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This show discusses the history of Catholic spirituality. Each week we discuss a major theme or text in the Catholic heritage which illustrate an important dimension of the Christian life. Rooted in the Catholic heritage, we strive to provide Catholics and everyone interested an account of the ways Catholics down through the ages have made the Christian spiritual tradition their own. Come join us as we explore the rich treasures of the Catholic spiritual heritage!
 
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How did Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1224-1275) study the Bible? In this episode, we provide a brief overview of the salient characteristics of Thomas Aquinas’ approach to the study of the biblical text. We note, among other things, that Aquinas read the Bible by adopting a distinctively Catholic approach, namely, a conversation with the long standing Easte…
 
If God is omniscient and immutable (unchangeable), what then is the purpose of prayer? It would seem as if prayer would be rendered of little value, given that God knows everything and is incapable of changing in response to our prayers. In his lectures on Matthew 6:9-11, Thomas Aquinas discussed the question of God’s omniscience and immutability a…
 
How did Thomas Aquinas investigate the Life Questions? In this episode, we discuss Thomas’ approach to the study of God, formally known as theology. Aquinas was committed to the Anselmian method of fides quaerens intellectum (“faith seeking understanding”). Throughout his writings and his teaching, he used reason as a tool to better understand Chri…
 
Monetary wealth, argued Bellarmine, can be a great temptation in the Christian life. In chapter 5 of his treatise The Art of Dying Well, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine maintains that the Christian should be especially vigilant in the use of their financial assets. The proper disposition toward wealth, he argues, is that of an administrator / steward an…
 
Spiritual vigilance is one of the most important considerations for the Catholic Christian. Bellarmine seeks to equip Catholic Christians with an acute sense of the need for spiritual vigilance throughout the Christian life. Working from the text of Luke 12:35-37, Bellarmine seizes upon Jesus’ parable of staying spiritually alert for judgement day.…
 
Prayer is critical for the Christian life. For Bellarmine, prayer performs a multitude of purposes, especially in view of the reality facing each human being--death. From strengthening trust in God to preparing the soul for death, prayer constitutes one of the essential elements of living a well-lived life. Alongside cultivating the virtues and par…
 
Who was Robert Bellarmine? Robert Bellarmine is a doctor of the Catholic Church, who wrote extensively in defense of the Catholic faith during the late sixteenth century. In this brief episode, we provide an overview of Bellarmine’s life (1542-1621) and work as a teacher, cardinal and spiritual guide. We discuss the brief context of his early life …
 
In this episode, we offer reflections on the overall structure and significance of Bonaventure's Tree of Life. To comment on this show or provide feedback, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode39 Mary Estrada is the co-founder of the Catholic Heritage, LLC, and the main host of the upcoming Catholic Heritage Spirituali…
 
In the Final Prayer of the Tree of Life, Bonaventure helps his audience address the question: how does one become crucified with Christ? The answer to this question is the Holy Spirit. In addition to having an acute understanding of Christ’s Paschal mystery, the Christian should pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. According to Bonaventure and th…
 
In the Twelfth Fruit, Bonaventure discusses the nature of Christ’s kingdom. Following the various pieces of information provided throughout the Scriptures, Bonaventure paints a picture of Christ’s eternal reign as one of justice, peace and charity. Join us in this our penultimate episode on the Bonaventure’s Tree of Life. To comment on this show or…
 
In the Eleventh Fruit, Bonaventure discusses Christ’s future role as judge of all human beings and as the bridegroom of the Church. Following the tradition of Augustine and the Western Church, Bonaventure paints a picture of Christ’s work as judge of all humanity. He works heavily from the Old and New Testament texts which affirm God’s eschatologic…
 
In the Tenth Fruit, Bonaventure reflects on Christ’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit among the early leaders of the Church. Bonaventure finds in the post-Resurrection actions of Jesus the triumphal leading of the saints who had died before His Passion into heaven, an event not often reflected upon in the post-Easter season.…
 
In the Ninth Fruit, Bonaventure discusses Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Taking as his point of departure the Apostle’s Creed and the various statements from the Gospels, the Pauline and Catholic Epistles, Bonaventure weaves together a theological perspective on Christ’s resurrection. For Bonaventure the resurrection of Christ from the dead w…
 
In the Eighth Fruit, St. Bonaventure discusses the final moments of Jesus on the cross. Bonaventure seeks to paint a vivid image of Christ’s death with the darkening of the earth (most likely an instance of a solar eclipse) and the rending of the temple veil from top to bottom, the earth quake and the opening of the tombs. Throughout this fruit, Bo…
 
