Roar Like The Lamb
By Paola and Fr. Sam
A Catholic lay woman and a Catholic priest working together in parish ministry unpack the complexities, joys, and challenges of daily life and how the beauty of the Gospel can bring Jesus, the Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, into our world. Paola Peña is director of evangelization and former FOCUS missionary living out the call to evangelize in parish life. Fr. Sam Kachuba is a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport and pastor of St. Pius X Church in Fairfield, CT. Roar Like the Lamb is an excuse for them to talk about how much they love ministry and want to share the Catholic faith with all.
3.10: Words Matter
This week, we're talking about the importance of the language we use and why we shouldn't be afraid to define our terms, use even the words that seem most challenging, and think more seriously about the the full meaning of the way we speak. Think deeply about the words you use and hear, and you will be amazed at what is being communicated! SHOW NOTES For more on the importance of language, check out "Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power" by Josef Pieper Need a good, Catholic Christmas gift? Check out the Building Blocks of Faith Series by Kevin and Mary O'Neill.
December 02, 2022
3.9: The 2022 RLTL Thanksgiving Extravaganza
We actually don't say much about Thanksgiving, but we do talk quite a bit about Advent and some thoughts as we start this amazing season. As we so often do, we're happy to talk about Hallow and the Pray 25 Advent Challenge. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2022
3.8: Why Be Good?
In this short episode, we talk about being good even when we don't see the benefit, doing what is right because there is an intrinsic value to virtuous living, and not getting too caught up in what other people seem to have in spite of not always following the rules. St. Martin de Porres figures large in the conversation, so why not ask for his intercession today?
November 18, 2022
3.7: Preparing to Prepare
Advent is coming and somehow feels sneaky, even though we know exactly when it's coming. Not only is Advent almost here, it's four full weeks! So what's the excuse for not preparing now?
November 14, 2022
3.6: You're Not Disgusting
Choosing between good things is not always easy. As much as we might see lots of good opportunity in front of us, and recognize that God is generous in giving us so many good things, we also have to understand our own limitations, and discern which of the goods God truly desires for us. That's what we're talking about today! SHOW NOTES I teased Paola a fair bit about retelling a story incorrectly. Now, I didn't know anything about the story, had never heard it before. I'm still fairly confident she didn't quite get the story right. HOWEVER, Paola's story was an attempt at communicating some things said by Jackie Francois-Angel in a talk at a Steubenville Youth Conference. The talk is fantastic and full of other stories, which will make you forget Paola's story. Totally worth the time, and I'm grateful to Paola for tolerating me every day. Also, over on the Tangent, I talked about discernment in an episode, and if you want to listen to that, I won't argue with you.
October 31, 2022
3.5: Infinite Stuff for Finite Us
Separate studios for us today so Fr. Sam's cold doesn't infect Paola! We'll hear all about Paola's recent retreat with the Sisters of Life, talk about God's abundant gifts to us, and more! SHOW NOTES Sisters of Life You can watch "The Chosen" over at formed.org - make your free account today! That re-baptism controversy we were talking about? Going back to St. Cyprian of Carthage (martyr) and Pope Stephen in the 200s, and continuing to the Donatist heresy in the fourth and fifth centuries, it was a big deal. But from this controversy, the Church was able to articulate the theological idea of ex opere operato, that the grace of the sacraments do not depend on the worthiness of the one administering the sacraments, as well as highlight the enduring grace of baptism even when marred by sin!
October 26, 2022
3.4: An Adequate Ethnic Person
Paola and Fr. Sam went on retreat! In this episode, they're talking about some of the fruits of that retreat, dreaming with the Lord, and what those dreams look like currently, might look like in the future, and just plain old rediscovering the capacity to dream. SHOW NOTES Check out "Searching For and Maintaining Peace" by Fr. Jacques Philippe The Tangent on Veritas Catholic Network And even though we're not sponsored by anyone, we love to plug the Hallow app! The Community of the Lamb
October 11, 2022
3.3: Angels and Wires
With the feast of the Archangels just passed, and the feast of the Guardian Angels to come (sort of...Sunday takes precedence this year), we're looking at angels both arch and guardian. Plus some fun discussions on Genesis, creation, and how God's love for us is reflected back to us. SHOW NOTES Check out the men's retreat that the Sisters of Life are hosting next week. And just in general, check out their retreat offerings!
September 30, 2022
3.2: Charismatic Kerygmatics
In something of a continuation of last week's episode, we're still talking catechesis, this time with a special focus on the kerygma, or first proclamation of the Gospel. In the end, we are all entrusted with the kerygma, though we have different ways of bearing witness. Some light reading to go along with this episode: "The General Directory for Catechesis" - available free on the Vatican website, but you might want a printed version. "Lumen Gentium" - also available free on the Vatican website. If you've listened to us for a while, it's about time you read it. "Gravissimum Educationis" - Vatican II's document on education...go figure, available free on the Vatican website. "Ministry or Apostolate: What Should the Catholic Laity be Doing?" - by Russell Shaw (2002). Not free on Vatican.va, sorry
September 23, 2022
3.1: Spock is a Vulcan
New season just because we can do a new season. With a new catechetical year underway, and Paola's graduate studies beginning, we're talking catechesis and the need to teach the faith well. Check out Pope St. John XXIII's address at the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
September 14, 2022
2.17: Can I get a ride?
Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church serves as our jumping off point for a whole bunch of stuff. Helps us talk about our mission, art in the world, liturgy, and more. And Paola is a generous non-uber driver. SHOW NOTES Check out Dr. Larry Chapp and https://gaudiumetspes22.com/
August 17, 2022
2.16: Celibate, not stupid
The "method modeled by the Master" is something you might have heard us talk about in the past. It comes up especially when we're talking about discipleship and evangelization. The phrase is used to great effect by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Today we go in-depth with the method and add some pieces.
August 10, 2022
2.15: Searching for and Finding Meaning
Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" gets us talking about meaning in our lives, boredom, automation, striving for purpose, and being more human. Which somehow brings us to the Pastoral Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, which Fr. Sam has long held as his least-favorite document of the Council...but something is changing. Keep listening to find out why he's being converted to this beautiful document. And sorry for the abrupt end, but Padre did a bad job at time management.
July 27, 2022
2.14: Basket Weaving with a minor in Klingon
We'll get there eventually. Talking about accountability and leadership, drawing on an essay written for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) alumni by our newest friend-of-the-show Andrea Halfmann (Andrea, we hope someday you'll listen to the show!) and the SLII Leadership Model developed by Ken Blanchard. We all need to be accountable, but before we can expect anyone to hold us accountable, we need to be accountable to ourselves. SHOW NOTES For more on SLII - https://www.kenblanchard.com/Solutions/SLII#:~:text=LEADERSHIP%20MODEL,D4%20%E2%80%93%20Self%2DReliant%20Achiever. We hoped to be able to link to Andrea Halfmann's essay "Hate the word accountability? Me too...But that doesn't mean you don't need it," but we've only found it in e-mail form, sent to FOCUS alumni. Nevertheless, we want to give her credit for a thought-provoking piece and confirm her status as friend-of-the-show. Thanks, Andrea!
July 14, 2022
2:13 - God wants to walk with you
Paola questions Father's ability to bless things, discussion of the evilness of cats ensues, followed by the best reaction Fr. Sam has ever gotten from Paola on the podcast. And that's all in the first five minutes! All this to get us into the idea that God comes looking for us, wants to walk with us, and what a joy it is to step forward and allow God to find us and accompany us on the way. Helping us dive into this...yet another RLTL "Leisure the Basis of Culture" reference! Also...stay tuned for a HUGE personal sharing from Paola. --- SHOW NOTES --- Pray for Shannon! https://nunsforpriests.org/ “When we really let our minds rest contemplatively on a rose in bud, on a child at play, on a divine mystery, we are rested and quickened as though by a dreamless sleep. Or as the Book of Job says, “God giveth songs in the night” (Job 35:10). Moreover, it has always been a pious belief that God sends his good gifts and his blessings in sleep. And in the same way his great, imperishable intuitions visit a man in his moments of leisure. It is in these silent and receptive moments that the soul of man is sometimes visited by an awareness of what holds the world together:” ― Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture And if you want to WATCH Paola's reaction to Shannon's picture, check it out here: https://youtu.be/Tck8fKrGcHI
June 30, 2022
2.12: Bootstrap Spirituality
Awareness of our culture can help us understand our spirituality. Today we're looking at some of the cultural history that has found its way into our American Catholic spiritual worldview and some of the ways we need to depend on God more than our own efforts. "Obedience means falling in the abyss of God's love." Cardinal-designate Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ
June 23, 2022
2.11: Clutter in the morning, clutter in the evening, clutter at supper time, when clutter's in a rectory, you can have clutter anytime
A very messy rectory prompts discussion of how physical clutter impacts ministry, how priests might struggle to take care of their living arrangements because they're torn between simplicity of life and building maintenance, and more.
June 08, 2022
2.10 - Trying to be realistic
We started slow on this one, then forgot to post it, then recorded a different episode which we posted last week. But here we talk about how the church, especially in local parishes, could use a good, collaborative boost. If all together, we Catholics could realize that we may need to make some sacrifices to get to Mass, or that parishes should not be in rivalry with one another, we'll be able to get stronger in faith, have more robust community life, and take on a growth mindset, rather than a maintenance model.
