070: How Mary Can Save Civilization…again

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Have we lost? Because a lot of people think so.

Earlier this year a book came out called The Benedict Option. It’s a runaway bestseller written by a famous former Evangelical named Rod Dreher.

He basically says we’ve lost the culture war and radical change in lifestyle is needed if Christianity is going to survive in the West.

And he’s right…most of the time.

While Dreher’s call for a retreat into a kind quasi-monastic existence rings true on many levels, it misses a key ingredient that can change everything…Mary.

Enter Dr. Carrie Gress.

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, she provides a little different slant…a Marian slant. Her new book “The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis” presents what I think is Dreher’s missing link.

If you don’t recognize the hand of Mary in our past then you can’t understand her pivotal role for our future.

So in this episode, Dr. Gress and I will discuss:

  • What exactly is the Marian Option
  • Why Mary is the “Cultivator of Culture”
  • The fascinating connection between Islam and the apparitions at Guadalupe, Fatima, and Lourdes
  • Why Mariology stopped developing in the East after the Great Schism
  • Why ecumenism without Mary is false ecumenism

It’s a fantastic and illuminating discussion in which I’m betting you’ll learn a few things and gain some deeper insight into this transitional moment in human history.

But as the infomercials say, “That’s not all!”

Because after my conversation with Carrie, the amazing Curtis Mitch will answer a very intriguing and bothersome question on our second installment of Next Level Scripture.

You don’t want to miss it.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. If you liked this episode, you’ll probably like these, too:

Episode 055 – Unveiling the 3 Secrets of Fatima

Episode 027 – Part 1 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion

Episode 028 – Part 2 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion


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059: Unleashing the Rosary with Fr. Don Calloway

catholic_FINAL_150In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re at war.

We need a weapon. A powerful one. One feared by the Devil.

Most of us already have one.

It’s called the rosary. And if wielded properly it cuts through the darkness like a light saber (especially if it’s glow-in-the-dark:).

In this special episode of The Art of Catholic, I interview Fr. Donald Calloway, author, speaker, and Vicar Provincial of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He knows the rosary.

In fact, he wrote a great book static1-squarespaceon it titled Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual WeaponSo I brought him in to give us all a greater appreciation for the history, beauty, and power of the “Bible on Beads.”

Among other things, we discuss:

  • The miraculous origin of the rosary through St. Dominic
  • The history of the Marian Psalter (which predated the rosary)
  • How the horrific Black Plague shaped the rosary
  • The epic defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Lepanto (because of the rosary!)
  • Why you should know a guy named Alan de la Roche
  • The crucial role of England in preserving the rosary51ycyytfyol-_sx353_bo1204203200_
  • The indulgences associated with the praying the “Bible on Beads”

All that and more in this jam-packed episode of The Art of Catholic. It’s a show you don’t want to miss. So grab your rosary (and your coffee) and join us! Hail Mary!

God bless!

Matthew

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057: The Primacy of Mary’s Divine Maternity & Why It Matters

catholic_FINAL_150Why do Catholics exalt Mary? I don’t mean in general. I mean specifically.

The answer may surprise you.

Is it because she’s perfect? Kind of. But there’s a deeper reason.

I just got back from my pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes, so I have Mary on the brain (and in the heart). I can’t get enough of her.

So in this “brief” episode (it’s still more than half and hour so not to worry), I’ll dig in a little to the underlying, foundational reason we venerate Our Lady.

In this episode we’ll discuss:marymotherofgod

  • Why the Immaculate Conception is demanded by Mary’s divine maternity
  • The vital role of the Council of Ephesus in 431AD in Marian doctrine
  • Why St. Thomas declared Mary was predestined to be the Mother of God
  • How Mary is intimately united to the hypostatic union
  • The definition and distinction of hyperdulia (and why people who say Catholics worship Mary are nuts)

All that and more in this episode of the Art of Catholic!

God bless!

Matthew

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