#43: Pride (Deadly Sin Series 1 of 7)

Today’s episode on pride is the first in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

Saint Quotes of the Week

“There is one vice (pride) of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else…There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which We are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.” – C.S. Lewis

“Humility is the recognition of gifts as gifts, faults as faults. Humility is the dependence on God.” – Venerable Fulton Sheen

Recommended Reading

Book 3, Chapter 8 (“The Great Sin”) from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
You can find this chapter online by clicking HERE
You can purchase the whole book on Amazon by clicking HERE

Summa II-II, Q. 162 (Pride)
Summa II-II, Q. 163 (The First Man’s Sin)
Summa II-II, Q. 132, A. 5 (The Daughters of Pride)

Challenge of the Week

Choose humility. Take two minutes at the end of the day, perhaps when you’re brushing your teeth, and reflect on your own pride that day. Was there just one moment you could have chosen humility? It may be difficult to pick out because we often don’t see our own pride.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. Has pride ever prevented you from turning back to God through the sacrament of confession?
2. Where are you the most prideful? Do you think this affects your relationships?
3. Pride is often listed at the beginning of the seven deadly sins. Do you agree that this is the root of all sin?

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#36: Sacred Art

On today’s episode, we discuss sacred art and its role in the spiritual life.

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is providing a free online course over a 12-week period entitled The Bible and the Virgin Mary. It is free! What do you have to lose!

The statues on the colonnades of St. Peter’s Basilica was discussed in this week’s trivia questions. Check out the details of all 140 statues including the name of each saint, the artist, and the date created.

Below is a picture of each piece of art discussed on today’s episode.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Song of the Angels (1881)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – The Virgin of the Lilies (1899)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – l’innocence (1893)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Virgin Comforter (1875)

Rembrandt – The Return of the Prodigal Son (1669)

Diego Velázquez – Coronation of the Virgin (1641-1644)

Noah Buchanan – Saint Maria Goretti (2008)

Divine Mercy

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bronze statue of St. Michael the Archangel

Statue of the Infant King at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, IL

Statue of the Infant King after surviving a fire in 2015

Pieta by Michaelangelo (1498–1499)

Saint Quote of the Week

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” – St. John Paul II

Recommended Reading

Making Art Manly Again by The Maccabee Society

Challenge of the Week

Buy religious art for your home. It is a great conversation starter when you have guests, and it lets everyone know you are Catholic! Consult with your spouse to make sure you purchase something that you can afford.

Dan recommends Accents-n-Art.com if you are interested in buying a painting online.

Here is a link to the exact painting of the Virgin of the Lilies that Dan purchased from Accents-n-Art.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Have you seen any of the paintings or statues that were mentioned on today’s show? Do you remember what your reaction was when you first saw them?
2. Do you think the church has failed to fully appreciate its artistic tradition in the last several decades? What can we do to encourage a restoration of fine art in our churches?
3. Do you plan to buy any religious art soon? If so, what do you plan to buy and why?

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#33: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

On today’s episode, we discuss St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Please click HERE for details of the entire devotion.

Saint Quote of the Week

Act of Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort

O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.

I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.

I, N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

Recommended Reading

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael E. Gaitley

Challenge of the Week

Research the devotion of Total Consecration and determine if it is right for you.  If you want to consecrate yourself, find a Marian feast day for consecration and begin preparing 33 days prior to that feast. St. Louis de Montfort recommends the feast of the Annunciation on March 25. If you would like to consecrate yourself on that feast day in 2016, you would need to begin the preparation on February 21, 2016. Please note that the preparation usually begins on February 20 when there is not an extra day for leap year. Set a reminder on your calendar and begin preparing for consecration!

Dinner Table Questions

1. Have you ever heard of Total Consecration or St. Louis de Montfort?
2. What is your favorite Marian devotion?
3. Do you think Total Consecration would benefit you spiritually? Why or why not?

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#32: Happy New Year!

On today’s episode, we discuss our plans for the new year and read some listener feedback. We also address a very important email we received from Zac about one of our movie recommendations on the Christmas Extravaganza episode.

Please check out the new Full of Grace movie, the story of Mary the mother of Jesus.

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You can buy the DVD from Amazon by clicking HERE.

Our listener Trev informed us that the Carol of the Bells is of Ukrainian origin. This carol was featured in our Christmas Extravaganza episode. He also sent us a couple Ukrainian videos. Check them out!

Ukrainian Bell Carol

Heaven and Earth Rejoice Now

Dinner Table Questions

1. Do you have any New Year resolutions? What are they and how do you plan to keep them?
2. When a Christian movie contains heretical material, at what point does it cross the line such that you would not recommend it to someone?
3. Was there something that stood out to you about the Christmas Mass?

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#27: Help! (minicast)

On today’s minicast, we discuss how to ask for help from a man’s point of view.

Prayers mentioned on this episode:

Jesus help me, your servant whom you have redeemed by your Precious Blood.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying, Jesus help me.
In all my doubts, perplexities and temptations, Jesus help me.
In hours of loneliness, weariness and trial, Jesus help me.
In the failure of my plans and hopes, Jesus help me.
In dissapointments, troubles and sorrows, Jesus help me.
When I throw myself on your tender love as a Father and a Savior, Jesus help me.
When I am ill, and my head and hands cannot do their work, Jesus help me.
Always, always, in joy or sorrows, in falls or short-comings, Jesus help me and never forsake me.
Amen.

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Dinner Table Questions
1. Do you ever have trouble asking people for help? What prevents you from asking for help?
2. Have you ever thought about getting an accountability partner? Who would you ask to be your accountability partner?

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