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Encounter Mercy Podcast - Catholic Faith Sharing
29 minutes | 10 hours ago
He Leadeth Me
Deacon AJ and Br. Barnabas talk about a favorite book of theirs, He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., who was an American missionary to Russia during the onset of the 2nd World War. Ministering in Eastern Poland during the rise of the Soviet Union, Ciszek is captured and is accused of being a Vatican spy. Over the next 25 years, he spends time in prison and labor camps, and endures incredible amounts of suffering. Through his trials, he is able to accept God’s will and learns the meaning of His Providence. In this episode, Deacon AJ and Br. Barnabas share how this book continues to inspire them. The post He Leadeth Me appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
31 minutes | 7 days ago
Raising Catholic Children
There are many issues and obstacles in the world that undermine Catholic morality and spirituality within our culture. Join Vince and Jesse as they discuss how to raise children in a secular world. Resources: Religious Parenting by Christian Smith The post Raising Catholic Children appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
34 minutes | 15 days ago
Building bridges between bodies of believers and non-believers is an important task in our role as ministers of the faith. But what does that mean exactly for us in the pews? Join Vince, Jesse, and Father Andy as they discuss this important role in our church today. Here’s the candle Father Andy was speaking about in today’s episode. We are not supported by uCatholic in any way, but we would totally love to be! (Even if it was just a shout out!) Our beeswax chrism candle is made with 100% pure beeswax and infused with pure chrism oil.Handmade in the USA, each candle is poured into a 4 oz glass jar, with lid. Click here to purchase the candle! Let them know we sent you! The post Bridge Builders appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
37 minutes | 21 days ago
Searching for and Maintaining Peace
Finding the peace we discussed last week can be difficult, especially when we find ourselves in a state of sin. Other times peace can seem elusive when we focus totally on ourselves and our own abilities. Peace is something that we need to seek out each and every day of our lives, yet can be a difficult journey. Join Father Andy and Deacon AJ Gedney as they search for this peace in today’s episode. LORD, I ask Your pardon, I have sinned again. This, alas, is what I am capable of doing on my own! But I abandon myself with confidence to Your mercy and Your pardon, I thank You for not allowing me to sin even more grievously. I abandon myself to You with confidence because I know that one day You will heal me completely and, in the meantime, I ask You that the experience of my misery would cause me to be more humble, more considerate of others, more conscious that I can do nothing by myself, but that I must rely solely on Your love and Your mercy. The post Searching for and Maintaining Peace appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
38 minutes | a month ago
Peace Be With You
Have you ever encountered someone or something that irritates you, and you’ve wanted to scream? Or maybe a situation that causes you fear or pain? It seems to be a part of our lives, yet there are healthy ways to deal with these situations. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Br. Barnabas as they discuss how to bring peace to these situations. The post Peace Be With You appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
52 minutes | a month ago
The Future of the Church
Recently, two bits of information hit the public that has caused some members of the church a great deal of worry and fear. These two documents show that there is a great decline in church membership in the United States as well as the state of religion with young people. These two combined show a disheartening reality that faces the church. This reality is that our church is shrinking, and in fact, all of Christianity seems to be shrinking. So, what do we do? Do we fear and hide? Or do we respond with prayer and hard work? But what is this hard work, and how do we reverse this dismal situation? Join Deacon(!!) AJ Gedney, Jesse Spanogle, and Fr. Andy as they discuss this topic and this situation in our world today. U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time – Gallup Poll The Church Will Become Small – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” ― Fulton J. Sheen The post The Future of the Church appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
34 minutes | a month ago
The Paschal Triduum
At the end of our Lenten Sacrifice, the Church calls us into the three most holy days of our liturgical year. On Holy Thursday morning, traditionally Diocese throughout the world will celebrate the Chrism Mass. In this special mass, all priests of the diocese renew their promises made at ordination, and the holy oils for the diocese are blessed and consecrated. On Holy Thursday night, the church celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, where we celebrate the Last Supper and the first Holy Mass. On Good Friday, we celebrate the Passion of Christ where we read from the Passion Narrative according to the Gospel of John as well as adore the Holy Cross and pray for the world. On Holy Saturday during the day, no liturgies can be celebrated. This day, on Saturday in the daytime, nothing happens as Christ rests in the tomb. At sunset, the church celebrates the Easter Vigil, which includes a special fire, lots of candles, many readings and hymns, and the return of the Great Alleluia! These three very holy days hold so many mysteries and special prayers for the church at large. Living in a monastery, these three very holy days take on even more of a solemn tone. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Brother Barnabas as Brother Barnabas talks about the celebration of the Triduum in the Monastery at Saint Vincent Monastery in Latrobe, PA. The post The Paschal Triduum appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
In life, we often hear about the need to sacrifice, and its importance in the Christian life. Join us as we discuss sacrifices in the Christian’s journey. The post Sacrifice appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Who exactly was Saint Patrick? Was he even Irish? And why does the world seem to worship this man? Join Vince and Jesse as they discuss this saint and his importance. The post Saint Patrick appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Have you ever felt that something is taking up too much space in your life? Maybe something that isn’t inherently bad, but needs to be pruned, or changed in a way? In our lives, we often get stuck in ruts and need to work on our habits to better ourselves. Join Vince and Jesse as they discuss detachment and its role in our spiritual life. The post Detachment appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Leprosy is a very serious public health concern and shows up regularly in scripture. Leprosy is extremely contagious, causing great concern for the public health. Although we do not encounter leprosy in our world today, we do encounter