For College Catholics

For College Catholics

A Podcast for college students and young adults in general, where we discuss faith and spirituality from a Catholic perspective.

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May 26, 2022 26 min

Today I welcome Fr. John Ezratty, who has been a priest of Miles Christi for just over 20 years, and lives now in our community in Michigan. He has taught at the seminary, he has preached countless retreats, and he offers spiritual direction to countless college students and missionaries. He is also a FOCUS National Chaplain. Among other topics of conversation, he shares with us his vocation story, his wisdom, and some awesome mome...

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“Stop judging, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). One of our listeners asks how to avoid critical, judgmental thoughts. But what exactly is it that we’re supposed to avoid? Can we completely eliminate judgmental thoughts about our neighbor? Here are some answers and suggestions to free yourself from such negative burden.

- Scripture Passages: Mt 7:1-3; Lk 6:36-37.

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic...

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Why do we say "AMEN" at the end of our prayers? What repercussions does it have for our life? “Amen” expresses both God’s faithfulness and man’s trust in God’s promises. To say “amen” implies believing and trusting in God's fidelity—an attitude that is not commonly found in the world today.

- The topics discussed in this episode can by found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, numbers 1061-1065.

- Scripture Passage...

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In today’s episode, we talk about the Resurrection of our bodies, the 2nd Coming of Christ, and the Universal Judgment. Besides, I give some suggestions on how to face these realities without fear, but instead with true hope and a sense of responsibility.

- Scriptural quotes: The Universal Judgment of the Nations (Matthew 25:31-46); on the Resurrection (Job 19:25-27; Jn 5:28-29); how God didn’t reveal the day or the hour of the End...

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April 28, 2022 17 min

In today’s episode, starting from a scene taken from the Lord of the Rings, I discuss the Private Judgment which will happen at the end of our lives, eternal salvation, Heaven and Hell. These are truths that Jesus Christ revealed both through parables and through His interactions with different people. Two of the clearest expressions of these truths are the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31) and the words of Jesus to...

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In today’s episode I talk about the finitude of our temporal life, and the eternity of life in Heaven. “Memento mori” is a phrase that has become a bit of a fad in certain environments today, but it has been around in Christian culture for many centuries. While the secular world sees death in a negative and sometimes pessimistic way, the death and resurrection of Christ has given it a whole new and positive meaning. At the end, I s...

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In today’s episode I talk about how thanks to Jesus Christ and His death on the Cross, we have been reconciled with God. By the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church is given the power to forgive sins (2 Cor 5:18-19). It is through Baptism and the Sacrament of Penance, that our sins are forgiven, and our relationship with God restored. God is willing to forgive any amount of sins, and as grave as they may be, provided we have true ...

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In today’s episode we welcome Dr. Lawrence Feingold, who is a Doctor in Theology. He is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He is an expert in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. (You can find a more extensive bio in the previous episode #55). In this episode we speak about how to make sense of the existence of EVIL in the world, while believing in a God that is GOOD, and loves u...

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In today’s episode we welcome Dr. Lawrence Feingold. He is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He is an expert in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Among other very profound books, he wrote: The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice and Communion; Faith Comes From What Is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology; Touched by Christ: The Sacramental Economy. In this Epi...

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In today’s episode I talk about the preeminent member of the Body of Christ, that is the Virgin Mary. She is the Mother of Jesus, and therefore, the “Mother of God”, as confirmed by the Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431). She is always interceding for us, just as she did in the Wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-12). In Heaven, Jesus continues to love her as He did in this earth, and grants her everything she asks for us, as long as it is for our ...

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In today’s episode we talk about how the Church Christ is the Mystical Body of Christ, and as members of it, we are all members of Christ and members of one another. There is a communion of goods and a communion of people. There are three stages in the one Catholic Church: those that are in Heaven, those that are in Purgatory, and those that are still on this earth. We consider the example of St. Thomas More, who was strengthened i...

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In today’s episode we welcome Fr. Stephen Pullis, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, to talk about how to expect the Holy Spirit to act in the life of any college student, and what to do in order to be open to His sanctifying action. We speak about how he sanctifies us, especially through the sacraments, through interior inspirations and through the “actual” graces God gives us. We also speak about what you can do to open your...

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March 4, 2022 27 min

In today’s episode I interview Fr. Stephen Pullis a Priest from the Archdiocese of Detroit. Ordained to the Priesthood in 2011, he is now the Director of Graduate Pastoral Formation at Sacred Heart. On the weekends, he is an associate priest at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. In this interview, he tells us how he discerned his vocation to the Priesthood. He also shares some tips for spiritual discernment. Don’t miss the awesome s...

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February 25, 2022 21 min

In today’s episode we talk about how the Church Christ established is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. This should help us learn to recognize which is the true Church of Christ. We look at the example of St. Josaphat who worked for the unity of the Catholic Church, and died a martyr for this reason. At the end of the episode, I give you some personal advice for your own spiritual life. This episode will help you strengthen your f...

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February 18, 2022 20 min

In today’s episode we talk about the Catholic Church. How it was founded by Jesus Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. We speak about how it has a human element and a divine element. We talk about what IS the Catholic Church; some of the names given it in the New Testament; and some of the symbols used to describe it. We look at the example of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., an English martyr, as a model of fidelity to the Church of ...

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In today’s episode we talk about how the Holy Spirit worked in the life of a French young man called Jacques Fesch, who lived in France from 1930 to 1957. He was convicted for killing a policeman, and condemned to death at the guillotine. His conversion and spiritual growth in prison were miraculous.  The last entry in his journal, before going to his death read “In five hours, I will see Jesus”. I welcome a guest, Fr. John of God,...

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February 4, 2022 17 min

In today’s episode we speak about the Holy Spirit, and how He works silently and unnoticeably to vivify the Catholic Church, and to sanctify our souls. He is the unsung hero of our salvation. The Holy Spirit builds, animates and sanctifies the Church. So, as some ancient writers have said, the Holy Spirit is like the soul of the Catholic Church. Besides the Holy Spirit sanctifies the individual soul, first moving it to believe, to ...

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In today’s episode we speak about the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, and how it is thanks to Him that we can be saints! We discuss how He was revealed in the Scriptures, the Names by which He is referred to, the symbols used to express His different qualities, and finally we will briefly talk about how He works in the Church and in the individual soul. I will talk about the life of Bl. Carlo Acutis and St. Franc...

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As we draw near the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., I welcome Shawn Carney, Founder, President and CEO of 40 Days for Life. He’s a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on many media outlets, including Fox News, USA Today, Sirius XM, EWTN Radio, and many others. He wrote several best-selling books, and in this episode, we talk about his latest book “What to Say When - The Complete New Guide To Disc...

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In today’s episode I welcome Shawn Carney, and we will speak about his story and the “40 Days for Life” apostolate. He is one of the founders, now President and CEO of 40 Day for Life. He’s a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on many media outlets, including Fox News, USA Today, Sirius XM, EWTN Radio, and many others. Shawn shares his amazing story from college student to President and CEO of one of the mos...

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