June 02, 2022
In the aftermath of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, we want to talk about the Christian response to such evil. Everything we do must start with prayer. It is when we turn to God that we invoke divine guidance and healing on those who suffer, that we process our own outrage and grief, and that we receive inspiration for action. Please remember the victims of the Uvalde shooting by name in your prayer. Eva Mireles Irma Garcia Uziyah Garcia Xavier Javier Lopez Eliahana Cruz Torres Jose Flores Alithia Ramirez Amerie Jo Garza Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez Jackie Cazares Rojelio Torres Jayce Carmelo Luevanos Jailah Nicole Silguero Eliahna Garcia Nevaeh Bravo Makenna Lee Elrod Miranda Mathis Tess Marie Mata Layla Salazar Maite Rodriguez Alexandria Aniyah Rubio The shooting at Robb Elementary follows shortly after a horrific attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. Please pray also for those who were murdered in that shooting, and for their families and community. Roberta Drury Margus Morrison Andre Mackniel Aaron Salter Geraldine Talley Celestine Chaney Heyward Patterson Katherine Massey Pearl Young Ruth Whitfield
May 25, 2022
2.8: Just 4 Things
We're talking about the word "just" and how we just can't seem to stop saying it. Then 4 things about the Catholic Church and how we see the Church reflected in the Bible. We had a lot of fun with this one. Show Notes His mother was a mudder...this horse loves the slop! Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist - by Dr. Brant Pitre
May 11, 2022
2.7: Opening Day - a Non-Starter
Paola, for reasons inexplicable, does not like baseball, or talking about baseball, or anything having to do with the subject of baseball. So listen in as Father Sam insists on talking about baseball, the metaphysical superiority of baseball over other games, and the profoundly beautiful spiritual lessons to be learned from such a beautiful game. NB - we're a little late publishing this episode because Holy Week got busy. Happy Easter! SHOW NOTES A Perfect Game - by David Bentley Hart Athenians and Visigoths - by Neil Postman
April 20, 2022
2.6: Ministry In a Time of Cholera
OK, so we don't actually have cholera. The mild inconvenience of a slight cold got Father's attention as he looked at Paola power through an ACTUAL illness (still lingering) and sparked a whole conversation without resolution about ministry in the Church (clerical or lay), complementarity of vocation, ministering differently but together, and so much more. Again, we haven't figured it all out yet, but what a great thing to talk about. Here's the information we talked about regarding paid family leave, and a petition you can sign, too!
April 01, 2022
2.5: Tradition, Education, and Tangents
From Disney movies to agenda-driven education issues, we're going to bounce around a bit today. Tradition grounds us, and is discarded only at our peril. Parents have both the right and obligation to educate their children, especially in the faith - what a beautiful gift! All that, plus the songs stuck in the heads of Paola and Fr. Sam. “Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” Chesterton goes on to say: “Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.” - G.K. Chesterton "Orthodoxy" ch. 4
March 24, 2022
2.4: Kingdom - Eternity - the End
We're a little late getting this episode to you. If we could do it honestly, we'd blame supply chain issues or something like that, but really we just fell behind because of some busy days following recording. Apologies for being late. Anyway, here we're talking about the end and how we get ready for it. How often do we think about preparing for heaven? Do we equally consider preparing for the second coming of Christ? Here we talk about the consequences of these questions for our lives of faith.
March 21, 2022
2.3: Mystery solved...but so many mysteries remain
The big mystery from our last episode has been solved. But there's more important stuff for us to worry about. It's so important for us to engage the content of our faith in both an intellectual and spiritual way. Please pray for Ukraine!
March 04, 2022
2.2 - The Case of the Missing Beverages
Happy feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! Today we're tackling a great mystery, and hope to resolve the case as soon as we can. Meanwhile, conversation about healing and the Blessed Virgin Mary's role ensue. See Mark 7:31-37
February 11, 2022
2.1 - Let God Love You
Season two of Roar Like the Lamb is finally here! Today we’re talking St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and her spiritual advice to allow God to love us in prayer. What does it take for us to be able to give God that space in our lives? Show Notes A Ron Swanson party The Litany of Trust Pray the Litany of Trust with the Sisters
February 03, 2022
Episode 47: Year's End Podcast
Our last episode of 2021! But we won't give a year-in-review discussion. No, instead we're talking about what good resolutions look like and how to get moving in the new year of grace. We'll see you in 2022! Happy New Year!
December 30, 2021
Episode 46: The Christmas Spectacular
Welcome to our Christmas spectacular! While we don't actually mention Christmas until pretty late in the episode, and even then only in the context of ranting about least-favorite Christmas songs, it's the Christmas episode. So Merry Christmas! From the beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "FATHER,... this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." "God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." "There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" - than the name of JESUS. God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life." SHOW NOTES Want more about Jeff Cavins? Check him out at jeffcavins.com. You might also like his work with Ascension Press or the St. Paul Center. He's also got a pretty impressive author page over at Amazon. Get the Hallow App at hallow.com and pray well! As for watching "The Chosen," you'll want to head to the app store and download the app or check out the website. Well worth the time!
