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

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast Ascension

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

    Comparison: The Great Distraction

    Comparison: The Great Distraction

    St. Francis De Sales, often referred to as the "Saint-maker," liked to say, "Be who you are, and be that well." Each of us is called to pursue a life of holiness, a journey that unfolds uniquely for every individual. But comparing ourselves to others and judging ourselves harshly can be tempting.


    Fr. Mike Schmitz delves into the harmful effects of comparison and invites us instead to focus on embracing our true identity and "paint our own sunrise."
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    The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)

    The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)

    "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!" Okay maybe not everything, but probably more than you thought.


    Vanity isn't just looking the mirror too much (although it could be). Vanity isn't just too much plastic surgery (although it could be). Vanity is "the inordinate preoccupation with what other people think."


    Fr. Mike suggests we look at our lives a little more closely with this new definition—and to look at Jesus for the solution.
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    How to Bring Order to Your Life

    How to Bring Order to Your Life

    When you clean and organize a room, you have to ask one very important question first: what is this room for? Once you can answer that, everything begins falling into place.


    In order to direct and order your own life, you must ask that same question. What is your life for? What is the primary purpose of the one life you've been given?


    Fr. Mike proposes that, when you can answer that question, everything in your life will begin falling into place for you. And he might even take a crack at answering that question for you.
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    Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?

    Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?

    We were all born sick.


    The sickness is Sin. It's not a tendency to sin that we brought upon ourselves... it's something we "caught" from our parents, that was passed down to us by our forefathers. This is Original Sin.


    ...but wait, how is that even fair?! Today, Fr. Mike reminds you that you are good and you were made good. But we are born with a wound that only our creator can heal.
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    What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?

    What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?

    Don't let anyone trick you into thinking life isn't hard. Experience tells us all that life is truly difficult at times. But even still... haven't you ever just wished it was easier?


    Today, Fr. Mike proposes an alternative to just wishing things were easier. When life gets difficult, there is only one way forward (hint: it's not just grinning and bearing it).
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    What If God Doesn’t Exist?

    What If God Doesn’t Exist?

    What if there were no God? What does that idea look like if you follow it to its logical conclusion? It ain't pretty.


    Today, Fr. Mike shows us that meaning, dignity, and purpose come from the one who created everything. And the good news is that he made you on purpose, for a reason. And you matter.
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Confirmation saints!

I would love if you talk about girls picking a male confirmation saint

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There was the best and shortest recording you ever have done thank you

Jazzcatjt ,

Father Mike Schmitz is amazing

I’ve been a lapsed Catholic for some time, but listening to The Bible in a Year podcast and I’ll be starting Catechism in a Year in 2024. I’ll also be listening to The Bible in a Year podcast in 2024 as well, Father Mike has brought me completely back to my Catholic faith.i also absolutely love his Acension presents podcasts. I listened to several today and the one that truly touched my heart is When God doesn’t answer your prayers. My husband, Mark, passed away on January 21st. I prayed, got in my knees and begged God not to take him from me, please save him. God didn’t, but you know what? It was the right thing to do for Mark. He had congestive heart failure. He got Covid and fought that and beat it. Then he had pneumonia that wasn’t discovered when he first went into the hospital. He was at physical rehabilitation center because he fell twice and injured his back. He got Covid there and his cardiologist believed he got pneumonia there. He rallied and was transferred to a Cardiac step down unit. He did good for a few days then he had a heart attack. We were just talking and next thing I know I’m yelling g for a nurse she comes in, called a code blue and sent me to the waiting area. It took twenty minutes to bring him back. All that time I’m praying for God to save Mark. They did but he was on a ventilator.. he went back to the critical care unit. An X-ray then showed he also had influenza and his blood pressure would not stay up. That is why he went from the physical rehabilitation center to the hospital, his blood pressure would not stabilize.
I now knew it was time to let him go. A few days later when the doctors assured me there was nothing more they could do Mark was moved to the palliative or they call it comfort care ward.
I stayed overnight with him so he wouldn’t be alone. I talked to him, he was already in a coma, but I know they can hear us. The following day his two brothers and his mother came to the hospital.
Mark had been on oxygen and the nurse asked me if they could take him off as it would help him to let go and pass peacefully. As hard as it was I did. They have a final morphine shot . We all took turns saying goodbye then I laid in the bed with Mark, my head on his chest. I was hugging him when he took his last breath. I knew God had given me time to accept that Mark was not goi g to get better and come home. I’m glad he was there to help me make that decision to let Mark go. I miss him every day, but I know he is better off and his in Heaven.
I’m sorry this is such a long review, but I had to share that after just now listening to Father Mike’s podcast on God not always answering prayers many times he has reasons for not doing so. I never got mad at God, I’m grateful he guided me to make the right decision when the time came.
I love this podcast with Father Mike these have also deepened my faith and trust in God.

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