The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard
About This Show
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
056: The Scariest Verse in Scripture…and How To Survive It
3 days ago
A lot of passages in Scripture make me uncomfortable. But this one scares the dickens out of me.
In Matthew 12:36, Jesus declares “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.”
Uhhh…”every careless word”? (Insert teeth chattering.)
Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve said some pretty ridiculous things in my life…things for which I would love to take the eternal Etch A Sketch, turn it upside down, and shake. (By the way, did I ever tell you I was in a 1970s Etch A Sketch commercial with my brothers and sisters? Story for another time…)
And I’m betting there are plenty of people reading this that are just as terrified of that verse as I am.
Well, fear not! In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, I’m actually the one being interviewed by none other than Marcus Grodi about this very difficult verse. Perhaps you’ve seen Marcus on his EWTN show The Journey Home. (I was on that show once, too…a long time after the Etch A Sketch commercial.) Marcus is a wonderful man and in this show we’ll discuss things like:
* How words are more powerful than we realize
* The vital role of silence
* Why what’s in your heart is the key to your speech
* How St. Paul provides help in gaining control over your thoughts
* The secret to maintaining “silence” even when speaking (this one rule is worth listening to the whole show…not that the rest isn’t great, too:)
So unless you don’t have a tongue (or you’re a professional mime), this very special episode is for you!
It’s got a whole chapter on silence and controlling your tongue! If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for