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

A Soldier On and Off the Battlefield

with Fr. George Elliott

With the high aspiration to become a hermit at a very young age, the life of St. Martin of Tours took an unanticipated turn when he was required to complete military service for the emperor. Although he was unable to follow his religious ambitions, Martin quickly became known for his great virtue amongst his fellow soldiers. His desire to serve Christ was often expressed in unison with his identity as a military man saying that first and foremost he was a soldier for Christ.

Historical Evidence For an Essential Tenet of the Faith: Resurrection

with Fr. Christian Irdi

“If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor 15:14). The Resurrection, in fact, is the thing on which the faith stands or falls so whether it happened or not is tantamount for believers. Discover here just why the Resurrection of Christ is so important, what exactly it is, and the historical evidence to make it credible.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: William Lane Craig’s article Jesus’ Resurrection
  2. Online Audio: Dr. Steven Smith’s The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
  3. Online: Peter Kraft’s article Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
  4. Online: Dr. Gary Gromacki’s series of articles The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  5. Online: American Thinker’s article The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ
  6. Online: Harvard Icthus’s article He Is Risen

Capital Punishment: Dehumanizes or Defends Society?

with Fr. Scott Murray

Why would the Church oppose what appears to be the most effective way of deterring crime, that is, capital punishment? It seems only just to take the life of a killer, “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.”  Learn why the Church believes it dehumanizes society and thus should not be permitted, except when…

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Death Penalty
  2. Online: John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae
  3. Online: Fr. Thomas Williams’s Capital Punishment and the Just Society
  4. Online: Colin Donovan’s article Capital Punishment – the Pope’s Position
  5. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Did the Church Change Its Teaching on the Death Penalty?
  6. Online: USCCB’s page on the Death Penalty

Synod: Reaffirming the Mission of the Family

with Leslie Knopf and Cecilia O’Reilly

The Synod of Bishops on the Family concludes and you don’t know what to think? Some media says one thing, other media says another. Or, you didn’t follow it at all and would like to know what took place, but don’t know where to start with the vast and various coverage. Well, a good place to start is going to the official source itself: the “Relatio finalis,” the final document published at the conclusion of three weeks of lively discussion and prayer. But it’s only in Italian?! Don’t let that deter you. Listen up on Catholic Bytes to discover just what the Synod taught, or better yet reaffirmed.

Further Resources:

  1. Discourse of the Holy Father at the conclusion of the Synod
  2. Relatio Finalis of the Synod

The Trinity: One ‘What’ and Three ‘Who’s’

with Sr. Mary Cecilia Niewiadomska, O.P.

One God in Three Persons. The Trinity is a great mystery, but a fundamental belief of the faith. Sr. Mary Cecilia explains the difference between Who God is and What God is within the Trinity, and how this distinction accounts for our belief that God is Three Persons in One Substance.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Bishop Barron’s homilies on the Trinity:
    1. The Fruits of the Spirit
    2. The Three Personnel God
    3. Our God Is a Community of Love
    4. Why the Trinity Matters
    5. The Trinity as a Call to Action
  2. Book: William McDonough’s The Divine Family
  3. Online Audio: Scott Hahn’s God’s Family and Ours: The Church and the Trinity