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The Fire Up Podcast

The Fire Up Podcast

By Simon and Madeleine Carrington
Our mission is to help YOU experience the love you always dreamed of! 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 Catholic Faith in your daily life. To find out more about what we do, visit our website -
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045_ Are you Consecrated to Mary?
In this episode, Madeleine discusses her own experience of Marian Consecration, What it is and How to do it.  Resources:  St Louis de Montfort 33 day Preparation -  True Devotion to Mary - 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr Michael Gaitley -
December 14, 2021
044_What do Men Want?
In this episode, Simon discusses the Desires of the Masculine Heart! This podcast will affirm the desires of the masculine heart and give women an insight into the yearnings of the masculine heart for respect and adventure. 
December 07, 2021
043_Is God Good? An interview with Karlo Broussard
In this episode, Simon interviews Karlo Broussard from Catholic Answers on the question: Is God Good? You don't want to miss this episode on a question that so many spend their lives seeking the answer to.  Karlo Broussard, a native of Southern Louisiana, left a promising musical career to devote himself full-time to the work of Catholic apologetics. As a staff apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers, he travels the country and the world giving talks on apologetics, biblical studies, theology, and philosophy. Karlo has published articles on a variety of subjects in Catholic Answers Magazine, is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, and is an active writer for Catholic Answers Magazine Online at Karlo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from Catholic Distance University and the Augustine Institute, along with masters in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He also worked for several years in an apprenticeship with nationally known author and theologian Fr. Robert J. Spitzer at the Magis Center of Reason and Faith. Karlo is one of the most dynamic and gifted Catholic speakers on the circuit today, communicating with precision of thought, a genuine love for God, and an enthusiasm that inspires. For more information on Karlo, visit his website by clicking here. To purchase Karlo's book 'Prepare the Way' follow the link below:  American listeners: Catholic Answers Bookstore Australian listeners: Parousia Media Store This podcast was sponsored by Mediatrix Migration Lawyers. For more information visit their website here.
November 23, 2021
042_Affirming the Desires of the Feminine Heart
In this episode Madeleine speaks about the desires of The Feminine Heart. She encourages women to recognise that they were made for infinite love and to keep their standards high. Link to ‘Break Free from Porn Coaching.’
November 09, 2021
041_How to Build Authentic Intimacy
You may have the idea that intimacy is something reserved for lovers. While the highest form of intimacy should be experienced between husband and wife, we are all called to intimacy with each other. If you have never heard this concept before, allow Simon to share with you the true meaning and purpose of Intimacy in this episode. This talk can be found on the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
November 02, 2021
040_Why don’t I have a Great Marriage?
In this episode Simon gives some tips on how to take your marriage from good to great! This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
October 26, 2021
039_Love is not Give and Take
You’ve heard it said that love is give and take. In this episode Simon blows this myth out of the water and provides a new way of looking at this common misconception. This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
October 19, 2021
038_How do I Fight Complacency in my Marriage?
Marriage requires daily effort. In this episode Simon addresses how to fight complacency in marriage.This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
October 12, 2021
037_Do I Have to Tell Them?
In this episode Simon addresses parents on the important topic of speaking to your children about God’s plan for their sexuality. While this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, it is vital that your kids hear this from you and feel able to discuss this topic with you! This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
October 05, 2021
036_How can Masturbation Harm your Future Marriage?
A topic that so many people avoid but one that needs to be openly discussed because it can do so much harm to your future or current marriage. Take a listen to this episode to see the reason why masturbation is so harmful. This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
September 28, 2021
035_3 Ways to Live out the Virtue of Modesty
In this episode Madeleine shares 3 ways that the virtue of modesty can be lived out. Modesty is so much more than how we dress! This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
September 21, 2021
034_Is it Wrong to be Attracted to Multiple Men at the Same Time?
Simon discusses a common question in this episode. He shares some guidelines on what to do if you find yourself attracted to multiple people at the same time. This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
September 14, 2021
033_Where Does Your Identity Come From?
In this episode Madeleine discusses how our identity should have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.
September 07, 2021
032_ New Season, New Mission
In this episode Simon and Madeleine share some exciting changes to Fire Up! 
August 31, 2021
031_ Should I date someone who looks at porn?
