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114: Can You Really Suffer with Joy and Tame the Tongue?
Join Matthew Leonard and Shane Kapler in a powerful discussion of how St. James teaches us to suffer with joy and tame our tongues...and a whole lot more (including why Martin Luther hated this book of the Bible).
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In this episode we'll discuss:
- How to endure suffering joyfully
- What to do when we suffer
- How suffering is related to deification
- How your speech can literally keep you out of heaven
- Why Luther called the book of James an "epistle of straw"
- Why James's nickname was "Camel Knees"
113: Deeper Prayer with Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Archbishop Fulton Sheen was one of the greatest Catholic evangelists of our time. He reached millions of souls every week with the gospel of Christ. But it didn't just happen. Sheen had a secret weapon. It was a deep prayer life that took on a very specific form. Join Matthew Leonard and Allan Smith as they discuss the incredible spiritual life of this amazing man of God and how we can learn to pray like him.
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112 Developing a Powerful Theology of Home with Carrie Gress
Matthew Leonard and Dr. Carrie Gress discuss the power and evangelistic necessity of a proper theology of home. This is a huge topic for both Catholic men and women. After all, we all live in homes!
The relationship between "home" and your spiritual life How modern culture asks men to become like women (and vice-versa) How a Catholic theology of home is different from Protestantism and other faiths The prime role of beauty in the home • Why Scripture emphasizes hospitality and the importance of its role How Our Lady teaches us a theology of home 🔴 2 FREE WEEKS of the SCIENCE OF SAINTHOOD! Text SAINT to 66866 (US Only) OR go to https://www.nextlevelcatholicacademy.com/2-week-free-trial
111 Church Crisis and the Path Forward with Ralph Martin
It's a legitimate question. Is there a crisis in the Catholic faith? And if so, what exactly is it and where did it come from?
Of course, there are a lot of facets to that question, some of them easier to see than others. So I brought in Dr. Ralph Martin, a man with a great deal of experience and insight, to help understand what's happening and why.
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"Seriously! Why weren't we taught this before!"
But we're not stopping there. The Catholic faith is all about hope and salvation. So we're not just talking problems. We're talking solutions.
Among other things we discuss:
What is universalism & why is it so dangerous Is Vatican II to blame for our problems? What role has the sexual revolution played? Why the desire for divinity is at the root of it all What are the different kinds of oppressions present in the Church today? Is the New Evangelization dead? The only path forward to solve the crisis We're not pulling punches, nor chasing boogie-men. It's time to get real.
God bless and enjoy the show.
110 Junkies Jail and Jesus - The Wildly Beautiful Conversion of John Edwards
There are conversion stories and then there are conversion stories. This is one you really want to hear.
It’s the story of how a guy named John Edwards, co-founder of Virtual Catholic Conference, hit absolute rock-bottom...and I mean falling into the cracks at the rock bottom... even while everyone else thought he was living the dream.
In reality it was a nightmare...until Jesus entered the building.
That’s about all that can be said, except that you need to hear it for yourself.
109 Deep Prayer and the Power of Redemptive Suffering
Don’t leave it on the table. Don’t walk away from the transforming power of two of the most important things in the spiritual life…deep prayer and the almost “too good to be true” opportunity of redemptive suffering.
They will change your life.
So if you’re anxious or uneasy, wondering what in the world has happened and what exactly is to come, take a listen. This is a conversation that will bring you some peace and help you re-focus on the essentials that can change both your life, and the lives of others.
Always pops up when I need it!
I don’t know why I don’t make a point to listen religiously (no pun intended), but God knows exactly when I need to hear Matthew Leonard and/or his guests. This podcast seems to pop up at random times as a reminder... and I know I have to hit “play” when it does. Today was no different. I’m about to run out to purchase a book discussed on his show and will make a point to keep Art of Catholic at the top of my podcast list from now on.
I have been on the stage of inquiry of the Catholic faith for a few months now and Matthews Podcast has definitely been helpful in pushing me more into a full commitment to the Catholic Church. I’ve listened to almost every single episode and it is hard to pick a favorite as they have all been extremely helpful at answering my questions and concerns. The 80’s references also don’t hurt either.
Thank God it's not daily
This is my favorite Catholic podcast, but I'm so thankful it's not a daily podcast. Matthew dives deep into each topic he covers. In fact, he dives in so deep, that I have to listen to each episode multiple times just to grasp the depth of everything presented. If this was daily, I wouldn't be able to do that. Keep up the great work, Matthew. God bless you.