November 19, 2016
The Old Testament laver teaches us that cleansing and purity is necessary for all those who would approach God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. The dove was real, not symbolic; the Holy Spirit was real, not symbolic. John the Baptist was a witness that Jesusâ baptism was literal, physical, and spiritual. I can know with certainty that through baptism in water the Holy Spirit descends upon me, follows me as the water-Rock in the desert, and reconfigures me into a ânew creationâ of Christ.
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November 5, 2016
The fire that fell from Godâs presence onto the Old Testament altar is the same fire spoken of in the NT as the fire of purgatory which purifies, or sanctifies, us now on earth or after death (in the absence of mortal sin). Popes Gregory and Benedict XVI, along with such mystic Saints as Catherine of Genoa, Faustina, and John Paul II, have said the fire of purgatory and the fire of hell are the same fire: Trials on earth are bitter fire for the sinner, even as they purify the person of God.
Lifeâs âfiery trials,â then, are the all-consuming, jealous fire of God probing and purifying us deliberately, deeply, and intimately, just as the altar fire once did in the OT sacrifices. If we offer them to God willingly in Communion with Jesusâ Cross, they contribute to our salvation to the degree that we can be wholly holy at death. When our trials are viewed this way, they become our sacred offerings of love, offered in participation with Jesusâ Cross. They âsaveâ us.
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November 2, 2016
On Wednesday's show, All Souls edition, Leslie Knopf with the newest from CatholicÂ Bytes, the grace of purgatory, a look back at game 6 inÂ Cleveland, pro-lifeÂ provocationÂ and persuasion, a tellingÂ wordÂ about "motherless" embyros, and the troublingÂ dramaÂ in the Philippines.
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October 29, 2016
When He says, âThis is the cup of the new covenant in my blood that is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins,â He uses the same word for the pouring out of sacrificial blood in the tabernacle and covenant sacrifices. To eat and drink the blood of those sacrifices would have been to drink unto death, so God enacted a protective prohibition against such.
But when Jesus came, He came to give us life (Joh 10:10); He is LIFE (Joh 11:25). Jesus made eating His flesh and drinking His blood the whole point of the New Covenant, because His sacrificial, resurrected, eternal life is literally and uniquely present there. âWhoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal lifeâ (Jn 6:54).
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October 22, 2016
Â Â Â Author and blogger Cari Donaldson is the first to tell you she didn't grasp Christianity when she was a kid. Sure she attended church each week and prayed to God, but the understanding of the Holy Spirit evaded her.Â
Â Â Â Believing that Jesus was a created being, like a human son, she branched out into the New Age movement in hopes of discovering the answers to all of life's tough questions. The quest for knowing the Creator lead her to Christ. Hear her tell her fascinating story of discovery on this week's edition of Our Catholic Way!
Brief Show Notes:
-- Cari is the author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
-- Check out Cari's website HERE.
-- Find out more about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal HERE.
-- Share an example of how the Holy Spirit has worked in your life. Call 731-4-OURWAY. Will try to share comments during the next episode!
October 22, 2016
I have found in explaining my conversion that nothing irritates people like the priesthood. The priest is usually a personâs first direct exposure to Church hierarchy, and letâs face it, authority just rubs us all the wrong way when it doesnât conform to what we think or want.
Institutional priesthood is Godâs idea.
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October 15, 2016
Rest, worship, and celebration are not luxury, they are spiritual discipline. Our liturgical feasts help us re-participate in the saving action of God in Christ by making the past events of His life present to us through our observance, by interrupting and ordering all our doing, and by inherently connecting us to all past, present, and future saints. Whose great idea was the liturgical schedule? It was Godâs!
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October 14, 2016
Â Â Â Jennifer Longworth grew up as the daughter of a Methodist minister and she'll be the first to tell you that she was not the stereotypical bad preacher's kid (PK). She loved her faith and family and was overjoyed when she first heard about the Reformation in school. But her views of the Reformation's offspring, i.e., Protestantism, began to unravel when she discovered Catholic radio. Enjoy!
Brief Show Notes:
1) Some resources on the Reformation and the early Christian Church include:
-- The Apostasy that Wasn't by Rod Bennett. Find it on Amazon HERE.
-- Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Aikin. Find it on Amazon HERE.
-- New Advent article HERE.
2) Kim mentioned a cookbook that guides you with recipes through the liturgical year. It's called A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz and you can find it HERE.
3) Learn more about the Assumption of Mary HERE.
4) Hear about Mary's Queenship HERE.
5) Find Jennifer at JoysofMercy on Instagram, Periscope, Twitter, and Snapchat.
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October 11, 2016
Â Â Â Long before I met Father Charles Merrill and he donned a collar and cassock, he was a fairly content Southern Baptist. Raised in the Bible belt he learned to love Jesus both at church and at home. But over time he became less enchanted with the teachings of "The Holy Book" and more enthralled with discoveries from history books and other intellectual pursuits. It would take a friend full of zeal for the Reformation to ignite his curiosity of Christian history. Once he began studying, the rest as they say is...well...history.Â
Brief Show Notes:
-- You can find Fr. Charles Merrill's book on the true origins of Christopher Columbus HERE.
-- Read my blog posts about Fr. Merrill HERE.
-- Find Our Catholic Way on FB HERE.
-- Find Our Catholic Way on Breadbox Media HERE.
-- Have a comment or question? Call 731-4OU-RWAY
-- Become a Friend of the Show HERE.
-- Next week we'll visit with former Methodist and pastor's kid Jennifer Longworth.
October 8, 2016
Many people believe the Catholic Church arbitrarily âinventedâ and imposed beliefs and practices on the faithful throughout her history. Why do we believe and practice such âweirdâ things? Why incense, for instance? Who says we have to listen to the Magisterium of the Church? Is purgatory even real?