In the Seventh Fruit, Bonaventure reflects upon the sentencing of Jesus to death by Pontius Pilate, his torture and execution on the cross. He again sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. Bonaventure seeks to portray yet again for his audience, as promised in his prologue, the nature of a life c…
 
In the Sixth Fruit, Bonaventure looks at the final hours of Jesus’ life, specifically the events surrounding Jesus’ trials before Herod and Pilate. He sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. Bonaventure seeks to portray again for his audience, as promised in his prologue, the nature of the crucif…
 
In the fifth fruit, Bonaventure focuses our attention on Jesus’ confidence in his final trials. Focusing on the betrayal by Judas to his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, Bonaventure shows his readers how Jesus operated with a deep understanding of God’s providence. In light of this overarching perspective, Jesus treated Judas with compassion and…
 
To comment on this show or provide feedback, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode29 The Catholic Heritage is devoted to helping Catholic Christians better understand the history, teachings and culture of their Catholic faith so that they can better love and serve Christ, the Church and their neighbors. Mary Estrada is…
 
In the third fruit, Bonaventure focuses our attention on the Loftiness of Jesus Christ’s Power. From Christ’s baptism to his transfiguration, Bonaventure takes the reader across the life of Christ to help focus the reader’s attention on Christ’s power. The purpose of narrating each of these events which come primarily from the ministry of Jesus, is…
 
What was one of the salient characteristics of Christ's life? Bonaventure points to Christ's humility as the guiding principle for all his actions. In his treatment of the second fruit, Bonaventure argues that humility is the root and the guardian of all the virtues. In his discussion of the Second Fruit, Bonaventure examines the early life of Chri…
 
What are Christ's pre-incarnate origins? In this episode, we examine Bonaventure's high Christology, which forms the basis of his theological reflection on Jesus Christ's two natures (human and divine) in his singular and divine person. Join us this week, we discuss how Bonaventure utilized the Christology of the first four ecumenical councils to g…
 
For Bonaventure, what was the Tree of Life spoken of in Revelation 22? In this episode, we review not only Bonaventure's answer to this question, but we also discuss his take on the key elements to a fruitful spiritual life. We review his thoughts about keeping Jesus Christ and his passion in the forefront of one's mind as the basis of becoming con…
 
Bonaventure was a prolific medieval theologian at the university of Paris and the Master General of the Franciscan order. In this episode, we briefly review his life and work in order to provide some context for our upcoming episodes on the Bonaventure's writings. To provide feedback to this episode, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespiri…
 
Why did we start the Catholic Heritage Spirituality Show and the Catholic Heritage? In this episode, we discuss some of our larger goals in creating this show and the Catholic Heritage. To provide feedback to the show, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode23By Mary Estrada and Dr. Erik Estrada
 
What are the keys to preparing for a good Catholic marriage? In this episode, Mary and Dr. Estrada talk about the keys to entering and sustaining a fulfilled Catholic marriage such as communication and discernment. Also, in the episode, we have a surprise appearance from one of our younger hosts! To provide feedback to this episode, please navigate…
 
Why do Catholic Christians celebrate the Epiphany? The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the events recorded in Matthew 2, where the author mentions the arrival of magi from the East who came to see the newborn king. Following the star, they traversed a long stretch of land to arrive in Jerusalem. After consulting with King Herod, they determined …
 
Why do Catholics refer to Mary as the "Mother of God"? In this episode, we explore the theological and historical reasons explaining why Catholics use this title in reference to Mary. To provide feedback to this episode, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode19By Mary Estrada and Dr. Erik Estrada
 
What is the purpose of struggle in the spiritual life? Newman argues that spiritual struggle promotes spiritual growth. In fact, the experience of spiritual struggle and even resistance from the culture is a good sign that one is on the narrow way described by Jesus. Join us in this episode as we continue our discussion about the John Henry Newman'…
 
Who was Bl. John Henry Newman? In this episode, we provide a brief overview of his life and work. This is the first of a multi-part series on the spiritual teaching of John Henry Newman. For the show notes, please navigate to: https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode15By Mary Estrada and Dr. Erik Estrada
 
November 23rd is the feast day of Blessed Fr. Miguel Pro, a Mexican priest and martyr of the early 20th century. Join us in this episode as we discuss the life and work of this Catholic martyr who remains the most famous priest in the history of Mexico. For the show notes to this episode, please visit https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episod…
 
