Understanding the Artist, Michelangelo

with Fr. Corey Tufford

Who is the master behind the Pietà, the David, and so many other world-renowned works of art?

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Extensive, well-presented talk by Dr. David Clayton on beauty and sacred art.
  2. Online Video: Very well-done video tribute to Pope St. John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists”, by students at John Paul the Great Catholic University
  3. Online: Important and motivational “Letter to Artists” from Pope St. John Paul II, written in 1999.
  4. Online: 15 Facts about Michelangelo’s Pietà. 

St. Louis IX: the Ideal of an Age

with Fr. Joseph Rampino

Even though we are worlds apart, St. Louis IX is an example of living for God exactly where He has placed us.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Example of music from the time of King St. Louis IX (these pieces came out of the University of Paris during Louis’ lifetime)
  2. Online: Pictures of Saint Chapelle, the Paris chapel built by King St. Louis IX to house relics of Christ’s passion
  3. Book: Biography of King St. Louis IX by one of his contemporaries, John de Joinville.
  4. Book: Memoirs of the crusades, written by John de Joinville and Geffroy de Villehardouin

 

Sacraments and Human Nature

with Fr. Alec Scott

Fr. Alec Scott discusses how God gives us sacraments according to our human nature and our current state of life, so to be easily sensed by our human nature.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Concise, brief, video lecture on how the sacraments correspond to human nature
  2. Online: Question from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae on the necessity of the sacraments
  3. Book: “Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments” by Scott Hahn, available here

 

Jer 31:31-34: A New Covenant

with Fr. Llane Briese

In this passage, God establishes a new covenant with His people as a result of their sin. God is not satisfied with our sin, but rather desires to repair that broken bond. In this episode, we also see the connection between this passage and the Last Supper as written in St. Luke’s gospel. Tune in to hear Fr. Llane Briese dive deeper into these verses from Jeremiah.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Full Scripture course on covenant theology from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
  2. Online Audio: Homily of Bishop Robert Barron on the covenant passage from Jeremiah 31:31-34.
  3. Book:A Father Who Keeps His Pomises”, a book about covenants in Scripture, by Scott Hahn.

 

Passions: Sicknesses of the Soul or Aids in Virtue?

with Fr. Nathan Ricci

The passions are often pitted against virtue, but if that’s the case, how can we explain Jesus’ anger towards the money changers in the temple? In this Catholic Bytes episode, Deacon Nathan Ricci explains how Scripture can help man to understand himself more fully and to live a truly passionate and virtuous life for Christ.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Good, concise homily of Bishop Barron about the passions
  2. Online: Brief section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the passions
  3. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia article on the passions

 

Acts 16:9-15: Beginnings of Christianity in Europe

with Fr. Llane Briese

In this episode, Fr. Llane Briese explains St. Paul’s first journey to Europe, a trip inspired by the Holy Spirit. This bible passage, Acts 16:9-10, 14-15, also gives a look into the social standing of the Church at the time, a Church that is beginning to penetrate the culture.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Amazing video tracking the spread of Christianity over 2,015 years.
  2. Online: Map of St. Paul’s second missionary journey, when he first crossed into Europe.
  3. Book: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible commentary on Acts of the Apostles, by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch.

 

St. Isidore: From Farmer to Saint

with Fr. Stephen Gadberry

Born into a poor family, St. Isidore worked on a farm for his entire life. From pushing his plow to feeding birds to praying on the job, the life of St. Isidore was a combination of normalcy and miracles. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to learn how this 12th century saint can teach us a thing or two about living a life that is fully committed to Christ.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Very short article from Catholic Encyclopedia on St. Isidore the Farmer
  2. Online: Article by Brandon Vogt about St. Isidore the Farmer, from WordonFire.
  3. Online: Novena to St. Isidore with reflections on his life, from Catholicculture.org

 

Sacraments, Grace, and Sacramental Character

with Fr. Alec Scott

Why is it that we receive some sacraments only once and others limitlessly?  What is the distinction between the spiritual outcome of each of the different sacraments?  In this episode we’ll explain the different sacraments and their various graces and/or sacramental characters.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Article on the absurdity of wanting to be “de-baptized,” by Brother Humbert Kilanowski, O.P.
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia article on sacramental character… a bit more technically theological…
  3. Book: “Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments” by Scott Hahn, available here.

Why Priests are Happy

with Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Ever seen a religious person and awed at the joy that seemed to radiate from them?  A statistical study done by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti shows that in reality, priests exhibit greater happiness than the general public! In this episode he gives us a few good insights as to why that is.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: “Why Priests are Happy”, by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, available here.
  2. Book: “The Joy of Priesthood”, by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, available here.

The Communion of Saints: Militant, Suffering, Triumphant

with Fr. Donato Infante

By receiving the sacraments, we become living members of the Body of Christ, one of the many images used to describe the Church. Have you ever realized, however, that “living members” of the Church are more than just those visibly living on earth? Yup. The dead are living members too and, further, more fully alive. Tune in to make sense of this point, clarified by Fr. Donato Infante’s explanation of the Church Militant, Suffering, and Triumphant.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video:  Brief video from Fr. Mike Schmitz on the Communion of Saints.
  2. Online Audio: Homily by Fr. Robert Barron on the Communion of Saints
  3. Online: Brief article by Patrick Madrid of Catholic Answers on the Communion of Saints
  4. Book: Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones, by Scott Hahn, 2013.