105: Harnessing the Awesome Power of Catholic Mysticism & Deep Prayer

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It’s a fact. Far too many Catholics are unaware of the transformative power of the Catholic mystical tradition and deep meditative and contemplative prayer.

This has to change…fast.

Why? Because developing a deep, authentically Catholic spiritual life is the only thing that will heal you personally, heal the Church, and heal the entire world.

Christ himself said it’s the “one thing” necessary in Luke 10.

Which means we need to understand and practice the spiritual life. We need to dive head-first into the teaching of spiritual giants like Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and so many others.

And to that end, I’d like to share with you a conversation on the topic I recently had with two guys – Josh Mazrin and Kyle VanDuser – both working for the Church down in Florida. Among other things, we discuss:

  • Why everyone is called to the mystical life…everyone!
  • The 3 modes of Catholic prayer
  • The absolute importance of Catholic meditation
  • Developing your interior life
  • The powerful role of the Holy Spirit in the life of grace

This is a really powerful conversation. And if by the end you’re not inspired and motivated to step up your spiritual game then you need to check your pulse.

God bless and enjoy!

Matthew

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104: Should A Catholic Always Obey?

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The question of obedience seems to be lurking in the background of a lot of Catholic conversation these days.

When is it no longer a virtue? Is there a point at which we can rebel or abandon ship? What about when there are doubts concerning particular matters or teaching?

These are real issues.

And while there’s no way to address all the facets of obedience on one podcast, there are some basic principles we need to keep in mind.

So after some preliminary remarks and practical advice, I’m going to share with you a lesson on the virtue of obedience from the Science of Sainthood in Next Level Catholic Academy.

Among other things, I’m going to cover:

  • Why should authority be followed in the first place?
  • Does the Bible have anything to say about obedience?
  • What should we do when an issue isn’t clear?
  • What is a spiritual key to obedience?

To be honest, when I filmed this, I had no idea how important the topic would become. But given all the confusion in the Church right now, we need to know our responsibility as faithful Catholics.

God bless and enjoy.

Matthew

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103: How St. John Paul II Answers the Modern Crisis

Humanity is having an identity crisis of major proportions. People don’t know who they are. And it’s literally wreaking havoc across the world at this very instant.

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People are struggling on so many levels.

And St. John Paul II saw it coming. In fact, he provided the answers before many of the questions were even posed.

Expanding upon the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and others, he developed a philosophy of the person called, appropriately, “personalism.” It’s a way to make sense of who we are and the dignity each of us possesses.

And it’s so powerful!

So on this episode of the Art of Catholic, I asked Dr. John Crosby, an eminent philosopher at Franciscan University of Steubenville, to give us an overview of John Paul II’s famous way of looking at the human person so that we can understand more deeply who we are…and help the world figure it out, too.

Among other things we discuss:

  • Why even “regular” Catholics need philosophy
  • How John Paul II’s experience of Nazism & Communism shaped his thought
  • What is the “Personalist Norm” & why it changes everything
  • How to stop using God like a vending machine
  • How does John Paul II answer the problem of gender confusion?
  • Why so-called “mutual consent” is still a violation of the other person
  • How treating other people as “subjects” will revolutionize our relationships (This one changes everything!)

Sit back and enjoy an exploration of the grandeur of the human person…the grandeur of YOU!

God bless!

Matthew

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“Spectacular!!!”

“This is the best, most powerful, most insightful study I have ever done, bar none.”

“I am bowled over…”

Part of Next Level Catholic Academy, this powerful series from Matthew Leonard is now available for rent. Check it out at CatholicMysticism.com.