085: Discerning God’s Will with St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Decisions, decisions…

Life holds a lot of options and it’s often hard to know which way to go, especially when it comes to serious, life-changing matters.

Thankfully, we’ve got help.

St. Ignatius of Loyola penned his famous Spiritual Exercises to enable people to discern the spirits – discern God’s will for their lives. And the great thing is that’s it’s not pie-in-the-sky.

It’s super practical and down-to-earth.

In fact, understanding his Exercises can save you a lot of headache and heartache.

So join me and one of the most intelligent and holy priests I know, Fr. Aaron Pidel, SJ, for an in-depth discussion of St. Ignatius and his guide for our lives.

We’re covering:

  • A bit of the (wild and wooly) background of St. Ignatius
  • His massive conversion
  • An overview of the famous Spiritual Exercises
  • How Ignatius allows feelings to come into play without them taking over
  • The massive role of consolations and desolations
  • Practical discernment of God’s will

Given my love of spiritual theology, this is an episode that is extremely close to my heart. I know you’re going to get a lot out of it.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. I make a BIG announcement at the beginning of the podcast. Here’s a little teaser…

It’s coming! Click here to sign up for the wait list to be notified when it goes live.

P.P.S. I’m heading back to Italy! Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more!



084: Heresy or Holy? The Question of Marian Consecration

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“‘Slaves of Mary?’ Are you kidding me?”

That was my first (second, third…tenth) reaction to the words of St. Louis de Montfort in True Devotion to Mary, the classic text on our topic. 

The whole idea of consecrating yourself to anyone other than Jesus Christ made zero sense to me.

Not anymore.

I now understand and completely embrace the whole idea of consecration to Our Lady. And I can tell you from experience that it’s life-changing.

It can change yours, too.

So join me for a conversation on the deep power and beauty of Marian consecration with Joshua Mazrin, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice. Among other things, we’re going to discuss:

  • Why Protestants automatically reject Marian consecration as heretical
  • The deep theology underlying Marian consecration
  • How Scripture lays the foundation for Marian consecration
  • Our Lady’s intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit
  • The connection between the Immaculate Conception and Marian consecration
  • How Marian consecration is related to Baptism

Have a blessed Advent! Ave Maria!

Matthew

P.S. I’m leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Jim Caviezel, star of The Passion of the Christ!

We’ll also be joined by Fr. Don Calloway and John Michael Talbot! It’s going to be epic!

CLICK HERE for details!

P.P.S. If you’d rather go to Italy, I’m heading there on pilgrimage, too!

Join me in March 2019 for a time of deep spiritual renewal and amazing adventure in Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for details!

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083: Archbishop Vigano & the Power of Fear

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Not sure if you caught it, but Archbishop Vigano recently told the American bishops they’d better be afraid…very afraid.

Why?

Because if you want to become a saint, the first thing you need is fear.

Fear isn’t typically the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about growth in sanctity, but it’s a must. Not any old fear, of course…we’re talking fear of the Lord – one of the most powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit (see Isaiah 11).

And Archbishop Vigano’s recent letter nails it.

So in this episode of the Art of Catholic podcast, I’m going briefly unpack why I think the one paragraph letter he wrote is, in a way, the most powerful letter he’s written so far…at least on the spiritual level.

Among other things, I’m going to get into:

  • Why fear of the Lord doesn’t equal terror
  • How fear is directly linked to the virtue of temperance (and why that’s so important)
  • Why spiritual fear leads to hatred of sin
  • The beauty of filial fear
  • How the gift of fear moves us to reverence

This is a super powerful podcast because it shows how instead of just complaining, we can become part of the solution to the Church crisis.

May God bless you and the whole Catholic Church!

Matthew

Oh yeah…Here’s the link to Divine Intimacy on the EWTN Religious Catalog, I mentioned in the podcast.

P.S. I’m leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Jim Caviezel, star of The Passion of the Christ!

We’ll also be joined by Fr. Don Calloway and John Michael Talbot! It’s going to be epic!

CLICK HERE for details!

 

 

P.P.S. If you’d rather go to Italy, I’m heading there on pilgrimage, too!

Join me in March 2019 for a time of deep spiritual renewal and amazing adventure in Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for details!

 

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Art of Catholic podcast!