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As we head into Christmas we've pre-empted the remainder of our series on Universal Basic Income to accommodate a very timely 2-part discussion with Youth Minister and Catholic speaker, Peter Van Kampen. Author of Living Simply: So That Others May Simply Live. Peter's Books: Live Simply: So That Others Might Simply Live https://amzn.to/3DgGOod The …
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest, Brendan Steven begin a four-part series of discussions on the idea of a Universal Basic Income. Show Snippet: "A good stance, I think, for a Catholic going into a policy debate is to know that a) there will be no silver bullets, and b) there will be unintended consequences of almost any policy."…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and Dr. Kevin Cormier, continue their discussion on the science behind COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to fight it. Show Snippet: "...from a common good perspective...even if I'm a very healthy person and I don't think I'm going to succumb to a grave disease state, my contribution to getting vaccinated is really…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld is joined by Dr. Kevin Cormier, Medical Researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto with a background in theology and philosophy discussing the science behind COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to fight it. Show Snippet: "There's some very primal emotions that, be it anti-vaxxers, be it people who are hesitant, or …
 
We wrap up our three=part conversation with Dr. Brett Salkeld and Dr. Melissa Moschella, moral philosopher at the Catholic University of America discussing vaccine mandates and exemptions from a Catholic perspective. Show Snippet: "If my conscience is telling me that somebody else needs to pay a price, that might actually even be a good indication …
 
This week Dr. Brett Salkeld sits down with Dr. Melissa Moschella, moral philosopher at the Catholic University of America for a three-part series discussing vaccine mandates and exemptions from a Catholic perspective. Show Snippet: "Europe has gone this direction in terms of vaccine passports for certain activities...where, no we're not going to pu…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld sits down with Dr. Melissa Moschella, moral philosopher at the Catholic University of America for a three-part series discussing vaccine mandates and exemptions from a Catholic perspective. Show Snippet: "It doesn't really make sense for an authority of the Catholic Church to be able to sign off on an exemption that says 'the Cath…
 
We conclude our four-part series of talks given by Dr. Brett Salkeld to the teachers of the Huron Perth School Division. Show Snippet: "English teachers especially, you know how deeply shaped human reality is by our use of language; the way that words can change our lives, the way that they can impact us..."…
 
We continue our four-part series of talks given by Dr. Brett Salkeld to the teachers of the Huron Perth School Division. Show Snippet: "The practice of being present to God and hearing Him is not magic and it's not easy. And so if you pray and you're not picking up anything...pick up a Bible."By Deacon Eric Gurash
 
We continue our four-part series of talks given by Dr. Brett Salkeld to the teachers of the Huron Perth School Division. Show Snippet: "...if you need any proof at all of the wisdom that's embedded in this teaching, that is that children are best off when they are educated by their own parents, in the values and traditions of their own communities,…
 
This week on Thinking Faith, we begin a series of talks delivered by Dr. Brett Salkeld to the teachers of the Huron-Perth Catholic School Division. This four-part series will touch on areas of Truth and Reconciliation as well as Curriculum permeation in various subjects. Show Snippet: "We're not used to silence very much these days. We don't have m…
 
This week, Thinking Faith presents a replay of our Fall Congress keynote address by Cande de Leon from the diocese of Pheonix Arizona speaking to us about his holistic approach to stewardship and its connection to our 2021 Archbishop's Appeal theme "Unbinding Love." Show Snippet: "We forget that it's the championship game. Every Mass is the champio…
 
In this part two of two, returning guest, Brendan Steven of CatholicConscience.org joins Eric and Brett to discuss the role of Catholic voters and the need for deep discernment in the upcoming Canadian federal election. Show Snippet: "I want more Catholics to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching, and...how blown away you will be about the cons…
 
Returning guest, Brendan Steven of CatholicConscience.org joins Eric and Brett to discuss the role of Catholic voters and the need for deep discernment in the upcoming Canadian federal election. Show Snippet: "We have in front of us a pretty wide range of policy options that have been placed on the table by the different party leaders. And so I thi…
 
In light of the upcoming Canadian Federal Election on September 20th, this re-release of our two-part series introduces Catholics to important tools for discerning how to participate in the electoral process without leaving your faith at the door. Show Snippet: "Many people have the impression that Church teaching would expect any two well-formed C…
 
