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In a tradition that dates back to the first centuries of Christianity, many newly initiated Christians were prepared for lives of faith through a formation with spiritual, liturgical, and communitarian dimensions. This period of formation was called mystagogy, a word which, in Greek, means "leading through the mysteries." Our program of mystagogy will have four primary goals: 1) To break open Magisterial teaching on the lay state (selections from Vatican II as well as letters/encyclicals from recent popes) as well as classic spiritual texts to build a thoughtful, practical devotional life; 2) To introduce the various spiritual charisms in the Church (i.e. Dominican, Carmelite, Franciscan, Salesian, etc.) so that they may develop a personal program of spirituality rooted in the uniquely Catholic legacy; 3) To deepen the prayer life through study, communal prayer, the practice of meditation, Mass, and the Liturgy of the Hours; and 4) To establish a fully Catholic life and mission, including a formation in the art of the Church, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and the commitment to a specific personal work of service.

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United States

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In a tradition that dates back to the first centuries of Christianity, many newly initiated Christians were prepared for lives of faith through a formation with spiritual, liturgical, and communitarian dimensions. This period of formation was called mystagogy, a word which, in Greek, means "leading through the mysteries." Our program of mystagogy will have four primary goals: 1) To break open Magisterial teaching on the lay state (selections from Vatican II as well as letters/encyclicals from recent popes) as well as classic spiritual texts to build a thoughtful, practical devotional life; 2) To introduce the various spiritual charisms in the Church (i.e. Dominican, Carmelite, Franciscan, Salesian, etc.) so that they may develop a personal program of spirituality rooted in the uniquely Catholic legacy; 3) To deepen the prayer life through study, communal prayer, the practice of meditation, Mass, and the Liturgy of the Hours; and 4) To establish a fully Catholic life and mission, including a formation in the art of the Church, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and the commitment to a specific personal work of service.

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English


Episodes
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St. John Paul II on the Splendor of Truth

9/5/2023
The survey of key papal teachings in the modern era continues with an overview of “The Splendor of Truth” (Veritatis Splendor) by St. John Paul II. Dr. Cynthia Nicolosi provides insight into this document on the moral life, which takes up the themes of man’s ability to discern good from evil, the nature of evil, the role of human freedom and conscience, and the authority of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in guiding persons who are seeking truth in these areas. Support the Show.

Duration:00:57:44

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Finding Your Family Mission: St. John Paul II on the Domestic Church

8/20/2023
In this session, we consider the extraordinary role that the Christian family plays in the sanctification of the world. Written in 1981, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World was the second Apostolic Exhortation written by this great pope, and it continues to have much to say about the nature and vocation of those united in family life. Support the Show.

Duration:01:07:51

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The Means of Universal Salvation: Vatican II on the Church

8/12/2023
In this episode, Barbara considers one of the two dogmatic documents issued by Vatican II. A statement of profound mercy, Lumen Gentium (“The Light to the Nations”) considers the question of universal holiness and salvation. Questions addressed in this key text include: “What is necessary for salvation?” “Who can be saved?” and “What does holiness look like for the different members of the Church?” Support the Show.

Duration:01:03:35

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Pope St. Pius X on Modernism

7/15/2023
We continue our survey of key papal teachings of the 20th century by considering Pope St. Pius 10th brilliant encyclical On the Doctrine of the Modernists. Our guest presenter for the evening is Dr. Cynthia Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi has a Masters in philosophy from Boston College and her doctorate in Philosophy from Santa Croce University in Rome. Her doctoral studies focused on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Nicolosi also has a Masters in theology from Santa Croce, and a Masters in Cognitive Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently teachers Honors courses and music history at Regent University. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:01:02:40

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The Apostolate of the Laity

7/2/2023
We continue our survey of key magisterial teachings for the modern era by breaking open The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (“Apostolicam Actuositatem“) of Vatican II. Born in the heart and writing of Pope Pius XI, the Council Fathers issued a formal call to holiness for all lay men and women, and proposed a new authority for the laity in all things related to the temporal sphere. We will consider a little history of the development of the decree, and then discuss its main points. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:01:08:33

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Of Human Life and the Theology of the Body: An Island of Sanity in the Post-Sexual Revolution Chaos

6/26/2023
We begin the summer with the brief but seminal encyclical by Pope St. Paul VI, Of Human Life (Humanae Vitae). Promulgated in July 1968, the work has proven to be prophetic in so many realms as to modernity’s assault on the family and the true nature of sexuality. We will discuss why the work shook the Church and the world and explore the amazing “why” behind the most ignored and vilified, yet central Catholic Church teaching for our time. We will also consider keynotes of Pope St. John Paul II’s follow-up to Humanae Vitae in his lifelong reflection called “The Theology of the Body.” WeSr. Helena Raphael Burns, fsp is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John’s University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One-Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. Sr. Helena wrote and directed a documentary on the life of the Church’s new media saint, Blessed Father James Alberione: MediaApostle.com and is a co-producer on The40Film.com. She has written a Theology of the Body curriculum used in her online TOB Certificate Course through Sacred Heart College, Peterborough, ON, Canada. Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy & Theology of the Body workshops and courses to youth & adults all over Canada and the U.S. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:00:58:25

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Paradiso III: The Garden of the Mystical Rose

6/25/2023
In this episode, we complete The Paradiso, and then have time for a bit of a debrief and discussion about our individual take-aways from the whole journey through hell, purgatory, and heaven. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:09

