The Weight of Glory

The Weight of Glory

Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, this podcast seeks to highlight ways in which our every encounter leads another person toward beatitude or away from it

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April 11, 2021 55 min

My friend Kale Zelden and I reflect on paragraphs 13 through 15 of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope, which asks the question: Is Christian Hope Individualistic? This question leads to a wide-ranging conversation about the role of Christian community, and its importance in our initiation and reconciliation with God in the Church.

Show notes/resources:
Confession and General Absolution

"Party of Christ... or Church ...

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Jack Sacco, an engineer and writer by trade, interviewed a multi-disciplinary group of scientists who were given access to study the Shroud in 1978. This two-hour presentation summarizes the remarkable findings of that scientific research. The venue for the talk was Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, and the speaker was introduced by Father Willy Raymond, CSC.

If you're enjoying this podcast, or wish...

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March 27, 2021 60 min

My friend Kale Zelden and I continue our discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi)  -- specifically, we read and discuss paragraphs 4 through 12, covering the concept of faith-based hope in the New Testament and the early Church, and the question about what eternal life is.

Show notes/resources:
The Still Point in the Turning World - T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, "Burnt Norton"

The "already/n...

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January 23, 2021 41 min

Together, long-time friend Kale Zelden and I read Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi) and discuss the idea of faith-based hope. In today's episode, we break open the letter and unpack the first few paragraphs.

Show notes/resources:
Ave Maris Stella (Mary, Star of the Sea)

Angel prayer from Fatima

Jesus of Nazareth trilogy - Benedict XVI

God's performative word: Verbum Domini, Benedict XVI, paragraph 53

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January 6, 2021 66 min

My friend Kale and I discuss a broad range of topics, including: the self-conscious church; the church as an expert in humanity; self-exploitation and social media; and Catholic identity and liturgy.

Kale's interview with Paul VanderKlay  (September 3, 2020)

Katie Van Schaijik - Theology of the Body: A Cure for Clericalism  (2019)

Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises  (1926)

Pope Francis - Evangelii Gaudium (The  Joy of  the Gospe...

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January 1, 2021 11 min

Beginning this month (January 2021), I'll be releasing several episodes that I recently recorded with a longtime friend of mine, Kale Zelden, as we engage in a close reading of a letter by Pope Benedict XVI on the theme of hope. This letter, entitled Spe Salvi or "The Hope that Saves," has several points of convergence with  the work of C.S. Lewis.

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November 3, 2020 21 min

In the current pandemic, nothing is more evident than our diverse attitudes toward our vulnerability and the ephemeral quality of life in this world. The aversion to risk and the obsession with surviving at any cost have been thrown into very sharp relief.

In this context, I think that an essay by C.S. Lewis entitled On Living in an Atomic Age, first published in 1948, is incredibly relevant to the current hour.

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July 19, 2020 96 min

In 2008, during a Holy Week RCIA retreat, I led a reflection on The Last Things -- death, judgment, heaven and hell. Rather than diving right into a discussion of things ultimate, I decided to provide some context, and some of that context came from C.S. Lewis. In The Weight of Glory, Lewis observes that "we are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignoran...

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June 20, 2020 16 min

In this episode, I offer a reflection on Holy Communion -- the Body and Blood of Christ -- as it relates to life in the Body of Christ... quoting from not only C.S. Lewis, but also Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est.

I also include a rendition of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, as performed by Fernando Ortega.

Additional music for the podcast has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella.

Support the show (http://pa...

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June 7, 2020 40 min

Welcome to the Weight of Glory Podcast, an audio podcast designed to explore themes related to a sermon preached by C.S. Lewis seventy-eight years ago this week. The inaugural episode of the podcast is a reading of Lewis' essay.

Music for the podcast (Let It All Go from the acoustic album Already/Not Yet) has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella (https://jeremycasella.com)

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