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The Weight of Glory

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Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, this podcast seeks to highlight ways in which our every encounter leads another person toward beatitude or away from it

Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, this podcast seeks to highlight ways in which our every encounter leads another person toward beatitude or away from it

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United States

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Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, this podcast seeks to highlight ways in which our every encounter leads another person toward beatitude or away from it

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@WeightGlory

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English


Episodes

Is Christian Hope Individualistic?

4/11/2021
My friend Kale Zelden and I reflect on paragraphs 13 through 15 of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope, which asks the question: Is Christian Hope Individualistic? This question leads to a wide-ranging conversation about the role of Christian community, and its importance in our initiation and reconciliation with God in the Church. Show notes/resources: Confession and General Absolution "Party of Christ... or Church of Jesus Christ?" in Called to Communion, Joseph Cardinal...

Duration:00:55:10

The Shroud of Turin: What Scientists Discovered

3/30/2021
Jack Sacco, an engineer and writer by trade, interviewed a multi-disciplinary group of scientists who were given access to study the Shroud in 1978. This two-hour presentation summarizes the remarkable findings of that scientific research. The venue for the talk was Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, and the speaker was introduced by Father Willy Raymond, CSC. If you're enjoying this podcast, or wish to send along a question or friendly critique, drop me a note on...

Duration:02:13:26

Faith-Based Hope and Eternal Life

3/27/2021
My friend Kale Zelden and I continue our discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi) -- specifically, we read and discuss paragraphs 4 through 12, covering the concept of faith-based hope in the New Testament and the early Church, and the question about what eternal life is. Show notes/resources: The Still Point in the Turning World - T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, "Burnt Norton" The "already/not yet" tension of Christian liturgy and life: "The Sanctification of...

Duration:01:00:34

What is Faith-Based Hope?

1/23/2021
Together, long-time friend Kale Zelden and I read Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter on hope (Spe Salvi) and discuss the idea of faith-based hope. In today's episode, we break open the letter and unpack the first few paragraphs. Show notes/resources: Ave Maris Stella (Mary, Star of the Sea) Angel prayer from Fatima Jesus of Nazareth trilogy - Benedict XVI God's performative word: Verbum Domini, Benedict XVI, paragraph 53 God's performative word - Isaiah 55:10-11 Saint Josephine...

Duration:00:41:43

A Conversation with Kale Zelden

1/6/2021
My friend Kale and I discuss a broad range of topics, including: the self-conscious church; the church as an expert in humanity; self-exploitation and social media; and Catholic identity and liturgy. Kale's interview with Paul VanderKlay (September 3, 2020) Katie Van Schaijik - Theology of the Body: A Cure for Clericalism (2019) Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises (1926) Pope Francis - Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), paragraphs 93-97 (2013) Pope John Paul II - Pastores Dabo...

Duration:01:06:42

Looking Forward with Hope

1/1/2021
Beginning this month (January 2021), I'll be releasing several episodes that I recently recorded with a longtime friend of mine, Kale Zelden, as we engage in a close reading of a letter by Pope Benedict XVI on the theme of hope. This letter, entitled Spe Salvi or "The Hope that Saves," has several points of convergence with the work of C.S. Lewis.

Duration:00:11:16

Living in the Age of COVID

11/3/2020
In the current pandemic, nothing is more evident than our diverse attitudes toward our vulnerability and the ephemeral quality of life in this world. The aversion to risk and the obsession with surviving at any cost have been thrown into very sharp relief. In this context, I think that an essay by C.S. Lewis entitled On Living in an Atomic Age, first published in 1948, is incredibly relevant to the current hour. To illustrate the point, I have adapted the essay to speak not about the...

Duration:00:21:59

The grace of Pentecost, and loving the Church

8/31/2020
Back in January of 2008, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, preacher to the papal household, gave two talks in Los Angeles at a gathering of the SCRC about Pentecost and loving the Church. Cantalamessa’s words about divisions in the body of Christ, each person seeking the good of the other, and the importance of loving the Church and sharing her shame, seem particularly timely. Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)

Duration:00:39:06

The Last Things

7/19/2020
In 2008, during a Holy Week RCIA retreat, I led a reflection on The Last Things -- death, judgment, heaven and hell. Rather than diving right into a discussion of things ultimate, I decided to provide some context, and some of that context came from C.S. Lewis. In The Weight of Glory, Lewis observes that "we are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he...

Duration:01:36:49

The Meaning of Communion

6/20/2020
In this episode, I offer a reflection on Holy Communion -- the Body and Blood of Christ -- as it relates to life in the Body of Christ... quoting from not only C.S. Lewis, but also Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est. I also include a rendition of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, as performed by Fernando Ortega. Additional music for the podcast has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella. Support the show (http://patreon.com/doxaweb)

Duration:00:16:31

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

6/8/2020
Welcome to the Weight of Glory Podcast, an audio podcast designed to explore themes related to a sermon preached by C.S. Lewis seventy-eight years ago this week. The inaugural episode of the podcast is a reading of Lewis' essay. Music for the podcast (Let It All Go from the acoustic album Already/Not Yet) has been provided through the generosity of Jeremy Casella (https://jeremycasella.com)

Duration:00:40:40