Brandon Vogt and Fr. Blake Britton are best friends, two Millennial Catholics living near Orlando, FL. “The Burrowshire Podcast” is an extension of their friendship, sharing conversation about faith, culture, books, and the spiritual life. New episodes release every two weeks.
#030: Protecting Your Joy
It’s hard to stay joyful today. We’ve all noticed a rise of anxiety, anger, and bitterness, whether in ourselves or among friends. Our cultural climate is toxic, to say the least. Yet, we are called to be missionaries of joy, who spread the evangelium gaudium (joy of the Gospel). How do we do this? How do we develop and protect our joy? In this episode, Fr. Blake and Brandon explain how to root our joy in Christ, how to recognize the enemies of joy, and Chesterton’s and Tolkien’s advice on maintaining “joy without a cause.”
“The Ballad of the White Horse” by G.K. Chesterton
BONUS - “Reclaiming Vatican II” - Fr. Blake's New Book!
Woohoo!! The big day is finally here! Today marks the release of Fr. Blake’s new book titled Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church. Brandon and Fr. Blake discuss the book and why so many people misunderstand the Second Vatican Council. They also explore the Council’s four major documents and how to reclaim and (properly) implement them today.
Reclaiming Vatican II: https://www.wordonfire.org/reclaim
Word on Fire Vatican II Collection: https://wordonfire.org/vatican2
#029: Holiness in the Digital Age
How do we preserve our state of grace in such a volatile and hostile environment as social media? Digital tools allow for a lot of good. We have seen that especially during this pandemic, when people are able to connect with one another across the globe. But, as we well know, there are also significant dangers. Fr. Blake and Brandon discuss how to navigate them and maintain our holiness.
#028: Dealing with Shame
We all experience shame. But what should we do with it? According to John Damascene and Gregory of Nyssa, “Shame is fear of doing a disgraceful deed or of a disgraceful deed done.” In this episode, we explore shame in the spiritual life, dealing with both its positive and negative components. We also examine today's prevalent culture of shame, discussing how the internet fuels it and how to respond spiritually and practically.
#027: Disney and Theology
We are both from Orlando and grew up around Disney. It is part of our culture, as it is for many Millennials who grew up watching classic Disney films. Today we discuss the The Disney Renaissance (aka The Disney Decade), lasting from 1989-1999, and examine the religious themes of four Disney films: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Books and Resources
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
#026: Moving Past the Liturgy Wars
We have received several requests to do an episode on the sacred liturgy. We know it's always a hot-button topic in the Church, and for good reason. The sacred liturgy is incredibly important. So, in this episode we discuss what the liturgy is, how Vatican II reformed the liturgy, and why it's time to move past the liturgy wars. We also unpack many of today's liturgical debates concerning the Traditional Latin Mass, ad orientem, and more. Finally, we explore the role of liturgy in family life and how to cultivate a liturgical rhythm and environment in your home.
Books and Resources
The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life by Kendra Tierney
Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family by Maria Von Trapp
“Carrots for Michaelmas” Blog by Haley Stewart
SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT
This podcast is one of the reasons why I am a recent convert to the Catholic faith! I am so grateful to Brandon and Father Blake for sharing their faith and friendship with their listeners, inviting us into their dialogue about current and cultural issues impacting our faith today. Rooted and grounded in the core teachings and rich history of the Church, they offer listeners encouragement and understanding as we try to best live out our faith in a world growing more secular and anti-Christian. How I wish that more priests had the courage of Father Blake to speak Truth! I am so grateful for this podcast and don’t miss an episode!
Such a delight
I truly love this podcast. They have helped me look at things with new eyes. Their episode on video games was really life changing in my relationship with my son. He loves games and I never understood it. After listening to the podcast I sat down and talked to him about it and his eyes just lit up as he agreed to all the points they made. So thank you so much for that episode.
A Bright Light
Hands down my favorite podcast amongst a pretty eclectic collection of podcasts in my library. Father Blake and Brandon Vogt are voices of clarity, kindness and wisdom amidst a barrage of sometimes confusing and divisive opinions within the church. They clearly have a Christ-centered ministry with this show. Thank you for the enlightenment and hope!