Last Things Part III: The Infinite Realities of Heaven and Hell

with Fr. Francis Marotti

It can be difficult to fathom what eternity is like, and yet our lives are all bound for an eternal rest!  In this episode we consider the final destinations of heaven and hell and shed light on what those realities are like.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Short article by Joe Heschmeyer on free will, evil, and hell, from shamelesspopery.com
  2. Online: Article on heaven and hell from Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at IntegratedCatholicLife.org
  3. Book: “The Life of the World to Come,” a short book by Abbot Vonier (early 20th century), available here.

Advance Directives: Making a Decision on Your Life When You Can’t

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

An Advance Directive is a document in which one makes provisions for their health care in case of the event that they will be unable to in the future, due to medical reasons (unconsciousness, senility, etc.). What is the moral thing for do for a Catholic in such situations?

 

Last Things Part II: Judgement and End Times – What it means for us

with Fr. Francis Marotti

At the end of our lives, all of us will be judged before God and our lives will be accounted for. What does this mean for us? Then, at the end of the world, a general judgement will occur for the entire world. Is this event near? How would we know?

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Short video from Bishop Robert Barron on God as judge.
  2. Online: Article on the two types of judgment by Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, from IntegratedCatholicLife.org
  3. Book: “Death and Judgment,” a short book by Abbot Vonier (early 20th century), available here

Last Things Part I: Get Ready to Meet Your Maker

with Fr. Francis Marotti

In the first part of a three-part series on the Four Last Things, Fr. Marotti focuses in on how death relates to the idea of a loving God and one’s free will.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Homily of Bishop Robert Barron on how God did not create death.
  2. Online Audio: Talk by Fr. Michael Schmitz on the Four Last Things, from Lighthouse Catholic Media
  3. Online: Article on death by Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, from IntegratedCatholicLife.org
  4. Book: “Death and Judgment,” a short book by Abbot Vonier (early 20th century), available here

Clerical Celibacy: Why?

with Fr. Alec Scott

Many in the Catholic and non-Catholic world alike wonder why Roman Catholic priests give up sex for their vocation. This episode explains why the Church practices this discipline, and offers reasons for why it’s a good idea.

Further Resources:

  1. Audio: Institute of Catholic Culture’s Lecture on Defending Priestly Celibacy: Understanding the Modern Vocations Crisis
  2. Book: Priestly Identity: A study in the theology of priesthood by Thomas McGovern
  3. Online: Bishop Robert Barron’s article Everyone Hates Celibacy! and his article to which he makes reference: A Case for Celibacy by Priests
  4. Chastity Project’s Q&A about Priestly Celibacy and Vocations
  5. Chastity Project’s video about Celibacy for the Kingdom