A podcast for those fighting on the frontlines of faith.
Inspired by Servant of God Emil Kapaun, heroic Catholic Priest and Medal of Honor Chaplain, we offer encouragement for your pursuit of virtue & connect you with people all over the world who are living the Gospel in simple yet extraordinary ways. The battle for souls rages around us; we're here to offer you inspiration and strength.
Never heard of Father Kapaun? Check out this 5 minute video https://youtu.be/AZuPrQBSDCs & learn more at www.kapaunsmen.com
Photo: Chaplain Kapaun (right) assists a soldier during the Korean War, 1950.
Why Not Me with Colonel Douglas Thomas, US Army
Colonel Douglas Thomas is using his faith and six principles to aggressively push back against a foe that does not wear a uniform. His battle against cancer has been supported by his family, faith and spiritual director who are helping him to continue to engage to be fully alive despite his illness. He relies on his following six principles to maintain strength in his fight.
Keep It Simple Stupid
Fight for Milk: Tyler Blanski
In his own words, Tyler Blanski went from a granola-crunching spiritualist to embracing whole-heartedly the Catholic faith- and his vocation as a Catholic father. Embracing his vocation was freeing, but it wasn't easy, and that's why Tyler started Fight for Milk, a resource that seeks to connect, encourage and build up fathers in all aspects of their lives. And yes, he loves the movie Cinderella Man.
"Fatherhood is an all-encompassing vocation. It’s so much bigger than parenthood. Fatherhood means you have to be a breadwinner, a spiritual leader; it means you have to step up and be a better husband. Fatherhood is a vocation that encompasses all of life."
Check out his great resources at www.fightformilk.com.
9 Minutes, No Heartbeat: Nick Dellasega
This is a story of Father Kapaun's intercession.
Ten years ago Nick Dellasega was 26, a former athlete in great shape, running a 5k race, when suddenly his heart stopped and he collapsed a few hundred feet from the finish line. His uncle applied CPR and shocked him with a defibrillator, but nothing happened; Nick had the look of someone who was dead.
But his cousin Jonah, who was also running the race, knelt down on the pavement and said a desperate but trusting prayer to Father Kapaun: heal Nick, and quickly. His prayer was heard, and Nick revived, much to the amazement of doctors and paramedics. Nick shares his miracle story on this episode of The Foxhole and just how much that fateful day has impacted his life.
"I don’t think a lot of 26 year olds get to have an experience where they’re faced with death... It’s something I’ve pondered, and I really want to make sure I’m living consistent with how I want to die."
Nick's prayer at the end of the episode:
Thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence
In each person that I meet
And every event that I encounter.
Teach me when to speak and when to listen
When to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision
Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom.
As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
Gift me with simple joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice.
When it grows difficult, surprise me with
When life is overwhelming, call me to
To restore your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today reveal your Goodness.
Following the Breadcrumbs: Liz Sams & Janine McGann
The Church needs both men and women to be at their best for her mission to succeed, but what if we're trying too hard to be something we don't have to? That's where Liz and Janine come in. They've created Project Light Ministries as a way to speak God's truth to what it means to be a Christian man or woman, and it's had powerful effects. Their first film, Speaking to Sparrows, has touched the hearts of women across the country, and their newest project, The Fourth Man, is set to release on September 29th. It will seek to counter the work of our current culture that tries to distort and even uproot masculinity. Instead, it will show us that authentic, heroic Christian masculinity is possible.
How did two women end up producing a film for men? They followed the breadcrumbs...
Check out The Fourth Man at https://www.projectlightministries.com/the-fourth-man
For a great resource to connect with the women in your life, watch Speaking to Sparrows at https://www.projectlightministries.com/speaking-to-sparrows
Tim Knittig: Finding God Outdoors
"You see these beautiful sceneries that God has created- you’ve gotta believe that anything is possible."
Tim Knittig has been influenced by a lot of saints in his life. Benedictines, Dominicans, St. John the Baptist, and many more. He joins us in the Foxhole to talk about building a new Catholic High School in the Houston area, putting a bell tower on top of a mountain, and finding God outdoors.
Plus he compares Father Kapaun to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whose name Joe struggles to pronounce.
"Both of these men knew the meaning of eternal life, and that serving others to get to this eternal resting place, was really the goal, and to help others get to heaven."
Medal of Honor Recipient Patrick Brady
Major General Pat Brady flew over 2500 combat missions as a "Dust Off" air ambulance pilot in Vietnam. With his crew he rescued over 5000 men. Recognized with the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the risk of his own life, he is one of our nation's heroes. He's also a devout Catholic.
We're honored to feature General Brady in this episode, where he discusses how his faith guided him on the battlefield, finding meaning in life after an exciting career in the military, and why he thinks courage is one of the most important virtues we can foster.
Many thanks to General Brady and all those who have put their life on the line at the service of our nation.
To learn more about General Brady's foundation or to make a donation, visit https://generalpatbradyfoundation.org/
General Brady is on the Board of the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, check it their great plans here: https://mohmuseum.org/