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Lay Catholic evangelists Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle bring you a podcast series that teaches you how to confidently share your Catholic faith with your family members, friends, co-workers, and the strangers you meet on airplanes. Every episode, Mike and Dave give you five steps you can take each week to become an instrument God uses to spread the Gospel, heal hearts, and renew his Church. Be inspired by stories of miraculous conversions and be reminded that God still powerfully interv ...
 
Probably the most famous allegory ever written of the Christian life, The Pilgrim's Progress follows the journey of Christian from his first encounter with the Evangelist, through his trials and doubts and as he meets various people who help and hinder him in his journey towards the Celestial City to meet his King. Part 2 follows the journey of Christian's wife and sons as they follow him along the same path past the Slough of Despond, the Castle Despair and Vanity Fair. This version was edi ...
 
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Episode 117 This week you’re going to get a special treat by hearing an interview with a man you may never have heard of before. Because he’s one of my personal Catholic heroes, I just know you’re going to love him. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned in The Cantankerous Cathol…
 
A quick announcement on behalf of Mike and Dave--we'll be back with a regular episode in two weeks! We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comments Don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to get the shownotes right to your inbox! You can also find the full shownotes at www.ascensionpress.com/EveryKneeShallBo…
 
Episode 119 Now that the presidential pretender and Judas Catholic Joe Biden has been in the White House for about three months, we can all see how this demonically destructive regime is destroying America. So we’re going to once again focus on politics from a Catholic perspective. In order to best begin, I want to expose the Sixpack Family to some…
 
How do we come back to our parishes after a year of so much chaos and change? Today, I share a recent talk I gave to young adults about returning to a new normal, where the laity is no longer passive, but rather on fire with the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel and transform society. Snippet from the Show It's time to stop walking towards our salva…
 
Episode 118 This is our final episode about Catholic lay evangelization. In this episode we’ll bring everything together. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned in The Cantankerous Catholic podcast will always be listed in this section. Help Keep the Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic…
 
Part of being an evangelist is learning from your mistakes. Today, Dave “Carry Your Cross After Me” VanVickle and I share our top 5 mistakes we have made over years in evangelization. These mistakes remind us that we are limited and God is ultimately in control. Snippet from the Show Dont' take the place of God in a person's life, there is only one…
 
The devil wants the evangelist to forget about the salvation of his own soul because he is so preoccupied with the salvation of other souls. Dave “Almost the Strongest Man in Pittsburgh” VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about struggling with grave sin while being in a position of leadership in the faith. We discuss the spiritual battle …
 
Episode 116 This week I want to introduce you to an apostolate that very few of you have even heard of before, called the St. Paul Street Evangelization apostolate, or SPSE for short. I remember when they began, and I’ve been a vocal supporter ever since… especially when I’d seen the results of their work, and how God has blessed their growth. Reso…
 
The concept of Divine filiation is at the heart of the Christian mystery. Dave “The Power” VanVickle and I, explain the powerful reality that in Christ, we are sons and daughters of the Father. We provide you with a thorough understanding of this theological concept that harmonizes all the doctrines of the Catholic faith, and reminds us of the goal…
 
Episode 115 This is the final part of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s interview on The Cantankerous Catholic. In this episode His Eminence speaks to Catholic men and their unique role in the Catholic Church. But he doesn’t stop there. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned in The Can…
 
Do you want to evangelize but don’t know where to start? No matter where we are in life, we can all share the power of the Kerygma. Today, Dave “Drill Instructor” VanVickle and I, talk about our new evangelization boot camp coming up that will equip you to be a confident evangelist in today’s world. Snippet from the Show No matter what our vocation…
 
Episode 114 This is the second part of our three part interview with Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. In this episode His Eminence speaks to us about the Marian Catechist Apostolate and why you should consider membership to it, but he also talks about practical atheism in the Church today. I think you’ll like what he has to say. Resources In an effort t…
 
Biblical knowledge is key when it comes to understanding morality. Today, Dave “Brave New” VanVickle and I discuss why depriving young people of Biblical stories negatively affects their moral reasoning skills as they grow up. We brainstorm ways we can revive Biblical morality in a culture that has disconnected morality from the Bible, and reduced …
 
Episode 113 This week and the next two we’ll hear from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. We’re going to hear Cardinal Burke talk about something related to Pope Francis that, to the best of my knowledge, he’s never talked about on a medium like The Cantankerous Catholic. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can,…
 
In these times of pandemic, how do we prevent others from falling into a state of indifference to the sacraments? Today, Dave VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about drifting away from the faith in these difficult times. We have a honest conversation about the urgency of returning to Church, and provide some concrete steps to overcoming …
 
