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Thinking Faith: The Catholic Podcast
66 minutes | 5 days ago
Catholicism Throughout the Curriculum with Dr. Denise Donohue
This week on the Thinking Faith Catholic Podcast, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett begin a multi-part series for Catholic Education Month starting with Dr. Denise Donohue of the Cardinal Newman Society and a look at ways to infuse our Catholic Faith throughout the curriculum. Show Snippet: "David Clayton wrote this book, it's called "The Way of Beauty" and he does two or three chapters just on proportion, and symmetry, and harmony...that's a very Catholic perspective." Find out more about the Cardinal Newman Society Curriculum Standards: https://newmansociety.org/educator-resources/resources/academics/catholic-curriculum-standards/
36 minutes | 12 days ago
The Language of Pain: The Psalms and Mental Health
Deacon Eric Gurash discusses the healing grace in speaking our pain out loud and the role the Psalms can play in helping us to do this. Show Snippet: "God understands what the UCLA study and others like it indicate; speaking our feelings of abandonment, powerlessness, fear, and even anger out loud can be the exact antidote we need."
39 minutes | 19 days ago
Resurrection Part 2 - Resurrection and the New Creation
What does it mean that Christians proclaim belief in the resurrection of the body and what connection does this have to the end of human history. Join the discussion in this part 2 of 2, this week on the Thinking Faith Catholic Podcast! Show Snippet: "John takes all these things which we imagine in the indefinite future; judgment, exaltation, whatever, and he makes them happen right now...and its the same thing when Jesus says 'I'm the Resurrection' - yeah we know our brother will be raised somewhere down the line and he's like, 'No, you're lookin at it.'"
32 minutes | a month ago
Resurrection Part 1 - Resurrection and the Christian Claim
In this part 1 of a two-part conversation on the Resurrection, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett discuss the intricacies of that most unusual of Christian claims, belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of our own lives. Show Snippet: "If your eternity doesn't transcend this reality if it's just an extension of this reality, then even 'heaven' becomes hell..."
41 minutes | a month ago
Middle Earth, Magisterium, And Modernity With Guest Frederic Heidemann - Part 3
Guest Fredric Heidemann discusses his written work with Word on Fire ministries on modernity, secular humanism, and the pitfalls inherent in breaking with a Judeo-Christian worldview. Show Snippet: "You're assuming all sorts of things about the moral life. You're assuming that morals can be properly grounded, which of course, as we discussed earlier, you can't really do from an atheistic perspective. You're assuming that there's free will, which pop-atheists deny...all these things and it's like, this is what makes us fundamentally human but they're just utterly ungrounded in that 'detached from religion' universe." Read more from Fredric at: https://www.wordonfire.org/author/fredric-heidemann/
39 minutes | a month ago
Middle Earth Magisterium And Modernity with Guest Fredric Heidemann - Part 2
In this part 2 of 3, We continue our visit with Fredric Heidemann of Word on Fire discussing his conversion from staunch atheist to Catholic writer for Bishop Robert Barron's global evangelization apostolate. Show Snippet: "The Catholic Church was the patron of all these arts, the Catholic Church was doing all this...and the Universities, and sponsoring all this education; and I think "man, I can't seem to get away from the Catholic Church!"...and I was reading through my history course, I took AP History, and I thought "if you were going to be Christian, why wouldn't you be Catholic?"" Read more from Fredric at: https://www.wordonfire.org/author/fredric-heidemann/
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Middle Earth, Magisterium, And Modernity With Guest Fredric Heidemann - Part1
This week we welcome Fredric Heidemann, writer for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire blog for a three-part series of discussions on his conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Show Snippet: "It's not like I read the Lord of the Rings and became Catholic overnight...but it made me recognize, and it was a kind of re-cognition, a re-understanding of something buried deep in the depth of every human soul, that the world is just fundamentally more enchanted than this sort of materialistic, reductionistic, atheistic world view..." Read more at: https://www.wordonfire.org/author/fredric-heidemann/
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Lent Retreat Flannery O'Connor and the Suffering Gospel - Part 2
This week we reflect on the invitation to allow our hearts to be pierced by the crosses of the world through the lens of another of Flannery O'Connor's characters, Mrs. Greenleaf, as encountered in the story named after her - "Greenleaf". Show Snippet: "We are called to be open to God's own heart, and God's own vision of the world...to be Mrs. Greenleafs by vocation; to roll in the dirt of all of the horror, injustice, sadness, and absurdity of the world and cry out with God that our hearts might be stabbed in the heart by Jesus."
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Lenten Retreat: Flannery O'Connor and the Suffering Gospel - Part 1
This week we begin a two-part Lenten retreat on Flannery O'Connor and the suffering Gospel. We'll reflect on this call to take up our cross and the essential role of grace in shaking up our world-view and stripping away those things which hamper our journey into sainthood. Show Snippet: "O'Connor...recognizes that this desire and calling to a life of sainthood is both the only calling that matters, that indeed contains all other callings in life, but is also unattainable save by grace."
