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I’m Not Seeing Many Millennials in the Pews?

1/20/2019
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Just one in 10 millennial Catholics went to Catholic primary school, compared to 54 percent of Catholics born in the 40s and 50s. But, 12 percent of millennial Catholics attended a Catholic college or university, the highest percentage among any age group.

Duration:00:18:53

I'm a Catholic. So Why Am I Scared of Dying?

1/16/2019
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Just because I'm a Catholic and I believe in Heaven doesn't necessarily mean I’m looking forward to getting there. Is it OK for Christians to be afraid of dying?

Duration:00:23:31

How Can I Make the Liturgy Easier to Understand?

1/13/2019
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Great question. On today’s podcast my co-host admits to finding the liturgy a bit confusing. I do my best to explain that his quandary has been discerned by the Biblicum since it was founded by Pope Pius X in 1909. A compelling look at the scripture.

Duration:00:21:17

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

1/10/2019
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On Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Baptism of Christ moves us to the sentiment of repentance. "Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sin of the world".

Duration:00:21:19

Today We Celebrate The Epiphany

1/6/2019
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The word Epiphany means manifestation. What the Church celebrates today is the manifestation of our Lord to the whole world; after being made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem He is revealed to the Magi who have come from the East to adore Him.

Duration:00:17:43

Every One of Us Needs to Pray Better

1/4/2019
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On today’s Podcast, I want to talk about the Gospel. When we read or listen to the Gospel, it’s important that we think about it. Every one of us needs to pray better. Prayer is our lifeline to God. Scripture can help us to pray better.

Duration:00:17:11

The Feast of the Holy Family

12/30/2018
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Mary and Joseph faced the difficult discovery that Jesus was not going along with them every step of the way. It is a real story of a family conflict and is symbolic of all kinds of relationships. Let's discuss how this feast relates to our 2019 families.

Duration:00:19:26

The Feast of St. Stephen - Our First Christian Martyr

12/27/2018
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Wednesday was the second day in the octave of Christmas. The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He died praying for his executioners. He was one of the seven deacons who helped the apostles and was "full of fortitude."

Duration:00:19:37

Today, We Celebrate Podcast Number One Hundred!

12/25/2018
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It's funny how a lunch invitation from a student I taught at Brother Rice in 1969 turned out. Ken Calvert asked me if I'd be interested in doing a podcast. I asked, "What's a podcast?" Well, 100 podcasts later, I'm a podcaster! Thank you and God Bless.

Duration:00:17:29

Merry Christmas Everyone!

12/23/2018
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Christmas is a beautiful time of year. Family, friends, and neighbors are welcomed into our homes with loving arms as we anticipate the birth of Christ. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Be safe and be well! God Bless.

Duration:00:19:41

High Profile Suicides Have Us Revisiting the Topic

12/20/2018
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During the past two weeks we’ve read about two high profile suicides. One was a young television personality. The other was a gifted student and athlete. Decades ago, the Catholic Church placed severe restrictions regarding suicide. This has changed. Let me explain.

Duration:00:18:35

Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping

12/16/2018
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In a recent article written by the Mayo Clinic online, stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Try being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

Duration:00:16:54

The O Antiphons, Also Known as The Great Os

12/12/2018
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Beginning Dec. 17 of each Advent season, and for the next seven days, a special antiphon known as an O Antiphon is read before the Magnificat during evening prayer. The O’s of Advent herald the coming birth of Christ. I hope you'll enjoy listening.

Duration:00:21:29

How Often Do You Read the Bible at Home?

12/9/2018
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While it is true that many, many Catholics never really read the bible on their own, that is not the case for all Catholics. It is also not true that the Church discourages it! Saint Jerome said “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Enjoy!

Duration:00:21:50

During Advent We Ask Christ to Move Us to Action

12/6/2018
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As we enter the second week of Advent, our thoughts should be turning more and more to the coming of Christ at Christmas. It's also important that we reflect on our actions for the good of humankind and for His Second Coming at the end of time.

Duration:00:16:11

Are We Required to go to Confession During Advent?

12/2/2018
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You are only required to go to confession if you are conscious of mortal sin. So, no, you do not have to go in Advent, unless that is the case. However, I do see a significant rise in those going to confession in the three weeks leading up to Christmas.

Duration:00:18:04

Are We Paying More Attention to the Mall Than Advent

11/29/2018
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This Sunday is the first day of Advent. Honest question: How do you celebrates Advent? Or better put, do you celebrate the season of Advent? Are we paying more attention to the Mall and the decorations than we are to Advent? Well, let’s discuss.

Duration:00:16:42

What Have You Done With the Gifts You've Been Given?

11/25/2018
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It's the Feast of Christ The King and the final Sunday of Ordinary Time. You’ll hear about the Book of Revelation. It is the only book in the Bible with the promise of a blessing to those who pay attention to it. It's a direct revelation from Jesus to us.

Duration:00:19:57

The First Annual ‘Fr. Joe Thanksgiving Quiz’?

11/22/2018
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What did they eat at the first Thanksgiving? Which president made Thanksgiving a national holiday? Who was the first president to pardon a turkey? Get ready to go toe-to-toe with Fr. Joe! God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

Duration:00:21:31

Is Schism Possible In the Catholic Church?

11/18/2018
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Is Schism Possible in the Catholic Church? The U.S. Catholic bishops gathered in Baltimore to discuss the controversial issues that have led to what some have called "The Summer of Storm." The term 'schism' came up in various press articles. Let’s discuss.

Duration:00:16:56