Dtesh Catholic Place

Dtesh Catholic Place

By Douglas Sumowski

This podcast is here to present the teachings and practices of the Catholic faith so you can understand the Catholic gospel message and have a relationship with God,

Episodes

Ascension and the Great Tribulation

Often we hear about the second coming of Christ in terms of a Great Tribulation. Such a catastrophe is something that will happen before Jesus returns, and is the cause of why Jesus does return. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
28/05/2026m 30s

He Reigns now, But Will Return

Jesus now reigns as King in heaven, but His reign still awaits your part in establishing it. This is the reason why we work out our salvation. We do not do it to gain salvation but to cooperate with it. To be how Christ rules on earth as he does in heaven. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
27/05/2021m 21s

Christ Will Come Again

The greatest reality of heaven today is found in the Church. In her sacraments we experience the blessings of eternity and have a foretaste of our future in glory. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
26/05/2024m 48s

Ascended To Reign

The Ascension of Jesus is the moment in time when the Kingdom is established. Jesus now reigns in Heaven as King of kings and Lord of lords. While the full reality of the Kingdom is still awaiting fulfillment, we are in the period of the Millennium now. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
25/05/2022m 51s

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2020

Jesus Ascended and now we wait for the power of God. We are between two great points, but not alone. We are being shaped, formed, and made new. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
24/05/2020m 20s

The Ascension Opens Heaven

The Ascension of Jesus is a moment that proves His Divinity and the effectiveness of our prayers and worship. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
23/05/2021m 16s

The Ascension is Something More

When we first think about the Ascension of Jesus, we do not realize just how monumental that event truly is. Much of that has to do with the fact that we do not see how it benefits us and reveals something of the sacramental reality of Christ among us today. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
22/05/2020m 35s

Ascension Thursday 2020

Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension. 40 days after the Resurrection, or Easter Sunday, Jesus went up into heaven. But, that event is not the focus today, but rather what it means for you and me. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
21/05/2025m 36s

Raised with Him who Died

Too often we hear only a partial gospel. We hear only of forgiveness but never a freedom to live holy. But, the gospel is more than good news that we have been forgiven. It is also a good message about how we can become saints. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, check out our website dtesh.com for more information.
20/05/2020m 40s

Raised In a New Lifestyle

For Paul, the resurrection was an event that communicated the benefits of salvation. Christ dying secured our salvation, but it was the resurrection that made it possible for all of us to experience salvation as a reality. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
19/05/2024m 42s

Paul and the Resurrection

For Paul, the Resurrection was a marvelous event. It was something that made the gospel truly Good News. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
18/05/2019m 15s

6th Sunday of Easter 2020

Today we begin to focus on the mission of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians and see exactly how we must be the kind of holy people who can be witnesses of the gospel. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
17/05/2020m 21s

Salvation with the Holy Spirit

As we study John's gospel to understand our salvation, we come to a point of realizing a unique role of the Holy Spirit as the Person who brings us the grace of salvation and makes it effective in each one of our lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/05/2022m 37s

Exodus and Resurrection

As crucial as the Exodus was to the Jewish people, the Resurrection is the event for us as believers. This is a key them that helps us unlock John's gospel and one that gives us more. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
15/05/2022m 11s

Because of the Incarnation

The Resurrection is something that resulted because of the Incarnation of Christ. This is a key theme that continues throughout the Gospel of John and all of his writings in the scriptures. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
14/05/2020m 12s

Us and the Resurrection

In the Gospel, we find that the Resurrection is about us. We are not separated from its benefits and are united with Christ in a unique way as members of His resurrected Body. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
11/05/2018m 48s

5th Sunday in Easter 2020

The Church and salvation. This is the theme today. How does being a member of a Church fit the being saved? It is in how we are members of Christ and Christ and the Father are One. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
10/05/2020m 48s

The Resurrection as Gospel

Many today understand the gospel to be tied to the Resurrection, but few of us understand how it developed that way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
09/05/2022m 54s

Developing Knowledge

The things we know are mostly built up and expanded as we get older. Counting becomes Addition, then Multiplication, then Algebraic, then other forms of Higher Mathematics. Each are true to the degree we know them and we do not need to understand Algebra to Count. This is why there is a development of doctrine. As we get older and know more things, we can put them together and learn other true things as well. This is true in Math, Science and Theology. It is why the teachings about the Resurrection become more and more distinct as Revelation unfolds. We learn that it is more than a return to life, it is a glorification of life beyond physical life to a spiritual one. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
08/05/2020m 41s

Resurrection in the Old

Before we get into the next section of the catechism, dealing with the ascension, we turn to look at how the resurrection is part of the message of salvation. For when we turn to the Old Testament, we do see in a shadow through various Psalms and Isaiah the message of the resurrection being proclaimed. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
07/05/2023m 37s

Because He Lives

The Resurrection is the key to the Christian faith. It is the reason we believe in Heaven and Hell. The need to repent and live differently. And the why we know Christ is present in and through the sacraments. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
06/05/2019m 44s

If the Dead Christ Did Not Rise

If Jesus did not rise from the dead there can be no Christian faith. At best we are still awaiting the Messiah like the Jews, but we might not have even that. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
05/05/2020m 0s

25 Years Ago

Today is a sad anniversary for me. For it was 25 years ago that my father passed away. As a result of today I want to talk briefly about the doctrine of Purgatory and help each one of you understand why it is that we Catholics pray for the dead as we understand scripture teaches us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
04/05/2019m 46s

4th Easter Sunday 2020

We are sheep. This is a clear indication from scripture today. We all move about and react to things in life like sheep and are easily herded into one ideology or another. But, today we hear good news. We hear about how we can be part of the flock of our God and Savior and we learn how when God is our Shepard, we lack nothing that we truly need. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
03/05/2023m 56s

Raised by the Trinity

When Jesus was raised from the dead it was a work of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three members of the Trinity took part.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
02/05/2019m 51s

Transcendence of the Resurrection

The Resurrection is something that benefits us today and is therefore not tied to only a historical moment in time. Just like God Himself, this one key even is something that we can know some things about, but not fully. There are parts of it that are beyond us. We were not there to witness or scientifically test what happened, and therefore each one of us experiences it in a unique, personal way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
01/05/2019m 0s

In the Same Body

One of the things that people struggle to understand is just how do we understand the resurrection. Did Jesus have the same body that was crucified or did he come back only as a ghost or spirit? The answer is simply with the same body that he was born within Bethlehem that was crucified.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
30/04/2019m 54s

One Foundation

When we learn of the account of the resurrection, it is presented to us as a historical event and not a mystical or spiritual thing. There were witnesses, more than 500. It was written down as history. It was proclaimed by the Church as the gospel. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
29/04/2022m 22s

Proof of Resurrection

Today we being to consider the evidence for the Resurrection and we are informed that some of the basic proofs are the empty tomb, the testimony of witnesses, and the theology of the Church. All three of these help us to understand that we worship a risen Lord. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
28/04/2020m 18s

Reality of the Resurrection

The Resurrection is a historical event. It is something that we know was attested to have taken place at a particular point in time, roughly about 33 A.D. and that there are written records of this event that can be dated to about the mid 50's A.D. Because of these facts, we who believe in Christianity, declare a historical event not just a creed or matter of mere belief. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
27/04/2021m 56s

3rd Sunday in Easter 2020

This Sunday we hear a few messages that all point toward the efficiency of the sacraments. Most notably the Gospel portion tells us about the experience of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. For in each of these selections from sacred scripture we are pointed toward the sacrifice of Christ and pointed toward his being alive in the resurrection. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
26/04/2022m 47s

He Really was Dead

Jesus was really dead. This is the starting point for us to fully realize if we are truly going to understand why the Ressurection is such a big thing. Jesus was dead and he really did experience death. And it was from this condition that he rose and lives today. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
25/04/2019m 49s

He Descended

In order to understand the resurrection, we must get it in our heads that Jesus really did die and experienced death in the fullest sense of the word. This means that he went to Hades, the place in Greek culture as the abode of the dead. He really did go there and preach the gospels to those souls who were waiting for his death and resurrection. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
24/04/2020m 24s

Easter Vigil Gospel 2020

He has risen. These words form the basis for the gospel. But, what do they really mean? Do we understand the reality of this fact or do we look to things that only make us skeptics? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
23/04/2018m 45s

Easter Vigil Alleluia 2020

When we sing the Alleluia at Mass do we think about the reason why we ought to praise God? Do we hear in the words in that moment of praise before the gospel something that should be our meditation of praise? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
22/04/2017m 35s

Easter Vigil Epistle Reading 2020

We come now to the point of the Easter Vigil where we hear from the epistle to the Romans. In particular, we are told about how we are born again in baptism and it is that sacrament, not a sinner's prayer that is the confession of faith by which we confess with our mouths unto salvation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
21/04/2019m 32s

Easter Vigil 7th Reading 2020

We are born again by baptism. This is the implied message of Ezekiel when he tells us that we will be sprinkled with water and made clean. We are born again because we receive a new heart and spirit through baptism.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
20/04/2020m 58s

2nd Sunday of Easter 2020

Today we are reminded of the fact that we are part of a greater community. And. just like the apostles, we are sheltering in place in our homes out of fear. Not fear of the Romans, but of a virus that is sweeping through the world. Yet, it was in this kind of situation that Jesus appeared to his apostles. He showed up in their hiding place and revealed his mercy to them in instituting the sacrament of reconciliation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
19/04/2020m 48s

Easter Vigil 6th Reading 2020

The law is good and doing it will make you happy. This is the central message of this reading from the Easter Vigil and reminds us that the law is not a bad thing, but the very way in which we experience God's love. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
18/04/2020m 28s

Easter Vigil 5th Reading 2020

When I was younger, the street lights were the sign it was time to go home and eat dinner. For my parents, it was a parent yelling out their names or a dinner bell being rung in the yard. And, in a similar way, God calls us to come home in this reading from the Easter Vigil. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
17/04/2016m 54s

Easter Vigil 4th Reading 2020

Have you ever experienced mercy or love that was undeserved? Did you really have a "wow" moment when you realized what had been done? If not, you need to reconsider the gospel and see a love for you that is greater and more beyond comprehension than you can imagine. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/04/2020m 40s

Easter Vigil 3rd Reading 2020

God has brought us out of sin through baptism. This is the thing that we must realize and make the basis for our worship in Mass, our Passover. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshplace
15/04/2023m 52s

Easter Vigil 2020 Second Reading

Today's reflection is on the second reading from the Easter Vigil, concerning the sacrifice of Issac. In it, we are asked by God to have nothing more important than Him, for He so loved us that He gave His only Begotten Son. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://bit.ly/dteshplace
14/04/2018m 32s

Easter Vigil 2020 1st Reading

The first reading in the Easter vigil is from the book of Genesis. We start with recalling the creation and see in these passages how God step by step forms the world into a more orderly and habitable universe. Step by step, like the light from the Easter candle at the beginning of the Vigil, the world becomes more and more full of light.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
13/04/2019m 17s

Easter Sunday 2020

Christ has risen! But what does this mean for us? He is risen indeed. But How does it benefit us? Do we come to Him to want His will or our own? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
12/04/2019m 10s

Easter Vigil Exsultet 2020

Today with all the world in darkness we turn to a beautiful part of the Easter Vigil service that reminds us about hope in a dark and uncertain time. The Easter Season begins in darkness and then we see the light of Christ with the Easter Candle. This light spreads throughout the Churches until there is candlelight everywhere, and then one person sings a song, the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation. The Gospel in a song proclaiming the beginning of the Easter Season. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
12/04/2025m 34s

Christ Really Died

Jesus really did die. That is a reality. His soul was separated from his body and he was really dead. He tasted death just like you and me one day will. As a result, we have now a very real hope in his resurrection that we will live eternally. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
11/04/2026m 59s

Good Friday 2020

Once again during Holy Week, we turn our attention to the message of the Passion and consider the one who died for us. This time it is from the Gospel of John, and this time we see how much He loved us and provided for us like His mother at the foot of His cross. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
10/04/2030m 14s

The Lenten In Brief

As Lent comes to a close we look back on the Gospel message we studied in depth these past few months, and we focus our attention on the reality that God did love us so much that He gave us Himself so that we might be loved by Him forever. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
10/04/2018m 15s

Holy Thursday 2020

Today's Mass of the Lord's Supper reminds us of the blessing of community and calls us to love one another in the same way our Lord loved us in the Eucharist and washing of feet. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
10/04/2021m 23s

Once For All

Before we enter into the Sacred Tridium, we pause and consider the reality of the cross and its effectiveness for us. And as we do we see that this sacrifice is something that we have present and available to us today not just supernaturally in a mystical manner, but in the actual manner of each sacrament. Specifically the sacrifice of the Mass and our own everyday troubles that crucify us with Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop 
09/04/2019m 27s

Chrism Mass 2020

The Chrism Mass is a unique Mass that is done by Bishops throughout the world. It reminds us of our unity in the Body of Christ and also specifies the unique mission and sacrament of Holy Orders. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
08/04/2025m 13s

Passion Reading for Palm Sunday 2020

When we listen to and in most churches, participate in the Palm Sunday reading of the Passion of Christ, do we really contemplate just what happened? Do we really find ourselves there and eyewitnesses? This is part of the reason why we experience the gospel in the way we do on this day. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
07/04/2032m 27s

Trusting In God in Difficult Times

The message we find from the Readings of Palm Sunday are a message about how we ought to trust in God, even when situations look grim. Jesus suffered and died for each one of us in a very horrible way. He emptied Himself of all that entitled Him to better and He redeemed us by truly identifying with us. In these dark and uncertain times, we need that same humility. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
06/04/2024m 22s

Palm Sunday 2020

Jesus enters Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. He enters like a hero, not a tyrant. He enters through peace and love, not war and destruction. Jesus will only come and live in you if you want Him. Not if you reject Him. He does not bully. He sets you free. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
05/04/2020m 46s

Unique and Definite

When Jesus died on the cross it was a very unique sacrifice. This is because it was the sacrifice, offering of God to us. When we go to Mass God gives Himself to us in what we give Him as our act of worship. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
04/04/2018m 43s

On the Night ...

