082: Historical Holiness: How Religious Orders Illumine the Path to Perfection

Featuring Fr. Gregory Pine O.P.

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Yes, some look like Jedi hippies. Yes, their giant rosaries look like medieval weapons. Yes, many haven’t worn socks in a very long time.

But they’re the real deal.

About whom am I talking? Catholics with a religious vocation. You know…monks, nuns, and such.

And while most of us aren’t called to their life, we should pay very close attention to them.

Why?

Because they can show laity the pursuit of holiness in its essential contours. In other words, they can show us the way to heaven.

So in order to get inside the life and mind of the “religious” and see what we can learn, I brought Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. onto the program. As you’ll see, he’s an extremely sharp guy and explains the deeper things very clearly.

Among other things, we discuss:

  • What are the “evangelical counsels” and how we can live them
  • A fascinating (and brief) history of religious life (perfect for converts and those who need to brush up on their history a little:)
  • What it means to have a truly intentional life
  • How the religious model of life can restore sanity during our current crisis
  • Why religious life is a kind of second baptism
  • The shocking answer to the question, “Does God love some people more than others?”

All that and a whole lot more in this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. I’m leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Jim Caviezel, star of The Passion of the Christ!

We’ll also be joined by Fr. Don Calloway and John Michael Talbot! It’s going to be epic!

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081: Kings, Prophets, & Popes

A Scriptural Response to the Church Crisis

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What should we do?

That’s the question that keeps coming up in my conversations and email exchanges.

What is the appropriate response of faithful Catholics to this ongoing crisis?

While some are leaving and others are all-out attacking, most of us are caught somewhere in the middle.

We’ve always thought of ourselves as faithful Catholics. We’ve always honored our priests and bishops. We’ve always been a bit awed by the papacy.

So we’re torn.

We want this all to be fixed, but don’t know what tools are really at our disposal. We’re not totally sure what attitude and posture should we take.

That’s what I want to address in this episode. And I’m going to do it with Sacred Scripture.

I think it gives us some pretty clear direction. So in this podcast we’ll discuss:

  • The Scriptural origins of the Catholic priesthood
  • Why it can never be “us” vs “them”
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in choosing a pope
  • Extremely important takeaways from the story of King Saul and David
  • The powerful tool used by the prophet Daniel
  • The end result we should all be praying for

Based on what’s going on, this is an important episode that will provide some rich food for thought as you discern and pray about your personal response to the crisis.

God bless you and keep the Faith always!

Matthew

 

P.S. HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’m leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Jim Caviezel, star of The Passion of the Christ!

We’ll also be joined by Fr. Don Calloway and John Michael Talbot!

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P.P.S. Pilgrimage to Catholic Italy!

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080: On the Current Crisis in the Catholic Church

A Message of Hope in Hard Times

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These are not easy times for Catholics.

I’ve received a lot of emails from people, and had a lot of conversations over the last several weeks with Catholics on the brink of despair.

How could this happen? What is going on? What are we going to do?

I share your pain and confusion…deeply.

And while I’m horrified by daily revelations about the cancer that is eating our Church alive, I also know that Christ is King and His Church will endure.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic I’m going to weigh in on where I find myself coming down in all of this. And I want to provide some food for thought and prayer as we continue to watch all of this unfold.

It’s my desire to give you some hope and a plan of action.

The crisis isn’t going away. It shouldn’t go away. It needs to be dealt with immediately.

But I also want to remind you why the Catholic Church is, and will always be, holy…in spite of humanity’s best attempts to muck it up.

Blessings,

Matthew

P.S. Join me for a time of spiritual renewal in March 2019: Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more!

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