Given a somewhat diverse array of topics from Rob to discuss, Lee and Mike pick "The Demon House," which probably ends up not being about what either of them thought it was. But if you've listened to this show for any length of time, you're used to disappointment by now.
Mike and Rob dive into a movie review of the Joker. What is all the hype? Is the movie not appropriate for Christians? Find out Mike and Rob's opinion. Warning: If you haven't seen the movie yet, you are going to here a lot of spoilers.
All three of us became Catholic as adults, and so had to change or let go some ideas about faith we had prior to embracing Catholicism. What were some of them? How did we do it? Frankly, a better question might be, 'How do we resolve still being human pieces of crap with the faith we profess?' Maybe another day...
What sorts of secrets do the fearsome, deep, dark recesses of sub-Reddit beneath sub-Reddit hold? Only Mike knows for sure. Explore with us now some Catholic-themed questions he discovered while spelunking there. Be afraid. We are.
We already know what happens when two great, complimentary minds get together and compare notes—great discussions. But what happens when you run one of those discussions through the filter of three dull, directionless "intellects"? Click PLAY to find out.
Never heard of acedia? You're not alone. Sometimes referred to as "the noonday devil," it describes a state of not caring about your condition in the world, especially spiritually. Boy howdy, do we ever suffer from this! And true to form, we barely talk about it. Come listen!
Weirdly, Mike & Rob wanted to counter their "sans Lee" episode by doing a show entirely ABOUT Lee. So, whatever. This one is full of nonsense and singing. We'll get around to doing "A Show About Mike" and "A Show About Rob" as well. Now you're hooked, aren't you?
As our digital age moves increasingly toward live streaming all content, all the time, who determines what's appropriate for public consumption, and how do they monitor/edit it? The bigger question, really, is how does this show fool them into allowing its distribution? Because we'll obviously fall short on any sort of quality metric.
Whew! Talk about right in our wheelhouse. We go to town talkin' about doin' science and whatnot, and theology, and biology and biography and bibliography and all kinds of big words we know exactly what they mean. Preach.
Yes, we step away from our roles as chatty Catholic converts to do a little role playing in a mythical, medieval milieu. Enter Lee's dungeon realm with Mike (Torgo the Half-Orc) and Rob (Ximxur the Elf) and discover how many things you can wear as a hat when you have a rope. And no, that statement will NOT make any more sense to you after you've listened to the episode.
Two of the great voices of the Catholic Church today—theologian Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and new media guru Bishop Robert Barron—recently released letters addressing the abuse scandals. We take their prayerful, intelligent, well-reasoned, hope-filled missives and dumb them down to our level, which is seldom a good thing. But hey, we mean well.
Have you heard about this new abortion law hullabaloo setting the American South on fire? As Christians—specifically Catholics—we know what the Church teaches about abortion. But do specific circumstances (rape, incest) alter the argument? Listen to us try to sound intelligent about the whole thing.
Then, we talk about doubt. Surprise, all Christians struggle with doubt now and then! I mean, they do, right? Right? Uh...
We continue our discussion of Mike's—er, that is—a Christian's ideals of the key steps around what it takes to be a joyful person. To reprimand our own frequent bouts of stupidity, we included hot salsa for comments that fail to contribute to spiritual growth.
This salsa's hotter than Mike, Rob and Lee, so to the average listener, it is likely "mild."
Space aliens are our higher power? Taking drugs can help you channel God? These are crazy ideas, but they are being shared on the internet. The MMM...Locusts! team has fun with the topic but also shares what Catholic leaders are doing to obtain a true connection to the higher power. It's a recommended workout for the spiritual mind.
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Are you kidding? That's a wrap? Yep. Season 1 of the MMM...Locusts! podcast has come to a close. God bless you all and thank you for listening! We do a li'l retrospective here of some of our favorite show moments from the last year, and we look ahead to what's in store for Season 2! Well, Lee & Rob do. Mike phones it in.
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.