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

Natural Law: Ordering of Creation

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

In the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther King, and many others, an unjust law is a human law which is not based on eternal and natural law.  That then begs the question, what is natural law, and what is law in general? Listen up for an answer, some clarifications, and just how we can apply natural law to our daily decision making.

Further Resources:

  1. Online audio: Fr. Barron on “What is natural law?”   
  2. Online audio: Dr. J. Budziszewski discusses natural law on Catholic Answers Live
  3. Book: What we can’t not know: a guide, by Dr. J. Budziszewski

Jesus Christ: the What and the Who

with Fr. Francis Marotti

The two natures and one person of Christ tend to cause confusion, but when broken down to ‘what’ and ‘who’ it becomes clear that this way of speaking is used in day to day life. This distinction is also necessary to understand the rest of the Catholic faith from Scripture to the Sacraments to the Incarnation.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Bishop Barron’s Video How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?
  2. Online Audio: Bishop Barron’s Who Do You Say That I am
  3. Online Audio: Matthew Kelly’s The Jesus Question

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, and Religious Sister

with Fr. Michael Niemczak

Every saint story has something particular to it which teaches us about the faith and how to live it out. The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, offers a beautiful and courageous witness to the faith despite much suffering and anti-Catholic sentiment that surrounded her. Listen up with Deacon Michael Niemczak to learn more about this vibrant saint, and what we can learn from her to grow in holiness…

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Access to all the writings of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  2. Book: American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton, by Mary Hilaire Tavenner

Legitimate Defense: Is Killing Ever Okay?

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

What is the difference between killing someone and murdering them? Is it ever truly admissible to take the life of another. The answer lies in the motivation by which you act. Listen to Fr. Tim Furlow explain the difference between self-defense and murder in this Catholic Bytes episode.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Bishop Barron’s article The Libya Situation in Light of the Catholic Just War Tradition
  2. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 5th Commandment
  3. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Self-Defense

Evil and Providence: a Testimony to Divine Love

with Fr. Trenton van Reesch

How can evil exist in the face of divine providence? This is one of the most frequently asked questions of Christianity. Fr. Trenton does not only explain how both can exist, but how this dynamic between the existence of evil and the presence of divine providence actually illustrates the profound love and respect God has for man.

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. Online: St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71.

How to Make a Good Confession

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

Catholics confess their sins to a priest. This encounter is not solely with the person of the priest, but with God himself. The sacrament of Confession or the sacrament of healing is the moment in which we allow Jesus to heal our relationship with him. Preparing well for this encounter is important because it allows us to see who we really are and how we truly need to be healed.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422-1498
  2. Online: John Paul II’s The Purpose and Benefits of Sacramental Penance
  3. Book: Dr. Scott Hahn’s Lord, Have Mercy
  4. Online Audio: Fr. Christopher Seith’s Episode Confession: It’s More Than Just a Sign
  5. Online Audio: Lighthouse Media’s Freedom Through Forgiveness
  6. Online Audio: Mark Hart’s Remade
  7. Online Audio: Fr. William Casey’s The Sacrament of Penance
  8. Online Audio: Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Healing Power of Confession
  9. Online Audio: Fr. Larry Richard’s Confession
  10. Online Video: Bishop Barron’s The IPhone App and Confession

Monastic Life: Hidden Life, Huge Role

with Fr. Andrew Mattingly

What do living in the desert and monastic life have in common? Much more than you would probably expect. In this first episode of a five part series, Fr. Andrew Mattingly explains the initial stages of monastic life in the history of the Church.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Br. Thomas Davenport’s article More Important than Food: St. Anthony’s Advice on Prayer
  2. Online Audio: Exploring the Early Church Fathers by Dr. Michael Barber
  3. Book: The Book of the Elders by John Wortley

Intellectual relativism: It’s True for You, but Not for Me

with Fr. Matthew Rolling

There is either truth, or there isn’t. This is a highly contested statement for society today because with the development of modern science people are hesitant to accept things that are not proven with concrete observable evidence. However, the presence of truth has never been disproven, but rather dismissed. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to learn more about the phenomenon of intellectual relativism.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Chris Stefanick’s Relativism
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Relativism
  3. Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article Establishing Absolute, Knowable Truth, in Three Easy Steps
  4. Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article The Trouble with Relativism
  5. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Dietrich Von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age

Islam Continued: Avoiding Hateful Generalizations

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

In the final episode of the series, Fr. Conrad Murphy delves into the history of Islam from the 15th century until today. It is a history where the Ottoman Empire, war, martyrdom, extremists, the rosary, and renewed peace and dialogue come into play.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: The Fall of Constantinople and the Rise of the Ottoman Turks by Dr. Brendan McGuire, Ph.D.  2014.  
  2. Online video:  Islam Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Robert Reilly, 2013.
  3. Online: Busted Halo’s article How is Catholicism Different From Islam?
  4. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Do Muslims Worship the Same God As Catholics Do?
  5. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
  6. Online: Peter Kreeft’s Comparing Christianity and Islam