Liturgy Live - Order of Conversion - 2nd Sunday in Lent

March 12, 2019

This week on the podcast we talk about the order of conversion that Abram goes through. How he listened to God and believed him, then made a sacrifice and made a covenant with God. We discuss how people throughout salvation history have required signs before they believed and no matter how many signs they were given they still didn't turn their hearts to God. First turn towards God and believe, then recieve the grace and signs and then live in the virtue that is possible only through God. The transfiguration is also a sign that confuses but strengthens the three disciples. They already believed and now have the strengthening miracle to feed their faith. We talk a lot about discernment and consolation vs desolation. We also talk about facing our suffering from a different perspective changes our feelings towards it.

Liturgy Live - 1st Week of Lent

March 8, 2019

This week on the podcast we talk about the lenten practice of fasting. Fr Ian is fired up! The whole point of fasting during lent is to get our flesh in line with our spirit, since "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak". To fast from good things for a time especially food allows us to bring the reality of our emotions and discomfort to the surface and actually deal with them. We talk about the 1st reading from Deuteronomy that discusses why and how to make a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God and that it is important that these fasts are done also out of thanksgiving, not just penance. In the Gospel we talk about the temptations Jesus faces and how he undoes the sins of Adam and the Israelites by resisting the temptations. We have the ability to be with Christ in our temptations because he himself was tempted.

Liturgy Live - Fruit of Your Words - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 26, 2019
This week on the podcast Fr Ian and Alanna discuss the power of our spoken word to reveal who we are. We also discuss how important it is to discern what people say by comparing it to the fruit of their words. It is possible that they are lying and we need to be careful and watchful in those situations. We discuss devoting our work to the Lord and to also pay attention to those fruits. In the Gospel we discuss the need for self reflection to be able to see the beam in our own eye, and how our negative mental patterns are a type of beam in our eye. Recognising that we are angry in the moment is the beginning of the ability to counter the anger. 
At the end Alanna announced her new Journal for lent! Preparing for Peace: A Catholic Lenten Journal for Women with Anxiety

Liturgy Live - Blessings and Woes - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 12, 2019

This week on the livestream Fr Ian and Alanna go down the rabbit hole of Blessings and Woes in the Old Testament Covenant and the argument found in the wisdom literature about how bad things happen to good people. The second reading on the resurrection brings us to our own perspectives on death, Fr Ian dealing with current family medical issues, and Alanna remembering the death of her parents. The Gospel brings us to the blessing and woe of the New Covenant of Jesus that brings the suffering of the good into the equation.

Liturgy Live - Encounter Conversion Mission - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 5, 2019

This week on the podcast the readings have a distinct pattern. The person has an encounter with God, is moved to acknowledge their sinfulness, and then respond to the mission God presents. We discuss the purgation that happens after our encounters and how important it is for the completion of the mission.

Liturgy Live - Objective Standard for Love - 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 29, 2019

This week on the podcast we talk about motivation and what is required to keep us going. A few things we go over is companionship, mission, and knowledge of what you are created for. The second reading we talk about the primacy of love in the use of our gifts. How love is what we are aiming at and the gifts are our arrows. Using the wrong arrows and not aiming at love can do great damage to us and those around us. We talk about the section of 1 Corinthians that has an objective standard of what Love looks like. We then go on to discussing the Gospel and how prophets aren't welcome in their own towns, or conversions are not understood by our family or friends. We talk about how we might not get to see the fruits of our work, and that the gifts are meant for others and will come around and be a blessing to all.

Liturgy Live - Tools for the Mission - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 22, 2019

This week Fr Ian and Alanna discuss the connections within the Sunday readings. Ezra was a leader in the spiritual revival of Jerusalem after the time of Exile, Nehemiah was the governmental leader who came in and built up the protections for the people. Ezra was standing in front of the Water Gate, Christ is the gate and he opens to the water of eternal life. St Paul in the second reading exhorts us to not despair in our gifts but that they are so important and also should not be lorded over people. We talk about how important spiritual friendships are and the ability to share good news and accomplishments with them as well as our sufferings. The Mission statement by Christ in Luke wraps these readings up nicely with the direction our gifts should be worked towards. The mission above all the other missions. The question we should ask ourselves, are we aligning ourselves under this mission?

Liturgy Live - The Gifts of the Spirit - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 15, 2019
Fr. Ian Van Heusen and Alanna Burg discuss the readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary time. We begin discussing the topic of our identity and how we view ourselves before and after the encounter of God in our lives. We have considered ourselves forsaken, but now are called God's "delight". We then discuss the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how important it is for us to discern them in order to give back the love that God has given us, to experience joy by using your gifts for Christ. Finally the Gospel story of the Wedding at Cana, we go into the first miracle at the intercession of Our Lady, and while Jesus is the one who performed the miracle it took the cooperation of the servants to accomplish His will. 
The event discussed in the show, Idaho Mens Conference.

