074: Taking Your Lent to the Next Level

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How about if we do it differently this time?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every year Ash Wednesday just sneaks up on me and I’m left scrambling trying to figure out what I’m going to do for Lent.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

But let’s make a change. Let’s make this Lent the best one ever. How? I’m glad you asked.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast we’re going to discuss:

  • How to prepare for Lent…and keep it rolling all 40 days
  • How the Catholic liturgical calendar mimics the spiritual life
  • What the pre-Vatican II Church (and current Polish Catholic Church) did to prepare for Lent…(and it sounds like a pretty good idea)
  • Why the Crown of Thorns has to precede the Crown of Life
  • The nuclear power of redemptive suffering (and how it works)
  • The two Lenten practices to avoid

All that and more in this power-packed Lenten episode of the Art of Catholic!

God bless you!

Matthew

If you liked this episode, check out these, too:

Episode 47 – The Secret Back Door Out of Purgatory Nobody Talks About

Episode 48 – How Almsgiving Can Save Your Life…Now and Later


P.S. As a special Lenten gift, I’m giving you “Beer, Chocolate & Value-Added Suffering” for FREE. It’s chapter 5 of my book Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic. 

Click the image of the book or the link above and it will come right to your inbox. God bless!

 

 

071: Understanding Indulgences…Finally

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We’re not supposed to talk about them.

They’re supposed to be like that embarrassing uncle no one mentions by name at family functions. But that’s crazy.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast we’re going to unveil the beautiful theology and practice of indulgences. Far from being an indefensible leftover we’d rather sweep under the medieval rug, indulgences are a powerful witness to God’s mercy. They are an incredible help in our journey to heaven.

But we need to understand them.

So as to help us make use of the Church’s treasury of merit (and really understand what in the world the “treasury of merit” even is), I brought in Mary Moorman. She’s a brilliant lady who recently wrote a pretty thick book on the topic titled, Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit.

Among other issues, we’ll discuss:

  • What an indulgence is and how to obtain one
  • Pope St. John Paul II’s insightful take on indulgences
  • The very important difference between sacraments and indulgences
  • Why indulgences can be a (very) surprising bridge between Catholics and Protestants
  • Why Martin Luther should have loved indulgences…but didn’t
  • The deep connection between almsgiving and indulgences
  • Why you can’t understand indulgences without understanding the nature of sin

As with so many topics we cover on the Art of Catholic podcast, this one is both theologically rich and eminently practical.

And just to round things out, I’m once again bringing in the brilliant Bible scholar, Curtis Mitch, to add a little “somethin’-somethin.'” It’s another incredible installment of Next Level Scripture. He provides some unbelievably cool Old Testament background on the whole subject that brings the whole topic into focus.

Any way you slice it, this is a great episode. Hope you enjoy.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. If you liked this episode, you’ll probably like these, too:

047: The Secret Back Door out of Purgatory Nobody Talks About

048: How Almsgiving Can Save Your Life…Now & Later


 

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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!

Matthew

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

It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!

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