Mystery Through Manners Catholic Podcast

Mystery Through Manners Catholic Podcast

By Jules Miles
Mystery Through Manners is a storytelling podcast which explores the living expressions of the Catholic faith from the perspective of everyday Catholic Americans
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33: The Careful Art of Live Stories
In today's episode, we dive into the world of beauty through the medium of theater. We talk with experts in the theater, including playwrights, directors, and actors, about how the medium can build bridges in today's fractured world, why storytelling is essential in the Christian life, and how theater can move our hearts perhaps more than any other art form. Featured guests for today's episode: Dr. David E. King, professor at Kennesaw State University. For more about David and his beautiful writings for the Church, check out the article I discovered for my research on storytelling in the Catholic tradition! Jeremy Stanbary, executive artistic director of Open Window Theatre. Cole Matson, Managing director of Open Window Theatre. For more about Open Window and their beautiful work, please visit their website! (In particular, check out their CORE principles, as referenced in the episode!) Laura Pittenger, playwright and director living in New York City. For more information about Laura's work, please visit her website and the Sheen Center for information about the theater fellowship program and other talented playwrights putting together beautiful work for the archdiocese. Music for Today's Episode: Heave Ho⁠ Words and music by Fr. Tansi.⁠© 2018 Love Good Culture. As recorded on Garden. All rights reserved. Used by permission from the artist. https://lovegoodculture.com/product/garden-2/⁠
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September 19, 2019
32: The Met Gala
In 2018, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosted its annual MET Gala, the kick-off to an exhibit under the same theme. Oh...and the theme for the night? "Heavenly Bodies, and the Catholic Imagination." I mean, was there any chance I WOULDN'T do an episode on it? :) Featured Guests for the episode: Dr. Anne Carpenter, associate professor of theology at St. Mary's College Dr. Jennifer Frey, professor of philosophy at University of South Carolina Elizabeth Lev, art historian in Rome Music for today's episode: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent Words by Gerard Moultrie.  © 2015 Sarah Kroger. As recorded on Origin (a beauty initiative within FOCUS). All rights reserved. Used by permission. https://focusoncampus.org/beauty/projects
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September 5, 2019
31: The Cost of Curating Beauty
Many months ago, as I began to create storylines and episode ideas for an entire season on Beauty, I came across an interesting dilemma: how to talk about beauty when our world has so many ideas about it? It seemed to be that the only way to have an honest and real discussion about the importance of Beauty in our lives, we have to address the ways the culture has weaponized beauty to cause harm and anxiety. In today's episode, we dive into the heart of our culture's problem with beauty, and how we can better serve as a model for the gift of True Beauty. Guests for Today's episode: Amanda Martinez Beck, writer, podcaster, and author of "Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me Mary Rose Somarriba, managing editor at Verily Magazine. Please visit their website and check out their new subscription service, Verily Yours. Colleen Carroll Campbell, award-winning journalist, speaker, and author of The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught me to Trade my Dream of Perfection for God's. Music for Today's Episode: Beautiful Love Words and music by Dana Catherine.  © 2018 Dana Catherine EP. As recorded on Nothing in the World. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://www.danacatherinemusic.com/shop Today's Sponsor: Annunciation Designs. Looking for gifts for those you love, especially as we approach the Fall and Holiday gift-buying season? Please visit www.annunciationdesigns.com and use PROMO code MANNERS for 10% off your next purchase (keep in mind the store will be closed in the month of September). 
