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Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Church historian, speaker, and author, delivers highly interesting and engaging reflections on Catholic tradition, teaching, and cultural heritage. Find out more about his ministry and discover countless free Catholic resources at www.dritaly.com.
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Each week the host reads the Christian scripture readings for the next Sunday’s church services. In addition, there is a little background of the texts, the specific books of the Bible, and/or information about the current church season.
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This podcast is dedicated to topics of archaeological, historical, scientific and logical discussions in theology. The primary point of conflict between proponents of intelligent design vs evolutionism, for example, is the question of origins.
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The Commons, hosted by Brian Phillips, features conversations and contemplations about school life and leadership. Whether you are a headmaster or a homeschooling mom, these conversations are here to help your vocation with purpose, wisdom, and virtue. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Without the Pentecost, the gospel is not really "Good News." Many people actually experience Christianity as bad news. The Ten Commandments were impossible for even King David to keep. Though Christians are justified by grace through faith and receive friendship with God as a pure gift, they are still called to live the gospel lifestyle, as portray…
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Readings for May 12, 2024 The Ascension and The Seventh Sunday in Easter The Ascension Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47 Psalm 93 (Alternative) Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 16:15-20 (Catholic Mass) Luke 24:44-53 The Seventh Sunday in Easter Acts 1:12-26 Psalm 1 Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (Catholic Mass) 1 John 4:11-16 (Catholic Mass) 1 John 5:9-15 John 17:6-19…
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Some view the Catholic Church as multi-national corporation. If so, its DBA should be love unlimited. In contrast to ever natural love, the love that should categorize the life of the church is charity, agape, God's love which is, like God, universal, infinite, without limits or boundaries. This is illustrated by the story of the centurion Corneliu…
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12 minute podcast that describes the lifestyle of the Holy Family in Nazareth during the “hidden years” before Jesus launched his public ministry. The four gospels tells us very little about the life of Jesus between his birth and his baptism besides his presentation forty days after his birth, the flight to Egypt and return to Nazareth, and his pi…
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The Trinity is the central dogma of the Catholic faith and is equally important to Orthodox and most Protestant Christians. Yet it is a mystery, something that we as limited human beings can never understand. So does that mean we can just believe it but basically forget about it and focus on more practical things, like morality? Not at all, says Ma…
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The image of Jesus as the Good shepherd is a comforting one in the minds of many. But some of those who first heard Jesus describe himself in this way were deeply disturbed. For it seems that Jesus is setting himself up as the only true Shepherd and savior. People still find this claim disturbing. "What about other religions?," they ask. For the 4t…
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The Solemnity or Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated on March 25. Here, in his typically lyrical language, Leo the Great ponders the unfathomable mystery of God becoming man in the womb of a Virgin, at the moment of conception. Through the Father's love and Mary's faith, the divine Word became flesh and dwelt among us, assuming a fu…
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Easter is not a day but a season of 50 days. The octave - eight days of high celebration beginning on Easter Sunday - is followed by 42 more days of rejoicing concluding on Pentecost. Here are some ideas for a fruitful celebration of the joy of Eastertide during this extraordinary time while Churches are closed due to COVID-19.…
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The Gospel of John tells us that, after the body of Jesus was taken from the cross, it was laid in a new tomb, close to the place where he was crucified. Yet, when people visit the Holy Land, they are surprised to find out that the tomb is only a stones throw away from the top of Golgotha. Dr. Italy shares what it is like to visit both places, both…
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On Good Friday, Christians remember the passion of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This podcast is the second in a three part interview of Dr. Italy, theologian, historian and Holy Land pilgrimage leader, on the events of Holy Week. This segment focuses on the events of Good Friday, when Jesus is dragged from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium of P…
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Before thanksgiving was an American holiday, it was a hallmark of the Judeo-Christian tradition. All ancient peoples gave thanks for creation; only Jews and Christians believe that God acted decisively in history to secure our liberation from slavery. Eucharist simply means thanksgiving -- and it is the supreme act of worship and thanks for the sac…
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In this podcast from the Sonrise Morning Show, host Anna Mitchell begins by observing that virtually half the Gospel of Luke is taken up by Jesus and disciples journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Holy Land Pilgrimage host and theologian Marcellino D'Ambrosio (Dr. Italy) describes what this journey would have been like for the Lord and his followers …
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Reformed Books Online resources page on "Administration of the Lord's Supper" -- http://tinyurl.com/adminlordssupper American Methodist Worship by Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Oxford University Press 2001) can be borrowed for free with an Internet Archive account -- https://archive.org/details/americanmethodis0000west/page/152/mode/2up?view=theater…
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14 minute podcast in which Dr. Italy discusses St. Joseph as an often overlooked hero of the Advent – Christmas story. He shows how St. Matthew’s gospel presents him as a model of faith. In the Advent and Christmas season, all eyes turn to the Holy Family. Jesus is the primary, focus, of course, with Mary getting secondary attention. Often, Joseph …
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Fasting is what most people first think of when they think about penance in general and Lent in particular. But surprisingly, fasting, as valuable as it is, is probably the least important of the three main groups of Lenten Spiritual Exercises: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (or mercy). In this podcast, Dr. Italy points out that the real value of …
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In this Lenten podcast, Matt Swaim asks Dr. Italy about his new book, 40 Days, 40 Ways, A New Look at Lent (Servant Books). In response, Marcellino D’Ambrosio explains the book’s aim to help people break out of "same old" stale Lenten patterns. The book does this by offering forty fresh ideas of how to combine prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The g…
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We begin the forty days of Lent with the memory of a previous 40 days when sin was cleansed from the face of the earth. This occurred through a flood which spared only 8 people - Noah & his companions on the ark. This gives us a hint about the meaning & purpose of Lent and its mysterious link to baptism. For the first Sunday of Lent, cycle B.…
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In this 6 minute radio interview with Anna Mitchell of the Sonrise Morning Show, Dr. Italy begins a discussion on the vast topic of how the Catholic Church built Western civilization. Starting with the indomitable missionary monks of Ireland, he illustrates how they not only saved but helped build Western civilization by preserving and spreading li…
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CORRECTION: Joseph misstated the traditional date of the martyrdom of Saint Valentine; it was February 14 in A.D. 269. Show notes/sources: From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva To Do With Nashville? by Thomas K. Ascol (Founders Press) “...To Set Them in Order;” Some Influences of the Philadelphia Bapti…
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This 18 minute Lenten podcast from the Catholic Connection addresses the forty days of Lent and the hidden symbolism behind the number 40 which reappears in so many places throughout the Sacred Scriptures. Show host Elena Rodriguez, pinch hitting for Teresa Tomeo, asks Dr. Italy to uncover the mystery of why Lent has 40 days and what this tells us …
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