How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Coronavirus

Greg, Jennifer, Mac and Katherine set up in the new office/studio for a last show before self-imposed quarantine gets started.

We talk Coronavirus thoughts, preparedness responsibilities, how we wish things were, and how they actually are.

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The Truth About Fasting

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We take a break from the cloffice and set up in the living room for a (somewhat) deep dive into the actual definition of fasting and a conversation about whether giving up other things (like television or video games) constitutes actual fasting.  We discuss how fasting keeps us spiritually awake, counteracting autopilot behavior, and how fasting constitutes one of the two wings of prayer that makes our prayers (and penance) even more efficacious. 

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I’ll Be Happy When…

We wrestle with the world’s view that happiness can only be possible under better circumstances and we discuss how God’s wisdom provides a much better perspective than our own.

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The Good of Seasons

Join Greg, Jennifer, Mac and Katherine as they point out the perennial power of the liturgical seasons, and remind us of how much we absolutely need seasons like Advent and Lent in our lives today.

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Until Greg Reads Faces

Greg is prepping to deliver a series of three different talks for an upcoming parish mission and solicits help from Mac, Katherine and Jennifer on the most important things to talk about when discussing Mary, Confession, and the Eucharist.

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Sirach 6 and the Value of Friendship

A failed boating excursion turns into an opportunity to record an outdoor podcast wherein we discuss the value of true friendship, the difficulty of cultivating and maintaining friendships, and how to go about finding a true friend that will accompany you (and that you can accompany) during good times and bad.

Sirach 6:5-11 counsels that:

‚ÄúPleasant speech multiplies friends, and gracious lips, friendly greetings.  Let those who are friendly to you be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.  When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not be quick to trust them.  For there are friends when it suits them, but they will not be around in time of trouble.  

"Another is a friend who turns into an enemy, and tells of the quarrel to your disgrace.  Others are friends, table companions, but they cannot be found in time of affliction.  When things go well, they are your other self and lord it over your servants. If disaster comes upon you, they turn against you and hide themselves.

"Stay away from your enemies, and be on guard with your friends.

"Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter; whoever finds one finds a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth.  Faithful friends are life-saving medicine; those who fear God will find them.  Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship, for as they are, so will their neighbors be."

Sirach 6 says: "Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter; whoever finds one finds a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth." That's what we talk about on the latest "What We're Dealing With"

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Land Of Confusion

A continuation of our conversation about how to react to confusion in the Church and how we can help improve negative situations through our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  

We talk about turning inward to examine our own consciences and ways to focus on increasing our own holiness.  For the sake of the Church we must continue to look at Jesus on the cross.  One way to do that, as we continue through the month of October, is by returning to more frequent recitation of the Rosary as a way to combat evil.

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Shepherdless Sheep

Katherine came across an essay that gave words to a long festering frustration with which we’ve each struggled:

What do we do when the shepherds of the Church aren’t clearly leading we the sheep?

The article specifically urges bishops and theologians to press Pope Francis for greater clarity in regards to vague and ambiguous statements that are quickly and easily misconstrued and manipulated by the media and those with a bias against particular teachings of the Catholic Church.

In cases such as these, how should ordinary Catholics react and respond to various news stories that come out of the Vatican and our own various chanceries?  

In this episode we discuss our reactions and responsibility to this elephant in the Cathedral, the responsibility of the pope and bishops to be shepherds of clarity and clear teaching.

LINKS MENTIONED:
OnePeterFive Article

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Shut Up, Already

Cardinal Sarah‚Äôs book, ‚ÄúThe Power of Silence,‚ÄĚ got our attention.  Are we afraid of silence?

We all seem to have major issues with noise entering into our heads through social media, internet, games, and more.  

How can we help our children embrace silence if we ourselves struggle with it so much?

In this episode we share a clever tactic on how to use the devil’s techniques against him.

Links Mentioned:
The Power of Silence

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Responding to Amy Welborn and the Hazards of Online Ministry

What to do when your gift is to evangelize online.  Are we being genuine with the message that we preach or are we simply prisoners to our online personas? These are the kinds of questions Amy Welborn brings up in a recent article, ‚ÄúThe Hazards of Online Faith-Writing.‚ÄĚ

Amy brings up the question that personas force us to be ‚Äúon‚ÄĚ at all times and potentially imprisons those of us that focus our energies on online ministry.  

Links Mentioned:
Amy Welborn’s Article
OK Catholics YouTube Channel
Catching Foxes Discussion on Amy’s Article

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The Simple yet Difficult Expression of Contemplative Prayer

St. Theresa of Jesus describes Contemplative Prayer as ‚Äúnothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.‚ÄĚ

Contemplative prayer, the Catechism teaches, is a choice of time and duration that arises from a determined will (2710).  It is the prayer of the child of God, the simplest expression of the mystery of prayer, an intense time of prayer that is a gaze of faith, focused on Jesus.  

Additionally, Contemplative prayer is hearing the Word of God and is silence, the ‚Äúsymbol of the world to come.‚ÄĚ

An exploration of Catechism paragraphs 2709 through 2719, in this episode we work though the complexities of what should a very simple action: experiencing God through Contemplative Prayer.

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How Then Shall We Pray?

We all want deeper relationships with God, and as St. Therese of Lisieux says, ‚ÄúFor me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.‚ÄĚ

But if ‚ÄúPrayer is the raising of one‚Äôs mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,‚ÄĚ as St. John Damascene writes, then why is prayer often so difficult?  And why is it such a challenge to establish a regular, ongoing prayer routine?

In this episode we talk about what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about prayer, and how we are to go about doing it, particularly when we let our own lives get in the way.

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