074: Taking Your Lent to the Next Level

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How about if we do it differently this time?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every year Ash Wednesday just sneaks up on me and I’m left scrambling trying to figure out what I’m going to do for Lent.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

But let’s make a change. Let’s make this Lent the best one ever. How? I’m glad you asked.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast we’re going to discuss:

  • How to prepare for Lent…and keep it rolling all 40 days
  • How the Catholic liturgical calendar mimics the spiritual life
  • What the pre-Vatican II Church (and current Polish Catholic Church) did to prepare for Lent…(and it sounds like a pretty good idea)
  • Why the Crown of Thorns has to precede the Crown of Life
  • The nuclear power of redemptive suffering (and how it works)
  • The two Lenten practices to avoid

All that and more in this power-packed Lenten episode of the Art of Catholic!

God bless you!

Matthew

If you liked this episode, check out these, too:

Episode 47 – The Secret Back Door Out of Purgatory Nobody Talks About

Episode 48 – How Almsgiving Can Save Your Life…Now and Later


P.S. As a special Lenten gift, I’m giving you “Beer, Chocolate & Value-Added Suffering” for FREE. It’s chapter 5 of my book Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic. 

Click the image of the book or the link above and it will come right to your inbox. God bless!

 

 

073: Part 2 Rediscovering the Power of JPII’s Theology of the Body

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There are several questions every Christian needs to ask themselves on a regular basis.

The problem is that the world has warped most of our minds to the point that even if we answer them, we’re not answering correctly.

And there are consequences. (More on the questions themselves later…)

In our last episode, Number 72, we began our rediscovery of St. John Paul II’s theological time bomb known as the Theology of the Body. It’s something many have forgotten, but is desperately needed by a culture in steep decline.

The Holy Father knew the human condition. He understood it deeply. And he provides not just answers, but a roadmap for recovery.

So in this the second (and final) part of our discussion on Theology of the Body, I’ll lay out:

  • The questions every Christian needs to ask themselves on a regular basis
  • The Catholic response to the world’s twisted notion of freedom
  • How the sense of shame can be both good and bad
  • Why we now have the “battle of the sexes”…in which we all lose
  • How both prudishness and promiscuity are related to the heresy of Manicheanism…and why it matters
  • John Paul II’s key ingredient for overcoming humanity’s use and abuse of each other
  • The secret weapon that crushes lust of the flesh (which might totally surprise you)

This is another power-packed episode that will help you both understand the problem faced by our culture today, and provide a guide to recovery.

You don’t want to miss it.

Of course, all of the above is just the first part of the show! I’m also joined once again by my trusty companion, the great biblical brain, Curtis Mitch. (He’s the genius who writes the commentary for the best-selling Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.)

Curtis will continue to lay down some of the biblical background for the issues we’re discussing from Romans 12. This guy’s amazing and explains scripture beautifully.

God bless!

Matthew

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072: Rediscovering the Power of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

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Tick…tick…tick…

Famous Catholic author, George Weigel, said Pope St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body is  a “theological time bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences sometime in the third millennium of the Church.”

That time has come.

In fact, we’re practically past time.

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ve surely heard about the ever-increasing number of famous figures accused of sexual abuse and immorality. Hollywood moguls, US Senators and Congressmen, famous actors…the list goes on and on.

While I’m glad this has all come to light, realize it’s nothing new. This has all been going on since almost the beginning of time. But we seem to have reached a crisis point in modern culture.

People are starting to realize that something is wrong. Terribly wrong. And they want answers to questions they don’t even know how to formulate.

St. John Paul II saw it coming a mile away.

In fact, right from the beginning of his pontificate he provided the answers in a series of Wednesday audience lectures that became known as the Theology of the Body.

And while a lot of Catholics have heard of it, they’ve never really dug into it. And even if we’ve dug into it, many of us have forgotten the power of John Paul II’s incredible insights.

So I’m bringing it back.

In this episode, we’ll explore:

  • Why the Garden of Eden is the key to our sexuality and identity as human persons
  • How “male and female” is  a reflection of God Himself
  • How our situation is now different than Adam and Eve…in a positive sense!
  • Why human bodies matter…really matter
  • Why human beings can never be treated as a means to an end

There’s a lot in this episode to chew on, especially in light of recent events. And my scriptural guru buddy Curtis Mitch, will sink his razor sharp theological teeth into it all and unpack the biblical foundations for Theology of the Body from the writings of St. Paul.

God bless!

Matthew


 

All who have been lost were lost because they did not pray.” St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Don’t be lost! Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! 

It’s an easy step-by-step summary of the spiritual giants of the Church designed to help you rocket to God!

 

 

Don’t miss a show! Subscribe to The Art of Catholic by clicking this link and then clicking “View in iTunes” under the picture and then “Subscribe”!  (I listen to my podcasts on using Overcast. It’s free and works better than the Apple Podcast player. Get it here.)

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus! Check out the new video about my Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March 2018!  It’s the trip of a lifetime!

Click here for trip details.