December 23, 2021
Episode 45: A Whole Bunch of Questions, Part 2
This week we bring your Part 2 of a whole bunch of questions. Remember, the Grinch hated Christmas, and Jesus would definitely be a dog person. Also, some way more important questions pertaining to Scripture and God's plan for salvation and unity among His people!
December 16, 2021
Episode 44: A Whole Bunch of Questions, Part 1
The wonderful ladies from our local Walking With Purpose submitted a bunch of questions to Fr. Sam for a Q&A session. They're asking all kinds of things from the problem of evil to Scriptural credibility and more. Here's part 1 of our discussion of their questions.
December 10, 2021
Episode 43: White Vans
The notion of memory in the Mass is powerful. What does it really mean to say "Do this in memory of me?" A Biblical Walk Through the Mass - Dr. Edward Sri
December 02, 2021
Episode 42: Thanksgiving Special
From all of us at Roar Like the Lamb, Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2021
Episode 41: Ever Ancient, Ever New - flying time and looking back
Paola's been counting her years in youth ministry and wondering how six years can fly by so quickly. So here's our look at how it's possible for time to pass, why we don't get more retrospective (and why we should change that), how ministry impacts our lives, and good ways for us to grow in holiness and grace as we carry out the work before us. All that, plus some points from Joel Stepanek. If you're really interested in some ministerial leadership tips, check out his webinar. You cant watch the podcast if hearing our voices isn't enough for you.
November 18, 2021
Episode 40: Paola is the One Who Knocks
Today we talk about some of the lessons about spiritual direction Paola has been learning in her class. The role of a spiritual director is to help guide you in your spiritual journey. Sometimes that just means being a good listener, sometimes it means challenging someone to do better, to step into the challenges, and spiritual direction always means praying with and for someone. 1 Cor. 3:6-9 And sometimes you wish spiritual direction would look more like this.
November 11, 2021
Episode 39: 10 Minute Topics
We really hope the phrase "10 Minute Topics" is not trademarked. Whatever, we won't be giving 10 actual minutes to each topic, some might get more, some might get less. Let's see what happens. Instability, identity theft, getting locked out of the apartment...is Paola's life a romcom? Music transcends so many aspects of life and forms in us a place for spirituality. Which leads us to Stephen White's article about virtue and saints. Luke 13:1-9 1 Cor. 2:6 New projects, dream projects and getting started on new things. Some celebrities and Fr. Sam's father are used as examples. Watch the video here.
November 04, 2021
Episode 38: A Show About Something
We are all over the place in this one. Everything from Yetis to self-help, to recognizing our sinfulness, to Duke barking in the background, and eventually the relative ethics of time travel and superheroes, Marvel movies, and saints. This one was a lot of fun. Not really sure what it was about, but this was a good time. Thanks for listening. Check out the video here. And here you get to see Bobby Knight throw a chair. How Arrested Development Taught Me to Read The Scriptures
October 28, 2021
Episode 37: Exercising Spiritually
We learned some new things about our genetics (and Duke's!) this week. But more importantly, we dive into some of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius without ever actually quoting from them. The exercises are a powerful way to make progress in the spiritual life, find healing, and make lasting life-changes in favor of virtue and in favor of a Christ-centered life. More on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Here's a great place to go to make a retreat according to the Ignatian method: St. Joseph Retreat House The Monastic Community of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin, and of St. Bruno, where Fr. Sam likes to go on retreat.
October 15, 2021
Episode 36: The Hour Father
One of our shortest episodes ever, we're talking about prayer and degrees of separation from Ken Burns. Prayer, whether rote or spontaneous is so important, and the more prayer takes root in our life and heart, the more that foundation supports us in time of need. Special shout out to Sr. Laura Marie Meskill, RSM, who is Fr. Sam's great-aunt and just celebrated 75 years of religious life! In your charity, say a prayer for her!
