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!


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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062: The Hidden Power of Kindness

Featuring Charlie McKinney

Make no mistake, this episode is going to challenge you. But it can also dramatically transform your relationships with other people…and God.

It’s full of deep and practical wisdom that you can start to practice immediately.

Our topic is kindness – real kindness – the kindness identified by St. Paul in Galatians. In other words, this is way beyond the “be nice to one another” stuff we learned in pre-school. It’s the virtue that radically re-arranges our priorities and changes the world.

My guest is Charlie McKinney, the President of Sophia Institute Press. He’s on the show to discuss an extremely powerful book titled The Hidden Power of Kindness by an amazing 20th century priest named Fr. Laurence Lovasik.

Fr. Lovasik is one of these priests who is so full of wisdom that it seems to radiate out of every statement he makes. He wrote more than 30 books and spoke around the globe for decades, helping people draw closer to the Lord. I’ve read some of his other works before turning to The Hidden Power of Kindness. Don’t know why it took me so long.

After perusing The Hidden Power of Kindness, I knew I had to promote Fr. Lovasik on The Art of Catholic. I’m positive you’re going to love it as much as I do.

Here’s a sampling of the material Charlie and I discuss:

  • What is true kindness (perhaps not what you think)
  • The 3 simple “do’s” and “don’ts” of the Fraternity of Kindness
  • The one essential characteristic of all kindness
  • The helpful distinction between  greed and God-given love of self
  • How to overcome unexplainable dislike for another person
  • How to overcome anger with meekness
  • How to be more considerate of one another
  • What is necessary for correction to be kind and effective at the same time

This is easily one of the most practical and transformative episodes I’ve ever recorded. If you heed the advice in this podcast, it will transform your life…guaranteed!

God bless!



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