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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.

    What’s the Point of Religion?

    What’s the Point of Religion?

    What does God really want from us?

    When you look at every religion, Christian or otherwise, you’ll find worship at the heart. No matter who or what our religion is calling us to, we are meant to worship. And even further, the heart of worship is sacrifice. In order to truly love and worship something or someone, we must give something up in return, whether that be time, attention, or material possessions.

    Today, Fr. Mike explains what’s at the heart of religion, and how realizing this can strengthen our relationship with God.

    • 9 min
    The Price of Forgiveness

    The Price of Forgiveness

    Sometimes saying sorry just isn’t enough.

    Chances are that you can remember a time you hurt someone through your actions. Maybe it was just missing something important to them, or letting your words slip to someone else, but whatever you did cost them something. And when your mistakes lead to someone in your life losing something, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.

    Today, Fr. Mike explains why we have to ask people for forgiveness and not just say we’re sorry.

    For more on reconciliation from Fr. Mike—and Fr. Josh Johnson—be sure to check out their Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    • 5 min
    When You’re Discouraged

    When You’re Discouraged

    It’s not unusual to experience discouragement on the road to holiness, especially when we live in a world that is filled with temptations and persecution. With God on our side, nothing the devil can do will ever prevail over us. However, it’s the moment we become too discouraged to ask God for help that the devil is waiting for. So how can we prevent this from happening?

    Today, Fr. Mike explains the root of discouragement in our faith journey, and how to keep leaning on God through that struggle.

    • 7 min
    Is Holy Communion a Right?

    Is Holy Communion a Right?

    Last week, we talked about Holy Communion being a gift and not a right owed to us by God. This may sound like the Church doesn’t want you if you’ve sinned, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, every one of us is in need of repentance, and there is not one person on this earth who isn’t a sinner. What we need to examine within ourselves is how we can realign our souls back to God and enter a union with him in the Holy Sacrament.

    Today, Fr. Mike clarifies some points he made in his last video about Holy Communion, and explains why the Church has always wanted your heart—especially in the midst of sin.

    For more from Fr. Mike, check out his new book Are You Saved? The Catholic Understanding of Salvation from his new series The Curious Catholic.

    • 10 min
    Can Someone Be Denied Holy Communion?

    Can Someone Be Denied Holy Communion?

    Sometimes we can be tricked into thinking that the Holy Communion we receive at Mass every Sunday is somehow owed to us; that we have a right to receive it. However, the Eucharist, which is Jesus Christ’s own body and blood, is a divine gift bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. And because it’s a gift, the way we receive it and the state of our souls matter greatly to our relationship with God. Which begs the question: can someone be denied Holy Communion?

    Today, Fr. Mike explains whether communion is a gift that can be taken away, and what that means for public figures who openly support practices against the Church, like abortion.

    If you or someone you know has had an abortion and is seeking help and healing, visit https://www.rachelsvineyard.org/ for resources and guidance.

    • 12 min
    How to Lose Everything and Still Hope

    How to Lose Everything and Still Hope

    Many of us have been in situations where we’ve risked losing. It usually happens during childhood, while competing in sports, the arts, or just making small bets and wagers with our friends. But have you ever looked back on those losses and thought they might have been preparing you for the bigger losses we experience in adulthood—the loss of a loved one, a dream job, or a hard breakup?

    Today, Fr. Mike explains why it might be necessary to lose sometimes, and how to do it well.

    • 8 min

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The Bishop Sheen of our time

Fr. Mike’s messages are always right on the mark. His joy, love, and commitment to the Gospel are such a great example for us all.

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God Bless you

Father Mike had such wonderful insight that is deep, yet easy to digest. God has sent us a very talented priest an I will continue to pray for him.

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