St. Gregory the Great: From Roman Prefect to Pontiff

with Fr. David Rider

Gregorian Chant is not the only reason St. Pope Gregory the Great earned that title; in fact, it is not for that reason at all.  Unravel the story of a man who went from worldly fame, to humble monastery life, to the privileged Bishop of Rome. Now homaged as Doctor of the Church and conferred the title of Great, St. Gregory considered himself no more than “Servus Servorum Dei” – Servant of the servants of God.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: Fr. Christopher Rengers, The 33 Doctors of the Church (Tan)
  2. Book: Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes (Yale University Press)
  3. Book: R.A. Markus, Gregory the Great and his World (Cambridge University Press)

Willed to act freely

with Fr. Donato Infante

A discussion regarding the seeming contradiction between God’s divine providence and free will.

Further Resources:

  1. Book (and online):  Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 302-308.
  2. Book:  Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure and St. Claude de la Colombiere.  Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.
  3. Book:  Kreeft, Peter.  The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, 2004.

St. John Paul II: a heart open to the will of God

with Fr. Jack Schrader

From surviving World War II, Communism, attempted assassination, and Parkinson’s disease, this episode looks into the incredible life and witness of St. John Paul II.

Further Resources:

  1. Book:  Evert, Jason.  Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, 2014.
  2. Book:  John Paul II.  Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination, 1996.
  3. Online:  Brief biographical information:
  4. Online:  Brief biographical text from the booklet for the canonization Mass of St. John Paul II:

Measuring the faith: the Catholic canon

with Fr. Aaron Qureshi

An explanation on the development of the Catholic canon and the differences found within protestant bibles.

Further Resources:

  1. Book (and online):  Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs #120-130.
  2. Online:    An extremely helpful chart comparing the books in four different bibles: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant.
  3. Online:  Article explaining the development of the Old Testament canon.

True Freedom: Living in accord with human nature

with Fr. Christopher Lebsock, MD

True freedom, contrary to its current ‘absolute’ sense, is lived to its fullest when in accord with human nature.  Jesus Christ taught us how to be truly free, because he was truly human; living in perfect accord with that nature. What the contemporary and Christian understanding of freedom have in common is a “yes” to something other; while one leads to slavery, the other leads to great acts of love and attainment of true freedom. The perfect exemplar of this is Christ on the Cross.

More than a set of rules

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

Some people say that living a moral life consists in following a set of rules established by the Church, but the reality is that the moral life is steeped in love and the eternal design of God. We cannot simply follow a set of rules, but we must conform our entire lives to the Father. Sound challenging? Well it is, but learn how we are able to successfully pursue the moral life with God’s help in this Catholic Bytes episode.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: Catechism of the Catholic Church, numbers 1749-1761 and nn. 1803-1845
  2. Book: Introduction to Moral Theology by William May

A Giant in Western Civilization: St. Augustine of Hippo

with Fr. Andrew Mattingly

A brilliant mind, gifted speaker, and renowned intellectual, St. Augustine of Hippo is recognized as a key figure in both Church and World history.  Delve into details of his personal life with Catholic Bytes, to discover Augustine’s journey from sin to sanctity, from prestige to repentance. Two main ideas are core to his thought – found in his beloved writings, particularly the Confessions – “homesickness” and “restlessness”.

Further Resources:

  1. Book:  St. Augustine of Hippo.  The Confessions (particularly Book VIII)

I am my body

with Fr. Garrett Nelson

The body allows man to interact with and experience the world.  It is more than something we have, but an inseparable part of man’s being.

Further Resources:

  1. Book:  Anderson, Carl Anderson and José Granados.  Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
  2. Book:  West, Christopher.  Fill These Hearts.  New York: Image, 2012.
  3. Book:  John Paul II, trans. by Michael Waldstein.  Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body.  Boston: Pauline, 2006.