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.

Christ’s Passion in its Entirety

with Fr. Sean Grismer

When we think of Christ’s passion, sometimes we tend to think just of His death on the cross. In reality, however, that was only one phase, the final phase, of His passion which redeemed mankind. Tune in for an insightful episode exploring Christ’s passion in its entirety, which includes an explanation of the Jewish context in which this salvific event took place.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio:  Lighthouse Catholic Media CD discussing the Shroud of Turin and Christ’s Passion, by Fr. Francis Peffley
  2. Online Audio: Talk given by Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo on the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem
  3. Online: Four prayers in honor of the passion of death of Christ, from stpeterslist.com
  4. Online: Reflection of Scott Hahn on the Passion of Christ
  5. Book: The Passion of the Lamb: the Self-Giving Love of Jesus, by Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB, found here.

Concupiscence: Good or Bad?

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

When you hear of concupiscence, do you think of it as something negative? Well, join the club, but prepare to be surprised. Ever consider it as a power of the soul, meant to play a part in directing us to the good? Well, tune in to this episode for your answer, and why concupiscence is commonly perceived as something bad.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia article on concupiscence
  2. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church section on concupiscence
  3. Online:  Article on concupiscence by Mark Shea