Catholic worship was Godâs idea. So worship is not about me - what I like or what satisfies me most. Worship is about what draws me into the closest proximity to God. Discover the roots of your worship with me, in the tabernacle part of the Making Sense of the Old Testament series.
October 7, 2016
Jessica GriffithÂ andÂ Jonathan RyanÂ are pilgrims.Â Sick pilgrims, to be exact. And they are on a mission to remind us all that we are pilgrims here on earth. A major part of their mission is to equip and rally together what they callÂ servant artists, artists who draw back the veil of the Mystery through their work, which they perform in the service of the world.
Jessica and Jonathan join meÂ around the tableÂ today to talk aboutÂ Sick Pilgrim,Â Catholic Weird, Mystery and sacrament, October and ghost stories, and, of course,Â servant artists.
This show in particular brought me great joy. Iâm delighted to have had the opportunity to hang out with Jessica and Jonathan, and I hope we can do it again soon. [Hint. Hint.]
Full show notes available atÂ CatholicFoodie.com.
October 6, 2016
Exciting show today on location at Cavan restaurant on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Joining me around the table are two lovely ladies: Caitlin Watzke from Louisiana Cookinâ Magazine and Chef Ruby Bloch from Cavan, Meauxbar, and Sylvain in New Orleans. Chef Ruby is one of the six Chefs to Watch this year.
In 2002, Louisiana Cookinâ introduced Chefs to Watch as a way of recognizing talented up-and-coming chefs from restaurants throughout the state who show passion for traditions while delivering fresh, new concepts. This yearâs event is the 15th installment, and it will be hosted by MarchĂ© in the French Quarter.
Caitlin talks about Louisiana Cookinâ Magazine and this yearâs 15th Annual Chefs to Watch event: a special six-course dinner on October 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM at MarchĂ© in the French Quarter. The courses will be prepared by this yearâs six Chefs to Watch, including Chef Ruby Bloch who will be serving a Sweet Potato Spice Cake.Â
Chef Ruby talks food, cooking, creativity and inspiration with us today. And you might even hear a thing or two about desserts. She shares a bit of her story with us, and tells us how a New Jersey girl fell in love with the city and people of New Orleans.Â
Listen to the show for all the details. Full show notes can be found at CatholicFoodie.com.Â
October 3, 2016
Mark, Sherry and Regina talk about their favorite book on this edition of Connecting the Dots!
October 2, 2016
Â Â Â Catholicism expert Scott Richert, author at Catholicism.about.com, digs deep into history to help listeners discover for themselves if Halloween should be avoided or embraced.
Â Â Â Is Halloween a pagan holiday? Where does the idea of trick-or-treating come from? How should you and your family celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day? Scott will answer these questions and many more during this episode.
Brief Show Notes:
-- Find Scott Richert at www.about.catholicism.com
-- Click HERE for the Soul Cakes recipe I found
-- Find an article Scott Richert wrote on Halloween HERE
-- Find OCW on FB HERE
-- Consider becoming an OCW Friend of the Show HERE
-- Call with comments or questions: 731-4OU-RWAY
October 1, 2016
Just like He did in the times and people of the scriptures, God wants to speak to us through our own time, work, relationships, and geographical location. But to understand His ways with us, we must understand His ways with them. For that, we must know something of the when and where and through whom it all happened. We must be able to visualize the places, because the people and time and land constitute the arena in which God chose to uniquely speak, act, and intervene.
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September 26, 2016
Â Â Â Shalimar Masters is a beautiful mom to ten children this side of Heaven. She is a devout Catholic who grew up in a similarly devout Catholic home. But there was a season of life when addiction and darkness crept in and lay hold of her, making it next to impossible for her to even step foot inside of a church. It was while there, in the bottom of this spiritual pit, that God clearly revealed to her that her sin had become all-consuming and she needed to make drastic changes or else face eternal damnation. His voice was a wake-up call and an answer to her prayer to "Save me!"
Brief Show Notes:
-- New phone number to call OCW with a comment or question: 731-468-7929 or 731-4OU-RWAY
-- Kim shared Heberews 12:5-7 "And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: âMy son, do not make light of the Lordâs discipline, or lose heart when He rebukes you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.âÂ Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father."
-- Visit Shalimar Masters' blog at Life Victorious
-- Please like the OCW Facebook page and leave a review on iTunes
-- Find other podcasts with Catholic hosts at Breadbox Media
-- Next week I intend to explore the history of Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day with Catholic expert Scott Reichert. Should faithful Catholics participate in Halloween? We'll find out!
September 22, 2016
Segment 1 - Tulsa and Charlotte police shootings. USA Today's report on the families' responses.
Segment 2 - Derrick Rose and the dangerous precedent his sexual assault court case may pose.
Segment 3 - Rome says no to the Olympics, Trump makes sense on taxes, Feds may hike rates by the end of the year and the SAT math might introduce a bigger problem.
September 18, 2016
Â Â Â Sheri Muenstermann was a devoted pastor's wife for a quarter of a century. But when she read the works of Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) she discovered a richness that she hadn't known before. Over time, the misconceptions she had believed from childhood about the Catholic Church were erased and replaced with truth. Gradually, she and her husband both realized they couldn't stay away from the Catholic Church any longer.
Brief Show Notes:
-- Sheri mentioned reading books by Saint Teresa. Some of her works include:
No Greater Love
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
-- Sheri's husband, Ken, founded The St. Francis DeSales Forum to help others go deeper into Scripture. You can discover more by clicking: DeSalesForum.
-- You can find more podcast episodes on the Our Catholic Way and Breadbox Media websites.
-- Please email me with any questions, comments or prayer requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you!