And Mary Said, Verse 46

January 14, 2017

Mary’s name is from the root for myrrh, meaning bitter. The tree sap that produces myrrh gathers in “tears,” when the bark is deeply scored, which are cherished and collected for their extreme value. Myrrh is the balsam of suffering, purification, and death, as it was used as an antiseptic, an opiate to deaden pain, and in the embalming and preparation of bodies for burial.

See how your Mother loves you? She helps ease your suffering, and purify and prepare your soul for eternal life.

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An Introduction to Mary’s Magnificat

January 7, 2017

What happens when a prayerful young peasant receives a whisper so powerful that she dares not tell it? She hugs the secret close. And it is incarnated.

Going over and over the reality in her mind, she touches it timidly and unwraps it with equally unspeakable thrill each time. Looking at its significance from every possible angle, replaying the words repeatedly, jumping up and down and twirling around in her soul until she’s dizzy with the implications, she “ponders it in her heart.”

And when someone else, a cousin, reveals that she too knows and understands and believes what unspeakable thing has happened, the riot of praise and poetry and stupendous irony fizz out of her, spreading out in a pool of song that runs up the sides of the hills of history like a wave.

This is Mary’s Magnificat. This is Mary’s Song. Hers is the song of the Church.
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A Throne for God: The “How” of the OT

December 31, 2016

When my sister was little, she ran to my mother after a nightmare. Attempting to soothe her fears, my mother told her she should pray to Jesus and remember He is always with her. With worry wrinkling her forehead, my sister replied, “But Mama, I need somebody with skin on ‘em!”

The tabernacle and its Ark of the Covenant were the Old Testament expression of God’s desire to be present with His people. Jesus, our new Covenant, and Mary our new Ark, carry this expression forward into the Church, where God is still present on His throne.

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A Woven Veil, The “How” of the OT

December 24, 2016

The stunning vintage samplers crafted by my mother’s respectful fingers might take your breath away.

Hundreds of thousands of colorful hand-stitches and hours of painstaking concentration and deliberation go into these linens of love, such as this Quaker Sampler called Vierlande 1826. Doesn’t it make your soul sigh just to look at the joy that left her hand? Delicate finery is fearfully, wonderfully made.

The Old Testament tabernacle veil teaches that you, Dear One, are also uniquely “stitched” together with a similar unrepeatable purpose, careful respect, and wondrous appreciation. Do not doubt your wonderful nature, for you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
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Holy Smoke! Why Do We Use Incense?

December 17, 2016

My pastor loves the liturgy; he uses incense like a fumigator when it’s called for. By the end of the weekend’s Masses  you have to part the smoke with your hands to see the altar. The old ladies cough and sneeze and dab their rolling eyes, but I love the way it gets in my clothes and hair. I take it home and inhale the scent of prayer for the rest of the day. Combining incense, liturgy, sacrifice, and prayer was God’s idea!
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Presence Bread, the Pre-Eucharist:Making Sense of the Old Testament

December 10, 2016

The fulfillment and interpretation of all Old Testament things, Jesus is present in the Eucharist. He feeds us; we can live forever with God by becoming one with, eating, this new Bread of the Presence.
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Light of the World, Lampstand and Magisterium: Making Sense of the Old Testament

December 3, 2016

Like Moses, his priesthood and elders, and the Jewish Sanhedrin after them, the Church is “watched over” and illuminated by the ministry of the priestly and apostolic Magisterium. The Deposit of Faith, which includes the Bible and Sacred Tradition, has been guarded and preserved for us for two millennia by the teaching authority of the Church.

As Saint Paul commands, we need both Scripture and Tradition: “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth [tradition] or by letter [scripture]” (2 Tim 2:15). The world needs this light and truth. “There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith” (CCC 89).