In this episode, Madeleine discusses the common question: 'Should I date someone who looks at porn?'  Covenant Eyes - use promo code FREE for the first month free: Simon's break free from Porn coaching -  This podcast was sponsored by Mediatrix Migration Lawyers. For more information, click here.
August 24, 2021
030_The beauty of Natural Family Planning with Damon Owens
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine chat with Damon Owens about Natural Family Planning. Damon is the founder and executive director of joytob. This ministry is centred on proclaiming the joy of being made in the image and likeness of God. For more information on Damon and his ministry, visit his website.  In June 2020, Simon and Madeleine spoke at the Joyful Ever After Catholic Marriage Summit hosted by Damon Owens. To hear Simon and Madeleine's talk, as well other inspiring and informative talks on a variety of topics within marriage, click on this link. 
August 17, 2021
029_ Making the Most of Lockdown
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss ways that you can make the most of lockdown!
August 10, 2021
028_Interview with Stina Constantine on Authentic Friendship
Stina Constantine discusses Authentic Friendship with Madeleine.  Virtue Ministry website Living Fullness Podcast
August 03, 2021
027_ Satan wants to break your spirit
In this episode Madeleine talks about how we need to be aware of how satan is stopping us from doing God's will. She gives some practicals of how we can arm ourselves against the work of satan in our life.  Link to 'Spirit' scene -
July 27, 2021
026_Navigating the Dating World
This episode is a recorded talk that Simon and Madeleine gave at iWitness in 2019. They discuss 'Setting the World on Fire' by intentional and sincere dating practices. 
July 20, 2021
025_ Interview with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers on the impact of COVID on Marriage
In this episode Simon and Deacon Harold discuss the impact of COVID 19 on Marriages.  Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire those who hear him. Visit his website for more information. 
July 13, 2021
024_ The Deepest Desires of the Human Heart
The desire and longing we each experience deep without our soul is one that can only be satisfied by our creator.
June 29, 2021
023_Finding God in the Every Day with Danielle Bean
In this episode Madeleine interviews Danielle Bean, author of the book 'Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.'  Find out more about Danielle Bean's work - Listen to Danielle's podcast 'Girlfriends' - Get a copy of Danielle's latest book from Parouisa Media - 
June 22, 2021
022_Unpacking Authentic Love with Fr Mike Schmitz
In this episode, Simon interviews Fr Mike Schmitz on authentic love. Fr Mike Schmitz a Priest in Minnesota and the author of 'Made for Love: Same Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church'. Fr Mike has great videos on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. 
June 15, 2021
021_What is the Feminine Genius
In this episode Madeleine discusses what the Feminine Genius is and some practical ways it can be lived out.  Mulieris Dignitatem - Peter Kreeft on Masculine and Feminine - 
June 01, 2021
020_ Marriage, Divorce and Annulments with Tim Staples
In this episode, Simon interviews Catholic Apologist Tim Staples on Marriage, Divorce and Annulments.  Tim Staples is a convert to Catholicism and is the Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers. For more information on Catholic Answers or Tim Staples, visit the Catholic Answers website.
May 20, 2021
019_Lessons from Saint Joseph for Men
In this episode, Simon shares insights and lessons that he has learned from Saint Joseph on how to live out the Masculine Mission.  Consecration to Saint Joseph
May 11, 2021
018_Where is Marriage in the Bible? with Hector Molina
In this episode, Simon interviews Hector Molina on the Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of Marriage.  Hector Molina is an international Catholic evangelist with over 30 years of speaking experience. To learn more about Hector and his ministry, visit his website. 
May 04, 2021
017_How to Argue Well
In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss tools and strategies to argue in a way that will build intimacy, not destroy it. Join them for a lively discussion that is sure to increase the unity in your relationships while allowing you to respectfully express your needs and frustrations. 
April 27, 2021
016_ The Power of Words
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss the power words have in transforming a relationship. They share practical insights and personal examples to highlight the positive effect of affirming words and the importance of being intentional about how you communicate. 
April 20, 2021
015_ The Way of Beauty with Bill Donaghy
In this episode, Madeleine interviews Bill Donaghy on The Way of Beauty and discusses the relationship between beauty and suffering.  Bill Donaghy is a senior lecturer and content specialist at the Theology of the Body Institute. For more on Bill and his mission, visit TOB Institute website. 
