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The Absolute Necessity of Saying "Thank You"

Fr Mike Schmitz Podcast - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 8:00 PM

When was the last time you told God “thank you”?

We live in an extremely hectic world, full of distractions, complaining, and longing for things we don’t have. And while it can be good to look at the things we do have and count up our blessings, how often do we then turn to God and thank him for those gifts?

God is the reason we have anything in this life. Even our very existence day-to-day is a gift. There’s nothing better than thankfulness—and nothing worse than unthankfulness. We can all point out moments in our lives where we failed to be thankful, and it often leads to general feelings of unhappiness. So how do we stop feeling this way? How do we practice thankfulness more?

There’s a simple solution: every morning and evening, ask the Holy Spirit to help you count your blessings, and then thank the Lord for all those gifts.

St. Paul echoes this in his letter to the Thessalonians, saying that we should give thanks in everything we have and everything we are able to do. It’s what we are called to do as Christians, and it’s how we can reverence God and all he’s given us every day. The person who continually gives thanks is a person who is seeking God’s plan in their life. And one of the greatest gifts that comes from this attitude of gratitude is that every day becomes an opportunity to use those blessings.

The celebration of the Mass is a very specific way we can express this gratitude towards God. The word Eucharist literally means “thanksgiving”! It’s in the Mass that we profess our love for Christ’s sacrifice, and thank him by performing a like sacrifice with the body and blood. We can go to Mass every day, and we can give thanks every day. And the beautiful thing about gratitude is that, the more we practice it, the more God will reveal blessings around us.

Do you seek authentic joy for the life you’re living? Practice thanksgiving towards God.

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CS 603: 11-25-20: Thank you Jesus! Wednesday

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CS 602: 11-24-20: Thank you Jesus! Tuesday

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Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

Pints With Aquinas Podcast - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 7:00 AM

Today on PWA we'll take a look at what Sacred Scripture and Thomas Aquinas has to say about the possibility of Christians losing their salvation.

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Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

St Paul Center Podcast - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:00 PM

Readings: Isaiah 63:16–17, 19 Psalm 80:2–3, 15–16, 18–19 1 Corinthians 1:3–9 Mark 13:33–37

The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne—to save and shepherd His people.

Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple. But we should take note of the serious mood and penitential aspect of the Liturgy today—as the people of Israel recognize their sinfulness, their failures to keep God’s covenant, their inability to save themselves.

And in this Advent season, we should see our own lives in the experience of Israel. As we examine our consciences, can’t we, too, find that we often harden our hearts, refuse His rule, wander from His ways, withhold our love from Him?

God is faithful, Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle. He is our Father. He has hearkened to the cry of His children, coming down from heaven for Israel’s sake and for ours to redeem us from our exile from God, to restore us to His love.

In Jesus, we have seen the Father (see John 14:8–9). The Father has let His face shine upon us. He is the good shepherd (see John 10:11–15) come to guide us to the heavenly kingdom. No matter how far we have strayed, He will give us new life if we turn to Him, if we call upon His holy name, if we pledge anew never again to withdraw from Him.

As Paul says today, He has given us every spiritual gift—especially the Eucharist and penance—to strengthen us as we await Christ’s final coming. He will keep us firm to the end—if we let Him.

So, in this season of repentance, we should heed the warning—repeated three times by our Lord in today’s Gospel—to be watchful, for we know not the hour when the Lord of the house will return.

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Velen por su llegada: Scott Hahn refleja sobre el 1er domingo de Adviento

St Paul Center Podcast - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:00 PM

Lecturas: Isaías 63,16–17.19; 64,2–7 Salmo 80, 2–3.15–16.18–19 1 Corintios 1, 3–9 Marcos 13, 33–37

El nuevo año de la Iglesia comienza con una petición de la visita de Dios: “¡Oh, si rasgases los cielos y bajases!”, clama el profeta Isaías en la primera lectura del domingo.

También en el salmo de hoy escuchamos la voz angustiada de Israel, que le implora a Dios mirar abajo desde su trono celestial, para salvar y pastorear a su pueblo.

Las lecturas de esta semana son relativamente breves. Su lenguaje y “mensaje” son aparentemente sencillos. Pero debemos advertir el tono grave y el aspecto penitencial de la Liturgia de hoy, en la que el pueblo de Israel reconoce su pecaminosidad, su fracaso en guardar la alianza de Dios, su incapacidad para salvarse a sí mismo.

