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.

The Moral Life: Recognizing One’s Dignity

with Fr. Trenton van Reesch

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.

Further Resources:

  1. Book: Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love.
  2. Book: Josef Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues.

Brothers, Doctors, Martyrs

with Fr. Lewi Barakat

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.


Further Resources:

1. Book: The Patrons of the Doctors by Heinz Skrobucha

Free Gifts, Free Grace: the Sacraments

with Msgr. Thomas Powers

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.

Further Resources:

1. Book: Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan

The First Romance

with Fr. Mark Baumgarten

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.