#53: The 19 Things That Love Is

On today’s episode, we conclude our discussion on the Song of Solomon and talk about the 19 things that love is according to Dr. Kreeft.

National NFP Awareness Week
July 24 – July 30, 2016
Natural Family Planning
Love, Mercy, Life
Opening the Heart of Marriage
“Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.”

 

Saint Quote of the Week

“There are in Holy Scripture many songs of praise; but only one is styled the Canticle of canticles. Moses, Israel, Deborah, Judith, and many others, sang a song to the Lord to glorify Him for wonders received at His hands; but only Solomon, the wise and pacific king (crowned with glory and goods and blessings, living in perfect peace, in no need of the gifts and deliverances for which others gave thanks), only he sang, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the glory of Jesus Christ and of the Church, in their mystical, eternal espousals; an Epithalamium celebrating the aspirations of a holy soul, and the transports of a purely spiritual joy, to the glory of Him who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; for whose sake, as He is above all, and His praise most excellent, the Song of Solomon is called the Canticle of canticles.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux (On the Love of God: Including Fragments from a Fragment by St. Bernard: His Last Work)

 

Recommended Reading / Listening

Douay-Rheims translation or Knox translation of the Song of Solomon

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft (The 19 things that love is discussed on today’s episode came from the chapter on the Song of Solomon in this book)

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

The song Set Me As A Seal (Live) by Matt Maher

 

Challenge of the Week

Pick out a couple of the 19 things that love is and try to implement them into your life in a concrete way. You may need to go back and listen through the episode to find a couple that you want to work on.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. What do you think about the 19 things that love is identified by Dr. Peter Kreeft?
2. Can you think of any other examples of “what love is”?
3. Does anything in the Song of Solomon remind you of your spouse? Discuss with your spouse.

 

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#52: Email Replies and Song of Solomon

Only Dan could turn a “minicast” into an hour and a half episode! He replies to a couple emails received about his episode on the head versus the heart. He also discusses the Song of Solomon.

 

Resources mentioned on this episode

Book review of St. Thomas Aquinas For Everyone by Dave Palmer
Purchase St. Thomas Aquinas For Everyone by Dave Palmer on Amazon
Interview on Relevant Radio about A Walk Through the Catholic Bible
Purchase A Walk Through the Catholic Bible on Amazon
Summa I, Q. 82, A. 3 (Whether the will is a higher power than the intellect?)

 

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#51: Sloth (Deadly Sin Series 7 of 7)

Today’s episode on sloth is the last in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

 

Saint Quotes of the Week

“God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray.” – St. Augustine

 

Recommended Reading

The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times by Dom Jean-Charles Nault

Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great (The link is to Book III. Scroll down to Chapter 15 entitled “How the slothful and the hasty are to be admonished”)

Summa II-II, Q. 35 (Sloth)

 

Challenge of the Week

Grab a rosary and go for a walk. If you work, go for a walk during your lunch break if you can. It will only take 20 minutes. If you stay home, do it before naps or after dinner with the family.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. What obstacles in your life encourage slothfulness, both physical and spiritual?
2. What practical ways can you combat an inactive spiritual life? What ways as a family?
3. Do you procrastinate? How can we motivate each other to perform tasks timely?

 

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#50: Avarice (Deadly Sin Series 6 of 7)

Today’s episode on avarice is the sixth in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.  We also go on a tangent in the beginning about baseball card trading.  Sorry to those not interested in that!

 

Saint Quotes of the Week

“Against the sin of avarice the Creator, the creature, and Nature alike warn us. (1) The Creator by prohibiting it—St. Luke 12:15, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness.’ (2) The creature, in giving itself and its possessions. St. Augustine says, ‘It is a great sign of Divine goodness that every creature thinks to give somewhat of its own nature.’ (3) Nature, by restraining it—Tobit 4:16, ‘See thou never do to another what thou would hate to have done thee by another.'” – St. Thomas Aquinas (Homily on Pride and Covetousness: Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

“As the drawing near of the soul unto God with the affection of the will is the source of all good, so the going away from Him, through love of created things, issues in all evils and calamities, in proportion to the joy and affection which unite us to the creature.” – St. John of the Cross (Ascent of Mount Carmel)

“No event has so corroborated my belief in the next life as Charles Williams did simply by dying. For when the idea of death and the idea of Williams thus met in my mind, it was the idea of death that was changed.” – C. S. Lewis wrote this epitaph on the death of his friend Charles Williams

 

Recommended Reading

The World the Soul and Things by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Summa I-II, Q. 84, A. 1 (Whether covetousness is the root of all sins?)

Summa II-II, Q. 55, A. 8 (Whether these vices arise from covetousness?)

Summa II-II, Q. 118 (The vices opposed to liberality, and in the first place, of covetousness)

 

Challenge of the Week

Give away something that you own that is a true sacrifice (not just excess stuff that you want to get rid of anyway).  Do this as a way to purify yourself from earthly attachments.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. What is one thing that would be very difficult for you to give up?
2. How can you detach yourself from your material possessions?
3. When was a time when you felt greed for money, possessions or accomplishing tasks?

 

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#49: The Heart Versus The Head & Other Random Musings

Dan is going alone on this podcast while Kevin is out on paternity leave :).

Here are the links to items mentioned during the show:
The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology by Paul K. Moser
A Little Manual for Knowing by Esther Lightcap Meek
11 Traditional Catholic Diagrams of the Faith from a Bygone Era by ChurchPOP
The True History of Women Deacons by First Things
Lift Up Your Hearts: 10 Tips for Newcomers to the Latin Mass by Sam Guzman (Catholic Exchange)

Check out the Faith & Family Radio Podcast by Steve Wood on PodBean

Saint Quote of the Week

“If we followed the same rules for health that we do about religion, we would all be bedridden. It is not enough to talk about the necessity of health; we must do something practical about it – for example, eat, exercise and rest. So it is with religion. We must nourish ourselves with the truths of God, exercise our spiritual muscles in prayer, mortify ourselves of those things which are harmful to the soul, and be just as scrupulous in avoiding moral evil as we are in avoiding physical evil.” – Venerable Fulton Sheen

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