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

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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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