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August 22, 2019
30: A Prayer and a Pen
Throughout this season, we've explored the Catholic arts and the gift of beauty through visuals, and the power of creating alongside our Creator. In today's episode, we'll jump into what happens when our BODIES are engaged in the careful beauty of pen to paper. Featured in today's episode:⁠ Sybil MacBeth, bestselling author of "Praying in Color". https://prayingincolor.com Ali Hoffman, curator of the Instagram page The Oodles of Doodles. https://www.instagram.com/theoodlesofdoodles/ ⁠Katerina Deem, curator of The Little Way Design Company. https://www.littlewaydesign.co ⁠Christie Peters, founder of Every Sacred Sunday. https://everysacredsunday.com Music for Today's Episode: Invitation  Words and music by Rita West. https://ritawest.com © 2019 Novum Records. As recorded on Invitation. All rights reserved. Used by permission. https://www.novumrecords.com We're halfway through the season and will be taking our mid-season break! Our next episode will be released On the Feast of the Assumption (August 15). Exceeding  Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission.  ⁠Blessings, Jules⁠
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July 11, 2019
29: Wearing Your Faith on Your Sleeve
In this week's episode, we dive into the world of the graphic arts through one of the most popular mediums: T-shirt design. Through the stories of the three most popular designs of our artists, we get at the heart of why the graphic arts are so important, and what these simple and beautiful designs can teach us about the role of the arts in our spiritual life. Music for today's episode: Skyscrapers  Words and music by Connor Flanagan.  © 2019 Connor. As recorded on Skyscrapers All rights reserved. Used by permission.  http://www.connorflanaganmusic.com Curious about the designs of our episode? Check out the websites below for more information. Jurrell Sison, The Living Person: https://thelivingperson.com Lauren Winter, Brick House in the City: www.brickhouseinthecity.com Joe Kim, PAL Campaign: www.palcampaign.com
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June 27, 2019
28: Part Two: Praying with Creation
In the second part of our two-part series on creating, Jules tries to answer a question central to her own journey: what now? Now that we understand the spiritual significance of creating with our Creator, what are we to do with the creation itself? How can the creative works of artists also aid us in our spiritual journeys? In today's episode, we journey with Laurence Pierson, an artist we featured last episode, to understand the spiritual significance of icons, why praying with images is so central to certain Christian traditions, and how we each can integrate the arts into our prayer lives. Music for today's episode: "Humble Host," Music and Lyrics by Corrie Marie Music. SINGLE RELEASE. Used with Permission. Check out the incredible work of Behold! Visio Divina at their website https://www.beholdvisiodivina.com. 
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June 13, 2019
27: Part One: Creating with the Creator
Why are we drawn to create? Why do we spend so much time, money, and dedication to a craft which may (or may not!) end up the way we envision?  In today's episode, we dive into the idea that we were made to participate in the creative act alongside our Good Creator. In fact, when we do this, we may be even more of who we were called to be. Music for today's episode: Surrender Words and Music by Francis Cabildo  © 2018 Francis Cabildo. Released as Single. All rights reserved. Used by permission.  https://www.franciscabildomusic.com Guests featured for today's episode: Laurence Pierson: Check out Laurence's Facebook page for information about her works and just to be in awe of the incredible gift she is to the Church. Fr. Gerard Alba: Follow Father Alba on Instagram for a glimpse at some of his extraordinary work Interested in the Created Book? Check out Cory's website for more information. They make wonderful coffee table books and spiritual reading! :) And visit Cory's organization's website for more information about his work and how you can be involved.  David Clayton has a brilliant new book, The Way of Beauty, which discusses everything from art to education. Make sure you check it out!  Elizabeth Levis brilliant and has amazing insights on the importance of art in the faith. Please visit her website for more information about her writings, and if you're ever in Rome, for tour information! 
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May 30, 2019
26: The Case for Beauty
SEASON 2 STARTS TODAY! In the first episode of our new season,  we start with a simple question: "WHY DOES BEAUTY MATTER?"  Under the guidance of three experts, David Clayton, Elizabeth Lev, and Cory Heimann, we seek to answer that question and why beauty is important in our spiritual journeys. We also tell the story of an amazing couple, Ennie and Cana Hickman, about how they integrate beauty into their everyday lives.  Music for Today's episode: "For the Beauty of the Earth" Words and music by Conrad Kocher and Folliot S. Pierpoint (PUBLIC DOMAIN) Instrumentals Shawn Williams, Leah Sedelack © 2015  As recorded on Origin (a beauty initiative within FOCUS). All rights reserved. Used by permission. https://focusoncampus.org/beauty/projects
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May 16, 2019
25: Dana Gioia, Poetry, and the Accessibility of the Arts
In our final episode of our mini series "On My Bookshelf," Jules interviews one of the most influential figures in the American arts scene: Dana Gioia. Mr. Gioia has spent his professional life attempting to bring the arts back into the lives of everyday Americans, including as an award-winning poet, serving as the head of the National Endowment for the Arts, and ending his career as the current Poet Laurette of the state of California. He is a man of deep faith and love for the Church, and I was thrilled to speak with him about the necessity of Beauty as a means of drawing others into the love of God.  Music for Today's Episode: Pity the Beautiful Words by Dana Gioia, music by Helen Sung.  © 2018 Co-producded by Helen Sung and Daryl Harper. As recorded on Sung with Words. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://www.helensung.com/discography.html#top Check out Dana Gioia's new book!  https://www.wisebloodbooks.com/store/c4/Wiseblood_Essays_.html
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April 18, 2019
24: "Finnian and the Seven Mountains", in the Age of the Hero
In today's episode, we talk with the creator of a new Catholic comic book series (and publishing house!), Phil Koslowski, about his new comic book "Finnian and the Seven Mountains." In our story, we dive into the history of comic books, why learning through visuals has always been an essential tool in the Church, and the importance of finding Jesus in hero stories.  Untethered  Words and music by Joe Zambon  © 2017 Joe Zambon. As recorded on Love is. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://joezambonmusic.com
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April 4, 2019
23: Ever Eden: By Women, for the Church
Adding to our series "On My Bookshelf" is a brand new literary journal for Catholics, Ever Eden Literary Journal. Curated, created, and written entirely by women, the Ever Eden Literary Journal is an absolutely delightful addition to the rich tradition of storytelling in the written word in the Catholic tradition.  In our episode today, we speak with Amy O'Connell, Ever Eden's co-founder and creator. We talk about the necessity of women writers in the Catholic tradition, how important it is to be reading in our daily lives, and how Ever Eden can be a stepping stone for the new Flannerys in our Catholic subculture.  Music for Today's Episode: "Grey Sky" Words and music by Janaya and Jo Trudel.   © 2017 As recorded on Grounded Light. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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March 28, 2019
22: The Reed of God, and the Resurgence of Sheed & Ward
As we enter into this Lenten season, Jules talks with Dr. Kelley Spoerl, a professor of theology at Saint Anselm College, about a mighty spiritual classic, Caryll Houselander's "Reed of God." During their chat, Dr. Spoerl guides the audience through Caryll Houselander's simple yet extraordinary life, her time writing for a Catholic publishing powerhouse, the importance of Marian devotion, and the renewed interest in recent years toward the somewhat forgotten 20th century mystic.  Music for today's episode: "Exceeding" Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on "Exceeding" All rights reserved. Used by permission. "Magnificat" Words and music by Sister Sinjin.  © 2016 Sister Sinjin. As recorded on Magnificat. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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March 14, 2019
21: Father Augustus Tolton, in the Post-Charlottesville Era
In the second episode of our book series, On My Bookshelf, we interview Deacon Harold Burkes-Sivers about his new book, "Father Augustus Tolton." As we close Black History Month, Deacon guides the listeners through the incredible story of Father Tolton, and how Father Tolton's life can be a witness to Gospel-centered love in our modern world.  Music for Today's Episode: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission Your Table Words and music by Ike Ndolo.  © 2018 Hardspeak Records. As recorded on Shine. All rights reserved. Used by permission
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February 28, 2019
20: "Girl, Arise!" in the Era of Me-Too
Disclaimer: this episode references abortion, sexual assault, and rape. Please be advised when listening with children. In the first episode of our mini-series "On My Bookshelf," we're chatting with Catholic Feminist Podcast host Claire Swinarski about her new book for young women, "Girl, Arise!" We'll dive into a brief history of American feminism, talk about our positive and negative experiences with feminism in the Church, and get at the heart of just who Claire wrote this book for. Thank you to Dr. Angela Franks for her insights on feminism, as well as Sarah Kroger for the use of her song "Overcome."  Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Overcome © 2015 Sarah Kroger. As recorded on Overcome (single). All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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February 14, 2019
19: The Real Roseto Effect
In the final episode of our first season, we decided to end with a bang! In the first half of our episode, we journey to the small borough of Roseto, PA, to uncover the secrets to a stress-free life. Using the lessons of Roseto, the second half of the episode tells the story of the Catholic subculture with the help of some friends. :) We interview six different Catholic podcasters, and ask each a single question: what should an authentic Catholic subculture look like in the modern era? Their answers are varied, creative, and beautiful. I'm so happy to collaborate with them on this!  Music for the Episode: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. St. Brigid's Fire Words and music by Kevin Heider © 2013 Kevin Heider. As recorded on The Spark. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Today's sponsors: Catholic Family Crate Looking for convenient, educational, and fun ways to celebrate the upcoming liturgical seasons? Visit www.mysterymannerspodcast.com/crate to support the work of this wonderful ministry. 
