Uncomfortable truths such as the almost certain validity of that greatest of all relics the True Cross Of Christ are often ignored because they just cannot fit into the mind sets of those that reject Catholicism. Non-Catholics sometimes get mental indigestion when they hear the amazing stories describing how carefully preserved and documented are Catholic relics of every type. Calvin ridiculed the Catholics who claimed to have of relics of The True Cross. Much as he ridiculed other more important parts the Catholic Church inheritance from Christ. Listen to hear how Calvinâ€™s careless opinion was exposed as ridiculous itself.
Whatever you call it, it is basically the same philosophy. Atheist and secular historians try to disguise it by changing its name so people can be talked intoÂ implementing it again. Maybe in the USA. It has been calledÂ Marxism, Communism, Progressivism, and/or Trotskyism. It always produces a cruel inhuman catastrophe yet its intellectually eliteÂ proponents think that maybe it was not implemented correctly the last time. Let give it another try they say and let me run it this time.
Â Â Â It is the flawed totalitarian philosophy that animated the brutal suppression of Catholicism in Mexico and Spain. Is it an experiment in secular government or atheist government or it is actually an intolerant religion in its own right? You decide.
How deep are the roots of the urge to Tango? Far deeper than you might suspect. Tango draws upon both our sensual and spiritual natures.Â When we Tango our sensual passions and spiritual passions join and hover in a refined balance.Â Our bodies and souls embrace and dance.Â But what does Tango have to do with Catholicism? Well...everything. Ask Pope Francis who sometimes used Tango in his Masses in Argentina. The thoroughly Catholic Culture of Montevideo and Buenos Aires gave birth to this music and dance. And the end of this podcast you will hear a little story about two Altar Boys and the Tango.
Everyone says that Christmas trees had formerly been a pagan practice? Actually German Catholics created the custom about only three hundred years ago. Christmas itself was made a holiday by Catholics in 325AD.Â Did Christmas used to be illegal because it was Catholic?Â Yes, for centuries the British culture persecuted those who observed Christmas customs as Papists. This continued even in the USA. The War on Christmas is more than four centuries old and was far worse in the past. The ongoing secularization of the holiday (Holy Day!!) has made Christmas more acceptable today. Survey the Christmas cards for sale. Reindeer and Nutcrackers abound, but the Christ Child cannot be found.
Change of pace. This is a Christmas-time sharingÂ of thoughts music, and stories from Chuck Coughlin to the treasurable listeners of breadboxmedia.com.Â Want a Christmas spirit recharge? Try Chuckâ€™s Catholic Christmas story, â€śCow Music.â€ť.
â€śWayfarerâ€ť. The word literally means someone who travels on foot. Listen to a Christmas story about a mischievous young man who is expelled from Berea college in Kentucky during the Christmas break. He sets out on foot. It is snowing. His life is shattered. He is ashamed, miserable, and not sure where to go. His wandering takes him to a place where heÂ findsÂ theÂ broken Â is now unbroken.
This is our uncomfortable and ignored history. In the British Colonial Empire there was widespread abuse of Catholics. This commonlyÂ included slavery, ethnic and religious cleansing, and even the kidnapping of young Irish Catholic girls to â€śprovide solace for slaveholdersâ€ť. Incredibly most of the immigrants to the thirteen colonies in the 17th century were white Irish slaves. This widespread abuse in the colonies of Catholics because they were Catholics by the British Theocracy continued for centuries. In the French Canadian colonies an entire population of free Catholics were deported on crowded ships and suffered a 60% mortality rate. Many of the surviving were sold into slavery. Christmas was declared â€śtoo Papistâ€ť and declared illegal for centuries. Why donâ€™t we recall all this. Perhaps it became impolite to speak of it until now.
You may not look like a child anymore, yet there is still a child hiding inside you. Listen with thatÂ child to these brief and poignant Thanksgiving stories. You will find that the people in all of these stories find reasons to be grateful to God. The first few are childrenâ€™s tales, the last two are for all ages.
Have you ever listened to Mozart? Not the music but what he said in his many letters. Just listen to him! â€śI have always had God before my eyes!â€ťÂ And this. "If you thought how lucky were those who received the Eucharist, and at the communion the music spoke in quiet joy from the hearts of those kneeling there . Benedictus qui venitâ€¦â€ť.Â When he set the words of the Mass to music, he wrote,â€ťâ€¦it comes to you and moves your soul!â€ť
The Tango is a dance born from a Catholic sensibility, a balancing of desire against order. It was created in the La Plata region of South America. The Tango was born out of the cultural mix of the Gauchoâ€™s European origins, the Catholic theology of the body, the artistic ferment in the societies of Buenas Aires and Montevideo, and Christendomâ€™s creation of the romantic partnered dance.Â All this arose upon the ruins of the New Worldâ€™s most advanced and literate mission culture, that of the brilliant Guarani tribes that was developed under the nurturing of Jesuits before being destroyed by invasions of slavers.
