059: Unleashing the Rosary with Fr. Don Calloway

catholic_FINAL_150In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re at war.

We need a weapon. A powerful one. One feared by the Devil.

Most of us already have one.

It’s called the rosary. And if wielded properly it cuts through the darkness like a light saber (especially if it’s glow-in-the-dark:).

In this special episode of The Art of Catholic, I interview Fr. Donald Calloway, author, speaker, and Vicar Provincial of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He knows the rosary.

In fact, he wrote a great book static1-squarespaceon it titled Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual WeaponSo I brought him in to give us all a greater appreciation for the history, beauty, and power of the “Bible on Beads.”

Among other things, we discuss:

  • The miraculous origin of the rosary through St. Dominic
  • The history of the Marian Psalter (which predated the rosary)
  • How the horrific Black Plague shaped the rosary
  • The epic defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Lepanto (because of the rosary!)
  • Why you should know a guy named Alan de la Roche
  • The crucial role of England in preserving the rosary51ycyytfyol-_sx353_bo1204203200_
  • The indulgences associated with the praying the “Bible on Beads”

All that and more in this jam-packed episode of The Art of Catholic. It’s a show you don’t want to miss. So grab your rosary (and your coffee) and join us! Hail Mary!

God bless!

Matthew

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058: Why the Catholic Priesthood is Totally Biblical

with Fr. Tommy Lane

catholic_FINAL_150I’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. I used to even say it!

“The Catholic priesthood isn’t biblical.”…Wrong!

If you were to boil the (so-called) Protestant  Reformation down to its essence, it basically did away with the priesthood. Most Protestants have no sacramental life because there are no priests to give them the sacraments. (Most don’t believe in the sacraments at all.)

They believe (and I realize I’m painting with a broad brush here) in something called “the priesthood of all believers.”

After all, 1 Peter 2:5 says, “and like living stones be last-supper-vicente-juan-macipyourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Our Separated Brethren take this to mean that every Christian has equal potential to minister for God, thus there is no need for a separate ministerial priesthood.

But that’s not what the Bible says.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic I interview Fr. Tommy Lane, a Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, who wrote a tremendous book called “The Catholic Priesthood: Biblical Foundations“. And in this episode we discuss:

  • The two kinds of priesthood in the New Covenant of Christ51fqpuwzufl-_sx331_bo1204203200_
  • Old Testament history of priesthood (including the original priesthood of fathers and sons and that mysterious guy Melchizedek)
  • How we know Christ established a new priesthood even though he never used the word “priest” (a common Protestant argument)
  • Why we view the Last Supper as the moment of the Apostles’ ordination
  • Why the author of Hebrews emphasizes the humanity of Christ as the new high priest (while asserting his divinity, of course)

We couldn’t hope to cover every aspect of the scriptural foundations of the Catholic priesthood in one episode, but we covered a lot. Enjoy!

God bless!

Matthew

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057: The Primacy of Mary’s Divine Maternity & Why It Matters

catholic_FINAL_150Why do Catholics exalt Mary? I don’t mean in general. I mean specifically.

The answer may surprise you.

Is it because she’s perfect? Kind of. But there’s a deeper reason.

I just got back from my pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes, so I have Mary on the brain (and in the heart). I can’t get enough of her.

So in this “brief” episode (it’s still more than half and hour so not to worry), I’ll dig in a little to the underlying, foundational reason we venerate Our Lady.

In this episode we’ll discuss:marymotherofgod

  • Why the Immaculate Conception is demanded by Mary’s divine maternity
  • The vital role of the Council of Ephesus in 431AD in Marian doctrine
  • Why St. Thomas declared Mary was predestined to be the Mother of God
  • How Mary is intimately united to the hypostatic union
  • The definition and distinction of hyperdulia (and why people who say Catholics worship Mary are nuts)

All that and more in this episode of the Art of Catholic!

God bless!

Matthew

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Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.”—His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

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