076: Psalm Basics for Catholics

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It’s the book quoted by God the Father.

It’s the book quoted by Christ on the Cross.

It’s the one book we read at almost every Mass.

It’s the Psalms.

While many view the Psalms as merely a collection of beautiful poetry (which it is), there’s a whole more going on in this amazing book of the Bible. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say it’s one of the most important in all of Sacred Scripture.

Yes, they’re all important, but the Psalms are special.

St. Basil the Great said that the Psalms actually train the soul. He declared they are “the elementary exposition of beginners, the improvement of those advancing, the solid support of the perfect, the voice of the Church” (On the Psalms).

In other words, they’ll help you get to heaven.

So I brought in one of the most popular Art of Catholic guests to illuminate us even more. Dr. John Bergsma is the author of a new book titled Psalm Basics for Catholics. It’s the latest in his line of best-selling “Basics for Catholics” books.

But he’s more than an author.

He’s one of the popular teachers at Franciscan University of Steubenville. (He’s been voted Teacher of the Year…twice!) In this episode we’re going to dive into the book of Psalms.

Among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • Why the Psalms are really five different books
  • How the Psalms are directly connected to the Eucharist
  • Why the Psalm 23 (“the Lord is my shepherd…) is totally Catholic
  • Why St. Athanasius said the Psalms are a synopsis of the entire Bible
  • How the Psalms can form your prayer life
  • A reading plan for the Psalms

All that and more on another bang-up episode of the Art of Catholic podcast.

God bless!



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Podcast links mentioned:

06: Bible Basics With John Bergsma

043: (More) New Testament Basics with John Bergsma

Speaking Events:

May 3 – Pine Haven Boys Center Gala Dinner, Nashua, NH

May 11 – St. Andrew Catholic Church

May 12 – St. Paul Center event in Arlington, TX

075: The Secret to Astonishing Faith: Surviving Your Sea of Galilee

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Ever felt yourself sinking?

St. Peter certainly did when after he briefly walked toward our Lord on the surging waves of the Sea of Galilee.

And you have to hand it to Peter.

He jumped out of the boat during a raging storm. All because Christ said, “Come.”

That’s exactly what Jesus says to us every day…”Come.” No matter what storm is raging in your life, you can walk over the crashing waves toward our loving Lord.

That’s not pious sentiment for a Hallmark card or an “inspirational” cubicle poster featuring cats. There’s something in that passage most people totally miss that raises the whole story on a different level.

Christ literally says, “Take heart, it is I: have no fear.” These words are far more than mere encouragement.

In this brief episode I recorded in Jerusalem, I’ll tell you why Jesus’ word’s to the Disciples can totally change the way you view every struggle in your life.

They’re the secret to astonishing faith.

God bless!


P.S. If you liked this episode, you might like:

019: The Kenosis of Christ As Model for Us…What?

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065: Ascending to Pentecost with Pope Benedict XVI

It’s one of the most overlooked miracles in Scripture.

All too often we focus so much on the Passion, death and Resurrection of Our Lord that we breeze right over a pivotal event in our eternal pilgrimage – the Ascension.

That would be a huge mistake.

Not long ago I picked up one of my many books by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Not a good idea if you have a lot of items on your “to-do” list.

He’s so incredibly brilliant that I just couldn’t stop reading.

Benedict’s focus was on the importance of the Ascension and how it leads to Pentecost and beyond. It was a real eye-opener. I learned a lot and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Among other things, in this episode I’ll cover:

  • Why the Apostles were strangely “full of joy” after Christ disappeared
  • Where I would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall before the Ascension
  • How the Ascension points to our divine destiny
  • Why Jesus rose on a cloud (and not something else)
  • Why the people in Lystra weren’t totally wrong about Paul and Barnabas…and what that says about us
  • How the tongues of fire at Pentecost should burn us now

This was not a planned episode. It just happened…perhaps through the Holy Spirit. I think he’s trying to tell us something.

Give a listen and God bless!


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