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

Legitimate Defense: Is Killing Ever Okay?

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

What is the difference between killing someone and murdering them? Is it ever truly admissible to take the life of another. The answer lies in the motivation by which you act. Listen to Fr. Tim Furlow explain the difference between self-defense and murder in this Catholic Bytes episode.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Bishop Barron’s article The Libya Situation in Light of the Catholic Just War Tradition
  2. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 5th Commandment
  3. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Self-Defense

Evil and Providence: a Testimony to Divine Love

with Fr. Trenton van Reesch

How can evil exist in the face of divine providence? This is one of the most frequently asked questions of Christianity. Fr. Trenton does not only explain how both can exist, but how this dynamic between the existence of evil and the presence of divine providence actually illustrates the profound love and respect God has for man.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Peter Kreeft essay on The Problem of Evil
  2. Online: Strange Notions on Turning the Problem of Evil on Its Head
  3. Online: St. Augustine, Enchiridion, 11-14.
  4. Online: St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71.

How to Make a Good Confession

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

Catholics confess their sins to a priest. This encounter is not solely with the person of the priest, but with God himself. The sacrament of Confession or the sacrament of healing is the moment in which we allow Jesus to heal our relationship with him. Preparing well for this encounter is important because it allows us to see who we really are and how we truly need to be healed.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422-1498
  2. Online: John Paul II’s The Purpose and Benefits of Sacramental Penance
  3. Book: Dr. Scott Hahn’s Lord, Have Mercy
  4. Online Audio: Fr. Christopher Seith’s Episode Confession: It’s More Than Just a Sign
  5. Online Audio: Lighthouse Media’s Freedom Through Forgiveness
  6. Online Audio: Mark Hart’s Remade
  7. Online Audio: Fr. William Casey’s The Sacrament of Penance
  8. Online Audio: Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Healing Power of Confession
  9. Online Audio: Fr. Larry Richard’s Confession
  10. Online Video: Bishop Barron’s The IPhone App and Confession