Sts. Cyril and Methodius: Bearers of the Slavonic Language

with Fr. Joseph Rampino

These brothers are best known for developing the Cyrillic alphabet and the Slavonic language, which spurred their mission work in Eastern Europe. They are examples of staying true to the work of Christ, despite the political tensions which surrounded them. Dcn. Joseph Rampino tells the adventurous story of these brothers in this Catholic Bytes episode.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Notes on Cyril from San Clemente Website
  2. Online Video: Poem by Saint Cyril in Old Church Slavonic
  3. Book: A History of Christendom, Volume 2: The Building of Christendom, by Dr. Warren H. Carroll.  Front Royal: Christendom College Press, 1987.

Moral Relativism: The Need for a Standard of Goodness

with Fr. John Wilson

What is right for you isn’t necessarily right for me. This common phrase expresses the prevalence of moral relativism in today’s culture, but what exactly is moral relativism? In this Catholic Bytes episode we will discuss this common frame of mind and how a standard of goodness guides us to happiness.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Chris Stefanick’s Relativism
  2. Book: A Refution of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist, by Peter Kreeft.
  3. Book: The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis

Romans 3:21-26: Justified.

with Fr. Llane Briese

What does justification through faith in Jesus Christ mean? Did Jesus have to die on the cross or could the Father have reconciled the world to Himself in a different way? How do we reconcile the Immaculate Conception with the universal effect of sin? All of these questions and more will be discussed in this Catholic Bytes episode with Fr. Llane Briese.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Apologetics article on justification by Dr. Tim Staples
  2. Online: Article by Joe Heschmeyer on justification and St. John’s Gospel
  3. Online: Article by Fr. William Most on the doctrine of justification
  4. Online: Article by Fr. Robert Barron on the “gospel” and justification
  5. Audio for purchase: 4-CD set on justification by Scott Hahm

Mortal And Venial Sin: Defining The Difference.

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

The terms “venial” and “mortal” sin are frequently used but not always completely understood. What exactly is sin, and what are the varying degrees of it? While sin is often said to be ‘separation’ from God, Scripture tells us we can never be separated from God’s love. Can we synthesize these two statements, or is one incorrect? Listen up for more…

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Lenten reflections on the 7 deadly sins, by Fr. Paul Scalia
  2. Online Audio: Fr. Barron reflects on the 7 deadly sins and “7 lively virtues”
  3. Online: Article on the biblical basis for mortal sin by Catholics United for the Faith
  4. Online: Extensive apologetics article on mortal and venial sin by Dr. Tim Staples

The Annunciation: Opening up to The Blessings of God

with Fr. Alec Scott

If we claim that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the greatest individual of all mankind, what is it that she did or did not do to make her so? And if, as Catholics, we believe the she holds this privileged place, doesn’t it seem contradictory that certain famed saints would state that we are all greater than the Blessed Virgin Mary? Listen up with Rev. Alec Scott to discover just how these two claims are not actually at odds and, in fact, are completely coherent with one another in light of the Annunciation.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Fr. Barron speaks about Mary’s fiat
  2. Online: Famous homily on the Annunciation by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Pius X: Reformer and Father to the Poor

with Fr. Andrew Mattingly

Discover a man who tirelessly worked for what he believed in, leading to his great love and devotion to the poor, and numerous reforms within the Church. St. Pius X was not only on fire for the faith, but was also a great leader drawing and challenging others to live out their faith more fully, at times even in a humorous way.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Article on the life of Pope St. Pius X in Crisis Magazine
  2. Book: Life of St. Pius X, by F.A. Forbes (note: link is to kindle version)

Charity: the Love of Friendship with God

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

We don’t have a good translation for the word charity. Does it refer more to acts of charity, such as giving food to the poor, or to love, like we see in romantic comedies? In this Catholic Bytes episode, Fr. Conrad Murphy talks about the essential elements of charity and how it serves as the basis for all of our relationships.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Fr. Barron on the virtues of faith, hope, and charity
  2. Book: Faith, Hope, and Love, by Josef Pieper

Conscience: God’s Writing Upon Our Hearts

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

We have an incredible power within, telling us the difference between good things and bad things, namely, the conscience. While it is something written upon every human heart, it can either become our greatest ally leading us to happiness, or our greatest enemy leading us to misery. To come to a better understanding of just how this uniquely human capacity – the conscience – works, tune in to Catholic Bytes.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Fr. Barron discusses “What is conscience?”
  2. Online video: Fr. Barron discusses Conscience and morality
  3. Online: Article about conscience by Fr. Barron

The Incarnation: A Great Surprise

with Fr. Alec Scott

Out of the many ways God could have chosen to save mankind, He decided to send His only Son to earth to become man. This cornerstone mystery of the Faith is not only a great surprise, but also a great blessing. Tune in for some points of reflection that place us in front of this incredible reality, what is particular about it, and the consequences it has on human dignity.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Fr. Barron on why God became human
  2. Online Audio: Fr. Barron on the Incarnation as the sign of God’s love par excellence
  3. Book: Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything, by Scott Hahn