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January 31, 2019
18: Humanae Vitae in the Era of Protest
In the third episode of our series on the Catholic subculture, we seek to find out just what happened to the world of American Catholicism that led to such drastic change over the course of a single decade. Using the medium of music, we'll explore how protest movements, the suburbs, and this one, small encyclical led to our current situation as modern day Catholics.  Music for today's episode: "Exceeding" Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding  All rights reserved. Used by permission.  "The Pill" Loretta Lynn. Produced by Owen Bradley © 1975 As recorded Back to the Country.  All rights reserved. Used according to Fair Use regulations "Change is Gonna Come"  Sam Cooke Produced by Hugo and Luigi © 1964 As recorded Ain't That Good News.  All rights reserved. Used according to Fair Use regulations "Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival Words and music by John Fogerty © 1969 As recorded Willy and the Poor Boys.  All rights reserved. Used according to Fair Use regulations
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January 24, 2019
17: The Golden Age, and the Legion of Decency
In our Part II on our series on the Catholic subculture, we dive into the world of the movies in the heart of the Golden Age of Hollywood. We speak to scholars and one of my favorite people to ask just how much the Church influenced the broader American culture in the post-war era, and how this influence so quickly fell apart. "Exceeding" Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding  All rights reserved. Used by permission.  Swing on a Star Words by Johnny Burke, Music by Jimmy Van Heusen © 1943  As recorded in "Going My Way"  All rights reserved. Used according to Fair Use regulations.
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January 17, 2019
16: The Catholic Ghettos, and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn
In the first episode of our four-part series on the Catholic Subculture, we dive into the world of the poor immigrant communities in urban hotspots, using Betty Smith's classic "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" as our guide. We discuss the physical poverty, living and working conditions, and how Catholics used their suffering as a means of creating intentional, strong immigrant subcultures.  Music for today's episode: "Exceeding" Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on "Exceeding" All rights reserved. Used by permission. "Willow" Words and music by Sister Sinjin.  © 2018 Sister Sinjin. As recorded on Daughter of Jerusalem. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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January 10, 2019
15: The Immigrant Church: Latino Immigration and the Kino Border Initiative
In the final episode of our three-part series on the Immigrant Church, we dive into the history of Latino immigration to America. We walk through the journey of Hispanic Catholics as they make their way to the United States, discuss the Church's response to the rising population, and what we can do to better serve our brothers and sisters. Music for today's episode: Letra inspirada en Mateo 25, 34–40 y la espiritualidad del V Encuentro. Letra y música © 2015, Javier Iván Díaz. Obra publicada por Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. Derechos reservados. Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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December 20, 2018
14: The Immigrant Church: O Pioneers, Christ in Concrete, and the National Parish Model
In the second installment of our three-part series on Catholic immigration to the United States, we speak with scholars about the Church's dilemma of how to respond to Catholic migrants who don't speak the native language. Should the Church force assimilation into the "American" way of life, or should they allow immigrants to live, speak, and worship as they are?  Music: Dominoes © 2017 Fr Rob Galea/Gary Pinto/Natasha Pinto/Cliff Raux/Ira Losco. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Exceeding  Words and music by Shaun Garrison.  © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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December 13, 2018
13: The Immigrant Church: Arrival and Chain Migration
In the first of our three-part series on The Immigrant Church, we dive into the early history of Catholic immigration to the United States. Throughout our story, we speak with scholars from all over the country about the rise of Catholicism as an illegal religion, early heroes of the faith, and the importance of massive migration patterns in the development of America as a nation. Music: "Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter" Words and music by Seasons.  © 2015 Seasons. As recorded on Seasons All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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December 6, 2018
Katie Waldow, and the Power of Connection
In our final installment of our month-long series on Catholic blogging, we speak with Katie Waldow, a youth minister and wildly popular lifestyle blogger through her blog, HeyKatie. In this episode, we discuss the power of beautiful images, forming connection with the audience, and allowing each of us to be our true selves. Music: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. It'll all Work Out Words and music by the Mosleys © 2017, As recorded on Ordinary Time. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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November 26, 2018
11: The Sisterhood
In our fourth episode of our series on Catholic blogging, we speak with four women who have all found communion and friendship with others in the blogging world. These women allow us to journey with them through the isolation of motherhood, the joys of sisterhood, and the immense grief of infancy loss. I am so grateful that they have let me share their stories. Featured in this episode are Jenny Uebbing, Sarah Babbs, Nell O'Leary, and Laura Fanucci. Music for this episode: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Be With Me Words and music by Jessy Kaufman. © 2015 Jessy Kaufman. As recorded on Origin (a beauty initiative within FOCUS). All rights reserved. Used by permission. https://focusoncampus.org/beauty/projects
