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Faith, pop culture, and headline reflections from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast Ascension

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Faith, pop culture, and headline reflections from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

    Why Self-Care is Important for Loving Others

    Why Self-Care is Important for Loving Others

    Jesus tells in the Gospels, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But what if you struggle to love yourself? How can we pour ourselves out for others if we are not first filled up?


    Today, Fr. Mike challenges us properly order our love for others, namely wiling the good of the other by first willing our own good and setting clear boundaries so that we can love more fully.

    • 12 min
    How the Eucharist Changed My Life

    How the Eucharist Changed My Life

    Why do less than 30% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence? It seems like many have forgotten that Jesus gave his flesh for the life of the world.


    Today, Fr. Mike reminds us of the gift of the Eucharist and shares the way it transformed his own life. It is the heart of our faith, our spiritual nourishment, the bread that we live for, and the teaching worth dying for.

    • 9 min
    Is Judas in Hell?

    Is Judas in Hell?

    Is Judas in Hell? The overwhelming consensus over time is that he must be. But has the Church proclaimed that he definitely is? Surprisingly... no. Why?


    Jesus teaches us that, while we can evaluate “a tree by its fruits,” it is left to God alone to make a final judgement upon someone’s heart and determine their destination. Everyone has the grace and the opportunity to say “yes” to God. The sobering flipside to this reality is that hell is real—and it’s not something that only really, really bad people choose. “Wide is the road that leads to destruction.”


    Today, Fr. Mike invites us to ponder our final destination, and whether or not we are truly doing God’s will.

    • 10 min
    The One Reason You are Not Yet a Saint

    The One Reason You are Not Yet a Saint

    Are there things in my life that are incompatible with holiness?


    We all wish to be saints—God's people with him forever in heaven. But do we will it? Do we choose it?


    Fr. Mike wants you to know that today is the day. This is the moment. There's only one reason you're not a saint yet.

    • 10 min
    Pray About It? Or Just Do It?

    Pray About It? Or Just Do It?

    Have you heard the phrase, "Ora et Labora" before? What about the maxim, "Pray as if everything depends on God. And work as if everything depends on you."


    Today Fr. Mike breaks down the Benedictine charism of prayer AND work and offers us some food for thought when tempted to fall into fatalism or quietism and remove our will from the equation.

    • 7 min
    How to Love Someone that is Hard to Love

    How to Love Someone that is Hard to Love

    "Love your neighbor as yourself." We all know the drill. Jesus calls us to love even our enemies. But loving people can be so HARD.


    Today Fr. Mike offers us some 3 practical tips and a word of challenge to lean into loving those we find difficult to love and care for.

    • 8 min

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Rootiekazoo ,

DaDaDaDaDaDaDaDa🦇 Man

😆😆😆 Okay, now can we hear your review on the movie “Babe.” I love that movie and watch it often. ❤️😆😉 Hugs! That’s what I’m going to watch. 😆🐷🦤 stay grateful and thankful. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 WHAT?… you got a tattoo, lol… I like how you presented and the reason you got a tattoo however, I would’ve lost that bet…I would’ve fo’ sure thought you got a “Batman” tattoo, lol… If I ever got a tattoo it would be of a smile face on the bottom of my big toes… lol… just to bring joy to other’s … bahahahhahahahha! I’m listening via Podcast so did you really get a tat-toe?… 🤣🤣🤣 I guess it’s ova’ between us… oldie but goodie lol… 👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻 My bro had a tattoo on his wrist T.H.C. his initials teehee… Rest In Peace brotha’… Dahomey y’all; Check dis’ out: Are there things in my life that are incompatible with holiness? We all wish to be saints—God's people with him forever in heaven. But do we will it? Do we choose it? Fr. Mike wants you to know that today is the day. This is the moment. There's only one reason you're not a saint yet… 🙏🏻🦋😂 Such a great episode for all to ponder upon… say no to whatever ain’t good for you, stay in prayer and thank God for the blue butterfly or bluebird that showed up mysteriously in your video today. In my case it looked like a blue butterfly and or a bluebird…not sure however, it was a sight to see;) 😂🦋🙏🏻. Thank you, Jesus;) Grateful for the new flowers that spring up today on the tomato 🍅 🌱’s!!! Every flower a potential tomato!!! Mm good! 😂 ❤️🙏🏻

Happy feast of Corpus Christi, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ! 🍇

Lathrop East ,

Energetic

Fr Mike, you must be a bundle of positive energy in person. My son goes to UNLV and is part of the Newman Center. I hope his experience is at least half as good as the experience the kids get at your Newman Center. Reaching the kids that age and where they are at is imperative and I’m glad you’re up for it.
I did see Batman based off your recent post, I enjoyed it, it was a good story, not for the little ones as you say. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you for getting me to go back to church.

ashelsaM14 ,

New to the Catholic Faith

I recently made the decision to finish my sacraments within the Catholic Church and….I couldn’t be happier to have found your podcast. You and the priest at my local church have been a huge blessing in my life. I had always been intimidated by the Catholic Church and both of you have made it feel much more at home. You both have done your best to make me feel valued, explain everything in great detail, and you are both such beautiful, good people with souls that shine as bright as Heaven itself. I will pray for you both with much gratitude and I pray that God continues to bless you greatly. Priesthood definitely suits the both of you. Thank you again! God bless! 😇🙏😊

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