047: The Secret Back Door Out of Purgatory Nobody Talks About

catholic_FINAL_150If I was to ask you the quickest way out of purgatory, or even perhaps the quickest way into heaven, what would you say? “Be a saint.” Good.

But what should we do when we fall short? What about when we sin?

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The book I mention in the podcast.

“Get to confession,” you reply. Excellent. But then what? Is there a way to make up for what we’ve done? A way to remedy the damage that we’ve caused the Body of Christ now, so that we don’t suffer later?

Absolutely. It’s almsgiving.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to start giving alms. I’m going to tell you why you’re nuts if you don’t. Trust me. You want to hear this. Because we’re going to:

  • Discuss why you want to spend as little time in purgatory as possible
  • (hint: it hurts…a lot!)
  • Show how Scripture describes sin in terms of a debt to be paid
  • Demonstrate the incredible revolution with regard to payment for sin that occurred in the Old Testament between the time of King David and Daniel
  • Examine Scripture passages that demonstrate the concept of purgatory and its miraculous relationship to almsgiving433px-Carracci-Purgatory
  • Explain how almsgiving can shortcut the consequences of your sinful actions…now and later!

Don’t listen if you enjoy suffering. For the rest of you, push “play” now!

Matthew

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046: St. John Paul II Through the Eyes of a Swiss Guard

Featuring Andreas Widmer

catholic_FINAL_150Pope St. John Paul II is one of the most beloved popes of all time. He touched the lives of millions.

But his impact is far from over.

JPII was a world-class philosopher. He taught us truths about ourselves, and humanity in general, in a way that made sense. He understood our deepest longings and turmoil. He could explain the inner workings of our heart in relation to God. JohannesPaul2-portrait

In a nutshell, he taught us how to be fully human through Jesus Christ.

But while most of us learned this from his speeches, encyclicals, and books, Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and now Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of Americas’ Busch School of Business & Economics, received his instruction in person.

This giant of a man swore to protect and serve the Holy Father with his life.

And in return, he learned what it means to truly live. In fact, he wrote a book about it called The Pope & the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard.

In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, we’re going to:

  • Hear beautiful stories about what JPII was really like in person
  • Learn about the history and duties of the Swiss Guard
  • Discover the relationship between JPII’s famous Theology of the Body and the world of economics
  • Discuss how JPII’s view of poverty and the human person is necessary to understand the heart of Pope Francis
  • Hear this modern saint’s “simple” rule of life he practiced every day

You don’t get too many opportunities to hear personal witness about a saint. Andreas Widmer gives us that and much more!

Matthew

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045: Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation & Mystical Wisdom

Featuring Dr. Anthony Lilles

catholic_FINAL_150God didn’t just create you…He thirsts for you! His heart is bursting with love for you! Yes, you!

That is the underlying message of the mystics.

It’s also the underlying message of one of the best spiritual theologians in the United States. Dr. Anthony Lilles, Academic Dean at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can illuminate and discuss the interior life unlike anyone else I’ve heard or met. (You might remember him from episode 3.)9781622823352

His new book is Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom…and it’s awesome.

He is so steeped in the rich mystical tradition of spiritual giants like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, that the power of their message almost bursts out of him.

To be perfectly honest, I had something totally different in mind when I contacted Anthony to come on show. But then the Holy Spirit took over. Here’s where He led the conversation:

  • The mystical relationship between martyrdom and contemplation 605f1b7eca2d43256c79cdcaffb95054(inspired by the 21 young men martyred by Islamic militants in Libya)
  • A deeper look into the mystical definition of contemplation
  • The 3 essential elements of humanity every spirituality has to deal with (but only Christianity does)
  • How forgiveness and the wounds of sin are related to contemplative prayer
  • Why the Blessed Virgin is a key to a deep life of contemplation

This is one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve ever had on the show because it cuts right to the heart of what the mystical life is all about.

It cuts to the heart of what our life is meant to be!

Enjoy and God bless!

Matthew

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