Episode 112 For the last couple of weeks we’ve talked about the need for all of us to evangelize. We’ve talked about evangelizing through a blog of your own, launching a podcast of your own, and even doing face-to-face evangelization. But there’s one thing that’s common to all those things, and that’s a solid knowledge of our holy and ancient faith…
 
How do we fraternally correct people within and outside the Church who are preaching ideas contrary to Church teaching, or spreading theological errors? Dave “Tactical Pants” VanVickle and I, tackle this difficult issue many evangelists encounter today. We give you practical advice so you are prepared to navigate these confusing situations and defe…
 
Episode 111 I’m going to give you a little education here that I’ve never seen any Catholic leader—lay or cleric—teach the common lay Catholic faithful in the pew, but many of them have told me that they selfishly keep it to themselves as a sort of secret. I have to admit that I’ve been guilty of that too, albeit unintentionally. Several emails I r…
 
How do we communicate God’s love to those we meet? Today, Dave VanVickle gives practical tips for spreading the love of Christ. Snippet from the Show “One of the most important things for an evangelist to understand is how to communicate God’s love for humanity.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comm…
 
Episode 110 Listen to this episode in its entirety. Don’t prejudge my early comments and think you don’t want to hear these things. Whether you enjoy heavenly bliss or burn in hell for all eternity may depend on what you hear in this episode. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned…
 
It’s not about bringing more people to mass, it’s about bringing more people the love of Christ. Today, Gomer and Dave “Teacher of Teachers” VanVickle explain why our parishes need disruptors in order to grow in evangelization. Snippet from the Show “Everything worth having takes effort to keep it going.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@…
 
Episode 109 “At this point we priests have nothing to lose.” That’s one of the first comments Fr. Bill Casey of the Fathers of Mercy made in the mission talk you’re going to hear today. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned in The Cantankerous Catholic podcast will always be list…
 
You don’t have to be a FOCUS missionary to spread the Gospel. Today, Gomer talks to Anthony, a FOCUS Team Director about his work evangelizing the college campus through personal relationships. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students. Snippet from the Show…
 
Episode 108 This is a very special episode of The Cantankerous Catholic, because the censorship of orthodox Catholics has begun in earnest. This week we’re going to talk about censorship and how to avoid it… at least for now. I’m also going to tell you how to avoid being tracked yourself so Big Tech can’t deceive you. Resources In an effort to prov…
 
Numbers don’t reform a parish, prayer does. Today, Gomer responds to a listener's email on building community in diverse parishes. Snippet from the Show “Pray for renewal, work for reform.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comments Don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to get the shownotes right to y…
 
Episode 107 One thing The Cantankerous Catholic is becoming known for is introducing you to courageous priests. I’m on a constant search for them so I can bring them to you, my Sixpack Family. This week we have one such priest. His name is Fr. Jeffrey Kirby. I hope he excites you as much as he excites me. Resources In an effort to provide you with …
 
Our culture needs an evangelization that finds light in sinful situations, without glorifying them. Today, Gomer and Dave “Unquestionably Non-Schismatic” VanVickle continue their thoughts from last episode, focusing on finding light in dark places. Snippet from the Show “Every person has a duty to continually evaluate what God is calling them to.” …
 
Episode 106 You’ve heard from all the networks, radio hosts, news agencies and pundits about the breach of the capitol building on January 6th. What you haven’t heard is this Catholic army veteran’s take on it, and mine is completely different from everything else you’ve heard. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful exper…
 
Instead of deciding whether to talk about Jesus or culture, why not discuss both? Today, Gomer and Dave “No Friends, No Fear” VanVickle discuss how we can integrate evangelization with heavy cultural topics, instead of pitting them against each other. Snippet from the Show “Calling people to evangelization is not calling people to a warm and fuzzy …
 
Episode 105 We have to fight harder than ever in 2021 to preserve our families—our domestic churches. And the greatest defender and weapon we possess is God Himself in His Eucharistic form. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource mentioned in The Cantankerous Catholic podcast will always be …
 
Episode 104 Are you going to heaven when you die? Thanks to pointy-headed theological morons, miscreants and malcontents like Bishop Robert Barron, 99% of modern Catholics think they’re going to heaven. They actually think they’re assured that they’re going to heaven. They’re not. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful ex…
 
How do you evangelize your family during Christmas? Today, Gomer and Dave “Pinball Wizard” VanVickle talk about their Christmas traditions and answer a listener’s question about balancing parish responsibilities. Snippet from the Show “To me, the sweep of salvation history is my favorite way to enjoy this season.” We want to hear from you! Email us…
 
Episode 103 This is our Christmas 2020 episode, but it’s not going to be anything like the typical Christmas presentation you’d expect. There’s too much going on in the world that’s vitally important to the future lives of Catholics to go with the feel good Christmas things everybody else is doing. Instead of the typical, we’re going to listen to s…
 