Y nosotros, en este tiempo de adviento, también deberíamos ver nuestra propia vida en la experiencia de Israel. Al examinar nuestra conciencia, ¿no encontramos acaso que con frecuencia endurecemos nuestro corazón, rechazamos su ley, nos apartamos de sus caminos, le retenemos nuestro amor?

Dios es fiel, nos recuerda San Pablo en la epístola de esta semana. Él es nuestro Padre. Él ha escuchado el grito de sus hijos y ha descendido del cielo por el bien de Israel y por el nuestro; para rescatarnos de nuestro exilio de Dios, para restaurarnos a su amor.

En Jesús hemos visto al Padre (cf. Jn 14,8–9). El Padre ha hecho brillar su rostro sobre nosotros. Él es el buen pastor (cf. Jn 10, 11–15) venido para guiarnos al reino celestial. No importa qué tan lejos nos hayamos extraviado: Él nos dará una nueva vida si nos volvemos a Él, si apelamos a su santo Nombre, si prometemos de nuevo que nunca nos alejaremos de Él.

Como San Pablo dice esta semana, Él nos ha dado cada don espiritual – sobre todo la Eucaristía y la Penitencia – para fortalecernos mientras esperamos la última venida de Cristo. Él nos mantendrá firmes hasta el final… si se lo permitimos.

Por tanto, en este tiempo de arrepentimiento, debemos prestar atención a la advertencia que nuestro Señor repite tres veces en el Evangelio de esta semana, vigilar, pues no sabemos la hora en que regresará el Señor de la casa.

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CS 601: 11-23-20: Thank you Jesus! Monday

Catholic Sprouts for Children Podcast - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 1:29 PM

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CS 600 11-20-20 Jesus is the Truth: Friday

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Let Yourself Wrestle with God

Fr Mike Schmitz Podcast - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 8:30 PM

Have you ever felt like God really wanted you to do something, but you just weren’t ready for it? Maybe it’s a big life change, a relationship, or a vocation, but there’s something holding you back from saying yes to God’s call.

People may be inclined to think that this is a bad thing, and might put themselves down, saying they aren’t open to God’s will in their lives. But what if this back-and-forth with God is the one thing we need to really say yes?

When we wrestle with God, we’re not only engaging in relationship with him, but we’re being truly honest with him. He desires conversation with us, and it’s in wrestling with what God wants for our lives that we conform our hearts to his.

We may think we know God’s vocation for us, or his plan for our life, and that may scare us. But the truth is, we will never really be sure what God wants us to do until he really shows us. We can project sometimes. Right now, all he wants us to do is be his: to dedicate ourselves and our lives to him and his works, and to live every day as an opportunity to reach holiness.

Don’t pick a fight with God, thinking we know what he may want us to do someday. But don’t be afraid to wrestle with him today, because it can give us the strength and understanding needed to do his will.

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Societal Scurvy

Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 3:42 PM
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Finding Healing After Pregnancy and Infant Loss #121

Catholic Momcast Podcast - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:00 PM

This week, Allison Gingras and our guest Kelly Sakmar take on the tough topic of pregnancy and infant loss. Both women share from their hearts about their own experiences with loss and discuss ways to find peace and healing in grief. Some resources they talk about include: Be Not Afraid, a private non-profit organization which provides comprehensive case management to parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis.

Mommy to a Little Saint, a Facebook support group

Here is a link to the stained glass image of Jacob wrestling with God that Kelly mentions.

Kelly Sakmar describes herself: as a beloved daughter of the risen Lord.  Devoted wife. Catholic Mom to two sweet girls & one precious saint. Professional organizer to busy families. Learn more & connect at www.clutter-less.com.  

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CS 599 11-19-20 Jesus is the Truth: Thursday

Catholic Sprouts for Children Podcast - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 7:00 AM

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CS 598 11-18-20 Jesus is the Truth: Wednesday

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CS 597 11-17-20 Jesus is the Truth: Tuesday

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232: Will Many be Saved?

Pints With Aquinas Podcast - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 7:00 AM

Today I'll look at what St. Thomas Aquinas has to say about our Lord's words in Matthew 7:13 regarding the narrow gate. We will look at what he says in the Summa, in his commentary on Matthew, and in the Cantena Aurea.

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BONUS: Do Protestants Have the Correct Old Testament Canon?

