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

Monastic Life: Hidden Life, Huge Role

with Fr. Andrew Mattingly

What do living in the desert and monastic life have in common? Much more than you would probably expect. In this first episode of a five part series, Fr. Andrew Mattingly explains the initial stages of monastic life in the history of the Church.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Br. Thomas Davenport’s article More Important than Food: St. Anthony’s Advice on Prayer
  2. Online Audio: Exploring the Early Church Fathers by Dr. Michael Barber
  3. Book: The Book of the Elders by John Wortley

Intellectual relativism: It’s True for You, but Not for Me

with Fr. Matthew Rolling

There is either truth, or there isn’t. This is a highly contested statement for society today because with the development of modern science people are hesitant to accept things that are not proven with concrete observable evidence. However, the presence of truth has never been disproven, but rather dismissed. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to learn more about the phenomenon of intellectual relativism.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Chris Stefanick’s Relativism
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Relativism
  3. Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article Establishing Absolute, Knowable Truth, in Three Easy Steps
  4. Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article The Trouble with Relativism
  5. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Dietrich Von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age

Islam Continued: Avoiding Hateful Generalizations

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

In the final episode of the series, Fr. Conrad Murphy delves into the history of Islam from the 15th century until today. It is a history where the Ottoman Empire, war, martyrdom, extremists, the rosary, and renewed peace and dialogue come into play.

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: The Fall of Constantinople and the Rise of the Ottoman Turks by Dr. Brendan McGuire, Ph.D.  2014.  
  2. Online video:  Islam Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Robert Reilly, 2013.
  3. Online: Busted Halo’s article How is Catholicism Different From Islam?
  4. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Do Muslims Worship the Same God As Catholics Do?
  5. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
  6. Online: Peter Kreeft’s Comparing Christianity and Islam

The Creation of Man: Intelligence, Dominion, Love

with Fr. George Elliott

An in depth analysis of three verses in Genesis sheds light onto God’s greatest creation: man. Human beings are not only created in the image and likeness of God, but are also given dominion over creation and invited to imitate the love of the Trinity. In summary, man is pretty much a big deal. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to find out exactly why.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: St. Paul Center For Biblical History’s Class on Gen 1-3
  2. Online: Arthur McGill’s chapter on Self-Giving as the Inner Life of God

Islam Continued: the Crusades

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

War, the Holy Sepulcher, and the rosary have one intriguing common connection: the crusades. This hot-topic issue has garnered significant attention for the Church throughout the course of history, but the primary motivation for the crusades was mainly spiritual, opposite of what common myths imply. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to hear Fr. Conrad Murphy continue the history of Islam intertwined with the Catholic faith.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: The Crusades: At War for God, Dr. Brendan McGuire, Ph.D.  2008.  
  2. Online: Busted Halo’s article How is Catholicism Different From Islam?
  3. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Do Muslims Worship the Same God As Catholics Do?
  4. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
  5. Online: Peter Kreeft’s Comparing Christianity and Islam

St. Stephen Martyr, the Protomartyr

with Fr. Stephen Wyble

The day after Christmas the Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the first martyr who died for professing faith in Jesus Christ. His death was not only a testament to his faith in the Son of God, but it inspired many Christians and led to an expansion of the faith. Although we may not face martyrdom, Dcn. Stephen Wyble explains how this great saint can serve as an inspiration for all.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Butler’s Lives of the Saints: “St. Stephen, the First Martyr”
  2. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on St. Stephen
  3. Book: Orchard and Sutcliffe, A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture, 1953.