Understanding The Processions of the Trinity

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

To say we cannot comprehend a mystery, is not to say we cannot understand it. It is natural that what an infinite God has revealed to man’s limited mind cannot be comprehended. Yet, we are capable of understanding certain aspects of God’s revelation through created realities. For instance, while the processions of the Trinity remain one such mystery, there are certain insights and analogies Christian theologians offer to help us better understand it.

Further Resources:

  1. Online:  Good article on the Holy Trinity with a section on the Processions, by Fr. Giulio Maspero.
  2. Online:  Article on the Trinity, including a section on the Processions, by apologist Tim Staples.

Amoris Laetitia: Presenting the Beauty of Church Teaching

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

In his apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis reiterates the beauty of marriage and the family, offers practical advice to couples, and explains the need for accompaniment for those who are not living in accordance with Church teaching. This teaching is beautiful and brings about great happiness, but we must now strive to express why couples today should choose to follow it. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to hear Fr. Conrad Murphy offer insight on this very long Church document.

First Mover: Argument for God’s Existence

with Fr. Sean DeWitt

Modern science generally tends to claim that God does not exist, which has become a popular thought rippling through culture, media, and entertainment. Holding the contrary, that God exists, is perceived as ‘unintelligent’ or, simply, ‘uncool’. Yet, while science can explain a lot about the universe, it fails at offering insight into its actual cause.  In other words, as much as science cannot prove God’s existence, neither can it disprove His existence.  That does not mean that proofs for God’s existence do not exist — in fact, they do! Tune in for one of five insightful arguments for God… 

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Fr. Robert Barron discusses the proof for God as the “Unmoved mover”
  2. Online Audio: Lighthouse Catholic Media CD by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ on proofs for God’s existence
  3. Online:  Very short article on how to speak with atheists by Dr. Taylor Marshall

The Greatest Love Story

with Fr. Robert Boxie

What do you think is the greatest love story in all of history? You might be surprised when Dcn. Boxie claims that it is Sacred Scripture. Tune in for an insightful episode on just why that’s the case, including an explanation of the interdependent relation between the Old and New Testament.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video:  Brief Q & A with Scott Hahn on interpreting the Old and New Testament with typology.
  2. Online Audio:  Full-scale Introduction to the Bible Audio Course by Dr. Brant Pitre (includes fundamental questions concerning Old Testament and New Testament interpretation, for instance).
  3. Online:  A course on the Gospel of Matthew from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, held up as an example of the Old Testament interpreted in the New Testament.
  4. Online:  Article by Scott Hahn discussing biblical typology and a new book out on the topic.
  5. Book/Journal: (if you want a more scholarly resource)… Letter and Spirit, Vol. 8: Promise and Fulfillment: The Relationship between the Old Testament and the New, available for purchases from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, here.  Features numerous scholarly articles on this topic.

True Sons and Daughters of God

with Fr. Daniel Hanley

As baptized Christians, we intimately live out the sonship of Christ. This fact sometimes seems too good to be true, but we are true sons and daughters of God because He is a true father. In this Catholic Bytes episode, Fr. Dan Hanley explains this fundamental belief of our faith and shares how we can practically live out this reality.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Fr. Barron speaks about the sacrament of Baptism
  2. Online Audio: Lighthouse Catholic Media CD on Baptism by Fr. Mike Schmitz.
  3. Online Audio: Homily of Fr. Barron concerning Baptism

The Modern Holiness of St. Gianna Molla

with Leslie Knopf

Leslie Knopf shares with us the life of one wife, mother, and doctor who in her modern life practiced holiness for which the Church formally recognizes with sainthood.

Further resources:

  1. Online Video: Well-done short video on the life of St. Gianna Molla, with interviews of her family members.
  2. Online: Link to the official documentary of St. Gianna’s life from Salt and Light TV
  3. Online: Short biography of St. Gianna Molla from the Vatican website
  4. Online: Homily of Pope St. John Paul II at the canonization Mass of St. Gianna Molla, 2004.
  5. Book: Biography of St. Gianna Molla, co-authored by her husband, Pietro Molla, available here

Prologue of John’s Gospel: Going Back to the Beginning

with Fr. Alex Padilla

Before we start talking about the Gospel of John, we need to turn to the beginning, the creation of the world, as is recounted in Genesis. Why? Tune in for your answer, as well as for a rich account of John’s Gospel and his use of language and imagery…

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Homily by Fr. Robert Barron on the Prologue of John’s Gospel
  2. Online Audio: In-depth extensive bible study on John’s Gospel with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
  3. Online: Article by Fr. Robert Barron on the Prologue of John’s Gospel

The Principle of Double Effect: How Self-defense Differs From Murder

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

Three things must align for the principle of double effect to take place: the object, the intention, and the circumstance. Although a difficult concept to understand, Fr. Tim Furlow breaks it down in this Catholic Bytes episode with the drama of home invasion and murder.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Short video from the National Catholic Bioethics Center on the principle of Double-Effect.
  2. Online: An article from Catholic Answers on the principle of double effect regarding abortion.

Journey through the Door of Mercy

with Misericordia Media

The Pilgrim Audio Guide is designed to accompany pilgrims on their journey through any Mercy Door by delving into and explaining the abundant mercy of the Father, made visible and attained through Jesus Christ. Our hope is that the audio guide will not only aid in this particular experience, but also in any journey of faith, that all may bear witness to the mercy they have received.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: “Misericordiae Vultus“, the official Bull of Pope Francis opening the Year of Mercy.
  2. Online: Article on what mercy means by Deacon Matthew Rensch, at ShamelessPopery.com
  3. Online: Article on “the perils of false mercy” by Joe Heschmeyer, at ShamelessPopery.com

Participating in the Cross

with Fr. Daniel Hanley

The phrase ‘offer it up’ is common amongst Christians, but what does it actually mean? In this Catholic Bytes episode, Fr. Dan Hanley explains the opportunity we have to participate in the sufferings of Christ and the salvation of the world.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio:  Fr. Robert Barron discusses why we suffer.
  2. Online Audio: Homily of Fr. Robert Barron on redemptive suffering
  3. Online Audio:  Jeff Cavins on 15 things to do in the midst of suffering, a Lighthouse Catholic Media CD
  4. Online Audio: Making Sense out of Suffering, a Lighthouse Catholic Media CD by Scott Hahn
  5. Online Audio: Audio talk on “Redemptive Suffering” by Mathew Leonard, from Lighthouse Catholic Media
  6. Book: “Making Sense out of Suffering”, by Peter Kreeft.  1986.