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"Beauty will save the world," says Prince Myshkin, in Dostoevsky's less-famous novel, The Idiot. We talk about how chastity is the virtue that chooses the beautiful over the merely pleasant, the icon over the spectacle, the person over the object. When we see others rightly, as ends unto themselves, we become as we ought to be. When we become p ...…
 
We're in the middle of a four-part series on three virtues that correspond to our ability to be sensitive to the transcendent: sobriety, excellence, and chastity. Excellence, as a general virtue, is in large part a response to the goodness of reality, and more particularly, a response to the good Creator of that reality. We talk about why we st ...…
 
Last week, we went over a basic Christian anthropology, with the upshot being that a fully alive, happy, and integrated person is a person a virtue-- who is prudent, just, fortitudinous, and temperate. This week, we'll begin to unpack how our ability to perceive the transcendent depends in part on embracing three virtues. Only the sober can kno ...…
 
If you have the feeling that the modern world has everything upside-down, this episode will give that feeling the teeth of thought. Pope Benedict XVI has been famously quoted as saying "The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." And he was right on all counts. We reference the four cardinal ...…
 
The active life is supposed to be the overflow from the interior life... and yet here we are, trying to do things without swift recourse to a life of prayer. We talk through what has helped us to remember to put prayer first, as well as that sense of dis-integration we have when we don't first pray. We reference The Soul of the Apostolate, whic ...…
 
While it seems a matter of course to many that college should last approximately four years, it's worth wondering if there is something more to the degree than 8 semesters (or 12 quarters) worth of classes. The inherent inequality of seniors and their accummulated experience rubbing shoulders with freshman who have the disadvantage of less expe ...…
 
Clubs: we paid part of our tuition so that they would exist and be funded. What good are they, and how ought a Catholic approach them? We definitely didn't and definitely could have talked about Chesterton's take on the differences between clubs and neighbors, but that doesn't have to stop you from googling it and finding out his thoughts. As a ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the role of the dorm in forming communities and humans, and how we might lean into such institutions to become holy. Other than some Chesterton quotes and a Newman quote (which I now looked up. It is: "In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often" and is ap ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the opportunities for Christian charity in the college dining hall, and the importance of meals with people in general. While we usually reference worthwhile works to read to bolster your experience, today's episode is brought to you in large part through our experience of this reality. If and when Joseph publishes a book on ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the role of the college classroom in meeting people and beginning relationships.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
Wherein we discuss the command to be fruitful and multiply, the prophetic utterance of the coming of the Messiah in the protoevangelium of Genesis 3:15, and how Eve gets things wrong. And how Mary and Joseph got it right. And how we're supposed to get it right, too. References: The Book of Genesis, chapters 1-6…
 
Wherein we go more deeply into the third pillar of apostolic formation, which is intellectual formation, and specifically talk about growing in our understanding of ethics, philosophy, and theology. Joseph also addresses a few of the issues people brought up with the apologetics classes... Works we reference: C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man Ar ...…
 
Wherein Joseph will present on how Christians can maintain that Jesus is Who He said He is, which means the Church is who He said she is. Chesterton is referenced a bit-- I always recommend starting with Orthodoxy with him. Brant Pitre's The Case for Jesus is an excellent reference as well. I also recommend being familiar with all of salvation ...…
 
Wherein Joseph originally presented some arguments for the existence of God for the training of missionaries, and thus now presents it to you, the listener, as additional training for you. A book that is obliquely referenced is Frank Sheed's "Theology and Sanity," as well as the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas.…
 
Wherein Joseph gives a presentation to missionaries about relativism, and arguments against it. Books referenced: "Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power," by Josef Pieper, and "The Abolition of Man," by C.S. Lewis. Both are very short, and the Pieper book, believe it or not, is a little more readable. The work of Jean Vanier is also mentioned-- he ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the four senses of Scripture. The relevant section from catechism is this: The senses of Scripture 115 According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral and anagogical senses. the profound concordance o ...…
 
Wherein we finish up the Decree of the Lay Apostolate's chapter on formation for the apostolate. We talk about resources for training, of which there are just a ton, as well as the feeling that there is a ton, and the feeling that we don't know what we don't know so we don't know what to do next. We really recommend the Bible, the Catechism of ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the three areas within which Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Lay Apostolate) recommends receiving especial formation. The whole document from Vatican II can be found here: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html And the paragraph ...…
 
Continuing our look at Chapter 6 of Apostolicam Actuositatem, we go through paragraph 30 of the document, which outlines a lifetime of formation for the apostolate. We also mention family life, schools, lay groups, discipleship, and the Trapp Family Singers. Check out Maria Augusta von Trapp's book, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers", here ...…
 
The Vatican II document Apostolicam Actuositatem lays out the main categories lay people need for their formation for the apostolate. Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Apostolic formation-- these are four pillars of formation lay people need. We spend a bit of time going through them-- it's all there in paragraph 29 of Apostolicam Actuositate ...…
 