Deacon Eric Gurash discusses the intersection of faith and mental health in this examination of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Rules for Discernment of Spirits and new research into Religious Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read more and find links: https://bit.ly/3z4CfMx Show Snippet: "It recognizes that, in the midst of a spiritual or a mental health cri…
 
In this part two of two, Eric and Brett discuss the theological problems with how Residential Schools were implemented and the Church's participation in them. Show Snippet: "We see within the Residential Schoool system the effects of trying to not inculturate the Gospel...discovering the Incarnation within the language and the culture of another na…
 
In this two-part series, Eric and Brett discuss the theological problems with how Residential Schools were implemented and the Church's participation in them. Show Snippet: "In order for there to be a healing and moving forward...it's so essential for us to identify the unjust systems that we have been participating in and...recognizing there's sti…
 
Continuing our Summer Bible Study with Deacon Eric Gurash. In this three-part series, we break open the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, looking at its relation to the Gospel of Luke, who wrote it, and why, and taking a deep dive into a few major themes. Show Snippet: "By the end of his work, Luke wants there to be no doubt that when we see the pe…
 
Continuing our Summer Bible Study with Deacon Eric Gurash. In this three-part series, we break open the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, looking at its relation to the Gospel of Luke, who wrote it, and why, and taking a deep dive into a few major themes. Show Snippet: "While the other gospel writers show this fulfillment (of Salvation History) in …
 
Summer's here and it's time for another Summer Bible Study with Deacon Eric Gurash. In this three-part series, we break open the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, looking at its relation to the Gospel of Luke, who wrote it, and why, and taking a deep dive into a few major themes. Show Snippet: "And so we have the author we have come to know as Luke…
 
Our Catholic faith has much to say regarding maintaining our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This week Deacon Eric spends some time examining the role of Rote and Intercessory prayer in building mental health resiliency. Show Snippet: "...rote prayers, like the Jesus Prayer, the Sucipe, or the Lord’s Prayer, can steep us in a world view …
 
We continue our conversation this week with Dr. André Polaniecki from Holy Cross Colledge at the University of Notre Dame discussing the Catholic Faith, athletics, health, and building virtue through sports. Show Snippet: "I could go on and on about the sporting connections you can make with different virtues...and like you say, of the Christian my…
 
We sit down this week with Dr. André Polaniecki from Holy Cross Colledge at the University of Notre Dame discussing the Catholic Faith, athletics, health, and building virtue through sports. Show Snippet: "John Paul II was hugely instrumental in my own faith formation...and athletes are that for a lot of people...they have the capacity to be these …
 
Brett continues his conversation with Paul D'Hondt and Dr. Christopher Baglow on teaching science in a Catholic school this week on Thinking Faith. Show Snippet: "It ceased being a good thing that I could be helpful with, to something I got excited about, once I began to realize that taking science seriously was transforming and deepening my own un…
 
This week Thinking Faith welcomes Dr. Christopher Baglow of the University of Notre Dame, and Paul D'Hondt from the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board in Ontario, Canada to discuss teaching science in a Catholic School. Show Snippet: "The mind or the reason of the Universe through whom the Universe was made is the one who became flesh in Je…
 
We continue our Catholic Education series with a visit from Dr. Andrew Seeley and Thomas Quackenbush both from the Catholic Institute for Liberal Education discussing teaching mathematics from a Catholic perspective. Show Snippet: "The project has to do with the formation of persons. It's not about producing theologians or philosophers or scientist…
 
This week we discuss teaching English in a Catholic school with Dr. Dan Guernsy K-12 School principal in Ave Maria Florida and senior fellow at the Cardinal Newman Society promoting faithful Catholic Education. Show Snippet: "Especially with children's literature...surrounding them with literature that is more ennobling...but if all you're doing da…
 
As Catholic education month wraps up, we take some time to visit with Robert Mixa, Education Fellow with Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire Institute, chatting about introducing students to the scapegoating philosophy of Rene Girard in the classroom. Show Snippet: "Whenever I go to Mass, I always think of Girard when I start with acknowledging mys…
 
Catholic Education Month continues on Thinking Faith with part two of our conversation with Brett Fawcett, graduate from Newman Theological Colledge in Alberta and an educator currently teaching Social Studies in Guangzhou, China discussing how to teach Social Studies as a Catholic. Show Snippet: "I think Christianity actually allows us to teach...…
 
We continue Catholic Education Month on the Thinking Faith Catholic Podcast with a visit from Brett Fawcett, graduate from Newman Theological Colledge in Alberta and an educator currently teaching Social Studies in Guangzhou, China discussing how to teach Social Studies as a Catholic. Show Snippet: "There's lots of good examples of saints in our hi…
 