Pints With Aquinas Podcast - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:36 PM

In this bonus episode, Catholic apologist Trent Horn and Protestant apologist Steve Christie (author of Why Protestant Bibles Are Smaller) debate whether Protestants have the correct old testament canon.

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Steve Christi: I graduated from a Catholic college, where I converted to a Protestant in August 2004. I also earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology & a Master of Business Administration. I was the Chairman of the Missions Committee at my former church. I have spoken at several churches in the northwest Ohio, northeast Ohio, & southeast Michigan areas on the canon of Scripture, as well as the keynote speaker on the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I was a guest on Reason & Theology (a Catholic YouTube ministry), and later I debated Gary Michuta on the canon. I have been interviewed on Christian television & radio. I have been teaching home Bible studies for 13 years, and the author of two books: “Why Protestant Bibles are smaller” & “Not really of us: why do children of Christian parents abandon the faith?” I currently worship at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio.

Trent Horn: After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn earned master’s degrees in the fields of theology, philosophy, and bioethics. He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, where he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live and on his own podcast, The Counsel of Trent. He has also been invited to debate at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. Trent is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College, has written for The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and is the author of nine books, including Answering Atheism, The Case for Catholicism, and Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love.

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When the End Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

St Paul Center Podcast - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:00 PM

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46

The Church year ends today with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.

The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13–14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18; Zephaniah 3:8). The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in today’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.

Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel today.

These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:36–40).

Our faith is dead, lifeless, unless it be expressed in works of love (see James 2:20; Galatians 5:6). And we cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20).

The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example (see 1 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 5:1).

He healed our sickness (see Luke 6:19), freed us from the prison of sin and death (see Romans 8:2, 21), welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant (see Ephesians 2:12, 19). He clothed us in baptism (see Revelation 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:3–4), and feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood.

At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in today’s Epistle.

Let us strive to be following Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest promised for the people of God (see Hebrews 4:1, 9–11).

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Cuando llegue el final: Scott Hahn reflexiona sobre la Fiesta de Cristo Rey

St Paul Center Podcast - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:00 PM

Lecturas Ezequiel 34,11-12.15-17 Salmo 23,1-3.5-6 1 Corintios 15, 20-26. 28 Mateo25, 31-46

Esta semana termina el año litúrgico con una visión del final de los tiempos. La escena descrita por el Evangelio es cruda y en ella resuenan ecos del Antiguo Testamento.

El Hijo del Hombre es entronizado sobre todas las naciones y pueblos de toda lengua (cf. Dn 7,13-14). Las naciones han sido reunidas para ver su gloria y recibir su juicio (cf. Is 66,18; So 3,8). El Rey es el pastor divino que Ezequiel prevé en la primera lectura del domingo; Él juzga así como el pastor separa las ovejas de las cabras.

Cada uno de nosotros será juzgado según cómo realice las sencillas obras de misericordia que escuchamos en el Evangelio.

Estas obras, como Jesús explica hoy, son reflejo o medida de nuestro amor a Él; son nuestra fidelidad a su mandamiento de amar a Dios con todas nuestras fuerzas y al prójimo como a nosotros mismos (cf. Mt 22, 36-40).

Nuestra fe está muerta, no tiene vida, a menos de que la expresemos con obras de amor (cf. St 2,20; Ga 5,6). Y no podemos decir que amamos verdaderamente a Dios a quien no vemos, si no amamos a nuestro prójimo, a quien sí vemos (cf. 1Jn 4,20).

El Señor es nuestro pastor, como cantamos en el salmo del domingo. Y hemos de seguir su guía e imitar su ejemplo (cf. 1Co 1,11; Ef 5,1).

Él ha sanado nuestras enfermedades (cf. Lc 6,19), nos ha liberado de la cárcel del pecado y de la muerte (cf. Rm 8,2.21), nos ha dado la bienvenida a nosotros que una vez fuimos extraños a su alianza (cf. Ef 2,12.19). Nos ha revestido en el bautismo (cf. Ap 5,5; 2Co 5, 3-4) y nos alimenta con la comida y la bebida de su propio Cuerpo y Sangre.

“Al final” vendrá de nuevo para entregar su reino a su Padre, como dice San Pablo en la epístola de esta semana.

Luchemos por seguirle en el camino correcto para que su reino sea nuestra heredad; para que podamos entrar en el descanso eterno prometido al pueblo de Dios (cf. Hb 4,1.9-11).

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