The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard
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Join internationally-known Catholic author and speaker Matthew Leonard for joyful, passionate (and often humorous) explanations of the deep truths of the faith, as well as interesting interviews with Catholic luminaries. This is the art of living. This is the Art of Catholic. MatthewSLeonard.com.
Most Recent Episode
060: Advent-Christmas Typology Minicast
Dec 14 16
A little bit of knowledge goes a long way…especially when it comes to prayer and Scripture.
In fact, you don’t need to have any hardcore theological training or lots of letters after your name to get a lot out of prayer. That said, actually studying the Bible – what Pope Benedict XVI calls the “soul of theology” – will put your prayer life on steroids (which is still legal).
And a key to understanding Scripture is known as typology. (“Ty-what?”) Typology is a 25 cent word that shows how the people, places and events of the Old Testament point forward to the people, places, and events of the New Testament.
It shows connections.
In this episode of The Art of Catholic, I share a personal experience from my meditations the other day in my parish’s adoration chapel. I thought it a good example of how making connections (i.e. typology) in Scripture can really juice up your time with Our Lord.
In this mini-cast, I’ll focus in on the 5th Joyful Mystery (The Finding of Jesus in the Temple) and discuss:
* Parallels between Jesus and Solomon
* The importance of the theme of wisdom
* Connections between Our Lady and the Queen of Sheba
* The different levels of meaning of Temple and why Jesus went there as a 12 year old
* Why the Magi brought Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Happy Advent! Merry (Almost) Christmas! Happy (Almost) New Year!
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