Gauchito Gil is famous. Who is Gauchito Gil? Shrines to his honor and stories of his miracles are all over Argentina. Is he a saint? Well, sort of.Â However just a few weeks ago Pope Francis did cannonize an Argentinian saint, a man known as The Gaucho Priest. What does the Tango have to do with all thisâ€¦and with Catholicism?Â Find out in Part One and Two of â€śThe Gaucho Priest,The Pope, and The Tangoâ€ť.
In the 1950s and the 1960s liberation theology was practiced throughout Latin American and beyond. What happened? Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI happened ! Listen to their powerful words spoken as they dismantled Liberation Theology. The Church experienced a reformation once again
Â Â Â Liberation theology was is (or was) a synthesis of Catholic Theology and MarxistÂ socio-economic philosophy that emphasizesÂ concern for the poor and the political liberation for oppressed classes. That may sound attractive but the problem wasÂ that its practitioners emphasized theÂ "Preferential option for the poor" over the true mission of the Church which is the more encompassing liberation of mankindâ€™s fallen nature, from sin, though the sacraments.
Charming tales of the early Church can be gleaned from what is left of the Secret Archives of the Vatican. The precious Archives were under constant danger of being stolen or sacked. Some times the Popes had to flee with them on a mule train as is told in the extant â€śBook Of Mules and Other Conveniences For The Trip Of Paul III To Other Placesâ€ť. Along the way Chuck relates the story of â€śSaint Francis and The Wolf of Gubbioâ€ť.Â
Halloween is Catholic. Halloween was instituted by the Catholic Church despite the popular mis-historical theories of its origin.Â Halloween is a slang word for All Hallows Eve. In other words Halloween is the Vigil of All Saints Day, a very ancient Catholic Holy Day that originally honored Catholic Martyrs.Â In recent centuries our Halloween rituals have become debased by a secular overlay of horror movies and a tradition of destructive behavior. This podcast sets the record straight and concludes with a suggestion of how our parishes might revive the authentic devotional heart of Halloween.
There is lots of juicy gossip about the â€śSecret Archivesâ€ť of the Vatican. Do they exist?Â If they do exist what scandalous stories are being concealed by the Catholic Church in these hidden archives? Â Who gets to see them? Do responsible historians have access? Maybe this is one more coverup by the Catholic hierarchy. Listen to a rambling reflection on this subject. This is Part 1. A following Podcast will reveal some surprises about what is stored in the Vatican.
This a an urgent message to those that feel like leaving the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal and coverup.Â Even a sinful priest coveys valid sacraments. One cannot leave the priests and yet retain access to Godâ€™s real gift of the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
This is the second part of a podcast that uses forgotten history to explain how the current abuse scandal acts could occur. This is not a defense. It is a dissection, an brief attempt to use authentic but. largely unknown history to reveal some of the root causes for these sins that have marred the reputation if the Catholic clergy.
Those that would leave the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal should consider that, in a way, their souls are also their children. Ideally our souls and our children live on after our deaths. What would our child-soulâ€™s future life be like after being denied the sacraments? Even a sinful priest coveys valid sacraments. One cannot leave the priests and yet retain access to Godâ€™s real gift of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. This a an urgent message to those that feel like leaving the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal and coverup. Going beyond that message this two part podcast uses forgotten history to explain how such sinful acts could occur. This is not a defense. It is a dissection, an brief attempt toÂ use authentic but. largely unknown history to reveal some of the root causes for these sins that have marred the reputation if the Catholic clergy.
Enjoy a few quiet moments of listening to these peaceful and reverentÂ bits of writing that reveal the matchless Catholic culture at its most reverent and yet most substantial..Â
Included are profound thought of Hildegard von Bingen, John Donne the metaphysical poet, the freshness of Saint Patrick breastplate and the unique Gerard Manley Hopkins.
A devout Protestant minister just observed to me that the Reformation had the good effect, in the 16th and 17th centuries,Â of an unprecedented spread ofÂ Christianity caused by the flight of persecuted Christians from Europe.Â TheyÂ ventured to the New World and other distant regions. Once again the huge achievements of Â Catholic missionaries before 1500 were unknown byÂ a well-educated Christian. Â If you want to feel overwhelmed by the straightÂ record,Â listen to these stories of the early Franciscans, Jesuits, other Â clergy, and one great Catholic layman. They were giants full of courage, toughness, and profoundÂ reverence.