FRIENDSHIP. It’s one of those relationships that’s seldom spoken about. A relationship none of us are born knowing how to navigate, and yet expected to have mastered by Grade 1, with a ‘My Best Friend’ declaration. Couple this fast-tracked assumption with Hollywood’s unhelpful interpretations like: who is into who exactly in F.R.I.E.N.D.S? Can men and women even be friends without one of them being painted as a loser in Rom-Coms? and since when is Friends with Benefits even a category of friendship? To help clear this mess up, Virtue Ministry's Founder, Stina, sits down with one of her long-time, dear friends, Fr. Sean Byrnes, who happens to be a Catholic Priest, to talk about their experiences of friendship. Together, they explore different perspectives and thoughts, as well as unpack the challenges and beauty of real friendship, and suggest ways to develop meaningful, satisfying and joy-filled virtuous friendships. Exclusive benefits including bloopers, behind the scenes, and mentoring on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/LivingFullness
What may be some things that stand in the way of persevering to the end?
Fear - paralysis and doubt. It's important to catch the lies that come, and to speak truth into the places where lies are loud. Eg. 'I can't do...' correct, on our own, we cannot, but with God, nothing is impossible.
Set smart goals - determine what the goal is and a plan for achieving it or striving to achieve it. Be aware of the necessary ...
Advent is actually a preparation for the second coming of Christ, however, it's a reminder of 3 kinds of coming: coming of Christ at Christmas, the second coming and between the birth and when he will come again, his coming and entering into our hearts.
Advent isn't just about preparing for a day, but for a person and for a relationship. Padre disagrees with Fr Mike Schmitz about advent not being a time of penance (from a ...
Sometimes the circumstances of life can be so challenging that it demands more from one friend than the other. After some time, this can make a friendship feel unbalanced. It can feel like the other is always taking from us and we’re always the ones left depleted.
When we are the one in need of help, it’s ok to lean more on our friends, but there is a limit. We have to remember that the only one we can turn to that can handle all...
Ministry and being Seminary Rector as Australia moves away from Christendom - With Fr. Peter Thompson
Please Note: There was a technical glitch in the sound of one of the Microphones. Apologies for the lower quality audio.
Fr Peter Thompson - Rector at Vianney College, shares his life journey with us, his younger years, becoming a Vincentian father and his experience of becoming a formator and then a Seminary Rector. He also shares his experience of working with the young men, and the excitement for a new challenge ahead as he pre...
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God.
A common misunderstanding is that peacemakers are war and conflict averse. When in reality, peacemakers are rooted in true Justice, modelled on the Prince of Peace. Our hosts talk about the difference between Pax Romana and Pax Christi, and the way in which peacemaker and justice is linked to our identity. The episode makes a clarification of the type of drama ...
*DISCLAIMER: Note this episode includes a conversation on sexual impurity, please check for appropriateness before allowing younger listeners to listen to this particular episode.
There was a also a technical problem, the second half of the episode has been recorded on a separate day.
Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.
This episode talks about the cultural hyper-focus on sex in the world, as well as the ...
Blessed are those who are persecuted for my sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Shout outs to Andrew Flores, Dr Peter McGregor and Sr Isobel
This is the final episode of the beatitude series. The 8th beatitude is a reminder that the cross is the only way to heaven, and in our current climate, standing for our convictions is a challenge especially when the one we love is not the one the world tends to love. The world can&...
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Our hosts begin by discussing that we are broken beings in need of God's healing mercy. We have a fallen human nature and don't yet look like the perfect human, Jesus Christ. What did Jesus die for?
'My sins formed part of that terrible chalice' - Pope Benedict 16th
The episode also covers the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy which ought to be done with ...
In this week's episode, Padre and Stina sit down with Virtue Ministry's Writer & Graphic Designer, Emily Shaw to talk about motherhood, and one of the greatest lessons she's learned in her faith journey; to let go of control, and let God steer.
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In this episode Padre and Stina unpack the 4th Beatitude and what it means to hunger and thirst for justice. Have you ever wondered where Gratitude fits into all of thus? Our hosts cover that in this episode, and the link between this beatitude and the 3rd commandment to 'Keep holy the sabbath'.
Shout out to Mrs Anna Krohn
Padre - Byrnes and Mahoni Family
Stina - Visit Family
In this episode, our hosts continue the series on the Beatitudes - Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth - The episode outlines what it actually means to be meek, and how meekness takes true strength, and the link to the 4th Commandment - Honour thy Father and Mother.
Shout out to Fr Connell Perry on his ordination to the priesthood
Padre - Fr Perry's Thanksgiving mass
Stina - Open churches wit...
Continuing the series on the Beatitudes this episode looks at what it means to mourn with others. Our hosts point out that there is no virtue in crying, in and of itself, but that some people have been gifted the ability to feel compassion very deeply. We need to open our hearts to another, and to accompany others on their journey, and it's through this opening and meeting another with compassion that we are able to mourn with...
It has been almost a year of podcasting, and over 50 episodes released and 5years since the Launch of Virtue Ministry, all on the 8th September.
In celebration we have a FUN BONUS episode this week where Padre and Stina spent some time being quizzed by Emily Shaw (from the Virtue Ministry team) about how well they know each other followed by some of their own handpicked questions for the other. Which of the two do you think did be...
In this episode Padre and Stina sit down with a local Deacon for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, Rev. Connell Perry to talk about what it means to be a Deacon and his faith journey. Connell shares about his family, moving to Wagga and when he felt called to go to the Seminary. He shares about his experience at Vianney College and about his desire to serve families and young people in his ministry.
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Our hosts begin the Series on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-12. The word 'beatitude' comes from the word 'blessedness' and is a pathway that Christ dem...
Stina and Padre have a chat about Stina's deportation update as well as some exciting news for Padre.
Stina shares about her experience and relationship with God during this trial. Padre and Stina talk about different aspects that may come out of trial, including; loneliness Vs solitude: Self-reliance, Pelagianism Vs dependency upon God and leaning on neighbour; and the new form that friendships can take during this time.
In this week's episode Padre and Stina have a chat about Mercy, it's roots, and what kind of Mercy God calls us to. Padre also explains the meaning behind Jesus' response to being offered 'wine mixed with gall'.
Our hosts have a look at the ways we can live out this mercy towards our neighbour through the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy.
Padre - Class prep on Jesus' mediation
Stina - Female...
In this episode, the hosts talk about the Non-negotiables in a relationship -power and abuse, that we ought to walk away from when they come to light baring in mind the person exhibiting these behaviours are not yet ready to be in a relationship and need further healing.
Then they speak about Core Values and the complementarity necessary in a relationship as opposed to compromising your core values.
And asking the most importan...
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In this episode Padre and Stina have a look at the difference between guilt and shame and Stina shares why she feels very uncomfortable about a popular notion at present.
They also take a look back at the Garden of Eden where...
This week our hosts interviewed a local young ma, David Kennedy, who has been involved in local Youth Ministry from some time. He's currently working as a teacher whilst finishing his TAS and Religion teaching studies.
David shares with us about his faith journey, and what he feels is vital for living life to the full - faith & live it with the people that we love. We explore a bit about how to surround yourself with ...
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