October 07, 2021
Episode 35: For freedom, look to the law
So often we hear that the Church has too many rules. But what if we understood why rules and laws exist? What if we saw obligation as something more than a burden? What if the law united us, both as a community and with God? That's the whole point! Show notes Check out the Canon Law Made Easy blog A multi-part podcast that dives into the Church's approach to law
September 30, 2021
Episode 34: Living the Faith on Campus with Caroline Taylor
We're joined by real-life college student and Fairfield Life Teen alumna Caroline Taylor. She's a pretty amazing woman of faith who has experienced the challenge of going away to college and struggling to live the Catholic faith. On campus, Caroline discovered a newfound appreciation for her relationship with God. Listen in for her phenomenal testimony! Get more about living your faith on campus! https://www.focus.org https://newmansociety.org
September 23, 2021
Episode 33: A Show About Nothing
Weird dreams and Spanish radio. Incredible highlighters that don't destroy your books. Inspiration from the Holy Spirit to speak the Gospel. All this and more in this week's Roar Like the Lamb. Check out the links for some of the references we made in this episode, and most of all, don't be afraid to get close to Jesus and invite others to do the same! Steve Harvey Introduces Jesus Youth Pastor Decides to get onions
September 16, 2021
Episode 32: Called to Communion
Besides a breakdown of Fr. Sam's fishing trip, we're talking about the desire for communion present in the human heart and all its different manifestations. We want Communion - the Eucharist. We want communion - to share the unity of faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. We want communion - to be part of a community. And yes, the brilliant podcasters over at Catching Foxes did in fact talk about this recently and you should listen to their take, too. Romans 12
September 10, 2021
Episode 31: A Summer in Review with Liam + Nora
While Fr. Sam is away fly fishing in Montana, join Paola as she interviews Liam and Nora Finneran about their summer of encounter with God. Liam and Nora are part of Student Ministry here at St. Pius X and participated in their first summer trips with Damascus and Catholic Heart Workcamp. Learn more about Damascus Camp: https://cysc.com/ Catholic Heartwork Camp: https://heartworkcamp.com/ Student Ministry at St. Pius X: www.fairfieldlt.com
August 26, 2021
Episode 30: Two Become Family
So exciting to have Renzo and Monica Ortega on the podcast this week! They are an amazing married couple, parents to five kids, youth ministers, coaches, bloggers, authors, and so much more. They established Two Become Family to share some of their story of Catholic marriage and parenting. You can find them on social media @twobecomefamily. If that's not enough, Renzo recently published "Go to Joseph: 10 Day Preparation for Consecration to St. Joseph" and you can find it on Amazon! Finally, Renzo and Monica were asked to be part of a special new series put out by the Knights of Columbus that will air on ABC affiliates nationwide beginning Oct. 10, 2021. Watch the entire conversation here. All the links for this episode: twobecomefamily.com Knights of Columbus special: https://www.kofc.org/en/news-room/st-joseph/index.html Renzo's book: https://www.amazon.com/Go-Joseph-Day-Preparation-Consecration-ebook/dp/B096Y71TXG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=renzo+ortega&qid=1628901263&sr=8-1
August 19, 2021
Episode 29: Olympic Faith
Paola's running from the police, and Fr. Sam is watching the Olympics. Let's talk about the spiritual lessons of the Olympic Games and the teaching of St. Paul.
August 12, 2021
Episode 28: Eternity is long
Heaven is for real, but how often do we think of it? Do we contemplate our eternity? In this episode, we talk about what heaven is, what our we hope eternity to look like, our misunderstandings about the afterlife, and the confidence we have in Christ for the gift of eternal life. Check out this great talk by Sr. Josephine Garrett, that was part of the inspiration for this episode! You might also enjoy Francis Thompson's poem "The Hound of Heaven." Check out this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1aRwpBQISDU
August 05, 2021
Episode 27: Traditionis Custodes
On July 16, Pope Francis issued the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, which limits the use of the 1962 Roman Missal. The accompanying letter explains some of his reasoning. With due respect and deference to His Holiness' office, the letter and the document itself are disappointing. We talk about it and how we can respond well. Check out our conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/d0GJAKazkwY
July 29, 2021
Episode 26: Never underestimate the spiritual power of a nap and a snack
We need hobbies, we need recreation. But how often do we really find that restorative time that rebuilds us? In carrying out ministry, we need to keep time for prayer and the Lord as a priority. Leisure time needs to be true leisure. Take advantage of summer and examine your own life - this is a perfect time to recognize where we're weak, where we're strong, and how God can work in our hearts to call us to something greater. Leisure the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper is a classic examination of how leisure is best used and it's theological/philosophical purpose. Check us out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Hih9p3IlnPU
July 23, 2021
Episode 25: Are the kids alright?
After a week at Catholic Heart Workcamp, Paola and Fr. Sam reflect on lessons learned, and a refreshed awareness of the challenges facing young people especially going into a post-covid world. The trip was great (in spite of Fr. Sam having bus insomnia and taken the easy way out by flying home on the return leg), and the teens had an amazing week of service and spiritual growth. After a year with lots of isolation, our teens inspired by their example, and gave us a lot to think about. Check us out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PtjFe3-gsio
July 15, 2021
Episode 24: Poolside Pick-Up Lines
Paola is back from Spiritual Director training with FOCUS and the Life Teen national youth ministry convention! In the first half, we talk about lessons learned about spiritual direction and the need for good formation. In the second half, we'll talk about the beauty of youth ministry and Fr. Sam's fool-proof defense against poolside pick-up lines. Check out the great work done by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and Life Teen!