This week on the Thinking Faith Catholic Podcast, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett begin a multi-part series for Catholic Education Month starting with Dr. Denise Donohue of the Cardinal Newman Society and a look at ways to infuse our Catholic Faith throughout the curriculum. Show Snippet: "David Clayton wrote this book, it's called "The Way of Beauty" an…
 
Deacon Eric Gurash discusses the healing grace in speaking our pain out loud and the role the Psalms can play in helping us to do this. Show Snippet: "God understands what the UCLA study and others like it indicate; speaking our feelings of abandonment, powerlessness, fear, and even anger out loud can be the exact antidote we need."…
 
What does it mean that Christians proclaim belief in the resurrection of the body and what connection does this have to the end of human history. Join the discussion in this part 2 of 2, this week on the Thinking Faith Catholic Podcast! Show Snippet: "John takes all these things which we imagine in the indefinite future; judgment, exaltation, whate…
 
In this part 1 of a two-part conversation on the Resurrection, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett discuss the intricacies of that most unusual of Christian claims, belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of our own lives. Show Snippet: "If your eternity doesn't transcend this reality if it's just an extension of this reality, then even 'heaven' beco…
 
Guest Fredric Heidemann discusses his written work with Word on Fire ministries on modernity, secular humanism, and the pitfalls inherent in breaking with a Judeo-Christian worldview. Show Snippet: "You're assuming all sorts of things about the moral life. You're assuming that morals can be properly grounded, which of course, as we discussed earlie…
 
In this part 2 of 3, We continue our visit with Fredric Heidemann of Word on Fire discussing his conversion from staunch atheist to Catholic writer for Bishop Robert Barron's global evangelization apostolate. Show Snippet: "The Catholic Church was the patron of all these arts, the Catholic Church was doing all this...and the Universities, and spons…
 
This week we welcome Fredric Heidemann, writer for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire blog for a three-part series of discussions on his conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Show Snippet: "It's not like I read the Lord of the Rings and became Catholic overnight...but it made me recognize, and it was a kind of re-cognition, a re-understanding of…
 
This week we reflect on the invitation to allow our hearts to be pierced by the crosses of the world through the lens of another of Flannery O'Connor's characters, Mrs. Greenleaf, as encountered in the story named after her - "Greenleaf". Show Snippet: "We are called to be open to God's own heart, and God's own vision of the world...to be Mrs. Gree…
 
This week we begin a two-part Lenten retreat on Flannery O'Connor and the suffering Gospel. We'll reflect on this call to take up our cross and the essential role of grace in shaking up our world-view and stripping away those things which hamper our journey into sainthood. Show Snippet: "O'Connor...recognizes that this desire and calling to a life …
 
In this part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation around faith and mental health, discussing what is helpful, what is not, and some practical ideas for building more mental health-related resiliency into our daily lives. Show Snippet: "It's extremely dangerous when we imagine that what's going on with mental health is simply a matter of someone's s…
 
Wherein Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett chat about the intersection of faith and mental health. Sharing personal stories, new mental health-based ministries, and the consolations and support our Catholic faith can bring. Show Snippet: "The ministry that Melissa and I are involved in outside of the parish is called Emmaus Family Support. It's primarily a …
 
This week Eric and Brett discuss the highs and lows of writing as they look at what is involved in taking the ideas of your head and heart, putting them to paper, and convincing someone to publish them. Show Snippet: "My email inbox is a lot more up to date when I'm trying to write a book...you know how you get the house really clean when you don't…
 
Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett Salkeld continue to wrestle with the morality of vaccinations in this part 2 of 2, digging deeper into the categories and arguments prevalent in recent weeks. Warning: These episodes may cause irritation and inflammation at the injection site, and a closer alignment with the consistent moral teachings of the Pope and teach…
 
As vaccines begin to roll out promising protection from COVID-19 and a slow return to normal life, there remain some questions regarding the morality of some vaccines which may have connections with ethically questionable cell-lines. Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett navigate the waters in this two-part look at the morality of vaccination. Warning: These e…
 
In this part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation with Brendan Steven of www.catholicconscience.org regarding his journey from young atheist to leading a lay apostolate discussing false idols and the deepest desires of our souls this week on Thinking Faith! Show Snippet: "I look back on my life on how obsessed I was with 'the cause' when politics w…
 
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