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
At the mention of Adam and Eve it is common to think immediately of the fall, but in this Catholic Bytes episode we look at the more romantic side of things. The love between Adam and Eve can be called the first romance because it was the first human love. The human heart longs to give itself fully to another, and this desire mirrors the continuous donation of love found within the Trinity. Hear Fr. Mark Baumgarten explain this first love story and how everyone is still called to self donation today.
God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only begotten son, but how can a good God demand such a sacrifice? The story of Abraham and Isaac illustrates the great faith and trust of Abraham while also foreshadowing the ultimate sacrifice found in Christ.
Everyday we are tempted to turn away from God for passing goods, but how can we fight against sin and focus our time on strengthening our relationship with the Lord? Practical steps in prayer, confession, fasting and forming good relationships offers us the opportunity to not only avoid sin, but to thrive in our relationship with God.
- Book (available online): The Gospel of Matthew, in particular The Sermon on the Mount, chs. 5-7 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/5)
- Church Document: John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor, in particular Ch. 1 (http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_06081993_veritatis-splendor.html)
- Book (available online): St. Catherine of Siena, Letters (http://www.drawnbylove.com/Scudder%20letters.htm)
Being made in the image and likeness of God; what does that really mean? Fr. Garrett Nelson explains how man and woman, through living out their vocation to love in relationship to one another, come to a deeper understanding of being created in God’s image and obtaining a greater likeness throughout life.