055: Unveiling the 3 Secrets of Fatima

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They’re the most talked about “secrets” in the world. But they’re often misunderstood.

In July, 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children and revealed to them several amazing visions and prophecies that all came true.

They’ve become known as the 3 Secrets of Fatima.

And while we know what they are, they’re not just part of the past. They’re relevant now…more than ever. There’s no doubt that truly understanding and applying the message of Mary at Fatima can change the world!

So in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (Oct 7th) and the fact that the 100th anniversary is on October 13, 2017, this episode of the Art of Catholic will dive into these secrets including:

  • How Mary foretold World War II
  • What Mary showed the children and how it affects us today
  • How Our Lady can change the course of history
  • Why Mary showed the children a terrifying vision of hell
  • The role of Russia in world events and conversion of the world
  • How the assassination attempt on St. John Paul II in 1981 relates to the 3rd Secret
  • Cardinal Ratzinger’s (Pope Benedict) interpretation of the 3rd Secret

While they’re the most talked about secrets in the world, they’re often the most misunderstood. We’re going to put that to rest on this episode of The Art of Catholic!

God bless!

Matthew

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037: The Fulfillment of All Desire with Ralph Martin

catholic_FINAL_150Hands down one of my favorite books of all time.

Dr. Ralph Martin’s The Fulfillment of All Desire played a huge role in my desire to learn about, and grow in, the spiritual life. It’s a classic. (I’ve got hand-written notes all over the margins in my copy.) 2016 is the tenth anniversary of it’s publication and it still sells like crazy.

Why?

Because it presents the path of spiritual growth from the masters of the GetImagespiritual life: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis de Sales, Augustine, and more. This book blew my mind and helped ignite the fire of love in my life for Christ.

If you don’t know Ralph, he’s the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization and an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, president of Renewal Ministries, and host of the tv and radio show “The Choices We Face”.

In case you didn’t think him cool enough already, Ralph was appointed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization…that’s totally cool.

And today, Ralph is on the show to talk about the The Fulfillment of All Desire and the spiritual life in general.

In addition to nuggets of wisdom from the book, we’ll discuss:The-Ecstasy-of-St.-Teresa-Fontebasso-224x300

  • How Ralph got into spiritual theology and the difference it’s made in his life
  • The huge impact of St. John Paul II in the universal call to holiness
  • The 4 principles that govern the spiritual life
  • The 3 stages of the spiritual life
  • Ralph’s biggest piece of advice for someone trying to grow in holiness

Prepare to be inspired!

Matthew

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030: Soul Surfing With A Man Named “Bear”

Bear Woznick on The Art of Catholic

catholic_FINAL_150I meet a lot of people in my line of work…none like this guy.

Have you ever talked prayer with a guy who is a World Surfing Champ? Ever discussed the spiritual life with a bona fide ninja blackbelt? How about chatting virtue with anyone who rode their bike (i.e. bicycle) from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean?

Me, neither. That is, until I met Bear Woznick. (Yes, that’s actually his legal name.)

Bear Woznick is unlike anyone else I know. I met him recently at a men’s conference in Florida where we were both speakers. His life, I quickly discovered, is like a movie.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Simply that it’s a bit more “exciting” than most of ourscsa-hero-Bear-Woznick. (Seriously, have you ever repelled off the 25th floor of your beachfront condo? He has.)

Bear is an author, speaker, and EWTN radio host and who loves the Church and expresses it in a very unique way. You’re going to find his story and his message truly inspirational.

Blessings,

Matthew

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