#42: Divine Mercy and Mother Angelica (minicast)

On today’s minicast, we discuss Divine Mercy and Mother Angelica.

Check out this video on the inspirational story of Garvan Byrne.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Do you ever pray the divine mercy chaplet or novena?
2. Did you ever watch Mother Angelica on TV? What did you think of her?
3. Listen to the story of Garvan Byrne at the end of this episode. What did you take away from it? Did his childlike reverence of God inspire you?

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#40: Early Church Fathers (Pre-Nicaea)

On today’s episode, we discuss the early church fathers (pre-Nicaea). Dan covers St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus and Tertullian. Kevin covers St. Clement of Rome, St. Barnabas and St. Justin Martyr.

Saint Quotes of the Week

“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God… They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.” – St. Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 6

“The blessed apostles, then, having founded and built up the Church, committed into the hands of Linus the office of the episcopate. Of this Linus, Paul makes mention in the Epistles to Timothy. To him succeeded Anacletus; and after him, in the third place from the apostles, Clement was allotted the bishopric. This man, as he had seen the blessed apostles, and had been conversant with them, might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing [in his ears], and their traditions before his eyes…..” – St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Adversus haereses

“We define that there are two, the Father and the Son, and three with the Holy Spirit, and this number is made by the pattern of salvation . . . [which] brings about unity in trinity, interrelating the three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are three, not in dignity, but in degree, not in substance but in form, not in power but in kind. They are of one substance and power, because there is one God from whom these degrees, forms and kinds devolve in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” – Tertullian, Adv. Prax. 23, PL 2.156-7

“For thus says the Scripture a certain place, ‘I will appoint their bishops in righteousness, and their deacons in faith.’…Our apostles also knew, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and there would be strife on account of the office of the episcopate. For this reason, therefore, inasmuch as they had obtained a perfect foreknowledge of this, they appointed those ministers already mentioned, and afterwards gave instructions, that when these should fall asleep, other approved men should succeed them in their ministry…For our sin will not be small, if we eject from the episcopate those who have blamelessly and holily fulfilled its duties.” – St. Clement of Rome, Epistle to Corinthians, 42-44 (A.D. 98)

“Again Moses maketh a type of Jesus, how that He must suffer, and that
He Himself whom they shall think to have destroyed shall make alive
in an emblem when Israel was falling. For the Lord caused all manner
of serpents to bite them, and they died (forasmuch as the
transgression was wrought in Eve through the serpent), that He might
convince them that by reason of their transgression they should be
delivered over to the affliction of death.” – Epistle of St. Barnabas

“But we, after we have thus washed him who has been convinced and has assented to our teaching, bring him to the place where those who are called brethren are assembled, in order that we may offer hearty prayers in common for ourselves and for the baptized [illuminated] person, and for all others in every place, that we may be counted worthy, now that we have learned the truth, by our works also to be found good citizens and keepers of the commandments, so that we may be saved with an everlasting salvation. Having ended the prayers, we salute one another with a kiss. There is then brought to the president of the brethren bread and a cup of wine mixed with water; and he taking them, gives praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and offers thanks at considerable length for our being counted worthy to receive these things at His hands. And when he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all the people present express their assent by saying Amen. This word Amen answers in the Hebrew language to γένοιτο [so be it]. And when the president has given thanks, and all the people have expressed their assent, those who are called by us deacons give to each of those present to partake of the bread and wine mixed with water over which the thanksgiving was pronounced, and to those who are absent they carry away a portion.” – St. Justin Martyr, Apology 1: 65

Recommended Reading

Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set by William Jurgens. Volume 1 ends circa 382; Volume 2 concludes with Julian of Eclanum (d. 454); Volume 3 ends with St. John of Damascene (d. 749).

Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Penguin Classics

The Fathers Know Best – Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church by Jimmy Akin

New Advent: The Fathers of the Church

The Tertullian Project

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Challenge of the Week

Pick one church father that we talked about and read one of their writings online. Refer to the resources in the recommended readings above. Find a Catholic doctrine that stands out to you and share it with a friend.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Have you ever read the early church fathers? If so, which ones?
2. Do you think the early church fathers would be an effective evangelizing tool for lapsed Catholics and Protestants?
3. The early church fathers were known for defending the truth in the face of heresy. Has the modern church lost its zeal for defending the truth? Is there a particular approach or technique that the early church fathers used when defending the truth that we can learn from?

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#38: Beatitudes (Part 2 of 2)

This is part two of our episode on the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

Part two of this episode covers the last four beatitudes:
1. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
2. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
3. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
4. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Click HERE for part one of this episode.

Saint Quotes of the Week

Mercy

“The reward here seems at first to be only an equal return; but indeed it is much more; for human mercy and divine mercy are not to be put on an equality.” – St. John Chrysostom

Pure in Heart

“The merciful loses the benefit of his mercy, unless he shows it from a pure heart; for if he seeks to be merciful to boast, he loses the fruit of his deeds.” – St. Ambrose

Peacemakers

“The peacemakers are pronounced blessed, they namely who make peace first within their own hearts, then between brethren at variance. For what avails it to make peace between others, while in your own heart are wars of rebellious vices.” – St. Jerome

“The blessedness of the peacemakers is the reward of adoption, they shall be called the sons of God. For God is our common parent, and no other way can we pass into His family than by living in brotherly love together.” – St. Hilary

Persecuted

“The eighth beatitude shows the perfect complete character. In the first then and the eighth, the kingdom of heaven is named, for the first seven go to make the perfect man, the eighth manifests and proves his perfectness, that all may be conducted to perfection by these steps.” – St. Augustine

Recommended Reading and Listening

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft

The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness by Venerable Fulton Sheen

Catholic Audiobook: St. Thomas Aquinas for Lent by Alleluia Audiobooks

Challenge of the Week

Take time to read the beatitudes (Matt 5: 1-12) every day for a week. Set concrete goals this Lent to improve your life with the beatitudes.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Which beatitude do you struggle living out the most?
2. What does it mean to you to be “poor in spirit”?
3. What does it mean to you to be “meek”?

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#38: Beatitudes (Part 1 of 2)

On today’s two part episode, we discuss the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

Part one of this episode covers the first four beatitudes:
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Click HERE for part two of this episode.

Saint Quotes of the Week

Poor in Spirit

“Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” “The demands of justice must be satisfied first of all; that which is already due in justice is not to be offered as a gift of charity.” – St. John Chrysostom

“When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great

Mourning

“For the mourning here meant is not for the dead by common course of nature, but for the dead in sins, and vices. Thus Samuel mourned for Saul, thus the Apostle Paul mourned for those who had not performed penance after uncleanness.” – St. Jerome

Meek

“When I have learned contentment in poverty, the next lesson is to govern my heart and temper. For what good is it to me to be without worldly things, unless I have besides a meek spirit? It suitably follows therefore, Blessed are the meek.” – St. Ambrose

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

“It is not enough that we desire righteousness, unless we also suffer hunger for it, by which expression we may understand that we are never righteous enough, but always hunger after works of righteousness.” – St. Jerome

See part two of this episode for the recommended readings and challenge of the week.

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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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