On the night Jesus was betrayed, he instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist and accepted in the Garden the atoning death by which he would die for us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
03/04/2020m 5s

The Lamb and Scapegoat

Love motivated Him to accept death. He went to the cross for us. He did not have to, but he faced a greater threat than COVID-19, our sins and sacrificed everything for us ... on a cross. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
02/04/2020m 48s

Grace and the Father's Will

God so loved ... the gospel in 3 words. It speaks of grace, that salvation was a plan, that He cares for us even when we are rubbish. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
02/04/2022m 48s

Ransomed and Died

Jesus suffered for you. He died for you. This is the most simplest message that makes the gospel good news. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
01/04/2020m 19s

The Plan of Redemption

The death of Jesus was not something that just happened. It was allowed by God for a greater good. All evil and suffering ultimately is allowed because it results in the glory of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
01/04/2020m 21s

5th Sunday in lent 2020

In the Readings this past Sunday we learn about God's desire to raise us from the dead. It is a word of hope in these days of quarantine when we too are in graves awaiting the mercy of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
31/03/2020m 55s

We are to Blame

Every sin committed crucifies Christ. He would not have needed to suffer and die had you and I not committed sins in the 1st place. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
28/03/2020m 25s

Not Every Jew

When we see that Jesus was condemned, most believe it was due to the fact that He was rejected by every Jew. This is not true, there were Jews who believed in Him.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
27/03/2021m 5s

Charges Against Jesus Review

We come to the section of the Catechism that reviews the three main reasons why the Jews rejected Jesus. He did not accept their morality, their place of worship (Temple), nore their accepted belief in God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
26/03/2021m 56s

Jesus and Religious Belief

The one final thing that brought Jesus to His Passion and Death was the beliefs of the Jews. They saw in Him a revolutionary who was undermining their faith and believed that He was a heretic. Because of this, they condemned their Messiah out of both ignorance and arrogance. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
24/03/2020m 12s

Jesus and the Temple

When Jesus was sentenced to die, one of the charges against him was relating to the way he seemed to belittle the most important part of Jewish identity, the Temple. But, the reason for this has more to do with his incarnation and being the living Temple not made with hands. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
23/03/2021m 41s

4th Sunday in Lent 2020

In today's reading, we find stories about blindness and sight. In the first reading, we are told that God does not see as we see, and this is echoed in the gospel account of the man born blind. But, we find that Jesus is come to give us true sight and see clearly for he is the true Light of the World. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
22/03/2020m 4s

Jesus and the Law

One of the reasons for why Jesus was crucified is in how he dealt with the Law or Torah. When we see how he handled it, it reveals his being the Messiah and the charge placed on the cross for his execution. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
19/03/2021m 14s

The Truth of the Passion

As we return to the Catechism, we find two major thoughts for today. 1. That Jesus really did die as a historical fact. 2. That the crime that Jesus was given a death sentence for was that He was the Messiah. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
18/03/2022m 20s

Dying to Self by the Cross

The work of the cross and the whole reason our Christian lives are to be lived by perseverance in the grace of God is why we cannot be saved by a mere sinner's prayer and faith alone. Grace must continue to transform us until we end up in eternal glory with Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
17/03/2020m 19s

The Cross and Creation

We were created to have both a physical and nonphysical nature. Both of these parts make up the natural man or the flesh, carnal nature that we as Christians need to be dead to. It is the work of the cross that makes this possible. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/03/2019m 31s

3rd Sunday of Lent 2020

Today's readings tell us about our need for God. A thirst that is within us for His love and approval. Something that we can find and experience when we find Him and allow His grace to work in us the salvation of our souls. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/03/2020m 18s

Stations of the Cross 2020

Today with the coronavirus scare, we pray the Stations of the Cross. A wonderful prayer that is the gospel unto itself, for it teaches us to die to self and find in Christ the answer to the current fears and issues of society. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
13/03/2027m 33s

Presenting Ourselves In a Body

We come today to a point in our study of the gospel to see how we present ourselves to God. For we see that we present ourselves in both our daily lives and in how we worship. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
12/03/2021m 8s

United on the Cross

As we take a chance to do a quick review of where we are we can begin to see just how God answers everything by Christ. And we learn that the reason why this is His one answer is that Christ is that image that we are to be like God from the very beginning when God created humanity in Genesis 1:26. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
10/03/2023m 22s

2nd Sunday of Lent 2020

Today's readings speak to us about leaving our security net and following Jesus. Too often we try to do things our own way and fail to see how God wants us to do things. But if we will trust in God and do things His way, we will find Christ in us, being Transfigured in our lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
08/03/2018m 40s

Following Where He Leads

To be a saint is more about following the leading of the Holy Spirit than any effort I make all by myself. I submit myself to God to do His will, not my own. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
07/03/2021m 43s

A New Law

One of the worst thoughts in Protestantism is that we are freed from the Law and that because of Grace there is no moral code. This is not the case with the gospel. Jesus frees us from a law of death and brings us alive to a law of grace. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
06/03/2019m 50s

Freed by Death

We are freed by the death of Jesus to serve Him. We do so because death is the way in which we can be married to another, to Christ instead of sin. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
05/03/2022m 59s

What Romans 7 Speaks about

One of the things that we find as we read through Romans, and consider the gospel in them, we are led to consider the sin nature in us and how it relates to our being sinful or holy. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
04/03/2024m 7s

Owned to be Holy

Do you know that you are the Temple of the Almighty God and you do not belong to yourself at all? You are not to self determine anything, you belong to another who has the right to decide what you are and what you are to do. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
03/03/2022m 41s

Holy Spirit our Gift

The Holy Spirit has been given to us. It is a real gift that we receive and can have faith in. He is God's presence in our lives and the means by which we can live a life freed from sin. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
02/03/2021m 57s

1st Sunday of Lent 2020

Today's readings remind us of what caused our need for the gospel. The sin of Adam. Original sin. But it helps us connect the dots with the messages of the past few days about living the kingdom. Living the gospel as holy people. Saints of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
01/03/2023m 59s

The Holy Spirit

After we come to the gospel for forgiveness, we learn that we are brought into the death of Jesus on the cross. This learning that we are crucified with Jesus is the basis of knowing that we died with Him and are raised to a new life. Once we learn, i.e. know, that we are not just forgiven but united with Christ as new creatures, we recognize that we can live anew. We are freed from the weakness of concupiscence to be holy. To be saints. And. this brings us to a point of presenting ourselves to God to serve Him and not our fallen nature. All of these things lead us to learn about the Holy Spirit within us the source of this newness of life that should be our normal Christian experience. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
29/02/2021m 43s

For Glory

In our redemption, we are brought to a place that Adam was meant for but never attained glory. A glory that is the kingdom of heaven, the rule of God by which we find the blessed union of being one with God in a community, a family unit of the Church. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
28/02/2019m 55s

Presenting Ourselves

As we go deeper into understanding the grace that we have received in the gospel we learn that we are called to be holy in the sense of our belonging to God and not ourselves. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
27/02/2022m 54s

Ash Wednesday 2020

Today begins the penitential season of Lent and we begin to renew our commitment to live as Christ calls us.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
26/02/2021m 12s

Living Because of Death

We are called to carry our cross and follow Jesus. A cross through which we die in him and experience eternal life through the raised Christ who transforms us every day. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
25/02/2021m 47s

Born By Baptism

The Great Divide is not whether or not you are good or bad, but whether or not you are born again. The gospel for centuries was about a response that began at baptism and was only finalized when you were raised from the dead to live eternally as a new creature. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
24/02/2022m 21s

7th Ordinary Sunday 2020

What does it mean to be holy or perfect? Is it possible? The readings this Sunday help us see things from God's perspective and really understand just how we can be more like Him to a dying world. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
23/02/2021m 55s

Reckoned In the Vine

To truly experience the blessing of being a new creature in Christ we must reckon ourselves to be branches on the vine. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
22/02/2023m 7s

Who do You Reckon?

What do you consider when you accept that something is an established fact? Is it only scientific realities or do you believe in things because you heard about them from another? If we are honest, we all believe in things that we did not experience and are things that science cannot prove as a fact. And it is in this second way that God asks us to believe, reckon, the things that we know about Him and other spiritual truths. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
21/02/2021m 58s

Reckoning Yourself

Knowledge is a good starting point, but it is not enough. Knowing that 1+1=2 is a good thing to know, but it is not enough if I want 2 apples. Abraham was called to believe what he could not perceive. It was not enough that he knew that there were countless stars in the sky, he had to reckon that what God had promised, God was able to do. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
20/02/2020m 21s

Knowing We Died

Our freedom from sin is made possible by the cross of Christ and begins with our knowledge that we died with Him. This knowledge is what makes us crucified with Christ as Paul declares in Galatians 2:20. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
19/02/2025m 28s

Born Anew by the Cross

Being forgiven is only the beginning. God seeks to have a kingdom of new creatures, born again in Christ. This is the benefit that we find when we respond to the grace of God and live a life as a saint. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
18/02/2025m 44s

The Normal Christian Lifestyle

What does it mean to live a normal Christian lifestyle? Does it mean a struggle against sin? Or does it mean more? In all things, we are called to be united with Christ. He is to be living through us by the indwelling Spirit. We ought to be new creatures not bound to live in sin because we are branches on a vine and crucified with Christ. But, what does all that mean? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
17/02/2024m 13s

6th Ordinary Sunday 2020

You can be a saint. Living holy is not something beyond you. God has made you in such a way that you can choose right. You can repent and believe the gospel. You can experience his grace. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/02/2020m 22s

Changed by the Cross

As we come to the fourth major way in which to understand salvation we begin to see that sin is more of what changes us than we first believed. It shows that we are disordered in how we feel and understand the world and that conversion is more than a one-time belief or prayer, but a change in how we live and are. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
16/02/2025m 16s

The Penal Substitution and Adoption

I owed a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe. Is this as far as salvation goes? Is there not further benefit to our salvation than a payment? A ransom? Or did God adopt us and paid so we could be something more? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
14/02/2023m 21s

Vicariously Saved

We are told that God so loved the world that he gave Jesus to die for us, but how is that love? Is it not because we owe a debt that we cannot pay? This thought is the core feature of the vicarious salvation message that arises in medieval times. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
13/02/2025m 30s

Temple Salvation

The earliest Christians recognized that salvation came to us through the Church as custodians of the gospel message. A message that formed around the temple sacrificial system and the concept of redemption of slaves in 1st century Israel. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
12/02/2022m 22s

The Work of Salvation in the Kingdom

The gospel message is not complete without it being the power of God for salvation. We must find ourselves in His family, part of His Church, because the Church, as the kingdom of God on earth, is the means through which we come to know salvation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
12/02/2020m 26s

Kingdom Relationship

The kingdom of God is present in you and me. It is a unique dynamic that can be defined in religion but is not merely a do and don't thing. It is about family and relating beyond just you and God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
11/02/2021m 36s

5th Ordinary Sunday 2020

To be salt and light is all we are called to be. We must preserve our fellow man and be a good example as a light to show them a righteous living. These are the things we are called to do. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
09/02/2020m 46s

Kingdom and Baptism

The message about the kingdom begins with John the Baptist. He was the one who began to promote the core gospel message about repentance and the kingdom in the way that Jesus would later preach it. As we look at how John preached and taught we can see how Jesus did come to establish a kingdom, a Church, through his ministry. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
08/02/2020m 14s

Hope of the Kingdom

Hope. At the center of the teaching about the kingdom of God or the gospel is a message about hope. The what this is all about reality. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
07/02/2020m 50s

Knowing the Gospel by a Religion

How do we know the gospel if we do not have a particular religion? Can you be an orphan and still be part of a family? Can you have a relationship alone? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
06/02/2022m 7s

Penance in the Kingdom

When we turn to God in repentance, we enter His kingdom. It is not something that happens if we do not change to fit within the family. We must be bound by a covenant and live like a family ruled by God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
05/02/2025m 8s

The Church Covenant

One of the key principles behind the kingdom narrative in the gospel is that it is founded on a covenant or oath that forms the new nation or people that God is forming in the Church. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
04/02/2021m 40s

Jesus and Israel

As we take some time to really understand the gospel message about the kingdom and see just where the Church or religion is part of that message, we need to understand something about the culture of Jesus. Jesus was not some sterile idea or philosophy that we mold into modern times or comprehend from our own perspective. Jesus was a person who grew up in a culture that influenced him, and that culture is what we find in the Catholic faith as the thing that changes us and brings us into a new family or culture. A family or culture of the gospel kingdom. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
03/02/2025m 8s

The Presentation 2020

This Sunday is a day in which the Feast of the Presentation takes precedence over the Sunday readings. The reason why is because this particular feast reveals Christ as King and begins the unique gospel message about the kingdom. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
02/02/2023m 10s

