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

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast Ascension - The Leader in Catholic Faith Formation

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 282 Ratings

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

    Why Do We Need to Rest from Work on Sundays?

    Why Do We Need to Rest from Work on Sundays?

    You might have heard that Sunday, as the Sabbath, is a "day of rest." But is that just, like, an honorary title? What does that actually mean for Christians? What should be doing—or not doing—on Sundays? Today, Fr. Mike tells us why Christians are asked to rest from work on Sundays.

    • 8 min
    The “Little Things” Are Actually Most Things

    The “Little Things” Are Actually Most Things

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, "We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love." The reality is that most of our lives are made up of seemingly small decisions and yet they do truly matter in how we are to be judged.


    Today, Fr. Mike shares how our faithfulness to God in the small daily decisions actually amounts to the sum of our spiritual life and the growth in our holiness.


    What does God want this Advent? Simple. He wants you. He wants a personal encounter with you. This year, journey through Advent with "Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story," and learn about the places, people, and events that shaped the story of the very first Advent and shape our own lives today: https://tinyurl.com/yz6yy5pz

    • 6 min
    Why Is It So Hard to Forgive Yourself?

    Why Is It So Hard to Forgive Yourself?

    As Catholics, we believe in the forgiveness of our sins through the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. But often, even though we are absolved but we can struggle to forgive ourselves for our past faults and failings.


    Today, Fr. Mike shares the main reason why we struggle to let go of the past and surrender to God who is our loving Father.


    What does God want this Advent? Simple. He wants you. He wants a personal encounter with you. This year, journey through Advent with "Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story," and learn about the places, people, and events that shaped the story of the very first Advent and shape our own lives today: https://tinyurl.com/yh2sexdw

    • 9 min
    Do I Have to Go to Mass? Sunday Obligation Explained

    Do I Have to Go to Mass? Sunday Obligation Explained

    Why do we go to Mass every Sunday? Is it because of what we “get out of it”? Is it the way it makes us feel? Is it out of love for God? Or something even deeper and more profound?


    Today, Fr. Mike explains the Church’s teaching on Sunday Mass obligation, and why this is the way that God has asked us to worship him.

    • 8 min
    Why Do Jews and Christians Have Different Sabbath Days?

    Why Do Jews and Christians Have Different Sabbath Days?

    Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday?


    Have you asked yourself, what does Jesus mean when he says, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them." (Mt 5:17) And why does this new covenant change the Sabbath? "...This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood." (Lk. 22:20)


    Today, Fr. Mike delves into the scriptural roots of the Sabbath and why we as Catholics celebrate it on Sunday and not Saturday as the Jewish people still do today.

    • 7 min
    Why is Faith a Virtue? Do We Need Faith?

    Why is Faith a Virtue? Do We Need Faith?

    Have you heard the phrase, "never doubt in the darkness what you knew was true in the light?" Do you find yourself intellectually convinced that our faith makes sense but in times of difficulty, struggle to assent to those truths?

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
282 Ratings

282 Ratings

IssaCalimag ,

Thank you Fr. Mike

Fr. Mike Schmitz is a joy to listen to. He addresses topics with love and humility. What a gift!

Mother of four teenagers ,

Gratitud

The way Father Mike explains is deep, clear,simple, thoughtful, smazing !
The topics are relevant for youth and adults
The holy spirit talks through him
I am grateful for his guidance and wisdom
God bless Father Mike.

sarahtcl123 ,

Fr. Mike is the place to go

I love listening to this podcast to learn the answers to questions I didn’t even know I had! They are short enough episodes that you can listen and make time for them. And by giving this little time every day to learning more, the way you act will change for the better.

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