064: Holy Week Special – Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Connection Between the 3 Stages and the Rosary

Holy Week is upon us. Hasn’t Lent flown by? It seems like Ash Wednesday was just a couple weeks ago.

And oftentimes we get to this point thinking we could have done a lot more…So let’s do something about it.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic, we’re not going to just talk about theology. We’re going to enter into it. How?

By meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary as a kind of progression or maturation in the spiritual life. What do I mean by that?

Well, it seems to me that the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are a kind of parallel to the 3 stages of the Spiritual Life: the Purgative,

the Illuminative, and the Unitive Ways spoken about by spiritual giants like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and many others.

And if you’ve never heard of those stages, no worries. I give  a brief overview of them in this episode.

I found some Scripture passages that evoke some of the spiritual fruit of the Sorrowful Mysteries and wrote short meditations about how the Mysteries relate to the spiritual life. The aim of this episode is simply to help you enter into the beautiful mystery of Holy Week in a more powerful way. We’re going to let the reality of what Jesus has done seep into our very souls.

We may be near the end of Lent, but there’s still time to prepare for a powerful encounter with the Passion, death, and resurrection of our Savior and Lord. Let’s do it!

God bless and you and have a wonderful Holy Week!

Matthew

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056: The Scariest Verse in Scripture…and How To Survive It

with Marcus Grodi

catholic_FINAL_150A lot of passages in Scripture make me uncomfortable. But this one scares the dickens out of me.

In Matthew 12:36, Jesus declares “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.”

Uhhh…”every careless word”? (Insert teeth chattering.)

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve said some pretty ridiculous things in my life…things for which I would love to take the eternal Etch A Sketch, turn it upside down, and shake. (By the way, did I ever tell you I was in a 1970s Etch A Sketch commercial with my brothers and sisters? Story for another time…)

And I’m betting there are plenty of people reading this that are just as terrified of that verse as I am.

Well, fear not! In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, I’m actually the one being interviewed by none other than Marcus Grodi about this very difficult verse. Perhaps you’ve seen Marcus on his EWTN show The Journey Home. (I was on that show once, too…a long time after the Etch A Sketch commercial.) Marcus is a wonderful man and in this show we’ll discuss things like:

  • How words are more powerful than we realizehard-verses-screen-shot
  • The vital role of silence
  • Why what’s in your heart is the key to your speech
  • How St. Paul provides help in gaining control over your thoughts
  • The secret to maintaining “silence” even when speaking (this one rule is worth listening to the whole show…not that the rest isn’t great, too:)

So unless you don’t have a tongue (or you’re a professional mime), this very special episode is for you!

Matthew

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It’s got a whole chapter on silence and controlling your tongue! If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.”—His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

We all need help to grow spiritually…Matt Leonard shows us the way.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, author, speaker, and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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053: The Love That Made Mother Teresa

How Her Secret Visions and Dark Nights Can Help You Conquer the Slums of Your Heart

catholic_FINAL_150It’s no surprise. Mother Teresa is the newest saint of the Catholic Church.

I became Catholic the year after she died. I hadn’t paid her much attention. And yet along with the rest of the world, I knew she was holy. Sure, there were detractors. There always are. They’re nuts.

While most people loved and respected Mother Teresa, she also made them uneasy. Let’s be honest, she made a lot of Catholics uneasy! Hers might have been the “little way” of her namesake St. Therese of Lisieux, but it wasn’t an easy way. Sainthood never is.

In this episode I brought in phenomenal author David imagesScott. He’s been a powerhouse in the Catholic universe for more than 30 years, publishing all over world and holding top editorial positions at the largest Catholic newspaper (Our Sunday Visitor) and Catholic News Service. He’s currently the Vice Chancellor of Communications in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He’s hands down one of the best Catholic writers around.

And he’s written a gorgeous little book about Mother Teresa that’s unlike any other.

His is beyond biography.

David’s book The Love That Made Mother Teresa is a spiritual exegesis of a life well-lived that will challenge and inspire you to ascend the spiritual ladder.51u6a18uJ1L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

In this amazing interview we’ll discuss:

  • What made a little Albanian nun so special
  • How she practiced something called the “The Law of the Conservation of Charity”
  • The response of Mother Teresa to those who derided her work and accused her of ignoring the “causes” of poverty
  • The deep connection between the apparitions at Fatima and those of Mother Teresa
  • The providential placement of her first home for the dying next to the temple of a terrifying Hindu goddess
  • The intense spiritual struggle that tortured her for fifty years

Prepare to be transformed by St. Teresa of Kolkata. God bless!

Matthew

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