Kingdom Reviewed

As we review the key things about the gospel message and really comprehend just how central the theme of kingdom is to it, it becomes clear that this message is something that asks us to surrender and become subjects to a King. King Jesus. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
01/02/2023m 13s

The King Arrives

The message of the Kingdom, as the core gospel message ends when Jesus enters Jerusalem. But, it ends that way because it is there he becomes crowned as King. In the passion and death of Christ, we see his coronation. And all we need to know is that his entry into Jerusalem is a symbol of his entering our hearts as either Lord and Savior or Eternal Judge. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
31/01/2021m 26s

Transfigured For Us

Today's meditation from the Catechism allows us to understand the glory that Christ has as God and about what we will be like when we are resurrected. But, it comes to remind us that we must endure hardships in this life, faithfully, in order to attain that blessedness. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
30/01/2019m 46s

Keys of the Kingdom

Why do Catholics believe that Peter has the keys to the Kingdom of God? Why is it that the message of the kingdom, the gospel can be considered incomplete without our knowing that Jesus founded a Church? Simply because the scripture tells us these things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
29/01/2019m 18s

Kingdom of Miracles

The miracles that happened during Christ's time on earth prove his Messianic claim and show that the rule of God has come to earth and eventually will be a fact in our everyday lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
28/01/2021m 13s

Kingdom in Repentant Faith

The Kingdom is the most basic gospel message. When you understand the fundamental facts about the kingdom of God you understand the fundamental facts about the gospel.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
27/01/2024m 26s

3rd Ordinary Sunday 2020

Those in darkness and the shadow of death have seen a great light! This is a proclamation that is found in the reading from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew today. It is the true blessing of the gospel that we have. A light, Christ Himself walks among us and raises us out of darkness and sin into the kingdom of God. But, how few of us know this because we seek to remain apart from Him and others in His Church. He calls us to repent and be saved. But will we respond? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
26/01/2019m 52s

Tempted In the Desert

Jesus in the desert, being tempted is something that reveals to us that we need not live sinful lives. Our baptism frees us to live by grace so we can overcome sin and be more than conquerors in this life. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
25/01/2020m 18s

Baptized Into Him

The baptism of Jesus was more about our salvation than most of us are aware of. It was about Jesus submitting to the will of the Father and being numbered with us and paved the way to our new birth. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
24/01/2024m 29s

The Hidden Life

Today as we look over the life of Christ we consider the hidden life that Jesus led when he was a child and young adult prior to His baptism and ministry that gets so much attention. He spent close to thirty years outside the lens of recorded history. A period of time when he is like each one of us. Where we can identify with him in his working and living and getting by. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
23/01/2019m 50s

Revealed as the Messiah

As we do a brief overview of the life of Jesus we review 3 specific events of his infancy, the Ephiphany, Presentation and the Flight to Egypt. Each one of these events reveals something of the Messianic nature of Jesus' life and how we come to him as our Savoir. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
22/01/2017m 51s

Circumcised in Baptism

As we review the events that lead up to the Birth of Christ we are reminded of how God was at work in the Old Testament period to prepare us and the world for the coming of Christ as a person we can relate to. This, in turn, helps us understand our need to be united with Him and we find that the moment in which we become united with Christ is our baptism. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
21/01/2020m 33s

Claiming Him

What does the Word of Faith movement teach that is true of our rights as believers? It is simply that we can claim what belongs to us in Christ. We can claim the blessings and healings that come from being a Christian, but only as far as we identify with the cross of Christ. If we suffer for Him, we will reign with Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
20/01/2021m 37s

2nd Ordinary Sunday 2020

Here I am Lord. I come to do your will. This is the response verse that we declare in the Mass today, but do we really mean it? Do we truly want to be who God has designed us to become or do we only want to pursue our own happiness and what we want to identify as?  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
19/01/2020m 45s

Be Still and Know Him

Too often we forget who Jesus is for each of us. We get busy and get lost in all that we do and fail to know Him. But Christ calls us to me. He calls us to come to Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at http://bit.ly/dteshshop
18/01/2018m 0s

The Mystery of Christ

The life of our Lord is something that has great meaning for us because he is God Incarnate. While we may never know everything about Him because there would not be any way we could know everything He did and said (John 20:30), what we can know is worthy of our contemplation, worship, and love. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
17/01/2021m 2s

Mary in Review

What makes Mary so great? It is her Son. That he was God incarnate and the Savior of humanity is the answer for everything we as Catholics speak about concerning Mary, the Mother of God, our Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
16/01/2019m 22s

Behold Your Mother

All that we have so far come to understand about Mary leads us to a very interesting gospel message. A message about our adoption as Children of God because we married Jesus. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
15/01/2022m 19s

Mary Ever-Virgin

When it comes to the virginity of Mary the most problematic aspect of that belief comes when the Church tells us that she was always a virgin, even after Jesus was born. A lot of this comes from our "modern" ideas about sexuality and misunderstanding about the ancient world and how relatives in families beyond immediate members could be called "brothers" or "sisters". To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
14/01/2022m 9s

Virgin Conceives by Faith

Today's title for this episode is more of a newspaper styled heading that summarizes the Annunciation event. It is something that points out for us the way in which Mary provides an example of how we are to believe and is a testimony to a marvelous work that God had done. And, in this event, we find one of the many reasons why Mary is biblically and by faith declared to be a virgin at the time of Christ's birth. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
13/01/2021m 47s

Baptism of the Lord Sunday 2020

Today is the beginning of Ordinary Time in the Church's Liturgical Year. With this Sunday we turn our focus on the person of Jesus and learn about his mission and life. With this Sunday we learn that he made a choice to be our Savior and do what was right, as he told John the Baptist. And this is something we should endeavor to do ourselves. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
12/01/2019m 7s

Immaculate Mary

What does the Immaculate Conception mean? Does it mean that Mary did not need a Savior or is it merely pointing out a very unique way in which Mary was saved by God to fulfill her destiny as Mother of God Incarnate? The answer is simply the last point. Mary was Immaculately Conceived by the grace of God and this grace was an act of salvation for her. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
11/01/2021m 40s

Mary Chosen By God

Why does the Catholic Church talk about Mary so much? It is partly because she was chosen, predestinated to be the Mother of God. Her selection was due to the Incarnation. Because God would become human He selected Mary as that person who would make that possible. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
10/01/2024m 17s

Mary and the Incarnation

One of the things that we Catholics hear about Mary is that we talk about her too much. But, the reality is, what we know about Mary only confirms and deepens our understanding about Jesus being who he is in both his humanity and divinity. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
09/01/2019m 35s

Incarnation Review

Today we look back at the key things about the Incarnation that we need to know. Specifically that the Incarnation is about how God became human and to what degree the human person of Jesus can be called God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
08/01/2021m 47s

The Physical Jesus

One of the great benefits of Jesus being human is that we can have icons and statues and other things be part of our worship. This is due to the fact that Christ is the "express image" of God (Hebrews 1:3) and as he said to Phillip, "If you have seen me you have seen the Father" (John 14:9). This reality of the Incarnation is a game-changer in how we can worship and develop our relationship with God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
07/01/2023m 35s

The Soul of Jesus

Did Jesus have a soul or was He merely Divine in the nonphysical make-up of His human nature? This question was resolved by the Church at the sixth ecumenical council in 681AD. The answer was simply that he had a human soul and will not just a Divine nonphysical nature. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
06/01/2020m 10s

Epiphany Sunday 2020

Epiphany Sunday, the day remembering the arrival of the Magi. A day that reveals why gift-giving is part of the Christmas tradition. And the key to knowing why the Church picked this time of the year to celebrate Christ being born, and it is not about pagan holidays or inculturation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-catholic-place
05/01/2029m 9s

Full Nature of Christ

When we consider the Incarnation of God as a human person, we come to realize something marvelous. That a person like you and me was God. That the Creator could be so united with His creation that He was actually and undeniably human. This is a very important point that each of us must understand because it is truly an amazing reality to know! To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-store
04/01/2024m 56s

Both God and Man

One of the most basic things every Christian believes is that Jesus is both God and human. The how was a matter of debate in the Church for centuries and took almost the first 1000 years of the history of Christianity to be properly explained so it could be understood. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something from our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-store
03/01/2029m 18s

Understanding the Incarnation

Understanding what we mean when we say that Jesus is the Word or God made flesh is important for everything we comprehend about various things in Christianity like what the Trinity is, how Mary is the Mother of God and other similar matters. These were the focus of the early Church Councils and as we review them it helps us understand the salvation message that is part of the Christmas season. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing something form our product store at https://teespring.com/stores/dtesh-store
02/01/2023m 41s

New Year's Day 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Today we reflect on the reading for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. A day in which we come to realize that the Incarnation has a specific benefit for each of us, the effect of our being adopted as children of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
01/01/2024m 28s

Incarnation and Sunday

Was the Incarnation a real thing? The answer simply is a yes. But why is it important that we believe in the historical reality of the Incarnation? It is because it reveals so much about who we are and how we see the world. One way can be seen is how it relates to the topic of Sunday worship. There are many who will say that the Sabbath is Saturday, but those people seem to ignore the reality that we do not circumcise anymore because of the reality of the Incarnation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
31/12/1923m 2s

Why the Incarnation

Why was the Word made flesh? The answer to that question lets us know how much God loves us and values us. It also provides for us a wonderful benefit that is bestowed on us as a result of the incarnation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
30/12/1920m 27s

Holy Family Sunday 2019

On this the Feast of the Holy Family, we are called to consider if we have families that are truly a reflection of the grace of God. Most of us might not have the kind of love that we ought to have and are in grave danger of transgressing the commandment to honor our father and mother. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
29/12/1920m 30s

Who is Jesus Reviewed

Knowing who Jesus is, this is the key to understanding the gospel. He is the God who saves, that is what his name Jesus means. He is the Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah. He is also Divine. He is the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God. And He is Lord, Jehovah, Yahweh. The God of the Old Testament Incarnated. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
28/12/1925m 41s

Jesus is Jehovah

Jesus is Jehovah or Yahweh. He is the God of the Old Testament. This simple and basic message about Jesus is summed up in the term Lord when it is applied to Jesus. When we declare that Jesus is Lord, we are saying that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. The God of the Jews. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
27/12/1920m 32s

Jesus is Lord

Jesus is Lord. This is a very basic declaration that Christians everywhere proclaim but most really do not understand fully what this means. Many think it simply is a declaration of superiority or leadership, but this is only partly correct. For when we call Jesus our Lord we are in essence declaring that Jesus is Jehovah or Yahweh. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
26/12/1922m 39s

Christmas Day 2019

A child is born unto us who is Christ the Lord! This is the triumphal proclamation of Christmas. And it is something we need to be reminded of because it is important that we do not forget just who this day is for. It is not about you, or your family, or presents. It is for the Christ who was born some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/12/1921m 21s

Christmas Dawn 2019

A child is born unto us who is Christ the Lord! This is the triumphal proclamation of Christmas. And it is something we need to be reminded of because it is important that we do not forget just who this day is for. It is not about you, or your family, or presents. It is for the Christ who was born some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/12/1920m 53s

Christmas Night 2019

A child is born unto us who is Christ the Lord! This is the triumphal proclamation of Christmas. And it is something we need to be reminded of because it is important that we do not forget just who this day is for. It is not about you, or your family, or presents. It is for the Christ who was born some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/12/1918m 58s

Christmas Vigil 2019

A child is born unto us who is Christ the Lord! This is the triumphal proclamation of Christmas. And it is something we need to be reminded of because it is important that we do not forget just who this day is for. It is not about you, or your family, or presents. It is for the Christ who was born some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/12/1919m 6s

Luke 24

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
24/12/1926m 34s

Luke 23

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
23/12/1931m 14s

Luke 22

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
22/12/1941m 17s

Luke 21

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
21/12/1929m 1s

Luke 20

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
20/12/1921m 29s

Luke 19

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
19/12/1922m 8s

Luke 18

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
18/12/1921m 23s

Luke 17

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
17/12/1923m 16s

Luke 16

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
16/12/1918m 15s

Luke 15

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
15/12/1920m 22s

Luke 14

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
14/12/1921m 0s

Luke 13

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
13/12/1921m 35s

Luke 12

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
12/12/1924m 40s

Luke 11

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
11/12/1925m 46s

Luke 10

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
10/12/1923m 5s

Luke 9

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
09/12/1931m 31s

Luke 8

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
08/12/1932m 9s

Luke 7

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
07/12/1921m 20s

Luke 6

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
05/12/1921m 24s

Luke 5

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
05/12/1923m 2s

Luke 4

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
04/12/1923m 15s

Luke 3

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
03/12/1921m 33s

Luke 2

During this Advent as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ, we will prepare our hearts for Christmas and the remembrance of Christ coming as a babe in Bethlehem as one like us, coming at the end of time as our Lord, and as the Bread that feeds us in every Mass, by reading and reflecting on each of the 24 chapters of the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
02/12/1921m 2s

Luke 1

Today begins the new liturgical year for the Church as we prepare anew for the coming of Christmas and reflect on the soon-coming Christ. But, as a way of preparing our hearts for that coming, this year, from today until Christmas eve we will reflect on the Gospel of Luke. As such, let us turn our hearts toward God and hear His word proclaimed.
01/12/1916m 9s

The Divine Son

The early Church did believe that Jesus was Divine and realized that he was distinct from God the Father in some way. While there is no clear evidence that this belief was fully rationalized, as it is since the Church defined the Trinity and how Jesus was the Son after 7 major councils, they did believe in the truth that he was God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
30/11/1922m 3s

