013: The Question of Hell with Dr. Michael Healy

catholic_FINAL_150“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen”

We say that “Fatima prayer” at the end of every decade in the rosary. But what exactly are we begging deliverance from?

This is probably the deepest podcast I’ve done to date. How could it not be when dealing with the scariest topic in the world…hell. Nobody wants to think about eternal damnation, but many of us have questions like:

  • Does hell actually exist?
  • How is a place of eternal, unending pain and punishment compatible with a God of perfect love and mercy?
  • How can we be truly happy in heaven if those we love are suffering in hell?
  • Is it possible we’ll all end up in heaven eventually?
  • Do some people actually choose hell?
  • Is it true that the constant repetition of Barry Manilow’s greatest hits play a role in eternal suffering?

To answer these questions and more, I’ve brought in Dr. Michael Healy, a professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He’s currently writing a book on hell and is one of the most lucid thinkers I know. He can take deep topics and explain them in a way that makes sense…which we need with this one!Michael Healy

So turn on all the lights, grab a rosary, and light a fire (just to put the conversation in context). It’s time to talk about hell.

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Can A Rosary Be Wrong?

Can it ever be wrong to pray a rosary? Is the breviary sometimes bad? How about your list of litanies? The answer may surprise you.

The book of Catholic Church liturgy and rosary beads

I already mentioned in a previous post that our life of prayer has to conform to our state in life. But there’s more.

Our favorite “go-to” instruments are certainly not ever wrong in themselves (except for that one hemp rosary I was given during RCIA). But it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that prayer isn’t the same as process. It isn’t method.

Prayer is not your Magnificat, your holy card, or fat, ribboned breviary. Those are all good and will help you look cool in a crowded adoration chapel, but they’re just tools to get you to prayer.

At its core, prayer is relationship with a divine Person.

All the trappings we associate with meditative prayer – the things we use –  are merely preparation for the movement of our hearts and wills toward God. Once our heart is appropriately moved toward God through the tools we’re using, the tools can be set aside because that’s all they are – tools. Just as cooking is not the same as eating, methods are not prayer.

You could go so far as to say that technically speaking, recollection, reflection, T1586_300reading, and pondering on the mysteries of God are not prayer. Instead, they just pave the way for our heart’s movement toward God.

True prayer is “adoring, praising, thanking, and sorrowing with inner, quiet words,” says the great spiritual writer Fr. Thomas Dubay. That means once your interior conversation with God starts in meditation, you should stop reading and reflecting. Don’t continue to plow through that glow-in-the-dark rosary or finish those readings just so you can get them done. That’s not prayer.

Remember, the goal isn’t to finish. The goal is God!

God bless!


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012: “Son of a Preacher Man” – Kevin Lowry

catholic_FINAL_150Question: What do you get when you take a Canadian Presbyterian pastor’s kid and send him to an orthodox American Catholic university where he has to take a Natural Family Planning class with a pretty girl?

Answer: A convert with eight kids! That’s what.

But unlike a lot of Catholic converts in the public eye, Kevin Lowry is a businessman. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t do the normal convert stuff.

His conversion story, which we’re going to hear a good bit of, is in Surprised by Truth 2. He’s also the author of a book titled Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck. Kevin speaks at parish missions and conferences, too, and even serves as a consultant for The Coming Home Network for Marcus Grodi.

But as I said, he’s a little different than many converts with a platform.KL-275x180

Kevin’s full-time gig is that of Chief Financial Officer for a digital marketing company (not to mention being a father to all those kids). What does that mean? It means he’s a practical guy that a lot of people can relate to. He’s a passionate Catholic man who loves the Lord, loves the Church, and is a witness to how the Lord can change your life.

So sit back, pour yourself a warm cup of coffee, and enjoy a fabulous story.

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