Episode 10 – Rule 5 and introduction to Rule 6 – The Second Week Rules for the Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to a Greater Discernment of Spirits with Fr. Timothy Gallagher Fr. Gallagher completes his teachings on Rule 5 and moves to understanding Rule 6. Once we have learned from the course of ... Read more
Episode 5: Abba – Father, Context and Direction It is James’ fourth meeting with Peter and he realizes that there are only two more days left to speak with the hermit about his spiritual life. James asks Peter to teach him how to pray from the very beginning. The first time that question was asked ... Read more
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Episode 5 – Joseph and His Angels In this episode, Mike Aquilina and Kris McGregor discuss St. Joseph and his interactions with the Angels. An excerpt from St. Joseph and His World: The great difficulty in sketching the character of Joseph of Nazareth is that Scripture never shows him speaking. He never says yes or ... Read more
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the First Sunday of Lent and the need in our lives for true prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
This week, author Thomas Howard tells us the point of art—from Vermeer’s landscapes to Andy Warhol’s soup cans. And we debate it. Join us in our ongoing discussion of Howard’s book Chance or the Dance? You can find the book here Contrasting the Christian and secular worldviews, Dr. Thomas Howard refreshes our minds ... Read more
Episode 29 – John 14 – I am the Way, the Truth and the Life part 1 We continue our study of John’s Gospel with Chapter 14. This beautiful chapter has an abundance of nuptial imagery. God designed marriage as a way to image the Trinity. Just as life flows from the one-flesh union of man ... Read more
In this episode, Dr. Lilles discusses the Sixth Mansions Chapter 6 part 3 of the “Interior Castle” which covers: DESCRIBES AN EFFECT WHICH PROVES THE PRAYER SPOKEN OF IN THE LAST CHAPTER TO BE GENUINE AND NO DECEPTION, TREATS OF ANOTHER FAVOUR OUR LORD BESTOWS ON THE SOUL TO MAKE IT PRAISE HIM FERVENTLY. 1. ... Read more
Episode 1 -Stations of the Cross: Reflections with Deacon James Keating –
The Stations of the Cross is one of the most powerful devotionals alive in the heart of the Church. While reflecting deeply on the Passion of the Christ, Deacon Keating guides us through the 1st and 2nd stations along the Way of the Cross.
Fr. Gallagher breaks open more fully Rule 5 and the need to "give much attention to the course of the thoughts." Then he emphasizes the importance of understanding the signs of the good spirit and problematic signs given by the enemy.
A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen with Dr. Angela Franks – pt. 2 With Dr. Angela Franks, we continue our discussion on the truth of the uniqueness of each person and the danger of the “-isms” of modernity to depersonalize and devalue humanity. Among other things, Dr. Franks speaks on Balthasar’s understanding of authority which ... Read more
Episode 4: Freedom demands discipline
James sits at the jetty awaiting Peter’s arrival for their third meeting. Peter takes up the theme of the importance of God’s love because only his love can change human beings decisively and permanently for the better. Learning to pray, learning to open ourselves to God’s love is like anything else: it needs practice, and it takes time. Peter emphasizes that there is no accomplishment of any ...
Episode 4 – Marriage Amid the Madness In this episode, Mike Aquilina and Kris McGregor discuss Mary and Joseph’s marriage and his challenge with her pregnancy. They also discuss Mary’s need to visit her cousin Elizabeth, commonly referred to as The Visitation. An excerpt from St. Joseph and His World: Commentators down the ages ... Read more
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Anointing of the Sick, known as one of the Sacraments of Healing. He speaks of his personal experience with the sacrament and the importance of having it readily available for the faithful. Msgr. Esseff also addresses particular issues related to laying on of hands. From the USSCB: Jesus came to ... Read more
What a delight to discuss Bernadette Chovelon’s Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur with the translator of the book Mary Dudro. This beautiful love story is filled with fascinating characters, panoramic landscapes, and a sweeping view of a time gone by that is nevertheless very much like our own. The tender ... Read more
The child is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…what does this mean? The anointing with Sacred Chrism, the clothing with the baptismal garment, the baptismal candle…what is the significance of these signs? The need for discernment. The blessings of the mother, and the father, and the baptized child.
Fr. Gallagher breaks open more fully Rules 4 and 5 and how the behavior of the enemy causes deceptions by appearing as an angel of light bringing good and holy thoughts. Fr. Gallagher addresses the need to examine the course of thoughts...beginning, the middle, and the end.
Episode 3: Knowledge alone is not enough – Experiencing Love
James has been waiting eagerly for Peter’s second visit. He asks Peter to explain what he meant when he said that there is all the difference in the world between knowing that we are loved, and experiencing being loved. Peter describes how the experience of human love can change a person for the better. But he takes the analogy further, describing how God’s love can chang...
In this episode, Mike Aquilina and Kris McGregor discuss in more detail the life and influence of Herod the Great. Then the conversation turns to St. Joseph. We learn more about his family background. Who was his father? What was it like to be a carpenter in those days? How old was St. Joseph at the time of his marriage to the Blessed Virgin Mary? What was the influence of the Essene community?
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Thomas Howard tells us why poetry matters—part two of our series on Chance or the Dance?: A Critique of Modern Secularism. This and more in this week's discussion of Chance or the Dance.
Episode 28 – John 13 – Jesus: The Servant of Love part 2 “Chapter 13 of the Gospel of John marks the end of the Book of Signs and the beginning of the Book of Glory. The hour of glory—the hour of the crucifixion—has started. Chapters 13-16 are an extended discourse by Jesus, who is preparing ... Read more