083: Archbishop Vigano & the Power of Fear

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Not sure if you caught it, but Archbishop Vigano recently told the American bishops they’d better be afraid…very afraid.

Why?

Because if you want to become a saint, the first thing you need is fear.

Fear isn’t typically the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about growth in sanctity, but it’s a must. Not any old fear, of course…we’re talking fear of the Lord – one of the most powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit (see Isaiah 11).

And Archbishop Vigano’s recent letter nails it.

So in this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast, I’m going briefly unpack why I think the one paragraph letter he wrote is, in a way, the most powerful letter he’s written so far…at least on the spiritual level.

Among other things, I’m going to get into:

  • Why fear of the Lord doesn’t equal terror
  • How fear is directly linked to the virtue of temperance (and why that’s so important)
  • Why spiritual fear leads to hatred of sin
  • The beauty of filial fear
  • How the gift of fear moves us to reverence

This is a super powerful podcast because it shows how instead of just complaining, we can become part of the solution to the Church crisis.

May God bless you and the whole Catholic Church!

Matthew

Oh yeah…Here’s the link to Divine Intimacy on the EWTN Religious Catalog, I mentioned in the podcast.

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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P.P.S. If you’d rather go to Italy, I’m heading there on pilgrimage, too!

Join me in March 2019 for a time of deep spiritual renewal and amazing adventure in Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for details!

 

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

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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!

CLICK HERE for details!

P.P.S. If you’d rather go to Italy, I’m heading there on pilgrimage, too!

Join me in March 2019 for a time of deep spiritual renewal and amazing adventure in Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for details!

Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life!

 

 

 

 

 

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081: Kings, Prophets, & Popes

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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!

CLICK HERE for details!

P.P.S. Pilgrimage to Catholic Italy!

Join me in March 2019 for a time of deep spiritual renewal and amazing adventure in Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more!

CLICK HERE for details!

Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life!

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Art of Catholic podcast!