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Two mind-bending, and time-bending, adventures written and performed by Paul Francis Matthews: TIMEWAR SPQR: The might of ancient Rome is pitted against the dark forces of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. This is a stand alone 2hrs 20mins "movie for the ears". The Heretic's Forfeit: A tale of jealousy, murder and revenge spanning four centuries, featuring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Each episode of this serial lasts approximately 25-30mins.
 
Prior to awe-inspiring and breathtakingly breathtaking cold Table Reads of magnificent scripts and fantastic screenplays, we usually discuss in some depth some aspect of the performing arts or arts in general or the arts industries or related life lessons, sort of a presentational brainstorming session with rounded edges and big chunks of chewy chocolate. (Memo to self: never write descriptions when hungry for chocolate.) We’re unabashedly seldom at a loss for pithy words or pithy rhetoric, ...
 
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Episode Seven: Events spiral out of control, causing Olivia and Shakespeare to go on the run. In an effort to track down Olivia, Marlowe drops in on Professor Cosgrove. Meanwhile, back in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Olivia comes to a decision, unaware that it will put both their lives in danger.…
 
VE Day, the 8th of May 1945, saw the defeat of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. Or did it? TIMEWAR SPQR is an epic tale of adventure, heroism and romance in which the might of ancient Rome is pitted against the dark forces of Hitler's Third Reich. Rome wasn't built in a day, but it could be destroyed in one. Using just a Snowball microphone and some ol…
 
Episode Six: Shakespeare, accompanied by Olivia and Toby, visits the Marlowe archive at the British Museum. Here, the full extent of the original Christopher Marlowe’s villainy is laid bare. Olivia and Toby have difficulty believing Shakespeare’s story, but William devises a way to prove he is telling the truth. There are, however, unintended conse…
 
In 1593 the most famous playwright of his age, Christopher Marlowe, was stabbed to death in a pub in Deptford, which coincided almost exactly with the emergence of William Shakespeare, who then went on to take Marlowe’s place. In The Heretic’s Forfeit these things don’t happen. Marlowe, forewarned by a prophecy, cheats death, then poisons Shakespea…
 
Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae was one of the most controversial papal documents of the 20th Century, reiterating the Catholic Church’s teaching on procreation and artificial contraception. Luke and Victoria discuss Humanae Vitae on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and how the document – along with the acceptance and rejection of it – has affect…
 
Victoria and Luke continue to look at Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, discussing the grace woven through the book, the power of Julia’s choice, and Cordelia’s child-like faith. Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe and give a nice rating to the Catholics Read podcast on iTunes. Like, follow and share us on Facebook, Twitter an…
 
Luke & Victoria explore Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, discussing the book’s strange hope amidst a series of disasters and its demonstration of “gritty grace”. Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe and give a nice rating to the Catholics Read podcast on iTunes. Like, follow and share us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dona…
 
St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul, published after her death, is one of the most popular spiritual books in the modern world. While the young French Carmelite could have remained obscure, St Thérèse is now recognised as a Catholic spiritual giant and Doctor of the Church. Luke & Kiara discuss St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul, the beaut…
 
Luke & Kiara discuss Elizabeth Anscombe’s Mr. Truman’s Degree, including the role of political realism in the conclusion of World War II and the analogy of pacifism and celibacy. The team also explore how sloppy reasoning – no matter how noble – can lead to dire consequences. Download this episode (right click and save) The post Catholics Read Mr. …
 
Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera’s The Awakening of Miss Primm is the contemporary Spanish author’s first novel, exploring the immersion of a modern woman into a world very foreign to our own – yet very familiar to our yearnings. Victoria, Luke and Kiara discuss Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera’s The Awakening of Miss Primm, the beauty of San Ireneo, and the…
 
Benedict XVI’s Last Testament marks the Pope Emeritus’ final published text, rounding out his prolific writing career with a series of reflections on his life. Luke and Victoria explore Benedict XVI’s Last Testament, discussing his ability to maintain charity under immense criticism, and the sense of integrity of freedom in himself which comes thro…
 
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is the famous writer’s first published novel, and continues to remain popular over 200 years after its inital publication. Victoria and Luke explore Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, looking at the battle between sense and sensibility, how the book reflects us back to ourselves, and what St Thérèse of Lisieux …
 
Minister and evangelist David Wilkerson’s The Cross and the Switchblade details the miraculous journey of the young Wilkerson as he sought to evangelise the youth gangs of 1950s New York. Luke and Victoria discuss The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson’s refreshing radicality, and how it can help Catholics to trust in the power of God. Down…
 
Julius Caesar’s The Conquest of Gaul provides an account of the expansion of Rome and a prequel to Caesar’s rise to power. Kiara, Victoria and Luke discuss Julius Caesar’s The Conquest of Gaul, Caesar’s matter-of-fact writing style and the hints of this style seen in later great authors. Download this episode (right click and save) Read Julius Caes…
 
Behind many Catholic families, parishes and communities are devout mothers imploring their Heavenly Mother to intercede for their needs through the Rosary. In his poem, The Trimmin’s on the Rosary, John O’Brien (Msgr. Patrick Joseph Hartigan) humorously and endearingly describes the regular practice of the Rosary in early Irish-Australian families.…
 
The Works of Mercy were promoted by Pope Francis extensively in last year’s Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. A great introduction to these works can be found in Work of Mercy by Catholic author and blogger Mark P. Shea. In this episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss Mark Shea’s Work of Mercy. The team look at how the Works of Mercy highlight the …
 
