A podcast for those fighting on the frontlines of faith.
Inspired by Servant of God Emil Kapaun, heroic Catholic Priest and Medal of Honor Army Chaplain, we offer encouragement for your pursuit of virtue by connecting 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.
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Produced by Kapaun's Men. Photo: Chaplain Kapaun (right) assists a soldier during the Korean War, 1950.
The Battle for Marriage: Father Daniel Scheidt
The evil one hates communion and harmony. He wants to divide, and the thing he wants to divide most is the vowed union of marriage. But God is on our side, and he gives us the weapons to fight for our spouses and the good of society.
Father Daniel Scheidt, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the perfect person to lead us in the Battle for Marriage, having studied at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Washington, DC, as well as having much practical wisdom from his own family and the inspiring men and women he has served as a shepherd of souls. This is an episode you'll want to listen to over and over again to soak in Father Daniel's great insights.
"The evil one is incapable of emerging from himself: he is totally self-absorbed. Marriage reverses that. Marriage is being taken out of one self for the other person. And of course the paradox is the more I allow my life to be given as a gift the more myself I become."
Continue to say the Prayer to St. Michael
Think and pray about one way you and your spouse can grow closer together, talk about it, and put a plan into place to do it.
The Battle for Identity: Father Royce Gregerson
Jesus went into the desert and faced temptation. The devil attacked his identity. As long as we're in the Battle, the same will be true for us.
Father Royce Gregerson from Rekindle the Fire leads us in a meditation on this mystery and how we too can listen to the voice of God over the voice of the enemy.
This is part 2 of our Lenten series called "The Battle". If you missed week 1, listen to Father David Lies lay the stage for the spiritual battle we're in.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The Battle: Lent in The Foxhole
We at Kapaun's Men are teaming up with the men of Rekindle the Fire in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for an 8-week Lenten Podcast Series called "The Battle". The devil wants to attack our identity as men, fathers, husbands and friends. Lent is the perfect time to embrace the tools the Church offers to help us draw closer to God.
Father David Lies of the Diocese of Wichita joins us today to describe the spiritual battle that has been taking place for millennia. There is no neutral place to hide away, no spiritual Switzerland. The enemy is real, and Father David helps identify him and point out his tactics, but also gives us the weapons that God has given us to fight on the side of grace. The lines are drawn; which side will you fight on?
To join us in The Battle:
Listen to this podcast these 8 weeks
Complete the weekly challenge
Pray the Prayer to St. Michael daily for yourself and everyone else joining in the spiritual battle
Mission and Memorares: President Steve Minnis of Benedictine College - Corrected Audio
"We want our students to live the mission while they’re here, but the reason we want them to do it is so they will live the mission after they leave."
Steve Minnis had a successful law career before putting it aside to serve as President of Benedictine College, a Catholic school in Atchison, Kansas. Thanks to some hard work and incredible intercession from Mother Mary, whom he is convinced watches over the college, Benedictine has become one of the best Catholic Colleges in the country, both academically and more importantly in Catholic identity. Hear some amazing stories of Mary's aid, President Minnis' thoughts about living the faith in our daily lives, and his thoughts about preparing for the end of the Covid crisis. This is an episode not to miss!
Don't forget, our Lenten Series "The Battle" begins next week. Subscribe to participate!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Courage is Contagious: Fr. Drew Hoffman
Viruses aren't the only things that are contagious: courage is too. Plus, a tournament of saints?
Father Drew Hoffman is an associate chaplain at St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center and Kansas State University. In this episode he shares with us his great love for the saints (and the 64-saint knockout tournament bracket he and some friends put together) as well as his ministry on a college campus. He loves Father Kapaun, he loves basketball, he loves his students, and he loves seeing the ripple effects of courage on other people.
Download the Saint Bracket and determine who you think was the most influential saint in history!
Yes Catholic: David Patterson
"I was walking up these steps, but I fell flat on my face. And when I looked up I realized I was on the property of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. And when I realized I was on the grounds of the Catholic Church and I had fallen, I broke down in front of all my friends. That was actually the turning point where I said, I’ve had enough, I can’t let this control me anymore. I have to live for him."
David Patterson of Yes Catholic shares his powerful testimony of his own "Yes" to God, and the struggle to overcome sin and live that yes. It's an affirming reminder of God's love and dedication to us, and that although our response isn't always perfect or smooth, God writes straight out of crooked lines.
Now he has a ministry to share other people's stories.
Give David a listen and check out his ministry at YesCatholic.com and at Instagram @Yes.Catholic