Welcome to CTS Publisher’s Desk, the podcast for Catholic readers where we discuss important Catholic issues with CTS authors.
Praying the Our Father in Lent - With Carl E. Olson
In this first episode of the new season, we discover the significance of praying the Our Father during Lent, as we talk to CTS author and editor of Ignatius Insight, Carl E. Olson. Learn how praying the Our Father can deepen your appreciation of the Eucharist, and how it reminds Christians that we are not made for this world.
Carl E. Olson is the author of Praying the Our Father in Lent, available to order from CTS.
How can faith improve mental health?
The current pandemic has brought the issue of mental health to the realm of public conversation, but what role can faith play in struggles with mental health? Fr Billy Swan, a regular contributor to Word on Fire and a parish priest in Ireland, explores this issue in today's podcast, examining saints who suffered from mental health problems, the impact of Christian faith on mental health, and the hope that faith has to offer.
Fr Billy Swan is the author of the CTS publication Finding God: Faith and Mental Health and a priest of the Diocese of Ferns in Ireland. He holds a degree in chemistry and worked for a number of years for a pharmaceutical company before entering seminary. He was awarded a Licentiate and Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and served for four years as the Director of Seminary Formation at the Pontifical Irish College. He is currently based at St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Fr Swan is a regular contributor to the Word on Fire blog and has a deep interest in the relationship between faith and science, the New Evangelization, early Irish Christianity and priestly formation.
Helping Young People Discover the Catholic Faith - With Fr Michel Remery
How do you help young people discover the Catholic faith? Fr Michel Remery, who is responsible for Youth Ministry in Luxembourg, explains how to combine both the digital continent and the physical world to bring the Catholic faith alive for young people, while relating his own experiences of sharing his own enthusiasm for the faith with young people. Fr Michel Remery is the author of the CTS book Online With Saints. Click here to order and find out more.
Why does the Directory for Catechesis Matter Today?
What is the Directory for Catechesis and why does it matter for us today? Discover why this new Vatican Document is relevant to our modern culture and its particular value for catechists and schools in this interview with Dr Petroc Willey.
Dr Willey is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, formerly worked at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, and is one of the Consultors for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, which promulgated the new Directory.
Spreading the Gospel in the Modern World - With Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
What does catechesis look like in our ever-changing world? We chat to Hannah Vaughan-Spruce, CTS author of "A Handbook for Catechists", about the new Directory for Catechesis and the importance of the changes made since the last edition. What does catechesis look like in a digital culture? How can catechists facilitate an encounter with God? Why is it important to have catechists who have experienced the love of God in their lives? What is the role of parents, grandparents, and godparents in catechesis? We explore these questions and more!
As well as being the author of A Handbook for Catechists, today's guest Hannah Vaughan-Spruce is the Executive Director of Divine Renovation UK, the author of the Confirmation course Transformed in Christ, and a study on why Catholics leave the Church.
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Catholics and Our Common Home - With Sr Margaret Atkins
As we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical on caring for the environment Laudato Si, we talk to Sr Margaret Atkins, author of Catholics and Our Common Home, about Laudato Si, whether the Catholic Church is doing enough to care for the environment, how Catholics should feel about the impact of technology on the environment, and whether Laudato Si casts light on the COVID-19 crisis. Get your copy of Laudato Si and Catholics and Our Common Home here: https://bit.ly/2BaD1P2
Sr Margaret Atkins is a member of the community of Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus. After studying Classics and Theology, she taught Theology at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, before joining her community in 2005. She has a very long-standing interest in the relation between faith and ecology, and published her first CTS pamphlet Must Catholics Be Green? in 1995.