063: Why Beauty Is Crucial…Especially for Catholics

featuring John Henry Crosby

It might seem a bit odd to discuss beauty at the beginning of Lent. Actually, I find it totally appropriate. After all, this is a season of stripping away the outer layers of this world and conforming ourselves to Him who is beauty.

If God is the Beatific Vision, then beauty matters all the time…perhaps especially in Lent.

The topic of beauty is something I’ve wanted to address for a long time because it’s all too often ignored. I would go so far as to say that it is crucial for Catholics to reacquire a true understanding and appreciation for beauty.

Its lacking is not only a major contributor to massive cultural decline in the Western world, but also for the decline of people practicing Christianity.

We’ve forgotten how to make the faith beautiful. And I don’t mean just sprucing it up. I mean the essence of our faith.

My guest is John Henry Crosby, a cultural entrepreneur and founder of the Hildebrand Project. Promoting a renewed aesthetic is in his blood. After this show, it will be in yours, too. Among other things, we discuss:

  • The vital role of beauty in salvation
  • The difference between beauty and luxury
  • Why beauty is the foundation of love
  • How utilitarianism crushes the soul
  • Why sin keeps us from recognizing beauty
  • How to start a life of beauty

Any program dealing with the Catholic faith is important. A show dealing with one of the most powerful, yet forgotten elements of our faith is doubly important. I pray we all take it to heart.

God bless!

Matthew

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062: The Hidden Power of Kindness

Featuring Charlie McKinney

Make no mistake, this episode is going to challenge you. But it can also dramatically transform your relationships with other people…and God.

It’s full of deep and practical wisdom that you can start to practice immediately.

Our topic is kindness – real kindness – the kindness identified by St. Paul in Galatians. In other words, this is way beyond the “be nice to one another” stuff we learned in pre-school. It’s the virtue that radically re-arranges our priorities and changes the world.

My guest is Charlie McKinney, the President of Sophia Institute Press. He’s on the show to discuss an extremely powerful book titled The Hidden Power of Kindness by an amazing 20th century priest named Fr. Laurence Lovasik.

Fr. Lovasik is one of these priests who is so full of wisdom that it seems to radiate out of every statement he makes. He wrote more than 30 books and spoke around the globe for decades, helping people draw closer to the Lord. I’ve read some of his other works before turning to The Hidden Power of Kindness. Don’t know why it took me so long.

After perusing The Hidden Power of Kindness, I knew I had to promote Fr. Lovasik on The Art of Catholic. I’m positive you’re going to love it as much as I do.

Here’s a sampling of the material Charlie and I discuss:

  • What is true kindness (perhaps not what you think)
  • The 3 simple “do’s” and “don’ts” of the Fraternity of Kindness
  • The one essential characteristic of all kindness
  • The helpful distinction between  greed and God-given love of self
  • How to overcome unexplainable dislike for another person
  • How to overcome anger with meekness
  • How to be more considerate of one another
  • What is necessary for correction to be kind and effective at the same time

This is easily one of the most practical and transformative episodes I’ve ever recorded. If you heed the advice in this podcast, it will transform your life…guaranteed!

God bless!

Matthew

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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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061: Music Wars with Mike Aquilina

It sounds like a wild exaggeration.

But according to best-selling author Mike Aquilina (a generally trustworthy source), it was music that saved the ancient world from its descent into despair.

My first thought was “Seriously?”

Yep. He’s not kidding.  It’s all in his book “How the Choir Converted the Word: Through Hymns, With Hymns, And In Hymns” from Emmaus Road Publishing. (The book is worth a look for the subtitle alone.)

Given the state of some current liturgical music, I was skeptical to say the least. (I probably should have told the publisher that before I agreed to blurb the book.) But since everything else I ever read by Mike is pure gold, I agreed. I wasn’t disappointed. This book rocks.

Music really did save world.

But it wasn’t without conflict. Music isn’t always used for holy purposes. (Ever been to a Def Leppard concert? Yeah…me neither.) That’s as true today as it was in the ancient world. In case you haven’t noticed, music continues as a battlefront in modern culture.

And it’s a battle we have to win.

So today on the Art of Catholic, we’ll look at how the Church used music to convert the world, as well as how it can happen again. “If we did it once,” says Mike Aquilina, “we can do it again.” So let’s get to it!

In this 2017 kickoff episode, Mike and I discuss:

  • The deep relationship between music and beauty
  • Why trumpets were the electric guitars of the biblical club scene (and even used as weapons)
  • Why the Israelites made the best music in the ancient world
  • The reason early Christians were strangely ambivalent, sometimes even hostile, about music
  • How music brought down one of the most powerful heresies in the history of the Church

All that and much, much more in this incredibly noteworthy episode of the Art of Catholic.

God bless!

Matthew

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Want to go deeper into 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!

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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