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Faith, pop culture, and headline reflections from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast Ascension Catholic Media

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 367 Ratings

Faith, pop culture, and headline reflections from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

    Can I Sin in My Dreams?

    Can I Sin in My Dreams?

    Have you ever had dark, disturbing dreams? If you did, did you feel guilty when you woke up? Did you have some vague sense of shame that such dreams came from your mind?


    If you’ve ever experienced this, you might have even wondered whether or not such dreams could be considered “sinful.” Fr. Mike is here today to give you the short answer—no, dreams themselves cannot be considered sinful—and the long answer… what are you doing during your waking hours that could be feeding these dark dreams?
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    • 4 min
    4 Keys to Good Prayer

    4 Keys to Good Prayer

    Does good prayer feel out of reach for you? Do distractions plague you unceasingly? Are you wondering if you're supposed to be getting more out of prayer time?


    Fr. Mike proposes a simple 4-part roadmap to better, more fulfilling prayer time. It's not difficult—it just takes practice.
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    • 8 min
    Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not Plan

    Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not Plan

    Who is orchestrating your life? If it's God—and not you—what will you say to him? Fr. Mike suggests trying "yes."


    Whether life circumstances bring the best out of you or the worst out of you, you need Jesus more than you think you do. And that is a very good thing. Here's why.
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    • 7 min
    Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)

    Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)

    Do you have FOMO? Are you always worried about what you might miss out on?


    Today, Fr. Mike explores why this fear of missing out could be a gift in the spiritual life using the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ as he unravels how the disciples' FOMO led them to overlook a pivotal moment in history.


    The call is to BE fully present. Don't miss out on God moments.
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    • 9 min
    A Simple Key to Extending Grace

    A Simple Key to Extending Grace

    Everyone bears burdens and faces unseen challenges. Leading a life filled with love is often the simplest path to personal growth.


    In this discussion, Fr. Mike delves into extending grace to strangers. A small gesture of kindness, such as offering a smile or lending a helping hand, can cultivate a community of grace and love. He reminds us that everyone navigates life's complexities differently. Fr. Mike emphasizes that acts of kindness and compassion pave the way for increased empathy and understanding, even towards those we have yet to encounter.
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    • 5 min
    When a Miracle Doesn't Happen

    When a Miracle Doesn't Happen

    Fr. Mike Schmitz delves deeply into the profound significance of the leper's words to Jesus:


    'If you will it, you can make me clean.'


    This verse from Matthew's Gospel embodies the very essence of faith. Fr. Mike explains how this statement captures the heart of faith in two ways: the trust inherent in believing that Christ can purify us and the trust involved in believing in him even if he chooses not to. Fr. Mike says this is the faith you are made for. It is the kind of faith that can change the world.
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
367 Ratings

367 Ratings

sarahtcl123 ,

This podcast is soooo helpful and fruitful

In this podcast lays the answers to all my questions about Catholicism and living a life of holiness…even the questions that I didn’t know I had. I always learn something!

JumpingGenie ,

Amazing

This podcast has taught me so much about my faith and the church. Would recommend!

Defiance1974 ,

Why I love Father Mike

I absolutely and truly love Father Mike. His passion, excitement, energy and love for God, Jesus, Mary, and you and me come out in everything he says and does. You can hear it in his voice. There’s this fantastic exuberance that fills me with joy and wonder. Whether we’re discussing the Bible in chapter and verse or we’re talking about theological issues and morality. Social and personal matters that affect all of us. Father Mike embraces us with the love and kindness of the Lord with every word. You can feel Father Mike’s love for you. Through his words, I can feel God’s love for me. Such a wonderful gift for such a kind and humble man. I love you, Father Mike.

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