Son of God

When we come to understand Jesus as the Son of God, we come to understand him as a divine person. This was not the original meaning of the term, but since the 1st century AD it has come to mean the divine reality of Jesus as the only-begotten Son of God, a Divine Person. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
29/11/1921m 55s

Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we continue to learn about the anointing that Jesus received that allows us to call him the Christ. We learned that this anointing reveals his eternal messianic role and kingdom. It also points us toward victory over sin by grace. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
28/11/1921m 39s

The Anointed One

Jesus is known as the Christ because he is the anointed one. He is anointed as a king, a priest and a prophet. These roles reveal something about the gospel for all of us.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
27/11/1920m 22s

The Mighty Name of Jesus

There is a lot that can and has been said about the name of Jesus. Knowing what the phrase in Jesus' name means is important if we are going to develop our relationship with him and be more the kind of people that he calls us to be. For in that name we gain freedom, healing, and answers to our prayers. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
26/11/1922m 1s

The Name Jesus

The name of Jesus is a very powerful name. The reason why is because it has so much meaning. It informs us first of his redemptive purpose as our Savoir. It points us to the basic gospel message about our deliverance from sin. And it speaks of his Incarnation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/11/1921m 6s

Christ the King 2019

Today we come to the beginning of the last week of the liturgical year. And, in doing so we recall the most important thing of all, that Jesus is King, LORD. Why is he Lord? Because he is the very image of God and Creator of all that exists. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
24/11/1919m 15s

We Make Jesus known

As we study the Catechism, The one thing that becomes clear is that our focus is always about getting to know something more about Jesus, because our focus is about relating to Him. As we do this we learn about many other things. And it is fitting therefore that we pause today and really think about what this means, not just for others, but also for our relationship with Him too. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
23/11/1925m 49s

The Gospel is Jesus

We now move into the section of the Catechism that teaches us specifically about the Lord Jesus Christ. And what we learn here is that Jesus is the Gospel in a nutshell. But we also learn that there are specifics about Him that identifies Him as a particular person and not something vague or universal. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
22/11/1922m 21s

Reviewing Original Sin

We turn our focus today to review the major points about original sin. Namely, that such a sin is more of a weakening of human nature and not a total depravity of our nature. We are weakened not just physically, but also in our nonphysical parts as well. This is what causes us to be capable of sickness, suffering and death. And it is the reason why each one of us commits our individual and particular sins. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
21/11/1919m 24s

Reviewing the Fall

As we begin our review of the section of the Catechism about the Fall, we get to realize that this section sets us up to understand the necessity of the gospel and even how the Mass is itself a gospel tract that we experience in worship. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
20/11/1921m 0s

Gospel Promised

In the account of the Fall the gospel is promised. It is found in the Protoevangelium. This first gospel message contains the basic elements of the gospel message with a foreshadowing of the cross and Mary's part in being the new Eve. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
20/11/1920m 59s

Our War with Sin

We are called to be at war. It is not a war with any other nation or person, but rather it is a war with our sinfulness. The prize for being successful is heaven, and the cost is damnation in hell. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
18/11/1921m 26s

33rd Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today the readings focus on a time of upheaval and the end of a world. It is not about the end of the world but rather the end of the Jewish age with the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
18/11/1921m 37s

Corruption of Man

One of the most universal results of the first sin of Adam and Eve was a corruption of human nature, which we have all received from them, known as original sin. This fallen state is a lot like a handicap that is inherited, but it is something that does not make us totally unable to do good. It is more of a weakening of our nature so we cannot resist evil as we could before. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
16/11/1923m 20s

Seed of Death

Original sin is something not many people properly understand. For many, they get the part about our nature being corrupted by the sin that Adam committed, but they do not understand the full implication or depth to which that sin affects us. But, as we notice in this section of the catechism it is a very real cause of the problem every individual has and is the thing from which we are redeemed or saved from. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
15/11/1924m 51s

Consequences of Sin

What we experience now is the result of a world, a universe, corrupted by sin. It only took that first sin of Adam and Eve to cause all the misfortune that exists in the universe.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
14/11/1920m 4s

Selfish Doubt

As we continue through this section of the Catechism, concerning Sin and the Fall, we come to realize that the first sin, and model of all sins that we actually commit, are based on a rejection of God and an assertion of one's individuality. This is the root of sinfulness that we commit and is the reason why we need a Savior to deliver us from sin. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
13/11/1920m 32s

Fallen Angels

As we begin to understand the evil that is in the world we learn about beings, angels that fell from grace into sin. One of them, known as Satan, is seen as the instigator for our fall into sin and we learn that all sin has an eternal consequence because all actions are permanently historical once they have been committed. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
12/11/1919m 29s

Literally Biblical

When it comes to understanding the first couple of chapters in the bible, those found in the book of Genesis, we get a figurative account of the fall of humanity. It is done so we know of a historically real event, but in a way that it could be passed on to all throughout the centuries. But, because Catholics recognize that the account is told in the form of an ancient story, many say that Catholics do not accept the Fall as recorded in Genesis 3 as a factual or historical event. But this is not true because we Catholics are more literal than they give us credit for being. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
12/11/1926m 7s

32nd Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today's readings are a reminder of our eternal hope of being resurrected. This allows us to turn our attention toward future things and prepares us for the upcoming Advent season. We have only three more weeks, counting today, of the Ordinary season before the liturgical year begins anew with the first Sunday of Advent. Christmas is less than a month and 1/2 away. So here we get three readings that remind us of the resurrection to come and prepares us to be prepared for our eternal happiness that is possible if we truly obey the gospel as we ought. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
10/11/1920m 56s

Overview of the Fall

Today we begin a new section in our study of the Catechism. For we begin to examine the Fall of Humanity into sin and how far-reaching its consequences are for us all. The two main lessons here are, 1) God did not create a Fallen world, it was our sins that -brought that about. And, 2) it is only with knowledge of the Gospel and a proper relationship with God that we can understand the real condition of sin and how devastating it really is. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
08/11/1920m 3s

Humanity Reviewed

As we enter into this review section of the Catechism, we recall the basic themes or ideas that we have been taught. First that each one of us has a great intrinsic value because we are all created in the image of God. Second, humanity has this image in both a physical way and a nonphysical way. Third, that equality does not mean the same, because God created humanity to be male and female. And Last, we are told about the original state that humanity had, which is being restored in a much greater way through Christ in the new creation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
07/11/1918m 16s

Coworking with God

The original condition that all humanity had was one of self-control and being part of the greater reality of the universe as a co-worker with God. These are things that we lost in the Fall but are things that we can regain a part of the working of grace in our lives if we will co-operate with God in living holy lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
06/11/1919m 48s

Original Holiness

In today's section of the catechism, we review the original state of Adam and see in it the beauty of our initial creation. Humanity was originally in perfect balance with everything and everyone. A state that we will only fully recover in eternity because of Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
05/11/1921m 4s

Equal to Help and Service

When God created both man and woman, He made them equal. Not identical or same, but equal. Both are to help each other and serve, one is not the ruler of the other, they are to work together. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
04/11/1921m 53s

31st Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today we read about the conversion of Zachariah the tax collector. In this story, we can find a lot of lessons on love and forgiveness and conversion, but the one thing that is highlighted for us today is the reality of God's mercy and our response. Both are necessary. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
03/11/1920m 42s

Different But Equal

The Key to understanding gender in the biblical and Catholic sense is based on the concept that there are a distinction and equality about them. For there are 2 distinct genders, a male and a female genders and each both carry the image of God as the value for each. As a result, it is important not just to have equality, but also individuality.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
02/11/1921m 29s

Spirit, Soul and Heart

As we learn more about what makes us both physically and non-physically, we need to understand the different terms relating to the non-physical parts of who we are in order to really have a proper understanding of what makes us the image of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
01/11/1926m 30s

Body and Soul

What makes up the parts of who you are? In the Bible are we two parts, a physical and a nonphysical? Or is it as some suggest, that we are made up of three parts? The answer is simple. We are made up of two distinct parts, a body and a soul.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
31/10/1926m 37s

United as One

As people created in the image of God, we ought to respect one another and be kind. This is the basis for all the morality and how we are to relate to one another socially no matter what culture or race or background each of us comes from. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
30/10/1922m 13s

Your True Worth

When we talk about our being an image of God, what we are doing is giving you our self-appraisal of our value. What we believe we are worth.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
29/10/1925m 21s

What is Man?

We are at a place in the Catechism where we look more closely at who we are and what makes us unique in the whole of everything that was created. For the Catechism begins to examine what makes a human person a person and the various things that the creation account relates to us as a gospel message. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
28/10/1921m 0s

30th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Do you rely on yourself more than God? Do you brag about what you are capable of doing and fail to see how God works in and through you? Today's readings highlight the need for humility and show us how to be capable of forgiveness. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
27/10/1919m 51s

Luminous Mysteries

Today we take a brief pause from ur study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to pray. The form of prayer that we offer is the Luminous Mysteries as found in my book the Rosary Devotional. Help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
26/10/1945m 28s

Review of Creation

Today we come to a review section in the Catechism and look back on the most current topics concerning creation and angels. We are reminded in this section about how we need other things to exist, because everything, the angels and created things are placed in our lives to help us get to heaven and live today. As such it reminds us that we need to also help others live better lives as well. This interdependence calls us to be who we are and not something that we are not. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
25/10/1921m 6s

102419

The focus of creation is worship. This is seen in how the sabbath is the final part of the creation account. We enter into rest with God when we worship, and this prefigures our future destiny in heaven. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
24/10/1918m 18s

For Each Other

Nothing created is independent. We all need each other and everything in the universe provides something that something else needs. This interdependence is part of why we are called to love one another and reveals that being different does not mean that any are less important than another. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
23/10/1922m 7s

Created Unique

All things are inherently good in and of themselves. The belief that anything is inferior or wicked because it is different, or that creation has been corrupted to the point that it is evil is not something that we believe about nature or the created world. All things are good in the sense of God's creation of them. Being a man or a woman does not make one lesser or greater. Being born with original sin does not make nature evil. God created all for a good purpose and they originate from Him and therefore are good, wholesome. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
21/10/1924m 12s

29th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time and we are directed to consider just how we ought to persevere in the faith and believe. for we are given a few pictures of perseverance. We have Moses holding his hands up, in prayer/praise. We have Timothy preaching always, in every situation. And we have a widow pleading for justice. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
20/10/1918m 41s

Angels

We have some amazing beings that will be with us in heaven, among them are the angels of God. Though I am partial to my personal guardian angel, I am sure yours is awesome as well. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
19/10/1924m 6s

Heaven and Earth

The next section we come to in the Catechism teaches us about the creation that God brought about. It is comprised of things seen and things we do not see.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
18/10/1922m 25s

Providence Review

As we conclude this section on creation and providence, we are reminded of the fact that all things exist and remain in existence because of the direct activity of God. Because of this God directs all things that happens and brings out something beneficial in everything that happens, even the evil that is caused by people, so that all might come to know Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
17/10/1923m 37s

Creation Review

As we reach the in brief section for this part of the Catechism, we review and rediscover what the major topics of our understanding about creation are. We learn first and foremost that creation unveils for us the gospel plan for all that is part of God's original design for us. We learned in this section how God in all the various ways in which we relate to Him, in every Person of the Trinity, was part of the creation of everything. We also learn about our place as creatures and our ultimate responsibility as bearers of His image and likeness. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
16/10/1921m 30s

God of History

Today we are reminded by the Catechism that all things work together for a good. It is not that all things are good, but rather that they will ultimately result in a good. Like Christ being crucified resulted in something far greater than the suffering that Jesus endured. But, also that this good does not result for all. it only results for those who love God. This is something that we shall only understand when we see God face to face. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
15/10/1920m 26s

Providence and Evil

Why did God create a world in the state of journeying? Why is there evil at all? The answer to these questions is answered in everything that we can talk about with our faith in God, but the simpliest answer is found in the reality of how God is able to take even a bad situation and make it a blessing. Much like water can harden some objects, soften others, or transform even others into a thing of enjoyment. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
14/10/1926m 50s

28th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Are you grateful or do you overlook how miraculous your salvation from sin is? Naaman was a man who was moved by his healing from leprosy to convert in faith to the God of Israel. But do you know how marvelous your healing from original sin is? Ten with leprosy got healed by Jesus, yet only one returned. Are you the one, or do you get what you ask for and then abandon the Lord because he was not what you wanted, or need for all eternity? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
13/10/1917m 59s

Providence and Secondary Causes

Many people struggle with how God brings about his plan because they do not see how God uses things like prayer and our actions, whether good or evil, to bring about his ultimate results. Too often you will hear it asked, why should I pray if God knows what I need? The answer can be found in sections 307-309 of the Catholic Catechism.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
12/10/1921m 10s

Providence Defined

When we look at the order that God made of all creation, and we consider how God continually sustains it, we are led to understand the nature of God's "Providential Care." God has ordered all things to transpire in a very definite way that is ultimately for our greater good. And, this is the greatest reason why bad things happen. It is not that God is cruel, but rather that he sees to all things, even difficult and bad ones, that there is something beneficial in them. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
11/10/1922m 18s

Above and Sustains

When we think about God the first thing that is beyond obvious is the fact that he is more than we can understand. There is something about him that is more than we can understand or measure. With that is the realization of who we are as beings he has created. It reveals how we are dependant upon him not just for being created, but for existing any length of time at all as well. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Rosary Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2Gncn2y
10/10/1920m 25s