Bishop Frank Caggiano recently asked US Catholics that if they had 60 seconds to share a single idea with the Youth Synod 2018 in Rome, what would it be. Our answer? Education. The education of young and adult Catholics, we argue, is one of the most important undertakings that Catholics can embark upon in the 21st century. Join us in this second ep…
 
Bishop Frank Caggiano recently asked US Catholics that if they had 60 seconds to share a single idea with the Youth Synond 2018 in Rome, what would it be. Our answer? Education.The education of young and adult Catholics, we argue, is one of the most important undertakings that Catholics can embark upon in the 21st century. Join us as we discuss the…
 
In his Confessions, Augustine maintains that to hold a true understanding of God, one has to begin with a proper understanding of how people come to know the truth of Christianity. In order to properly understand Scripture, Augustine argued that a proper theology or understanding of God was essential. In order formulate this proper understanding of…
 
In his Confessions, Augustine maintains that God is both transcendent and immanent. In taking this position, Augustine drew upon the Christian and Platonist traditions and merged them to formulate two main pillars of his spirituality. To access the show notes for this episode, please navigate to https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode10…
 
Augustine’s Confessions from beginning to end is a prayer to God. On every page, Augustine turns to God in prayer, whether in confession for past sins to praise for God's grandeur. Join us in this episode as we look at the various ways in which Augustine prays to God as he views his entire past life through the lens of God's care for him. To commen…
 
Augustine’s Confessions, the most famous of his writings, are dominated by the motif of divine providence in a human being's conversion. On nearly every page, this motif shines through as Augustine views his entire life through the lens of God’s provident care over his every step. Join us in this episode as we look at the various ways in which Augu…
 
What makes Catholic Christians distinct from all other types of Christians? In this episode we will explore the papacy, the distinct feature that makes Catholicism different from every other form of Christianity. By the end of the show, listeners will understand the Catholic Church's the biblical and historical roots of their confidence in the papa…
 
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) devoted much of his work as a bishop to writing about the spiritual life and sinful clergy. In light of the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, we are going to look at Augustine’s treatment of the Christian’s spiritual life as it pertained to the controversy with Donatism. In this episode, you will learn about t…
 
St. Augustine wrote much about the spiritual life, especially God's work in drawing human beings to himself. The Confessions presents an intriguing look at the various ways in which God works in a human beings life. Covering everything from time, place and purpose, this episode discusses Augustine's reflections on God's action in a human life. To c…
 
Who was St. Augustine, one of the most prolific writers and thinkers in the history of Christianity, and one of the four major Doctors of the Western Church? What was his book The Confessions about and why did he write it? We discuss what his life was like growing up, explain what Manicheism was, the group that he belonged to for nearly 10 years be…
 
Pope Benedict evaluates the phenomenon of atheism in the 19th and 20th centuries and argues that atheistic humanism fails to take into account the human inclination toward evil. Benedict sets the Christian doctrine of hope against the atheistic notion that human existence has no ultimate meaning aside from the meanings assigned to it by human being…
 
We continue our discussion of Christian hope and Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, Spe Salvi. What can we do to grow in and cultivate hope? We also discuss several more models of hope, whose life and witness radiate light for our own path. Life can wander into meaningless and abandonment without hope. But when hope lives in us, we have new life, and …
 
How do Christians define hope and what is the basis for Christian hope? As St. Paul tells the Romans, “in hope we were saved.” Pope Benedict XVI delves into the virtue of hope in his encyclical, Spe Salvi. In this episode, we discuss Benedict’s encyclical, the role of hope in the spiritual life, its part in transforming the world, its identifying c…
 
Join us each week for Coffee with Andrew and Rob, the official podcast of Coffee with Rob. Every show will involve casual conversation between myself, my good friend, Andrew Amat, and guests as we tackle opinions on the news featured here on the blog. Please join us for one hour of round table discussion. Would you like to ask a question or have yo…
 
Join us each week for Coffee with Andrew and Rob, the official podcast of Coffee with Rob. Every show will involve casual conversation between myself, my good friend, Andrew Amat, and guests as we tackle opinions on the news featured here on the blog. Please join us for one hour of round table discussion. Would you like to ask a question or have yo…
 
Join us each week for Coffee with Andrew and Rob, the official podcast of Coffee with Rob. Every show will involve casual conversation between myself, my good friend, Andrew Amat, and guests as we tackle opinions on the news featured here on the blog. Please join us for one hour of round table discussion. Would you like to ask a question or have yo…
 
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