035: Saints Who Battled Satan (and Won)! with Dr. Paul Thigpen

aka Stories That May Cause Goosebumps

catholic_FINAL_150Light the blessed candles, grab your crucifix, and find your biggest bottle of holy water.

My guest today on the Art of Catholic is author Dr. Paul Thigpen and our topic is spiritual warfare. In particular, we’re discussing his really fascinating book titled “Saints Who Battled Satan: 17 Holy Warriors Who Can Teach You How To Fight The Good Fight and Vanquish Your Ancient Enemy.

And I’m gonna tell you right now, this is no typical saint book. It’s pretty wild.

“Who is Paul Thigpen”, you ask?

He’s the editor of TAN Books and the best-selling author, co-author or compSebastiano_Ricci_058iler of forty-five titles. Among his most popular books are The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come and The Rapture Trap: A Catholic Response to End Times Fever.

Paul is a convert to the Catholic faith and has served the Church as an award-winning journalist, historian, apologist, catechist, and member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His work has been translated into twelve languages (including Canadian).

And he’s an expeuntitled-1_1rt in spiritual warfare.

This episode is not meant to be sensationalistic. But that doesn’t mean the hair on the back of your neck won’t stand up from time to time. As St. Paul declares in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Satan is real. He wants to kill you. We must learn to fight. Who better to learn from than the saints who have battled and won?

Enjoy!

Matthew

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018: The Bible & the Church Fathers (Part 2)

catholic_FINAL_150Do you believe in the Trinity? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is both all God and all man at the same time – consubstantial with the Father? Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God?

Most of you are nodding your internal head, saying “Yes, Matt, of course we do.”

These are issues most Christians take for granted. We believe them because they are fundamental to our faith. We believe them because they are what have been taught to us, handed down from generation to generation.

But why?

The quick answer is very simple: Because of Christ. He founded the Catholic Church and gave the Apostles authority. But then what? Acts 1:20 tells us: “His office let another take.” In other words, their authority was passed on.

And many to whom they passed the torch were the men who, through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, formulated many of the doctrines and beliefs we now take for granted. The belief system of Christianity didn’t drop down out of the sky in a catechism. The truth that existed in its fullness in Jesus Christ was unpacked over the centuries.Ikone_Athanasius_von_Alexandria

And many of the guys that did that unpacking were the Fathers of the Church.

In this episode of “The Art of Catholic”, we’re going to finish what we started in Episode 17. (This is part 2 of “Introduction to the Fathers”, which is the first lesson in the Journey Through Scripture Bible study titled “The Bible and the Church Fathers.”)

We’ll discuss the development of doctrine and start to get to know a few of these towering figures of the faith. What you’re going to start to realize is that these men are not just historical figures. We call them “Fathers” because that’s what they are. They “father” us in the faith, leading us to Our Father in heaven.

Enjoy!

Matthew

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017: The Bible and the Church Fathers

catholic_FINAL_150We all want to know where we come from. What are our biological roots? Who are we related to? People spend a lot of money every year tracing their family tree (hoping it forks!).

As Christians, we should desire to know our family tree, too. Like in our natural families, we should want to know who has gone before us in the Faith and what they believed. We should want to know our history.

Now’s our chance.

In this Art of Catholic episode, I’m featuring the first half of Lesson One of The Bible and the Church Fathers. This study is part of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology’s Journey Through Scripture Bible study program…and you’re going to love it. It’s a great primer on the men upon whose shoulders we stand.

I’ve been presenting Journey Through Scripture all over the country (and world) for more than eight years. While I wrote the study, much of it is based upon Mike Aquilina’s book 51S4+GkQ1tL._SL250_The Fathers of the Church (3rd edition).

As I mentioned, what you’re about to hear is part 1 of Lesson One, which is titled Introduction to the Fathers. In my next episode, I’ll have part 2.

For now, pour yourself a nice tall cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy…

God bless!

Matthew

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