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November 20, 2018
10: Simcha Fisher, and the Authenticity Dilemma
In the third episode of our series on Catholic blogging, we talk to one of the most prolific writers in our digital space, Simcha Fisher. In our interview, Simcha and I discuss her history as a Catholic blogger, changes she's seen in the blogging community over the years, and what she's learned from her mistakes. We are also very grateful to the other voices who helped shape this episode, namely Sarah Babbs, Jenny Uebbing, and Fr. John Hollowell. Shownotes: https://www.mysterymannerspodcast.com/2018/11/13/10-simcha-fisher/ ‎ Music for this episode: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission Thicker than Water Words and music by the Mosleys © 2017 As recorded on Ordinary Time All rights reserved. Used by permission
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November 15, 2018
Spoken Bride, and Pulling Back the Curtain
In our second FEATURE BLOGGER series, we speak with one of the founders of the immensely popular Spoken Bride, Stephanie Calis, about the gift of marriage, the diversity of weddings in the Church, and the need to know the stories behind the pictures. Music for this Episode: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Eiderdown Words and music by the Mosleys. © 2017 The Mosleys. As recorded on Ordinary Time All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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November 12, 2018
08: The Echochambers
In our second installment of our series on Catholic blogging, we address the downsides of the blogging community, from the combox wars to the crisis of authority. We'll talk with bloggers from various backgrounds to get to the heart of the question: who is right in the Catholic blogging wars? Or perhaps, should these wars even exist at all? Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Can't Take It with Us Words and music by The Mosleys © 2017 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Oridinary Time All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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November 8, 2018
A Yarn Along, and the Power of Beauty
In our first FEATURE BLOGGER episode, we talk to Ginny Sheller, author of the delightful blog "Small Things." In our story, Ginny shares about her life as a blogger, the beginnings of the "Yarn Along," and how she wants her audience to understand her blog. www.gsheller.com Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission Thicker than Water Words and music by the Mosleys © 2017 As recorded on Ordinary Time All rights reserved. Used by permission
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November 5, 2018
06: The Rise of the Blog
In the first episode of our four-part series on the Catholic blogger, we talk to Dr. Katherine Schmidt about the rise of the blog's influence in Church and broader secular culture, as well as why the medium isn't dying, but may in fact be on the rise. Music Credits: Exceeding Words and music by Shaun Garrison. © 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding, All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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November 1, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: "A Bloody Habit" and the Case for Gothic Fiction
In this BONUS episode of our fiction series, we talk with Ignatius Press author Eleanor Bourg Nicholson on her new book, "A Bloody Habit." In our discussion we speak about the importance of the Gothic tradition, why more people should be reading this "spooky" literature, and the modern corruption of the vampire genre. Please listen for a SPECIAL PROMOTION from Ignatius Press for Eleanor's novel! Thank you to the Mosleys, for their wonderful song "Running Out the Road," which provided the perfect backdrop for this episode.
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October 22, 2018
04: A Prayer in the Furnace
Fiction Series, Episode Four In our final episode in our series on American Catholic Fiction, I talk with two award-winning authors of fiction about their style of writing and the necessity for some Catholic authors to find their niche writing OUTSIDE of Catholic circles. I can't tell you how much I love this episode and talking to these two amazing authors, Suzanne Wolfe and Phil Klay.
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October 1, 2018
03: Giving Thanks for Dappled Things
Fiction Series, Episode Three After learning about the importance of fiction and one of the greatest literary minds of the modern era, it's time to dive into the modern Catholic literary world! In this episode, we'll talk to Regina Doman (Chesterton Press) and Bernardo Aparacio (Dappled Things) about the importance of the Catholic arts and writing with Catholic audiences in mind.
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October 1, 2018
02: Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-haunted South
Fiction Series, Episode Two Curious about the life and works of one of our country's most esteemed authors? In this episode, experts will try to convince, me, the ultimate Flannery skeptic, about the genius of this fascinating woman and why her writing still matters today.
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October 1, 2018
01: The Case for Fiction
Fiction Series, Episode One In the first episode of our mini-series on American Catholic fiction, we ask the question of why reading fiction is important for both our spiritual and moral development. We'll talk to experts from all over the country about this topic, including women from one organization who are on a mission to bring fiction back into the daily lives of mothers (and fathers!) all over the country.
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October 1, 2018
Trailer: Mystery Through Manners, an Introduction
Join us for our inaugural season of Mystery Through Manners, a podcast which explores the rich, complicated, and beautiful history of the Catholic faith in America.
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August 31, 2018
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