The EDIFY Podcast

The EDIFY Podcast

EDIFY means to enlighten, encourage and uplift individuals intellectually, morally or spiritually. That's exactly what EDIFY Speakers do as they discuss ideas about how to best live out one's faith in public.

Episodes

March 1, 2024 73 mins

EP078: Monica Snyder


Monica Snyder walked into an abortion clinic at 28 weeks pregnant on an undercover mission – to expose the terrible reality of late-term abortion.


On this episode, Monica joins Mary to share her undercover experience and her work now as Executive Director of Secular Pro-Life.


As a pro-life atheist, Monica explains how her organization defends life from a non-religious standpoint. She also gives her ...

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EP077: Mark Morgan


Does concern for national security conflict with the humanitarian response to immigrants crossing our border? 


On this episode, former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan shares why the media has intentionally conflated these two separate issues to push a dangerous agenda of open borders. 


Mark and Mary discuss the solutions needed to protect both Americans and immigrants an...

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February 9, 2024 50 mins

EP076: Jamie Baxter


Why are so many non-practicing Catholics drawn to Ash Wednesday Mass? And does a cold shower have anything to do with your spiritual life? 


With Lent just around the corner, Exodus 90 founder Jamie Baxter joins Mary to discuss the Church’s ancient practices of prayer, penitence, and fraternity, and what that means for men today.  


Exodus 90’s ascetic practices generally get the most attention, but Ja...

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EP075: Leah Sargeant


Gun control – it’s one of the most divisive issues today, but are any of the proposed solutions even practical? 


In this episode, writer and author Leah Sargeant joins Mary to discuss the underlying issues behind the horrors caused by gun violence and what can actually be done to reduce it. 


Leah also shares the problem with gender-neutral family policies, how “wedding culture” has spun out of contr...

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EP074: Kristen Day


Can you still be pro-life and a Democrat? And for those who identify this way – are life issues really a priority? 


In this episode, executive director of Democrats for Life of America Kristen Day shares why supporting the most vulnerable is still consistent with the party’s original values.


Kristen and Mary also discuss the invaluable support pregnancy resource centers offer, and how Kristen’s organi...

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EP073: Dr. Greg Bottaro


What is a man? And have you heard of the “masculine genius?”


Men today are constantly told their masculinity is “toxic,” but is that really the case? 


Dr. Greg Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute joins Mary on the EDIFY Podcast to unpack the neuroscience behind the “masculine genius” and how it relates to male and female complementarity. 


From traditional gender roles, to the role of scie...

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EP072: Archbishop Joseph Naumann


Did the Vatican just allow for “gay blessings?” And is the Church really “too masculine?”


How does a Catholic wade through all the screeching media narratives claiming that Church doctrine has now changed? 


Thankfully, Kansas City’s Archbishop Joseph Naumann joins Mary to help us navigate the confusion.


In this episode, Archbishop Naumann unpacks the Fiducia Supplicans document that ...

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EP071: Kyle Seraphin


If you’re a practicing Catholic, or even a concerned parent – chances are the FBI thinks you’re a domestic terrorist. 


That sounds crazy – and it is – but former agent Kyle Seraphin ultimately lost his job for revealing the truth about the FBI’s targeted surveillance of American Catholics. 


Kyle joins Mary on this episode to share his experience and how this is a wake-up call not just for Catholics,...

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EP070: Trent Horn


Are you wary of bringing up certain issues around your more liberal family members or friends? Do you know what the Church teaches on different niche political issues? Apologist Trent Horn has your back.


In this episode, Trent joins Mary to discuss socialism, Humanae Vitae, how to effectively engage on abortion, Father James Martin, climate change, and capital punishment. 


This is an episode you won’t ...

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November 17, 2023 45 mins

Is this the most important election of our lifetime? Does our vote even matter? Get the answers on this episode of The EDIFY Podcast.


EP069: Brian Burch


We are now less than one year away from the 2024 election. Inevitably you’ll hear that “it’s the most important election of our lifetime!” Is that true? What does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy today? How can we learn to evaluate and weigh t...

