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The Weight of Glory
55 minutes | 5 days ago
Is Christian Hope Individualistic?
My friend Kale Zelden and I reflect on paragraphs 13 through 15 of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope, which asks the question: Is Christian Hope Individualistic? This question leads to a wide-ranging conversation about the role of Christian community, and its importance in our initiation and reconciliation with God in the Church.Show notes/resources:Confession and General Absolution"Party of Christ... or Church of Jesus Christ?" in Called to Communion, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1996If you're enjoying this podcast, or wish to send along a question or friendly critique, drop me a note on Twitter @WeightOfGlory or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please spread the word via your social channels. Most especially, I'd welcome reviews over at Apple Podcasts: that will help more people discover the show.The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by Dennis Crommett.
133 minutes | 4 months ago
The Shroud of Turin: What Scientists Discovered
Jack Sacco, an engineer and writer by trade, interviewed a multi-disciplinary group of scientists who were given access to study the Shroud in 1978. This two-hour presentation summarizes the remarkable findings of that scientific research. The venue for the talk was Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, and the speaker was introduced by Father Willy Raymond, CSC. https://doxaweb.blog/2019/04/21/the-shroud-of-turin-2/Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
61 minutes | 20 days ago
Faith-Based Hope and Eternal Life
My friend Kale Zelden and I continue our discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi) -- specifically, we read and discuss paragraphs 4 through 12, covering the concept of faith-based hope in the New Testament and the early Church, and the question about what eternal life is.Show notes/resources:The Still Point in the Turning World - T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, "Burnt Norton"The "already/not yet" tension of Christian liturgy and life: "The Sanctification of Time and the Liturgy of the Hours," Fr. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem."Demonstrators burn two churches in Chile on anniversary of protests," October 19, 2020The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture, Philip LawlerDante's depiction of Judas Iscariot in The Inferno"I will never lose myselffor that which the sensescan take in here,nor for all the mind can hold,no matter how lofty,nor for grace or beauty,but only for I-don’t-know-whatwhich is so gladly found."Saint John of the Cross, A Gloss (with spiritual meaning)If you're enjoying this podcast, or wish to send along a question or friendly critique, drop me a note on Twitter @WeightOfGlory or send me an email at email@example.com. Also, please spread the word via your social channels. Most especially, I'd welcome reviews over at Apple Podcasts: that will help more people discover the show.The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by Dennis Crommett.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
What is Faith-Based Hope?
Together, long-time friend Kale Zelden and I read Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi) and discuss the idea of faith-based hope. In today's episode, we break open the letter and unpack the first few paragraphs.Show notes/resources:Ave Maris Stella (Mary, Star of the Sea)Angel prayer from FatimaJesus of Nazareth trilogy - Benedict XVIGod's performative word: Verbum Domini, Benedict XVI, paragraph 53God's performative word - Isaiah 55:10-11Saint Josephine BakhitaDoubt as an avenue of communication between believer and unbeliever:Introduction to Christianity, Joseph Cardinal RatzingerTestimony of James GreinCrisis podcast, episode 4(12:30-14:00 into the episode)The Heart of Man MovieIf you're enjoying this podcast, or wish to send along a question or friendly critique, drop us a note on Twitter @WeightOfGlory or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please spread the word via your social channels. Most especially, I'd welcome reviews over at Apple Podcasts: that will help more people discover us.The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by Dennis Crommett. Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
67 minutes | 3 months ago
A Conversation with Kale Zelden
Kale's interview with Paul VanderKlay (September 3, 2020)Katie Van Schaijik - Theology of the Body: A Cure for Clericalism (2019)Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises (1926)Pope Francis - Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), paragraphs 93-97 (2013)Pope John Paul II - Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds), paragraph 21 (1992)Pope John Paul II - Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth), paragraph 3 (1993)C.S. Lewis - The Abolition of Man (1943) Richard John Neuhaus - The Naked Public Square (1988)Bret Weinstein's Dark Horse podcast with Matt Taibbi, Corruption and Its Consequences (2020)Eric Weinstein's Portal podcast with James O'Keefe, What Is and Isn't Journalism in the 21st Century (2020)Jordan PetersonRyan T. Anderson interview, Natural Law and Public Affairs (2020)John Paul II on Love and Responsibility, publication of the Love and Responsibility Foundation (2002)Tom Holland - Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World (2019)Saint Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, Book X Bishop Robert Barron, Pope Francis and Vatican II, Napa Institute Keynote (2020)Act One: Writing for HollywoodKilian McDonnell, OSB and George Montague, SM - Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit (1991)Pope Benedict XVI on the hermeneutic of continuity: Christmas Greetings to the Roman Curia (2005)Victor Turner, The Ritual Process (1969)Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Looking Forward with Hope
Beginning this month (January 2021), I'll be releasing several episodes that I recently recorded with a longtime friend of mine, Kale Zelden, as we engage in a close reading of a letter by Pope Benedict XVI on the theme of hope. This letter, entitled Spe Salvi or "The Hope that Saves," has several points of convergence with the work of C.S. Lewis.Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Living in the Age of COVID
In the current pandemic, nothing is more evident than our diverse attitudes toward our vulnerability and the ephemeral quality of life in this world. The aversion to risk and the obsession with surviving at any cost have been thrown into very sharp relief.In this context, I think that an essay by C.S. Lewis entitled On Living in an Atomic Age, first published in 1948, is incredibly relevant to the current hour.To illustrate the point, I have adapted the essay to speak not about the atomic age, but about the age of COVID.Music for the podcast has been provided through the generosity of Dennis Crommett. Check out his music over at DennisCrommett.com.Resources:The Weight of Glory by C.S. LewisPresent Concerns: Journalistic EssaysOn Living in a COVID AgeYouTube Doodle: On Living in an Atomic AgeOxymorons and the science of being human9 Ways Catholics Should Respond to the Threat of COVID-19 Church ShutdownsSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
97 minutes | 9 months ago
The Last Things
In 2008, during a Holy Week RCIA retreat, I led a reflection on The Last Things -- death, judgment, heaven and hell. Rather than diving right into a discussion of things ultimate, I decided to provide some context, and some of that context came from C.S. Lewis. In The Weight of Glory, Lewis observes that "we are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."Music for the podcast has been provided through the generosity of Dennis Crommett. Check out his music over at DennisCrommett.com.Resources:The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewisthe upset of Easter, and the last thingson the passage through lifeCatechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 988-1014; 1020-1050Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics by Peter KreeftSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
17 minutes | 10 months ago
The Meaning of Communion
In this episode, I offer a reflection on Holy Communion -- the Body and Blood of Christ -- as it relates to life in the Body of Christ... quoting from not only C.S. Lewis, but also Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est.I also include a rendition of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, as performed by Fernando Ortega.Additional music for the podcast has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella.Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
41 minutes | 10 months ago
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
Welcome to the Weight of Glory Podcast, an audio podcast designed to explore themes related to a sermon preached by C.S. Lewis seventy-eight years ago this week. The inaugural episode of the podcast is a reading of Lewis' essay.Music for the podcast (Let It All Go from the acoustic album Already/Not Yet) has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella (https://jeremycasella.com)Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)
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