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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!

Catholic Heritage Spirituality Show Mary Estrada and Dr. Erik Estrada

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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!

    God Thirsts for Us

    God Thirsts for Us

    What is prayer? In this episode we discuss what prayer is and how it fits into the spiritual life, again using the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
    The Catechism argues, using Augustine’s writings, that prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours.
    Join us today in our discussion as we continue this conversation about the Catechism’s statements about prayer and its role in the life of the Catholic Christian.

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    • 32 min
    Prayer is God's Gift

    Prayer is God's Gift

    What is prayer? In this episode we discuss what prayer is and how it fits into the spiritual life, again using the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
     
    The Catechism argues that prayer is the human being’s innermost communication with God. Using the writings of Therese of Lisieux, the Catechism describes prayer as “a simple look turned toward heaven.”
     
    Join us today in our discussion as we continue this conversation about the Catechism’s statement about prayer and its role in the life of the Catholic Christian.
     
    https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode122/
     
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    • 39 min
    The Necessity of Prayer

    The Necessity of Prayer

    Is prayer necessary? In this episode we discuss how and why prayer fits into the spiritual life.
     
    The Catechism argues that Holy Spirit leads the Christian into spiritual freedom. Absent the Spirit’s lead, however, the Christian easily falls back into the slavery of sin.
     
    Within the Christian life, therefore, prayer is of utmost necessity. Prayer becomes the line of communication with the Trinity. To cease to pray is to sever that line of communication.
     
    To avoid this scenario, the Catechism encourages the Catholic to continue in their commitment to pray.
     
    Join us today in our discussion as we continue this conversation about the Catechism’s statements about prayer and its necessity in the life of the Catholic Christian.
     
    https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode121/
     
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    • 26 min
    The Intercession of Jesus

    The Intercession of Jesus

    Join us today in our discussion as we continue this conversation about the Catechism’s statement about Jesus’ role in interceding on behalf of his people.
     
    https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode120/
     
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    • 36 min
    How is Our Prayer Efficacious?

    How is Our Prayer Efficacious?

    Many people often ask today: Does prayer work? In today’s episode, we continue our discussion on the topic of prayer asking this important question: “Does prayer work?” And, if so, how does it work?
     
    Using the Catechism of the Catholic Church as our guide, which relies on the modern work of Catholic New Testament scholarship, we continue our discussion of prayer by discussing the historical foundations of prayer, namely, the history of early Christianity. We note that in the modern era, the historicity of Jesus’ person and work have come under fierce scrutiny with some critics alleging that the Gospels are mostly fabricated accounts with little of any connection to the historical Jesus.
     
    Pope Benedict XVI was acutely aware of these challenges and sought to address them in his three volumes on the life of Christ.
     
    Join us today in our discussion as we continue this conversation about the Catechism’s statement about prayer.
     
    https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode119/
     
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    • 40 min
    How Does One Enter Contemplative Prayer?

    How Does One Enter Contemplative Prayer?

    How Does One Enter Contemplative Prayer? - CHSS 118
     
    In today’s episode, we continue our discussion the topic of contemplative prayer.
     
    Contemplative prayer often brings up ideas of Cistercian monks and other religious deeply engaged in prayer. But the Catechism of the Catholic Church suggests that a deep life of prayer is far more accessible to the Christian than one would imagine.
     
    In this episode we talk about the basic question: How does one enter contemplative prayer?
     
    Using the Catechism of the Catholic Church as our guide, which relies on the work of St. Theresa of Avila, we continue our discussion of contemplative prayer by discussing the practical demands of entering contemplative prayer.  We note that as Catholic Christians we need to make time to create the space for entering contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is simultaneously a gift and a determined choice.
     
    The Catholic Christian holds these tensions together and continues to seek God in contemplative prayer.
     
    Join us today in our discussion as we continue the conversation on contemplative prayer.
     
    https://catholicheritagespirituality.com/episode118/
     
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    • 38 min

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