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The Father Joe Podcast
19 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
The Pandemic and the Nation’s Report Card
The pandemic had a devastating impact on our students. The 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress found that nearly four in ten eighth graders failed to grasp basic math concepts and only one in three students achieved reading proficiency standards.
20 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Whatever Happened to Actual Grace?
If you took your parish’s catechism classes when you were growing up you remember actual grace. It’s a supernatural kick in the pants. It gets your will and intellect moving so you can seek out and provide acts of kindness to those in need.
19 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
The Feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica?
The feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran is celebrated by the entire Church. It marks the dedication of the cathedral church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in 324. This church is the cathedral (or chair) of the bishop of Rome, who is our Pope.
20 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
What does Day of the Dead celebrate?
Day of the Dead combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls' Day, a holiday that Spanish invaders brought to Mexico starting in the early 1500s. The holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1 and 2, is like a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honor.
21 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
9 Tips for Returning to Church
Sometimes when we go to Mass, things don't go as well as we wish. In an ideal world Mass would be full of life and joy. Everyone would leave feeling completely one with God. But other times, Mass can feel different. Remember this, Christ is truly present in the Mass.
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Let's Say Happy Birthday to the Jesuits
This summer the Jesuit order celebrated their 488th birthday. The Jesuits were founded by Ignatius de Loyola, a Spanish soldier turned priest. For centuries, the Jesuits have worn many hats: missionaries, educators and writers. The prospect of a Jesuit pope was once considered unlikely Therefore, the 2013 as Pope Francis surprised many.
21 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
The Significance of The Keys of St. Peter
The next time you are at Church look for the Keys of St. Peter. The Keys of Heaven refers to the image of crossed keys used to represent the metaphorical keys of the office of Saint Peter, the keys of Heaven, or the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is explicitly referenced in the Bible in Matthew 16:19.
17 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
The Incredible Shrinking Funeral
COVID has changed our lives forever. Pardon the metaphor, but it's like we've spent over two years in a storm shelter. We're free to move about once again; however, the landscaped has changed. A Funeral became a Major challenge. Maybe COVID's N0.1 Victim.
24 minutes | Aug 20, 2022
Revin' it up with the Revered
Near my parish in metro Detroit an event called The Woodward Dream Cruise is held. Classic car enthusiasts attend the event held annually on the third Saturday of August. The Cruise now attracts more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world. We pray for a safe and fun filled event.
23 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Many Catholics do not go to their parish for Mass
Some Catholics go elsewhere to find what they like. For example, they go to a historic, ornate church that offers the official Latin Mass. The same with a church that offers the Gregorian chant. Some Catholics would even like the Church to return to pre-Vatican II.
22 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Pope Francis says ‘door is open’ to eventual retirement.
We could not help but notice the Pope’s health issues as he journeyed to Canada. The pontiff's knee has hampered his ability to move about without the assistance of a wheelchair. The possibility of retirement appears to be an option. Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 after roughly seven years in office.
19 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
"Mass is streaming and who wants breakfast?"
A May 2022 Study finds too many Catholics are “accustomed to not being in church.” The survey conducted by Vinea Research is examining the effects of the pandemic on Church attendance and faith practice. Among the key findings, the survey discovered that a significant portion of Catholics have become “accustomed to not being in church.” The authors suggest that while Catholics have been generally strengthened in their faith during the pandemic, many are in no rush to return to the pews.
20 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Can a Catholic Priest Ever Return to the Lay State?
For any number of reasons, a priest may conclude that he cannot continue living the life of a priest. Most priests who leave have done so after months and perhaps years of prayer and reflection, often shedding tears as they make this important decision.
17 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
Devotion versus Worship
May I say the rosary during the celebration of the mass? Praying the rosary is defined as a devotion. We are requested to concentrate our attention on the sacred actions of the memorial of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection as is celebrated in Holy Mass.
18 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
How did America ever become so divided?
To say America is in a delicate place right now is an understatement. Abortion, gas prices, the January 6th insurrection, gun control, immigration, climate change and our old friend covid – That’s enough to make the point. Some say we haven’t been this divided since the Civil War. I believe that the solution is staring you right in the face.
22 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
We Are Chosen by Our Baptism to Be a Prophet of the Lord
Most of us probably do not think of ourselves as prophets. Every baptized person, is called to be a prophet. How can we do what Jesus asks, to bring his love to bear on every situation in our everyday life. Let's discuss.
17 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Add my name to the COVID positive ranks
It was my first ever trip to Mackinac Island for a conferance at the historic Grand Hotel. It was a great conferance at a stunning Michigan location. It was the parting gift that I wish I'd left in my hotel room.
21 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
You Just Gotta Take the Time to Laugh a Little
It's amazing how many Hollywood comedians attended Catholic schools, from Bob Hope to Jim Gaffigan. Memories of the nun’s habits, discipling with rulers and priests chaperoning the prom are part of the schooling legacy. We dedicate this podcast to you.
21 minutes | May 23, 2022
Psychics, Soothsayers and Spirits
An email asked me to share my thoughts about psychics. Some people enjoy a field trip to a psychic, fortune teller or palm reader. Let's have a chat.
17 minutes | May 7, 2022
Need a Vacation but Can't Take the Time?
What do you do when you just can't take the time away you know you need and deserve? The operative word is ‘need’. A man I know well tells me “There’s no vacation from being a Catholic Priest.”
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