039: The 7 Core Beliefs of Catholicism…in Hebrews?

Featuring Shane Kapler

catholic_FINAL_150Every book in the Bible is Catholic…but this one’s really Catholic.

When I was a Protestant missionary in Latin America, one of my fellow missionaries told me that he was trying to read the book of Hebrews, but he found it “just plain weird.” He didn’t know what to make of it. And it’s no wonder. It’s totally Catholic!

(Uhhh…maybe that’s why Martin Luther wanted to unload it from the canon of Scripture.)

In this episode of the Art of Catholic we’re going to begin our focus on the 7 core Catholic beliefs that underlie this amazing book of the Bible. My guest is a convert and gifted author named Shane Kapler, who wrote a book on this very topic titled The Epistle to Hebrews and the Seven Core Beliefs of Catholics. This is a great episode to start expanding your knowledge of Scripture.

Among other things we’ll discuss:51Iw9PD+USL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

  • Who wrote Hebrews and why it’s one of the most argued topics in Scripture study
  • Why Hebrews has special relevance today given the current condition of the world
  • How Hebrews bridges the gap between the Old and New Testaments
  • The Jewish background of Hebrews (does that sound redundant?)
  • How the doctrine of the Trinity is unveiled in Hebrews

All that and more in episode 39 of the Art of Catholic. God bless and enjoy!

Matt

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038: The Crucial Role of Catholic Fiction with Fr. Richard Infante

The Last Priest Standing

catholic_FINAL_150Every so often I get the point where I just can’t take it anymore.

The Art of Catholic community knows I’m totally into spiritual theology. But every now and then I hit the wall. I just can’t read another book on prayer, the 3 stages of the spiritual life, or the virtues. I need something a bit lighter.

Enter Fr. Richard Infante, wonderful priest and talented author of Catholic fiction.

He’s got a new book called “Last Priest Standing” from Lambing Press, which is a collection of short stories and novellas. It’s a fascinating peek into the private lives of priests which satisfies questions a lot of us have like: What do priests do in their free time? Do they want to talk about Church stuff with lay people? Do priests hang out together? (In casinos)?

It’s quite interesting and will certainly humanize priests for a lot of people.

41MPsQtrFuL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_But the conversation goes deeper. With four master’s degrees, including one in Fine Arts, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Catholic fiction and its role in culture. Items in this show include:

  • Can fiction be used to effectively catechize?
  • Fr. Infante’s “must read” works of Catholic fiction
  • The importance of fine arts in evangelization
  • Can Catholic fiction change the way you approach Scripture?
  • My favorite work of Catholic fiction I recommend for everyone (which I’m betting most of you have never read)

Enjoy and God bless!

Matthew

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover Image8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!

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037: The Fulfillment of All Desire with Ralph Martin

catholic_FINAL_150Hands down one of my favorite books of all time.

Dr. Ralph Martin’s The Fulfillment of All Desire played a huge role in my desire to learn about, and grow in, the spiritual life. It’s a classic. (I’ve got hand-written notes all over the margins in my copy.) 2016 is the tenth anniversary of it’s publication and it still sells like crazy.

Why?

Because it presents the path of spiritual growth from the masters of the GetImagespiritual life: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis de Sales, Augustine, and more. This book blew my mind and helped ignite the fire of love in my life for Christ.

If you don’t know Ralph, he’s the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization and an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, president of Renewal Ministries, and host of the tv and radio show “The Choices We Face”.

In case you didn’t think him cool enough already, Ralph was appointed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization…that’s totally cool.

And today, Ralph is on the show to talk about the The Fulfillment of All Desire and the spiritual life in general.

In addition to nuggets of wisdom from the book, we’ll discuss:The-Ecstasy-of-St.-Teresa-Fontebasso-224x300

  • How Ralph got into spiritual theology and the difference it’s made in his life
  • The huge impact of St. John Paul II in the universal call to holiness
  • The 4 principles that govern the spiritual life
  • The 3 stages of the spiritual life
  • Ralph’s biggest piece of advice for someone trying to grow in holiness

Prepare to be inspired!

Matthew

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover Image8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!

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