July 08, 2021
Episode 23: Haiti 180 with Sean Forrest
One of the biggest influences in Fr. Sam's faith journey is a man named Sean Forrest. Sean was the youth minister at St. James in Stratford, CT, where he introduced young people to Jesus in a powerful way. From there, the Lord took him to performing music and speaking on a national level. Sean has recorded and published, and several years ago, founded Haiti 180, an incredible orphanage, school, medical clinic, and charitable outreach to people in need. Check out Sean's work with Haiti 180 at haiti180.com For more on Sean and his ministry, visit www.seanforrest.com Check out the video of this conversation at https://youtu.be/Ez_q4BlJIRs
July 01, 2021
Episode 22: FIERCE Athlete with Samantha Kelley
Samantha Kelley is a former Division 1 soccer player for UConn. After college she worked with student athletes for five years through FOCUS and Varsity Catholic. She currently holds a Masters in Catholic Psychology from Divine Mercy University and is pursuing Theology of the Body teaching Certification through the Theology of the Body Institute. Samantha speaks nationally on topics of Sport, Femininity, Theology of the Body, Prayer, and any other topics that fit within the mission of FIERCE Athlete, Inc. While Paola is away, Sam was conned by Fr. Sam into recording an episode of Roar Like the Lamb. She's a great person, incredibly talented, and is doing great things to minister to women. Please have a look at the great work done by FIERCE Athlete at https://fierceathlete.org. Check out the podcast and social media offerings! Check out the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/dg8ubnFRp9g
June 24, 2021
BONUS Episode 21: Covid-free Paola is the way to be
This one is low on content, high on shenanigans. That's why it's a bonus episode. We’re making this one up as we go and learning how to be wrong while still trying to be right. And even there, you better believe we’re finding spiritual lessons. Also, summer plans discussed. Show notes: The House just voted to make pizza Connecticut’s state food (update: the bill died before the expiration of the legislative session, and there was wailing and grinding of teeth) Catholic HEART Workcamp is a great service organization providing opportunities for Catholic youth to put their faith in action each summer, and we’re thrilled to be able to work with them each year https://heartworkcamp.com
June 21, 2021
Episode 20: Paola On the Spot
Description: In this special audio-only episode of Roar Like the Lamb, Paola is in the hot seat answering questions about evangelization and being a missionary. She and Fr. Sam discuss the best approach to sharing the Gospel and the different ways lay people and priests can be in mission to the world. Show notes: If you don’t already know about the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, please do yourself a favor and visit www.focus.org. We talk about 2 Timothy 2, but the verse Paola was searching for was 1 Thessalonians 2:8: “With such affection for you, we determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but also our very selves, so dearly beloved had you become to us.
June 17, 2021
Episode 19: Joseph and the Technicolor Leadership Seminar
Description: How heavy is a cloud? Paola knows! And the leadership lessons we can learn from Joseph (the Old Testament Joseph) and from suffering, and how to start leading others in service. Show notes: (Book) The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus: Introducing S3 Leadership -- Servant, Steward, Shepherd by Owen Phelps https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Vision-Leading-Like-Jesus/dp/1612788750
June 10, 2021
Episode 18: Mercy, Sweet Mercy III: the Mercying
Description: We know the world needs mercy, that we need mercy. But how do we become instruments of mercy – how do we bring mercy to the world? Forgiveness is hard, and necessary, and possible! *SPOILER* Paola probably cries a little Show notes: For an amazing testimony of forgiveness, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkoE_GQsbNA From the John Paul II Healing Center, prayerful steps for forgiveness Ask the Holy Spirit to show you who you need to forgive (family, friend, abuser, God, yourself). Picture the person in front of you and pay attention to what you feel. Make an account of the debt they ow you (what did they take from you, how did they hurt you? It is OK to feel angry). Imagine yourself telling them what they did to hurt you and how it has affected you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you believe about yourself based on that incident (identity lie). Renounce the identity lie. (For example: “I renounce the lie that I am not loved or cared for”) Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the judgments you hold towards that person who hurt you. Renounce the judgements (see prayer above). Renounce inner vows (see prayer above). Ask Jesus to forgive the person. Forgive the person. Pray a prayer of blessing over that person – ask God to bless them in the opposite way that they hurt you. Ask Jesus to seal this forgiveness and heal the wounds. Thank God for his healing.
