097: Consecration to St. Joseph: Crazy or Crucial?

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It’s quite possible you (or others you know) have made a total consecration to Our Lady. (I’ve done it twice.)

But St. Joseph? Really?

Yep…at least according to my guest, Fr. Don Calloway, vicar provincial of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

In fact, Fr. Calloway calls this the “time of St. Joseph.” And after this extraordinary conversation, I totally agree with him!

I’ve had a devotion to St. Joseph for years, but now I see him in a totally different light…and you will, too.

Join us as Fr. Don and I discuss, among other things:

  • Why consecration to St. Joseph is powerful even if you’re already consecrated to Mary
  • Why the idea of consecration to St. Joseph took time to get traction
  • Why St. Joseph is known as the “Terror of Demons”
  • Debunking the idea St. Joseph was an old man
  • Whether “Foster Father of Jesus” is an appropriate title
  • Why St. Joseph is the “Patron of the Dying” (including some very cool scriptural insights)

This was an extremely fun and informative conversation and you’re going to love it!

Matthew

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096: Unrepeatable: How To Discover Your Unique Calling

This is not a normal interview.

While I typically dive into subjects like Catholic spirituality, Scripture, and such, today I’m diving into you.

That sounds weird, I know. Allow me to explain.

My guests on the Art of Catholic are two gentleman dedicated to helping Catholics find their personal vocation. And before you say, “I’m already married” or “I’m going to be a nun.” or “I’m (fill in the blank).”…wait!!

I’m talking about something far beyond your “state in life”.

Luke Burgis and Dr. Joshua Miller have written an amazing book titled “Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person”.

It’s about you! Right now! Wherever you are! And you don’t want to miss this episode.

Amongst other things, we discuss:

  • The disastrous consequence of to reducing “personal vocation” to categories of priest, nun, married or single
  • How your personal vocation continues regardless of changes to your state in life
  • How every person is “hardwired” with a motivational design by God
  • The proper role of empathy (and how the Incarnation is “divine empathy“…whoa!)
  • St. John Paul II’s powerful statement that “vocation is being”
  • The powerful role of “achievement stories”

Trust me. This is a pretty unique interview that you don’t want to miss. It could dramatically help you discover who God actually designed you to be.

God bless!

Matthew

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095: Making Sense of the Dark Passages of the Bible

Featuring Curtis Mitch

Have you ever read something in the Bible and thought, “Yikes! That doesn’t sound like a loving God!”

There are a lot of difficult events (not to mention direct instructions from God) that cause 21st century Christians a lot of angst.

Of particular note is the extreme violence ordered by God against seemingly innocent people. So what gives? How does this square with the love taught by Christ and His Church?

To provide some answers, I brought in Curtis Mitch. He’s one of the sharpest biblical minds in the Catholic Church. (For the last 20 years he’s been writing the commentary in the best-selling Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.)

He’s got serious Scripture skills and I love having him on the show.

Among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • Why the Israelites engaged in the violent conquest of Canaan (killing everyone and everything…Yeah, I told you this one wasn’t easy)
  • What is herem warfare and why did God order it
  • The whole point of the Promised Land
  • The extremely dire consequences of idolatry
  • How to reconcile the violence of the Old Testament with the love taught by Christ
  • What lessons we can learn from the Israelites for our spiritual life

This might be the most difficult topic we’ve ever addressed. But it’s a necessary one to address if we’re going to proclaim the truth of God in the world (not to mention grow in our understanding and faith).

Blessings,

Matthew

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