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November 10, 2023 33 mins

EP068: Fr. John LoCoco


Fr. John LoCoco came from a family of 8 children and was one of two who had a vocation. In this episode of The EDIFY Podcast, Fr. LoCoco gives his take on the state of vocations in the Church as the Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Here’s why he thinks vocations to the priesthood are booming in some U.S. dioceses, and the role families and parishes must play in raising the next generatio...

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EP067: Mark Houck


When faced with the possibility of losing everything, Catholic dad Mark Houck stood up to the bullies. In this episode of The EDIFY Podcast, he chronicles what happened when an FBI SWAT team showed up at his house, what spiritual fruits he and his family have received on this journey, and how all of us can grow in courage.


You won’t want to miss this exclusive interview with a true American hero.

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October 20, 2023 34 mins

EP066: Haley McNamara


Do you know what human trafficking looks like in America? If you see it, how do you stop it? In this episode, Haley McNamara from National Center on Sexual Exploitation, has those shocking answers. 


Mary and Haley also discuss how pornography contributes to human trafficking across the world and what companies are (or aren’t) doing their part to protect vulnerable populations.


Resources mentioned b...

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October 13, 2023 30 mins

EP065: Isabel Brown


If you think Gen Z has been co-opted by liberal agendas, think again! In this episode, Mary sits down with Isabel Brown, a powerful voice for her young conservative peers. They discuss the trends of “woke” Gen Z, raising the voting age, whether boycotts should be more broadly adopted, and how divorce and contraception have impacted her generation. 


This is an episode you won’t want to miss!



Don’...

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September 29, 2023 40 mins

EP064: Abby Johnson


In her mission to make abortion unthinkable, Abby Johnson sits down with Mary to discuss her new documentary, why it’s so important to witness and pray outside abortion clinics, and how horrifyingly lucrative the abortion business is.
EVERY pro-lifer needs to listen to this conversation.


Watch Abby’s EDIFY video, The truth Planned Parenthood doesn’t want you to know, here. 


Learn more about Abby...

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September 22, 2023 37 mins

EP063: Mary Margaret Olohan


Mary sits down with budding conservative journalist Mary Margaret Olohan to discuss what good journalism looks like, why the mainstream media has turned away from those ideals, and how politicians are opting for alternative media sources rather than traditional media avenues.


BONUS: Find out what Mary Margaret’s favorite story has been to cover and what issue she thinks the mainstream media needs...

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September 8, 2023 26 mins

EP062: Heather Khym


Heather Khym, co-founder of Life Restoration Ministries and co-host of the Abiding Together podcast, joins Mary to discuss cancel culture, Heather’s powerful story of forgiveness and redemption, and spiritual warfare. 


God made us to be free and to be people who speak the truth. But how do we get there? Heather has tips on how to grow in holiness, how we all need to give and receive forgiveness, and In o...

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August 25, 2023 24 mins

EP061: Brian Echevarria

Brian Echevarria, a proud father of three, explains how CRT twists history, why he and his wife decided to homeschool their kids, and why he ran for office.


Then, Mary has Brian in the hot seat for a lightning round of questions on controversial topics like reparations, the Black Lives Matter organization, and DEI policies. You don’t want to miss it!



Watch Brian’s animated EDIFY video, ...

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August 11, 2023 27 mins

EP060: Chloe Cole


Having embarked on her own transition journey at the tender age of 12, including puberty suppressants, cross sex hormones at 13, and a double mastectomy at 15, only to subsequently detransition at 16, Chloe speaks with firsthand authority on the deeply traumatic effects experienced by minors undergoing such treatments.


Driven by a noble mission to safeguard children from potentially harmful ideologies and ...

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July 28, 2023 21 mins


EP059: Helen Alvare


Governments are increasingly insisting that religious institutions hire and retain employees opposed to their mission. Politicians repeatedly attempt to force Catholic hospitals, churches, and schools to contradict their religious beliefs. What’s their end goal? Why is it so important for us to protect the Catholic identity of these institutions? Helen Alvare has the answers. 

BONUS: Mary puts ...

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