070: How Mary Can Save Civilization…again

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Have we lost? Because a lot of people think so.

Earlier this year a book came out called The Benedict Option. It’s a runaway bestseller written by a famous former Evangelical named Rod Dreher.

He basically says we’ve lost the culture war and radical change in lifestyle is needed if Christianity is going to survive in the West.

And he’s right…most of the time.

While Dreher’s call for a retreat into a kind quasi-monastic existence rings true on many levels, it misses a key ingredient that can change everything…Mary.

Enter Dr. Carrie Gress.

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, she provides a little different slant…a Marian slant. Her new book “The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis” presents what I think is Dreher’s missing link.

If you don’t recognize the hand of Mary in our past then you can’t understand her pivotal role for our future.

So in this episode, Dr. Gress and I will discuss:

  • What exactly is the Marian Option
  • Why Mary is the “Cultivator of Culture”
  • The fascinating connection between Islam and the apparitions at Guadalupe, Fatima, and Lourdes
  • Why Mariology stopped developing in the East after the Great Schism
  • Why ecumenism without Mary is false ecumenism

It’s a fantastic and illuminating discussion in which I’m betting you’ll learn a few things and gain some deeper insight into this transitional moment in human history.

But as the infomercials say, “That’s not all!”

Because after my conversation with Carrie, the amazing Curtis Mitch will answer a very intriguing and bothersome question on our second installment of Next Level Scripture.

You don’t want to miss it.

God bless!

Matthew

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

Episode 055 – Unveiling the 3 Secrets of Fatima

Episode 027 – Part 1 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion

Episode 028 – Part 2 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion


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069: Answering Luther: Finding (Catholic) Faith in Sacred Scripture

featuring Curtis Mitch

Twenty years ago, I lost my faith.

I didn’t lose my belief in or about faith, but I officially gave up the certainty that I had enough of it to be saved. It was Easter Vigil, 1998.

That’s when I became Catholic.

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Rebell…I mean, Reformation. It’s been a catastrophe. There are now more than 40,000 Protestant denominations…and counting.

As a result, Christianity has become the poster child for hypocrisy. The religion that professes one faith in Jesus Christ, can’t even agree what faith is.

Not since Martin Luther, anyway.

He had some strange ideas about it, ideas most of our Protestant brethren don’t even really understand. And to be honest, a lot of Catholics don’t really have a firm grasp of the topic either.

So we’re going to set the record straight.

I brought in my biblical bazooka named Curtis Mitch. You remember him. He’s the guy who wrote the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

He was also my guest on the extremely popular episode 54, explaining the extreme violence in Sacred Scripture.

This time we’ll explore:

  • What the Catholic Church actually teaches about faith
  • The pivotal doctrine of Luther most Protestants don’t understand (and don’t even really know)
  • When ecumenism is actually destructive
  • How Luther’s doctrine destroyed the family motif of faith
  • Why primacy of faith (in its true sense) is a Catholic, not Protestant doctrine
  • A proper understanding of the obedience of faith

As you’re going to see, Curtis Mitch is a theological and scriptural blitzkrieg.

And this is a conversation and topic that every Catholic needs to hear and understand. Not just because it helps us to dialogue with our Separated Brethren.

But because a correct understanding of the virtue of faith is at the heart of the Catholic faith itself.

God bless and enjoy!

Matthew


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

Episode 022 – Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger

Episode 039 – The 7 Core Beliefs of Catholicism…in Hebrews?


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067: The Catholic Crisis of Masculinity…and what to do about it

I’m tired of people asking, “Where have all the good men gone?”

It’s not really all that hard to figure out. They’ve gone where they’ve been told to…out.

Men are meant to play a God-given, pivotal role in the family, in the Church, and in culture at large. It’s a role that’s too often abandoned or belittled…to dire effect.

We lack children. We lack vocations. We lack men.

We are in a crisis that is simply not being addressed by enough people.

And if we don’t change things quickly, the extensive damage will only get worse.

This is not a “let’s beat our chests and be men” episode of the Art of Catholic. Nor is it  a “let’s hammer on men” episode. This is an episode centered around an epidemic that desperately needs attention from both sides of the gender aisle (and yes, there are only two).

It’s a topic crucial to the vitality of the Church.

To help address the issue I brought in Bear Woznick, a giant of a man who just completed the second season of a new EWTN show called “Long Ride Home.” In this episode we’ll tackle:

  • The incredible statistics that show why kids stop going to Mass (It will blow your mind...)
  • Why most men don’t sing at Mass
  • Part of the truth behind the priest shortage
  • Why Catholic women should be applauded…loudly
  • How women can help – need to help – men be men
  • How the liturgy plays a role in the crisis (and its solution)

We need to stop asking “Where have all the good men gone?” We know where they are. Now let’s go get them.

God bless!

Matthew

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