St. Stephen Martyr, the Protomartyr

with Fr. Stephen Wyble

The day after Christmas the Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the first martyr who died for professing faith in Jesus Christ. His death was not only a testament to his faith in the Son of God, but it inspired many Christians and led to an expansion of the faith. Although we may not face martyrdom, Dcn. Stephen Wyble explains how this great saint can serve as an inspiration for all.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Butler’s Lives of the Saints: “St. Stephen, the First Martyr”
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on St. Stephen
  3. Book: Orchard and Sutcliffe, A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture, 1953.

St. Catherine: From Desired Solitude to Unsought Fame

with Fr. Michael Niemczak

St. Catherine of Siena was one of the most fascinating and influential people of the Middle Ages, but her desire was to remain hidden with Christ. Learn how this seemingly uneducated woman dedicated her life to Christ at the young age of 7 and then managed to get the pope back to Rome. Although she lived centuries ago, St. Catherine still speaks to the deepest desires of our current generation.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: EWTN’s Page on St. Catherine of Siena
  2. Online: New Advent’s Page on St. Catherine of Siena
  3. Online: Catholic Online’s Page on St. Catherine of Siena
  4. Online Video: Bishop Barron’s Pivotal Players on Catherine of Siena
  5. Book: The Letters of Catherine Benincasa
  6. Book: The Dialogue by Catherine of Siena
  7. Book: Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

The Birth And Growth of Islam: Part I

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

The first of a three part series, Fr. Conrad Murphy unravels the complex relation between Islam and Christianity from its very beginning. From one man, Mohammed, claiming to have had visions from the Angel Gabriel, to a rapidly spreading religion, Islam quickly came into contact with Christianity. Just how was the latter treated by the former initially? Listen up for more. . .

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Islam’s History & theology by Dr. William Marshner, S.T.D., 2015.
  2. Online: Busted Halo’s article How is Catholicism Different From Islam?
  3. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Do Muslims Worship the Same God As Catholics Do?
  4. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
  5. Online: Peter Kreeft’s Comparing Christianity and Islam

Does the Problem of Evil Negate God’s Existence: Part II on Moral Evil

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

Having already discussed physical evil in Part I, Fr. Austin Litke next tackles the existence of moral evil and what it is. If there were truly an all powerful, all knowing and merciful God, why did He create a Universe in which people could choose wrong? This commonly asked and difficult question, however, lays the groundwork for an unexpected conclusion.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Peter Kreeft essay on The Problem of Evil
  2. Online: Strange Notions on Turning the Problem of Evil on Its Head
  3. Online: St. Augustine, Enchiridion, 11-14.
  4. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71.

Blessed King Charlemagne: A Man Who Knew His Place

with Fr. Joseph Rampino

From ruler of a Barbarian tribe, to King of an unified Empire, Charlemagne’s great impact on European and Christian history is little known.

Further Resources:

  1. Online:  Letters of Charlemagne.  Example here: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/carol-baugulf.asp
  2. Book:  The Life of Charlemagne, by Einhard the Frank, with foreword by Walfried Strabo, written shortly after the death of Charlemagne in 814 A.D.  Link to the book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Lives-Charlemagne-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140455051/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443098788&sr=8-2&keywords=life+of+charlemagne  
  3. Online:  Catholic Encyclopedia article on Charlemagne.  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03610c.htm
  4. Online:  Slideshow of Carolingian manuscripts (i.e. from the time of Charlemagne). http://expositions.bnf.fr/carolingiens/expo_us/salle1/index.htm
  5. Book:  Detailed information on the life of Charlemagne: “A History of Christendom, Vol II: The Building of Christendom,” by Dr. Warren Carroll (Front Royal: Christendom College Press, 1987).  Link to the book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Christendom-324-1100-History-vol/dp/0931888247/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443099014&sr=8-1&keywords=building+of+christendom

Does the Problem of Evil Negate God’s Existence: Part I on Physical Evil

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

How can one respond to the problem of evil, a part of the atheist arsenal of argumentation for centuries? Evil perhaps constitutes the strongest argument against the existence of God still today. Is that it, or is there any kind of sufficient response showing the contrary? Yes there is! Listen here for the first of two episodes formulating that response.

Further Resources:

 

  1. Peter Kreeft essay: http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-problem-of-evil.html
  2. Strange Notions blog: http://www.strangenotions.com/turning-problem-evil/
  3. St. Augustine, Enchiridion, 11-14: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1302.htm.
  4. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71: http://dhspriory.org/thomas/ContraGentiles3a.htm#71.

Prayer Life: Where to Begin

with Fr. George Elliott

For someone who never runs, it’s improbable they will be able to hop up and run a marathon. To achieve such a feat, the aspiring runner must start running routinely, daily, and little by little. The same applies for the prayer life: we can neither be over-zealous nor under-motivated. A prayer life takes intentional and consistent effort which then builds a habit. Explore in this episode ways to pray and how to intertwine it into daily life.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Any of the prayers listed on EWTN’s Website
  2. Book: The Pieta Prayer Book
  3. Book: Midwest Theological Forum’s The Handbook of Prayers
  4. Book: Thomas a Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ
  5. Book: Any of the Dynamic Catholic books

Justice: To Do What Is Due

with Fr. Robert Rodgers

Today more than ever opposite parties, in and outside of a courtroom, both clamor in the name of justice.  Can justice truly belong to both sides? Are we “due” something simply because we claim to have the “right”? Discover in this episode why that is not the case, and just what just means . . . Catholic Bytes even ventures to call it virtue . . .

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia on Justice
  2. Online: Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Caritas in Veritate  
  3. Book: Josef Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues