Wrestling with God Show

Wrestling with God Show

Two fun-loving Irishmen, a Catholic priest and his good friend, grapple with the big questions about faith, religion, and life.

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January 15, 2022 29 min

Father Len wrestles with his lifelong fascination with near-death experiences and how what they reveal should challenge all of us to examine how we’re living our lives.

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  • Father Len shares Plato’s analogy of life as a cave where we experience only a dim reflection of true reality and the scientific and philosophical revolution it sparked.
  • “The Republic” by Plato
  • “Life after Life” by Raymond Moody Jr, MD
  • “Ne...
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    Introducing a new podcast coming soon from Wrestling with God Productions. It features candid conversations with Catholic priests about their journeys to the priesthood, their experiences being a priest, and why those experiences are so meaningful and rewarding. The intention for the podcast is to create intrigue and interest in young men becoming Catholic priests. This preview episode explores Father Len’s story. It’s raw, reveali...

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    December 15, 2021 34 min

    Father Len presents stunning evidence that he’s experienced that supports the reality of an afterlife.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • The WWG Show has been downloaded more than 38,000 times with regular listeners in 49 states and 11 countries.
  • Thanks for listening to the podcast and sharing it with friends and family.
  • Irish is forming “Wrestling with God Productions,” a nonprofit company, to expand and enhance what we’re doing with th...
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    Father Len reveals the real “reason for the season” is us.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • “When I look at the world upside down, that’s when it seems right to me.” – Jeret “Speedy” Peterson
  • Father Len tells a story about geese to illustrate why God became a human being.
  • Christmas is a revelation of who we are meant to be.
  • To be good is to become a true human being.
  • Our true humanity is to live like Christ.
  • “Christianity is the attitude o...
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    November 9, 2021 30 min

    Father Len explains how the radical ideas Jesus introduced 2000 years ago and the church he established have changed the world forever.

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    October 27, 2021 30 min

    Father Len explains how pride can poison everything in life from relationships, to religion, to marriages, to organizations and companies.

    Highlights, Ideas, & Wisdom

  • Pride and its effects are often so subtle as to be unrecognizable.
  • The easiest way to manipulate people is to use their pride against them.
  • Father Len shares the story of how an FBI agent uses the pride of criminals to induce them to confess their crimes.
  • “The Truth ...
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    October 5, 2021 37 min

    Father Len reveals that pride is damaging lies we tell ourselves about ourselves.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • Pride is a cancer that often goes undetected until it’s too late.
  • “The Truth Detector: an Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide for Getting People to Reveal the Truth” by Jack Schafer
  • The moment you tell a lie about yourself you are owned by the lie.
  • Happy people don’t need to feel superior.
  • The fall of humanity began when Adam and Eve were e...
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    September 18, 2021

    Father Len explains what it takes to become truly free and how the common American understanding of freedom leads to selfishness and narcissism.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • Freedom involves being free from something in order to be free to become something.
  • The American Revolution was about becoming free from the tyranny of a king and the injustices and oppression of a political system.
  • 70% of Americans say they are free or mostly f...
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    Reacting to why actor Seth Rogen says he and his wife don’t want kids, Father Len explains the relationship between making commitments, happiness, love, and having kids.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • “It’s not an easy haul having kids. You can’t be narcissistic. You have to give yourself over to parenting. Kids have got to be the priority.” – Howard Stern
  • God asks of us that our lives be life-giving.
  • Living life for yourself, free fr...
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    August 19, 2021 22 min

    Father Len exposes the dangers of focusing on boosting self-esteem as a means to improve lives.

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    August 3, 2021 29 min

    Father Len shares his favorite method for the difficult and necessary job of curing shame.

    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • Shame can control you and make your life and the lives of those around you miserable.
  • Shame is that voice inside your head that constantly tells you that you are worthless.
  • Self-esteem programs are not effective for curing shame.
  • You have to learn how to love yourself in order to cure shame.
  • The practice of self-comp...
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    June 17, 2021 22 min
    Father Len explains why God wants one universal church that accepts everybody and why the church established by Christ has split into over 400,000 denominations.
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    June 10, 2021 43 min
    Father Len introduces the process of deconstruction to help a listener detox her religious upbringing and purify her religious values, beliefs, and practices.
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    Father Len reveals how oils and their fragrances help fulfill God’s intention for religion and worship to be carnal and sensuous experiences. Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom Previous Bible symbols episodes: Ep45 Water, Ep56 Trees
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    May 21, 2021 26 min
    Father Len reveals his 30 year battle with anger and explains why it’s like a cancer that can destroy you unless you learn how to respond to it. Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom Father Len responds to an email from the mother of a 15-year-old daughter who became depressed and filled with rage over the death of George Floyd. Father Len reveals that anger has been one of his most common sins throughout his life. Research has sho...
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    May 13, 2021 36 min
    Father Len takes a deep and challenging dive into the nature of true friendship and its profound effects on us throughout our lives.  Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom In Greek, the word friend or friendship is another word for love. The word love in English is just another word for sex, not friendship. Greeks believe there are four types of love. Love of one’s family, love of one’s friends, romantic love, and unconditional love...
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    Father Len explores the history of marriage, our changing attitudes and expectations about it, God’s expectations for marriage, and what makes marriage so difficult yet so worthwhile. Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom Ancient marriages were rarely about love and had little to do with religion. Marriages were pragmatic contracts between families about such things as wealth, political alliances, childbearing, and, for poor and working...
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    Responding to a listener’s question about whether God’s teachings are black and white, Father Len explains why it’s difficult for us to fully understand the language of God’s love. Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom God’s morality and teachings are black and white and pure because God is love, without ego and without corruption. Our interpretation of God’s morality and teachings is often wrong because it is viewed through the prism...
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    Father Len and Irish grapple with the mystery of the three big events that are the foundation of Christianity: God taking on human flesh and living among us, God being tortured and killed by us, and God’s miraculous resurrection from the dead. Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom Father Len explains why we should view these events as a whole, as one. Father Len identifies three groups of Christians and their sensibilities: Christmas...
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    Father Len explains how a Roman citizen named Patrick became a great saint and hero to Ireland and the real reason we celebrate him and his life. Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom Patrick was the child of a very religious Roman family, but he had no use for religion until he was captured by pirates on a beach in England and sent to Ireland as a slave to care for sheep and dogs. Patrick discovered and fell in love with God while c...
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