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The Bear Woznick challenges men to gritty and deep masculine christianity. "The Most Radical Thing You Can Do In Life is Abandon Yourself To The Wild Adventure of God's Will" Discover the radical adventure of follow God's will for your life every week on this one-hour show. PLUS Deep Virtue two minute podcast about living the Seven Cardinal Virtues.
 
Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and the host of The Laura Flanders Show, a syndicated weekly program on which she talks to creative thinkers and change-makers from the worlds of politics, arts and the new economy. In her weekly commentary, The "F" Word, she tells you what she thinks. The "F" Word is heard on the Progressive Voices Channel on Tune-In and is made available free to radio stations who appreciate an upbeat, radical perspective. lauraflanders.com
 
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Readings: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7–9, 12–13, 22–23 Psalm 103:1–13 1 Corinthians 15:45–49 Luke 6:27–38 The story of David and Saul in today’s First Reading functions almost like a parable. Showing mercy to his deadly foe, David gives a concrete example of what Jesus expects to become a way of life for His disciples. The new law Jesus gives in today’s Go ...…
 
“Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will” is another outstanding offering from Fr. Larry Richards! From start to finish Fr. Larry challenges us to place Jesus Christ first in our lives and our relationships with others and the world. Once we can do that, things begin to fall into place. Then he helps us to recognize the differenc ...…
 
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Readings: Jeremiah 17:5–8 Psalm 1:1–4, 6 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16–20 Luke 6:17, 20–26 The blessings and woes we hear in today’s Gospel mark the perfection of all the wisdom of the Old Testament. That wisdom is summed up with marvelous symmetry in today’s First Reading and Psalm: Each declares that the righteous—those who hope in the Lord and del ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the vow we giv when we respond to our particular “calling” placed in our hearts by God. 1 COR 15:3-8, 11 Brothers and sisters, I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accord ...…
 
Hour after hour of hands hammering on windows at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was chilling, until the President’s State of the Union Speech.Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!http://www.LauraFlanders.org/donate…
 
One of my very favorite storytellers is Sr. Joan Mueller…give yourself the gift of hearing her share the story of St. Bakhita during this podcast… JOSEPHINE BAKHITA (1869-1947) from vatican.va – Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza) in 1947. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and sla ...…
 
Dr. Matthew Bunson discusses the life, times and work of St. Ephrem of Syria Born: 306 AD, Nisibis, Turkey Died: June 9, 373 AD, Edessa, Turkey For more on St. Ephrem and his teachings St. Ephraim the Syrian (306-373) – Nisibene Hymns – Miscellaneous Hymns — On the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh, For the Feast of the Epiphany, and On the Faith ...…
 
Episode 6 – Mary the Ark of the Covenant and “Do Not Touch the Ark”. The presentation of Jesus in the Temple means the true presence of God is back in the temple again. Simeon and Anna rejoice. We begin today’s podcast with St. John’s vision at Patmos in REV 11-12. The contents of the ark are sacred and not to be touched. Everyone knew the rule ...…
 
Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects what it means to truly encounter Jesus. Do we recognize Him in the poor, the prisoner, the disabled, the stranger? Or do we pass Him by because we truly do not know Him? He offers insight primarily from the teachings found in the letter from St. James Chap 2: My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the ...…
 
Episode 16- Regnum Novum: Bringing forth the New Evangelization through Catholic Social Teaching with Omar Gutierrez – St. John XXIII, Pacem in Terras (Peace on Earth) and the Natural Law Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) was a papal encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII on 11 April 1963. St. Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 Nov ...…
 
Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 Luke 4:21-30 God's words in today's First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a "prophet to the nations" (see Luke 1:31-33). Like the prophets before Him, Jesus too faces hostility. In today's Gospel, ...…
 
With Dr. Adrian Walker, we reflect on various aspects of Adrienne’s insight on mystical life, prayer, relationship with the Trinity, the Cross of Christ and confession. The World of Prayer In prayer God enables man to approach him once more. Most people live so estranged from God that prayer’s first task must be to make them aware of their dist ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff continues his reflections on the Angelic Realm. He discusses the magnificence of the Throne of God. Isaiah Chap 6:1-4 1 In the year King Uzziah died,* I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,a with the train of his garment filling the temple. 2 Seraphim* were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they cover ...…
 
“Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales” is outstanding. A wonderful “introduction to the devout life”… literally! Fr. John Burns breaks open up the teachings of the great spiritual director and Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales in a wonderfully fresh new way. Very practical and perfect for meditation du ...…
 
