God's radical love for you and how we are called to see ourselves and everyone we encounter as a GIFT! You are loved beyond measure. God loves you infinitely, perfectly and unconditionally!
Challenge for the Week:
Simon - Stand in front of the mirror and thank God for how beautifully he made you!
Maddie - Let love, love you! - Do a Eucharistic Holy Hour. Ponder the Crucifixion.
'The Sea and Spirituality' by Peter Kreeft
'The Hound of Heaven' by Francis Thompson
1. After listening to this podcast, has your understanding of God's love changed in anyway?
2. What prevents you from seeing yourself as a gift?
3. Have you ever thought about yourself as 'a thought of God'? How has this changed your understanding of yourself?
Scripture to Pray with:
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you!” - Jeremiah 1:5
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:13-14
"In the image of God he created them, male and female, he created them." - Genesis 1:27
"God is love" - 1 John 4:8
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.." - 1 Corinthians 6:19
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11
Quotes to Reflect on:
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.” - St John Paul II, Toronto WYD 2002
“Every single person, is a thought of God.” - Pope Benedict XVI
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine interview Sarah Swafford, author of Emotional Virtue.
Sarah is a wife and mother of 5. She is internationally respected for her honest and sincere explanations on how to navigate the dating world without drama and confusion. For more about Sarah and her ministry, visit her website.
In this episode we unpack what it means to 'set the world on fire!' Inspired by Luke 12:49 when Christ says; "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish that it were already ablaze!", we hope to share some thoughts and suggestions on how to do this. God has a purpose and a mission for your life and is inviting you to share in His mission of evangelisation.
Pope Benedict, XVI, Holy Men and Women from the Middle Ages and Beyond, pp.154-159 (Saint Catherine of Siena's Spirituality)
Film - Paul: Apostle of Christ: This gives a really good idea of what it was like in the early church
Saint Generator - Find your Saint for 2021
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Challenge for the week:
Simon: Find some time to do a Holy hour and figure out what gives you a holy anger! Is it abortion, poverty, pornography or something else? Ask the Lord how He is calling you to respond to that? Your mission will be as fruitful as your prayer life is deep!
Maddie: Get some spiritual backup! Allow a patron saint to adopt you for 2020 or pray a novena to a particular saint asking for guidance and help in your mission.
1. Who is God calling me to be? What gifts and talents has He given me?
2. How is God calling me to go set the world on fire?
3. What do I find inspiring about the early Church martyrs?
4. What saints inspire me? Why?
5. What questions do I have about the Catholic faith that I need to find answers for?
Scripture to pray with:
“I came to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish that it were already ablaze!" - Luke 12:49
Quote to reflect on:
"If you are who you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!" - Saint Catherine of Siena
"Do not be afraid to be the Saints of the New Millennium!" - Saint John Paul II
In this episode we introduce ourselves and the mission of Fire Up Ministries!
Every episode we will give you a challenge for the week.
Simon's Challenge - Check out our website and sign up to our database/newsletter - www.fireupministries.com
Madeleine's Challenge - Follow us on Social Media - FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // YOUTUBE