a spiritual leprosy. Leprosy is a disease that came about because of rancorous dissent against God’s authority. Interestingly, part of the rite of purification is to submit to the authority of the priests of the temple, which is why, when Jesus healed the lepers in the Gospel, he merely says, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” For the Israelites, this separation was especially grievous because it meant they could not participate in community worship. Having this skin disease cut the person off from God. It’s easy to see how the Israelites connected this physical disease with spiritual problems. Of course, we know they were wrong to assume that physical ailments were the result of spiritual missteps. But there IS an analogy here the Church wants us to see. Our sin is like a skin disease. Not just because it is gross. Not just because it makes us unclean. But because it forces us to be separate from the community. Sin isolates us. Not necessarily in ways as obvious as leprosy. But still in a very real way. Join Jesse Spanogle and Father Andy as they discuss spiritual leprosy and how to combat this in our lives today. The post Spiritual Leprosy appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Ordination to the Diaconate
In this week’s episode, AJ and Br. Barnabas look at the words of the Rite of Ordination for a Deacon in light of their upcoming ordinations. They discuss the both the Old and Testament references found in the Rite, as well as their own reflections on what it means to minister as a deacon. The post Ordination to the Diaconate appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Lent 2021 – A Do-Over of 2020?
Last year’s Lenten season was definitely a first and a once in a lifetime experience. No one expected our lent to last as long as it did, nor did we expect the public worship to be cut short so quickly. With Lent 2021 upon us, we have an opportunity to make right what we might have promised last year, as well as to take our worship to the next level Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss the lenten practices for this year as well as some ideas on how to enter into the spirit of the lenten season. The post Lent 2021 – A Do-Over of 2020? appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Pope Francis calls us to what he calls spiritual accompaniment in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of The Gospel). Below is an excerpt (paragraphs 169-173) where Pope Francis writes about the need for everyone to be initiated into the “art of accompaniment.” Personal accompaniment in processes of growth …In our world, ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make present the fragrance of Christ’s closeness and his personal gaze. The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life. Join Vince, Jesse Spanogle, and briefly Fr. Andy as they discuss this very important topic in spiritual growth and life. The post Spiritual Accompaniment appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
I Baptize You…
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a NABRE In the Great Commission as listed above from the Gospel of Matthew, we hear Jesus give us the command to baptize, and exactly how to do this. Baptism is the first and foremost sacrament in the Church, and is the sacrament from which all other sacraments flow from. Listen today as Vince and Father Andy discuss this very important sacrament and how it impacts our lives. The post I Baptize You… appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
The Sower and the Seed
We may have heard the Gospel parable of the Sower and the Seed before, but have we actually taken time to contemplate this story? Join Father Andy and AJ Gedney as they discuss this familiar story and its importance in our daily prayer lives A Reading from the Gospel of Mark On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, “Hear this! A sower went out to sow.And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain.And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables.He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.” Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?Then how will you understand any of the parables?The sower sows the word.These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them.And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.But they have no roots; they last only for a time.Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.Those sown among thorns are another sort.They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept itand bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” The post The Sower and the Seed appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Year of St. Joseph
Not much is known about the life of Saint Joseph, and no words were ever written being attributed to him in scripture, yet our Holy Father Pope Francis has attributed this Jubilee year to this very important, yet obscure, saint. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Father Dan Hoffman as they discuss this saint and this important year in our lives. Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it’s time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons. Click here to view this book on Amazon Fr. Dan Hoffman Father Dan Hoffman is the pastor of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Edinboro, PA, and the chaplain to Edinboro University. Our Lady of the Lake Parish Website Our Lady of the Lake Parish Facebook The post Year of St. Joseph appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Saint Thomas Aquinas speaks on virtue and its place in the Christian Life. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss virtue with AJ Gedney. The post Virtue appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
As the Jewish people waited for their Messiah, they were expecting a great military leader to descend from the heavens and lead them into war against the occupying forces: the Romans and their empire. What they didn’t expect was a child king to appear to them, yet that is exactly what the prophets had proclaimed for generations before. The prophets also proclaimed that we would enter into warfare, but not the type of warfare that people expected. Rather, Jesus the Christ came to us, leading us in a spiritual warfare. We know how this war ends: the Christ wins; peace will be upon us all; we shall enter into the Heavenly Kingdom. That does not mean that we sit back and watch, rather we must enter into battle. We are not fighting a physical war, but rather one that requires special attention: prayer. Our world is in chaos, and we must respond in LOVE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, PRAYER. Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss the importance of prayer in this time of our lives. The post Spiritual Warfare appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Another Year Over and a New One Just Begun
What a strange year we have had! Who would have guessed all that we would have to face one year ago? Join the gang as they discuss this past year and look forward to the next! The post Another Year Over and a New One Just Begun appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
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