079: Clearing Up Confusion About Real Love

with Dr. Michael Healy

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There’s a lot of confusion about love these days.

That needs to change.

On this episode of the Art of Catholic, we’ll peel back some of the deeper layers of love.

In fact, we’ll get to the heart of Christian love.

My guest wears spectacles and dark socks with his tennis shoes, but can still drain 3’s in a pickup game.

His name is Dr. Michael Healy and he’s the former Academic Dean at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

He’s smart. And this is his specialty.

His “Nature of Love” course at Franciscan literally changed my life. It opened me up to deeper understanding of the reality and demands of love.

(And it helped me convince his daughter to marry me:).

Now I want to share him with you on this episode of the Art of Catholic. He’s an expert in the texts of St. John Paul II, among others, and is going to enlighten us all with some of the philosophy of love that every one of us needs to understand in order to fulfill the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is obviously a huge topic and there’s a lot more to say. That said, we get to a good portion of it in this very enlightening conversation. Among other things he’ll answer:

  • How should Catholics approach the topic of love?
  • Is there a difference between love of neighbor and love of God?
  • Can we have a truly disinterested love?
  • Why is love so often the occasion for sin?
  • What is the relationship between sex and love?
  • Can we call same-sex attraction love?
  • Is the religious life is an objectively higher calling than marriage?
  • What about marriage in heaven?

It’s a fascinating conversation you’re not going to want to miss.

God bless!

Matthew

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Related Episodes:

013: The Question of Hell with Dr. Michael Healy

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

073: Part 2 Rediscovering the Power of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

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078: Unpacking the Our Father

The Inner Logic of the Most Famous of All Prayers

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Parts of it should actually scare you.

All of it should inspire you.

The Our Father is the most famous of all prayers, taught to us by God himself.

And while you’ve probably droned through it a few thousand times, have you ever really dug into what you’re saying?

For a long time, I hadn’t. And my guess is it’s the same for many of you.

So in celebration of the upcoming (at least in many countries) Father’s Day holiday, I thought I’d pay homage to the Our Father on the Art of Catholic podcast, by unveiling the inner logic of Christ’s own prayer.

Because this isn’t just a prayer, it’s a deep, rich teaching that provides a window into the very identities of both God and man, and our incredible relationship.

I have a chapter devoted to this deep and beautiful prayer in my book, “Prayer Works: Getting a  Grip on Catholic Spirituality.” So I thought I’d just do a kind of audio book reading of that chapter for you.

In it, we’ll cover things like:

  • The incredible power of words
  • The scariest petition ever
  • All the forms of prayer
  • The order in which we should ask for things from God
  • The meaning and theology underlying each petition of the Our Father

After listening to this episode, my guess is that you’ll never pray the Our Father the same way again.

Happy Our Father’s Day!

Matthew

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How to Be Sure You’re Being Led by the Holy Spirit…

Have you ever met someone who said they did something because they felt “led by the Spirit”?

Sometimes it ends in disaster.

(I’m pretty sure that guy who thought God told him to paint his body blue and illegally run across the football field at halftime shouting “Hail, Mary!” wasn’t really tuned into God’s channel. The Spirit apparently led him to jail.)

And yet there’s certainly a reality to being led by the Spirit. It’s what we should be doing every day.

After all, Christ did.

At his baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon our Lord in the form of a dove. Then Matthew 4:1 tells us he was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” In other words, the Holy Spirit directed his actions.

And this is the example we’re all to follow. But how? How can we know we’re actually being led by the Spirit?

Well I’ve got one word for you…”Mary.”

Those of you who have been reading my posts or listening to my Art of Catholic podcast lately know we’ve been talking about how intimately Mary is united with the Holy Spirit.

In fact, St. Maximilian Kolbe makes an incredibly stunning statement that brings this mystery into sharp focus. Back in 1936, he declared that “the Holy Spirit and Mary are two persons who live in such intimate union that they live but one sole life.” Whoa!

That idea would have totally freaked me out when I was coming into the Church some twenty years ago.

Not anymore.

After all, we’re talking about the woman “overshadowed” (​episkiazo​ in Greek) by the Holy Spirit in the same manner the powerful Old Testament Ark of the Covenant. 

We’re talking about the one woman God chose to carry within her womb and give birth to his only Son. She’s the one woman who is the very Mother of God and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

So while one is creature and the other is the Third Person of the Trinity, it’s virtually impossible to overestimate the depth of the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit. She literally conceived God in her womb because of Him!

Anyone who argues against the special relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit simply isn’t being true to Scripture. That’s some of what Curtis Mitch and I spoke about in my last podcast on the Queenship of Mary in Revelation 12.

And because of their intimacy, Mary is the key to us being led by the Spirit.

The Wedding at Cana is a perfect example. The same Spirit that led him into the wilderness, worked through Mary in order to instruct him in his first miracle.

Why else would Christ perform his first miracle when his “hour has not yet come” (Jn 2:4)? He knew she was intimately united with the Spirit. He knew the Spirit was working through His Mother. So he listened and obeyed.

So did the servants.

After instructing her Son, she turns to them and says, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5). They immediately obey and so played an intimate role in a beautiful miracle.

And it’s the same with us.

If you want to be led by the Spirit, get close to Mary. Pray your rosary. Recite your litanies. Throw yourself into her maternal care and beg for her intercession.

And once you’re tuned into her voice and do what she says, you’ll be acting just like Jesus Christ. You’ll be led by the Spirit into the divine life of God.

God bless!

Matthew

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