090: Salvation – What Every Catholic Needs to Understand

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The infection has gone deep.

Case in point…Several years ago I was at a very orthodox Catholic conference on the West Coast. Great talks. Great people. Great event.

Then the wheels came off.

During the homily at Mass, the priest gave a completely anti-Catholic homily. He didn’t do it on purpose, but it was anti-Catholic nonetheless.

I was flabbergasted.

I turned to a friend seated next to me, and asked, “Are you hearing what I’m hearing?” He nodded, just as frustrated as I was.

Later, we proceeded to have a conversation about one of the most misunderstood topics in Christianity – salvation.

That friend with whom I spoke so many years ago, Dr. Michael Barber, is my guest on this episode of the Art of Catholic. He wrote a book on this very topic (Salvation: What Every Catholic Needs to Know). And we’re about to continue that discussion begun so many years ago.

We’re going to discuss:

  • The major difference between Catholic and Protestant views on salvation
  • How exactly the Cross is a revelation of love
  • Why the Cross was even necessary
  • The role of good works in salvation
  • The strange relationship between economics and salvation
  • The big difference between salvation and redemption
  • The controversy over the statement – “There is no salvation outside the Church”

This is one of those meaty episodes for which the Art of Catholic is well-known. And you’re going to love it!

God bless!

Matthew

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The Danger of Forgetting Pentecost

Pentecost is one of my very favorite times of year. (And you’re like, “Matthew, you’re a little behind. That was weeks ago!”)

Yes, I’m aware of the liturgical calendar.

Just because Pentecost is in our rearview mirror doesn’t mean the Spirit has blown by. Trust me, that wind is still operating at gale force.

But too often we lower the sails of our spiritual ship because we think “that season is over.”

People, the Spirit is never subject to a calendar. And it’s extremely dangerous to think He is.

If we’re to grow in the spiritual life, we must continue to move with Him. We must allow Him to fan the tongues of fire that burn in our hearts.

Lots of times when we roll into so-called “Ordinary Time,” we lose proper focus. Yes, we continue to work on correcting faults and growing in virtue, but too often forget who is actually behind our progress.

Namely, the Holy Spirit.

The great Carmelite Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D, says that we emphasize the moral work at the expense of the theological work. What does he mean?

Basically, that we often get so wrapped up in trying to correct faults ourselves that we separate ourselves from God, so to speak. We’re so busy trying to be “moral,” that our actual relationship with God suffers.

The irony, of course, is that the Holy Spirit can do a far better job than we can.

But when we forget that, and take our eyes off Him, we’re like a sailor who is so busy rowing, that he forgets to check the wind.

Now realize this doesn’t mean we stop working.

But we can never forget that the quickest way to progress in the spiritual life is through continual dependence on the Holy Spirit. Not only does he tell us what to do, he gives us the power to do it.

God bless!

Matthew

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089: John Michael Talbot on Conversion & Community

I’ve met a lot of converts to Catholicism over the years. But John Michael Talbot is unique, to say the least.

And it’s not just because he’s a multi-platinum selling, Grammy / Dove award winning Contemporary Christian Music pioneer.

It’s more.

Lots of people convert, but John Michael has embarked on a full-fledged movement to transform the way Catholics live…which continues to this day.

And the story of his life will both intrigue, inspire, and perhaps even provoke you to take a look at your own life. It did for me.

Among other things we’ll cover:

  • How he became Catholic
  • How the Doobie Brothers saved his life (yup!)
  • Why he believes St. Francis of Assisi is the key to renewal (Check out his brand new book “Francis of Assisi’s Sermon on the Mount“)
  • His take on the direction of America
  • Why he loves the Eastern Catholic Church
  • His emphasis upon the role of the Holy Spirit (& Our Lady)

So sit back and enjoy a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation with John Michael Talbot, an icon for our times.

God bless!

Matthew

P.S. New pilgrimage announcement coming soon. And I’ve got a hint for you…St. John Paul II and his favorite Lady.

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