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The Laver and Baptism: The “How” of the Old Testament

November 19, 2016

The Old Testament laver teaches us that cleansing and purity is necessary for all those who would approach God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. The dove was real, not symbolic; the Holy Spirit was real, not symbolic. John the Baptist was a witness that Jesus’ baptism was literal, physical, and spiritual. I can know with certainty that through baptism in water the Holy Spirit descends upon me, follows me as the water-Rock in the desert, and reconfigures me into a “new creation” of Christ.
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Altar Fire: The “How” of the Old Testament

November 5, 2016
The fire that fell from God’s presence onto the Old Testament altar is the same fire spoken of in the NT as the fire of purgatory which purifies, or sanctifies, us now on earth or after death (in the absence of mortal sin). Popes Gregory and Benedict XVI, along with such mystic Saints as Catherine of Genoa, Faustina, and John Paul II, have said the fire of purgatory and the fire of hell are the same fire: Trials on earth are bitter fire for the sinner, even as they purify the person of God.

Life’s “fiery trials,” then, are the all-consuming, jealous fire of God probing and purifying us deliberately, deeply, and intimately, just as the altar fire once did in the OT sacrifices. If we offer them to God willingly in Communion with Jesus’ Cross, they contribute to our salvation to the degree that we can be wholly holy at death. When our trials are viewed this way, they become our sacred offerings of love, offered in participation with Jesus’ Cross. They “save” us.
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Mike Allen Show 11/02/16 HOUR TWO - All Souls edition - Guest: Leslie Knopf with the newest from Catholic Bytes - the troubling drama in the Philippines

November 2, 2016


On Wednesday's show, All Souls edition, Leslie Knopf with the newest from Catholic Bytes, the grace of purgatory, a look back at game 6 in Cleveland, pro-life provocation and persuasion, a telling word about "motherless" embyros, and the troubling drama in the Philippines.

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The Bronze Altar of Sacrifice: The “How” of the Old Testament

October 29, 2016
When He says, “This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood that is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins,” He uses the same word for the pouring out of sacrificial blood in the tabernacle and covenant sacrifices. To eat and drink the blood of those sacrifices would have been to drink unto death, so God enacted a protective prohibition against such.

But when Jesus came, He came to give us life (Joh 10:10); He is LIFE (Joh 11:25). Jesus made eating His flesh and drinking His blood the whole point of the New Covenant, because His sacrificial, resurrected, eternal life is literally and uniquely present there. “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (Jn 6:54).
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Our Catholic Way Episode 37: Former Presbyterian and New Age Seeker Cari Donaldson

October 22, 2016

    Author and blogger Cari Donaldson is the first to tell you she didn't grasp Christianity when she was a kid. Sure she attended church each week and prayed to God, but the understanding of the Holy Spirit evaded her. 

    Believing that Jesus was a created being, like a human son, she branched out into the New Age movement in hopes of discovering the answers to all of life's tough questions. The quest for knowing the Creator lead her to Christ. Hear her tell her fascinating story of discovery on this week's edition of Our Catholic Way!

Brief Show Notes:
-- Cari is the author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
-- Check out Cari's website HERE.
-- Find out more about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal HERE.
-- Share an example of how the Holy Spirit has worked in your life. Call 731-4-OURWAY. Will try to share comments during the next episode!


The Resurrection of the Dead Stick: The “How” of the Old Testament

October 22, 2016

I have found in explaining my conversion that nothing irritates people like the priesthood. The priest is usually a person’s first direct exposure to Church hierarchy, and let’s face it, authority just rubs us all the wrong way when it doesn’t conform to what we think or want.

Institutional priesthood is God’s idea.

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Keeping Time with God: The “How” of the Old Testament

October 15, 2016

Rest, worship, and celebration are not luxury, they are spiritual discipline. Our liturgical feasts help us re-participate in the saving action of God in Christ by making the past events of His life present to us through our observance, by interrupting and ordering all our doing, and by inherently connecting us to all past, present, and future saints. Whose great idea was the liturgical schedule? It was God’s!
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Episode 36: Former Methodist PK Jennifer Longworth

October 14, 2016

    Jennifer Longworth grew up as the daughter of a Methodist minister and she'll be the first to tell you that she was not the stereotypical bad preacher's kid (PK). She loved her faith and family and was overjoyed when she first heard about the Reformation in school. But her views of the Reformation's offspring, i.e., Protestantism, began to unravel when she discovered Catholic radio. Enjoy!

