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.

Pentecost: Accessing the Works of Salvation

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

When we think in terms of salvation, our minds tend to think mainly of Christ’s life: the Incarnation, his suffering, death and resurrection. Has it ever crossed your mind that only through Pentecost are we are capable of accessing the works of salvation? Tune in for an episode discussing the essential place of Pentecost in our life…

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio:  Talk of Fr. David Meconi, SJ on understanding Pentecost with the Church Fathers, from the Institute of Catholic Culture.
  2. Online Audio:The Church and the Mystery of Pentecost”, a talk by Dr. Brant Pitre, part of a series from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
  3. Online Audio: Homily of Fr. Robert Barron on the Feast of Pentecost.

Heresy: The History of Getting it Wrong

with Fr. George Elliott

From a complex mythical structure to the changing of Scripture, Gnosticism was a phenomenon of heresy within the early Church. Although their beliefs seem far-fetched, we can still learn a valuable lesson from their errors today. Listen to their intriguing history on this Catholic Bytes episode, the first episode of a seven-part series on heresy.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Scott Hahn and Fr. Barron discuss modern spirituality and gnosticism
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on gnosticism

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