Good Creation

The fact that everything happens in a predetermined manner allows us to know definite things about the universe that we reside in. It also allows us to know that we can understand the universe and specific things about it. It also gives us a sure confidence in God that allows us to pray and know we can have specific results. It also assures us that our bodies and every physical thing has a purpose that is redeemable and not just evil. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/10/1921m 53s

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Are you a servant or a ruler? We all want great faith, but why? The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith and he told them that even little faith can accomplish much, but also reminded them that no matter what they did, it was still nothing exceptional. We think that having faith to move mountains is great faith, but in God's eyes, it is nothing spectacular. For even that is just us allowing God to be God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/10/1920m 1s

Guardian Angels

Who or what are guardian angels? For many, this is a very confusing topic and one not many are taught about. But quite simply they are spiritual friends that God has given to us to help us live out a truly Christian lif. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/10/1923m 14s

26th Ordinary Sunday 2019

This past Sunday we heard about Lazarus and the rich man. It is a very familiar gospel, but many of us do not understand it. But it is a simple encouragement for us to live an authentic Christian life. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/10/1915m 0s

Sore throat

The Podcast will be delayed a few days due to a Sore throat. I pray this will get better soon and hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday we can be back with episodes.
29/09/191m 24s

My Birthday 2019

Happy birthday to Me! Today I am reviewing this past Sunday's readings and relating them to our need to be forgiving and loving, just as St Vincent de Paul taught us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/09/1928m 14s

Update

Hi everyone. Today I just want to give an update on some things and allow each of you to know our new schedule going forward. Because of other commitments, I have to adjust when these podcasts can happen. Plus want to let you know of other things that I am working on. So hope this helps you understand our plans going forward.
25/09/1920m 23s

Supported By God

Today we find in the Catechism that not only did God create everything out of nothing, but that He continues to sustain it. In fact, we could do nothing without this aid because of who we are and our dependence on Him shows us the basis for the eternal life He provides for us who serve Him willingly. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/09/1918m 19s

Good Not Depraved

The world that God created was not created chaotically but was created orderly, like a watch. It was fashioned to be good not evil or depraved. Understanding this is important to a right perspective of salvation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/09/1922m 8s

Created From Nothing

When we think about Creation, the manner in which it came into being tells us a lot. For in Christianity, the belief that God created us out of nothing, not a need or desire or material, informs us that we have a purpose and shows that the most impossible thing that we might need is possible for a God who creates all from nothing at all. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/09/1921m 0s

1 Year

Thank you for listening to us and giving us a whole year of being around as a podcast with you as the great listeners that you are. 
18/09/1920m 9s

Purpose, Glorify God

The reason for why everything exists is simple. Everything exists for God and is about Him. We forget this when we complain about our lot in life and when we think we are being mistreated. But the reality is, our comfort and ease is not the main reason for all that exists. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6  
17/09/1919m 7s

Trinity and Creation

As we start to get into the particulars of the Catholic understanding of creation, we begin with understanding some basics about creation as it relates to God being a Trinity and how each Person had a part in the creation of all things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
13/09/1918m 23s

Creation, Reason and the Gospel

When we understand creation properly we are able to reason the things of origins, God's existence and our place in it, as well as salvation properly. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
12/09/1922m 25s

Understanding the Different Views

As we review section 285 of the Catechism, we see that there are a bunch of different views on the origin and makeup of the universe. The main reason for these different views is related to the way each one of us looks at and decides just what make sense about the world around us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/09/1921m 35s

Why of Creation

Why do we study creation? For many, the whole idea of creation is simply an academic exercise. But, if we go beyond the mere when and how of creation we will discover our own understanding of why. This is a very important realization for us to have because it affects everything about our lives and what we believe is important, as well as what we excuse as being right or blame for being wrong. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/09/1922m 54s

We Can Know

Having a knowledge about creation can help us in two very important ways. First, it can help because it provides us with the proof that things can be understood. Second, it gives us the basis for knowing our value and place in society is based on who we are not merely what we do. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/09/1921m 54s

Mary's Birthday 2019

Today is the Feastday for remembering the Birthday of Mary, the Mother of God. It is now 9 months from the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and she who was to become the bearer of the Word made Flesh is born. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/09/1921m 23s

Creation

We now enter one of the most important sections of the Catechism. For it is in this section that we study the creation. We see what God originally designed and learn from it what the purpose of everything is. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
07/09/1922m 46s

Almighty Mercy

When we think about God being Almighty, we often forget that the way in which He is the greatest is in His acting with Love and Mercy. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/09/1921m 22s

Power Over Evil

One of the greatest reasons why people reject any notion of a Deity or God is due to the presence of bad things in the created order. Evil seems to triumph and not good, disasters and illnesses take lives daily, and many other difficulties are part of life. But, What we learn in these moments is not that there is no God, but rather God is greater than even these things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/09/1922m 8s

God Almighty

When we begin the Apostle's Creed we confess a faith in "God the Father Almighty." In doing such we begin our declaration about God based on 3 Basic principles. The first being that God is all-powerful, there is nothing that He cannot do. Second, the reason for this ability to do all things is due to the fact that He alone is God the Creator. And lastly, we confess that He is not just Almighty, but that He is a personal and loving God, our Dad. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
04/09/1921m 31s

Trinity Wrap-up

Today we come to the end of the section in the catechism that deals with the blessed Trinity, and as a result, we review the key things we need to keep in mind when dealing with this doctrine. To learn what they are, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/09/1922m 7s

The Trinity at Work

Our perception of God as He is, a Trinity in Unity, is based on how God works in our lives. When we consider how He relates to us and brings us into Hos life we find this doctrine explains or creation, salvation and sanctification distinctly. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/09/1921m 55s

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2019

Today's reflections on the readings for this 22nd Ordinary Sunday in 2019. Give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/09/1922m 16s

Summery of the Trinity

After doing my best to explain some of the basic parts of the doctrine of the Trinity, today I attempt to put it all together. With the help of today's section of the Catechism, I reexplain the basic parts then dive into the most specific way in which we can understand this doctrine. Granted this is a hard doctrine for us to understand because what we can know about it is something that we can only know in its parts. But, with today's lesson, I hope you get the bigger picture of what and who our God is, as we can know him. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
31/08/1929m 44s

Trinity Defined

As we continue to examine the doctrine of the Trinity we come to the point in the catechism that explains how the doctrine came to be defined.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/08/1921m 44s

Passion of John the Baptist

Today is a unique day in the calendar of the Church because we recall the beheading of John the Baptist. As Tradition informs us, today is that day in which King Herod because of a promise had St John the Baptist beheaded. It is a day that reminds us that we must face our own sufferings in this life bravely and to be witnesses to a fallen world even when it can cost us our lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/08/1919m 25s

The Filioque

One of the most controversial parts of the discussion about who or what God is as a Trinity, centers around what is called the Filioque controversy. The Catechism deals this issue in this section that we deal with today/ And it is important that we understand what it means in order to properly understand our Triune God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
28/08/1922m 26s

God the Spirit

As we continue our study of how we as Catholics understand God as a Trinity, we come to the final person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. As a result, we begin to see that each of these Persons are a way in which we relate to God as a result of how He saved us and allows us to fully comprehend the Godhead as completely as we can with our limited mental capacity. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/08/1925m 26s

21st Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today's Reading gives us a solemn warning. If we do not repent and live truly Christian lives we will not be allowed entrance into heaven. For in the readings we are told about those who pretend to be Christian but get told that they are not known because they are doers of evil. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
25/08/1919m 42s

Feast of St Bartholomew 2019

With today's feast of the Apostle Bartholomew, we are called to recall our being the bride of Christ as members of His Church. It is presented to us through the account of how this apostle was first called to Jesus by his friend, Philip when his name was Nathaniel. For in the Gospel account and the reading from the Book of Revelation that is read today we are pointed to some prophecies in Daniel and Ezekiel that are hinted at in john's Gospel. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
24/08/1917m 58s

God the Son

As we learned about the basis for our understanding about God being the Father, today we find that because of the gospel, we have a new understanding about God, an understanding about God as the Son. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
23/08/1925m 30s

God the Father

Knowing God as the Father is the key to understanding the Trinity. The basis for recognizing God as the Father is something that is found in all ancient religions and myths of Rome and Greece as well as Judaism and Islam. And, this simple foundation is the basis for the Christian belief in God as a Trinity. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
22/08/1924m 32s

Relating With God

As we move into the next section of the Catechism, we dive into the first deep waters about God, namely His Trinitarian nature. We are presented this reality as we come to it in our first taste of the Christian faith with a reminder of our baptism in the Triune name. And we learn that this reality about God is something that we can know by how we relate to God and begin to understand Him in a more intimate way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/08/1925m 22s

One God Review

We have come to a review portion of the Catechism. And, in this review, we find a summary of the foundational belief that we have in God. Namely, that He is One. Our coming to know God as He is, as He reveals Himself, challenges us to a specific reaction of faith. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/08/1924m 14s

Our Obligation

Faith in God obligates us. For in coming to realize that there is a God and in knowing who He is, we come to a place where we become obligated to act and live in a definite way.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/08/1922m 6s

20th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Are we promised a life of ease and happiness, or are we at war? When you hear the gospel message that some preach you would think that being a Christian is the best thing ever. But this was not known to the early Church that was full of martyrs. And, the Readings this Sunday help us see that we must be prepared for war. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
18/08/1921m 13s

God is Love

The most simplest declaration about God is that He is Love. But, do we really understand what that means? Does it mean that He accepts us no matter what or does it mean that even when we reject Him that He still loves us? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
17/08/1918m 53s

God is Truth

God is Truth. This is one of the simplest statements that can be made and it is the basis for everything that we can know and believe in as part of our faith in God. The reason why we are able to be in a religious relationship at all is because of the trustworthiness of God Himself. We can trust His word and stand on it in faith because God is Truth itself. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
16/08/1922m 46s

Assumption of Mary 2019

Today is the Holyday that remembers the Assumption of Mary. It is remembered because she was caught up into heaven, raptured by her son, Jesus, into glory and reveals to us just how each one of us will one day be caught up into the presence of God if we will be faithful and obedient in the faith unto our deaths. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
15/08/1923m 19s

The Revealed Name

What does God's name really mean? Why is it so important to understand why He tells us, reveals to us, that He is, I Am That I Am? It is simply because when we understand His name properly it allows us to have the real perspective of why we need Him and our true nature of dependence upon Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
14/08/1921m 47s

Name Revealed

How do we know anyone until we get their name? With God, we learned in scripture over a hundred different names and titles, but one, YHVH, which is simply translated as LORD is truly recognized as His name. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/08/1918m 35s

One God

The most fundamental thing that we believe in is a belief in God. This is the way both Creeds open for us the Christian faith. We believe in God, we believe that He exists and we believe certain facts about Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/08/1920m 40s

Transfiguration 2019

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration. A day in which we think about the divinity of Christ and how we are adopted into His kingdom. We read from Daniel about How God was bright as snow and in the Gospel we read about Jesus being likewise bright. Such a connection shows that He is God. And, with Him are Moses and Elijah, showing to us that intercession through the communion of the saints is real and not necromancy. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/08/1919m 9s

18th Ordinary Sunday 2019

What is important to you? What has your heart? Today's readings focus us on the concept that we should be focused on spiritual things, or the reality of eternal life rather than things that will not last eternally. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/08/1921m 39s

The Two Creeds

Typically when someone responds to an "altar call" or says the "sinner's prayer" in a protestant church, what they are doing is simply confessing their faith in a creed. This formula of declaring faith has always been part of Christianity can is the reason why we have creeds in the first place. The two most prominent creeds in Christianity are the apostles' creed and the Nicene Creed. Both form the basis of a summary of the deposit of the faith and are a basis for learning more about the faith that we as Catholic Christians profess for our salvation. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/08/1922m 0s

Creed and Baptism

When we are baptized the words of our baptism are a creed. For we are baptized in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit. This is our very first creed and the beginning of our faith journey. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/08/1927m 39s

Creed as What Unifies

When we think about a creed our initial reaction is that it is merely a statement of faith. But in reality, it is more than that. It is a declaration of what unifies us as a people of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/08/1920m 45s

Faith Reviewed

We have now reached the end of the section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church about faith and we learn some of the key points about faith that is taught by the Catholic Church. The one thing we learn is that faith is both a work of God's grace and a true response by us that is not forced upon us. We are not robots. We choose whom we will serve. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
31/07/1921m 8s

The One Faith

Is there a singular faith that all can come to? The Catholic answer is yes. Not because all faiths lead to the same destination, but because there is one faith, one religion that is the truth. Period. Many will balk at this because they believe in the right of an individual to believe whatever they want because of the so-called similarities of every religion, but that would be like talking about the similarities of a plane flight instead of knowing the destination. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/07/1920m 33s

Reality of Faith

When we talk about faith we talk about very real things. The problem that exists with this is that the way we understand the reality of that which faith speaks about. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/07/1923m 5s

Part of the Greater

No one is an island. We need each other. Not just to live, but also to live out the faith and reach heaven as well. We receive the Catholic faith from others, just like we are born of a mother and father naturally. Understanding that our faith, while a personal act, is part of a greater whole, we grow in the love of God as children in a family as God intends. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
25/07/1923m 17s

Walking by the Unseen

How is faith the evidence of things we do not see? How does faith guide us through the dark nights of our soul? Give us a listen and you will have these answers. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
24/07/1921m 22s

