The Lord wanted me to record this episode. I don’t say that lightly. He arranged it very deliberately…and now I know why.
In this episode of the Art of Catholic, Fr. Chris Alar of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception joins me to share a tragically beautiful story of suicide, suffering, and Divine Mercy that will certainly bring hope to any and all who are experiencing difficulties (large and small).
Some of the topics touched on include:
Why Divine Mercy always provides hope…even in cases of serious sin like suicide
Understanding the parameters and power of Divine Mercy
The humble beauty of St. Faustina
The 5 channels of grace given to St. Faustina
The powerful connection between the Virgin Mary and Divine Mercy
Spiritual principles of dealing with suffering
This is an episode that is going to really help a lot of people. Please share it!
I’ve heard a lot of conversion stories…but not like this one.
I’m joined on the Art of Catholic by Roy Schoeman, a former atheist/agnostic Harvard professor who not only had a full-on theophany (i.e. appearance of God), but also an apparition of Our Lady at a time when he had zero intention of ever even considering Christianity.
Raised in the Jewish religion, he has an incredible story of how God used the Virgin Mary to draw into the Catholic faith.
But we don’t just talk about his story. Roy and I also discuss the role played by the Jewish people in salvation history and why it’s important for us to continue our loving evangelization of all people.
In fact, he’s the author of a great book titled “Salvation is from the Jews” which shows how Catholicism is really an extension and fulfillment of Judaism.
Yes, He is risen! Yes, Christ has conquered death! But are we ignoring the obvious?
Have Christians lost sight of the powerful natural and supernatural aspects of dealing with the end of our earthly life?
In this special 100th episode of the Art of Catholic, I bring back John Henry Crosby, founder and president of the Hildebrand Project for a fascinating discussion revolving around a small, but powerful book titled Jaws of Death: Gate of Heaven by famous 20th philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand.
You might remember both John Henry and von Hildebrand from my very first episode of the Art of Catholic. In that episode, we discussed how von Hildebrand was a major thorn in the side of Adolf Hitler.
In this episode we’ll discuss some thought-provoking insights from von Hildebrand about our passing out of this life and into the next, such as:
Why too many Christians take the “horror of death” too lightly
Identifying hints of the eternal in natural life
How the death of a loved one points to eternity
Why natural life without death would be a kind of Hell
The vital role of beauty in preparing us for a faithful death
How the virtue of hope prepares us for death
It sounds weird, but dwelling on death was never so enlightening:).