June 03, 2021
Episode 17: Mercy, Sweet Mercy 2
The world’s need for mercy is reflected in our own, personal need for forgiveness. Dealing with the reality of our sin and God’s desire to forgive us will change the world. Fr Sam’s beard is for sale. Show notes: Beard Fundraiser Link: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/ML1JVGM9SVQMX/checkout/OPOQVHMFV2COBWW5PDCC6EHX Isaiah 43:1-7 1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. 5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; 6 I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, 7 every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
May 27, 2021
Episode 16: Mercy, Sweet Mercy
Probably a multi-part episode, we’re looking at the landscape of a world that is deeply divided and suffering. For example, we experience some division on the pronunciation of the word “pusillanimity.” We get over it. The late Francis Cardinal George once wrote: “In the United States, everything is permitted, even encouraged. … But, while practically everything might be permitted, practically nothing is forgiven. By contrast, in the Church much is not permitted. … But while much is not permitted, everything can be forgiven. Our culture pulls us towards vengeance, our faith towards mercy.” The lack of mercy in the world doesn’t have to be permanent. Our faith teaches us to bring mercy into the world, to bring forgiveness and healing. And speaking of healing, listen to how Paola fixed a toilet. Mercy, Lord, sweet mercy! Show notes: Check out the good work of the John Paul II Healing Center: https://jpiihealingcenter.org St. Josephine Bakhita is an amazing example of forgiveness and healing, one who not only showed mercy to those who sinned against her, but also became an instrument of God’s mercy for so many people. The movie about her life is a powerful watch! https://watch.formed.org/products/bakhita-from-slave-to-saint
May 15, 2021
Episode 15: Prayer + Faith + Life = Holy Week
Do you think it’s possible to connect coffee beans extracted from cat poop to reflections on Holy Week? SPOILER ALERT: it’s not. But we try anyway. Holy Week is great and it gives us that necessary reset to put our lives back in proper order so that we can enter more deeply into a relationship with God. Show notes: Cat poop coffee comes from the civet, and is properly called Kopi Luwak. We are willing to try it. Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi is a Latin phrase meaning “The law of faith is the law of belief is the law lived.” The way we pray profoundly influences what we believe, and our belief in turn, teaches us how we are to live.
March 31, 2021
Episode 14: Dogs Rule and the Church Needs Laborers for the Harvest
Fr. Sam provides definitive Biblical and theological proof that Paola is wrong about cats, and dogs are superior. Also, a robust discussion of the reality that effective ministry can't be done alone. God is at work in the Church! We all can play a role in the Church's mission and ministry. The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. Pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, pray for faithful people willing to share their gifts and talents for the sake of the good work of the Gospel, pray to know your own gifts so they can be shared!
March 26, 2021
Episode 13: Preaching the Gospel is Hard
Sharing the Gospel is difficult, but often most difficult within the Church. In certain situations, talking about Jesus is easy - someone's never heard of Jesus, someone expresses an interest in the Gospel, you have nothing to lose by talking. But sometimes it's a lot harder - what if this congregation doesn't like what I say and writes to the Bishop? What if people aren't receptive and won't come back to our ministries? In this episode, we wrestle with the challenges and joys of preaching the Gospel.
March 26, 2021
Episode 12: Ite ad Joseph
Episode Description: Paola skipped her reading assignment! Ha! But this year of St. Joseph that Pope Francis has called is exciting and we’re going to look at his apostolic letter Patris Corde, and open up some of the 5…or 7…characteristics of St. Joseph that are important for this year. In this year, let us go to Joseph (Ite ad Ioseph) and find in him a model of Christian living. Show notes: “Ite ad Ioseph” is pronounced “EE-tay ahd YO-sehf” Check out Pope Francis’ letter Patris Corde, http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html
March 25, 2021
Episode 11. Freedom: More than just another word of the year
Episode Description: Paola got “peace” as her word of the year. Now Fr Sam shares his word, “freedom.” There’s discussion of the teaching office of the Church, the risks of mansplaining, why clericalism is just the absence of spiritual fatherhood, and how the spirit of freedom that comes from Christ gives us everything we need to be witnesses of the Gospel. Show Notes: Paola sneezed, but she does not have covid. Everything is OK. The three “munera” or “office/duty” of the priest are the “munus docendi” - the teaching office; the “munus regendi” - the kingly/ruling office; the “munus sanctificandi” - the sanctifying office. Romans 8:14-17: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
March 25, 2021
Episode 10: Llama Drama, Competition, and Working in the Church
Paola hikes with llamas. Fr. Sam likes Cheerios. In this episode, we explore the need for and dangers of competition in a Catholic ministry setting. Is being competitive antithetical to good ministry? Show Notes: the Litany of Humility https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/litany-of-humility-245 O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus. That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
February 22, 2021
Episode 9: The One Where Paola Cries
With no preparation and no idea what the topic is, Paola and Fr. Sam sit down to record. Spoiler alert. Paola cries. But it’s the best kind because it’s about the way God is moving powerfully in the hearts of people. So listen in and find out how the Lord worked through SEEK21 and in other ways to transform hearts and lives. Show notes: From St. Teresa of Avila Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which He looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are His body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
February 14, 2021