16th Ordinary Sunday 2019

In the ancient world hospitality is a very important thing. Without it, you might not survive living as a nomad in the desert like Abraham. But we get a strange message about hospitality when we come to the gospel account of Martha and Mary. For we are told that Mary did something better than just being hospitable. But what was it? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/07/1921m 43s

Not Forced

In a political climate that seems to want to force a particular worldview on you, it is a good reminder that the Christian faith is something you can reject ... and face the consequences for rejecting if you choose to. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/07/1930m 46s

Reasonable Faith

Immanuel Kant described religious faith as something that binds an individual into slavery and a childish way of thinking. This is the attitude among many who graduate college and believe they are independent thinkers because they see faith as an irrational thought structure instead of a logical belief is something real. Yet, today, as we find out from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this is not the truth. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/07/1927m 22s

Faith Reacts To Grace

When we believe, it is because grace made it so. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing and hearing .... the Word of God. Who was with God in the beginning and was God Himself.  Faith reacts to grace. Grace reveals God and we believe not because of the reasons why, but because we see Christ ... we see the face of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
18/07/1925m 42s

the Relationship of Faith

How we relate to God is faith. Faith is simply how we know Him as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
17/07/1919m 56s

Our Response of Faith

Faith is our way to respond to God. It is the act that cooperates with grace and makes salvation possible. It was demonstrated by Abraham and Mary. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
16/07/1920m 16s

Scripture Review

It is not uncommon for people to be told that Catholics do not read the Scripture or considers it that important. But, when we review sections 134-141 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church we find that is not the case. In fact, scripture is seen as a way in which we can come to experience the presence of Christ, just like we can in the Blessed Sacrament. Scripture is important! To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
15/07/1928m 30s

15th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today the Chruch provides us the reading of the Good Samaritan and allows us to reflect on just who we are. Are we the Lawyer who asks what is the least that we can do and still make heaven? If so, why do we want to do so little? Is it because we want to compromise with sin and only have a legalistic religion and not a loving relationship? Or are we the Levite, just a religious person who in following the laws of God, use the letter of the law about not becoming unclean to prevent us from really being a help to those in need? Or are we the priest, who like the Levite does not help someone in need because of a religious position that would be ruined if we, like Jesus, dined with tax collectors, harlots, and other known sinners? Or do we become Jesus in the Samaritan? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
14/07/1920m 53s

Available to All

One of the greatest lies about the Catholic faith is simply that it wanted the public ignorant of the Bible. This is due to a false narrative about the Church and its teaching of scripture and how it has been the main organization preserving and promoting the knowledge found in the writings we now call the Bible. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
13/07/1923m 58s

Both Together

Can you read a book like, The Count of Monte Cristo or Gone With the Wind, judging them and what they are all about with the values of today's society? No, we cannot. For these works are about the era in which they are set in. To try and force a "politically correct" ideology from either of them would destroy the sublime beauty and message that each contains. In a similar way, we need to guard against reading the Old Testament as a Christianized account of ancient history and forget the society that produced it and from which we are given a truly Divine message. But, how do we do that? What is the central theme that runs through the Bible like a scarlet thread? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
12/07/1925m 40s

Most Important Part

Whenever the east of Pentecost comes around there is always someone who brings up the fact that the reading that tells us what makes that day a historical event is not found in the Gospel reading but rather in the first reading and not the Gospel. As a result, you hear someone ask, "Why not move that reading so it is the last thing you hear before the homily?" Such thinking does not understand just how important the Gospels are. For in them we get everything that the Bible is about in the clearest possible way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/07/1930m 5s

Not Without Value

How many times have you heard someone say that they focus on a certain portion of scripture like the New Testament or the Epistles because they are the only relevant portion of the Bible for them? Sadly it is something we hear all too often. But it ought not to be so. All scripture. Every part. Whether in Genesis, Maccabees, Romans or a Gospel, all are given to us by God and can benefit our souls. We just need to recognize that and live that every day. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/07/1925m 56s

Books of the Bible

In section 120 of the Catechism, we are told just what the books of the Bible are. While it does not expressly explain why those are the books, it is clear from history and the inner testimony of these books that there was a gradual development of how each book and it's portions came to be scriptural. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/07/1926m 4s

Sense of the Scripture

Don't you hate it when people misunderstand you? Like you could be giving some basic instructions about how to do a math problem or a task at work or even directions, but if someone does not follow your instructions in a proper way, things go wrong. This is why the Church explains the ways in which we can properly understand the Bible and not lean unto our own understanding about it. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/07/1925m 42s

14th Ordinary Sunday 2019

Today's reading tells us about the Kingdon of God being near to us. And, it is. Just maybe not as you would think. For the kingdom is present to us in the moments of our suffering, not just when we are healed and prosperous.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/07/1916m 50s

Interpreting Scripture

If you were to do a math equation like 2/3(4+5), you would need to know something about the mathematical order of operations in order to arrive at the right answer. In a similar way, when we read the scriptures, we need to know the right way to read it to understand its meaning and lessons so we can apply them to our situation and way of understanding what it says. And, today we learn from the Catechism of the Catholic Church what that process we can use to do this the right way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/07/1930m 21s

Inspired Truth

Talk with any King James Fundamentalist and they will tell you that the Bible is the Literal, Inerrant and Infallible Word of God, but is this accurate? Not entirely, but in a sense, yes. Because what we have as the sacred scripture is indeed the Word of God in written form and therefore is what God inspired to be recorded or written, it is also a document that a person wrote as they understood God. So we do have an authentic Word or revelation that literally is God's inspired revelation, it is therefore without error., but, also at the same time is also a human document that has limitations about that revelation that the Church in its teaching office must help us to properly understand so that this revelation is not corrupted or made fallible by false interpretations and errors of human persons. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/07/1929m 38s

What is Scripture?

When we talk about sacred scripture, what are we talking about? The word itself comes from the Latin word scrīptūra, which simply means “a writing”. It is used in the biblical text and in the ancient writings of the Early Church Fathers to designate religious books, and eventually, this word evolved into describing a particular grouping of books that were uniquely the written Word of God, that we now have as part of our Bibles. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
04/07/1930m 44s

Feast of Doubting Thomas 2019

Today is the feast of St Thomas the Doubter. As such we depart from our usual examination of the Catechism and reflect on what we can know of the gospel by this great Apostle. And, what we can learn from him is how we are to believe. We are called to a faith that does not demand proof in a sensory or natural manner, we put faith in God and walk by faith, trusting in what our faith provides proof of. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/07/1918m 15s

Understanding What You Received

As we come to an "In Brief" section of the Catechism. We take a moment to reflect on just what we have received as the Deposit of Catholic Faith. It can be simply defined as follows: 1. The teaching which Jesus gave the apostles that were transmitted orally and in scripture. 2. As it was transmitted in a verbal and written form, both makeup what we as Catholics accept to be the Word of God. Scripture alone is not the entirety of everything God has entrusted to us for faith and practice. 3. Both Tradition and Scripture are what we receive from the Church to guide us in what we are to think and do. Both form the basis for how we are to live and be Catholic Christians. 4. This "Deposit" is what Catholics everywhere accept, contemplate and live as the true faith. It is always recognized even where parts are rejected that this is that which we have that is authenticly Catholic. 5. The sole source from which we can determine just how any of this Deposit is to be lived or believed comes from the teaching office of the Church and not from false teachers, prophets or individuals who are not part of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church .... that is, only the pope and the bishops united with him and no others. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/07/1923m 55s

13th Ordinary Sunday 2019

What does it cost? That is the question n today's readings. We all want heaven, but few want to pay the price that is demanded of us to be fit for heaven. Not in the sense that we earn it, for we do not merit our salvation. But, we are called to surrender our lives to service. We are called to cooperate with grace and give a response to God that shows we have nothing if we do not gain Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/07/1915m 38s

Martyrdom of Peter and Paul 2019

Today is the day in which we recall the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. It is a day in which we are reminded that we must maintain the faith throughout our entire lives. We do not give up or stop fighting for the faith until our lives are over. As such the readings today remind us of the Church, though always on a war footing, will not be overcome by wickedness. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/06/1917m 52s

Sacred Heart of Jesus 2019

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As such it is a day in which we think about the great love that God has for us. We do this simply because the heart is a symbol of love. When we celebrate Valentine's day or write love letters or make pictures with people in love, the heart is always used as that symbol. So today is a day in which we recall that love with the symbol of that love represented in the loving heart of our Savior. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
28/06/1918m 15s

Growing in the Faith

When it comes to growing in faith we have both the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives and true guides in the Tradition, Scripture and Teaching office of the Church to aid us in this journey. Like branches on a vine, we do not develop on our own. We grow as part of a faith community. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/06/1925m 37s

Part of the Deposit

When it comes to our part in maintaining the deposit of the faith, many do not know how important they are to that process. For it is our duty to be caretakers of this deposit and not merely recipients of it. This is how we know that the gospel message that we have received has not been corrupted or will ever be corrupted. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
26/06/1919m 27s

Deposit of Faith Defined

What is the deposit of the faith that Catholics speak of? It is the sum of everything that we recognize to be the Word of God. But, unlike those of the sola scriptura camp, we believe that the deposit of the faith, that is the word of God, is more than just a written book, it is also the Tradition that informs that book. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
25/06/1923m 7s

Nativity of John the Baptist 2019

Today is a very important date in the Church's liturgical year. It is the day when we remember the birthday of St John the Baptist. Because it is 6 months to Christmas and John was conceived 6 months before Jesus, we have this day set aside to both look forward to Christmas and to reflect on the importance, not just of St John alone, but to recall just how important each one of our lives are. To think about our potential. And, to realize in knowing the potential every human life has, just how grave abortion To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
24/06/1914m 48s

Twelfth Ordinary Sunday 2019

Who is Christ to you? Is he just a reason you have a good life of ease or the reason you deny yourself for others? As Christians, we are called to live for others. We are to be willing to suffer and give up what we want for those around us like Christ did when he went to the cross for us. But, what does that really mean? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
23/06/1919m 3s

About Sacred Tradition

What is Sacred Tradition? Is it the thing that the fiddler on the roof sang about .... "but they love each other... Or is it something else? For a Catholic Sacred Tradition is something that is as equally the Word of God as Sacred Scripture. It is also the cultural lens through which the written scripture is to be understood. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
22/06/1926m 10s

Deposit of Faith

What is the deposit of the faith? We hear this term used but rarely does it seem that we know exactly what it means. At least until we look at the section of the catechism that we are reviewing today! To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/06/1922m 34s

Corpus Christi 2019

Today is the normal day for the solemnity of Corpus Chrsti, the celebration of the Body and Blood of Jesus. As such, I reflect on the meaning of the Eucharistic Sacrament and how it teaches us to live our lives. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/06/1923m 30s

Revelation Complete

In Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we have everything that God could ever want us to know about Him in this life. There is no addition or correction (Book of Mormon or Quarn) to this revelation that we have in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is all that there is to any issue that we have in relating to God as we ought. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/06/1922m 20s

Progress of Revelation

A quick review of the Old Testament will reveal that God has always tried to have a relationship with each one of us. It started with Adam and Eve in the garden, but because of sin, they had their relationship with God altered in such a way that they were left with a gospel of hope in a future redemption after exile. God continued His reaching out to us with Noah and then Abraham in which He set apart a peculiar people who would be the source of the redemption of God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
18/06/1922m 13s

A Different Kind of Knowledge

There are two different ways of being able to know something about another individual. The first way is the external facts that we can know about them. Like their height, weight and what their birthday is kind of stuff. But then there is the other kind of things that are more relationship based that goes beyond these facts we can know about them that are more revelatory. In a similar way, we can know certainly that God exists in an external manner, but the more intimate details about God require a second kind of knowledge. A revelatory knowledge that comes from having a relationship with Him To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
17/06/1922m 43s

Trinity Sunday 2019

On this Trinity Sunday, we reflect on the nature of relationship. This is because the core way in which we can come to understand God as a Trinity is through the ways in which we relate to Him and others. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
16/06/1917m 4s

How we Know and Can Speak

When one testifies in a court of law they have to know something. When we teach others about math or why it will rain tomorrow we also need to know something. Just as these things are necessary for these areas of life, when it comes to talking about God, we do need to know and be capable of understanding who God is to some degree to be able to relate this to others. And, this is the basis for all religious expressions like that found in the catechism. For we are capable of both knowing and explain God to others, although imperfectly. And that is why we have this podcast and have the Catholic Catechism. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
15/06/1918m 54s

What We Say

One of the issues when it comes to religious things is that we can only explain something that is supernatural in a very limited way. When speaking about creation, the ancient people used the language and science of their day to give us the creation stories that as time and science would evolve would prove to not be 100%accurate. This is the way thing is with all things of a spiritual or supernatural nature. It is almost like when we describe an individual or place to another person who may have never meet or see them. They can get a general idea of that person by giving a description about what they look like, but even with a photograph, there are things that are unknown about that person that such a limited way of revealing them allows us to provide. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
14/06/1925m 22s

Need for Revelation

If the evidence for God is self-provable, why would God need to reveal anything to us or have a Church instruct us about Him? Simply because without religion we could doubt what we do not want to believe.
13/06/1920m 44s

