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Ishpeming Catholic Podcast
17 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
The Gospel of Jesus
The announcement of Jesus' death and resurrection is called the 'Gospel,' a word that means a life-changing event that radically changes our circumstances. In this episode, Father Ryan proclaims the message of the Gospel of Jesus and the difference it makes.
16 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
God's upward calling
The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent call us to overcome the attitudes of condemnation and complacency, and grow in confidence in Jesus and His upward calling in our life. In this episode Fr. Ryan explains how we can grow in this attitude!
21 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
The presence of God
The Transfiguration of Jesus has a long Biblical background of God's appearance as fire and cloud. In this episode, Father Ryan explains God's promises to Abraham, and how Christ fulfills them and fills us to be God's presence on earth.
15 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
The battle for freedom
Jesus enters into spiritual combat with the devil and wins victory over temptations to pride, lust, and greed. In this episode, Father Ryan explains how we face the same temptations, and how we can win with the weapons of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
8 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
As we being Lent, Jesus calls us to suffer with him and embrace the cross. In this episode, Father Ryan encourages us not to flee from losing our lives each day.
15 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Speech that builds up
Jesus calls us to be fruitful trees through speech that builds up, helps others, teaches and leads others, and removes others' defects. In this episode, Father Ryan examines how we can bear good fruit for the Lord as we prepare for Lent.
18 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Jesus' peace plan
In his Sermon on the Plain, Jesus gives us his four-point peace plan when we're faced with hatred, hostility, exclusion, or insults because we follow Christ and His teachings. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains how we can live out Jesus' plan in our lives and live in peace with all people.
16 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Cast into the deep
God always takes the initiative in our life to come close to us and call us. Isaiah and Peter's response is to recoil in fear and shame at their sinfulness, yet this doesn't stop God from calling them. In this episode, Father Ryan explains the lessons we learn from their experience, and how we experience it today in the Sacraments.
22 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Loving people with same-sex attraction
Caring for people with same-sex attraction has become part of the 'culture wars,' with seemingly two sides pitted against each other. In this episode, Father Ryan talks about how to walk in the way of Jesus, the way of love, as we reflect unconditional love and also bear witness to the truth about sexual morality.
23 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
March for Life 2022
In this episode, Father Ryan speaks about his experience with a bus load of Yooper pilgrims to the 48th March for Life in Washington, D.C. Many of the speakers told their stories of how abortion affected their lives, and how they found mercy and a future of hope in Christ Jesus.
14 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Taking the plunge
The central ritual of entry into the Christian life is baptism, being immersed and plunged into water. In this episode on the feast of Jesus' Baptism, Father Ryan examines ways we can 'take the plunge' headlong into the Christian life, rather than just look at or admire it from afar.
15 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
The gifts Jesus brings
Children teach us the true meaning of Christmas really is to receive gifts! In this Christmas homily, Father Ryan reflects on four of the gifts Jesus brings when we receive Him into our lives.
18 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
The dwelling place of God
In the Old Testament, God showed he wanted to be Emmanuel, God-with-us. The prophets foretold a time when God would not just be with us, but within us, that he wants to put his Spirit and his divine life in us. In this episode, Father Ryan explains how the Blessed Virgin Mary fulfills the expectation of Israel and is the model and hope for what God wants to do in all of us.
18 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Hope the desert
In the midst of the difficult circumstances of 1st century Palestine, God's Word came to John, as a voice calling out in the desert. God wants to come to us in the often difficult circumstances of our lives. In this episode, Father Ryan considers the ways God prepares us for his coming, and how we must lower the mountains of pride and fill the valleys of despair to make straight his path in our hearts.
17 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Keep your head up
The first words of the entrance antiphon for Advent 1 is "To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul." Jesus exhorts us in today's Gospel to "Raise your heads" in times of tribulation. In this episode, Father Ryan draws some practical lessons from the Scriptures and from the first Christmas characters about how to lift up our heads when we want to give up.
20 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Shine like light
Jesus warns us we must pass through many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of God, and that many will fall away from faith because of persecution and pressures from the world. In this episode, Father Ryan encourages us to shine with the light of Christ as the darkness surrounds us. The saints show us how to bear fruit like the fig tree as we wait for the summer of God's salvation.
16 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Blindness and Sight
Bartimaeus is an image for all of us born into this world ignorant of the truth about God and ourselves and needing the light of revelation to make known to us God's plan for our lives. The readings for the 30th Sunday use the images of blindness and exile to illustrate our spiritual state apart from God. But Jesus our high priest has pity on our ignorance and error and gives us sight! In this episode, Father Ryan exhorts us to come to Jesus like Bartimaeus, to have our sight restored.
12 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
The path to glory
Jesus teaches us the true meaning of baptism and the Eucharist when he calls James and John to follow Him in service and suffering. In this episode, Father Ryan explains how the path to glory passes through the cross and the way of the Beatitudes.
18 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
The Gift and Fruitfulness of Marriage
Jesus gives us a positive, joyful, vision of the high calling of marriage in God's plan from the beginning. Rather than focus on the rules, he wants spouses to focus on their relationship and the goodness of each other as gifts from God. In this episode, Father Ryan explains how spouses can appreciate each other more and more and rejoice in each other's goodness.
14 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Jesus turns our idea of greatness upside-down and teaches us the way of humility and service. In this episode, Father Ryan contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom of Christ's kingdom, and how we can pursue greatness in God's eyes.
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