Robert Browning is one of the great English poets, with My Last Duchess providing a short introduction to his work. In this episode, Luke and Victoria react to Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess, discussing Browning’s technique for creating considerable tension in the poem. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_MyLastDuchess.mp3 R…
 
Literary giant Mark Twain wrote a number of classics, but there is one that he considers his best: Joan of Arc. In this episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc, the story of the great French saint, and why it is one of Kiara’s favourite books. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_JoanOfArc.mp3 RIGHT-CL…
 
Something Other than God is a memoir written by Catholic writer and speaker Jeniffer Fulwiler, focusing on her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. In this episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria explore the notion of humility in approaching hard Church teachings, prayer for celebrities, and Kiara’s own conversion from atheism. https://cradio.org.au/a…
 
Challenge to the Privy Council is a testament by the Jesuit priest and martyr St Edmund Campion, composed on his mission in Elizabethan England. The work, written while in hiding from laws making the Catholic priesthood illegal, details his purpose for coming to England and his challenge to debate with various scholars about the truth of the Cathol…
 
Letter from Birmingham Jail is a letter by Martin Luther King Jr. In this letter, King justifies his non-violent action to his fellow Christian clergy who are apprehensive about his methods. In this episode, Luke, Kiara & Victoria discuss Letter From Birmingham Jail, exploring the influence of Martin Luther King Jr’s Christian faith on his work, an…
 
Pleasure vs Happiness is a short essay by Roger Scruton. In this essay, Scruton looks at the distinction between pleasure and happiness, and how a society addicted to pleasure leads to celebrity culture and bad art. In this episode, Luke, Kiara & Victoria explore Roger Scruton’s Pleasure vs Happiness. In particular, the team discuss Scruton’s disti…
 
The Lady of Shalott is a Victorian poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson which harkens back to much earlier poetry – the Arthurian legends of the Middle Ages. In this episode, Luke, Kiara & Victoria look at The Lady of Shalott, discussing the difference between artist and artisan, the poem’s focus on medieval technique, and what the team got out of the tex…
 
A Study in Scarlet is the first of the highly influential Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this episode, Luke & Kiara discuss A Study in Scarlet, exploring the character of Sherlock Holmes, the treatment of the LDS church in the story, and the text’s influence up to today. Content advisory: This episode discusses murder and vio…
 
Ovid’s Metamorphoses is a classic epic poem of the Ancient period, inspiring artists, writers and thinkers down the ages. The team look at the fables of two of his influential characters: Echo and Narcissus. Luke and Victoria look at Ovid’s fables of Echo and Narcissus, discussing Metamorphoses‘ mytho-historical format and C.S. Lewis’ theory that t…
 
In his address to the joint sitting of the United States Congress, Pope Francis made reference to the work of Servant of God Dorothy Day. One of her works was From Union Square to Rome, a reflection on her conversion from communism and radicalism to Catholicism. The team reflect on From Union Square to Rome, discussing the simplicity of Dorothy Day…
 
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World has become one of the most influential works of the dystopian genre. The work establishes a social and philosophical critique which is perhaps as relevant to the twenty-first century as it was to the twentieth. Luke, Kiara and Victoria explore Brave New World to discuss the removal of humanity in pursuit of a misguid…
 
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has maintained prominence in contemporary culture, with its main characters – “Jekyll and Hyde” – becoming a familiar turn of phrase. In this 50th episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, how it relates to contemporary society and identity, an…
 
Eugine Onegin is a classic work which cemented 19th-century author Alexander Pushkin as a Russian poetic master. Luke and Victoria reflect on Eugine Onegin with reference to its complex poetry, “the Russian Soul”, and Luke and Victoria’s differing reactions to the work. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_EugineOnegin.mp3 RIGHT…
 
O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi is a wonderful tale of mutual sacrifice for love in marriage. Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss The Gift of the Magi by reflecting upon the mutual gift of self in marriage, and how narration can invite the reader into the lives of characters in literature. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_GiftO…
 
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was and remains a popular tale; inspiring many adaptations, introducing terms in the English language, and never going out of print. Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss A Christmas Carol by looking at the Victorian relationship between superstition and positivism, and the notion that Charles Dickens popularised a sec…
 
The Catholics Read team continue their exploration of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. In this second episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria look at the banal austerity of evil, as well as the temptations to isolation and spiritual pride. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_ScrewtapeLetters_Part2.mp3 RIGHT-CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (31:59…
 
C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is one of Lewis’ great uses of satire – providing laughter, discomfort and some very profound messages. In this first episode, Luke, Kiara and Victoria discuss C.S. Lewis’ self-criticism within The Screwtape Letters, and why he never wrote a sequel. https://cradio.org.au/assets/catholicsread/CatholicsRead_Screwtape…
 
The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, farcically pointing fun at his era’s trivial attitude toward serious matters in a comical style which has endured to the 21st century. Luke Kiara and Victoria discuss the satisfying schadenfreude of The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as the problem of truthfulness & lying. htt…
 
Revelation represents another classic short story by Flannery O’Connor – one of her last before her death – and features O’Connor’s typical hallmarks: deeply flawed characters, dark humour, and a beautifully composed reflection on the grace of God. Luke and Victoria discuss the disconnect between thought and word, being “born on third base” and whe…
 
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