070: How Mary Can Save Civilization…again

<Scroll to bottom for podcast>

Have we lost? Because a lot of people think so.

Earlier this year a book came out called The Benedict Option. It’s a runaway bestseller written by a famous former Evangelical named Rod Dreher.

He basically says we’ve lost the culture war and radical change in lifestyle is needed if Christianity is going to survive in the West.

And he’s right…most of the time.

While Dreher’s call for a retreat into a kind quasi-monastic existence rings true on many levels, it misses a key ingredient that can change everything…Mary.

Enter Dr. Carrie Gress.

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, she provides a little different slant…a Marian slant. Her new book “The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis” presents what I think is Dreher’s missing link.

If you don’t recognize the hand of Mary in our past then you can’t understand her pivotal role for our future.

So in this episode, Dr. Gress and I will discuss:

  • What exactly is the Marian Option
  • Why Mary is the “Cultivator of Culture”
  • The fascinating connection between Islam and the apparitions at Guadalupe, Fatima, and Lourdes
  • Why Mariology stopped developing in the East after the Great Schism
  • Why ecumenism without Mary is false ecumenism

It’s a fantastic and illuminating discussion in which I’m betting you’ll learn a few things and gain some deeper insight into this transitional moment in human history.

But as the infomercials say, “That’s not all!”

Because after my conversation with Carrie, the amazing Curtis Mitch will answer a very intriguing and bothersome question on our second installment of Next Level Scripture.

You don’t want to miss it.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. If you liked this episode, you’ll probably like these, too:

Episode 055 – Unveiling the 3 Secrets of Fatima

Episode 027 – Part 1 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion

Episode 028 – Part 2 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion


CLICK HERE to grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to the amazing, undeniable parallels between Our Lady and the Ark of the Covenant in Sacred Scripture.

It’s the perfect size to share with others who don’t appreciate Our Lady.

And what shall we say is the Ark, but holy Mary?” St. Ambrose of Milan

 

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.

 

069: Answering Luther: Finding (Catholic) Faith in Sacred Scripture

featuring Curtis Mitch

Twenty years ago, I lost my faith.

I didn’t lose my belief in or about faith, but I officially gave up the certainty that I had enough of it to be saved. It was Easter Vigil, 1998.

That’s when I became Catholic.

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Rebell…I mean, Reformation. It’s been a catastrophe. There are now more than 40,000 Protestant denominations…and counting.

As a result, Christianity has become the poster child for hypocrisy. The religion that professes one faith in Jesus Christ, can’t even agree what faith is.

Not since Martin Luther, anyway.

He had some strange ideas about it, ideas most of our Protestant brethren don’t even really understand. And to be honest, a lot of Catholics don’t really have a firm grasp of the topic either.

So we’re going to set the record straight.

I brought in my biblical bazooka named Curtis Mitch. You remember him. He’s the guy who wrote the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

He was also my guest on the extremely popular episode 54, explaining the extreme violence in Sacred Scripture.

This time we’ll explore:

  • What the Catholic Church actually teaches about faith
  • The pivotal doctrine of Luther most Protestants don’t understand (and don’t even really know)
  • When ecumenism is actually destructive
  • How Luther’s doctrine destroyed the family motif of faith
  • Why primacy of faith (in its true sense) is a Catholic, not Protestant doctrine
  • A proper understanding of the obedience of faith

As you’re going to see, Curtis Mitch is a theological and scriptural blitzkrieg.

And this is a conversation and topic that every Catholic needs to hear and understand. Not just because it helps us to dialogue with our Separated Brethren.

But because a correct understanding of the virtue of faith is at the heart of the Catholic faith itself.

God bless and enjoy!

Matthew


If you liked this episode, you’ll probably like these, too:

Episode 022 – Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger

Episode 039 – The 7 Core Beliefs of Catholicism…in Hebrews?


8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover ImageAll 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.

 

068: Left…Right…Catholic: Solving the Problems of Environment, Economics, & Morality

By now you’ve come to expect this.

And by “this”, I mean challenging topics. Well, this one is a doozy.

We’re going to talk about nature. And by that I don’t just mean forests and rivers and cute little squirrels. I also mean human nature.

My guest is the brilliant Dr. Ben Wiker, author of an incredible new book titled, “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology.”

He’s a genius at showing how the respect and care for creation necessarily leads to respect and care for human nature…and vice versa.

In other words, it’s illogical to be an environmentalist and try to destroy humans at the same time.

Similarly, if you are a defender of life and human nature, you need to not forget about the natural world.

If the tree hugger alarm bells are faintly ringing in your brain, don’t worry. I’m not that guy. (I haven’t even worn Birkenstocks since the 90s.)

This is an incredibly deep topic and a massive issue between Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative.

To bridge the gap, this episode exposes the fact that there is real unity in nature, unity between the physical and spiritual realms.

And that unity has consequences.

If that seems obvious to you, just wait. I’m betting that you’re going to have some serious “Holy Toledo!” moments during this episode.

Among other things, Dr. Wiker and I discuss:

  • What is catholic ecology? (Yes, I intended a small “c”.)
  • Who was Francis Bacon and why should his bacon be cooked.
  • The connection between landfills and sin. (Not gonna lie. This one threw me at first.)
  • The evil underbelly of (and religion surrounding) recycling
  • How contraceptive principles actually apply to food
    • a.k.a. “Why you’ll never look at Froot Loops the same way again”
  • Why sometimes what’s good for the economy is not good for you

This is an episode that doesn’t pull any punches.

But it does provide a common foundation form which we can approach a very serious and damaging divide. So put a bowl of granola in one hand and a gun in the other, lean back, and enjoy!

God bless,

Matthew

 

8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover ImageAll 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”! 

 

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.