016: Hey! What About The Youth? (with Mark Hart)

catholic_v2Are you concerned about your children and grandchildren? Do you worry whether or not they’ll stay in the faith? Have they already left?

Allow me to introduce you to someone who has devoted his life to doing everything he can to help them stay, or bring them back. His name is Mark Hart, and he’s the Executive Vice President of Content and Identity at Life Teen, one of the leaders in evangelizing young Catholics.

Join us as we discuss the current state and future of our youth…the future of our Church.

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And we’re not just talking problems. We’re talking solutions.

God bless!

Matthew

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Why The Synod On The Family Is So Vital!

As the Church meets to discuss families, I want to pose a question.

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Have you ever sat back and wondered why it is that we exist in families? I mean, why is it that society is built on a family structure? How come when family breaks down, the culture breaks down?

The reason is that God is family.

St. John Paul II declared that “God in deepest mystery is not a solitude, but a family because he was within himself Fatherhood, Sonship, and the essence of the family, which is love.”

Society exists in families because family is our destiny. Our created end, provided we accept it, is to be true sons and daughters of God. We can actually be “partakers” of his divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! You could say that the whole spiritual life is all about getting back into the family of God.

Adam got us kicked out. The New Adam, as St. Paul calls Jesus Christ, offers us a way back in.

But the path back into the family isn’t easy. Salvation may be free, SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 29, 2014: The detail of Holy Family from central paint the Adoration of shepherds of main altar in church Iglesia de la Anunciacion by Antonio Mohedano (1604 - 1606).but it’s not cheap. In order to get back into the divine family for which we were made, we have to live like the divine family. We have to give of ourselves in covenantal, sacrificial love. That’s what binds the family together. That’s how we become like God.

This is why a synod on the family is so important. The Church can’t afford to allow any misguided notions of what constitutes covenantal, fruitful family life. It can’t afford to allow any degradation of the very institution that is an icon of the Holy Trinity itself.

Pray for Pope Francis. Pray for the Synod Fathers. Pray for families!

God bless you!

Matthew

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015: Exploring The Mystery of Redemptive Suffering with Jeff Cavins

catholic_FINAL_150You can have all the money in the world, but you can’t buy suffering insurance. Doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, Protestant, Pagan or Martian. Everybody experiences it.

And when Jesus offered himself back to the Father for our sake, he didn’t merely deal with the consequences of sin. Rather, he struck at the root of suffering – Original Sin – the sin of Adam.

But he did it in a way that seems crazy in the eyes of the world. He took the very consequences of sin – suffering and death – experienced them as one of us, and made them the path to salvation. This is the mystery of the Cross…a mystery he invites us into through Redemptive Suffering.

To dig into this deep subject, I brought in Jeff Cavins.

You Screen+Shot+2015-09-03+at+11.51.22+PMmay know Jeff from his stint as host on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, or his Bible Timeline videos, or even his books and speaking gigs. He’s one of the most well-known Catholic evangelists in the world.

And his preferred topic is suffering.

Why? Because as he’ll share, he’s suffered. And he knows you do, too. But he also knows the power and beauty of Redemptive Suffering, which is the subject of his latest book, “When You Suffer: Biblical Keys For Hope and Understanding.”

Amongst other things, Jeff and I answer questions like:

  • What is redemptive suffering?
  • How does it work?
  • Why can it transform your life?

This is a great episode that can literally transform your life.

God bless!

Matthew

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