Episode 8: Life is Hard, But it’s Harder When You’re Right (or wrong)
Few things in life are as challenging as conflict and correction, whether you are the one who has to do the correcting or the one being corrected. But the Christian life demands a willingness, in charity, to call our brothers and sisters in faith to greater virtue and holiness. Show Notes: For some self-reflection check out: Litany of Fraternal Correction by Clare McCallan If for some reason you’re not already listening to the #1 podcast out there, do yourself a favor and subscribe to “The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)” We reference “Crucial Conversations” a great book that helps you learn how to address conflicts head-on while maintaining interpersonal and personal peace. Check it out: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071771328/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_elZcGbB5ZYH3S?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
January 26, 2021
Episode 7: Just when we thought things couldn’t get crazier…
Paola and Father Sam celebrate a milestone with due solemnity and joy, while looking at a world that seems totally thrown into chaos and confusion. How ought a Catholic respond to such craziness while maintaining sanity and sanctity? Show notes: St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s four degrees of love can be found in a longer treatise called “On Loving God.” You can read the whole thing here: https://www.catholicspiritualdirection.org/onlovinggod.pdf
January 22, 2021
Episode 6: Rejection and Drunken, Burning Noodles
Fr. Sam talks about rejection in evangelization and Paola tells him how to deal with it all and still be a successful missionary. If you're trying to share the faith with people and hitting challenges along the way, we're here for you. Show Notes: "Making Missionary Disciples" by Curtis Martin If you like Thai food, please check out Ruuthai's Kitchen. They're amazing. http://www.ruuthaiskitchen.com Movie recommendation: For Greater Glory - awesome film about the Cristero war in Mexico and the witness of Catholics in the face of serious state persecution
January 05, 2021
Episode 5: All the Cliches We Love to Hate
Cliches, aphorisms, truisms, and platitudes are all part of our common speech, and we all cringe a little whenever we hear them. In youth ministry or pastoral care, there is a whole set of them that get used way too much. In this episode, we explore a few of them and confess to using them, to our shame. Show Notes: “Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves” by Jason Evert. Paola didn’t know the title to this book even though she’s “reading” it.
December 31, 2020
Episode 4: Worship Part Dos
When we worship God, we're brought into relationship with Him. The act of worship is not limited to liturgical action, but can actually be seen in everything we do, in all our moral decisions. In this episode we talk about how following the Commandments help us worship. And how Matt Fradd's Aussie accent makes his podcasts even more wonderful. Show notes: Servant of God Fulton Sheen’s book “Your Life is Worth Living: 50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith” Check out Matt Fradd's awesome podcast "Pints With Aquinas" The Community of the Lamb (the Little Sisters and Little Brothers of the Lamb) are an awesome, holy monastic community present in countries all over the world. Here in the US, you’ll find them in Kansas City, KS. http://www.communautedelagneau.org/en/little-monastery-lumen-christi/ One title, two different books: “The Spirit of the Liturgy” – by Romano Guardini, and “The Spirit of the Liturgy” - by Joseph Ratzinger
December 29, 2020
Episode 3: Worship Part One
What is worship and what do we value? In this episode, we’ll start looking at the way our act of worship, especially at Mass, connects us to God and to one another. We’ll also see how worship is a fulfillment of God’s law. There will be some liturgical nerdery at work. Show Notes: Check out the Servant of God Fulton Sheen’s book “Your Life is Worth Living: 50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith” The Community of the Lamb (the Little Sisters and Little Brothers of the Lamb) are an awesome, holy monastic community present in countries all over the world. Here in the US, you’ll find them in Kansas City, KS. http://www.communautedelagneau.org/en/little-monastery-lumen-christi/ One title, two different books: “The Spirit of the Liturgy” – by Romano Guardini, and “The Spirit of the Liturgy” - by Joseph Ratzinger
December 22, 2020
Episode 2: You’ll Never Be Happy And Other Thoughts In Exhaustion
We’re really tired. So in this episode we probably won’t stumble over any of our words or forget names or make any exhaustion-related mistakes. But we’ll be talking about being tired, the way exhaustion impacts ministry, and how God works through us even when we have no energy to offer. Check out our only late-night recording and find out why we usually record in daylight! Show notes: The Eisenhower Matrix, also referred to as Urgent-Important Matrix, helps you decide on and prioritize tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should either delegate or not do at all. https://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/ Check out Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend’s book “Boundaries” - https://smile.amazon.com/Boundaries-Updated-Expanded-When-Control/dp/0310351804/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=boundaries&qid=1607617323&sr=8-1 Some of our reading recommendations in this episode: “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh “Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America” by Donald L. Miller “The End of the Modern World” by Romano Guardini “The Fire Within” by Thomas Dubay
December 15, 2020
Episode 1: Quarantine Makes You Do Strange Things
Did you know that being quarantined increases your likeliness of starting a podcast by 82.5%? We have no data to back that up, but if it’s not true it should be. In our inaugural episode, we’re talking about the challenges the quarantine has posed to priestly ministry, parish life, working with our youth, and personal spiritual growth, and the blessings that have come out of the pandemic. This podcast is born out of a place of prayer and a desire to deepen community in our church.
December 08, 2020