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Faith and Mental Health - Part 2
In this part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation around faith and mental health, discussing what is helpful, what is not, and some practical ideas for building more mental health-related resiliency into our daily lives. Show Snippet: "It's extremely dangerous when we imagine that what's going on with mental health is simply a matter of someone's spiritual life not being in order, and so what they need to do is just pray more, offer it up and do all of the pius Catholic things you're supposed to do..." Learn more about Emmaus Family Support: https://emmaussupport.wordpress.com/
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Faith and Mental Health - Part 1
Wherein Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett chat about the intersection of faith and mental health. Sharing personal stories, new mental health-based ministries, and the consolations and support our Catholic faith can bring. Show Snippet: "The ministry that Melissa and I are involved in outside of the parish is called Emmaus Family Support. It's primarily a peer-led support group for people who are caregivers...they are the primary caregivers for someone who is close to them, who suffers from mental health challenges. " To learn more about the Emmaus Family Support ministry mentioned in today's podcast, please visit: https://emmaussupport.wordpress.com/
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Writing, Pitching, and Publishing Your Book
This week Eric and Brett discuss the highs and lows of writing as they look at what is involved in taking the ideas of your head and heart, putting them to paper, and convincing someone to publish them. Show Snippet: "My email inbox is a lot more up to date when I'm trying to write a book...you know how you get the house really clean when you don't want to be doing something? I get my email up to date."
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Inoculating Truth: The Morality of Vaccination
Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett Salkeld continue to wrestle with the morality of vaccinations in this part 2 of 2, digging deeper into the categories and arguments prevalent in recent weeks. Warning: These episodes may cause irritation and inflammation at the injection site, and a closer alignment with the consistent moral teachings of the Pope and teaching office of the Church. Show Snippet: "The same people who say that it's extremely unlikely...to die from COVID, also are pulling out single incidences of adverse reactions to vaccines..."
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Inoculating Truth: The Morality of Vaccination - Part 1
As vaccines begin to roll out promising protection from COVID-19 and a slow return to normal life, there remain some questions regarding the morality of some vaccines which may have connections with ethically questionable cell-lines. Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett navigate the waters in this two-part look at the morality of vaccination. Warning: These episodes may cause irritation and inflammation at the injection site, and a closer alignment with the consistent moral teachings of the Pope and teaching office of the Church. Show Snippet: "The one kind of cooperation with evil which is permissible, in part because it's often unavoidable, but even if it is avoidable, sometimes it can be justified if avoiding it will cause other problem...this is called proportionate reasons..."
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Brendan Steven: From Young Atheist To Lay Apostolate - Part 2
In this part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation with Brendan Steven of www.catholicconscience.org regarding his journey from young atheist to leading a lay apostolate discussing false idols and the deepest desires of our souls this week on Thinking Faith! Show Snippet: "I look back on my life on how obsessed I was with 'the cause' when politics was my idol. To me, it was a perversion of the desire to give of self, like irrevocable, committed, total self-giving..."
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Brendan Steven: From Young Atheist To Lay Apostolate - Part 1
Who doesn't like a great conversion story? Brendan Steven of catholicconscience.org shares his journey from young atheist to leading a lay apostolate and God's relentless, loving pursuit of his soul this week on Thinking Faith! Show Snippet: "A lot of normal human beings would have given up on me, would not have waited ten years, and would not have spent that relentless kind of nudging, and pushing and gentle cajoling towards the outcome that they desired, but God di that for me."
35 minutes | 4 months ago
A Visit the Catholic Conscience - Part 3
Brendan Steven of catholicconscience.org discusses how his former work in Canadian politics led him to assist Catholics in discerning the relationship between Catholic social teaching and the role of our faith in deciding how our votes might be cast. Show Snippet: "We often like to use this phrase, and I love this phrase, "God meets us where we are." We have to meet our politicians where they are. Even with folks that, from our perspective, are supporting really unsupportable policies, we have to treat them like children of God."
39 minutes | 4 months ago
A Visit with Catholic Conscience - Part 2
Catholicconscience.org founder Matthew Marquardt discusses what led an American police officer to create a Canadian Catholic lay apostolate whose mission is to assist Catholic voters in forming their voting consciences based on the social teachings of the Catholic Church. Show Snippet: "The whole problem here is that Catholics aren't involved the way we should be...we should be trying to bring the whole political and civic conversation closer to the Gospel and the social teachings of the Church."
37 minutes | 4 months ago
A Visit with Catholic Conscience - Part 1
This week we begin a three-part visit with Matthew Marquardt and Brendan Steven of catholicconscinece.org to discuss the origins of this organization whose mission is to assist Catholics in discerning their own conscience as voters and build the Kingdom of God through Catholic social teaching. Show snippet: "Out of love of neighbour we have an enormous responsibility as Catholics to form ourselves and discern how we vote and the ways we think about our vote in ways that are intentional and reflective of our faith."
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Advent Retreat: The Annunciation with Deacon Eric
Join us for a special Advent retreat episode of Thinking Faith. This week Deacon Eric reflects on the Annunciation from the Fourth Sunday's Gospel and the invitation of the angel Gabriel to see our gifts and others, through God's own eyes. Show Snippet: "This is the God who sees within the world as it is, a space where he might come to dwell among us, a space sacred and holy enough to make his home among us. He sees a life filled with promise; he sees our lives filled with possibility; He sees our lives filled with grace..."
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