This show discusses the history of Catholic spirituality. Each week we discuss a major theme or text in the Catholic heritage which illustrate an important dimension of the Christian life. Rooted in the Catholic heritage, we strive to provide Catholics and everyone interested an account of the ways Catholics down through the ages have made the Christian spiritual tradition their own. Come join us as we explore the rich treasures of the Catholic spiritual heritage!
The Analogy of Faith as the Foundation of Catholic Thinking
In this episode, Dr. Estrada discusses the analogy of faith and its use down through history. Join us as we discuss this integral theme to Catholic thinking.
Updates - May 2021
In this episode, Mary and Erik discuss some recent events in their lives and the spiritual significance of parenthood in general and motherhood in particular.
Please note that Mary and Erik will be hosting a Zoom meeting this coming Thursday, May 13, 2021 (8 PM EST). The topic of discussion will be St. Margaret of Castello. We look forward to having a conversation with our audience.
Margaret of Castello - Extraordinary Saint
Saint Margaret of Castello was recently canonized by Pope Francis in April of 2021. Born blind and with other health ailments in Italy in the late 1200s, she was shunned and eventually abandoned by her parents. We'll talk about her story and why she is an extraordinary testament to faith, grace, and God's love.
The Temptation of Triumphalism
A frequent theme in the Gospels is the temptation of triumphalism. At various points in Jesus’ ministry, his audience sought to make him a king or to construe him as a political revolutionary. In John’s gospel (ch. 6), for example, after feeding the multitudes, the author notes that crowds sought to make Jesus a king.
In response to this continual temptation, Jesus resisted such attempts. He even challenged these offers to make him as an earthly monarch by emphasizing the challenges....
Lessons in Patience from the Life of Abraham, the Leper and the Good Thief
Some people ask: Why did God allow that? Or, How long is God going to take to answer my prayers?
In this episode we discuss the questions: Why at times does God allow things not to happen on our timetable? And, why does God at times defy our expectations?
To address these questions, we discuss one of the early homilies in the pontificate of Pope Francis. In this sermon, Pope Francis discuss the various objectives God may have in not answering our prayers immediately.
How Did Christianity Change the Roman Empire?
The question is often asked: How did Christianity change the Roman world? And, in what ways was the Roman world different after the advent of the Christian faith?
In this episode we discussed the various ways from ethics to law that Christianity impacted the lives of people across the Roman Empire. We note that in many respects, the Roman Empire, despite its great cultural achievements, also posed many limitations on the lives of many people, especially those on the margins of society.