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Luke and Gomer became friends Freshman year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and 14 years later they started a podcast. The show oscillates between a conversation between just the two of us and interviews that we do together of other, fancier people. Sometimes we get explicit either by being too honest or by being too stupid. Either way, it's fun!

Catching Foxes Luke and Gomer

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Luke and Gomer became friends Freshman year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and 14 years later they started a podcast. The show oscillates between a conversation between just the two of us and interviews that we do together of other, fancier people. Sometimes we get explicit either by being too honest or by being too stupid. Either way, it's fun!

    Heavy is the Head who Wears the Crown

    Heavy is the Head who Wears the Crown

    Ssssymbolism conversation continues! And it's Luke's fault, not Gomer's! Luke brings up the meaning behind a King's crown and how society knew where it stood in relation to it. This expands to a whole fascinating look at modern clothing and how hyper-abundance shifts our priorities in how we look, actually making the wearing of formal attire less important.


    We discuss how symbols in society end up impoverishing that society.


    Luke then asks, _What came first: the destruction of the symbolic meaning or the loss of personal dignity? _
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    Sssymbolism and why the Sacraments don't make no sense

    Sssymbolism and why the Sacraments don't make no sense

    Luke and I do some quick check-ins regarding the news in DC, why Gomer doesn't watch the news, and how that can be healthy. Then we take a brief detour and talk Project 86, WandaVision, and such, then dive into Symbolic Representation, Mythology, and why the Sacraments just seem like bizarre add-ons to an otherwise rational faith.
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    Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business: Postman, Neil, Postman, Andrew: 8601420133051: Amazon.com: Books — What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever.

    "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN

    Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.Amazon.com: How to Watch TV News (Audible Audio Edition): Jeff Riggenbach, Neil Postman, Steve Powers, Blackstone Audio, Inc.: Audible Audiobooks — A guide to watching television news discusses the calculated programming, the viewer manipulation, and the big business behind today's news networks and shows readers how to interpret what they are hearing and seeing. Original.Secular Monks by Andrew Taggart | Articles | First Things — It seems that something outside the domains of economics and ­sexuality bears on the question before us. My hypothesis is religious. The men I have in mind are “secular monks” who embrace a secular “immanent frame,” ascetic self-possession, and a stringent version of human agency. This secular monasticism may be generating a new kind of celibacy.

    In A Secular Age, Charles Taylor coins the term “immanent frame” with a view to describing what it’s like to live in the modern world. “We come,” he writes, “to understand our lives as taking place within a self-­sufficient immanent order.” It is an order that requires nothing transcendent in order to function. It seems to arise out of itself and unfold according to its own internal, self-­perpetuating logic.The Reciprocity between Faith and Sacraments in the Sacramental Economy — 5. Secondly, scientific and technological knowledge, which is so prestigious today, tends to impose itself as a single model in all fields of knowledge and for all kinds of objects. Its radical orientation towards certainty of an empirical and naturalistic type is opposed not only to metaphysical knowledge, but also to knowledge of a symbolic nature. While scientific knowledge emphasizes the capacity of human reason, it does not exhaust all dimensions of reason or knowledge, nor does it cover all cognitive needs for a full human life. Symbolic thinking, with its richness and plasticity, on the one hand, collects and elaborates reflectively the ethical and affective dimensions of experience; and, on the other, touches and transforms the spiritual and cognitive structure of the subject. For this reason, together with all

    • 1 hr 20 min
    JD Flynn and Catholic Independent Journalism

    JD Flynn and Catholic Independent Journalism

    We interview our friend JD Flynn who recently resigned from EWTN's Catholic News Agency (CNA) to start The Pillar, an independent Catholic media project. We interview him and ask questions from our Patreon supporters. If you'd like to get involved in 2021 in Catching Foxes, become a supporter today! Or, you know, you could support The Pillar (www.pillarcatholic.com).


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    Our focus is on investigative journalism, which is how we’ll spend most of our time. We think investigating stories that matter can help the Church to better serve its sacred mission, the salvation of souls.

    Special Guest: JD Flynn.
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    "The American Project" from Luke Carey, unedited | Gomer and Luke on Patreon — I asked Luke to record an intro to the episode with JD Flynn that would comment on the destruction and protests in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, due to family constraints, I couldn't record with him. But it was all the better for it. 

    Here is the (mostly) unedited 25-minute long recording that Luke sent me at 11 at night. 

    I told him I had to edit it down to 10-minutes max to fit our current show, but really liked it. So, I wanted to post it on here in full. I gave it the title "The American Project". Proclaiming Christ in fractured America - The Pillar — It will take a while, I think, for most of us to be able to understand and articulate what it felt like to watch men in berzerker outfits and body paint run amok inside the U.S. Capitol building, to see a man making off with a podium bearing the seal of the House Speaker, to see police turn tail and run as a mob of angry Americans broke down barricades, scaled walls, and breached a building we have spent our lives believing is impenetrable.

    It will also take a while to understand just what it means that the president of the United States, who encouraged the mob’s march on the building, took pains to express his love for the marauders, and nod to the righteousness of their cause, even as he instructed them to go home. The Pillar — Our focus is on investigative journalism, which is how we’ll spend most of our time. We think investigating stories that matter can help the Church to better serve its sacred mission, the salvation of souls.

    'The Pillar' - Because there is a need - The Pillar — The Catholic landscape is increasingly crowded with self-appointed experts and personality ‘brands’ offering hot takes and half takes on Church events, often without the context or background to make sense of what is happening. At the same time, reflexive tribalism often colors how events are interpreted or explained.

