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

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