054: Understanding Extreme Violence in the Bible

with Curtis Mitch

catholic_FINAL_150It’s not a pretty topic. But it has to be addressed.

The extreme violence in Sacred Scripture (particularly the Old Testament) understandably causes a lot of people problems. After all, how are we supposed to reconcile this kind of bloodshed with a loving, merciful God?

Why did He command it? How could He command it? Didn’t Jesus say to love your neighbor and pray for your enemies?

Sometimes what we read just doesn’t seem to square with who we know Him to be.

And you can’t, as some do, simply gloss over or ignore this material. We’re not. In fact, we’re going to tackle it head on with my guest, Curtis Mitch. Among his other illustrious achievements, Curtis is the main guy behind the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. He’s been living, eating, and breathing Scripture for the last 18 years on that project. It’s his full-time job.

In other words, he knows the Bible like few others.joshua-255x300

So in this episode of the Art of Catholic, Curtis and I will discuss:

  • The historical context of perhaps the darkest passage of Scripture
  • Why God commanded the killing of the Canaanites…all the Canaanites in the land
  • The insidious role of idolatry (both then and now)
  • Why you can’t call the Conquest of Canaan genocide (it’s anything but)
  • The beauty and logic of what scholars call “divine accommodation”
  • The hidden mercy of God in all of this (it’s there…trust me!)

This episode will transform the way you understand God’s dealing with people in ancient times, and how He deals with us today.

God bless!

Matthew

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053: The Love That Made Mother Teresa

How Her Secret Visions and Dark Nights Can Help You Conquer the Slums of Your Heart

catholic_FINAL_150It’s no surprise. Mother Teresa is the newest saint of the Catholic Church.

I became Catholic the year after she died. I hadn’t paid her much attention. And yet along with the rest of the world, I knew she was holy. Sure, there were detractors. There always are. They’re nuts.

While most people loved and respected Mother Teresa, she also made them uneasy. Let’s be honest, she made a lot of Catholics uneasy! Hers might have been the “little way” of her namesake St. Therese of Lisieux, but it wasn’t an easy way. Sainthood never is.

In this episode I brought in phenomenal author David imagesScott. He’s been a powerhouse in the Catholic universe for more than 30 years, publishing all over world and holding top editorial positions at the largest Catholic newspaper (Our Sunday Visitor) and Catholic News Service. He’s currently the Vice Chancellor of Communications in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He’s hands down one of the best Catholic writers around.

And he’s written a gorgeous little book about Mother Teresa that’s unlike any other.

His is beyond biography.

David’s book The Love That Made Mother Teresa is a spiritual exegesis of a life well-lived that will challenge and inspire you to ascend the spiritual ladder.51u6a18uJ1L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

In this amazing interview we’ll discuss:

  • What made a little Albanian nun so special
  • How she practiced something called the “The Law of the Conservation of Charity”
  • The response of Mother Teresa to those who derided her work and accused her of ignoring the “causes” of poverty
  • The deep connection between the apparitions at Fatima and those of Mother Teresa
  • The providential placement of her first home for the dying next to the temple of a terrifying Hindu goddess
  • The intense spiritual struggle that tortured her for fifty years

Prepare to be transformed by St. Teresa of Kolkata. God bless!

Matthew

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052: Catholic Q&A – Mary/Contraception/Suffering

catholic_FINAL_150We’ve all got questions. None more important then those dealing with our faith.

Not long ago, I invited listeners to send me questions or issues with which they’re dealing. I got some great responses from all over the world. So in this special episode of The Art of Catholic, we’re going to deal with a few of them.

(Some of these I deal with in my first book Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic…the book which inspired the podcast!)

Some of the important issues we’ll discuss include:T1324

  • What to do when you really don’t feel a relationship with Mary.
  • How Mary makes sense in God’s family
  • The underlying reason for contraception in our culture
  • Why contraception isn’t even on the radar of most Protestants
  • The insane end result of a contraceptive culture
  • A response to a Protestant’s inquiry regarding redemptive suffering including why and how it works
  • The problem with “penal substitution” (a Protestant teaching about the Cross) and its relation to redemptive suffering

This is an episode for Catholic and Protestant alike. Share it with friends!

God bless!

Matthew

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