Pardon our dust, as we move into our new digs! And pardon the echo/feedback, as the episode gets underway. We're like n00bs again, lol. Anyway, this time we talk a bit about our most recent hiking trip, and the lessons we learned about God out there in the lonely wilderness. And stuff.
How does our Catholic faith form our consciences when it comes to voting, public opinion, or simply the way we deal with our fellow human beings? How do we know who to support as representatives and leaders in a world that has become largely detached from the concept of Absolute Truth? Wow, that's a lot of words.
Witches and Wiccans and Pagans, oh my! This Halloween week, we talk about what the heck Wicca is. Is it evil? Is it harmless? Is it the anti-Catholicism? Damned if we know. (See what we did there?) As a bit of side trivia, we recorded this episode using Google Hangout, all warm and snuggly in our jammies in the warm confines of each of our own homes. Lee's dog, Anya, makes a special guest appearance. You can watch the livestream of this episode on YouTube at https://youtu.be/e_HaeNKfyBQ!
Welcome to our 30th episode Halloween extravaganza (part 1)! Listen if you dare. In this XL-sized, double episode we talk about ghosts and demons (with some actual personal accounts of encounters with the spirit world), the Catholic history of Halloween. On the second half of the episode (which you'll find separately as Episode 1.30b), we play an awesome game that—potentially—ends in one of us DYING. Who do you hope it is? Don't answer that... Mike takes enough abuse.
The argument can be made, from a Catholic vantage, that everyone is an addict since the human condition itself means we’re all afflicted with concupiscience—the inclination to sin. As St. Paul says, we do the very thing we don’t want to do. Alcohol, drugs, gambling—and especially, for more people than are willing to admit, pornography—are a cross many of us bear. Listen to us approach the topic in typical Mmm...Locusts! style: through a dense fog of nonsense. Consider this part 1 of an...
Okay, so here's what happened. We got some new equipment and moved show production over onto that. But despite what FELT LIKE thorough quality and performance pre-checks, our primary recording source failed. And our secondary recording source failed. So this audio comes to you straight from our backup's backup recording source. AND IT'S LOUSY. Sorry, Angie.
Just because you had a turkey sub for dinner last night doesn't mean it existed, scientifically, does it? Is 3-D printing the Eucharist a valid way to compete with the upcoming Church of the A.I.? Is playing Bingo with Gladys inherently sinful, harmless fun, or a great way to steal her Social Security check? We don't know. But we talk about it anyway.
Let's talk about the Apostles! After all, we profess in our Creed that we believe our Church is Apostolic. That must mean the Apostles are kind of important. Where did they go after the Resurrection, and how did they die? Yeah, we'll cover that—but guess what? This is MMM...Locusts! where you either barely get anything on-topic, or you get WAY more than you actually want. Hey, every show needs a niche.
We prattle around talking about some other belief systems, with Rob giving us some insight into his non-denominational days. And other stuff. Honestly, trying to follow our stream of consciousness gets exhausting. But in a good way!
What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done? We get into some detail (probably too much) about our biggest faux pas in life, and how God has used them to teach us and (hopefully) make us better. As a teacher, God is hilarious, and his methods are just bonkers, man.
Come, join us for a rousing game of "Catholic Jeopardy!", sort of. Credit is due to stillcatholic.com, us we used their "Catholic Trivia" questions without alteration or, frankly, verification of accuracy. So if any of the trivia answers are wrong, don't blame us. Actually, do blame us, but blame them too. There's always enough blame to go around, isn't there?
Basically a hodge podge of topics—Mike's Buddha t-shirt among them. Notably, we discuss the fact that MMM...Locusts! is up for an award at the 13th Annual Podcast Awards in the Religion & Spirituality category (podcastawards.com)! Rob bares his soul (as usual). Plus, Lee talks about throwing a perfect spiral.
Unfortunately, we probably need to talk about the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report regarding the tragedy of child molestation by certain priests, and the Church's response to it. Certainly not our usual direction of discussion, but one we would be remiss to ignore. (As usual, we get to it eventually.) We're not experts in what to do about it—we just try to talk it out a little.
A very special episode of MMM...Locusts! We went backpacking and tried to record the show out in the woods! It kind of worked, until it didn't. But then it did again. Sort of. Anyway, give it a listen. (Special bonus Rosary content in the after-show!)
What kind of world do we live in? Well, one where opinions are increasingly frowned upon, unless they are sanctioned by the agenda of the moment. You certainly have to watch what you say, because people are more and more easily offended, and offending people is becoming a high crime. Ha HA! Try to be funny now, you stupid Catholic podcasters! We'll shut you down quick! We'll make you wish you never—wait... which side am I on?
There was once a young gentleman named Adam Boyle who knew more about Catholicism than the three of us put together on our best day. Adam's a sophomore at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he joins us to talk some Theology and Catechetics, yo. Listen and learn. We did!
Rob can't resist playing a game too, so he brings in "Would You Rather?" and, well, we play "Would You Rather?" Deep theology? No. But there are some questions with moral leanings, so we actually do delve into Christian thought a bit. And Mike is so, so wrong about everything.
Mike's 3-episode game moratorium has expired, and he wastes no time getting back to it. With questions pulled right out of "Catholicism for Dummies," it's 'answer-correctly-or-sing-an-80's-song' time once again. We're sorry.
Few things divide Protestant and Catholic Christians as profoundly as the topic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As converts, we all had our issues with her and have come to love her very much... Unfortunately, this episode does little to either bridge the division, or to express our devotion. However, if you're looking for crude comments about the Brady Bunch, we gotcha covered. I'm pretty sure the devil worked overtime to distract us from our intended topic on this one.