The mission of Faith Full Podcast is to bring compelling audio storytelling about the Catholic faith, spirituality, religion, and life. The independent, award-winning project is hosted and produced by Tony Ganzer, a journalist and writer by trade, and a Catholic by choice and upbringing. He has reported on many things over 15 years in the US and Europe, from Swiss Parliament to the plight of refugees, but religion and faith have always held a special place.
Some say religion is a third-rail for journalists because one wrong move can bring strong reaction. But talking to each other in a measured way, about topics or times that affect us all to our deepest levels, can only be a good thing. This program tries to do this through narrative, sound-rich storytelling.
‘The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people: people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people who make the effort to engage in sincere dialogue so that the truth can emerge; people who are attracted by goodness and take responsibility for how they use language..’
Pope Francis, 24 January 2018
Spiritual Poverty and Helping Hands
Switzerland is one of the world's wealthiest countries, and poverty doesn’t manifest itself in the same way as in other places. The numbers of people needing food and shelter are exponentially less, even when considering Switzerland’s size.
But there can be another kind of poverty, a spiritual poverty.
In this short episode of the Faith Full Podcast we talk a little about the poor in spirit, and the need for a bit more compassion in our approach to each other.
Praying at a Lego House for God
When you think of Legos, you no doubt envision the small bricks that ignite children’s imaginations by their possibilities. You sift through a box of tiny pieces looking for one to make that spaceship just right, or house a little more functional.
John Kraemer takes that to a different level.
He doesn’t just build a church, it’s a working model of parish life for a Lego world not unlike our own. You can pray in many ways, and for John, building these Lego parishes and communities are a prayer.
Fr. Jamie Dennis, a blind priest guiding the faithful
"The Church hasn't always been good at dealing with people who are, quote unquote different. It's difficult." Fr. Jamie Dennis is one of what he estimates are only 10 Catholic priests in the U.S. He talks to us about why the Latin Mass and Byzantine Liturgy are more accessible than the Ordinary Form, he talks about living in a train caboose, and he talks about the challenges he faced growing up while losing his vision.
Blind Catholics Keeping the Faith in a Pandemic
For some Catholics who are blind, the experience of the Mass can be very different than for sighted people. In normal times, it can be a tactile experience. But not during the pandemic. As with many Catholics, those who are blind have found technology as a way to continue to express their faith even when so much of life is disrupted. We hear from come Catholics who are blind, plus more on the Xavier Society for the Blind which offers Catholic and inspirational material in Braille.
Blessings on a German Breeze
The world remains gripped by a pandemic; an unseen, but very present coronavirus has caused us to rethink a lot of things: how we work, how we spend time, how we show respect and communicate. I’ve been sitting on a fun anecdote for a while, and thought these dark days are as good a time as any to share. So coming up: the story of a giant Jesus Christ (in hot air balloon form) and the two German monks, in this short episode of Faith Full.
Find a full transcript on the episode page!
Penance, Prayers, and an Incorrupt Heart
In times of struggle for the institution of the Catholic Church, some look for inspiration and intercession from the Saints. St. Jean Vianney is Patron Saint of Parish Priests, living through great difficulty for the Catholic Church in France. The incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney is touring the U.S. during another time of trial in the Church.
We meet Evan Holguin, traveling with the relic for the Knights of Columbus.
Fr. Stephen Dominic Hayes, O.P. of St. Patrick Priory in Columbus, Ohio.