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

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast Ascension

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

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

    Why Self-Care is Important for Loving Others

    Why Self-Care is Important for Loving Others

    Jesus tells in the Gospels, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But what if you struggle to love yourself? How can we pour ourselves out for others if we are not first filled up?


    Today, Fr. Mike challenges us properly order our love for others, namely wiling the good of the other by first willing our own good and setting clear boundaries so that we can love more fully.

    • 12 min
    How the Eucharist Changed My Life

    How the Eucharist Changed My Life

    Why do less than 30% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence? It seems like many have forgotten that Jesus gave his flesh for the life of the world.


    Today, Fr. Mike reminds us of the gift of the Eucharist and shares the way it transformed his own life. It is the heart of our faith, our spiritual nourishment, the bread that we live for, and the teaching worth dying for.

    • 9 min
    Is Judas in Hell?

    Is Judas in Hell?

    Is Judas in Hell? The overwhelming consensus over time is that he must be. But has the Church proclaimed that he definitely is? Surprisingly... no. Why?


    Jesus teaches us that, while we can evaluate “a tree by its fruits,” it is left to God alone to make a final judgement upon someone’s heart and determine their destination. Everyone has the grace and the opportunity to say “yes” to God. The sobering flipside to this reality is that hell is real—and it’s not something that only really, really bad people choose. “Wide is the road that leads to destruction.”


    Today, Fr. Mike invites us to ponder our final destination, and whether or not we are truly doing God’s will.

    • 10 min
    The One Reason You are Not Yet a Saint

    The One Reason You are Not Yet a Saint

    Are there things in my life that are incompatible with holiness?


    We all wish to be saints—God's people with him forever in heaven. But do we will it? Do we choose it?


    Fr. Mike wants you to know that today is the day. This is the moment. There's only one reason you're not a saint yet.

    • 10 min
    Pray About It? Or Just Do It?

    Pray About It? Or Just Do It?

    Have you heard the phrase, "Ora et Labora" before? What about the maxim, "Pray as if everything depends on God. And work as if everything depends on you."


    Today Fr. Mike breaks down the Benedictine charism of prayer AND work and offers us some food for thought when tempted to fall into fatalism or quietism and remove our will from the equation.

    • 7 min
    How to Love Someone that is Hard to Love

    How to Love Someone that is Hard to Love

    "Love your neighbor as yourself." We all know the drill. Jesus calls us to love even our enemies. But loving people can be so HARD.


    Today Fr. Mike offers us some 3 practical tips and a word of challenge to lean into loving those we find difficult to love and care for.

    • 8 min

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Bite size Christian wisdom

I’m learning a lot from this podcast. Fr Mike explains difficult ideas in a simple and straightforward way. God bless him for helping to bring people closer to God.

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I love to Liston to your podcasts, I get a lot of hope from them . Thank you

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Excellent podcasts.

I have learnt so much from Fr Mike and realized how much I had not known through listening to his podcasts. They are wonderful.

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