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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Consider becoming an official Friend of the Show to support the production of the OCW podcast HERE.

Call 731-4OU-RWAY with feeback. Thank you!


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. 

Listen to the show for all the details. Full show notes can be found at

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!

Episode 34: Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

October 2, 2016

    Catholicism expert Scott Richert, author at, digs deep into history to help listeners discover for themselves if Halloween should be avoided or embraced.
    Is Halloween a pagan holiday? Where does the idea of trick-or-treating come from? How should you and your family celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day? Scott will answer these questions and many more during this episode.


Brief Show Notes:
-- Find Scott Richert at
-- Click HERE for the Soul Cakes recipe I found
-- Find an article Scott Richert wrote on Halloween HERE
-- Find OCW on FB HERE
-- Consider becoming an OCW Friend of the Show HERE
-- Call with comments or questions: 731-4OU-RWAY


The “Where” of the Old Testament

October 1, 2016

Just like He did in the times and people of the scriptures, God wants to speak to us through our own time, work, relationships, and geographical location. But to understand His ways with us, we must understand His ways with them. For that, we must know something of the when and where and through whom it all happened. We must be able to visualize the places, because the people and time and land constitute the arena in which God chose to uniquely speak, act, and intervene.
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Episode 33: Catholic Revert Shalimar Masters

September 26, 2016

    Shalimar Masters is a beautiful mom to ten children this side of Heaven. She is a devout Catholic who grew up in a similarly devout Catholic home. But there was a season of life when addiction and darkness crept in and lay hold of her, making it next to impossible for her to even step foot inside of a church. It was while there, in the bottom of this spiritual pit, that God clearly revealed to her that her sin had become all-consuming and she needed to make drastic changes or else face eternal damnation. His voice was a wake-up call and an answer to her prayer to "Save me!"


Brief Show Notes:
New phone number to call OCW with a comment or question: 731-468-7929 or 731-4OU-RWAY

-- Kim shared Heberews 12:5-7 "And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, or lose heart when He rebukes you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.” Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father."

-- Visit Shalimar Masters' blog at Life Victorious

-- Please like the OCW Facebook page and leave a review on iTunes

-- Find other podcasts with Catholic hosts at Breadbox Media

-- Next week I intend to explore the history of Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day with Catholic expert Scott Reichert. Should faithful Catholics participate in Halloween? We'll find out!


Fall Festivals, the Olive Mass, and Fr. Leo Patalinghug

September 23, 2016

On The Catholic Foodie Show today we talk fall festivals in and around New Orleans (including the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival!) and the first-ever Olive Mass to celebrate food and bless the hands that make it. Fr. Leo Patalinghug (of Grace Before Meals) drops in to talk about the Olive Mass and the work of The Table Foundation.

Full show notes available at

Leo Brown Almost Hour 9/22/16

September 22, 2016

Segment 1 - Tulsa and Charlotte police shootings. USA Today's report on the families' responses.

Segment 2 - Derrick Rose and the dangerous precedent his sexual assault court case may pose.

Segment 3 - Rome says no to the Olympics, Trump makes sense on taxes, Feds may hike rates by the end of the year and the SAT math might introduce a bigger problem.

Episode 32: Sheri Muenstermann, former Pastor’s Wife

September 18, 2016

    Sheri Muenstermann was a devoted pastor's wife for a quarter of a century. But when she read the works of Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) she discovered a richness that she hadn't known before. Over time, the misconceptions she had believed from childhood about the Catholic Church were erased and replaced with truth. Gradually, she and her husband both realized they couldn't stay away from the Catholic Church any longer.


Brief Show Notes:
-- Sheri mentioned reading books by Saint Teresa. Some of her works include:

No Greater Love
Simple Path
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

-- Sheri's husband, Ken, founded The St. Francis DeSales Forum to help others go deeper into Scripture. You can discover more by clicking: DeSalesForum.

-- You can find more podcast episodes on the Our Catholic Way and Breadbox Media websites.

-- Please email me with any questions, comments or prayer requests at

God bless you!

Old Testament Survey, The “What” of the OT

September 17, 2016

Anyone who begins reading the Bible from the beginning hits a wall at Leviticus. I call it “leveled by Leviticus.” Why is this oppressive book of rules in the Bible? Why is the Old Testament so hard to understand? In this show we take a bird’s eye view of the first half of the Bible and break it down into manageable pieces.
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