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The podcast for Catholic Exchange, your daily source for spiritual encouragement and information. Our goal is to help make saints in our time. Join Michael J. Lichens and several CE authors discussing articles and the latest topics.

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    • 4.5 • 22 Ratings

The podcast for Catholic Exchange, your daily source for spiritual encouragement and information. Our goal is to help make saints in our time. Join Michael J. Lichens and several CE authors discussing articles and the latest topics.

    A Quick Intro to Catholic Social Teachings with Laura Zambrana of Endow Groups

    A Quick Intro to Catholic Social Teachings with Laura Zambrana of Endow Groups

    Catholic Social Teaching has a rich intellectual and spiritual tradition. However, despite the modern dialogue surrounding surrounding social justice, Catholic Social Teaching can get lost in forgetfulness and misinterpretation.

    Laura Zambrana, MDiv joins us to give a brief yet thorough introduction to the richness and depths of Catholic Social Teachings and how they can help us in our post-Covid world. Mrs Zambrana explains the theological foundations of true social justice while also going into the popes and saints who have influenced Catholic Social Teachings. Today's episode is ideal for anyone who wants to begin learning (or relearning) the foundations of Catholic Social Teaching.

    Find Endow Group's latest book, Catholic Social Teaching, on their website where you can also read a free chapter: EndowGroups.org.
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    • 42 min
    How St. Joseph is Patron of a Happy & Holy Death | Fr. Edward Looney & Jeannie Ewing

    How St. Joseph is Patron of a Happy & Holy Death | Fr. Edward Looney & Jeannie Ewing

    Longtime Catholic Exchange contributors and frequent podcast guests Fr. Edward Looney and Jeannie Ewing discuss Mrs Ewing’s much read article, “St. Joseph: Our Patron Saint of a Happy & Holy Death.” In this conversation, Jeannie discusses ways that St. Joseph’s example and support can help us to become better people in our faith, familial, and personal lives. Meanwhile, Fr. Edward gives his insights into the power of the saints in his life as a parish priest.
    Listen below or find Catholic Exchange on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you love to listen to podcasts.
    Other subjects we discussed:
    How St. Joseph can help you through the trials of grief and mourning.The humility we can learn from St. Joseph and how that will ultimately allow God to take control.The power of saintly intercession in helping you to grow in your struggles while conquering personal vices.What St. Joseph’s radical trust and obedience can show us in our modern day.How St. Joseph’s intercession can help us with our interior struggles.Links, Books, & Resources
    Jeannie Ewing is the author of multiple books, including From Grief to Grace. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also check out her website, jeannieewing.com.Fr. Edward Looney recently joined us (listen here) to discuss his latest book, Meditations After Holy Communion. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at the handle @FrEdwardLooney. His website is edwardlooney.com.If you want to hear more from Fr. Looney, check out his podcast, “How They Love Mary” on your favorite podcast app.You can find the Litany to St. Joseph here.  ✠
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    • 26 min
    Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR: Making Habits for Holiness

    Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR: Making Habits for Holiness

    While we begin to wonder what our Post-COVID world may look like, now is a perfect time to acquire new and lasting habits for holiness. If you're not sure where to start making these habits, Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR brings 800 years of the Franciscan tradition within the reach of laity. 
    Today's episode of the CE Podcast discusses how we can take the first step to grow closer to sainthood in your daily life. Michael and Fr. Mark-Mary discuss the ways you can add a few minutes of prayer and contemplation each day and (more importantly) make those habits stick. Stream our conversation below or find Catholic Exchange on your favorite podcast app. 
    Resources and topics we discuss today
    Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR is available through Ascension Press or your favorite bookseller. How the Franciscan 3x5 Examen can be enrich your spiritual life right now. The importance of intentionality and contentment in your daily spiritual life.How working with the poor and downtrodden can bring you closer to Christ. Why discipleship is best done with a community or family. Ways to show charity and love to those around you, even if you find yourself in social isolation. Finally, check out the Franciscan Friars for the Renewal to learn more about the Franciscan spiritual tradition. ✠
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    • 37 min
    Fr. Edward Looney: How We Can Meditate on the Mass

    Fr. Edward Looney: How We Can Meditate on the Mass

    After a year of frustration and uncertainty, more people are able to return to Mass at their local parish. For many, this upcoming Easter weekend will feel like a homecoming of sorts after being physically absent during the last Paschal season. If you are among these pilgrims who can now come home, now is a great time to learn the art of meditating on the Catholic faith.
    Today, Michael is joined by long-time CE contributor and returning guest Fr. Edward Looney to discuss the practical steps you can take to your time at Mass to a new level.
    In what promises to become a spiritual classic, Fr. Edward Looney’s Meditations after Holy Communion guides your prayers during those intimate moments with the Lord following Holy Communion, elevating your soul and mind and leading you into a deeper relationship with Christ.
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    • 42 min
    Rethinking How We Approach the New Evangelization with Jason Shanks of Our Sunday Visitor

    Rethinking How We Approach the New Evangelization with Jason Shanks of Our Sunday Visitor

    Michael talks with Jason Shanks of the OSV Institute about OSV Innovation Talks and our approach to evangelizing our neighbors and, ultimately, our culture. We have a short but direct conversation about how we have (or haven't) approached the New Evangelization and what apostolates can do to bring more souls to the Church. 

    To learn more about OSV Innovation Talks, go to OSVTalks.com.
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    • 27 min
    St. Thérèse of Lisieux Against the Plague | Suzie Andres

    St. Thérèse of Lisieux Against the Plague | Suzie Andres

    Check out our full show notes and resources here: https://catholicexchange.com/st-therese-of-lisieux-against-the-plague-suzie-andres

    It's probably goes without saying that the past year has been difficult for most of us. We've had to endure a pandemic, rioting, a contentious election, and an economic crisis. Yet, we as Catholics have an incredible refuge and friend in one particular saint: St. Therese, or the Little Flower. 
    CE contributor and prolific author Suzie Andres joins Michael Lichens today to discuss how we can turn to St. Therese of Lisieux in our unusual times and how her intercession can bring healing to mind and body. 
    Other topics we discussed in this episode:
    How our angels and saints can bring relief to our suffering loved ones, even if we can’t be physically present.How saints like Charles Borromeo and Therese endured through a pandemic in faith.Learn about ancient Catholic practices of turning to God and His saints to turn away a plague.The importance of learning how to be “little” when we ask for graces and gifts.How St. Therese wanted her life to imitable to all who would follow her little wayThe role of gratitude in pouring graces upon your life.The beautiful writings and inspiring life of Servant of God Marcel Van, and how his example can inspire us today.The personal appearances and intercessions that St. Therese has made throughout the years. The miracles and inspiration of Servant of God Carlo Acutis.How the gaze of Mary can give us a sense of peace even in crisis.Articles & Resources We Mentioned
    Check out Mrs. Andres's website, SuzieAndres.com, where you can check out her latest (and free!) book Something New With St. Therese. Suzie Andres has also written, Being Catholic: What Every Catholic Should Know.Our previous interview with Suzie Andres, on Servant of God Marcel Van, can be found here on CE or on your favorite podcast app. Find the Padre Pio Prayer Group of Nashville online here.St. Conrad and the Wildfire by Maura Roan McKeegan.“Padre Pio & the Friendship of Guardian Angels in Times of Need” by Maura Roan McKeegan.✠
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    • 1 hr 26 min

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The Catholic Church- here comes everybody

"Catholic" means "universal", and that is reflected in this podcast. From theology to literature to zombies (yes, zombies!), Mr. Lichens pulls from the universal Catholic Church to bring interesting guests and lively conversations.

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