April 13, 2021
014_How to date with Passion and Purpose Introduction
This is the first day of Simon's 10 day course: 'How to Date with Passion and Purpose.' You can purchase the full course via our online shop.  How to Date with Passion and Purpose Online Course.
April 06, 2021
013_Do you hate being single?
In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss the challenges of being single and what to do about it. You will discover, through this conversation that a time of singleness is a profound gift that can lead to the fulfilment of your desires.  Scripture:  ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’ - Jeremiah 29:11 St Teresa of Avila Prayer -  “May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” Challenge:  Simon: Get involved in an apostolate or ministry where you can serve others. Madeleine: Go on a date with Jesus... spend some time in Eucharistic Adoration handing over your desires to God. 
March 30, 2021
012_ Interview with Dr Monique Ruberu on Fertility
In this episode, Madeleine interviews Dr Monique Ruberu, a Catholic Napro Technology trained Pro Life Ob/Gyn. She shares her knowledge and wisdom on Women's healthcare and fertility.  Dr Monique's passion for this topic is contagious as she shares about her upcoming plans to release an online course that gives everyone access to vital knowledge about Napro Technology and fertility.  Fertility Solved Online Course Dr Monique Ruberu's website Rising with Roses Conversion Story (available on Amazon) Dr Monique's YouTube Channel Fertility Solved FB support group
March 23, 2021
011_Praying with Art
In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss how art can enhance family prayer in the home. This podcast was sponsored by Kate Capato, founder of Visual Grace - Check out her amazing Sacred Art and fill your home with beauty!  Challenge for the week: Simon - Look for God's beauty in the small things Madeleine - Set up a prayer space and have a look at the Visual Grace website Show Notes:  1. Sacred Artwork: Home, by Kate Capato - 2. St Augustine, Confessions: Late have I love You, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved You! For behold You were within me, and I outside. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.
March 16, 2021
010_ What Theology of the Body is NOT!
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss Theology of the Body by addressing common misconceptions about it, why it was written as well as key themes explained throughout the writings.  Challenge for the week Simon - Receive ongoing formation in the Theology of the Body by becoming a Fire Up Family member (committing to a minimum of $10 p/m) -  Maddie - Listen to a talk by Christopher West on Theology of the Body. Here is a great starting video. Show notes Quotes to pray with: 'The Theology of the Body is a “theological time bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences sometime in the third millennium of the Church…” - George Weigel Scripture of the Week: "I came so that they may have life and have it to the full." - Jn 10:10
March 09, 2021
009_What to expect in the early years of Marriage with Mike and Alicia Hernon
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.
March 02, 2021
008_How to be Holy
In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss practical ideas to growing in holiness.  Thank you to our sponsor for this episode - Ramcon Group.  Challenge:  Simon - Commit to 15 mins of prayer at a set time each day! Maddie - Read the writings of a Saint! Show Notes: Litany of trust  Peter Kreeft Book  Saint writings 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 Journal Question: 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
February 23, 2021
007_ Holiness means being Whole
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.  Show notes Virtue - Catechism of the Catholic Church 1803 Holiness - Catechism of the Catholic Church 2012 -2013 The Wounded Healer by Audrey Assad - Journal Question: 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
February 16, 2021
006_Breaking Free from Porn with Jason Evert
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. 
February 09, 2021
005_What do you WANT?
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.  Show notes 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. Journal Question: 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: John 1:35-42 Catechism Reference:  CCC #27 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. 
February 02, 2021
004_You are LOVED
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. Extra Resources:  'The Sea and Spirituality' by Peter Kreeft  'The Hound of Heaven' by Francis Thompson Journal Questions:  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
January 26, 2021
003_ The Dos and Don'ts of Dating with Sarah Swafford
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. 
January 19, 2021
002_Setting the World on Fire
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.  ______________________ Extra Resources: 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  Visit our online SHOP  Don't forget to send us your ideas for podcast topics and any questions you may have. You can email us HERE or contact us via Facebook.  ______________________ 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.  ______________________ Prayer Plan:  Journal Questions 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
January 12, 2021
001 - The Fire Up Podcast Introduction
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 - Madeleine's Challenge - Follow us on Social Media - FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // YOUTUBE 
January 05, 2021