88 episodes

Two fun-loving and God-fearing Irishmen, a Catholic priest and his good friend, grapple with the big questions about faith, religion, and life.

Wrestling with God Show Wrestling with God Productions

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings

Two fun-loving and God-fearing Irishmen, a Catholic priest and his good friend, grapple with the big questions about faith, religion, and life.

    Ep88 Sadness is a Blessing and Superpower

    Ep88 Sadness is a Blessing and Superpower

    Father Len explains that sadness is our lot in life and how embracing it will bring us wisdom, love, a sense of purpose, and help guide our path to heaven.



    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom



    The pain of sadness wakes you up to be more tender and compassionate.

    Sadness is a superpower that can transform you into being more creative.

    Depression sucks all the life out of you.

    Denying sadness can lead to self-absorption and a toxic life.

    Father Len shares the story of how the sadness of prison life became a university for growth for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    Depression makes you listless and less concerned for action and the suffering of other people.

    Depression is when you’re alone. Sadness is when you’re with other people.

    Those who embrace sadness have a greater sense of purpose in their lives.

    American society is obsessed with positivity and always being happy, happy, happy.

    Studies have found Americans smile more than any other country, but test out to be more depressed.

    Obsession with positive thinking is just a form of denial of sadness.

    The more you repress something, the more likely you are to act on it.

    America’s obsession with positivity and always having a positive attitude is a form of repression.

    Sadness is hard, but it also gives birth to love.

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    Life Lessons from Jesus and the Church He Founded: http://LifeLessonsfromJesus.org

    A Priest’s Life: https://idahovocations.com/resources/video-podcasts/





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    Email: irish@wwgproductions.org

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    • 39 min
    Ep87 Lying to Yourself

    Ep87 Lying to Yourself

    Father Len grapples with the tendency we all have of lying to ourselves about ourselves and the effect it has on us and those around us.



    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom



    Links to Podcasts from Wrestling with God Productions



    Wrestling with God Show: http://WWGShow.com

    Life Lessons from Jesus and the Church He Founded: http://LifeLessonsfromJesus.org

    A Priest’s Life: https://idahovocations.com/resources/video-podcasts/





    Make a financial donation here: https://www.GiveSendGo.com/WWGProductions

    We welcome your questions and comments:



    Email: irish@wwgproductions.org

    Text or voicemail: 208-391-3738

    • 48 min
    Ep86 Is empathy a solution to our societal problems?

    Ep86 Is empathy a solution to our societal problems?

    Father Len makes a compelling case for empathy being the solution to most of our societal problems, including mass shootings.

    • 43 min
    Ep85 Irish’s Story: The Inspiration for the Wrestling with God Show

    Ep85 Irish’s Story: The Inspiration for the Wrestling with God Show

    Irish shares the journey that led him to Father Len and the creation of the Wrestling with God Show. He also reveals plans for Wrestling with God Productions, the new association he’s founded to build bridges to faith, religion, and the Catholic Church.



    Show Notes



    Books & Publications Mentioned in this Episode:



    “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” by Pope St. John Paul II

    “One Bread One Body” published by Presentation Ministries, Cincinnati Ohio

    “Divine Intimacy” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. (published by Baronius Press)





    Links to Podcasts from Wrestling with God Productions



    Wrestling with God Show: http://WWGShow.com

    Life Lessons from Jesus and the Church He Founded: http://LifeLessonsfromJesus.org

    A Priest’s Life: https://idahovocations.com/resources/video-podcasts/





    Make a financial donation here: https://www.GiveSendGo.com/WWGProductions

    We welcome your questions and comments:



    Email: irish@wwgproductions.org

    Text or voicemail: 208-391-3738

    • 20 min
    Ep84 Christ’s Eternal Priesthood

    Ep84 Christ’s Eternal Priesthood

    He’s back! Father Len returns to grapple with doubts expressed by Irish’s daughter about the legitimacy of priests and leadership in the Catholic Church. He reveals how it’s all part of God’s plan for Christ’s eternal priesthood.

    • 47 min
    Ep83 Encore: Why Does God Allow School Shootings and Other Evils?

    Ep83 Encore: Why Does God Allow School Shootings and Other Evils?

    Father Len explains why God allows evil in the world and how we choose to react to evil can cause bane or enlightenment.



    Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom



    God gives us free will to choose our actions. It’s up to us to choose good or evil.

    If God took away our choices, we’d no longer be human beings. We’d be preprogrammed like toasters and robots.

    “It makes no sense to pray for somebody to do something. I pray that someone’s heart will be open to see the right choice.” – Father Len

    God loves us so much that he allows us to choose our own actions.

    God allows us to choose how we react to evil and evil doers. Will we choose the path to bane or enlightenment?

    “The Plague” by Albert Camus

    “The evil that is in the world comes out of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.” – Albert Camus

    “A loveless world is a dead world.” – Albert Camus

    “All a man could win in the conflict between plague and life was knowledge and memories.” – Albert Camus

    Our choices are not predetermined. God exists outside of time and space. God’s view of our lives appears much like a painting does to us. God can see it all from beginning to end. All the choices we make in our lives are in full view to God. They are not predetermined by God.

    Throughout our lives, God will constantly urge, beg, and intervene to try to change our hearts to make the right choices.

    God allows us to choose light or darkness.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

JoyAveGirl ,

Father Len

Father Len has been my parish priest for 14 years. He’s been given a new assignment by Bishop Peter and will be transferring to his new parish in early July. Fr Len has left a quite an impression on me, our parish, our parish school which he was instrumental in building and our community. His love of RCIA and Adult Ed has transferred nicely to these podcasts. In 14 years I’ve learned more about my faith than the previous 47 combined. I’ll continue to listen even when he leaves so I can enjoy his intellect tinged with a bit of his prickliness. Thanks Irish for putting up with Father and getting these podcasts on.

Mmwhite3117 ,

Father Len will leave you speechless

So a priest is supposed to interpret the Bible in his way and relay that message to you….?…. Correct? What if that priest gets it wrong? I remember a story Father Len said how about doing a sermon at a different parish and he said that it translated men be submissive to your women. After the sermon the priest who taught the regularly ….. said you can’t say that to my parishioners because that’s not what I tell them. He said well it says what it says. I don’t want to be bald but I am. 😂. Father Len in all of his wisdom has maybe one of the most strongest relationships with God but he understands the Bible and he has taken it to A whole new level by educating himself through college courses/degrees. This is a man who is going to be missed beyond words. And Coeur d’Alene has no idea what kind of gift God is giving them. I hope they take full advantage of it. Because he will be missed beyond all of the tears in the words that consume this valley. He is truly a magnificent soul that will bring many people to a relationship with Christ. I am blessed to have had him baptize me, I am blessed for all of the knowledge that he shared with me and I have been able to pass on and I’m truly blessed for all those years that I was able to spend in his presence.

Sunshin13 ,

WWG- the Christmas Story

These PODCASTS are amazing and full of wisdom and a snippet of the joy in this journey we can experience. Totally new way fo appreciating Advent.

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