035: Saints Who Battled Satan (and Won)! with Dr. Paul Thigpen

aka Stories That May Cause Goosebumps

catholic_FINAL_150Light the blessed candles, grab your crucifix, and find your biggest bottle of holy water.

My guest today on the Art of Catholic is author Dr. Paul Thigpen and our topic is spiritual warfare. In particular, we’re discussing his really fascinating book titled “Saints Who Battled Satan: 17 Holy Warriors Who Can Teach You How To Fight The Good Fight and Vanquish Your Ancient Enemy.

And I’m gonna tell you right now, this is no typical saint book. It’s pretty wild.

“Who is Paul Thigpen”, you ask?

He’s the editor of TAN Books and the best-selling author, co-author or compSebastiano_Ricci_058iler of forty-five titles. Among his most popular books are The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come and The Rapture Trap: A Catholic Response to End Times Fever.

Paul is a convert to the Catholic faith and has served the Church as an award-winning journalist, historian, apologist, catechist, and member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His work has been translated into twelve languages (including Canadian).

And he’s an expeuntitled-1_1rt in spiritual warfare.

This episode is not meant to be sensationalistic. But that doesn’t mean the hair on the back of your neck won’t stand up from time to time. As St. Paul declares in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Satan is real. He wants to kill you. We must learn to fight. Who better to learn from than the saints who have battled and won?

Enjoy!

Matthew

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034: How the Cross Actually Saves You (and how it doesn’t)

My God, my God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

catholic_FINAL_150Perhaps the most dramatic and gut-wrenching moment of the crucifixion is Christ’s cry of dereliction: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

But many people have no idea what it actually means.

Like so many other converts to Catholicism, I was raised with a misunderstanding of how the Cross of Christ actually saves me. Believe it or not, over the years I’ve heard some homilies at Mass make the same mistake. (Not in my home parish…just in case my parish priest is reading this:)

But it’s important. Because if you get the Cross wrong, you get everything wrong.80px-Miguel_Angel_Crucifixion_La_Redonda_Logrono_Spain

In this special Triduum/Easter episode of The Art of Catholic, I’ll briefly discuss:

  • What Jesus actually did on the Cross: both the correct and incorrect views
  • How the way we’re saved dramatically impacts our view of salvation and thus how we live
  • How to understand the apparent abandonment of the Son by the Father as he hung on the Cross
  • Why the Cross should fill us with confidence

This episode will help you dive more deeply into the mystery and tragic beauty of what is happened on Golgotha. (And as a huge bonus, I’m opening the show with a clip from the great Truth & Life Audio Bible.)

God bless and have a blessed Triduum and Easter!

Matthew

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033: Boom!! Brant Pitre Totally Crushes Gospel Skeptics (Part 2)

catholic_FINAL_150Your eyes were opened…and that’s a good thing.

If you listened to Part 1 of my discussion with the renowned author and speaker Dr. Brant Pitre (BrantPitre.com), not only were you probably incensed by the attacks of skeptics on the Gospels, you were heartened by Brant’s destruction of their arguments.

The truth of the matter is that we can trust in the origin of the Gospels. We can trust that Christ is who he says he is.

In Part 2 of our interview, our discussion based around his new book51rewhC6EDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ includes the following:

  • When the Gospels were written and why it matters
  • How do we explain apparent differences or discrepancies in the Gospels?
  •  Why Jesus knew exactly who he was…God (though Gospel critics say otherwise)
  • The incredible connection between Jesus and the Old Testament book of Daniel (and how the Angel Gabriel plays into all this)
  • The real reason Jesus was sentenced to death by the Jewish leaders
  • Why the first Christians believed in the resurrection (including photothe role of Jonah and the Whale…what?)

All of this and more showing how reasonable and rational the Christian faith actually is! Just like the first part, this is an episode every Catholic needs to hear!

Blessings,

Matthew

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