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
  3. Online: Article on “the perils of false mercy” by Joe Heschmeyer, at

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
  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

The Moral Act Part III: Circumstance

with Fr. Timothy Furlow

Circumstance can change everything. Continuing our three part series on the moral act, Fr. Tim Furlow now covers how the circumstances which surround an action can change our culpability. For us to live as moral people we must make sure that the ‘what’, the ‘why’, and the ‘how’ are all good.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio:  Talk by Deacon Keith Fournier on the fundamentals of Catholic morality
  2. Online:  Article on the three sources of morality by Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
  3. Online:  Simple article explaining the nature of the moral act from U.S. Bishops (scroll down a bit)

Positive Law: Unjust Laws and Civil Disobedience

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

When and why are civil laws binding? Is it ever morally acceptable to be civilly disobedient? In this Catholic Bytes episode Fr. Conrad Murphy continues the discussion on positive law and explains why an “unjust law is no law at all”.

Further Resources:

  1. Online:  Article on civil disobedience by Fr. Frank Pavone
  2. Online:  Article on civil disobedience by Andrew M. Greenwell