Oftentimes we look at the saints and think, 'I could never be like them...I'm simply not that good'. I know I do, and if you admit it, you do too. However, that line of thought is so far from the truth. Meg Hunter-Kilmer joins me this week to discuss extraordinarily ordinary saints and how their struggles can help us deal with our own. Get her book¬†Pray for Us: 75 Saints Who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness here.
Ever wonder what's up with Vatican II? Don't worry you are not alone However, what you may have been told is a gross misinterpretation of the beauty and truth of the Council. Father Blake Britton joins me this week to share some insight¬†on what Vatican II was meant to be and how it was in a sense hijacked. Get your copy of¬†Father Blake's book¬†Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church here.
This week on Off the Shelf we're tackling the hot button topic of our day, the pandemic,¬†and how to handle it. Join Dr. Stella Immanuel and I as we discuss our path forward and the backlash she endured for speaking the truth. Learn more in her book¬†Let America Live¬†here.
Has the Catholic Faith changed? Has the Church changed her teachings? These are two questions you may be tasked with from¬†non-Catholics challenging your faith.¬† The answer is a resounding NO. Dr. Christopher Malloy joins me this week to take a look¬†at the new modernism that plagues our age. We'll discuss¬†a few of the heresies he covers in his latest book¬†False Mercy: Recent Heresies¬†Distorting Catholic Truth. The resounding¬†message....don't lose hope! Get your copy here.¬†
Have you ever gotten into one of those conversations discussing the faith with a non-Catholic and felt beaten down with a relentless¬†onslaught of Scripture quotes? Has this left you disheartened¬†and afraid to share the joy of your Catholic Faith? John Martignoni has the book for you! Join John and I this week as we discuss a number of topics on the faith and how to approach sharing them with non-Catholics.¬† Grab your copy of¬†Blue Collar Apologetics: How to Explain and Defend Catholic Teaching Using Common Sense, Simple Logic, and the Bible here.
As we head into Advent we will soon see the signs of the current war on Christmas raising it's ugly head once again. What can we do? Raymond Arroyo joins me this week to give some helpful advice. We also take a look at his book for the young and the young at heart,¬†The Spider Who Saved Christmas. Get your copy¬†here.
We live in an age where one's opinion and fantasies are readily¬†accepted as truth. This is leading to an evident decline in culture. This week Gary Michuta joins me to discuss five "revolts" through history and seven "battlegrounds" they were fought on. Bottom line - as bad as things¬†might look now the key is...we WIN! Get your copy of Gary's latest¬†Revolt Against Reality: Fighting the Foes of Sanity and Truth- from the Serpent to the State here.¬†
You think we have it bad ....you ain't¬†seen nothing yet! This week on Off the Shelf we take a look at times in Church history where the Church faced seemingly insurmountable¬†odds and came out stronger than imagined. Steve Weidenkopf joins me to discuss his book Light¬†From Darkness:Nine Times the Catholic Church Was in Turmoil and Came Out Stronger Than Before.¬† What you quickly learn is that there is always hope. Grab your copy here.
This week I'm joined by my good friend Mike Aquilina to talk about...friendship. Mike has an excellent book out¬†that addresses our twenty-first century crisis of lack of friendship with the third-century example of the Church Fathers. Listen in as we discuss his latest¬†Friendship and the Fathers: How the Early Church Evangelized. Grab ¬†your copy at CatholicBooksDirect.com here.
This week I am joined by fellow podcaster Terry Modica. She has a fantastic¬†new 5-part study guide on the Church Document Ecclesia de Eucharistia¬†(The Church of the Eucharist).¬†The book, My Soul¬†Shall be Healed, is great for group or individual study and leads readers into a deeper¬†love and understanding of the Eucharist. Get your copy here.¬†
After a brief hiatus for high school tennis I am back! This week Adam Blai joins me again this time to discuss The World of Marian Apparitions: Mary's Appearances and Messages from Fatima to Today by Polish author¬†Wincenty Laszewski. Adam and I take a look at the importance of some of the nearly 500 apparitions included in this gorgeous hardcover volume. We discuss how to discern apparitions and how to follow them in a positive manner. Get your copy here.¬†
This week on¬† Off the Shelf Rhonda Gruenewald returns and we discuss her apostolate Vocation Ministry. We particularly focus on how to nurture vocations¬†in youth through the education system. Check out her new book The Harvest: A Guide to Vocation Ministry in Education here.¬†
August 6th we observed the 800th anniversary of the death of Saint Dominic so it seemed appropriate to have as my guest this week¬†Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczy. We discuss the life of Saint Dominic and how he can serve as an example for us during these challenging times. Check out Fr. Jacob's book¬†Saint Dominic's Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God here.
This week on Off the Shelf we're talking about the liturgical year. Kendra Tierney is back to discuss her follow up to The Catholic All Year Compendium. This time around she has compiled an AWESOME resource for prayer that includes monthly prayer suggestions including simple prayers, novenas, litanies, and everything in between. This will quickly become your go to prayer companion. Find out how Kendra has integrated prayer into her own family life and how you can too! Grab your copy of¬†The Catholic All Year Prayer Companion: The Liturgical Year in Practice here.
This week on Off the Shelf Christine Wohar, founder of FrassatiUSA, shares some insight with us on her favorite soon to be saint (hopefully) Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Join us as we discuss why this virtuous man who died way too young at 24 is a stellar example of how we should¬†live. Check out Christine's new book Finding Frassati and Following His Path to Holiness here.
This week on Off the Shelf we take a unique look into the very real world of the demonic. My guest Msgr. Stephen Rosetti is quite familiar with this subject as he himself is an exorcist. Join us as we discuss his book Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the modern-day Battle Against Evil. Get your copy here.¬†
This week on Off the Shelf¬†Father Sebastain Walshe joins¬†me to discuss the rising issue of young adults leaving the Catholic faith. Listen in as we cover some of the reasons why this is happening and what parents can do to bring their kids back. Hint...don't smother them to start! Check out Father's book¬†Always a Catholic - How to Keep Your Kids in the Faith for Life- and Bring Them Back If They Have Strayed here.
Just in time for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Father Thomas Dailey joins me to discuss this great feast. Learn about the history of the Sacred Heart and why it's such an important devotion. We also cover his fantastic book Behold This Heart. In all my years as a book reviewer his book is the BEST resource on the Sacred Heart. Get your copy here.¬†