As we continue to make our way through history, the struggle for both spiritual and secular power increases. As the modern state emerges from the feudal system the State wanted to restrict the secular power of the Church, while the Church was reluctant to give up such influence. As time progressed and the Church lost more territory, it began to realize its true strength never truly laid political power, but in spiritual power.
Why confession? Not only does it seem unnecessary, but also rather uncomfortable. Can’t we just confess our sins in private directly to God? What about, hey, I just don’t want to tell anyone I’ve messed up? These common queries and questions are tackled by Fr. Seith, providing insight from the “other side” of the confessional.
In this second episode exploring the relationship between Church and State throughout history, Christianity experiences a new privileged position as the official state religion. Although this change saw the conversion of most of the Empire, human frailty enters the picture once again as politics sought to use religion for its own good.
Praying unceasingly is meant for more than just monks and nuns in monasteries and convents, it is a call to all Christians. Amidst the joys and anxieties of everyday the opportunities for prayer are endless and can be as simple as saying the name of Jesus. Fr. Zach Mabee offers some practical ways to be in constant conversation with God, even outside of Mass and praying the rosary.
- Book: Catechism of the Catholic Church – part IV on prayer
- Book: St. Alphonsus Liguori, How to Converse Continually and Familiarly with God
During the first centuries of the Church, Christians were persecuted by the State for their faith. Christians were considered to be atheists because they refused to worship Roman gods and this was seen as a threat to the stability and unity of the Empire. In this episode we hear about the first Christian persecutions and how the State dealt with these ‘rebellious’ citizens.
How often does one hear repeated “We are all called to be saints!” It sounds nice but gives us no direction on how to get there. It’s as if a music teacher said, “you are supposed to be a great musician”, without teaching the necessary steps to reach that goal. Discover with Catholic Bytes what holiness means, and how we can start living it daily so that one day we will be what we are ‘called’ to: saints.
Thanks to Rome Reports and Leslie Knopf, one of our Communications Directors, for putting this interview together!
Sometimes morality can seem no more than a set of rules. Virtue, on the other hand, seems synonymous with value; a gross mistake. To understand “morality” in its true and profound sense, tune in for Father Reesch’s enlightening episode. Learn about a call to perfection, a life-long challenging process; however, which we have both model and tools to achieve it.
- Book: Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love.
- Book: Josef Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues.
We often hear the names Cosmas and Damian during the First Eucharistic Prayer, but how much do we actually know about these saints? The two brothers serve as examples for Christians today because of their radical dedication to the faith and to their vocations as doctors. Fr. Lewi dives into the identity, vocation, and mission of these two laymen in this Catholic Bytes episode.
1. Book: The Patrons of the Doctors by Heinz Skrobucha
Who doesn’t love free gifts? The Lord offers us countless gifts and ways to experience his love and grace here on earth, one way in through the sacraments. Discover the beauty of the sacraments and how they are of indispensable help for the spiritual life and the journey to become a saint through this podcast with Msgr. Powers.
1. Book: Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan