The #scriptures have several warnings against the sin of #idolatry. Today I look at the examples from two #OldTestament prophets and the warnings that they give. Their words and advice are still something that we need to pay attention to,
#MikeAquilina joins me today to discuss the #churchfathers and the role that #friendship had in evangelizing. Mike is a leading expert on the Church Fathers and we go through many examples to show how important friendship was to the spread of the Gospel. We also discuss how we can use this method in our own time. Mike wrote a great book about this topic titled "Friendship and the Fathers: How The Early Church Evangelized".
Learn more about Mike by visiting his website atÂ https://fathersofthechurch.com/
About Mike Aquilina (from his website):
Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He has co-authored books with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, theologian Scott Hahn, and singer-songwriter John Michael Talbot, among others. His works have been translated into many languages, from Hungarian and Portuguese to German and Braille. The Grail Code has appeared in ten languages since its publication in 2006. Mike has co-hosted eleven thirteen-week series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network. He is solo host of two feature-length documentaries. He appears weekly on radioâs âSonrise Morning Showâ and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio shows. For many years he was a panelist on âThe Weekly Roman Observer,â a news-commentary program on Catholic Familyland Network. In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishopsâ Leadership Institute. He wrote the USCCBâs theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011. Since 2002 he has collaborated closely with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which he has served as an executive and trustee. He is a contributing editor to Angelus News, and he podcasts twice monthly for CatholicCulture.org. He is past editor of New Covenant: A Magazine of Catholic Spirituality (1996-2002) and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper (1993-1996). He has published hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews in journals such as First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, The Priest, Columbia, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. He has received honors from the Catholic Press Association, including âBest Magazineâ for New Covenant during his editorship. Mike has led pilgrimages to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the Holy Land and is a popular speaker on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has keynoted events and lectured in prestigious venues, including the U.S. Capitol, Aquinas College (Nashville), Franciscan University, Little Portion Monastery, Penn State University, St. John Fisher Seminary, State University of New York, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo). He is also a poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals (and elsewhere in translation). He shares songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion on the critically acclaimed albums Tank Full of Blues (2012) and New York Is My Home (2015). His songs with Dion have also been recorded by Paul Simon and Christy Altomare. Mike is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State University, where he finished with honors and high distinction. He received the Universityâs Oswald Award for Achievement in Journalism and Mass Media. He has, for years, served as a consultant and collaborator to scholars, artists, and Church leaders, helping them to produce books, speeches, and essays. He and his wife, Terri, have been married since 1985. Their six children are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things. Their growing number of grandchildren are much loved.
How did the #catholicchurch deal with the #arian crisis? I was recently on Hands On Apologetics hosted by #garymichuta to discuss this question. The show airs Monday Thru Friday at 1pm EST on Virgin Most Powerful Radio.
Learn more about Gary's amazing work by going toÂ www.handsonapologetics.com
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What is #exodus90 and how does it assist men in growing in #faith. Exodus 90 is a 90-day Catholic #spiritualexercise for men that offers a challenging journey through the book of Exodus based on three pillars: prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. The menâs movement continues to expand â reaching more than 50,000 men of all generations and stages of their faith journey. Exodus 90 summons men back to the foundations of their faith in order for them to experience freedom from worldly addictions to better love those entrusted to their care.
Learn more on their website atÂ www.exodus90.com.
About Nathaniel Binversie: Nathaniel Binversie serves as the Director of Content for Exodus. Nathaniel graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he spent two years in formation at St. John Vianney Seminary. Nathaniel began his career serving one year as Campus Minister at the University of Utah. Leading up to his time with Exodus 90, he has spent the past three years serving as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Nathaniel joins Exodus with a masterâs degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute. Nathaniel lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife Sherry, their daughters Lucia and Annie. They attend St. John the Baptist Parish.
I am once again honored to have Dr. #scotthahn back on the program. We are discussing the book he wrote with his coauthor Dr. Benjamin Wiker titled "The Decline And Fall Of Sacred Scripture: How The Bible Became A secular Book". In this interview we discuss the inspiration behind the book and many of the historical circumstances that have led to many politicizing and secularizing the #bible.
Learn more about the Saint Paul Center and their many resources for learning more about scripture atÂ www.stpaulcenter.com
About Dr. Scott Hahn:
Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly for forty two years. They have six kids and twenty one grandkids and one of their sons are currently in priestly formation with the Diocese of Steubenville and the other was recently ordained. The author and editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahnâs works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lambâs Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent release is titled Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body and It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion now available at StPaulCenter.com.
Check out Anne's website atÂ https://www.annedesantis.com/
She is also the director of the Saint Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and you can learn more about them atÂ https://www.nonnatus.org/Â To purchase the book visitÂ https://charispublishing.com/collections/frontpage/products/love-and-care-for-the-marginalized-40-meditations
About Anne (From Her Website): I am a Wife, Mother of two adult daughters, Catholic Author, Speaker, and a 55+ Model/ Actress from the Greater Philadelphia area. Although I had a career before motherhood, spending quality family time will always be one of the best decisions I have ever made. In 2014 at the age of 49, I started a journey in the modeling and acting realm and have been active in the field up to the present time. Previous to this, I had been a stay-at-home homeschooling Mom to my two daughters. Currently, I host a weekly TV show called " Journeys in Faith" on Fiat Ministry Network and Patchwork Heart Radio interviewing people doing good things and spreading faith! From 2018-2020 I hosted the weekly TV show called "The Positive Side" on RVNTV and interviewed amazing people doing work. My experience in the acting/modeling field ranges from background work in TV, local and national TV commercials, spokesperson work, QVC skincare progressionals, pharmaceutical ads, and online and print modeling and acting. I consider my roles as a commercial actress and model as a "hobby" and a great way to earn extra income for my family and in meeting new people. I have a standard with the work I accept in the field and do my best to accept jobs that reflect my life standards, goodness and positivity. With all of this said, I am honored to be the director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith since it is my primary profession. Serving the Lord in this way is an honor for me. It is a true gift to be able to help families and individuals through the work of this Catholic foundation. We are an expression and an application of the charism of the Mercedarian Religious Order. Since "Catholic" means universal, God's love is for all people. I try to reflect this belief in my interactions. Christianity is a life modeled after Jesus Christ who gave his life for others in order to bring life to the world through the gift of faith.
John 4:1-26 is a very important piece of #scripture where #Jesus gives an evangelistic outline and seeks one whom society has ostracized . Delving into the backgrounds and investigating the culture and ethnic groups is vital in understanding the interaction. It brings a whole new meaning and allows one to feel what the #Samaritanwoman is feeling and how much love our Lord has for her.
Learn more about Dr. Bergsma atÂ https://www.johnbergsma.com/
Check out Dr. Bergsma's book about the Dead Sea Scrolls atÂ https://catholicproductions.com/collections/john-bergsma/products/jesus-and-the-dead-sea-scrolls-unlocking-the-jewish-roots-of-christianity
About Dr. John Bergsma: Dr. John Bergsma is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A former Protestant pastor, Dr. Bergsma entered the Catholic Church in 2001 while getting his Ph.D. in Bible from the University of Notre Dame. A close collaborator of Dr. Scott Hahn, Bergsma speaks regularly on Catholic radio and at conferences and parishes nationally and internationally. He has authored seven books on Scripture and the Catholic faith, including Bible Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press), Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic (Our Sunday Visitor), and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament (with Brant Pitre; Ignatius Press). Dr. Bergsmaâs talks and studies are available on CD and mp3 fromÂ catholicproductions.com. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.
About Father Frank Pavone:
FR. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent #prolife leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John OâConnor, and since 1993 has served full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishopâs permission. He is the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachelâs Vineyard, the worldâs largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has addressed the pro-life caucus of the United States House of Representatives. The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life and to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to preach at the prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote on health care reform. He received the âProudly Pro-life Awardâ by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards and honorary doctorates. He is the author of four books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It; Pro-life Reflections for Every Day; Abolishing Abortion, and Proclaiming the Message of Life. Norma McCorvey, the âJane Roeâ of the Supreme Courtâs Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank âthe catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.â
#FaithHakesley joins me today to discuss her book "Glimmers of Grace: Moments of Peace And Healing Following Sexual Abuse". We discuss how grace impacted her life and how moments of #grace can come from the most unlikely of places. She has a powerful story and great words of inspiration and #encouragement for all who are hurting.