We get nerdy about the document called Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (AKA Aostolicam Actuositatem). We summarize chapter 6 of the document which is called “formation for the Apostolate”, talk with a bit more depth about the introduction to this chapter, and reveal our plans to discuss the subsequent paragraphs in the next few podcasts! ...…
 
Wherein we reflect on the urgency of the Christian mission, especially in light of death. We also discuss one of the insights from the book "Leadership and Self-Deception", and link it to the notion of simplicity. We look too to the example of Christ, Whose urgency is expressed in doing the right thing at the right time.…
 
The episode where talking about sharing the gospel, and actually sharing the gospel with each other goes a little differently than expected. Joseph and Crystal get real about encountering Jesus... for real. Also, just fyi, we usually edit out the silences, and the average podcast we edit loses about 5 minutes of dead air. This one had over 20 m ...…
 
Wherein we discuss how we can fall prey to contraceptive thinking in our daily lives and in our relationship with God. Not just for married people, we discuss what barriers are to bearing fruit for the Lord, and how to remove those barriers.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
Stories are powerful things...most of the time. Sometimes, people get off track, and tell stories that didn't go anywhere, or didn't take the conversation anywhere. Joseph and Crystal talk a bit about what to do when this happens, and why stories are so important.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
Wherein we discuss simplicity with Keith and Tracy Gatzke. Besides being a fad right now and a desire in our hearts, simplicity may also be integral to the Christian life. More than that, it may in fact be the integrating factor, as well as a gauge of our souls and a path to evangelization. Whether it is or not, we had a great time talking abou ...…
 
Wherein we discuss the practice of fasting. As one of the three practices associated with Lent, and the one that most people talk about when Ash Wednesday rolls around, it still seems to need some more unpacking. Or maybe, we still needed to unpack it some more for ourselves.. As usual, spending some time talking through the topic was enlighten ...…
 
We talk about the Our Father and the Lenten practice of prayer. The cornerstone of the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus' counsels on piety: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting; the cornerstone of those counsels is prayer; the cornerstone of prayer is the Our Father. It's a prayer that teaches us what to ask of God, in what order, and in so doing, makes ...…
 
There are so many good causes out there in need of different types of support. As missionary disciples, we often feel the call to give financially to some of these things. In this episode we discuss how to sort through which things YOU should give to. There's a reason that some issues in the world break your heart and that you're passionate abo ...…
 
We discuss the difference between curiosity and studiousness, or the hatred of unknowing versus the love of reality as gift. We also discuss our media consumption and our love of people, most especially as they relate to our being disciples of Jesus. References: Matthew 11:28-30 and The Intellectual Appetite by Paul Griffiths, at https://www.am ...…
 
Joseph and Crystal have a conversation about institutions, what they are, why they’re important, and how we can best participate in them. Their long term end, or telos, as well as their short term purpose, or scope, is discussed as well as how that affects our perception of the goodness (or lack thereof) within particular institutions. This con ...…
 
How do we win people over to Jesus? And can we do it in a way that keeps winning us over to Him too? Joseph and Crystal gave a talk at a parish on this topic last year; because their daughter is currently in the hospital with some respiratory issues, they're sharing one of their first forays into giving talks together with you, their listener. ...…
 
A discussion about growth and fixed mindsets in light of humility and pride. We talk about why failure is necessary and what it has to do with being human. Jesus' death and resurrection are a source of hope for us as we contemplate our sins and short comings and in our pursuit of holiness. Still referencing Carol Dweck's book, Mindset!…
 
Crystal and Joseph discuss failing well. The difference between having a growth mindset and having a fixed mindset is the difference between being able to grow from failure and being crushed/defined by failure. How we identify ourselves, and what we allow our identities to get wrapped up in also gets tangled into the topic. The book we referenc ...…
 
Join us as we're joined by Deacon Dave and Marcia Etters, sharing their story of conversion and reversion. Hopefully, we'll have them on again to unpack more of the key moments, as well as to talk about formation, family, and parish life.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
Wherein we talk with Thomas Ripplinger and Allie Slough about all of our take-aways from SEEK2019 this past weekend. SEEK2019 is a 5-day conference, including some of the most well-known Catholic speakers in the United States. Originally for college students, now more and more material has been added for those pursuing lifelong Catholic mission ...…
 
We can’t eat an elephant all at once - nor can we have an perfect prayer life tomorrow, or bring our neighbor into full communion with the Church yesterday. In this podcast we talk about why starting small - taking baby steps - is so important. Practical tips on how to start small with love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self are also in ...…
 
Where we talk about 'apostolic direction', which is a kind of meeting that brings greater clarity as to how we are being missionary minded, in the hopes that it helps you do the same!By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
God wants YOU - the real you - to show up to prayer. He wants to enter into the drama of your life! We talk about what that means, and how to approach the drama of prayer, in this episode.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
This episode is a bit more meta then we plan for the rest to be, however, we take the time here to explain why we have chosen the name “A Word from Our Outpost” for our podcast.By Joseph and Crystal Gruber.
 
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