The season of Advent is in full swing and this week I wanted to share a special novena with you. Join Bill Snyder and I as we discuss his novena devotional¬†A Contemplative Las Posadas. This novena is based upon a traditional devotional done annually in Mexico. Get your copy here.¬†
Money is one of the toughest topics to deal with or discuss¬†as a parish and for good reason. People don;t want to be "preached" to about money. But how do we get around this so that parishes get what they need to function properly. Father Michael White joins me this week to discuss creative ways to broach this subject. We discuss his latest book written with co-author Tom Corcoran ChurchMoney: Rebuilding The¬†Way We Fund Our Mission.Get your copy here.
Every one of us should take the time to escape and find a way to push aside the demands of the world and focus on our faith and relationship with God. In his book¬†Abide in the Heart of Christ, Father Joe Laramie walks readers through a 10-day retreat with St. Ignatius of Loyola as a companion. Join us as we discuss how to encounter Christ in your daily life, and live more fully in his love each day. FInd his book here.¬†
This week I welcome back my friend Paul Thigpen. We discuss a book that quite frankly scared the hell out of me and it should you too! Join us as we dive into his book¬†Saints Who Saw Hell: And Other Catholic Witnesses to the Fate of the Damned. Get your copy here.¬†
We live in a world that puts a big emphasis on success. In some ways that's okay but more times than¬†not we allow that mentality¬†to overwhelm else and soon our success in work becomes¬†our golden calf. As my guest Michael Naughton says, "We will not get our work right if we don‚Äôt get our leisure right." Join us as we discuss the proper role of work in our lives. Be sure to check out Michael's book¬†Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World.
This week we have a special episode just in time for National Vocation Awareness week.¬†Rhonda Gruenewald joins me to discuss¬†her non-profit¬†Vocation Ministry, which she began in her own parish to help bring awareness to the need to cultivate the next generation of priests and religious. We take a look at her incredible book¬†Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry which lays out an actionable step-by-step plan for parishes to begin their own Vocation Ministry program.¬†
So you think history is boring? Than you haven't read a book on early Church¬†history¬†from my friend Mike Aquilina! Join Mike and I as we discuss his book¬†The Church and the Roman Empire: Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome. This book is one in a larger series Reclaiming Church History from Ave Maria Press of which Mike serves as series¬†editor. History¬†isn't boring, it's fascinating and this series brings it alive
Join Kevin Wells and I as we discuss a book our generation of the Church most desperately needs. Kevin has written, in a loving and straightforward manner, The Priests We Need to Save the Church¬†and it DELIVERS.......big time! This is an episode you will want to listen to and share with friends and even your parish priest! Get your copy here.¬†
We live in a fractured society. If you haven't noticed it is a very "us versus them" environment we currently find ourselves in. To make matters worse we are chained to devices that provide nothing more than talking heads filtering information to us to suit their end goals. What is the answer to all this chaos? The classics! Join Deal W. Hudson and I as we discuss classic books, music, and movies and how they can turn society around by making each of critical thinkers. Check out Deal's book¬†How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Resist Cultural Indoctrination.
Has your mind every turned to contemplating what heaven will be like? Have you considered the value of our suffering here on earth? How much do you really know about our eternal reward? Join Sister Mary Ann Fatulas as we discuss what scripture and the saints have to tell us. Check out her book Heaven's Splendor: And the Riches That Await You There.¬†
Those in ministry may find it difficult to market their service or product. After all it's supposed to be mission related work for the kingdom right? In her book¬†Marketing God: Inspired Strategies for Building the Kingdom Donna A. Heckler lays out a crash-course for faith-based organizations to market themselves. This book is¬† a must for¬†Catholic parishes, dioceses, religious orders, Catholic organizations, start-ups, apostolates, and more. Join Donna and I as we discuss some of the strategies she reveals in this book.¬†¬†
Has anyone ever told you they are spiritual but not religious? Or how about religious but not spiritual? Join Father John Bartunek and I as we discuss how both are interlinked and cannot be separated as he writes in his book Spiritual but not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World.¬†
This week Sam Guzman aka The Catholic Gentlemen joins me to cover his book¬†The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today. We take at look at what it takes to carry our roles as virtuous men in a society that pushes back against us. It's time for authentic manhood to see a revival. Sam Guzman tells us how to make that happen!
Constantly striving to make sure everything is perfect....including your spiritual life? You may be falling into the trap of spiritual perfectionism. Join Colleen Carroll Campbell and I as we discuss her own struggles with trying to lead the perfect life and how the saints helped her pull through.Be sure to check out Colleen's book The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God's.
Many people these days have an agenda and attempt to prop it up however they can. Some even go to the extremes of creating a false likeness of Christ in an attempt to give their cause worthiness. Join Trent Horn and I as we weed through these imposters and¬† discuss his book¬†Counterfeit Christs - Finding the Real Jesus Among the Impostors.¬†¬†
Susan Tassone returns to the show this week to discuss the power and benefits of adoration. We take a look at what Saint Faustina had to say about adoration time and we cover Susan's book¬†St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration.
This week Abby Johnson joins me from the Breadbox Media booth at the Catholic Marketing Network Tradeshow in Lancaster, PA. We discuss Unplanned, the situation at the border, and how you can help with both! You don't want to miss this episode.¬†