Check out Faith's website:Â https://www.faithhakesley.com
Faith Hakesley is a Catholic wife, homeschooling mother of four, survivor, advocate, author, and blogger. Over the course of her life, she has overcome many traumas including clerical abuse and the sudden death of a brother. Faith has also survived a rare form of eye cancer and lives with a heart condition. In 2008, Faith was one of five victims of clerical abuse from the Archdiocese of Boston to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to Washington, D.C. As a result of their meeting, she began reaching out to others suffering from trauma, particularly sexual abuse, and became passionate about sharing her story in an effort to offer a message of hope to others who are suffering. Faith strives to be an advocate for survivors, break the stigmas associated with trauma, and encourage others to find hope through their faith. Faith has been interviewed on CNN with Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper, Face the Nation, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Kresta in the Afternoon with Al Kresta, EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn, Emmanuel Radio with Cindy Dorsey, WJR with Marie Osborne, Catholic TV's This is the Day with Bishop Robert Reed, and many others. She was a guest speaker at the 2009 Women Affirming Life Breakfast in Norwood, MA and also at the 2020 Survivors' Summit hosted by the Ruth Institute. Faith has been a contributing writer for the National Catholic Register and for the non-profit organization, Made in His Image. Her book, Glimmers of Grace, a devotional for survivors of sexual abuse, was published by Our Sunday Visitor in August 2020. Glimmers of Grace tied for first place in the Inspirational Category for the Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Awards.
To check out the bishop's book go toÂ https://store.stphilipinstitute.org/catalog/product/books-and-gifts/light-and-leaven-the-challenge-of-the-laity-in-the-twenty-first-century/
About Bishop Strickland:
Bishop Strickland is a trusted and sought-after voice of Catholic orthodoxy in the Church today. Appointed the fourth bishop of Tyler Texas by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Stricklandâs valuable insights and constructive counsel regularly reach a national audience through Catholic news and social media.
About Robert LeBlanc:
Catholic. Husband. Father. Educator... Robert has been proclaiming the Truth of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ for over 20 years in Catholic School classrooms and as a parish lay-catechist. At the heart of Robert's ministry is the notion that our Catholic faith not only forms us, but transforms us into the saints that God calls us to be. The journey may be long and arduous, but heaven is worth it. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, Robert's studies and travels have taken him through France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Russia right back to small-town Ontario. Each step of the adventure has formed his faith and brought him closer to Christ - a journey he feels compelled to help others make. Robert's main vocation is as a husband and father in Port Perry, Ontario, where he is active in parish life. He teaches high-school religion, as well as facilitating parish faith formation groups and giving parish mission talks.
Jeffery Stevens is a convert to the Catholic faith and an author. In this interview Jeffrey describes his childhood and the role that faith played, how he came to accept Jesus as savior, and how the rosary led him to discover the Catholic church. It is a heartwarming story and so inspiring. #catholicconversionstory #rosary #catholicconvert Jeffrey is also an author and ghostwriter. Check out his website atÂ www.thecatholicwordsmith.com
About Jeffrey (from his website): My life can best be summed up with the three most significant roles I fulfill. Iâm a devout Catholic. Lil v calls me daddy. Writing is both a blessing and a curse in my life. Shortly after Jesus became important to me, I discovered my passion for writing, particularly writing in regards to how Scripture could be applied to daily life. While I grew up attending a Catholic elementary school, the Catholic Church didnât begin influencing how I lived until 2015. I followed through with becoming in full-communion with the Church in 2018. As far as writing is concerned, Iâm a published author and columnist for a few websites. Iâm a senior writer for ThinkCivics, focusing on the Vaticanâs involvement in world politics. Iâm a columnist for both Catholic Stand and Catholic365. I also contribute to Joshuaâs Outpost, a ministry geared towards men looking to discover and cultivate a personal relationship with God. Then thereâs Lil v, my amateur ballerina, gymnast, cheerleader, and swimmer. At just five years old, sheâs still trying to decide what her profession will be. Weâre parishioners at St. Jude Catholic Church in the South Bend â Ft. Wayne diocese in northern Indiana. We can be found at mass every Saturday evening and regularly visit the adoration chapel throughout the week. Iâm currently studying for a second degree in theology from Aidan University in Jacksonville, Florida. The concentration of this degree is ancient and sacramental studies. My education played a significant role in my conversion to the Catholic Church. The more I studied the early church and the church fathers, the more intense the Holy Spiritâs pull leading me to the Church became. I say that as someone with a degree in theology from a Protestant university.
Matt is also the host of the great Youtube channel "Pints With Aquinas". Learn more atÂ https://pintswithaquinas.com/
About Matt Fradd:
Matt Fradd is the creator and host of the Pints With Aquinas podcast. He is the author and coauthor of several books including, Does God Exist? A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas. Matt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary which also awarded him an honorary doctorate. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife Cameron and their four kids.
