The Catholic Experience

The Catholic Experience

Championing Truth, one hard-hitting episode at a time. Straight talk and interviews, taking you on a deep dive into the Catholic faith and revealing the treasures of the lived Catholic experience. A podcast that forms the saints-in-the-making.

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February 18, 2024 76 mins

Balance is the secret ingredient in Truth. Without it, you don’t have Truth, but a lie manufactured to resemble the real Truth. Here's why that's important to know in our daily lives as Catholics—and as reasoned human persons.

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Link to my article, used in the episode: https://catholicadventurer.com/2024/02/15/truth-without-balance-is-a-lie-prelude-to-a-podcast/

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This is the last free After Show. Future After Show episodes will be subscriber-only, availalble on my website.

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Meditation on "Truth vs. Lies". Sort of an after-show to last Sunday's podcast ("What is Truth?"). Also a special announcement during that show. Don't miss this one.

Highlight Timestamps

(04:23 - 06:33) Concept of Truth in Catholic Philosophy (129 Seconds)

(10:30 - 11:31) Finding Rest Through Humility (62...

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February 5, 2024 63 mins

Truth is not merely a factually accurate statement. It is nothing less than the life force of all reality. So what happens when#Catholics lose our ability to distinguish real Truth from the lies so cleverly disguised as the real Truth?

Bonus Segment at the top of the show, I share a story from my Marine Corps days as an example I give advice for those experiencing spiritual struggle, or those struggling with repeating the same sin o...

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January 29, 2024 76 mins

Most people today suffer from a lack of focus, misplaced focus, or an overabundance of attention on the wrong things. This is a human phenomenon, not just a "Catholic" one. But it's particularly dangerous in the spiritual life, to faith, and to Catholic identity.

In this episode I explain the wisdom of "focus and attention" demonstrated from a story from my boxing days when I was put face to face with an opponent known as "Hurts." ...

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January 20, 2024 45 mins

My reaction to "Catholic Cynicism" and Catholics' frustrations with the state of the Church. This is not be for the faint of heart! There's no crying in baseball—or in Catholicism. It's time to get tough. 

Below is my original "rant" on this matter, posted to X before the episode. Thinking of leaving the Church because of "frustrations?"

If you're thinking of leaving the Church because you're "frustrated" with things, I say this:

Y...

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December 31, 2023 41 mins

-Confession “buzz” at Denver Catholic High School that developed a novel way of getting students into the convessional—or a new way to get out of Math class.

-Chris Christie flip-flops on Gay Marriage: We're already seeing misintrupretations of  Fiducia Supplicans work its way into the secular mind. How might it manifest in potential lawsuits against the Catholic Church?

-Lessons from the “fall” of Church Militant: Lies and falseho...

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This is a recording of a recent "Spaces" session I hosted in X (Twitter). In it I share my thoughts and reactions following the latest guideliens from the Vatican on blessing people in same-sex relationships, and blessing those in irregular relationships.

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December 13, 2023 82 mins

There's a lot being said about "gender" in modern discourse, on the news, and on social media. But very little of it is rooted in the truth. For Truth, you go to the Catholic Church! My special guest Fr. Peter Dugandzic, a priest and moral theologian for the Diocese of Rockville Center and I discuss what gender is, what it means, and why it's fundamental to the reality of human personhood.

Many people reduce gender to genitalia, or...

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December 8, 2023 48 mins

Talking about the Blessed Mother on this this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. I open the show with a [longer than expected] retelling of what lead to my deciding to do the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and what the consecration led to.

Then, we all know that Mary is "the new Eve." But did you know she can also be seen as "the new Rachel?" Who is Rachel, and how does she prefigure the Blessed Mother? I explai...

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The Catholic Experience Minicast; a segment from a subscriber-only episode - Why do the words '#Conservative' and '#Liberal' have no place in #Catholicism? What do those words mean from a Catholic perspective?  This was a segment from "The Church Is Not the Point", a subscriber-only episode. I'm providing this segment to the general audience. Enjoy!

 

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Bishop Robert Barron expresses strong disagreement with the Synod's report on development of moral teaching (and hits it out of the park!). And the Vatican issues scathing letter, and strong warnings to the German Cardinals in response to the the [mis]direction of their "Synodal Way".

I also explain why faith in the Church and faith in Jesus go hand-in-hand, and I root all of this in a lesson on the virtues of Patience and Hope. In...

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November 23, 2023 56 mins

You've heard the phrase "Go big or go home." But on a grander scale God is the one who goes big, so that we can go home (to Heaven). God goes big, every time. No half steppin'. No cheap tricks or imitations. Ready to have your mind blown? Let's explore how and why this is true. Also later in the broadcast we'll be talking about today's mass readings.

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November 23, 2023 54 mins

SPECIAL EPISODE: On Freemasonry, Satanism, Humanism. How can we stand our ground when we are surrounded by "breakers of the Law?" Some scripture wisdom in here, as well!

The Daily is an experimental podcast series streamed live to my socials every day, and made available on-demand exclusively on my website But I'm making this one available in my standard catalogue by special request.

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Satanic Temple announces la...

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Among those on the left and on the right, there are Catholics lashing the Mystical Body of Christ and attempting to reform it according to their own ideas. Based off of my response to a post on X by Fr. Dwight Longenecker (embedded below), I discuss my assertion that the church "does not take itself seriously and...has no/low respect of self". What does "respect of self" mean, in this context? What does it mean to respect the Churc...

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Exploring the importance of not simply reading the bible but meditating on its words, especially according to the wisdom of the Early Church Fathers. Then I'm joined by "Brother Alexander" to talk about Typology in general, and the typology of the cross in particular. Alex, who writes on Substack, has spent a long time learning about Typology and he has a lot of knowledge and experience to share. You'll find his socials in the link...

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November 10, 2023 81 mins

Talking about sacraments and sacramental grace against the backdrop of "breaking news" that the Vatican now allows trans people to be baptized. And are progressive priests in the Church in decline? A major study reveals much!

The "Trans baptism" segment starts at around the 26-minute mark

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A deep dive into how Our Lady presents Jesus, even with her presence, and with her praises. I also go through some similarities between this event, and the "adventures" of the Arc of the Covenant in the Old Testament. A lot of little factoids in here.

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October 30, 2023 75 mins

Synod Recap - Episode 6 of the Catholic Experience podcast. Also available right now on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn and YouTube- listen the way you want. Description - As the #SynodonSynodality on Synodality wraps up, I take some time to discuss what has come out of it. What I see most prominently, and what I most like, can be summed up in one word: Listening. I think you'll like it too, once I explain it. Nothing shocking or surpr...

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October 27, 2023 64 mins

We are on a journey through the desert. Why is that important, and why might "tradition" limit the benefits of that sojourn? Also at the top of this episode is a new edition of "the pulse" (Catholic news briefs)

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The Pulse is a supplemental podcast discussing some headline and stories in Catholic news.

In this episode:

Two 12-year old vandals set fire in a church. But what becomes of them for their crime? My thoughts on RFK Jr. running for President as an Independant, having left the Democratic party. Some thoughts on Joe Biden’s re-election bid. Some anthropologists apparently believe gender is not binary, despite science. And Cardinal Tob...

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