Liturgy Live - Goal Setting the Catholic Way with Sterling Jaquith - Bonus Audio

December 26, 2018
Do you have goals? Are you afraid to even set them?  What is the most important part of goal setting? Sterling and Alanna talk about how cultivating peace in the moment is the key to obtaining your goals! Watch and if you have any questions for Sterling please go to her Facebook page and ask! She can also be found at Coffee and Pearls podcast on Breadbox Media.
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Liturgy Live - I Come to do Your Will - Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 18, 2018

The alternate title for this week's recording is "Brimstone and Fire" because Fr. Ian said it so many times referencing his homily this past Sunday!  This week we start off talking about the lowliness of Bethlehem and how it is surprising that Christ came from there even though it was prophesied. There are so many paradoxes in the way God works in our world and how shocking it is for us to discover sometimes. We also talk about the legalism of sacrifice and how it became something that God no longer wanted because it didn't have the correct effect, which was to bring the people of Israel closer to Him in Love. Sacrifice is not the end it is the means to the end, and when we make it the end it can become corrupt.

Liturgy Live - Rejoice! - Third Sunday in Advent

December 11, 2018

This week we talk about the call to rejoice in the suffering of our time. We venture into anxiety and the culture, how to care for our spiritual health and our physical health. The implementation of gratitude is so important in fighting the dryness and anxiety, and the willingness to be in the discomfort while trusting Christ. The Holy Spirit is with us in our darkness and we are still called to Rejoice!

Liturgy Live - Make Straight His Paths - 2nd week in Advent

December 4, 2018

We talk this week about putting on the glory and the splendor of God, what that means for our church life and for the garments of the priesthood. How some dress lesser to seem lesser in false humility, and how some are in the rut of familiarity and routine. We talk about the morality of choices and why we shouldn't look at things at surface level to discern intent. We talk about getting out of the way of Jesus and what that might look like to different people. Then we discuss what "making his paths straight" means in historical context.

Liturgy Live - The Lord Our Justice - 1st Sunday in Advent

November 27, 2018

Join is this week for the discussion of the Sunday readings. Due to a technical difficulty we had to restart the stream and jump into the second reading right away. We still talk about part of the first reading about The Lord our Justice. Father Ian talks about how we need Justice to have Mercy and how without the recognition of sin we cannot have the Mercy that is called for. Alanna talks about how living the second reading is the key to reviving the Church, and that there are many problems and we may only be called to help fix one of them.  The Gospel calls us to be standing straight with our head high in times of fear and for us to not have anxiety in the troubles.

Liturgy Live - Feast of Christ the King

November 20, 2018

This week we go over the prophesy of Daniel regarding the saying "one like a Son of Man". We discuss the charism of celibacy and the witness of joy in the culture. We go over the Revelation reading and discuss how we relate to Christ as a King and how we see him as a humble shepherd. The discussion turns to the vocation of motherhood and our relationship to our children looks a lot like God's relationship to us. How we need to break the chain of abuse or types of sin that we receive from our parents and hand down virtue.

Liturgy Live - Prophesy and Parousia - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2018

Join us this week in our discussion on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. We discuss Daniel's apocalyptic prophesy and the three fold applications of it. A reminder that there will be a crisis in every generation to bring us to repentance and wait on the return of Christ and to be prepared for our judgement at our own death. We discuss the Parousia, the second coming of Christ in the end times and also daily in the consecration of the Eucharist.

Liturgy Live - Question with Grace - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 30, 2018

In this weeks podcast we go over the meaning of the Shema prayer from the book of Deuteronomy. We shift into talking about the sacrifice of the Mass and the three reasons for the sacrifice. I love you, Thank you, and I'm sorry. We talk about the 2 greatest commandments, and how this scribe approached Jesus in a different way than the other Scribes and Pharisees. Christ welcomes questions when we are sincerely searching for the truth. We need to have an open disposition to receive the grace and truth that Jesus so wants to give us.

Liturgy Live - Leading the Remnant - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 24, 2018

This week we talked about how it feels like we are a remnant of the church, growing up in the 90s and straying and returning we feel we are the products of an insufficient catholic teaching. We reflected on the progress of the New Evangelisation, and how there are so many more ways now, to bring the understanding of Christ to the people by way of technology. More importantly we talked about how faith lived out in the family is so much more important, that if we had had that we would not have strayed, or we would have "got it". The second reading we discuss the priests role in leading back the remnant of the church. That like Bartimaeus we need to know who we are and what we want so we can fully throw off our sins and go to Christ when he calls, knowing what to ask of Him. We will make others uncomfortable when we call out to Jesus and praise him, in return, call out louder.

Liturgy Live – Hold Fast – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2018

This week we talk about the Suffering Servant, Christ who suffers for us so we can find Him in our own suffering. He has been tested so we can follow Him in our own testing. We bring in movies and sports to express stories and human tendencies. Should we strive for Glory? Sometimes we don't understand what we are asking God for. Thankfully God uses the misunderstood and the unqualified to build His Church. There is Hope, so Hold Fast!

Liturgy Live – Cost of Discipleship – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2018

This week on Liturgy Live we talk about Wisdom, the word of God, and the cost of discipleship. In the book of Wisdom, the Word is a "fierce warrior bearing the sharp sword", we see throughout the gospel how people hear the Word and are cut to the heart. Some don't have the disposition to grace to respond to God's loving gaze, let alone his call to follow him. 

Liturgy Live - Marriage Matters - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 2, 2018

This week in readings might be the week people get ticked off. Marriage is a touchy subject in the life of the Church right now. We look at these important readings and talk about them in the light of the culture vs the light of Christ and what He wants from us. We have the job of cleaning up the mess that following the culture has made. The job is one of suffering and patience, all addressed in this weeks readings.