Respect Life Radio

Respect Life Radio

Respect Life Radio, hosted by Deacon Geoff Bennett of Catholic Charities in Denver.

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July 15, 2024 27 mins

"If you're worried about everyone liking you so you don't say anything, then it's yourself you are worried about and caring about. It takes courage to speak up," says Patti (Maguire) Armstrong in this week's podcast. "Leave it to God and pray to the Holy Spirit. I don't know where to begin. I don't know who I'm supposed to sit next to but God does. And He can put us into the right places and, if we give Him permission to use us, He...

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"There is no political, cultural or economic solution to the crisis we're facing because the crisis is not political, cultural or economic because it's spiritual. We're losing a spiritual battle. We're losing a war for the soul of the West. Everything else flows from that," says Michael Warren Davis, author of the upcoming book After Christendom. "Everything that flows from that the economic injustice, the cultural depravity, the m...

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"As you get older, if you believe in a God who has promised us a life everlasting, it changes everything. It changes your anxiety level," said Robert Trussel, author of the new book The Logic that God Exists, a handbook on belief in God through simple reason to bring you peace. "If you believe that you're on a path toward eternal bliss and everlasting salvation with your Creator, it takes a lot of worry out and makes decision makin...

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"The Catholic Church talks about the complementarity of men and women, the extent to which men and women compliment each other. Neither one is better than the other but they're different," says Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. "But we live in a society that's radically egalitarian - everyone has to be exactly equal all the...

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"Every child is a gift from God, no matter how they're here," said Sarah Stula, an attorney in Kansas City. "The point is where do we go from here to protect unborn life?" Stula recently authored an article in First Things called "Evangelical America and IVF" in response to the February decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that ruled that human embryos stored in an IVF clinic are unborn children for the purposes of the state's wro...

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"When you ask people who knew him to describe him, the first word out of their mouth is 'brilliant.' We throw that word around a lot but he was literally brilliant. The thing that made him so incredible was that scholars could talk to him about ancient languages but someone like me could talk to him about bass fishing and Nascar," said Karen Hall a television writer and producer of hit shows like M*A*S*H, Hillstreet Blues, Moonligh...

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"Mother Cabrini was incredibly politically savvy, more so than you would typically expect from a nun," said Kristen Van Uden Theriault, the author of The Mother Cabrini Companion, A Spiritual Journey with a Courageous Woman of God. "Her life of service is a testament that she wasn't doing this for herself, but for the glory of God." Theriault has degrees in history and Russian area studies and studies religious persecution in the 2...

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One night, I was out on the road with a band and I had an encounter with Jesus and it changed me," said John Michael Talbot, GRAMMY / DOVE Award winning Christian Music pioneer who has just released his first autobiography titled Late Have I Loved You. "I started reading the early Church Fathers and I saw the primitive expressions of what we now call the Catholic faith. Deacon Geoff, I wasn't looking to become a Catholic, I didn't ...

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"G.K. Chesterton wrote about everything. He defended God against a godless society, defended Christianity specifically against other religions and then ended up defending the Catholic faith against, well, everything else," said Dale Ahlquist, author of six books, editor of 16 more, public speaker, Evangelical convert to Catholicism and Catholic apologist. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on English writer, G...

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"There is so much good scientific evidence for God, the soul and transcendence that I wanted to include in this book. There's so much to include that wasn't available to previous generations," said Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., the founder and president of the Spitzer Center. A scholar, teacher, author and seasoned leader, Fr. Spitzer is a pre-eminently a theologian and philosopher. His new book, The Four Levels of Happiness: Yo...

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May 6, 2024 27 mins

“I discovered the Catholic Church and found a certain stability there that was just unlike anything I'd ever known,” says Dom David Watters, author of the new daily devotional Just for Today. “There's something really powerful in this institution and something truly, really real.”

The son of Protestant missionaries, Dom David grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to the U.S. at 12 years old. While attending Baylor University, he co...

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April 29, 2024 27 mins

“Men seem to have a delayed grief relative to women,” says Bryan Feger, co-author of The Grief of Dads: Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss from Ave Maria Press. “And usually that's because they're focused on providing care and support for their wife, and so they delay their grief.” 

A member of the Knights of Columbus, Bryan earned his doctorate in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensb...

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“There are countless different obstacles, all layered on top of each other,” says Rachel Hoover Canto of the journey to finding one’s spouse in today’s world. “It’s a very complicated situation, and I tried to address all the different obstacles I was hearing about and then provide at least a starting point, some tips for starting to overcome each one.”

Rachel shares these tips and more in her new book Pretty Good Catholic: How to ...

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April 15, 2024 27 mins

“To be honest, I was in a very dark place,” says Jason Jones, author of the new book The Great Campaign: Against the Great Reset. "I wanted to give people hope--I wanted to give myself hope, and I looked to the church."

Jason is also an activist, film producer, podcast host and the president of the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.). He has been everywhere from the sets of great movies to the frontlines of war doing thi...

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"We are constantly being tempted by demons throughout the day. It's not a big deal if you ignore it. That's just normal temptation. But there are billions, trillions of demons who are working to destroy everyone on the planet, whoever is on the planet at the time," said Charles D. Fraune, author of the new book "The Occult Among Us. "One of them is the occult and the corruption of culture and the suppression of Christianity and fea...

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“Christ indicated in the revelations that it’s the greatest devotion to make reparation for the greatest crime,” says Mary Jane Zuzolo, author of the new book Unveiling the Sixth Station of the Cross.

The crime she speaks of is blasphemy, which she defines as any affront to God’s rights as outlined in the first three commandments. The devotion is penned by her renown great-great-great aunt Sr. Marie de Saint Pierre, the French Carm...

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"We know that 93% of what is communicated in a conversation is non-verbal. That's a combination of our body language - Are we leaning in? Have we established eye contact? Have we put down our phone to signal to the other person that we're attentive? - so we have to be mindful of that as we prepare for sacred conversation," says Dr. Christopher Reed, author of the new book "Sacred Conversations: How God Wants Us to Communicate."

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"It's a beautiful life that we could be living in each moment, but what many of us decide to do is to drown ourselves in false electronic contentment," said Michael Toscano, executive director of the Institute for Family Studies. In his new First Things article "Recovering our Memory" Michael writes, "It became quickly apparent to me that smartphones and social media were beginning to subject the people around me—smart, disciplined...

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"You have to tune your antenna for what God wants you to do," said Anthony DeStefano, author of the new book "The Story of the First Easter Bunny," on how he decides what topics to write. Anthony is an American author, television host and activist. He has written five bestselling Christian books for adults, including: A Travel Guide to Heaven and Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To. He has also written eight bestselling books for ch...

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"His audience was 60% non-Catholic and so he prepared his message in such a way that people didn't know he was referring to St. Thomas Aquinas or (other Catholic documents.) He simply wanted to start with something that was common to everybody and, from there, lead them to divine truths," said Dr. Peter Howard of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Dr. Howard holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome and his passio...

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