088: The Astounding Doctrine of Deification

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There is one doctrine of the Church that changes everything…and I mean everything!

And once you get it, your understanding of salvation is radically transformed.

I’m talking about deification.

Yup! You and I are were created to be divine!

St. Peter declares very clearly that we are destined to become a “partakers” of the divine nature of God (2 Pt 1:4). But that’s not the only place in Scripture this amazing doctrine is found.

It’s all over the place!

So to unpack what it is and where it’s found in the Bible, I invited Curtis Mitch on to the Art of Catholic podcast. (He’s the guy who wrote the amazing commentary in the very popular Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.)

There’s nobody I’d rather have on the program to address this from a scriptural point of view.

Here are just a few of the highlights of this episode:

  • Christ’s words about deification
  • Where deification is found in the prayers of the Mass
  • Why our deification was always God’s goal
  • How prayer relates directly to the process of deification
  • How deification sheds light on Adam’s Fall in the Garden of Eden
  • Why the Incarnation of Christ is the key to understanding deification

I loved this conversation with Curtis, and so will you.

So sit back, hitch up your pants, and get ready to hear why you are destined to be a god…literally.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. It’s coming MAY 1st! CLICK HERE to be notified so you get in before the doors close!

The most dynamic, clearest path to spiritual transformation you’ll find anywhere.” – Mike Aquilina, Author & EWTN Personality

087: How To Think Like a Catholic

Featuring Michael Matheson Miller

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Everything has gone haywire.

At every corner our traditional way of life is being undermined by forces that seem to come from every direction.

It’s a constant assault.

And it’s extremely easy for a Catholic to get caught up in being a “child of the times” without even realizing it.

It’s a slippery slope.

We’ve got to be able to identify and understand the danger and consequences of the ideological war that is attempting to re-define truth, freedom, and reality itself.

So I turned to Michael Matheson Miller for help.

He’s a sought after public speaker, writer, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Acton Institute…and he knows what he’s talking about.

Join us for an expose of the underlying ideas and forces that are seeking to tear apart not just the Church, but the whole world.

Among other things we’ll discuss:

  • What is a “Catholic mind?”
  • Why Pope Benedict XVI said we live in a “Dictatorship of Relativism”
  • Whether Catholicism provides an answer to every question. (The answer may surprise you.)
  • The true definition freedom?
  • Why a lot of respected secular academics believe computers will evolve into conscious beings…seriously.
  • The danger of ideology
  • and a whole lot more…

This is an important episode.

The secularism of the world is not neutral. It’s a specific worldview. And it’s high time we understand it, or we’ll go down the drain with it.

It’s high time to think like a Catholic!

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. It’s coming! CLICK HERE to sign up for the wait list to be notified when it goes live.

The most dynamic, clearest path to spiritual transformation you’ll find anywhere.” – Mike Aquilina, Author & EWTN Personality

086: Dr. Brant Pitre Blows Your Mind on Mary

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I’ve got ten bucks that says you’ve never heard a lot of this stuff.

When I was coming into the Church 20 years ago, I struggled mightily with the Virgin Mary. Partly, it was because I couldn’t find Marian doctrine and devotion in Sacred Scripture.

I was blind.

Eventually, I came to realize how deeply Mary is woven into the fabric of the sacred text once you know how to really read the Bible.

But Brant Pitre just blew my mind on a few things I’d never heard.

(That’s saying something given the fact that I’ve produced an entire series on Our Lady.)

You’re going to love this.

So sit back and enjoy a wide-ranging, but pinpoint discussion on some incredible truths about Mary that will make you marvel at the handiwork of God.

Among other things we discuss:

  • The deep connection between Israel’s Ark of the Covenant and Mary
  • How the Book of Numbers provides evidence of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity and why Joseph was abstinent…so cool!
  • Scriptural proof that Mary could’ve easily made a vow of virginity (as the Church Fathers teach)
  • How the Collyridians (you’ve heard of them, right?) prove Catholics aren’t Marian idolaters
  • Why John calls himself the “beloved disciple” and how it relates to Mary

This is one of the best interviews I’ve ever had on the Art of Catholic. Don’t miss it!

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. It’s coming in a little more than a month! Don’t miss out on Next Level Catholic Academy and take your spiritual life to new heights! CLICK HERE to learn more.

The most dynamic, clearest path to spiritual transformation you’ll find anywhere.” – Mike Aquilina, Author & EWTN Personality