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Interesting conversations with interesting people about religion and faith.

Almost Good Catholics Krzysztof Odyniec

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Interesting conversations with interesting people about religion and faith.

    Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves (with Dorcas Oyelade and Kailea Barte)

    Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves (with Dorcas Oyelade and Kailea Barte)

    Dorcas Oyelade and Kailea Barté, two young women, still teenagers, organized a Christian club in a public at John Swett High School in Crockett, Northern California, where I am a teacher. The students worked with a Protestant NGO, Decision Point, which supported them even as they insisted on their First Amendment rights when there was opposition. The club has been an impressive success with many students joining them at lunch time, become interested in the Christian faith, and in some cases starting to go with them to church.
    Decision Point website and YouTube channel.

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    • 46 min
    Late Have I Loved You (with John Michael Talbot)

    Late Have I Loved You (with John Michael Talbot)

    John Michael Talbot is a tremendously successful musician and writer; he is also the founder of a monastery—the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage in Arkansas—where he is Minister General today. He started as a Methodist and a country rock musician in the seventies and the story of his journey is amazing, from the encounter with Jesus he had at seventeen to the intense mystical experiences that he had later in life during an illness that brought him into closer communion with Our Lord.

    John Michael Talbot’s website.

    John Michael Talbot’s Wikipedia page.


    Late Have I Loved You, album on Amazon Music.


    Late Have I Loved You, book on Amazon.com.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jerome’s Tears (with David Bonagura Jr.): Death and Mourning in Christian Late Antiquity

    Jerome’s Tears (with David Bonagura Jr.): Death and Mourning in Christian Late Antiquity

    Professor David Bonagura, theologian and Latinist, has translated and edited seven of St. Jerome’s letters dealing with death and mourning. This doctor of the church consoles his friends in first centuries of Christendom, describing death as sleep, and dying as our journey back home to God. And though the Mediterranean is big and fourth-century travel was slow, we see that the Christian community is surprisingly close. The letters also reveal some of the material history and mentalities of daily life which allow us a priceless glimpse across the centuries.

    Professor Bonagura’s website.

    Professor Bonagura’s book Jerome's Tears: Letters to Friends in Mourning (Sophia International Press, 2023).


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    • 45 min
    Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

    Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

    Michael John Cusick argues that our addictions and disordered sexual desires are really a misdirected effort to reach God and live in connection with Him. How can this be? The crude simulation is but at poor substitute for the real thing, for the Truth. Yet in this fallen world, sinners repeatedly fall into the snares. “I do not understand my own actions,”—Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans—"For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” But like the prodigal son in the pigpen, we cannot but lift our eyes from the mud and think about the loving Father waiting for us at home.
    Michael John Cusick, author, counselor, host of the wonderful podcast, Restoring the Soul, talks about what he has learned about addiction, disorder, mercy, and freedom, in his book Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle and also on this episode of Almost Good Catholics.

    Michael John Cusick’s website.

    Restoring the Soul intensive counseling ministry.


    Restoring the Soul podcast, and on Apple.



    Related Almost Good Catholics episodes:

    Heather King on Almost Good Catholics, episode 4: Divine Intoxication: A Discussion about Grace, Sainthood, and Women in the Church


    Mako Fujimura on Almost Good Catholics, episode 14: The Silence of God: The Meaning of Our Suffering and Redemption


    Brant Hansen on Almost Good Catholics, episode 75: The Men We Need: What Men Are Supposed to Be Doing



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    • 48 min
    Making Moves (and Making Movies) in the Mission Field (with Temeko Richardson)

    Making Moves (and Making Movies) in the Mission Field (with Temeko Richardson)

    Temeko Ricardson grew up in the Protestant American tradition; she was a “GPK” (grand-pastor-kid) from a family of church leaders. She has been thinking about Christianity and social issues—failure to include God’s people into His Church, fractured families, homelessness—and how to weave out society together and spread the Gospel. She’s an entrepreneur, consultant, philanthropist, and filmmaker. Today we talk about her work and the content she had been making to “ensure people understand the greatness of having Christ at the center of their lives through entertaining content.”

    Temeko Richardson’s YouTube channel.

    Temeko Richardson’s IMDB page.

    Temeko Richardson on Film Freeway.



    At the Cross film website.

    Interview with Ray Lewis, “Fatherless.”



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    • 50 min
    Catholic in Palestine (with Fr Firas Abedrabbo)

    Catholic in Palestine (with Fr Firas Abedrabbo)

    There have been Christians in the Holy Land for two thousand years; “we are the first church,” says Father Firas Abedrabbo who is from Bethlehem and works in Ramallah. He studied law in France and speaks excellent English and spoke with me about his experience as a priest in Palestine (the West Bank) during the Gaza War. We talk politics and history, but we also talk about how people in the middle of a war can see God’s love and His participation in our daily lives, even (or perhaps especially) in our darkest hours.
    I am grateful for Josh Del Colle of South Dakota for this episode suggestion and for arranging the introduction.


    Website of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem

    Father Firas’s webpage.

    Almost Good Catholics episodes with Father Piotr Żelazko in Jerusalem:

    [Part 1] Fr. Piotr Żelazko on Almost Good Catholics, episode 71: Live from Israel: Catholics in the Holy Land Today


    [Part 2] Fr. Piotr Żelazko on Almost Good Catholics, episode 73, starting at 55 minutes after my interview with Jay Richards: Darwinian Accident or Divine Architect? The Debate between Natural Selection and Intelligence Design


    [Part 3] Fr. Piotr Żelazko on Almost Good Catholics, episode 79, The Ground is Crying out to God: Live from Jerusalem Part 3



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    • 44 min

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