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

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

    How to See God in Everything, Everyday (and How to Respond)

    How to See God in Everything, Everyday (and How to Respond)

    “It is good to guard the secret of a king, but gloriously to reveal the works of God, and with fitting honor to acknowledge him.” – Tobit 12:7


    How often do you acknowledge the works of God? How often do you recognize what he’s doing in your life? In this passage from Tobit, the Archangel Raphael is encouraging us to pay attention to the works of God—not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us. He is constantly present, even in our most mundane tasks. But how often do we notice his works, note his presence and goodness, and declare it to the world?


    Today, Fr. Mike encourages us to acknowledge the presence of God in our lives through 3 steps: noticing, noting, and declaring.


    This is just an introduction to discovering God in your everyday life. To go deeper, check out Danielle Bean’s new book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.

    • 8 min
    Why Christians Shouldn't Cancel People

    Why Christians Shouldn't Cancel People

    How should a Christian react to “cancel culture”?


    Chances are that if you’ve been on social media or listened to the news in the past year, you’ve heard of “cancel culture.” Cancel culture is that practice of boycotting a person or group of people because of controversial actions or opinions. While it might have a fancy new name, this is nothing new to history. Every time period has had some individuals or practices that society deems as controversial or questionable. But are we supposed to practice this kind of behavior as Christians?


    Today, Fr. Mike talks about cancel culture, and how we as Christians are called to respond to it.


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    • 10 min
    Going to Confession for the First Time in a Long Time

    Going to Confession for the First Time in a Long Time

    Learn more about the Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson.


    Confession is a place of never-ending mercy and forgiveness and is one of the most beautiful parts of our Catholic faith. But for many, it can also be a very daunting experience, especially if it’s been a long time since your last confession. Whether it’s the first time you’ve gone in a year, or it’s the first time you’ve gone in your life, God is ready and willing to forgive your sins. All we have to do is let him into our hearts.


    Today, Fr. Mike explains how to approach going to confession for the first time in a long time.

    • 8 min
    Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

    Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

    Why do we keep critics in our lives?


    You probably have someone in your life that seems to be on the hunt for anything they can criticize. It might not be a friend, a coworker, or a family member. It might just be yourself.


    Today, Fr. Mike explains how to turn your inner critic into your inner coach.

    • 8 min
    What Is Real Truth?

    What Is Real Truth?

    What is truth?


    On this channel, we speak a lot about the teachings of the Church and how our society longs for these truths. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself what truth really is? There can be a lot of long, philosophical, complicated answers to this question, but today we have a simple one: truth can simply be defined as “what is.” In other words, a statement is either true or false depending on how closely it describes reality, or what is. But if truth is centered around reality, are there different truths for different people?


    Today, Fr. Mike explains what real truth is.

    • 9 min
    What Does Surrender Actually Look Like?

    What Does Surrender Actually Look Like?

    What does it mean to say that Jesus is the Lord of your life?


    We hear this phrase a lot in the Church, that Jesus is the Lord of our lives, that he has dominion over them. But what does this look like practically? If we just look at the definition, it means surrendering everything we have to God, and giving it to him without hesitation. But how can we truly surrender everything to him without fearing we won’t get it back?


    Today, Fr. Mike talks about how we can surrender to God daily.

    • 7 min

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Inspiring and Real

Definitely my top fave podcast! Fr. Mike has the right idea to keep the episodes short, sweet, practical, and thought provoking. It’s a wonderful companion not just for Catholics, but for all people. I learned so much every time and I keep sharing them with friends and family so we could have conversations around it, too! Thank you Fr. Mike for your generosity, wisdom, and prayers! Gosh bless!

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One of the littest podcasts everrrr 🔥🙌🏼😂

I love every single one of Father Mike’s podcasts; literally, I listen to them everyday! I’m so grateful for these discussions, homilies, etc. because as a young person trying to live out the faith in today’s culture, I sometimes find myself taking the faith for granted and not well equipped to actually answer the call of Our Lord to the best of my ability. I know and believe God reveals and blesses me with the gift of Faith through these podcasts, as well some others I listen to (Pints with Aquinas and Godsplaining), and I find myself not only understanding Him more clearly, but loving Him more dearly and attempting to follow Him more nearly, as the prayer goes 🤗 I can’t thank you enough, Fr. Mike and all involved in this production; I pray for y’all everyday! I highly recommend this podcast and all of Fr. Mike’s podcasts! God is doing amazing work through you, my brother! God bless!

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