The Family: Both Beauty and Crisis

with Leslie Knopf and Cecilia O’Reilly

Is the family in crisis? The Synod on the Family discusses exactly that. From hot topic issues to the pastoral role of the Church in caring for families, this Catholic Bytes episode puts the extraordinary synod of 2014 and the ordinary synod of 2015 into perspective and dives into the first few days of this universal encounter taking place in Rome.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catholic News Agency
  2. Online: Rome Reports
  3. Online: National Catholic Register
  4. Twitter: @HolySeePress

The Two Things You Don’t Talk About at the Dinner Table

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

Exploring the Church’s understanding of politics, law, and principles of government.

Further Resources:

  1. Book:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl.  Seek First the Kingdom: Challenging the Culture by Living Our Faith, 2011.  
  2. Book:  Benestad, J. Brian.  Church, State, and Society: An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine (Catholic Moral Thought), 2011.

St. Therese of Lisieux: Humble, Confident, and In-Love

with Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, STD

It seems paradoxical, almost impossible, to achieve greatness in littleness, the extraordinary in ordinary.  St. Therese of Lisieux, however, succeeded doing just that during her short life span.  Discover her secret of success, and more on this ‘little’ saint.

Salvation through the Incarnation

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

If you think Christ saved us solely through the crucifixion, you are one of many, though you are not entirely right. Christ did not simply come and save humanity by one act, but transformed it through various; in fact, through his entire life.  Discover a little nugget of gold in this episode, and how we can participate in the new life through Christ.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: Catechism of the Catholic Church, 512-521
  2. Book: Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Our Savior and His Love for Us
  3. Book: Fulton Sheen, Life of Christ.

A Struggle for Power

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

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.

Confession: It’s More Than Just a Sign

with Fr. Christopher Seith

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.

From Persecution to State religion (313-1230)

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

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.

Constant Conversation

with Fr. Zachary Mabee

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.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: Catechism of the Catholic Church – part IV on prayer
  2. Book: St. Alphonsus Liguori, How to Converse Continually and Familiarly with God

Church and State Intertwined

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

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.

Holiness is Love

with Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, STD

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.