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The world awoke to find itself heretic, but one man would not accept the situation. Athanasius stood fast against emperors, bishops, and even synods of bishops. Ordained as a young man, he lived to reign as bishop for 45 years. But 17 of those years he spent in exile. He was exiled five times at the orders of four different emperors. Athanasius bec…
 
Readings: Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalm 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin? This is the ques…
 
Lecturas: Ezequiel 18, 25–28 Salmo 25, 4–9 Filipenses 2, 1–11 Mateo 21, 28–32 Haciendo eco de las quejas escuchadas en las lecturas de la semana pasada, la primera lectura de hoy también presenta reclamos que afirman que Dios no es justo. ¿Por qué castiga con la muerte a un virtuoso que cae en la iniquidad, mientras asegura la vida al débil que se …
 
Jennifer Fitz (www.jenniferfitz.com) joins us to talk about my favorite topic, Evangelization. She's written a very practical tutorial on the topic, and we pick a few high-points to discuss; particularly the interior component of evangelization and the proper place for apologetics.This is a great discussion and a fantastic book! Patreon supporters …
 
Alexander can’t say he wasn’t warned. His predecessor as bishop of Alexandria, Peter, had told him not to trust Arius. But Alexander ignored the advice. Then Arius went into open rebellion, and then his heresy spread throughout the world. And then Alexander had to act decisively, arguing strongly against the Arian heresy and prevailing at the Counc…
 
Readings: Sirach 27:30–28:7 Psalm 103:1–4, 9–12 Romans 14:7–9 Matthew 18:21–35 Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today’s First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done us wrong. Jesus, too, strikes close to home in today’s Gospel with His …
 
Mark P. Shea and I explore the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching (The Dignity of the Human Person, The Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity) and talk about his new book on New City Press, "The Church's Best Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching." We recollect our own first encounters as converts with the Church's Social Teac…
 
Readings: Ezekiel 33:7–9 Psalm 95:1–2, 6–9 Romans 13:8–10 Matthew 18:15–20 As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breach…
 
Lecturas: Ezequiel 33, 7-9 Salmo 95, 1-2.6-9 Romanos 13, 8-10 Mateo 18, 15-20 Así como en la primera lectura de hoy Ezequiel es designado centinela sobre la casa de Israel, Jesús establece a sus discípulos como guardianes del nuevo Israel de Dios -la Iglesia- en el Evangelio de este día (cf. Ga 6,16). También establece procedimientos en el caso de …
 
We have entered into another contentious election cycle, and Catholics are left with no candidates that we can wholeheartedly get behind. Our fractured political system has left us in a situation where no political party fully encompasses both the moral and social teaching of the magisterium.This is compounded by many well-meaning Catholic influenc…
 
Through one man’s witness, monasticism took the world by storm. Anthony of Egypt became history’s least probable celebrity. He gave up his money and possessions. He couldn’t read or write. He fled to the desert to be alone with God. Yet he drew disciples wherever he went. His desert became a city populated by monks and hermits. Philosophers and emp…
 
Readings: Jeremiah 20:7–9 Psalm 63:2–6, 8–9 Romans 12:1–2 Matthew 16:21–27 Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach. …
 
Lecturas: Jeremías 20, 7–9 Salmo 63, 2–6.8–9 Romanos 12, 1–2 Mateo 16, 21–27 La primera lectura de este domingo sorprende al profeta Jeremías en un momento de debilidad. Su íntimo lamento contiene algunas de las expresiones más fuertes de la Biblia referentes a la duda. En su seguimiento de la llamada de Dios, Jeremías se siente abandonado. Lo únic…
 
Joe Heschmeyer joins us again to talk about his new book 'Pope Peter: Defending the Church's Most Distinctive Doctrine in a time of Crisis' (available at https://shop.catholic.com/pope-peter-defending-the-churchs-most-distinctive-doctrine-in-a-time-of-crisis/) Show supporters get an extra segment with our guest each week. Learn more and listen at h…
 
Readings: Isaiah 22:15, 19–23 Psalm 138:1–3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33–36 Matthew 16:13–20 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Paul exclaims in today’s Epistle. Today’s Psalm, too, takes up the triumphant note of joy and thanksgiving. Why? Because in the Gospel, the heavenly Father reveals the mystery of His kingdom to Peter. Wit…
 
Lecturas: Isaías 22,15.19–23 Salmo 138,1–3.6.8 Romanos 11,33–36 Mateo 16,13–20 “¡Oh profundidad de la riqueza, la sabiduría y la ciencia de Dios!”, exclama San Pablo en la epístola de esta semana. También el salmo del domingo toma una triunfante expresión de alegría y gratitud. ¿Porqué? Porque en el Evangelio, el Padre celestial revela el misterio …
 
