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Hi, I'm Matthew, a Roman Catholic seminarian on pastoral assignment in the Pacific Northwest. Come take a walk with me and friends as we discuss Christian life, faith, liturgy, priestly formation, philosophy, theology, Shakespeare, and a whole lot more. Be, Jesus, our joy! Podcast updated weekly on Saturdays.

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In Your Embrace Matthew Knight

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Hi, I'm Matthew, a Roman Catholic seminarian on pastoral assignment in the Pacific Northwest. Come take a walk with me and friends as we discuss Christian life, faith, liturgy, priestly formation, philosophy, theology, Shakespeare, and a whole lot more. Be, Jesus, our joy! Podcast updated weekly on Saturdays.

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    Episode 45: The Abode of Heaven

    Episode 45: The Abode of Heaven

    21 November 2020 | Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Eugene, Ore.

    As we celebrate this beautiful feast, we reflect on the meaning of Mary—the new and living temple not made by human hands, Ark of the New Covenant and true “abode of heaven!”—entering into the old Temple of Jerusalem as a little girl. What does this mystery mean for you and me? Also, it’s evaluation season once again, and I share some take-aways from my pastoral year committee’s evaluation of me this week! And let’s not forget this week’s play, “Timon of Athens,” the little-known Shakespearean tragedy said to be Karl Marx’s favorite. But is it a tragedy after all?

    Opening music: Troparion for the Entrance of the Theotokos, sung by St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Choir, Minneapolis, dir. Fr. Gregory Early, 2019. All rights reserved.

    Closing music: Kontakion for the Entrance of the Theotokos, sung by Archangel Voices, dir. K. Lawrence, 2005. All rights reserved.

    Download my prayer card with the novena prayer to Christ the King and Stella coeli here.




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    Episode 44: The Freeze

    Episode 44: The Freeze

    13 November 2020 | St. Didacus | Eugene, Ore.

    In the bleak ides of November, as Oregon prepares to lock down once again to stem the rising tide of covid cases, join me for some intellectual and spiritual respite as we talk about Edward III (the last of the history plays—for real this time), St. Didacus (patron of a large American city—you’ll never guess which one!) and the much-neglected virtue of patience. Also, you’ll get my thoughts, for better or worse, on the new two-week “Oregon freeze” order going into effect next week, from my perspective “in the trenches.” Save us, O Jesus!

    Opening music: “Stella caeli extirpavit,” sequence in times of pestilence, sung by the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey, 2020. All rights reserved.

    Find the text of this ancient prayer in Latin and English here.


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    Episode 43: Lessons in Leadership

    Episode 43: Lessons in Leadership

    7 November 2020 | Our Lady on Saturday | Eugene, Ore.

    Join me for a peaceful Saturday drive through the falling leaves as I share some lessons I have been learning this week in the parish, a powerful prayer recommended by the Archbishop of Portland, and my take on Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. Is the ill-fated king’s first of many divorces - gasp! - an allegory?  

    Opening music: “Columba aspexit (A dove gazed in),” composed by St. HIildegard of Bingen, sung by Voices of Ascension, women section, dir. Dennis Keene, 1997. All rights reserved.


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    Daily Reflection: November 5 - XXXI Thursday in Ordinary Time

    Daily Reflection: November 5 - XXXI Thursday in Ordinary Time

    This reflection was given at Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s Parish, Eugene, OR on Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time (Cycle II), November 5, 2020.

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    Episode 42: Rest for Your Souls

    Episode 42: Rest for Your Souls

    31 October 2020 | Our Lady on Saturday | Eugene, Ore.

    On this eve of All the Saints (and quite a chilly fall morning), join me for a stroll through a cemetery as we discuss work and rest, being good stewards of the time the Lord gives us, and of course, the last play of the Henry tragedies: Shakespeare’s Henry V. 

    Opening music: “Gaudeamus omnes,” introit for the Solemnity of All Saints, sung by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, dir. Canon Louis Valadier, 2018. All rights reserved.


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    Episode 41: Of Which Father

    Episode 41: Of Which Father

    24 October 2020 | St. Raphael the Archangel | Eugene, Ore.

    At the end of a week of many “firsts,” join me on a walk through the wild wetland as we discuss the miracles of St. Raphael in the Book of Tobit, the spiritual significance of wearing masks, and of course, the second and final part of Henry IV through the lens of one fundamental question: of which father am I a son? 

    Opening music: “Laudate Dominum,” composed by J. P. Sweelinck, performed by The Cambridge Singers, dir. John Rutter, 2009. All rights reserved.


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    • 1 hr 17 min

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