Brief Show Notes:
1) Some resources on the Reformation and the early Christian Church include:
-- The Apostasy that Wasn't by Rod Bennett. Find it on Amazon HERE.
-- Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Aikin. Find it on Amazon HERE.
-- New Advent article HERE.

2) Kim mentioned a cookbook that guides you with recipes through the liturgical year. It's called A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz and you can find it HERE.

3) Learn more about the Assumption of Mary HERE.

4) Hear about Mary's Queenship HERE.

5) Find Jennifer at JoysofMercy on Instagram, Periscope, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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Finding Peace through Catholic Mindfulness

October 13, 2016

Dr. Gregory Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute joins me today to talk about Catholic Mindfulness and a new introduction course that he has available at

The full course title is Introduction to Catholic Mindfulness: Learn how to get control of your mind by trusting God, letting go, and tuning in. I’m taking the course right now, and I am finding it immensely helpful!

Do you find yourself frequently frazzled, anxious, worried? Do you try to trust in God but feel like you fail on a regular basis? Then this new Catholic Mindfulness course might just be for you.

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Listen in to my conversation with Dr. Gregory Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute as he tells us what exactly Catholic Mindfulness is and more about the course that he has available. Full show notes can be found at


Episode 35: Former Southern Baptist Fr. Charles Merrill

October 11, 2016

    Long before I met Father Charles Merrill and he donned a collar and cassock, he was a fairly content Southern Baptist. Raised in the Bible belt he learned to love Jesus both at church and at home. But over time he became less enchanted with the teachings of "The Holy Book" and more enthralled with discoveries from history books and other intellectual pursuits. It would take a friend full of zeal for the Reformation to ignite his curiosity of Christian history. Once he began studying, the rest as they say is...well...history. 

Brief Show Notes:
-- You can find Fr. Charles Merrill's book on the true origins of Christopher Columbus HERE.

-- Read my blog posts about Fr. Merrill HERE.

-- Find Our Catholic Way on FB HERE.

-- Find Our Catholic Way on Breadbox Media HERE.

-- Have a comment or question? Call 731-4OU-RWAY

-- Become a Friend of the Show HERE.

-- Next week we'll visit with former Methodist and pastor's kid Jennifer Longworth.




The “How” of the Old Testament: Tabernacle Overview

October 8, 2016

Many people believe the Catholic Church arbitrarily “invented” and imposed beliefs and practices on the faithful throughout her history. Why do we believe and practice such “weird” things? Why incense, for instance? Who says we have to listen to the Magisterium of the Church? Is purgatory even real?

Catholic worship was God’s idea. So worship is not about me - what I like or what satisfies me most. Worship is about what draws me into the closest proximity to God. Discover the roots of your worship with me, in the tabernacle part of the Making Sense of the Old Testament series.

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Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine’s Chefs to Watch 2016

October 6, 2016

Exciting show today on location at Cavan restaurant on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Joining me around the table are two lovely ladies: Caitlin Watzke from Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine and Chef Ruby Bloch from Cavan, Meauxbar, and Sylvain in New Orleans. Chef Ruby is one of the six Chefs to Watch this year.

In 2002, Louisiana Cookin‘ introduced Chefs to Watch as a way of recognizing talented up-and-coming chefs from restaurants throughout the state who show passion for traditions while delivering fresh, new concepts. This year’s event is the 15th installment, and it will be hosted by Marché in the French Quarter.

Caitlin talks about Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine and this year’s 15th Annual Chefs to Watch event: a special six-course dinner on October 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Marché in the French Quarter. The courses will be prepared by this year’s six Chefs to Watch, including Chef Ruby Bloch who will be serving a Sweet Potato Spice Cake. 

Chef Ruby talks food, cooking, creativity and inspiration with us today. And you might even hear a thing or two about desserts. ;-) She shares a bit of her story with us, and tells us how a New Jersey girl fell in love with the city and people of New Orleans. 

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Connect the Dots with Mark Shea, Sherry Antonetti, and Regina Doman 10/03/16

October 3, 2016

Mark, Sherry and Regina talk about their favorite book on this edition of Connecting the Dots!