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Apparitions, Tattoos, and St. Juan Diego

If tattoos are a good barometer of Marian piety, then Our Lady of Guadalupe has got to be one of the most popular Marian feast days of them all. Lots of people know that in 1531, Our Lady appeared to a peasant man named Juan Diego in Mexico City. And […]

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022: Why Catholic Bibles Are BIGGER

It’s not just because we want to look cool or think bigger is better. Catholic Bibles are simply bigger than Protestant Bibles. (And I don’t mean they’re printed in a larger font. I mean ours have more books than theirs.) The question is “Why?” It’s a huge issue…one of, dare I […]

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021: Medieval to Modern: From Hope To Despair…And Back Again

This one may be better than the first (which is saying something). In Episode 020 of The Art of Catholic, I began an interview with Dr. Andrew Jones about the very different world of the High Middle Ages. (By different, I’m not only referring to their penchant for body armor […]

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020: The Most Important Church Council You’ve Never Heard Of

Okay. I’m about to ask you a question. Be honest…Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of the Fourth Lateran Council. Okay…How about Pope Innocent III? For those of you with your hands still up, how many of you can give me any details on either?…Anyone? Bueller? (That never gets […]

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018: The Bible & the Church Fathers (Part 2)

Do you believe in the Trinity? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is both all God and all man at the same time – consubstantial with the Father? Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? Most of you are nodding your internal head, saying “Yes, Matt, of course we do.” […]

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017: The Bible and the Church Fathers

We all want to know where we come from. What are our biological roots? Who are we related to? People spend a lot of money every year tracing their family tree (hoping it forks!). As Christians, we should desire to know our family tree, too. Like in our natural families, […]

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