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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 • 91 Ratings

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

    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
    Why St Thérèse and Her “Little Way” Will Change Your Life

    Why St Thérèse and Her “Little Way” Will Change Your Life

    How is it that a young French girl who entered the convent at 15 years old and died at only 24 years old would become a Doctor of the Church? How is it that on her deathbed her own sisters thought her life was so unremarkable that they struggled to write her obituary?


    Today, Fr. Mike reflects on how the "Little Way" of St. Thérèse of Lisieux contains a secret to holiness for every modern Catholic.

    • 9 min
    Who Is Influencing You? And Why?

    Who Is Influencing You? And Why?

    Do you find that you give others too much influence over your mood and emotions? Do you find yourself caught in a cycle of judging all your choices based on what others think about that decision?


    Today, Fr. Mike reflects on the role of positive and negative influences in our lives and how to discern if we are giving others too much power over our lives.

    • 8 min
    Turning Annoyances into Blessings

    Turning Annoyances into Blessings

    Sometimes the smallest things annoy us the most. Minor inconveniences can easily make us forget to be thankful for all of the gifts God is constantly bestowing upon us. But what if we could find things to be thankful for inside of those small annoyances?


    Today, Fr. Mike teaches us the art of uncovering the “backwards blessings” all around us, and how to have “reverse gratitude”.

    • 7 min
    What’s the Point of Religion?

    What’s the Point of Religion?

    What does God really want from us?


    When you look at every religion, Christian or otherwise, you’ll find worship at the heart. No matter who or what our religion is calling us to, we are meant to worship. And even further, the heart of worship is sacrifice. In order to truly love and worship something or someone, we must give something up in return, whether that be time, attention, or material possessions.


    Today, Fr. Mike explains what’s at the heart of religion, and how realizing this can strengthen our relationship with God.

    • 9 min
    The Price of Forgiveness

    The Price of Forgiveness

    Sometimes saying sorry just isn’t enough.


    Chances are that you can remember a time you hurt someone through your actions. Maybe it was just missing something important to them, or letting your words slip to someone else, but whatever you did cost them something. And when your mistakes lead to someone in your life losing something, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.


    Today, Fr. Mike explains why we have to ask people for forgiveness and not just say we’re sorry.


    For more on reconciliation from Fr. Mike—and Fr. Josh Johnson—be sure to check out their Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

SofiaNP ,

LOVE IT!!!

Helped me strengthen my faith and learn things I didn’t know. The podcasts are easy to understand and great. Love the topics too.

RoseBliss ,

Excellent

Such amazing advice and insights thanks😁

jani145 ,

Love it!

Thanks Fr Mike, I love listening to these short pieces of pure wisdom. What a blessing this podcast is. It has brought clarity and such a deep peace to my life. I’m so grateful to Fr Mike and all involved. Please continue your wonderful works.

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