Knowing God is Real

One of the first questions in understanding any religious belief is to know if that belief really is rational. At the very core of this is the question, does God really exist? For many, once this question is answered faith is at once possible. So in the very beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we are presented with the "proofs" or ways in which we know that God really does exist. The one thing that needs to be said about these proofs is that they are not what most would expect them to be or want them to prove, because the proof that God exists is more of a foundational, yes He does, but not a definitive, this is the God that does exist type of evidence. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
12/06/1923m 55s

Desire for God

Why are there so many religions or ways to be spiritual? Is it because we are all expressing our own understanding of the one truth that all of us pursue or is it just proof that we are created by God to desire and know Him? The answer is simply the last part. We are all created for God. To know Him and be capable of fellowship, a relationship with Him. But because of sin, we all do not know how to find Him as we ought. Our hearts are restless without Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/06/1922m 41s

To Begin

Today on this memorial day of Mary, Mother of the Church, we begin our journey into understanding the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a starting point. All thousand-mile journeys begin with one step, and this journey as well begins with understanding the nature of faith. For before we can know the nuts and bolts about the various doctrines about the faith or why certain things are right or wrong, we must know that first of all our journey is about a relationship between God and us, not just a set of theorems and postulations. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/06/1924m 6s

Pentecost 2019

The Holy Spirit is given, Alleluia.  Today is the day in which we received the greatest gift of all, God Himself. He is not a babe in a manger, or a man walking next to us as we journey through life. He is no longer on a cross or laying in a tomb. It is not that He has risen and abides with us still externally. But, rather, He is in us. We are His temple. His dwelling-place. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/06/1914m 44s

Vigil of Pentecost 2019

Tonight we have an added bonus, the readings for the Vigil of Pentecost. For in the churches around the world tonight is a setup, a preparation for the great event of the coming of the Holy Spirit. We do not always eagerly want this event like that of Christmas, because there are no presents; nor do we receive baskets of candy like on Easter. But, this day marks out the greatest blessing of all that we can receive, God Himself as a personal indwelling Spirit. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/06/1915m 12s

Necessary Adaptations

As we close out the prologue section of the catechism we realize the need to adapt the teachings within it to the various audiences that will encounter these truths. For even though there is one truth that we want all to come to understand, namely that God is love, not all of us will understand that love in the same way. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/06/1923m 45s

The nuts and Bolts

My Uncle Jim was a bit of a tinkerer. He would take things apart and try to put them back together in order to understand just how they work. And when dealing with the Catechism of the Catholic Church we need to understand the various parts that make it up in order to know how to properly use it when learning about the Catholic Faith. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
07/06/1926m 13s

To Whom?

When we study the Catechism of the Catholic Church it is very helpful if we consider to whom that document was addressed to in order to know how we might find it useful. For the people to whom this document is primarily addressed to are the Bishops throughout the world. They are the ones who are responsible for making sure that the Catholic faith is passed on to future generations as accurately as possible. And, it is through them that all others, including you and me, are able to know the deposit of the faith that is our heirloom from Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/06/1927m 7s

Our Christian Heirloom

In many families, there is something precious that gets passed down from generation to generation. It can be a set of grandma's dishes, some coins that grandpa collected, an old shotgun or even a ring or some other item like these. When I was younger I used to joke about how my hand me down clothes were the only heirloom my family had. But, regardless of all these things, it points to something that is very important that we are entrusted with and pass on to the next generation so they can have what was given to us. In the Christian faith, our heirloom is simply defined as catechesis. It is simply the transmission of the faith from one generation unto the next. It is that thing that unites us with the past. It is the Tradition we share in common that allows us to know we have roots. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/06/1921m 36s

Why The Gospel?

One of the most basic questions in Christianity is, why did Jesus die for me? For most people, this is a question that has many answers. But the essential answer to this simple question is found in the opening line of the catechism. God wants to share his life with us. The reason for our salvation from sin is because God did not create any of us for hell. God wants all of us to come to the saving knowledge of Him and live with Him eternally. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
04/06/1926m 16s

Why the Catechism?

Today we will be beginning a journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The reason for this is so that we can really know what it is that has been taught throughout the centuries and received as the faith that was once given to the saints (Jude 1:3-4). To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/06/1921m 31s

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2019

In today's readings, we are taught something about being a united people. We are called to be one loaf or one Church or Body of Christ, not many denominations. The saddest thing in the world is the fact that there are many different types of Christian Churches. There are Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodist, non-denominational, etc. This is not the unity that we find in the readings today. For today we are told that we ought to be one, as the Trinity is one. We ought to be united with one another and cry out, "Come Lord Jesus." Like the Spirit and the Bride, we ought to be one. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/06/1914m 24s

What Love Teaches

Over the last couple of weeks, I talked about the importance of properly loving God. The one thing that I hope you gained from all these talks is that in properly loving God we become the kind of people we were always meant by His love to become. Too often we focus our lives on things that can never satisfy us or make us eternally happy. But, if we love God properly we can be kind, patient, endure all manner of hardships and never stop believing or enduring for the God we love. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/06/1926m 15s

Feast of the Visitation

Today is the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth. It is a day in which we recall the event of the Second Joyful Mystery, where Mary went to her cousin to aid her during her time of need. It is a day in which we learn about how love is a self-sacrificing thing. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/05/1923m 49s

Ascension Thursday

If Christ is lifted up, He will draw all to Him. This is a true statement about Christ that relates to the cross, but it also applies to His Ascension into glory. We see this with those who teach a gospel focused on the End time. But, Jesus did not want this kind of gospel, He wanted a personal gospel about how He is still with us in the power of the Spirit. He scolded His apostles for asking about the setting up of the kingdom and turned their focus on being empowered and witnessing. For in the witness that the Church gives, we find Christ until He comes again. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/05/1920m 16s

When God is Distant

On the cross, Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" And we all feel moments in our lives when it would seem that we are abandoned by God. But the reality is that He is still there. We have not been left alone. He is still with us until the end. The only thing that is going on is that He is drawing us closer to Him and away from the world.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/05/1921m 42s

Enduring Temptation

When we love God there will be obstacles to our loving Him that can cause us to give up and never experience what we are called to. One of these things that attempt to prevent us is the things that tempt us into sin. When we learn to draw nearer to God as a result of the things that seek to draw us from Him our relationship with Him grows stronger. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
28/05/1924m 23s

Hopes Eternally

When you truly love someone, you are inspired to something more than just being in love. You see more about their potential and a future that is a lot like a fairy tale ending. And. this is the way we hope in God for all that loving Him inspires in us. Too often we are left with the disappointment and emptiness that comes from believing and loving creatures that cannot satisfy us that we lose sight of how loving God inspires in us a greater ability to love those around us because of Him. And, it is here that when we learn to love God as completely as we are made to be capable of that love truly hopes for the best in everything. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/05/1928m 34s

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2019

Today's readings prepare us for the next two great days in the Church's calendar, the Ascension of the Lord and the Decent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. In order to prepare us for these two great days, we read about the peace of God that should result in our lives because of these two great events. A peace that comes from our loving faith in Christ speaking to us through His Church. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
26/05/1922m 58s

Believing Because of Love

Have you ever loved someone so much that you could only see the good in them? There are many mothers who know this kind of love. We see them on the news being defenders of their child after some great tragedy happens in which their baby is believed to have done something horrible. This is the kind of love we are called to have for God, in His Church. It is not a blind love that does not overlook or excuse evil, like the pedophile scandal. But, it is a love that does not give up on the truths of Christianity that is found and maintained by the Catholic Church because certain members snuck in unaware to all (Jude 1:4). for these are just the weeds among the wheat (Matthew 13:27-30). To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
25/05/1923m 57s

Bearing All

Have you ever gone to work and because you were so busy time just flew by? This is how we should be with illness, poverty and all the bad things that happen to us because we are so focused on loving God that nothing else matters. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
24/05/1923m 41s

Love Obeys

Why are good deeds necessary for our salvation? Because we are called to love God. Obedience is love in action. It shows that we truly desire what God wants and reveals how much love we have for Him. When we do our own thing or ask God to bless us on our terms and get upset when bad things happen to us "good" people, we miss the true place of faith in God that loves Him no matter  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
23/05/1924m 43s

Not Resentful

Have you ever lost your peace and become unhappy because something bad happened? Did someone do you wrong and you could not let it go and get on with loving God because you could not accept what happened? Does God love you so little that you need justice and not more of His love and mercy? Love is never perfect if it does not let go and let God be God in all things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
22/05/1923m 22s

Not Irritated

What bothers you or makes you lose happiness? Is it that things do not go your way? Or when you are insulted? The love that Christ had for you. The love that went to a cross was not easily irritated by our sins. Shouldn't we love without finding things annoying? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/05/1924m 27s

Love Only Jesus

Do you want God because He is God, or because you crave something? When we seek God to do something for us instead of wanting only to please God, we do not love God as we ought. Love truly does not seek selfish desires above just being loving. If you have to have God accept you as you are, with what you crave to be then you do not love God as God. We do not think about marrying another person and insisting that they give us our way. Instead, when a man loves a woman and seeks to marry her, he gives himself to love her completely and only. How can we not live that love for God alone? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/05/1927m 59s

Love as He Loved

Would anyone know you are a Christian if you said nothing about your faith? If not, is it because you do not love as Jesus did? This is the one way He told you and commanded you that would allow the world to recognize that you follow Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/05/1919m 6s

Abandoned to Love

Is it possible to love anything if you do not seek only it? Too often we want things our way at the cost of what is truly our heart's desire. We want two masters instead of one Lord. But, God calls us to an undivided love of Him that will transform us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
18/05/1920m 41s

Seeking Only God

When you are in love does anything matter but the object of your affections? I would doubt that anything would be more important to you than the thing you love, whether it is a person or thing. So when we truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul and being we gain Him instead of losing Him by gaining the created world. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
17/05/1921m 42s

Humble Love

What are you really? Do you see yourself as something great or important? Or do you realize that you are a creature or sinner saved by grace? When we love God properly, we have a real proper understanding of who and what we are. Such knowledge stirs us to love God in the reality of truth.  To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6  
16/05/1922m 54s

Prayer: Communicating Love

If there is one thing that is key to any relationship it is communication. Without some form of understanding what the other thinks and believes, no love or trust is possible. For that reason, the most important part of our relationship with God is the prayer that unites us with Him and makes race possible. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
15/05/1924m 3s

Communion of Love

How often do you go to Mass and receive communion like you are punching a time clock? Is it really love for God that comes late to Mass, right before the gospel, and departs as soon as communion has been received? I am sure you would not think that anyone really cared about you if they only listened to some of what you have to say- like the gospel only at Mass- or leave once they got whatever you were providing them - like communion at Mass. So why treat God so unimportantly? Why only come to Mass and leave like He is only a thing to be used? If we truly understood what the Mass and communion really was, we would act differently. We would love Him who so loved us. We would desire it even when we were doing other things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
14/05/1919m 48s

Renewed by Love

Why should we think about the things of God? In order to know Him better, of course. How else can we expect to be in love with a God we do not know? While scripture can be a good place to begin learning about God, we must also learn about Him by doing as well. Going to Mass, living the works of mercy, prayer and just examining our lives are steps by which we can be renewed by love and made fit saints for heaven. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
13/05/1924m 1s

4th Sunday of Easter 2019

Do you hear the voice of your Shepard? If not, how are you His? Do you live the way that shows you are lead by Him? If not, why do you profess a lie? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
12/05/1913m 26s

Resolving to be a Saint

In the book of Joshua, we learn that we need to make a decision for Christ. For Joshua declares, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." How often do we continue as Christians in the sins that we committed before we dedicated our lives to Christ? This is something that should not be. We need to make a resolution that we will persevere in the path that God has laid out before us and truly become the saints that God wants us to be. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/05/1923m 56s

Choosing to Desire Love

How do we being to overcome our sins without desiring to be holy? There is no other way to greater things with God than to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, strength and everything that we are. With desire, we enter into the conflict of wrestling with Satan and ourselves. This is where we begin to cooperate with grace and enter into the love of God that saves us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/05/1917m 32s

Love is not Lukewarm

Have you found that at times you are not as devoted to God? That there are moments when you are just indifferent to what He wants or desires for you? These moments can come during prayer or on a Sunday morning when we head out to mass/church and maybe instead stay home because we do not feel like going. Such a lukewarmness or indifference to the things of God show that we are in a very dangerous state of not loving God or others. This can lead to wickedness that must be fought with and overcome. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/05/1926m 59s

Love is not Jealous

Why does it matter to you if you fail? Do you get upset with the success of others? In both of these acts, we show that we are not loving.  When we truly love God above all things, our success and the success of others becomes unimportant. For we are fixed with one thought, to please God. If we please Him, we cannot possibly be failures or have reason to hate the success of another. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/05/1924m 45s

Love is Kind

One of the sure ways in which we show we are Christians is to be gentle, kind people. We ought not to be people who seek to be avenged when wronged. We should turn the other cheek and love those who treat us with evil malice. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
07/05/1924m 17s

Love is Patient

Why do bad things happen? This seems to be a very common question for many people during difficult times. But the answer to this question is found on a cross. A cross where you are crucified with Christ. A cross we must be willing to take up and follow Him with. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/05/1924m 34s

3rd Sunday of Easter 2019

The theme for today's reading is about duty. We continue to think about our obligation to love God and obey Him more than a Sanhedrin that would command us not to speak about Him. Our obedience is based on the love of God that forgave us and commands s to take care of those around us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/05/1921m 39s

Obligated To Love

If someone was willing to pay a debt that you were unwilling to pay, would they have a right to your love? Or some sort of reciprocal action? Many when they see the offer of eternal life as offered from the cross respond in one of two ways. They either take that gift and assume they are not obligated to return such love in repentance or they refuse that gift not wanting to be in debt to a God that loved them so much that he gave His only Son. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
04/05/1928m 27s

Faith That Loves

No one can believe without knowing the love that inspires that faith. This is the great lesson of the gospel. God so loved the world that we can believe in Him for eternal life. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/05/1927m 16s

Love in a Sacrament

As we consider the love of Christ the one thing that reveals His personal love more than any other is the Blessed Sacrament. In it, we can taste and see that the Lord is good because by it we can taste Him, feed on Him, and receive Hin into our very beings. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/05/1925m 5s

Loving Like Christ

Nothing motivates the heart to love more than recalling the greatest act of love that is done on their behalf. This is the principle behind the command to love one another as yourself. Because it is not a command to love in a way you might want to experience love. It is rather a command to love in the manner in which you have been loved. The "as I have loved you" ( John 13:34-35). To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/05/1926m 52s

A Love which Dies

This Easter we get a chance to consider the great love that God has for each one of us. A love that died on a cross and rose again to call us into an intimate fellowship with a God that loved us from all eternity and was consumed with each of us and our wellbeing even when we were lost in sin. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/04/1924m 24s

The Goal of the Gospel

After going through Lent and experiencing the blessing of Easter for the past 8 days we now come to the end of our review of the gospel. And, thereby, we come to ponder one more question, what is the goal or purpose for all of this? The answer is simply that we be a waste for the Lord. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/04/1926m 41s

Divine Mercy Sunday 2019

Do you have an open hand to help or a closed fist? Today with certain political issues we are asked this question in various ways. Do we act in mercy or do we hold up a barrier that prevents to mercy of God to be known through us? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/04/1920m 24s

Do you know him?