The sacrifice of Christ should be seen everywhere in our faith, especially in our parishes! Today, Gomer and Dave “Dead-Lifting the Devil” VanVickle answer a listener’s email about evangelizing through the true cross of Christ. Snippet from the Show “Preach the true cross, and watch people be resurrected.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb…
 
Episode 102 President Trump made what was perhaps the truest statement he’s ever made when he said that conservatives and Republicans are too nice. That applies to Catholic lay people of every stripe across the theological spectrum as well. We’re just too damn nice, and that’s got to change. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most…
 
Rural communities have Catholic parishes too, and they should be celebrated! Today, Gomer shares a talk he gave to Omaha Archdiocesan "Rural Lead" program to help parishes become missional communities. Snippet from the Show “We worship God through the sacraments, so we wanna make sure people understand what it means to worship God at the mass. It d…
 
Episode 101 Logic and reason are essentially gone in the entire world. All you have to do to know that is to read or listen to what passes for punditry and intellectual literature these days. Everything is based on emotion rather than logic. That explains why there are 37 genders today rather than the two genders you’ve understood all your life. It…
 
Episode 100.1 This is a very special commercial free episode of The Cantankerous Catholic. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, atheist, or an immigrant from the planet Ork, if you love America then you’ll want to listen to this. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resource ment…
 
New year, new role, new opportunities for evangelization. Today, Gomer and Dave “the taxman“ VanVickle talk about practical ways to kickstart evangelization at your parish in the new year. Snippet from the Show “Having solid relationships just means that the tasks and mission of the Church is going to flow that much easier. You’re investing in the …
 
Episode 100 I had decided that after the election I’d focus exclusively on building Christ’s army. I said that, after all, we can’t do anything about the election fraud. It’s all in God’s hands now. I was wrong. Yes, the election’s certainly in God’s hands, but from the beginning of time He willed that we cooperate with Him in every just cause. I’l…
 
Thanksgiving is here, are you ready to navigate faith conversations with your family? Today, Dave “The Turkey”and I give you some quick evangelization pointers so you can navigate faith conversations smoothly and lovingly with your relatives. Snippet from the Show “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”- Mark 12:31 We want to hear from you! Ema…
 
Episode 99 We have yet another interview with an exceptionally fine priest this week, who just happens to hold the distinction of being a former major in the United States Air Force. His name is Fr. Michael O’Connor, and you’ll meet him in this episode. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful experience we can, any resourc…
 
Reaching out to adults looking to convert to Catholicism and guiding them through RCIA is a key part of parish ministry. Today, Dave “Not a Mouth Breather” VanVickle and I discuss different ways to run an RCIA program at a parish and offer helpful tips in preparing adults to enter the Catholic Church. Snippet from the Show Converting to Catholicism…
 
Episode 98 It’s been my intention for quite sometime to introduce you to good bishops across the country. We’re in negotiations with one bishop who will probably come on the show, and I’m confident my friend Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke is going to cut out time from his enormously busy schedule to be here, but so far only Bishop Joseph Strickland has…
 
There are ripe evangelization opportunities everywhere, we just have to be willing to notice them and bring Christ into them. Today, Dave VanVickle answers listener questions and offers us practical tools when it comes to evangelizing at bars, in schools, and at work. Snippet from the Show To transform society, we must first reach those souls in ou…
 
Episode 97 If you consistently persevere in the things I’m going to tell you today, your life will never be the same. Rather than experiencing fear, anxiety, and depression you’ll be able to live a lifestyle that’s always upbeat and positive, free of fear, free of worry, and always joyful, regardless of what comes your way—even if you have turmoil …
 
The New Age movement is on the rise in our culture and we have to understand how to reach those being drawn to its spirituality. Dave “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about how to reach those involved in the New Age movement. We discuss the reasons behind the popularity of this spirituality today, and offer prac…
 
Episode 96 This is a very special episode of The Cantankerous Catholic. We not only have a tremendous interview with Fr. Robert Altier to help put our Catholic lives into perspective, but there’s also a very special Catholic Bootcamp segment that I strongly urge you to listen to. It will, hopefully, cause you to look deeply into your own soul—to ex…
 
Navigating Confirmation preparation with teenagers in today’s times is not easy. Today, Colin MacIver and I discuss his newest book ,The Catechists Field Guide to Confirmation, how to reach the hearts of teenagers, and how to implement practical tools to create the best confirmation experience for candidates. Snippet from the Show The main goal of …
 
Episode 95 Fr. Michael O’Connor is another courageous priest who thinks with the mind of Christ. There’s something I’ve noticed about priests who were formerly career men in the military that they have in common. I’ll tell you what that is in this episode before Fr. O’Conner speaks. Resources In an effort to provide you with the best, most helpful …
 
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