Mike Aquilina joins us to talk about Patristics and Poetry, and how Reimagining a Post-Quarantine Church requires understanding the Historical Church. Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. This week's supporter's segment is free for everyone! Patreon supporters get extra content like this (https://www.patreon.com/posts/40487394) every we…
 
He was the greatest rhetorician in the Latin-speaking world. Born in North Africa, Lactantius was summoned to serve at the imperial court. He converted to Christianity and, with the persecution of Diocletian, lost his job and lived in poverty. He continued writing to strengthen the faithful. With the rise of Constantine and the legalization of Chri…
 
Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, th…
 
Lecturas: Isaías 56,1.6–7 Salmo 67,2–3.5.6.8 Romanos 11,13–15. 29–32 Mateo 15, 21–28 La mayoría de nosotros somos extranjeros, los no israelitas sobre quienes profetiza la primera lectura de esta semana. Al venir a adorar al Dios de Israel, nos situamos en la línea de fe personificada por la mujer cananea en el Evangelio de esta semana. Al llamar a…
 
Kevin Cotter, Executive Director of Amazing Parish, joins us to re-imagine a post-quarantine Church and gives us 3 key cultures that characterize thriving parishes.Patreon supporters get an extra 15 minutes where we talk about the importance of consistently approaching scripture. Learn more here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40243181.…
 
Lecturas: 1 Reyes 19,9.11–13 Salmo 85, 9–14 Romanos 9,1–5 Mateo 14, 22–33 ¿Cómo encontramos a Dios en medio de las tormentas y luchas de nuestra vida, en las pruebas que enfrentamos cuando tratamos de hacer su voluntad? Dios le manda a Elías en la primera lectura permanecer de pie en el monte para esperar su paso por ahí. Y en el Evangelio, Jesús h…
 
Readings: 1 Kings 19:9, 11–13 Psalm 85:9–14 Romans 9:1–5 Matthew 14:22–33 How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the wa…
 
Cathy Lins is a national trainer and speaker. She is also a Lay Dominican with the Dominican Order’s Central Province of the U.S. In 2017-2018, she provided training for bishops, priests, diocesan staff and parish staff for the Catholic Leadership Institute, using her English and Spanish language skills to engage participants for the Good Leaders, …
 
Readings: Isaiah 55:1–3 Psalm 145:8–9, 15–18 Romans 8:35, 37–39 Matthew 14:13–21 In Jesus and the Church, Isaiah’s promises in today’s First Reading are fulfilled. All who are thirsty come to the living waters of Baptism (see John 4:14). The hungry delight in rich fare—given bread to eat and wine to drink at the Eucharistic table. This is the point…
 
Lecturas: Isaías 55,1-3 Salmo 145, 8-9.15-18 Romanos 8, 35.37-39 Mateo 14,13-21 Las promesas que hace Isaías en la primera lectura de este domingo se han cumplido en Jesús y en la Iglesia. Todos los que están sedientos vienen a las aguas vivas del bautismo (cf. Jn 4,14). Los hambrientos se deleitan abundantemente en el pan para comer y el vino para…
 
It’s hard to be an intelligent Christian without somehow handling Origen’s ideas. He set the ground rules for scientific study of the Bible. He wrote foundational works in spirituality, apologetics, and fundamental theology. In this episode, we look at those big accomplishments, but also examine the ideas that got him into trouble. Do souls exist b…
 
Readings 1 Kings 3:5, 7–12 Psalm 119:57, 72, 76–77, 127–130 Romans 8:28–30 Matthew 13:44–52 What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God w…
 
Lecturas: 1 Reyes 3,5. 7–12 Salmo 119,57.72.76–77.127–130 Romanos 8,28–30 Mateo 13, 44–52 ¿Cuánto vale para ti tu nueva vida en Cristo? ¿Amas sus palabras más que el oro y la plata, como cantamos en el salmo de esta semana? ¿Venderías todo lo que tienes para poseer el reino que Él promete, como los personajes del Evangelio de este domingo? ¿Si Dios…
 
I'm joined this week by my bride, Kristin Putnam, cofounder of NFPAware.com and Representative to the United Nations for WOOMB Intl. You've heard people dispel popular myths about NFP before. You've heard folks debunk the idea that NFP doesn't work, or that it is the same as the Rhythm Method. But are there NFP Myths that Catholics still believe? W…
 
Origen of Alexandria was one of the most important figures in Christian antiquity—most brilliant and most productive—yet also one of the most complicated. He was widely influential and widely despised. He was praised for his accomplishments and blamed for disasters. He wrote thousands of books and invented several academic disciplines, including sc…
 
Readings: Isaiah 55:10–11 Psalm 65:10–14 Romans 8:18–23 Matthew 13:1–23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially. Again we see, a…
 
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