056: The Scariest Verse in Scripture…and How To Survive It

with Marcus Grodi

catholic_FINAL_150A lot of passages in Scripture make me uncomfortable. But this one scares the dickens out of me.

In Matthew 12:36, Jesus declares “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.”

Uhhh…”every careless word”? (Insert teeth chattering.)

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve said some pretty ridiculous things in my life…things for which I would love to take the eternal Etch A Sketch, turn it upside down, and shake. (By the way, did I ever tell you I was in a 1970s Etch A Sketch commercial with my brothers and sisters? Story for another time…)

And I’m betting there are plenty of people reading this that are just as terrified of that verse as I am.

Well, fear not! In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, I’m actually the one being interviewed by none other than Marcus Grodi about this very difficult verse. Perhaps you’ve seen Marcus on his EWTN show The Journey Home. (I was on that show once, too…a long time after the Etch A Sketch commercial.) Marcus is a wonderful man and in this show we’ll discuss things like:

  • How words are more powerful than we realizehard-verses-screen-shot
  • The vital role of silence
  • Why what’s in your heart is the key to your speech
  • How St. Paul provides help in gaining control over your thoughts
  • The secret to maintaining “silence” even when speaking (this one rule is worth listening to the whole show…not that the rest isn’t great, too:)

So unless you don’t have a tongue (or you’re a professional mime), this very special episode is for you!

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It’s got a whole chapter on silence and controlling your tongue! If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

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

We all need help to grow spiritually…Matt Leonard shows us the way.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, author, speaker, and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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055: Unveiling the 3 Secrets of Fatima

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They’re the most talked about “secrets” in the world. But they’re often misunderstood.

In July, 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children and revealed to them several amazing visions and prophecies that all came true.

They’ve become known as the 3 Secrets of Fatima.

And while we know what they are, they’re not just part of the past. They’re relevant now…more than ever. There’s no doubt that truly understanding and applying the message of Mary at Fatima can change the world!

So in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (Oct 7th) and the fact that the 100th anniversary is on October 13, 2017, this episode of the Art of Catholic will dive into these secrets including:

  • How Mary foretold World War II
  • What Mary showed the children and how it affects us today
  • How Our Lady can change the course of history
  • Why Mary showed the children a terrifying vision of hell
  • The role of Russia in world events and conversion of the world
  • How the assassination attempt on St. John Paul II in 1981 relates to the 3rd Secret
  • Cardinal Ratzinger’s (Pope Benedict) interpretation of the 3rd Secret

While they’re the most talked about secrets in the world, they’re often the most misunderstood. We’re going to put that to rest on this episode of The Art of Catholic!

God bless!

Matthew

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The heart of Mary’s message at Fatima revolves around prayer. If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

We all need help to grow spiritually…Matt Leonard shows us the way.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, author, speaker, and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Don’t miss a show! Subscribe to The Art of Catholic by clicking this link and then clicking “View in iTunes” under the picture and then “Subscribe”! 

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