Mike Aquilina shares with us the story of St. Agnes. A young girl who would help to break open the hearts of many, so that grace could pour in. She was “a lamb for Christ”. Mike also discusses the challenges to life, including the “ancient” practice of abortion. wiki – According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility born ...…
 
New Day Dawns Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-6,10 Psalms 19:8-10,15 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 The meaning of today's Liturgy is subtle and many-layered. We need background to understand what's happening in today's First Reading. Babylon having been defeated, King Cyrus of Persia decreed that the exiled Jews could return home to Jerusal ...…
 
From a treatise On Virgins by Saint Ambrose, bishop Too young to be punished, yet old enough for a martyr’s crown St. Agnes Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let us offer ourselves in sacrifice. It is the birthday of Saint Agnes, who is said to have suffered martyrdom at the age of twe ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on how we are to daily discern the movement of Christ in us and the movement of the self, the world, and the activity of the enemy. Transition: Become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen. Gratitude Note the gifts that God’s love has given you this day and give thanks to God for them. Petit ...…
 
With Dr. Adrian Walker, we reflect on various aspects of Adrienne’s insight on obedience to the Father’s will and the relationship with the Son. Creation Ordered toward the Son and Hope The entire world was created by the Father with a view to the Son; the Father who creates thus shows his love for the Son. As it comes forth fresh and new from ...…
 
Episode 5 – Mary, the Neck of the Mystical Body Gives Her Fiat. The Visitation of Blessed Mary to Elizabeth and Mary the Head Crushing Woman, and Ark of the New Covenant. In this episode we turn our attention to the visitation of Mary to her elderly cousin Elizabeth, who is miraculously pregnant with John the Baptist. Upon seeing Mary, Elizabet ...…
 
St. Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), headed the Catholic Church and ruled Vatican City from 1958 until his death. Pope John was elected on 28 October 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) but did not live to see it to completion. He died in 1963, only four-and-a-half years after h ...…
 
“What’s a Person to Do? Everyday Decisions That Matter” is an important work for those who seek to navigate through life’s daily choices. Dr. Mark Latkovic, who is a professor of moral and systematic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, does a fantastic job bringing forward basic principles that should be a part of our ...…
 
Mike Aquilina, in conversation with Bruce and Kris McGregor, breaks open the life and teachings of St. Anthony of Desert (aka St. Anthony the hermit, St. Anthony Abbott or St. Anthony the GREAT!) Born c. 251 Herakleopolis Magna, Egypt Died 356 Mount Colzim, Egypt You can find the Life of St. Anthony by St. Athanasius at the link provided here: ...…
 
Readings: Isaiah 62:1–5 Psalm 96:1–3, 7–10 1 Corinthians 12:4–11 John 2:1–12 Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of “epiphanies.” The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial—Jesus is the newborn king of the Jew ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Baptism” and how it transforms us all. Gospel LK 3:15-16, 21-22 The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen t ...…
 
With Dr. Adrian Walker, we reflect on various aspects of Adrienne’s insight on the Church and our universal call to holiness. The Church in the World The words of Christ appear to the world as a paradox; his commandments contradict what people consider to be clever and useful. What these words promise is always heavenly; it comes from heaven an ...…
 
Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 (or Acts 10:34-38 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7) Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 (or Ps 104:1-4, 24-25, 27-30) Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan - that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made "co-heirs" to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we're sho ...…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Epiphany” and how we can manifest the light of Christ to the world. From the USCCB readings fo the day: Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the ...…
 
Episode 5 – “Confession” – A Handmaid of the Lord: The life and legacy of Adrienne von Speyr with Dr. Adrian Walker, Ph.D. With Dr. Adrian Walker, we reflect on various aspects of Adrienne’s insight into the nature of confession as described in her book of the same name. An excerpt from “Confession” Chapter 1: Introduction – The Search for Conf ...…
 
Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:-12,7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 An "epiphany" is an appearance. In today's readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears. Herod, in today's Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be b ...…
 
Lecturas: Isaías 60, 1-6 Salmo 72, 1-12,7-8, 10-13 Efesios 3, 2-3,5-6 Mateo 2, 1-12 Una “epifanía” es una manifestación. Las lecturas de este domingo, donde vemos estrellas que se alzan, luces es¬plendorosas y misterios revelados, nos presentan también el rostro del Niño que nació el día de Navidad. En el Evangelio, Herodes pregunta a los jefes ...…
 
Episode 9 – Fr. Gallagher offers insights on a form of Spiritual Desolation he terms as “Pre-Event” Desolation. He uses this description to define a type of desolation that can affect someone who, for example, is about to enter into a retreat or pilgrimage, or some type of spiritual or ministry based undertaking. From Setting the Captives Free: ...…
 