    Fired EWTN host Gloria Purvis: 'I will never, ever, ever have regrets' for discussing race | National Catholic Reporter — Purvis said when she was given word of the cancellation by Jack Williams, EWTN Radio's general manager, she was given no reason — nor, she added, had she ever been given any indication that things were amiss or that the show's performance was not up to expectations. In fact, according to Purvis, "that was the first time I talked to Jack — or Jack talked to me — in months."

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    Yearly Themes 2021 Edition

    Yearly Themes 2021 Edition

    THE 2020 HOLIDAYS

    What does A Very Special Carey Christmas look like? What does The Gormley Family Christmas Celebration entail? You'll find out in the opening 10 minutes. Then we dive into our very different New Years' Eve activities for another 20 minutes. We are very wordy, but it all flows into our annual YEARLY THEMES SHOOOOOOOOW!


    YEARLY THEMES FOR 2020 REVIEWED

    Luke evaluates Gomer's 2020 theme of Habit and Gomer evaluates Luke's 2020 theme of Committment. Then they both do some self-examination and get a bit more critical of themselves. AKA, This is where Gomer sucks. We also realize how ADHD impacts us and how to adjust accordingly. For instance, Luke prays the Rosary when he gets to a certain part of the highway and Gomer lays out his stuff


    YEARLY THEMES FOR 2021

    The Year of Humility. Gomer realized through abandoning social media that he has been justifying his own self-righteousness and gossipping about others if he perceives an injustice by that person to him. Alasdaire MacIntyre talks about the virtues of Justice, Humility, and Patience are all required to acquire a new craft. Justice means giving to experts and mentors their due. Humility (and humiliations) means repeated failures in public in order to get the flywheel spinning on learning a new talent. Patience means being patient with myself as a stumble forward. This applies to Gomer's workouts and scheduling appointments with doctors and dentists. He is getting anxiety just typing this!


    The Year of Falling In Love with the Process. Luke realized with the Graduate School and the baby, he's going to be drinking from a firehose. This means limiting intentionally all of the other distractions that hit him. Setting minimums allow him to reduce the friction around good actions and habits, but with being open to going longer on the good stuff, like praying for 15 minutes. He should pray for 30, but sometimes that creates a daunting effect on his ADHD mind, so he will only commit to 15 and if it goes longer, great! The goal is to fall in love with the process.


    TOP FIVES OF 2020

    Luke's Top Fives: Watched the movie Silence, building the Catching Foxes Team, discovering Chess this year, the run that Catholic Stuff You Should Know is currently on, and Everyly being born and all of the things that went into that!
    Gomer's Top Fives: The Carnivore diet, my new leadership position in the parish, writing a chapter in a book that will come out in a couple of months, My New York City trip with Shannon, and Cecilia's First Confession and Holy Communion.
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    Untitled Episode

    Untitled Episode

    RULES



    “Five” Minutes total
    Cohost must ask one question and have answer provided within five minute span
    Four topics each


    Luke



    USMNT Hope
    Jurassic Park
    Christian rock
    Freddy Adu and American Exceptionalism


    Gomer



    YouTube Hobbies
    Missed Opportunities from parents
    Mandalorian and Disney
    Alasdair MacIntyre, Philosophy, and Today


    Amy Grant’s First Christmas Album is the Abbey Road of Christmas Albums


    A Star Wars Lover’s critique of The Mandalorian:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_J70TgCqV4


    Joe Lowery Video on USMNT and what they are doing with possession
    https://twitter.com/joeclowery/status/1338498985275740160?s=20


    Christian Rock Renaissance
    Luke’s ‘What Year is It?’ playlist
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1KHLK3SKf8KrGQOsbGsDj0?si=FlCajl--SDW4v1ai-xp22A


    American Prodigy: Freddy Adu
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    Amy Grant’s ‘A Christmas Album’
    Amy Grant - A Christmas Album


    Godwin’s Law
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    ADHD and Catholicism as a Spectator Sport

    ADHD and Catholicism as a Spectator Sport

    This has many twists and turns, but it starts with Gomer paying his 2018 taxes, then goes into music, Taylor Swift, and then Gomer tries to tell a funny story that leads to Luke revealing something very personal, which carries the show.


    Build for yourself scaffolding that leads to life and thriving. We need to get the help that leads to the healing God wants for our lives BECAUSE GRACE BUILDS UPON NATURE IT DOES NOT REPLACE NATURE!
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
644 Ratings

644 Ratings

Catholicdrummer ,

A Unique Catholic Podcast

I have been listening to Catching Foxes from almost their beginning and love Luke and Gomer’s honesty and depth as they wrestle with faith and culture. I look to them as older brothers in Christ and frequently quote what I hear on their podcasts in conversations. I feel a personal kinship with them after so many episodes. It has become an invaluable part of my journey of discipleship as a young adult Catholic.

BernadetteMary ,

Self-Indulgent

The best description I have for this podcast is self-indulgent. For their own sake and the sake of the Church they should probably retire.

Sowakarocks ,

Someday maybe

Loved listening to this podcast until I had to listen to almost two hours of Gomer trying to justify voting for Trump. Like maybe if it takes that much convincing something isn’t right about it....

When they don’t try to wade into politics this is a great show about the faith and culture without being super shamey, unapproachable, or too pious. I wish I could get a *politics* warning like we do with explicit content so I could just skip those episodes and enjoy the show without having it tainted by he-who-shall-not-be-named.

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