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Dante’s Paradiso: Beyond Time and Space

6/11/2023
Mystagogy finally makes it to heaven! And it’s literally out of this world. Our consideration of the last of the three parts of Dante’s epic poem covers Cantos I-VIII. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:01:01:42

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Healing Carnality and Reclaiming the Earthly Paradise

6/9/2023
Our consideration of Dante’s Purgatorio concludes with his remedies for the sins of the flesh, and then moves onto the ascent into the earthly paradise which kicks off the greatest parade in the history of, well, history. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:00:48:07

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The Sin of Pride and Remedies

5/28/2023
A reflection on our Lenten day of recollection covered Dante's Purgatorio, Cantos X-XII, examining the sin of pride and proposing remedies to do battle with this devastating sin. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. Support the Show.

Duration:00:45:58

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Healing Envy, Anger, Sloth and Greed

5/14/2023
In this session, we cover Cantos XIII, XV, XIII, XX, and XXI of The Purgatorio. (Please note that we will skip the sin of pride in Cantos X-XII as we will be covering that in another session). These cantos will consider healing remedies for the sins of envy, anger, sloth, and greed. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:00:53:50

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Beginning the Climb up Purgatory Mountain: Souls Who Just Made It

5/6/2023
We enter the second phase of our journey through the afterlife as we begin Dante’s Purgatorio. This book is the heart of The Divine Comedy in fact and in spirit as it offers real and profound suggestions for reordering our spiritual lives. To begin we will be considering Cantos I-VII of The Purgatorio, much of which is dedicated to considering those souls who just make it to salvation, whom Dante calls “the Late-Repentant.” If you want a little help following the text, there is a very nice animated summary here. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:01:06:48

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Temptation in Dostoevsky's "Grand Inquisitor"

4/23/2023
This episode is a discussion of the three temptations of Christ through the lens of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:00:35:30

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Rejecting God’s Sovereignty: Sins Against Truth in Dante's Inferno

4/2/2023
In this session, we complete our journey through Dante's Inferno, looking specifically at Cantos XVIII, XX, and XXIII-XXVIII. Imagining the darkest paces in hell, Dante will compel us to consider sins of deceit, disloyalty, betrayal, deceit, and treachery. Our journey concludes with the encounter with Lucifer himself in the deepest circle of hell. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:01:02:25

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Raging at Reality: The Sins of Violence in Dante’s Inferno

3/26/2023
We continue our tour through Dante’s Inferno by examining the levels of hell reserved to sins of violence. Specifically, we discuss Cantos IX-XV. To supplement your reading, there are a myriad of dramatic versions of the Inferno online. If you would like to hear the actual text of Canto X in the original Italian with some great Medieval graphics, click here. There is also a very helpful presentation on Canto X with English subheadings here. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:01:03:58

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Caught in the Whirlwind: The Sins of Incontinence in Dante’s Inferno

2/12/2023
This episode is a whirlwind tour through Dante’s whirlwind of the sins of the flesh. We’ll meet the Hoarders and the Wasters, the Gluttons, the Wrathful and the Sullen, and, of course, poor, pathetic, lustful Francesca and Paolo. If you are reading along, we’ll be considering Cantos V through VIII. Here is the version of the text we are using for this course: The Divine Comedy Also, I found a nice animated treatment of The Inferno that you might want to watch. Check it out here. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:00:51:05

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Starting the Descent into Dante’s Inferno: The Dark Woods, The Three Beasts

2/9/2023
We begin the third part in our five part series: a ten-week tour through Dante’s epic spiritual poem, The Divine Comedy. An imaginative vision of hell, purgatory, and heaven, this ranks with the greatest narrative works ever written. Barbara will break open Dante's Divine Comedy in order to explore the themes of sin, suffering, virtue and holiness. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:01:06:36

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Orthodoxy: G.K. Chesterton’s Answer to Modern Insanity

2/2/2023
In this episode, special guest presenter Dr. Michael Goodrich breaks open G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, a book that many pastors and scholars consider the greatest work of modern apologetics. You can find an on-line copy of the text here. You may also listen to the book in an audio version. Dr. Michael S. Goodrich is a staff scientist in the Experimental Physics Computational group at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. He holds B.S., M.S. degrees in Physics and a Ph.D. in Computational Modeling, all from Old Dominion University. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:01:00:22

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He Leadeth Me: A Testimony of Divine Providence from the Horrors of the Gulag

1/28/2023
In this episode, Barbara Nicolosi Harrington reflects on He Leadeth Me, the spiritual autobiography of Father Walter Ciszek, SJ. This book is one of the most vital and powerful Catholic testimonies of the 20th century. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:00:53:13

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The Polyphonic Style: The Catholic Church's Other Great Gift to Western Music

1/24/2023
Today's episode is a presentation on Polyphony as a development from the tradition of Gregorian chant. Our guest presenter is Dr. Cynthia Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi has a PhD in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. She studied music composition for two years at the Claremont Graduate School in California and completed the certificate program in Gregorian Chant at Catholic University in Washington, DC. After directing the college choir at Magdalen College in Warner, NH for seven years, Dr. Nicolosi now teaches music history and honors courses at Regent University. The music in the introduction and close of this podcast is provided by George Sarah. This program of mystagogy is hosted by the Adult Faith Programs at Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Support the Show.

Duration:00:57:20