098: Spiritual Warfare & the Interior Life with Dan Burke

What if I told you the game has changed?

What if I told you that things have gotten so serious that there are often-ignored spiritual truths we have to be aware of or we’re not going to survive the current climate?

The reality is that we are at war.

The forces of darkness are trying to destroy your life. They’re trying to kill you. And it appears the battle has intensified, which means you have to be ready.

And that’s why I asked EWTN’s Dan Burke to come on to the Art of Catholic and discuss his new book Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits.

But we’re not just talking about the warfare itself. We’re going to talk about how to deal with it and protect yourself from the Evil One.

Among other things we’ll discuss:

  • The current state of spirituality in the Church
  • Why we have to be aware of demonic forces
  • How the Ignatian rules of spirituality combat evil
  • The most important rule of them all
  • The complementarity of Carmelite & Ignatian spirituality
  • The importance of community

Spiritual warfare is real. And Dan knows what he’s talking about. This is a fascinating conversation that will open your eyes to the reality behind the spiritual curtain.

God bless!

Matthew

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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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