Since the early 1990s, it has been Gary's mission to inspire and equip Catholics around the United States and Canada to be compassionate and competent defenders of our Catholic Faith. Gary have been honored to share his knowledge on apologetics and evangelism in some of the best Catholic media outlets and programs such as EWTN, Catholic Answers, The Journey Home, Kresta in the Afternoon, Catholic Connection, Relevant Radio, The Son Rise Morning Show, Spirit Morning Show, Envoy Magazine, Franciscan University of Steubenville Summer Conference, The Catholic Answer Magazine, Deep in Scripture, The Cardinal Maida Institute, The Michigan Catholic, just to name a few. Gary is also the host of Hands On Apologetics Live on Virgin Most Powerful Radio (Monday-Friday, 1PM).
Learn more about Gary atÂ www.handsonapologetics.com
Listen to Gary go into more detail about this topic by purchasing the cd set produced by Catholic productions atÂ https://catholicproductions.com/collections/gary-michuta/products/is-salvation-guaranteed-defending-the-faith-series-volume-1
#eternalsecurity #oncesavedalwayssaved #salvation #issalvationguaranteed #jesus #soteriology #thebibleandsalvation #christianity #catholicism #garymichuta #catholicapologetics
David L Gray joins me today to discuss Critical Race Theory (#crt). We discuss how the theory developed and how it has been applied. David also discusses how the theory looks at everything through the lens of race and does not look at other factors to determine causes. David also explains how CRT runs contrary to church teaching and cannot fit into Catholicism. It is an interesting discussion.
Learn more about David by visiting his website at www.davidlgray.INFO
#davidlgray #crt #criticalracetheory #criticalracetheoryandcatholicism #whatiscriticalracetheory
About David: Born in 1972, David L. Gray is an American Catholic Theologian and Historian, and the President and Publisher of Saint Dominicâs Media. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central State University (Ohio) and a Masters of Arts in Catholic Theology from Ohio Dominican University. His published work, âInside Prince Hall (Freemasonry)â predates his conversion to Catholicism. He currently resides in the Greater Saint Louis area with his wife Felicia. They are active in the Queen of Peace Catholic community on Scott Air Force Base. David is an On-Air Radio Personality for the Guadalupe Radio Network âThe David L. Gray Show: Voicing Truth and Reasonâ, which airs every Wednesday on the global GRN at 4pm CST.
Dr. Scott Forrer joins me for today's program to discuss how the Holy Spirit works to heal. We discuss the power of the cross, how to die to your self, and how the Holy Spirit can heal memories through prayer. Dr. Forrer is a board certified Neurologist who calls upon his experience as a physician to show how healing prayer is effective.
Check out his website atÂ www.christconnections.me
About Dr. Scott Forrer:
Dr. Scott Forrer attended medical school at Michigan State University and specialized in neurology at the University of Arizona. For over 30 years, Dr Forrer has been certified in both neurology and psychiatry and continues to manage an active practice. Dr. Forrer's background is inclusive to comprehensive studies of neurosciences, with a focus upon neuronal systems of consciousness, the quantum physics model of consciousness, awareness, infinite intelligence, contemplative prayer, and meditation. Pursuing a vocation as a medical professional, Dr. Forrer has embraced his practice in medicine with the conformance of his Catholic faith. He has been active with healing prayer groups and Eucharistic adoration for several decades. As a Catholic, he acknowledges God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit as the true healer. He believes that science supports the case that the healing of the brain, mind, and emotions are reliant upon prayer, particularly healing prayer.
About Allan Smith:
He is the founder and director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada and has served on the Board of Directors of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation in Peoria, Illinois, which promotes the cause of Fulton J. Sheenâs canonization process. (www.archbishopfultonjsheenmissionsocietyofcanada.org)
Al is also the founder and director of Bishop Sheen Today (www.bishopsheentoday.com) which is a media group responsible for promoting and publishing the works of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen throughout the world. Alâs award-winning website attracts millions of visitors each year, and the publishing arm of his apostolate distributes dozens of Sheen titles to a worldwide audience Al is a writer with Catholic Exchange Magazine (https://catholicexchange.com/author/al-smith) and has produced three bestselling books distributed by Sophia Institute Press. (https://sophiainstitute.com)
The Cries of the Jesus from the Cross â A Fulton Sheen Anthology (2018). Lord Teach us to Pray â A Fulton Sheen Anthology (2019). Archbishop Sheenâs Book of Sacraments â A Fulton Sheen Anthology (2021). Many of these popular titles written by Archbishop Sheen can be found on Alâs Amazon Author Page at (https://amazon.com/~/e/B097CPVF9K)
Learn more about Erick and check out his amazing work atÂ www.erickybarra.org.
He is also a cohost over at the Reason and Theology YouTube channel:Â https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Z-xXb0tzX2FSCSDEnNJ8w
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