A leader who is not sober can do a great deal of damage to those for whom he is responsible and, of course, harm the cause he is meant to serve. If you allow yourself to be seized with emotions, such as anger, vindictiveness, sadness, pride or envy – whatever “demons” you want to call them here – then you are not in contact with yourself and no ...…
 
Dr. Lilles continues the spiritual explorations of the Letters of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. In this episode we discuss letter 335. In this special letter, shortly before her death, Elizabeth sends this letter to a friend Sister Marie-Odile. This is a very poignant letter and conversation. L 335 To Sister Marie-Odile [October 28, 1906] Our G ...…
 
The Feast of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Msgr. Esseff discusses honoring our parents (especially when it’s hard) – The reality of our society and the challenge – The wounds and the need for healing Reading 1 SIR 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honor ...…
 
Episode 4 – Mary the New Tent of the Meeting and Mary the New Ark of a New Covenant In this episode we look at Papal Infallibility and how it relates to Mary. Beginning with our first Pope, Peter, there has been an unbroken succession of apostolic authority. A dogma is declared infallible only when three criteria are met: the pronouncement must ...…
 
Dr. Matthew Bunson discusses the life, times and work of St. Hilary of Poitiers Born: 310 AD, Died: May 2, 367 AD For more on St. Hilary of Poitiers and his teachings Hilary of Poitiers – On the Councils, or the Faith of the Easterns – On the Trinity – Homilies on the Psalms From Vatican.va, an excerpt from the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI Ge ...…
 
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well,” such are the words found in the Revelations of Divine Love written by the 14th century English Christian mystic Julian of Norwich. Her Revelations is the first book in English known to be have been written by a woman and offers a uniqu ...…
 
Readings: Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 Psalm 128:1-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:41-52 Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God's plan to make all people live as one "holy family" in His Church (see 2 Corinthians 6:16-18). In the Holy Fam ...…
 
Lecturas: Sirácida 3, 2-6,12-14 Salmo 128, 1-5 Colosenses 3, 12-21 Lucas 2, 41-52 ¿Porque quiso Jesús hacerse un bebé, tener una madre y un padre, y vivir casi toda su vida en una familia sencilla? En parte, lo hizo para revelar el plan de Dios de que toda la gente viva como una “sagrada familia”, congregada en su Iglesia (cfr. 2Co 6, 16-18). E ...…
 
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018 – Love and Humility Gospel LK 1:39-45 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice a ...…
 
Readings: Micah 5:1-4 Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19 Hebrews 5:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 (see also “The ‘New Ark’”) On this last Sunday before Christmas, the Church's Liturgy reveals the true identity of our Redeemer: He is, as today's First Reading says, the "ruler...whose origin is from...ancient times." He will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of ...…
 
Lecturas: Miqueas 5, 1-4 Salmo 80, 2-3,15-16,18-19 Hebreos 5, 5-10 Lucas 1, 39-45 En este último domingo antes de Navidad, la liturgia de la Iglesia revela la verdadera identidad de nuestro Redentor: Él es, como dice la primera lectura, el gobernador…cuyos orígenes son antiguos, desde tiempos remotos. Ha de salir de Belén, donde nació David, hi ...…
 
There are many challenges facing the Church and Christianity today. Will you stand back and watch? Or will you fight for our Church? On this week’s episode, Long Ride Home cast member Father Mark Goring gives us a clear way forward and a message of hope, courage, and truth!
 
"By many accounts Macron's paying the price not so much for taxing carbon as for ignoring inequality and passing tax breaks for the rich, while pushing more austerity on people already at breaking point." Laura Flanders, weekly commentary.Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member you sustain our independent, and grassroots-d ...…
 
Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:10-18 The people in today's Gospel are "filled with expectation." They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they've been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: "What then should we do?" The Messiah's coming requires every man and woman to choose - to "repent" ...…
 
Lecturas: Sofonías 3, 14-18 Isaías 12, 2-6 Filipenses 4, 4-7 Lucas 3, 10-18 En el Evangelio de este domingo, el pueblo está “lleno de expectación”. Cree que Juan el Bautista podría ser el Mesías, a quien ha estado esperando. Tres veces escuchamos su pregunta “¿Qué debemos hacer?” La venida del Mesías reta a cada persona a tomar una decisión: ar ...…
 
Have you ever had a "crisis moment" in your life? Many people experience that crossroads where you question your very existence. Fr. Don Calloway knows what that "crisis moment" is like. On this week's show, he reveals his own journey and how the Virgin Mary held the key to bringing him out of darkness.…
 
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