When it comes to the basis or our Christian testimony there is only one issue that should be the bedrock on which we are believers. We should know Him. Nothing else matters but whether or not we really do know the Christ that we serve. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/04/1914m 35s

Easter Friday 2019

In today's first reading the apostles were asked, "by whose authority do you do what you do?" This question was asked of Jesus when he went about preaching and doing good, and it is also asked of us.  Authority is a huge issue that shows whether or not we accept or reject salvation. And, it is important that we understand whose name we do something. Is it our own or Christ's? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
26/04/1918m 39s

Easter Thursday 2019

As we continue our celebration of the Resurrection with the continued remembrance of Easter, we come to a reminder of just how this event is something that the gospel is based on. We are granted the ability to be forgiven if we cooperate with grace, a grace we do not merit but must accept. This is the repentance that is preached in the name of Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
25/04/1918m 58s

Easter Wednesday 2019

Today's Gospel reading has a funny moment in it. A moment of two blind men seeking to teach Jesus about His death and resurrection when they walked with Him on the road to Emmaus. It is funny because they were the ones who did not know something. A something that was revealed when Jesus completed a Mass and gave Him his body and blood. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
24/04/1915m 32s

Easter Tuesday 2019

Today's mass readings continue our celebration of the resurrection by pointing us to the future blessing of Pentecost. The giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For in the gospel we are told that Jesus must ascend to heaven, as He declared on the night he was betrayed, so that He could send another Paraclete. The result is what Peter called in Acts, the gift of the Holy Spirit. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
23/04/1914m 31s

Easter Monday 2019

We are right now in the 8 days of the Easter Event. Much like the Feast of Unleavend Bread or of Tabernacles are 8 day long feasts in Judaism, Easter is something that is an 8-day long remembrance of the Resurrection and not just one Sunday of Easter baskets and candy. We recall that Jesus is alive. This is our testimony. A testimony that is at odds with the message of the world. A message that is contrasted in the gospel reading today. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
22/04/1917m 6s

Easter 2019

Happy Easter. Christ is risen. Risen indeed! But, what does that really mean for you? Does that mean something special or is it just a historical thing that has no personal meaning to you? Does the fact that Jesus rose from the dead impact your life and mean something? Or is it just an event that happened that changes nothing in your life? Jesus has risen from the dead. Is he meaningful in your life? Is this resurrection a reality of God with you? Among us? In your life? Or a detached thing that has no real impact on who and what you are? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
21/04/1920m 52s

Easter Vigil 2019

After a period of silence that started with the end of the Good Friday service comes the Easter Vigil mass. For many, this period is silent because there is no mass said between the end of Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil and they believe that for over 24 hours there was no "daily sacrifice." But they are wrong. All that has transpired since the Mass of the Lord's Supper until the Easter Vigil is the sacrifice of the Mass. That is why these services make up what Catholic tradition calls the Triduum.  And, it is here in the beginning of the Easter Season with the Vigil Mass that we conclude the Mass of the Lord's Supper. We conclude it with the capstone of Christianity, the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We do this because this one event is part of ever mass and liturgy. We do this because it is the basis for everything we now are. To help us see that the Church gives us an abundance of readings to point us back to the gospel and see how far the Lord has brought us. And, with that, we now reflect and ponder the gospel. We see in the death, burial, and resurrection the full gospel and our part in. And, here, today we renew ourselves to this new life of relationship with our God. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
20/04/1944m 6s

Good Friday 2019

What is the point of Suffering? Why do bad things happen? The simple answer is that such things are the result of sin. But, the larger answer points to suffering not being something that wins. There is no termination of things in loss or misfortune. All things work toward a greater good when you are united with God. This is the heart and soul of the gospel message. It is the message hidden in the cross. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
19/04/1926m 19s

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Lent comes to a close with the beginning of the Passion and Death of Jesus. And, this begins with the celebration of the first Mass in the Upper Room when Jesus transforms the Jewish Pesach into a remembrance of this Passion, Death, and Resurrection. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
18/04/1916m 55s

Bearing the Cross

Throughout Lent, we looked at various parts of the gospel and examined just how we are to live out in a relationship with the gospel. Today we come to reflect on the meaning of the cross and how we are crcified with Christ. All of our lives are to be marked by this one thing .... that we are crucified with Christ. This is where our Lenten journey begins and ends. It begins with self-denial in giving up something, but ultimately it becomes a true expression of our lives that we live for others and not to please ourselves. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
17/04/1924m 28s

Our Sin Nature and the Cross

Why was the Cross necessary for our salvation? The easiest answer to this question is to point out that it corrects what is wrong in how we became corrupted by sin. The cross is the place where we die to self and the natural weakness toward sin that is built into our nature as a result of sin. Much like eating too many sweets can produce diabetes and smoking can cause lung cancer, sin causes our nature to be weakened ad crave a sinful thing. The cross is that surgeon scalpel to remove that from us and make our eternity a return to purity. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
16/04/1926m 30s

One Body

Have you ever felt like you were meant to be part of something greater than you? Most of us feel the need to be part of a greater society or click. We like to have millions of Facebook friends and popularity is something we crave deep down inside. All of this is something that God stirs in us so that we can see how we fit in His plan for our lives as members of the one body of Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
15/04/1926m 37s

Palm Sunday 2019

Today begins Holy Week. In 1 week it will be Easter Sunday. What is it that we see, but our Savoir riding in triumphantly into Jerusalem and later in the readings we are reminded that this triumph was bought with death. Death on a cross. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
14/04/1922m 56s

Walking After the Spirit

When we know that we have died and been raised to a newness of life in Baptism, we learn the lesson of the Early Church Fathers who taught a gospel message based on a Divine Exchange. We are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:2o) and as a result, we now taste divine things (Hebrews 6:4; 2 Peter 1:3). Learning to cooperate with grace is the key to our being branches on the divine vine of Christ. It is how we live saintly, holy lives. It is the key to everything that we are called to be as born again new creatures in Christ. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
13/04/1926m 56s

The Body of this Death

Death is the way of freedom from both sin and our sin nature (concupiscence). In both, we need to see the answer on a cross. For freedom from sin, or forgiveness, we find the blood of Christ testifying to His death for our pardon and purchase of freedom. In freedom from our sin nature, the cross is still the cross of Christ, but one in which we are crucified on as well. For we must die to sin in order to be freed from it. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
12/04/1924m 0s

Holy Spirit your Gift

When we think about our salvation experience, many of us forget the greatest blessing. The Person of God in the Holy Spirit. God wants a relationship. He gives us Himself. We can be united with Him and be a dwelling, a Temple of the Holy Spirit. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
11/04/1921m 41s

Eternal Purpose

The basis for the gospel is rooted in the eternal purpose of God in our creation. God wants a people to be in His image and likeness (Gen 1:27). This is the reason why God created us and redeemed us. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
10/04/1922m 34s

Presenting as Sanctification

Why present yourself to God? Why make sure that who you are and what you can do gets used as an instrument of righteousness? It is because you are alive with new life by grace. Because you are purchased with the blood of Christ and belong to God. Because you are not your own anymore. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
09/04/1922m 27s

Baptism and the Cross

How do we experience salvation? By baptism. It is the way that scripturally saves us. Look at Mark 16:16, Act 2:38, or even, 1 Peter 3:21. Does it not show you the way of salvation is not a sinners prayer but baptism?  The Philippian jailer in Acts 16 was baptized by Paul who declared that baptism was the way to the newness of life in Christ (Romans 6:1-11). Why follow a tradition of man and say a mere sinner's prayer instead of receiving the full gospel that Christ commanded in the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20? To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
08/04/1925m 47s

Knowing the New Thing

Do you know that your salvation is the New thing that God is doing? Do you want to experience it? Give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
07/04/1916m 54s

Reckoning Faith

In order to really believe in something, you must know that it is true. This is a principle in life and also in religion. There is no real faith that exists in something we do not believe in as a reality. Faith in God is something that is based on knowing the facts of God's existence. And, faith in salvation is based on the facts we know about Christ and his redemption by the Cross and resurrection. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
06/04/1927m 36s

Knowing Our Place in His Death

When it comes to the Catholic understanding of salvation, the first step is a realization of grace. God has to have done something for salvation to be possible. As a result, our first response to God is acknowledging just what that something is. This "knowing" is our first act of cooperation with grace by which we receive the blessing of God by faith. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
05/04/1924m 8s

The Cross of Our Nature

As we investigate what Romans has to tell us about our own nature we find in chapters 5 through 8 that in Christ Jesus we have the ability to live holy and righteous because of Christ. This newness of life comes to us as a result of our being baptized. This is the clear message of we really understand it of Romans chapter 6. Our old nature, which is a nature inclined to sin which the church calls concupiscence, is overcome by the new nature that is provided to us in Christ Jesus if we only understood how his baptism brings us into this newness of life. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
04/04/1925m 34s

The Blood of our Redemption

When we are saved the basis for that redemptive act is based in our relationship to God by the atoning work of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. This is because what Jesus did had an effect on God, others, and Satan. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
03/04/1926m 0s

Choose Whom You Will Serve

We all stand before God and must give an account of how we have lived. We can choose to live for Him or we can choose to live for ourselves and lose our very souls. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
02/04/1923m 10s

Free to Choose

God created you with the ability to make a choice. This ability to choose is what makes all of your moral actions something that you can be blamed for or praise for. As a result, the gospel attempts to motivate you to make a praiseworthy moral choice. Unfortunately, many who preach the gospel fail to understand exactly how the mind works in order to make that choice. And it is for this reason that many believe that salvation is a mysterious happening that can only come about from an act of God rather than by the sinner making a simple choice. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
01/04/1924m 33s

Father of Two

Today's reading contains one of the most famous parables in the entire Bible. The story of the Prodigal Son. But, this story is not about the one son, it is about the Father, it is about both sons, it is about us. If we really understand the feasting that we are called to with every Mass, we would see that Christ our Passover is that provision of a fatted calf that we receive as children of a loving Heavenly Father. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
31/03/1923m 48s

Decide to Change

When it comes to the gospel, the one fact that remains is that you must cooperate with the grace of God to be saved. This is because God wants a relationship with you. A loving relationship. He does not want you to be a puppet. He wants you to choose to love Him, not be forced to. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
30/03/1928m 37s

Set Free By Truth

Many will tell you that if the truth will set you free, but few can tell you from what. When Jesus spoke to the Jews in John 8 He made it clear that the freedom He referred to was a freedom from sin. Truth is what converts the sinner and makes them fit for heaven. If you want to overcome your sinful nature you must hear the gospel so that faith can come. But, you also need to do, act on what you hear. For it is not enough to be a hearer only, you must be a doer of the word of truth that you hear (James 1:22). To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
29/03/1923m 55s

Overcoming Sin with Truth

When we look at the book of Judges, we see a simple message about the sin nature that remains in us even after were are born again. A message that this nature remains to test us. To prove whether or not we want a relationship with God or just things. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
28/03/1926m 24s

Jesus the Source of Repentance

When it comes to being penitent all we have to do is look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. To have a new heart or soul, to repent and cast away sin at all is only possible when we see Him who was crucified and realize that we can reckon our selves dead to sin because of Him. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
27/03/1923m 37s

Forgiven Because We Repent

Can we remain sinful and receive the pardon of God? This is an issue that Paul inquired about in Romans 6:1. And, if we think logically, the answer is simple, no we cannot. Repentance must be part of the faith we have in God. If we continue to sin, our lives make a mockery of grace and reveal that we do not consider our way of living in sin to be something with eternal consequences. To learn more, give us a listen. If you like what you hear, help support this podcast by purchasing my book "A Stations of the Cross Devotional" at https://amzn.to/2C66qr6
26/03/1925m 23s
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