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.¬†
This week on Off the Shelf it's all about miracles. God still speaks to us today through miracles we just need to be careful we do obsess over them before they are proven legitimate. Adam Blai returns to discuss the various forms miracles present themselves in and how we should carefully discern¬†their authenticity. Get Adams' latest¬†book¬†The Catholic Guide to Miracles: Separating the Authentic from the Counterfeit here.¬†
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Through¬† the centuries many have written of its importance and now a fantastic new book has come out that compiles 365 of them. Mystery of the Altar: Daily Meditations on the Eucharist is a must for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the Eucharist. Join Kenneth Howell and I as we discuss why the Eucharist should be the central focus point of our faith. Get your copy here.
We are full swing into the year of Saint Joseph as declared by Pope Francis. This week I welcome¬†Father Boniface Hicks to discuss his fantastic new book on Saint Joseph, Through the Heart of Saint Joseph. We take a look at various aspects of Saint Joseph and how we can apply them to our lives. Get your copy here.¬†¬†
The world tries to tell us we will never be happy¬†unless we accumulate more stuff, that we will never be good enough so why try, and that our success is measured by the size of our¬†bank accounts. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bad guidance it doles out! Following this path leads to a life of misery and frustration. We need to turn away from what the world tells us and lead a life filled with purpose. But how? Kaiser Johnson joins me this week to discuss what he has discovered in his own life and how we can change ours for the better as well. Get a copy of Kasier's latest¬†¬†How to Be Miserable and Alone: (Or Discover a Life That Truly Matters) here.
This week I am joined by Dan LeRoy, author of the fantastic¬†new book Liberty‚Äôs Lions:
The Catholic Revolutionaries Who Established America. We pull the veil back on time and take a look at the contributions of Catholics during the Revolutionary years. Often suppressed by history¬†due to the general poor perception of Catholics in the colonies, there's a lot to learn here and you'll grow in greater appreciation¬†of their many contributions. Get your copy of Liberty's Lions here.¬†
This week on Off the Shelf Steve Hemler returns to discuss the third book in his apologetics trilogy, Catholic Stories of Faith and Hope: How God Brings Good Out of Suffering. If there has ever been a time when we needed to understand¬†this concept those times are now.¬†
We live in a pretty messed up world and the only thing that will fix is to refocus on God. But how do we know if we are doing¬†religion right? Father Kirby returns this week to discuss his book Real Religion: How to Avoid False Faith and Worship God in Spirit and Truth. Get your copy here.¬†
One of the hardest things we can endure is when a loved one leaves the Catholic faith. Our minds are often filled with questions, blame, and doubt¬†in ourselves. Father Jeffrey Kirby has written a wonderful devotional to help bring those loved ones back home. Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith is a fantastic way to pray your loved ones back to the Church and....surprise....it's not just for Lent! Get your copy here.
It's pretty¬†obvious to most of us that we have gone through twelve months like no other in our lives. Hopefully the end of the tunnel¬†is near! Many of us have struggled emotionally and physically through¬†this pandemic. Many of us have dealt with a large dose of worry. Gary Zimak joins me this week to discuss worry, how we can overcome¬†it, and what good may have come from the pandemic. Get a copy¬†of his latest book Give Up Worry for Good!: 8 Weeks to Hopeful Living and Lasting Peace here.
In April 2019 I had the privilege to connect with¬†Father Ubald Rugirangoga to discuss his recently released book¬† Forgiveness Makes You Free. It was a wide ranging interview¬†¬†that covered a lot of ground and really pulled the layers back on how simple forgiveness¬†can be. I shelved that episode for quite some time as the audio wasn't the best. Father's connection was via cellphone and with his accent some of what he said was a bit hard to hear.¬†
This week Susan Tassone returns to the show. We discuss her fantastic¬†new book for Lent, Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent and in Times of Suffering. As the title suggests this book is not just a Lent book. It's a devotional you will return to often when suffering strikes. Get your copy here.
This week I welcome¬†back my dear friend Dr. Scott Hahn to the show. We tackle the hot topic of the day.......politics and what we need to concern ourselves with as Catholics. How do we get involved and what is our role in our cities,¬†states and country as a whole?¬†We answer these questions¬†and more so tune in. Get your copy of Scott's latest book¬†It Is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion from the St. Paul Center¬†here.¬†